Starlight Children’s Foundation
An international not-for-profit foundation that seeks to “brighten the lives of seriously ill children and those who care for them” has a 20-year history in bringing joy to hospitals around the world specializing in children’s care. The Starlight Children’s Foundation was founded in Los Angeles and has spread to chapters in major urban centers in the U.S. and into Europe and Canada.
Steve McGraw, representing the foundation in Washington headquartered in Redmond, gave a comprehensive description of what the Foundation does. “Youngsters who become ill suffer from isolation, fear and anxiety associated with their illness. And, their families suffer right along with them. It was recognized some time ago that assistance during their hospital stay would be the goal of the Starlight Foundation. With that in mind, the organization began developing program in hospitals that would help the patient and their families.” READ MORE
The Rotary Minute
Dick Clarke stepped up to do the New Rotary Minute. Putting in a plug for the District Leadership Academy, Dick reminded members that August is Membership & Extension Month in Rotary everywhere. He gave a quick exam to test the recall of the audience: “Who was RI President the year you were inducted? Who was the District Governor? Who was your club president? Who sponsored you?” The fact is, we remember our sponsor but may have a memory lapse for all the others. Dick then read a Rotary Minute by one of the graduated students of the Leadership Academy. The gist of the message was “you become a better Rotarian when you sponsor a new member.” It so happens the Minute was written by none other than our President-Elect, Norm Johnson. A hefty round of applause for Past President Dick Clarke and president-to-be Norm Johnson!
Greg Gourley, frequent visitor and Lynnwood Rotarian, stopped by to promote “Watergate, Enron and Coach Neuheisel: Is there a moral compass for public officials and business leaders?” The public forum will take place next Wednesday, August 13, at the Cedar Park Church, at 16300 112th Avenue NE, in Bothell, just off I-405 at the 160th Exit. Admission is $10 per person and is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lynnwood and the Institute for Business Technology and Ethics.
The impressive list of panel participants includes former Seattle Mayor Charles Royer as moderator; with panel members Egil “Bud” Krogh, former Nixon White House attorney and co-chairman of the White House “Plumber’s Unit;” Lynn Brewer, former Enron executive and author of “House of Cards – Confessions of an Enron Executive;” Laura J. Rittenhouse, President of Beyond Communications, Inc., and author of “Do Business with People You Can Trust-Balancing Profits With Principles;” Margaret Larson, Vice-President for Communications for Mercy Corps and former KIRO and KING TV news anchor; Rosemary Aragon, Past District Governor of Rotary District 5030; and John Carlson, KVI Radio talk show host and founder of the Washington Policy Center.
For more information email Greg Gourley, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 425-822-2523.
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
We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he/she is someone today.
A discussion of Eastside Transportation Issues by County Councilman Rob McKenna will greet Rotarians this Friday. Rob describes the regional transportation district and the impact of state and local funding. Bring a guest – in fact, bring a potential member to a delicious buffet breakfast at the Glendale Country Club. Breakfast served at 7:00 a.m., followed by the regular meeting. A special feature of this week’s meeting will be an appearance by the “Intombi Dancers” from South Africa. These eight dancers and two drummers will perform briefly prior to the 8:00 a.m. program. The Dancers have been in this area for a month, having performed at the Paramount and Moore Theaters and various Rotary Clubs. The group visited Seattle a few years ago. Don’t miss all the action at the place where it’s at: The Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club!
The Corner is closed during August visit to Stanley. Hold all burning questions till August 25! Kudos to the membership for rapid payment of dues. How about each of us bringing in one member this year – we’d have 226 members by June 30, 2004! That would make lotsa people happy. Glendale might have to expand the dining room, however. Active, solid membership is the key to any service organization. We’d just have to work harder at knowing each other. Ciao. Stay cool!