Vol. 12, No. 24, December 13, 1999
  • Growing A Robust Business
  • Last Call For Giving Tree!
  • Calendar Highlights
  • Friday Potpourri
  • Sergeant At Arms Convenes Court For Rapid Justice
  • Students Of The Month
  • New Officers & Directors Elected
  • Rotary First Harvest
  • Endowment Report
  • Proud To Be A Rotarian
  • Web Fun
  • Growing A Robust Business
    How to balance the three-legged stool of a vision-and-value-oriented business model was the topic presented by Nancy Truitt Pierce of Woods Creek Consulting Company, an Eastside organizational development-consulting firm. The three legs include products and services produced with quality and efficiency; people feeling good about the company and wanting to work there; and the business model is sustaining and scalable. A chart showing the Lifecycle Stages and Events of any business charted the cycle of normal growth, merger, and restart. Nancy discussed the ways a company grows, identified as Momentum, Mass, and Maturity. A balance chart shows that an autocratic leader can have low control and high flexibility in decision-making. The opposite is true of a bureaucratic system that depends on high control, which produces low flexibility.

    Citing key impacts in growing of companies, momentum’s impact is on the Leadership Model and the role of the Founder or CEO. The key impact of Mass is on planning, input, and measurement systems. And Maturity centers on the key impact of strategic planning and new product development.

    The stages of growth described in her charts showed “crossing the chasm,” “breaking the growth barrier,” “getting big,” and “restarting.” Nancy unveiled a situation matrix that readily revealed the critical, important, and nominal identifiers of situations and fundamentals facing the lifecycle of the modern business.

    Every business comes up against growth barriers, “where expectations get scrambled. When that happens, you must ensure that the trust you’ve built up doesn’t erode. Highly effective organizations don’t exist in profusion … almost all are in transit.”

    John Martinka introduced Ms. Pierce, saying that she had conducted a seminar on organizing growth at the Northwest Venture Group recently. He was glowing in his praise for her company’s ability to help companies during this period of extreme pressure on growing successfully.

    More details can be obtained by accessing the company’s website at www.woodscreek.com. TOP

    Friday Potpourri
    Sharon Edberg
    , Immediate Past President, filled in for the ailing John DeWater, reportedly suffering from a pollen polyp. Should be back on duty this week.

    Sharon introduced Mark Esteb for the invocation and pledge to the flag, while Rick McManus introduced four visiting Rotarians and guests of Rotarians. TOP

    Sergeant At Arms Convenes
    Court For Rapid Justice

    Brought before the halls of justice and Judge Paul Harris, played by Rick Klobucher, Bruce Walker was finally brought to trial for missing a raffle ticket gig. The plaintiff was Jenny Andrews, with her arm in a sling and her wrist wrapped professionally, the result of the carpal raffle syndrome she suffered when she became the only Rotarian on duty that day. Justice was swift (an almost foregone conclusion) and Mr. Walker was relieved of $50. Andrews was hoping for some jail time, too. Ricardo D’Jaen was also implicated in the proceedings. It should be noted, however, that the two defendants accounted for over $1,600 in raffle ticket sales, as did Ms. Andrews. Another episode for Court TV!

    Students Of The Month
    The BBRC’s ongoing salute to outstanding student citizens was played out again Friday when the December 1999 Students of the Month were announced.

    Laura Henningson, a senior at Eastside Catholic, was recognized for her activities on behalf of her class and school. A member of the school’s swim and water polo team, Laura also participated in the Leadership Team and performed as Senior Class Secretary. She has been a member of Earth Corps and the school’s environmental group, and has planned and participated in worthwhile community service. Kim Shrader introduced Laura.

