Monday, October 25, 2010

16 Redmond Rouser's Rotarians are Changing the World

Redmond's Rouser's Rotarians - Students of the Month
16  Redmond Rousers' Rotarians are Changing the World

The Redmond Rousers Rotary Club meets at 5:30 PM Tuesdays for dinner & fellowship at Fairwinds Leisure Care at 9988 Avondale NE (at the corner of Avondale & Novelty Hill Road). We have just added 11 new members, to further our goals of helping others & promoting peace, says Club President, Kelly Kyle.

Tuesday Oct 19th, our Students of the Month honorees were Saleem & Holly from EHS. These kids are so awesome, said musician Janet Baltzo, a new member. "I could listen to their stories all day. This is so cool!" The Redmond Rousers honor students who have turned their lives around and picked up the pieces. "Everyone has troubles now and then, stated Saleem, "You just go on & try harder". Many people in the audience, nodded their heads in agreement, while new member Scott Bell video recorded the meeting to post later. Scott is looking for others who are interested in recordings and reaching out to do social media or promoting their business. You can reach him or others by going to our website and clicking on their names. It will take you right to their site.

Thursday, Oct 21st, at 11am, the Rotary Rouser members gave 61 FREE dictionaries to the Einstein Elementary 3rd grade kids. This year we have a new way to give the books. The sponsors & the club go in half & half on the cost, but the sponsor gets to pick the school. This year, new member, Dr. Aditi Agarwal, local Dentist on the corner of Avondale & 116th decided to pick the closest school to her new business. The students were thrilled when we told them they had a NEW BOOK to take home. President Kelly talked about the eradication of POLIO worldwide, and why healthy kids all over the world are so important to Rotarians. Dr Aditi brought in her large teeth display & explained why cleaning teeth is so important for good oral hygiene. All the kids had so much fun looking up new words in their new book, and each 3rd grade teacher received a new book for their classroom too. 


The Rousers will be honoring 12 more teens through April 2011 on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. At the end of the year, students are encouraged to write an essay about "SERVICE ABOVE SELF", Rotary's International motto, if they wish to apply for a scholarship. Anyone wanting to come out to see & hear their inspirational stories are encouraged to visit & have dinner with us. Dinner is only $15.00 per person. You can pay at the door. Let us know if you want to attend so we save you a seat....seating is limited. We also have speakers & networking on different Tuesdays too. Just look up our speaker schedules or see us on Facebook and come join in the fun. Bragging with your "Happy Bucks" is always a good thing!

Newest member Joan Patrie, who was just inducted on Oct 19th stepped up to offer an audio podcast of the Dictionary event, so the Rousers could post it on their website & Blog. Joan has various skills with computers, audio recordings and is a trained musician, who is currently looking for a new job in any of these fields. She is glad to know that our speaker next week will be Don Burrows. Don will be reviewing his book, "resume's..that resume careers", and touching on the ways to get your resume noticed & reviewed. Not just round filed. Many guests have already signed up, and he will have copies of his book to purchase on hand. With the economy at an all time low in this new millennium, people are trying to increase their odds at gaining new employment. The Rotary club is a good way to meet new prospects, network and have some fun while getting leads and doing community service projects. We are a diverse group of non-political non-religious SERVICE minded people doing good in our community & world.

Rotary International was founded in Chicago in 1905 by Paul Harris, and is one of the oldest service clubs in the world. The Redmond Rousers are only 20years old, spawned from the larger Redmond Rotary Club that meets on Thursdays at noon at the Marriot Hotel in Redmond Town Center. In our District we have 54 clubs in the PNW area with 3200 local Rotarians. Worldwide there are over 1.2 million members. Rotary is so well respected for effective and low overhead program management, that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funds many projects through the Rotary Foundation. Come join us, help our community & help the world by "Building Communities and Bridging Continents". The Rousers motto is "we make a difference". Come see why....& we'll buy your first's on us!

Current Redmond Rousers projects include:

Dictionaries to 3rd graders in Redmond schools
Sustainable Organic Garden for Hopelink Residents in Redmond
Honoring 14 Eastlake High School, students of the month
Warm coats, and shopping cards for 20 local "in need" families in December
Vocational or College scholarships to 2-3 selected Eastlake HS, students of the month
Project Amigo: Supporting the studies of a designated 10th grader, Karen, in Colima, MX
Rotary 1st Harvest: Helping to repackage bulk produce for area food banks
Rotary International Polio eradication campaign...  
Hopelink’s Adult Education Literacy program
Partners For Work; linking local developmentally disabled youth into viable jobs
Fundraisers: Auction, Bowling, Casino Night, Paws for POLIO Mutt Show
EREY= Every Rotarian Every Year: foundation giving for local & international projects
Books for the World: March 2011 Books from Seattle ~ going to So. Africa

Some prior projects we are still proud of:

Automatic external defibrillators (AED) to every Lake Washington District high school and middle school and to Marymoor Park
Rotacare; a free local medical clinic in Bellevue, WA at Hopelink.
Hurricane Karina relief
Financial Donations to: Red Cross, KITH, New Poets Society, EDV.
Pakistan earthquake relief - Shelter Box
Bangladesh water well project
Miracle League Baseball for kids with disabilities.
Poverty relief in Sierra Leone, Africa (Soccer Balls & Sewing Machines)
Adopt-a-Road: Cleaning a segment of Redmond-Woodinville Road
Mosquito nets for malaria control in third world countries
Peru Water Project - A house hook-up to water & sewer for 40 people

New Rotarians or transfers from other clubs are welcome right now as we continue our "discounted" membership for our 2010 membership campaign. Business owners, professionals, stay at home moms, community leaders, all people, are encouraged to apply for membership. Cost is now only about $500.00 per year, a $300.00 discount. Prospective members are invited to call club President, Kelly Kyle at 425-880-4452 or Treasurer Paul Prochaska at 425-455-7622 or club Secretary John Cartmell 425-883-7444. Go to our website at for more information about what we do. If you have a heart for service in our community & the world, we will consider you for membership. Come visit us.

Submitted By Kelly Kyle

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