"Ten Things I wished I'd Asked Her Before She Died," Lani Leary Houck, PhD, who specializes in work with chronically ill, dying, and bereaved clients, has worked for the past 25 years as a psychotherapist in private practice, as a hospital chaplain in the intensive care unit, and as a counselor in six hospices across the country. She was a professor at George Mason University and has been a researcher at the National Cancer Institute of NIH. She is currently writing "Ten Things I Wish I'd Known Before She Died," a book about helping others die well. Join us for buffet breakfast at Glendale at 7:00 a.m. Bring a guest!


Chandler, Deasy, Brown and Kopczynski are the Four Horsemen of the Rotary Foundation. It’s not too late to make your contribution to this year’s annual giving campaign. If you haven’t committed yet, do so the moment you read this. Every Rotarian, Every Year is the on-going theme of our benevolent Foundation. Do your part and make the BBRC 100%!

Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often, it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out. – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Minutes from the latest meeting of the Values, Mission & Vision Committee

This report is included in the Reveille so that all who are interested can read, react and respond to what has been done to date. If you have any questions or comments, please contact contact Jim Zidar or Tom Smith.


The next meeting of the committee is scheduled for Monday, June 5.

Rotating the Wheels

BBRC Charity Golf Classic

Click on the names below to wish your fellow members a happy birthday or congratulate them on their BBRC anniversaries.


Jim Kindsvater, 06/03
Chip Erickson, 06/09
David Bolson, 06/11
Jim Carney, 06/11
Margie Burnett, 06/25
Chris Monger, 06/26
Alex Rule, 06/27
Alan Forney, 06/28


Kim Shrader, 17 yrs
Bob Holert, 16 yrs
Alex Rule, 11 yrs
Scott Sadler, 11 yrs
Jay Powers, 9 yrs
Steve Waltar, 8 yrs
Andrew Face, 5 yrs
Michael McIntosh, 2 yrs
Zul Alibhai, 1 yr

Looming on Your Calendar
This Saturday, the Community Service committee has a “large, technical project for the YMCA Camp Terry at Preston,” says Project Chief Ron Healey. “We’ve got about a dozen volunteers ... we need twice that many. PLEASE ... puh-leez, put aside some time to help us out. Come for as many hours as you can. Work begins at 8:00 and continues through the day.” If any past projects are an indication, the last man standing will be Ron Healey. Are we gonna let him do all of this by himself? C’mon team, time to respond! Contact Ron Healey.

Career Seminars are being scheduled at Sammamish High. Tom Smith says, “Watch for emails and plug in to a session that can use your expertise.”

The Walk-a-Thon committee met after the regular meeting. Big turnout, lots to discuss. Here’s another place you can become involved. Contact Jenny Andrews.

Jay Powers gave a pitch for recruiting new members to the Duvall Rotary.

July 17, a Monday, is the new date for the BBRC’s Annual Charity Golf Classic, 1:00 p.m. Willows Run Golf Course, Redmond. Get your foursome and register today! Contact Dick Brown.

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Pages From the Past
An invocation delivered by former member and Past District Governor John Jacob Gardiner that still has relevance today (from Reveille, Vol. 9, No. 31, January 28, 1997).

Six humans trapped by happenstance
In black and bitter cold
Each one possessed a stick of wood
Or so the story's told.
Their dying fire in need of logs
The first, a woman, held hers back.
For on the faces around the fire
She noticed one was black.
The next man looking Îcross the way
Saw one not of his church
And couldn't bring himself to give
The fire his stick of birch.
The third one sat in tattered clothes
He gave his coat a hitch.
Why should his log be put to use
To warm the idle rich?
The rich man just sat back and thought
Of the wealth he had in store
And how to keep what he had earned
From the lazy, shiftless poor.
The black man's face bespoke revenge
As the fire passed from his sight.
For all he saw in his stick of wood
Was a chance to spite the white.
And the last man of this forlorn group
Did naught except for gain
Giving only to those who gave
Was how he played the game.
The logs held tight in death's still hands
Was proof of human sin.
They didn't die from the cold without
They died from the cold within.

— Anonymous


John Mix


Jim Kindsvater




Vol. 18, No. 48, MAY 29, 2006

Click here for photos from the meeting.

The Friday Program:
Bellevue’s New Ballet Company

Reveille PhotoThe Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club was introduced to Ballet Bellevue by a visit by Artistic Director Viktoria Titova, a graduate of the famous Russian Bolshoi Ballet and now in her fourth year with the Bellevue company. Viktoria beamed when it was announced by Bob Moloney that she become a U.S. citizen in February.

