Friday Jun 1, 2018

Alan Pratt

President Pratt Legacy Advisors

“Living your Legacy”

Scribe: Kaj Pedersen Introduced by: Bob Holert

Martin Clavijo led us with the invocation and pledge this morning, before handing off to Kit Bowerman to introduce our guests this morning.  We had a number of guests joining us this morning – nine in total!  A huge credit to Alan Pratt for encouraging a number of them to come along for his talk later in the program.  He has truly been telling the BBRC story and how we are a club of action!

Larry May introducing our Student of the Month, Alex Chee from Bellevue Christian

Our first order of business was to acknowledge our student of the month – Alex Chee.  Alex goes to school at Bellevue Christian, and he was truly complementary of the education and support he has received from the school.  Alex’s parents were in the audience supporting him this morning.  His interests lie in supporting international projects that are aligned in service with his church and he enjoys athletic sports.  This combination of service, pursuit in sports and education have given him a sense of perseverance in getting things done.  He is looking to study Mechanical Engineering at UW, following in his father footsteps and, just like his father, he hopes to work for Boeing one day in a role where he can have an impact on the world.  We wish Alex success in his pursuit of his dreams.

Tim Leahy updating our Club membership on his committee’s work this Rotary year.

Tim Leahy took the opportunity to update the club on our membership activities.  The membership of the club has been tracking against the goal of securing one member a month, and now we have ten new members with a strong pipeline.  To date our new membership growth is 11.6% and net growth is 5.7% with total membership standing at 92. Tim did remind us that it is important that we continually work on securing new members, as we have sadly lost five members this year due to changes in their circumstances that make it difficult for them to continue in their Rotary journey.  Tim took the opportunity to remind members of the changes we have to support Family, Young Professional and Corporate membership plans in an effort to make our club more accessible to a variety of choices.  He also acknowledge the work of those members, especially Alan Pratt, for their efforts in bringing guests to our meetings, so that these prospects can experience the magic of Bellevue Breakfast Rotary – a club where all are always welcome!

President Kaj Pedersen followed up by presenting a year in review to the members and guests present this morning.  It was the presentation given to the attendees of the Retreat and we wanted to make sure other members had the opportunity to see what the club had accomplished over the course of the Rotary year.  President Kaj thanked every member for their contributions in making the first year of the M3V mission a success, and we have set ourselves up with great momentum for the next two years.  Here is the BBRC – A year in Review (2017-18) for your personal viewing pleasure.

Finally, President Kaj reminded members that we will be kicking off Committee sign ups for the 2018-19 Rotary year next week.  This will allow us to make sure we have our members signed up for 3 committees in time for President-Elect Chris Boland’s term.  We will be setting up the tables next week and they will be there for 2-3 weeks, to give members an opportunity to select their areas of involvement with the club.

Alan Pratt providing us with another way for securing a legacy

At this stage, Bob Holert introduced Alan Pratt to talk to us about his philosophy on how to build a legacy.  His approach being driven by living life with purpose and direction, while living a life of generosity and gratitude.  Alan shared a number of personal anecdotes and personal experiences that helped us appreciate the value of his approach, especially when their is an opportunity to seek Service above Self.

President Kaj closed off the meeting with last minute announcements, thanking our numerous guests and reminding us, through a William Shakespeare quote, that “No legacy is so rich as honesty.”

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Rotating the Wheels 2018

OLD SCHOOL PARTY LIST

Social Event  •   Organized by Club Admin: Fellowship Committee

If you are having trouble registering for our Annual Rotating the Wheels party, please click the blue button to send Carmela an email with how many tickets you’d like. Then you can pay Kim at the front desk at a meeting. Be sure to register TODAY – the Early Bird Sale Price of $35 ticket ends June 15th. After that, party tickets are $50 each. (If you CAN login to the website, that is the preferred way to register.)

