Rob Rose, a 21-year member of the Bellevue Rotary Club and President of Brant Photographers, returns to the BBRC with an update on "Nepal and Rotary Foundation Matching Grants." Rob has put together a presentation about his latest trip to Nepal this past March, and he will discuss the impact of matching grants. Rob was a featured speaker at last year’s Centennial Rotary Convention in Chicago, where he spoke about a ‘Computers for the World’ project undertaken in 2004. Bring a guest to this interesting program. Glendale Country Club, 7:00 a.m. this Friday, July 21.


The billing is out and, hopefully, it will come back in rapidly to make transitioning easier. Pay by check to BBRC, PO Box 3003, Bellevue WA 98009-3003, or bring your check to any regular Friday meeting; or ask the cashier to handle a credit card transaction.

The Badge Box has been updated. Look for your name and number and use that slot for the badge’s resting place.

Keeping your attendance above 60% is an important part of being a Rotarian. Please consider mapping out a plan that includes at least one make-up a month — be it a bona-fide BBRC committee meeting holding a session beyond our regular weekly meeting; a meeting at any one of 54 other Rotary clubs nearby in the district; or a hands-on working session, such as Rotary First Harvest on the 2nd Saturday, trash clean-up along I-405, or hammer and nails at a YMCA camp. These all count, and there’s really no excuse for not keeping that attendance above 60%. Guess what: Board meetings (2nd Tuesday) also count!

Albert Schweitzer: "I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know; the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve."

Click on the names below to wish your fellow members a happy birthday or congratulate them on their BBRC anniversaries.


Steve Roberts, 07/04
Mike Ralph, 07/06
Roger Allington, 07/12
John Armenia, 07/13
Steve Luplow, 07/14
Tom Smith, 07/15
Carlene Buty, 07/19
Curt Cummings, 07/19
John DeWater, 07/20
Cary Kopczynski, 07/21
Kevin Jewell, 07/23
Chuck Barnes, 07/25
Carol Hoeft, 07/25
Jeff Maxwell, 07/25
Steve Goldfarb, 07/31


Jeff Cashman, 20 yrs
Paul Martin, 19 yrs
Kevin Jewell, 13 yrs
Mark Hough, 13 yrs
Steve Bender, 1 yr
Welcome these members!
John Armenia
Ron Black
Ernie Hayden
Candy Igou

BBRC Infirmary
Bob Moloney, continuing his quest to become a bionic man, is headed for knee replacement surgery this week. Six to eight weeks of rehabilitation and Bob will be a new man.

Marlene Kindsvater had cataract surgery Friday.

Carla Cummings is recovering from an out-patient procedure last week.

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Mix Moves On
Reveille editor and Club Administrator John Mix is making a change. Here is his announcement:

Reveille ImageWe all know that nothing lasts forever, except perhaps a person’s spirit for living. If you would have told me that I would become the longest-enduring-non-charter-member of this Rotary club, I would have had you certified. But now, some things are coming to an end.

My wife and I will part company at the end of this month and I’ll be relocating back in my hometown of Moscow, ID. If you would have told me that this would happen after 50 years of marriage, I would have had myself certified.

Sadly, it happens. But, life will go on. With the rapid course of action, this doesn’t give us much of an opportunity to plan for these eventualities. As far as my responsibilities with the BBRC, this is particularly true.

Sorting out how administrative and publishing duties will be handled is a challenge for our club’s leadership. I apologize for not giving more of a warning.

From my perch in Moscow, I will still have contact with all of you. I will work hard to insure a smooth transition of duties. Details have not been determined yet, but there are amazing ways to communicate these days and this will not be overlooked.

Thanks to a wonderful bunch of Rotarians who’ve made all of this such a great ride. Keep making a difference in this community and our world. My last day with you will be Friday, August 4. But, I’ll be ready to work on Monday, August 7! Be of good cheer, knowing you’re a member of the Best Darn Rotary Club in the World. — John


John Mix

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Vol. 19, No. 3, JULY 18, 2006

Click here for photos from the meeting.

The Friday Program
The U.S. Maritime Administration

Reveille ImageA little-known Federal agency plays a vital role in support of our nation’s defense capabilities, particularly in time of natural disasters. Lyn McClelland, for 21 years involved with the U.S. maritime mission, is the Northwest States' Representative for the U.S. Maritime Administration, based in Seattle. The agency is given the mission of supporting a safe, efficient, competitive, cost-effective, environmentally responsible, seamless intermodal movement of people and goods to and from U.S. West Coast ports.

