Vol. 12, No. 23, December 6, 1999
IN THIS ISSUE Kindering Center Gets Check Calendar Alert! Two New Members Proposed Volunteers Needed Important Rotary Conference Ahead The Salmons Future And Ours Holiday Breakfast The Christmas Giving Tree Passages Email Update Praise For Help At Thanksgiving Sergeant At Arms Active Thought For The Week Friday Potpourri The Truth According To Rotary First Harvest Open Letter To BBRC Web Fun
Center Gets Check
Mimi Siegel, Executive Director of the Kindering Center, profusely thanked the Club for its support. This is an early gift in our capital campaign, where we intend to raise the necessary funds to help expand our service to the community. For the first time in the Centers history (dating back to 1962), there is an alarming waiting list for children needing the Centers services. The BBRCs support at this time is crucial for the success of our campaign. Your gift has given prestige to our campaign and you are to be commended for your impact in the community. TOP
Larry A. May (not to be confused with Larry L. May) has been approved for membership. Larry #2 will join Larry #1 in providing a unique tag-team tandem that May, in fact, be a powerful new addition to the BBRC!
The new applicant is a Bellevue citizen, along with wife his wife, Jimmi Sue and daughter Megan. Since 1995, Larry has been president of LJM Marketing, where he represents manufacturers of electrical mechanical products. His previous experience was in a 20-year stint with A.O. Smith Corporation, a rep for electric motors.
Larry is a member of the First Presbyterian Church and its choir. His previous service club experience was as treasurer with the Lions Club in Dallas, Texas. We are delighted to welcome any new member who can sing. Larry likes to golf and snow ski.
His sponsor is Alan Bohling, co-sponsor John DeWater.
Application for William T. Einstein has been approved. Will, as hes known, is married to Brooke and they live in Seattle. His father is a member of Seattle #4. Will is a Community Relations Specialist Representative for the Puget Sound Energy office in Bellevue. He previously worked for the King County Council for four years.
Will is a participant in Advance Bellevue. He enjoys singing, skiing, hiking, cooking, and home projects. According to his sponsor, Wally Mahoney, Will is a graduate of Whitman College.
Ceis first explained the rules under which counties in the Puget Sound region are operating, now that the Federal Government designated several salmon runs as endangered. The laws prohibit taking fish, which simply means that you cannot kill or harm species or its habitat. There is also the 4(d) Rule that has a special provision allowing groups such as the Tri-County group to develop its strategy without fear the Feds would implement punitive restrictions. This is a five-year program, and were now entering the end of year #2.
The Endangered Species Act is built around regulations as they relate to water quality. What guides the Tri-County effort are specific rules for development regulations, storm water regulations, road maintenance practices, watershed assessments, and habitat acquisition and restoration.
Ceis showed the conservation concept which the group is considering. In addition to a buffer between streams and the land, there is the prospect of a protected area that is additional space to protect habitat.
In addition to the Chinook salmon runs on the endangered list, the Federal Government recently listed the Bull Trout. This is a fish that looks like a Dolly Varden, but scientific studies have determined that it is a different specie.
One of the main issues for the counties is the use of pesticides along streams and the impact that transportation projects have on water quality. Section 7 of the Act requires an assessment of the continued health of species where Federal funds are being used to construct and maintain roads. In King County alone, 13 projects have been delayed because of Section 7 consultation.
The Tri-County group is working a strict timeline. Weve been working with the Federal Government for a year-and-a-half, and now its time for the framework to be adopted in which we will work for the remaining three years. Beginning in January 2000, there is public comment period on the framework plan. This goes until April, at which time the counties will begin negotiations with the Federal government for adoption of the framework. This should be concluded by April 30th.
Ceis urged his audience to explore further the details behind all of this work. Visit their website or call them toll-free at 1-877-SALMON-9.
In response to a question about this process, Ceis said the guiding verbiage for their task is property functioning condition of streams. We dont know yet what that means and how it is to be done. We need to determine productivity goals in each watershed. How will we proceed? And what will the Feds answer be to our proposals? That is what all of this is about.
Asked about the annual planting exercise along the Sammamish River which has become a project of the BBRC Ceis reported that the work done over the last five years has provided huge benefits. The plantings have shaded the stream, providing cooler water. Salmon need the water temperature to be in the 50-degree range. Debris from the plantings is good they provide nutrients and places for young fish to hide and flourish. The Salmon Recovery project on the Sammamish will once again take place this coming fall. The goal is to have 200,000 trees and shrubs planted by the end of 2000. Ceis commended the BBRC for their community service.
Thanks to Tim Moriarty for his introduction and chairing of this important activity of the BBRC. TOP
Special thanks to Scott Sadler, his crew at the Y, and Shelley Noble of the MSC for providing distribution points for the baskets. Also thanks to Phil Noble for his delivery help, to Ron Healey for storage and transportation of the donated food, and to the Eastside Adult Day Center for festive decoration of the baskets. Bob went on to thank his wife Kathy, who also assisted in this effort.
Holert praised the Club for a collective effort, and we should all feel good about the show of caring it provides. Even the spuds were from Idaho!! TOP
Coldstream Investments, guided by Bob McNulty and Jay Powers, came under scrutiny from an article appearing in the Eastside Business Journal seems a certain investment really paid off. With Jay deferring to Bob, McNulty coughed up $100 for the publicity.
