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3 Dec 2019

BBRC Holiday Giving Tree - Return Gifts by Friday, Dec. 13th

by Jason Cherney

This year we are supporting the YMCA in their effort to fulfill the wish lists of children in families who otherwise may not have much hope of receiving gifts for the holidays. Each tag on the tree is specific to an individual boy or girl in a family unit. The tags provide details about the child, their age, size, favorite color, interests/likes and special needs.

Please select a tag from the tree and enjoy shopping for one or two gifts for the child. If you would like to include more than two gifts, that is fine. Gifts for each child will be combined into two boxes. As an alternative to selecting a child’s tag from the tree, you can purchase underclothes, hats, scarves, mittens/gloves or gift cards which will be matched up with an appropriately size/age child.

Please combine the gift(s) for your child/tag in one bag with the tag firmly affixed to the outside. Bring them to a BBRC meeting on the 6th or 13th of December. The YMCA asks that we have all gifts back to them by 16-Dec at noon.

DO NOT wrap any gifts. You are welcome to donate wrapping supplies and participate in the Y’s big Gift Wrapping Party on Tuesday, December 17th .

If you have any questions please text or call Kim Dreiblatt, 425-444-7906 or email her at clubadmin@bbrc.net.

Thanks, as always, for your continued generosity!

Jason Cherney
Community Service Director

5 Jun 2019

New Announcement!

by Jason Cherney

TAVON Work Party was a big success last Saturday!
Many thanks to Howard, Andrew, Neil, Adam & families for joining me.

Jason Cherney, Community Service Director

31 Mar 2019

June 1st Tavon Center Work Party

by Jason Cherney

Please join us!

3 Jun 2018

Got Spuds!

by Adam Mihlstin

We had a great turnout at the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank for this weekend’s work party.  Several BBRC’ers did “spud scrub” (sorting potatoes) and office work.

The Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank provides support to hundreds of families each week.  Each month the IFCB secures, processes and delivers over 75,000/lbs. of food.  During the holiday season (Thanksgiving – New Years) they handle close to 175,000/lbs. of food.  IFCB also provides case management, holiday gift programs, school supplies, toiletries and more to local families in need of a helping hand.  Each week IFCB assembles 280 “superpacks” – these include school lunches for grade school students.

19 May 2018

Hands-on Service Projects - June Events

by Adam Mihlstin

We have two hands-on community service projects lined up for June.  Please note them for your calendar.  We hope to see a healthy turnout from our members in support of the following events:

  • Saturday, June 2nd @ 10am / Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank – approximately 10 – 12 volunteers to do odd jobs (i.e. pack food, sort clothing, etc.) around the IFCB warehouse.  {The Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank is committed to providing quality food, clothing and other items to its customers. They have a special emphasis on healthy foods and work hard to get fresh, local produce into the homes of its customers.}
  • Saturday, June 16th @10am / Tavon Learning Center – approximately 12 – 15 volunteers to do gardening, landscaping and greenhouse work.  Tavon has a beautiful wooded campus that requires maintenance.  {Tavon Learning Center contributes to the vitality of the greater Seattle communities by providing active learning and community programs that empower adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to acquire home and community skills for living better.}

Please follow up with Adam Mihlstin for any questions related to the two events above.


17 Mar 2018

Eastside Baby Corner Update

by Kaj Pedersen

Helen Banks from Eastside Baby Corner speaks to our members

Our thanks to Helen Banks who addressed our Rotary members on the work of the Eastside Baby Corner in giving children a stronger start in life with adequate food, clothing, beds or safety equipment.  BBRC has supported Eastside Baby Corner and we look forward to continuing to do so in the not too distant future.  We will be looking to organize a work project at the Issaquah facility in July /August and more information will be made nearer the time.  We will keep you posted.

10 Mar 2018

Tavon Learning Center Update

by Kaj Pedersen

Therese Vafaeezadeh from the Tavon Leaning Center updates our members

Therese Vafaeezadeh, the Founder and President of the Tavon Learning Center, addressed our members about the center’s work.  The mission of the center is to contribute to the vitality of our community by providing active learning and community programs that empower adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to acquire home and community living skills.  Very much a mission that aligns with the BBRC’s goal of supporting the local services within the local community.

BBRC made a donation of $2,000 to the Tavon Learning Center.  Part of this donation included a $500 contribution from District 5030’s Speed Grant and again demonstrates the power of Rotary in its collaboration across the organization.

19 Jan 2018

Got Fruits & Veggies? . . . . Rotary First Harvest

by Adam Mihlstin

David Bobanick receives BBRC’s donation from Adam Mihlstin

This past Friday BBRC donated $6,751 to Rotary First Harvest in honor of Michel Carter’s many contributions.  David Bobanick was our guest speaker this past Friday and received the donation.

David’s presentation highlighted some of the numbers associated with RFH.  Most impressive is the 200,000,000 pounds of healthy fruits and vegetables distributed to food banks since 1982.  This accomplishment is even more impressive as nearly half the food grown in the US goes to waste.  David’s presentation also included a short slide show highlighting Michel.  {Link to Slide Show}

David also presented the Golden Donut Award to BBRC.  The Golden Donut Award recognizes that (per capita) BBRC clocked the most work-party volunteer hours for 2017.

The donation to RFH was a direct result of BBRC members donating to the 2017 annual Turkey Drive which enabled the Community Service Committee to purchase 60 frozen turkeys.  The turkeys were delivered to Hopelink, Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank and the Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank.  We had a surplus of funds and the amount above is what was donated to RFH.

Specific to our Turkey Drive fund raising efforts, a few members stepped-up and generously donated above our expectations. They included, Steven Goldfarb, Matt DiJulio, Alan Bohling, Tom Leonidas and Morris Kremen.  Thank you, gentlemen!  Your support is greatly appreciated.

15 Dec 2017

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.

9 Dec 2016

Thanksgiving Turkey Drive

by Adam Mihlstin

Just a quick FYI and Thank you!

Nice work Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club! Donated 60 turkeys to Hopelink, Issaquah Food Bank and Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank, plus a cash donation to Rotary First Harvest. Close to $1,500 raised to feed families in our community.

Story posted in the Snoqualmie Valley Star.



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