Vol. 17, No. 25, December 20, 2004


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Christmas is This Week! Friday is Christmas Eve Day, therefore the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club will not meet. The same is true for the Next Friday, December 31, which is New Year’s Eve Day. There will be no meeting that morning.

Looking further ahead, the next scheduled meeting of the BBRC is Friday, January 7, 2005 in the Cafeteria of Sammamish High School. We need to provide a headcount to the school for breakfast, so please consult the online sign-up sheet while you’re here visiting the Reveille. DO THE RIGHT THING!

Glendale Country Club closes on January 1 and will re-open on January 13. Our first meeting of the New Year at Glendale will be Friday, January 14, 2005.

Oh, and this is Rotary’s 100th year. Our birthday is Wednesday, February 23, 2005!


This year-end special will feature a few tidbits you might care about and some things you should know.

First, to praise our trusty cohort Mark Hough, here is our annual offering of: “Four Tricky Letters":

O and U and G and H

Are “O” in Dough and Though.

They Huff and Puff

In Rough and Tough

And “moo” in “OO”

In Through.

They’re “ow” in Bough

And “off” in Cough

With just one exception.

They rhyme with Up

When I hiccough.

They’re masters of deception!

And no matter what the perception

It’s comforting to know

You put it all together and spell

H-O-U-G-H ­ Ho!! Ho!! Ho!!

The Friday Program:
The BBRC Annual Holiday Breakfast!

BfastPhoto2The largest group of attendees for this premiere holiday event took almost every seat, as the BBRC celebrated the season with the annual Holiday Breakfast. With an anticipated attendance of 138 adults and 38 children, the Glendale dining room was hopping.

Arriving in the pitch black of a December morning, the kids were outfitted in their best holiday duds accompanied by smiling parents or grandparents bent on getting some pictures as they schmoozed with these little people.

With a greeting by President Norm Johnson, the program got underway after a luscious meal prepared by the experts in the Glendale kitchen. Scrambled eggs, Eggs Benedict, blintzes, bacon and sausage, lots of bakery items and fresh fruit, and juices ... a table set for a fine group of Rotarians and their guests.

Chuck Barnes, President #12, delivered the invocation and led the pledge to the flag. President Norm greeted all visitors and welcomed them back to any future meeting.

With Chip Erickson doing his magic at the piano, John Mix led the crowd in the singing of a single verse of Deck the Halls. It was almost over before it started! Next year, two verses!

Community Service Awards ­ Each Christmas Breakfast for the past several years, the Community Service Committee has made some needy families very happy. Margie Burnett told of the continuing needs of the Eiseman family, who has received support from the BBRC the last several years. Taking care of their own family, the Eiseman’s have reached out to the kids in the community who need a good home. They’ve taken in about a half-dozen youngsters as foster kids and are helping to turn these young lives around. An award from Community Service went to the Eisemans this Christmas.

Lynn Gauthier introduced Lorraine Lynch, from the Griffin Home for Boys. This facility provides shelter and love for 24 boys who have lost their own home connections. Lorraine explained how the home works and the success it’s had. She introduced Justin, who has been a resident for three years, and Kim, who has only been with Griffin for four months. Both youngsters were eloquent in their praise for what the home has done for them. After the breakfast was over, Lorraine and her troops (along with Lynne) confiscated all of the leftover breakfast morsels to take back to the Griffin Home. They ate good last Friday! The Griffin Home also received financial support from the BBRC.

One of the kids' favorites is the story of Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer. Guess what? We put it to music and had several fine soloists!

The children had gotten wind of the arrival of a fellow in a red suit. They came to the big windows at the south end of the dining area, looking out at that beautiful golf course. No Santa yet, so John Mix climbed the stool and spun the story of the Littlest Angel. Surely you know that the moral to the story isn’t “Always wear your Rotary pin.”

And now, it was the highlight of the morning, as Santa was sighted out on the fairway. Wasn’t long till he burst through the door, and into the roomful of youngsters waiting to talk to him. He smoothly dispatched his duties, conducting mini-interviews and dispensing gifts for all. Lots of pictures were taken by proud parents!

Once the gifting was completed, Santa said his goodbyes for another year and swooshed out the door. It was time to sing one of the season’s most popular songs, Jingle Bells.

As the morning program ended, 11 members of the staff at Glendale were honored for their work providing for the needs of the BBRC. There is no doubt about it, this club is one of the finest places to meet each week, with excellent meals, presented and served with skill. Glendale does other special things throughout the year to make our relationship one that both parties treasure. A bonus was given to all of the staff members for their hard work and dedication to Rotary. A nice round of applause sent the staff on their way (for they had another engagement in the very same room later in the day!).


With a closing benediction telling us all to enjoy the coming holiday, President Norm adjourned the meeting with: “On behalf of the Officers and Directors of the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club, best wishes are extended for a season full of love and hope, laughter and prayers. Enjoy these holidays to the fullest. May your days be merry and bright!”


Holiday Breakfast Slideshow





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