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VOL 16, NO 15
OCT 6, 2003

Barry Keating
Reverend Barry Keating

Overcoming Prejudice

“‘Roman Catholics can’t be trusted.’ ‘They are trying to outbreed us.’ ‘Their hygiene isn’t very good.’ Growing up in Belfast, that’s what I learned,” said Barry Keating. Today, the pastor of the Maplewood Presbyterian Church in Edmonds has a powerful message of reconciliation, not only for his native Ireland, but for the world at large.

Reverend Keating brought his story of overcoming prejudice to the BBRC Friday and left his audience reflective and impressed.

“Soon after coming to the U.S., I got a job in a prison in Philadelphia. This was a job to ‘educate Barry.’ Out of 700 prisoners, 690 were black. The prison guard in charge of my education told me that “blacks in America can’t be trusted, they are trying to outbreed us, their hygiene isn’t very good, etc. The place and circumstances were changed but the rhetoric was the same.” READ MORE

Rotary First Harvest’s Apples

Kevin Jewell, BBRC’s Representative on the Rotary First Harvest board, reminds members of a big undertaking this Saturday. “Many of you might have seen the article in the October 3rd Times about Rotary First Harvest. It reported that RFH had collected about 350,000 pounds of apples from Yakima. If all goes per plan, this coming Saturday, October 11, from 9:00 am-12:00 noon, the RFH work party will be packaging apples for distribution to local food banks.

“The second Saturday of every month is the RFH work party at pier 91. To make it is easier for our members to attend, we will have a car pool. Meet at the NW corner of the SE 8th (I-405) Park & Ride Saturday about 8:15 AM.

Kevin promises “not to deluge your inbox with messages about RFH. Now that summer is over, I wanted to remind everyone about the second Saturday of the month. Make plans today to join our crew from the BBRC on Saturday and help process this big load of apples.”

Those who attend receive a make-up and there are those who definitely need them!

Tom Purdy
Tom Purdy
Edberg Shoes
Sharon Edberg’s bowling shoes.

Fellowship Committee

Peter Powell announced that University Rotary Club has thrown down the gauntlet for a joint meeting which envisions members from each club participating in a Bowling Tournament on Fraiday, October 24, at Leilani Lanes, Seattle. Tom Purdy has taken charge to arrange for the BBRC’s participation. The $13 fee includes two hours of bowling,  shoe rental, and Hales Ales Pub: Dutch Treat. For more information, check out the flyer!

Thought for the Week

The greatest and noblest pleasure which people can have in this world is to discover new truths, and the next is to shake off old prejudices.


Lend A Hand

A change of programs for this coming Friday! Brian Davis, voice of the Seattle Seahawks, will give an update on the team’s positive start and give some pointers on play-by-play in professional football. Bring a friend, a neighbor – all potential members to the Glendale Country Club at 7:00 a.m. this Friday morning for a delicious breakfast buffet, an exciting meeting at 7:30 and a scrimmage at 8:00!

Notes of interest

Jim Zidar reports the Raffle Committee has made a decision to cancel the selling site scheduled for November 1 and 2 at QFC North Mercer Island.

Larry Gill comes out of Rotary retirement long enough to take flattering pictures of new members, this coming Friday morning, October 10 beginning at 6:45 a.m. These digitals will go on your directory page on the website. Candidates for portraits include: David Bolson, Valoree Dowell, Jim Gordon, Cyril Faulkner, Rich Hammond, Nick Paget, Bill Brooks, Tom Miller and Rob LoBosco.

Secretary Callan has decreed a re-do of the Badge Box. We do this about twice a year. This event will take place right after the meeting of October 17 – just in time for Halloween – horrors! Look for your badge in a slightly new spot when you come to the meeting on October 24. Remember, there’s a full roster list on the Badge Box lid and a number on the back of your badge. That’s where you belong!!

I don't see the sense of increasing horsepower and top speed in the new cars with traffic the way it is. The other week on an Interstate highway, I had to leave the car twice to make payments!

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