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  • Did you know?In 2005, in response to the Silverdale community’s need for a playground, over 24,000 old athletic shoes were collected from across Kitsap County and recycled through Nike to help create the Silverdale Waterfront Park playground? LEARN MORE >
  • Did you know?Two steel beams recovered from the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center terrorist attack were brought to Kitsap County through a Leadership Kitsap project team? LEARN MORE >
  • Did you know?" UPDATE: The Prescription Drug Take Back program opened to the public on April 8, 2013. One year later, the Kitsap County Sheriff’s office has collected 1,231.33 pounds of medication." – Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office LEARN MORE >
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Class of 2016 will begin January 2, 2015

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One Book, One Community
This month, the Board of Directors is reading Kitsap Regional Libraries One Book One Community book, "The Boys in the Boat" by Daniel James Brown. It is a fantastic read that will lead to great discussion about different forms of leadership. If you'd like to join in the community discussion, check it out.

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Challenge Day/Event Sponsors
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Message from the President:

Jessie Palmer, President of the BoardAs Leadership Kitsap embarks on its 20th year of service to the community, I am honored to serve as Board President. The need for future leaders to address community needs and maintain our quality of life remains as important today as it was twenty years ago. I am humbled by this opportunity to serve such a great organization that has played a part in shaping me as a leader.

I have been involved with Leadership Kitsap for seven years, starting as a class of 2008 graduate, followed by a year serving as a Project Co-chair, and most recently as a member of the Leadership Kitsap Board of Directors. During those years, I have seen our curriculum grow and evolve into the exceptional program that we offer today. I have also experienced the impact of our community service projects and how they have improved the quality of life for Kitsap County residents. The success of Leadership Kitsap is directly attributable to our dedicated Board of Directors, the generous support of community leaders and sponsors, and our outstanding class members.

I am excited for the new curriculum year and what is in store for the class of 2015. Thank you for your involvement and continued support of Leadership Kitsap. Here is to another great year!


Jessie Palmer

President of the Board

Gary Simpson (LK97) Receives Leadership Kitsap
Alumni Association Award

Kathy Nelson, Gary Simpson, Harriett BryantEvery year the Leadership Kitsap Alumni Association (LKAA) recognizes a Leadership Kitsap Alumni member who has been involved in the community performing volunteerism and leadership. This year the award winner is Gary Simpson. Gary was nominated by Irmgard Davis who writes, “Hello Leadership Kitsap, I'm writing to nominate this person for the Leadership Kitsap Alumni Award. I've known this person for several years and he has always been involved as a community volunteer. He is a leader, an inspiration, and dedicated to helping others.”

Along with being a 29 year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office and in-coming Kitsap County Sheriff, Gary has been an active member of the community, volunteering his time and expertise to several non-profit organizations since graduating from South Kitsap High School. These organizations include, but are not limited to, Boy Scouts of America, Rotary, Silverdale Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Leadership Kitsap, Outside Homeless Committee, and Special Olympics of Washington. Currently Gary serves as an Advisory Board member for Compassionate Friends, and is on the Board of Directors for the YWCA and Kitsap Habitat for Humanity.

Thank you to Gary from The Leadership Kitsap Alumni Association for being such a valued member of our community.

Leadership Kitsap Alumni Planning 20th Year Celebration
and New Events


In April, the Leadership Kitsap Board of Directors voted to have the LK Alumni Chair a voting member of the Board. I am pleased to announce that David Emmons (LK14) and David Walters (LK03) are co-chairs of the committee and are excited to engage the Leadership Kitsap alumni this year!

The LK Alumni committee is thrilled to announce some exciting new events and programs.  We need your help to launch them and to get the word out. One of the most exciting events that needs planning is the 20 year celebration of Leadership Kitsap.  Leadership Kitsap became a 501c3 in April 1993.  The first class graduated in June 1995. 

Other exciting news for LKAA:

  • Continuing education events
  • Socials and interesting speakers
  • Book club
  • Other ideas???

Please contact David Emmons or David Walters if you are interested in participating in any or all of the planning opportunites for LKAA this year.

David Emmons: demmons@olympic.edu

David Walters: mdavidwalters@hotmail.com

A New Strategy: Incorporating Positive Leadership into Challenge Days

This year, the LK Board approved a pilot program using Positive Leadership (PL) principles to augment our existing curriculum and to extend the discussion of leadership development beyond one challenge day to all days. In response to continued feedback from LK graduates, the Curriculum Committee researched and found a program that could effectively enhance our current leadership curriculum. The original PL program was created by Adam Seaman (former President of Leadership Tulsa) to address the need for community-based programs to incorporate leadership competencies into their curriculum. Today, there are thousands of communities across the country using Adam’s methodology to great advantage. Piloting the program with this year’s class allows the curriculum committee time to refine program elements to fit our process and desired outcomes.

Positive Leadership is based on Positive Psychology, which shifts the focus of attention from what’s wrong with people, to what is right with them. Taking this approach allows us to focus on people’s strengths and how we can naturally leverage their talents to build stronger (and more positive) communities. The PL program teaches seven core competencies: Authenticity, Purpose, Sponsorship, Resilience, Community Building, Reason and Gratitude that in aggregate have this impact. This is how it works - at each Challenge Day, one of the core competencies is presented and discussed amongst participants.  They will have prepared for these discussions by pre-reading a chapter on the competency and reflecting on their own experience using it. Positive Leadership also dovetails with the StrengthFinder assessment, and extends one’s understanding of servant leadership in practical ways. If LK’s experience with PL mirrors that of other community-based leadership programs, then it will go a long way toward providing future classes with a more robust leadership and learning experience.

Leadership Kitsap's Positive Impact on Kitsap County

For over 20 years, Leadership Kitsap service projects have helped to strengthen and transform the entire community. Each year, our service projects significantly impact the lives of thousands of Kitsap County residents.

Explore the positive impact of Leadership Kitsap service projects through our Community Impact Map.

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