"Angel Investing in the Northwest," Todd Dean, Keiretsu Forum, Seattle Northwest Chapter President. Keiretsu Forum is a collection of Angel Investors with chapters around the US. The Seattle chapter has about 80 members and is growing. Todd will share stories of the risks and rewards of angel investing. (Face)

People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost. ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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



Anniversary Dinner RSVP

Rotary First Harvest
Howard Johnson reports that the BBRC has had an exemplary showing at Rotary First Harvest events this fall. He reminded us that next Saturday we have another opportunity to help. For more information, .


Fellowship Meeting This Friday
Please join us for a fellowship committee meeting following this Friday’s meeting. Anyone currently on the committee, or interested in helping out is welcome! We are looking for help for upcoming events and ideas for new events in the winter and spring.


People We Care About
Candy Igou thanked the club for the beautiful bouquet of flowers sent to comfort her following the death of her sister. “When the flowers arrived and the card said, 'From your Rotary Family,' it just meant so much to me.” Candy reports that she is almost able to function normally after her sister’s untimely death.


BBRC Thanksgiving  Basket DONATIONS
Donations of food or money will be accepted at the meeting on Friday, November 10, and the dinner on Friday, November 17. Here’s what food you might consider donating:

  • 10 pounds of potatoes
  • 2 pounds of carrots
  • Pie crust mix for at least 2 pies
  • Pie filling for at least 2 pies
  • 5-pound box of Bisquick
  • 1 pound of butter
  • 1 large jar of jam
  • 10 cans of vegetables or fruit
  • 5 pounds of apples
  • 5 pounds of oranges


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Vol. 19, No. 19, NOVEMBER 7, 2006
THE FRIDAY PROGRAM: New Solutions for Pain (Peishan Chen) | Friday Potpourri | 2007 -2008 Officers Nominated | Rotary First Harvest | Fellowship Meeting This Friday | Rotary International Foundation | People We Care About | BBRC Thanksgiving Food Baskets | From the 21st Anniversary Dinner ... | ... to Thanksgiving Dinner for Needy Families | ROTARY WALKS! Update | Notes From the Palouse

Click here for photos from the meeting.

The Program:
New Solutions for Pain

Reveille ImageBrian Evison introduced Peishan Chen, a nationally known speaker and licensed acupuncturist. “Peishan Chen is a dynamic member of the Holistic Health Association, who graduated with honors as a Western Medical Doctor from Sun-Yat Sen School of Medical Sciences in Guanghzhou, China. Prior to coming to the US, where she earned a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture, Chen served as an OB/GYN in China. She has been practicing medicine since 1990.”

A recent Gallup survey on “Pain in America” showed that 89% of American adults experience pain regularly and 42% experience pain daily; 27% of Americans miss work due to pain and 39% won’t take pain medications due to their unpleasant side effects.


Friday Potpourri

Reveille ImageReveille ImagePresident Jim opened the meeting with Ron Black leading us in the invocation and pledge of allegiance and Jim Young providing introductions of visiting Rotarians and guests. We were all delighted to see our very own Frank Young back in the fold after a successful surgical procedure. Welcome back, Frank.

In a moving, yet incredibly brief ceremony, JimmyZ presented Morris Kremen with his blue badge.


2007 -2008 Officers Nominated

The slate of officers for the 2007–2008 Rotary year were announced and include the following victims — I mean volunteers.

  • President: Phil Salvatori
  • President Elect: Jenny Andrews
  • Immediate Past President: Jim Zidar
  • Treasurer: Steve Szirmai
  • Secretary: Steve Vincent
  • Membership: Chris Ballard
  • International Service: Curtis Cummings
  • Public Relations: John Martinka
  • Community Service Projects: David Bolson
  • Club Administration: Hal Teel
  • BBRC Foundation: Fred Barkman
  • Sergeant at Arms: Tom Harrelson


Rotary International Foundation

Reveille ImageIn honor of November, Rotary Foundation Month, Past BBRC President Kim Shrader provided wonderful illustrations of the difference our contributions are making in the lives of people, here in Bellevue and around the world. Kim noted that several people, including John Martinka (Computers for the World), Steve Lingenbrink (Agros water projects in Guatemala) and Sayoko Kuwahara (Group Study Exchange) know first hand the power of the Rotary International Foundation.

Reveille ImageThe mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace by improving health, supporting education and alleviating poverty. The Rotary Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world. “To date, Rotarians have donated over $650 million to eradicate polio and we are 99% of the way there,” said Kim.

The Foundation was created in 1917 by Rotary International's sixth president, Arch C. Klumph, as an endowment fund for Rotary "to do good in the world." It has grown from an initial contribution of US$26.50 to more than US$117.9 million contributed in 2004-05. Its event-filled history is a story of Rotarians learning the value of service to humanity.

