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Vol. 18, No. 9, August 29, 2005


the friday program:
Bellevue Schools Report

x0829Riley1Evelyn Cogswell introduced speaker Mike Riley, Superintendent of Bellevue Public Schools, who began his program by thanking the club for the support it has given, and continues to give schools and kids. He pointed out that even non-direct gifts like the one made to Eastside Healthy Start benefits the schools. “Ours is a community that does more than give lip service to schools and I want to thank you for that.”

Riley pointed out that today’s kids see a clear path between education and a successful future. “We’ve entered an age when every kid is thinking about education and every kid should have a college education.” He said that the time is coming when a college diploma will mean what a high school diploma meant a hundred years ago. READ MORE HERE

Call to Order

x0829GreetersLingenLeno was noticeably absent on this glorious morning at Glendale Country Club, having suffered a severely bruised ego last week at the hands of John Martinka. In his place, presiding over today’s meeting was President Steve Lingenbrink who called the meeting to order by bringing up our ever-effusive and recently absent club administrator, John Mix.

In a moment reminiscent of Sally Field’s Oscar acceptance speech (”You like me! You really like me!”), Johnny cried out, “The sun comes up over the mountain and it’s daylight in the swamp!” then proceeded to thank everyone who filled in for him during his recovery from knee surgery. Incidentally, it took 13 Rotarians to fill just two of John’s shoes. We’ve missed you John ­ glad you’re back.

John Dewater delivered an invocation written by Jorge Lara-Braud published in “A Book of Reformed Prayers” by Howard L. Rice and Lamar Williamson, Jr. Apologies to the author for slight modifications.

Gracious God, perhaps I should quit this habit of reading two newspapers before I go to work. The world I read about seems to get worse each day. It’s enough to make me throw in the towel and to leave it to the rascals to finish it off.

But then, I remember it is this world you love, not another and I begin to re-focus. There is hope for the world and for me, after all. Your love is at work, even in the midst of violence and death. I know it because You were not overcome by either violence or death, but overcame them both by the power of you love. That’s all I need to know.

Help [us], then, not to flinch away from the daisy news, to serve the world truly well, and to do it with all the gifts you have given [us], the greatest of which is love. Amen.

For some reason which your scribe was unable to decipher, Bob Holert invited guests and visiting Rotarians to tell the club about the last time they were at Canlis. Our only visiting Rotarian, Kathleen Steele (classification ­ financial services), from the Bellevue noon club, looked as puzzled as your scribe and replied, “Where?”

x0829OBrienVisitors included Bill Kelly, who is in the financial services field and also serves as the Bellevue High School girls basketball coach; Hal Teal, from the Teal Financial Group, Tim Leahy, who is in the “tubing business”; Kathleen Hickey and Rebecca Volari, who were at the meeting to accept a check from the BBRC Foundation;

Dale Mitchell, from Data Sign; and Rourke’s son Michael O’Brien, who Rourke said, “will be in SCHOOL in a couple weeks.”


Membership Extension Month

Following introductions, the club was treated to a Lingenramble on the importance of membership extension as President Steve introduced the BBRC’s champion recruiter, Rourke O’Brien. Rourke said, “We often over think why people would want to belong to a club like Rotary. The key to bringing in new members is to just ask them to come to a meeting. Once they get here and see how great it is, the club sells itself.”

Rourke then asked several guests to stand and explain how they came to be at the meeting. The club greatly enjoyed Hal Teal’s response: “I was having a business meeting with Phil Salvatori and things got off track, as they usually do in meetings with Phil, and I ended up agreeing to go to a Rotary meeting.” It must have worked as Hal has applied for membership. Good job, Phil.

Rotarian Andrew Face used another effective technique to persuade Tim Leahy to attend a meeting. Andrew invited Tim to go golfing one Friday but part of the deal was that he had to attend Rotary first. Tim’s father had been very active in Rotary so it wasn’t a hard sell. Tim also visited the Bellevue noon club, which he said was a fine club but he was “glad to be back at the BBRC”.


BBRC Foundation Gives Again

x0829EHSSteve Roberts, acting on behalf of the BBRC Foundation, presented a grant of $7500 to Eastside Healthy Start (EHS) which provides home based support to parents 22 years of age or younger. Their goal is to strengthen and empower families so they can foster optimal development of babies and young children.

