BBRC Reveille

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VOL 24, NO 6, AUGUST 9, 2011



"Selling Shovels," Eva Cherry, President & CEO, Silicon Mechanics, will tell her story of a business making it through the start-up phase and tough economic times. With the world full of sound (and not so sound) business advice and a plethora of methodologies, models, templates, etc., to choose from, it really comes down to execution. Eva will discuss her company and share the journey from beginning to today.[Cherry]

Photo slideshow from this week's meeting.



Rotary First Harvest Work Party—check the calendar!

Third Thursday Social—check the calendar!


This Week's Editor
Mark Hough


This Week's Editor
Jim Kindsvater



    Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club



    Sadru Kabani & John Uppendahl

    President John Martinka called the meeting to order, whereupon Sadru Kabani delivered the Invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance. 

    John Uppendahl greeted guests and visiting Rotarians. 

    New Exchange Student Is on the Way 


    Ann Norman

    Ann Norman reported that our outgoing exchange student, Claudia Rodriguez, is home in Chile, and our new exchange student will be on her way shortly from Germany. She will be staying with Rourke O’Brien and Sayoko Kuwahara.

    Rotarian of the Month: Steve Roberts


    President John Martinka & Rotarian of the Month Steve Roberts.

    The Rotarian of the Month award for July went to Steve Roberts for his excellent work on a very successful BBRC Charity Golf Classic! Congratulations for a well-deserved award, Steve! 

    Report on the Charity Golf Classic


    Ruben Ladlad

    Chris Monger and Ruben Ladlad reported on the just-completed golf tournament. Ruben singled out the six Eagle sponsors who donated $2,500 each (They accounted for about 15% of the total sponsorships):

    • Howard Johnson and the Bellevue School Foundation
    • Chris Monger and Monger Company and family
    • Katherine DeStephano and Escape Outdoors
    • Microsoft and Curt Cummings, Ercan Turkarslan, Andres Sanchez, Wendi Fischer, Jenny Andrews, and Bill Spencer
    • Jeff Cashman and Cashman Consulting
    • Symmetry Electronics 

    Ruben made a special point of thanking our major sponsors by patronizing their businesses and finding creative ways to make referrals to them. 

    Ruben also thanked the Birdie Sponsors:

    • Morris and Carolyn Kremen and family
    • Alan Pratt and Pratt Legacy Family Advisors
    • Peter Powell and Powell Development
    • Robin Callan and Advanced Renal Technologies
    • Michel Carter and MBC Video
    • Rick Klobucher and Davis Wright Tremaine
    • Tom Smith and the Law Offices of Tom Smith
    • Pacific Industrial Supply
    • Sterling Savings Bank 


    L-R: Lennie Lutes, Ruben Ladlad, Morris Kremen, Steve Peters (hidden), Chris Monger, Chuck Kimbrough, Tom Helbling, Colleen Turner, Mike Ralph, Tim Moriarty, Howard Johnson, Steve White, Jeff Kaiser.

    And the General Hole Sponsors:

    • Chuck Kimbrough and Nancy Kimbrough
    • Steve Vincent and Puget Sound Bank
    • Jeff Kaiser and Colliers
    • Sturtevant Sports and Jeff Campbell and Tracy Gibbons
    • Frontier Door and Cabinet, LLC, and Curt Bjornstad and Gene Kettler, owners
    • Kim Shrader

    And last but not least, the Special Donors:

    • Roger Allington
    • Sadru Kabani and Eagle Beverage
    • Colleen Turner and Cruise Holidays
    • Chris Ballard and the Ballard Agency and Mitch Friedman and Steve Peters
    • Steve Goldfarb and Alvin Goldfarb Jewelers 

    A great success was the tournament, and thanks to all who participated!

    BBRC Business 


    President John Martinka

    The BBRC Bylaws have been revised with the help of the BBRC’s talented lawyers, Steve Lingenbrink, Chuck Kimbrough, Morris Kremen, and Tom Smith, and also Jonathan Koshar and Chris Monger. They will be voted on at the August 26 meeting.

    Major revisions include clean-up of language; a new position of president-elect to take office one year earlier and will be vice-chair of fundraising; new board position of New Generations per RI suggestion to emphasize youth; requirement of an annual financial review, including at least one past president; a new name for the RI Foundation chair to avoid confusion with the BBRC Foundation; and formalization of the nominating process to include five past presidents. 

    Dues increase of $10 per quarter will also be voted on. Some expenses were moved to events rather than be counted as general expenses.

    District News


    Steve Lingenbrink

    Steve Lingenbrink reported on the support the District gives to clubs. One initiative is to bring more communications support to clubs. Steve also reported on an application for mobile devices that will allow a number of innovations like a Rotarian Business Index. Look for an email from Steve explaining the new application.

    Rotary First Harvest


    Howard Johnson

    Howard Johnson reported that the next work party will be on Saturday, August 13. Howard will receive the coveted Golden Doughnut award on behalf of the BBRC for the greatest participation of any club in the District for last year.

    Let’s make sure Howard gets the “Big O” for this year, too! 

    Work Party

    Dustin Walling, on behalf of new members, invited one and all to a work party at Kith Transitional Housing in Kirkland, on Saturday, August 27. The party will begin about 8:00 AM. Please contact Dustin for details



    Rani Joseph

    Rani Joseph, the president of the Bellevue Rotaract Club, paid a visit and reminded members to include Rotaract in all club volunteer efforts. She said they will send a team to the First Harvest work party and to the Kith Transitional Housing work party, too. This is a great resource for club efforts. 


    Guest (Ghost) Speaker: "The Seattle Symphony," Gerard Schwartz, Conductor Laureate, Seattle Symphony


    Gerard Schwartz

    Gerard Schwartz, former Music Director of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, could not make it to the BBRC meeting. His sponsor, Chuck Barnes, accepted a chit for 1,000 pounds of produce for local food banks on his behalf.

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