Monday, December 27, 2010

Why does the Rotary year start on July 1st???

Why does the Rotary year begin on July 1st....and end on June 30th???? 

You can read all this and more about the WHEEL, and how it evolved. The Rotary wheel, was designed by "Monty"....and there is a special story about it... Click here to go to a blog, by my Friend and Rotarian Venu, in INDIA to see the story. Happy Reading. Thanks Venu for posting this. It is GREAT info.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Redmond TEEN Program at the Old Firehouse

Over the past year we have had program Coordinator, Chris Cullen and his co-workers, come out to talk to us at the Redmond Rousers Rotary Club. We wanted to know WHAT the Teen program is all about. Last month I toured the site in the Old Redmond Firehouse. I was amazed at how upbeat and fresh the space was. Youth and teens are inspired to create, learn and dream big. The opportunites are wonderfully engaging, Chris Cullen and the Staff are inspiring. The Teen Center is to be commended for their many community service efforts. Working with teens is not always easy, but it is always worthwhile.

In January 2011, the Rousers will feed about 100 hungry kids at the "RE-Scheduled" TURKEY BOWL....that had to be cancelled due to bad weather this past Nov. We are looking forward to re-cooking the Turkeys and making some FINE food for them.

GOOD JOB and we are looking forward to seeing you soon.....from the Redmond Rousers Rotary Club.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Redmond Rousers Rotary is announcing 2 new members in December 2010

NEW Members are always welcome at our Redmond Rousers Club. Cera Erickson is with Partylite candles and works from home. Her name is pronounced like (Sara). Cera will be our new ROUSERS' Babysitter for the kids who come to the meetings with their parents. The new Babysitting program is now OPEN! We are enrolling kids who want to come have fun while mom or Dad, or both, come to a Redmond Rousers Rotary meeting.
Katie Ginn is also one of our new members. Katie works at Omega Photo in Bellevue and lives in Redmond. She does sales at the front counter and always has a smile for you. Katie and her family have a long running history with Rotary going back to her grandpa. Sounds like an interesting story in there somewhere. Katie loves music and plays handbells. She travelled to Napal with a Rotary NID a few years ago with Rob Rose from the Bellevue Rotary club. She admits now, it really changed her life.

Come see us and meet our 2 newest Rotarians serving the Redmond area...and meet our other 12 new members who have joined us, this year too. The 4 way test is one of the things we think, say and the Rouser meetings. All Rotarians are asked to memorize it...and follow the 4 way test.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The legend of PAUL HARRIS, the man that started a worldwide service movement... ROTARY INTERNATIONAL

The legend of Paul Harris. He is the man that started ROTARY, the largest Service Club in the world. Today it has 32,000 clubs with 1.2 million members, in more than 200 countries worldwide.  Back in 1905, when he started with his idea, his hometown of Chicago was rough and tumble. He was looking for a group of like minded business people he could do business with who he trusted. Someone he knew, who would not do harm to him or others and create peace along the way. Paul Harris' story is captivating when you look back at the monumental obstacles he had to overcome.

They started as a small group of business men in secret locations during proabition and tough times. Crime was everywhere. Paul was a lawyer and worked hard to help get more men aquainted, who were upstanding in the community and wanted to work together to do community service and nice things for their fellow man. He formed what we call now,  Rotary International. Chicago was the first club #1, and was chartered in 1905. Four years later, in 1909, Seattle, the fourth club, was chartered too. Today Seattle #4, as they are known, is the largest Rotary Club in the world....with about 700 members. In true Rotary style, they "rotate" for lunches on Wednesdays between 4-5 different places.

Paul Harris was born on April 19th, 1868. He chartered the 1st Rotary club in Chicago, Illinios, USA, on Feb 23rd. We like to let our new members know a little bit of history...about him and ROTARY. We'll be showing a DVD of his life and the early days. Please come be part of our 25 minute "ROTARY MOVIE" on Feb 22nd, 2011 at Fairwinds in Redmond. We will even celebrate Mr. Harris's & Rotary's birthday in style. I will make cupcakes, we will have fresh popcorn and we can sing Happy Birthday to our founder.

