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2002-2003 THEME

Vol. 15, No. 15, October 7, 2002


Vladimir Donskoi
Vladimir Donskoi

Rotary in Russia

A Rotarian who timed his visit to the U.S. to include the recently-concluded Landmine Action Conference sponsored by District 5030 had a lot to say about his native Russia at Friday’s BBRC meeting. District 5010 Governor Nominee Vladimir Donskoi, University Professor in Irkutsk who teaches business communication, business ethics, and intercultural communication, is instrumental in establishing most of the Russian clubs in District 5010, including his own club, Irkutsh-Baikal. He has written a book that has become the training manual for newly founded Russian Rotary clubs, “Fundamentals of Rotary in Russia.”

Mr. Donskoi is a Paul Harris Fellow and received RI’s Service Above Self Award for his work pioneering Rotary in Russia.

He warmly engaged his audience by noting he was the first District Governor “in 100 years in Russia!” He told his audience it was a “great pleasure to be here. Rotary is just 12 years old in Russia. Our people have no idea what Rotary is about. There are mixed feelings, such as the rumor that Rotary is linked to the Masons. But now, we have 71 clubs in District 5010, which includes Alaska and the Yukon Territory. And, you know, Alaska used to be ours!” MORE

Preserve Planet Earth

Alex Rule, PPE Committee Chairman, whipped up interest in the fall planting project along the Sammamish River at Marymoor Park. “Rotary has allowed me to follow my passion of environmental stewardship. I’ve really enjoyed our past six years of  planting over 30,000 trees and shrubs which will make a big difference in the health of this important salmon spawning stream. Besides, I met my wife at a planting party!” The Committee needs 25 Rotarians to turn out and make this go. So far, 16 have signed up … they need a few more. Bring family, neighbors, and friends for this great event. Saturday, October 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. “Think trees, salmon restoration, think kids, think fellowship, and think fun!” said Alex in his surprisingly brief announcement!

Vocation at Work Crew Called to Work

The first of three mock interview sessions at Bellevue Hopelink will commence at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, October 11. The training session will last until 3:00 p.m.

We need a turnout of at least eight Rotarians to "act" as potential employers for the Hopelink clients participating in the pre-employment program. This will allow each client to experience four interview sessions in the two hour training period. 

A typical session will consists of a ten minute interview, followed by a five minute feedback session for the client. The goal is to provide immediate feedback that can be utilized in the next interview session.

The Hopelink instructors have directed the clients to take the process seriously and to groom and dress as if these mock interviews were the "real thing." 

Please RSVP your participation, or lack of same, to Norm Johnson, via e-mail.

Thought for the Week

“When you want to learn about ballet, go to Moscow … when you want to learn about Rotary, you visit the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club!” – Vladimir Donskoi


Bill Yeend, one of the Puget Sound’s veteran broadcasters has many interests. One is golf. Others include other sporting events. Former morning man on KIRO radio, Bill has emerged over on KOMO radio and will comment on broadcast of Mariner’s games and other media stories when he chats with the BBRC this Friday. Breakfast at 7:00 a.m, followed by the regular weekly meeting at 7:30 and Mr. Yeend at 8:00. Bring a guest and have a great time at the Glendale Country Club!

The Board of Directors will meet for its October meeting at Glendale Country Club, 7:00 a.m., on Tuesday, the 15th. Members are invited to attend.

ALERT to all new members! We have scheduled a picture-taking session for your photo that goes in the Members Online Directory. You should plan to be at Glendale on Friday, October 18, at 6:45 a.m., so Larry Gill can take a digital picture of you. The following new members, please report on that day:

  • Susan Amini
  • Vicky Sanko
  • Bill Knoppi
  • Brenda Ludwig
  • Ken Perine
  • Tom Purdy
  • Elizabeth Sicktich
  • Ruben Ladlad
  • David Miller

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