The Bartell Story
George D. Bartell
The third person named George to head the Bartell Drug chain stopped in for a visit Friday, as George D. Bartell (not the third – different middle name!) followed the growth of his 113-year-old company, which makes Bartell’s the oldest in the country. George D. serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Jean (Bartell) Barber, the founder’s granddaughter, is the Chief Financial Officer of the company.
“My grandfather, George H. Bartell, Sr., grew up on a farm in Kansas, but he wanted something else besides farming and trained to become a pharmacist. He was 21-years-old when he set out for Washington in 1887. In 1890, a doctor had a drugstore for sale, and George. Sr., bought it. The Lake Washington Pharmacy became Bartell’s first store. He lived above the store, which was located on the trolley line between downtown Seattle and Lake Washington. He left the store with a caretaker and headed north in 1897 for the Alaska-Yukon Gold Rush. This experience led him to decide that he had a good thing going in the drugstore business, and he returned to Seattle.” READ MORE
Raffle Kick Off
Jim Zidar, Chairman of the Raffle Committee, is set to light the fuse for the opening of the 2003 BBRC fundraising campaign. It all happens this Friday, August 1, when the Committee launches details of the 13th annual event. Members will learn the details of the campaign, how to sign up for sales efforts at area stores, and be entertained by a bevy of stars. Packets of tickets will be available for each member, and the turn-in committee will begin work next week, on August 8, banking the proceeds from members’ sales.
Howard Johnson, in charge of site sales, announced that the sales site list has been posted on the BBRC website and members can now sign up online for future sales opportunities. Just follow the instructions for signing up. After 13 weeks of sales, the raffle will end, with sales closing on October 30th. Drawing for the winners will take place November 6 and the announcement of winners will take place at the annual Anniversary Dinner, November 14.
Rotary Day at the Mariners Game!
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
From the Bartell Drug website: “Thank you for treating both your customers and employees well.” – a quote from a customer.
Raffle A-Go-Go! It’s the official opening round of the 2003 Raffle, the 13th such effort by the BBRC. Here’s where you’ll learn how this year’s campaign will be scripted and how you can participate. Don’t miss all the action! Promises of entertainment to get the point across. Pick up your packet of tickets and be prepared to sell on behalf of the BBRC Foundation. Bring a guest! Bring a person who you think will make a good Rotarian. Our numbers have fallen recently and we need to emphasize growing our club. Be at the Glendale Country Club this coming Friday, August 1, for the official opening of the 2003 Raffle. President-Elect Norm Johnson, overall big Pooh-Bah, will introduce his team, under the able direction of Jim Zidar. Breakfast buffet at 7:00 a.m, with action slated for 7:30!