RI 2001-2002 THEME

Vol 14, No 17      October 29, 2001


John Mix

John Mix



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Dan Vetras
Captura President & CEO Dan Vetras

The Main Event:
The Ups & Downs in the Software Industry
Captured by an introduction that threatened to erase the time allotted to our speaker, Alex Rule got the hook by none other than speaker Dan Vetras, an old friend of Rule’s and currently President and CEO of Captura, headquartered in Kirkland.

“What a year’s it’s been!” Vetras said. “To the challenging economy, the February 28th earthquake (which shook up his company’s board meeting), and September 11th and its aftermath. I was in New York that day and usually stay at the Trade Center Marriott. It was truly an amazing, life-altering experience. I’ve been traveling in Europe since the attack and Europeans are just as concerned.” MORE

Raffle Winds Up this Week
Bob McKorkle gave an update on the raffle, following his experiences with the Choices program. Bob said the raffle collections are “way ahead of last year,” and with only this Friday for turn-in, a big day of over $20,000 is expected to bring the total near the goal of $105,000. Terry Peterson reported that $12,569 was turned in Friday for a total raised so far of over $82,000. Mary Truesdell became a trillionaire Friday by turning in her $3,000.

Margie“I’ll-keep-the-books-even-though-my-ankle-hurts-like-heck” Burnett observed that four of the Raffle’s 18 teams have cracked the $900 average sales goal per member with the Windermere team exceeding $1,000 per member, with their average sales at $1,102. The final turn-in scramble this Friday will produce a new leader, so the excitement builds. As was noted at the meeting, with all the uncertainty in the nation today, the money raised by the BBRC will become even more important to help agencies support needs in the community.

Anniversary Dinner November 16
16th Anniversary Dinner, set aboard the spacious new cruise ship, the Royal Argosy. Boarding between 6:00 and 6:30 that evening;ship will return to Pier 55 by 9:30 p.m. Dinner & program - $35.00 per person. This function takes the place of the regular meeting that morning. Nancy Isely-Fletcher is in charge. RSVP HERE!

PPE Project
Need at least 20 workers to continue work in the Sammamish River Valley from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on November 10, at 60 Acres Park. Planting of shrubs & trees. Bring shovels & gloves. Nancy Isley-Fletcher has details.

Don't miss this Friday's meeting when Bob Watt, President & CEO of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce will sort out the dilemma of "Transportation: Purgatory or Hell?" Bob will discuss how we're to solve our transportation issues. Glendale Country Club, 7:00 a.m., with meeting to follow at 7:30 and program at 8:00. Bring a guest!

A nice, unsolicited email from Chuck Barnes:

“Don't often take the time to really look through our BBRC web page and today I took time to do so. What a fabulous resource!  What a fabulous and informative tool – not only the Reveille – but every segment, from our Members Only through Links, it's a goldmine of information. Thank you, John Mix and Robin and all others involved, for adding to the pride I feel for the privilege of belonging to the’Best Rotary Club in the world.’ God bless us one and all!”

Thanks, Chuck, you can email us anytime!

Abraham Lincoln said,  “The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.”

Arthur C. Clark said, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”