Kitsap Audubon Society


President's Message

Kitsap Audubon's President - Janine Schutt

We have come to the end of another exciting year in Kitsap Audubon Society. I would like to send out a special thank you to all those who have put in countless hours of energy this year making our chapter productive and fun to be a part of. I would especially like to thank Jessica Klinkert, who has served as our faithful secretary for the past two years and has done an outstanding job. Thank you also to Diane Bachen for stepping up to fill the position for next year. Also, thank you to Judy Willott, vice president and Sandy Bullock, treasurer for agreeing to serve another year on the executive committee. And thank you all of you for your vote of confidence in allowing me the privilege of serving for another year as president. This has been another year of terrific monthly programs, exciting field trips, visually appealing newsletters, and effective educational outreach. Thank you to all who have been a part of it. This year we received an unprecedented bequest from the estate of founding Kitsap Audubon member Ann Sleight. For the past several months the Board of Directors has worked diligently behind the scenes figuring out the most effective way of managing this money. Thank you all of you for a job well done. Finally, a special thank you to Connie Bickerton for building the new Kitsap Audubon Facebook page. Be sure to check it out at: kitsapaudubonsociety. There are some exciting events coming up this month. On May 8th, we will have our last general meeting of the year. Our annual family potluck dinner will precede the meeting at 5:00. Please join us for some fellowship and bring your favorite dish to share. On May 17th, Kitsap Audubon will be participating in Theler Center’s 30th anniversary celebration in Belfair. KAS members will be staffing our booth and assisting with the “Walk the Wetlands” activities from 9:00-12:30. Please contact field trip chair, Al Westphal if you would like to help. Kitsap Great Give On Tuesday, May 6th, Kitsap Audubon Society will be participating in the Kitsap Great Give, a new 24-hour online giving event organized by the Kitsap Community Foundation to support the work of local nonprofit organizations. Donations can be as small as $10. Pro-rated matching funds will be made available to augment charitable donations. All donations will be processed online at: www.kitsapgreatgive. org from midnight to midnight on May 6th. Please consider making a donation to help Kitsap Audubon further its mission of promoting awareness of environmental issues and conserving local habitat. Thank you in advance for your generosity and have a delightful summer of birding enjoyment.

Notes from the Board :
2014 recipient of the Kingfisher Award is:

Milly (Renee) Bellemere and Bob (Robert) Schumacher for the recognition of their more than 13 years of service to Kitsap Audubon. This is Kitsap Audubon’s highest honor, awarded for outstanding service over a period of five or more years. Milly was Secretary to the Board for two years (2001-2002) and Bob served as 2nd Vice President in 2002. For the past eight years, Milly and Bob have been our official greeters, the friendly couple who welcome you and sign you in when you first come through the door at our monthly meetings. Milly and Bob have also been Kitsap Christmas Bird Count volunteers for ten years. They led the Seabeck area CBC in 2008, and Milly has led the backyard count for the past five years. The two have also given presentations for Kitsap Audubon based on their travels.

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. 2013 winner was Judy and Don Willott
  2. 2012 winner was Vic Ulsh
  3. 2011 winner was Sara and Byron Kane
  4. 2010 winner was Jim Ullrich
  5. 2009 winner was Sandy and Gene Bullock
  6. 2008 winner was Dawn and Hans Hansen
  7. 2007 winner was Dee and John Finkbeiner
  8. 2006 winner was Glenn Anderson
  9. 2005 winner was Richard Anderson
  10. 2004 winner was Ernie and Fay Linger
  11. 2003 winner was Nancy Ladenberger
  12. 2002 winner was Morry Walsh
  13. 2001 winner was Morna Blessing.
  14. 2000 winner was John and Claudia McDonald
  15. 1999 winner was Ivan and Phyllis Summers
  16. 1998 winner was Paul and Joan Carson
  17. 1997 winner was Jack and Martina Hendry
  18. 1996 winner was Ken Short
  19. 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 newsletter called the Kingfisher. The Kingfisher is published eight times a year, September to May. Click here to see Archive of past issues.

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