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29 Sep 2018

Welcome to Janell Johnson - Our Newest Member

by Kaj Pedersen

Wendi Fischer inducts Janell Johnson to the BBRC. In attendance are Janell’s sponsors: Alan Pratt and Carmela Ramaglia

BBRC are pleased to welcome Janell Johnson to their fold.  Janell is the Associate Development Director for the Village Theater and is responsible for the Endowment and Family Giving side of the theater’s activities.  Before that Janell was with the Seattle Opera.  Janell is from the WA originally.

Janell has two sons.  One is serving in the military and is stationed in Japan, while the other is pursuing a professional soccer career in Europe.  Her interests include Japanese culture, theater, soccer, travel and Latin dance.  When she has moment, she also serves as board member with Cultural Access Washington and is the President-Elect with the Washington Planned Giving Council.

Janell from a young age has had a passion in working with others and in service to the community.  She was a former Rotarian in Arizona, where she has experienced Rotary’s Service above Self and has appreciated Rotary’s ability to transcend race, age, gender, social status and religion in its service to the community.  She sees this in the BBRC family, which is one of the reasons for her joining our club.

Please take an opportunity to introduce yourself to Janell as she gets more involved with our club.

18 Aug 2018

Save The Date - Craft & Dance Fair / Sept. 15th

by Adam Mihlstin

Save The Date . . . September 15th for a Community Outreach Event.  BBRC will sponsor a table at the Eastside Refugee and Immigrant Coalition event.  The fair will include, Dance demos, Chinese games, Kung Fu demonstration, soap making, henna and Rangoli. Join in the fun – all ages welcome!  1pm – 3pm.  Highland Community Center, 14224 Bel-Red Rd.  Bellevue.

This is a City of Bellevue sponsored event.  It’ll be a great way to meet our neighbors, promote Rotary and BBRC (and, maybe recruit a new member or two!).

Sponsored by the City of Bellevue/Highland Community Center, Eastside Language Learners Alliance, Turkcha, Popcorn: Play, Party and Cook, the Boundless Parenting Group,  and the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club.

Please let me know if you’re interested in helping.  I hope to see you there!


13 Aug 2018

Welcome to Doug Pinkley - BBRC's Newest Member

by Kaj Pedersen

Kaj Pedersen introducing Doug Pinkley to his new friends at the BBRC!

Congratulations to Doug Pinkley!  BBRC’s newest member, who formerly joined our club this past Friday.  Doug is also Samantha’s father, so we are thrilled to have both family members be a part of the BBRC family – we look forward to their involvement, while encouraging their passion for supporting our community.  Please make sure you reach out to Doug and welcome him into our fold over the next few weeks – especially in helping Doug navigate the ropes of moving toward securing his blue badge.

23 Jun 2018

New Members - Sam Peterson and Kevin Polzin - Welcome!

by Kaj Pedersen

New Members Sam Peterson and Kevin Polzin inducted to the BBRC

We inducted two new members into the club – Sam Peterson and Kevin Polzin. This will take our total new members for the Rotary year to 13 (a 15% growth rate and we will net out at 7 new members). Sam and Kevin were co-sponsored by Martin Clavijo and Steve Roberts respectively. President Kaj Pedersen inducted the two gentleman, noting that they are both interested in promoting engagement in our community through service, whether that is through civic responsibility or by setting an example to their children, it is clear their involvement is something that we will benefit from within the BBRC. It is also good to see that we have two new skiers joining the club!

16 Jun 2018

Andrew Face Returns to the BBRC

by Kaj Pedersen

Andrew Face updating us on his return to the BBRC

We are thrilled to announce that after a long hiatus, Andrew Face has reenlisted as a new member with the BBRC.  He will be jumping straight back in with the band, and promises to continue his habit of shouting out from the ranks to help liven up our program.  We also took the opportunity to award Andrew with his Paul Harris Fellowship award that we did not have an opportunity to provide to him before he left the club.  Welcome back Andrew!  Enjoy your journey as you move from red badge to blue badge.

9 Jun 2018

Introducing Stephanie Roberts - BBRC's Newest Member

by Kaj Pedersen

John Uppendahl and Stephanie Roberts after her induction to the club

We inducted Stephanie Roberts into club membership this week. Stephanie will be joining us with the classification of Marketing – Full Funnel. Stephanie is vocationally involved with the American Marketing Association and has been looking for an opportunity to become active in the community, where she can leverage her professional experience to make a difference. Stephanie finds enjoyment in design and painting, as well as volunteering in support of good works. We are excited to have her join our club, where there will be plenty of opportunity for her to put her talents to work in Service above Self. Please take time to welcome Stephanie to the club and engage her in our activities.

26 May 2018

Welcome to Richard Martin - New BBRC Member

by Kaj Pedersen

Rich Martin with Wendi Fischer from the Membership Committee

We had the honor of inducting a new member – Richard Martin.  Rich has been an active volunteer with Seattle Sounders, the Lamar Neagle Foundation, NuHope Street, America Scores Seattle and the Boys and Girls Club Renton/Skyway. Furthermore, Rich is also involved with the Seattle Executives Association that aligns with our vocational aspirations in Rotary. Rich is also active with pastimes in soccer and golf, so he will fit in well with the club. We look forward to Rich, and his family, becoming active with the BBRC, where is passion for service in the community will very align in our ethos for Service above Self.

28 Apr 2018

BBRC's Newest Member - Kevin Klustner

by Kaj Pedersen

Kevin Klustner is Welcomed to the BBRC as a New Member

Please welcome Kevin Klustner who was formally inducted to our club this past Friday.  Kevin’s sponsors were Morris Kremen and David Bolson.  Kevin was presented with his Red Badge and Rotary pin and will be joining with the classification of Energy Technology.  His interests are history (Civil War) and sports, so please take an opportunity to reach out to Kevin and learn more as he makes his way toward the Blue Badge.

14 Apr 2018

Welcoming New Member - Caitlin Devaney

by Kaj Pedersen

Welcoming our new member, Caitlin Devaney

We had the pleasure of inducting a new member into the club – Caitlin Devaney.  Caitlin was joined by her fiancee, Nick Odeh.  Caitlin was a prior member of Eastside Rotaractors, and we have been impressed with her involvement and commitment to the Rotary cause through this group.  We look forward to seeing Caitlin become active with us at the BBRC, where she has already signed up to join the Preserve Planet Earth, Youth Services and World Community Service committees. These committees also seem to align well with Caitlin’s enthusiasm for the outdoors (skiing, hiking, biking, camping and CrossFit) and her work at as a youth minister at the Holy Family Parish.

3 Feb 2018

BBRC Welcomes its Newest Member - John Hall

by Kaj Pedersen

President, Kaj Pedersen and Membership Director, Tim Leahy, welcome the Halls to the BBRC

Please welcome John Hall, who has been a prior member of Rotary, for five years in Palm Springs, before stepping away to focus on his business.  We are thrilled to see John back in Rotary and looking to become active with us in Bellevue.   While  in Palm Springs, John was actively involved in the Palm Springs American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) and served in many leadership roles including Commissioner, Fund-Raising Director, Coach and International Exchange Director. In his spare time he also volunteered with Guide Dogs of the Desert!

We look forward to John’s engagement with our club, where we will welcome his energy and passion for our initiatives. We particularly like John’s enthusiasm for getting his hands dirty by doing work that will help advance our mission in the community.

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