Friday, December 9, 2011

2011 Rotary Embraces KIDS - a Huge success in Redmond, Wa.

Tonight our Rotary Embraces kids, (REK) program went VERY you can imagine. Professional musical enjoyment from our own members Narayan & Janet delighted the kids. Piano, trumpet and singing at it's BEST. Harp playing, singing & story telling from Kathy & singing in Japaneese from Yoko, our Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar from Japan...These were only SOME of the highlights. This year we focused on "holidays around the world" as our theme. Kathy told of the Jewish faith & brought show and tell for the kids. Yoko told of the Japaneese ways at Chrismas time too. Our 16 low income families were treated to a 1st class party and food was ordered from our favorite Albertsons store on Hwy 202. Store manager John Gillespie delivered the food to us.... at the Redmond Inn, who donated the space for us to use this year. Thanks to all who baked or brought cookies for all to enjoy. There was plenty to do and see as Santa & Mrs Claus, made an appearance. Gordon snapped photos of kids, while they were asking Santa for bright, new, shinny things. Dancing and singing to holiday songs was a hit this year....even some Rowdy Rousers got in the act....groovin' to the music.

We handed out LOTS of family gifts, some "mystery presents" gift wrapped and donated by Cera.....and had wonderful WARM COATS to give all  45+ kids who showed up. The book, "Santa's first magical ride", was handed out too. It contributes to our literacy campaign that we keep track of every year. I can't thank you enough for all the hard work and leadership that went into this community program spearheaded again by our miss Deana...the hostess with the mostess. The many ways our Redmond Rousers Rotary Club reaches out and touches people is quite amazing...and tonight you all are to be praised and thanked....over again, for all the hours of volunteering, planning, and helping.

Set up and cleanup were a breeze. All the candy canes and food that were dropped on the carpeting came out, after a quick vacuuming by Deana, before we left the room. You all helpped stack chairs, consolodate garbage, and made the room look snappy for the Redmond Inn staff to do the final cleaning....THANK YOU.

WELL DONE.....and congrats on our 17th year of REK = Rotary Embraces Kids. I'm so darn proud of what we do...and who we served tonight.  Another year of warm fuzzies to celebrate....together. Kids gave HUGS as they left full and happy, and visions of sugerplums will dance in their heads tonight.

My heart is full of gratitude....& I'm sure the families we served tonight are happy and thankful too.
Please come see us anytime for FUN & fellowship....Tuesdays at the OLD Redmond Schoolhouse, in Redmond, Wa. ...5:30pm - 7pm

President Kelly
Redmond Rousers Rotary President 2010-2012
look for some pictures on our FACEBOOK site soon.

Ps...Our local FOOD DRIVE we held a couple weeks ago, just before Thanksgiving for N.W. Harvest brought in 427 lbs of food. Thanks to our local Albertsons, again, for letting us do our good work in our community. We are all tied together in many ways... THANKS!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Kelly's story of our Redmond Rousers Rotary Club, comeback.

Kelly’s story of the Redmond Rousers Rotary comeback.

I would like to take the opportunity to introduce myself. I'm Kelly Kyle......a Business woman, ARTIST, Photographer, Blogger, Wife, Sister, Step Mother, Friend & Rotarian. Writing for blogs is relatively new for me in the past 2 years....although I loved creative writing projects in school since I was a kid. As an adult, when the mood struck me I would write about a trip here or there...or write long holiday letters to family and friends telling of stories and places I travelled. It's a wonderful giggle to look back at what you wrote 10, 20, 30 years later. Maybe something to post in a future story.

