Since joining El Gaucho and his father and founder, Paul Mackay, in 2003, the two worked together to build a special place for people to celebrate their lives. Over the years, Chad developed strategic direction to promote continual growth, and in July 2017 announced the evolution to Fire & Vine Hospitality. The operating company manages the El Gaucho family of restaurants and the Inn at El Gaucho, an operating partnership with Chef Jason Wilson’s restaurants and new properties set to open in 2017 and 2018. His primary responsibilities include developing the company’s people and structure and continuing to foster the El Gaucho legacy of service to our guests and community. As a dedicated member of the Seattle community, Chad is active in the Washington State Hospitality Association and Visit Seattle, as Finance Chair and Board Chair.
Previously, Chad served on the Washington State Tourism Advisory Committee, the Washington State Tourism Commission and the Seattle Sports Commission. Active in many philanthropic organizations, Chad and his wife Jennifer co-chaired Seattle Aquarium’s 2012 Splash! Fundraising event, as well as the Celebrity Waiter’s luncheon, benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Association.
Chad holds a BA in Business Administration from Seattle University and is a private pilot. His wife Jennifer is a tax attorney and mother of their two sons, Eliot and Owen.
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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 (third floor, across from the 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 get to know 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 Debbie Acton.
The next Bellevue Rotary First Harvest Work Party is Saturday, June 8, and is being organized by Alex Comstock. As usual, this is a great 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.) Sign up by visiting 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.
On a special date in May, instead of Thirsty Thursday, we will once again be having Wine Tasting Wednesday. All BRC members, guests, and prospective members are invited to join us on May 22, from 6:00‑8:00PM, at Bellevue Botanical Gardens, 12001 Main Street, Bellevue.
There is no cost for this event, which counts as a make‑up, but we ask that everyone bring a bottle of wine and an appetizer. We will have a blind tasting for the wine, with a prize for the wine with the most votes.
IMPORTANT: Please bring wine for the Blind Wine Tasting contest to the noon meetings the next few weeks. It will be picked up and prepared by Howard Donkin.
There will be no regular noon meeting on Tuesday, June 25.
Instead, please join us for the Annual President’s Celebration, at 6:00PM, at the Embassy Suites, 3225 158th Avenue SE, Bellevue. There will be a no-host bar, dinner, and free parking. Dress is business.
Visitors and guests are welcome, as we thank outgoing President David Laub and his board for their year of service, and welcome incoming President Rachele Bouchand, our club president for 2019‑2020, and her slate of officers and directors. The cost for guests is $60 per person, billed to your Rotary account.
Questions? Contact Tara Lystad.
DEADLINE FOR RSVP: JUNE 21
(Note: Guest cancellations after June 21 will still result in the guest fee(s) being billed to your Rotary account.)
Please RSVP — YES or NO — using the form below.
For the first time, Rotary District 5080 (Spokane area clubs) and District 5030 (Seattle area clubs) will Come Together, in Spokane, for a joint district conference, May 16‑19, at the Spokane Convention Center.
Keynote speakers include nationally renowned business speaker Angelo Lombardo, Rotary International President, Barry Rassin, and the legendary Bill Gates, reflecting on Rotary’s partnership with the Gates Foundation.
Workshops will help to mold new thinking. Socials and home visits will introduce you to new friends and Rotary partners.
Rotary First Harvest’s online auction is coming soon, and you can view the auction items and place bids any time day or night, starting June 5, at 8:00AM. There is something for everyone, from tickets to local attractions to wine tastings to restaurant gift cards. It’s free to bid, register, and look; you only pay if you win an item. All proceeds help fund the work of Rotary First Harvest to bring in healthy surplus produce to our local food banks.
If you have something you could contribute to the auction, please contact RFH Development Director Lori Church.
The annual Bellevue Arts Museum ARTSfair will be the weekend of July 26, 27 & 28. All Rotarians and family members are invited to participate!
This is a fun way to get to know other Rotarians, spread the word about our club and community service activities, and raise funds for great causes. We will have a sign-up available soon, but for now, please set aside some time on your calendars!
For more information, contact Irene Song.