"A Contrarian's View of the World," Michael Dunlop, Founder & CEO, QPM Aerospace, Bellevue. In an age when many companies are sending manufacturing jobs oversees in an effort to lower operating costs, QPM is expanding in the U.S. by adding highly-skilled US-based labor, winning contracts due to its efficiency, quality and costs, and most importantly, staying profitable. (Holert)

From John F. Kennedy: "There are risks and costs to a program with actions, but they are far less costly than a program of inaction."

Second quarter invoices were emailed October 4. No hard copy will be (snail)mailed. If you cannot locate the email with the invoice attached, please contact your immediately.


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




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Deasy Update
In a recent health update, Don Deasy applauded BBRC members for their good wishes and cards. Don said: "... support continues to be unbelievable ... thank you so much. One group
that warrants special accolades is the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club (BBRC). When they learned that we had checked into Swedish they launched an
all out attack on the Post Office. Cards poured in for 3 weeks ... wow! Accompanied by telephone calls and emails the card effort brought us in touch with nearly every member, with much appreciated encouragement and
outreach. Thanks a million BBRC!"


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GSE Team Looking for 4
Reveille ImageSayoko also briefed the club on GSE — Group Study Exchange — the Rotary project that she will be leading to Japan next year. Sayoko, and four team members will travel to a Rotary district in Japan for a one month cultural exchange. They will be visiting their professional counterparts to build cultural understanding and broaden their perspectives. Team members must be between 25 and 40, fully employed, and able to take one full month for the trip. Sayoko and the District are now recruiting four members for the team. Please for more details.


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Preserve Planet Earth
Don your slickers and hoist your shovels. On October 21st, the BBRC will be planting trees to help “preserve planet earth." Contact .

Tom Smith


Jim Kindsvater

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Vol. 19, No. 15, OCTOBER 10, 2006
THE FRIDAY PROGRAM: Emergency Management: How Ready Are We? (Eric Holdeman) | IMPORTANT! Electronic BBRC Billing | Friday Potpourri | Deasy Update | Rotary First Harvest | GSE Team Looking for 4  | BBRC Survives the Invasion of the Singing Fish | Preserve Planet Earth | Notice for Vote for Bylaws Change: New Club Leadership Plan | 2007 District Conference | BBRC Program Update | Exchange Student Follow-Up | Web Fun

Click here for photos from the meeting.

IMPORTANT! Electronic BBRC Billing

Reveille ImageThe BBRC has slowly entered the electronic age: we have migrated to an online newsletter and online directory. Now we are going to email billing. Starting last week, your quarterly statements were sentby email. You won’t be receiving a hard copy in the U.S. Mail.

What does that mean? You must first check your email to see if you received the email invoice. If you didn’t, please check your spam folders and spam filter settings. If you still can’t find it, contact Sayoko for help.

Also, of great importance: if your spouse is the one in your house who pays the bills, make sure you forward the email bill to your spouse or print it out for them to take care of.

The next iteration will be an attempt at online paying of the bills, but we ain’t there yet, so send your checks in on time, please.


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Friday Potpourri

Our invocator this week was our relatively new member Bob Bowen of World Vision. Bob provided us with remarks on the subject of rain: We have a choice between accepting and welcoming the rain, or sitting back and complaining about it. Bob chooses to welcome the rain as it replenishes us.

Larry May II introduced our visiting Rotarians and guests. This week, we had three visitors, all from Bellevue Tuesday Noon: Jim Hogue, Byron Piro, and Frank Young. They were challenged with the question: “Who’s going to be in the World Series?” All three dodged the issue with irrelevant answers about football or other unrelated subjects.

For newer members, this might raise the issue of “Why does this Larry May guy have ‘II’ after his name?” Good question.

Reveille ImageWith Larry May II, the “’II” stands for “two,” not “too” and not “the second.” This distinguished suffix was added not due to his parents naming him “II” instead of “Junior.” It’s because a few years ago, the BBRC actually had two Larry May members, and our current Larry May joined the club later than the other, thus the I and II labels.

If Larry May I is lurking out there reading our Reveille, we hope that he will return to our club someday, although the Board would then be faced with the challenge of whether he would retain the “I” or whether our current Larry May would move up to “I” and the returning Larry would revert to “II.”

Such totally useless thoughts tend to race through one’s mind while one is sitting in the back of the room listening to dancing fish trying to sing retro Tony Orlando songs. Somehow it dulls the pain.

President Jim noted that October is Vocational Service Month. Let’s celebrate.

Sayoko, our new club administrator, thanked Larry Gill for all the photography of members for the directory. Also, Sayoko asked our patience while she becomes more adept at the Club Administrator Software.

