Born and raised in King County, Mitzi Johanknecht has served her community for 33 years and is an experienced, progressive law enforcement leader. She began her law enforcement career when she joined the King County Sheriff’s Office on January 8th, 1985. Through her history of dedication and hard work, along with a strong sense of honor and respect, she worked her way up through the ranks and was elected to the position of Sheriff on November 7, 2017.
Mitzi started as a deputy in the north precinct and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant before having ten years on with the department. A quick 4 years later she was promoted to the rank of Captain. She has served in leadership roles in every division and location in the Sheriff’s Office. As a deputy, she was the first to work with a multi-disciplinary team in King County housing. She collaborated with other agencies, community groups, and residents to build relationships and trust, promoting public safety. Mitzi was the first woman to command TAC‑30, the King County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team.
Mitzi and her wife Maureen live in West Seattle. She volunteers on the board of Companis, a local non‑profit, and does production assistant work for the Seattle Men’s and Women’s Choruses. Their adult daughter Sydni and son in law Scott live in New York City.
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Please join us for BRC Thirsty Thursday, from 6:00-8:00PM, at Henry’s Tavern, 500 Bellevue Way NE, Ste 310 (located on the third floor, across from the new cinema).
Thirsty Thursday is a great way to introduce new and prospective Rotarians to our club and members. Bring your friends, partners, and guests to share appetizers (hosted) and drinks (no‑host), and have a few laughs with your fellow BRC members at this fun fellowship event (free parking).
Prospective members and guests are welcome and encouraged to attend! This also counts as a make‑up.
Questions? Contact this month’s organizer Michael Leff.
The Bellevue Rotary First Harvest Work Party is held the second Saturday, every other month, from 8:30-11:00AM, at the Northwest Harvest Warehouse, 22220 68th Ave S, Kent. This is a wonderful and meaningful way to be a part of a hands-on project that helps people in our own community. All Rotarians, family members and friends are invited to help! (Children must be at least 3rd grade or 9 years old.)
The Bellevue Rotary Club organizes work parties every other month, but you can sign up to attend a work party in any month. Just visit the Rotary First Harvest website and click on the sign up link for the date of the work party in which you wish to participate. A one-step form will open for you to complete, and you can use this form to sign up for a work party several months in advance.
Great news! Howard Donkin has worked with Enumclaw Ski Club lodge host Witherspoon Dickey to settle upon Wednesday, March 21, and Thursday, March 22, as the dates for the annual Crystal Mountain Overnight Fellowship, a BRC tradition of over 40 years for members and those they think might be good candidates for membership. The women’s rooms and dorm are upstairs and the men’s are downstairs, with kitchen at main level.
Most participants will arrive at the rustic lodge (at base area) Wednesday night for happy hour, followed by dinner and cards, and ski/board on Thursday. Others will plan to ski/board both days, and some will come up for the evening events only and return to Bellevue just after breakfast or snowshoeing Thursday. We gather for lunch at 1:00PM at the Snorting Elk, at base area. At this point some call it a day, while others continue on.
If you are interested in any or all the participation options, please block your calendars for those dates, pending your final decision, and email Scott East to indicate if you can or tentatively plan to attend, have prospective members who might be interested, and/or if you have questions.
The next Bellevue Rotary Book Group discussion will be Wednesday, April 18, from 7:00‑9:00PM. Thanks to Elaine Heller for offering to host this meeting. The next book for discussion will be “The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies,” by Jason Fagone.
If you have an ODD numbered birth year, please bring a bottle of wine to share.
If you (your partner) plan on participating, please RSVP to Margaret Doman.
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From the Back Cover
In 1916, a young Quaker schoolteacher and poetry scholar named Elizebeth Smith was hired by an eccentric tycoon to find the secret messages he believed were embedded in Shakespeare’s plays. She moved to the tycoon’s lavish estate outside of Chicago expecting to spend her days poring through old books. But the rich man’s close ties to the U.S. Government, and the urgencies of war, quickly transformed Elizebeth’s mission. She soon learned to apply her skills to an exciting new venture: codebreaking — the solving of secret messages without knowledge of the key. Working alongside her on the estate was William Friedman, a Jewish scientist who would become her husband and lifelong codebreaking partner. Elizebeth and William were in many ways the Adam and Eve of the National Security Agency, the U.S. institution that monitors and intercepts foreign communications to glean intelligence.
Thank you to those who have already signed up to volunteer at Family Festival or provide a ride for foster kids who do not have transportation. But we still more help! We need more drivers and volunteers.
This year’s Family Festival is being held Saturday, April 28, at Woodridge Elementary School, 12619 SE 20th PL, Bellevue. Family Festival brings together foster kids and potential parents at a fun and family-oriented party. The event has been highly successful with helping foster kids find their forever families.
Please contact Tom Knollman if you are interested in volunteering in any way for the Family Festival. Volunteer hours are from 8:00AM to 2:00PM, with the actual party scheduled from 11:00AM to 1:00PM.
Mark your calendars for Bellevue Rotary’s Annual Celebration of Service on Saturday, September 15, 2018, at 5:30PM.
We invite you to join us for an elegant Evening in Paris at the Bellevue Westin Hotel, with cocktails, dinner and dancing! All proceeds from this event benefit the Bellevue Rotary Foundation, which provides grants to local and international non-profit organizations and supports community service projects here and around the world.
For questions regarding sponsorships and other opportunities to get involved, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are looking forward to this great evening with friends!