In 1947, after he died, people wanted to do something to remember Paul. So today, you can become a Paul Harris donating money to the RI help people all over the world.  Today we have people like, Warren Buffet, Bill Gates Sr, Bill Gates Jr, Melinda Gates, huge world leaders who give time, money and talents to Rotary. They are involved with giving to the world, through the Rotary Foundation. Come learn something new....come to one of our meetings. Tuesday nights at 5:30pm for dinner, a speaker and FUN.  Being a Rotarian has a lot of benefits. Come find out why we follow the 4-way test, and why it makes us better for doing it.

President Kelly...

Saturday, December 18, 2010

QUE PASA?.....What's happening

QUE spanish for What's happening.  How do you like this...a dolphin made from a banana.....WHAT'S HAPPENING IN your LIFE?.... let's find out... Chime in and tell me how your holidays are going...or what your favorite color is...or what the weather is like where YOU there world peace in our future?

Feliz Navidad....Merry Christmas... & the Season's Greetings to all.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Redmond Rousers Rotary - REK - "Rotary Embraces Kids"

The Redmond Rousers Rotary program...REK..."Rotary Embraces Kids" is our annual giving to community members who need a little extra holiday help. We are THRILLED to be able to help 20 families and all the kids...50 + this year. Watch this video from BOB YODER, with the Redmond Neighborhood Blog.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Redmond Rousers Rotary EMBRACES Kids....with style.

On our 16th annual Rotary Embraces Kids program, we celebrated people! We always try to help as many people and kids as we can. This year's party was the BEST ever. We could not do this without everyone who made it a fun experience and participated in the many different ways to help. As the president this year, I just wanted to say THANK YOU....for all we were able to do.

This year we are able to sponsor 20 low income families and help provide a wonderful evening for them. On DEC 14th, at FAIRWINDS in Redmond, we had a nice finger foods from Costco, like shrimp, sandwiches, veggies, fruit. The brownie desserts came from Albertsons on Hwy 202 in Redmond. The kids even got a homemade pillow case and baby bibs, from a friend of mine..who sewed each and every one... Thanks Kathy! Then, ALL the kids got warm coats to snuggle into... Then we had, Alex, a 10 year old who plays concert piano....with 2 performances. He was sponsored by an Eastside Foundation called TEN GRANDS. They help kids with music. Click to find out more info.

Then we had more music by our members, singers and song writers, Narayan & Janet with a "ROUSING" sing along....  Santa stopped in for a visit, with Gordon taking photos and new member, Scott Bell from Media Design, doing video. Brand new members Katie & Cera were helping Santa wrangling kids....and passing out candy canes. This year each family got a Gift Card from Fred Meyer to do some holiday shopping on their own.

Thanks to Community Service Chair, Deana Hale, of Edward Jones, and all the helpers and volunteers who came early to set up and stayed late to clean-up.....YOU ROCK! I love you guys and gals.....this group of Rowdy Rousers, really know how to help and have fun. Come join us any Tuesday evening for more fun, we could use a few more members. See any member for details and information. Or go to  for more general info about ROTARY....or.... our district site

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Salvation Army - TOY DRIVE at Fairwinds in Redmond, Wa. FINAL- Pick up will be on Thursday DEC 16th.

Have you ever wanted a toy....but couldn't afford it?... Well this year there are a lot of kids who need ALL of us to pitch in, and help out. On Monday, DEC 13th, from 10am - 6pm.... Our Redmond Rousers Rotary Club held a TOY DRIVE for the Salvation Army, to help get more toys for needy kids. We collected about 50 during the pouring rain on monday. Rousers Susan, Gordon, Narayan, Janet & Kelly participated. Janet & Kelly got the wettest as they held the TOY DRIVE sign for all the thousdands of motorists passing by. The Big, Beautiful sign came from Redmond Signs & we thank John for his quick work to get us up & ready for this holiday task. It truly takes a VILLAGE to make all this happen.

