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2002-2003 THEME

Vol. 15, No. 19, November 4, 2002


Bill Ptacek
Bill Ptacek, Directory King County Library System

The King County Library System

Friday, the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club took its Off-Site Road Show to the Bellevue Regional Library for a first-hand look at the King County Library System. Shepherded by Jeanne Thorsen, Director of the Library’s Foundation and member of the BBRC, nearly 90 members and guests crowded into the Library’s largest meeting room to hear about this important service to county residents.

Executive Director Bill Ptacek, Director of the County Library System and current President of the Bellevue Rotary Club, said if he could wave the magic wand to create new facilities, he’d wish for a “larger meeting room!” MORE

Thanksgiving Basket Time

Scott Sadler, Chairperson of the Thanksgiving Basket Program, reported that 50 families have been identified as “needing our help during the holidays.” Collection of foodstuffs will take place the next three Fridays. “Members can even bring their food donations to the Anniversary Dinner on the 15th,” said Scott.

A list of the food items needed include: 10 pounds of potatoes, 2 pounds of carrots, pie crust mix and filling for at least two pies, 5-pound box of Bisquick, a pound of butter, large jar of jam, 10 cans of veggies or fruit, and 5 pounds of apples or 5 pounds of oranges.

The Basket Committee will take all the donations and build a basket for each family which will include a large turkey. Donations in the form of checks are also needed to fill out the baskets and purchase the turkeys. Scott suggests a check in the amount of the cost of a turkey. Make your checks out to the BBRC.

Shopping for this program will take place immediately following the meeting of Friday, November 22. You can help the committee by joining in this exercise!

Marymoor Park Planting Project

Jake Luplow
Jake Luplow
Alex Rule
Alex Rule

A project to further protect the banks of the Sammamish River through Marymoor Park will take place this coming Saturday, November 9, sponsored by Jake Luplow, who is on his way to completing an environmental Eagle Scout project. Several members signed up to support this young man and his project. If others would like to help, just call Steve Luplow. Thanks!

On a companion note, Alex Rule, Preserve Planet Earth Committee Chairperson, rose to thank the Club for its work on the October 19 planting party. “Twenty-one Rotarians and members of their families helped to make quick work of thousands of shrubs and trees. This was the sixth year the Club has supported the new planting along the river, and at least the tenth party we’ve participated in. Thanks, especially to Vicky Sanko for handling all the details and chairing this event.” (Applause)

OOTNSPAOAS (One or Two-Name Schools Pitted Against One Another Scores)

Back by popular demand (we had one complaint) here are this week’s scores from the nation’s gridirons. We have expanded our scope to include high school games too. Feast your eyes on these whoppers:

  • Franklin 13, Roosevelt 6
  • Nathan Hale 17, Ingraham 14
  • Archbishop Murphy beat Friday Harbor
  • No Report from Quincy
  • Over in Idaho, Lucille creamed Stanley

Other scores:

  • Penn (Sean) 31, Brown 7
  • Morgan 42, Morris Brown, 41 (OT)
  • Austin Peay 45, St. Josephs 0

Be a good sport, will ya huh?

Thought for the Week

President Pro-Tem Chandler shared this poem entitled “The Monkeys.”

Three monkeys sat in a coconut tree
Discussing things that were said to be.

Said one to the others, “Now listen you two,
There are certain rumors that just can’t be true.”

“That man descended from our noble race,
The very idea is a dire disgrace.

No monkey ever deserted his wife,
Starved his babies and ruined her life.

And you’ve never known a mother monk
To leave her babies with others to bunk
Till they scarcely know who is their mother.

And another thing you’ll never see
Is a monk build a fence around a coconut tree,

Letting the coconuts go to waste,
Denying the other monkeys a taste.

Why if I ever built a fence around this coconut tree,
Starvation would force you to steal from me.

And another thing a monk won’t do
s go out at night and get in a stew,

And take a gun, a club or a knife
And take another monkey’s life.

Yes, man’s descended – the ornery cuss –
But brother, he didn’t descend from us!”

Annual Report Card from the Bellevue School District, with Superintendent Mike Riley. Howard Johnson will introduce his previous boss, who will lead a discussion on the challenges awaiting the Bellevue Schools. Guests are always welcome at the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club. A delicious buffet breakfast begins at 7:00 a.m., followed by the Club’s weekly meeting and then Superintendent Riley’s talk at 8:00 a.m. Don’t miss Friday’s meeting!

Sorry to have to introduce another layer of bureaucracy, but we need member cooperation in seeing the infamous Blue Card get to its proper starting place. For those of you bringing new prospects for membership and filling out the blue card, please see to it that the card goes to: 1) Jenny Andrews or 2) Norm Johnson or 3) absolutely last choice, John Mix. Jenny and Norm run the Membership Program, so please put your Blue Card in action by seeing that 1 or  2 gets the card, personally! If all else fails, you can give the card to Mix.


"The trouble with being punctual is that nobody's there to appreciate it." – Franklin P. Jones

"Paradise is exactly like where you are right now … only much, much better." – Laurie Anderson

Everyone is entitled to be stupid, but some people abuse the privilege." – Unknown

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