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2002-2003 THEME

Vol. 15, No. 34, February 17, 2003


Jane Porter
Jane Porter

Romance on Valentine’s Day

Jane Gaskins, writing under the name of Jane Porter, gave a fascinating picture of how a person makes it big time in the field of romance novels. A native Californian, Jane moved to the Puget Sound area seven years ago, bringing with her a career as a writer.

As described on her website, Jane noted that the “year my family spent in Europe when I was 13 made a tremendous impression on me. I had been writing since I was five, and that European visit gave me a different perception of the world.” Appropriately appearing on Valentine’s Day, Porter said she found the “right recipe in writing steaming, sexy novels.”

Jane, married with two young sons, connected instantly with her audience when she told the BBRC that “all my family were Rotarians. My grandfather was district governor in his California district and my father and uncles were members.” She also said that since coming to the area, BBRC member Rick McManus has been her optometrist. MORE

Polio Eradication Awareness

Rotarians in the Bellevue area will be staffing display of a replica of the Iron Lung, which was so prevalent a fixture during the 40‘s and 50’s in America. The display will take place at Bellevue Square on March 1 and 2. Rotarians from the BBRC and the Bellevue Club are being recruited to staff the display during these two days from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday and 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday. Sign–ups are required. Chuck Barnes is coordinating this activity. Contact him to snare a time.

The display is a way for Rotary to show its commitment toward eradicating polio and to give the general public the opportunity to join in the fight for this worthy goal by contributing to the cause. Cash donations will be taken at the display.

Howard Stirk
Howard Stirk

Howard Stirk, visiting from Southcenter Rotary, said his club had also participated in a similar event last fall at the Southcenter Mall. “We raised $518 over that weekend and found the experience very rewarding. The public learned a lot about this devastating disease.”

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 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

For Valentine’s Day: “Love,” according to five-year-old Karl, "is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne, and they go out and smell each other."


 “From Gutenberg to the Internet: High Tech Printing in the New Millennium,” Rich Begert, President/CEO of, Kirkland. Mr. Begert shows how using the internet and digital printing is changing the face of traditional printing. This will be a fascinating presentation. Bring a guest or potential new member! Breakfast is served at 7:00 a.m., meeting at 7:30 and program at 8:00. Glendale Country Club in Bellevue!

The Club is looking for a few good members who would volunteer to put their heads together for the Club display, due at the District Conference in Victoria, April 25-27. A basic design, theme and layout is the goal of this ambitious group. Please email the
Club Administrator this week so we can get our plans moving.

Another note: The quarter is half over and some members are slightly in arrears dues-wise. Please remit your balance. If you have lost your bill or have questions, please contact the Club Administrator.

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