Friday Apr 13, 2018

Sue Brooks

Co-Founder & Head of School International Friends School, Bellevue

“International Friends School coming to Bellevue in September, 2018”

Scribe: Kaj Pedersen Introduced by: Rourke O'Brien

We kicked off the meeting with Ann Norman’s invocation that enlightened our membership about the end of tax season and its importance to the community as whole, before leading us into the pledge of allegiance.  Colleen Turner introduced our guests attending the meeting, which is always a pleasure.

John Martinka tells us his vocational story

We kicked off the agenda with our vocational minute led by John Martinka, who reminded us about the importance of Rotary and its connections to support business.  He recounted his own story of how Rotary connections helped him successfully develop business opportunities.  A useful reminder of the value of our vocations, while still being focused on Service Above Self.

Randi Brazen addresses our club members

Chris Boland took the opportunity to rally us around the support our Race sponsors have provided this year.  We had the opportunity to hear from one of our sponsors, Randi Brazen, who introduced us to the new Central Bar in Bellevue that the Brazen family are opening.  The Brazen family have been long time supporters of the run, for which the BBRC are truly appreciative of over the many years that they have been involved with the event – thank you!

Welcoming our new member, Caitlin Devaney

We had the pleasure of inducting a new member into the club – Caitlin Devaney.  Caitlin was joined by her fiancee, Nick Odeh.  Caitlin was a prior member of Eastside Rotaractors, and we have been impressed with her involvement and commitment to the Rotary cause through this group.  We look forward to seeing Caitlin become active with us at the BBRC, where she has already signed up to join the Preserve Planet Earth, Youth Services and World Community Service committees. These committees also seem to align well with Caitlin’s enthusiasm for the outdoors (skiing, hiking, biking, camping and CrossFit) and her work at as a youth minister at the Holy Family Parish.

Sue Brooks and Alli Frank, co-founders of IFS in Bellevue

Finally, our program was kicked off with Sue Brooks and Alli Frank who are co-founding the International Friends School in Bellevue.  We learned about Quaker Education, the critical role that bi-literacy has in preparing students for their futures and a new way to implement the school calendar to minimize summer learning loss was thought provoking and makes a lot of sense.

We certainly wish them the best of luck in growing their attendance the first few years while IFS grows their class mix and reputation.  At this time, we concluded our meeting with a quote from Nelson Mandela: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

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Community Svc: Rotary First Harvest

BBRC Host Rotary First Harvest for April

By Kaj Pedersen

We had a great crowd today at Rotary First Harvest – a program of Rotary District 5030 — 28 of us! It was our month to host — thank you to Howard Johnson, Desiree Yuzawa, Colleen Turner, Morris Kremen and Chuck Barnes for being there to help set up, greet guests and clean up.

Membership: New Member Committee

Welcoming New Member - Caitlin Devaney

By Kaj Pedersen

Welcoming our new member, Caitlin Devaney

We had the pleasure of inducting a new member into the club – Caitlin Devaney.  Caitlin was joined by her fiancee, Nick Odeh.  Caitlin was a prior member of Eastside Rotaractors, and we have been impressed with her involvement and commitment to the Rotary cause through this group.  We look forward to seeing Caitlin become active with us at the BBRC, where she has already signed up to join the Preserve Planet Earth, Youth Services and World Community Service committees. These committees also seem to align well with Caitlin’s enthusiasm for the outdoors (skiing, hiking, biking, camping and CrossFit) and her work at as a youth minister at the Holy Family Parish.

Third Thursday April 19, 2018

Third Thursday at Central Bar

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

This month our beloved Third Thursday Happy Hour will be at the Central Bar in Bellevue. Friends and Family welcome and encouraged! The 3rd Thursday this month is the 19th. The party starts at 4:00!!

Cheers!!