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community photoEVERY DAD HAS HIS DAY
Woman got there first, but in the early 1900s, he got his due. Father's Day was founded years after Mother's Day, but it was a woman who lobbied to help get dads the recognition they too deserve.

Although there were many in the U.S. who claimed to be considering creating the holiday, Sonora Dodd is credited with pushing it forward.

The day has local roots, too, with its first official celebration at the YMCA in Spokane on June 19, 1910. But it wasn't until 1972, when President Richard Nixon declared it a national holiday, that the idea of Father's Day finally stuck—the third Sunday of June.

So now that he's finally got his day, which is June 16 this year, make it extra special by celebrating as a family! Below are some ideas to get you started.

1 Take a stroll down memory lane.
Compile pictures, ticket stubs and other memorabilia into a scrapbook so dad has a yearbook of sorts to look through. It's a great way for kids to share their special memories with dad, and for everyone to look at the family's growth over the years.

2 Bridge the generation gap.
Celebrate with dad, his dad and his to honor strong family traditions in the spirit of the true meaning of the holiday. You can throw a barbecue, plan a game night or take a special day trip to somewhere with meaning, and trade family stories.

3 Help lighten the load.
If dad's the type to take care of the yard work or the fixing up around the house, clear his to-do list by checking things off for him. Showing appreciation through acts of kindness like these often means the most. If you want to be extra sweet, bake him his favorite treat as an added thank-you for all that he does.

5 Make him a star.
A cute idea for younger kids is to shoot a "day in the life of dad" video. Have the kids dress up like dad and perform his daily activities. Your take can be authentic or humorous, and with smartphones and webcams, filming is easy. Best of all, it'll be a great keepsake.

4 Give him a choice.
From fitness classes to private lessons, fine dining to relaxing spa services and Woodinville wine tours to photography classes, a Bellevue Club gift card is about freedom of choice among the many programs, classes, events and dining options available every day at the Club.

No matter how you show your appreciation to dad this year, have fun with it. The poor guy is a few decades behind mom, and there's a lot of celebrating to make up for.

WHY WE LOVE DAD
In honor of Father's Day, we asked Bellevue Club kids why they love their dads. It's more of a feeling than a definition.

1. Madison Clem, age 5: "He like to wrestle."
2. Beatriz 'Bea' Mendez: "He plays with us, likes to tickle and loves us."
3. Guillermo Mendez, age 4: "We have Angry Birds space parties."
4. Ava Williamson, age 5: "He sneaks candy for me."
5. Elbridge 'Bridge' Gerry, age 4: "When it was summer, he took me to a baseball game."
6. Sophie Hawley, age 4: "He makes things for me, and he helps me make cookies."
7. Lukas Young, age 4: "He took me to Home Depot, the dump, then home."
8. Ryan Lowden, age 4: "Went on my boat to Roche Harbor."
9. Cyrus Khalili, age 4: "Because he plays Batman and loves me."
10. John Brody Plaisted, age 5: "Makes money."
11. Charlie Kirtland, age 4: "Because I do what he asks, and he buys me a chocolate sprinkle doughnut every Saturday before soccer."
12. Payton Knopf, age 5: "He snuggles with me."
13. Parker Holmes, age 7: "Cooks dinner."
14. Cali Holmes, age 4: "He's funny."
15. Jackie Holmes, age 4: "He's sneaky!"

OF NOTE: BIG MOUNTAIN WIN
Member Kari Claussen tore down the slopes all winter long and won big for her Special Olympics' team, the Seattle Skihawks.

Kari's been on the team for 16 years, and during the January Invitational Ski Challenge at Snoqualmie Summit West, she had a 3.55 race time on the Giant Slalom.

That time took her to regionals in February, where she earned third in Giant Slalom, fourth in Slalom and second in Super T, with partner Rennick Oxford.

In early March, she competed in State. Kari took home silver in Slalom, the cap to a wonderful season of competition.

