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"Movie Madness," representatives from the movie industry, who will talk about what it takes to put together a winning team and how to pull off a large scale production. [Fischer]


American Humorist Mark Twain, on discussing health, once said: "Be careful about reading books. You may die of a misprint."

Photo slideshow from this week's meeting.

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Jim Owens & Dick Brown

The meeting was graciously opened with the Invocation and pledge, led by Dick Brown, Past President and Rotarian of the Year. Visiting Rotarians and guests were introduced by Jim Owens, also Past President and Rotarian of the Year here at BBRC.

Classification Talk: Kevin O'Brien

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Kevin O'Brien

Kevin's classification is Risk Management Consultant. He is a California native and new to the Pacific Northwest. He moved here two years ago with his wife, Jericho, and (now) 5‑year‑old son, Isaac. They also have a 5‑month‑old baby daughter, Everlee. Kevin is excited to raise his family in an area entrenched in the arts.

Kevin's background is in journalism and broadcasting, but he transitionined to the insurance industry five years ago. His industry focus with Marsh Private Client Services is working with high net worth and affluent individuals and families on their personal insurance. His goal is to develop a unique personal insurance program for each client, offering customization for home, auto, and umbrella insurance solutions.

Kevin has been a Rotarian for five years, previously in the Merced Rotary Club in California and then in the Southcenter Club in Tukwila. Kevin's affiliation with Rotary goes way back in his family. His grandfather was a Rotarian and a Federal Court Judge.

District and BBRC Data Base DaCdb

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Sayoko Kuwahara: first the Fairy Godmother ...

Sayoko Kuwahara introduced the new data base information for District 5030 and taught us how to become experts with it. Her instruction included how to input our personal info into it and how this would be synced with our BBRC information.

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... and then the Spider Monkey

This information is critical to all of us, and Sayoko stressed with great clarity how important this is. Her primary comment was "You WILL like this!"

The in depth instruction will come by email from her, with extensive point by point methods. If any further information is needed, you may contact Sayoko directly.

Blue Badge for Matt DiJulio

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Matt DiJulio

Matt DiJulio, classification Moving and Storage, was awarded his Blue Badge for completion of preliminary requirements.

President Chuck thanked Matt for his help in providing storage for 10K Run items and for all our other projects. Finally everything is in one place, and we so really appreciate Matt for that.

Rotary Exchange Student Update: Charles "Cort" Christopher

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Cort Christopher

Cort Christopher is a recent graduate of the International School and has been living with a French family. He said that the Exchange Student program is not just about the US, but it creates a ripple affect all around the world.

Every student in his school has a senior project. Cort's project was working with sixth graders, tutoring them in the French language. Cort said, "Exchange students come and live here with a family, and then we go to their family." He feels that exchange students are Ambassadors to the world.

Leaving BBRC: Bob Bowen

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Bob Bowen

Bob Bowen (formerly of World Vision), our friend and highly contributing BBRC Rotarian, is leaving us. He will become the new Vice President of Partners International.

Sergeant at Arms Corner

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Elena Howell

Sergeant At Arms Elena Howell gave us a pass this week on any fines. Although, she indicated that next week, if we do not give her the proper recognition when she assumes the podium and when she leaves, we will be fined. So, please, do some major "hissing" this next week. You'll want to practice ahead of time. We won't need to know about what.

Grant Recipient Housing at the Crossroads Work Party

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Lee Smith

Our major grant recipient for 2010 was Housing at the Crossroads. The BBRC has worked to raise funds to support such deserving projects, and we now get a chance to serve in a different way with the HAC. We will be working alongside them as they prep the building for repair of siding and windows. Since our grant served the purpose of funding the repairs, we now have an opportunity to serve in a new way, while getting to know our BBRC members better in service of others.

Please plan to join us on Saturday, September 25th. More information will be sent out this next week with the particulars on the work party. Contact Lee Smith to let her know you would like to participate.

BBRC Adoption Party, October 2

Madeline Gauthier reminded us about the Adoption Party on Saturday, October 2nd, from 11:00AM—1:00PM at Woodridge Elementary School, 12619 SE 20th Pl, Bellevue. Volunteers are needed beginning at 8:00AM until 1:30PM.

