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May 15, 2015
May 22, 2015
May 29, 2015
Chris Rivera
Executive Director, Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association
Jun 05, 2015
Sean DuPuis
Commercial Airline Pilot - Safety in the Sky
 

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Service Above Self

We meet Fridays at 7:30 AM
Swedish-Edmonds Hospital Cafeteria
21601 76th Ave W
Edmonds, WA  98026
United States
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A Young Professionals Summit was held in Chicago in September.   This Summit focused on our younger Rotarians and gave Rotary leaders ages 25 to 40 the chance to share their Rotary experiences, reflect on their stories, and exchange ideas.

 The event, which included 32 Rotary and Rotaract members as well as Rotary program alumni, was organized and moderated by Rotary staff. During the discussions, a professional sketch artist illustrated the participants' ideas on whiteboards.

"The energy and ideas that have flowed in this room over the last two days are so refreshing," said Kathryn Fahy, governor of District 5970 and a member of the Rotary Club of Iowa Great Lakes, Iowa. "We've exchanged actual hands-on ideas that we can take back to our clubs and really change momentum in Rotary."

Check it out!  

 
 

 
Thanks for everyone's generous support for this year's Basket Auction!
 
We were able to generate close to $18,000 that is going to be used for 4 families, renew the Community Service budget and be dispersed to Santa Fund!
 
Thanks to everyone who attended and donated!  It was a wonderful evening!  
 

 
 
 
 
Our club has a grand culture of hands-on  international projects and of being incredibly generous!  This year our club has wisely tightened our budgetary belt, and has no club-led international project of our own.  But thankfully we have many great options in the way of ongoing, and new, international service partners.
This year we have three partners we are supporting (so far) with our $3000 budget:
 
Grant #1 for $1000
Dr. Jim Guzek, ophthalmologist, and Rotarian from Tri-Cities Sunrise Rotary Club,  has a unique mission where he performs cataract surgeries for two weeks every year and also has been developing a system for sustainable cataract surgeries to be provided by local resources in between his visits.  Go to the Gifting Sight website to learn more.
 
Grant #2 for $1000
HEED Children of Uganda has been known to our club for many years and their mission is to provide for orphaned and vulnerable children, and teach them to be servant leaders in their communities.  Julie Secrist lives locally when not living on campus at the HEED location in Uganda.  To learn more go to:
 
Grant #3 for $500
Derick Pasternak is a Seattle #4 Rotarian, and has visited our club in the past.  He is embarking on a new project supporting education and housing for Roma (gypsy) ethnic children in Eastern Hungary.  Of this population of children, only a third receive secondary education.  This project affords funds for a much need upgrade to the communal bathrooms at the school that currently are in such disrepair that they are not used by the 480 students.  The funds ($48,000) will be raised by several clubs in the District and matched by the District.  Please see Bryan Karrick for more information.
 
There is $500 reserved for other qualified projects prior to June 30, 2015.  We will keep you posted.
 

 
October 3rd was a beautiful morning, made more beautiful by Jeanette and Erich when they shared their nuptials with our Club.  Their Wedding was attended by their families, but it was a complete surprise to the Club!  It was an honor to witness their ceremony.  A brilliant idea by the newlyweds that exemplifies the tenet of Rotary that our club is our community and our club members are our group of friends.  You see your friends at the same time every week- you so you know that they can make the wedding;)  As well we had a wonderful reception at the Cheesemonger's Table that evening hosted by the bride and groom.  Thanks for sharing this event in your life and congratulations!
 

 
Just something to think about.  We are working on doing the October fellowship on the 29th (Wednesday) of October at Fred Hutch, doing a lab crawl with drinks/food after.  The tour is roughly an hour and we would start at 6:30PM.  They are still scheduling with me, but if this doesn't work they are open the 22nd (Wednesday also), This doesn't give us much time to make sure its open on our schedules, but it is what it is...
 
As for November.  I have been in contact with the Woodinville Whiskey Company.  This event would be a tour of the distillery in Woodinville.  They had a past Maker's Mark master distiller as one of their guides on building a quality whiskey operation, so you know they go it right!  This event requires a pretty solid count on the people that come.  We need a minimum of 10 for this to work.  So if you sign up we NEED you to show on this one.  
 
 
See you all Friday!
 
