Go Huskies: Celebrating Washington’s Football Tradition
Author and University of Washington Sports Expert
Scribe: Megan Sweeters Editor: Jim Kindsvater
In this Issue
This week’s speaker was Tom Porter, author and University of Washington sports expert discussing his new book, which came out last month, “Go Huskies: Celebrating Washington’s Football Tradition”. Tom provided a comprehensive history of the University of Washington football programs focusing on the major eras in Husky football history, featuring the best teams, the greatest games, the biggest comebacks, and the most exciting and unexpected moments. Club Business included reports on the 2013 BBRC Charity Golf Classic, Rotarian of the Month, and the upcoming Rotary Family Fest on October 5th.
Bob Holbert introduced Tom Porter, Tom has written 10 books on personal finance and investment topics and three on Husky athletics. He was a Vice Chairman of Rainier Bank and Executive Vice-President of Seafirst and Bank of America. He holds a BA from Rutgers University, an MBA from the University of Washington and a PhD from Columbia University. At Rutgers, he selected to the All-East and All-America baseball teams and was voted Rutgers’ most outstanding athlete his senior year.
Tom provided a comprehensive history of the University of Washington football programs focusing on the major eras in Husky football history, featuring the best teams, the greatest games, the biggest comebacks, and the most exciting and unexpected moments. From the UW campus beginnings in 1895 and University Field completed in 1906 for home football games to the construction of the new Husky Stadium and current economics of Husky Athletics, Tom presented a look through time.
Tom told the history on legendary coaches like Gil Dobie (1908-1916), Enoch Bagshaw (1921-1929), and, the most successful coach in Husky history, Don James. He noted renowned players like All-American George Wilson (1926), Paul Schwegler (1930-31), Hugh McElhenny (1949-1951, who still holds the record for most rushing yards in a single game of 296 yards), Don Heinrich (Quarterback All-American 1950 & 1952), Rick Redman (All-American 1963 & 1964), Steve Emtman (1989-1992, “the most decorated player in Husky history”), Marques Tuiasosopo (1997-2000, “an efficient passer, an outstanding runner, a great leader and an unsurpassed competitor”), and Jake Locker (2007-2010, “one of the most admired athletes in Husky history”). Tom also recounted the greatest games including 1960, 1961 and 1964 Rose Bowl games along with others.
The Husky Athletics is well and strong.
• A 2012 report indicated that only 23 of the 120 schools in Division 1 generated a profit in 2011 – Washington was one of them.
• Washington gets no financial support from the University Administration and very little from the State ($3.1 million for Title IX tuition waivers).
• In the 2011-2012 fiscal year, total operating revenue was $82.6 million and total operating expenses were $73.8MM with a net of $8.8MM.
• Only football and men’s basketball showed a net profit – football $17.0MM on revenue of $39.4MM and basketball $4.5MM on revenue of $10.5MM.
President Scott Sadler opened the meeting with Colleen Turner offering the invocation and pledge, and with John DeWater providing a lively introduction of visiting Rotarians and guests.
Scott Sadler read a letter received from Kindering Center that extended a big “Thank you” to the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club for the support!
Lennie Lutes and Wendi Fischer reported on the results of the 2013 BBRC Charity Golf Classic held September 9th at the Willow Run Golf in Redmond. The event generated over $40,000 in contributions, the highest ever for this event! Over 100 golfers took to the course in the morning, followed by a BBQ lunch, silent and live auction, and awards. Lennie, Chair of the Event, recognized and thanked the Golf Committee members and sponsors. Great work and congratulations on an incredibly successful Golf Tournament!
To recognize Lennie Lutes for his outstanding leadership and efforts over the past several months on organizing the successful 2013 BBRC Charity Golf Classic, President Scott awarded Lennie with the August Rotarian of the Month.
The BBRC 6th Annual Adoption Party is just around the corner on October 5th and it’s time to volunteer. Madeline Gauthier and Chuck Kimbrough provided information on this year’s event along with volunteer opportunities. The party will be held at Woodridge Elementary School in Bellevue from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with lots of fun crafts and games including a scavenger hunt game, basketball, pumpkins to paint followed by pizza for lunch! Sign up today! Lots of volunteers are needed…be a driver, supply master, deliver direction signs, decorate tables, help with the cupcake or pumpkin decorating tables, basketball, clean up, just to name a few. Please contact Madeline or Chuck to volunteer or for more information on sponsorship opportunities.
Jason Cherney is recruiting for “Hosts” of the weekly BBRC meetings. Hosts are to arrive at 6:45 and be responsible for welcoming and engaging guests and Rotarians prior to the start of the meeting
Our Sergeant-at-Arms, Paul Chapman, along with John DeWater made a Public Service Announcement encouraging BBRC members “NOT” to come to the October Feast on October 19th at 6:00 p.m…..it’s dangerous and may tarnish your reputation!