VOL 20, NO 23, DECEMBER 18, 2007


Friday Program:
Coach Forfeits Game

Reveille ImageThe featured speaker, Bill Resler, coach of the Roosevelt High School girls’ basketball team, whose exploits became a movie called “The Heart of the Game,” could not find Glendale. He unsuccessfully circled the area as he tried to make sense of MapQuest instructions to reach the Glendale Country Club.

Apparently, MapQuest baldly states that you can get to the Glendale Country Club by simply heading east on Main Street from downtown Bellevue. Perhaps by helicopter but not by car.

Coach Resler will be rescheduled in early 2008 and will be provided by Rourke O’Brien with a better map.

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Friday Potpourri

Reveille ImagePresident Salvatori called the meeting to order and acknowledged the presence of past District Governor Mike Montgomery. Mike invited everyone to attend the 2008 Rotary International Convention in Los Angeles in June 2008.

Bob Bowen gave the following invocation and led in the pledge of allegiance.

We find ourselves arriving in a season of “longing.” We long to see peace, for young soldiers to come home to their loved ones, we long to see enough fresh clean water and good food to eat for all children of the world, our heart longs for the day when every child will have the opportunity to go to school and secure a better future. We long for the love to return back into our hearts so we can again be restored in this most precious season, a season filled with hope and wonder.

Our longing is also to experience joy back into our lives.

Reveille ImageFrances de Sales once said: “Man is for joy and joy is for man, I think joy is not joy at all unless it is in man’s possession. The human heart is so dependent upon joy that, without joy, it cannot find rest. Joy is true joy only in so far as it is possessed by the heart of man. Humor is the foundation of reconciliation.”

This holiday season, it’s my prayer that we all experience the great comfort and joy that God has to offer, that we will indeed share that joy with others around us, and that our joy will bring much laughter and reconciliation into the hearts of many.

Morris Kremen introduced visiting Rotarians and guests.

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Reveille ImageNewest Member of the BBRC: Diane Gamache

President Phil presided over the induction of Diane Gamache, BBRC’s newest member. Diane will hold the classification of "CPA/internal Audit." Diane's sponsor, Madeline Gauthier, helped President Phil with the induction. As it turns out Diane was a friend of Madeline’s sister.

Diane is from Yakima and attended WAZZU. She enjoys golf and jewelry making and has grandchildren. Welcome aboard, Diane.

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RI Foundation Update

Reveille ImageCary Kopczynski announced good results towards getting every Rotarian to contribute to the Foundation this year.

With the help of Kim Shrader, Margie Burnett and Dick Brown, Cary held a drawing for prizes for those BBRCers who have made their contribution or commitment. Ruben Ladlad is now the proud owner of a basket of books, compliments of Madame Librarian Jeanne Thorsen; Jim Carney is now the proud owner of a basket of coffee things, compliments of Margie Burnett; and Wayne McCaulley is the very proud owner of a stunning necklace, provided by Steve Luplow.

Wayne again demonstrated his grace by not modeling his new necklace as many of the members were still eating their breakfast.

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Student of the Month: Nathan Schaeffer

Reveille ImageHusky Bob Holert introduced the Sammamish December Student of the Month Nathan Schaeffer. Nathan was joined for breakfast by his parents Gordon and Saskia.

Nathan sports a 3.87 grade point average, with many AP classes. He is the captain of the tennis team and has been a varsity team member the last three years. He is looking forward to college next year.

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Rotary Trip to Indonesia

Reveille ImageChris Monger announced that on January 12, 20 Rotarians from the Northwest, led by former BBRCer Stewart Martin, will be leaving for a trip to Indonesia. They will return on January 30. Their goals are to build relationships, explore hands-on project and joint programs with local clubs, as well as partnering with non-Rotarians for specific project support. Their trip will take them to Jakarta and Banda Aceh.

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Web Fun


Jack wakes up at home with a huge hangover. He forces himself to open his eyes, and the first thing he sees is a couple of aspirins next to a glass of water on the side table ... and a single red rose! Jack sits down and sees his clothing in front of him, all cleaned and pressed. Jack looks around the room and sees that it is in perfect order, spotlessly clean. So is the rest of the house.

He takes the aspirins, cringes when he sees a huge black eye staring back at him in the bathroom mirror, and notices a note on the table: "Honey, breakfast is on the stove, I left early to go shopping. Love you!"

He stumbles into the kitchen and sure enough, there is hot breakfast and the morning newspaper. His son is also at the table, eating. Jack asks, "Son ... what happened last night?"

"Well, you came home after 3 AM, drunk and out of your mind. You broke some furniture, threw up in the hallway, and got that black eye when you ran into the door."

"So, why is everything in such perfect order, so clean? I have a rose, and breakfast is on the table waiting for me!"

His son replies, "Oh, THAT! Well, when Mom helped you to the bedroom last night and tried to take off your pants, you screamed, 'Lady, leave me alone! I'm married!'"

A self-induced hangover - $46.00

Broken furniture - $85.26

Hot Breakfast - $4.20

Red Rose - $3.00

Two Aspirins - $.38

Saying the right thing, at the right time ... PRICELESS!

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Holiday Breakfast


Jeff Mason, department head and teacher of the Cisco Systems Networking Academy, will give us a tour of the technology department that is one of the best in the country, and the students will demonstrate their capabilities. Jeff is also co-leader of our (Rotary) computer projects assisted by the Cisco students. (Martinka)


“If you think you can, you can. If you think you can’t, you’re right.” — Henry Ford

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Off For an Adventure
This week’s scribe, Mark Hough, will be taking a three-month leave of absence, beginning January 1. I have accepted a position through U.S. Agency for International Development to participate in its Afghan Rule of Law project. I will be advising at the Nangarhar Provisional University Law School in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, for three months. Since this is a brand new position I am not sure what to expect other than the fact that it will be an interesting experience.

The school has a computer lab so I will have internet access and will be keeping the BBRC informed of my experiences. There is a Rotary Club somewhere in Kabul, but I do not believe there is one in Jalalabad. I will be keeping an eye out for possible international projects.

See you all in April.

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DEC 21-Christmas Breakfast

DEC 28-No meeting!

JAN 4-Off-site meeting at Newport High School

JAN 8 -New Member Meeting (note adjusted date)

JAN 11-Off-site meeting at Newport Yacht Club

JAN 15-Board Meeting (note adjusted date)

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The membership breathed a collective sigh of relief as the BBRC Bylaws revisions were unanimously approved. The bylaws can be viewed online here.

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