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11 Nov 2018

Congratulations to BBRC and Forest Ridge Interact for Presidential Citations

by Kaj Pedersen

DG – Alan Merry and PDG – Alex Hopkins enjoying the BBRC program

We had the pleasure of welcoming our current District Governor (Alan Merry) and our Past District Governor (Alex Hopkins) who both came to congratulate BBRC and Forest Ridge Interact on securing the Presidential Citation for Rotary year 2017-18.

Alex Hopkins awarding Presidential Citation to Kaj Pedersen

The Rotary Citation recognizes Rotary clubs that support each of our strategic priorities by completing certain activities. Clubs have the entire Rotary year to achieve the citation’s goals.  This year the membership of both groups were able to successfully come together and achieve the goals of the citation, in what is truly a group effort.  Well done to both groups.

Forest Ridge Interact Club with their Presidential Citation for 2017-18

Furthermore, Forest Ridge Interact, is the first Interact group to secure Presidential Citation in District 5030.  Well done to this wonderful group of young Rotarians, who now number some 100 members.  They will continue to do well, especially as they continue to look for ways that they can make an impact in their community – this year’s focus is on homelessness.  It is great to see their team organize around an issue that is clearly a crisis in our region.

6 Oct 2018

District 5030 - Essential Elements Workshop - 27th Oct: noon to 4:00p

by Kaj Pedersen

Clubs across the district will come together to share ideas that working well, and ask for help in areas that aren’t going well.  No need to recreate the wheel!  All shared ideas are yours to take back to your club.  Stealing ideas is encouraged!   To sign up, please go to DacDB by clicking here.




9 Jun 2018

Rotarian of the Month for June - Chuck Kimbrough

by Kaj Pedersen

Chuck Kimbrough is our June ROTM

Our Rotarian of the Month will be Chuck Kimbrough. Chuck has long been involved with the Adoption Party, since its introduction during Margie Burnett’s Presidency. He has continued to champion this amazing event that brings kids waiting for adoption together in a safe environment, where the potential for meeting their forever families may happen. We have had tremendous success with this program at the BBRC and Chuck has been actively campaigning beyond our District to spread the program to other clubs within Rotary. For his continued passion and involvement in championing this cause, we honor him with ROTM for June.

26 May 2018

District 5030 - Leadership Training Assembly

by Kaj Pedersen

The District Leadership Training Assembly is happening next Saturday (2nd June, 2018) and will be held at South Seattle Community College (Georgetown Campus), 6737 Corson Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98108.   Check in is at 8:00am and it will end at noon.

This training assembly is the place where every club is encouraged to send their members, especially incoming club officers, new members, and future club leaders who want to know more about a wide range of Rotary topics.  You will learn from Rotarians in our District who will provide their insights and awareness of Rotary’s best practices.

It is a wonderful opportunity for members who are on the upcoming board, or who are looking for leadership development to attend this half day session. More details can be found here District 5030 Website. If you want to register straight away then you can do so via the Registration Link.

12 May 2018

Rotarian of the Month - Dennis Newell (May)

by Kaj Pedersen

Our Rotarian for May is Dennis Newell for his work in resurrecting and leadership in organizing the Retreat this year. Dennis graciously accepted the recognition and acknowledge that this was for the Rotary team involved with making the event happen.

22 Apr 2018

Rotarian of the Month for April - Scott Sadler

by Kaj Pedersen

Kaj Pedersen and Scott Sadler share a joke at last year’s Golf Tournament

Scott Sadler is our Rotarian of the Month for April.  This award was presented in light of the tremendous work that he and the RI Foundation committee have accomplished over their last few years of campaigning around EREY.

This month the foundation numbers talk to the effectiveness of this committee’s work in 2017-18: $377 per capita amount (3rd in District) | total amount to date is $33K (4th in District) | Polio Plus stands at $1,587 | Our current total is $84,374, thanks to a benefactor contribution from Jim Owens and makes us 1st in the District.

Scott also acknowledged the support from his committee with a special mention for Jim Zidar’s contributions to their work. Well done to you all!

24 Feb 2018

Annual Retreat - May the Fourth be with You!

by Kaj Pedersen

Dennis Newell promotes our upcoming Retreat (4-5th May, 2018)

Mark your calendars – our Retreat is coming!

Support Chris Boland’s Presidency for 2018-19 at the Retreat

Dennis Newell calls our Rotary members to action for our annual Retreat (4-5th May 2018) to be held in Leavenworth. Tons of opportunity to have fun, fellowship and to build out our plan for 2018-19 Rotary year with President-Elect Chris Boland.