Talk to Kalvin Bizek, with the Salvation Army, as he is "the guy".... in charge of our Barrel. You can reach him at 425-351-2235 x204.  Our one Day TOY DRIVE blitz.....was at Fairwinds Retirement Center 9988 - Avondale Rd. N.E. in Redmond, Wa.  This is also where our Rotary club meets for Dinner. The one day Toy Drive blitz....was our first ever for the Rousers and we had a great time collecting the 50 toys, even if it was raining.... The barrel will be picked up, by the Salvation Army on Thursday DEC 16th. So you will have a few more days to make a TOY donation or drop off something, if you missed us on MONDAY....the 13th.

Our Redmond community is great on helping kids, and we are lucky to be in a position to help out. We have a big barrel for the Toys...and will be taking your donations all day. Stop by for a FREE cup of hot warm up....and say HELLO.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Building Communities - Bridging Continents

So simple, yet so profound. This new year July 1st 2010- June 30th 2011 I am proud to say, Rotary will adopt this new logo and slogan for the year, like they do every year. I am so excited to start my year with this theme to lead me, and my team. The Redmond Rousers have always been known for building community. We have done some amazing projects throughout the years like: AED's (Automated External defibulators) in LWSD schools and in Marymoore Park, 3rd grade Dictionaries, REK (Rotary Embraces Kids)our Holiday program, Warm Coats for kids, Holiday food drive, Students of the month, Scholarships for college at EHS, Hopelink's Adult Education Program, Picking up litter for the Adopt a Road program, and many more. We also believe in Bridging Continents to other countries and have done so by fixing a slum house in Barranco, in Lima Peru; Water well Project in Pakistan, Soccer balls and sewing machines to people in Sierra Leon Africa, and every year we have given money to help eradicate POLIO worldwide.

Yes, the Redmond Rousers always step up to the plate when asked....that's why we need your help more than ever members will help our giving goals to continue this GREAT work here in our community and all over the world. Building communities - Bridging continents is just what we do...every day. Come join us.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Duane Eddy - Rebel Rouser (1990)

Many of you know the legendary music of Duane Eddy....known as the "REBEL ROUSER", not only for the name of this song, but as a country music legend of his time. This video just happened to be made the year our club was chartered, in 1990.  Our official name ...The Rotary Club of Redmond Rousers, are also known as the 5030 District "REBEL ROUSERS". With social media hitting an all time high for being able to produce your own results, the Redmond Rousers are ahead of the curve, with most Rotary Clubs in the area.

I took note of a speaker I booked in the spring of 2010 with Blaine Millet from WOM10 (word of mouth on steroids). I hired Blaine to take the Redmond Rousers on a Social Media Journey into the new millenia and beyond. The results so far are astounding.... see for yourself. Surf through this BLOG and our other connections like Facebook, Linked-in, Biznik, and our webpage... for all our juicy morsels of information. By putting ourselves out there with social media, we have created a new face and identity for the club.

After years of declining membership, I decided a new shift and radical game plan had to happen, or we would not survive. As of today, 5 months into my new Rotary year, we have 12 new members and 2 more ready to join next week. Many more are lining up and taking notice of what we are doing. The challenge grant from the Gates foundation has given new notariety to Rotary and what we do. The Bill and melinda Gate have been trotting around the globe, giving world health concerns like our POLIO PLUS campaign, great visibility...the United Nations, Unicef, World Health Organization all have been at the top of the list of wonderful helpers, in this huge Polio eradication campaign....and we THANK them for their mission and accomplishments.

People all over the world are re-descovering that they can plug into this wonderful organization of Rotary International, and make a difference. Rotary is the oldest service club in the world with 1.2 million members worldwide....and locally in Seattle, we have 3,300 members in our 5030 district. 54 Club are represented all over the towns and cities that make up this small geographical district in western washington. So, will YOU become the next Redmond Rouser?....come see us and see how WE MAKE A our community and world.

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