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17 Dec 2019

Reminder: No BBRC meeting 27-Dec and 3-Jan, offsite 10-Jan

by Robert Holert

Our Holiday Breakfast meeting on December 20th will be our last BBRC meeting in 2019.

The first BBRC meeting in 2020 will be held on January 10th at the Bellevue Salvation Army facility at 911 164th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98008. Glendale Country Club is closed for annual maintenance the first two weeks of the new year.


10 Feb 2018

BBRC Hosts Joke Olympics!

by Kaj Pedersen

Joke Olympics at BBRC

Joke Olympics – thanks to Andy Symons for inspiring our members to stand up and deliver jokes to the club. Each comedian was judged by a panel that included President, Kaj Pedersen, Martin Clavijo and Caitlyn Devaney. 

All the participants did a great job of telling jokes that fell within the boundaries of good taste, although slight risque as we would expect for the BBRC.  After judging some ten members, our panel decided on Margie Burnett and Steve Goldfarb as joint winners. What fun!

3 Feb 2018

Anne Frank Exhibit @ The Holocaust For Humanity Center

by Adam Mihlstin

Anne Frank on the cover of Life Magazine

Just a FYI . . . The Holocaust Center for Humanity will be featuring an exhibit – LET ME BE MYSELF: THE LIFE STORY OF ANNE FRANK.  (March – May 2018).  See Link for details.  This exhibit is world renowned and is making limited stops in the United States.

Dee Simon, Executive Director of the Center was our guest speaker on January 26th.

26 Jan 2018

Holocaust Remembrance Day - 2018

by Adam Mihlstin

Dee Simon and Adam Mihlstin – reminding us of the terrible cost of the Holocaust on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day

BBRC was very honored to have Dee Simon, Arik Cohen and Ingrid Steppic from the Holocaust Center for Humanity with us today.  The program was organized in advance of Holocaust Remembrance Day – Saturday, January 27th.

Dee is the Executive Director and spoke about the Center’s mission to inspire students of all ages to confront bigotry and indifference, promote human dignity and take action.  The Center provides educational materials, curriculum and interaction with Holocaust survivors – who tell their stories to 20,000 students annually.  The Center provides teaching trucks (loaded with books, artifacts, videos and other resource materials) that are provided free to schools throughout the Pacific NW and Alaska.

Ingrid Kanis Steppic was a child in Holland during the Holocaust. Ingrid’s parents, Jan and Nel Kanis and their family hid Jews from the Nazis and were instrumental in disrupting the Nazis’ plans throughout Holland.  In 1971, Ingrid’s parents were recognized by Yad Vashem (The World Holocaust Remembrance Center) as “The Righteous”.  {link to Kanis Family Story}

Ingrid Kanis Steppic was a child in Holland during the Holocaust.

The Righteous, honored by Yad Vashem, are non-Jews who took great risks to save Jews during the Holocaust. Rescue took many forms and the Righteous came from many different nations, religions and walks of life. What they had in common was that they protected their Jewish neighbors at a time when hostility and indifference prevailed.  The Righteous and their family members could have been killed for sheltering Jews.

In a world of total moral collapse there was a small minority who mustered extraordinary courage to uphold human values. These were – “The Righteous”. They stand in stark contrast to the mainstream of indifference and hostility that prevailed during the Holocaust. Contrary to the general trend, these rescuers regarded the Jews as fellow human beings.

“It’s a wonder I haven’t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.” — Anne Frank


16 Dec 2017

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.

1 Dec 2017

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.


18 Nov 2017

Husky Band Delivered an Apple Cup Warm!

by Kaj Pedersen

UW Husky Band Delivered an Apple Cup Warm Up!

What a thrill for BBRC – kicking off our morning with UW Husky Band playing some rousing music for the morning! Thanks to Dennis Newell for having Dr. Brad McDavid and the band delivering us an Apple Cup Warm Up at our Rotary meeting!

We were entertained to rousing music from the band, including the Husky fight song, coupled with anecdotes from the Dr. Brad McDavid and the band members. Our members also got an opportunity to ask lots of questions between sets, which made for an entertaining and interactive meeting this week.


21 Oct 2017

New Announcement!

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 paulej40@gmail.com.  

3 Nov 2016

No Meeting - November 11th, Veteran's Day

by Michael Ralph

Reminder: BBRC will not be meeting on Friday, November 11th, Veteran’s Day.

9 Aug 2016

NOTICE: Friday, Aug. 12th Program Speaker will start @ 7:30am

by Robert Holert

On Friday, August 12th, Lisa Wellman, our Program Speaker, will begin her presentation at 7:30am. The regular business meeting will begin at 8:00am. 

Lisa Wellman’s opponent in the General Election, Senator Steve Litzow will be speaking to the club on Friday, October 21st.

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