“Bellevue is ready for this kind of performance,” said Viktoria. She introduced Natasha, a member of Ballet Bellevue who performed a short clip from Swan Lake. Observed Field Reporter Kim Shrader, “She performed right between the bacon and the oatmeal.”


Reveille PhotoFriday Potpourri

President Steve opened the meeting by introducing Corr Pearce, who delivered the invocation and led the Pledge to the Flag, and Cletus Cummings, who greeted several visiting Rotarians, who indicated they would think twice before returning! Hey, we liked the greeting from the Press Table!

A most important delegation gathered at the Press Table to confer wise counsel and create memorable quotations. Trusty Mark Hough (on furlough from Monroe Correctional Center), Rodd Kippen (with his new knee), Peter Stadelman (with his always smiling countenance), Bob Vallat (the finest non-secretarial attendance-taker), Jan Nestler (the beloved Matriarch of the BBRC), and Kim Shrader (the Singing President).

Captain Kelly Nolan of the Salvation Army told members about a barbecue for homeless people on Memorial Day. The “Army” is a blessing in our midst and deserves our support.


RI Foundation Roundup – Paul Chapman Recognition

Don Chandler reported that the BBRC has once again surpassed the club’s goal of near $34,000 to the Annual Giving Campaign of the RI Foundation. Don reminded members of the “other goal,” that of enlisting EVERY BBRC Rotarian to contributing to the campaign, no matter the amount. “We’d like all of our members to participate in this important activity ... giving our club 100% participation in the RI campaign.”

Reveille PhotoNew member Paul Chapman was cited for his generous gift of $1,000, which garnered him a Paul Harris Fellow, complete with framed certificate and pin. President Steve congratulated Paul for “jumping right in and participating in the PH program.” Steve also talked about what a thousand dollars will do to help people around the world be able to read, to drink clean water, to be free of disease. For Paul’s generosity, he received the May Rotarian of the Month award, along with his Paul Harris Fellow award.

Congratulations, Paul. You ARE jumping right in. No RINO for you!!!


Business Week Gets Check

Reveille PhotoAnn Gately, representative of Washington Business Week, accepted a check for $2,500 in support of the summer program that gives nearly a thousand high school students an intense week on a college campus learning about the impact of business in everyday life. Evelyn Cogswell of the BBRC Career Development Committee, made the presentation.

Gately thanked the club for its continued support of Business Week, with the funds going for scholarships allowing students from around the state to be enrolled. “Business Week gives kids a chance at the Business Week experience. History tells us that many are inspired by what they learn and for that they become better students.”


Promo for RTW: Aunt Maude & Claude

Reveille PhotoSayoko the Party Animal announced that Glendale Country Club would be the site for the annual Rotating the Wheels Dinner on June 30. The theme is “Bikes, Leather and Chains.”

At this point, through the doors came Auntie Maude (J. DeWater) who lamented the passing of the Raffle. “It’s just a Pretty Darn Good Rotary Club now. You gotta work to make these new-fangled fundraisers work,” says Auntie. In came her sidekick, Claude (Andrew Face), on a doodlebug, and both had a conversation about Rotating the Wheels Dinner on June 30. Andrew said the theme was “Bikes, Heather and Claims.”

Auntie retorted that she was expecting “Rotating the wheels on her Buick. And, the only reason she came back to visit was because of the Oatmeal.”

Sayoko apologized to the club for “trying to delegate.” No matter, just mark your calendar for the first-ever RTW at the Glendale Country Club, 6:00 p.m. on Friday, June 30!


Mini-Assembly: Foundation

Reveille PhotoThe BBRC’s Foundation Committee is one of the most committed groups actively participating on behalf of the club and the community. Chair Jane Kuechle lauded the dedication of the twenty people on her committee. The end-of-the-year Mini Assembly covered the specifics of this year’s committee activity.

The Overlake Service League has a program of providing nutritious food during school breaks in the Bellevue schools to needy youngsters. Over a thousand boxes containing these snacks are made available throughout the year. The BBRC supported the program with a grant of $5000.

Bob Moloney told about “Housing at the Crossroads, a truly wonderful place to put our money. Our grant of $7,500 helped the group get $2 million for transitional housing projects in Bellevue."

Reveille PhotoJim Young reported on “Residence East, an organization that helps developmentally disabled people. Most of its operating funds come from the state, but they depend on community sourced for capital improvements. The BBRC filled this need.”

