Remembering Dale Hemphill
On a sad day for the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club, the passing of Dale Hemphill was duly noted by President Brian Evison. He said “many of us will be feeling a void for a long time. One of our stars has passed beyond this morning. Though we know his spirit is bright within us all, he will be missed. Dale’s legacy has touched so many of us for so many years and has inspired only the best in all of us. Remember him with love and affection, for that was how he lived. He always had the time to speak kind words to any of us. Dale was the best example of all of us. Please keep his family, especially Hellen, in your thoughts and prayers. Keep his memory alive by honoring his spirit and taking the time to always have a kind word for anyone you meet. Dale, may your spirit be kept bright always in our hearts and souls!”
A Celebration of Dale Hemphill’s Life
UW Burn Center: Where Are We Going?
Dr. Nicole Gibran
Dr. Nichole Gibran, MD, recently appointed Director of the UW Burn Center, to replace retiring founding director Dr. David Heimbach, appeared at the BBRC Friday with an encouraging message about what is happening in the treatment of burns.
“Burns happen,” opined Dr. Gibran. She posed the question, “Are we ready to handle the threat of burns? In the past 25 years, the UW Burn Center has brought dramatic progress in taking care of burn victims and reducing deaths. The death rate has dropped by half in this period of time. Our Center serves seven7 million people in the Pacific Northwest, an area that covers one-quarter or our country.”
Some of the statistics Dr. Gibran shared revealed the Center has expanded to 46 beds. The average age of patients is 31 years old. The Center has doubled the number of children served. Burns strike more males than females. In fact, 75% of burn injuries are male. The injuries are generally work-related but also include profiles of elderly persons. READ MORE
Jewell Takes RFH Position
President Evison announced that Kevin Jewell has been appointed to be the BBRC Representative for Rotary First Harvest. A past club treasurer, and handler the accounting for previous Golf Tourneys and Raffles, Kevin has been a staunch supporter of RFH, keeping a steady stream of attendance at the monthly work parties at Pier 91. Kevin will serve on the RFH Board of Directors, replacing Earl Falk, who has stepped down from an active role in the organization.
Retreat on the Calendar
Norm Johnson gave a pitch for the Club Retreat, slated for LaConner, on April 2. This annual Rite of Spring gives the Club the occasion to plan for the coming year, getting its ducks in a row for another successful year. Save Friday, April 2, and Saturday, April 3, for the 2004 Retreat!
Thought for the Week
The injuries we do and the pain we suffer are seldom weighed on the same scale.
A change of programs brings an interesting look into clean-up of the Hanford Reservation. “Hanford Nuclear Cleanup: the Ultimate Challenge,” will be presented by Mercer Island Rotarian Dr. Jim Trombold, a member of the Hanford Advisory committee. This ongoing topic remains in the news. Trombold will bring us up to date. Bring a guest and/or potential new member to Friday’s meeting with a Glendale breakfast served at 7:00 a.m., meeting at 7:30 and program at 8:00.
Note the story in this issue of the Reveille regarding the Membership Retention Committee. They are interested in your BBRC welfare and wish to help you through challenges and crises when it comes to attendance. Please be nice to them if your number comes up!
Into the final few weeks of the first quarter of the Rotary Year. Perhaps by now, you’ve figgered out that Rotary is structured on a July 1-June 30 calendar year. Everything that drives the world’s largest service organization is based on this calendar. Thus, we are closing out the First Quarter of the 2003-2004 year (July-September). The 2nd Quarter will follow, covering October through December.
On January 1 and July 1, Rotary International marks their Semi-Annual census of the more than 30,000 Rotary clubs, each of whom is asked to send a check based on the number of members on those two dates. On July 1, the BBRC owed RI $3,260, which we dutifully paid.
Also on January 1, the first day of the Third Quarter is celebrated by sending out quarterly dues. (This also happens on July 1, October 1 and April 1). The Third Quarter covers January through March. The Rotary year closes with the Fourth and final quarter, April through June. (This basic primer is especially published for the eyes of Dick Clarke!)
The BBRC Operations Manual cautions that members should remit the balance of their account within 30 days of receiving the bill. We are now moving into the past due stage, so please remit your balance by sending your check to BBRC, PO Box 3003, Bellevue, WA 98009-3003 or bring a credit card to the next meeting and pay your balance to the cashier. Thank you very much.