Friday Feb 16, 2018

Dr. Helen Wang

CEO and Co-Founder Crack K-12 Education Innovation from Outside School Hours

Introduced by: Traci Tenhulzen is a Pacific Northwest Internet company which aims to enable rapid K-12 education innovation from outside the school by providing the best technologies for parents, educators, and schools to efficiently manage children’s enrichment so that more, creative enrichment can impact many more children. In this talk, Helen Wang, the CEO and cofounder of 6crickets, will share with you the journey of 6crickets. 


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Executive Committee

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.

RI Foundation (EREY)

Rotary Foundation Recognition for BBRC Giving 2016-17

By Kaj Pedersen

DG Alex Hopkins awards BBRC with 2016-17 Recognition Banners for Foundation Giving

District 5030 Governor, Alex Hopkins, recognizes BBRC for achieving Foundation Giving goals in 2016-17. We accomplished EREY at $100 per captia and $100 average giving member participation. Well done BBRC for your support Rotary Foundation and for the Foundation Committee’s success in helping our club over the finish line!

Community Svc: Major Grants

Rotarians come together in helping Food Bank purchase a refrigerated delivery truck

By Kaj Pedersen

From left, Tom Leonidas, Adam Mihlstin with the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club; Mike Hatada and Cori Walters with the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank; Pat Turner (ADG), Alex Hopkins (DG), and President Kaj Pedersen

BBRC are thrilled to work Rotary clubs from Issaquah, Sammamish and our own District 5030 in securing $39,500 for a truck that will help Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank distribute food to our community in need. 

IFCB has 200 volunteers a week loading and unloading food and other items into and out of personal vehicles and one small van that IFCB owns. Because IFCB provides perishables, IFCB is limited to the amount of people it can serve and the communities it can reach.

Cori Walters noted that, “In 2017 IFCB received 1,086,083 pounds of donated food of which 66% was donated by local grocery stores. These donations totaled 717,000 pounds and was picked-up and delivered by volunteers in their own vehicles! Our goal is to expand our mobile delivery program and create increased food security for our customers.” 

That is Rotary in action!

Student of the Month

Student of the Month for February

By Kaj Pedersen

Eliza Marie Escarez from Sammamish HS

Congratulations to Eliza Marie Escarez from Sammamish High School for being selected as our Student of the Month for February. Our Rotary members were thrilled to learn about Eliza’s desire to pursue a career in software engineering and her involvement in robotics.

Eliza Marie Escarez from Sammamish HS
RI Foundation (EREY)

Congratulations on Achieving EREY in Foundation Giving

By Kaj Pedersen

BBRC Members celebrating their EREY achievement

Congratulations to BBRC Rotary members for achieving EREY in donation to the Rotary Foundation. A huge win for our club and the RI Foundation, as we help to make an impact both locally and internationally in Service above Self.

2017-18 Paul Harris Fellows Banner

We also took the opportunity to recognize many of our members for their continued commitment as Paul Harris Fellows – our thanks to each of you of your contributions. We took the opportunity to unfurl our new Paul Harris Fellows banner to celebrate all award recipients.

We are on track to have increased our giving by 8% over last year and this represents an increase of 10% per member in individual contributions. We are on track to deliver $33K to the RI Foundation. Well done to everyone in helping us to reach EREY for this Rotary year.

Fundraising: Bellevue 10K Run/Walk

Rallying our Members for the All in for Autism Event

By Kaj Pedersen

Chris Boland calls out to members for their support in our fund raiser

Chris Boland – this years All in for Autism 5K/10K Family Walk/Race Director gave the Rotary members an update on the club’s fund raiser. He put out a call for volunteers and promotion for the event from members.  We want every member to reach out to their networks to help us secure runners, sponsors and volunteers.

Without this event, we cannot do the amazing work that we do with our local community thanks to the funds we raise from our All in for Autism event.  Click on the yellow button to learn more.

Club Admin: Program Committee

BBRC Hosts Joke Olympics!

By Kaj Pedersen

Joke Olympics at BBRC

Joke Olympics – thanks to Andy Symons for inspiring our members to stand up and deliver jokes to the club. Each comedian was judged by a panel that included President, Kaj Pedersen, Martin Clavijo and Caitlyn Devaney. 

All the participants did a great job of telling jokes that fell within the boundaries of good taste, although slight risque as we would expect for the BBRC.  After judging some ten members, our panel decided on Margie Burnett and Steve Goldfarb as joint winners. What fun!

Fundraising: Bellevue 10K Run/Walk

I'd walk a mile for a ....

By Ann Norman

Major Fun April 29, 2018

Anyone should be able to walk a mile.  Anyone should be able to walk 3 miles.  In the spirit of getting fit, i encourage you to get out and walk.  and while you are at it, we invite you and your friends to sign up for our All in for Autism 5K Walk/Run, 10K Run and Kids Dash on Sunday April 29, 2018.  See you there!

Club Admin: Program Committee

Anne Frank Exhibit @ The Holocaust For Humanity Center

By Adam Mihlstin

Anne Frank on the cover of Life Magazine

Just a FYI . . . The Holocaust Center for Humanity will be featuring an exhibit – LET ME BE MYSELF: THE LIFE STORY OF ANNE FRANK.  (March – May 2018).  See Link for details.  This exhibit is world renowned and is making limited stops in the United States.

Dee Simon, Executive Director of the Center was our guest speaker on January 26th.

Membership: New Member Committee

BBRC Welcomes its Newest Member - John Hall

By Kaj Pedersen

President, Kaj Pedersen and Membership Director, Tim Leahy, welcome the Halls to the BBRC

Please welcome John Hall, who has been a prior member of Rotary, for five years in Palm Springs, before stepping away to focus on his business.  We are thrilled to see John back in Rotary and looking to become active with us in Bellevue.   While  in Palm Springs, John was actively involved in the Palm Springs American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) and served in many leadership roles including Commissioner, Fund-Raising Director, Coach and International Exchange Director. In his spare time he also volunteered with Guide Dogs of the Desert!

We look forward to John’s engagement with our club, where we will welcome his energy and passion for our initiatives. We particularly like John’s enthusiasm for getting his hands dirty by doing work that will help advance our mission in the community.

Community Svc: Service Projects Committee

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.