Sportsman | February 2022

Feb 18, 2022 | President's Message, Sportsman

President’s Message

Well, here we are midway through February, and I’m happy to report that our 2022 membership renewals are starting to show up. We currently have ten paid family memberships and four single memberships. Thanks to those who have renewed and those new members who have recently joined us.

On February 8th, your BSC Officers and Board conducted a conference call meeting. The agenda included the Treasurer’s Report, President’s Report detailing the Lake Tahuya public access update, our website progress, and Election and Seating of officers and Trustees. In addition, the minutes of our conference call was emailed to all the present participants to review for accuracy. Once all comments are gathered with corrections, the minutes will be distributed to those current members of BSC.

Sadly, I report to you that we have lost one of our longtime members, Terry Sonnabend. Terry passed on February 12th. Terry was a loyal and dedicated member of the Bremerton Sportsmen’s Club, past President, and had served on the Board of Trustees. Terry was a true leader not only for the Bremerton Sportsmen’s Club but our community as well. Our hearts go out to his family and friends.

Lake Tahuya Update:

WDFW Property Lake Tahuya Shoreline Substantial Development Permit Environmental Application Number 20-06035. I have nothing new to report other than the WDFW’s permit remains stalled at Kitsap County Department of Community Development. DCD has had this resubmitted permit for 27 days and has done nothing! I spoke with Commissioner Charolette Garrido on February 4th with a promise from her to help move this permit to a public hearing quickly. Unfortunately, as of this date, February 15th, it’s apparent DCD is snubbing their noses at Commissioner Garrido, WDFW staff, Bremerton Sportsmen’s Club, Washington State, and local communities desiring public access to local lakes for recreation.

As recent as February 3rd, Bremerton Sportsmen’s Club hand-delivered an informational Lake Tahuya packet to all three Kitsap County Commissioners requesting action. Only Commissioner Garrido has reached out to us. To my knowledge, neither Commissioner Gelder nor Commissioner Wolfe has responded to our request. It’s now time for all of us to let it be known that this is not a new permit but only an updated resubmittal permit with additional information provided by WDFW information requested by Kitsap County DCD. It’s now time to let it be known we demand this Lake Tahuya public access permit for Lake Tahuya be moved to a public hearing.

When will we meet in person?

Many are asking this question, and I propose we hold our general meeting in person on March 22nd at the Bremerton Trap and Skeet Club, 7553 State Hwy. 3 S.W., Bremerton WA. Pot luck at 6:00 PM with the General Meeting to follow at 7:00 PM. March 22nd is the fourth Tuesday of the month, which meets our 4th Tuesday of the month, meeting schedule requirements per BSC Bi-Laws. I would appreciate your input on my proposal, call or email with your thoughts. Thanks in advance.

In closing, it’s now time to renew our membership. If you haven’t already done so, please consider renewing for 2022. Mail your membership renewal to our post office box at P.O. Box 522 Bremerton, WA 98337, or you can also renew on the website at

Until we have the opportunity to meet again, stay safe, get outdoors and play. Reminder, Area 10 reopens for salmon on February 24th.

Ron Flerx
President – BSC
360-328-4954 (C)

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