Friday, June 25, 2010

INDIA Festival in Redmond June 26 & 27 Noon- 9pm

EVERYTHING India......is what I understand will be going on in Redmond. Music, food, festivities, all good things. The India festival is run by a local group, with ties to Redmond and the Eastside. The festival is open to anyone, from Noon-9pm Saturday and Sunday and is being held on the Redmond City Hall Campus.

Our local Rotary District 5030, is planning a Group Study Exchange to INDIA in December 2010. Applications for team members are still being taken until the 19th of July 2010. You must be between 25-40 years of age. Interviews will begin in late July.   Apply HERE.

Go out this weekend, find something fun to eat, do, or listen to....expand your horizons....get emerged into INDIA. I hope I'll see you there.....or around this weekend. The Redmond Rousers Rotary congratulates all the sponsors, vendors and attenders for a wonderful weekend celebration of INDIA, right here in our backyard.

Message from the TOP: Bigger, Better, Bolder, ROTARY

The Redmond Rousers Rotary Club are getting the message from RI President, Ray Klinginsmith. President Ray has been working towards " Building Communities, Bridging Continents" as this year's theme for a while now. Just like me, in my quest to become President of the Rousers, Ray's dream of being the TOP guy in Rotary International, started more than a few years ago.

One message is clear, Rotary is the largest SERVICE club in the world. We are 1.2 million members strong. We need to continue to build on it's good name and deeds....in our own communities. The Redmond Rousers have been leaders in this community for 20 years, as seen here in the photo with our many awards from the district for community service.

The city of Redmond has seen growth in the past decade to make it a strong viable city of today. Mayor Marchione supports businesses and service clubs, as he told me in our coffee chat. So the emerging REDMOND of tomorrow is growing stronger and more diverse because of the "good climate" we embrace and hold dear as a city. 10,000 more people will live here in the next decade.....So, how do we make the next 10 years sing and resonate well with people here in Redmond?

Redmond Rousers Rotary, and as the new President in town, I am committed and want to be a part of that. Being a part of the thriving climate we call, COMMUNITY....is a good thing!

Watson Security is delivering peace of mind

The NEW guy in town is watching out for us....and doing it with a smile. Local nice guy, Rob Watson of Watson Security launched his new business with some great people by his side. They showed the latest in security and lock products for community residents and businesses. New digital products were on display.



Redmond Mayor, John Marchione was there for the ribbon cutting and welcomed me & others who were there for the official visit. Mayor Marchione remembered me from our coffee meeting a month ago and we chatted briefly about how many people were here at the ribbon cutting. The Redmond Rousers Rotary welcome you into town Rob, and your friendly Watson Security Posse`. With the help of Blaine Millet, of WOM10, social media business expert, Watson Security is reaching into the Redmond community with style.

This was also sponsored by the Redmond Chamber of Commerce and their Business After Hours event was held at the new Lockworks business in downtown Redmond.  There was a great turnout of business owners and professionals in the Redmond area - the Chamber does an awesome job of getting the community connected and interacting.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Are your kids educated enough?

Most kids and adults need some kind of boost, help, or additional training in a certain field, to help them catch-up or go on to excellence. Kirsten O'Malley is just the person you might like to talk to. Her business is EDUCATION and it is called, The Learning Curve. Recently, Kirsten was chosen to join the Rotary Group Study Exchange Team, going to Bolivia back in April 2010. She came home renewed, energized and wanting teach and to learn more than ever. Her language skills in Spanish, are excellent and she excelled in every way while over there because of it. She was a big part of the success of that GSE team. The Redmond Rousers are proud to be associated with her. We wish Kirsten all the success she so richly deserves.

The learning curve is all about reaching the next level, becoming better at what you need and want to learn. Kirsten and her teachers are committed to excellence and are ready for you to call and get started with the many classes they offer. Many different languages, English, Math, History, or just about anything you might need. I also know she gives free hugs with her warm smile. Call her company or click on the link to find out more about The Learning Curve. You can also find her on Linked In and Twitter.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Who is the sawdust QUEEN?

Shannon De Jong, is the self proclaimed sawdust queen....of course!!!
Well now you know!!!.....you can't say you never learn anything NEW here on our Blog. hehehehehehe. Actually, the reason I posted this is to THANK her & the gang at  DeJong's -Avondale Bark & Topsoil, for helping with the HOPELINK garden. They delivered for FREE, the wonderful dirt we bought. The Redmond Rousers would like to thank them for this donation and invite any community volunteers to come to see the garden.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Blazing Bagels - breaks barriers & wins respect of customer support

Who knew they were so healthy???  They are certainly the best things to put in your mouth sinced sliced bread...wait, they home bake that and brownies too!!!  Blazing Bagels have my vote for YUM YUM goodness. Today I spent some much needed time at this local bakery that knows good food and why people love them.


