Bottenberg, Joyce

Joyce joined the Rotary Club of Sammamish in 2006 “to be more involved locally” after many years with regional, state, and national organizations.  “Perfect attendance” since she joined Rotary, she has attended more than 40 different Rotary clubs in many parts of the country plus Australia and Canada. She is a 6th year faculty member of the District 5030 Rotary Academy, a past president of her local club, and a multi Paul Harris Fellow. She currently serves as Community Services chair, and has also served as Club Secretary and Chair of the Public Relations Committee.

Fun fact – Joyce is a 60-year service volunteer with the Red Cross, beginning with knitting afghan squares in third grade (for lap robes for patients at the VA hospital nearby), and with making tray decorations for the holiday dinner trays for patients.  From high school onward, she was a first aid instructor (standard and advanced lecture courses), and added CPR (for the professional rescuer), for the next 50 years. 
Joyce was 20 years on Red Cross staff, 10 years in Boston as executive director, and 10 years in Seattle as development director after she married Norm.  (They met in 1983 at a Red Cross operational  management training week in Virginia,  She also served as interim executive director in Reno NV on National Red Cross assignment.

Joyce has a BA from University of Massachusetts in English and Journalism, diploma from its Graduate School of Journalism (New England Newspaper Fellow), and a diploma from Simmons College Graduate School of Management (MBA content, full Red Cross scholarship).  During undergraduate college days, she was a member of the marching and symphony bands (flute, piccolo), and photographer and news editor with the college newspaper. She was named to Who’s Who Among Students of American Universities and Colleges (and in several Who’s Who publications in years since).

She was named American National Red Cross Professional Fundraiser of the Year at the 1994 National Red Cross Convention in recognition of development efforts as the top chapter in per-capita fundraising (three years in a row), has served as a Level V disaster development and public affairs officer, and was recognized with the NHQ’s Certificate of Merit for Lifesaving (CPR rescue of her next door neighbor).
Joyce continues as a public information officer with the Northwest Region disaster services. She is also active with the American Red Cross Overseas Association (past national

president) and the Washington State Red Cross Retirees (past state president).
Besides the Red Cross, her past work experience has included four years in technical writing, four years in public relations, and 14 years in nonprofit management and development (executive director of Medic One Foundation and Epilepsy Association; chief development positions with Child Care Resources, Boys & Girls Clubs of King County, and Starlight Children’s Foundation.) During her Massachusetts days as a Licensed Certified Social Worker (MSW level), she also served 10 years on the State Welfare’s Civic Advisory Board, three years as chair.

Joyce is a member of the City of Sammamish Health and Human Service Task Force.

Her recent volunteering has also included 16 years on the Alpental Ski Patrol, 10 years on Special Olympics State Summer Games Leadership Team, and 6 years on the Good Samaritan Church preschool council. She is a Ham Radio Operator, N7IEF, general class (and barely remembers some Morse Code). 

In addition to daughter Joanne and step-twins Jan and Bill, Joyce and Norm have eight grandchildren, ages 5 to 25, all active in various sports that grandparents try to attend!

Joyce is a 12th generation New Englander and grew up in Melrose, MA. She currently enjoys kibitzing on Norm’s focus with to discover more family, and the fact they discovered their great grandfathers were members of the Old Town ME Masonic Lodge and elected city government  in the same years. 

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