We congratulate Kari on her hard work and well-deserved wins! employee spotlight photo

EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT

Employee: Dario Gnados
Position: Splash Lead

Worked at the BC for: 3 years
Favorite part about my job:Being responsibile for having everything in order.
Favorite hobbies: Drawing, reading and playing guitar.
Three words to describe me: Spontaneous, friendly and protective.
Siblings: Two older brothers and two older sisters.
Favorite food: American breakfast.
Favorite movie: "The Silence of the Lambs."
I would never: Point out another person's flaws.
I just can't live without: Pancakes.
An item on your bucket list: Write a book.
Favorite place in the world: The pyramids of Teotihuacan, Mexico.
Best memory made at the Club: I went through a very difficult situation, and everybody was willing to help me out or give me moral support. This is my family too .

In the Cards
Membership Card Reminder
In order to protect the Bellevue Club’s private membership status, every member who enters the Club must have his or her membership card swiped by a staff member.

Although most members become familiar faces around the Club, the card scanning policy helps stop unauthorized use by nonmembers and members who have been suspended or left the Club. Also, the use of membership cards creates a more efficient entrance environment, in contrast to manually entering each member into the computer.

For those with lost or missing cards, be sure to tell the Athletic Entrance representative so they can order you a new card. We completely understand that you may occasionally forget or misplace your membership card. However, any member who refuses to comply with our card-scanning policy will be subject to disciplinary actions.

Be Our Guest:
Guest check-in procedures
Guests are always welcome at the Bellevue Club. We encourage members to bring a guest for the day to enjoy use of the facility. All guests that are brought to the Club shall abide by the Rules and Regulations of the Bellevue Club. This includes checking in. To ensure that guests are eligible to use the facility, we ask that all members abide by the following rules:

• The same guest may visit the Bellevue Club once per month, but not to exceed two visits within a six-month period. The Bellevue Club does offer multi-day and weekly passes through Membership Services.
• The sponsoring member must be present with the guest upon check-in. The only exception is with special passes or arrangements made in advance through Membership Services.
• All guests must fill out a Guest Registration Form, which is to be signed by both the member and guest.
• All guests are subject to pay a guest fee upon check-in. The fee is $16 for an adult and $8 for a junior.

All the News that's Fit to Blog
Bellevue Club launches blog and Twitter
There’s officially a new blog on the block. The Bellevue Club recently launched a new media outlet with all the latest information and member news on the Eastside at www.bellevueclub.com/blog.

Created as a place for members to stay connected to the Bellevue Club community, the new blog is focused on posting timely stories and announcements about member and Club happenings. Along with member news, also look for fitness tips, recipes, social events and class updates.

If you or somebody you know is hosting a charity event or you recently won an award, the Bellevue Club Blog wants to hear about it. Send all interesting news items and tidbits to reflections@bellevueclub.com.

In addition to a shiny new blog, the Bellevue Club is also on Twitter. Follow the Club at www.twitter.com/BellevueClub to get last-minute class openings or cancellations, parking alerts, special offers and weather-related announcements, as well as information about community events in Bellevue.

Nominate a Member for a Profile
Do you know any members who have special talents or athletic abilities, unique hobbies, far-flung travels or interesting careers, volunteer or charity work? We are looking for members to feature for profiles in future issues of REFLECTIONS, and we’d love to hear from you. Call 688-3162 or e-mail reflections@bellevueclub.com with your nomination.

Sign Up for E-Mail Alerts
Bellevue Club members can now sign up to receive e-mail alerts about the latest fitness classes, social events, construction updates, restaurant specials and more. Visit https://members.bellevueclub.com and click on “Subscribe to E-mail Alerts.” From this screen you can sign up to receive specific e-mail alerts about various departments at the Club. Tailor individual alerts to exactly what you want to know about at the Club, from last-minute tennis court openings to promotions at the Spa. Receive only the information you requested, and unsubscribe or change alerts at any time. If you have questions about
e-mail alerts, contact the web coordinator at 688-3293 or e-mail webcoordinator@bellevueclub.com.

