Elected in 2016, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz protects and manages nearly six million acres of public lands in Washington State — from coastal waters and aquatic reserves, to working forests and farms, to commercial developments and recreation areas. Commissioner Franz is committed to ensuring our public lands are healthy and productive, both today and for future generations.
Commissioner Franz is leading the push to make Washington’s lands resilient in the face of climate change, investing in carbon sequestration and clean energy with wind, solar, and geothermal infrastructure.
As the leader of our state’s largest wildfire fighting force, Commissioner Franz has pushed for new strategies, innovations, and resources to protect our communities. In order to restore wildfire resilience in our forests, she developed a 20-year Forest Health Strategic Plan. This plan will make more than one million acres of forest healthier and more resistant to wildfires — a scale and pace that is unprecedented.
Commissioner Franz has prioritized investments in our rural communities, allocating millions of dollars to spark economic opportunities in struggling communities. She knows that our working lands – and the communities that depend on them for family‑wage jobs – are integral to our success as a state, and she is investing in their success.
Commissioner Franz is a third‑generation farmer and small forest landowner and has raised three wonderful boys. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Smith College and a juris doctor from Northeastern University Law School.
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Bellevue Rotary is booked for 28 tee times on Wednesday, September 18, at Willows Run Golf Club, in Redmond, 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 about $90.00 (billed to your Rotary account) and includes golf, range balls, carts, dinner, and prizes.
Count has been finalized and pairings have been set, but we are still looking for 1-2 persons who want to play and be on the waiting list, as there is about a 99% chance someone will cancel at the last minute.
Dinner will be served about 5:30pm. If anyone would like to join us for dinner and cocktails only, please contact Brad Hunt.
Please join us from 6:00-8:30PM, on Wednesday, October 23, 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, and Oktoberfest beer is being provided by a craft brewer. If you prefer wine, please BYOB.
The cost is $25 per person/ticket, and guests are welcome! Since this event is being held at a private residence, registration 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 the location of this fun fellowship event.
Questions? Contact John Fisher.
The Boys & Girls Club, in partnership with Bellevue Rotary, will celebrate The United Nations International Day of Peace by planting a Peace Pole at 12:00 noon, on September 21, at their Teen Center, located at 15228 Lake Hills Blvd, Bellevue. The languages on the Peace Pole will be English, Chinese, Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, Hindi, Russian, and Amharic.
We have worked together with the Boys & Girls Club in several workshops, on topics regarding healthy/unhealthy relationships and how to effectively deal with bullying, abuse, and violence that they may witness or experience.
The Club members are now working on posters themed “What Peace Looks Like to Me,” toward entering a Bellevue Rotary‑sponsored poster contest, with cash prizes. The winners of the contest will be announced at the Peace Pole ceremony, after which the first prize art will be painted on a building in Bellevue.
We invite — in fact urge — all Bellevue Rotarians to attend the ceremony to help inspire these young people toward promoting peace.
For more information contact email@example.com (505.610.0707).
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next Bellevue Rotary Book Group discussion will be Wednesday, November 6, from 6:30‑9:00PM. It will be hosted by Katherine Thompson at her centrally located Downtown Bellevue office, in Puget Sound Bank, 10500 NE 8th St, Suite 1500. The book for discussion is “Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice,” by Bill Browder.
If you have an ODD numbered birth year, please bring a bottle of wine to share.
If you (your partner) plan on participating, please RSVP to Margaret Doman.
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“I don’t know anything about investment banking except what Browder has taught me in Red Notice, yet as a reader I was fully engaged by the book’s monumental presentation of the risks, rewards, and personal and financial dangers of doing business in Russia … An unusually affecting book … What Browder says he intends to do now is to ‘carry on creating a legacy for Sergei [Magnitsky] and pursuing justice for his family.’ A book as resounding as Red Notice may be a step in that direction.” (Christian Science Monitor)
“A tale that makes the dirty dealings of House of Cards look like Snow White.” (The Toronto Star)
“Hard to put down … Red Notice is part John Grisham-like thriller, part business and political memoir.” (Andrew Ross Sorkin, The New York Times)
“Reads like a classic thriller, with an everyman hero alone and in danger in a hostile foreign city … but it’s all true.” (Lee Child, bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series)
“In Red Notice, Bill Browder tells the harrowing and inspiring story of how his fight for justice in Russia made him an unlikely international human rights leader and Vladimir Putin’s number-one enemy. It is the book for anyone interested in understanding the culture of corruption and impunity in Putin’s Russia today, and Browder’s heroic example of how to fight back.” (Senator John McCain )
“This indispensable look at the brutal realities of the Putin regime is of even greater relevance, thanks to Bill Browder’s unique expertise and personal experience inside the belly of the beast.” (Garry Kasparov, Chess Grandmaster and author of How Life Imitates Chess)
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.