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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
Interested in living a longer and healthier life? Join us for a discussion of risk factors and how to turn the odds in your favor! "Cardiovascular Prevention," Jeffrey Probstfield, MD. Jeffrey L. Probstfield, MD graduated from Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Washington School of Medicine. He did his clinical training at the University of Minnesota, and he is a board-certified internist and clinical pharmacologist. A former Scientific Project Officer at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Dr. Probstfield was the recipient of the Special Recognition Award from the US Public Health Service and the Group Merit Award from the National Institutes of Health. He served as the Project Director of the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) Clinical Coordinating Center at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center between 1993 and 1995. In May 1995, Dr. Probstfield founded the Clinical Trials Service Unit in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Washington. He currently is Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health. His major areas of interest in research have been in the area of clinical trials methodology, particularly in recruitment and adherence in clinical trials, and in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease, particularly hyperlipidemia, hypertension, congestive heart failure and the prevention and treatment of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. [Holert]

“A successful woman preacher was once asked what special obstacles she had met as a woman in the ministry. ‘Not one,’ she answered, ‘except the lack of a minister’s wife.’ ~ Anna Garlin Spencer

If you have not yet completed the Retreat Questionnaire for Margie Burnett, please do so ASAP, while the memories are still fresh in your minds. This will help Margie plan for next year’s retreat. Click here to complete the questionnaire.

Opening Greeting

Assistant Governor and Past-President Steve Lingenbrink chaired the meeting for President Phil, who was hospitalized Thursday night and is back home now and doing fine.

Members were asked to keep in their thoughts and prayers Jim Zidar and his family, as Jim’s brother passed away this week. The membership was also invited to remember Ernie Hayden was away attending the memorial celebration of his grandmother who lived to the age of 105.

The “Invocation and Pledge” were led by Jim Carney, and Roger Allington introduced visiting Rotarians and guests.

Register Now for Next Saturday’s Walk-A-Thon

Jane Kuechle encouraged members to
register their teams now for the Walk-A-Thon. Arrangements have been made to have signs created for all teams of eight or more to carry on their walk. Team names must be submitted with verification that there are eight participants minimum no later than 12:00 noon on Wednesday, April 23. This is primarily for teams from companies, schools, or non-profits. Send the name of the company to Jane Kuechle ASAP.

Candy Igou members to register now for the Walk-A-Thon, saying, “It is not too late to promote the Walkathon. Have you registered your 20 walkers yet? We have 1000 tee shirts to give away to participants Saturday!”

More volunteer helpers are needed for the walk-a-thon. If you can help out at this event, promoting healthy children, please contact
Jane Kuechle. There is an excellent article recently published about childhood obesity on the WebMD website:

Step It Up to Avoid Childhood Obesity
Thousands of Steps, Less TV and Video Games Significantly Reduce Kids' Chances of Weight Gain
By Kelli Miller Stacy
WebMD Medical News

April 16, 2008 -- Children who spend more than two hours a day in front of a TV or computer screen and do not get the recommended amount of exercise are taking a step in the wrong direction when it comes to weight gain, new research shows.
Click here to read the entire article.

Joining in the promotion of BBRC’s important project and fund raiser were the members of the BBRC Band who played and sang Fats Domino’s song, “I’m Walkin’.”

One Year Minute: Chris Rasmussen

“I got involved and it was a blast!” was Chris’s message. Highlights from his first year were: participating on the Scholarship Committee and meeting such outstanding young men and women; the fellowship at the new member meetings and anniversary dinner; and the Friday morning meetings that included surprise appearances by President Phil’s Mafia Gang, cross dressers, and so many great community and state business and professional leaders. “You know you are in the right place when you meet and become friends with so many outstanding people!”

Thank You from EADS

Jan Nestler, Paula Jones (Bellevue Center Director), and Ron Healey all thanked BBRC members for completing the painting project at the center of Elder Adult Daycare Services (EADS). This has been a long-term commitment by the club. Steve Lingenbrink noted that this was the first project he participated in when he joined the club.

Antigua Computers for the World Project

John Martinka and Steve Lingenbrink, recently back from Antigua, gave a brief report on this significant project (see recent issues of the Reveille’s newsletters for photos of this project’s activities). Steve noted that this project was a “big deal!” for the local Rotary Club, schools, community and country. As a result of the installation of the computers, the electrical power company came in and brought power to the school, which had been functioning on solar power and generators.