See What’s Happening ‘This Week’
Stay up to date on the latest construction news, classes and happenings at the Bellevue Club with the new “This Week at the Club” page at www.bellevueclub.com/thisweek. The link will provide information about special events, current specials, promotions and sales around the club, upcoming events, construction updates, parking alerts, membership information and more.

Use Automatic Deduction to Pay your Club Bill
The Club accepts automatic deductions from your checking or savings account as a convenient, dependable and safe way to make your monthly Club payment.

To sign up for our automatic deduction program, pick up an Authorization Agreement form at Membership Services and return it with a voided check or preprinted savings withdrawal slip.

Once you drop off the completed form, we’ll withdraw your payment directly from your checking or savings account. Automatic deduction payments are made on the 15th of the month and will be reflected on your bank statement. We will continue to send you a monthly Club statement of activity for your review. For more information, please call Membership Services at 688-3221.

Parking Lot Theft Alert
There have been a number of automobile break-ins at the Club due to valuables being left unattended in cars. To reduce the possibility of this happening to you, please never leave valuables—or for that matter, anything—in your car. Do not hide items in your car, either. We have extended security’s presence in the parking lot as well as having the Bellevue Police provide random surveillance throughout the day and evening.

If you observe any unusual activity, please report it to the Athletic Desk immediately.

Locker Room Reminder
Please note that all members under 16 years of age are required to use the Family/Children’s locker rooms. Opposite sex children under 6 years of age are permitted in the boys or girls locker rooms when accompanied by an adult. Please be aware that adults do use these locker rooms. If you are uncomfortable for any reason please contact the Athletic Desk and we will arrange for a staff person to assist your child.

Club Employment Not Available for Members
Please remember that the Bellevue Club does not employ Club members, including Junior and Intermediate classifications. We appreciate your understanding and hope you will continue to enjoy all the activities available at the Club.

Child Care and Kids’ Camp Sick Policy
Please do not bring your sick child to the Child Care Center or Kids’ Camp. This includes a child with a cold, runny nose, cough or fever. We ask that you respect this rule for the protection of other children and our staff.

Reminder for Parents Regarding Junior Members
Summers are a busy time and we have many youngsters in the Club every day taking classes and camps. Please remind your children of the following junior member rules to make time in the Club more pleasant for everyone.
• Junior members shall use the Athletic Entrance upon entering and exiting the Club except when accompanied by a parent for dining purposes or when attending a social function.
• Junior members under 12 years of age shall be accompanied by a parent while in the Club unless participating in a supervised class/activity or open swim.
• Junior members 12 years of age and older are allowed to bring a guest without having their parents present. A membership card or identification must be presented at the Athletic Entrance.
• Junior members 16 years of age and older may use the adult locker rooms. All other junior members shall use the children’s locker rooms.
• Junior members are not permitted in Polaris restaurant, Cosmos, the ballroom or conference rooms, or hotel guest areas unless accompanied by a parent or while attending a supervised class/activity.
• The Junior Activity Lounge is provided for junior members. No rowdiness or foul language is allowed.
• Junior members shall use the Athletic Entrance upon entering and exiting the Club except when accompanied by a parent for dining purposes or when attending a social function.
• Junior members under 12 years of age shall be accompanied by a parent while in the Club unless participating in a supervised class/activity or open swim.
• Junior members 12 years of age and older are allowed to bring a guest without having their parents present. A membership card or identification must be presented at the Athletic Entrance.
• Junior members 16 years of age and older may use the adult locker rooms. All other junior members shall use the children’s locker rooms.
• Junior members are not permitted in Polaris restaurant, Cosmos, the ballroom or conference rooms, or hotel guest areas unless accompanied by a parent or while attending a supervised class/activity.


 


 
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