Prepare yourselves for the annual Bellevue Rotary Holiday Program, featuring a mix of club favorites and fresh talent. Wear your best holiday sweater and get ready for some serious fun!
There will be no Bellevue Rotary meetings December 24 or 31. The next regular meeting will be held Tuesday, January 7.
Fran is the CTO for Microsoft’s Automotive Industry, part of Microsoft’s WW Commercial Business. In this role, he works with product teams, sales, customers, and partners to guide Microsoft’s strategy for automotive and smart mobility.
Fran is a 19-year veteran of Microsoft. He began his work on Azure over 10 years ago as the CTO for Microsoft’s Incubation Businesses where he led a group of deep technical specialists focused on re-architecting customer applications for cloud deployment.
He has a long history of delivering products at Microsoft and developing deep, strategic partnerships. He led the program management team for Mobile Services, delivering Microsoft’s Mobile Messenger and Mobile Hotmail services to millions of customers and creating new integrated services for the launch of Windows Phone. Fran also led program management teams in Windows and Parallel Computing.
He has been working with advanced technologies for the past 35 years including executive roles at Sun Microsystems and Motorola.
In Mink River, Brian Doyle melds Native American folklore, Irish storytelling, a host of quirky characters, and a little bit of the fantastical to bring a coastal Oregon town to life. The town is Neawanaka, whose residents get by as many real-life Oregon coast residents do: by logging, fishing, catering to tourists and dairy farming. Like Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood and Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio, Brian Doyle’s stunning fiction debut brings a town to life through the jumbled lives and braided stories of its people. There are love affairs and almost-love-affairs, mystery and hilarity, bears and tears, brawls and boats, a garrulous logger and a silent doctor, rain and pain, Irish immigrants and Salish stories, mud and laughter. There’s a Department of Public Works that gives haircuts and counts insects, a policeman addicted to Puccini, a philosophizing crow, beer and berries. An expedition is mounted, a crime committed, and there’s an unbelievably huge picnic on the football field. Babies are born. A car is cut in half with a saw. A river confesses what it’s thinking. . .
It’s the tale of a town, written in a distinct and lyrical voice, and readers will close the book more than a little sad to leave the village of Neawanaka, on the coast of Oregon, beneath the hills that used to boast the biggest trees in the history of the world.
The date of our next meeting is Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020. Our discussion will be from 7 – 9 pm and Elaine Heller has offered to host. Directions will be provided in an upcoming email. Please bring a bottle of wine if you have an even-numbered birth year.
The Bellevue Rotary Harvest Against Hunger (formerly Rotary First Harvest) 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 Harvest Against Hunger 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.
Bellevue Rotary Club members helped pack 20,000 pounds of apples at Northwest Harvest during the Harvest Against Hunger event on December 14th 2019.
See this album for more photos of the event, provided by Stan Kehl and Tom Knollmann.