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19 May 2018
1 Jun 2018

Hands-on Service Projects - June Events

by Adam Mihlstin

We have two hands-on community service projects lined up for June.  Please note them for your calendar.  We hope to see a healthy turnout from our members in support of the following events:

  • Saturday, June 2nd @ 10am / Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank – approximately 10 – 12 volunteers to do odd jobs (i.e. pack food, sort clothing, etc.) around the IFCB warehouse.  {The Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank is committed to providing quality food, clothing and other items to its customers. They have a special emphasis on healthy foods and work hard to get fresh, local produce into the homes of its customers.}
  • Saturday, June 16th @10am / Tavon Learning Center – approximately 12 – 15 volunteers to do gardening, landscaping and greenhouse work.  Tavon has a beautiful wooded campus that requires maintenance.  {Tavon Learning Center contributes to the vitality of the greater Seattle communities by providing active learning and community programs that empower adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to acquire home and community skills for living better.}

Please follow up with Adam Mihlstin for any questions related to the two events above.


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17 March 2018
24 Mar 2018

Eastside Baby Corner Update

by Kaj Pedersen

Helen Banks from Eastside Baby Corner speaks to our members

Our thanks to Helen Banks who addressed our Rotary members on the work of the Eastside Baby Corner in giving children a stronger start in life with adequate food, clothing, beds or safety equipment.  BBRC has supported Eastside Baby Corner and we look forward to continuing to do so in the not too distant future.  We will be looking to organize a work project at the Issaquah facility in July /August and more information will be made nearer the time.  We will keep you posted.

10 March 2018
17 Mar 2018

Tavon Learning Center Update

by Kaj Pedersen

Therese Vafaeezadeh from the Tavon Leaning Center updates our members

Therese Vafaeezadeh, the Founder and President of the Tavon Learning Center, addressed our members about the center’s work.  The mission of the center is to contribute to the vitality of our community by providing active learning and community programs that empower adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to acquire home and community living skills.  Very much a mission that aligns with the BBRC’s goal of supporting the local services within the local community.

BBRC made a donation of $2,000 to the Tavon Learning Center.  Part of this donation included a $500 contribution from District 5030’s Speed Grant and again demonstrates the power of Rotary in its collaboration across the organization.

19 January 2018
17 Feb 2018

Got Fruits & Veggies? . . . . Rotary First Harvest

by Adam Mihlstin

David Bobanick receives BBRC’s donation from Adam Mihlstin

This past Friday BBRC donated $6,751 to Rotary First Harvest in honor of Michel Carter’s many contributions.  David Bobanick was our guest speaker this past Friday and received the donation.

David’s presentation highlighted some of the numbers associated with RFH.  Most impressive is the 200,000,000 pounds of healthy fruits and vegetables distributed to food banks since 1982.  This accomplishment is even more impressive as nearly half the food grown in the US goes to waste.  David’s presentation also included a short slide show highlighting Michel.  {Link to Slide Show}

David also presented the Golden Donut Award to BBRC.  The Golden Donut Award recognizes that (per capita) BBRC clocked the most work-party volunteer hours for 2017.

The donation to RFH was a direct result of BBRC members donating to the 2017 annual Turkey Drive which enabled the Community Service Committee to purchase 60 frozen turkeys.  The turkeys were delivered to Hopelink, Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank and the Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank.  We had a surplus of funds and the amount above is what was donated to RFH.

Specific to our Turkey Drive fund raising efforts, a few members stepped-up and generously donated above our expectations. They included, Steven Goldfarb, Matt DiJulio, Alan Bohling, Tom Leonidas and Morris Kremen.  Thank you, gentlemen!  Your support is greatly appreciated.

15 December 2017
12 Jan 2018

Some Assembly Required – Traditions!

by Adam Mihlstin

Happy Holidays to All and Thank You to All who contributed to this years’ Giving Tree.

We collected over $1,250 of gifts and $175 of gift cards, all donated to Hopelink’s Bellevue facility.  Hopelink and their merry helpers will distribute these gifts throughout the community.

Special thanks to Clint Merriman and his company Insperity for their generous donation of toys and socks.

9 December 2016
31 Dec 2016

Thanksgiving Turkey Drive

by Adam Mihlstin

Just a quick FYI and Thank you!

Nice work Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club! Donated 60 turkeys to Hopelink, Issaquah Food Bank and Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank, plus a cash donation to Rotary First Harvest. Close to $1,500 raised to feed families in our community.

Story posted in the Snoqualmie Valley Star.



18 November 2016
18 Dec 2016

BBRC Annual Turkey Drive - Gobble Gobble!

Reply to Adam Mihlstin

Thank you to all who generously donated to this year’s annual Turkey Drive.  We were successful in raising enough money to purchase 60 turkeys that’ll be delivered to HopeLink, Issaquah Food Bank and the Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank.

A BIG thank you to QFC (Bellevue Square store), Cary Kopczynski / CKC Engineers, Tom Leonidas / Wood Harbinger and Rick McManus / Bellevue Optometry for kick-starting the fund-raising with donations of $250 each.

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey.

Any additional funds raised will be donated to Rotary First Harvest.

Have a great holiday season!

Your Turkey Chairman – Adam

15 July 2016
31 Aug 2016

Congregation For The Homeless / St. Thomas Church

Reply to Adam Mihlstin

A big shout-out to several Club members.  The St. Thomas Church reached out to BBRC last week in hopes we could support their efforts to house and feed 30 homeless men for the month of July.

The original request was to sponsor one lunch.  With the generosity of Fred Barkman, Brian Evison, Paul Cunnington, John Schwager, Colin Radford and Adam Mihlstin we raised over $200 and procured bread, deli meats, fruit, chips, snacks and bottled water for 3 to 4 days of lunches.

Thank you gentlemen!

4 December 2015
15 Dec 2015

Give to our Giving Tree this Christmas!

Reply to Morris Kremen

Please take a tag, and make some child or family really, really happy this Christmas.  Contact Morris if you need more tags, or if you forgot to pick one up at the meeting today.  Please remember to bring your new gift, unwrapped to next Friday’s, or take it to the home of Cassie Swoope and her family at 4133 158th Ave SE, Bellevue, before noon on Monday 14th

28 November 2015
3 Dec 2015

Thanksgiving Mystery!

by Paul Osborn

An undisclosed number of turkeys were delivered to the local community last Thursday.  Members of the BBRC could not be contacted for comment, but we are hoping for a statement from President Chapman next Friday.  What is certain, however, is that the BBRC wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!



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