Vol. 15, No. 22, November 25, 2002

The Best Darn Rotary Club in the World

On the heels of President Kim’s enthusiastic greeting each Friday morning – “Welcome to the Best Darn Rotary Club in the … World!” – another great shtick entertained early risers when visiting Rotarians Frank Young of the Bellevue Club and Jim Gordon of the Redmond Rotary, each helped to introduce Kim’s solo, “The Best Darn Club in the World.”

Kim pointed out that past president Cary Kopczynski made claim to the phrase, using it during his term as club leader. But, he admitted he didn’t use it every week. Shrader, on the other hand, had adopted the phrase, booming out the greeting on the Glendale microphone. Along came Andrew Face, our resident poet and songwriter, who proposed Kim sing the “Best Darn Rotary Club in the World” to the tune of Satchmo Armstrong’s immortal “What a Wonderful World.” Enlisting the aid of ivory-tickler Jay Powers, the schtick was on.

Rotarians Young and Gordon willingly disputed Kim’s claims about which club was the best, and after they had their say, he deftly moved into Andrew’s song. Here are the words:

    We plant trees of green, for all to see,
    Our members care, BBRC,
    And I think to myself, best darn club in the world.

    We help those in need, bright students too,
    We don’t ask praise, for all we do,
    And I think to myself, best darn club in the world!

    The talents of our members, unassuming or too much,
    Brighten up the faces of people that we touch.
    I see friends shakin’ hands, sayin’, “Is it the truth?”
    They’re really saying, “I love you.”

    I hear Red Badges cryin’, I watch them grow,
    One of these days, they’ll run the show,
    And I think to myself, best darn club in the world,
    Yes, I think to myself, best darn club in the world!”

The last line was obscured by the explosive standing ovation given by the membership – “Oh yeah!!”

What a wonderful club!

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