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Ron Healey, 22 yrs
Bob Vallat, 22 yrs
Rick Klobucher, 21 yrs
Alan Bohling, 18 yrs
Larry Gill, 17 yrs
John Sheeran, 14 yrs
Paul Juul, 12 yrs
Steve Roberts, 9 yrs
Democratic Presidental candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will be in the Seattle area this Friday, April 4, and will be holding a special program for District 5030 Rotary Clubs. In lieu of the regular meeting this Friday, all BBRC members and other District Rotarians are invited to attend this highly anticipated event at the Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue, at 8:00AM. Click here for more detailed information.

“Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same.” ~ Oscar Wilde

Opening Bell

Robin Callan gave the Invocation and led the Pledge. Kim Shrader introduced visiting Rotarians and guests. The visiting Rotarians included Chuck Kline (Sammamish), Frank Young (Bellevue Noon) and Ron Cowen (New Hampshire).


Jane Kuechle explained that it is now time to enroll yourself, family, neighbors and co-workers in the 2nd Annual BBRC 7K Walk-A-Thon, to be held on April 26th. The 2008 “Rotary Walks” brochures are now available for registration. You may also register online at Please do not forget this week’s tip use email as a recruitment tool.

2008 Retreat

The Gig Harbor Retreat is only one week away. Those of you planning on attending the retreat, please register online as soon as possible. For information on:

• Golfing please contact
Tom Smith
• Shopping outing please contact Elena Howell
• Car pooling please contact Phil Salvatori

Student of The Month — Michelle Ross, Eastside Catholic

Larry May introduced Michelle Ross as our Student of the Month. She is the daughter of Richard and Kathy Ross.

A student at Eastside Catholic, Ms. Ross’ accomplishments include the National Honor Society and 500 hours of community service. Ms. Ross’ community service includes work with the Washington, D.C., Boys and Girls Club, as well as housing projects in Mexico.

Ms. Ross plans to attend Gonzaga University, were she intends to study Child Psychology.

One Year Minute: Craig Groshart

Craig Groshart shared his One Year Rotary Minute. Craig began by expressing admiration for the high level of participation and collaboration between BBRC members. Craig said he looks forward to the coming year and contributing to the tradition of participation and collaboration.

BBRC Book Drive

David Bolson thanked all the BBRC members who donated books. It was another successful drive with more than 1000 books collected. Special thanks to Tom Harrelson for organizing the donation of 300 books from Half Price Books.

Service Above Self Day Work Party
Ron Healey

The Rotary Service Above Self day went off smoothly. There were eight Rotarians, Jenny Andrews, Bill Rambo, Tom Helbling, Howard Johnson, Bob McKorkle, Ernie Hayden, David Bolson and me. Sue Healey brought the coffee and donuts. The Rotarians were joined by Mati McCoy, my granddaughter, and 12 to 14 volunteers from EADS. I kept everyone moving so I didn't get an accurate count.

We painted two large assembly rooms, and two smaller rooms. We used five paint colors which made the place look very clean, fresh and new. We framed in and installed a new door, added plastic corners to protect them from the wheelchairs, did some cleaning and hauled a load to the dump.

There is a little follow-up work on the door to be completed. One color didn't cover well, so I will be asking for volunteers to help one evening for a couple of hours, possible on April 9th or 10th. Please check your calendars.

I believe everyone had fun, as there was time for fellowship. I would like to personally thank all the volunteers. On behalf of EADS, I would like to thank the entire club, as you all participated in raising the funds that helped pay for the project. All of the EADS volunteers were appreciative of our efforts.

Water Spray Park Update

Jim Owens shared the incredible odyssey of the Water Spray Park:

At Brian Evison’s Retreat in April 2003, Norm was looking for a Centennial Project. Jane Kuechle suggested a special needs play area. In May 2003, Bellevue Mayor Connie Marshall visited BBRC and strongly endorsed the idea of a special needs play area.

Later that month Norm, Phil Salvatori, Dean Pollock, and Colin Radford met with Pam Fehrman and others from the Bellevue Parks Department. The City proposed the idea of a zero depth spray play park, which would cost about $1 million. Faced with a number of challenges, a team composed of Colin Radford, Rick Klobucher, Wayne McCaulley, Alan Pratt, Dean Pollock, Jeanne Thorsen, Fred Barkman, Jane Kuechle, Norm Johnson, John Martinka and Jim Owens came together and helped move the project forward.

