Vol. 17, No. 18, November 1, 2004
IN THIS ISSUE:
This Reveille Home Page | The Friday Program: Agros Report from Central America | Final Turn-In For Raffle Tickets | Ticket-Tearing Party | Friday Potpourri | Rotarian of the Month: Mary Bell | Dick Brown & the M&Ms Project | Day Planners for Sammamish | Rotary First Harvest Reaches Milestone | Preserve Planet Earth | Declaration of Rotarians | Web Fun
The Friday Program:
Friday morning brought a dynamic contingency from Agros to our Bellevue Breakfast Rotary meeting. President Elect Steve Lingenbrink introduced David Carlson, Community Relations Manager of Agros, who has made several appearances and presentations at BBRC in years past. David shared a little history of Agros with us and then introduced Mario Morales, Executive Director of Agros-Guatemala. Prior to joining Agros three years ago, Mr. Morales worked extensively to integrate the coffee industry and commerce throughout the villages of Guatemala. A highlight of his efforts was a creation of a scholarship program funded by the coffee industry for Guatemalan girls. This program, which is now ten years old, continues to flourish throughout the country.
About two years ago Mario met Steve Lingenbrink, and he expressed that it is a real honor for him to continue to work with Steve to foster the mission of Agros, especially today, by being given the privilege to speak at our Friday Rotary breakfast.
Mr. Morales reminded us that it has been ten years since the war in Guatemala ended, and it has been an enormous challenge to continue to rebuild the countryside and the villages. Agros continues to play an ever-increasing role in the reconstruction.
Guatemala is in Central America, bordering the North Pacific Ocean, between El Salvador and Mexico, and bordering the Gulf of Honduras between Honduras and Belize. The country is slightly smaller than Tennessee and has a hot, tropical climate in the lowlands and cooler climate in the highlands. It has a population of about 14 million people, with a life expectancy of 64 years old for males and 66 years old for females.
As you are aware, this raffle is regulated by the Washington State Gambling Commission who audits our results. The Raffle Committee is charged with keeping track of every single ticket. Therefore, we need you to return your unsold tickets as well. We know what ticket numbers you were issued, which tickets you sold and those tickets that were returned unsold. We will reconcile tickets by individual BBRC member.
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
There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life happiness, freedom, and peace of mind are always attained by giving them to someone else. Peyton Conway March
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