District Conference Just Around the Corner

Mercer Island Rotary Club member Patty Darling talked about the upcoming District Conference and Rotary International’s Membership Initiatives. Patty told the membership, “The BBRC is a strong, healthy, and fun club!”

Rotary District 5030 Conference is May 15-18 in the Tri-Cities. All members, especially new members and club officers are encouraged to attend. More information regarding the District Conference and the activities can be found at

Anyone interested in joining a car pool driving to the conference should contact
Steve Lingenbrink.

New Members Proposed: Castleberry & Pedersen

Joseph Castleberry
Joseph is the new President of Northwest University. He previously worked for Assemblies of God Theological Seminary for five years, and he is an ordained minister. Joseph lives in Kirkland with his wife Kathleen, and they have three children, Jessica, Jodie and Sophie. His sponsor is Jim Owens, and his proposed classification is “Higher Education Administration.”

Kaj Pedersen
Kaj (pronounced “ka-i” as in “kite”) is Chief Operating Officer of Pendo Systems. He is a charter member of the Engineering Council and the British Computer Society, and he is an active participant and board member-elect of the Village Volunteers. Kaj lives in Bellevue with his wife Clare and their son Sebastian. Kaj is sponsored by Wendi Fischer, and his proposed classification is “Software Engineering.”

Rev. David Tinney, “Navigating Change”

Reverend David Tinney is paster of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Bellevue. Pastor Tinney’s topic was a combination of a homily and lecture. The title was "Navigating Change,” a topic motivated by Reverend Tinney’s accepting an assignment to pastor a new church in Vancouver, WA. The Methodist system gives pastors and churches the opportunity to “say no” as to whether they make a move or accept a new leader. While both were in agreement, this change prompted David to create a 5-part sermon series on change. Key ideas and concepts presented by David include a story about a time when another preacher introduced him to his congregation and told him that they were ready for his homily. David explained that a homily was when you speak to the congregation and they speak back to you. In this situation, David said, “I turned to the congregation and said, ‘I am speechless!’” and to his surprise, “the congregation stood up and applauded.”

The BBRC members, at the conclusion of Reverend Tinney’s talk, also stood up and applauded as he shared many interesting and meaningful ideas. He pointed out that we all have a love-hate relationship with change, as it is a situational shift. It motivates many emotions: excitement, fear, doubt, interest in what’s next, denial, anger and a desire to fight to keep things the same — as well as passive aggressive behavior. Yet, change is all around us.

Pastor Tinney recommended welcoming and embracing change in a positive manner. He related the story of the Israelites, while Moses was trying to lead them out of Egypt and the dessert, and how they expressed the desire to return to servitude rather than face the challenges of freedom while standing on the banks of the Red Sea. God’s and Moses’ advice was to keep looking forward to their new goals and opportunities and safety, and a new life will be provided.

Web Fun

Courtesy of Chuck Barnes

Only buy or fill up your car or truck in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold. Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground. The colder the ground the more dense the gasoline, when it gets warmer gasoline expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening, your gallon is not exactly a gallon. In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and the temperature of the gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, ethanol and other petroleum products plays an important role. A 1-degree rise in temperature is a big deal for this business. But the service stations do not have temperature compensation at the pumps.

When you're filling up do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to a fast mode. If you look you will see that the trigger has three (3) stages: low, middle, and high. In slow mode yo u should be pumping on low speed, thereby minimizing the vapors that are created while you are pumping. All hoses at the pump have a vapor return. If you are pumping on the fast rate, some of the liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapor. Those vapors are being sucked up and back into the underground storage tank so you're getting less worth for your money.

One of the most important tips is to fill up when your gas tank is HALF FULL or HALF EMPTY. The reason for this is, the more gas you have in your tank the less air occupying its empty space.. Gasoline evaporates faster than you can imagine. Gasoline storage tanks have an internal floating roof. This roof serves as zero clearance between the gas and the atmosphere, so it minimizes the evaporation. Unlike service stations, here where I work, every truck that we load is temperature compensated so that every gallon is actually the exact amount.

Another reminder, if there is a gasoline truck pumping into the storage tanks when you stop to buy gas, DO NOT fill up. Most likely the gasoline is being stirred up as the gas is being delivered, and you might pick up some of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom.

Click here for more information on these gas tips at

VOL 20, NO 40, APRIL 22, 2008