VOL 20, NO 8, AUGUST 28, 2007


Friday Program:
"A Football Band of Brothers," Tom Porter, Author

Bellevue Breakfast Rotary ClubBob Holert, aka “Husky Bob,” introduced Tom Porter. Tom retired in 1999 as an Executive Vice President of Bank of America, and is the author of several books on corporate management and three on University of Washington sports. His latest book, A Football Band of Brothers, chronicles the University of Washington football program under Jim Owens from 1957 to 1961.

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Bellevue Breakfast Rotary ClubPreliminaries
President Phil called the meeting to order slightly early. Manfred Markevitch delivered the invocation while Ercan Turkarslan introduced visiting Rotarians and guests.

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Paul Harris Awards
Cary Kopczynski, assisted by Margie Burnett, presented Paul Harris Awards to the following: Bob Moloney (two sapphires—$3,000); Brian Evison (four sapphires—$5,000); Cary Kopczynski (two rubies—$8,000); and Collin Radford (three rubies—$9,000).

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What a great display of club leadership!

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NationalSkillsUSA Vocational Competition
Evelyn Cogswell introduced the team from Sammamish High School that recently attended the National SkillsUSA vocational competitions in Kansas City. SkillsUSA is the manufacturing or production counterpart to DECA (which emphasizes marketing skills) for students.

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Tom Danielson and Sue Peterson were the adult leaders of the group, Sue for health care and Tom for graphics. Students Nick and Julie were part of the graphics competition which involves silk-screening and off-set commercial printing processes, while Ewana was part of the health care competition as a nurse assistant. The costs for the adult leaders are paid for by Bellevue School District. However, the expenses of the student participants must be raised by the students and, having participated in local and state competitions, their treasury was depleted. A contribution from the BBRC allowed them to participate in the national competition.

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Bellevue Breakfast Rotary ClubRotarian of the Month: Ted Ederer
President Phil made a much deserved presentation of the August Rotarian of the Month Award to John “Ted” Ederer, who volunteered last year to head up the 2007 Golf Outing — which was a stunning success. Ted said the award should be shared by all of the Golf Outing Committee members, who did a great job in making sure that the outing was a success.

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Outbound Peru GSE Team
Bellevue Breakfast Rotary ClubJohn Armenia announced that District 5030 is now accepting applications for the positions of Team Leader and four Members for a Group Study Exchange with District 4459 in Lima, Peru.

The dates of the exchange are April 13 to May 12, 2008; applications for Team Leader are due by September 15, 2007, with interviews to be held on September 18, 2007. Applications for team Members are due by October 5, 2007, with group interviews on Saturday, October 13, and individual interviews on October 16, 2007.

Anyone interested in the Team Leader position or anyone with recommendations for team members can call John Armenia at 1-800-526-5596, extension 5443; 425-890-6427; or home, 425-868-4282. Applications can be obtained at

GSE Downloads:
• GSE Application Announcement
Seeking GSE Peru Trip Participants

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New Member Proposed: Jonathan Koshar
Jonathan Koshar, a residential production builder and developer, is a returning member of the BBRC. He has come back to the Puget Sound area from Tampa, Florida (Good move!), and he is presently the COO of Soundbuild Homes in Puyallup, whose principal activities are building and sales of single family residential homes.

Jonathan lives in Sammamish with his wife, Lauren, and his 4.5-year-old son, Theodore.

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"A Football Band of Brothers," Tom Porter, Author
Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club

Bob Holert, aka “Husky Bob,” introduced Tom Porter. Tom retired in 1999 as an Executive Vice President of Bank of America, and is the author of several books on corporate management and three on University of Washington sports. His latest book, A Football Band of Brothers, chronicles the University of Washington football program under Jim Owens from 1957 to 1961.

Tom’s narrative starts with one of the low points in Husky football. When it was revealed that there was an illegal slush fund to support football players, the NCAA imposed a two-year probation on the Huskies from 1955 to 1957.

Bellevue Breakfast Rotary ClubIn 1957 Jim Owens became the Husky head football coach. He had been an All-American end at Oklahoma and had coached under Bear Bryant at Texas A&M. There in 1954, he became one of the Junction Boys, named for a Spartan training camp at Junction, Texas. Coach Owens had simple football philosophies. They were team unity, defense and exceptionally tough mental and physical conditioning. That was the day of single platoon football where players played offense and defense and played almost 60 minutes of football.

Bellevue Breakfast Rotary ClubBy 1959 the young players who had been recruited by Jim Owens in 1957 and put through a grueling mental and physical conditioning program were making their mark. In 1959 they had a 9-and-1 season followed by a 9-and-1 season in 1960, which gave them the best two-year showing in national college football with 20 wins and 2 losses. The two additional wins were over Wisconsin in the 1960 Rose Bowl and over Minnesota in the 1961 Rose Bowl when the Huskies were ranked by one poll as National Champions.