Steve Roberts explained about “Healthy Start, a program for new mothers who need lots of help. The program teaches these young mothers how to be mothers. The BBRC provided necessary emergency funds in support of Healthy Start.”

A program initiated by the Foundation committee made a grant of $15,000 to Hopelink. This was a 3-month pilot project which has helped 10 families and 30 individuals who are deemed to be on the “edge of possible homelessness.” Will Einstein chaired support for this project.

Kuechle reported that Request for Proposals (RFPs) have been circulated within the community and are now returning for consideration by the committee. From now until August when the grant recipients are named is the busiest time for this dedicated group of Rotarians. Each RFP is thoroughly researched by small teams as it moves through the approval process. The finalists are paid a personal visit by a team before the whole committee agrees on which organizations will receive grants for 2006-2007.

A salute to the Foundation Committee for its great support of Rotary’s ideals.


The Friday Program:
Bellevue’s New Ballet Company

Reveille PhotoThe Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club was introduced to Ballet Bellevue by a visit by Artistic Director Viktoria Titova, a graduate of the famous Russian Bolshoi Ballet and now in her fourth year with the Bellevue company. Viktoria beamed when it was announced by Bob Moloney that she become a U.S. citizen in February.

“Bellevue is ready for this kind of performance,” said Viktoria. She introduced Natasha, a member of Ballet Bellevue who performed a short clip from Swan Lake. Observed Field Reporter Kim Shrader, “She performed right between the bacon and the oatmeal.”

Reveille PhotoThe ballet company has been performing classical productions for the community in several venues. “The audience was thrilled,” reports Viktoria. “This is our art and our visit today is to get word out to the broader community about the company.”

They have scheduled four productions in the Meydenbauer Center this coming year in December, March, May, and June. Fifteen dancers are contracted to perform in each production. There are about 150 total students involved. They study 7-8 hours a day and Viktoria says “their attitudes are wonderful.”

When asked the range of participation by students, Viktoria said they are as young as five years old. “Normally, a student begins performing in a professional company when they reach 17 years old. It takes every day work for both boys and girls to attain this goal. The talent in the U.S. is amazing ... they work for the pure joy and happiness of learning and performing!”

Reveille PhotoBallet Bellevue receives funding from government and as well as from private grants.

President Steve Lingenbrink presented Viktoria with a certificate denoting that a book was being donated in her name to the King County Library Ready-to-Read program to support Rotary’s emphasis on literacy.

Thanks to Bob Moloney for his introduction of Friday's speaker.



Reveille PhotoAn Oldie But Goodie, Brought Up-to-Date for Web Fun

Bubba was bragging to his boss one day, "You know, I know everyone there is to know. Just name someone, anyone, and I know them." Tired of his boasting, his boss called his bluff: "OK, Bubba, how about Tom Cruise?"

"Sure, yes, Tom and I are old friends, and I can prove it." So Bubba and his boss fly out to Hollywood and knock on Tom Cruise's door, and sure enough, Tom Cruise, shouts, "Bubba! Great to see you! You and your friend come right in and join me for lunch!"

Although impressed, Bubba's boss is still skeptical. After they leave Cruise's house, he tells Bubba that he thinks Bubba's knowing Cruise was just lucky. "No, no, just name anyone else," Bubba says.

"President Bush," his boss quickly retorts.

"Yes," Bubba says, "I know him, let's fly out to Washington." And off they go. At the White House, Bush spots Bubba on the tour and motions him and his boss over saying, "Bubba, what a surprise. I was just on my way to a meeting, but you and your friend come on in, and let's have a cup of coffee first and catch up." Well, the boss is very shaken by now, but still not totally convinced.

After they leave the White House grounds, he expresses his doubts to Bubba, who again implores him to name anyone else. "The pope," his boss replies.

"Sure!" says Bubba. "My folks are from Germany, and I've known the pope a long time." So off they fly to Rome. Bubba and his boss are assembled with the masses in Vatican Square when Bubba says, "This will never work. I can't catch the pope's eye among all these people. Tell you what, I know all the guards so let me just go upstairs and I'll come out on the balcony with the pope."

And he disappears into the crowd headed toward the Vatican. Sure enough, 30 minutes later, Bubba emerges with the pope on the balcony.

But by the time Bubba returns, he finds that his boss has had a heart attack and is surrounded by paramedics. Working his way to his boss's side, Bubba asks him, "What happened?" His boss looks up and says, "I was doing fine until you and the pope came out on the balcony and the man next to me said, 'Who's that on the balcony with Bubba?'"