"Micro-Enterprise at Seattle University — Making a Difference inPpeople's Lives!" Steve Brilling, Executive Director, Entrepreneurship Center, School of Business, Seattle University. Discussion of the Seattle University Entrepreneurship Center, its mission, their micro-enterprise program, as well as their business plan competition. (Martinka)

Football is a mistake. It combines the two worst elements of American Life: violence and committee meetings.

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




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A Great Opportunity!
Do you occasionally have Husky, Seahawks, Sonics or similar sporting event tickets that you can't use? The Camelot Society provides residential services for about 50 adults with developmental disabilities. Neither the residents nor their caregivers can afford to buy game tickets but would love to be able to attend an occasional game.

Perhaps you would consider donating your unusable tickets to them so that they could have a special afternoon together away from the residential setting. It would be a wonderful gift to them, and the Camelot Society (a 501 C 3 non-profit) would provide you with a receipt for your donation.

Please contact (Ph 425-746-9988) for more information.


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Kirkland DownTown Club Charter Night
Charter night for the new Rotary Club of Kirkland Downtown is October 28th at Sahalee Country Club ($80 per person). Send reservations and payment to: 218 Main St., Suite 714, Kirkland, WA 98033


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2007 District Conference
Sign up for the 2007 District Conference, April 20-22, 2007, in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho.

Cost before January 1 is $205.00. Register online or with , District Administrator (Ph 206-354-7238).


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Rotary Night at the Pacific Science Center: "Dead Sea Scrolls"
September 30, 2006

Between 1947 and 1956 thousands of fragments of biblical and early Jewish documents were discovered in 11 caves near the site of Khirbet Qumran on the shores of the Dead Sea. These important texts have revolutionized our understanding of the way the Bible was transmitted, and have illuminated the general cultural and religious background of ancient Palestine, out of which both Rabbinic Judaism and Christianity arose.

The Seattle 4 Fellowship Committee has arranged a deluxe tour of the Dead Sea Scrolls and a social event for Rotarians, guests, and colleagues at the Pacific Science Center. Fellowship and food begin at 6:00 pm. Private tours start at 7:00 pm and go until 9:30. Tickets are $95.00 to secure your spot. Visit our special event registration site at, or call Jeanette Byrd at 206.386.5476.


John Armenia


Jim Kindsvater



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Vol. 19, No. 12, SEPTEMBER 26, 2006
THE FRIDAY PROGRAM: District Governor Visit (Mike Montgomery) | Friday Potpourri | A Great Opportunity! | Centennial Project Update | Kirkland Downtown Club Charter Night | Rotary First Harvest | 2007 District Conference | From the District 5020 Membership Guide for Club Leaders – 2005-06 | Rotary Night at the Pacific Science Center: "Dead Sea Scrolls" | Web Fun

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Friday's Program:
District Governor Visit

Reveille ImageAssistant Governor and immediate Past-President Steve Lingenbrink introduced District Governor Mike Montgomery: "Our district governor, Mike Montgomery, has a colorful and audacious past. He spent the longest 2.4 seconds of his life on a Brahma bull in a New Mexico rodeo. He partied with the Navy’s Blue Angels at a Las Vegas air show. He has instructed at the National Emergency Training Center, and he was the first pilot in Navy history to make a controlled ditching of a P-3 Orion aircraft. Mike enjoyed 7-years of active duty with the Navy, 7-years with Safeco as an executive, and 10-years as an executive with Westin Hotels."

This “history of instability and recklessness” abruptly ceased in 1991 when Mike was invited into the Rotary Club of Edmonds and started his own consulting firm, Montgomery and Associates, which consults in disaster recovery planning and works on natural disasters as a FEMA reservist. Now with the Edmonds Daybreakers, DG Mike re-enacts Civil War cannon duels. READ MORE


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Friday Potpourri

President Jim’s opening observation: “Today begins as the last day of summer and ends as the first day of autumn. The political primaries are over, the Huskies and the Cougars still have more wins than losses, and we are now in what would have been our 8th week of selling raffle tickets. Other than Howard Johnson and me, is anyone having Raffle withdrawal symptoms?”

Reveille ImageAlex Rule gave the invocation (CLICK HERE TO READ THIS WEEK'S INVOCATION.) and led the pledge to the flag. Wayne McCaulley introduced the visiting Rotarians and guests: District Governor Mike Montgomery of Edmonds Daybreakers, Jacki Lawrence from Seattle Four, James Halverson from Alaska, and Desiree Bullard and Frank (don’t give him the mike) Young from the Kirkland Breakfast Club.

Fine Time with Andrew yielded several laughs and smiles and several dollars.