This week, the BBRC’s partnership with Bellevue Parks Department went over the top and broke through the $1 million mark. A huge Spray Play Park opening celebration is scheduled for Saturday, June 7th at 12:00 noon.

March Rotarian of The Month: Jim Owens

Jim Owens was recognized as the March Rotarian of the Month for his contribution to the Spray Park.

To influence the vote of the Bellevue Neighborhood Enhancement program, Jim printed and sent out 7,000 letters to all the residents in zip code 98008, urging them to vote for the Spray Play Park. As a result of the “get out the vote” campaign, the Crossroads Spray Play Park received 2-1/2 times more votes than other projects on the ballot, and we were awarded $150,000.

Update on Timmy O’Brien & Sayoko Kuwahara in Japan

Sayoko Kuwahara sent this email recently reporting on her trip with stepson Timmy O’Brien to Japan, bringing 1000 origami cranes for the Children’s Peace Monument at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, the first city in the world to suffer a nuclear attack. Their trip is garnering international attention.


I don’t think that I have ever been so deeply touched by someone else’s accomplishment in my life. Timmy presented the Sacred Heart School cranes at the Peace Child “Sadako” monument this afternoon. It brought tears to my eyes.

This project, which started as a personal project between Timmy and me, has engaged friends and teachers of Sacred Heart School. An article has been published, and two newspapers are interested in writing a story when we come back.

At the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, we ended up participating in a videotaped interview conducted by a TV documentary producer from South Africa.

Timmy’s crane project will be heard by more people in the world. Pretty amazing, isn’t it?

Friday Program
Education for All & All for Education, Anne Thomas

Colly Radford introduced his long time friend Anne Thomas, who shared a PowerPoint presentation summarizing an incredible literacy campaign in remotes areas of Cambodia and Laos. The multilingual education project titled “Education for All and All for Education” seeks to increase literacy opportunities for ethnic minorities in both countries. Written materials are prepared for local teachers covering a wide range of key development issues such as clean water, hygiene, immunization, malaria, and land grabbing.

Ms. Thomas’ work is inspiring. For more information, please contact her at

Web Fun

For the Retreat Golfers

The shortest distance between any two points on a golf course is a straight line that passes directly through the center of a very large tree.

You can hit a two acre fairway 10% of the time and a two-inch branch 90% of the time.

When you look up, causing an awful shot, you will always look down again at exactly the moment when you ought to start watching the ball if you ever want to see it again.

If you want to hit a 7 iron as far as Tiger Woods does, simply try to lay up just short of a water hazard.

There are two things you can learn by stopping your back-swing at the top and checking the position of your hands: how many hands you have and which one is wearing the glove.

Hazards attract, fairways repel.

A ball you can see in the rough from 50 yards away is not yours.

If there is a ball on the fringe and a ball in the bunker, your ball is in the bunker. If both balls are in the bunker, yours is in the

It's easier to get up at 6:00 AM to play golf than at 10:00 AM to mow the yard.

If there's a storm rolling in, you'll be having the game of your life.

If your opponent has trouble remembering whether he shot a six or a seven, he probably scored an eight (or worse).

A good drive on the 18th hole has stopped many a golfer from giving up the game.

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Two long-time golfing buddies got to the course one day and decided that this day they would play the ball where it lies... "No matter what!"

On the 14th hole, one of them sliced his drive and it ended up on the cart path. As he reached down to pick up his ball to get relief, his friend said, "Wait a minute! We agreed that we would not improve our lies! Remember? No matter what!"

The first player tried to explain that he was entitled to this relief, that it was in the rules of golf. But the second fellow would not allow it.

Throwing up his hands in disgust, the man went to the cart and grabbed a club. As he stood near his ball, he took a few practice swings, each time scraping the club on the pavement and sending out showers of sparks.

Finally, he took his shot. The club hit the path again, sparks went flying, but his ball shot straight towards the green, landed and rolled to a stop - two inches from the cup.

"Great shot!" his friend exclaimed. "What club did you use?" The man gave him a wry smile, "Your 7 iron!"

VOL 20, NO 37, APRIL 1, 2008