Friday Mar 23, 2018

Kriti Gupta

CPA, MBA Chair of Notre Dame Women Connect Seattle Chapter and Diversity Chair of Seattle ND Club

“Curry Tales – Sharing My Culture on a University Campus”

Scribe: Kaj Pedersen Introduced by: Rourke O'Brien

A great meeting this morning – the room was full and the energy was high!

We kicked off with Howard Johnson leading the invocation and telling us about his experience in India and seeing Gandhi’s house.  A thoughtful moment for us all.

We introduced our guests, including two Rotarian visitors – Debbie Moore and Stan Foster, as well as the many guests joining us from the Bellevue School District to participate in Mock Interviews with our members.

Next we introduced our Student of the Month -Lauren Piechard.  She has 3.8 GPA and likes soccer and Ultimate Frisbee.  She participates in Forefront to prevent suicides and also supports Ultimate Peace.  We wish her much success in her continued journey.

Dennis Newell and crew led his team on promoting our Retreat for 4-5th May and  he wanted to remind our members that we have until 30th March to make our payment to participate.  We have 14 members signed up and we want more to join us, so we can plan for the clubs future.  An opportunity for fellowship and club service in Leavenworth.

We had an enjoyable opportunity to learn about our speaker’s journey from India to the US.  Kriti Gupta was able to show us that there is more that binds us than divides us.  We should use these opportunities to find the best from our differences and bind together through our diversity.  Thank you for the reminder Kriti!

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RI Foundation (EREY)

Major Donor Recognition - David Bolson

By Kaj Pedersen

David Bolson receives his award from Jeff Cashman

Congratulations to David Bolson who was recognized as a Major Donor to the Rotary Foundation this year.  Our thanks to David who has been a tremendous Rotarian both in service and with his financial commitment to the Rotary cause.

Community Svc: Service Projects Committee

Eastside Baby Corner Update

By Kaj Pedersen

Helen Banks from Eastside Baby Corner speaks to our members

Our thanks to Helen Banks who addressed our Rotary members on the work of the Eastside Baby Corner in giving children a stronger start in life with adequate food, clothing, beds or safety equipment.  BBRC has supported Eastside Baby Corner and we look forward to continuing to do so in the not too distant future.  We will be looking to organize a work project at the Issaquah facility in July /August and more information will be made nearer the time.  We will keep you posted.

Fundraising: Bellevue 10K Run/Walk

Striding into spring with the ‘All in for Autism’

By Kaj Pedersen

All in for Autism 10K Runners Beginning their Race

The Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club (BBRC) with their partners Kindering, and Special Olympics, are encouraging everyone to seek healthy lifestyles by signing up for the All in for Autism 5K/10K Run/Walk on the April 29.  Click on the yellow button to read the Bellevue Reporter article!