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2002-2003 THEME

Vol. 15, No. 16, October 14, 2002


Bill Yeend
Bill Yeend

The State of Broadcasting

Bob Vallat introduced Bill Yeend, a familiar radio voice and TV personality on KIRO for 30 years. Bill was born and raised in Eastern Washington and graduated from EWU at Cheney. He moved to Seattle in 1970 and began work as morning host on KIRO radio until his “retirement” in 2000. An ardent golfer, Bill always used to say that he could finish his radio shift at 9:00 a.m. and be on the course at 9:15.

“I left KIRO on my 54th birthday, with the intent of backing off from the daily grind. All I had to cover was my mortgage and green fees! But, after a year-and-a-half off, I found out that I really wanted to be working again. When the news was announced earlier that the Mariner broadcast rights had been purchased by KOMO, my ears perked up. I wanted to find out more.”

Bill also hosted a golf show that aired on several northwest TV stations for eight years. He gave a pitch for a sponsor from within the audience. The show features profiles of northwest golf courses. “All you need is $150,000 to cover production costs for 13 weeks of shows!” Peter Powell thought that Kim Shrader could sponsor – the “Armstrong Golf Show.” MORE

RI Foundation Goes Electronic

Jim Owens spread the great news that individual annual giving records are now available through the RI Website. Members can now go to the site, click on “Rotary Business Portal,” sign in with your user name and password, or register your name by entering our District number (5030), Club number (23228), and your member ID which is on the label on your copy of The Rotarian magazine. The Club Administrator has most of the ID numbers for members, except for our newest members.

Give this new service a try and report your comments to Jim.

Mug Shots Scheduled

New members (and one old one) who haven’t had their pictures taken for the online Directory are hereby notified of a picture-taking session this coming Friday morning, October 18, beginning at 6:45 a.m., Ace Photographer Larry Gill will set up his studio for your mug shot. Wear your smile and be there promptly. This only happens once in a lifetime. Here’s the pix list:

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

            See you there!

Thought for the Week

Henry Aaron said, “It took me 17 years to get 3,000 hits in baseball. I did that in one afternoon on the golf course.


Senator Slade Gorton, former U.S. Senator from Washington comes calling to pitch support for Referendum 51. Gorton is leading a bi-partisan effort to solve the State of Washington’s transportation problems. This is an excellent program in which to invite a guest. Be at the Glendale Country Club at 7:00 a.m. for a delicious buffet breakfast, an entertaining meeting at 7:30, followed by Senaator Gorton’s program.

The View from Long Island from our correspondent Wally Mahoney:

Fall is here … long lines of visitors on the weekends to pick up pumpkins at the farm stands (potatoes during the week) … clouds of little blackbirds, moving east from yard to yard in the morning (and then they do it all over again the next morning) … Montauk daisies in big clumps, everywhere – big, tough, bouncy, white (like Shasta daisies) – acorns, bouncing off the roof with a "pop" each time they hit … Rotary has a Country Fair this weekend … Lions have a Halloween Fair next weekend … Methodists are advertising a scallop fest Election Day … what a great time to be out on the North Fork!

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