Centennial Project Update

Reveille ImageJane Kuechle, Fred Barkman and Norm Johnson gave a report on the BBRC Foundation’s Centennial Project Accessible Water/Spray Playground at Crossroads Park. Jane explained, “The Foundation Committee studied and evaluated 16 grant requests. There were three readers who read and ranked the proposals. Site visits were made to assess the finalists. The winner of the $35,000 grant was Spray Play, the accessible play park at Crossroads Community Park. This is an inclusive play area that allows able and disabled children to play together. It is a million dollar community service fundraising partnership with the Bellevue Parks and Community Services Department. Water play, music and dance from around the world will set the landscape in motion and allow children, youth, families, and caregivers to interact with the sensory rich waterscapes: Nessie’s Lagoon, Asian Rain Drums, Northwest Spouting Orcas, Squirting Clams, and many more play features.”

Their report noted that the BBRC has raised $454,000 toward the goal of $518,000, and that the Maximum Allowable Construction Costs (MACC) have been reduced on this project.


Rotary First Harvest

Reveille ImageHoward Johnson and David Bolson gave club members a six-question quiz about Rotary First Harvest (RFH) and then reported on Rotary First Harvest’s Goals for 2006-07, which are:

1. Work Party Participation (120 participant days which includes community service support from Sammamish High’s Community Service Students)

2. BBRC Financial Commitment ($3,000 club donations and $2,500 individual contributions. The club’s donation is supported by the $15 x 4 = $60 x 50 BBRC meetings = $3,000. Therefore, we need four members to abstain from breakfast every meeting to reach our goal.)

It is time to personally donate to Rotary First Harvest on this first day of autumn. Send your donation to P.O. Box 1275 Mercer Island, WA 98040. Harvest Partners is important work.


From the District 5020 Membership Guide for Club Leaders – 2005-06
by Dr. John Armenia, Club Service & Membership Chair, 2000-2006

Reveille ImageOver 100 years ago, on the cold wintry night of February 23, 1905, Paul Harris, a young lawyer, proposed the creation of a club for professionals and businessmen with three of his friends in room 711 on 127 North Dearborn Street in downtown Chicago, Illinois, USA. This meeting was held in the offices of mining engineer Gus Loehr and was attended by Hiram Shorey, a merchant tailor, and Silvester Schiele, a coal dealer. While these men represented different vocations, they had one thing in common: they originally came from small towns and they missed the warm, small town hospitality and camaraderie of their youth. Their vision and mission was to form a club that built a sense of community that is emphasized in the Object of Rotary: “... to encourage and foster the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service.”

Harris wrote in My Road to Rotary (1948), “To the members of this small group which came together in the big city of Chicago, Rotary was an oasis in the desert. Friendship was the foundation rock on which Rotary was built and tolerance is the element which holds it together. The ramifications of Rotary are beyond imagination. Nearly every phase of modern life is influenced and the outlook of members is broadened, and through it all, there is the benign influence of fellowship which sweetens life. These are a few of the many reasons why Rotarians value their membership. Many a man’s outlook is different after he becomes a Rotarian. He learns to see opportunities for service at home and abroad. Rotarianism thrives in all places where men think and where men’s hearts are large enough to include the care of others.”

Officially, Rotary International is defined as an organization “ ... of business and professional men and women united worldwide, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.” The Ideal of Service exemplified in the motto “Service Above Self,” is the spirit that has brought more than 1.2 million citizens of all races, religious faiths, and political beliefs living 166 countries to develop acquaintance, fellowship, and friendships for service to mankind living in their community and around the world. Every 12 hours of every day a new Rotary club is chartered in one of the 166 countries where Rotary is active. This steady growth is important because the demand for Rotary service and financial support has risen significantly and we must respond by growing and developing Rotary’s membership within our global community. Membership growth, recruitment, retention and development must continue to be priority initiatives for Rotarians worldwide.

The Invitation to Rotary Membership

"I will never forget the man who came to my office and invited me to Rotary. He changed my life. And I submit you too will always remember your sponsor. There are millions of quality men and women who are Rotarians, but not yet members of a Rotary club because no one has ever asked them. We must do so now." — Rick D. King, Rotary International President 2001-02

Every Rotarian has the privilege and obligation to seek and invite qualified adults of good character and business or professional reputation to join Rotary. For Rotary to be relevant and respected in our communities we have an obligation to insure that our membership represents our community. Rotary’s decade lone “Global Quest for Membership” is designed to induct new Rotarians who embrace high expectations and goals for their communities. Prospective members should represent the diversity and pluralism of our communities. We need to attract members who are in their early 20s and 30s, especially those young adults who have experienced the Group Study Exchange and Rotary Scholar international fellowships. We need to grow Rotarians through Rotary’s Youth Leadership Awards or Rotary Youth Exchange Program, Interact and Rotaract clubs, because they know the benefits and responsibilities of Rotary membership. Rotary has an obligation to have broad representation from all groups and ages within our communities. Rotarians must understand that there are people who are qualified to be Rotarians in every age, gender and cultural group.

