The first Rotary Auction was held in 1960 to raise money to buy land for the Bainbridge Island Public Library.  Not only did this mark the beginning of a unique and revered community event, it also represented the first instance when the event’s revenues were used to support a major community project. Over the past 57 years, money from the Large Grants (Huney) Fund has been used to help provide a wide variety of projects that have vastly improved the quality of life on Bainbridge Island.  These projects include:

Purchasing land, facilities, and equipment for numerous parks and the Park District, such as:

  •  Battle Point Park:
               • Kids Up Playground Renovation – 2019 and 2001    
               • 2 new Soccer Fields – 2008
               • Transmitter Building – 2004 
               • Ritchie Observatory Building – 1990
 
  • Rotary Field Park – 2015, 2013 and 1962
  • Owens Playground - 2015
  • The Waypoint - 2012
  • A movable stage for the Park District – 2009
  • Rotary Centennial Park – 2005
  • Bainbridge Aquatic Center: • Ray Williamson Pool – 2002• Don Nakata Pool – 2004
  • Fort Ward State Park Boat Launch Ramp – 1972
  • Pritchard Park – 2003
  • Funding a ballot measure to create the Bainbridge Island Park District – 1965Eagledale Park – purchase land – 1968

Additional support for the Bainbridge Island Public Library, such as:

  • Refresh, Revitalize and Renovate Project – 2016
  • Funding to help double the size of the Library – 1996
  • Remodeling the Library – 1981Furnishings for the Library – 1961

Other funded projects include:

  • Bainbridge Community Foundation for COVID relief- 2020
  • Bainbridge General Store - website development for downtown merchants - 2020
  • Bainbridge Island Rowing Center construction costs - 2019
  • AEDs (Automated External Defribillators) throughout the island - 2018
  • Kitsap Humane Society renovation - 2018
  • Morrow Manor (Poulsbo) help with construction cost - 2017
  • Fort Ward Community Hall – construction funding – 2016
  • Island Wood – 4th Sleeping Lodge – 2008
  • West Sound Wildlife Shelter – install and improvements to donated building – 2008
  • Children’s Museum – Improvements – 2003
  • Bainbridge Island Historical Museum• Move school building to current site –  1969 & 1970• Repair of building and heating system, Reference Library – 2003
  • WWII Nikkei Internment and Exclusion Memorial – 2003 Bainbridge Island Commons – Help with construction cost – 1994
  • Helpline House Storage Facility – 1989 and 1992
  • Purchase of a new medical aid vehicle for the Fire Protection District – 1987
*Large Grant (Huney) named after Judd Huney, Past President of our Rotary Club (1953 – 54), who was instrumental in establishing the Large Grants (Huney) Fund from which we provide the money for the Large Grants.