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17 February 2018
24 Feb 2018

Rotarian of the Month (February) - Laura Cosacchi

by Kaj Pedersen

Laura Cosacchi being recognized as our February Rotarian of the Month

Well done to Laura Cosacchi for being Rotarian of the Month for February. Laura’s work with our Forest Ridge Interact group has seen the group’s involvement with our Rotary project’s increase – a welcome involvement from our New Generations partners!  This coupled with her dedication to supporting our club’s A/V needs every week, so that we have a great experience for our speakers, demonstrates her commitment to our Rotary cause.

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28 January 2018
8 Feb 2018

Rotarian of the Month (January) - Tom Leonidas

by Kaj Pedersen

Tom Leonidas receives his ROTM Award for January from BBRC President, Kaj Pedersen

Congratulations to Tom Leonidas who was recognized as Rotarian of the Month for January.  This was to highlight his work in helping BBRC secure funding support for the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank’s truck, where the project grant totals $39,500.  This project is a collaboration between the BBRC, Issaquah, Sammamish and District 5030; thanks to Tom’s efforts we were able to secure a $12,000 district match for the project.

This is tremendous for our club and the community, especially with the collaboration across our Rotary family in magnifying the amount of funds we were able to secure for this project.  It also talks to the success of the M3 Vision, as we will be able to tell our story in successfully supporting our local community through Rotary action.  Well done to Tom on his contributions, as well as the others in the Community and Vocational committee for making this project come to life.

2 December 2017
16 Dec 2017

Season for Family and Miracles

by Kaj Pedersen

BBRC Fellowship

Wow!  We kick off December with an opportunity to actively engage in delivering miracles, while also taking an opportunity to celebrate our Rotary involvement with our families this month.  A number of notable items I do want to acknowledge as we kick off this month that is traditionally about families in the Rotary calendar:

  • It was good to see our members already rally to the EREY cause in November and a huge shout out to Scott Sadler and his team for their dedication in helping us reach for this goal.  We are only a few short of hitting the 100% mark.  I hope that the remaining few, who have not committed to supporting the foundation, will be able to make their contribution and help us cross the finish line for EREY.
  • Our Turkey Drive was hugely successful and we were able to secure a cash surplus of $6,250 thanks to everyone’s generosity.  In particular, I would like to further recognize Alan Bohling, Tom Leonidas, Steven Goldfarb, Matt Dijulio and Morris Kremen for their donations.  We will use some of the funds to honor Michel Carter’s memory within RFH and being awarded the Mike Shanahan Award for his contributions to RFH.
  • We had a great shout out from Chris Boland this past Friday to help fulfill a seasonal miracle for a member of community who can benefit from our help – a great opportunity for fellowship, doing good and getting our hands dirty as we help an elderly member of community tidy up his yard!  Please reach out to Chris, Ann Norman or me if you are willing to get involved.

    Every Rotarian Every Year!

  • Our Eastside Rotaracts are taking on the cause of helping the homeless by securing clean socks and they have asked us to help.  This is a wonderful way for us to lend our support to a wonderful group of people that take pride in being sponsored by our club.  I hope that each of our members can buy a pair or two of socks to help them in their drive with this community project.  It is worth noting that clean socks are the most asked for item from the homeless support groups and reminds us that it is the simplest things that can make a difference for those who are challenged in our community.
  • I hope that you will all support the call from Carmela to support our Family Party on December 15th – it is an opportunity for our club members to bring their family into the spirit of fellowship that underpins our club’s success.  It is also a wonderful way for us to say thank you for their support of our Rotary commitments.  Also, let’s not forget the Black & White Party to be hosted at the Loft in Washington Square – let’s kick off the New Year with a strong showing of fellowship and celebration.
  • I want to leave the best to last – our Apple Cup Tom Foolery, where we had a couple of miracles in one day!  First, Kim Shrader was indeed seen in a husky sweatshirt, after losing his Apple Cup bet to Dennis Newell and Bob Holert – a miracle to behold for sure!  However, Kim’s reluctance to sing the Husky fight song was followed up by our second miracle of Dennis and Bob leading the Cougar fight song with our Cougs in attendance – this was a seasonal miracle wrapped up in the 4-way test as a gift that BUILT GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS within our club!

I look forward to sharing the rest of this month with you all as we rush headlong into the final month of 2017 and reflect on the good that we are doing through our work with Rotary and its mission.

12 November 2017
5 Dec 2017

U.S. Clubs & Districts Liability Insurance Program & Resources Webinar

by Kaj Pedersen


On 5 December 2017, at 1:00PM CST Rotary International’s Risk Management Team will be hosting a live informational webinar that will inform interested Rotarians about the U.S. Rotary Clubs & Districts Liability Insurance Program (“Program”) and how it relates to events your club is planning.

If you’ve wondered what a certificate of insurance is, this is a webinar for you! We will discuss the importance of contracts for Rotary events while also providing a walk-through of our new Insurance Broker’s dedicated Rotary insurance website, Gallagher Insight, to make sure you can find all of the necessary information easily.

This webinar is open to ALL Rotarians at any level.  Please click the yellow button to register for this event.  You can also go to rotary.org to Webinars.