Membership in Rotary has many benefits:

• Fellowship with men and women of like ideals that include our family members — spouse and children

• Valued service to our local and world communities

• Opportunities to promote international peace

• Friendship through the acquaintance with community and business leaders.

• Participation in informative and stimulating weekly meetings with neighbors and community leaders

• Social opportunities with Rotary Youth Exchange students, Rotary Ambassadorial Scholars, and men and women participating in the Group Study Exchange Team program

• Attendance at area, district, regional and international assemblies, seminars, and conferences.

Some of the Best Recruitment Strategies

Invite people who already know Rotary.

• Invite Foundation Alumni for membership, especially Group Study Exchange (GSE) team members, and Ambassadorial Scholars. Many, now advanced in their professional careers, have never been asked to become Rotarians.

• Have membership applications out on tables at every meeting for guests.

• Consider speakers as potential club members.

• Invite spouses and family members of Rotarians.

Women, minorities and the disabled are excellent members.

• Invite women and minorities as program speakers.

• Plan joint projects with local or regional associations (professional, trade, service, civic, religious) for men and minority business leaders.

• Contact them regarding potential membership.

• Consider young people in the 25-35 age group for membership, based on demonstrated leadership and community service accomplishments rather than professional status.

Make your club visible and respected in the community.

• Publicize projects and identify them by displaying the Rotary emblem.

• Ask club members to wear their Rotary pins every day — the pin shows respect and pride.

• Invite the editor(s) of the local paper(s) or owners of local TV and radio stations to attend as guests and/or join the club.

• Educate club members about Rotary with brief presentations at each meeting; distribute club and district newsletters.

• Do a good job ... and tell people about it!

• Award excellence in business and community service.

Proactively seek members beyond the ”circle of acquaintance” of club members.

• Look to and beyond traditional religious, professional, civic, trade leaders.

• Read business weeklies and local newspapers for profiles of successful leaders in the community.

• Encourage members to approach the owners of businesses that they normally frequent, including dry cleaners, restaurants, hardware stores, beauty and barber shops, schools, gas stations.

• The occupations of volunteer, homemaker, house-husband and wife should be Rotary Classifications.

Why Join Rotary?

A wide assortment of opportunities for personal, professional, social and cultural growth await in the world of Rotary:

Friendship: In an increasingly complex world, Rotary meets one of the most basic human needs: the need for friends and fellowship. It is one of the two reasons why Rotary began in 1905.

Business Development: The second original reason for Rotary’s beginning. Everyone needs to network. Rotary consists of a cross-section of every business community. It’s members come from all walks of life. Rotarians learn from one another and collectively help others.

Personal Growth and Development: Membership in Rotary continues one’s growth and education in human relations and personal development.

Leadership Development: Rotary is an organization of leaders and successful people. Serving in Rotary, learning to motivate, influence and lead is like a college education in Leadership.

Citizenship in the Community: Membership in a Rotary club makes one a better community citizen. The average Rotary club includes some of the most active citizens in any community.

Continuing Education: Each week at Rotary there is a program designed to keep one informed as to what is going on in the community, nation and world.

Fun: Rotary is fun! A lot of fun! Each meeting is fun; the club projects are fun; social activities are fun; and the service is fun.

Public Speaking Skills: Many an individual who joined Rotary was afraid to speak in public. Rotary develops confidence and skill in public communication. And Rotary provides an opportunity to speak.

Citizenship in the World: Every Rotarian wears a pin that says “Rotary International.” Every Rotarian is welcome, in fact, encouraged to attend at 28,000 clubs in 188 nations and geographical regions. There are few places on the globe which do not have Rotary clubs. Rotary provides instant friends in ones own community and in the world community.

Assistance when Traveling: Because there are Rotary clubs everywhere, many a Rotarian who has needed a doctor, lawyer, hotel, dentist, advice, etc. while traveling has found help quickly through Rotary.

Entertainment: Every Rotary club and district has parties and activities that provide diversion in one’s business life. Rotary has conferences, conventions, assemblies and institutes which provide entertainment in addition to Rotary information, education and service.

Development of Social Skills: Every week and at various events and functions, Rotary develops one’s personality, social and people skills. Rotary is for people who like people, or who want to.

Family Programs: Rotary provides one of the world’s largest youth exchange programs; high school and college clubs for future Rotarians; spouse clubs and programs; and a host of activities designed to assist family members in growth and development of family values.

Vocational Skills: Every Rotarian is expected to take a part in the growth and development of his or her own profession or vocation; to serve on committees and to teach youth about one’s job or vocation. Rotary helps to make one a better doctor, lawyer, teacher, carpenter, salesman, etc.