Chris Ballard extended an invitation to the club to attend the inaugural meeting of the new Kirkland Club on October 28 at Sahali Country Club. This is the second new local club the BBRC has helped sponsor in the past three years. for details.


Rotary First Harvest

Reveille ImagePaul Chapman and Rick McManus addressed the club Friday regarding Rotary First Harvest. There will be a work party, as usual, on the second Saturday of the month, October 14th, at Pier 91 in Seattle from 9:00 to noon. Our goal this year is to have the participation of 120 volunteers (Rotarians and their family members). Participate and have fun while getting credit for a makeup!

Also, this is the season for the First Harvest fund drive. Did you know that a $7.50 per month commitment produces 3,000 pounds of produce per year for the food bank recipients? The money goes to a great cause. It stays in our community and helps the needy. Please note on the pledge forms that you are a member of the BBRC, so that we get credit for your donation. If you didn’t get a pledge card Friday, please contact or and they’ll get one for you.


BBRC Survives the Invasion of the Singing Fish

Reveille ImageFor reasons that are still somewhat vague, we had a dancing fish singing us a re-worded karaoke version of Tony Orlando and Dawn’s “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree.”

Sergeant At Arms Andrew Face, a.k.a. (now) the “Dancing Fish,” actually stood up in front of the club with his fish trainer, Chip Erickson, and sang their song to entice BBRC members to join the Preserve Planet Earth Committee for the Sammamish “Re-Leaf” project on October 21st in Redmond.

The lyrics are reproduced here in their entirety, not because they are particularly meaningful, but since we had to sit through them in the meeting, now you must suffer through them in reading this article:

Plant A Little Sapling
Tuna Orlando & Spawn

I’m swimmin’ home, I’ve done my time
When I hit the fresh water I do not dine
I’m looking for a mate to be the one to spawn with me
A shady place along a stream is where it has to be
Thanks, BBRC

Plant a little sapling on Sammamish Slew
It will grow for years
Do what salmon do
If you help plant the saplings on Sammamish Slew
I’ll spawn with great lust
Rejuvenate us
And die to save the brood
If you help plant a sapling on the ol’ Sammamish Slew

Club members, please bring your gear
'Cause you’ll work your tails off then all have a beer
It’s the right decision, helping keep a healthy stream
A simple little sapling and my friends can do the deed
Could you help out please?


Now the whole damn club is planting
And I can't believe I see
A hundred little saplings on the old Sammamish Slew
I'm spawnin' here

Reveille ImageFor those who need the music, please click here for a downloadable version of the backup music so you can sing along at home. Note: if you find that this downloadable version is not in the right key for your voice, don’t fret. It wasn’t at the meeting, either; you’re right in style.

For those who would rather dig than sing, the event will be the morning of October 21st at the Sammamish Slough in Redmond. Bring family, friends, and shovels. This is a great event for you to enjoy some fellowship while making a better environment to for those salmon to, well, do what salmon do after that long swim upstream.

The fish and his trainer were heard talking when leaving the club: “Well, it looks like rehearsing is highly overrated.” Beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder.


Notice for Vote for Bylaws Change: New Club Leadership Plan

Reveille ImagePresident Jim reported that the proposal before the board this week will be for a reorganization of the structure of the BBRC. As we all know, Rotary International suggested last year for all clubs to consider adopting a new model structure for their boards and committees. The BBRC board, in a subcommittee chaired by the President, has drafted a proposal for the board to consider. In short, this proposed structure is a hybrid of our current structure and a partial adaptation of the RI model.

In the new structure, the Sergeant At Arms will still be a vital part of the club, but no longer a board position. Club Service II will morph into Membership, picking up the elements of Vocational Service related to the membership function. Vocational Service will disappear as a separate director position, and the service related functions of Vocational Service will be absorbed into “Community Services Projects,” which is a direct replacement for the current “Community Service” director position. International Service and the BBRC Foundation will continue as before. There will be two totally new board positions: Club Administration (programs, fellowship, and facilities), and Public Relations (external public relations plus the Reveille and other internal communications).

Because the board structure is governed by the club by-laws, these changes require a formal change of the by-laws. The Board is voting on the draft by-laws this week, accompanied by a posting here in the Reveille of the new draft. The vote on the new by-laws will occur in our regular meeting on the 20th of October. If adopted, the changes will become effective with the new board that will take office July 1, 2007.


Friday's Program:
Emergency Management: How Ready Are We?

