2018 Holiday Poinsettias and Wreath Fundraiser

The holiday season is upon us and so is the annual University Sunrise Rotary poinsettias and wreath sales. Our poinsettias are red, white, and pink at $15 each and wreaths  are $25. Please download the form below and email your order to poinsettias@usrotary.org or hand your order to a University Sunrise Rotary member. All checks should be made out to “University Sunrise Rotary Club” and paid in advance.

Poinsettia & Wreath Order Form 2017

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University Sunrise Rotary Supports Teen Feed!

At our August 10th breakfast meeting, Past President Jim Horrigan presented a check for $10,000 to Janine Kennedy, Teen Feed’s Director of Community Outreach. Janine told us that the money will fund Teen Feed’s Street Talk Outreach (STOP) program.

Each year, University Sunrise selects a beneficiary for the proceeds of our primary fund-raising event, Debuts and Discoveries (see fun photos here:  D&D Photos).

We selected Teen Feed because of its outstanding work with homeless and at-risk youth in our community. Teen Deed’s STOP program is aimed at high-risk youth who avoid traditional social service agencies. Armed with backpacks, warm water, granola and soups, STOP sends out teams of staff and peer outreach workers to meet youth in their own environment—the streets and alleys where they spend most of their time.  In 2015, STOP made over 3,614 positive contacts with youth on the streets, offering socks, food, referrals to resources, and a relationship with a caring adult (more info. here: Teen Feed Programs).

We congratulate Teen feed on this award and we thank them for their continuing work with homeless youth!


[Have a passion for community service? Want to work with a fun positive group of do-ers in our community? Visit our web page: USRotary.org or our Facebook page: USRotary Facebook or stop by for breakfast, get to meet us and hear more at 7:15 on a Thursday morning at Ivar’s Salmon House on Northlake in Seattle.]     

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Christy Goff: How to deal with Stress

Katie Leis with Christy Goff

On August 10th, Christy Goff, faced with speaking on such a vast subject as Stress, gave an encapsulated overview supplemented by an exhaustive handout.

Stress is anything that inhibits the balance among physical, emotional, and mental power. It can be external or internal. Physiologically, stress upsets the equilibrium among serotonin, a brain hormone concerned with feeling good; cortisol, an adrenal hormone and glucose, both concerned with the Flight or Fight reaction. This disruption can result in symptoms such as poor cognition, fatigue, depression, and exhaustion. In extreme cases, to wit, burnout, the stress factor(s) must be aborted, lest permanent damage ensue. At times, we need a little bit of stress to keep us going at optimal function.

The speaker posits that stress is treatable, entailing channels in the forms of physical activity, nutrition, and relaxation/sleep. She gave a rundown of the intrinsic benefits of each, and how to go about utilizing them. It is certain that she touched upon experiences of everyone in the audience.

For certainly, stress and coping mechanisms have been with us from early evolutionary times. It has been the property of all of us.

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Relay for Life: August 11

Katie Leis, Community Development Manager, of the American Cancer Society discussed Relay for Life, annual event to benefit the American Cancer Society.

It will occur on 8/12 at Cal Anderson Park, with the purpose of raising money to fight cancer. She averred that cancer never sleeps. She provided information as to how to register on line and gave information as to the events. Also, there will be a Bark for Life in which dogs will participate. The opening ceremony at 10AM will recognize the survivors of the disease. A ceremony called Luminaria is one in which those who have succumbed will be remembered. The closing ceremony’s aim is to educate the participants and all others, with the motto, Fight Back.

In addition, President Dave presented Katie with the club’s $500 check toward the cause.

Click to Register or Donate!
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David Allen, McKinstray Construction

Seattle’s degree of growth and development is directly proportional to David Allen’s enthusiasm thereof. A scion of the McKinstray Family, he has done much to further the company’s fortunes.
Seattle leads the nation in growth and is at the convergence of an astounding array of top businesses, entertainment, education, shipping, aerospace, philanthropy, transportation, and a ferry system. He foresees the boom to extend into the ’20s and ’30s. It has encompassed WA, OR, and BC.

What engendered this state of things? He dates it to the era of Expo in the early ’60s. Leaders bearing the names, or affiliated with them, met with a vision. They included such as Weyerhaeuser, Nordstrom, Boeing, and the many others, all with an average age of 40.6. They laid the framework of clusters of industries, Indeed, several are spinoffs of original businesses. The work is still in progress.
68 cranes is the current count in the building sector. Each represents $10M to $15M. Overall sectors include Government, Civil, and Private.
Latter-day innovations are in Cyber Security, Virtual Reality, and Artificial Intelligence.  In every sense of the idiom, things are looking up.

Comment: Jobs abound. As has been averred, we must fill them with local manpower, else there will be dependence on outside talent. The pressing assignment is to keep the supply of local trainees current. Moreover, in this climate of prosperity, work needs to be done for benefit of the working poor,  those priced out of dwellings and—lest we forget—the homeless.

