Gene Duvernoy, President, Forterra, “How We Live, Work, and Play on Our Lands Today and What It Means for Tomorrow”
Gene Duvernoy has spent more than 30 years working on land conservation and building community, founding Forterra (then called Cascade Land Conservancy) in 1989 in his attic. Since then he has led the organization to national prominence by creating bold, innovative, and successful programs that improve the quality of life for all residents.
WEEKLY BULLETIN HIGHLIGHTS
2016 Fellowship Ski Retreat to Park City Sold Out!
There has been a HUGE amount of interest in the 2016 Ski Retreat in Park City, and we now have a waiting list.
Rotary First Harvest Work Party, August 8
From 8:30AM-11:00AM, Northwest Harvest Warehouse, Kent. Bring friends and family are to help!
CURRENT BELLEVUE ROTARY PROJECTS
Lots of Ice Cream Sold at Bellevue ARTSfair
Last weekend, July 24-26, Bellevue Rotarians put on their aprons, as they have done every July for more than three decades, to engage in ice cream sales during the annual Bellevue Arts Museum’s ARTSfair, a treasured community celebration. Rotarians, Rotaractors, and family members staffed the ice cream booth in 3-hour shifts for the duration of the fair.
A big thank you to all of our volunteers for making this year another success!
Inspiration Playground News
BRC Inspiration Project Receives $1.5 Million from State!
The Bellevue Rotary Inspiration Playground & Sensory Gardens project received a $1M Capital Grant from the Washington State Legislature AND a $500,000 Parks and Recreation Grant from the State. This puts us close to $4M in funds raised toward this $5M-5.5M project and will allow us to prepare for groundbreaking in the spring of 2016.
We owe a huge “vote” of thanks to Senators Litzow and Habib and Representatives Senn, Clibborn, Hunter, and McBride! Special thanks also to Dan McDonald, Erin Dziedzic, and our entire BRC Inspiration Park Committee.
We’re in the home-stretch now. Let’s turn this “dream” into a ‘”reality” for children with and without disabilities in our region!
Seahawks Make Donation to Support Inspiration Playground in Bellevue
Bellevue Rotary Press Release
Mar 9, 2015
The Rotary Club of Bellevue is pleased to announce a $20,000 donation was received from the Seattle Seahawks for the purchase of a SwayFun Glider, to be installed at the Inspiration Playground project in Bellevue Downtown Park. The SwayFun Glider is a wheelchair accessible swing that includes benches for other passengers. The Rotary Club of Bellevue will ensure the swing features authentic Seahawks colors. The donation is part of the Seahawks PLAY 60 program, a league wide effort to fight childhood obesity by encouraging youth and families to be active for at least 60 minutes a day.
Inspiration Playground PLAY FOR ALL Campaign
The Rotary Club of Bellevue has partnered with the City of Bellevue to help fund and build a truly inclusive outdoor play environment at the Bellevue Downtown Park. The Inspiration Playground is envisioned as a destination recreational resource for Bellevue, the greater Eastside and all of King County. It will have a universally accessible design and feature sensory-rich play experiences and equipment suitable for all ages and abilities. The play spaces will accommodate the needs of all children — those who are typically developing, as well as those with physical, cognitive, or sensory disabilities.