Friday Feb 1, 2019

Lori Hairston

Executive Director Washington DECA

“The Road to Orlando”

Introduced by: Rich Martin

Competitive events provide DECA student members with an opportunity for hands-on learning through competition in business and marketing applications.  In December and January, students compete within Washington DECA’s 11 geographic areas, and the top-place winners per event from each area qualify for our State Career Development Conference (SCDC), February 28 – March 2 at the Meydenbauer Center and Hyatt Regency in Bellevue.  SCDC has consistently been the premier event for Washington DECA, attracting more than 3,200 student competitors and 400 advisors and chaperones.  400+ volunteers from the Puget Sound region donate their time and talent to judge these students, determining who qualifies to move on to the International Career Development Conference in Orlando to represent Washington DECA, against 13,000 other DECA Competitors from around the world.  The students who we will hear today have all qualified for SCDC and will be presenting a “condensed” 4 minute version of their oral presentation.

BBRC funds will be instrumental in getting students from the (5) high schools to State where they will have the opportunity to qualify for the International State Career Development Conference, which will be in Orlando in April 2019.


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BBRC Makes $3,500 Donation to Washington DECA

By Kaj Pedersen

DECA Chapters from Newport, Interlake and Lake Washington High Schools receive $3,500 check from Rich Martin

BBRC makes a $3500 donation to Washington DECA team at our weekly meeting.  Our members also had the pleasure of hearing from three DECA high school chapters (Newport, Interlake and Lake Washington) present their business plans.  We are thrilled that Rotary is aligning with entrepreneurs amongst our younger community members to make a difference.

Fundraising: Bellevue 10K Run/Walk

All in for Autism Event Launch - Katherine De Stephano Recognized

By Kaj Pedersen

Official Launch Event for Ai4A 5K/10K Family Walk/Run

The Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club is pleased to announce Katherine De Stephano, owner of Escape Outdoors, as the recipient of the 2019 All in for Autism Leadership Award presented by Claudia Balducci, King County Council member. The All in for Autism Leadership Award is presented in recognition of Katherine De Stephano’s outstanding contribution to the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary club’s efforts to support Autism organizations and other programs that benefit the local Bellevue community.

The Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club (BBRC) organizes the All in for Autism 5K/10K Run/Walk in Bellevue in April each year.  Now in its 13th year, this event has become Bellevue’s premier running event that caters to enthusiasts and families alike and has successfully attracted over 2,500 people. The event raises over $125,000 each year, thanks to the sponsorship and long term support from local organizations such as Escape Outdoors, The Bellevue Collection, Starbucks, Amazon and the City of Bellevue. Funds raised from this event supports Autism and other Rotary programs and organizations that benefit children and families in the Bellevue community and internationally. Kindering will continue to be the primary beneficiary of this year’s event.

Katherine De Stephano continues to be a long-term champion of the BBRC. She has been generous

Claudia Balducci recognizes Katherine De Stephano for her leadership with Autism

both with her time and financial commitment to support the causes and programs of the BBRC. Katherine De Stephano and Escape Outdoors, a boutique with 4 stores in the Pacific Northwest and tenant of The Bellevue Collection, has sponsored over $35,000 for this event over the years. In the early years of the All in for Autism event, Katherine played a key role to grow the event with her leadership, and brought the community of businesses and residents together to make the event a premier running and family friendly event in Bellevue and raise awareness for Autism and other programs of the BBRC.

“We are grateful for Katherine De Stephano’s leadership, commitment and support of All in for Autism and BBRC over the years. On behalf of the BBRC and the beneficiaries of the All in for Autism event, we thank Katherine for her continued support, enabling BBRC with our mission to help disadvantaged children and their families lead happier, healthier and more productive lives” said Chris Boland, President of the BBRC. “We are proud of our association and long-term partnership with Katherine who shares the BBRC’s vision to serve our local and world communities, providing systemic and enduring change.”

“I am delighted to present the All in for Autism Leadership Award on behalf of the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club to Katherine. Katherine and Escape Outdoors personify our deeply rooted ties to the Bellevue community, particularly through her partnership with the BBRC to give back and enhance the vitality of our ties to the local community to prosper together,” said Claudia Balducci, King County Council member.

Club Admin: Fellowship Committee

Dine Around - February 9-10th, 2019

By Ann Norman

The annual BBRC Dine Around is coming up!  This is an opportunity to gather in small group setting and enjoy a scrumptious dinner in a Rotarian home.

Sign up by clicking on the yellow button at the top of the form.  Get on the list before February 2.  Please note if you will be attending with a spouse/guest, check if you’d like to attend on Saturday, February 9th or Sunday, February 10th.  We have many wonderful hosts so come for the fun!

February 3, the hosts will be notified who will be coming to their house as guests.  The host will then contact their guests and let them know what they can bring to contribute to the dinner; appetizers, desserts, salads, beverages, etc.  Contact Robin Callan or Ann Norman if you have any questions.