IN THIS ISSUE
Breakthroughs In Kidney Failure Treatment
BBRC member & President of Advanced Renal Technologies Robin Callan
BBRC members heard about the latest innovations in the field of kidney failure treatment from our own Robin Callan, President of
Advanced Renal Technologies (ART) of Kirkland. “My Entrepreneurial Journey into Medical Device Development” was Robin’s topic. Before wading into his presentation, he wanted the
Club to know that “you people have more energy than any club I’ve ever visited!”
“For 25 years, there has been little change in the way we treat kidney failure. Dialysis is
still the basic vehicle to treat this ailment, giving 325,000 people annually a chance at an extended life. Kidney failure is a growth industry,” said Robin. “It’s estimated that
over 1 million people suffer worldwide and that rates will triple in the next ten years. It’s not the death sentence it used to be 40 years ago.” MORE
George Lovell Passes Away
Former BBRC member George Lovell died Wednesday, April 4, in Bellevue. He was 54.
George was an active member twice, first in 1988, when he was sponsored by Donn Roberts (he resigned in 1994) and again in
May of 1996. He resigned last year in June.
George was born on June 15, 1946, in Hastings, NE, grew up in Tacoma, and graduated from Seattle University. His career
was in banking, first with First Interstate Bank, during his first Rotary membership, and then with Key Bank. George served on several boards in the Bellevue area, most
notably the Bellevue Art Museum and the Bellevue Boys and Girls Club. He is survived by his wife, Judy, at home in Bellevue.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated this Wednesday, April 11, at 11:00 a.m., Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 9460 N.E. 14th
Street, Bellevue. Remembrances may be made to the Bellevue Art Museum or the Bellevue Boys and Girls Club.
District Conference Nears
This year’s District Conference Co-Chairperson Sharon Edberg said that time is running out for members to make
reservations and attend this year’s confab in Vancouver, B.C. “This is going to be an outstanding conference, held at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver. There’s still time to
reserve your spot – $100 of the $175 registration fee will be refunded by the BBRC.” Ask Sharon for more information. The event is Friday, April 27, through Sunday noon, April 29.
President Kopczynski answered the question,
“Where does the money from the Rotary Foundation go?” He referred all members to the April issue of The Rotarian, which reveals some interesting stats. “In 1985, 350,000 children contracted polio
worldwide. Rotary saw a need and created PolioPlus. Rotarians around the world rallied to contribute and raised $246 million dollars in two years. The World Health Organization and UNICEF
became partners in this journey, to eradicate polio from the face of the earth. It’s 15 years later and 95% of the world is rid of this disease. The last 5% may be the most
difficult, but Rotary and their partner organizations are determined to eradicate the scourge of polio by 2005. Polio will then join small pox as the only disease eradicated by heroic efforts of mankind.
Rotarians can be proud of this achievement, remembering that the moment is not quite here, but the end is in sight.”
BBRC President Cary Kopczynski
50 Years Rotating
The Rotary Club of Edmonds is planning its 50th anniversary celebration on May 21st. We are seeking Rotary history and
memorabilia, including stories, anecdotes, photos, etc. To assist us with your contributions and/or request an invitation to the event, please leave us a message at the
Rotary Club’s voice mail, PH 425-771-1744.
24 BBRC Members Attain 100% Attendance
The quarterly qttendance statistics are in and 24 members have earned 100% attendance. The figures are for the 13
meetings held in the third quarter (January 1 to March 30, 2001).
The top group includes:
Larry A May
* Indicates Rookie Members
The remaining attendance list may be found in the Members Only section of this website.
The Group Study Exchange team comes to the BBRC this Friday, an annual event that displays
the power of Rotary’s international influence through this most successful program. This year’s team is from Thailand. They will be
united with our exchange student Pakpoom (Tah) Saen-jung. Members of the 5-person team will be introduced and they will each give a short
description of their work and the part of the world in which they live. Wally Mahoney is in charge of their weeklong stay in the Bellevue area. Don’t miss the GSE Team from
Thailand, Friday morning, with breakfast at 7:00 a.m., meeting at 7:30, and program at 8:00 a.m. All at the Glendale Country Club in Bellevue.
ANNOUNCES BIG EASTER BONNET CONTEST!
All lady BBRC members are invited to compete!
The largest, most stylish,
most all-around springtime bonnet will be judged. Fairest of them all! Ladies only [No, Dale, you can’t wear Hellen’s hat!]
DON’T MISS ALL
THE EASTER BONNET CONTEST
Friday, at the BBRC!
Ever have one of those days? Last Friday began quite like any other, but I left my briefcase sitting on a
railing outside my home. I only realized my mistake when I parked at Glendale. Too late to go back, because I was introducing Robin Callan, our speaker. No Attendance Worksheet for Bob Vallat,
no Deposit Supplement, Special Invoice Report, or Aged Trial Balance Ending March 31, 2001, for the Treasurer; no up-to-date Attendance Reports for Steve Luplow, no introduction created the
night before for our speaker, no deposit slips, no check endorsement stamps, no notebook to take Reveille notes. NO NOTHING! BRAIN NOT IN GEAR, LEFT IN BRIEFCASE IN MONROE.
Did I panic? No, I just
borrowed some paper from Don Westerberg, faked the introduction for Robin, made notes for Reveille, held meeting with Susan Harrison for Conference display, and made several
stops after the meeting firming up our display needs.
Somehow, things work out.
This is still the greatest Rotary Club in the world and I’m privileged to be a small part of it. Dues billing went out last Monday, April 2. Happy 4th Quarter!
Administrator’s Thought for the Week:
Remember, when you point your finger accusingly at someone else, you have three fingers pointing at yourself. – Unknown Author
You can’t do everything at once, but you can do something at once.