Vol. 12, No. 20, November 15, 1999

The Power of the Internet: Technology & Finance | Friday Potpourri | Passages | Anniversary Dinner Coming Friday | Help Needed For WTO Conference | Eastside Day Center Spruced Up | District 5030 Plans Unique Conference | Students Of The Month | Foundation Report | Vandals Host Jazz Festival | | Thought For The Week | WebTalk

President Jeff Seely of NetstockDirect, a Bellevue Internet financial site, explained how his company is making a difference in the public’s ability to invest in the markets. Netstock.com “helps take the challenge out of buying stock, because people need help investing, and our site helps them do this.”

“One-third of American workers do not have a pension plan. If they’re going to have money for retirement, they’re going to have to learn how to invest. The trend is towards online investing. American’s savings habits have dropped from 9% in 1992 to a negative %0.7 today. So, they’d better adopt some better ways to build that nest egg.”

Seely said that today there are 11 million online accounts for 5 million investors. Estimates see 20-22 million accounts by 2003 and $3.1 trillion invested by that same year. He stressed that Netstock.com’s philosophy is that “barriers should come down to permit long-term investing, and that individual investors should have easy access to the markets.” Netstock currently boasts 200,000 customers and growing. Money Magazine said that “Netstock.com is the ultimate guide to buying stock.”

Seely unveiled the Company’s new product, “Sharebuilder,” for the long-term investor. It allows for online purchase of stock in subscription form – 250 stocks are available, with a $2.00 transaction fee, $1.00 for kids. There are no minimums to join, and charting tax basis is a service of the Company.

Soon, the website will present charting of stocks, news features, and advisory services. “No longer are we after quick execution and cheap prices. We’re going after the mainstream investor who’s in it for the long-term. To build wealth over time, a person needs patience as well as knowledge and understanding. We have an education site and a place called ‘Kids’ Stock’ for young people to learn about investing. We also have a customer care facility where there is live contact with an advisor.” The Company has plans to go public within the next few years.

BBRC members will remember Mark Davis, who founded Netstock. He was in attendance at Friday’s meeting. Thanks to Jay Powers for his introduction. TOP

Friday Potpourri

Alan Pratt delivered the invocation, led the pledge and orchestrated the singing of “God Bless America,” honoring our country’s veterans. John Martinka welcomed five visiting Rotarians and other guests.

Norm Johnson confirmed that the raffle had garnered over $100,000, a record-breaker. Final accounting due at the Anniversary dinner. TOP


Milt Douglas is reported at home after his initial treatment of chemotherapy. He’d appreciate a phone call or an email. TOP

Anniversary Dinner Coming Friday

The BBRC’s 14th Anniversary Celebration will take place this Friday evening, November 19, 1999, at the Bear Creek Country Club in Woodinville. [map to the location ] Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with a reception, followed by a dinner of prime rib or salmon and entertainment by the trio “ACappella-Go!”

In the Don Chandler tradition, the dress is semiformal. The evening will feature an auction of specialized items conducted by a surprise auctioneer and recognition of all of the members who helped make the raffle a success. The winner of the Volkswagen Bug and other prizes will be announced.

Phil Salvatori, Mr. Giving Tree, announced that the tree will makes it 1999 holiday debut at the Dinner. Members are encouraged to take ornaments on behalf of needy family members for the coming holiday season.

The committee of Steve Waltar, Jim Kindsvater, and Peter Powell have all worked diligently to make this a premier evening. If you’d still like to attend and haven’t made arrangements, you could still call or email Kindsvater, Ph (425) 646-8848. TOP

Help Needed For WTO Conference

Rotary District 5030 World Community Service Committee is looking for volunteers to assist at the upcoming World Trade Organization meetings. Delegates from around the globe will be attending this function that will commence Saturday, November 27. The Committee is looking for volunteers to assist in handing out WELCOME kits at the distribution desk at Rainier Tower in downtown Seattle. The desk will be open from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m that day. If anyone has an interest in helping, please contact Brian Evison and he’ll get you plugged in to the biggest international event in Seattle in years. Call Brian at (425) 454-3106 or email.

