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Vol. 17, No. 42, April 18, 2005


This Reveille Home Page | The Friday Program: Activate America ­ Highlighting the Nation’s Lifestyle Crisis | Eastside YMCA Report | We Get Emails | Painting Party Set | Friday Potpourri | CHPs Begin Clean-Up Duty | McCaulley Sets Out on New Vocational Adventure | District Leadership Assembly | Newell In Iraq | Web Fun


“Modern Uses for Radiation,” Dr. Alan E. Waltar, recently retired Director of Nuclear Energy at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, WA, and currently serving as the Lab’s Senior Advisor, will explore modern uses for radiation. Steve Waltar will introduce his father for Friday’s program. Bring a guest and enjoy a Glendale breakfast! 7:00 a.m., Glendale Country Club.


BBRC’s new do-it-yourself Directory update feature is in full operation. You must have a valid ID/PW for access. Once granted entry, the screen opens on the Directory Home page, where you will be directed to a club roster. Select your highlighted name and be introduced to the Update Form. Fill out each box required. Use the tab key for moving around the form. When update is completed, click on the “Submit” key only ONCE.

From this point on, each member has the responsibility of updating his/her own Directory page. Change of home address, email address, classification and other information will be entered by individual Rotarians. If you do not visit this part of the website and bring your form up to date, you will be out of step with the membership. Kindly respond and tell YOUR story on YOUR page for YOUR Rotary club.

On a related note, Directory pictures will be taken this Friday morning beginning at 6:45 by Photographer/Member Larry Gill. All new members who’ve not had their portraits taken, plus other members who’d like to update their current mug shots, are encouraged to submit to the shutter.

McCaulley Sets Out on New Vocational Adventure 

(Wayne McCaulley, a pillar of the BBRC since joining Rotary in 1996, has made some recent changes in his work life. This freed him up to do something he’d wanted to do for sometime — a journey around the West. Here are his first-hand observations.)

x0418SculptureIn late December, I sold my business to my business partner and cashed out. I'm now looking for my next venture. There are lots of ideas and thoughts, but I’m still putting things together.

I took a road trip that I've been thinking about for several years and pointed the front bumper south with Yosemite and Magdalena, New Mexico, in mind. Departure from Bellevue on March 19 was in heavy rains, which continued all the way through Oregon, over the Siskiyou and into northern California. I camped outside Yreka that night and woke up with a great view of Mt. Shasta and heavy frost on the first day of spring. It felt more like winter climbing out of the sleeping bag.

I took a short side trip up US97 to just outside of Weed, CA, to the Living Memorial Sculpture Garden, a larger-than-life-size memorial dedicated to all veterans, who gave "So Much, By So Few, For So Many." I found it very moving to see the bronze sculptures commemorating veterans, nurses and even peaceniks from WWII through Korea and Viet Nam. Details can be found at, for those who are interested.

From there I drove to Yosemite National Park for a camp-out, awaking in lots of fresh snow, to do some hiking and photography of the Yosemite Valley in its winter mode.  Ansel Adams had to be as impressed as I was, but obviously he was better able to capture the valley on film. A snow storm forced me to leave the valley a day early and this weather front chased me most of my trip. 

Next I went across the Mojave Desert and saw it at its greenest in over 100 years, with wildflowers of purple and gold (Did Husky Bob plant the desert?) covering the desert, and Monarch butterflies by the billions flying everywhere. I was surprised by the number of mothballed airliners at the town of Mojave with Swissair, Virgin Atlantic, Aerolineas Argentina and others showing their colors, but with the names painted out and the windshields covered to prevent sand damage (maybe an opportunity for Brian Evison to pick up planes inexpensively!). I was also surprised at the hundreds of power windmills near Tehachapi generating electricity, which I understand take their toll on the local bird population.

Off to the south rim of the Grand Canyon. Camping again in the Kaibab National Forest near Tusayan, AZ, and awaking to 4 inches of fresh snow before entering into the park.  The $10 Golden Age Pass I purchased at Yosemite got me into the park free, just one more reason to be glad to be a survivor of my youth. Grand Canyon weather cleared for about three hours and was spectacular with the morning light and cloud shadows creating an ever-changing view. I hiked and photographed until the blizzard pushed me south to see some friends in the Phoenix area. Again, all is green and flowering in the desert of Arizona. West from there on highway 60 to New Mexico. I found the storm again with another 8 inches of snow at the AZ/NM border at Springerville, AZ, and had to stop for the night because of the weather.

One of the main reasons for my trip was to visit a friend in Magdalena, NM, who is a writer of books and articles about raptors, falconry and the out of doors. The opportunity to visit, watch his Gyrfalcon/Prairie Falcon hybrid, and his Tazi dogs from Kazakhstan was a fabulous time for me. I did some hiking, found a Peregrine Falcon next in Water Canyon, and visited the Very Large Array Radio telescope facility near Magdalena, which has 39 really big Radio telescope dishes on three sets of rails radiating out several miles from the center intersection. The VLA is a fascinating place but technically way beyond my travel agent mentality.

From Magdalena I went north on I-25 through Albuquerque to Denver to see a childhood friend, a former Bellevue hunting buddy and another raptor friend. More snow and wind but a great time having dinner with friends, visiting the "Wings over the Rockies" Air Museum at the Lowry Naval Air Station in Denver and playing with more birds. North again on I-25 through several snow squalls in Wyoming and Montana on I-90. Lots of Antelope on the prairie and even a couple of Prairie Dog colonies.

Last major stop was at the Little Bighorn Battlefield and Museum, another free access with my Golden Age Pass. I was surprised at the statistics from Custer’s most famous battle. He was outnumbered about 8 to 1, but the 7th Cavalry was totally outclassed, outmaneuvered and overwhelmed, suffering more than six times the casualties experienced by the Sioux, Cheyenne and Arapahoe. It was an interesting comparison with the 7th Cavalry in Viet Nam in 1967 (91 years later) at the Ia Drang Valley where US troops were similarly outnumbered, but superb leadership and training carried the day.  This was a worthwhile stop and the museum is clean and well-staffed. From there through IDAHO (give me an I) and home to Bellevue.  Nice to be "unemployed" and able to take some time to do this trip and recharge for new ventures. A perfect time of year with the snow contrasting with the green and wildflowers of oncoming spring. As always, it’s nice to be home and back to BBRC. Incidentally, it was a welcome sight to see the Rotary Wheel in big cities and some very small towns everywhere I went.





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