Friday Aug 17, 2018

Mackenzie Dolstad / Dan Hintz

Stewartship Program Manager / Restoration Project Coordinator Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust

“Community Engagement Across the Mountains to Sound Greenway”

Scribe: Sam Peterson Editor: Bob Holert Introduced by: Jenny Andrews

Howard Johnson opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and with a quote/prayer from Teddy Roosevelt that was environment related. Guests were then introduced.

Nancy spoke about peace building seminars and how internationally environmental stability is essential. Good water and agriculture help promote non-violence.  There are Rotarian action groups for peace and different clubs have peace products.  One example was Bellevue Rotary has a group that focuses on Anti- Bullying for Stevenson Elementary School.  September 21st is International Day of Peace at the Downtown Park.

A reminder – the Adoption Party is Saturday, October 6th and volunteers are needed, especially drivers. The event starts at 10:45AM at Woodridge Elementary School.

Laura Cossachi then gave an update on the Year Book Committee.

Wendi Fischer then gave an update on District Membership as August is membership month. There are many types of “fellowships” and we can get involved with many topics online at  The District Conference is May 16-19, 2019 in Spokane and now is the time to sign up.  One of the speakers is Bill Gates Jr.! More information can be found at

Chris Boland recognized Rotarians with a birthday in August and wished a Happy Birthday to Jim Gordon.

Mackenzie Dolstad and Dan Hintz, part of the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, then spoke. Their Mission:  Conserve recreational land to enforce their belief – Connected with nature, our lives are better! They are instrumental in the building and improvement of the Mountains to Sound Trail across Washington, as well as other projects, with three main components – Landscape, Connections and People.  The trust was founded in 1991.  There have been major acquisitions of private land over the years.  The organization also hosts environmental education programs for kids including field trips.  They also host events such as “Explore the Greenway” which is a bike ride and work parties on for National Public Lands Day on September 22nd.  They are looking for volunteers! Information can be found at

Chris recognized Mackenzie and Dan’s excellent presentation by donating 1100 pounds of fresh produce to Rotary First Harvest. He also mentioned the Rotary Academy for new members, which is an online course on September 21st. Chris noted we have no meeting on August 31st. The thought of the Day to end the meeting was in remembrance of Aretha Franklin.

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Membership: New Member Committee

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!


Membership: New Member Committee

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.