Thomas P. Essex, LSWAIC, CDP, is a Master of Social Work and Chemical Dependency Counselor with over 20 years of experience in human services. He began his career in New York State as Recreation Therapist at the Center for Intensive Treatment. Upon moving to California, Mr. Essex expanded his experience in the field, directing independent living programs for the Regional Center System of California. He then accepted a position in Seattle with Community Psychiatric Clinic, supervising the Belltown Community Services Office. Mr. Essex has extensive experience working with people of all ages and various cultural backgrounds, who are struggling with mental health, addiction, housing, and legal issues.
Mr. Essex became a case manager with the King County Adult Drug Diversion Court (KCDDC) in June of 2006. In June of 2010, Mr. Essex was hired as Treatment Manager for the King County Drug Diversion Court, and in 2017 he completed his Master of Social Work degree, with focus in Emergency Department Social Work. Mr. Essex is responsible for maintaining the quality of internal and external clinical and treatment aspects of the KCDDC program. He has worked to ensure that the needs of each participant are met, including the development and implementation of a young adult track and providing safe and comprehensive services for opiate dependent participants.
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Mary K. Compiano Taylor, MSW, has 29 years of experience working in the judicial system. She was employed for seven years as a social worker with King County Superior Court, serving as a family law and adoption social worker.
In 1995, Ms. Taylor was appointed project coordinator by the King County Superior Court and the King County Bar Association for the Unified Family Court Project, a project aimed at improving the court’s response to children and families. The projected resulted in the establishment of a Family Law Information Center, the establishment of a Courthouse Drop‑In Child Care Center, and ongoing training and education for professionals involved in the legal system.
Ms. Taylor assumed the position of program manager for the King County Adult Drug Diversion Court in 1998. In that position, Ms. Taylor has overseen the development of the program, from a fledgling pilot to a multi-faceted, comprehensive program in which over 2,000 people have graduated and had their felony charges dismissed. From 2011 to 2017 she also served as the administrator of the King County Step Up Program, a juvenile court program which treats juveniles involved in domestic violence against parents and caregivers.
Ms. Taylor has a BA from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Teacher’s certification and Master’s of Social Work from the University of Washington.
Please join us from 6:00-8:450PM, on Thursday, October 26, at the Bellevue residence of BRC member Steve McConnell. We will be having a casual evening of beer, brats, and lively conversation. Brats are being catered by Dante’s Inferno Dogs. Please bring a favorite beer to share and some to drink.
The cost is $25 per person/ticket, and guests are welcome! Since this event is being held at a private residence, an RSVP is required for you and your guest(s). Tickets can be paid for online with a credit card or charged to your Rotary account. When you RSVP online, you will receive a confirmation email with details and location of this fun fellowship event.
Deadline for RSVP is October 20.
Join Rotary First Harvest and our partners with Upper Valley M.E.N.D., in Leavenworth, to help pick fruit in a Cashmere, WA, cameo apple orchard located at 572 Ringsrud Lane, just to the north of downtown Cashmere. The orchard has not been picked this year, so there is plenty of fruit on the trees that we can get into local hunger relief organizations.
The work party will begin with training in the orchard promptly at 10:00AM, and will end at 1:00PM. Please bring appropriate clothing for the weather, including a hat, raincoat, and gloves. Also, be sure to bring at least one full bottle of water.
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First time picking apples? Here is a helpful video showing proper harvesting and fruit handling technique.
October is here and the holidays will be upon us before we know it! As such, it’s time to start planning our annual holiday program. Here’s the scoop:
WHO: Hopefully, you (especially if you’re new to the club)!
We are looking for talent of any kind – musicians, actors, dancers, impersonators, or general silliness that is entertaining – anything to amuse the group and endear yourself to your fellow Rotarians. Also, if you know of really talented people who might be willing to share their gifts, even if they’re not Rotarians, let me know!
WHAT: Annual Bellevue Rotary Holiday Program (the best darn holiday program in the whole wide world!)