McClelland received her education from Tufts and Columbia. She explained that “Maritime is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Ships carry over 95% of our trade and to protect this massive effort, we have a fleet of 52 vessels in the Ready Reserve Force (RRF), formed in 1976.” These vessels have been activated to help victims of the Tsunami and in hurricane relief on the Gulf Coast.



The BBRC Golf Classic

Reveille ImageJay Powers plays a mean keyboard and also shows he knows how to navigate a golf course, as his team emerged the winner of the Handicap Division at Monday’s BBRC Golf Classic. With 134 players teeing off at 1:00 p.m. at Willows Run Golf Course in Redmond, the action was played under cloudy skies to start, but becoming sunny and warm before the last golfer was in about 6:30 p.m.

Golf Classic Chairman Dick Brown and Fundraising Chair Phil Salvatori pronounced the re-invented golf outing a success. Final figures for the fundraiser will be forthcoming, but looked like a worthy effort.

An auction held prior to the announcement of golf awards netted $7,820. Auctioneer Tim Leahy zipped through the 13 items with 9 of them going to successful BBRC bidders. The Live Auction began with the auctioning off of the icon credited with selling more car raffle tickets for the past 15 years, and despite rumors that this was Mary Bell, it turned out to be Theta Bear, the stuffed animal who graced the roof of the car being auctioned, which served as a beacon for patrons wishing to buy raffle tickets. The bear went for $70.

Reveille ImageAs the tournament was winding down, Hal Teel, Jim Young and Kelly Nolan were found supervising an exciting round of Putt-Putt golf at the Willows site. Eighteen really challenging holes drew a crowd of a dozen competitors. Tristan Carney won the low score prize, carding a 57. Rachel Lingenbrink won a second prize by drawing.

The golf awards went down to the wire, with Greg Hendershott’s team competing with Jay Powers’ team, creating a tie at the end. The marshals determined that comparative hole scores for each hole would decide the winner. The two teams tied on the first hole, but Powers’ group had the better of the second hole, 3 to 5. Jay’s team included John Thorsen, Yesper Novin, and Doug Woodward. The Hendershott team included Alan Forney, Dean Scalzo, and Alex Rule. At the end of 18 holes, the teams carded a net 58.

Reveille ImageOther golfing awards went to the Ladies’ team of Jane Kuechle, Margie Burnett, and Ginger Kuechle. Tom Wolthausen was closest to the pin on #5. Ladies’ longest drive was punched by Rondi Bennett on #18. Pat Roley whacked the longest drive for men.

The straightest drive award went to Bob Carney, Jim Carney’s dad. In the Rotary club division, teams representing other clubs competed for the top award. The winners were the Emerald City Rotary Club squad with Randy Tanner, Myrle Carner, Gary Sherrell, and Bill Smead. A record of five Rotary clubs competed in this division: BBRC, Sammamish, Bellevue Noon, Bellevue Sunrise and the winners, Emerald City. Kudos to Ted Ederer and Ruben Ladlad who provided oversight to the registration process. They were ably assisted by Robin Callan, Howard Johnson, Bob Moloney and Tim Moriarty. John Mix enjoyed selling Mulligans, netting nearly $1,000 in that endeavor.

Results of the auction:

  1. Jewelry Appraisal, Jim Carney, $300.
  2. Tax Preparation by Steve Peters, purchased by Steve Bender, $100.
  3. Sail boating with Tim and Kathy Leahy, purchased by Margie Burnett, $200.
  4. 4 Hours of Force Handyman Labor by the Ballard Brothers. In a strange twist this item was purchased by Chris Ballard, of the two brothers. Pretty expensive beer! $400!
  5. A lovely necklace donated by Steve Luplow of Ben Bridge Jewelers went for $350.
  6. Sunset on Fairweather Lane with Colin and Manio Radford, an outing for eight adults enjoying one of the finest pieces of property on Lake Washington. Sold for $500.
  7. 3-Day Weekend at Warm Beach near Camano Island, offered by Jenny Andrews and Tom Lawry. Purchased by Jon Luksetich for $400.
  8. Dinner and a boat ride at Terry and Marge Baker’s home, for four adults, purchased by Jane Kuechle, $400.
  9. A Mixed Case of Buty Wine, donated by Frank and Carlene Buty. Chris Monger makes the buy at $400.
  10. 4 Nights at Whistler Home, sleeps 10, offered by Alex Rule and Bratrud Middleton. Sold for $700.
  11. Fun in the Sun with Steve and Terri Lingenbrink. A water tour of Lake Washington on the SGL 26’ Cobalt. Purchased by Steve Bender, $600.
  12. Doug and Connie Cameron offer an Italian Wine Tasting for Ten. In a spirited round of bidding, it went for $1300.
  13. An African Photo Safari Trip for two, donated by Tim Leahy Auction Services. Co-purchased by Gretchen and Margie for $2600.

