Kitsap Audubon Society


President's Message

Kitsap Audubon's President - Janine Schutt

It’s hard to believe that we have come to the end of another exciting year in Kitsap Audubon Society. It has been a privilege and an honor to serve as president of this wonderful organization. But I could have never done it without a tremendous amount of help. Two years ago when I was nominated for president, my response to the Board was, “I’m willing to do it, but you know that I work two jobs and don’t have time for this, right?” Sara Kane immediately responded with an enthusiastic “We’ll help you!” that was echoed by the rest of the group. And help me they did. The other officers, board members, and committee chairpersons have quietly contributed countless hours behind the scenes, making the job of president like being the captain of a ship on autopilot. A heartfelt thank you to all of you! I am happy to pass the baton to incoming president Sandy Bullock, who will be joined next year on the executive committee by Judy Willott as treasurer and Diane Bachen as secretary. We are still looking for a vice president. Please contact Sandy or myself if you are interested.

A huge thank you to all who donated so generously to the Kitsap Community Foundation’s Kitsap Great Give last month. Kitsap Audubon received $1,770 in donations which will be increased by a portion of the pro-rated bonus matching funds. Once again, Kitsap Audubon was also one of the more popular nonprofits, ranking in the top 22% for the total number of donations received by the participating small organizations.

Please join us for the first Kitsap Audubon Society picnic at noon on Saturday, June 13th at the Island Lake County Park. Special guest Bill Matchett will read selections from his highly acclaimed nature-inspired poems. See this issue for more details.

And finally, congratulations to Sharron Ham, this year’s Kingfisher award recipient. For many years, Sharron has been one of our most faithful volunteers at special events, including coordinating the 40th anniversary celebration in 2013. She has also served on the Board and has been our diligent “Cookie Queen,” always arranging a visually appealing and tasty array of treats at our general meetings. Very well deserved, Sharron!

Have a wonderful summer of birding fun!

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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The Kingfisher Newsletter

Kitsap Audubon publishes a monthly on-line newsletter called the Kingfisher. The Kingfisher is published eight times a year, September to May (note: extending to June in 2015). Click here to see Archive of past issues.

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