Denny Fitzpatrick joined Willows Lodge as general manager in the summer of 2014, overseeing all aspects of this favorite getaway in the Pacific Northwest.
Prior to Willows Lodge, Denny was general manager at the premier luxury destination Hotel 1000, where his daily responsibilities included overseeing all aspects of the mixed-use luxury destination, the first in downtown Seattle to combine the services and amenities of a world-class hotel with exquisite condominium residences. While at Hotel 1000, Denny he designed a creative employee culture shift he called: “THE FIVE I’s,” which is about leadership, about being authentic, and having integrity and ethics in your work environment. It is about holding each other accountable and laying down the foundation to bring about change. Denny led the Hotel 1000 team to many accolades on a variety of Best Hotel lists, as well as the #1 Trip Advisor ranking in Seattle.
Throughout his career, East Coast to West Coast, Denny brought his competitive spirit and his highly developed leadership skills to his hospitality pursuits and applied positive change in every assignment.
Denny is a native of Spokane and attended the University of Washington, where he and his wife Karen first met. They have three adult children, all of whom reside in the Pacific Northwest.
Throughout his career Denny has been involved in many community and civic organizations including serving as President and Member of the Board of the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau and Chairman of the Board of the Spokane Convention and Visitors Bureau; and he was just recently appointed to the Board of Trustees for Northwest University in Kirkland.
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Long-time Bellevue Rotary member Jim Price passed away recently while hiking. He was very active in the Bellevue Rotary Club for over twenty years, and his presence and contributions will be greatly missed. Our heartflet condolences go to Jim’s wife Peggy and their entire family.
From the City of Newcastle, WA, website:
The City of Newcastle is mourning the death of Community Activities Commissioner Jim Price, a tireless community volunteer who was instrumental in fostering the growth and maintenance of the city’s prized trail system.
“Jim Price was the true definition of community spirit,” said Newcastle City Manager Rob Wyman. “He cared deeply about the Newcastle community and never hesitated to get involved through his work with Newcastle Trails, the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce or the Newcastle Arts Council. Newcastle is the desirable, livable city it is today, thanks to his commitment to community service.”
Please join us for two hours of Hawaiian fun on Thursday afternoon, August 23, from 4:00‑6:00PM, at Evergreen Court, 900 124th Ave NE Bellevue. We will be serving an authentic Hawaiian meal to the residents and playing recorded Hawaiian music. We will also be asking trivia questions about the Island’s culture and history.
Questions? Contact Ivan Irizarry (425-736-0602).
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 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 this month’s organizer Debbie Acton.
The Bellevue Rotary Club is proud to host its Annual Celebration of Service – An Evening in Paris, presented by The Bellevue Collection, on Saturday, September 15, at the The Westin Bellevue. The evening begins with a cocktail reception at 5:30pm, featuring passed hors d’oeuvres and an open bar sponsored by Brighton Jones, a silent auction, a caricature artist, and music by The Andy Mirkovich French Trio. This will be followed by the dinner program, with wine sponsored by Kaye Smith, and dancing with live band The Happy Sinners. Free self-parking is available at Lincoln Square.
The cost for this event is $450 per Bellevue Rotarian (which includes 2 tickets) and $225 each for additional guests. Invite your friends, family, and colleagues, and share the event with your friends on Facebook.
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.
Click here to register for this event and select your menu option (choice of Filet of Beef, Roasted Chicken, or Vegetable Strudel).
For questions regarding sponsorships and other opportunities to get involved, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peace does not happen. It needs to be created. Rotary International has adopted a new focus equal to that of Polio Eradication. PEACEBUILDING.
Bellevue Rotary’s first two Peacebuilding projects are: 1) wearing “I am a Peace Builder” signs to pay forward to other wearers; 2) celebration of International Day of Peace on September 21, with a large-scale evening event at Bellevue Downtown Park and Inspiration Playground, 10201 NE 4th St, Bellevue, with parking available at Bellevue Square.
This Candlelight Celebration will be held from 6:30‑8:30PM, with activities including a big screen sing-along with peace-themed pop music and words; an art corner to design peace-messaged “graffiti” posters (yours might be painted on a building later); a big board on which to tack your peace messages of commitment and hope; the planting of an 8 foot Peace Pole with “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in multiple languages; brief inspirational talks; line dancing; and a candlelight ending, with all involved (bring your own candle with a cardboard shield and matches).
This event information is available here in a printer-friendly PDF file. Please help to distribute and share this poster personally and on social media, and recruit attendees and engage media toward the event as well.
This event is organized by the Rotary Club of Bellevue, Building Peace Through Community Service. Questions? Contact email@example.com/505.610.0707.
