Friday Mar 9, 2018

Traci Tenhulzen / Tanya Franzen-Garrett

Executive Producer / Tenhulzen Residential Realtor / Sound Properties Team Sotheby's International

“Remodeling your home – whether Staying or Selling!”

With the local real estate market’s rapidly escalating home values, a consideration for many of us who have owned our home for sometime is either remodeling or moving. If you want to upgrade, is remodeling a more logical choice than selling and moving? If you remodel, what amenities are most in demand and what will they cost? What remodeling projects will bring me the most value when I do sell my home? These questions and others will be answered by the dynamic BBRC team of Traci Tenhulzen of Tenhulzen Residential and Tanya Franzen-Garrett of Sotheby’s International.

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Community Svc: Service Projects Committee

Tavon Learning Center Update

By Kaj Pedersen

Therese Vafaeezadeh from the Tavon Leaning Center updates our members

Therese Vafaeezadeh, the Founder and President of the Tavon Learning Center, addressed our members about the center’s work.  The mission of the center is to contribute to the vitality of our community by providing active learning and community programs that empower adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to acquire home and community living skills.  Very much a mission that aligns with the BBRC’s goal of supporting the local services within the local community.

BBRC made a donation of $2,000 to the Tavon Learning Center.  Part of this donation included a $500 contribution from District 5030’s Speed Grant and again demonstrates the power of Rotary in its collaboration across the organization.

New Generations: Scholarship Committee

March's Student of the Month - Jaelin Gates

By Kaj Pedersen

Jaelin Gates – our March Student of the Month

Congratulations to Jaelin Gates, our March Student of the Month, from Sammamish High School.  We wish her well in her pursuit of global development, particularly in Spanish-speaking regions.  She told us about her passion for Spanish after she was taught by a teacher who was able to inspire her passion for the language.

We wish Jaelin success in her journey, especially where she can make an impact in her pursuit of global development opportunities.

Fundraising: Bellevue 10K Run/Walk

I'd like to teach the world to ...

By Ann Norman

Our time and our talents lead us to do great deeds in the world.  Our fundraising money helps to add the fuel for those deeds.  Our run is the major fundraiser at BBRC.  Our fundraising comes first from sponsors who so generously contribute to our club. and that is where you come in.

So let’s think of additional sponsors over the next week and get those names over to John Martinka and Mike Ralph.  They will do the arm-twisting to get those sponsors on board.

And let’s add power to our efforts to help the world to sing, laugh, live, love and flourish.

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.