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"What the Sam Hill Is the Rule of Law and Why Is It In the Middle of a War?" or "What's a BBRC Senior Citizen Doing in Afghanistan?" Mark Hough, BBRC member, who will describe the US Government's efforts to strengthen the Afghan legal system, as part of its overall war strategy, and his personal experiences as being part of that effort. You may learn what "The Rule of Law" is and why your government thinks it is an important part of its policy. [Turner]

Photo slideshow from this week's meeting.




Celebrating 25 Years, November 12

Celebrating 25 Years, November 12

BBRC Newcomers Club, November 3


Norm Johnson

Michel Carter

Bellevue Breakfast Rotary ClubAs we do each year, this Thanksgiving we will be donating turkeys to Hopelink and the YMCA. I will have a festively decorated Thanksgiving basket at Friday's Rotary meeting for your generous cash donations. Remember to put an extra few dollars into your wallet before coming to the meeting so that we can help out some of our local, less fortunate families. All of the proceeds we receive will be used to buy turkeys.

In addition to our turkey fund, our wonderful new member Anna Cummins will be bringing in a couple of large boxes to receive donations of non-perishable food items. All of these items will be donated to Northwest Harvest. Please consider bringing in a few food items to help Anna out in this effort. Remember not to bring items that are either past the "use by" date or in damaged packaging.

In anticipation of the club’s usual generosity on Friday, I have asked our SAA, Elena Howell, to suspend any fining activity for one week!

If you have questions, please contact Paul Chapman.

BBRC Silver Anniversary Celebration

Celebration! We are Family!

Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club

The Silver Anniversary of the BBRC was celebrated in grand style, with many of the men in tuxedos and the women in "Cocktail Attire," at the Cascade Club at Trilogy, on Friday November 12th, 2010. Wendi Fischer and her committee pulled out all the stops for a festive evening of libations, great food, and a long walk down memory lane with Past President John DeWater as our guide. A special guest was Past District Governor Kathy Johnson.

Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club
Wendi Fischer, Jan Martinka & Terri Lingenbrink


Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club
Janice and David Hahn


Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club
John DeWater

We were greeted by David Hahn and his wife Janice. Anne Norman and her husband Jeff provided our name tags. Dinner was catered by Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes. Mmmm, good!

Our Master of Ceremonies was none other than John DeWater, hitting the bell after dinner to start our journey through the age. Kim Shrader provided the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Dear Lord, We have much to be thankful for as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club. We are humbled when we think about the 24 men who started this club in 1985. We are grateful for the men and women, past and present, who are members of our club.
We are thankful for Steve Lingenbrink's work at the District level, current President Chuck Kimbrough, the past presidents, board members, and all who have served behind the scenes. Continue guiding all of us in service above self.
We are also thankful for the men and women who have served or are currently serving in our military, to protect and defend our great country. Please watch over them and bless them.
As we look to the future, our hope is to fulfill our mission of changing lives in our local and world communities. Help us to live the 4-Way Test and truly provide service to those who are in need. Amen

John then started our journey: images of club members projected on the big screen integrated a mixture of whimsy, based upon skits and foolishness, serious moments, with images of departed friends, and many thought provoking examples of our multitude of community and international projects. Messages from John Mix and Dick Clarke captured the spirit of the early years.

Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club
Ann Norman


Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club
Joe Castleberry & Steve Lingenbrink

Champagne was poured and it was time for toasting.

A toast to the Past offered by Steve Lingenbrink.

A toast to the first 25 years of the BBRC.

Raise our glasses.

From poinsettias and strawberries, Los Niņos and Esperanza;
On to Raffles and 10Ks, with projects from Kenya to Guatemala;
The BBRC makes a difference, both at home and afar;
So, here's a toast to 25 years of good works done so far!

A Toast to the Future Past offered by Joe Castleberry:

I would like to offer a toast to the future of the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club, pledging our heads to clearer thinking, our hearts to greater loyalty, our hands to larger service, and our health to better living for our club, our community, our country, and our world — and to make the best darn club in the world even better.

Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club
Elena Howell & Terri Lingenbrink


Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club
Andrew Face


Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club

Jeff Cashman

This was delivered with such emotion and impact that Dick Brown was ready to sign up for another 25 years. He was ready to go!

The formal program ended with the presentation of a Paul Harris Fellow award to Elena Howell for her support of the Rotary International Foundation.

We then enjoyed dancing and an engrossing video presentation showing how we looked 25 years ago when the club was founded in 1985. My, we were so young! Thanks to Andrew Face for this video montage.

Congratulations, BBRC, you have made it to 25! Now the real work and real fun begins. Enjoy the next 25 as much as you have last.

Web Fun

Courtesy of Phil Salvatori

Bumper Stickers for the elderly

I was tired yesterday, and I'm tired again today.

We got married for better or worse.
He couldn't do better, I couldn't do worse.

I was always taught to respect my elders.
Now I don't have anyone to respect.

• • •

Would you remarry?

A husband and wife are sitting quietly in bed reading when the Wife looks over at him and asks:

WIFE: "What would you do if I died? Would you get married Again?"

HUSBAND: "Definitely not!"

WIFE: "Why not? Don't you like being married?"

HUSBAND: "Of course I do."

WIFE: "Then why wouldn't you remarry? "

HUSBAND: "Okay, okay, I'd get married again."

WIFE: "You would?" (with a hurt look)

HUSBAND: (makes audible groan)

WIFE: "Would you live in our house?"

HUSBAND: "Sure, it's a great house."

WIFE: "Would you sleep with her in our bed?"

HUSBAND: "Where else would we sleep?"

WIFE: "Would you let her drive my car?"

HUSBAND: "Probably, it is almost new."

WIFE: "Would you replace my pictures with hers?"

HUSBAND: "That would seem like the proper thing to do."

WIFE: "Would you give her my jewelry?"

HUSBAND: "No, I'm sure she'd want her own."

WIFE: "Would you take her golfing with you?

HUSBAND: "Yes, those are always good times."

WIFE: "Would she use my clubs?

HUSBAND: "No, she's left-handed."

WIFE: (silence)

HUSBAND: "!@#$!"

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