Development of Ethics: Rotarians practice a Four-Way Test which governs one’s ethical standards. Rotarians are expected to be ethical in business and personal relationships.

Cultural Awareness: Around the world, practically every religion, country, culture, race, creed, political persuasion, language, color and ethnic identity is found in Rotary. It is a cross-section of the world’s most prominent citizens from every background.

Prestige: Rotary members are prominent people, leaders of business, the professions, art, government, sports, military, religion and all disciplines. Rotary is the oldest and most prestigious service club in the world. Within Rotary are executives, managers, professionals. They are decision-makers and those who influence policy.

Absence of “Official Creed”: Rotary has no secret handshake, no secret policy, no official creed. no secret meetings or rituals. It is an open society of men and women who simply believe in helping others.

The Opportunity to Serve: Rotary is a service club. Its business is mankind. Its product is service. Rotarians provide community service to both the local and international communities. The best reason for becoming a Rotarian is the chance to do something for somebody else, and to experience self-fulfillment and the rich return to one’s own life through this process. Rotarians believe in Service Above Self; it is richly rewarding. “He profits most who serves the best.”


Friday's Program:
District Governor Visit

Reveille ImageAssistant Governor and immediate Past-President Steve Lingenbrink introduced District Governor Mike Montgomery: "Our district governor, Mike Montgomery, has a colorful and audacious past. He spent the longest 2.4 seconds of his life on a Brahma bull in a New Mexico rodeo. He partied with the Navy’s Blue Angels at a Las Vegas air show. He has instructed at the National Emergency Training Center, and he was the first pilot in Navy history to make a controlled ditching of a P-3 Orion aircraft. Mike enjoyed 7-years of active duty with the Navy, 7-years with Safeco as an executive, and 10-years as an executive with Westin Hotels."

This “history of instability and recklessness” abruptly ceased in 1991 when Mike was invited into the Rotary Club of Edmonds and started his own consulting firm, Montgomery and Associates, which consults in disaster recovery planning and works on natural disasters as a FEMA reservist. Now with the Edmonds Daybreakers, DG Mike re-enacts Civil War cannon duels.

Mike has an exciting and challenging vision for District 5030. His worldwide “Partnerships for Peace and Prosperity” have given us the framework to accomplish many amazing projects here and around the world. Mike is a powerful supporter and friend of the BBRC.

Reveille ImageGovernor Mike complimented the BBRC as having a "worldwide reputation for doing good.” He said, “The work you do with both the Rotary International Foundation and your local foundation ... the roles you play in your community all evidence the generosity, integrity, and commitment of your club’s leadership and membership.” President Mike urged all Rotarians to wear your pin everywhere. ”If you do, you will meet the nicest people, many who are potential members.”

DG Mike noted that we are an organization that is continuing to build and develop along with our local and world communities. He said, “Rotarians enjoy working with other Rotarians because we speak with integrity and get things done!” He confessed that during the first five years of his Rotary membership, he was not active ... and would not have been until he was asked to serve. After serving on his first project, he said he felt so good and for the first time experienced the spirit of Rotary and learned that “Rotary is a commitment organization, not a volunteer organization.” He urged all members to get involved, stop the status quo, and to get up — not give up.

Reveille ImagePointing out the many accomplishments and contributions of Rotary, including the creation of the United Nations and Polio Plus, DG Mike reported that there are only four countries left with endemic polio. He urged BBRC members to join him and Rotary International in supporting and getting involved with Rotary’s new “Clean Water Initiative.” He also praised Rotary’s literacy projects and efforts to advance world understanding and peace through its efforts to fight ignorance and poverty.

DG Mike observed that we, as Rotarians, are heir to a great legacy, and we are members of a great family. He restated this year’s Rotary theme “Lead the way!” and said, ”You are leading the way, and I am proud to be in your company.”



Courtesy of Steve Lingenbrink

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My tire was thumping.
I thought it was flat
When I looked at the tire,
I noticed your cat.


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Looking back over the years
that we've been together,
I can't help but wonder ...
"What the hell was I thinking?"

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Congratulations on your wedding day!
Too bad no one likes your husband.

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How could two people as beautiful as you
Have such an ugly baby?

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I've always wanted to have
someone to hold,
someone to love.

Now that I've met you,
I've changed my mind.

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As the days go by, I think of how lucky I am ...
That you're not here to ruin it for me.

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Congratulations on your promotion!

Before you go,
Would you like to take this knife out of my back?

You'll probably need it again.

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When we were together,
you always said you'd die for me.

Now that we've broken up,
I think it's time you kept your promise.

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We have been friends for a very long time.
Let's say we stop?

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I'm so miserable without you,
it's almost like you're here.