Vol. 18, No. 12, September 19, 2005


The Friday Program: The St. Petersburg Children’s Hospice | A Message from Our President (Lingenbrink, that is) | Sergeant At Arms Minute | New Member Application Approved | BBRC Family Hike | Washington Business Week | A Membership Note | Board of Directors News | Friday Potpourri | Vandal-Husky Tickets Auctioned | Hurricane Katrina Relief Update | A Centennial Moment | Web Fun

the friday program:
The St. Petersburg Children’s Hospice

x0919Tkachenko1Father Alexander Tkachenko is visiting the Puget Sound region once again to cement relationships which began back during the Goodwill Games in 1990. Father Tkachenko is the head man at the St. Petersburg Children’s Hospice, the only institution of its kind in all of Russia.

Father Tkachenko was introduced by Paul Hirz, representing the First Presbyterian Church in Bellevue, which has provided support for the Hospice. The Goodwill Games provided connections with cities, schools and churches between the two countries and St. Petersburg has been one of the most lasting and successful. “After our third year of support for the Children’s Hospice, we see a wide base of support from elsewhere in the world, such as Vancouver B.C. and Germany,” Hirz commented.


A Message from Our President (Lingenbrink, that is)

x0919LingenbrinkIt is time to visit Guatemala once again. My family and I will be traveling north through the entire country, through Chichicastenago all the way up to Nebaj, into the northern mountain region know as the Ixil Triangle. Once there we will press on up to the village of Trapacitos, to finally arrive at the village of Xeucalvitz, 8000 feet in elevation.

Sunday will be a monumental life-changing event for the 109 families that are the indigenous Mayan people of this village. On Sunday, we will conduct the land-signing ceremony that will turn over more than 500 acres of land to the villagers. This land will assure their future will no longer be one of abject poverty. This is the culmination of many years hard work and much support from the members of the BBRC. But it is not the end. This is at a minimum a seven-year process (see: Now that they have clean water (thank you, BBRC) and land, there will be many additional years of agricultural training, as well as infrastructure in the building of homes, community centers, schools, and roads as well as economic education and possibly even electricity!

I am honored to be able to be part of this process. To watch the lives of these 400+ people’s lives change over the years is both emotionally overwhelming and satisfying at the same time. The people of Xeucalvitz, Agros International and I thank you for your support. Please keep my family in your thoughts and prayers this next week for a successful and safe trip. Thank you.


Sergeant At Arms Minute

x0919SAASeems that the New Member Experience (that monthly meeting on the first Tuesday of each month) held especially for new members of the BBRC came up a little short on New Members this month. Chairman Wayne McCaulley noted the meeting followed Labor Day and subscribed into the thinking that the new members simply forgot. The Sergeant At Arms didn’t, however, and asked each of the new members to rise and pay a $3.00 fine for missing the meeting. Attending were Jim Zidar, McCaulley, and Tom Smith, who was prepared to discuss the workings of Club Service II.

Greg and Elizabeth Hendershott are celebrating the arrival of their second son, joining two-year-old Keith. Greg paid a $10.00 fine for the good news. Jeff and Judy Cashman celebrated their 16th wedding anniversary recently.

Steve Waltar’s flyer for his seminars this weekend got lots of attention. Andrew Face put off his birthday until Friday so he could get some publicity from the Sarge — we think there was a fine. And finally, Frank Young had $100 burning a hole in his wallet, just itching to tell the club that he and his wife celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. Naturally, the Sergeant accepted Frank’s $100.


New Member Application Approved

The application for new member Harold L. “Hal” Teel was accepted by the BBRC Board of Directors at its monthly meeting September 13. Hal is self-employed as a financial consultant and is president of his own company, Teel Financial Group, Inc. The principal activity of his business is Retirement planning, Estate planning and employee benefits. Hal is married to Sherry and they have two children, Bryan and Cullen. They live in Sammamish.

Hal’s community involvement has been in youth Soccer and Baseball. He’s a member of the Society of Financial Service Professionals, the Financial Planning Association and the Estate Planning Council of Seattle. He enjoys oil painting and drawing, as well as travel, aerobic conditioning, reading, swimming and cycling. He has a membership at the Columbia Athletic Club, Sammamish Highlands.

