Friday Feb 3, 2017

Cathy Bisaillon

President / CEO Easterseals of Washington

“Easterseals Washington – Impacting our Communities Today”

Scribe: John Uppendahl Introduced by: Tom Miller

ACTION: Tell all Autism groups they can get a FREE booth in the All in for Autism 5K/10K Run/Walk race village at the April 23rd event in Bellevue where they can discuss the benefits of their Autism services with race participants and attendees. It’s simple: Their Autism group needs to provide 10 volunteers and/or the Run/Walk participants and contact BBRC Run/Walk chair Kaj Pedersen at to reserve their free booth while supplies last.
ACTION: Sign up today to be one of the 14+ BBRC *member* volunteers we need to staff April 23 race check in and sign up to manage confidential participant data and cash. Sign up to volunteer for this by Feb. 14 if possible.
ACTION: Click on the links below and follow/like BBRC on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter:


ACTION: Volunteers are needed Thursdays at 11:30 @ Forest Ridge Internet Club meetings, which are going well.



All in for Autism Run/Walk momentum!

  • 312 registrants
  • $52,500 in sponsorships
  • “Mr. Sounder” and former Sounders player Zach Scott, has been secured as Race Starter and personality for the Run/Walk.
  • BBRC submitted our proposed “All in for Autism Day” mayoral proclamation draft to Bellevue’s Mayor for review/approval to proclaim April Autism month in Bellevue, to coincide with National Autism Month.
  • The big accomplishment is that we have locked down on the course with the City of Bellevue and secured their approval. We also secured our Race Village, which allows us to overcome the challenge of the construction work underway in the park.


BBRC members honored by Rotary’s Paul Harris Society:

Jeff Cashman presented Paul Harris Society honors to BBRC members for their significant contributions. Congratulations to them and thanks to all BBRC members for their support.

Jason Cherney ($1,000)

Neil Bretvick ($3,000 total)

Paul Miller ($3,000 total).


Give Me Five!” and “Rotary International Conference” news from Wendy Fisher:

  • June 10-14 in Atlanta, seven BBRC members including Wendy will attend, participate and tell everyone how BBRC got so many volunteers and participants in its “All in for Autism 5K/10K Run/Walk”, a mayoral proclamation of “All in for Autism Month” in Bellevue, deep community support, and generated unprecedented revenue to benefit Kindering and other BBRC recognized charities.
  • Expect it when you least expect it, Give Me Five! It’s a new game which will debut at an upcoming BBRC meeting TBD. When someone says to you, “Give me five!”, then you must quickly tell them:
  1. Your name
  2. What you do
  3. Three word that describe you (“mother, baker, traveler” were Wendy’s example)


Rotary First Harvest update from Howard Johnson:

Thank you sponsors of the “Hearts and Wine” fundraising event for Rotary First Harvest:

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All in for Autism 5K/10K Run/Walk – April 23rd, 2017

Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club Announces Their All in for Autism 5K/10K Walk/Run

Fundraiser Event  •   Organized by Fundraising: Bellevue 10K Run/Walk
By Kaj Pedersen

Bellevue, WA. – January 21, 2017 – On April 23, the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club (BBRC) will be hosting their All in for Autism annual 5K/10K Walk/Run on a route that takes participants through Bellevue’s streets.  In its eleventh year, this event has become Bellevue’s premier running event that caters for enthusiasts and families alike.  Funds raised from this event go to: Kindering, as well as other identified agencies, plus Rotary projects that benefit children and families locally and internationally.

The All in for Autism 5K/10K Run/Walk is a family event brought to you by the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club (BBRC) to raise awareness for Autism and other related disorders. The All In for Autism event is put on to show support for families and/or caregivers, affected by this growing neurological condition, and to thank those in our community who work to provide support and success to these individuals, in the hopes of expanding the circle of care. 1 in 68 individuals are affected by autism, and show impairment in the following areas: communication, repetitive patterns of behavior and social skills.

The event will offer a challenging 10K (6.22 miles) course, as well as a 5K (3.31 miles) course for the whole family. There is also a non-competitive half-mile Kids’ Dash open to all kids 10 and under.  On race day, participants are invited to visit the Race Village to visit event sponsor booths and vendor exhibits after the event for the post-race party.

“Bellevue Breakfast Rotary’s commitment to the All in for Autism event allows our club to play its part in recognizing the sterling work carried out by families and caregivers who support those individuals affected by Autism. Our goal is to expand the circle of care through awareness and we call on the community to support us on April 23rd” said Mike Ralph, President of the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club.

The BBRC membership is dedicated to “service above self” and we derive much toward this goal through the contributions of our dynamic membership and local businesses.  Together, let’s make a difference! If you are a runner, volunteer, and/or sponsor, sign up today and show your commitment!  Please go to our website for more information.

RI Foundation (EREY)

BBRC is a Top 5 Club in a Top 20 District

By Charles Sadler

Raising a record $31,000 (an average of over $330/member), the BBRC is once again an “Every Rotarian, Every Year” club with 100% of our members contributing.  We reached this target an amazing six weeks earlier than in previous years.

The RI Foundation Committee 2017: Jenny Andrews, Kim Shrader, Margie Burnett, Jim Zidar, Paul Osborn, Jeff Cashman, and Scott Sadler (Chair)


It's Official - We're a "Visionary" Member

By Paul Osborn


In previous years we’ve sponsored WA DECA’s Community Service Prize for $2,000.  This year we continue our support by sponsoring Bellevue HS Chapters directly, and have joined DECA as a ‘Visionary Member’ at $480.

From Brent Mason:

The support received from the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club in the form of a Visionary level membership helps our student members leverage this “experience” to become academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders.  In the end, it just might be the most impactful $480 that the club will give in 2017.  Thank you for BBRC for making a difference.