Brian gave a quick update on the Club’s international projects, including one in San Pedro in the Dominican Republic and the use of $2,000 worth of ceramic water filters by the people of Honduras. TOP

Eastside Day Center Spruced Up

A hard-working, fast-moving crew made quick work of leaves and other of nature’s debris as the Frank Coyle-led Work Party descended on the Eastside Adult Day Center’s building on N.E. 20th. The Saturday work session drew a dozen rakers, pruners, and sackers. Wielding garden tools were Wally Mahoney, Frank Coyle, John Mix, John Sheeran, Mary Swan, Molly Swan, Eddie Swan, Steve Brown, Norm Johnson, Don Chandler, Cary Kopczynski, Bruce Walker, and Bob Moloney. Moloney was the cleanup hitter with his trusty leaf blower making the place look great.

Chandler reminisced about the numerous times the BBRC has rallied around the Eastside Center, including the Club’s first year when remodeling, painting, and eating spaghetti was the order of the day for a work party at the Center’s first site at the First Congregational Church property in downtown Bellevue. TOP

Front row: Bruce Walker, Molly Swan, Mary Swan, Don Chandler; Back row:
Norm Johnson; John Mix; Frank Coyle; John Sheeran; Steve Brown;Cary
Kopczynski (Present, but unable to hold still for photo: Eddie Swan, the
Chocolate Lab) 

District 5030 Plans Unique Conference

With special dispensation from Rotary International, District 5030 has laid down plans for the Annual District Conference aboard the cruiseship Dawn Princess, leaving the Port of Los Angeles at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, May 18th, 2000. The itinerary takes Rotarians up the West Coast to Victoria, B.C., arriving Sunday morning, May 21st. There is a free day in Victoria (Butchart Gardens, shopping, etc.), with dinner back on board the Dawn Princess that evening.

The ship continues on to Vancouver the next day, May 22nd, and the passengers leave the Dawn Princess after breakfast that morning. Motor Coaches take the conferees to SeaTac to be reunited with their automobiles, arriving around 1:00 p.m.

Wayne McCaulley, Ph 425-453-7696, can fill in all the details, but costs are estimated at $589/person (plus beverages and tips) — which includes $150/person air fare (Wayne can explain the options); $107/person port charges, transfers, and Rotary Conference charges; and $332/person Dawn Princess cruise charges (economy rate). TOP

Students Of The Month

The Bobbsey Twins of Student Recognition Programs — Bob Holert and Kim Shrader — appeared once again to award two Student-of-the-Month plaques to outstanding high school representatives.

Bob introduced Phil Johnson, a Sammamish High senior with a 3.6 GPA. Phil is an all-Kingco soccer player and is involved in the state football playoffs this week with the Totems. He is also the Student Athletic Director, who plans a college experience at San Jose State University, pursuing soccer and a career in International Business.

Kim introduced Terry Lee, a Bellevue Christian high school senior, who has his schools narrowed down to Stanford and IDAHO! The Vandals would be proud to number Terry among their student body! He explained that he moved to the U.S. from China when he was 14, learned English, and realizes now how “interdependent countries are. I am intrigued by the cultural differences in each country and understand how important it is to improve relationships.” Sounds like Terry would make a great Rotarian! TOP

Foundation Report

Dick Clarke, Mr. Rotary Foundation of the BBRC, got up to explain that “I didn’t really like the Foundation when I joined Rotary. Part of it was that I didn’t understand it. But now, I know that this is Rotary’s Peace Movement. I found that a bookkeeper from Bellevue could make a difference by supporting the Rotary Foundation.” Because of extraordinary demands on disaster relief efforts in Latin America and Turkey, the BBRC is quite a ways behind its stated goal of $100 per member toward the Rotary Foundation. To date, only $750 has been rung up. “We need more unrestricted gifts, which become the backbone of the Foundation. I hope all members will consider making their $100 contribution prior to the end of this Rotary year.”

Dick also invited members to investigate the new Rotary program called Benefactors. These are people who have written Rotary into their wills. There are eight such people in the BBRC. “I’m torn when I see Jim Owens (a recent Benefactor) driving down the street without his seat belt in place,” mused Dick. TOP

Vandals Host Jazz Festival

The 33rd Annual Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival is scheduled the final week of February on the campus of the University of Idaho, Moscow. This four-day event brings together some of the jazz world’s greatest current stars who not only perform in concert, but spend those days tutoring students who travel from as far away as Canada and Japan to attend this premier music presentation.

