Vol. 17, No. 17, October 25, 2004
IN THIS ISSUE:
This Reveille Home Page | The Friday Program: Eyewitness to History the 9-11 Commission | Preserve Planet Earth Work Party | Pink & White M & Ms Are Here! | Raffle Update | Ticket-Tearing Party | Friday Potpourri | Trip to Turkey | The Worldwide Reach of the Rotary Foundation | Exchange Student Looking for Action | Web Fun
Reveille News: Bill Schultheis will be performing the task as editor of the Reveille this Friday and pounding out copy for next week's issue. He will be filling in for John Mix, who is taking nose for an answer and having some work done on a leaky nostril. Mix expects to be back in his chair on Friday, November 5. In the meantime, please be nice to Bill and to Jim Kindsvater. Who knows (nose), Kindsvater might even take a picture of your good side!
For those members who may need Bill to write a story for them in next week's issue, it's nice to know that's he's at the helm of Reveille. If those same members don't read the Reveille, they'll be in a world of hurt. Schultheis may sit anywhere in the room, so look for the good-looking guy with the Palouse Country Harvest Tan!
The Friday Program:
Former U.S. Senator Slade Gorton presented a fascinating look at the workings of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, commonly known as the 9-11 Commission. The ten-person panel was given the task of finding out the causes of and recommending changes in how the United States protects itself from future terrorist aggression.
Introduced by Bob Vallat, the Senator is a Washington State asset. His long political career, encompassing 45 years of public service, culminated with his appointment as a member of the 9-11 Commission. He served three terms in the U.S. Senate beginning in 1980. Vallat said, This morning, you will hear 20 months of work boiled down to a 25-minute presentation.
The Senator began: On the 4th of September, 2001, Richard Clarke, former terrorism czar to four U.S. Presidents sent a note to Condoleezza Rice, the National Security Advisor warning that a terrorist strike appeared imminent. And, in the first week of the Bush Administration in January of 2001, Clarke warned of the danger posed by al-Qaeda.
Would all his alarms make any difference? Gorton asked. Even Clarkes imagination did not understand what was in store on 9-11. This was a failure of imagination. No one imagined it. It was not even mentioned in the 2000 Presidential race. A Senate committee asked no questions of Vice President Gore on the subject in 2000.
Gorton went on: We all failed, and I nominate the FAA the chief candidate for failure. There was a no-fly list on 9-11 that included 16 names of people who ultimately were part of the 9-11 plot. The State Department had a tip-off list. The question is, what relationship should there have been? The FAA learned of the State list only last January 2004. Thats a failure to communicate.
Preserve Planet Earth Work Party
Saturday, November 6, is the date set aside for work along the Sammamish River between Redmond and Woodinville. We need 15-20 helpers, according to Alex Rule and Ron Healey. Environmental stewardship has been one of the BBRCs long-standing goals and has successfully been pursued along the banks of the Sammamish. Sign-up this Friday.
Pink & White M & Ms Are Here!
Dick Brown reports his delivery of ten cases of Pink and White M & Ms has arrived just in time for Halloween! Hes got a batch of bags of that luscious candy, with the proceeds going to the Susan G. Coleman Cancer Fund, as a recognition of the treatment our friend Don Deasy has received. Dick would like $5.00 per bag, giving a very nice contribution in Dons name. So, bring your $5.00 billsÉ.and walk away with some pretty P & W M & Ms. Itll be a fun fundraiser!
Steve Goldfarb gave the Raffle Update. You can see all the good works Rotary does around the world. Weve been pestering you for three months and now its ticket turn-in time. Tickets should be turned in this Friday. Have your paperwork filled out, your stubs filled out and your check written to the BBRC Foundation. Were doing really well. Our latest tally shows $83,000 in the bank, driving for a goal of over $100,000. Nuff said.
And, heres the event that lets you know the Raffle is just about over! Mark your calendars now!
Tuesday, November 9
As we near the close of the raffle season, and we scramble to sell our remaining tickets, it's time to schedule the annual ticket-tearing party. Beer, soft drinks and pizza, with fun and fellowship to boot!
And best of all, the tickets are perforated this year!
Please email John DeWater so he knows how much pizza to order .
Thought for the Week
It is absolutely amazing what can be accomplished if one is not concerned with who gets the credit.
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