Friday Dec 2, 2016

Donald Leingang

CDR USN Ret. Director, USO - Northwest

“Celebrating USO Northwest!”

Introduced by: Bob Holert

Commander Donald Leingang, Director of US) Northwest, will help us celebrate and appreciate our troops, be they members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard or National Guard. And he will discuss how USO Northwest, with locations at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Portland International Airport and JBLM (Joint Base Lewis-McChord), supports these troops 24 hours a day, every day of the year. USO Northwest lives up to the USO mission statement – “The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation.” You will also hear about  the people and companies that are instrumental in supporting USO Northwest and thus support the men, women and families of our Armed Forces!


USO Northwest (USO NW)

As a nonprofit, congressionally chartered, private organization, the USO Northwest relies solely on the generosity of individuals, organizations, foundations and corporations to support its activities. The USO Northwest is not a part of the U.S. government and does not receive any government funding, but the USO is recognized by the Department of Defense, Congress and the President of the United States.

Supporting America’s troops was the first mission of the USO. Over time, the USO has refined its focus, developing new programs and services to meet the ever-changing needs of our military members and their families.

Today, the USO Northwest continues to support America’s military service members and their families throughout the states of Washington and Oregon. USO NW provides programs and services designed to meet the unique needs of today’s military and their families. With the help of more than 400 volunteers, USO Northwest serves over 650,000 military and their families annually. USO Northwest provides support to those who need it the most including military deploying overseas and returning home, military families, wounded warriors and their families and families of the fallen.

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RI Foundation (EREY)

The Rotary Foundation - Deadline for Pledge Commitments 12/2

72% of our club has made a pledge commitment or contribution to The Rotary Foundation!

As you have witnessed over the past several weeks, The Rotary Foundation is saving and changing lives. If you have not already done so, please help our club achieve our goal of 100% pledged by this Friday, December 2nd. Every dollar makes a difference in a life and provides leverage for matching funds!

It is as easy as completing pledge form, or simply bring a check to this Friday’s meeting – payable to The Rotary Foundation. The Rotary Foundation Committee will again have a table at Friday’s meeting to assist you in completing your pledge.

Thank you!
Your Rotary Foundation Committee


Community Svc: Service Projects Committee

BBRC Annual Turkey Drive - Gobble Gobble!

By 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