Dennis, the local owner, was out at a fundraiser, helping the community, so I talked to General Manager, Karen Priszner, who was surprisingly open about the past signage controversy with the company. Years ago Blazing Bagels was the first to put people on the street advertising with moving signs. As she spoke, I remembered that. They were challenged by the city....taking their case all the way to the top. As you may know the little bagel company that could...did just that...could and would,  win their 1st amendment rights to be seen and heard.


Now all YOU need to do, is to taste them. If you have never had this tasty treat....try it, you'll like it. The store is a little off the main drag and behind Whole foods and the Redmond Inn,......but it is worth the find....a treasure of great eats and tasty treats!!!! The Redmond Rousers Rotary club support the local efforts of this business as they continually support CANCER awareness and issues in the community.


WAY TO GO!!!! Dennis.....You ROCK and Roll... like a BAGEL!!!!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

HAPPY FATHER's DAY to all you "guys" out there

Two of our favorite people from the Redmond Rousers Rotary club.....Russ Newman, our fallen hero who passed away in Feb 2010 will forever be remembered by many in the community. Russ contributed greatly, and not just to Rotary. He was an inspiration, Rotarian, and community leader.

Paul Prochaska is another one of our favorite people and fathers of the Redmond Rousers Rotary Club. He also happens to be our current president. He, like Russ, have seen tremendous value from being a Rotarian and member of the Redmond Community - both from his work and personal. His contributions are numerous - thank you Russ and Paul, we honor you on this special day.

Other father's we want to recognize, not pictured here, are Bob Damon, Kevin Nooney and Nick Glenn.

HAPPY FATHER's DAY to you all......whether you are a Rouser or not......

Friday, June 18, 2010

A GARDEN of Food at Hopelink in Redmond

HUNGER is no laughing matter..... see our work as it progresses. We have planted lots of great foods; Lettuce, Bok choy, Beets, Peas, Tomatoes, Rhubarb, Zucchini, Cucumbers, Peppers, Carrots, Watermellon, Green beans, and Onions. The Herbs; Oregano, Basil, Mint, Rosemary, & Chamomile. 

Hopelink in Redmond has generously offered their 20x23square foot garden for us to TWEEK! So, tweek we did. Sprouted seeds are coming up and we transfered them into the spaces available in the raised beds. Wednesday the 16th, I spent 2 hours digging up 15 small plants and raking rocks, so many rocks.
Already my back is sore....but, I wondered why people were looking at me kinda weird. I pressed on.
Thursday June 17th... the 1st official WORK DAY at the garden.  2 volunteers were there to help, and more came out to see what we had planned. A few picked up tools to help. With a lot of SWEAT-EQUITY, we gave this garden a shot of STEROIDS!....The Redmond Rousers and friends made 6 raised beds 4ft x 8 ft in size, augmenting and rototilling the soil. All this happened from 9am-noon. My hope is that with the changes we make, we will be able to give the little garden much needed boost to grow lots of great foods and some beautiful flowers for the residents of Hopelink, in Redmond.

WATCH US GROW!!!!!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Hopelink Garden GROWING...... Volunteers and Vegetables

One of the secrets to a good garden is rototilling the ground. Community Volunteer David Egan, a friend of the Redmond Rousers Rotary Club did just that. David brought his heavy duty equipment out to help in this wonderful project. David has been helping the club in so many ways for the past 2 years, since he was awarded "Community Volunteer of the Year" by the Rousers in 2008, at their annual awards dinner. David volunteers lots of  his time to Washington Council of the Blind and chairs the environmental committee.

Although legally blind himself, David says, "universal access and design is for everyone, not just the blind. If you are blind or handicapped, why should you pay more?......or have to buy something special. Accessibility is for everyone, blind or not.

"I'm all about pedestrian safety too, it's tops on my list of concerns", he says, "everyone should have safe access when they cross the streets". Not just me and my service dog. As you can see (pun- intended) the Rousers picked a top notch leader to be the Volunteer of the year in 2008.

David just keeps on giving. "Anyone can get involved with their community if they want....it's something you are passionate about, or you are not" he says. "Sometimes it just takes clearing the calendar for a couple days to make something a priority".

In my opinion, volunteers make things happen. You know those old sayings, 20% of the people do 80% of the work...and if you want something done, go ask the busiest person you know......they'll make time.  The Hopelink garden, sponsored by the Redmond Rousers Rotary is hoping for a few more volunteers. Come by, check it out. Pull a few weeds, water tomatoes. You can do it! 

Call Christi Becker with Hopelink at 425-885-0043 ext 107 for information.

NETWORKING, a new twist to an old dog

The Rowdy Rousers will host a night of Networking for anyone who is not yet a member to come and meet new people. The object is simple.....meet new people in the community, share stories about what is happening and get to know your neighbors and local business people. Anyone who decides to apply as a member will get a FREE diner the next time they come to a meeting.

