Friday Sep 8, 2017

Kathy Long

Executive Director People's Memorial Association

“Simpler Funerals – A Natural Choice!”

Introduced by: Kit Bowerman

Speaker Notes

None of us want to spend much time thinking about death but the reality is we all will eventually have to deal with it! Here is a chance to consider options that are available and educate yourself!

Kathy Long, the Executive Director of People’s Memorial Association, will discuss: “Simpler Funerals, a Natural Choice”.

People are choosing simpler options for their final arrangements – It just makes sense. People’s Memorial Association (PMA) is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1939 to help the residents of Washington state avoid the confusion, sales pressure and high expense often associated with cremation and burial arrangements. We also provide education and advocacy for all consumers regarding end-of-life matters.


From a Few Determined People…

A Seventy-five Year History of PEOPLE’S MEMORIAL™

On January 12, 1939, the PEOPLE’S MEMORIAL Association was formally organized.  The founders adopted by-laws and elected a board of trustees to oversee Association affairs.

People who today say “I just want simple cremation” or “bury me in a plain casket,” owe a great deal of gratitude to the visionary founders of PEOPLE’S MEMORIAL Association (PMA).  It was in Seattle at the end of the great depression that small group of citizens, outraged by the high prices and high pressure sales tactics of the funeral industry, banded together to form PMA.

An outspoken spiritual leader, named Rev. Fred Shorter from the Church of the People in Seattle’s University District rallied other like-minded citizens together to create an alternative.  This was at the height of the cooperative movement and several of the early members of PMA were also involved in the formation of Group Health Cooperative.

Prevailing funeral customs stressed embalming, display of the body and burial in a costly casket.  The founders of PMA felt these practices ostentatious and emphasizing the material rather than spiritual aspects of death. Their aim was to present a meaningful and beautiful service at a fraction of the cost.

Club News

Boys and Girls Club Projects

To kick of New Generations Month, Alex Chehab gave a presentation about the Lynwood Boys and Girls Club that we visited last month.  She’s looking for volunteers who would be interested in either meal preperation or tutoring/mentoring

Visit From Haiti

Bruce, the Construction Manager of the project in  Haiti gave us an update of the project.  A ship with pipes loaded with it is at port in Miami in the path of Irma – a similar shipment was lost overboard in October last year, so we are hoping it doesn’t happen again!

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PR: PR & Media Relations Committee

Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club donates $20,000 to Kindering

By Kaj Pedersen

From left, Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club President Kaj Pedersen, Development Director Alison Morton of Kindering and Executive Director Mimi Siegel of Kindering at the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club’s regular breakfast meeting. The club donated $20,000 to Kindering through All in for Autism 5K/10K Run/Walk held in April.

The Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club donated $20,000 to Kindering Friday morning.

Kindering Executive Director Mimi Siegel accepted the check on behalf of the organization. Kindering is a nonprofit that offers early intervention, early learning, special education, family support and more.

“We are thrilled to support Kindering, as our main All in for Autism event beneficiary, with this $20,000 contribution,” the club’s President Kaj Pedersen said. “Mimi Siegel and Kindering have been stalwart partners the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club’s All in for Autism event from the beginning and we enjoy supporting them. Kindering really provides a tremendous service in supporting families and children affected with autism in our community, which is key to our partnership.”

Membership: New Member Committee

Welcome new BBRC member, Scott Handler!

By Tim Leahy

Welcome to our newest member of the BBRC, Scott Handler!

Scott recently married Lindsey Cambronero, so we welcome her to our extended family as well. He sells property & casualty insurance for the Partners Group here in Bellevue. As a long time member of the Mountaineers Club, Scott gets to pursue his love and passion for the outdoors; climbing, skiing, and exploring, as well as fishing and watersports.

Looking forward to having you actively involved in the Best Darn Rotary Club in the World! So great to have you join us, Scott.

Welcome Scott!

Welcome Scott!

New Generations: Youth Services Committee

The Teen Center of the Boys and Girls Club

By Alexandra Chehab

On Friday August 25th, a small group of BBRC Rotarians: Paul Osborn, Wendi Fischer, Laura Cosacchi and Alex Chehab, set off to tour the Teen Center that is part of the Boys and Girls Club of Bellevue. We were scouting for possible service projects to help Middle-Schoolers in Bellevue.

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The Teen Center is looking for volunteers to help with the following hands-on activities:

  • help feed the teens on Thursdays from 4-8pm
  • provide tutoring/ mentoring after-school.

For more information, please go to: and/or contact the Director, Seth Dostart at:


2017 Charity Golf Classic at Bear Creek

Thanks to all for a successful BBRC Charity Golf Classic

Fundraiser Event  •   Organized by Fundraising: Golf Classic
By John Schwager

Our 2017 BBRC Charity Golf Classic, which took place on Monday August 28th and the Bear Creek Country Club, was an overwhelming success.  Our 23 sponsors and our 27 auction donors were all generous in their support of our club.  Our 84 golfers enjoyed a round at one our state’s most prestigious (and difficult!) courses.  Our many volunteers all contributed their time and their talent to the event. We all enjoyed an outstanding salmon-and-steak dinner.

Thank you to all for your support of BBRC and our many good works!!