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The Heartwarming Story of Delta Flight 15
This was written by a flight attendant and sent to us by Wally Mahoney.
On the morning of Tuesday, September 11, we were about five hours out of Frankfurt, flying over the North Atlantic. All of a sudden the curtains parted and I was told to go to the cockpit immediately to see the captain. As soon as I got there I noticed that the crew had that "all business" look on their faces. The captain handed me a printed message. It was from Delta's main office in Atlanta and simply read, "All airways over the continental United States are closed to commercial air traffic. Land ASAP at the nearest airport. Advise your destination."
No one said a word about what this could mean. We knew it was a serious situation and we needed to find terra firma quickly. The captain determined that the nearest airport was 400 miles behind us in Gander, Newfoundland. He requested approval for a route change from the Canadian traffic controller and approval was granted immediately – no questions asked. MORE
Some of the planes stranded at Gander.
Photos courtesy of Ken Arsenault, Gander, NF
Answer to Last Week’s Riddle
The question was: “What is greater than God, more evil than the devil, the poor have it, the rich need it, and if you eat it, you'll die?”
Search Engine on the BBRC Website
There is now a search engine located on the home page of the BBRC website and also on the home page of the Reveille. PicoSearch allows you to enter key words or exact phrases and will search the entire BBRC website, including the last year’s worth of Reveilles. You can also get a listing of page captions for past Reveilles in the Reveille Archives.
Regular meetings resume on this Friday, November 30, when Maestro Fusao Kajima, Conductor of the Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra, will visit for his annual Philharmonic update. He offers a special program, so don’t miss it!
Attendance. Each month, the 51 clubs in District 5030 are required to send in their monthly attendance reports. As soon as this coming Friday’s meeting is over, the BBRC Secretary will have all of the attendance figures for November. Because of the diminished attendance (typically) at the November 16th Anniversary Cruise, our November attendance has fallen considerably. For those of you who care about your attendance, doing a make-up is an easy way to keep your percentage up. Attend a Rotary meeting at another club THIS WEEK, prior to this Friday, and submit your make-up slip, either at our meeting on Friday, or by email, and you will help our attendance report. In October, the BBRC posted a record-breaking 85% attendance, primarily because of steady attendance at meetings and a big effort at make-ups.
Several 5030 clubs have high attendance. Notably, Edmonds Daybreakers (97%), Issaquah (87%), Mercer Island (87%), Sea-Tac (86%), and Tukwila, (88%). Several others had over 80% attendance. Even Seattle #4, with their 694 members, posted an 83% attendance for October. One of the strengths of a good Rotary Club is good attendance.
ADMIN THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
Don't let life discourage you – everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was." – Richard L. Evans