Friday Nov 16, 2018

Mike Schindler

Founder and CEO Operation Military Family Cares

“The Real Story about America’s Greatest Asset – Our Military and Veteran families”

Editor: Bob Holert Introduced by: Alan Pratt

Mike Schindler was our speaker to celebrate Veteran’s Day and discuss his organization “Operation Military Family Cares”. Mike works tirelessly to support veterans, both in enhancing their family relationships and working with corporations to encourage them to hire veterans and leverage their training and skills. He believes timing has everything to do with everything.

Veterans love their country and are willing to sacrifice and remain committed. Sadly, too many suffer from PTSD, suicide and divorce, usually after they leave the military. This is especially true of Vietnam veterans who were never accepted by the American public like those from World War II. But today they are also finding that PTSD is not just happening to those who were in combat.

Mike joined the Navy after seeing the movie Top Gun at the age of 18. He was excited about the opportunity to know his mission and purpose. After leaving the Navy and working for a few years, he recognized the need and decided to work to bridge the gap between ex-service members and corporate leaders. Leaving the service and gaining acceptance for employment in either the public or private sector has been, and continues to be, a difficult transition for many veterans. Mike knew though that veterans, while in the service, had a mission, purpose and commitment. This he saw was often lacking after they got out but he felt that mindset would make them valuable contributors to corporate America!

To achieve this, Mike decided he needed to “educate” both sides – the veterans needed seminars on relationships which would help them with their families and when employed, while the corporations needed to understand the value veterans bring due to their training and commitment level. This education for both sides is working and veterans are more highly valued in the work force today.

Operation Military Family Cares” is continuing their work on changing the mindset of both veterans and the those in both the public and private sectors. More can be found on their website

Mike believes people who have served are America’s greatest asset. He recommends we should all support families of military members. Please remember to thank our members of the military – Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy, National Guard – for their service!

The meeting started with Rick Klobucher doing the innovation and pledge and Steve Goldfarb introducing visiting Rotarians and guests. Tanya Franzen- Garrett introduced the November 2018 Sammamish Student of the Month Ahilla Kassa, who attended with her mother and sister. John Martinka reminded everyone November is Rotary Foundation Month and we are once again looking for 100% participation. Jason Cherney, Community Service Chair, thanked everyone for their contributions to the Turkey Drive for families in need for Thanksgiving.

And Carmela Ramaglia, our beloved Sergeant of Arms, conducted a HuskyCougar sing-off between alumni of both schools to kick-off Apple Cup week. The sing-off ended in a tie with no overtime!


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“Silver Bells/Silvertip Hockey” Family Event

Want to join the Hockey Outing? Let us know!!

Social Event  •   Organized by Club Admin: Fellowship Committee
By Kit Bowerman

KENT, WASHINGTON – APRIL 8: (Photo by Christopher Mast/Everett Silvertips)

Come join the BBRC Saturday, December 15, as we watch the Everett Silvertips take on their arch-rival Seattle Thunderbirds at Angel of the Winds Arena (Everett) at 7:05 pm. Tickets will cost $18.00. For the kids, this night is the “teddy bear” toss. Please notify Kit Bowerman at (425)830-0328, or e-mail at as to how many tickets you want. See you there, eh?

Third Thursday – November 15, 2018

Third Thursday is This Week!

Social Event  •   Organized by Club Admin: Fellowship Committee
By Carmela Ramaglia

The Azteca on 112th is quickly becoming our favorite place for Third Thursday – centrally located, plenty of parking and chips and salsa!! What’s not to love?!? Come join your fellow BBRC Rotarians this Thursday, November 15th at 5:00 pm. Friends and family are welcome and encouraged. Oh and did we say that Fellowship Events count as Meeting Makeups?!?

Student of the Month

Congratulations to our Student of the Month - Ryo Karr

By Kaj Pedersen

Ryo Karr our Student of the Month

Ryo Karr was named our student of the month and he attends Eastside Preparatory School.  Ryo has maintained a high GPA and is actively involved with his school’s theater production, as an actor and director of the shows.  He is looking to pursue a career in film and theater industry, where he ultimately hopes to direct his own movies one day.  We wish him tremendous success in the pursuit of his thespian ambitions and look forward to the day, when his name appears in lights or on the big screen!

Executive Committee

Congratulations to BBRC and Forest Ridge Interact for Presidential Citations

By Kaj Pedersen

DG – Alan Merry and PDG – Alex Hopkins enjoying the BBRC program

We had the pleasure of welcoming our current District Governor (Alan Merry) and our Past District Governor (Alex Hopkins) who both came to congratulate BBRC and Forest Ridge Interact on securing the Presidential Citation for Rotary year 2017-18.

Alex Hopkins awarding Presidential Citation to Kaj Pedersen

The Rotary Citation recognizes Rotary clubs that support each of our strategic priorities by completing certain activities. Clubs have the entire Rotary year to achieve the citation’s goals.  This year the membership of both groups were able to successfully come together and achieve the goals of the citation, in what is truly a group effort.  Well done to both groups.

Forest Ridge Interact Club with their Presidential Citation for 2017-18

Furthermore, Forest Ridge Interact, is the first Interact group to secure Presidential Citation in District 5030.  Well done to this wonderful group of young Rotarians, who now number some 100 members.  They will continue to do well, especially as they continue to look for ways that they can make an impact in their community – this year’s focus is on homelessness.  It is great to see their team organize around an issue that is clearly a crisis in our region.