Reveille ImageBob McKorkle and his team of spotters assisted Tim Leahy with the auction. Earlier, Corporate Sponsorship chair Chuck Barnes had announced that the club was successful in obtaining 39 corporate sponsorships, totaling $39,300.

With the success of the Golf Classic, the club can look forward to another event next year. Watch for continued updates as the statistics from the Golf Classic are gathered and released.



Friday Potpourri

The BBRC’s talented musicians hauled in all their equipment to give an encore performance from the Rotating the Wheels dinner on June 30. Led by Sergeant Andrew Face, the group — called Steppenitt — included Face (lead singer, laptop operator and castanets), Chip Erickson (guitar and keyboard), John DeWater (guitar), Tom Smith (guitar), Jay Powers (keyboard), Chris Monger (drums) and Margie B. and Wendi F. (Go-Go Girls).

With the lyrics by Andrew, the band performed “Suits to be Filed,” an ode to departing president Steve Lingenbrink; “Rotating Wheels,” a ditty imploring new President Jim Zidar to keep things moving ... ”Let’s hope he’s not a bore.” (Satire is getting a little thick, don’t you think?)

Andrew takes over the Sergeant at Arms job this year, so he wrote one more song to announce “Kicking Off the Fining Year.” (Click here for lyrics.) He promised, “There’ll be some fining, yeah,” and proceeded to fine Alan Bohling $20.00 for an appearance on Channel 4 News explaining how to get more gas mileage from your boat.

Reveille ImagePresident Zidar got his year off to an auspicious start, introducing Past President Steve Lingenbrink to give the invocation and lead the Pledge of Allegiance; and Chris Ballard to greet visiting Rotarians and guests. Annie Hall, from the Rotary Club of Ghan,a was a visitor and exchanged banners.

Stefy, our Mexican exchange student, made her final appearance in that role as she embarks for Mexico this week, ending her year-long exchange experience. Peter Powell and his family, with whom Stefy is living, gave her a fine send-off, including a round of Happy Birthday, commemorating her birthday this week. Stefy is already planning to return as a student at the UW.

Reveille ImagePast President Lingenbrink was presented a certificate, signifying the BBRC selection as the recipient of a Presidential Citation, a program that sets goals during the Rotary year. Award winners achieve the honor by reaching the goals in each category.

The Adopt-a-Highway trash pick-up program continues on Saturday, July 29, at 9:00 AM. Chip Erickson needs 8-10 Rotarians for a few hours of work on our stretch of freeway on I-405. The group will meet that morning at the SE 8th Park & Ride as usual. Contact Chip Erickson if you have any questions.


Two New Members Proposed: Bowen & Luksetich

Last Tuesday’s Board meeting approved publication of two new applications.

Robert “Bob” Bowen, sponsored by Bill Brooks and co-sponsored by Jan Nestler, joins the BBRC with a proposed classification of “World Relief.” Bob has a world of experience helping people in all parts of the planet. He is Executive Director of World Vision, headquartered in Federal Way. World Vision is a non-profit international relief organization that has a long history of advocating for children. Who is World Vision? The answer is: “We are a Christian relief and development organization dedicated to helping children and their communities worldwide reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty.”

Bob and his wife Janice live in Issaquah. They have two children, Aaron, 19, and Sam, nearly 13. Bob has served as Chaplain for the City of Bellevue and is a Board member of Eastside Fire & Rescue. He is also active with Friends of Youth and a member of NDOA (National Development Officers Association), the Federation of Fire Chaplains, and the Foursquare Church chaplains.

Bob enjoys family vacations, community service and international missions. He is a member of the Klahanie Fitness Club and counts golf, fly fishing and jogging among his sports recreational interests.

Jon E. Luksetich, sponsored by Steve Lingenbrink and co-sponsored by Rourke O’Brien, is proposed to join the BBRC with a classification of “Business Solutions.” Jon works for Key Solutions, a business-supply chain consultant in Kirkland. Jon’s position is Business Consultant.

Jon has been involved with Habitat for Humanity and is a member of Holy Family Church. He is a member of APICS, Boy Scouts of America and Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity. He enjoys biking, hiking, camping and tennis, and he lives in Kirkland with his wife Michelle and their two children, Jon (18) and Elizabeth (14).

Jon has attended several Rotary meetings and finds the BBRC well-suited to his interests. While attending a BBRC meeting a couple of weeks ago, he was recruited as a photographer when Jim Kindsvater and John Mix were involved with the induction of Ernie Hayden. Jon jumped right in!