At FAIRWINDS, in Redmond, we had 2-3 new potential members show up. We found out all kinds of interesting tid-bits. One of those was Blaine Millet a Rouser friend. He talked about his business, WOM10, word of mouth on steroids...Social Media for executives with a fun twist to the marketing world we know and love. Michael DeShazo, Founder and Principal of Koinonia Knowledge Group, talked about his new Thriving Pathways endeavor.Windemere Realtor, Dianne Girard spoke of her knowledge in the Kirkland/Redmond/Ames Lake area and what she used to do before selling homes. Friend and fellow Rotarian with the Woodinville Rotary, Roger Martindill came to say hello, and talked about awards and promotional ideas for his clients.

All in all everyone had a great time....President elect Kelly pulled out the WHEEL OF MIS-FORTUNE for anyone wanting to spin it, gaining another ticket on the bottle of wine, door prize drawing. A few people tried thier luck, but Bob Damon, of the Rousers, won the bottle of Cabernet and took his winnings with a smile. Look for more news and dates to come......on more NETWORKING with the Redmond Rousers.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Do logos speak?...or do they talk behind your back?



Do actions speak?.. do labels talk?....Is this crazy talk?.....I decided one day to hang out with my best friend, in my ROTARY shirt to see if I attracted any attention. We laughed, told stories, ate hot dogs, played with the dogs, kids, played softball and drank cokes.....all the while interacting with many people all day long....and still no one asked why I was wearing my Rotary shirt. I was perplexed. Did everyone just think I always walk around in my "uniform"? I finally said.... "Do you notice the shirt I am wearing?"....everyone said "no....not really".

It made me think? Do people know what the Rotary logo is? Do they not know? Do you see the Rotary wheel and think of SERVICE above SELF? ....or volunteering, or networking, or AED's (Automated External Defibrillators) or anything ?......I'm asking for posts on this question.....I wanna know what YOU think.... have you seen the Rotary wheel...do you know what the Rotary brand is?...what it stands for?...do you care? ...why or why not?...what does it mean to you?....Thanks!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Rotary Firsy Harvest - Workday June 12th 2010

A day forever remembered by Martina from Snohomish, Wa. This was the first time volunteering with the Redmond Rousers, at the NW Harvest site where Rotarians and friends come to volunteer one day a month. More than 8000 lbs of frozen carrots were re-packaged into small 1-2 lb bags to be given out at the local food banks. "This is so cool to get to help behind the scenes", said Martina. "It really makes you think about people who need food & how it gets to them. I'm glad I was able to help out today. I want to comeback again & bring some friends next time".

Friday, June 11, 2010

GSE, You get your Cake...& eat it too.....

Rotary does it all.....the GSE program (Group Study Exchange) is simply the best exchange program out there. We offer 4 non Rotarians a chance to see & experience a country like you have never done before...through the backdoor. You get immersed into the culture & live with families who treat you wonderfully. You get your cake & get to eat it too.....as the saying goes.

The Bolivian teams to and from had wonderful times getting to know the country, both here and there. We sent a team of 5 people to Bolivia for a month and they sent a team of 5 to Seattle and the area for a month. All teams consist of 1 Rotarian Leader and 4 non-Rotarains 25-40 years of age. You must be able to travel for a month or more, and be willing to speak in public. We help train you for this, & help with all the costs. Housing & most food is also paid for.

APPLY NOW.... see if you have what it takes to become the next Rotary GSE traveller. We will go to INDIA next in December of 2010. All eligible people are encouraged to apply by mid July. The Rotary GSE team to India will have 5 months to prepare for their journey together. You would be able to represent the Seattle area on the ROTARY mission of spreading peace and goodwill. All while learning about the culture, learning about your vocation, in a different land.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Redmond Rousers, Not your Grandpa's club......anymore.

The Redmond Rousers Rotary club is now turning 20 years old. Just an infant in the whole Rotary world, but significant all the same. Being a "Rouser" has it's fair share of notariety. As you can tell, just by the name...we get tagged  "Rebel Rousers, Rowdy Rousers"...and so on....but, we like it. That is part of the FUN and what sets us apart from the rest of the 54 local clubs in this District 5030.

We're always at meetings whooping it up, or cheering the loudest. That is our claim and expression by choice. We LIKE being a different, a little disruptive...NO Boring here, in this club. This is not your Grandpas Rotary Club.......anymore.  It's by choice we are different, no ties, no suits, unless you really want to...and still that is ok...We want to be comfortable...and be ourselves.

We are turning a new leaf at the tender age of 20 and looking for some younger, socially concious club members to move into the next decade. We need all people, no matter what age, who are willing to put SERVICE ABOVE SELF...on the line. Being a part of this global economy and Global oneness...is an AWESOME responsibility. Rotarians give back to the community we live in, and look for opportunities in other global communities to try to help to make a difference. Our local motto is just that..."WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE", says Kelly Kyle, new president of the Rousers club. "Our Global concerns are many....but it is always about SERVICE ABOVE SELF".

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