Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce

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County Commissioner Christine Rolfes (Courtesy Kitsap County Democrats)

Christine Rolfes Named County Commissioner

State Sen. Christine Rolfes, D-Bainbridge Island, will join the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners following an appointment to the board.

In an interview with the Kitsap Sun, Rolfes said she planned to step down from her seat in the Senate later this summer, which would set off another appointment process to name a new senator to represent the 23rd District.

Current county commissioners Charlotte Garrido and Katie Walters approved Rolfes appointment Monday morning.

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The Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial

National Parks Service Awards BIJAEM $600,000

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), and U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D, W-06) announced June 2 that four Japanese American Confinement Sites grants have been awarded to organizations in the State of Washington, including one that will help fund completion of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial Visitor Center.

Said Rep. Kilmer: “A new visitor center will help future generations better understand the heartbreaking stories chronicled at the Bainbridge Island memorial, describing how families were forcibly removed from their homes, and will help remind us that we must always be vigilant in fighting prejudice and discrimination.”

More Details from Rep. Kilmer

Council member Leslie Schneider demos one of the new ZEV co-op EV vehicles

New Community Car Share and City Hall EV Charging Stations

Eagle-eyed islanders may have already spotted four new Public EV Charging Stations at City Hall - paid for with grants from the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Zero-Emissions Access Program.

  • Two are available for anyone with an electric vehicle to pay and use
  • Two are dedicated for use by a new community carshare program administered by Bainbridge's ZEV co-op.

ZEV co-op is a non-profit consumer cooperative: While anyone can access the co-op’s electric vehicles, member-owners enjoy special benefits and democratically control the priorities and direction of the co-op.

The new EV chargers and carshare program will be officially launched with a ribbon cutting ceremony at City Hall on Tuesday June 13 at 4pm.

Learn More From COBI

Photo credit: Kitsap Transit

Chamber Workshop: New Workforce Options From Kitsap Transit

Bainbridge workers can save thousands of dollars a year on commuting by vanpool and rideshare services (in addition to BI-Ride and regular buses). Vanpools can even operate on Sundays!

Kitsap Transit is offering a FREE workshop on Thursday, June 22 at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art for employers, employees, and the public to learn more about its transportation services and receive one-on-one assistance to craft a new commuting plan for your company.

RSVP For June 22 Workshop

Photo courtesy of PSE.

Puget Sound Energy Signs Electrification Agreement with Washington State Ferries

This partnership includes electrification of eight ferry terminals in the PSE service area, beginning with the Bainbridge Island terminal.

“With this partnership for the Bainbridge Island terminal and beyond, we’re on our way to achieving the 2040 long-range goal of reducing emissions by 90%,” says Matt von Ruden, System Electrification Program Administrator at Washington State Ferries. “We appreciate PSE’s commitment to this program because developing and implementing new technologies takes everyone working together.”

More About the Project

U.S. Added 'Stunning Strong' 339,000 Jobs in May

Hiring surged last month as U.S. employers added 339,000 jobs, far above expectations, according to a report from the Labor Department on Friday.

The job gains for March and April were also stronger than previously reported. The April jobs figure was revised up by 41,000, while the March number was revised up by 52,000.

The strong jobs numbers indicate the U.S. jobs engine continues to chug along, with substantial hiring in business services, health care and hospitality.

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COBI Hosts June 9 Overview of New Residential Building Code Requirements 

The State of Washington is about to adopt the 2021 Fire and Building Codes, including the new Wildland-Urban Interface Code which will affect development projects on Bainbridge Island with regard to defensible space requirements - specifically vegetation management and use of ignition-resistant building materials.

The Chamber is partnering with COBI to invite our local community of architects, developers, builders, construction, and vegetation management professionals to an upcoming information session at City Hall this Friday, June 9 from 2-5pm.

It is a drop-in event, with a short presentation given at the top of each hour, and will also be available to remote attendees via zoom.

More From COBI's Planning Dept

Jessica Perkins volunteering on July 4th with Anthem singer Stephanie Reese. Photo courtesy of Keith Brofsky.

Volunteers: We Need You To Help The Island on July 4th!

It is the Island's big day - and it truly takes an entire community of volunteers to make the magic happen - which is where you, beloved community members, are needed to help all go smoothly at the Grand Old 4th of July...

From marshaling the parade to working the beer garden, to directing downtown traffic... we have tasks for one and all - and would love to have your help for a couple of hours on the big deal.

We know you will do it for the fun, but to sweeten the deal, you will also get an exclusive volunteer July 4th t-shirt (thanks to m52gear)!

Sign Up to Volunteer!

Note: There is no council meeting this week


  • COBI hosts June 9 overview of new residential building code requirements


L-R: Stefan Goldby (Chamber), Eleanor Ford (Winner), Christine Nhan (PSE), Jessica Perkins (Chamber)

Eleanor Ford - Grand Old 4th Poster Contest Winner

As the preparations for the Grand Old 4th kick into high gear, the Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with BIMA, KiDiMu, and Scrappy Art Lab) invited all current elementary, middle and high school aged students to create original works of art, with a winning entry featured as the event's official poster.

In association with contest sponsors Puget Sound Energy, we are delighted to announce Eleanor Ford, a soon-to-be graduating senior at Bainbridge High School as the 2023 First-Place Winner.

