Vol. 12, No. 23, December 6, 1999
Kindering Center Gets Check
Calendar Alert!
Two New Members Proposed
Volunteers Needed
Important Rotary Conference Ahead
The Salmon’s Future … And Ours
Holiday Breakfast
The Christmas Giving Tree
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

Kindering Center Gets Check
The Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club’s #1 cause for the next three years is Bellevue’s Kindering Center. Last year, the BBRC gave the Center $5,000 to purchase a photo screener to help identify visual problems in youngsters. This year, the Club has made the Center its top priority, and for the two years to follow. Friday, Jane Kuechle, representing the Foundation Committee, awarded the Kindering Center a check for $8,000.

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 Center’s history (dating back to 1962), there is an alarming waiting list for children needing the Center’s services. The BBRC’s 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

Two New Members Proposed
The BBRC Board of Directors has approved the applications of two new members to membership.

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.

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Application for William T. Einstein has been approved. Will, as he’s 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.

Comments or questions regarding these applications should be emailed to Club Service 2 Director Tom Smith, or call him at (425)644-7013. TOP

The Salmon’s Future …
And Ours

As an update from the BBRC’s Preserve Planet Earth Committee, members of the Endangered Species Act Policy Coordination office staff presented Friday’s program. Director Tim Ceis gave some important deadlines approaching in the area’s salmon recovery project. “For the last year-and-a-half, the counties of Pierce, King, and Snohomish have formed a Tri-County effort to voluntarily design a strategy that will help solve the dilemma we’ve created for the salmon.”

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 we’re 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. “We’ve been working with the Federal Government for a year-and-a-half, and now it’s 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 don’t 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 Fed’s 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

Praise For Help At Thanksgiving
Bob Holert
, Chair of the Thanksgiving Food Basket Project, offered congratulations to members who supported the successful food drive just concluded. Thanks to the generosity the members, the Club was able to provide 20 food baskets for needy families. The gifts were split equally between families sponsored by the Lake Heights YMCA and the Eastside Multi-Service Center. Each basket contained a 15-20 pound turkey.

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

Sergeant At Arms Active
Steve Lingenbrink
did his Ross Perot imitation Friday, complaining about his teeth. A panel of expert dentists — all from the Club roster — rose to give their opinions. Terry Baker, Dick Swanson, and Doug Cameron all responded with a probing of the Sergeant At Arm’s mouth. Seems all four of our actors had glaringly bad dentures. Since Mike Hyodo was the butt of Lingenbrink’s playhouse, it was a shame that he missed this academy-award winning performance by the BBRC Players.

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 Club’s 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 “Slugger’s” plaque for their efforts. Way to go, Rookies! TOP

Friday Potpourri
Jim Young
offered the invocation and pledge to the flag. Mark Esteb followed with a superb job of introducing five visiting Rotarians and other guests. TOP

The Truth According To
Rotary First Harvest

We live in an area where hungry people exist in the midst of enormous food surpluses. In fact, a recent study released by the USDA states that more than ¼ of all the food produced in the United States is wasted. Further, the USDA estimates that if just 5% of this lost food could be salvaged, about $50 million could be saved annually in waste disposal costs.

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, you’d 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, won’t 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

Open Letter To BBRC
John Osterlund
, Fund Development Manager for the Rotary Foundation, sent this letter to BBRC President John DeWater recently on the occasion of the Club’s contribution of $800 to the Annual Programs Fund-Matching Grants Program.

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 Foundation’s 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

Calendar Alert!
With the holiday approaching, the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club moves into its seasonal meeting schedule. This means that this week’s meeting (December 10th) and next week’s meeting (December 17th) will be the final meetings of the calendar year. Because Christmas and New Year’s fall on Saturdays this year, the Fridays before become a holiday. Therefore, there will be no meetings on December 24th or December 31st. The BBRC will reconvene in the New Year on January 7th.

