Posted on Sep 07, 2018
Rand Hillier
Rand Hillier began the morning with a rap all of his own that was as entertaining as it was informative. The topic was the Poulsbo Rotary Gala Auction coming on October 27th.

Classification talks by Deborah Broughton and Devyn Newcombe

Deborah Broughton Devyn Newcombe
Deborah Broughton and Devyn Newcombe let Poulsbo Rotary into their past, present, and future hopes and wishes in their classification talks. Each new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. 
Cindy Tveit and Kimi Kinoshita
This week, Cindy Tveit and Kimi Kinoshita inspired the rest of us to do good in the world, and each received a recognition award from President Tim Nichols. Congratulations!

Affordable Housing - Greg Wheeler, Mayor of Bremerton

Affordable Housing - Greg Wheeler, Mayor of BremertonGreg Wheeler retired from the U.S. Navy after 34 years as a boiler technician, saying he had skills he felt like he was responsible for sharing with his community. Since 2010, he has served on the Bremerton City Council, and in 2018 he was elected Mayor of Bremerton. “Everyone just wants an opportunity,” he explained regarding the housing crisis in Bremerton. Mayor Wheeler is ready to change his community by explaining that his position on affordable housing is “moving from [a] political issue, to a moral one.” He presented his many plans for Bremerton now and in the future. He plans to take on a rental assistance program for the underprivileged, incentives for those undergoing displacement, and analyzing the “lost opportunity” of the Wheaton Way corridor.  Working with the Department of Community Development (DCD), he hopes to change accessory dwelling unit codes to create more habitable spaces on existing properties, and he hopes to give “more authority to [the] Director for on-sight decisions.” He has also spoken to the DCD about reducing setbacks and the ability to analyze zoning for more living-space opportunites. Along with the housing crisis, Mayor Wheeler plans to implement a program on the Harrison Hospital Campus and the existng site to help the economy by acknowledging the new healthcare and research field emerging in the city. Further informaton can be found on the City of Bremerton Web site at this link.