Posted by Terri Ebert on Sep 25, 2019
Rotary Club, Kirkland
Meeting Date: Monday, September 9, 2019
Scribe: Terri Ebert
The meeting was called to order by President John Woodbery at 6:30 pm. The flag salute was led by Scott Becker.
The inspiration moment was shared by John Woodberry. John shared a Paul Harris quote which I sadly did not capture enough to find it online. So, I give you this – “Rotary changes us and those we serve. I believe we can change the world one life at a time.” ~Paul Harris
Visiting Rotarians where Kemper Freeman and his wife, Betty Austin from Rotary Club of Bellevue; Kay Zatine from Rotary Club of Downtown Kirkland.
  • Mike Hunter on behalf of Dan Bartell informed the Club that October 12th is the next Rotary Northwest Harvest event. Please join us at 8 am at the Houghton Park & Ride (70th and 116th).
  •  Dave Aubry reminded the Club that our Foundation Auction is on September 30th. We will have a dessert dash-sign up to bring something yummy for bidding; we need a headcount, ensure you let him know if you are coming; bring your incredibly sellable items and raise a lot of money for the Foundation. The location is St. John’s Episcopal Church (same location as last year). 105 State St, Kirkland, WA 98033
  • Scott Becker has made a professional move to a new bank in downtown Kirkland.  
  • Monday, September 16th is our picnic at Everest Park. Come rain or shine, we will be there. Come on out around 5:30 onward.
Happy Dollars! Terri Ebert collected Happy Dollars from many of our members who enjoyed the Saturday night lightening show, enjoyed the opportunity of NOT staying at the U of WA football game due to the lightning, happy that another WA football team was showcased on the U of WA big screens during the lightning storm, got their daughter off to Ireland, and more! Thank you for your generosity!
Program speakers were Marni Kurtz, Executive Director and Nick Riley, Mentorship Coordinator from AFK Youth Mentoring. Marni and Nick provided an incredibly upbeat and moving discussion regarding this program which is about building supportive relationships between children who have disabilities and high school athletes. The Mission of AFK Youth Mentoring is to enhance the lives of children who have disabilities and special needs and the high school athletes who mentor them. It was noted that BOTH the Mentors and the Buddies report that their life was enhanced due to this program.
Facts: Since 2002 2,500 Buddies and Mentors have participated in the program. There are currently 417 active Buddies and Mentors. In 2018 6,000 mentoring hours were completed. As of this meeting, there are 12 High School Chapters active in the program. Several questions were answered in relation to the program, funding and more.
On Thursday, November 7th, 6 pm, please join AFK Youth Mentoring for their Beneath the Same Sky Auction.  Location is Seattle Marriott Bellevue. 200 110th Avenue, NE, Bellevue. If you are interested in attending, please email Terri Ebert; she is considering hosting a table.
The meeting ended at 7:25 pm.
Submitted by Terri Ebert