The final stage of the new member process is a period of comment by the membership. If you have questions or comments regarding Hal Teel’s application, kindly contact Tom Smith, Club Service II Director (Ph 425-451-8036).

Deadline for replies is 3:00 p.m., Thursday, September 29, 2005.


Washington Business Week

Evelyn Cogswell gave a report on the activities of students sponsored by the BBRC for the annual Washington Business Week. Six students from various Bellevue high schools attended the sessions held this past summer. Evelyn read parts of letters sent by the students. Each student stressed the importance of learning more about business and they were grateful for the experience.

The Career Development Committee, chaired by Cogswell and Carol Hoeft is preparing for a Job Shadow exercise on October 19. More details forthcoming. The CD Committee includes Fred Barkman, Evelyn Cogswell, Carol Hoeft, Jane Kuechle, Rourke O’Brien and Jay Powers.


Board of Directors News

Membership actions by the Board of Directors at its September meeting saw resignations accepted from Jim Allen and Bill Schultheis. Rich Hammond has requested a leave of absence through December, which was granted.

Steve Szirmai, newly inducted into membership, has agreed to be “treasurer in training” under the tutelage of former treasurer Margie Burnett.

Brian Evison announced he is going to Chicago for RI’s meeting on membership retention next month.

President-elect Jim Zidar announced that Leavenworth has been selected as the site for the April 2006 club retreat.

Club Service I Director Wendi Fischer reminded members of a mixer to be held at Jane Kuechle’s home on October 30. Also, the Anniversary Dinner on November 11 will jive to the theme of “USO/Swing Music.”

International Service Director Cyril Faulkner outlined the early projects the World Community Service Committee has selected. A project championed by Curt Cummings for school desks and latrines to a community in Kenya is approved for $6,000. A BBRC member is needed to join Curt and travel to Kenya for two weeks.

Computers for Slovakia 2006 Project is in the planning process by John Martinka. Eighty computers are already donated. BBRC has committed $4,000 towards this project.

Joint project with the Rotary Club of Bellevue to procure cardiological diagnostic equipment for Honduras. Sponsor is Chris Ballard. Committee is reviewing request for $4,000.

A West Coast Walk to raise funds for PolioPlus is championed by Jeanne Thorsen. A request for funds of up to $1000 is pending committee review.

Foundation-Annual Giving effort is underway with nearly 40 members taking advantage of the Paul Harris Pledge program through the quarterly billing. Other members have committed to contribute with an eye to 100% club participation and an average of $300 per member.


Friday Potpourri

x0919BurnettNestlerPresident Lingenbrink opened the meeting on a sad note, letting members know that John Martinka’s father passed away that morning.

Norm Johnson reports to Steve that he’s “doing great.” Calls and visits welcomed ... just give the Johnson’s a heads-up before visiting.

Jan Nestler delivered the invocation, followed by the pledge to the flag. Margie Burnett greeted three visiting Rotarians including Frank Young and John Matheson, both of the Bellevue Club.

x0919RaffleTableRaffle scoreboard showed the National League at 9190 and the American League at 8608. Rosy Riveters, managed by Evelyn Cosgwell, made a big run for the Nationals, gaining $3000 from last week. The total tally through 9/16 is $17,798.

The extemporaneous fund-raising effort of Nick Paget, Chris Ballard and Curt Cummings raised a total of $1444 for the school supply drive. The funds were split between Hopelink and the Salvation Army to purchase supplies for families who need help with school supplies. Thanks, BBRC!

The Third Thursday Rock Bottom Social attracted four members of the Rotary Club of Duvall. A good time was had by all!

At the end of Friday’s business meeting, President Lingenbrink relinquished control of the meeting to past president Kim Shrader. Steve and his family were headed for Guatemala and had a 10 a.m. departure at Sea-Tac.


the friday program:
The St. Petersburg Children’s Hospice

x0919TkachenkoFather Alexander Tkachenko is visiting the Puget Sound region once again to cement relationships which began back during the Goodwill Games in 1990. Father Tkachenko is the head man at the St. Petersburg Children’s Hospice, the only institution of its kind in all of Russia.

Father Tkachenko was introduced by Paul Hirz, representing the First Presbyterian Church in Bellevue, which has provided support for the Hospice. The Goodwill Games provided connections with cities, schools and churches between the two countries and St. Petersburg has been one of the most lasting and successful. “After our third year of support for the Children’s Hospice, we see a wide base of support from elsewhere in the world, such as Vancouver B.C. and Germany,” Hirz commented.