Because the Glendale Country Club’s kitchen will be undergoing extensive remodeling, the BBRC will meet OFFSITE the first three meetings of 2000. The first meeting will be at Bellevue Square, where Kemper Freeman will speak about retail business prospects in the New Year. The second meeting will be held at Safeco Field, program yet to be announced. The third week, the meeting will also be held offsite. But on January 28th, the Club will return to Glendale. TOP


Volunteers Needed
Shelley Noble
, our representative with the Multi-Service Center, has put out a call for helpers to distribute holiday gifts on Monday, December 20. There are morning, afternoon, and evening shifts available from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Call Jennifer Cole-Wilson at (425)747-4826 and contribute a little time to this worthwhile project. TOP


Important Rotary Conference Ahead
The BBRC’s International Service Committee, chaired by Brian Evison, has announced a continuation of the Rotary Russian-American Conference scheduled for January 28 through 30, 2000, at the SeaTac DoubleTree Hotel on — appropriately — International Boulevard. Rotarians will have the opportunity to meet International President Carol Ravissa at this 4th Annual Conference. It involves Rotary Districts 5030 and 5010 and will focus on expanding Rotary in Russia. Conference fee is $125. Approximately 40 Russians will attend, and they’ll need to be housed. If you have an interest in housing them, please let Brian know. They will be in Seattle a maximum of ten days. TOP


Holiday Breakfast
For the first time in its 14-year history, the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club will celebrate the holidays with a breakfast gathering at the Glendale Country Club on Friday, December 17th. A roster is available for members to sign up, which is mandatory so the Host Committee can plan for guests and other contingencies. There is no charge for members of Rotary families. The Committee needs to know the number of children attending, since there are rumors of a rather stout, bearded man paying a visit to the breakfast. Special gifts and surprises will be the order of the morning, promises Dick Brown, Chair of the event. Be sure to sign the roster — this includes all members, whether you’re bringing guests or not — at this Friday’s meeting.


The Christmas
Giving Tree

A tradition around the BBRC is the Christmas Giving Tree. A project run by Phil Salvatori, the tree was loaded with ornaments representing various gifts on the Christmas lists of needy families. Most all of the ornaments were snapped up, but now Phil needs your cooperation in returning your wrapped gifts (with the ornament attached) at this Friday’s meeting. You can also drop gifts off at
Phil’s office, which is right across from Frank Stillo’s print shop in the Apple Tree Center on Northup Way. For all the work that goes into a project like this, it promises to make a whole lot of appreciative people very happy! TOP


Our profound sympathy goes out to Judy Brown on the death of her mother near the Thanksgiving holiday.

Member birthdays for December include:

Kim Shrader, DEC 5th
Peter Powell, DEC 7th
Stewart Martin, DEC 8th
Dick Clarke, DEC 9
Chris Hazelmann, DEC 9
John Sheeran, DEC 20
Don Deasy, DEC 27

Club anniversaries include:

Chuck Barnes, 13 years
Frank Stillo, 9 years
Don Westerberg, 9 years
Cary Kopczynski, 6 years
Rourke O’Brien, 6 years
Joseph Brazen, 5 years
Wayne McCaulley, 3 years
Jim Palmquist, 2 years
Rob Lemmon, 1 year
Terry Peterson, 1 year

Congratulations to all for your contributions to Rotary! TOP


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And, while we’re 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 Club’s BBRC.net website. Thanks for helping make distribution inexpensive and a breeze.

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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 we’ll take care of it. It is not lost on the Publications crew that some of our more ardent admirers live with our members. TOP


Thought For
The Week

Men and women and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all the other alternatives.





Stupid People
From somebody named Bill Engvald
“Stupid people should have to wear signs that just say, "I’m Stupid." That way you wouldn’t rely on them. You wouldn’t ask them anything. It would be like, ‘Excuse me … oops, never mind. I didn’t see your sign.’"

“It’s 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. Here’s 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, y’all catch all them fish?’ ‘Nope. Talked ‘em into giving up. Here’s your sign.’"

“I was watching one of those animal shows on the Discovery Channel. There was a guy inventing a shark bite suit, and there’s 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 don’t 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 couldn’t resist. I said, ‘Nope, I was driving around and those other three tires just swelled right up on me. Here’s 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, that’s hot!’ See, if he’d been wearing his sign, I could have stopped him!"

“I learned to drive an 18-wheeler in my days of adventure. Wouldn’t ya know I misjudged the height of a bridge? The truck got stuck and I couldn’t 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 couldn’t help myself. I looked at him, looked back at the rig, and then back at him and said, ‘No, I’m delivering a bridge. Here’s your sign!’” TOP

Wildlife Alert
In the light of rising frequency of human/grizzly bear encounters, the Alaska Department of Fish & Game has issued the following advisory to hikers, hunters and fisherpersons while in the field:

“It is strongly advised that oudoorspersons wear noisy little bells on their clothing so as not to startle grizzly bears that aren’t 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

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.

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