Come for the entire time or as your schedule permits. Guaranteed to be a fun and rewarding experience. Friends and family (adult children 18 and over only) are encouraged to volunteer also.

Contact Madeline or Margie Burnett for more information.

Activities for Exchange Student Claudia Rodriguez

Ann Norman encouraged members to include Exchange Student Claudia in their fun plans. Contact Ann for scheduling or check out Claudia's calendar, which is linked on the home page of the Member Only area. There is also a list of suggested activities, and you can see what Claudia has already done and what is currently on her schedule.

Special October New Member Meeting

Norm Johnson, Chairperson, New Member Committee

Bellevue Breakfast Rotary ClubYour October meeting of the New Member Committee will be a pizza social, with members and partners, on Tuesday, October 5th, at 6:00 PM. It will be at the home of BBRC President Chuck Kimbrough and First Lady Nancy, 128111 NE 34th Place, Bellevue; Phone: 425‑885‑5891.

Please enter this into your PDA, your contact tracking system, and your Day Timer, if anyone still uses such a system.

Oh, and don't forget to tell your partner, for these are truly social events and a good opportunity to meet other new members.

Proposed Members: Hahn, Cummins & Bhatia

is the principal/owner of Alpha Appraisal Consulting Group in Bellevue, a company which conducts business and commercial valuation. He joined Rotary first in Fullerton, California, and since moving to the Seattle area, he has been a member of both the Renton and Bellevue Sunrise Rotary Clubs, for a total of 10 years.

David is a member of Glendale Country Club, so needless to say, he loves golf; but he also enjoys fly fishing. He lives in Newcastle with his wife Janice, and he has visited our club more than five times.

David's proposed classification is Business Commercial Valuation, and he is sponsored by Sayoko Kuwahara and Rourke O'Brien.

Unless you missed the meeting where Anna spoke to us, you have already met her and known that Anna is an Olympic gold and silver medalist! Ann works as Office Manager in Cummins Chiropractic & Wellness in Bellevue and is interested in anything health- and wellness-related. She belongs to the First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, St. Louise, Washington State Olympians Association, US Rowing, the National Rowing Foundation, Big W Club, etc.

Anna had visited our club 5 times (not counting the time she appeared as our program speaker) by the time her application was approved. She lives in Bellevue with her husband, and her proposed classification is Gold Medal Health. Anna is sponsored by Colleen Turner and Bill Rambo.

Girish is the president of EGB Group, Inc., a management consulting firm in Redmond that helps its clients make effective data-driven business decisions. He is involved in helping the Habitat for Humanity and Chaya, a community based nonprofit organization established in 1996 to serve South Asian women in times of crisis and need, and to raise awareness of domestic violence issues.

Girish enjoys outdoor activities, including tennis, sailing, and skiing. He lives in Sammamish with his wife Ekta and daughter Prisha. He has visited our club 4 times, and his proposed classification is Stuffed-Up Consultant. He is sponsored by Sayoko Kuwahara and Rourke O'Brien.

Contact Membership Committee Chair Chris Rasmussen with any questions or concerns regarding this application.

Last Minute Announcements

Michel Carter reminded members about the KITH Auction, Steering to Safe Harbor, on October 2nd at 6:00PM, at the Bellevue Hilton. There is also an Oktoberfest Charity Fund Raiser at the Knights of Columbus on November 23rd. Contact Michel for more details.

Joellen Monson reminded everyone to get involved and learn more about Rotaract. Check with her for more information.

Wendi Fischer asked everyone to mark their calendars for November 12, the date for the 25th BBRC Anniversary Celebration at Trilogy.

Friday's Program

Rob McKenna, Attorney General, Washington State

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Attorney General Rob McKenna

Our guest speaker was introduced by Bill Brooks. Rob McKenna is serving his second term as Washington's 17th Attorney General. As the state's Chief Legal Officer, he directs more than 500 attorneys and 700 professional staff providing legal services to state agencies, the Governor and Legislature. As a national leader, McKenna is president-elect of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) and will step up to become president in June 2011. General McKenna's ongoing priorities are:

  • Making communities safer by leading the state in fighting meth and prescription drug abuse, gang violence, sexual predators and domestic violence.
  • Protecting consumers and businesses from identity theft, internet predators, fraud and high-tech crimes, such as cyber fraud, phishing and spyware.
  • Promoting integrity in government by defending the state's laws, implementing new performance management initiatives in his office and encouraging open access to government. McKenna has won all three of the cases he has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, defending voter-adopted laws on campaign finance reform, the top-two primary election system and the state public records law.

