Friday Mar 2, 2018

Carmela Ramaglia

Motivational & Inspirational Speaker / Author Happy Calories Happy Exercise!

“Optimizing Life-Long Health, Vitality, Wellbeing and Joy!”

Introduced by: Tim Leahy

Your body is the vehicle through which you experience this Life. So how you feel in your body and how you feel about your body directly impacts the quality of your life experience. Carmela will share with you the underlying emotional, psychological and cultural dynamics that prevent us from optimizing our health, the radical paradigm shift she discovered through her own healing journey, and specific tools you can use on a daily basis to reclaim your vitality and joy regardless of your age or physical condition.

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SAA: SAA Support

March is Rotary Literacy Month

Cleatus in full form at our meeting this morning

We placed emphasis on March being the month that Rotary celebrates literacy across our global society.  Our members were presented with a video that demonstrates the value of literacy in all things that we do, but coupled with a heartfelt story of its impact within a family.

Then we had our own Cleatus make an appearance to let us know that he is going to be selecting his college for continuing his own personal education.  Needless to say that there was a twist.  Cleatus successful secured support for going to Oregon, after all the other graduates from other colleges placed dollars to not have him attend their alma alter!

The SAA would be proud of the money raised and the way that the importance of literacy message was made clear today.

Int’l Svc: World Community Svc Comm.

World Community Service Update

By Kaj Pedersen

John Martinka Updates our Members on WCS Projects

John Martinka took the opportunity to update the club on the projects that the World Community Services committee has been involved with on behalf of the club this year.  It is a wonderful reflection of our involvement around the world and our ability to collaborate with other countries’ clubs to support sustainable and effective projects on the ground.  Some of the projects highlighted were:

  • Africa – Curtis Cummings – Solar Torches – Education
  • Columbia – Martin Clavejo – Prosthetic – Peace Service
  • Haiti – Steve Roberts – Clean Water – Disease Prevention
  • Nepal – BBRC Club – Earthquake Support – Community Development
  • Imagine Scholar – Mike Ralph – Student Sponsorship (Enky) – Education
  • Ethiopia – Collaborative Project with Lake Union RC – CIREC project – Peace
  • Borjomi, Georgia – Collaborative Project with Bellevue

The committee has been busy overseeing that the funds raised for these initiatives (over $20,000) are wisely spent and support the strict criteria around oversight, Rotary involvement on the ground and are sustainable for the long term benefit of the community.  Our thanks to the committee’s dedication in support of our global initiatives.

Fundraising: Bellevue 10K Run/Walk

All in for Autism - Call to Action for Sponsors

Ann Norman and Wendi Fischer call for sponsors

Ann Norman and Wendi Fischer put out a call to action for our Rotary members to help make introductions to sponsors who would like to partner with us on our All in for Autism 5K/10K Family  Walk/Run happening on 29th April.

How can you help?  Make your introductions to the sponsor committee ( John Martinka/ Mike Ralph) and they will be able to follow up with your sponsors and discuss the benefits of partnering with the BBRC for our major fund raiser.

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.

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.