The Foundation's Humanitarian Programs fund international Rotary club and district projects to improve the quality of life, providing health care, clean water, food, education, and other essential needs primarily in the developing world. One of the major Humanitarian Programs is PolioPlus, which is eradicating the poliovirus worldwide.

Through its Educational Programs the Foundation provides funding for some 1,200 students to study abroad each year. Grants are also awarded to university teachers to teach in developing countries and for exchanges of business and professional people. Former participants in the Foundation's programs have the opportunity to continue their affiliation with Rotary as Foundation Alumni.

“The Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club’s objective is to have 100% of our members contribute to the RI Foundation this year and every year,” said Kim. Let’s take a little quiz to see what your gift can provide:

___60 cents ___$100 ___$500 ___$1,000

1. Ten-month food supply for a child in Guatemala.
2. Clean drinking water for over 300 people in India.
3. Tuition and books for one year of school for two children in Kenya.
4. Cost of vaccine to protect a child against polio.

The answers are:

4=60 cents; 3=$100; 1=$500; 2=$1,000


From the 21st Anniversary Dinner ...

John Martinka, in a delusional moment when he thought he was still Sergeant At Arms, began doling out fines to numerous people who, because they are directionally challenged, messed up their online sign-ups for the anniversary dinner. Some were not coming to the dinner but ordered the chicken anyway. Some, like Nick Paget, were bringing a “guest” also named Nick Paget. Some were coming to the dinner three times! And one anti-social member was not coming to the dinner three times. All right then!

Just when we thought John would remember that fining is typically the role of the SAA, “Cletus” Cummings arrived to help John with his bad laptop.

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... to Thanksgiving Dinner for Needy Families

“I’z looking for some long lanky feller, “ hollered Cletus while pointing to a frightened Chuck Barnes. “I thought I wuz hungry but this here guy, he looks really hungry,” mumbled Cletus handing Chuck a giant bowl of cheese. “That boy needs to eat something!”

There’s no telling what this had to do with the anniversary dinner but when Cletus is involved, it’s best not to ask questions. Eventually the shtick evolved into a request by Chuck for club members to donate some Jacksons ($20) and Hamiltons ($10) to help the BBRC fill Thanksgiving baskets for 75 needy families from Hopelink and the Lake Heights YMCA. “I want one Jackson per member to help feed needy families!” exclaimed Chuck — between bites of cheese.




Reveille ImageBob Bowen, Chair of the After-Event Committee, reminded the club that the goal of the event is to promote healthy kids — here in Bellevue and around the world. “The After-Event Committee is all about having fun — with inflatable toys for the kids, a health fair with healthcare providers for parents and other adults and lots of time to enjoy our beautiful new city hall.” The committee is meeting today and we would love to have new members join us. If you would like to be part of this great committee, .


Notes From the Palouse
John Mix

I’m working on a part-time basis for my former radio station. It doesn’t really look like my former station, because corporate ownership has taken nine stations operating in the Lewiston-Clarkston, Moscow-Pullman-Colfax markets and combined them under one banner: Inland Northwest Broadcasting.

At this time, I’ve been assigned the position of Public Affairs Director with the task of conducting interviews with people in the three cities of Colfax, Pullman and Moscow on a weekly basis. The interviewees are public officials, citizens, business and professional people—anyone who has an interesting story to tell on a topic of general interest in the station’s listening area. We program these three shows on six stations that are now transmitting out of the studios of my old station. They’ve spent a hefty amount remodeling the facility to make room for the added staff.

The six stations include three AM and three FM stations. All were existing operations, bought by the Lewiston-based company. There are three stations operating in Lewiston, separate from the Moscow operation. Each station in Moscow has a different format….modern country, talk, oldies, classic rock, classic country and contemporary rock. I also participate with the news department to cover events in the market.

The six stations are all computer-driven, with the latest equipment handling the programming for each station. All of the formats are served by satellite programming, but the difference is that the music formats are auditioned and hand-picked by a group in Lewiston to make sure the tunes fit the format. This is done on a weekly basis. The three Lewiston stations and the six Moscow stations are connected by using the internet for communication purposes. All of the nine station logs are produced in Lewiston, as is the accounting. When sales are made in Moscow, the schedule is sent to Lewiston and placed on the computer system.

Each station has local announcers, who either perform live, or by producing a voice track for the period they are on the air. This is an all-digital system. There’s no tape, no records and often, when all of the voice trackers have done their work, hardly any people in the building! The stations cover sports (U of I, Moscow High, and other HS sports). When the current manager—who’s a veteran of the previous ownership—conducted a tour for several people who used to work at the station back in less-complicated days, he told the tour that the monthly gross for the six stations equal what the two original stations did in one year! Obviously, the rates have increased, but they have an aggressive sales program with six sales people, so they are serious!

