Don’t miss Fr. Alexander Tkachenko along with Paul Hirz of SCORE with the heart-warming story about the children’s hospice in St. Petersburg, Russia, the only facility of its kind. The BBRC has supported the hospice with a grant of $1000 last year. Friday, we’ll learn more about this successful program. Breakfast at 7:00, meeting at 7:30 and program at 8:00 a.m. all at Glendale Country Club. Bring a guest or a potential member!

Just two weeks remain in the current quarter. For those who have not squared up accounts with the treasurer, it would really be nice if you’d write a check or create a credit card transaction so your current balance wouldn’t carry over into the next quarter.

On the subject of attendance, we’re consistently in the 70% range, which, on some occasions, leaves empty tables for breakfast. Good attendance is one of obligations of a Rotarian and RI expects us to individually maintain at least 60% attendance. The club strives for 80%, which is not out of the realm of possibility. Remember, there are 54 other Rotary clubs in this District who would welcome your attendance at their club, thus adding to a make-up at the BBRC. Attending special club functions such as socials, along with attendance at committee and board meetings all count toward make-ups. Do your part and let’s get our collective attendance above 80%!

The only food that never goes up in price is food for thought.



Rich Hammond, 9/11
Michael McIntosh, 9/12
Andrew Face, 9/16

Colly Radford, 19 years

John DeWater, 15 years

Margie Burnett, 11 years

Peter Powell, 11 years

Shelly Noble, 7 years

Tom Miller, 2 years



Administrators at Overlake Hospital and Medical Center in Bellevue, Washington issued an announcement this afternoon that Norm Johnson, a patient in the care of the Cardiac Care Ward was missing. 

An Overlake spokesperson, who requested anonymity when asked for a name and position,  stated that, "A Mr. Norm Johnson was admitted on Thursday, September 8 for the  4- to 7-day stay that is normally associated with a Thoracotomy, or removal of a lung. His absence, after only a 3-night stay, is unprecedented. If the general public ever discovers the benefits of his  healthy life style and good physical conditioning, it will have a major economic impact on not only Overlake, but hospitals nationwide. That would result in a 57% decrease in hospital occupancy!"

Mr. Johnson was discovered missing at approximately 2:30PM on Sunday, September 11. It is believed that a hospital employee abetted his departure by pushing "Skippy" (the little blue cart that could) loaded with flowers, plastic disposable items and spare clothing, to the front lobby.  Mr. Johnson was walking casually ahead of Skippy and did not appear to be a departing patient. An attractive woman driving a light blue SUV pulled up, the contents of Skippy were transferred, and Mr. Johnson simply got in and was driven off.  He appeared just a bit loopy, but that was no doubt a result of effective utilization of pain medication."

x0912NormThis photo of Mr. Johnson was  received this afternoon. It does not appear that he will be returning to Overlake anytime soon.  That is due in no small part to the excellent care that our surgeons, nurses, nurse techs, and staff  provided during his brief stay."


Major Gift to Hopelink

x0912HopelinkOne of the BBRC’s close community partners is Hopelink. Back when they were the Multi-Service Center on the Eastside, the club joined to support many of the agency’s projects. The partnership continues, with the BBRC once again supporting a major grant to Hopelink. Doreen Marchione, Executive Director of Hopelink accepted the $15,000 donation indicating the funds will establish an important short-term case management system. “This will give us the capability to offer our services to help keep families stable during periods of instability,” Doreen declared. Will Einstein, of the Major Gifts Committee, presented the check.


BBRC Family Hike

Guided by Naturalist Peter Holte

Preserve Plant Earth Committee and the Fellowship Committee invite you to have fun!

Saturday, September 24th, 9:00am, Anti-Aircraft Peak on Cougar Mountain (Cool name, don't you think?) Bring your own munchies. Bottled water will be provided.

Get exercise, enjoy fellowship and learn about the Northwest natural environment from Naturalist Peter Holte. This is an easy trail for everyone: 3.7 miles or 2-3-hours round trip. (You’ll get back home in time for the UW/ND football game.) 

Everyone who can walk — including your dogs (on a leash) — is welcome. No park usage fee or parking fee. It's FREE!

Sign up on September 16th. We will provide the directions to the park later. Questions? Contact Sayoko K


Volunteers Needed for a Taste Testing Study
Researchers in the School of Nutrition and Exercise Science at Bastyr University need your help to determine if their study food tastes good! 

Rate the taste of different foods prepared by our research staff and find out information on your Metabolism, Daily Caloric Requirements, Dietary Intake, Taste Preferences and Taste Sensitivity, Physical Activity, Personality and other Psychological Characteristics, and Body Composition.  

The foods contain typical ingredients and have a wide range of nutrient contents.

Study Location: 
Bastyr University, Kenmore

Study Schedule: 
Four 1.5-hr sessions and one 3-hr session.  

Time commitment: 
9-10 hrs.  You may be eligible if you are 18-50 yrs old; normal weight, overweight or very overweight (BMI 20-35); have no serious chronic medical conditions, have few dietary restrictions, and are a nonsmoker.  Stipend:  You will be paid $80 upon completion of the study.  This NIH-funded research is being conducted by Dr. Megan McCrory, Research Associate Professor, School of Nutrition and Exercise Science, Bastyr University.  If interested, or for more information, please call 425-602-3390.