    Brynya Woods, a senior at Sammamish High, was saluted for her outstanding career as an All-Kingco and All-Eastside soccer player. With a 3.89 Grade Point Average, Brynya plans a career in education and communications and is hoping for a call to UCLA, where she can continue her soccer playing. Bob Holert introduced Brynya. TOP

    Rotary First Harvest
    Jeanne Thomas, representing Rotary First Harvest, visited the Club Friday to recognize the support the BBRC has given to this valuable Rotary project. “Statistics show that 12 out of 100 people are forced to visit food banks in order to keep up with the struggle of providing for their families. Over 1.2 million pounds of food was collected by RFH to be distributed to the State’s food banks this past year.”

    Thomas praised the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club for being the “number 2 club in the district in support for Rotary First Harvest. Your support purchased 199,680 pounds in this mighty effort.” Jeanne presented a plaque to the Club for its achievement. Accepting was Earl Falk, the BBRC RFH coordinator. TOP

    Endowment Report
    Foundation Director Rick Klobucher reported on the health of the BBRC’s Endowment Fund, which was established a year ago, with the goal of raising $150,000 before any earnings are used to supplement charitable grants by the Club. The current balance is $35,000, with 10% of the proceeds of the Raffle going to the Endowment. Rick pointed out that this is the time of the year to make designated gifts to the Endowment Fund, since it’s a designated 501 [c] 3 entity. Contact Rick if you have questions about contributions to this important program.

    Proud To Be A Rotarian
    The world little knows or remembers what an impact Rotary has had everywhere on this globe. Point of fact is PolioPlus. Rotary does what few organizations can – get money quickly to where it does the most good. Here’s another instance of why you should be proud to be a Rotarian.

    A Rotary Rapid Response Grant has helped contain a serious outbreak of polio in Angola. As of June 1999, 896 cases had been reported, primarily in children. On April 15th, Rotary Foundation Chairman Robert Barth approved a grant for $350,000 for operational support of vaccination and social mobilization teams in the effort, which immunized more than 634,000 children under the age of five in two days, April 17-18. (Note how long it took for the funds to be approved to the time the program was implemented.).

    Poor sanitation and nutrition, along with civil conflict, have hindered the drive to eradicate polio in Angola. Most victims of the recent outbreak live in crowded sections of the country’s capital, Luanda, where families have fled to escape the conflict. Despite these obstacles, three rounds of National Immunization Days were carried out in June, July, and August, reaching three million children. The PolioPlus Partners Program has provided $305,000 for surveillance and social mobilization activities in support of the immunization project.

    If you contact people who don’t know about Rotary, this is a prime example of how this organization mobilizes its resources rapidly, effectively, and with little fanfare. And, as the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club has done, Rotary International has achieved the highest ratings for turning contributions into programs with little or no expense. You get your money’s worth when you invest in Rotary, its Foundation, and the BBRC Foundation.

    No wonder you’re proud to be a Rotarian! TOP

    Last Call for
    Giving Tree!

    Guido Salvatori has put out contracts on all Rotarians who have gifts for the Giving Tree, but who haven’t yet delivered them to his office. The Giving Tree supported 85 gifts this year and just a few remain to be collected.

    Please wrap the gifts and attach the ornament. Then deliver them to Salvatori’s American Business Communications at 13620 N.E. 20th, Suite Q, Bellevue. Or call Phil’s office at 641-6400 and ask for Lisa. Deadline will be at sundown Tuesday.

    Lisa & Phil with
    your packages.

    Calendar Highlights
    This coming Friday morning will be the first Holiday Breakfast staged by the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club. Convening, as usual, at the Glendale Country Club, many guests of Rotarians will be present to enjoy this festive occasion. Included in the guest list are young potential Rotarians, who can expect a visit from a rotund person in red attire. The breakfast begins at 7:00 a.m., and quite a large crowd is expected, so everyone be on time!