I think what I am most known for lately, is my community and humanitarian work with ROTARY. Caring about people and pulling for the underdog, is what I love to do. More specifically, the Redmond Rousers Rotary Club, of which I am the Current President, seems to get my foot in the door, when talking to people. I've taken on an unusual 2 year term as Madam Pres. Continuity, is a big part of being successful at any venture. When I stepped in as President on July 1st, of 2010, I had the enormous task of re-developing a club that was almost defunct. We were standing on our last leg of hope with only 5 members....and it was my job as the new President, to somehow, "save the club". So, I looked at this, as one of my biggest tasks at hand. Recruiting and setting some outrageous GOALS, then followed. #1, If we did not have people ..AKA....BODIES... in those seats, who cared about "community", then the club really was finished. So, I decided to stick to this #1 goal. I struck out one day, hitting the streets, getting to know my community. I met a man who changed the course of my life and it is ultimately, why I am writing this now. My world had a radical paradigm shift & everything in April of 2010, changed. Enter Social Media. This was 3 months before I became president and a few weeks after I had gone to P.E.T.S., Rotary's President Elect Training Seminar. Saving our club's community history & "Rousing" club image, was fresh on my mind. Blaine Millet, of WOM10, walked into my life that day, and started talking about Social Media Strategies. I was all ears. I knew nothing about it...but it was different, it was edgy, it was NEW. I liked what I heard. With blogging, we could control our future, not someone else's view of it. . After going home and doing some research, how could I not be interested...this was the future of business and communities everywhere. Social Media was coming on strong, and anyone who wanted to be "IN THE GAME" had better jump on....So I did. I bought into the plan. Now all I had to do was convince the other 6 in our club to do the same.

I giggle a little, because then, some 20 months ago... I really did not know what Social Media was. Not compared to now, anyways. So I quickly approached the club board members, all 4 of us, and told them, not asked, but told them my plan to revitalize the club through a social media strategy and campaign. I was passionate. I must have been hopped up on caffeine or something, or doing a little jig.... cause all I got were wide eyed stares. I might as well have been talking about little green men from Mars!. It was an uphill battle during my 15 minute talk of fame, with hands slapping on the table, and a wild voiced presentation. But in the end, I persuaded them, or maybe just scared them or wore them out. I don't know. But, they gave my ideas and me a chance to do something I believed in...even if I had only heard of it less than one week ago. But they did not know that.

I was allowed to spend money and time on what was perceived, a selfish project for ME. So, with that said, I got a little help from my new friend, Blaine in producing the effects of a well thought out plan. We were to use social Media to attract new people and to do good with our Rotary content. Nothing else the club had tried over the past 4 years, had worked, our numbers were down to critical mass 7. The number of committed members were right there, only 3 staring back at me. We were in the position of being down, but not out.

I had "won", but only after a long 15 minute "rant", that I like to call my "passion", coming out. I had sealed my fate...good or bad, and I was headed in a unknown and untried direction for a Rotary Club. I could feel all 3000 pair of eyes on me as I tried something new. I felt a little numb & like Christopher Columbus setting out to find a new world. (Funny, some days, it still feels a little like that first day over and over again, but now with a familiar, ring to it.) It has been 18 months now, and praises, awards and accolades later... I am the district 5030 supper star. I was awarded the ROTARIAN of the YEAR award for our district of 3000 people...and 54 clubs. AWE inspiring stuff. There is a U-tube video, on our

Proud? Damn straight...I am. I feel like the Queen of my Castle....Momma of my flock, and worth every minute I spend...working on making a better life for kids and families in need. Every time I have a bad day....I think of others who sleep in tents, or who do not have enough to eat, or who do not have a family to love them. I know I make a difference, and am extremely proud of what WE do in Rotary....helping others. I guess, I really don't know how to do anything else, any better...or I would do that.

So, to conclude this story and bring you up to date on what happened after my 1st year as President, July 1 2010 to June 30, 2011... I recruited 23 new people into our club. WOW....that is amazing, even for me to re-read that stat. An unbelievably rare accomplishment at any level of recruiting in a Rotary club, especially when I didn't know what Social Media really was. We won 3 more awards, the Presidential citation, the literacy zone and district awards, made a lot of new friends, made my mom proud and made a great story to tell my grand children someday. So, that is the good news. The bad news is that all of the newbies did not stay in Rotary. Some of them decided it wasn't the right fit, long term for them...although they liked the club. Some lost their jobs, & moved away...But MOST of them stayed. Our Club now has 18 solid members in it. I have the good fortune to say, they are all now friends of mine.

