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"The Global Nuclear Renaissance: Can America Catch Up?" Dr. Alan Waltar, Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board for Advanced Medical Isotope Corp. and Senior Advisor at Pacific Northwest National Laboratories, an internationally renowned nuclear expert. Dr. Waltar has served as the Director of Nuclear Energy for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratories (PNNL) in Richland, WA. Dr. Waltar has served on numerous international nuclear science and radiation panels, societies and committees. He is the author of three books on Nuclear Energy and has penned over 70 peer-reviewed scientific papers. He has significant experience in both business and education/teaching, previously serving as Professor and Department Head of Nuclear Engineering at Texas A&M University. Dr Waltar earned his MS in Nuclear Engineering from MIT and PhD in Engineering Science from the University of California-Berkeley. [Waltar]


“The uglier a man's legs are, the better he plays golf — it's almost a law.” ~ H. G. Wells

Photo slideshow from this week's meeting.


Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club 
President Chuck Kimbrough

President Chuck Kimbrough opened the meeting at 7:30AM with his usual cheerful greeting: "Good morning, Bellevue Breakfast Rotarians." Bob Moloney gave the following invocation:

Let us pray:
Dear Lord, We, the members and guests of the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club thank you for this opportunity to meet together. May we through the stimulating association this wonderful club affords, be dedicated to the service of our fellow man.
We are grateful for the love displayed here and the strength and encouragement we gain from one another. We ask for your infinite guidance in all our efforts, whether at home or around the world. Give us, we pray, peace, strength and wisdom. Bless the United States of America and all the people of the world. Amen.

Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club
Bob Moloney & Chuck Barnes

Chuck Barnes introduced visiting Rotarians, including Frank Young from Bellevue Noon, Frank Prater from Seattle 4, and Chris Boland from Woodinville. Chuck also introduced guests.

Rotarians of the Month: Moriarty, Ralph & Callan

Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club

Chuck Kimbrough introduced the Rotarians of the Month for the month of July: Tim Moriarty, Mike Ralph, and Robin Callan.

Rotary First Harvest

Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club
Howard Johnson

In 2009-2010, 12.8 million pounds of food were gathered by Rotary First Harvest. Howard Johnson explained that the primary responsibility of Rotary First Harvest is to arrange supporting relationships among farmers, truckers, and food banks.

As part of Howard's presentation, John Martinka and Matt Di Julio were recognized for special contributions in 2009-10: John Martinka, for heading up a group of Rotarians from BBRC and other clubs in the District to put computers in 60+ food banks across the state; and Matt Di Julio, for helping arrange to ship potatoes on a regular basis from Bellingham to Seattle food banks. Both were presented with a certificate of appreciation.

Howard then distributed the following five questions about Rotary First Harvest:

  1. President Chuck gives on behalf of each of our speakers a certificate for 750 lbs. of food at Rotary First Harvest. How much does this certificate cost the Club?
  2. Which Rotarian is generally credited with starting the Rotary First Harvest program?
  3. Which of the items of produce gathered by Rotary First Harvest in the 2009-10 year represented the largest number of pounds?
  4. Some of the food gathered by Rotary First Harvest is sent to other states. Which of the following states received the most produce in 2009-10?
  5. In 2009-10, BBRC won, for the second time, the Golden Donut award for the most in total voluntary work party hours in District 5030. On the dimension of contributed dollars, the BBRC was not as dominant. On a per capita basis, what rank was the BBRC in terms of dollars contributed?

Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club
Matt DiJulio & John Martinka

Members at each table were asked to choose the right answer to each question from among four possible responses. Members were then asked as a group to place $$$ on the tables representing 10 times the number of correct responses. This initial fund raising effort totaled $665. Since it will be matched by two members of the Rotary First Harvest Committee, the total amount raised was $1,330!

Howard's Rotary First Harvest goals for the BBRC this year are to attain 230 participant days and to raise $3,000 from the Club and $3,500 from individuals. The next Rotary First Harvest Work Party is on Saturday, October 9.

In case you're wondering, the answers to Howard's five questions are:

  1. $25
  2. Mike Shanahan
  3. Carrots
  4. Arizona
  5. 15th

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.

From Rotary, With Love

Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club
Curtis Cummings

[Editor note: This was one of the funniest spoofs I've seen in a while.] Immediately after Chuck announced that a special agent from the Rotary Secret Intelligence Office was here, Curtis Cummings marched to the front of the room in a Russian KGB uniform to inform us that there had been an unofficial exchange of information between the BBRC and Woodinville Rotary Club.

At that point, the spy thriller "From Rotary with Love" [thanks to Michel Carter] began to play. We saw our very own John DeWater, Sayoko Kuwahara (Japanese spy), Elena Howell (Russian spy), Andrew Face, and Paul Chapman, dressed as secret agents on a bridge in Bellevue, exchanging information with unknown characters from the Woodinville Rotary Club, who looked equally shady.

At the conclusion of this tantalizing thriller, Chuck announced that the BBRC would be working with the Woodinville Rotary Club on the 20th Annual Woodinville Rotary Club Dinner Show and Auction, to be held at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, on Saturday, October 9, at 5:00PM, and on the BBRC Bellevue 10K, on April 17, 2011.

If you are interested in attending the Woodinville Rotary Wine Auction, please email Chris Boland with your meal choices (meat, fish, or vegetarian) and the names and number of guests in your party.

