President John Martinka
John Martinka thinks that the state of the BBRC is good. His goals/accomplishments include the following:
- Get all BBRC members engaged in an activity
- Launch a Leadership Development Plan
- BBRC bylaws redone
- Created a three-year budget
- Greater emphasis on youth projects
- District Simplified Matching Grant
- New member project
- Establish long-term planning committee
- Launch the Satellite Club Pilot Program
John is pleased with the Club’s progress; his only concern is membership. He would like to be up five members by the end of his term but membership has been flat so far.
Al Forney, Treasurer - Al thanked Sayoko for all of her help and support. Al works with two budgets: the Club budget and the Foundation budget. He thinks the BBRC is looking good financially. The Club has a $140,000 budget, and the biggest expense items are breakfast and the website. The Foundation budget is $130,000, which is generated by the proceeds raised from the Bellevue 10K and the golf tournament. Al’s biggest concern is to maintain year-to-year consistency. Al mentioned that the BBRC’s books are open to all members.
Mike Ralph, Director International Service - International Service includes Youth Exchange, managed by Ann Norman, and World Community Service, managed by Ruben Ladlad. Two of BBRC’s leading World Community Service projects include Computers for the World, spearheaded by John Martinka, and the Kenya Project, led by Curtis Cummings. In the future, Mike will be talking more about where the dollars go and their impact on the communities that receive them. He would like to launch another multi-year, hands-on international project.
Lee Smith, Major Grants Committee Chair - The Major Grants Committee has 16 members. Lee believes the Committee has developed effective processes for evaluating grants. Its focus is on organizations that help people who are moving out of homelessness. Summary Requests are due this week from seven organizations. The Committee has $15,000 to give towards a worthy project.
Jane Kuechle, Director Community Service - Community Service is huge. It includes the following committees and projects:
- Youth Services, led by Joellen Monson
- Scholarships, led by Tom Smith
- Student of the Month, led by Brian Hardy
- Service Project Committee, led by David Bolson
- YMCA Youth Programs
- Rotaract – in conjunction with Bellevue Noon Rotary
- DECA, managed by Tim Leahy
- Adoption Party (43 children and 35 prospective couples attended our last party in October)
- Dictionary Project
- Turkey Drive
- Giving Tree
- Rotary First Harvest (Howard Johnson reported that 43 members attended the last work party in November)
- Preserve Planet Earth, led by Alex Rule
Jane wants to see more members involved in hands-on projects.
Chris Monger, President-Elect - Chris explained that the President-Elect gets involved in all fundraising activities, plans the BBRC spring retreat, fills the outgoing Board Member positions, attends Presidents Elect Training and attends the Rotary International Convention, which is in Thailand in 2012.
Paul Chapman, Club Administration Chair - Paul is responsible for the following Committees:
Paul talked most about the Fellowship Committee and some of the events this year: Oktoberfest, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Anniversary Party, Holiday Breakfast, Valentine’s Day Dine Around, 3rd Thursday at Rock Bottom, and Golfing with the Elves on December 24.