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Rotary Club of Mercer Island

 

Rotary President Message

Benson Wong

Since public service has always been a large part of my life, my involvement in The Rotary Club of Mercer Island is a natural transition after serving the Island as an elected official. I am honored and looking forward to serving as the club’s president this year. The club is a place for developing connections, friendships, and community. The club is also a place where you can individually and collectively make a difference not only on the Island, but in our local region, and abroad. The Rotary motto of “Service Above Self” drives the actions of all Rotarians. If the club sounds like a place for you, please join me and other Rotarians at our club meetings or at our service projects. Let’s work together to do good and promote peace. This year we will have fun and camaraderie as we meet the challenges ahead, and serve others. What I love most about our club and what you will love is that it provides “service for the soul”.

 

Upcoming Events

Mercer Island Club Meeting

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Annual Salmon Bake

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Mercer Island Club Meeting

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Club News

July 16th Speaker - Creating a Bridge to Attracting Young Professionals to Rotary

There is a growing demand for leadership training, mentorship and making a meaningful impact in our communities. However, many don’t know that Rotary has been providing expertise in these areas for several years. We’ll discuss how to use storytelling to share our experiences and will explore existing programs and resources where people can deepen their leadership training to increase their impact in their local and global communities.
 


Make a Difference - Join Today!


For over 60 years, 
The Mercer Island Rotary Club
 has been made up of active community members from all walks of life working together to make a lasting change on Mercer Island, in Washington, and around the world. We are part of the larger global network of 1.4 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change. 


Interested in joining or learning more?  
Visitors are always welcome and there is no cost to visit.
Join us at our meetings on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at the Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th St. Mercer Island, WA 98040.   A catered lunch by Pogacha (a restaurant on Mercer Island) is available for $25, or bring your own.

Socializing 12:00 - 12:30    Meeting and a speaker 12:30 - 1:30

You can also reach out directly to Diane Tien, Mercer Island Rotary Membership Director[email protected]

Rotary International Causes
Global Rotary Network


Reducing Hunger in Our Community



In appreciation for our Club's generous and longstanding support to reduce hunger in our community, Harvest Against Hunger invited our club to be recognized as a member of the newly created

Harvest Against Hunger
Lifetime Giving Society


RCMI Awards $10,000 Scholarship to Maya Lawrence!

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Congratulations to Mercer Island High School Senior Maya Lawrence as the recipient of The Mercer Island Rotary Club Foundation's annual $10,000 scholarship. She was awarded the scholarship at the May 21 rotary meeting at the Mercer Island Community and Event Center. Wishing Maya the very best as she attends University of Colorado Boulder in the fall.   Click on the link to read the article in the Mercer Island Reporter.

https://www.mi-reporter.com/news/lawrence-receives-mi-rotary-club-foundation-scholarship/

 


VALUES IN ACTION - Why We Serve

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The buzz of a Rotary meeting isn't just noise - it's the sound of purpose. Our motto, "Service Above Self," isn't a lofty ideal; it's our daily fuel.

I've seen it transform lives, including my own. It's not about martyrdom, but finding strength in responsibility. It's the spark that turns personal ambition into collective impact.

Sure, balancing Rotary's values with our own can be tricky. I've wrestled with it, juggling work, family, and service. But here's the secret: when we align with Rotary's ideals, everything else falls into place.

We're not just talkers; we're doers. From building Tiny Houses, to supporting the Mercer Island High School Interact club and the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, to feeding the homeless, building a health clinic in Uganda, or providing clothing for kids in need in Seattle, we roll up our sleeves and make things happen. It's about meaningful action, not empty promises.  

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Tiny Houses--Big Impact

HOMELESS IN SEATTLE

The Home First Model--getting homeless men, women and families into a safe, clean home with outreach services--is a transitional step toward permanent housing. Living on the streets impacts the body and the mind. Housing people first and addressing health and mental well-being along with finding jobs and education is a scaffolding strategy that has been proven to work. 






Tiny Houses provide a stable environment on the way to more permanent housing.These houses have light, heat, a window and a door with a lock. The tiny house villages throughout the city have communal kitchens and bath and laundry facilities. The 8’ by 12’ units can be built quickly by volunteers.

Mercer Island Rotary Club members, as well as other Rotary partners, have helped construct and paint many of the homes.

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The Rotary Club of Mercer Island Foundation - Donate or Request a Grant

For more than 115 years, the members of Rotary have bridged cultures and connected continents by championing peace, fighting illiteracy, poverty and disease and promoting clean water and sanitation.Recently, growing local economies and protecting the environment has been added to the causes we support.

