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Vol. 15, No. 37, March 10, 2003


Fred Isaac
Fred Isaac

The Story of the Washington Park Arboretum

One of the treasures found in the center of Seattle is the Washington Park Arboretum, established in 1934 and covering 230 prime acres south of the University of Washington across the Montlake Cut.

Fred Isaac, a Sammamish resident retired from a career with the FAA, is now President of the Arboretum Foundation Board of Directors. Fred came to illustrate to the Club the jewel represented by the Arboretum and to lay out plans for the future.

“The Arboretum is in your backyard. It’s truly a Northwest treasure,” effused Isaac. “It is home to the largest inventory of woody plants in North America. It’s a greenbelt in the midst of dense populations. Within its boundaries, there are 4,400 woody plants, many of them endangered species. The Arboretum is many things to many people. It’s a park to some, a living museum to others.” The City of Seattle owns the property; the University of Washington maintains the plants. The Arboretum began in 1894 on the UW campus, established by Edward Meany. It was relocated to its present site in 1934.

“At the time of its relocation, the area was 90% clear cut to make room for the new Arboretum,” said Isaac. It is nearly the largest park in Seattle. In 1936, the Olmstead Brothers submitted a design for the park. Between 1936 and 1938, the WPA did much of the heavy work to develop the site. MORE

District Membership & Foundation Workshop Cancelled

The Membership and Foundation Workshop that was scheduled for Saturday, March 22, has been cancelled. The facilities thought to be available could not accommodate the Workshop. District Governor-Elect John Jacob Gardiner, with advice from his Council, has agreed that the District should now “focus its attention on the District Assembly in Ballard on May 17th as the kick-off event for 2003-2004: "Growing Rotary: Raising the Bar!" At the District Assembly, special workshops will be held for all club officers and committee chairpersons, including membership, extension, and Foundation, in more ideal learning environments.

All BBRC Committee chairpersons and leaders are urged to attend the May 17 District Assembly. The invitation has been circulated by President-Elect Brian Evison.

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.

Thought for the Week

Robert Louis Stephenson: "Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant. And Sow the Seeds of Love."


Eastside Legal Assistance Program, with presenter Larry Lium. Program provides legal aid to low income residents of East King County, focusing on domestic violence. Bring a guest or a potential member to this informative program. Buffet breakfast served at 7:00 a.m., followed by the weekly club meeting and the program beginning at 8:00 a.m. Be sure to park in the upper parking lot at the Glendale Country Club!

For six months, the BBRC has provided a handy way to report your make-ups. Based on the 4-Way Test, accepting the honesty of Rotarians, this electronic technique provides all the pertinent information the Club requires to grant a make-up.

Some of you haven’t taken the time to learn how to access this service. Here’s what you do: when you enter the BBRC website, mouse over the BBRC INFORMATION link on the left. A drop-down menu will appear. Click on the second item in the men, “Meeting Make-up Form.” You will be taken to a page with  an easy-to-fill-out form that requires entries in EVERY box. When all boxes are complete, click  “Submit” and the email will be transmitted to the Secretary and the Club Administrator. After submitting your request to a jury of your peers, you will be given credit for the make-up. This is just another service of your hip Rotary Club. Try it, you’ll like it!

Disclaimer: the management of the BBRC Website is not responsible for technical glitches caused by external forces (meaning the server goes down) which prevent members from accessing the website. One of the watchwords of a real Rotarian is perseverance! Don’t give up hope and try again … and again.

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