Friday, November 25, 2022

Wreath sponsor deadline now Nov. 29


 Great news! The deadline for wreath sponsorships has been extended through Giving Tuesday, Nov 29 at midnight (32 to go). Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

We've added American Legion Post 245 to our Bellringer Fund


This year the Poulsbo Lions Raab Foundation Bellringer Fund is adding American Legion Post 245 of Poulsbo to its supported charities. This organization might not be well known but it has been
in existence since 1942 and has been active in providing services to veterans of our armed forces in the North Kitsap community.
Most visibly, with the assistance of the Poulsbo Lions and Leo Clubs, they have placed wreaths on veteran graves at the Poulsbo Municipal Cemetery, Vinland Lutheran Church, and Evergreen Breidablik cemeteries on Memorial Day and Christmas. They also built the Veterans Memorial Plaza in Poulsbo.
Additional ongoing programs include Veterans Service Office assistance for Veterans and their families; Scholarships for Veterans or family members; Meal vouchers or gift cards throughout the year; Rehabilitation of wheelchairs and other medical assistance equipment; Visitation to Veterans at assisted living and nursing homes providing health and comfort bags and any other needs not provided by the facilities; With the assistance of local Boy Scouts they have removed barriers for disabled veterans in
their homes; Member of the Kitsap Area Veterans Alliance.
With additional funding from the Bellringer Fund they hope to expand services to include utility assistance and other short term financial needs for Veterans. If you would like to learn more about this organization you can visit their website at
Donations to the Bellringer Fund can be mailed to P.O. Box 1244, Poulsbo, WA 98370, via PayPal at or click the link to the right.

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

2022 Bellringer kicks off with addition of Poulsbo American Legion


It's time for our 2022 Poulsbo Lions Raab Foundation Bellringer!

Here's some history: In the mid 1940’s the Bellringer Fund was started by Frank and Mabel Raab. Frank was a charter member of the Poulsbo Lions Club and challenged the club and North Kitsap community to help those families in need during the Christmas holiday. The proceeds of the fund drive were used by the Lions Club to purchase food and gifts for families in need. Members of the Lions Club then distributed these items. The Kitsap County Herald helped with the challenge by publishing the donations and followed the actions of the Lions. Local churches and similar organizations provided the lists of families. The fund drive has run uninterrupted since.
In recent years the Bellringer Fund has ceased direct purchases of food and gifts. The donations are now distributed to agencies in the community that have the ability to do more with the funds received. Last year the Bellringer Fund received more than $18,000 in donations that were distributed to Fishline, ShareNet,St. Vincent DePaul at St Olafs and Coffee Oasis.
The goal for this year is $25,000.
This year, in addition to Fishline, ShareNet, St. Vincent DePaul and Coffee Oasis, we are adding Poulsbo American Legion Post 245. Post 245 provides services to Veterans in the North Kitsap
To make a donation it can be mailed to: Lions Club Bellringer Fund, P.O. Box 1244, Poulsbo, WA 98370 or paid via PayPal at A link is also available at

Monday, November 21, 2022

More sponsors sought for Poulsbo veteran wreaths for Christmas

We need about 30 sponsors for Poulsbo wreathes on veteran graves for Christmas. The email address is

Thanks to all who helped make this a success in our community. It started out to see if there was interest to expanding to other cemeteries in North Kitsap. Evergreen Breidablik and Vinland Lutheran Church cemeteries have joined the umbrella.


Saturday, November 19, 2022

NK LEOs busy planting trees and working book sale


The NK LEO club spent Saturday, Nov. 19, volunteering on two projects. The morning was spent planting trees at Fish Park under the direction of Leah of Americorps and Steve Calhoun. The other was helping the Friends of the Library with their book sale from 11-3 pm. There were 7 LEOs at the tree planting and 6 LEOs working at the book sale.

The trees being planted are in the form of cottonwood stakes, as seen in the wheelbarrow, which take root quickly and are used to stabilize the surrounding area.




