Winners Dont Quit!
As advertised, Al Foxx drove himself to the Glendale Country Club Friday and walked into the meeting room to share his experiences with the BBRC. His program is called Winners Dont Quit, and he showed a special bit of grit and gutsiness to bring his story to Rotary. Al was also highly entertaining as he spun his tale in a humorous way.
Al Foxxs story began in 1980 when he was 18 years old. Hed been visiting a friend and lost track of time. He was late and jumped on his motorcycle and sped away. Unfortunately for Al, the cycle crashed, leaving him half-paralyzed and brain injured. His helmet cracked on impact and the police later reported to him he was going twice the speed limit at the time of the accident.
Thirty days after the accident, Al awoke in the hospital. He was informed by doctors and nurses alike that he wouldnt walk, talk or drive again. The crash had damaged his larynx, so he couldnt talk. A slow process of rehabilitation began, and Al harbored resentment for what had happened to him. At the same time, he loved attention, and one day, his speech therapist gave him a reason for living. She said, Winners dont quit, which gave him the prescription for trying to change his situation. READ MORE
Stan Miner, from the Seattle International Rotary Club, accompanied a quartet of Russian musicians to serenade the BBRC as they ate breakfast. The quarteT is part of the larger Russian Chamber Orchestra which performed Friday night at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, benefiting Childrens Hospitals in Russia and the US. The Orchestras appearance was sponsored by Dick Spady, Bellevue Overlake Rotarian and co-founder of Dicks Drive-Ins, as a 50th Anniversary gift to the community. The quartet two violins, a viola and cello played several Broadway show tunes, as well as the worlds most familiar song, Happy Birthday to You!, a special serenade to Doug Cameron, who celebrated his birthday Friday.
Phil Salvatori and his wife Connie played host to the February meeting of the New Member Experience crew with a fireside at their home on February 3. Attending were David Bolson, Bill and Brenda Brooks, Chip and Charlotte Erickson, Norm and Carolyn Johnson, Rob LoBosco, and Wayne McCaulley.
Bob Moloney reports that 66 members and spouses have indicated theyll be dining around on Valentines Day at various host members homes. This outstanding social event brings together Rotarians and their spouses for an evening of dining, getting better acquainted and fun. Everyone should be notified as to where they go. If you have questions for the Saturday, February 14th event, contact Bob (ph 425-746-9988).
On another Valentine note, the Northwest Sound Barbershop Chorus is sponsoring a Singing Valentine project, where, for a few dollars, theyll send a quartet to the place of your choosing to sing a Valentine to your Valentine. Call (206) 988-8988 if youd care to purchase this special Valentine gift.
Our District is moving toward a record year in total giving to the Annual Fund Programs of the Rotary Foundation. The BBRCs first and foremost goal this year is to achieve 100% Annual Fund giving participation from all our members. This echoes the national Rotary Foundation theme of "Every Rotarian, Every Year".
Every $100 contribution you make now can produce amazing results such as:
District Governor John Jacob Gardiner has pegged a goal of $250 for each Rotarian to shoot for. If you have not yet completed your full 2003/2004 contribution to the Rotary Foundation Annual Fund, please do it now.
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends.
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To the Membership: Thanks for keeping your accounts up to date. Your remittances are appreciated. Dont forget your make-ups for attendance. For some members, one make-up a quarter keeps you out of the doghouse!
The following item is VERY IMPORTANT. Please give it your full attention!
Many members have stored files and boxes from previous BBRC years. We are centralizing our storage and need to have an inventory. If you are storing any material or files from past years, please email the club administrator and describe what you have, the amount of material you have, and an approximate size of this inventory. For those who may be storing ticket stubs from previous raffles, State rules say we must keep them for three years before disposing of them. If you have a container of stubs dating from the Raffle of 2000 back into the 1990s, these can be disposed of. Otherwise, we need to identify who has active stores of stubs (2001, 2002, 2003). Please make this a priority so we can get a handle on any material which should be archived and stored. Your Administrator breathlessly awaits your replies!
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