There a great agenda being pulled together that includes golfing, wine tasting, dinner and planning for our club’s continued success.  More information will be coming from the Retreat Committee.  Stay tuned and sign up for what will be a tremendous fellowship event.


17 Feb 2018

Rotarian of the Month (February) - Laura Cosacchi

by Kaj Pedersen

Laura Cosacchi being recognized as our February Rotarian of the Month

Well done to Laura Cosacchi for being Rotarian of the Month for February. Laura’s work with our Forest Ridge Interact group has seen the group’s involvement with our Rotary project’s increase – a welcome involvement from our New Generations partners!  This coupled with her dedication to supporting our club’s A/V needs every week, so that we have a great experience for our speakers, demonstrates her commitment to our Rotary cause.

28 Jan 2018

Rotarian of the Month (January) - Tom Leonidas

by Kaj Pedersen

Tom Leonidas receives his ROTM Award for January from BBRC President, Kaj Pedersen

Congratulations to Tom Leonidas who was recognized as Rotarian of the Month for January.  This was to highlight his work in helping BBRC secure funding support for the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank’s truck, where the project grant totals $39,500.  This project is a collaboration between the BBRC, Issaquah, Sammamish and District 5030; thanks to Tom’s efforts we were able to secure a $12,000 district match for the project.

This is tremendous for our club and the community, especially with the collaboration across our Rotary family in magnifying the amount of funds we were able to secure for this project.  It also talks to the success of the M3 Vision, as we will be able to tell our story in successfully supporting our local community through Rotary action.  Well done to Tom on his contributions, as well as the others in the Community and Vocational committee for making this project come to life.

2 Dec 2017

Season for Family and Miracles

by Kaj Pedersen

BBRC Fellowship

Wow!  We kick off December with an opportunity to actively engage in delivering miracles, while also taking an opportunity to celebrate our Rotary involvement with our families this month.  A number of notable items I do want to acknowledge as we kick off this month that is traditionally about families in the Rotary calendar:

  • It was good to see our members already rally to the EREY cause in November and a huge shout out to Scott Sadler and his team for their dedication in helping us reach for this goal.  We are only a few short of hitting the 100% mark.  I hope that the remaining few, who have not committed to supporting the foundation, will be able to make their contribution and help us cross the finish line for EREY.
  • Our Turkey Drive was hugely successful and we were able to secure a cash surplus of $6,250 thanks to everyone’s generosity.  In particular, I would like to further recognize Alan Bohling, Tom Leonidas, Steven Goldfarb, Matt Dijulio and Morris Kremen for their donations.  We will use some of the funds to honor Michel Carter’s memory within RFH and being awarded the Mike Shanahan Award for his contributions to RFH.
  • We had a great shout out from Chris Boland this past Friday to help fulfill a seasonal miracle for a member of community who can benefit from our help – a great opportunity for fellowship, doing good and getting our hands dirty as we help an elderly member of community tidy up his yard!  Please reach out to Chris, Ann Norman or me if you are willing to get involved.

    Every Rotarian Every Year!

  • Our Eastside Rotaracts are taking on the cause of helping the homeless by securing clean socks and they have asked us to help.  This is a wonderful way for us to lend our support to a wonderful group of people that take pride in being sponsored by our club.  I hope that each of our members can buy a pair or two of socks to help them in their drive with this community project.  It is worth noting that clean socks are the most asked for item from the homeless support groups and reminds us that it is the simplest things that can make a difference for those who are challenged in our community.
  • I hope that you will all support the call from Carmela to support our Family Party on December 15th – it is an opportunity for our club members to bring their family into the spirit of fellowship that underpins our club’s success.  It is also a wonderful way for us to say thank you for their support of our Rotary commitments.  Also, let’s not forget the Black & White Party to be hosted at the Loft in Washington Square – let’s kick off the New Year with a strong showing of fellowship and celebration.
  • I want to leave the best to last – our Apple Cup Tom Foolery, where we had a couple of miracles in one day!  First, Kim Shrader was indeed seen in a husky sweatshirt, after losing his Apple Cup bet to Dennis Newell and Bob Holert – a miracle to behold for sure!  However, Kim’s reluctance to sing the Husky fight song was followed up by our second miracle of Dennis and Bob leading the Cougar fight song with our Cougs in attendance – this was a seasonal miracle wrapped up in the 4-way test as a gift that BUILT GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS within our club!

I look forward to sharing the rest of this month with you all as we rush headlong into the final month of 2017 and reflect on the good that we are doing through our work with Rotary and its mission.

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