EHS provides services to families living in the Bellevue, Lake Washington and Mercer Island school districts. Many of the young parents in the program are high school students who have been referred by the school districts. The program supports young parents as they foster the cognitive, social and language skills of their babies.

The BBRC grant will provide emergency funding for families in crisis. These resources might provide calling cards to help young moms who are all alone or to help young moms escape domestic violence.


New Member Proposed: Stephan L. Szirmai

The BBRC Board of Directors has unanimously passed forward the application for membership of Stephan L. Szirmai to become the club’s newest member. Steve has closed out a career with Boullioun Aviation Services, a company for which he served as treasurer since 2002. His occupation has had him dealing with banking and finance areas, and his classification is proposed to be “Business Consultant.” Steve is sponsored by Brian Evison and co-sponsored by Rich Hammond.

He and his wife Rena live in Kirkland with their three children: Christina, 18; Nicholas, 17; and Joseph, 14. Steve enjoys bicycling, chess and cars and has a membership in the YMCA. He has attended numerous BBRC meetings in his run-up to membership.

Comments or questions regarding this application may be directed to Tom Smith, Club Service II Director (Ph 425-451-8036).

Deadline for replies is 3:00 p.m., Thursday, September 1, 2005.


Ballard Banks Bucks

x0829SAASAA Ballard had an excellent morning of “fine-raising” by fining John Mix and Steve White for not picking up their raffle packets. He “sold” each of them a packet for $10 a piece. Mix was also fined for showing up at the meeting with perfectly functional fingers, yet still relying on Jenny Andrews to do his scribe gig.

Nick Paget, American League Manager, was fined because the National League is clobbering them. Nick responded by yelling, “Our motto is: Two Outs ­ So What?” Didn’t work, he still payed up. Paget made out in the end, though, because Ballard squeezed $5 out of every Rotarian in attendance to support Nick’s “School Supply Drive” for families at Hopelink and the Salvation Army. All for a good cause!


Bellevue Schools Report

x0829Riley2Evelyn Cogswell introduced speaker Mike Riley, Superintendent of Bellevue Public Schools, who began his program by thanking the club for the support it has given, and continues to give schools and kids. He pointed out that even non-direct gifts like the one made to Eastside Healthy Start benefits the schools. “Ours is a community that does more than give lip service to schools and I want to thank you for that.”

Riley pointed out that today’s kids see a clear path between education and a successful future. “We’ve entered an age when every kid is thinking about education and every kid should have a college education.” He said that the time is coming when a college diploma will mean what a high school diploma meant a hundred years ago.

The days of assigning kids into either a technical education track or a college prep track are over. Riley believes that students who are focused on technical education should also take at least some college prep courses. He went on to say that educators used to believe that kids born into uneducated or impoverished families should be tracked toward technical education. “We believe that those are the kids we should be focusing on to allow them to achieve their goals, whatever their goals may be.”

In America, 75 % of high school students get some post high school education. In fact, 90% of middle school students say they intend to go to college. This shows that going to college is part of the American dream and the desire to attend college cuts across all economic and racial groups.

x0829CogswellThe bad news is that, while students have heightened aspirations, many schools are not preparing them well for college. Fifty percent of high school graduates in Washington end up in remedial education classes just to prepare for college coursework. Remedial education is costly to tax payers because we pay for students to take the same classes twice, once in high school and again in college.

In Washington, 48% of high school graduates attend community college and 25% go to four-year universities. Nationally, the statistics are opposite with 48% attending four year colleges and 25% attending community college.

The mission of the Bellevue School District is to give every student the kind of education traditionally reserved for America’s elite class. Riley wants to give every child a first rate college preparatory education that will allow the student to graduate from college ­ not just attend. “To accomplish this, we must do it from kindergarten up. We can’t start in 11th or 12th grade and expect it to happen.”

There are three components to this plan:

• Challenging engaging curriculum in all disciplines

• Instruction from knowledgeable well trained teachers

• Support for students who need it, when they need it

x0829RileyLingenbrinkRiley believes that education should be like stair steps ­ increasingly and predictably challenging every year. Now, however, it is variable with some years being extremely challenging and other years showing little progress.

