Speakers – 2024

If you are involved with a project or organization and would like to be a speaker at one of our weekly meetings, let us know! If you have an interesting hobby or something you would like to share, let us know!

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July 2024
03 – Michael Schrader – Evergreen Bright Starts, KMH
10 – Chief Faucett – South Kitsap Fire and Rescue
17 – Mayor Putaansuu – Update on Port Orchard happenings

June 2024
05 – Jodie Toft, Deputy Director, Puget Sound Restoration Fund
12 – Annette Kingsbury, God’s Children Clothing Closet – Joanne Warren, SKSD
19 – Carla Sue, Lt Governor, Olympic View, Kiwanis International

May 2024
01 – Dr. Thomas Mosby – Coaching in Sweden
15 – Ingrid Hartsock, Market Coordinator – Farmer’s Market Power of Produce (POP)
15 – Members of the Kiwanis Club of Gig Harbor will visit with us!
22 – Tina O’Brien, CEO, Kitsap Community Foundation

April 2024
03 – David Shock, Powerit, Battery Technology
17 – Sharon Vetter – Tips on Reading to Kindergarteners
24 – Tim Winter, South Kitsap School District Superintendent

March 2024
27 – Celeste DiFlaviano, Community & Family Services

February 2024
07 – Ewan Berntson, PhD – Manchester NOAA Lab (Nat’l Oceanic & Atmospheric Admin)
21 – Helene Jensen – Fathoms O’Fun Contestants
28 – Jim Rothlin, CEO, Port of Bremerton

January 2024
17 – Derrick Means, Coffee Oasis
24 – Poetry Readings – Chris Smith (and other brave souls!)
31 – Linda Gjertsen and Deborah Horn, Meals on Wheels

Speaker Photos

Carla Sue, Lt. Governor, Olympic View, shared with us upcoming events and happenings such as Voting, Amendments to the Bylaws which can be viewed online, The District Convention 8/22-25 in Wenatchee, Youth Protection, and a new ‘Engage’ dashboard coming to replace Kiwanis Connect. (June 19, 2024)


Annette Kingsbury of God’s Children Clothing Closet and Joanne Warren of SKSD, spoke about how they are providing clothing to students in need. Clothes are housed at the Port Orchard United Methodist Church and are brought to the students at their school. (June 12, 2024)

Jodie Toth, Deputy Director of the Puget Sound Restoration Fund, told us about sustaining marine bounty in the modern age; creative solutions for restoration of Salish sea species. Everyone agreed this was very interesting information about restoring the native species. (June 5, 2024)


Tina O’Brien, CEO, of the Kitsap Community Foundation, (a non-profit that helps non-profits), shared with us what KCF is all about. Their mission is “A Catalyst for the Greater Good” and there are LOTS of good things happening in Kitsap County! www.KitsapFoundation.org. (May 22, 2024)

Ingrid Hartsock, Market Coordinator with Port Orchard Farmers Market, spoke at our meeting about their mission of providing a community gathering space with access to locally-grown and created farm goods and products, agricultural programs, and educational activities, for all members of the community.
(May 15, 2024)

Members of the Kiwanis Club of Gig Harbor visited with us and shared about their upcoming events. What a fun group! Very cool logoed blue shirts! (May 15, 2024)

Dr. Tom Mosby, a past member and President of Kiwanis of Port Orchard, joined us to share about his involvement with students through his illustrious career. Coaching sports is definitely in his blood! It was a pleasure seeing and visiting with Dr. Mosby. (May 1, 2024)

Tim Winter, Superintendent of the South Kitsap School District, presented many of the positive things happening in the district, such as ‘Belonging’ (We ALL belong!), The ‘SK Way’ (Positive values such as Love People, Know Purpose, Attitude and Gratitude and Think Big! (April 24, 2024). (L-R: Tim Winter, Carl Olson, President-Elect)

Member and retired teacher, Sharon Vetter, shared with us information about reading to Kindergarteners.
(Apr 17, 2024)


David Shock of Powerit, Battery Technology, spoke at our April 3, 2024 meeting.


Celeste DiFlaviano with Community & Family Services shared their mission, ‘To Provide Opportunity for Every Child to Achieve Permanency’. Help make a difference in the lives of these children! (Mar 27, 2024)


Jim, Rothlin, Chief Executive Officer, Port of Bremerton, gave an outstanding presentation
on the amount of activity and growth planned for the Bremerton Port district which includes
the Marina, Airport and Industrial Park. Thank you, Jim! (Feb 28, 2024).


Sharon King of Fathoms-o-Fun and these four Fathoms-o-Fun candidates joined us for lunch at our weekly meeting. Each candidate gave a speech on a different topic and were judged by five Kiwanian judges. We wish them all the best! (L-R) Miah, Zach, Elizabeth, Nic – (Feb 21, 2024)

Speaker – Ewan Berntson, PhD, Manchester NOAA Lab
Dr Berntson, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, spoke to our group about fisheries and the science and management of fish, other marine life, and their habitats. (Feb 7, 2024)

Speakers: Linda Gjertsen and Deborah Horn from Meals on Wheels – January 31, 2024
Shared information about the Meals on Wheels program.

Speaker: Derrick Means, Coffee Oasis – January 17, 2024
Shared about opportunities/youth programs for youth to thrive in Kitsap County
(L-R) Chris, Carl, Don, Sue, Cal, Janet, Tom, Bobbette, Carroll, Derrick, Sharon