Friday Feb 24, 2012

Independent Film Making in Seattle

Brendon Fogle

Scribe: Jenny Andrews Editor: Jim Kindsvater

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Brendon Fogle spoke of Independent Film Making in Seattle.  The House Band belted out Monger’s Silver Gavel. Bill Prater gave his classification talk.  Jeff Cashman emphasized a contribution by Every Rotarian Every Year to the Rotary Foundation.  Rani Joseph visited us from Rotaract.

Brendon Fogle

Brendon Fogle – Independent Film Making

Independent film making is one of the hidden gems of the Emerald City. Seattle has a very vibrant climate for the low budget “Mom &Pop” produced short and even feature length films. These productions can range from eight minutes to two hours, but for the most part they are “short features” with budgets under $100,000. That may seem like a lot but it isn’t when you consider that a full length Hollywood production can now cost $100,000,000! (That is “One Hundred Million Dollars” for those of you that lost track of the zero’s.)

A very creative funding method, kick-starting, has developed to assist these aspiring cinematographers on their way and can be found on the internet at sites such as “Indie – GoGo.” Here you may contribute to various films and games that are in progress, or desire funding. In return, based upon your donation level you receive perks such as pins, posters, down loaded digital copies, and even credit as a “producer.”

Brendon then offered the BBRC a premier showing of his short film called “Sync.” This was an eight and a half minute film with a cross generational story that shows that youth and the more experienced members of a family can be connected in more ways than the bond of a common adversary.

Brendon explained that it took over two hundred hours to raise the $3,000 for the film, two weeks to get it setup and two twelve hour days for the actual filming. This was followed by two months of editing for content, sound and color. A member of the Moody Blues wrote two original songs for this short film. To learn more check out:

For his presentation Brendon was presented a certificate by President Elect Chris showing that one thousand pounds of produce will be donated to local food banks through Rotary First Harvest.

Brendon was introduced by Carla Cummings



The Band: Chris, Andrew, and John

A standing ovation for the BBRC house band before even a note is played! Hey, these guys are good! In the absence of President John Martinka in Antigua, Pres-Elect Chris (Big Stick) Monger, he of the Silver Gavel, opened the meeting on the drums with John De Water on bass and the silver throated Andrew Face on guitar and with the vocal. Here are the flashy lyrics:

Monger’s Silver Gavel

John was skeptical, Frightened of the spectacle Monger might deploy.

While he’s out com-pu-ter-izing and  Go, uh, uh on. (Gone)


Monger’s evident, hunger for the President’s, Gavel is well known.

Hop aboard that plane to Antiqua, Joh, ah, ah ahn

But as he’s getting ready to go,  A knock comes on the door.

Clang! Clang! Monger’s silver gavel  Came down upon his bell

Clang! Clang! Monger’s silver gavel  Makes sure the meeting’s swell.


Back at Glendale now, Monger gets to fool around.  Some will be annoyed.

Wishing to avoid an unpleasant Me, e, ting, oh

John warned Chris to stay, far away from drum set play,  But boys will be boys

Banging fifty times “I must play like Rin, go, o, o..”


Chris Monger

S0 when the meetings ready to go, He leaps up on the stage.


Clang! Clang! Monger’s silver gavel Came down upon our bell

Clang! Clang! Monger’s silver gavel  Makes sure the meeting’s swell.


Seven Thirty-one said, “Our meetings just begun.”  Monger takes the throne

Pounding Innagoddalavita.  Oh, oh, oh, oh.


House band pals are we, screaming out incessantly  Say he must play free

(Bongo must play free)

The club does not agree and they tell him So, no, no, no.


But as the words are leaving their lips, A noise comes from behind.


Clang! Clang! Monger’s silver gavel Came down upon his bell

Clang! Clang! Monger’s silver gavel Makes sure the meeting’s swell.

Silver Gavel Ma, a, an.


It might have been a Beatles tune, but then again, it might not have, but in any case it was entertaining and opened the meeting with a burst of energy.

Brian Evison and Curtis Cummings

This was followed with the Invocation and pledge led by Curtis Cummings. Guests were introduced by Past President Brian Evison. Guests included Staff Sergeants Kevin Tran and Marc Weier of the US Army Reserve Recruiting center in Bellevue. It is their goal to gather a team for the Bellevue 10K and best the US Marine Corps. Go Army – Beat Navy!!

Wendi Fischer

Our very own Sergeant, Wendi Fischer, reinforced the wisdom of those members that ponied up $40 for the 2011-2012 “Sparkle Dollars”, by laying on a major Rotary trivia test. Who knew that February 23rd was “Rotary Day”, and that there were four founding members of the first club and that over 55,000 members attended the Osaka, Japan International Conference in 2004? Not many. Place your dollars on the table please.

Classification Talk: Bill Prater

Bill Prater

Just when you thought it would not get any better, it did. In essence, Bill Prater has learned from the ground up and now shares his experiences, for a fee, with business clients looking to grow productivity, sales, profits and the satisfaction of being.

Growing up in Snohomish County Bill regarded his mother’s “No-No’s” as goals and objectives resulting in some bodily harm, but it did not kill him. As a three sport athlete in high school he learned that balance was important and good grades were essential to continued success, so he became a two sport athlete and a better student.

A football scholarship to the UDub lasted a year until he did sustain bodily harm and was forced to work to support his education, which resulted in failing grades and his being “kicked out” of school. He received an opportunity to re-enter college by attending night school and earning A’s. Bill then discover that the “C” students did not take the time to ask what it would take to achieve an “A” in a course, and with this information he returned to school and finished with straight “A’s”.

A blind date introduced him to his wife of forty-five years and they have raised two “pretty smart” kids, and really smart grandchildren, which are his support bench for his current business of business consulting that has developed “Your Business Toolkit”, a learning system for business professionals. To learn more about the toolkit visit:

Thanks for your talk Bill. We are glad that you choose the BBRC!


Chris reintroduces the President of the Bellevue Rotaract Club, Rani Joseph. Rotaract is seeking young professionals between the ages of 18 and 30 that desire involvement in community service activities. The Bellevue Rotaract club has supported the BBRC with the Adoption Party, RFH, and the Bellevue 10K. Do you know anyone that might be interested in joining forces with Rotaract? If so, let us know.

EREY: Every Rotarian Every Year.

Jeff Cashman

Jeff Cashman, Chairman of the BBRC’s Rotary Foundation Committee invited his committee members to the front and explained that it is not often that we can do something that involves 100% participation from all of our members. This year we have the goal of achieving 100% participation in supporting the Rotary Foundation. This is the means that allows Rotary to be involved in the elimination of Polio on a worldwide basis, to promote peace and better understanding between people and support humanitarian projects. A water well in Kenya will not generate headlines on the 6:00 PM news, but it will improve the lives of others.

Jeff explained, “If you have not done so already, please consider a gift to the Foundation. We are not concerned with the amount, be it ten dollars, or a thousand, but we are encouraging your participation.”

Please contact any member of the committee with your contribution. Jeff Cashman, Cary Kopczynski, Jenny Andrews, Dick Brown, Brian Evison, Chuck Barnes, Norm Johnson, Chuck Kimbrough, Jim Owens, Jim Zidar. Jeanne Thorsen



“If my films don’t show a profit, I’m doing something right.” Woody Allen

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