Friday Dec 22, 2017

Enjoy the Holidays!

No BBRC meeting today!

Enjoy the holiday season!

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Club Admin: Program Committee

Family Celebration and Special Seasonal Guest from the North Pole

By Kaj Pedersen

Great fellowship the Rotary meeting as our members mingled with each other and their families. Wishing everyone seasonal greetings as we finish the year with our last meeting for 2017!

Our Rotary members came together for our last meeting this year and met our special guest, and his helper, from the North Pole.  We had a lively program of seasonal music, which included our choral quartet putting on a skit that got everyone to a humorous start this Friday morning.

Our thanks to Josh Stewart, Carmela Ramaglia, Clint Merriman, Kim Shrader, Howard Johnson, Wendi Fischer, Jay Fiske and Steve Goldfarb for the amazing program.

I wish you all a wonderful celebration for the season and a Happy New Year.  See you all at the Black & White event on January 6th, 2018.  Do not forget to register via the yellow registration button.

Community Svc: Service Projects Committee

Some Assembly Required – Traditions!

By Adam Mihlstin

Happy Holidays to All and Thank You to All who contributed to this years’ Giving Tree.

We collected over $1,250 of gifts and $175 of gift cards, all donated to Hopelink’s Bellevue facility.  Hopelink and their merry helpers will distribute these gifts throughout the community.

Special thanks to Clint Merriman and his company Insperity for their generous donation of toys and socks.

Club Admin: Program Committee

Switzerland's Best Kept Secret (it's not chocolate!)

By Adam Mihlstin

Let’s close the skills-gap here in the United States.  Literally, millions of jobs sit vacant because there’s little infrastructure in-place to provide training and a vocational education for well-paying jobs.  The per capita income in Switzerland is approx. $80K.  In the United States, approx. $60K.

So very honored to have Suzi and Eric LeVine join us today at the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club.  Their presentation on how the United States should replicate the Swiss Vocational Education and Training System was spot-on.  Such a program is desperately needed here in the United States.


Community Svc: Rotary First Harvest


By Adam Mihlstin

Today, the University District Club hosted Rotary First Harvest’s 2017 Shanahan Awards.  This year 3 awards were given.  The first was presented to Kris and Erick Ringsrud.  The Ringsruds have an apple orchard in Cashmere and have generously donated thousands of pounds of apples to RFH.  The second award was presented to Ed Taylor of Taylor Driving School.  TDS has been crisscrossing the state, hauling over 250,000 lbs. of produce.

The third award was presented to the Carter Family in memory of Michel Carter.  There was a tribute video (CLICK HERE) presented then Adam Mihlstin and Howard Johnson provided comments about Michel, BBRC, Rotary and RFH.  Rachel and Brian Carter were in attendance to receive the Shanahan Award – a beautiful crystal apple etched with Michel’s name and a fitting tribute to his many contributions to RFH.

OFFSITE Anniversary Black & White PARTY

OFFSITE Anniversary PARTY January 6th!

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

Our first “MEETING” of 2018 is an OFFSITE Anniversary PARTY!!

Join us for a “Black and White” Anniversary Party! An Elegant Evening (that means put on your fancy clothes people!!) of wine, appetizers, and good old fashioned BBRC Fellowship Fun.

WHO: YOU (and guests)

WHAT: A Black & White Anniversary Party

WHY: We can’t have a regular BBRC meeting at Glendale that week, and an Anniversary Party sounded much more fun!

WHERE: The LOFT at Washington Square 10610 NE 9th Place, Third Floor, Bellevue, WA 98004

WHEN: Saturday, January 6th 2018 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm

HOW: SIGN UP HERE!! (See that REGISTER HERE! button at the upper right? CLICK IT to view more details – including the low down on parking – and to register!)