Watch "From Rotary, With Love" below.
Video by Michel Carter

Rotary Family Fest

Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club
Madeline Gauthier & Laurie Mayer

Madeline Gauthier introduced Laurie Mayer from the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. Laurie announced that there would be 30 kids coming to the BBRC adoption party on October 2, and she thanked the BBRC for our participation.

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Update from Margie Burnett:

Madeline Gauthier and I want to thank all of our Rotary members, friends, and family who volunteered yesterday at BBRC's third annual Rotary Family Fest. It was an amazing, heartfelt event.

Special thanks go to Caryn Freedman for doing the bulk of the shopping for the gifts, Lee Smith for arranging all of the food, Michel Carter for volunteering at the last minute to shoot a video, and Paul Chapman for coming early and staying late to take care of all of the logistics of set-u and clean-up.

We are grateful also to Laurie Mayer, Adoption Co-Coordinator from DSHS. Without her work, this party would not have happened.

Most of the 24 children who came to the party were brought either by their social worker or foster parent. We had children from all over Western Washington. One social worker and her child left home at 6:00AM and drove from Skamania County to attend. We want to acknowledge the work of these dedicated people, too.

Three of the children would not have attended if it were not for Chuck Barnes, Rick Klobucher, and Chuck and Nancy Kimbrough, who transported them to and from the party. Thank you so much for that extra help.

We had observers at the party who came from Yakima, Moses Lake, and Mill Creek who will soon be putting on their own parties. We thank Chuck Kimbrough and Laurie Mayer for their relentless efforts to spread the word and involve Rotary clubs throughout the state in the cause of adoption awareness.

We will have a wrap-up meeting on Thursday, October 7, at 5:30PM, at the Eastside Bar and Grill, Coast Bellevue Hotel, 625 116th Ave. Although we feel the party was a great success, there are always ways we can make it more efficient and a better experience. We will be looking to you for ideas and "points of perfection," as Madeline calls it. Please come with positive ideas and suggestions for next year. If you are not able to attend, you can email Madeline or me with your thoughts.

Laurie reports that many of the 30 plus families that attended have requested more information about specific children at the party. More information will be provided as it comes in.

Photos courtesy of Colleen Turner

Exchange Student Activities

Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club
Claudia Rodriguez

Mike Ralph encouraged BBRC members to interact with Exchange Student Claudia Rodriguez, mentioning, specifically, attending Claudia's volleyball games at Sammamish High School. Check out the game schedule here.

Remember also to check Claudia's calendar in the BBRC Member Only area to view her schedule, see a list of suggested activities, and also find out what she has already done.

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: Dustin Walling

Dustin 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.

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

Bulletin Board

Remember to check the new BBRC Bulletin Board in the Member Only area. This is an outlet for members to communicate with other members on personal items, like employment, events, a condo for rent, event tickets being offered for sale, etc.

The Bulletin Board is unmoderated, and members can feel free to post any items that may be of interest to other members, but which may not be appropriate for Rotary-business-only mailing list.

You will need your BBRC username and password to access the Bulletin Board.

Friday's Program

"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

Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club
Matt Thurmond

Bob Holert introduced our speaker, Matt Thurmond, Head Coach of the University of Washington Men's Golf Team, a position he has held since 2001. During that time, Matt has built a Pac-10 and National contender in a climate that many would argue is not conducive to golf success.

Matt began by telling us that he has three lovely daughters and works with 10 outstanding young men. He is often asked, "How do you recruit in Washington?" Matt explained that the following key beliefs helped him succeed:

  1. A dominant golfing dynasty can emerge, and
  2. Washington can become that dominant dynasty

Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club
Bob Holert

Matt knew that he had to change the conversation surrounding men's golf in Washington. Rather than focusing on one thing, such as facilities, tradition, or academics, he decided it would be best to promote University of Washington as having the best all-around men's golfing program in the United States. University of Washington has it all – facilities, tradition, and academics! Matt has worked hard to develop a family environment on the team and has also made the University of Washington stand apart by having more fun than any other team (Does this sound like the BBRC?). Matt only recruits men who really want to be at University of Washington. His team's GPA is over 3.0, and he mostly recruits in the Northwest, but has also done some recruiting in California and the Far East.

The University of Washington Men's Golf Team has been in the top 10 in the last five of six years. Matt claims that it takes a special talent to play golf in the rain and wind. The team practices every day — private golf clubs in the area do not charge the team for playing on their courses.

The team now has an indoor practice area, The Husky Golf Center, which was built from donor monies. In eight months, Matt raised $2.4 million from private donors. Golfers are often forgotten on campus because they travel a lot and have only one home game, so the Husky Golf Center has greatly increased the visibility of the Men's Golf Team on campus.

Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club
Matt Thurmond

Matt also mentioned that the University of Washington's Women's Golf Team has been in the top 10 twice in the last 10 years.

How does the Men's Golf Team have more fun than any other team? Matt told us a funny story about a practice session at Washington National, where the team's practice area is about 400 yards from any other practice area. The team was apparently uptight that day, and Matt told the team leader to do anything he could think of to loosen up the guys. I guess Matt didn't think he would find his team leader naked, underwear on his head, raking up divots, with a girl in a golf cart rapidly approaching! Needless to say, this prank quickly loosened up the team. Matt's team is obviously successful because they're willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done.

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