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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Registrations for BBRC's "All in for Autism" run are now open
Please take the opportunity to promote our All in for Autism run registration page amongst your friends, colleagues and social media contacts. The more you can spread the word the more registrations we can generate for the run next year.
The link for registrations is shown here: http://allinforautism.org/registration/. We appreciate all the support you can provide through the simple act of sharing and to help with the promotional effort we are offering a $5 discount to get the ball rolling for a short period of time.
This is our biggest fund raiser for the club and it takes everyone’s engagement to make it a success, so please take a few minutes of your time to help us with the promotion. As they say, “if not you, then who?”
Please join us for our annual Holiday Breakfast!
Your first guest is welcome with our compliments – additional guests are $20 each.
Let Carmela know if you’re bringing kids and how many so we can plan some fun activities!! 🙂
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.
Your Rotary Foundation Committee
BBRC Annual Turkey Drive - Gobble Gobble!
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