Friday Feb 24, 2017

Hans Florine

Professional Rock climber / Motivational Speaker / Author

“Hans Florine – World’s Fastest Climber, and what does that have to do with Rotary?”

Scribe: Neil Bretvick Introduced by: Bob Holert

Speaker Program

Bob Holert introduced our speaker, Hans Florine, who was here to talk about rock climbing.  He climbs primarily in Yosemite National Park.  He has written books about his experiences there, and  presented many photos of the area.  The Nose Route on El Capitan is considered the most famous rock climbing route in the world.  Hans mentioned a competition of how fast they can climb it.  They kept being beaten by another team, who got no publicity when they set the record.  Ultimately Hans and his teammate climbed it in 2:48.  They finally got some press to cover their accomplishment.  Hans spoke of his learning curve to climb the wall, and how it took so long, but eventually with experience, they were able to achieve the record.

Over the years, Hans has worked with many who wanted to climb the wall, including those with severe disabilities, including those blind and paralyzed.  The benefit of being blind is you can’t look down and get scared!  He told an inspirational story about Wayne, who contracted polio in 1953, months prior to the vaccine being discovered by Salk.  Wayne witnessed the first ascent of the rock in 1958 as a young child, and over time, overcame his disability to climb the wall himself with Hans.  Featured below is a photo of Hans with BBRC members Rourke O’Brien and Shokouh Mousavi.

Club Business

Inspirational thought was given by Mike Ralph

Visiting Rotarians and Guests were introduced by Carmela Ramaglia.

Student of the Month – Introduced by Bob Holert.  Our BBRC Student of the Month is Daniel Ficca from Bellevue Christian High School.  Daniel has yet to decide on a college.  He’s been involved in football and music at Bellevue Christian.  He was joined and supported by his family and school staff.  He spoke about participating on the football team and how it provided him important life skills.  He set a school record for the most rushing yards in a single season.  He spoke of playing music (guitar) and how it is an integral part of who he is, and how music is an important part of life, and how one communicates to others.  He spoke eloquently of how important it is to be a part of our community, and caring for others.

Paul Osborne introduced Dorothy C. Echodu who spoke about the Katakwi Rotary Malaria Project via Pilgrim Africa in Uganda, sponsored by the BBRC.  It was her first visit to the BBRC.  Uganda has the world’s highest incidence of malaria.  She presented some statistics, showing the problem and the need there.  Over 45 million treatment doses per year are provided.  It is treated via mass drug administration (MDA) and indoor residual spraying (IRS).   At any point in time, about 50% are infected with some form of malaria.  They provide MDA to about 85% of the population, and use IRS which can be effective for many months.  Dorothy gave an impassioned talk, and it was obvious how much good work was being done by her program.

Thought for the week

– Sir Edmund Hillary –“It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves”.

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Fundraising: Bellevue 10K Run/Walk

Striding Into Spring with the All in for Autism 5K/10K Run/Walk

By Kaj Pedersen

Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club and Kindering are expecting over 2500 runners to participate in this year’s 5K/10K Run/Walk

Bellevue, WA. – February 21, 2017 – The Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club (BBRC) with their partner Kindering are encouraging everyone to seek healthy lifestyles by signing up for the All in for Autism 5K/10K Run/Walk on the 23rdApril.  In participating in this event, participants will also be helping to raise awareness for autism and other related disorders.

This is the eleventh year in which Bellevue’s premier 5K/10K Run/Walk has been supported and we are expecting a turnout of over 2500 participants this year to build on the prior year’s successes.  The All in for Autism event benefits Kindering and other youth projects. Kindering provides individualized family-centered early intervention services for children who are disabled, medically fragile, or vulnerable because of abuse or neglect.  

We are pleased that many local companies have stepped in to support the All in for Autism family run/walk and these include: Bellevue Collections, Escape Outdoors, Starbucks, Amazon, Overlake Medical Center, OfferUp, the City of Bellevue, Advanced Renal Tech, GLY, Parallels and others.  Katherine DeStephano, of Escape Outdoors, said “we are very pleased to be supporting the All in for Autism 5K/10K Run/Walk on its eleventh anniversary, particularly as it helps encourage a healthy lifestyle and supports the important work of Kindering, as well as other local charities.”

Mimi Siegel, the Executive Director of Kindering, said “We are excited by the prospect of this year’s All in for Autism event, especially after the tremendous support we received from last year’s participants in the event.  It will be such a fun and healthy event, and we are thrilled with our continued partnership with the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club in supporting this event.”  Zach Scott, formerly of the Sounders, further added, in gratitude for the BBRC’s work to organize the All in for Autism 5K/10K Run/Walk, “Thank you, Bellevue Breakfast Rotary, for your continued support of Kindering and calling attention to the importance of early intervention for infants and toddlers with special needs.”

BBRC’s President, Mike Ralph, further says “We are determined and excited to make the eleventh year our best event ever!  With the wonderful support  from over 2100 participants last year, we are looking forward to see many more people enjoy the fabulous outdoors in our City and to support Kindering.”

The BBRC membership is dedicated to “service above self” and we derive much toward this goal through the contributions of our dynamic membership and local businesses.  The club welcomes all interested parties who want to participate, volunteer or donate money to the event to contact us directly via our web:

St Paddy’s Day Dine Around

Dine Around Hosts and Guests Needed!

Social Event  •   Organized by Club Admin: Fellowship Committee
By Carmela Ramaglia

Join us for a St. Paddy’s Day Dine Around – March 17th and 18th! The Dine Around is our annual “surprise” dinner party! The Fellowship Committee organizes the guest lists. To create the parties, we need “hosts” and “guests.” Please reply to Carmela to participate – will you be a host or a guest?