Lodge News

March 26, 2021

Welcome to the newest members of Bremerton #1181.

Pictured left to right with Exalted Ruler Marc King: Julie Lanphere, Kim Neff, James Travers, Jan Kelly, Caroline Tompson, Jeff Tompson, Shelly Watts, Traci Siasat and Courtney Eberson.

We're happy to have you with us.

March 18, 2021

This year has been tough and we couldn't have done it without outstanding Elks. Please join me in Congratulating the following Elks who were recognized at this year's awards ceremony.

Leslie Williams - Elk of the Year

(our first ever female Elk of the year! It's especially fitting that this ceremony took place during Women's History Month)

Kelly Smith & Don Gossard

Both of these outstanding Elks received Special Service Awards for everything they've done this year.


Heather Beal, our Loyal Knight was also recognized through selection as Officer of the Year.


January 16, 2021

Thank you to the team of people who cook and serve dinners twice a week to our members. Thank you to the members who are buying those meals. It’s keeping our lodge afloat.

September - December 2020

Thanks to the generosity of the Elks National Foundation Spotlight Grant - we used the $2,000 grant money, plus donations from our Lodge members ($335.66) to purchase 1,746 pounds of "hard-fill" items for all nine of the local food banks in the Kitsap FoodBank Coalition.

We also hosted a food drive at the Lodge from. September 2, 2020 - December 31, 2020. Through this drive we donated an additional 545 pounds of food to local food banks.


December 13, 2020

We held a drive-through party with a visit from Santa for the People with Special Needs in our community. Santa wished over 50 kids Merry Christmas!

December 3, 2020

Welcome to our newest members!

October 22, 2020

Welcome to our newest members pictured with Exalted Ruler Marc King: Ed Pinedo and Alex Wall.

September 26, 2020

Welcome to our newest members pictured with Exalted Ruler Marc King: Left to right, Jennifer Froderberg, Robert Galosich & John Baglio.

August 28, 2020

The Zombies Are Coming - Again!

Thanks to the generosity of the Elks National Foundation we have been awarded the $3,500 Beacon Grant to support the Girl Scouts Great Cascadia Zombie Challenge program! This year our focus is on the younger girls (Daisy - Brownies) and we can't wait to get started!

The event is in October and we are looking for volunteers. Contact our grant coordinator (heather.1181elks@gmail.com) for more information.

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August 21, 2020

Supporting Our Local Community

Thanks to the generosity of the Elks National Foundation we have been awarded the $2,000 Spotlight Grant to support the food needs of our community during this COVID crisis.

We are using this generous grant money to purchase "hard-fill" items for all nine of the local food banks that are part of the Kitsap FoodBank Coalition.

We are also hosting a food drive at the Lodge from. September 2, 2020 - December 31, 2020. (click here for a flyer with more information about the food drive)

Finally, we are soliciting donations through our webpage for additional food bank support. Click on our dues and donations webpage (here) for more information or to donate.

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June 1, 2020

Supporting Our Veterans

Thanks to the generosity of the Elks National Foundation we have been awarded the $2,500 Freedom Grant to host a Christmas dinner at Retsil Veteran's Retirement Home in December for around 300 residents of the Retsil Veteran Resident Care Center and Building 9 for Veterans program. The Building 9 for Veterans program is a transitional housing model designed to provide safe and stable housing for both male and female homeless veterans who are committed to returning to employment and/or independent living.

We can't wait to get started and give these deserving men and women the special holiday meal they deserve.

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May 25, 2020

We hope everyone is staying healthy. We are excited to announce our "curbside dining!" In the first two weeks we have sold over 100 dinners each week!!

Please check out the flyer below and contact the Lodge if you have questions.

Meals can be purchased by non-members - so invite a friend!

April 22, 2020

Giving Back to the Community

Thanks to the generosity of the Elks National Foundation Gratitude Grant and our members, our Lodge donated $2,867.04 to nine food banks across Kitsap County!

We supported all nine food banks in the Kitsap County Food Bank Coalition. These food banks include...