Rotary Risk Management

Contact Information 

Insurance Broker

Rotary Risk Management


Julita Brzozowska,
Risk Manager

Carol Dietz,
Assistant Risk Manager

Katie Rabs,
Risk Management Specialist

Jodi Steel,
Claims Manager

(833) 3ROTARY

(847) 424-5394

(847) 424-5245

(847) 866-4494

(847) 866-3125




4 November 2017
17 Nov 2017

District 5030 Updates for Membership

by Kaj Pedersen

Who will win this year’s Apple Cup – Cougs or Huskies?

District Social – Show Your Colors: Thursday, November 16th, 4:30-7:30, Best Western Executive Inn (200 Taylor Ave North, Seattle 98109) near the Space Needle.  This will be a fun event as we celebrate the upcoming Apple Cup with Husky & Cougar Rotary Pins.  Everyone who attends will be given a pin(s) of their choice.  Come in your own school colors and show off your Alma Mater.  There will be prizes for the best dressed!  This is a great chance to make new connections with other clubs and to see what might be possible in the future working together.


District Governor – Last Call for Nominations: The call for nominations for the next District Governor has gone out a couple of times now from Bo Darling.  If anyone in the club is interested, please get your application into Bo Darling.  Instructions for submitting your application are available here.

15 October 2017
24 Oct 2017

World Polio Celebration - 24th October

by Kaj Pedersen

There is a special event at the Gates Foundation on Tuesday, October 24th in recognition of World Polio Day.  There will be a “Live Stream” with other parts of the world along with a special presentation at the Foundation.  There will be several Rotary VIP’s in attendance.  As Rotarians you are welcome to attend.  The event gets started at 2:00 pm.

3 October 2017
21 Oct 2017

Call for Nominations: District Governor 2020-2021

by Kaj Pedersen

It’s that time again … time to select the person from our district who will serve as our District Governor in Rotary Year 2020 – 2021. To learn more about the nomination process, please click here. If you are interested in securing the nomination forms, then contact our Club Secretary, Ann Norman.  Nominations must be submitted no later than Thursday, November 16, 2017 and returned to  PDG Bo Darling, who is Chair of the District Nominations Committee.


26 September 2017
6 Oct 2017

Peace Building Conference - Vancouver, BC - February 9-11, 2018

by Kaj Pedersen

As you may know RI President Ian Riseley is holding six peace-building conferences around the world. The first of these international conferences is in the Pacific Northwest. On February 9-11, 2018 in Vancouver, BC the presidential peace-building conference will examine sustainable global and local environmental practices, and their contributions to peace-building and peacemaking.

Participants will discuss the impact of environmental issues on health, fresh air, clean water, vegetation, and food production – and how improved environmental conditions are a fundamental condition of building peace within communities. The conference will bring together community leaders, youth, and representatives from the public, private, and government sectors. Attendees also can participate in a hands-on service project the morning after the conference.

There will be a focus on how Rotary clubs can involve their local community in sustainable projects and peace-building.  For more information please visit: www.EnvironmentandPeace.com.


21 September 2017
24 Sep 2017

Rotary Peace Day - City of Seattle - 21st Sept. 2017

by Kaj Pedersen

District Governor, Alex Hopkins, delivers a speech on behalf of Rotary and in service to Rotary Peace Day

Cathy Gibson our District’s Peace Builder Chair was instrumental in organizing the Rotary Peace Day Declaration with the City of Seattle today.  This was a goal established by our District Governor, Alex Hopkins, to help raise the public awareness on Peace with Rotary and the City of Seattle.  

Many dignitaries came in support of the Rotary call to action to show their dedication to achieving peace here locally and around the world.  The gathering took place at City Hall in Seattle, where the city’s proclamation was read in recognition of International Peace with Rotary.  The Seattle Fire Department’s Pipe and Drums opened and closed this special ceremony.

Rotarian and Fire Chief, Harold Scoggins, speaking at City of Seattle’s Declaration in support of peace at City Hall

The Seattle Fire Department’s Pipe and Drums in support of Rotary Peace Day

16 September 2017
24 Sep 2017

Rotary Grapevine

by Kaj Pedersen

Celebrating Peace

Following up on the announcement this Friday, there are some activities that may be of interest to members with respect to Rotary’s mission in the pursuit of peace:


  •      Everyone as local Rotarians have an awesome opportunity to recognize and support PEACE within the world in Seattle.  We will be gathering at City Hall, Thursday September 21st, 11:30am along with the Mayor, City Council Reps & Guest Speakers to recognize “International Peace Day with Rotary in Seattle.”  There will be an official proclamation from the city in recognition of all that Rotary does supporting Peace efforts here and around the world.

    ·        The Rotary International President’s Peace Conference will be February 9-11 up in Vancouver, BC, Canada.  More details will be in this month’s newsletter and can be found at: www.environmentandpeace.com

Rotary Academy

Three of our BBRC Club members will be embarking on their own journeys to learn about Rotary through the District 5030 Rotary Academy.  We wish Tom Miller, Ruben Ladlad and Martin Clavijo all the best in their participation of the Academy.  It will help strengthen our club’s involvement in Rotary and allow for these three individuals to develop a deeper understanding of the Rotary cause.

District 5030 Making a Difference

·        A historical moment for District 5030 with a  Zone Director and a Zone Coordinator being selected from the ranks of the Districts simultaneously for the first time.  Our congratulations to both who will be taking on these roles:

  • Zone 25/26 Director – John Matthews
  • Zone 25 Coordinator – Steve Lingenbrink

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