Elaina Herber is an experienced chief executive officer and entrepreneurial community leader with a knack for creating value in a variety of service industries, including family entertainment centers and recreation, hospitality and restaurant services, and high‑tech. Mrs. Herber has over 20 years of experience as an innovator and business developer. She holds a master’s degree in Technology Management, and through her 15 years of experience in IT, established global technology partnerships and launched innovative solutions with many of the world’s most visible high‑tech companies, such as Lucent Technologies, AT&T, Qwest Communications, SAP, and Microsoft.
Mrs. Herber has founded and continues to operate multiple community businesses with her husband, including WiggleWorks kids, the original walk‑in, soft‑play, moving playscape and birthday party experience in the Pacific Northwest, for kids under 48″; Genesis Games & Gizmos, a community gaming experience for the community and families; and Ascend Hospitality Group, a restaurant development and operating company that recently acquired Famous Dave’s of Washington and Famous Dave’s of Utah, and Juice & Glow of Bellevue. Additionally, Ascend Hospitality group developed and operates a 6-concept Food Hall (The Lincoln South Food Hall) and their flagship rooftop restaurant, Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi.
Mrs. Herber proudly serves as a Trustee for the Bellevue Schools Foundation and is a passionate community leader, committed to elevating the lives of those who live, work, and play in Bellevue through her company’s innovative projects and extensive charitable donations, supporting most local non-profit organizations. When she’s not mothering her 600 employees, Elaina is actually mothering her two children, Jaxon (9) and Makena (6), and Penelope, the Sheepadoodle (8 months).
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On a special date in May, instead of Thirsty Thursday, we will once again be having Wine Tasting Wednesday. All BRC members, guests, and prospective members are invited to join us on May 22, 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 Tasting contest to the noon meetings the next few weeks. It will be picked up and prepared by Howard Donkin.
There will be no regular noon meeting on Tuesday, June 25.
Instead, please join us for the Annual President’s Celebration, at 6:00PM, at the Embassy Suites, 3225 158th Avenue SE, Bellevue. There will be a no-host bar, dinner, and free parking. Dress is business.
Visitors and guests are welcome, as we thank outgoing President David Laub and his board for their year of service, and welcome incoming President Rachele Bouchand, our club president for 2019‑2020, and her slate of officers and directors. The cost for guests is $60 per person, billed to your Rotary account.
Questions? Contact Tara Lystad.
DEADLINE FOR RSVP: JUNE 21
(Note: Guest cancellations after June 21 will still result in the guest fee(s) being billed to your Rotary account.)
Please RSVP — YES or NO — using the form below.
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.
Camp Goodtimes was established in 1984 to provide a no-cost camp environment for children affected by cancer, where they can recapture the joys of childhood. Our Rotary Club hosts an annual carnival, where kids (and volunteers) spend an afternoon with bubbles, bouncy houses, paint, and all around fun.
The date for Camp Goodtimes 2019 is June 27, from 10AM-4:30PM, on Vashon Island (Camp Burton). We need volunteers! Bring friends, co‑workers, partners!
Please contact Erich Patten if you are able to participate in this great annual event. Ask any Rotarian who has previously been to Camp Goodtimes, and they will tell you it is one of the most worthwhile days you can spend volunteering!
The annual Bellevue Arts Museum ARTSfair will be the weekend of July 26, 27 & 28. All Rotarians, family members, friends, co‑workers, and neighbors are invited to participate in our annual BAM Ice Cream Sales! We have four shifts on Friday and Saturday and three shifts on Sunday. Each shift is 3 hours, and we need 13 persons per shift.
This is a fun way to get to know other Rotarians, spread the word about our club and community service activities, and raise funds for great causes.
Questions? Contact Irene Song.
Rotary First Harvest’s online auction is coming soon, and you can view the auction items and place bids any time day or night, starting June 5, at 8:00AM. There is something for everyone, from tickets to local attractions to wine tastings to restaurant gift cards. It’s free to bid, register, and look; you only pay if you win an item. All proceeds help fund the work of Rotary First Harvest to bring in healthy surplus produce to our local food banks.
If you have something you could contribute to the auction, please contact RFH Development Director Lori Church.