  • Helpline House on Bainbridge Island
  • Bremerton Foodline in Bremerton
  • Central Kitsap Food Bank in Silverdale
  • North Mason Food Bank in Belfair
  • North Kitsap Fishline in Poulsbo
  • St. Vincent de Paul in Bremerton
  • The Salvation Army in Bremerton
  • Sharenet in Kingston
  • South Kitsap Helpline in Port Orchard

Because of you, thousands of our neighbors and community members can get food and needed supplies.

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March 15, 2020

Bremerton Elks Lodge #1181 Leadership made the difficult decision to close our Lodge during the COVID-19 outbreak. Just after that decision was made, Washington State Governor Inslee closed all restaurants and social gathering sites (among other things). Bremerton Elks Lodge #1181 is acting in compliance with Grand Lodge closure requirements and hopes to be able to reopen again as soon as COVID-19 is under control.

We appreciate your patience during this difficult time. Rest assured that  we continue to work behind the scenes to help our community during this time of hardship. If you have questions please contact us via email and we will get back with you as soon as possible.

If you would like to help, check out our Gratitude Grant "Match" program that supports the Kitsap County Food Bank Coalition on our Dues and Donations page.

Take care and stay healthy!

February 27, 2020

Welcome to our newest members: Left to right, Tom Makris, Dallas Conley, Larry, Keller O'Rourke, Jessica O'Rourke, Don Ryan, Julie Pearsall, Dawn Day.

January 30, 2020

Welcome to our newest members: Left to right, Robin Johnson, Elizabeth Caires, Tricia Steine, Larry, Michael Haley, Andrew Nowaczyk.

December 21, 2019

Our Lodge held our annual Family Christmas Party and over 100 Members and their families attended.

Treasured guests showed up and a great time was had by all!


November 21, 2019

Welcome to our newest members: Left to right, Bonnie Britten, Greg Busch, Beverly Reitnauer, J. R. Kinnison, Mary Bryant, Ken Ward, Jack Bryant, Stephen Marett, John Frost, Steve Chang. Sallie Carlsen (not pictured).

November 20, 2019

The Bremerton Elks Lodge #1181 was selected as one of 14 Lodges to receive an Impact Grant for 2020! This grant provides $10,000 to build our Reading for Readiness Program that helps prepare children in Head Start and Early Head Start programs for disaster as well as how to handle difficult situations such as bullying, etc. Check out the grant announcement below and watch our Disaster PreparednessDisaster Preparedness Programs page for more information on the program as we have them!

October 31, 2019

The Bremerton Elks Lodge #1181 was featured in an article on the ENF Website for our Beacon Grant work!!

Click on the Article title below the photo below to read the ENF article (PDF version).

Article: Bremerton, WA Lodge #1181 Teaches Scouts How to Zom-Bie Prepared!

October 24, 2019

Welcome to our newest members: Michael Kloser, Debra Cleere, and Marsha Stutey (not pictured).


Also, during the meeting we were honored to present Dick Mallea with a commemorative plaque for his grand generosity in giving $5,000 or more to the Elks National Foundation. Thank you Dick!

September 26, 2019

Welcome to our newest members: Catherine Lee, Victor Keys, Ryan Gilhuly, Richard Swedstedt, and Roger Oliver!

August 10, 2019

Welcome to our newest members: Karen Eckelberrry, George Harding, Billy Waldron, Walter Seaman, Michael Jones, Denise Jones, Alan Bennett, Constance Belk, Timothy Thornton. Jeanett Woods!

18 June 2019

Our Lodge was recognized for our website presence! Congratulations to Jason Wright for all his hard work getting us up to speed. A special thank you also to Pat Staley for her work in getting our Facebook and Twitter pages online and running so well!

18 May 2019

Our Lodge was awarded a Beacon Grant from the Elks National Foundation to support disaster preparedness efforts of the Western Washington Girl Scouts! Save the date - October 5, 2019 the Girl Scouts will be at the Lodge learning how to save their "zombies" from disaster!!!