Friday Mar 21, 2014

Organizational Resiliency

Jeff Slotnick

Chief Security Officer and President OR3M and Setracom

Scribe: Neil Bretvick Editor: Jim Kindsvater

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in this issue:

Guest speaker Jeff Slotnick discusses “organizational resiliency” in addressing risk management for an enterprise, the BBRC Rotary Student of the Month and Rotarian of the Month will be announced, and updates will be given on the BBRC 10K and Dine-Around.

speaker program:

Jim Gordon introduced our guest speaker, Jeff Slotnick, Chief Security Office for OR3M.  Jeff’s discussion focused on “organizational resiliency” in approaching enterprise risk management.  Resilient organizations are better able to adapt to changes in their environment, including disruptive events.  Jeff’s organization helps others prepare for these changing conditions.

Jeff discussed some of the benefits of being resilient:

  • Fewer surprises
  • Exploit opportunities
  • Improved planning
  • Economic efficiency
  • Improved stakeholder relations
  • Improved decision making
  • Enhanced service delivery and reporting
  • Better accountability

Jeff discussed internal and external factors and challenges to the resiliency of a business, including the effects of natural disasters.  After being asked by one member what he does personally to prepare for the effects of a disruptive event such as a natural disaster, and giving a thorough answer, another member jokingly asked Jeff where he lived (since he was so well prepared!).  He provided his contact information (but not his home address!) for further questions:


In honor of Jeff’s presentation, Scott Sadler mentioned the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club and Traci Tenhulzen would be donating 1,000 pounds of fresh produce to Rotary First Harvest.

club business:

President Scott Sadler opened the meeting.

Sheldon Sweeney gave the invocation and led in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Jason Cherney Introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.  Andy Pletz was a visiting Rotarian; guests were Matthew Tenhulzen (son of Traci Tenhulzen), Lauren Walton, Joshua Stewart (husband of Carmela Ramaglia, and today’s speaker, Jeff Slotnick of OR3M.

President Scott Sadler mentioned Fred Janssen’s son who has been diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma, and asked for members’ thoughts and prayers.  This is a note from Fred to members:

My 16 year old son Jonathan was just diagnosed last week with cancer (Burkitt’s Lymphoma).  His first round of chemo starts in a couple of hours here at Seattle Children’s.  We’ve recapped the story at this website:  In spite of everything, all is well and we are looking for complete elimination of the cancer.  He is an amazing young man and God has shown his loving hand in many ways in the midst of this ‘stuff’ that – as we all know – just happens. Wanted my Rotary family to know and I do ask for your prayers.

Robin Callan introduced the Rotary Student of the Month, Tenley Weinstein of Eastside Preparatory School and her father Bill who was in attendance.  Tenley plays soccer, and is active volunteering with Northwest Harvest.  She kindly recognized our club’s efforts at Northwest Harvest.  Tenley began volunteering in June 2013, doing filing and food packaging for Northwest Harvest.  She is interested in a career with a non-for –profit focus and social service after college.

Mike Ralph gave an update for the upcoming 10K, recognizing many sponsors, and encouraging others to sponsor and/or volunteer during the run.  John Cherry challenged club members to commit to at least one call this week to obtain a sponsor.

Tanya Franzen mentioned the upcoming Dine-Around date choices (March 28, 29 and 30) and asked for someone to host each date.  This is a fun way to relax and get to know fellow club members.  You can let Tanya know if you’d like to host or participate, or register on the BBRC website.

Laura Adams Guy mentioned we need three club volunteers to provide activities for our visiting exchange student, Lenni Schiller from 12-6 on three dates in early April.  Carmela Ramaglia volunteered for one date.

Last minute announcements:

Mike Ralph – 10k meeting following the main meeting

Ruben Ladlad – KITH Work Party, Saturday March 22 10AM-2PM 700-142 PL SE, Bellevue

Bob Holert mentioned our next Speaker would be State Senator Rodney Tom

Scott Sadler awarded Christine Rose as BBRC Rotarian of the Month, in connection with her work with the B2Flex Club

president’s thought for the week:

“The first day of spring is one thing, and the first day of spring is another.  The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month”

About the Speaker

Jeff is a highly regarded risk consultant, trainer, and author with more than 28 years of experience, specializing in the Homeland Security Enterprise. As the President of Setracon Inc. and Chief Operating Officer/Founder of OR3M, a security information management company, he is focused on professional development and training, the provisioning of security and protective services, security master planning, risk, vulnerability, and threat assessments, and preparing Emergency Response Plans/ Business Continuity Plans. Jeff is peer recognized as a “Thought Leader” and one of the “Critical Architects in Homeland Security”. Jeff is responsible for the some of the latest advancements in All Hazards Disaster Resilience, Organizational Resilience Management, and Standards Development.