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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
"2008 Race to the White House, the Candidates & Possibilities," Richard Young, Professor Political Science, Seattle University. As a professor of political science at Seattle University, Richard will offer a political scientist's perspective on the current presidential race. [Burnett]

“Ocean: A body of water occupying two-thirds of a world made for man — who has no gills.” — Ambrose Bierce
Due to the walkathon on April 26, this month's Rotary First Harvest Work Party will be in Kent, at the Northwest Harvest site, from 9:00 a.m. to noon, 22220 68th Avenue South.

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Annual BBRC Retreat Recap
Jenny Andrews, Bob Bowen, Bob Holert, Norm Johnson, Tom Smith

In what was believed to be the first serious misstep on the part of Dick Brown, Retreat Day dawned dark, rainy, windy and generally awful. Undaunted, we knew the weather would clear by the end of the BBRC meeting but, alas, it was not to be! Rain and hail pounding our cars, we bravely made our way to Gig Harbor to golf or shop, quietly cursing Mr. Brown and plotting how to get a real weatherman in the club.

Opening Bell

Bob Crosby gave the Invocation and led the Pledge. Corr Pearce introduced visiting Rotarians and guests. Frank Young (Bellevue Noon) was our sole visiting Rotarians.


By way of an entertaining skit Jenny Andrews, John DeWater, and Andrew Face explained that it is now time to enroll yourself, family, neighbors and co-workers in the 2nd Annual BBRC 7K Walkathon, 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. There is also an “Email a Friend’ feature on the
Rotary Walks website. Use it to send Evites to friends, family and coworkers.

District 5030 – Save These Dates!

Norm Johnson shared a number of key District 5030 dates to get on your calendar:

District 5030 Conference
May 16-18, Kennewick

District 5030 Assembly,
May 31, 7:30 am to 12:00 noon
Bellevue Community College

Rotary Conference
June 15-18, Los Angeles

Rotary Work Party Recap

Ron Healey thanked the 10 Rotarians who helped to paint, install doors and corner protectors, as well as clean the Adult day care center Saturday March 29th. Ron asked for additional volunteers to help touch up a room needing an additional coat of paint. If you are available Wednesday or Thursday, please
contact Ron.

Thank You From a Bellevue School

Wendi Fischer shared thank you letters from the children at the Bellevue School which benefitted from Chess sets provided by the BBRC.

Dear Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club,

Alex thinks chess is a good game because it’s part of history and a thinking game. Chess has helped me learn to be a listener. Alex plays chess with his dad at home.

Vinnie thinks chess is a good game because it’s capturing other pieces. Chess helped Vinnie focus. Vinnie plays with his dad and uncle at his house. Thank you for the chess sets.

Alex and Vinnie

Sergeant at Arms: Four Lies & a Truth

Boos and hisses welcomed Tom Harrelson as he made his way to the mic. Tom ran through a list of Rotarians he had hoped to tax but to no avail. Each and every Rotarian was absent, except our friend Bob Crosby. We played a game of “Truth or Lie” with Bob and were stumped by this gifted fibber. Not a single table was able to guess the single true statement in the punch. Well done, Bob.

Antigua Computers for the World

We said good-bye to our dear friends John Martinka, Sadru Kabani, and Steve Lingenbrink, who are traveling to the island of Antigua-Barbuda in the West Indies with some 200 computers. Selflessly, these fine Rotarians will work day and evening for the “Computers for the World District Project.”

John Martinka sent pictures from the opening ceremonies of the Antigua C4W project. He said the project is going well, with “two good size labs done the first day." Initial comments from the Antigua Rotarians during planning meeting on Saturday: "This is a big positive for our club in our community," and from the Principal of the first school: "You don't know what a blessing this is to us."

The group was even on the local news for a 3-minute segment. John said, “This is a big deal here.”