WHEN: Tuesday, December 19th, during our regular luncheon meeting
WHERE: Our beloved Maggiano’s banquet room – but no divider wall this time!
WHY: Who doesn’t enjoy some good, wholesome entertainment during the holidays?
HOW: Through your willingness to share your gifts, eccentricities and/or hidden talents!
Please contact Matt Camrud by Friday, October 20th, if you think you or someone you know can participate.
Thank You to Our Masquerade Ball Sponsors!
Arena Sports, Inc.
Puget Sound Energy
Hal Woosley Properties
SME Inc. of Seattle
Puget Sound Bank
The next BRC Fellowship Ski Retreat will be at Sun Valley, ID, from March 8‑12, 2018. With more than 3,400 vertical feet and over 2,000 acres of varied terrain, Sun Valley offers skiers and boarders something special on not just one mountain, but two.
Bald Mountain has over 2,000 acres of in‑bounds skiing terrain; 14 lifts, including 7 high speed quads, 3 triples, 2 doubles, and 1 surface chair; 75 named downhill runs; 25 miles of groomed and tracked XC trails; and 10.5 miles of backcountry XC trails — 36% Beginner + 42% Intermediate + 22% Advanced = 100% FUN!
Dollar Mountain caters primarily to beginner and novice skiers and children, with 4 chairlifts, including 2 quads, 1 triple and 1 double; full-featured terrain park with 76 rails; and all day ski school camps for kids as young as 2 years old. This is a WONDERFUL opportunity to include your children and grandchildren!
Sun Valley, Bald Mountain, and Dollar Mountain welcome skiers of all abilities and offer adaptive skiing programs and lessons, as well as specialized equipment.
For the non-downhill skier/non‑snowboarder, Sun Valley offers many other activities for your enjoyment, including cross country skiing, guided snowshoe tours, sleigh rides, ice skating, snowmobile tours, and visits to the home of Ernest Hemingway, the Blaine County Historical Museum, and Craters of the Moon National Park.
For the adventurous Rotarian, there is paragliding from the top of Bald Mountain (weather permitting), back country skiing, and Heli‑Skiing!
Accommodations will be at the Sun Valley Lodge, Sun Valley Resort Village, a luxury AAA Four-Diamond, 4.5 star resort, with newly remodeled luxury rooms and suites and basic WiFi access. Centrally Located in The Sun Valley Resort Village, the Lodge is and less than 1.5 miles from Ketchum, with a free resort shuttle to River Run and Warm Springs ski areas and to Ketchum. On‑site are a fitness center, heated swimming pools, hot tub, lounge, gourmet restaurants, and full spa and childcare services.
THE PACKAGE INCLUDES:
- Roundtrip airfare nonstop between Seattle and Boise, ID (depart Seattle 03/08, return 03/12)
- 4 nights lodging (THU, 03/08-SUN, 03/12, checkout and return to Seattle MON, 03/12) (Please be advised: private residences of our members are NOT available for lodging.)
- 3-day adult lift ticket at Bald Mountain (FRI, 03/08-SUN, 03/11)
- Roundtrip private airport transfers to/from Boise Airport and Sun Valley Resort on days of travel
- Free WiFi in all rooms
- Free self and valet parking
- Free use of pools/hot tubs and fitness centers
- Free ski storage at the base of mountains (Bald and Dollar)
- All taxes and resort fees
$1115* per person based on double occupancy King Room (+ $499 single supplement)
$1169* per person based on double occupancy King Suite (+ $569 single supplement)
$1210* per person based on double occupancy Queen Suite
* Deduct $250/person for no airfare
* Deduct $200/person for no lift ticket
- $500 deposit per person due by November 1, 2017
- Final Payment due by December 20, 2017
- Refunds available for cancellations and/or itinerary changes received through December 20, 2017
- Cancellations and/or itinerary changes received on or after December 21 may not be available for refund.
Questions? Contact Brittany Barker.