Friday Feb 23, 2018

Tea Mak

CEO Miss Global and Miss Global Foundation

One Love; Surviving the Khmer Rouge war – “What sets you apart is knowing what you want and what you are willing to do for others.”

Introduced by: Alan Pratt

Today you will find out what Tea Mak has done with her life after a traumatic childhood! It is a remarkable story.

In 1975, a war began in Cambodia. It was the largest genocide since the Holocaust. An estimated 3+ million people were killed. The Khmer Rouge dominated for years to follow.  In 1981, Tea’s mother fled to Thailand, where Tea was born in a refugee camp. From the moment she was born, weighing less than 4 pounds, Tea required a fight to survive. She almost lost her life 3 times as a baby, before turning 1.

In 1982 Tea and her mother were transferred to another refugee camp in the Philippines and in 1984 they were sponsored and rescued by a Christian relief organization and relocated to the United States. Today, Tea is the Founder and CEO of Miss Global and Miss Global Foundation. Their slogan is “Empowering Women, Embracing Cultures and Embodying the Beauty Within”. #beautywithaprupose #MGFNation

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Club Admin: Fellowship Committee

Fellowship Field Trip - Holocaust Center

By Carmela Ramaglia

The Holocaust Center for Humanity will be exhibiting the North America Premiere of the Anne Frank – Let Me Be Myself Exhibit.  The Fellowship Committee has organized a personal tour for our Club on Sunday, March 18th – 11:30am.

The exhibition shows the story of Anne Frank from her birth in 1929 up to her death in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945.

Anne Frank is a Jewish girl who has to go into hiding during World War Two to escape from the Nazis. Together with seven others she hides in an attic area of a home in Amsterdam. After more than two years in hiding they are discovered and deported to concentration camps. Anne’s father, Otto Frank, is the only one of the eight people to survive. After her death Anne becomes world famous because of the diary she wrote while in hiding.

Space on our tour is limited – please RSVP as soon as possible. 

The Holocaust Center for Humanity is located at 2045 – 2nd Avenue, Seattle.

Executive Committee

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.


Membership: Attraction, Engagement and Mentoring Committee

Membership Committee Skit - Next Generation

By Kaj Pedersen

Tim Leahy and Wendi Fischer delivering their membership engagement skit

Our Membership Committee (Tim Leahy and Wendi Fischer) launch a skit to highlight the value of Rotary membership and the importance of adapting with the times to encourage youthful participation. Let go of fax machines, embrace social media and leverage our wisdom!

We are in a drive to secure the next generation into our club’s activities. With our culture and values, our club has a lot to offer in terms of support and experience for the next generation of community minded leaders!

Also, we have a chance to beat out Mercer Island this year with growth, so let’s get it done!

New Generations: Scholarship Committee

Student of the Month (January) - Savannah Cullen

By Kaj Pedersen

Savannah Cullen receiving her Student of the Month Recognition from Tanya Franzen

Congratulations to Savannah Cullen from Bellevue Christian School – she is our January’s Rotary Student of the Month. We wish her success in her future to be a storyteller and English teacher. Her speech captured the attention of our club members, where we appreciated her gift for telling us her story.

Executive Committee

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.

RI Foundation (EREY)

Rotary Foundation Recognition for BBRC Giving 2016-17

By Kaj Pedersen

DG Alex Hopkins awards BBRC with 2016-17 Recognition Banners for Foundation Giving

District 5030 Governor, Alex Hopkins, recognizes BBRC for achieving Foundation Giving goals in 2016-17. We accomplished EREY at $100 per captia and $100 average giving member participation. Well done BBRC for your support Rotary Foundation and for the Foundation Committee’s success in helping our club over the finish line!

Community Svc: Major Grants

Rotarians come together in helping Food Bank purchase a refrigerated delivery truck

By Kaj Pedersen

From left, Tom Leonidas, Adam Mihlstin with the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club; Mike Hatada and Cori Walters with the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank; Pat Turner (ADG), Alex Hopkins (DG), and President Kaj Pedersen

BBRC are thrilled to work Rotary clubs from Issaquah, Sammamish and our own District 5030 in securing $39,500 for a truck that will help Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank distribute food to our community in need. 

IFCB has 200 volunteers a week loading and unloading food and other items into and out of personal vehicles and one small van that IFCB owns. Because IFCB provides perishables, IFCB is limited to the amount of people it can serve and the communities it can reach.

Cori Walters noted that, “In 2017 IFCB received 1,086,083 pounds of donated food of which 66% was donated by local grocery stores. These donations totaled 717,000 pounds and was picked-up and delivered by volunteers in their own vehicles! Our goal is to expand our mobile delivery program and create increased food security for our customers.” 

That is Rotary in action!

RI Foundation (EREY)

Congratulations on Achieving EREY in Foundation Giving

By Kaj Pedersen

BBRC Members celebrating their EREY achievement

Congratulations to BBRC Rotary members for achieving EREY in donation to the Rotary Foundation. A huge win for our club and the RI Foundation, as we help to make an impact both locally and internationally in Service above Self.

2017-18 Paul Harris Fellows Banner

We also took the opportunity to recognize many of our members for their continued commitment as Paul Harris Fellows – our thanks to each of you of your contributions. We took the opportunity to unfurl our new Paul Harris Fellows banner to celebrate all award recipients.

We are on track to have increased our giving by 8% over last year and this represents an increase of 10% per member in individual contributions. We are on track to deliver $33K to the RI Foundation. Well done to everyone in helping us to reach EREY for this Rotary year.

Fundraising: Bellevue 10K Run/Walk

Rallying our Members for the All in for Autism Event

By Kaj Pedersen

Chris Boland calls out to members for their support in our fund raiser

Chris Boland – this years All in for Autism 5K/10K Family Walk/Race Director gave the Rotary members an update on the club’s fund raiser. He put out a call for volunteers and promotion for the event from members.  We want every member to reach out to their networks to help us secure runners, sponsors and volunteers.

Without this event, we cannot do the amazing work that we do with our local community thanks to the funds we raise from our All in for Autism event.  Click on the yellow button to learn more.

Fundraising: Bellevue 10K Run/Walk

I'd walk a mile for a ....

By Ann Norman

Major Fun April 29, 2018

Anyone should be able to walk a mile.  Anyone should be able to walk 3 miles.  In the spirit of getting fit, i encourage you to get out and walk.  and while you are at it, we invite you and your friends to sign up for our All in for Autism 5K Walk/Run, 10K Run and Kids Dash on Sunday April 29, 2018.  See you there!

Club Admin: Program Committee

Anne Frank Exhibit @ The Holocaust For Humanity Center

By Adam Mihlstin

Anne Frank on the cover of Life Magazine

Just a FYI . . . The Holocaust Center for Humanity will be featuring an exhibit – LET ME BE MYSELF: THE LIFE STORY OF ANNE FRANK.  (March – May 2018).  See Link for details.  This exhibit is world renowned and is making limited stops in the United States.

Dee Simon, Executive Director of the Center was our guest speaker on January 26th.