Here are all the details:

Who: You (and Guest)

What: Rotating the Wheels Party

Why: Why Not?!?! Really…to Celebrate the turning of the Rotary Leadership Year

Where: Newport Shores Yacht Club, 81 Skagit Key Bellevue, WA 98006

When: Saturday, June 30th 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm

How Much: Tickets are $50 – BUT WAIT!!! If you register TODAY you can get them at an EARLY BIRD rate of $35. The Early Bird Sale Price ends June 15th!!

Questions?? Hit the blue button and email Carmela!!

By Adam Mihlstin

We had a great turnout at the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank for this weekend’s work party.  Several BBRC’ers did “spud scrub” (sorting potatoes) and office work.

The Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank provides support to hundreds of families each week.  Each month the IFCB secures, processes and delivers over 75,000/lbs. of food.  During the holiday season (Thanksgiving – New Years) they handle close to 175,000/lbs. of food.  IFCB also provides case management, holiday gift programs, school supplies, toiletries and more to local families in need of a helping hand.  Each week IFCB assembles 280 “superpacks” – these include school lunches for grade school students.

Student of the Month

Student of the Month - Alex Chee

By Kaj Pedersen

Larry May introducing our Student of the Month, Alex Chee from Bellevue Christian

Alex goes to school at Bellevue Christian, and he was truly complementary of the education and support he has received from the school.  Alex’s parents were in the audience supporting him this morning.  His interests lie in supporting international projects that are aligned in service with his church and he enjoys athletic sports.  This combination of service, pursuit in sports and education have given him a sense of perseverance in getting things done.  He is looking to study Mechanical Engineering at UW, following in his father footsteps and, just like his father, he hopes to work for Boeing one day in a role where he can have an impact on the world.  We wish Alex success in his pursuit of his dreams.

Executive Committee

District 5030 - Leadership Training Assembly

The District Leadership Training Assembly is happening next Saturday (2nd June, 2018) and will be held at South Seattle Community College (Georgetown Campus), 6737 Corson Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98108.   Check in is at 8:00am and it will end at noon.

This training assembly is the place where every club is encouraged to send their members, especially incoming club officers, new members, and future club leaders who want to know more about a wide range of Rotary topics.  You will learn from Rotarians in our District who will provide their insights and awareness of Rotary’s best practices.

It is a wonderful opportunity for members who are on the upcoming board, or who are looking for leadership development to attend this half day session. More details can be found here District 5030 Website. If you want to register straight away then you can do so via the Registration Link.

Membership: New Member Committee

Welcome to Richard Martin - New BBRC Member

By Kaj Pedersen

Rich Martin with Wendi Fischer from the Membership Committee

We had the honor of inducting a new member – Richard Martin.  Rich has been an active volunteer with Seattle Sounders, the Lamar Neagle Foundation, NuHope Street, America Scores Seattle and the Boys and Girls Club Renton/Skyway. Furthermore, Rich is also involved with the Seattle Executives Association that aligns with our vocational aspirations in Rotary. Rich is also active with pastimes in soccer and golf, so he will fit in well with the club. We look forward to Rich, and his family, becoming active with the BBRC, where is passion for service in the community will very align in our ethos for Service above Self.

Community Svc: Service Projects Committee

Hands-on Service Projects - June Events

By Adam Mihlstin

We have two hands-on community service projects lined up for June.  Please note them for your calendar.  We hope to see a healthy turnout from our members in support of the following events:

  • Saturday, June 2nd @ 10am / Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank – approximately 10 – 12 volunteers to do odd jobs (i.e. pack food, sort clothing, etc.) around the IFCB warehouse.  {The Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank is committed to providing quality food, clothing and other items to its customers. They have a special emphasis on healthy foods and work hard to get fresh, local produce into the homes of its customers.}
  • Saturday, June 16th @10am / Tavon Learning Center – approximately 12 – 15 volunteers to do gardening, landscaping and greenhouse work.  Tavon has a beautiful wooded campus that requires maintenance.  {Tavon Learning Center contributes to the vitality of the greater Seattle communities by providing active learning and community programs that empower adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to acquire home and community skills for living better.}

Please follow up with Adam Mihlstin for any questions related to the two events above.