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"Building a Top Men's College Golf Program — What Does it Take?" Matt Thurmond, Head Coach of the University of Washington Men's Golf Team, a position he has held since 2001, will discuss how he has built a Pac-10 and National contender in a climate that many would argue is not conducive to golf success. Matt will share with us his story of building the Husky program to one of the premier programs in the country, using a fun and hands-on approach. [Holert]


Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results. ~ George S. Patton

Photo slideshow from this week's meeting.


Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club
Jeff Cashman & Howard Johnson

In this, the 25th Anniversary year of the BBRC, our Past Presidents are serving as greeters. This week Howard Johnson (1994-95) and Jeff Cashman (1995-96) shook hands and provided the Invocation and welcoming of guests. Howard shared a Ute prayer with the request that "Earth, Teach Me."

Earth, Teach Me
Earth teach me quiet — as the grasses are still with new light. Earth teach me suffering — as old stones suffer with memory. Earth teach me humility — as blossoms are humble with beginning. Earth teach me caring — as mothers nurture their young. Earth teach me courage — as the tree that stands alone. Earth teach me limitation — as the ant that crawls on the ground. Earth teach me freedom — as the eagle that soars in the sky. Earth teach me acceptance — as the leaves that die each fall. Earth teach me renewal — as the seed that rises in the spring. Earth teach me to forget myself — as melted snow forgets its life. Earth teach me to remember kindness — as dry fields weep with rain. — A Ute Prayer

Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club
Brian Heimbigner

Jeff welcomed the visiting Rotarians, including former member Brian Heimbigner, who is still trying to work his way back to the BBRC from Atlanta. Frank Young was back at the front table after two weeks of Alaska fishing, and Bill Prader visited from Seattle #4. Numerous guests were also introduced, some with the distinct possibility of membership.

News Flash!

Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club

To support MS, President Chuck will be "jailed" at the Seastar Restaurant to await bailout. (Editor's note: We hope to see him before next year's Rotating the Wheels event.)

Sergeant at Arms

Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club
Sayoko Kuwahara

Elena not here? No problem, as a mystic informed the club of a far reaching Rotary International investigation that might be focusing on the BBRC. Norm Johnson (Classification: Club Espionage) was called out to explain, but his lips were sealed. Stand-by as this mystery unfolds.

Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club

Welcome to America

The mystic also informed the club that Sayoko Kuwahara became an official US Citizen on Tuesday, September 21st, 2010. This news resulted in a standing ovation.

The John Armenia Memorial Scholarship Fund

Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club
Tim Leahy

Tim Leahy reminded us that donations are being accepted at the BBRC website and at the cashier's desk to allow a single donation be made in John's memory. Make your contribution payable to the "BBRC Foundation," with a note that it is for the John Armenia Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Adoption Party October 2

Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club
Madeline Gauthier

Madeline Gauthier said that this year's group is primarily older children, with 10 boys over the age of 10.

Two more people are needed for set-up and also more people to supervise games. There will be a drivers meeting following next week's regular meeting on October 1.

Also, if anyone has a ping pong table that can be used, please contact Madeline.

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.

Housing at the Crossroads Work Party

Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club
Lee Smith

Lee Smith reminded members about the Housing at the Crossroads Work Party on Saturday and then followed it up with this article and photos.

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It was a beautiful sunny morning in early fall – a morning when most people would like to be spending their time outdoors doing fun things. These BBRCers — Howard Johnson, Kevin and Judy Jewell, Jim Owens, Jeff Cashman, Steve Peters and daughters Gabrielle and Sophia, Lee Smith and Ron Healey — are no different, but they chose to have fun while being helpful to those less fortunate at a work party benefitting Housing at the Crossroads.

The BBRC made a Major Grant contribution in the Spring of 2010 to HAC to purchase new windows and siding for an apartment for the homeless. In true BBRC tradition, a work party accompanied the grant, so that we could move beyond just giving usable donations of funds to giving of ourselves to help build, repair, or replace, as needed.

Jeff Roberts of HAC reported that with the economic downturn, HAC would not have been able to afford the new windows or siding without the help from BBRC. It was desperately needed, and they were delighted to also be able to cut costs by having our BBRC handymen and women work for several hours, accomplishing both inside and outside prep work, in order to have the building ready to receive the windows and siding next week.