Friday Program
"The History of the Cascade Water Alliance and the Benefits to Eastside Residents and Businesses," Grant Degginger, Mayor of Bellevue and Chair of the Board of of Trustees for the Cascade Water Alliance

Bob Holert introduced Bellevue Mayor Grant Degginger, who began by thanking the BBRC for its many contributions to Bellevue. He then proceeded to summarize work currently being undertaken by the Cascade Water Alliance.

The alliance was established in 1999 to ensure predictable long term water supplies are available for Bellevue and other member communities. As the level of population growth forecasted for the area in the coming years is estimated to reach will over one million.

The challenge for the alliance is enormous. To this end, the alliance has undertaken a number of strategic steps which include:

• Sign a Tacoma Supply Contract
• Invest in new transmission facilities
• Invest in new water supplies,
   e.g., Lake Tapps
• Establish incentives for conservation
   and environmental stewardship.

Mr. Degginger explained that the steps taken to date will ensure water supplies for the next 50 years.

Web Fun

From Wally Mahoney ...

I just want to thank all of you for your educational emails over the past year.

Thanks to you, I no longer open a public bathroom door without using a paper towel.

I can't use the remote in a hotel room because I don't know what the last person was doing while flipping through the adult movie channels.

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I have trouble shaking hands with someone who has been driving because the number one pasttime while driving alone is picking your nose.

Eating a Little Debbie sends me on a guilt trip because I can only imagine how many gallons of transitive fats I have consumed over the years.

I can't touch any woman's purse for fear she has placed it on the floor of a public bathroom. Yuck!

I must send my special thanks to whoever sent me the one about poop in the glue on envelopes because I now have to use a wet sponge with every envelope that needs sealing.

Also, now I have to scrub the top of every can I open for the same reason.

I no longer have any savings because I gave it to a sick girl (Penny Brown) who is about to die in the hospital for the 1,387,258th time.

I no longer have any money at all, but that will change once I receive the $15,000 that Bill Gates/Microsoft and AOL are sending me for participating in their special email program.

I no longer worry about my soul because I have 363,214 angels looking out for me, and St. Theresa's novena has granted my every wish.

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I no longer use cancer-causing deodorants even though I smell like a water buffalo on a hot day.

Thanks to you, I have learned that my prayers only get answered if I forward an email to seven of my friends and make a wish within five minutes.

Because of your concern I no longer drink Coca Cola because it can remove toilet stains.

I no longer can buy gasoline without taking someone along to watch the car so a serial killer won't crawl in my back seat when I'm pumping gas.

I no longer drink Pepsi or Dr. Pepper since the people who make these products are atheists who refuse to put “Under God” on their cans.

I no longer use SaranWrap in the microwave because it causes cancer.

And thanks for letting me know I can't boil a cup of water in the microwave anymore because it will blow up in my face, disfiguring me for life.

I no longer check the coin return on pay phones because I could be pricked with a needle infected with AIDS.

I no longer go to shopping malls because someone will drug me with a perfume sample and rob me.

I no longer receive packages from UPS or FedEx since they are actually Al Qaeda in disguise.

I no longer shop at Target since they are French and don't support our American troops or the Salvation Army.

I no longer answer the phone because someone will ask me to dial a number for or which I will get a phone bill with calls to Jamaica , Uganda , Singapore and Uzbekistan.

I no longer buy expensive cookies from Neiman Marcus since I now have their recipe.

Thanks to you, I can't use anyone's toilet but mine because a big brown African spider is lurking under the seat to cause me instant death when it bites my butt.

And thanks to your great advice, I can't ever pick up $5.00 dropped in the parking lot because it probably was placed there by a sex molester waiting underneath my car to grab my leg.

I can no longer drive my car because I can't buy gas from certain gas companies!

Oh, by the way ...

A German scientist from Argentina, after a lengthy study, has discovered that people with insufficient brain activity read their email with their hand on the mouse.

Don't bother taking it off now, it's too late.

VOL 20, NO 38, APRIL 8, 2008