Participation in Advanced Placement (AP) courses makes a difference in students’ success. Riley wants to see more students participate in AP classes as well as an increase in the number of kids who pass the national test and receive college credit.

President Steve, in a brilliant linking statement between literacy and education, presented Riley with a certificate indicating that a book had been donated in his name to the King County Library System.


Web Fun

Thoughts About Dogs

The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue. - Anonymous

Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful. - Ann Landers

If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. - Will Rogers

There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face. - Ben Williams

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself. - Josh Billings

The average dog is a nicer person than the average person. - Andy Rooney

We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all. It's the best deal man has ever made. - M. Acklam

Dogs love their friends and bite their enemies, quite unlike people, who are incapable of pure love and always have to mix love and hate. - Sigmund Freud

I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult. - Rita Rudner

A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down. - Robert Benchley

Anybody who doesn't know what soap tastes like never washed a dog. - Franklin P. Jones

If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons. - James Thurber

If your dog is fat, you aren't getting enough exercise. - Unknown

My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to $3.00 a can. That's almost $21.00 in dog money. - Joe Weinstein

Ever consider what our dogs must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul - - chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we're the greatest hunters on earth! - Anne Tyler

Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea. - Robert A. Heinlein

Speak softly and own a big, mean Doberman. - Dave Miliman

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man. - Mark Twain

You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, 'Wow, you're right! I never would've thought of that!' - Dave Barry

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. - Roger Caras

If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them. - Phil Pastoret



Jenny Andrews

Jim Kindsvater


Jean Floten, President, Bellevue Community College, at the Glendale Country Club, breakfast at 7:00 am, program at 8:00 am.


As Gene Autry used to say, “We’re back in the saddle agin, Out where a frind is a frind ...” No question about the “frinds” business. A whole sea of friends to greet the hobbled club administrator. But, let’s get something straight: Mix would not have been able to have total knee replacement surgery, continue working from home and accepting your generous paychecks without the help of the following Club Administration Team:


• Bob Moloney, Set-up Man

• Dick Brown, Set-up Assistant

• Mark Hough, Reveille Editor

• Wendi Fischer, Reveille Co-Editor

• Tom Smith, Reveille, Co-Editor

• Jenny Andrews, Reveille, Co-Editor

• Margie Burnett, Post Office/Bank Deposit Lady

• Jeanne Thorsen, Secretary

• Bob Vallat, Co-Secretary

• Dick Brown, Hospital Visitor

• Kelly Nolan, Hospital Visitor, Doughnut Dispenser and Prayer Leader

• Jim Owens, Chauffeur

• Steve Lingenbrink, Coordinator of Otis Sightings


There are others who randomly checked in with phone calls or emails. Notably, Evelyn Cogswell, Chris Monger, Ruben Ladlad, and my fellow hosiery pal, Doug Cameron. Now, it’s back to work!


Still a bit of work to do on Quarterly Dues. Email rminders will be sent out this week. Posting of club attendance on the web will occur in the next week. Watch for it!



A mother never realizes the full value of education until summer is over and the kids go back to school


Rotarian of the Month: Jane Kuechle



In recognition of her extraordinary work chairing the BBRC Foundation Committee, Jane Kuechle was named the August Rotarian of the Month. Jane and her committee have moved amazingly quickly to issue the RFP, review proposals, make site visits and select grant recipients. Congratulations to a very deserving ROTM.



Foundation Moment

Don Chandler reminded the club that there are many ways to contribute to the Rotary International Foundation, including memorial gifts. He read a letter that was sent from the Rotary Foundation after a memorial gift was made by BBRC member Larry May. Memorial gifts should be funneled through “the Dons” so that records can be kept when gifts are made.




Raffle Revisited



Raffle chair, Peter Powell, again marshaled the teams to sell, sell, sell by standing before his rapt audience and yelling, “What time is it now?” Thankfully, he also provided the answer, “It’s raffle time!” With the crowd now worked into a frenzy of raffle enthusiasm, Peter called up the team coaches, dressed in their baseball best, and everyone stood to sing Hojo’s original baseball-themed raffle tune. Three members, Phil Salvatori, Kevin Jewell and Hojo have already turned in $1000. Otherwise, there are still a lot of zeros on the scoreboard.



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