VOL 20, NO 43, MAY 13, 2008



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"Collaborative Law: A Synopsis," Jack Mahler. King County Collaborative Law is an organization of lawyers, as well as mental health, financial, vocational and other related professionals, committed to resolving disputes outside of court in a respectful and cooperative manner. The parties to the dispute each have their own attorneys but fashion their own agreement, guided and advised (not directed) by their team of attorneys and the other professionals involved in the process. A distinguishing feature of Collaborative Law is that if the parties choose to go to court, their lawyers are disqualified from representing them, which ensures the entire team focuses on dispute resolution. To this end, all team members are trained in the Collaborative Law process as well as client-centered, interest-based facilitative communication, and discussions focus on the interests of the parties. [Lingenbrink]


"Those hot pants of hers were so damned tight, I could hardly breathe! ~ Benny Hill

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President Salavatori called the meeting to order. Bob Bowen provided a Prayer for Mothers in honor of Mothers Day and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Prayer for Mothers
How much I love you, I can’t say
It’s more than words can hold
You’re all at once my rich red clay
My potter and my mold
You’re the words that shape my voice
The spirit within mine
You are the will that shaped my choice
My fortune and my sign
How lucky I was to have had you
At the care of me
Wise and good you always knew
Just what I could be
And so I came to be someone
Whom I could be proud of
For this I give you my swollen sum
Of gratitude and love

Elena Howell scored a perfect 10 in introducing visiting Rotarians and guests.

President Phil sadly announced the passing of Steve Luplow’s mother. Our prayers and thoughts go out to Steve and his family.

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Student of the Month: Jose Gomez

Manfred Markevitch introduced the Sammamish High School Student of the Month, Jose Gomez. Jose’s mother, Lupe, and several staff members from Sammamish High School were also present. Jose has received a scholarship to attend the University of Washington where he hopes to major in physical therapy. Good luck, Jose!

RI Foundation Report

Cary Kopczynski reported that over 90% of BBRCers have contributed to the Foundation, with an average of over $300 per member!

Kim Shrader helped Cary present Morris Kremen with his Sapphire Paul Harris Award. Congratulations, Morris!

Walkathon Recap

Jenny Andrews announced that the Walkathon raised $50,000 with more to be accounted for. Special thanks were given to all the volunteers who made the walk a big success!

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Sergeant at Arms Corner

Sergeant Tom, not expecting to be called forth, had only Colly Radford to pick on. He asked Colly to recount an unusual fund raising event that finally involved Colly in a tuxedo, chasing a heifer through the woods near Bellevue after the calf had gotten out of a trailer. Though Tom had not intended to levy a fine, wanting instead to just hear the story, Colly volunteered a $100 bill.

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Friday's Program
Ellen York, Image Consultant & Author

What could be more appropriate than former haberdasher Dick Brown introducing our featured speaker, Ellen York. Dick first met Ellen at his old digs, Albert Ltd.

Ellen has created a successful business, Ellen York Image Institute, to help her clients improve their images through wardrobe development. She also helps with presentation and public speaking, table etiquette and social graces, and life skills and self image improvement.

Ellen pointed out that first impressions have been demonstrated to consist of 7% message, 38% voice, and 55% physical appearance. Through many before and after photographs, Ellen showed the powerful effect that clothing can have on appearance, for men and women. Mindful of body types and skin colors, Ellen has helped her clients with wardrobe makeovers and accessorizing, covering hair styles and eyeglass shapes and styles, among other things.

Ellen’s clients are individuals and corporations. She has worked with professional athletes in public speaking and presentations and private groups of neighbors and neighborhood kids.

She will work with you to perform a closet inventory and once she has assessed the person and the wardrobe she will go shopping for clothing and accessories.

Ellen possesses a good sense of humor, as was evident from her presentation, and she minces no words about some of the image train wrecks she has encountered. This reporter for one was glad to be seated in the rear where her critical eye was unlikely to see all of the things in need of improvement.

Not only is Ellen a great image maker and consultant, but she has also published an excellent book titled, “Dressing the Petite Woman.”

Unfortunately time ran out before Ellen could explain her answer to a question about Hillary Clinton’s wardrobe. All we heard was that she doesn’t like the Hillary look.

Many great ideas for a group that should be very mindful of first impressions!

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Web Fun

Courtesy of Diane Gamache

An old gentleman decides to go on a hunting safari in Africa, taking his faithful, elderly Jack Russell named Killer along for the company.

One day the old Jack Russell starts chasing rabbits and, before long, discovers that he's lost. Wandering about, he notices a leopard heading rapidly in his direction with the intention of having lunch.

The old Jack Russell thinks, "Oh, oh! I'm in deep doo-doo now!" Noticing some bones on the ground close by, he immediately settles down to chew on the bones with his back to the approaching cat. Just as the leopard is about to leap, the old Jack Russell exclaims loudly, "Boy, that was one delicious leopard! I wonder, if there are any more around here?"

Hearing this, the young leopard halts his attack in mid-strike, a look of terror comes over him and he slinks away into the trees. "Whew!" says the leopard, "That was close! That old Jack Russell nearly had me!"

Meanwhile, a monkey who had been watching the whole scene from a nearby tree, figures he can put this knowledge to good use and trade it for protection from the leopard. So, off he goes, but the old Jack Russell sees him heading after the leopard with great speed and figures that something must be up.

The monkey soon catches up with the leopard, spills the beans and strikes a deal for himself with the leopard.

The young leopard is furious at being made a fool of and says, "Here, monkey, hop on my back and see what's going to happen to that conniving canine!

Now, the old Jack Russell sees the leopard coming with the monkey on his back and thinks, "What am I going to do now?" But, instead of running, the dog sits down with his back to his attackers, pretending he hasn't seen them yet, and just when they get close enough to hear, the old Jack Russell says, "Where's that damn monkey? I sent him off an hour ago to bring me another leopard !

Moral of this story:

Don't mess with the old dogs. Age and skill will always overcome youth and treachery! BS and brilliance only come with age and experience.

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Ted Ederer, 22 yrs
Rick McManus, 21 yrs
Tom Helbling, 21 yrs
Chris Monger, 20 yrs
Steve Goldfarb, 19 yrs
Jim Zidar, 15 yrs
Earl Falk, 13 yrs
Evelyn Cogswell, 7 yrs
Jim Gordon, 5 yrs
Tom Harrelson, 3 yrs

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