SIDEBAR: I forgot to tell you about the catalyst to this story....and it matters, so here is why I decided to do what I did. One of my beloved and dear friends in our old club of only 8 people, was Russ. My longtime buddy of 10 years, Russ Newman, suddenly died after a heart bypass in Feb 2010. 3 weeks before his surgery, he shuffled into the meeting like an 85 year old man does occasionally, but this time he looked different. I said to him, "Russ what's the matter, why are you walking so slow?" He said to me..."well, my Dr. says I have a bad ticker and I need surgery". We proceeded to talk for 10 minutes about him and all he had going on. Who would feed his parrot ,was a big decision, I recall. He then pulled me close to him gave me a hug, and said to me, "Kelly-Girl", (his nickname for me) "You are going to be the best Rouser President EVER!". I was taken back by his confidence in me...and told him I hoped so, but I doubted it. We had had some really good ones in our past 20 him, Bruce, Eric, Tom, Lisa and others. But somehow, his faith in me, was real, and I could feel it. I remember I cried hard when I found out he died in the recovery room after the operation. I was just making plans to go see him in the hospital, when I heard the news. I had lost my buddy, my pal, my one biggest fan & supporter in this presidential run....of a year in my life. What was I gonna do now?....I cried some more. Then a few days later, I went to P.E.T.S....and found the courage & faith he had told me about. I found my deep LOVE of Rotary and WHY I was there, training to become the new president. I was trying to revive an old dead club into a new alive club again, and it was going to be a lot of hard work. After this amazing weekend, I was now up to the challenge. Russ' words stuck with they do today and everyday. He was and is a BIG part of why we are still here...and if I could reach out to tell him, thank you, this is what I would say. "Russ, Thank You, from the bottom of my heart for your kind words and faith in, Lil ole me. Love you, Kelly Girl"

OK, back to the story of the newbies,.....Some of them listened to me and followed my urgings to start new committees, and to become new members within district committees and events. We even tackled a BIG new project together: Our new WORLD CLASS signature event, the Coup de Cascades. Our Bicycle fundraiser to help eradicate END POLIO in the world, just went viral with the news that we are now a RAAM qualifier. Some members I know better than others, but all in all, we are working towards a common GOAL; to make our community a better place, to live, work and do business together...through Service Above Self...our ROTARY motto. Once again in our 21 year history, the Redmond Rousers Rotary Club is on the Map, literally. Our newest venture in Social Media is an ad placement on the 4th AVE MAPS...a new advertising piece that is an interactive MAP of the area for residents and new people in town. Microsoft has put their TAG in it for people to use as a scan-able device to go to different websites to see more info about the companies in the MAP. We plan to use it to attract more attention to our 425 mile Coup de Cascades biking event in Aug 18th & 19th of 2012. Along with that, it will be a great way for people to find out where we meet and come see us for dinner on Tuesday evenings at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse. We meet at 5:30pm at 16600- N.E. 80th in Redmond. Hope to see you too for a FREE dinner with new friends. bring your business cards and a smile!. Check out our speaker schedule to find someone you might like to hear, and come on down.... we'll have a seat for you.

Kelly Kyle - Artist, Humanitarian, Friend & President of the Redmond Rousers Rotary Club.

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Where are we going, and how do we get YOU to go with us?

How do we get World Peace....seems like a straightforward question to ask....Where are we going and how do we get YOU to go with us?...but there is an underlying current to questions like this. People tend to say" What's in it for me".... and that's ok. TIME & MONEY are big issues in today's world. Or lack of money and time....what do you want to spend your disposable time & income on. So let's see if I can educate and or influence you a little. Let's see if we can see WORLD  PEACE...together.

Do not do something if you see or get no measured results. That's where I love to talk about WHAT you actually get with Rotary...and the power of 1+1= many. So how do you actually ERADICATE polio? well, 1.2 million rotarians continue to work hard with other world partners to do just that. It has taken 25 +years...but we are almost there. Only 1% left...."We are this close" to ending POLIO.

When I was a kid doing simple math was fun 1+1 =2...right?...but as an adult, I see the power that LEVERAGE brings to the table too. Being able to leverage people and time and money is a powerful thing. Rotary brings that in to view in so many ways. When 3 people work together for 4 hrs, & the good of a project you have 12 man hours. Results happen when you are able to leverage whatever it is you need. ROTARY is the help mankind, and move projects forward, in a positive way.

Membership in our Redmond Rousers Rotary Club is simple and FUN. For only 500.00 a year, you can make a difference in the lives of children and families in our community. This 500.00 goes to pay dues & meals all year long, July 1st to June 30th. You can pay monthly, quarterly. 1/2 yearly or one time. It's up to you.

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