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Scribe: Kaj Pedersen Introduced by: Howard Johnson
We kicked off the meeting this morning with a shout out for the final push in registrations for the All in for Autism event coming up this Sunday – we were tracking well with last year’s event. President Kaj hoped that Dick Brown will be able to weave his magic for good weather this coming Sunday!
Our inspirational thought and pledge was delivered by Jason Cherney this morning and was followed up by Dennis Newell who introduced our five guests this morning. Thanking them for attending and reminding them that all are always welcome at the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary club!
We started the club program with an overview of the Adoption Party working group. Adam Mihlstin started the presentation by providing an overview of the committee’s work and its impact. This was followed by Tanya Franzen-Garrett who gave an heartfelt update about the work and its importance in the community, while rounding off with a call to action for our members to become involved with the committee. Chuck Kimbrough finished the presentation with an overview of the work he has been helping to spearhead within our Zone to increase the number of Adoption Parties being hosted by Rotary clubs. He been working with Bellevue Lunch in the campaign and through speaker outreach, the Reno Zone Meeting and the Vancouver Peace Conference the two clubs have being pushing the concept effectively. Chuck also mentioned the changes within the DSHS that will mean the oversight will be moving to another function within the local government; fortunately, it sounds like the person overseeing this group is someone we can continue the work with.
In a lighter moment in our agenda this morning, we had Dennis Newell come up to promote our Retreat and in particular he was referencing the idea of visualizing success. This was helped with the Caddyshack Cinderella Story , showing Bill Murray visualizing his golfing prowess, or lack thereof, as a way to help reinforce the point with humor. Dennis and John Schwager both made the call out to the members to get their surveys completed this weekend, as input to the planning session for The Retreat.
Always an enjoyable moment is the induction of a new member to our club. President Kaj called up Kevin Klustner with his sponsors Morris Kremen and David Bolson in attendance. Wendi Fischer, fresh from
her trip to India represented our Membership committee. Kevin was presented with his Red Badge and Rotary pin and will be joining with the classification of Energy Technology – as always our club gave Kevin a rousing standing ovation as Rotary’s newest member. 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.
We ended our club program with a presentation from John Martinka, who updated us about an international project that we collaborated with Bellevue Lunch in Borjomi, Georgia. We supported with funds the donation of a mini-van to a day center that supports children with disabilities in the area. John shared with the club a video of the day centers work and its impact – click here to view.
Our speaker, Melissa Devita was introduced by Howard Johnson. Melissa explained the changes that are happening with school funding across the state and within the districts. This is in light of the recent changes from State government in support of the McLeary ruling. Her knowledge of the impact was impressive and Melissa did a good job of addressing our members questions. President Kaj thanked her for the talk and presented the donation to RFH in her name, thanks to Colly Radford’s support.
The meeting ended with a thanks to the guests for attending and a quote from Preston Morgan: “I am enough of a realist to understand that I can’t reach every child, but I am more of an optimist to get up every morning and try.”
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District Conference Service Project
Ann Norman, Caitlin Devaney and Kaj Pedersen joined in with other Rotarians to participate in the District 5030 Conference Service project. We helped with many other Rotarians to pack hygiene kits for Puerto Rico Hurricane victims and for Sex Trafficked victims in Seattle. This service project provided
us with a hands-on experience, while assembling critical hygiene kits with items that had been procured through Interact, Rotaract and Rotary clubs in District 5030, connecting all generations of the Rotary organization. All items were put into
reusable Rotary drawstrings backpacks, and we also had an opportunity to write a personal note for each kit. Our key goal was to make a positive and personal impact to those in a time of need and to MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Mini-van for Day Center Supporting Disabled Children in Georgia
John Martinka updated our club members about an international project in Borjomi, Georgia. This was a joint project in association with Bellevue Lunch. We supported with funds the donation of a mini-van to a day center that supports children with disabilities in the area. John shared with the club a video of the day centers work and its impact – watch the video by clicking the yellow button to learn more.
BBRC's Newest Member - Kevin Klustner
Rotarian of the Month for April - Scott Sadler
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!
We need Volunteers!
Dustin Walling made an urgent request related to our All in for Autism run next Sunday, 4/29.
We are 90 volunteers short of what we need and the police department will not let us hold the event unless this gap is filled. We are contacting nearby Rotaries and other organizations to get the call to action out within our respective networks in the community.
The help is needed from 6:15AM to 9:45AM in Bellevue Downtown Park. For more information and to sign up, register via the yellow button with this message – be sure to put our club name as the “Volunteer Organization” when you sign up.