Friday Feb 19, 2016

Ben Malcolmson

Special Assistant to head coach Pete Carroll Seattle Seahawks

“Utterly Amazing – A Storybook Journey”

Introduced by: Rourke O'Brien

“Utterly Amazing”

As Pete Carrol’s personal assistant for 10 years, Ben helped the BBRC members open their minds this morning.   We need to open our minds to what is going on around us and not assume.

Ben demonstrated how easy it is for us to assume what is happening around us, we THINK we know what is happening and missing so much!

Ben started his sports carrier by covering the women’s volleyball team of USC.    As a Sophomore, he then worked with the USC football team writing stories for the student newspaper.  He wanted to write about how hard it was to be a walk-on.

His job was to write a story on the USC walk on’s for the football team.   Next day after his story was published he was called and asked to join the team.  Here is was not trying to be on the team and WOW, just trying to write an article for the school newspaper he made the team.

Hardest part is the mental side, especially learning the playbook.

Unfortunately Ben dislocated his shoulder after only 1 year of playing.  He was crushed.

A video was showed about how Ben was able to rehabilitate his shoulder to get back to the USC football team and returned back to practice 4 months after his injury.  The school campus heard about Ben’s recovery and the whole school were behind him.

Ben’s mind over matter is an amazing addition for Pete Carrol’.   As Pete’s personal assistant, Ben helps to infuse accomplishments that are beyond reach for most for the Seahawks payers, coaches and even the fans.

Ban handles Pete’s day to day operations, speeches, guest relations and  social media presence.

Ben challenges us to find something that is exciting, uncommon and significant in our lives.   Go outside your comfort zone, open your eyes!




Club Announcements

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Club Admin: Fellowship Committee

Poverty Bay Wine Festival 2016

By Paul Osborn

largeThe Des Moines Rotary Club invites you to help celebrate the 12th annual Poverty Bay Wine Festival.  The atmosphere will be lively with entertainers and strolling musicians, but this year’s event will be all about the wine, with a wine tasting competition, a wine toss and a more relaxed atmosphere for meeting and learning from some of the best winemakers around.

Wine Festival Tickets $35.00 includes ten tasting tokens (tastings range from 1 – 3 tokens). Additional tasting tokens available for $1.00.

As always, 100% of the net revenues generated by this event are used to fund the charitable activities of the Des Moines Rotary Club. 

Mar 04, 2016 @ 05:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Mar 05, 2016 @ 12:00 PM – 09:00 PM

(Announcement courtesy of the Guild of Scriveners)

New Generations: Interact

New Interact Parternership with Forest Ridge

By Joellen Monson

The New Generations Committee is proud to announce the most recent addition to our club. We have entered into an Interact partnership with Forest Ridge of the Sacred Heart School. Our thanks to Laura Cosacchi for taking on this leadership role for our club. This active group of social minded and committed young women and their school advisor will be visiting our club on Friday, March 4th to share a bit about themselves. Let’s give them a warm BBRC welcome!

Fundraising: Bellevue 10K Run/Walk

Just Monkeying Around

matchesKung Hei Fat Choi!

This Voluntines day, get matching stick hers (and his) by going to the website and registering.  No, really, this isn’t funny, we need 300 people – sew pleats do it two day.

(this is a free posting by The Guild of Scriveners)

Third Thursday at Azteca

Viva Vivo 53!

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

Third Thimage1ursday is coming up soon!! February 18!

This month we will be meeting at Vivo 53 in Bellevue Square.

We’ll be there about 4:30 to grab tables – join us when you can!

Map Courtesy of Steve Lingenbrink! – Click for Larger Size


You Are Never Too Old to Have An Opinion!

opinionJudge on March 4th

DECA is still looking for judges for March 4th (a Friday unfortunately).

Mentor A National Competitor

If you can’t make that but would like to improve the chances of local State Winners as they go on to National, then we will be organizing mentoring for a few of the competitors towards the end of March.

If you would like to be involved in this unique way to give back, contact me (Paul Osborn)