Bellevue Breakfast Rotary ClubTom had three reasons for writing this book. First, he thought it was a compelling story of how teamwork and attitude are so very important in any endeavor. Second, he wanted to remember and commemorate Jim Owens who established the foundation for modern Husky football. Third was as a catalyst to the University of Washington Athletic Department to commemorate the 1960 team. In fact, there will be a Legacy Weekend built around the USC game on September 29. The 1960 team will be honored as will the individual members of the team. The current team will be wearing “throwback” jerseys patterned after the 1960 jerseys. The Official Legacy Center will be opened in the Graves Annex. There will be a special halftime show and the 1960 Husky Band and Cheerleaders are also planning a reunion.

Tom is not yet ready to retire and is thinking about another book on the history of football. He will be working on a documentary relating to the 1960 Husky football team

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Web Fun

The Stall
I was barely sitting down when I heard a voice from the other stall saying: "Hi, how are you?"

I'm not the type to start a conversation in the restroom, but I don't know what got into me, so I answered, somewhat embarrassed, "Doin' just fine!"

And the other person says, "So, what are you up to?"

What kind of question is that? At that point, I'm thinking this is too bizarre, so I say, "Uhhh, I'm like you, just traveling!"

At this point I am just trying to get out as fast as I can when I hear another question. "Can I come over?"

Ok, this question is just too weird for me but I figured I could just be polite and end the conversation. I tell them "Noooo ... I'm a little busy right now!"

Then I hear the person say nervously: "Listen, I'll have to call you back. There's an idiot in the other stall who keeps answering all my questions."

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Health Question & Answer Session

Q: I've heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life; is this true?

A: Your heart is only good for so many beats, and that's it. Don't waste them on exercise . Everything wears out eventually. Speeding up your heart will not make you live longer; that's like saying you can extend the life of your car by driving it faster. Want to live longer? Take a nap.

Q: Should I cut down on meat and eat more fruits and vegetables?

A: You must grasp logistical efficiencies. What does a cow eat? Hay and corn. And what are these? Vegetables. So a steak is nothing more than an efficient mechanism of delivering vegetables to your system. Need grain? Eat chicken. Beef is also a good source of field grass (green leafy vegetable). And a pork chop can give you 100% of your recommended daily allowance of vegetable products.

Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?

A: No, not at all. Wine is made from fruit. Brandy is distilled wine, that means they take the water out of the fruity bit so you get even more of the goodness that way. Beer is also made out of grain. Bottoms up!

Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio?

A: Well, if you have a body and you have fat, your ratio is one to one. If you have two bodies, your ratio is two to one, etc.

Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program?

A: Can't think of a single one, sorry. My philosophy is: No Pain...Good!

Q: Aren't fried foods bad for you?

A: You're not listening....foods are fried these days in vegetable oil. In fact, they're permeated in it. How could getting more vegetables be bad for you?

Q: Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle?

A: Definitely not! When you exercise a muscle, it gets bigger. You should only be doing sit-ups if you want a bigger stomach.

Q: Is chocolate bad for me?

A: Are you crazy? Cocoa beans! Another vegetable. It's the best feel-good food around!!

Q: Is swimming good for your figure?

A: If swimming is good for your figure, explain whales to me.

Well, I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about food and diets.

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"An Update on the Washington State Patrol," Chief John Batiste, Washington State Patrol (Hayden)


The reason women don’t play football is because eleven of them would never wear the same outfit in public. – Phyllis Diller

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


Colly Radford, 21 yrs
John DeWater, 17 yrs
Margie Burnett, 13 yrs
Peter Powell, 13 yrs
Shelley Noble, 9 yrs
Tom Miller, 4 yrs
Steve Szirmai, 2 yrs
Hal Teel, 2 yrs

Bellevue Breakfast Rotary ClubCurtis Cummings and Steven Lingenbrink brought back 14 hand-carved artworks from their recent trip to Kenya. These will be sold by silent auction at the BBRC meeting on August 31. Proceeds will go the BBRC Foundation.

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Bellevue Breakfast Rotary ClubRourke O’Brien provided an update on Officer Cookie’s Chess Club. Officer Denise “Cookie” Bouldin of the Seattle Police Department was the BBRC speaker on July 24. She mentioned that her Chess Club in Rainier Valley had run out of funding. Rourke announced that she has obtained donations sufficient to cover chessboards and playing pieces for the club and for all prospective members; and an anonymous donor has contributed $8,200 to fund an instructor position.

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