Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Lions feel loss of Tom Stark


We're sorry to say we lost a great Poulsbo Lion in Tom Stark, 82. He died Dec. 11. He was a fun guy with a great sense of humor.
Tom's twin brother, Jim, was also a Poulsbo Lion who passed away many years ago.
A service was held at Central Kitsap Presbyterian Church Dec. 22, 2023. Donations can be made to the Central Kitsap Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund or the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
Arrangements are entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home of Bainbridge Island, WA

Tuesday, December 26, 2023

Poulsbo Middle School LEOs spread joy


From LEO club advisor Kate Cox-Ebert
The Panther LEO Club ran a Teddy Bear Drive to gather new stuffed animals to give to children undergoing treatment at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital during the holidays. They gathered over a dozen bears, dragons, puppies, and koalas to add to the 50+ toys gathered by the Poulsbo Lions Club.

The LEOs are also holding a Winter Warmth Drive to benefit Georgia's House, a shelter facility in Kitsap County providing refuge for families in need. We just completed our first delivery of "wish list" items last week, and will do a second delivery after the winter break. So far, students have collected over 150 lbs of "wish list" items from clothing to cleaning supplies.

#WeAreNKSD #BestStudentsEverNKSD

Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Happy times for Loads of Change clients


McQuinn was overjoyed to receive a special Christmas card with $100 bill inside.

Shauna couldn't believe her luck!

Mike gratefully gave hugs for his card

It was a memorable Loads of Change today as three clients went home with $100 each for the holidays. Numbers we're drawn at 3 pm, 4 pm and 5 pm. You can see the photos below.
Poulsbo Lions spent $373, serving 28 people with 66 loads of wash and 72 loads in the dryer.
Many thanks to Ray and Ria McMahon for their service tonight, Dennis Tesch, Lee Metcalf, Terry Blais and Dennis Deitch.

Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Laundry day for unhoused tomorrow

One more sleep and then it's time to do the laundry for the unhoused and needy low-income of North Kitsap. Last load should be in the washer by 5:30 pm so there's time to dry it.


Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Join our club!

 We're always looking for good people who want to do great things in our community! You're welcome to attend a Thursday meeting at Vinland Lutheran Church, 2790 Finn Hill Rd. Coffee and water are available. We start at 12:15 and end at 1:15 with fun, announcements and a program in between!


Sunday, December 10, 2023

Make your contribution count at tax time


Make a contribution to Poulsbo Lions Raab Foundation Bellringer Fund and get a nice deduction on your taxes! Our Bellringer Fund helps with hunger, vision, hearing, at-risk youth, veterans and so many people who need a hand up here in our North Kitsap community. You can contribute online by visiting and hitting the Donate button, or by mailing a check to Poulsbo Lions, POB 1244, Poulsbo, WA 98370.

Friday, December 8, 2023

Poulsbo Lions sing in style at Christmas party


Poulsbo Lions celebrated Christmas with stuffed animals for Mary Bridge Children's Center, good food and drink, and lots of great company at the Clearwater Casino Resort Thursday, Dec. 7.
Sherri tested us with Christmas trivia, and Dori, Elda, Karen and Karl led the singing of Christmas carols, including the traditional Twelve Days of Christmas.
Lee Metcalf, Andy Hento, Steve Calhoun and Scott Puhn

Kevin Hogan, Gretchen Dunmire and Beth Olsen

Alan and Michele Grenier

Jackie, Kimberly and Joe Stenstrom

Alan and Michele Grenier, Pat Burch and Ginny Risley

Dori and John Swokowski

Becky and Dave Damazo
Guest with Michele Grenier and Laurie Carson

Scott and Bev Puhn

Laurie Sarver and Kim DeArton

Karen and Steve Calhoun

Pauline Ostheller and Ginny Risley

Pat and Sherri Burch

Karen Reitan and Dori Swokowski

Connie Lord, guest, Elda Armstrong

Laurie Sarver and David Risley

Friday, December 1, 2023

Our calendar photos featured at Hot Shotz Java downtown for December

We've got 2024 NK Photo Calendars at Hot Shots Java, 18881 Front St, Poulsbo! They'll be featured for the entire month of December Come and see the beautiful photos and grab a coffee and sandwich.

Calendar Co-Chair Dennis Deitch with the framed calendar photos

We also have calendars available in the following stores: The Maritime Museum on Front Street in Poulsbo, Coast Do It Best Hardware in the Poulsbo Village Shopping Center, Fluff N Stuff on Finn Hill, The Historical Society, Red Apple Market on Viking Ave., Farmers Insurance on Jensen Way, and Hansville Grocery in Hansville.

A merry month indeed

 Jon DeArman's beautiful photo of a decorated Port Gamble Theater was featured in our 2023 NK Photo Calendar.

