Friday Feb 8, 2019

Ruth Ann Halford

SBA Lender (retired) HomeStreet Bank

“Providing Clean Drinking Water and Sanitation in Ethiopia”

Introduced by: John Martinka

The Lake Union Rotary Club is involved with a project to bring clean drinking water and sanitation to schools in Ethiopia. Here is a chance to understand the status of this project and the desired results. Some feedback is below –

“Today Larry Logue and I visited two schools in Addis Ababa where the Rotary Club of Lake Union, in partnership with Splash International, is providing clean drinking water and hand washing stations in high-need public schools. Many of the schools in Ethiopia are actually large campuses which include three buildings: Elementary, Middle, and High school. Because of this, the first school that we visited, Miazia 23, was much larger than anticipated making the impact of our project readily apparent. The principal of this school shared that many of the kids do not have access to clean water at home, and before our project, did not have it at school either. I was very excited to hear from him that he has seen attendance improve and the school is now considered a “model” school by the Education Bureau of Addis Ababa.”


Club Announcements

Please Log in to make an announcement


BBRC Makes $3,500 Donation to Washington DECA

By Kaj Pedersen

DECA Chapters from Newport, Interlake and Lake Washington High Schools receive $3,500 check from Rich Martin

BBRC makes a $3500 donation to Washington DECA team at our weekly meeting.  Our members also had the pleasure of hearing from three DECA high school chapters (Newport, Interlake and Lake Washington) present their business plans.  We are thrilled that Rotary is aligning with entrepreneurs amongst our younger community members to make a difference.

Fundraising: Bellevue 10K Run/Walk

All in for Autism Event Launch - Katherine De Stephano Recognized

By Kaj Pedersen

Official Launch Event for Ai4A 5K/10K Family Walk/Run

The Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club is pleased to announce Katherine De Stephano, owner of Escape Outdoors, as the recipient of the 2019 All in for Autism Leadership Award presented by Claudia Balducci, King County Council member. The All in for Autism Leadership Award is presented in recognition of Katherine De Stephano’s outstanding contribution to the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary club’s efforts to support Autism organizations and other programs that benefit the local Bellevue community.

The Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club (BBRC) organizes the All in for Autism 5K/10K Run/Walk in Bellevue in April each year.  Now in its 13th year, this event has become Bellevue’s premier running event that caters to enthusiasts and families alike and has successfully attracted over 2,500 people. The event raises over $125,000 each year, thanks to the sponsorship and long term support from local organizations such as Escape Outdoors, The Bellevue Collection, Starbucks, Amazon and the City of Bellevue. Funds raised from this event supports Autism and other Rotary programs and organizations that benefit children and families in the Bellevue community and internationally. Kindering will continue to be the primary beneficiary of this year’s event.

Katherine De Stephano continues to be a long-term champion of the BBRC. She has been generous

Claudia Balducci recognizes Katherine De Stephano for her leadership with Autism

both with her time and financial commitment to support the causes and programs of the BBRC. Katherine De Stephano and Escape Outdoors, a boutique with 4 stores in the Pacific Northwest and tenant of The Bellevue Collection, has sponsored over $35,000 for this event over the years. In the early years of the All in for Autism event, Katherine played a key role to grow the event with her leadership, and brought the community of businesses and residents together to make the event a premier running and family friendly event in Bellevue and raise awareness for Autism and other programs of the BBRC.

“We are grateful for Katherine De Stephano’s leadership, commitment and support of All in for Autism and BBRC over the years. On behalf of the BBRC and the beneficiaries of the All in for Autism event, we thank Katherine for her continued support, enabling BBRC with our mission to help disadvantaged children and their families lead happier, healthier and more productive lives” said Chris Boland, President of the BBRC. “We are proud of our association and long-term partnership with Katherine who shares the BBRC’s vision to serve our local and world communities, providing systemic and enduring change.”

“I am delighted to present the All in for Autism Leadership Award on behalf of the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club to Katherine. Katherine and Escape Outdoors personify our deeply rooted ties to the Bellevue community, particularly through her partnership with the BBRC to give back and enhance the vitality of our ties to the local community to prosper together,” said Claudia Balducci, King County Council member.