To this end, The Rotary Club of Mercer Island is uniquely positioned to have its own Foundation (the Mercer Island Rotary Foundation), which funds grants for projects that have measurable goals, are sustainable, based on community needs, and are centered on at least one of our areas of focus listed above.

If you think your request qualifies, please click on the link below to complete a grant request application!

MIRF Grant Application


What is Rotary International all about anyway?

A lot of people have heard about Rotary, but not everyone knowns what the club is all about. The Fargo-Moorhead Rotary Clubs created this short (and funny) video to clarify things.

Enjoy!



 


 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLUpWV8z3ws

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We are currently meeting at the MI Community and Event Center 1st and 3rd Tuesdays each month starting from noon to 12:30 pm for socializing, with the main program beginning at 12:30 pm.
We are changemakers for good in the community, region, and world.

Rotary Club of Mercer Island Meeting Tuesday, July 16, 2024
 
Main Speaker:  Rotary District Governor Rachele Bouchand
 
Title: Creating a Bridge to Attract Young Professionals to Rotary
 
There is a growing demand for leadership training, mentorship and making a meaningful impact in our communities. However, many dont know that Rotary has been providing expertise in these areas for several years. Well discuss how to use storytelling to share our experiences. Additionally, we will explore existing programs and resources where people can deepen their leadership training, mentorship and increase their impact in their local and global communities. Well end with tangible examples of how to bridge the gap between your clubs existing strengths connecting with others.
 
Brief Bio:

Rachele currently serves as the Governor of District 5030. Shes been a member of the Bellevue Rotary Club since 2009 and is focused on growing leadership opportunities for our members through the RISE (Rotarians Inspired to Succeed and Engage) leadership program. Rachele was also a member of the Rotary International Next Generation Conference in 2014, which represented 30 emerging Rotary leaders across the United States. Lastly, she was able to blend her vocational and Rotary lives when she served as a member of the Global Polio Finance Committee.

Her Rotary classification is Financial Services-Family Office. Rachele currently serves as Managing Director of Pathstone, where she is responsible for advising families and single-family offices on a variety of wealth management and estate planning topics. She has over 20 years’ experience working with multi-generational wealth and foundations.

The main meeting begins at 12:30 pm.

Guests are always welcome and there is no fee to attend. An optional buffet lunch is available for purchase. And for more information on Rotary Club of Mercer Island, please visit http://mirotary.org/

Rotary Club of Mercer Island Meeting Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Main Speaker: Rotary District Governor Rachele Bouchand

Title: Creating a Bridge to Attract Young Professionals to Rotary

There is a growing demand for leadership training, mentorship and making a meaningful impact in our communities. However, many don't know that Rotary has been providing expertise in these areas for several years. We'll discuss how to use storytelling to share our experiences. Additionally, we will explore existing programs and resources where people can deepen their leadership training, mentorship and increase their impact in their local and global communities. We'll end with tangible examples of how to bridge the gap between your club's existing strengths connecting with others.

Brief Bio:

Rachele currently serves as the Governor of District 5030. She's been a member of the Bellevue Rotary Club since 2009 and is focused on growing leadership opportunities for our members through the RISE (Rotarians Inspired to Succeed and Engage) leadership program. Rachele was also a member of the Rotary International Next Generation Conference in 2014, which represented 30 emerging Rotary leaders across the United States. Lastly, she was able to blend her vocational and Rotary lives when she served as a member of the Global Polio Finance Committee.

Her Rotary classification is Financial Services-Family Office. Rachele currently serves as Managing Director of Pathstone, where she is responsible for advising families and single-family offices on a variety of wealth management and estate planning topics. She has over 20 years’ experience working with multi-generational wealth and foundations.

The main meeting begins at 12:30 pm.

Guests are always welcome and there is no fee to attend. An optional buffet lunch is available for purchase. And for more information on Rotary Club of Mercer Island, please visit mirotary.org/
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WE CONNECT PEOPLE

Rotary unites more than a million people

Through Rotary clubs, people from all continents and cultures come together to exchange ideas, and form friendships and professional connections while making a difference in their backyards and around the world.

WE TRANSFORM COMMUNITIES

We take action locally and globally

 

Each day, our members pour their passion, integrity, and intelligence into completing projects that have a lasting impact. We persevere until we deliver real, lasting solutions.

WE SOLVE PROBLEMS

No challenge is too big for us

 

For more than 110 years, we’ve bridged cultures and connected continents to champion peace, fight illiteracy and poverty, promote clean water and sanitation, and fight disease.

Together, we see a world

where people unite and take action

to create lasting

change across the globe,

in our communities, and in ourselves.

Together, we see a world

where people unite and take action

to create lasting

change across the globe,

in our communities, and in ourselves.