Bellevue Rotary is booked for 32 tee times on Wednesday, September 26, at Bellevue Golf Course, for our Fall Golf fellowship. Our first tee time will be 12:00 noon, and we will be having dinner at about 5:30PM, with awards and prizes. The cost is $75.00 (billed to your Rotary account) and includes golf, range balls, dinner, and prizes. Drinks and carts are extra, and carts can be reserved and paid for at the Pro Shop (425.452.7250).
Please contact Brad Hunt if you would like to participate in this fall fellowship.
Our club has been involved in many international projects over many years. One of the largest-ever Rotary Water projects is soon to be completed in Ethiopia. It is close to $1 million, and our Bellevue Club, many other 5030 clubs, and our district all contributed funding for this. This is a “model” Rotary Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) project.
This trip is being organized by World Vision, and BRC member Kim Lorenz will lead the group. This is a life changing trip. One Rotarian on a similar trip last year stated, “ I have been in Rotary 15 years, but today, I feel like I am really a Rotarian!”
Kim has completed close to $20 million of these collaborated Rotary projects, where World Vision donors match the Rotary funding. These are approved by our Rotary Foundation, who matched our club and district funds here. Ethiopia is one of Kim’s favorite project countries, and this is the 5th project he has been involved with in Ethiopia alone! “Great people, great country, really great Rotarians.”
You can alter your travel dates, arrive earlier or leave later, or schedule a safari after, or visit Europe before or after. The cost is $1,599 double occupancy and $1,774 single occupancy and includes SOS emergency evacuation coverage; in-country lodging; meals; ground transportation; water/snacks; other costs associated with your visit.
The following items are not covered in the cost: airfare to Ethiopia or to the project to be visited; personal expenses such as laundry, phone calls, Wi-Fi, airport taxes, inoculations; visa fees; alcoholic beverages.
The trip is limited to 12 people, total, so SIGN UP SOON!
Questions? Contact Kim Lorenz (206.669.4112).
The next BRC Fellowship Ski Retreat will be from February 6‑10, 2019, at Steamboat Springs, CO, Steamboat Springs has five peaks — Mount Werner, Sunshine Peak, Thunderhead Peak, Pioneer Ridge, and Christie Peak — and over 2,900 acres of in‑bounds skiing terrain. There are 18 lifts, including 6 high speed quads, 5 triples, 2 doubles, 1 high-speed Six, and 1 Gondola; 165 named downhill runs; and over 100 miles of area XC and snowshoe trails — 14% Beginner + 42% Intermediate + 44% Advanced = 100% FUN!
Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports is recognized as one of the leading adaptive ski programs in the country and, as such, welcomes skiers of all abilities, offering programs and lessons, as well as being able to provide specialized equipment.
For the non-downhill skier/non-snowboarder Steamboat Springs offers many other activities for your enjoyment, such as cross country skiing, guided snowshoe tours, sleigh rides, scenic gondola rides, hot springs, snowmobile tours, hot air balloon tours, photography tours, and tubing.
For the Adventurous Rotarian, there is the First Tracks Access Program, helicopter tours, winter fishing, winter horseback riding, mountain roller coaster, and night skiing.
Accommodations will be at the Steamboat Grand Hotel, a luxury AAA Four-Diamond, 4.5 star resort, with free basic WiFi Access and ski-in/ski-out at the Steamboat Village Base. On‑site are a fitness center and full spa services, hot tubs, sauna and steam room, lounge and gourmet restaurants.
THE PACKAGE INCLUDES:
- Roundtrip airfare nonstop between Seattle and Hayden, CO (depart Seattle 02/06, return 02/10)
- 4 nights lodging (WED, 02/06-SAT, 02/09, checkout and return to Seattle SUN, 02/10)
- 3-day adult lift ticket at Steamboat Springs (THU, 02-07-SAT, 02/09)
- Roundtrip private airport transfers to/from Hayden Airport and Steamboat on days of travel (~45 minutes)
- Buffet Breakfast Daily
- Ski Storage
- Basic WiFi in all rooms
- Free hotel shuttle + City of Steamboat free transit system
- Free use of pools/hot tubs and fitness centers
- All taxes and resort fees
$1499* per person based on double occupancy in 1 King bed or 2 Queen beds room (+$650 single supplement)
* Deduct $400/person for no airfare
* Deduct $210/person for no lift ticket
- $800 deposit per person due by October 15, 2018
- Final Payment due by November 15, 2018
- Refunds available for cancellations and/or itinerary changes received through November 15, 2018
- Cancellations and/or itinerary changes received on or after November 16 may not be refunded.
Questions? Contact Brittany Barker.