• BBRC WEEKLY NEWSLETTER • VOL 24, NO 22, DECEMBER 7, 2010 •
IN THIS ISSUE
THIS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10
"Seattle Seattle Sounders FC Soccer, Soccer and Leadership Stories," Alan Hinton, the "Godfather" of soccer in Seattle and former English "football" player who enjoyed an exceptional playing career with the Wolverhampton Wanderers, Derby County (where he won two league championships) and Nottingham Forest, and later in the North American Soccer League. As a left wing, he also spent two years competing on England's National team. Alan relocated to North America in 1976 and has managed the Vancouver Whitecaps, Tacoma Stars, and Seattle Sounders.
A fixture on the Seattle soccer scene for the last 30 years, Alan is in his second season as a broadcaster for the Seattle Sounders of the MLS. He will share with you his knowledge of the Seattle Sounders, the MLS, and soccer.tle Sounders FC Soccer, Soccer and Leadership Stories," Alan Hinton, the "Godfather" of soccer in Seattle and former English "football" player who enjoyed an exceptional playing career with the Wolverhampton Wanderers, Derby County (where he won two league championships) and Nottingham Forest, and later in the North American Soccer League. As a left wing, he also spent two years competing on England's National team. Alan relocated to North America in 1976 and has managed the Vancouver Whitecaps, Tacoma Stars, and Seattle Sounders.
A fixture on the Seattle soccer scene for the last 30 years, Alan is in his second season as a broadcaster for the Seattle Sounders of the MLS. He will share with you his knowledge of the Seattle Sounders, the MLS, and soccer.
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
John Quincy Adams, 6th U.S. president said: "Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish."
Girish Bhatia & Kaj Pedersen
Kaj Pedersen, BBRC Director of Public Relations, led the club in the invocation and Pledge of Allegiance.
Girish Bhatia welcomed the guests and visiting Rotarians. We had a special welcome to former BBRC member Dean Pollock, who ventured all the way to the mainland from Mercer Island to touch base with all his old friends.
Michel Carter brought back two Rotary club banners from his visits to Ireland. His presentation was accompanied by a professionally-produced video that emphasized all the benefits of Guinness as an elixir to personal health, as well as a brief travelogue of the beauty of the scenery of the Emerald Isle.
President Chuck Kimbrough
Each year, the BBRC nominates and elects its new president, slate of officers, and board of directors in accordance with our bylaws.
Chuck introduced the nominees, then under the Roberts Rules, the club closed the nominations, and in a "railroad" election (the President's words, not the editor's), the candidates were unanimously elected in a one-sided process only equaled by the old Soviet Politburo. Chuck made a special point of asking every member of the club to pitch in and help make the new leadership team, as well as the club, a success in 2011-2012.
The lucky winners are:
The BBRC congratulated Student of the Month Marisa Winters, from Eastside Prep. Marisa was accompanied to our meeting by her father, Greg, her advisor, Jessica, and her former teacher, Deb Schultz.
Marisa is a stellar student, with a 3.77 GPA, while being extremely active in sports and community service activities. She is especially passionate about various environmental and nature projects.
SAA Elena Howell
Elena Howell, our S-A-A, launched into a major fining campaign, focusing mostly on those dozens of BBRC members who had not yet updated their alma maters on the new DacDB site. In the public shunning of those derelict members, there seemed to be some capricious form of mercy to those who had not listed their schools on line, but who happened to be wearing those school colors Friday.
The bottom line was that a lot of members were razzed in good fun, and a few dollars were collected here and there.
Bob "Dog" Holert & Peter *Duck" Powell
Along with all the teasing, there was a public exchange of amends between Duck Powell and Dog Holert over some alleged volleys of inappropriate emails, with some degree of moderation provided by Paul Chapman. Somehow, the two alums ended up wearing some of the colors of the other's school and we all lived happily ever after.
President Chuck announced another critical aspect of the BBRC leadership team for next year, the "Fund Raising Leaders."