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David Ellingson, Outdoorsman

Having kayaked the Mississippi from its origin to Memphis, David Ellingson, outdoorsman extraordinaire, was not satiated. This ultimately enabled him to narrate and colorfully illustrate his journey through the Erie Canal in NY and down the Hudson to New York Harbor. He got as close to the Statue of Liberty as the law allowed.

In this aquatic odyssey, he took us through locks, under bridges, and places of rest. We also, got a glimpse of the fauna and flora, as well as geologic formations, i.e., the Palisades, that passed in review before his eyes and camera.

The presence and numbers of River Angels, those hospitable and of help to him, was heartening. They gave of their time, substance, and shelter to strangers in transit. One feels that such kindness is in the majority, despite those that the media hold before us as otherwise.

Unspoken but communicated was the courage involved in this endeavor. There is rough water, the presence of fatigue, fog, and the debt that muscles must pay for the constant need to paddle a frail craft safely.

Comment: While the many may float a loan, it is the few that float alone.

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Neil Strege: Washingon Round Table

Neil Strege is Vice-President of the Washington Round Table. This group of senior executives has focused on education reform. Their main objective is to fill the teeming job market with WA graduates. Otherwise, talent from outside shall have to be imported. And presently, the demand exceeds the supply. It is projected that 740,000 job openings will occur in the next five years.


He described three major career pathways, to wit:

  1. Career. High skilled, high pay. Academic credentials needed.
  2. Pathway. Blue collar. Skilled. Pathway to career jobs over five years
  3. Entry level. Low skilled, low pay.

Today 31% of WA high school students go on to earn a post-secondary credential. The goal is 70% by 2030. That is, a credential by age 26.

Not good! WA is 47th in the nation in college-going high school graduates. The 70% goal, if achieved, will yield significant social benefits, i.e., reduction of unemployment and poverty. It will be necessary to improve the performance of the K-12 system, enhance the participation of WA State in post-secondary education, and help students develop better awareness of careers that will be available.

It is a fact that poor students start behind and finish behind. There have been identified 255 low performing K-12 schools; more than one-third of school districts have at least one. However, only 100,000 students attend them. The challenge extends beyond low performing schools:

  • There is a correlation between poverty and race
  • Other factors include homelessness and the various reasons for it.
  • Steps to be taken:
    • Improve K-12 financing.
    • Enhance support and accountability
    • Increase access to educator talent
    • Close achievement gap early.

Comment: This is an important and far-reaching undertaking. The more successful  these efforts, the more everyone, statewide, will benefit.

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Arnold Swanberg, Resident Historian-Last Years of WWI

Arnold Swanberg, Resident Historian, spoke characteristically without notes. On this occasion, his topic concerned the last year(s) of World War I.

1917 was the most decisive year, entailing such events as: The Russian Revolution and army collapse; The Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, allowing the German army’s transfer to the western front; the battle-weariness of all combatants. Meanwhile the British under General Allenby had routed the Turks and marched into Jerusalem. This led to the British mandate over Palestine.

President Wilson, who had avoided US participation, had hoped to be the voice of mediation. For a while, German submarine warfare had been conducted in keeping with the rules of warfare. Then came the sinking of the Lusitania and the institution of unrestricted submarine warfare.

In addition, Germany had embarked on a Mexican strategy, hoping to entice Mexico to go to war with the US to gain back the territory it had lost in the southwest. This became known when the British deciphered a cablegram containing the Zimmerman Note which defined the plan. Moreover, Germany asked the Japanese to go to war with the US, the incentive being a Californian port. Overwhelmed by events, Wilson requested and got a declaration of war against Germany.

Events that soon followed: Our non-membership in the League of Nations, the temporary expedient of the income tax, and women’s suffrage.

Comment: It only took 20 years for global carnage to resume.

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Brett Halverstott: Randell Mills and the Search for Hydrino Energy

Tom, Brett Halverstott, Pres. Jim

Are we on the threshold of an affordable energy source that spares the environment, that has applications wherever energy is needed, and that is fueled by water? Brett Halverstott, our speaker, thinks so.

Brett in his book, Randell Mills and the Search for Hydrino Energy, closely follows the researches of Randall Mills. After 25 years of experimentation Mills has devised a compact, non-nuclear reactor, which generates Hydrino energy. The principle underlying the process makes use of the fact that the closer a hydrogen electron gets to the nuclear proton, the hydrogen atom shrinks. This in turn generates the release of energy. This is known as the hydrino atom, which behaves differently than a standard H atom.

The laboratory outside of Princeton, has attracted many scientists and investors. By 2013, explosive reactions began to be generated. This has been modified to produce continuous, sustained, controlled explosive reactions. Within the structure occurs the generation of heat, a mini-sun, surrounded by solar panels. A 250-kilowatt generator is the result. This can replace an electric grid. The long-term cost diminishes, in that the H is obtained from water. No carbon reaches the atmosphere. Excess H is diffused into space.

It could be the answer to climate change. Not a few have bet on it.

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