The BBRC donated $1000 last year to the Hospice, which provides support for children and their families. The goal is to involve other Rotary Clubs in District 5030 as well as the Rotary Club of St. Petersburg and develop more matching funds for the hospice.

Father Tkachenko explained that there are long waiting periods to gain entrance to the hospice, mainly because of the limitation on beds, supplies, equipment and medical care. Doctors throughout Russia are aware of the Hospice and refer terminally-ill patients to it. “But, the parents bear a large burden, because there is no insurance available and the family must pay the costs of their child in the hospital.”

The Father said there are “no handicap ramps in public places in Russia. Most of the children who are terminally ill are wheelchair bound and some do not leave their homes. Our hospice is trying to expand our service by supplying medical care needed. The task is great.”

x0919HirzFather Tkachenko described what a blessing it is to work for these young people who face a shortened life. “They teach us the value of life. Dasha was a tough patient. She was difficult to treat because of her hardened attitude. She died at 15 years old on May 30, 2005 of pelvic cancer. Our Hospice has tried to establish a ‘Make a Wish Foundation’ to give our patients a special gift of remembrance.”

The hospice spends most of its money on medicine and hygienic supplies. “Diapers are an important item ... we spend between $1000 and $1500 each month on diapers.”

All types of diseases are represented at the Hospice. Today, there are 100 patients. Next year, they plan to open their doors to admit children with HIV/AIDS with the goal of 200 more patients. “We have a small staff of three doctors and four nurses. What saves us are our 100 volunteers,” said Tkachenko. “There is no word in the Russian language for ‘volunteer.’ We have begun something that will spread throughout our country. Today, we probably have the largest group of volunteers in Russia.”

One of the programs the Hospice sponsors is time spent with their patients to bring them hope. “These children are thirsting for education. We take children on outings to museums, on boat trips in an effort to enrich their short lives. Because all of our patients are wheelchair-bound, we got some valuable publicity when we took them to the Hermitage on an outing. The Hermitage has wheelchair ramps and we got good coverage on TV. That day, all other museums were calling to ask about installing ramps so they could get on TV!”

x0919TkachenkoShraderFather Tkachenko noted the Hospice celebrated its second anniversary on June 1st. “The city has promised us land to build a free-standing hospice. Obviously, our needs are great and we hope other such facilities can be built in Russia soon. I haven’t met any of you before today, but I feel that I’ve know you for awhile. Thank you for your support of our work.”

The St. Petersburg Rotary club is continuing their support by giving grants and providing contacts throughout the city. This is a made-to-order project for Rotary and the future would predict more clubs and districts getting together to expand the Hospice services.

Past President Kim Shrader thanked Father Tkachenko and Paul Hirz for their visit and noted that a book has been donated to the King County Library System in their name by the BBRC to support Rotary’s Literacy project.


Web Fun

x0919BufordChildren In Church

A Sunday school teacher asked her class, "What was Jesus' mother's name?"

One child answered, "Mary."

The teacher then asked, "Who knows what Jesus' father's name was?"

A little kid said, "Verge."

Confused, the teacher asked, "Where did you get that?"

The kid said, "Well, you know they are always talking about Verge n' Mary.


3-year-old, Reese: "Our Father, Who does art in heaven, Harold is His name. Amen."


A little boy was overheard praying:  "Lord, if you can't make me a better boy, don't worry about it.  I'm having a real good time like I am."


A Sunday school class was studying the Ten Commandments.  They were ready to discuss the last one.  The teacher asked if anyone could tell her what it was.  Susie raised her hand, stood tall, and quoted, "Thou shall not take the covers off the neighbor's wife."


After the christening of his baby brother in church, Jason sobbed all the way home in the back seat of the car.  His father asked him three times what was wrong.  Finally, the boy replied, "That preacher said he wanted us brought up in a Christian home, and I wanted to stay with you guys."


I had been teaching my three-year old daughter, Caitlin, the Lord's Prayer for several evenings at bedtime, she would repeat after me the lines from the prayer.  Finally, she decided to go solo.  I listened with pride as she carefully enunciated each word right up to the end of the prayer:  "Lead us not into temptation," she prayed, "but deliver us some E-mail.


One particular four-year-old prayed, "And forgive us our trash baskets as we forgive those who put trash in our baskets."


A Sunday school teacher asked her children, as they were on the way to  church service, "And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?"

One bright little girl replied, "Because people are sleeping."


Six-year-old Angie and her four-year-old brother Joel were sitting together in church.  Joel giggled, sang, and talked out loud.  Finally, his big sister had had enough.

"You're not supposed to talk out loud in church."

"Why? Who's going to stop me?" Joel asked.

Angie pointed to the back of the church and said, "See those two men standing by the door? They're hushers."


A mother was preparing pancakes for her sons, Kevin, 5, and Ryan, 3.  The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake.  Their mother saw the opportunity for a moral lesson.  "If Jesus were sitting here, He would say, 'Let my brother have the first pancake, I can wait.'"

Kevin turned to his younger brother and said, "Ryan, you be Jesus!"


A father was at the beach with his children when the four-year-old son ran up to him, grabbed his hand, and led him to the shore where a seagull lay dead in the sand.

"Daddy, what happened to him?" the son asked.

"He died and went to Heaven," the Dad replied.

The boy thought a moment and then said, "Did God throw him back down?"


A wife invited some people to dinner.  At the table, she turned to their six-year-old daughter and said, "Would you like to say the blessing?"

"I wouldn't know what to say," the girl replied.

"Just say what you hear Mommy say," the wife answered.

The daughter bowed her head and said, "Lord, why on earth did I invite all these people to dinner



John Mix

Jim Kindsvater


Don’t miss this week’s engaging speaker, Ed Edelstein. His topic is “If Your Company Could Talk, What Would It Say, and Would Anybody Listen?” He’ll discuss the image your company puts forward. Ed has degrees from the Wharton School of Commerce and the London School of Economics. Buffet breakfast is served at 7:00 a.m., meeting at 7:30 and program at 8:00 a.m. at the Glendale Country Club this Friday. Guests and prospective members welcome!


Two more meetings are scheduled this first quarter, which means those who haven’t squared away their billing should make contact with the cashier at either of the two meetings, or mail your remittance to Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club, PO Box 3003, Bellevue WA 98009-3003. Thanks!



The service we render others is the rent we pay on earth.


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Steve Bender, 9/18
Hans Giner, 9/20


Colly Radford, 19 years

John DeWater, 15 years

Margie Burnett, 11 years

Peter Powell, 11 years

Shelly Noble, 7 years

Tom Miller, 2 years


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Guided by Naturalist Peter Holte
Preserve Plant Earth Committee and the Fellowship Committee invite you to have fun!

x0919HikeSaturday, 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.


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A Membership Note
President Lingenbrink noted that Rotary has changed, quoting Past District Governor Rosemary Aragon at the Rotary International Convention in Chicago: “We need to get young again.”

x0919SmithAttracting young people will be the goal, and Tom Smith, Club Service II Director, picked up the conversation by saying, “We’re no longer in a ‘hometown USA environment.’ In days gone by, Rotary was somewhat exclusive, targeting the owners of local businesses. Today, our goal is to become more inclusive, targeting people who have a heart for community service. Why wouldn’t we want more lawyers?” Smith asked.


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Vandal-Husky Tickets Auctioned


Don Deasy had made four tickets to Saturday’s Idaho-Washington game available for auction. Tim Leahy, a steady visitor and soon-to-be applicant for membership, has auctioneering capabilities. His talent was exhibited Friday when he auctioned the four tickets off for $50.00, with the proceeds going to Katrina Relief. Andrew Face was the lucky owner of the tickets and will send $50 to the BBRC Foundation.


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Hurricane Katrina Relief Update
With $350 more in contributions, the BBRC’s effort to help victims of Hurricane Katrina rose to $7,415. The magnitude of the disaster will extend the need for funds to help agencies that are working the front lines. The BBRC has determined that our funds would be sent to the Salvation Army. Any further contributions will be transferred to the Army. Make future checks out to Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Foundation.


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A Centennial Moment
x0919McCaulleyWayne McCaulley, Centennial Committee Chair, revved up the membership with the announcement that the club has raised one million dollars for its Centennial project. The Bellevue Spray Play Water Park has a total request of $1.6 million. Any member who may have contacts with companies or organizations for financial support should contact McCaulley.


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