NOTE: There will be no Bellevue Rotary meetings December 25 or January 1. The next regular meeting will be held January 8.
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Please join us for BRC Thirsty Thursday, from 6:00-8:00PM, at Henry’s Tavern, 500 Bellevue Way NE, Ste 310 (located on the third floor, across from the new cinema).
Thirsty Thursday is a great way to introduce new and prospective Rotarians to our club and members. Bring your friends, partners, and guests to share appetizers (hosted) and drinks (no‑host), and get to know your fellow BRC members at this fun fellowship event (free parking).
Prospective members and guests are welcome and encouraged to attend! This also counts as a make‑up.
Questions? Contact Debbie Acton.
Our Rotary Youth Exchange student from Germany is starting her fourth month of her 10‑month stay and attending Newport High School. Please contact December BRC Youth Exchange Activity coordinator Barbara Morgan (206.817.4566), if you can invite her to an activity in the month of December.
For activities in the month of January, please contact Stu Vander Hoek (425.941.3981).
The next Book Group gathering will be on Wednesday, January 30, from 7:00‑9:00PM, and will be hosted by John and Mary Campbell, at their Woodinville home. The book selection for January is New York Times bestseller “CIRCE,” by Madeline Miller. If you (and partner) plan on attending, please RSVP to Margaret Doman.
If you have an EVEN numbered birth year, please bring a bottle of wine to share.
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In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child — not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power — the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.
Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.
“A bold and subversive retelling of the goddess’s story,” this #1 New York Times bestseller “manages to be both epic and intimate in its scope, recasting the most infamous female figure from the Odyssey as a hero in her own right.” — Alexandra Alter, The New York Times
An Amazon Best Book of April 2018: Though revisiting classical myths, Madeline Miller’s bold, poetic new novel, told in the voice of Circe (Odysseus’s lover, famous for turning his sailors into swine), is very much on-trend, with an immortal protagonist and a feminist slant that will make #MeToo-ers cheer. Miller reimagines the story of Circe, “daughter of the sun,” and reinvents her, changing Homer’s ruthless seductress into a woman with a restricted set of godly powers, a keen intelligence, and most important, empathy for humans — a sentiment not shared by her godly relatives. When Circe’s father banishes her to the island of Aiaia, her isolation from her scornful family comes as a gift, and her solitude grants her time to learn the art of witchcraft — the only work she has ever undertaken. Back in 2012, Miller’s novel “The Song of Achilles” earned the Orange Prize for Fiction. For her many admirers, Circe is certainly worth the wait. — Sarah Harrison Smith, Amazon Book Review
Block your calendars! Howard Donkin and lodge host Spoon Dickey have just confirmed that this season’s Crystal Mountain Crystal Mountain Overnight event will take place March 5 and 6, 2019.
As most know, this decades‑old event for BRC members and prospective members only departs for the rustic lodge (women’s rooms and dorm upstairs, men’s rooms and dorm downstairs, kitchen at main level) at the Crystal Mountain base after our luncheon meeting that Tuesday.
Tuesday night is usually a happy hour, followed by dinner and cards, with skiing/boarding on Wednesday. Some will plan to ski/board both days, and some will come up for the evening events only and return to Bellevue just after breakfast or snowshoeing Wednesday. We usually gather for lunch at 1:00PM at the Snorting Elk, at base area. At this point some call it a day, while others continue on, skiing/boarding/lounge lizarding.
If you are interested in any or all the participation options, please block your calendars for those dates, pending your final decision, and email Scott East to indicate if you can or tentatively plan to attend, have prospective members who might be interested, and/or if you have questions.