VOL 19, NO 48
, JUNE 12, 2007

Friday Program: "Starbucks Entertainment Division," Ken Lombard, CEO & President, Starbucks Entertainment
 | Celebratory Memorial Lunch in Honor of Carol Hoeft | Preliminaries | Rotating the Wheels Dinner: Officer Ballard Strikes Fear in the Hearts of BBRCers | BBRC Scholarship Winners | Committee Updates | Web Fun

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Friday Program
"Starbucks Entertainment Division," Ken Lombard, CEO & President, Starbucks Entertainment

Reveille ImageBob Holert introduced Ken Lombard, President of Starbucks Entertainment, noting Lombard was a former UW Husky basketball player under coach Marv Harshman. (Well, my email is ‘huskybob,’ Bob told Ken, in explanation.)


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President Jim opened the meeting with important historical news involving June 8.

On that date, in 1959, U.S. Navy submarine USS Barbero assisted the Post Office Department, the predecessor of the current United States Postal Service (USPS) in its search for faster, more efficient forms of mail transportation with the first and only delivery of "Missile Mail". Shortly before noon on 8 June 1959, Barbero fired a Regulus cruise missile — its nuclear warhead having earlier been replaced by two official Post Office Department mail containers — at the Naval Auxiliary Air Station in Mayport, Florida. Twenty-two minutes later, the missile struck its target.

Reveille ImageUpon witnessing the missile's landing, Postmaster General Arthur Summerfield stated, "This peacetime employment of a guided missile for the important and practical purpose of carrying mail, is the first known official use of missiles by any Post Office Department of any nation." Summerfield proclaimed the event to be "of historic significance to the peoples of the entire world", and predicted that "before man reaches the moon, mail will be delivered within hours from New York to California, to Britain, to India or Australia by guided missiles. We stand on the threshold of rocket mail."

Bill Brooks did the invocation and pledge. For the invocation, Bill cited a portion of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s prayer to the nation on June 6, 1944.

The entire text of Roosevelt’s prayer is below:

Reveille ImageMy Fellow Americans:

Last night, when I spoke with you about the fall of Rome, I knew at that moment that troops of the United States and our Allies were crossing the Channel in another and greater operation. It has come to pass with success thus far.

And so, in this poignant hour, I ask you to join with me in prayer:

Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.

Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith.

They will need Thy blessings. Their road will be long and hard. For the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces. Success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again; and we know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph.

They will be sore tried, by night and by day, without rest -- until the victory is won. The darkness will be rent by noise and flame. Men's souls will be shaken with the violences of war.

For these men are lately drawn from the ways of peace. They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. They fight to let justice arise, and tolerance and goodwill among all Thy people. They yearn but for the end of battle, for their return to the haven of home.

Some will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom.

And for us at home -- fathers, mothers, children, wives, sisters, and brothers of brave men overseas, whose thoughts and prayers are ever with them -- help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice.

Many people have urged that I call the nation into a single day of special prayer. But because the road is long and the desire is great, I ask that our people devote themselves in a continuance of prayer. As we rise to each new day, and again when each day is spent, let words of prayer be on our lips, invoking Thy help to our efforts.

Give us strength, too -- strength in our daily tasks, to redouble the contributions we make in the physical and the material support of our armed forces.

And let our hearts be stout, to wait out the long travail, to bear sorrows that may come, to impart our courage unto our sons wheresoever they may be.

And, O Lord, give us faith. Give us faith in Thee; faith in our sons; faith in each other; faith in our united crusade. Let not the keeness of our spirit ever be dulled. Let not the impacts of temporary events, of temporal matters of but fleeting moment -- let not these deter us in our unconquerable purpose.

With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy. Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogances. Lead us to the saving of our country, and with our sister nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace -- a peace invulnerable to the schemings of unworthy men. And a peace that will let all of men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil.

Thy will be done, Almighty God.


Franklin D. Roosevelt - June 6, 1944

Jim Gordon handled the introduction of visiting Rotarians and guests. Visiting Rotarians were asked to name their favorite vacation. One involved sitting on a Mexican beach and timing how long it took the sun to set into the sea. The answer: 90 seconds.

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BBRC Scholarship Winners

Tom Smith introduced our scholarship winners, their parents and school officials.

Those receiving Rotary scholarships included: Heather Lubahn, Martina Miteva, Ioana Nitulescu, Joshua Rao, Sergie De Santiago and Marta Campo. Drew Archer, another scholarship winner, was not able to attend.