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

One size fits all when it comes to this stocking stuffer


Please join us in our 2024 NK Photo Calendar campaign!
We're now offering to mail your calendars if you buy 2+. The options below are for 2, 3 and 4 calendars. Just click on the link:

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Get the biggest bang for your buck on Giving Tuesday here!

It's Giving Tuesday! And you can give to 5 helpful agencies at once by donating to the Poulsbo Lions Bellringer Fund. Donations benefit Fishline Food Bank, ShareNet Food Bank, The Coffee Oasis, St. Vincent de Paul at St. Olaf's, and American Legion Post 245.

Visit our blog at and click on the Donate button below. Or, you may send a check to Poulsbo Lions, PO Box 1244, Poulsbo, WA 98370. And enjoy a WONDERFUL day!


Sunday, November 26, 2023

Our 2024 NK Photo Calendars make GREAT stocking stuffers


Nesika Bay by Bob Rosenbladt

Don't forget your 2024 NK Photo Calendar, a Poulsbo Lions fundraiser, for your stocking stuffers this year! At $10 each, they're a bargain - AND they're 13 months instead of the regular 12.
These community supporters have calendars available: Maritime Museum, Fluff N Stuff, Red Apple Poulsbo, Coast Do It Best Hardware, Farmers Insurance on Jensen Way, Hansville Grocery and the Historical Society.
Proceeds benefit OUR community in the way of eye exams, eyeglasses, hearing aids, improving parks, and helping kids and veterans.

Saturday, November 18, 2023

Viking Avenue clean once more

Poulsbo Lions picked up 5 bags of trash from Viking Avenue Nov. 15!

Thank you Sherri and Pat Burch, Greg Supancheck, and Pat Osler.

Friday, November 17, 2023

NKHS Leos earn Leo Excellence Award


It was a great day for our North Kitsap High Leos! The club earned the Leo Club Excellence Award, which was presented today by MD19N District Governor Lisa Ikeda.
Above: L to R: Poulsbo Lions President Larry Linn, Frosh Rep: Dagny Melone, Leo Secretary: Emma Nodolf, Leo President: Ava Obernberger, Leo Treasurer: Tiffany Le, Leo VP: Audrey Crossgrove, and Ikeda.
On hand were NKHS Leo Advisor Karl Ostheller and Zone Chair Patrick Burch.

District Governor Lisa Ikeda presents NKHS Leo President Ava Obernberger with the Leo Excellence Award as Lion Advisor Karl Ostheller looks on.
2023-2024 NKHS Leos


Calendars now available at Coast Do It Best Hardware

Do you have your calendar yet?

For $10 you will be supporting sight, hearing, kids, parks, veterans, the unhoused and low income and more right here in North Kitsap!
We now have calendars available at Coast Do It Best Hardware in the Poulsbo Village Shopping Center.
Other locations: Red Apple on Viking Way, Fluff N Stuff, Maritime Museum, Historical Society and Hansville Grocery Store.


Thursday, November 16, 2023

Peters, Cary are club Peace Poster winners


Jane Peters (holding certificate) with mom and grandparents

Our Poulsbo Lions Club and Leo Advisor Karl Ostheller are proud to announce our 2023 Peace Poster prize winners - Aidan Cary representing Kingston Middle School (pictured with his mom and grandma), and Jane Peters representing Poulsbo Middle School (pictured with her mom and grandparents). Both students received a certificate and gift card. The Peace Posters will go on to the Lions' district competition. Way to go!
Aidan Cary with mom and grandma


Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Loads of Change reaches 50 unhoused and low-income in November




Josh and Mike were just 2 of the 50 people Poulsbo Lions served today at the Village Laundromat during our monthly Loads of Change.
We spent $645 ($45 in Lions' donations).
We washed 115 loads and dried 105.
Special thanks to Lions Ray and Ria McMahon for being an integral part of the program, and Lions Dennis Tesch and Terry Blais.

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Laundry for unhoused and low income at laundromat tomorrow


This is tomorrow, Weds., Nov. 15, from 2-6 pm. We ask that the last load of laundry go in the washing machine no later than 5:30 pm so there's time to dry it!

Sunday, November 12, 2023

Camp Leo dinner raises $80,000


Lion Pauline Ostheller

Poulsbo Lions Karl and Pauline Ostheller attended the Camp Leo Founders dinner hosted by T1 United Fundraiser at Boeing's Museum of Flight recently. The event raised $80,000 for the Camp Leo program, which is dedicated to enriching the lives of those affected by Type 1 Diabetes through programs that inspire, empower, educate, and promote community. The Osthellers presented the Poulsbo Lions' contribution of $1,500 to the fundraiser.


Starting to garden

Reitan hits membership milestone