Mar Brettmann, Executive Director, Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking (BEST), “Ending Sex Trafficking”
Mar Smith Brettmann, PhD, founded Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking (BEST). For ten years, Mar worked as a professor at universities in the United States, Malaysia, and the West Indies, where she taught courses in philosophy, ethics, and religion and published articles on human rights topics. In her research, she found herself increasingly concerned about the brutal exploitation of children, women, and impoverished laborers that takes place through human trafficking.
In 2011, Mar participated in a conversation of experts on human trafficking who were seeking to identify effective interventions to proactively prevent this victimization. The group recognized that businesses were absolutely key to prevention yet they were largely missing from the national response. BEST was created to fill that gap. As the Executive Director of BEST, Mar educates business leaders and provides them with tools to implement socially responsible strategies that prevent human trafficking.
Mar is the author of the book, “Theories of Justice.” She has a BA in Business and Economics from Wheaton College and a PhD in Theology and Ethics from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Mar resides in Seattle with her family. She loves to explore the outdoors by foot, kayak, bike, surfboard, or snowboard.
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On a special date in May, instead of Thirsty Thursday, we will be having Wine Tasting Wednesday. All BRC members, guests, and prospective members are invited to join us on May 30, 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 Taste contest to the noon meetings the next couple of weeks. It will be picked up and prepared by Howard Donkin.
Please use the form below to confirm your attendance:
Thanks to Elaine Heller and the Survey Monkey, the next book will be “The Sympathizer,” by Viet Thanh Nguyen. Thanks to SanDee Olson, who will once again host us for our summer gathering/discussion, Wednesday, July 18, from 7-9PM. If you (and partner) plan on attending, please RSVP to Margaret Doman.
If you have an EVEN numbered birth year, please bring a bottle of wine to share.
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An Amazon Best Book of April 2015:
Viet Thanh Nguyen’s “The Sympathizer” brilliantly draws you in with the opening line: “I am a spy, a sleeper, a spook, a man of two faces.” It’s thrilling, rhythmic, and astonishing, as is the rest of Nguyen’s enthralling portrayal of the Vietnam War. The narrator is an undercover communist agent posing as a captain in the Southern Vietnamese Army. Set during the fall of Saigon and the years after in America, the captain spies on the general and the men he escaped with, sharing his information with his communist blood brothers in coded letters. But when his allegiance is called into question, he must act in a way that will haunt him forever. Political, historical, romantic and comic, The Sympathizer is a rich and hugely gratifying story that captures the complexity of the war and what it means to be of two minds. — Al Woodworth
“[A] remarkable debut novel … [Nguyen] brings a distinctive perspective to the war and its aftermath. His book fills a void in the literature, giving voice to the previously voiceless … The nameless protagonist-narrator, a memorable character despite his anonymity, is an Americanized Vietnamese with a divided heart and mind. Nguyen’s skill in portraying this sort of ambivalent personality compares favorably with masters like Conrad, Greene, and le Carré … Both thriller and social satire … In its final chapters, The Sympathizer becomes an absurdist tour de force that might have been written by a Kafka or Genet.” — Philip Caputo, New York Times Book Review
“Gleaming and uproarious, a dark comedy of confession filled with charlatans, delusionists and shameless opportunists … The Sympathizer, like Graham Greene’s The Quiet American, examines American intentions, often mixed with hubris, benevolence and ineptitude, that lead the country into conflict.” ― Los Angeles Times
“Sparkling and audacious … Unique and startling … Nguyen’s prose is often like a feverish, frenzied dream, a profuse and lively stream of images sparking off the page … . Nguyen can be wickedly funny … . [His] narrator has an incisive take on Asian-American history and what it means to be a nonwhite American … . this remarkable, rollicking read by a Vietnamese immigrant heralds an exciting new voice in American literature.” — Seattle Times
Rotary First Harvest’s Planting For the Future Auction opens for bidding on Friday, June 1, at 8:00AM. The goal is to raise much-needed funds to support Rotary First Harvest’s work of rescuing millions of pounds of healthy surplus produce and moving it into the local hunger-relief system.
This is an exciting and fun way to help RFH and, at the same time, have a chance to win cool items! New items will be added to the auction for you to preview, as the auction date approaches. Check back often to see what’s new. Feel free to place a Watch on your favorites, so that you’ll know as soon as bidding begins.
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.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Our Annual President’s Celebration will be held Tuesday evening, June 19, at the Bellevue Embassy Suites, 3225 158th Ave SE.
Visitors and guests are welcome, as we thank President Diane and her board for their year of service and accomplishments, and welcome David Laub, our club president for 2018‑2019, and his slate of officers and directors.
This dinner event will be in lieu of our normal luncheon meeting. Stay tuned for more information.
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 email@example.com.
We are looking forward to this great evening with friends!