You Just Never Know –
Chuck Barnes’ Personal Story
Thursday, July 3, at the suggestion of my doctor and, as a wrap-up to the annual physical he gave me on Tuesday, I reported to Overlake Hospital for a stress test. Now, you know I consider myself to be in very good shape, due in part, to a very rigorous workout program.
Surprise! Surprise! The stress test raised some possible doubts that needed further analysis. So, I had an angiogram procedure done and that showed that I had a 99% blockage in the main artery of my heart. POW! The doctor then proceeded to place a stint in the artery and after a long day and night in the hospital, I returned home on Independence Day morning “a better, healthier man”, according to my new doctor and another new BEST friend.
The fickle finger of fate was hanging over my head like a dark cloud and I never had a clue. NEVER! No warning signals, nothing. Thank God my personal care physician took the extra moment to recommend this one extra test. And, he honestly only had a hunch; he just suggested I do it since I am coming up on my 70th birthday in three weeks.
I’m sharing this because life is so fickle and we often take so much for granted. I’d urge all of my Rotary friends to take a copy of this story with them to the next physical exam they have and let the doctor know that one more test (stress test) might be appropriate.
I’m convinced my life was just saved and perhaps my experience will help someone save theirs.
The Golf Outing is Here!
Raffle Begins at Mount Si
With the sound of the horn this Friday morning, the 2003 Eighth Annual BBRC Golf Outing will signal the beginning of one of the most successful fundraising events held in the world of Rotary as well as the state of Washington. When it’s all over, the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club will have raised over $100,000 to disburse to worthwhile charities needing our support.
Who can forget the faces of the Students of the Month who have been honored every? The scholarship winners who will go on to be successes in their fields thanks to our support? The agencies who have benefited by our club’s stewardship – Camp Stand by Me/Easter Seals, Hopelink, Agros, Goodwill, Olive Crest, Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center, The Kindering Center, YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, and many more. READ MORE
Mark Your Calendars!
The annual Rotary Day at the Mariners has been set for Saturday, August 16, against the Boston Red Sox. The first pitch is at 1:05 p.m. A lunch prior to the game will take place in the new Ellis Pavilion at Safeco Field.
There are 450 tickets available for this game. Each District 5030 Club will handle their own Club's ticket orders and fund collection. Seats will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. The ticket cost is $50 which includes the game, buffet lunch, and a $10 contribution to the Rotary Foundation. This event has sold out each of the last two years.
President Evison is the person to contact, as he has the latest details from the District.
Thought for the Week
Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It's not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything." -- Muhammad Ali
NO REGULAR MEETING!
Golf Outing at Mt Si!
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Friday, July 11
Mt. Si Golf Course
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