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Semancik group names its heroes
Six heroes from Bremerton were honored Oct. 26 by the Semancik Foundation for their contributions in the area of public service.
The six are: Mike O’Brien, Rick Walker, Tony Boddie, Nathan Adrain, Glen Godfrey, and Myra Clodius.
Mayor Patty Lent offered the keynote address in which she told of her love of Bremerton and the responsibility to provide a positive path for youth.
Retired U.S. Congressman Norm Dicks, selected as a Bremerton Hero in 2008, regaled the audience with stories of some of his role models as he attended the Bremerton schools.
New hero, Glen Godfrey, who was the longtime executive director of the Bremerton Family YMCA, spoke of his passion for helping kids develop a positive life-style. Godfrey often surrendered a portion of his director’s stipend in the interest of aiding youth programs at his Y.
Tony Boddie and Mike O’Brien praised the value of education and following your dreams as a key to success.
Ninety-three-year-old Myra Clodius was honored and applauded for her years of work in the mental health field.
With the 2013 inductees, there are now 22 Bremerton Heroes, who followed many different paths in their quest to help the young and love of community, in the Semancik Hall of Fame.
The Semancik Foundation has been honoring Bremerton Heroes since 2006 in the Semancik Victory Park at Memorial Stadium.
This year, Bremerton High School and members of the community asked to increase the visibility of this honor and dedicate a wall of Bremerton Hero photos in the Bremerton High School Commons.
The community is welcome to nominate activists for future honors through a nomination process. The mission of this group is to provide Bremerton High School students with local community-oriented role models so that they may aspire to walk in their shoes, and to appreciate and honor those whose dedication and service have made the community a better place to live and schools a better place to learn.
The foundation is named in honor of Chuck Semancik who was honored in 2006.