McKenna received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1988, where he was a member of the Law Review. He earned a B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in International Studies, both with honors, from the University of Washington. McKenna was student body president at the University of Washington and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He has been an attorney since 1988, beginning his career in the Bellevue office of Perkins Cole, one of the nation's top 50 law firms, where he practiced business and regulatory law.

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Bill Brooks

In 1995, McKenna was elected to the Metropolitan King County Council. He was re-elected twice without opposition and was twice rated "Outstanding" by the Municipal League. A committed community leader, McKenna has raised hundreds of thousands for the Eastside Domestic Violence Program and the Bellevue Schools Foundation, where he served two terms as president. An Eagle Scout himself, McKenna continues to serve as a board member with the Chief Seattle Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Bellevue Community College Foundation, where he served as president in 2009-2010.

In his comments to us, General McKenna shared three primary updates: community safety, Olympia is not all about budgeting, and information about the National Healthcare Law and its review in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Regarding community safety, he said that we were once the top state in the country in the numbers of people with addictions. At that time there were 1400 separate meth labs, and law enforcement has now shut them down to about 30. There was a collaborative effort to decrease these numbers, with legislation making it harder to get the ingredients needed. So, treatment is up, and injuries are down. However, there are two new problems: prescription drug abuse and street gang violence. McKenna said that prescription overdose takes more lives than auto accidents, and we don't usually hear about it. "One in every 14 deaths is attributed to prescription drug overdose. People don't realize that little tiny pills can kill." A prescription monitoring group has been formed and state-of-the art pharmacies are working hand in hand with doctors to prevent this.

Law enforcement is working hard to disband street gangs. Gangs are formed by adults who get kids to think that gangs are families. "Gangs are not families," he said, "but they hold themselves out to be, and kids get involved."

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Rob McKenna & President Chuck Kimbrough

General McKenna talked about what is happening in Olympia. He said that more things than just the budget are being worked on. In the last legislative session, 5 Bills were adopted that were about consumer protection. They were about preventing child pornography, domestic violence, elderly exploitation, lemon laws, and others, including protection for people who have property tax foreclosures.

McKenna also talked about the new healthcare law. He will be personally challenging two parts of the law for our state in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He will be arguing that the Federal Government does not have the power to mandate a requirement that individuals have insurance coverage, and then fine people a penalty of $700/year. The insurance required will cost about $700 a month, so "why would someone not just take the fine and get cheaper insurance." He indicated that the government is using the Commerce clause to force people into insurance, but the Commerce law doesn't specify such a thing. He said that "this affects the whole nation, and it's an improper way to do it."

President Chuck Kimbrough presented the Attorney General the honor of having 750 pounds of food donated in his name to Rotary First Harvest.

Web Fun

Every year, Morris would say to his wife, "Esther, I'd like to ride in that helicopter." Esther always replied, "I know, Morris, but that helicopter ride is 50 dollars and 50 dollars is 50 dollars."

One year later, Esther and Morris went to the fair. Morris said, "Esther, I'm 85 years old. If I don't ride in that helicopter now, I might not get another chance."

Esther replied, "Morris, that helicopter ride is 50 dollars and 50 dollars is 50 dollars."

The pilot overheard the couple. He said, "Folks, I'll make you a deal. I'll take both of you for a ride. If you can stay quiet for the entire ride and not say a word, I won't charge you. But if you say one word, it's going to be 50 dollars."

Morris and Esther agreed and up they went. The pilot did all kinds of fancy maneuvers, but not a word was heard. He did his daredevil tricks over and over again, but still, not a word.

When they landed, the pilot turned to Morris and said, "By golly, I did everything I could to get you to yell out, but you didn't. I'm impressed!"

Morris replied, "Well, I was going to say something when Esther fell out, but 50 dollars is 50 dollars."


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