BBRC has had the privilege of not only having the opportunity to provide funds to this nonprofit, but also dedicating ourselves in service of others. This is an ongoing tradition within our Rotary Club.

DaCdb (Pronounced Dac DeeBee)

Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club
Sayoko Kuwahara & Frank Young

The new District and Club data base is up and running. Our Club Administrator has given all members a two-week grace period to migrate to the new site. Check out your photo and upload one you like in its place. Frank Young wants his photo updated. His new image looks a lot like Benjamin Franklin.

The Rotary Foundation

Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club
Dick Brown

Jeff Cashman and Dick Brown awarded recognition pins for ongoing support to the Rotary Foundation. Morris Kremen was recognized for $9,000 in donations with a three ruby pin.

Dick also reported on former member Ron Black with the encouraging news that Ron is now cancer-free, back at work, and playing golf.

BBRC Fund Raising

Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club
John Martinka

John Martinka, our President Elect and Fund Raising Chief, provided an update of his open forum sessions and also invited Tim Leahy and Jim Carney to highlight the importance of the BBRC fund raising efforts. Fund Raising is a means to an end, the end begin successful projects such as the Coal Creek YMCA building that has experienced over 420,000 "swipes" since opening a year ago. Tim talked about how the BBRC assists youth with DECA and community service through their international competition. John also mentioned the Computers for the World project and the dictionary project in Antigua

John's point is that fund raising is a means to an end. It is important that we use our resources to leverage our investment with the assistance of other companies and organizations with scalable events, were we all benefit from the activity. The 2011 10K Run is an example of a scalable event where we can all participate and invite others to join us. John related that, "This is an opportunity for all of us to join the A-Team."

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.

Willkommen to Oktoberfest!

Oktoberfest, October 16John Dewater has again brewed a ton of bier and these girls can’t drink all of it! There will even be some surprise “special guest taps.” Make it to the Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oktober 16th, at 5:30PM, for bier, food, and fun! Oktoberfood prepared this year by our own BBQ kaiser, Chris Ballard!

If you are a winer, it is BYOW – Bring Your Own Wine — as we are serving bier!

The LTF Rathskeller (Lawrence the Florist)
224 105th Avenue NE, Bellevue (front side)

Parking under (what used to be) Daly’s, off the alley. Just walk up the alley and you’ll find us. If you go to the front, you won’t!

Questions? Contact John DeWater

25th Anniversary Dinner Party, November 12

The BBRC's 25th Anniversary Dinner Party will be held on Friday, November 12th, at the Cascade Club at Trilogy. The theme is "Our Silver Anniversary." The food will be wonderful, as Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes will once again cater the dinner.

Cocktails at 6:00PM, dinner at 7:00PM — join us for an evening of fellowship to celebrate our club and finish the evening by dancing the night away.

Proposed Members: Walling, Hahn, Cummins & Bhatia

is a management consultant and owner of Dustin Walling Associates in Redmond. He has been involved in the Urban Enterprise Center-Seattle Chamber of Commerce and Woodinville Chamber of Commerce. His professional associations include the American Psychological Association and the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychologists.

Dustin is a Purdue graduate, married to Sushma Mohite, and they live in Kirkland. He particularly enjoys photography and international travel.

Dustin has visited our club five times. He is sponsored by Sayoko Kuwahara and Rourke O'Brien. His proposed classification is Business Consulting.

If you have any concerns or objections, please contact the Membership Director Chris Rasmussen.

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.

Call for District Governor Nominees

This is the official call for nominations for the office of District Governor, District 5030, for the Rotary year beginning July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014. The applications should be sent to PDG Jesse Tam, no later than Monday, November 15, 2010.

Principal duties of the District Governor include:

  • Serve as the officer of Rotary International in the District
  • Further the Object of Rotary
  • Organize new clubs in the District
  • Strengthen existing clubs
  • Prepare and host a District conference
  • Prepare and host a District assembly
  • Prepare and conduct a President-Elect Training Seminar (PETS)
  • Conduct an Official Visit to each Rotary club
  • Issue a monthly newsletter to each club president and club secretary
  • Perform other such duties as assigned by the President of Rotary International, its Board, or as are inherent in the responsibility as District Governor.

