Speaker Date Topic
Reese Roberts of Lake Washington High School Mar 04, 2024 6:30 PM
Rotary Student of the Month
Rotary Student of the Month
Reese Roberts is a junior who describe herself as a kind, outgoing, hardworking person who loves to spend time with friends and family she’s not at school, playing basketball, or volunteering. Some of her goals are graduating with a 4.0 GPA, being named female student-athlete of the year her senior year, attending college out of state with many scholarships, and gaining a corporate job quickly after college. Some of her accomplishments are earning a 4.0 GPA for her first two years of high school, making varsity basketball as a freshman, and playing in the state championship two years in a row. Athletics is not Reese’s only extracurricular involvement; she volunteers often with youth sports programs and for her school due to the clubs in which she participates, including Honor Society and Link Crew.
George Abbott of The Lighthouse for the Blind Mar 04, 2024 6:40 PM
A conversation with the chief executive officer of The Lighthouse for the Blind
A conversation with the chief executive officer of The Lighthouse for the Blind
George Abbott, the chief executive officer of The Lighthouse for the Blind, will provide Rotarians with an update on the work of the Lighthouse, a social enterprise that started in Seattle in 1918. Today the Lighthouse manufactures parts for the aerospace industry, and provides a variety of products and services to the federal government. The mission is to empower individuals who are blind, DeafBlind, and blind with other disabilities by creating diverse, sustainable, and meaningful employment opportunities. Focus will be on the types of jobs employees who are blind hold, services provided to employees and the community, and priorities for the future. Time will be reserved for questions and answers.
 
In 2014,m George joined the board of trustees for the Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc., where he served until 2018. In March of 2020, George relocated from Chicago to Seattle to join the Lighthouse as senior vice president. In August 2021, he was promoted to president and CEO overseeing the direction of 450 employees, 250 of whom are blind and DeafBlind, across twenty locations throughout the U.S.
 
George earned a Bachelor of Science in finance with a minor in economics, a Master of Science in Education in Rehabilitation Teaching of Blind Adults from Northern Illinois University, as well as a certificate in nonprofit management from the University of Illinois – Chicago. George’s interest in the rehabilitation field was fueled by his personal experience as a blind person, born blind due to under-developed optic nerves. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. For more of George's biography, click HERE.
Olga Yarmoshik of HeroHouse Northwest Mar 11, 2024 6:40 PM
Mental health
Mental health
Olga Yarmoshik is the program director for the HeroHouse Northwest Bellevue Clubhouse and will discuss mental health with Rotarians. Olga started her Clubhouse journey in Summer of 2004 at Vincent House, Pinellas Park, Florida. She receiving her B.S. in Psychology from WSU and has been working for HERO House NW since March of 2006. Olga completed two weeks Comprehensive Clubhouse training at Genesis Club in Worcester, Massachusetts. She also participated in two administrative clubhouse trainings and completed Middle Management training in 2016. Her objective is to share with staff and members best practices of members' involvement in all aspects of Clubhouse operation with focus on members' strengths, talents, and abilities. She enjoys working side by side with members and meeting new members.
Kaj Pedersen of Rotary District 5030 Mar 18, 2024 6:40 PM
A conversation with the 2023-24 Rotary District Governor
A conversation with the 2023-24 Rotary District Governor
Raahina Ali of Lake Washington High School Apr 01, 2024 6:30 PM
Rotary Student of the Month
Rotary Student of the Month
Raahina Ali describes herself as a student who is passionate about computer science, math, and service. Her high priority goals are to pursue a degree in computer science from a prestigious university, create innovative solutions for real-world problems using cutting-edge technologies, and inspire more girls to join the STEM field by being a role model and mentor. Some of her major accomplishments are volunteering for Math Agency, a program where she helps elementary students learn math; participating in hackathons and competitions related to computer science. Raahina’s most important community involvement is being associated with the Rotary Club of Kirkland, where she learned from and contributes to the Rotary values of service, leadership, and fellowship.
Lora Unger of Performing Arts Center Eastside Apr 01, 2024 6:40 PM
News about the Performing Arts Center Eastside
News about the Performing Arts Center Eastside
Lora Unger is the executive director of the Performing Arts Center Eastside, or PACE.
Anne Hess of Kirkland Downtown Association Apr 08, 2024 6:40 PM
News and Local Outlook from the Kirkland Downtown Association
News and Local Outlook from the Kirkland Downtown Association
 
Kirkland Downtown Association executive director Anne Hess will update Rotarians on local programs and activities support by the KDA to keep Kirkland a growing, lively, and wonderful place to live, work, and play. Founded over 20 years ago to help Kirkland businesses, especially small businesses, grow by bringing people into Kirkland’s downtown, the KDA hosts a variety of free community events throughout the year such as the Kirkland Wednesday Market, Summer Concert Series, and Waterfront Car Show. KDA programs are designed to bring tourists and local residents into Kirkland’s downtown area to shop, enjoy restaurants, cafes, galleries, and the waterfront. 
 
