Kitsap Audubon Society


President's Message

Kitsap Audubon's President - Sandy Bullock

Despite wind and rain, about 80 hearty KAS members turned out for a very stimulating and informative program on the impact of industrial aquaculture on Puget Sound and Hood Canal tidelands. Hats off to our dauntless presenters Sandy and Brad Newell, and Heather MacFarlane, who drove from the south Sound area to be with us.

Everyone seemed to enjoy the book sale and silent auction, and many went away with real treasures at modest donations. The sale raised $295, with some nice “leftovers” for future raffles. Our thanks to all who donated books and other items to the sale, and to everyone who worked to make this event a success.

The women at the prison in Purdy have turned our donated yarn into a bounty of toasty hats and scarves, so mittens and gloves are the most needed items for our Mitten Tree this year. Nonperishable food and personal hygiene items are also welcome. Sara and Byron Kane will “retire” from the Mitten Tree project after this year. The main job consists of delivering the gifts collected to local food banks and charitable organizations. Sara will pass on an “all you need to know” packet to their successors. Please consider volunteering for this once-a-year project. Let’s keep this tradition going!

ACOW is the annual gathering of Audubon chapters from around the state, and the Bullocks have attended most of them over the last ten years. This one, though, was quite an adventure for us. Since our pup, a miniature pincher called Pip, is diabetic and needs insulin twice a day, we took him with us. The hotel put us up in the section set aside for people with pets, with our promise he would not be left alone in the room. The current KAS “first gentleman,” Gene, was my hero that weekend, and took care of Pip while I attended the conference and regional meeting afterward. We took turns attending the reception that followed so we both had a chance to visit with old friends from other chapters. Pip, though a bit confused at first, soon got into the game and enjoyed the walks with dad in the lovely park along the river, and collecting all the new and different smells along the way. Judy and Don Willott and Connie Bickerton also represented Kitsap Audubon at ACOW and at the WSACC (Washington State Audubon Conservation Council) meeting.

Notes from the Board :
2015 recipient of the Kingfisher Award is:

Sharron Ham was presented with the 2015 Kingfisher Award at the May meeting of Kitsap Audubon. It is Kitsap Audubon’s highest award to individuals or couples who have performed outstanding service to Kitsap Audubon for a minimum of five years. The award was presented by Milly (Renee) Bellemere and Bob Schumacher, last year’s recipients.

Sharron has served on the Board since 2009 and been our refreshments chair since September 2012. She organized our 40th Anniversary Dinner. She is often the first person to volunteer for booth duty at the annual Stillwaters EcoFest and the annual Water Festival, hosted by Kitsap city and County public health, public works and utility districts for more than a thousand 3rd and 4th graders. “Sharron is wonderful with kids,” notes Sandy Bullock.

Sharron has also been a volunteer at the Point-No-Point lighthouse for six years, as well as the Hansville Historical Society.

“Sharron has been one of our most faithful supporters,” said Janine Schutt, President of Kitsap Audubon. “It is rare for her to miss a Board meeting or membership meeting, and she is often the first to volunteer when there is work to be done.”

“Sharron is a warm, giving person who is always ready to volunteer,” said Vic Ulsh. Vic was on the committee that chose Sharron for this year’s award. The committee is made up of the last three recipients, and included Judy and Don Willott.

The KINGFISHER AWARD is Kitsap Audubon Society’s annual recognition of the member or members who gave extraordinary effort to the KAS mission throughout the year. This award is given to a KAS member who has been an active supporter of KAS for at least five years and has been an advocate for the environment and wildlife.

  1. 2014 winner was Milly Bellemere and Bob Schumacher
  2. 2013 winner was Judy and Don Willott
  3. 2012 winner was Vic Ulsh
  4. 2011 winner was Sara and Byron Kane
  5. 2010 winner was Jim Ullrich
  6. 2009 winner was Sandy and Gene Bullock
  7. 2008 winner was Dawn and Hans Hansen
  8. 2007 winner was Dee and John Finkbeiner
  9. 2006 winner was Glenn Anderson
  10. 2005 winner was Richard Anderson
  11. 2004 winner was Ernie and Fay Linger
  12. 2003 winner was Nancy Ladenberger
  13. 2002 winner was Morry Walsh
  14. 2001 winner was Morna Blessing.
  15. 2000 winner was John and Claudia McDonald
  16. 1999 winner was Ivan and Phyllis Summers
  17. 1998 winner was Paul and Joan Carson
  18. 1997 winner was Jack and Martina Hendry
  19. 1996 winner was Ken Short
  20. 1995 winner was Frank Beyer

Put on those thinking caps! The KINGFISHER Award Committee welcomes your suggestions for next year's recipient of KAS's highest honor. This award, to be presented at our annual general membership dinner meeting in May, honors a KAS member who has a history of volunteer excellence with our organization. To be considered, the candidate should have demonstrated the following characteristics:

  1. Has actively participated in the chapter for at least 5 years.
  2. Has produced work of high quality.
  3. Has demonstrated the ability to complete tasks responsibly and in a timely fashion.
  4. Has advocated for wildlife and for the environment.
  5. Has shown a dedication to the KAS chapter.

Please submit any suggestions for the Kingfisher Award to the Many people work very hard to make KAS the great chapter it is, and we want no one to be overlooked. Thanks! We appreciate your help.




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