Principal qualifications for a District Governor include:

  • Membership, other than Honorary, in good standing in a club of this District.
  • Membership in a club in good standing with no outstanding indebtedness to Rotary International.
  • Service as president of a club for a full year ... or as Charter President for at least six months.
  • Understanding of the duties of District Governor and a willingness and ability to fulfill such duties.
  • At the time of taking office, must have attended the International Assembly for its full duration and have been a member in one or more Rotary clubs for at least seven years.

Each nominee is must complete the following four documents and send them to the Chair of the nominating committee (emailing documents is acceptable):

  1. Statement of Qualifications (to be completed by club and signed by president/secretary as well as nominee);
  2. Governor Nominee Data Form (to be completed by nominee and signed by applicant and club secretary);
  3. Rotary Resume (to be completed by nominee);  
  4. RI and District advice re “dos and don'ts;"

Click here to download these forms.

Mail or email letters and forms by November 15 to:

PDG Jesse Tam, Chair
District Governor Nominating Committee
PO Box 21021
Seattle, WA 98111                
Cell 206 948 9902/Home 425 271 6162

The nominating committee is scheduled to interview candidates on Wednesday, December 1, 2010, and will make a decision the same day or within the next few days. 

Friday's Program

The Making of a TV Show and Other Fun," Karrie Dutton‑Blumenthal

Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club
Karrie Dutton-Blumenthal

Wendi Fischer, of "It's Your City" TV fame, introduced Karrie, the producer of a number of TV shows, whose approach to the production of a really good TV piece, be it a full length series or a 30-second commercial, requires many hours of behind-the-scenes effort, linked with commitment, time, and passion. Karrie mentioned that one of her first assignments was on the production of The A-Team.

Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club
Wendi Fischer

Was this more than just a curious coincidence? The A‑Team was just referenced by John a few moments prior. Me thinks not, for in the time it takes to generate a fully-formed, explosive cloud the actual A-Team appeared in the room. Well, the BBRC's version of The A-Team, with a few additional members, including "Mr. Z" and "Mr. Teeth." Not to worry, in a few moments the full cast was assembled with the arrival of Mr. T.

Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club
Chris Monger & Andrew Face

It became apparent that we were all a part of something bigger, as The A-Team extended a passionate call for us all to join in the production of our own TV show with our own team members. Oh, my! Was this a throwback to the days of the raffle, when we had teams? You bet it was!

The excitement was evident as members sought out their designated team leaders and joined together to come up with their own shows. In a matter of moments 16 shows were in the planning stages. The assignment then was to prepare for the Big January Kick-Off of the 10K, in costumes appropriate for each team's show and to also recruit 175 runners, including ten youth, and to generate $2,500 in sponsorship dollars.

Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club
Curtis Cummings & John DeWater

Judging from the initial excitement in the room this is a goal that will be fully met and exceeded.

"I pity the fool that thinks otherwise."

Somewhere in the chaos of the session Karrie was presented a card by President Chuck that informed her that 750 pounds of fresh produce will be provided to local food banks on her behalf.

Web Fun

It's been a rough year so far ...
Courtesy of Wally Mahoney

The economy is so bad that I got a pre-declined credit card in the mail.

I ordered a burger at McDonald's, and the kid behind the counter asked, "Can you afford fries with that?"

The Mafia is laying off judges. Exxon-Mobil laid off 25 Congressmen. CEO's are now playing miniature golf.

If the bank returns your check marked "Insufficient Funds," you have to call them and ask if they mean you or them.

Hot Wheels and Matchbox stocks are trading higher than GM.

McDonald's is selling the 1/4 Ouncer.

Parents in Beverly Hills and Malibu are firing their nannies and learning their children's names.

A truckload of Americans was caught sneaking into Mexico.

Dick Cheney took his stockbroker hunting.

Motel Six won't leave the light on anymore.

Congress says they are looking into the Bernard Madoff scandal. Oh Great! The guy who made $50 Billion disappear is being investigated by the people who made $1.5 Trillion disappear!


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