-Thomas 
 

 
 

Alderwood-Terrace Rotary will commence it's 26th year of collecting and distributing toys and clothing to those in need during the holidays.  The Sharing Tree started in 1988 in the toy department of Sears.

 
Club members and friends of Rotary who staff The Sharing Tree at the Alderwood Mall collect new toys and clothing from the day after Thanksgiving until the day before Christmas.  The items that are collected are primarily distributed to families that are eligible for food stamps or who's children are eligible for subsidized lunches.  It is especially heart warming when parents bring their small children to select a gift and bring it to donate at the tree.
 
On average, our collection is approximately 2000 items.  At an estimated  $10.00 per item, the club has distributed over $460,000 in toys and clothing to the needy members of our community over the years.
 

Not only do our members overwhelmingly support this project, it gives an opportunity for our community at large to give to those in need. It is also a way for our club to show the community what Rotary is all about.  This year, our champion will be stepping down from her leadership role, but leaves us in a successful position to continue our good work.

This is what Santa's Toy Shop really looks like!

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How much does it cost to be a member of our club? $200 a quarter.  What does your membership dues cover? That may not be as clear.

Many Rotarians know that a portion of their dues funds club and district expenses, as well as Rotary International operations worldwide. Few know exactly how that all breaks down. Dues are extremely important, as they are the single biggest source of revenue providing the services you enjoy as a Rotarian.

As a companion to Rotary's annual report , and on the heels of a $1 dues increase approved by the 2013 Council on Legislation, we answer some frequently asked questions about where your money goes.

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HOW MUCH OF MY TOTAL MEMBERSHIP DUES GOES TO RI?

Right now, RI dues are $53. Depending on where you are in the world, that equates to about 4 to 14 percent of your total membership dues. The rest of your membership dues total primarily covers club and district expenses, catering  of the breakfast, and your subscription to The Rotarian.

WHY ARE RI DUES INCREASING?

The RI Board of Directors proposed the increase based on a five-year financial forecast projecting that Rotary's spending would exceed its revenue by $9 million in 2018 if there were no increase. With the dues increase of $1 a year for three years, spending is still projected to exceed revenue, but by a smaller margin. The increase keeps the general surplus fund, which is Rotary International's savings, above the mandated level but does not prevent cutbacks in service.

WHY INCREASE DUES? WHY NOT CUT SPENDING?

This issue is a hot topic not only for Rotary but for the larger philanthropic community. In fact, the three major U.S. charity-rating groups have publicly agreed that nonprofits should not be judged solely on frugality; impact is also a critical factor. Significant spending cuts will translate into diminished service for Rotarians, clubs, and districts, reducing our impact on the communities we serve. So, Rotary is committed to monitoring and controlling expenses closely, making prudent cuts, and investing where needed. For example, more meetings than ever take place virtually, and Rotary's data center, software development, and some transaction processing services were moved to Pune, India, to lower costs. However, it is important that Rotary continue to invest in staff and technology to grow and improve the organization.

BESIDES DUES, WHAT OTHER SOURCES OF REVENUE DOES ROTARY HAVE?

Dues account for about 65 percent of Rotary's revenue. The next largest source of income comes from return on investments. Rotary also earns money through publication sales, international convention registration revenues, royalties, license fee income, and rental income at the world headquarters building in the U.S.

IS ROTARY FINANCIALLY HEALTHY?

Yes. Rotary International's general surplus fund exceeds the target established in the bylaws, and the budget is balanced. In 2011 and 2012, the RI Board of Directors designated $15 million of the general surplus fund to support strategic initiatives to grow the organization. It allocated $10 million to be spent over three years on additional public relations grants, a new communications plan, the creation of Rotary's new visual identity, and the expansion of the organization's social networking presence. The Board also approved $3 million to be spent on creating and implementing regional membership development plans, and $2 million for other initiatives. In 2013, the Board approved $2 million to be used for strategic and operational costs if needed. This strategic spending is important to promoting Rotary and helps support membership growth, which is critical to the future of the organization.

DOES RI EVER MAKE SPECIAL EFFORTS TO SUPPORT THE ROTARY FOUNDATION?

On occasion, the Board will take extraordinary measures to support the Foundation financially. For example, over the last two years, RI contributed $10 million from the general surplus fund to PolioPlus. As a result of that commitment, the Foundation received a $50 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

 

 
 
 

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