Friday Sep 22, 2017

Michael Mathis

President & Founder Burned Children Recovery Foundation

“Providing Hope to Burned Children since 1989”

Introduced by: Brian Evison

Have you ever had someone close to you be severely burned? Our speaker today, Michael Mathis had this happen to him at the age of 11 and in 1989, he started the Burned Children Recovery Foundation. Today he will share his story and what he has learned in helping burn patients recover –  “From victim to survivor, how you can help”.







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Executive Committee

Rotary Peace Day - City of Seattle - 21st Sept. 2017

By Kaj Pedersen

District Governor, Alex Hopkins, delivers a speech on behalf of Rotary and in service to Rotary Peace Day

Cathy Gibson our District’s Peace Builder Chair was instrumental in organizing the Rotary Peace Day Declaration with the City of Seattle today.  This was a goal established by our District Governor, Alex Hopkins, to help raise the public awareness on Peace with Rotary and the City of Seattle.  

Many dignitaries came in support of the Rotary call to action to show their dedication to achieving peace here locally and around the world.  The gathering took place at City Hall in Seattle, where the city’s proclamation was read in recognition of International Peace with Rotary.  The Seattle Fire Department’s Pipe and Drums opened and closed this special ceremony.

Rotarian and Fire Chief, Harold Scoggins, speaking at City of Seattle’s Declaration in support of peace at City Hall

The Seattle Fire Department’s Pipe and Drums in support of Rotary Peace Day

Executive Committee

Rotary Grapevine

By Kaj Pedersen

Celebrating Peace

Following up on the announcement this Friday, there are some activities that may be of interest to members with respect to Rotary’s mission in the pursuit of peace:


  •      Everyone as local Rotarians have an awesome opportunity to recognize and support PEACE within the world in Seattle.  We will be gathering at City Hall, Thursday September 21st, 11:30am along with the Mayor, City Council Reps & Guest Speakers to recognize “International Peace Day with Rotary in Seattle.”  There will be an official proclamation from the city in recognition of all that Rotary does supporting Peace efforts here and around the world.

    ·        The Rotary International President’s Peace Conference will be February 9-11 up in Vancouver, BC, Canada.  More details will be in this month’s newsletter and can be found at:

Rotary Academy

Three of our BBRC Club members will be embarking on their own journeys to learn about Rotary through the District 5030 Rotary Academy.  We wish Tom Miller, Ruben Ladlad and Martin Clavijo all the best in their participation of the Academy.  It will help strengthen our club’s involvement in Rotary and allow for these three individuals to develop a deeper understanding of the Rotary cause.

District 5030 Making a Difference

·        A historical moment for District 5030 with a  Zone Director and a Zone Coordinator being selected from the ranks of the Districts simultaneously for the first time.  Our congratulations to both who will be taking on these roles:

  • Zone 25/26 Director – John Matthews
  • Zone 25 Coordinator – Steve Lingenbrink

New Generations: Youth Services Committee

The Teen Center of the Boys and Girls Club

By Alexandra Chehab

On Friday August 25th, a small group of BBRC Rotarians: Paul Osborn, Wendi Fischer, Laura Cosacchi and Alex Chehab, set off to tour the Teen Center that is part of the Boys and Girls Club of Bellevue. We were scouting for possible service projects to help Middle-Schoolers in Bellevue.

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The Teen Center is looking for volunteers to help with the following hands-on activities:

  • help feed the teens on Thursdays from 4-8pm
  • provide tutoring/ mentoring after-school.

For more information, please go to: and/or contact the Director, Seth Dostart at: