The Between Years Break begins, with no regular meetings scheduled until January 6. The BBRC will observe Christmas by taking Friday, December 23 off (Christmas Adam) and will take the following Friday, December 30, as part of the New Year’s holiday.

Regular meetings begin anew in the brand new year on Friday, January 6, 2006. Because of Glendale’s annual renovation break, our meeting place will be closed on the 6th. Therefore, the club will transfer its meeting to Bellevue’s Rock Bottom beginning at 7:00 a.m. The Rock Bottom’s Brewmaster is our featured speaker.

The next week, the BBRC board resumes its Second Tuesday of the Month meetings on Tuesday, January 10, 2006 at Glendale. And, our Glendale Country Club meetings resume on Friday, January 13th.


The end of Rotary’s Second Quarter is on December 31. There are no further meetings for members who haven’t paid their dues. If you plan on taking care of your account prior to the quarter’s end, then you must send your remittance to the BBRC, PO Box 3003, Bellevue WA, 98009-3003 no later than Wednesday, December 28. Your remittance must reach our PO Box no later than 9:00 a.m. on Friday, December 30th. At that point, your balance will be carried forward into the next quarter.

Third Quarter billing will be put in the mail on Monday, January 2, 2006.

It is good to dream, but it is better to dream and work. Faith is mighty, but action with faith is mightier. Desiring is helpful, but work and desire are invincible. – Thomas Robert Gaines

Sayoko Kuwahara, 12/4
Kim Shrader, 12/5
Steve Vincent, 12/6
Peter Powell, 12/7
Dick Clarke, 12/9
John Sheeran, 12/20
Steve Szirmai, 12/23
Don Deasy, 12/27


Cary Kopczynski, 12 yrs
Wayne McCaulley, 9 yrs
Terry Peterson, 7 yrs
Will Einstein, 6 yrs
Larry May, 6 yrs
Carlene Buty, 5 yrs
Mitch Freedman,
inducted December 2!

How to Contact Exchange Student Stefi Baltierra
Mike Ralph, who is involved with Stefi’s contact with Rotarians, has recommended direct contact with Stefi to get on her calendar. She is comfortable taking calls from Rotarians and figuring out whether her schedule will allow her to participate. You can email Stefi directly to make plans. She is currently staying with Bellevue Rotarian Kim Wold in Newport Shores.

GolfWhat had become a holiday tradition is scheduled again for Saturday, December 24, and die-hard BBRC golfers will gather at Mt. Si Golf Course for Golfing with the Elves!

The frost may just be breaking up by the 9:20 am tee time! Norm Johnson says there’ll be “HBR’s at the turn and you can play 9 or 18 holes – your choice!” Contact Norm Johnson (Ph 206-979-9400) for more information about this Rain-or-shine event, with “good fellowship, clear fairways, slow greens and MEGA FUN!”

Raffle Has Life of its Own

Raffle Chair and President-elect Jim Zidar was asked to recap the BBRC’s successful raffle, but he demurred by saying, “Donations are scattered about and members seem to be finding last-minute contributions that are destined for the raffle. We’ll have a final figure in January.” The last word was a raffle producing over $112,000. Stay tuned for details.

John Mix


Jim Kindsvater



Vol. 18, No. 25, DECEMBER 19, 2005:

A Hail to Santa | Clarkes Honored | Glendale Staff Shares Christmas Bonuses | A Salute to Our Christmas Family | Giving Tree Wrap | Raffle Has Life of its Own | Friday Potpourri | Santa Flies in at Glendale | Web Fun 

SantaA Hail to Santa

A near sell-out at cozy Glendale Country Club spelled the BBRC’s annual Christmas Breakfast, with kids as our featured guests. The Fellowship Committee, with Sayoko K. at the helm, tabulated 135 adults and 46 kids who’d registered prior to the event. This was an all-time record number. Add to that Five Past District Governors, Four Other Visiting Rotarians, Three Waitpersons at the Juice Table, Two of Wendi and Chad Fischer’s children and a Current District Governor (Sally Gray) and the Five Days of Christmas literally sped by.


ClarkeClarkes Honored

The Past District Governors and Current DG gathered to honor the final meeting attended by Dick Clarke. Dick and his wife Donna have been mainstays in the fabric of the BBRC from the opening bell. Dick’s not too pleased with the prospect of traveling over the bridge from his home in Seattle and has decided on retirement. Celebrating his 76th birthday on December 9, Dick was a charter member of the BBRC, the club’s second president, and District Governor in 1996-97. He has maintained steady club activity, being a member of the Cashier’s team and of the Past President’s Club. His wry humor will be missed, although he’s covered all bases by making sure he can visit any time he wants. By action of the Board of Directors, Dick was declared an Honorary Member.

With District Governor Sally Gray leading the delegation, the other 5030 Past District Governors and one Governor-to-be occupied the table of honor for the Clarkes. Immediate Past Governor Kathy Johnson (2004-2005), PDG Rosemary Aragon (2002-2003), PDG John Nelson (2000-2001), PDG Duane Ruud (1999-2000), PDG Jim Hathaway (1998-1999) and PDG John Rasmussen (1995-1996). Rasmussen delivered a brief accolade to Dick Clarke’s service to Rotary. Also attending was Don Gregory, District Governor nominee for 2007-2008.


Glendale Staff Shares Christmas Bonuses

GlendaleTen very hard-working and visible staff members were honored Friday with a special Christmas bonus for their service to the BBRC. Receiving a token of the club’s esteem were Marianne Johns, Leina Sinicrope, Donnie Baker, Mario Zapata, Jose Matias, Jr., Jose Matias, Sr., Frank Heilman, Enrique Ramirez, Miguel Valterra and Nancy Nguyen. Club Administrator John Mix made the presentation on behalf of the BBRC.


A Salute to Our Christmas Family

ChristmasFamilyA project of the Community Service Committee each year honors a family that does wonderful things for their family group, often at great odds. Margie Burnett introduced Carol Eisman, who is the caregiver for our Christmas Family. She and her husband Reggie were honored last year, and the committee felt they were worthy of support this year also.

The family has 11 children, two of them their own children, the rest adopted. Each has special needs. The children are between the ages of 7 and 20. The committee awarded them a check for $1,000 to make their Christmas bright and merry.


Giving Tree Wrap

Phil Salvatori put a capper on the morning with his Giving Tree report. “We succeeded in making 110 families awfully happy at Christmastime and we thank you all for your generosity. There were some members who didn’t get to participate and told me they’d be happy to fill in where needed. A call came from the Lake Heights YMCA of six more families who really need some help at this time of the year. If you’d like to help us in this endeavor, please contact me.”

With that, President Lingenbrink gave out his thought for the holiday and wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Club meetings resume on Friday, January 6, at Rock Bottom in downtown Bellevue, 7:00 a.m.


Friday Potpourri

The extraordinary meeting started out in an ordinary way, with Steve Szirmai giving the invication and Robin Callan offering the pledge to the flag and greeting visitors.

Jim Gordon was honored as Rotarian of the Month for December for his leadership on the Programs Committee, and LeeAnn Woods and Tom Harrelson both turned in their yucky Red Badges for the beautiful, shiny Blue Badges. Congratulations to all three members!


ProgramSanta Flies in at Glendale

The jolly old elf we know and love appeared right on cue, as Santa’s 2005 Visit was marked by an enthusiastic group of youngsters awaiting their interview.

Prior to Santa’s arrival, Wendi Fischer introduced a couple of stories of the Season, with the thought that people are much the same around the world, showing “love, compassion and understanding” at this wonderful time of year. Steve Vincent gave a heart-warming story about a group of people who helped round up all kinds of balls for distribution to needy kids, and Steve Szirmai told the amazing story of the gift of donuts from the donut shop.

This was a prelude to the appearance of Santa, accompanied by his able-bodied assistants, two of his elves, Phil Salvatori-elf and Tom Harrelson-elf. With Chip Erickson at the piano, the crowd belted out two Christmas favorites, "Jingle Bells" and "Santa Claus is Coming to Town."

The kids spotted the jolly, chubby guy in the red suit being transported by a Glendale golf cart to the meeting room’s back door. And what to our wondering eyes should appear but St. Nicholas Paget and his big bag of gear! St. Nick was mobbed by the little ones, and everyone received a nice gift. Each child was given either a coloring book or a miniature car. There were smiles all around.

Santa finished his work and said goodbye to the crowd and disappeared to his next stop. Lots of parents and grandparents were taking pictures of the wee ones seated on Santa’s lap. It was a great morning!


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1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they're serving rum balls.

2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. Like fine single-malt scotch, it's rare. In fact, it's even rarer than single-malt scotch. You can't find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It's not as if you're going to turn into
an eggnog-aholic or something. It's a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. It's later than you think. It's Christmas!

3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.

4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.

5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other people's food for free. Lots of it. Hello?

6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.

7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don't budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They're like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave
them behind, you're never going to see them again.

8. Same for pies. Apple, Pumpkin, Mincemeat, have a slice of each. Or, if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor day?

9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards.

10. One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention. Reread tips; start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner.

Remember, life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming, "WOO HOO! What a ride!"

Baby, It's Cold Outside!