John Martinka, one of the Clubs newcomers, has fit right in. He works the cash table on Fridays and is known for his raffle ticket-selling prowess. After a bumpy start, John finished strong so strong that he became one of the Co-Rookies of the Year, along with Len Aspinwall, for the most ticket sales for first-timers. Each capped the $1,000 mark and earned a Sluggers plaque for their efforts. Way to go, Rookies! TOP
Today, we have an opportunity to change the face of hunger and waste. Rotary First Harvest (RFH), supported by you and Rotarians throughout our District, works with farmers and food processors to feed hungry people with their surpluses, instead of dumping, re-tilling or feeding livestock.
This is the harvest season for RFH. A District 5030 project that was started in 1982 by the University Rotary Club has grown to an organization that last year gathered over 4,000,000 pounds of food. Since 1982, RFH has gathered over 55,000,000 pounds of food for the hungry in the Northwest. To give you an example of the amount of food gathered since 1982, if you took Oak Harbor Freight semi-tractor/trailers, put them bumper to bumper, youd have a line of trucks extending almost 20 miles.
This is the time of year when RFH gathers most of its food, and many individual Rotarians and clubs offer their financial support. In these few weeks remaining before Christmas, wont you please consider an individual contribution to RFH? Just $20 will supply about 666 pounds of food for the needy in our community; $100 will supply about 3,333 pounds of nutritious fruits and vegetables for the hungry. Where else can you do so much for so little dollars? Help the hungry and support Rotary First Harvest!
Remember, this Saturday is the monthly work party at Pier 91, where Rotarians gather from throughout District 5030 to package food for use through various food banks. Consider bringing members of your family for this 3-hour session. Contact Earl Falk for details. TOP
Dear Club Members:
Do you know what a significant difference you have just made in the lives of people you will probably never meet? Though they may never be able to thank you in person, know that they have been forever changed by your generosity. I have had the great fortune to witness the good contributions such as yours have done in the world.
Several years ago, I visited a number of project sites funded by The Rotary Foundations Matching Grants Program in Brazil. One project a childcare center in the worst slum of Rio de Janeiro really stood out. The Rotary Foundation had provided this childcare center with kitchen equipment used to prepare nutritious meals for the children and also some commercial laundry equipment to keep the children in clean clothes. The Brazilian children were beautiful. They sang folks song to me. I was able to join the children for lunch. While the food cooked carrots, beans, and rice was bland, the experience itself was so rich and rewarding that I shall never forget it.
This is but a sample of what your Rotary Foundation accomplishes the world over each day. Thanks to you and your generous financial support, The Rotary Foundation is truly doing good in the world. Please accept my sincere thanks for your generous contribution. TOP
Congratulations to all for your contributions to Rotary! TOP
And, while were at it, you should know we have only three members receiving Reveille by fax and four by Adobe PDF transmittal. The rest of the members read the Rev at the Clubs BBRC.net website. Thanks for helping make distribution inexpensive and a breeze.
Also, over the years, there have been members spouses who have tried to keep up with Club activities by reading the Reveille. If your spouse would also like to receive notification when the Reveille is posted, or an emailed copy of the PDF file, simply email good ol JP Mix and well take care of it. It is not lost on the Publications crew that some of our more ardent admirers live with our members. TOP
Its like before my wife and I moved. Our house was full of boxes and there was a U-Haul truck in our driveway. My friend comes over and says, Hey, you moving? 'Nope, I say. We just pack our stuff up one or twice a week to see how many boxes it takes. Heres your sign."
A couple of months ago, I went fishing with a buddy of mine. We pulled his boat into the dock, I lifted up this big ol' stringer of bass and this idiot on the dock goes, Hey, yall catch all them fish? Nope. Talked em into giving up. Heres your sign."
I was watching one of those animal shows on the Discovery Channel. There was a guy inventing a shark bite suit, and theres only one way to test it. All right, Jimmy, you got that shark suit on, it looks good. They want you to jump into this pool of sharks and you tell us if it hurts when they bite you. Well, all right, but hold my sign. I dont wanna lose it."
Last time I had a flat tire, I pulled my truck into one of those side-of-the-road gas stations. The attendant walks out, looks at my truck, looks at me, and I SWEAR he said, Tire go flat? I couldnt resist. I said, Nope, I was driving around and those other three tires just swelled right up on me. Heres your sign."
We were trying to sell our car about a year ago. A guy came over to the house and drove the car around for about 45 minutes. We get back to the house, he gets out of the car, reaches down and grabs the exhaust pipe, then goes, Darn, thats hot! See, if hed been wearing his sign, I could have stopped him!"
I learned to drive an 18-wheeler in my days of adventure. Wouldnt ya know I misjudged the height of a bridge? The truck got stuck and I couldnt get it out, no matter how I tried. I radioed in for help and eventually a cop shows up to take the report. He went through his basic questioning. I thought sure he was clear of needing a sign, until he asked, So, is your truck stuck? I couldnt help myself. I looked at him, looked back at the rig, and then back at him and said, No, Im delivering a bridge. Heres your sign! TOP
It is strongly advised that oudoorspersons wear noisy little bells on their clothing so as not to startle grizzly bears that arent expecting outdoorspersons to be walking in their habitat.
It is also strongly advised that outdoorspersons carry non-lethal pepper spray with them in case of an encounter with a grizzly.
The Department of Natural Resources for Alaska states it is a good idea to watch out for fresh signs of bear activity.
Outdoorspersons should be able to recognize the difference between black bear and grizzly bear poop. Black bear poop is smaller and contains lots of berries, and many times, squirrel fur.
Grizzly bear poop is larger, has little bells in it and smells like pepper. TOP