Anne Hess publishes BeLocal Kirkland, and has lived in Washington most of her life. She lives downtown and enjoys taking walks to one of the beautiful waterfront parks, gathering with friends at her favorite coffee shop, choosing a restaurant for dinner from almost every cuisine imaginable, and enjoying incredible concerts and family-friendly plays at the Kirkland Performance Center. Anne says that volunteering is a huge part of her life in Kirkland, and she’s made lifelong friendships through volunteering in Kirkland.
Jeff Lockhart of Kirkland Performance Center Apr 15, 2024 6:40 PM
What's happening at the Kirkland Performance Center
What's happening at the Kirkland Performance Center
Jeff Lockhart will provide Rotarians an update on the successes and plans of the Kirkland Performance Center, which has enjoyed a wonderful resurgence since the wane of the pandemic.  He will speak to KPC’s online streaming production enterprise, KPC Studios, and the significant programs KPC is offering the greater Kirkland community.
 
Jeff serves as the executive director of Kirkland Performance Center and KPC Studios.  Jeff is a recognized leader skilled in performing arts and non-profit organization advancement strategies, as well as the music industry business and education.  He has positioned the performance center as the leading venue for live music and the performing arts throughout the Eastside region of Seattle.  Prior to leading the Kirkland Performance Center, Jeff founded and chaired Creatio (music industry business and recording arts program) at Northwest University in Kirkland.  Jeff also founded and currently leads the music performance/artist management/event production collective Live Vinyl Productions.  A professional drummer, he performs and records in several Seattle area bands including Crème Tangerine, Long Live Rock, Good Day Sunshine, and Laurel Canyon Legacy.
Rachel Chu of Lake Washington High School May 06, 2024 6:30 PM
Rotary Student of the Month
Rotary Student of the Month
Rachel Chu describes herself as empathetic, driven, and open-minded. She has already accomplished major benchmarks in her high school career, some of which include being HOSA's secretary and the Symphony Club's conductor, playing in Honors Orchestra, earning the Presidential Service Award in FASCA, and improving Lake Washington High School's environment through clubs such as Green Team and Multicultural Club. Rachel’s most important community involvement is in FASCA, where she’s served in countless events for cultural awareness and education, such as parades, festivals, performances, diplomatic gatherings, summer camps, and overseas programs. Ultimately, Rachel hopes to grow even more in the coming years of high school and grow her community at the same time.
Dr. Wen Chen of Caltech May 06, 2024 6:40 PM
Human rights movement in China
Human rights movement in China
Since 2012, Dr. Wen Chen has given​ hundreds of presentations to community organizations about Chinese culture, history, and human rights. In this presntation, she'll tell the story of Chinese authorities arresting millions of citizens for their spiritual beliefs or political views. These prisoners of conscience have been tortured, forced into slave labor, and killed for their organs. While it takes several years in the U.S. to wait for matching organs, most Chinese hospitals promise to find donors within weeks. The Chinese police, legal, and military system collaborated to perform the state-sanctioned forced organ harvesting. Rotarians will also learn about the Chinese Communist Party’s infiltration into the U.S., the human rights movement in China, an innovation that allows people to bypass China's Internet blockade, and the trend of quitting the Chinese Communist Party.
 
Dr. Chen was born in China at the end of the Great Cultural Revolution. Being victims of the horrific atrocity that killed two million intellectuals and destroyed traditional Chinese culture, Wen's parents had mixed feelings about her education. Despite their discouragement, Wen eventually won a national prize at a science competition when she was 16. She was accepted into a top university for undergraduate study. In 1994, Wen came to the U.S. for graduate school and ​received a doctorate in Biology at the California Institute of Technology in 2000.

Dr. Chen has been working for Caltech since 2000 as a biologist and information scientist on genomics and biological research. Part of her everyday work is to speak at scientific conferences and seminars in universities like U.C. San Diego and Harvard Medical School. She is an active member of the Amnesty International Chapter at Pasadena, a board member for Caltech Women in Biology and Biological Engineering, and a special event host for the Caltech Alumni Association. She lives in Pasadena with her husband and two daughters.
Nan Su May 13, 2024 6:40 PM
Wisdom and Humanity from Ancient Chinese Culture
Many people have long been interested in China. This is true today more than even before. The ethical values and principles derived from traditional Chinese culture have never been more important. This presentation reveals the ancient philosophies deeply rooted in the Chineses culture since its very beginning, and explains how traditional Chinese culture built based upon these philosophies.
 
Outstanding Educator Awards May 20, 2024 6:40 PM
Honoring middle school educators for outstanding service
Honoring middle school educators for outstanding service
The Rotary Club of Kirkland very much appreciates the work local educators are doing to offer quality instructional and support programs during the most challenging of times.  Despite the challenges presented to our community today, we continue to recognize outstanding educators within our region.  While it’s likely there are several examples of “outstanding Service Above Self” among the staff at each school in our community, each year one or more schools nominate one educator who best represents characteristics drawn from the “Object of Rotary”:
 
  • Capitalizing on his or her relationships as an opportunity for service;
  • Exhibiting high ethical standards in the conduct of his or her professional activities, the recognition of the worthiness of all occupations contributing to quality education, and the dignifying of each educator’s contribution as an opportunity to serve society;
  • Demonstrating the ideal of service in his or her personal, professional, and community life;
  • Contributing to the advancement of understanding and goodwill through an attitude of fellowship among professional allied in the ideal of service.
The Rotary Club of Kirkland is pleased to honor staff of the Lake Washington School District in the Kirkland area who best represent these high ideals.  
Memorial Day (No Meeting) May 27, 2024
Scholarship Night Jun 03, 2024 6:40 PM
Rotary Club of Kirkland Scholarship Presentations
Rotary Club of Kirkland Scholarship Presentations