There must be 20 staff members in Moscow alone, combined with the business offices in Lewiston, so it’s no small operation. It’s interesting to be back in the business, but it’s changed so much it’s a continual challenge for someone who broke in to commercial broadcasting at a little block building across the road from this new, lavish facility. My first job was in November of 1952 when I was hired to read commercials during KRPL’s coverage of the Eisenhower-Stevenson presidential election. And, you thought no one was that old!

I’m still waiting for word about a position I’ve applied for at the University of Idaho. It’s called “Special Events Coordinator,” for the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. It’s a mini alumni director-type job, utilizing many of the skills I’ve used in my previous work experiences—writing, editing, publishing, planning, executing, interviewing and managing that part of the College’s program. It’s going on 45 days since the application process closed. I know the search committee is busy trying to pare down the applications. We shall see.

I plan to join the Moscow Rotary Club sometime in the coming month. If any members have a need for genuine, freshly-dug Idaho potatoes, the club conducts an annual fundraising drive. I can get you a 50-pound box for $50. Smaller amounts are available. There ain’t nothin’ like an Idaho baked spud!

Until next time, cheers. ~ JPM


The Program :
New Solutions for Pain

Reveille ImageBrian Evison introduced Peishan Chen, a nationally known speaker and licensed acupuncturist. “Peishan Chen is a dynamic member of the Holistic Health Association, who graduated with honors as a Western Medical Doctor from Sun-Yat Sen School of Medical Sciences in Guanghzhou, China. Prior to coming to the US, where she earned a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture, Chen served as an OB/GYN in China. She has been practicing medicine since 1990.”

A recent Gallup survey on “Pain in America” showed that 89% of American adults experience pain regularly and 42% experience pain daily; 27% of Americans miss work due to pain and 39% won’t take pain medications due to their unpleasant side effects.

Pain is the body’s signal that something is wrong. It is the body’s way of preventing further injury to yourself. Different people have different tolerance levels to pain. Diabetics experience more pain than the average person because they have a lowered pain threshold. Pain can also be caused by stress. Stress manifests itself in many ways, one of which is pain.

People who have an active role in their pain management and treatment have better outcomes. Chen outlined five strategies to treat pain:

Reveille Image1. Medication doesn’t address the cause of the problem; it simply treats symptoms. Medication has side effects that often need to be countered with yet more drugs. Drugs that people thought was safe can actually be dangerous (example: Vioxx, Celebrex). NSAIDS & Ibuprofen can also cause problems. Tylenol overdoses cause liver damage including 56,700 ER visits each year. Aspirin may cause bleeding which may include strokes. People who take analgesics daily for more than 6 months are 20 times more likely to have chronic headaches than people who do not regularly take pain relievers. Medication should be used only if there is no other solution.

2. Surgery does not guarantee an end to pain. Some 70% of people who have had surgery for lower back pain still have pain 4–7 years later.

3. Nutrition/Vitamins: Vitamins such as calcium, glucosamine, chondritin, Niacin, Vitamin E all contribute to wellness. People who are committed to good nutrition often experience less pain than people who eat a diet that is high in fat and low in nutrients.

4. Exercise is a great way to reduce pain. The best types of exercise for pain management are swimming and walking. Exercise creates endorphins (natural morphine) that reduces pain. Endorphins interact with the same part of the brain that interact with drugs like morphine. Exercise will keep the body functioning properly, facilitate good sleep, reduce pain, and help you feel more energetic.

Acupuncture was discovered in China about 5000 years ago. There are 14 major channels running through the body that carry blood and energy. Acupuncturists call this channel system the chi. Acupuncturists are trained to determine where the chi blockages are occurring by looking at the patient’s tongue, taking their pulse and by looking at other telling signs one the body. The process of acupuncture is to unblock the chi.

Reveille ImageAcupuncturists are required to take a 4-year post graduate degree and are devoted to knowledge of anatomy biochemistry, physiology, etc. Over 2 billion people worldwide receive acupuncture each year. Most people seek acupuncture to alleviate pain.

Many people report that acupuncture works when all else fails. The number of Americans who are turning to alternative healthcare treatment continues to rise.

Chen reports that 10% of her patients go to her for maintenance rather than acute pain.

“People often dread seeing a doctor. If you are one of those people, I am offering a free consultation for Rotarians who would like to see if acupuncture is right for them. If I can’t help, I will refer you out to another healthcare provider.”