BirdNote is popular daily public radio show about birds that uses the compelling natural wonder of birds to advance both a healthier planet and equity and inclusion in public media and environmental conservation. As a public media nonprofit organization with an estimated 6 million radio and podcast listeners, it seeks to inspire people to care about--and take steps to protect--the natural world.
Nick Bayard is no stranger to this task. Prior to this role, Nick served as Assistant Chief Equity Officer for the City of Tacoma and Director of the REACH Center. He also served in the Peace Corps in Paraguay, where he founded a tri-lingual radio show. He holds a master's degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School and a bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies from Brown University. You can learn more about BirdNote at www.birdnote.org.
With her friendly "one-of-us" manner and long career of public service, Cathy now seeks to bring her talent and expertise upstream so she can impact our city as a whole. She would be a good fit for District 5.
As Senior Director, State & Local Government Operations at Boeing. Susan will provide an update on the current commercial aviation market, how the industry is recovering from the pandemic and all the work the company is doing here in Washington.
Susan currently leads the Northwest State & Local Government Operations team, managing relationships with elected officials and business leaders in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho and Hawaii. With a background in state and local government relations, she joined Boeing in 1999 as manager of Legislative Affairs in Washington DC, lobbying Members of Congress on international trade issues.
Andriana Alexis, our speaker this week, puts it this way: "At Zeno, we envision a racially just world where child and family are doers and lovers of math. They seek to spark joy and inspire a love of math in young children and families through racial equity, family engagement, and play, all centered in the experiences of communities of color."
When Andriana isn’t traveling, dancing, or singing a show tune, she’s master-minding nonprofit development strategies and communicating the value of a mission. She joined Zeno in September 2020 as the Development and Communications Director providing leadership for advancing Zeno’s growth goals through capacity building and fundraising. She's passionate about philanthropy and resource generating, working to transform the landscape. Andriana also works with Social Justice Fund Northwest, and sits on the board member for Africatown Community Landtrust
Our speaker, Barbara Berthiaume a Sansei (third genration Japanese America) relates how racial discrimination and the threat to national security led to the incarceration of 120,000 people of Japanese descent. This happened while American soldiers in the 442nd, Nisei (first generation born American), EARNED HONORS:
• 21 Medals of Honor• 52 Distinguished Service Crosses• 560 Silver Stars (28 with Oak Leaf Clusters)• 22 Legion of Merit Medals• 15 Soldier’s Medals• 4000 Bronze Stars (1200 with Oak Leaf Clusters) •9486 Purple Hearts• 8 Presidential Unit Citations• Legion d’Honneur Unit Citation - French
Stacey Brehman, Development Coordinator for NorthHelpline is our speaker this week. She works to build relationships with everyone in our shared community by providing information about North Helpline's mission and services to the broader public. Her mission especially focuses on building impactful partnerships with community organizations, local businesses, foundations, and corporations. Stacy comes from a human services fundraising background working in domestic violence advocacy and healthcare.
Mark Mendez, our speaker this week, is a local Lake City leader. He brings a passion for the neighborhood as a resident here for 35 years, and as an organizer that has spearheaded and supported many local community events.
By partnering with him for outreach, and by putting money and muscle behind many of his acitivities, can Rotary re-engage the community? Will this help us return as a strong, local catalyst for the benefit of all?
Join us this week to ask and find out!
The program includes rehabilitating an abandoned water well and installing a solar pump and gravity-fed garden irrigation system to provide access to clean, abundant, and affordable water for the village. We will also provide hands-on training for community members in sustainable agriculture strategies, poultry production, clay-sand improved cookstove construction, and in the development of community savings and lending procedures. We anticipate this will be the first of several similar projects in cooperation with CREATE!, which has spent the last twelve years successfully developing and refining its community partnership and training model with 18 rural Senegalese villages.
Our Presenters are both members of Bellevue Rotary:
Adam Pinsky is the Chief Financial Officer for Bayley Construction, a regional commercial general contractor and has spent most of his career in the construction industry. He has been a member of Bellevue Rotary since 2010.
Alexandra Comstock is the Development Director at the Eastside Legal Assistance Program, a civil legal aid non-profit based in Bellevue. She has been a member of Bellevue Rotary since 2017.
Our speaker, Polly Olsen of the Burke Museum, is Director, DEAI & Decolonization and Tribal Liaison. She will explain these changes, starting with the old Burke, then building the New Burke, and finally what's on the horizon for "The Emerging Vision of the Burke Museum".