Vol. 17, No. 51, June 20, 2005
IN THIS ISSUE:
This Reveille Home Page | The Friday Program: Washingtons Gubernatorial Election | Sayokos Cheer | Judge Jenny Passes the Torch | Friday Potpourri | Rotarian of the Year: Ron Healey | Norms Farewell | Two Prospective Members: Steve Bender & Kathi Lehr | Web Fun
The Friday Program:
Nick Handy, Director of Elections for the State of Washington, was enjoying the first vestiges of retirement when he received a call from his friend Sam Reed while playing a round of golf. Handy, who retired last year after 30 years in public service, including the top job as Director of the Port of Olympia, couldnt turn down his old friend, the Secretary of State. Seems, a position had suddenly opened up on the SOS staff that of Director of Elections.
Rotary is no mystery to Nick Handy. His father is 99 and has contributed 60 years to Rotary. Another connection is Katie Sheeran, daughter of the BBRCs John Sheeran who serves as the Assistant Director of Elections on Handys staff. When Handy was offered the job, he was told by Secretary Reed that hed have over 100 years of election experience on the staff he would lead. Twenty-one lawsuits later, we found wed need every bit of experience to handle what became the closest election in Americas history.
In 30 minutes, Handy gave a most concise overview of the entire election. Three weeks before the voting, polls showed Christine Gregoire winning handily. At that moment, her opponent, Dino Rossi began a big media blast, which closed the margin dramatically. In fact, we think that if the election was one day earlier, Gregoire would have won by a margin greater than the figure necessary to trigger a statewide recount; and conversely, if the election was one day beyond the actual date, we think Rossi would have won outright.
Talk about persistence. Sayoko, taking no NOs for an answer, has canvassed almost the entire membership and has 122 reservations the largest ever such event in the offing.
Boaters may use the Beach Clubs dock to moor their boats. Beach attire is the dress, 6:00 pm is the time. The cocktail hour starts at 6:30 pm., with dinner following at around 7:30 pm, buffet style.
As this is not a staffed facility, we are totally responsible for clean-up. The Fellowship Committee did not plan on having any entertainment, but we will have fun beach music compiled by none other than our DJ/Music Producer, Chip Erickson.
One sad note: there is no nude beach.
Chris Ballard was called front and center to be formerly introduced as the new Sergeant At Arms by his mentor, Jenny Andrews.
Jenny capped off a successful year dunning the membership by extracting $5 from Shelley Noble for a favorable article in the BC magazine; $2.00 from John Mix for Taking the Cake in a headline in the Mercer Island Reporter (Boy, Jenny, thats really reaching ... watch your back!) and everyone was urged to put a dollar on the table because Wally Mahoney is visiting and another $3.00 if members werent wearing their Rotary pins.
Wow! Adios, Andrews!
Thought for the week
Comment on the topic of gubernatorial elections: The people who cast votes dont decide an election, the people who count the votes do. Joseph Stalin
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