    For the meat of the holidays, the Club will take a holiday, since the next two Fridays will conflict with Christmas and New Year’s. Therefore, after Friday’s Holiday Breakfast, the next meeting will take place in a new year, Century and Millennium. Don’t miss Friday, January 7th, when the stars will be aligned like no other Friday in the Club’s history. That meeting, by the way, will take place offsite at Bellevue Square, where Kemper Freeman will be the speaker. [The Glendale CC’s kitchen will be undergoing extensive remodeling during January, forcing the Club to schedule meetings elsewhere during the first three Fridays in January. The second meeting is offsite at Safeco Field.]

    Stand by for more details. Access the website when prompted by email to get the latest information about your beloved Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club.TOP

    New Officers &
    Directors Elected

    A unanimous ballot was cast Friday for new officers and directors beginning July 1, 2000, for the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club. On that date, Cary Kopczynski will become the Club’s 15th President. His board will include:

    Steve Goldfarb
    President Elect

    John DeWater
    Immediate Past President

    Terry Peterson

    Jonathan Koshar

    Rourke O’Brien
    Sergeant At Arms

    Brian Evison
    Club Service I Director

    Bob McNulty
    Club Service II Director

    Alex Rule
    Community Service Director

    Wayne McCaulley
    Vocation Service Director

    Kevin Jewell
    International Service Director

    Rick Klobucher
    Foundation Director

    Congratulations to these public-spirited Rotarians who will go the extra mile providing leadership to the BBRC in the next few years. TOP

    MSC Holiday
    Gift Distribution

    Monday, December 20th, is the designated day for distribution of gifts to families served by the Multi-Service Center of Bellevue.

    According to Shelley Noble, a gift room will hold all of the gifts available for selection by needy families. Volunteers will help the families select and wrap gifts and generally be of assistance during three shift periods: 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and an evening shift. If you can volunteer during any of these times, please call Jennifer Cole-Wilson, (425)747-4826. TOP



    Martha Stewart’s Holiday Calendar

    December 1
    Blanch carcass from Thanksgiving turkey. Spray paint gold, turn upside down and use as a sleigh to hold Christmas cards.

    December 2
    Have Mormon Tabernacle Choir record outgoing Christmas message for answering machine.

    December 3
    Using candlewick and hand gilded miniature pinecones, fashion cat-o-nine tails. Flog gardener.

    December 4
    Repaint Sistine Chapel ceiling in ecru, with mocha trim.

    December 5
    Get new eyeglasses. Grind lenses myself.

    December 6
    Fax family Christmas newsletter to Pulitzer committee for consideration.

    December 7
    Debug Windows 2000.

    December 10
    Align carpets to adjust for curvature of Earth.

    December 11
    Lay Faberge egg.

    December 12
    Take dog apart. Disinfect. Reassemble.

    December 13
    Collect antique dentures. They make excellent pastry cutters, particularly for decorative piecrusts.

    December 14
    Install plumbing in gingerbread house.

    December 15
    Replace air in mini-van tires with Glade “holiday scents” in case tires are shot out at mall.

    December 17
    Child proof the Christmas tree with garland of razor wire.

    December 19
    Adjust legs of chairs so each Christmas dinner guest will be same height when sitting at his or her assigned seat.

    December 20
    Dip sheep and cows in egg whites and roll in confectioner’s sugar to add a festive touch to the pasture.

    December 21
    Drain city reservoir; refill with mulled cider, orange slices, and cinnamon sticks.

    December 22
    Float votive candles in toilet.

    December 23
    Seed clouds for white Christmas.

    December 24
    Do my annual good deed. Go to several stores. Be seen engaged in last minute Christmas shopping, thus making many people feel less inadequate than they really are.

    December 25
    Bear son. Swaddle. Lay in color-coordinated manger scented with homemade potpourri.

    December 26
    Organize spice racks by genus and phylum.

    December 27
    Build snowman in exact likeness of God.

    December 31
    New Year’s Eve! Give staff their resolutions. Call a friend in each time zone of the world as the clock strikes midnight in that country.

    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.

    We also owe a debt of gratitude -- or something -- to Wally Mahoney for his photography services.

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