Reveille ImageErnie Hayden introduced our guest speaker, Mr. Eric Holdeman, Director of the King County Office of Emergency Management for his presentation: “How Ready Are We?” Eric was accompanied by Laura Nelson, from the City of Bellevue Emergency Planning Office. Ernie pointed out that Mr. Holdeman reports directly to King County Executive Ron Sims, and he is responsible for regional coordination of all preparedness for disasters. Eric has been recognized by the 9/11 Commission for his professional efforts. He is also an avid gardener who has been featured in Sunset Magazine. For kicks, he rides a Harley in his spare time — when it’s not raining. Given his workload and our weather, that doesn’t sound like it happens often enough.

Eric started off by reciting his philosophy: "Be good. If you can’t, then look good. If you can’t, then at least smell good. If that doesn’t work, then wear a pink shirt and ride a Harley, and it will make a man out of you."

Reveille ImageEric stated that one could look at everyday I-405 as a disaster, but that’s not exactly what he works on. He helps the county prepare to be ready in case a serious disaster occurs, whether it is another 9/11, an earthquake or other natural disaster, or a health crisis.

He listed for us the most serious threats, in the order of his office’s current priorities:

  • Pandemic flu
  • Earthquakes
  • Mt. Rainier potential eruptions
  • Terrorism
  • Flooding
  • Wind storms
  • Winter storms
  • Mudslides
  • Hazardous materials

King County currently has a total of 3,500 hospital beds. If a flu pandemic strikes, we will need an estimated 55,000.

Reveille ImageIn King County, we are sitting atop a major fault line for earthquakes. If Mt. Rainier erupts, history has shown that the resulting mud flows could flow as far north as the Duwamish River and empty directly into Elliott Bay.

Of course, as we see in the media every day, terrorism remains both a national and local threat to us.

What is King County’s approach to planning? Eric states that it is an “all hazards approach.” We don’t focus on only individual threats, but an entire range of capabilities that will make us more able to respond to the entire list of potential disasters.

Therefore, we plan, equip, train, and exercise as a region. The county focuses on regional public education, and it works with the private sectors as well as tribes to ensure close cooperation at all levels.

The County has also engaged in a broad public relations effort: “3 days – 3 ways.” There are 1.8 million residents of King County, and in the event that water and other crucial utilities are cut off, the people need to be self sufficient for at least three days in order to cope and survive.

Reveille ImageThe media’s cooperation has been instrumental to the program’s success. The three major local TV/radio organizations are all behind the education effort.

Where can BBRC members learn more? Here are a few related websites:

Eric summed up that his office is working to learn the lessons of Katrina, 9/11, and other disasters, and working with local, state, and federal officials to make sure than in event of a serious emergency, we in King County have the best possible degree of preparedness to face the crisis.



A little humor from the old Jewish Catskill comics of Vaudeville days, e.g., Shecky Green, Red Buttons, Totie Fields, Milton Berle, Henny Youngman
Courtesy of Wally Mahoney

There was a beautiful young woman knocking on my hotel room door all night! I finally had to let her out.

A car hit an elderly Jewish man. The paramedic says, "Are you comfortable?" The man says, "I make a good living."

I just got back from a pleasure trip. I took my mother-in-law to the airport.

I've been in love with the same woman for 49 years. If my wife ever finds out, she'll kill me!

What are three words a woman never wants to hear when she's making love? "Honey, I'm home!"

Someone stole all my credit cards, but I won't be reporting it. The thief spends less than my wife did.

We always hold hands. If I let go, she shops.

My wife and I went back to the hotel where we spent our wedding night, only this time I stayed in the bathroom and cried.

She was at the beauty shop for two hours. That was only for the estimate. She got a mudpack and looked great for two days. Then the mud fell off.

I was just in London — there is a 6-hour time difference. I'm still confused. When I go to dinner, I feel sexy. When I go to bed, I feel hungry.

The doctor gave a man six months to live. The man couldn't pay his bill, so the doctor gave him another six months.

The Doctor called Mrs. Cohen saying, "Mrs. Cohen, your check came back." Mrs. Cohen answered, "So did my arthritis!"

Doctor: "You'll live to be 60!"
Patient: "I AM 60!"
Doctor: "See! What did I tell you?"

A doctor held a stethoscope up to a man's che t. The man asked, "Doc, how do I stand?" The doctor answered "That's what puzzles me!"

A drunk was in front of a judge. The judge said, "You've been brought here for drinking."
The drunk said "Okay, let's get started"

A bum said to a Jewish fellow, "Give me $10 till payday."
The Jewish fellow responded, "When's payday?"
The bum said, "I don't know! You're the one that's working!"

Why do Jewish divorces cost so much? They're worth it.

Why do Jewish men die before their wives? They want to.

I wish my brother would learn a trade, so I would know what kind of work he's out of.