Friday Oct 20, 2017

Ralf Geenwald Ph. D.

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology - Director of Experimental Psyhology Master's Program Central Washington University

“Zombie Brain Science”

Introduced by: Ann Norman

Dr. Greenwald will give an educational talk about the human brain, using the fictional zombies of the TV show “The Walking Dead” as a model for understanding normal and abnormal brain function.

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In Support of Rotary's World Polio Day

By Kaj Pedersen

Polio Outreach’s Paul Jeganathan and BBRC President, Kaj Pedersen after Paul’s story at our club meeting

In 1985, Rotary launched its PolioPlus program, the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication through the mass vaccination of children. Rotary has contributed more than $1.7 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. In addition, Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by donor governments to contribute more than $7.2 billion to the effort.

To support this effort and the upcoming Rotary EndPolio Day, BBRC held a meeting where we honored the work of Pakistan in its eradication efforts, promoted the B&MG Foundation’s celebration on October 24th and we also learned about polio survivor’s journey dealing with the impact of this virus – we appreciate Paul Jeganathan’s story and learning about Polio Outreach’s work.  There is still much to do, even with being close to stopping polio and you can learn more by clicking the yellow button.

Community Svc: Preserve Planet Earth Committee

Planting Trees at Bellevue Airfield Park

By Kaj Pedersen

Adam Mihlstin after planting his first tree at Airfield Park

The damp weather did not stop three of our members from showing up this Saturday to plant trees at the Bellevue Airfield Park.  We worked with the Bellevue Park and Recreation Service to help reforest a section at the park entrance.  Adam Mihlstin, Jason Cherney and Kaj Pedersen shook off the concern for rain and lent their support to the effort.  The good news is that the rain stayed away to allow us to get a good couple of hours of digging and planting done.

Jason Cherney getting stuck in with the spade

Many of you know that Ian Riseley, our Rotary International President, has put out a call to action for each Rotarian to plant a tree during his term.  The good news is that with 94 trees planted this morning, our small team has planted one tree for every BBRC club member.  We are thrilled that we can represent the club’s commitment to this call to action has now been achieved.  We have made a contribution to our community and the global community with our tree planting this morning.


Bellevue Park and Recreation team working with BBRC to plant trees

The BBRC team at the end of their efforts in planting 94 trees for Bellevue and Rotary

By Traci Tenhulzen

Paul Jeganathan, a polio survivor, explains to Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club his story of not only successfully living with the after effects of polio but helping others with Polio Outreach of Washington.  Paul is truly an amazing speaker and his story is an inspiration to us all.  If you would like more information about Polio Outreach please contact Paul at  

PR: PR & Media Relations Committee

Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club donates $5,000 to Special Olympics Washington

By Kaj Pedersen

Dave Lenox, the CEO of Special Olympics Washington accepts a $5,000 donation from Kaj Pedersen, the president of the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club. Photo courtesy of the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club

The donation to Special Olympics Washington is in support of their mission to support 17,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities, through their year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic type sports. This gives these individuals continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympic athletes and the community.

Third Thursday – October 19th, 2017

Third Thursday is THIS WEEK!

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

Come join us for Friendship, Fellowship and Fun at our monthly 3rd Thursday Happy Hour!

We’ll meet at 4:00 pm at Henry’s Tavern in the upper level of the new south part of Lincoln Center.