Headliners include Lionel Hampton, vibes; Hank Jones, piano; Lewis Nash, drums; Brian Bromberg, bass; Russell Malone, guitar; the Roy Hargrove Quintet; Claudio Roditi, Brazil, trumpet; Lance Bryant, saxophone; Kuni Mikami, Japan, piano; Wally “Gator” Watson, drums; Christian Fabian, Germany, bass; Kao Temma, Japan, dancer; Greg Abate, saxophone; Jane Jarvis, piano; Evelyn White, vocals; Man Sound, Ukraine; John Stowell, guitar, Ray Brown trio, Ethel Ennis and Diana Krall, vocals.

There are a few members of the BBRC who’ve revealed their interest in jazz concerts. There may be others. This is the time to be making plans for such an event as the Hampton Festival. In addition to concerts, attendees can monitor over 50 clinics and workshops and watch competition of elementary, junior high, middle school, high school, and college individuals and groups as they vie for over 100 awards.

If you’d like to find out more, contact John Mix. TOP

Thought For The Week

The trouble with using experience as a guide is that the final exam often comes first and then the lesson. TOP


Golf Humor

It was a sunny Sunday morning on the course and I was beginning my pre-shot routine, visualizing my upcoming shot, when a voice came over the clubhouse loudspeaker.

"Would the gentleman on the women's tee back up to the men's tee please!!"

I was still deep in my routine, seemingly impervious to the interruption.

Again the announcement, "Would the MAN on the WOMEN'S tee kindly back up to the men's tee."

I simply ignored the guy and kept concentrating, when once more, the man yelled: "Would the man on the women's tee back up to the men's tee, PLEASE!

I finally stopped, turned, looked through the clubhouse window directly at the person with the mike and shouted back, "Would the person in the clubhouse kindly shut up and let me play my second shot?" TOP

Contributed by Brian Heimbigner

1. Give people more than they expect. Do so cheerfully.
2. Memorize your favorite poem.
3. Don’t believe all you hear, spend all you have, or sleep all you want.
4. When you say, “I love you, “ mean it.
5. When you say, “I’m sorry,” look the person in the eye.
6. Be engaged to be married for at least six months.
7. Believe in love at first sight.
8. Never laugh at anyone’s dreams. People who don’t have dreams don’t have much.
9. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it’s the only way to live life completely.
10. In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.
11. Don’t judge people by their relatives.
12. Talk slowly, Think quickly.
13. When someone asks you a question you don’t want to answer, smile and ask, “Why do you want to know?”
14. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
15. Call your Mom.
16. Say “bless you” when you hear someone sneeze.
17. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
18. Remember the three R’s: Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for all your actions.
19. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
20. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
21. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.
22. Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.
23. Spend some time alone
24. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
25. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
26. Read more books and watch less TV.
27. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll get to enjoy it a second time.
28. Trust in God, but lock your car.
29. A loving atmosphere in your home is so important. Do all you can to create a tranquil, harmonious home.
30. In disagreements with loved ones, deal with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
31. Read between the lines.
32. Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.
33. Be gentle with the earth.
34. Pray. There’s immeasurable power in it.
35. Never interrupt when you are being flattered.
36. Mind your own business.
37. Don’t trust a man/woman who doesn’t close his/her eyes when you kiss.
38. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
39. If you make a lot of money, put it to use helping others while you are living. That is wealth’s greatest satisfaction.
40. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a stroke of luck.
41. Learn the rules then break some.
42. Remember the best relationship is one where your love for each other is greater than your need for each other.
43. Judge your success by what you had to give in order to get it.
44. Remember that your character is your destiny.
45. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon. TOP

The Reveille is published weekly by the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club for the enlightenment and enjoyment of its members. It is available through the website, by email, fax, and is sometimes even distributed in person. Typos do not occur; if you think you see one, tell John Mix -- although you are probably wrong. Members of the Publications Committee responsible for Reveille production include: Craig Groshart, Tom Helbling, Mark Hough, and John Mix. Layout by Cheep Graphics, Tacoma. TOP

Rotary graphics provided by Tord Elfwendahl, The Rotary Club of Stockholm Strand, RI Dist 2350.