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“There’s no more enduring change to a person’s life than a scholarship,” Tom told the students.

Scholarships ranged from $1,800 to $5,000, for a total of $22,500. Tom told the students that the scholarships were renewable and that we want to see them back again.

He also encouraged the students to stay in touch with the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club during the year and eventually consider joining the BBRC or some other Rotary Club.

Also in attendance were Heather’s stepdad, David; Martina’s dad, Valentin; Ioana’s parents, Christian and Cristina; Joshua’s parents, Daya and Jay; and school officials Erica Mallin and Carole Chomik.

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Committee Updates

David Bolson introduced the members of the Vocation Service committees and led them in a spirited rendition of Kumbaya. His effort to get other Rotarians to join was, shall we say, less successful.

Committee Chair Evelyn Cogswell reported on the Career Development Committee; Mark Hough updated members on the Vocational Awareness Committee; and Tim Leahy discussed the Vocational Service Committee.

L-R: Shelley Noble, Doug Cameron, Dean Pollock, Bill Spencer, David Bolson, Tim Leahy, Evelyn Cogswell, Bob McKorkle, Tim Johnstone, Jan Nestler & Mark Hough

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The Friday Program:
"Starbucks Entertainment Division," Ken Lombard, CEO & President, Starbucks Entertainment

Reveille ImageBob Holert introduced Ken Lombard, President of Starbucks Entertainment, noting Lombard was a former UW Husky basketball player under coach Marv Harshman. (Well, my email is ‘huskybob,’ Bob told Ken, in explanation.)

Since joining Starbucks Entertainment as president three years ago, Lombard has presided over an astonishing slate of achievements in music, film and literature, fulfilling the Starbucks mission of becoming the “third place,” as well as establishing the brand as an innovative channel for the promotion and distribution of entertainment.

Reveille ImageIn March 2007, Lombard led the charge for Starbucks innovative partnership with Concord Music Group in the formation of Hear Music, a new music label. He also was instrumental in landing Paul McCartney as the first artist to appear on the Hear Music Label.

Lombard also spearheaded the national launch of the Starbucks Hear Music Coffeehouses, featuring Hear Music. One of those is at Bellevue Square and likely will be the prototype of other such outlets. Another effort, the co-marketed and co-released DC, Ray Charles’ “Genius Loves Company,” won eight GRAMMY Awards including Record of the Year.

Reveille ImageIn film, Lombard led the Starbucks partnership with Lionsgate to market and distribute “Akeelah and the Bee.” In literature, Lombard championed Starbucks first foray into book sales by offering Mitch Albom’s national best-seller, “For One More Day.”

Under Lombard, the entertainment division has grown from 18 employees to 62. The division’s goal is to be “an extraordinary company within an extraordinary company,” Ken said.

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Web Fun


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Rear Admiral Drennan, USN (Gordon)


From Leonard Bernstein: “The key to the mystery of a great artist is that, for reasons unknown, he will give away his energies and life just to make sure that one note follows another … and leaves us with the feeling that something is right in the world.”

Sunday, June 10 was the third anniversary of Ray Charles’ death.

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, 18 yrs
Bob Holert, 17 yrs
Alex Rule, 12 yrs
Scott Sadler, 12 yrs
Jay Powers, 10 yrs
Steve Waltar, 9 yrs
Andrew Face, 6 yrs
Zul Alibhai, 2 yrs


Celebratory Memorial Lunch In Honor of Carol Hoeft
Reveille ImageFamily, friends and colleagues of Carol Hoeft are invited to a luncheon celebrating her life on June 14th at the Mercer Island Community Center.

Carol Hoeft was an active Manager with over 30 years of dedicated work in the field of substance abuse. The Therapeutic Health Services family would like to invite you to attend this celebration of Carol's life and visit with colleagues, friends and industry leaders.


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ROTATING THE WHEELS DINNER: Officer Ballard Strikes Fear in the Hearts of BBRCers
At the end of the month is Jimmy Z’s fond farewell party, Rotating the Wheels. Chris Ballard has put out a "friendly" reminder for all members who have not yet done so, to go to the RSVP page and let him know if you are coming OR not coming!

This is the last “Friendly reminder” After this, the OLD OFFICER BALLARD comes out of retirement! If you remember February 2005, you will NOT want that to happen:

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