Jeff Cashman & Norm Johnson
Norm Johnson presented Jeff Cashman a special Paul Harris pin for over $7,000 in total RI Foundation giving. He also pointed out that Jeff's committee (last year led by Cary Kopczynski) won an award for our club, having the third highest level of contributions to the foundation in district 5030.
Wendi Fischer announced that we need RSVPs immediately for all who will be attending the BBRC Breakfast with Santa on December 17th. We need an accurate count because of the huge crowd we usually host when Santa arrives in his golf cart and hands out presents to the kids of BBRC members.
Thank you to everyone who took gift tags and are making time to brighten the holidays for families in need across the eastside! Your kindness makes a world of difference to children and adults who need a reminder of the holiday spirit of giving more than ever. Now, let's get busy shopping!
Please return your gifts with tags attached to the BBRC by Friday, December 10. Gifts for Hopelink and KITH should be unwrapped (wrapping paper welcome on the side), and YMCA (the Fancy Tags!) should be wrapped, if possible.
Gifts will be delivered to Hopelink, YMCA, and KITH in time for their clients to pick them up before Christmas.
If you can't attend the December 10 meeting, please contact Christine and she will arrange a time to meet you and get your gift(s).
Don't forget this fun annual, semi-official BBRC golf outing. Its purpose is to celebrate the Winter Solstice and give members, family, and guests a fun excuse to get out doors during the busy holiday season. It will be held again at Mt. Si Golf Course, at 9:00AM, on Friday, December 24th. Contact Norm Johnson to reserve your tee time.
Jim Gordon, Tom Smith & Chuck Barnes
President Chuck drafted three of the club's vets to pass the baskets in support of USO. USO supports our troops in airports throughout the world, as well as providing countless other services to our men and women in uniform. So far, the club has generously donated in excess of $600 in support of this important project.
Introduced by Rourke O'Brien, Sayoko Kuwahara provided a spellbinding saga of her personal journey, woven into the legend of her father, revered Japanese martial arts master, Hansi Takemichi Kuwahara.
Sayoko began her story with a recount of the worldwide martial arts celebration in Virginia Beach, Virginia, in early November, where hundreds of martial arts students and masters locked arms and walked into the sea in chilling temperature factor levels below the freezing mark. She then spent the rest of her time describing her own journey in the shadow of her well-accomplished and well-respected father.
Sayoko described the major types of martial arts: Budoh and Bujutsu. When translated into English, they often become the same, that is, "martial arts." However, there is a significant difference. The characters used to spell out bujutsu — martial art techniques — clearly tell that it is all about techniques or skills. Martial techniques are used to defeat the opponent in order to protect yourself. On the other hand, Budoh — the way of the samurai — combines the spirit of harmony, code of ethics, and martial arts. Budoh is not to be pursued to defeat the opponent, but rather to challenge yourself, control yourself, and ultimately elevate yourself spiritually. It is the way of life to which you dedicate yourself in order to bring "wa," that is, "harmony," to all you do. Budoh is not about fighting. A person who pursues budoh in an authentic way embraces the higher spirituality, and fully recognizes that to be a gentle unifying force is a virtue.
At age 88, Sayoko's father is still very capable in demonstrating his mastery of his martial arts skills. Time and again, in this Virginia Beach meeting, he exhibited his skills in matches against sparring opponents.
During this convention of martial arts masters and students, Sayoko witnessed the establishment of Japanese gardens to celebrate the essence of this aspect of Japanese culture. To her astonishment, she learned that the funding of the garden trees and the scholarships for martial arts students were the generous donations of her own father.
Sayoko concluded by tying this aspect of her Japanese heritage to the fact that this year, she officially became a US citizen. She is a person who bridges two cultures – the ancient works of martial arts embodied by the works and legend of her father and the culture of the US where she has chosen to make her new home.
[Special editor thanks to Sayoko, who provided a written set of her speaking notes, from which the editor quoted and paraphrased liberally, and without which, this summary would not have been possible.]