Foster Kids in the Community –
The Olive Crest Story
Sharon Moores, representing the Washington office of Olive Crest, in Bellevue, presented the organization’s story to the BBRC Friday. Olive Crest, you’ll recall, was the recipient of the car raffled off by the Club in November, when the winning ticket holder, CR Anderegg, turned the Volkswagen over to Olive Crest. The transfer came under supervision of the State of Washington Gambling Commission, under which the raffle operates.
Olive Crest is celebrating its 30-year anniversary, after its founding in California. Some 3,000 kids a day are served by the group in three states: California, Nevada, and Washington. Principal clients are victims of child abuse, often involving meth labs, where the children are caught in the middle. Every 10 seconds, a child is abused in the United States.
“The goal of Olive Crest is to get children out of institutions and into foster homes,” Sharon said. “Our program is to provide homes for children of neglect. We were invited by the State of Washington to bring our program to this state. After watching our successful programs in California, where we have 50 children in foster homes, and they’ve stayed there, Washington could see Olive Crest’s success. We recruit and help license foster parents. We offer education and vocational training to the children, as well as individual, group, and family counseling.” MORE
Out & About:
Community Activities of Note
- The King County Library System Foundation's Literary Lions dinner will feature NPR host and author Scott Simon, honor Starbucks Foundation for its outstanding contributions to literacy, and introduce 30 popular local authors. The event will be held Saturday, March 15, at the Bellevue Regional Library and is a great opportunity to buy books and meet authors; proceeds support the Foundation's literacy programs. Reception, books, dinner, chef Tom Douglas signature dessert, coffee, champagne, chocolates, more books – and it's great fun to eat and drink in a library. For more information on individual tickets and table sponsors, contact Jeanne Thorsen, or visit www.kcls.org and click on Literary Lions in the program headlines.
- The annual Hopelink Auction to support the work that Hopelink does for the Eastside community takes place on March 8, at Seahawk Stadium. Auction items are in demand. And, the BBRC is planning a table at the auction. $75.00 per person. If you can participate in any way, please contact Chuck Barnes.
Thought for the Week
Albert Einstein said, "Only a life lived for others is worth living."
Seattle author Jane Porter will describe her novelist’s life and inspirations on Valentine’s Day! What more appropriate than to invite a successful romantic novelist to put a touch of love into our meeting Friday. Jane is a native Californian and seemed to get her inspiration for writing from a year spent with her family in Europe when she was 13. It wasn’t instant success, though, as Jane will tell us. Don’t miss Seattle’s own Jane Porter this Friday morning at Glendale Country Club, with breakfast at 7:00, meeting at 7:30, and program at 8:00. Bring a guest or prospective new member. You’ll have a fine time!
Halfway through the quarter and you’re doing fine on dues! Also, you’re doing great on make-ups! For the fourth straight month, we’re over 80% average attendance. Here’s my Valentine gift to you:
My Spell Chequer
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It came with my pea sea.
It plainly marques, four my revue
Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.
Eye strike a key and type a word
And weight four it two say,
Weather eye am wrong oar write
It shows me strait a weigh.
As soon as a mist ache is maid,
It nose bee fore two long.
And eye can put the error rite
Its rare lea ever wrong.
Eye have run this poem threw it,
I am shore your pleased two no.
It's letter perfect awl the weigh,
My chequer tolled me sew.’