Friday, November 18, 2022

Lions install cement pad and fish at Fish Park

Lions Tom Settle and Scott Puhn are shown here creating a cement pad and inserting fish Thursday. One pad is under the kiosk at the Viking Avenue entrance to Fish Park, the other is under the kiosk at the Bond Road entrance. There are three fish in each pad (they did not create the fish). #fishpark #poulsbolions #weserve


Thursday, November 17, 2022

Lions support Miss Poulsbo Scholarship Program

Poulsbo Lions are happy to support the Miss Poulsbo Scholarship Program. Lion President Pat Osler presents Miss Poulsbo Gillian Morrison and Michele Wasson with a check for $1,000 at Thursday's meeting. #misspoulsbo #poulsbolions #scholarship #WeServe


Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Loads of Change serves 32 people and gets a Miss Poulsbo treat

We served 32 unhoused and low-income individuals during Loads of Change yesterday. Lions spent $266.75 (including $28 in donations). We washed 39 loads and dried 37 loads. Thanks to the people who donated laundry detergent! That's wonderful. And thanks to Miss Poulsbo Gillian Morrison for bringing homemade cookies and brownies - they were a hit! #loadsofchange #poulsbolions #misspoulsbo #weserve #cleanlaundry #northkitsap


Elizabeth takes out her clean and folded laundry.

Poulsbo Lion Ria McMahon happily accepts cookies from Miss Poulsbo Gillian Morrison.

Saturday, November 12, 2022

NK LEOs help plant daffodil bulbs

The NK LEO Club participated in Poulsbo Daffodil Days by planting daffodils on Finn Hill. The students were given 6 bags containing 40 bulbs each and sent out to an area by our Parks & Rec director. Attached find a picture of our group and of our mayor giving history/directions.

Friday, November 11, 2022

American flags throughout Poulsbo

Lion Kevin Hogan puts up a flag

In honor of Veterans Day, Poulsbo Lions set up flags around Poulsbo. Lions also place flags all over Poulsbo on 10 others holidays throughout the year. It's beautiful!

Lions are out getting flag contracts now. Please contact Dick Prine or Dennis Deitch (360-271-1590) if you'd like one out front of your business. It's only $50 a year for one flag. You can pay by clicking the link in the right-hand column.

Honoring those who served


Thursday, November 10, 2022

Vinland Preschool kids screened


Our Poulsbo Lions vision screening team went to Vinland Preschool yesterday. Lions Steve Calhoun, Dan Holt, Laurie Carson, Laurie Sarver and Karen Reitan screened 41 kids, referring 3 on for further testing. #visionscreening

Peace Poster middle schoolers selected

 UPDATE: Alicia's Peace Poster made it through District C4 and is now onto Multiple District 19! Way to go!!!

Congrats to Peace Poster prize winners Alicia Tubb, 12, of Poulsbo Middle School and Thomas Huerta, 13, of Kingston Middle School. They are standing in front of their Peace Posters. Alicia's will be submitted to our district Lions. Each student received a certificate and $50 at today's Poulsbo Lions Club meeting at Vinland Lutheran Church.


Saturday, November 5, 2022

Lions host info booth at Salmon Days

Steve Calhoun and Karl Ostheller ran a Lions information booth at Salmon Days in Poulsbo's Fish Park on Nov. 5. We were assisted by 9 LEOs and members of the visiting Americorps. The LEOs were led by Kaylee O'Neil. They served as greeters and "gofers" for the Parks & Rec organizers of this event. Pictures are Americorps members, Calhoun, O'Neil and PMS LEOs. #salmontour #americorps #poulsbolions #weserve #leos


Thursday, November 3, 2022

Lions screen vision of Silverwood School kids

 Our vision screening team of Poulsbo Lions Steve Calhoun, Karen Reitan and Dan Holt went to Silverwood School Wednesday and screened 69 kids, referring 14 on for further testing.


Starting to garden

Reitan hits membership milestone