Questions or comments? Members are officially notified of these two applications upon publication. If there are questions or comments, please contact Tom Smith (Ph 425-451-8036) prior to Thursday, July 28, at 3:00 p.m.


Board Actions

July’s Board meeting brought the new board together for its first official bit of business. With President Zidar officiating, the various club departments reported on activities scheduled.

Under Club Service II, Director Tom Smith offered the resignation of Mark Meyer, which was accepted. Tom also announced a joint meeting of the four Bellevue Rotary clubs to reaffirm their assignments in regard to the schools served by each Rotary club.

Jane Kuechle, Foundation Chair, said that 15 applications were received, totaling requests for $300,000 in support. The club budget has $35,000 allocated, making the committee’s task a formidable one. They are working to narrow the finalists to four agencies, schedule on-site visits and then determine who will receive grants later in August.

The Club Leadership Plan will be restructured and re-adopted along guidelines prescribed by Rotary International. Wendi Fischer, Club Service I Director, noted that the Fellowship Committee, under the chairmanship of Chris Ballard, has decided to have event chairs for each special fellowship event during the coming year. John Martinka is formulating a plan for growing the club’s Public Relations capability.

Vocational Service, headed by David Bolson, is working on plans for an off-site meeting at some future date.


The Friday Program
The U.S. Maritime Administration

Reveille ImageA little-known Federal agency plays a vital role in support of our nation’s defense capabilities, particularly in time of natural disasters. Lyn McClelland, for 21 years involved with the U.S. maritime mission, is the Northwest States' Representative for the U.S. Maritime Administration, based in Seattle. The agency is given the mission of supporting a safe, efficient, competitive, cost-effective, environmentally responsible, seamless intermodal movement of people and goods to and from U.S. West Coast ports.

McClelland received her education from Tufts and Columbia. She explained that “Maritime is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Ships carry over 95% of our trade and to protect this massive effort, we have a fleet of 52 vessels in the Ready Reserve Force (RRF), formed in 1976.” These vessels have been activated to help victims of the Tsunami and in hurricane relief on the Gulf Coast.

The RRF played a support role in the 1990 Middle East Desert Storm military assignment and has been used in many support roles since. A video, showing the uses of the Merchant Marine ships in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina was shown.

Although used primarily in support of military activities, the RRF was used the first time in a domestic natural disaster in and around New Orleans. With most of the land-based facilities out of service, these huge support ships moved in to become a base for the rescue personnel helping those hit hard by the tragedy. Providing a central site as a headquarters for emergency port work and efforts to get damaged refineries back on line, these ships were used to house and feed rescue workers, with hot showers and clean clothes.

Reveille ImageAfter Katrina came Rita. The ships continued to be posted, housing clean-up workers, law enforcement officials, and healthcare workers. One of the important jobs included coordinating efforts to open communication channels and transportation networks. The use of the Ready Reserve Force “proved to be much more valuable that anyone could have imagined.”

McClelland said that “Federal agencies have changed the way they do business in view of the various threats concerning our country. The RRF vessels have tremendous electrical generation capacity and desalination of sea water.” She pointed out that the ships proved “invaluable to the needs of the public as recovery efforts began in the Gulf.”

Rotarians should have a personal disaster plan. Ability to communicate, storage of foodstuffs and medical supplies to allow a family to be independent for a minimum of three days is the rule of thumb.

For Ms. McClelland’s appearance, she received a certificate of donation to Rotary First Harvest, in the form of 1400 pounds of food in Lyn’s name to area food banks.

Thanks to Jim Gordon for his introduction.



An Explanation of Life

On the first day God created the dog. God said, "Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. I will give you a life span of twenty years." The dog said, "That's too long to be barking. Give me ten years and I'll give you back the other ten." So God agreed.

On the second day God created the monkey. God said, "Entertain people, do monkey tricks, make them laugh. I'll give you a twenty-year life span." The monkey said, "How boring, monkey tricks for twenty years? I don't think so. Dog gave you back ten, so that's what I'll do too, okay?" And God agreed.

On the third day God created the cow. God said, "You must go to the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer. I will give you a life span of sixty years." The cow said, "That's kind of a tough life you want me to live for
sixty years. Let me have twenty and I'll give back the other forty." And God agreed again.

On the forth day God created man. God said, "Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. I'll give you twenty years." Man said, "What? Only twenty years! Tell you what, I'll take my twenty, and the forty the cow gave back and the ten the monkey gave back and the ten
the dog gave back, that makes eighty, okay?"

"Okay," said God, "You've got a deal."

So that is why the first twenty years we eat, sleep, play, and enjoy ourselves; for the next forty years we slave in the sun to support our family; for the next ten years we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren; and for the last ten years we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.

Life has now been explained to you.