Eleanor recently dropped by the Chamber offices to receive her $500 prize - Keep your eye out for the 2023 poster coming soon to a window/message board near you!

Read More in The Island Wanderer

Grand Old 4th of July

We are preparing to celebrate the Island's largest and longest-running island tradition - The Grand Old 4th!

As your hosts, the Chamber is still accepting entries for the Hometown Parade and Classic Car Show - but only for another couple of weeks!

Important Deadline Dates:

  • June 16 - Parade Entry Deadline
  • June 23 - Car Show Entry Deadline
All About the Grand Old 4th

Eleven Winery & Oysters - photo courtesy of Salish Sea Greens

Sold Out: June After Hours at Cogwheel Construction & Salish Sea Greens

Thur June 8, 5:30pm

We look forward to seeing all the Chamber members who have RSVP'ed for this week's Chamber After Hours at Cogwheel Construction.

Network with other business owners under the sun, drinking Eleven Wine and enjoying oysters & ceviche from Salish Sea Greens.

Tickets are always free for Chamber members and available to a limited number of non-member guests for $20.

Add Yourself to the Waitlist
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Organization Overdrive

Driven by a genuine passion for home organization, Organization Overdrive was founded to extend Sarah Duncan's years of personal experience and expertise to help others transform their living spaces.

Through hands-on guidance and instruction, Sarah empowers you to effectively maintain and utilize these solutions, ensuring a lasting sense of calm, comfort and confidence in your organized space.

Let her help you unleash the potential of your home and equip you with the tools for long-term organizational success. 

Visit Organization Overdrive


New Owners Bring New Feel To 5 Bainbridge Restaurants

This week's Bainbridge Review takes a look at the new owners (many of them familiar local faces) now in place at a group of island favorites including Agate, Amelia Wynn, Streamliner Diner, Plate & Pint, Treehouse Café...

Full Article in The Review

Library Construction Looms

From Monday, June 12 through Saturday, June 24, the Bainbridge Island Library branch will be closed for building maintenance.  

No items will be due back to the library from June 12-17, as no returns can be accepted. Curbside hold pickups will become available from June 20-24, but all hold pickup deadlines will be extended to Friday, June 30.

Note: the Rainbow Refashion: A Pride Upcycling Workshop will continue as planned on June 24 .  

Visit the Library Website

Vote for New Winslow Water Tank Graphic Design

We would like your feedback on the graphic design of the new Winslow Water Tank going in early next year. There are five options for the tank graphics which were reviewed with the City Council in late May. Weigh in on your preferred look by June 12. 

The new Winslow Water Tank will be located near the other City water tanks on the northwest side of the Bainbridge High School property. 

Cast Your Vote


Work Party with Bainbridge Land Trust

Wed June 7,

9 - 11am or 4 - 6pm

Meet new people, visit unique conservation lands, and support the Land Trust’s ongoing stewardship efforts! Volunteers will be at Hilltop Preserve for a joint work party with BIMPD.

Learn about these Work Parties

Island Volunteer Caregiver's Annual Gather & Give Auction

Thur June 8, 5:30pm

This year’s auction, at Kiana Lodge, will feature live music by Bischoff Trio during a champagne meet and greet followed by a signature plated salmon dinner and the famous dessert dash between the live auction and paddle call.

To Purchase Tickets & Learn More

Learn Composting

Fri June 9, 2 -3 pm

Learn how easy it is to make your own compost in your backyard from food scraps and yard waste, led by John Barutt, master composter. It’s free. 

Info at this Free Library Event

BIMA Bash 2023: A Pass10nate Affair

June 9 & 10

It’s the liveliest party of the decade! The BIMA Bash! is back and in person!

Prepare to be tempted by must-have works of art, highly sought-after travel packages, and tantalizing culinary experiences.

Learn about the Party, Gala, & Raffle

Join the BI Police Dept for 2023 Boaters Fair

Sat June 10, 10 am - 2pm

Tour the 33-foot SAFE Boat, "Marine 8", that’s used for search and rescue missions at Eagle Harbor Waterfront Park Dock.

Learn about knot-tying, cruise planning and vessel inspections with the Coast Guard Auxiliary who started the event to teach people about boating safety.

More about this free family event

Historic Lynwood Theatre 87th Birthday Celebration Renovation Fundraiser Event

Wed June 21, 9am - midnight

The Historic Lynwood Theater's annual celebration of the arts include movies, music, magic, food, an auction, raffles, a film festival, merchandise, along with the live filming of all events to create a documentary video. All donated proceeds will go toward upgrading the historic Island venue, including curtains, seats, sound system and several other necessary structural improvements.

Tickets & More Info

For more Bainbridge Island events head over to the community calendar at


Business Info Brochure Racks:

Expanded capacity for 4x9" rack cards in our indoor and outdoor racks at both Ferry Info Kiosk + Winslow Way Info Desk.

Email For Details

Via Rosa Conference Room:

Seating for 10 people, a 50” video screen + giant whiteboard wall – Avail. for 60-minute or 120-minute sessions

Book the Room

PSE Spotlight Pop-Up Window:

Prime position 6ft x 6ft area comes with display stand, power, internet + 43" monitor - available for 2 or 3 week slots.

Book A Pop-Up

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