Ed Nixon grew up in the small Quaker community of Whittier, California, during the Great Depression. He was the youngest of the five Nixon brothers. Richard Nixon, 17 years older than Ed, was like a second father to him, as well as a teacher and mentor.
After receiving his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Duke and North Carolina State, Ed served our country as a Naval Aviator, helicopter flight instructor, and Assistant Professor of Naval Science at the University of Washington. In 1957, he married Gay Lynne Woods, who passed away in 2014.
Ed has spent the last six decades pursuing the responsible use of natural resources around the globe. During his travels and his visits to the White House, he met several world leaders. He embarked on a successful career, working for and serving as an advisor to a number of cutting-edge companies in the field of earth cience.
Most recently, Ed founded Nixon World Forum, in response to requests from a group in China to organize panel discussions on topics related to his brother’s legacy in world affairs. The Chinese deeply appreciate President Nixon’s efforts to open the Chinese mainland to contact with the United States.
By reflecting on heritage, education, extensive world travel, and the encouragement of his older brother, President Richard Nixon, Ed tells the story of an ordinary family striving to make a positive difference in the world. He aims to inspire young Americans, as well as young people everywhere, to reach for new thresholds of greatness.
Ted Ludwig, Past Bellevue Rotary President 1993‑1994, passed away in Georgia recently, as did his wife Marilyn. Although funeral services were held in Georgia, the family would like to invite you to a memorial service in Bellevue, to honor their memory, as well as the family and friendships they created here.
The family asks any interested Bellevue Rotarians to join them at Westminster Chapel, 13646 NE 24th St, Bellevue, on Wednesday, June 7th, at 3:00PM, in the Fireside Room, for a simple memorial and an opportunity to see old friends.
Please RSVP to Ted’s daughter, Darcie Davenport.
The 2017 President’s Celebration will be held Tuesday, June 27, 5:30PM, at the Embassy Suites, 3225 158th Avenue SE, Bellevue. There will be a no-host bar, dinner, and free parking. Dress is business. There is no charge for Bellevue Rotarians. Cost for guest is $60 per person, billed to your Rotary account.
Please join us in honoring outgoing President Barbara Morgan, and hailing incoming President Diane Tebelius, for the new Rotary Year 2017-2018.
Bellevue Rotary is booked for 28 tee times on Wednesday, June 21, at the Bellevue Golf Course. Our first tee time will be at 1:00PM, and we will be doing a dinner at about 6:00PM, with prizes. Cost should run about $75 for golf, range balls, dinner, and prizes. Power carts will be extra and can be reserved at the Pro Shop ahead of time.
We need at least 24 golfers to participate. If we can’t get 24, the fellowship will be canceled, and we will look ahead to the fall event at Newcastle.
Please contact Brad Hunt by Friday, June 2, if you are interested in playing, so he can advise the golf club as to a yes or no on the event.
The Bellevue Rotary First Harvest Work Party is held the second Saturday, every other month, from 8:30-11:00AM, at the Northwest Harvest Warehouse, 22220 68th Ave S, Kent. This is a wonderful and meaningful way to be a part of a hands-on project that helps people in our own community. All Rotarians, family members and friends are invited to help! (Children must be at least 3rd grade or 9 years old.)
The Bellevue Rotary Club organizes work parties every other month, but you can sign up to attend a work party in any month. Just visit the Rotary First Harvest website and click on the sign up link for the date of the work party in which you wish to participate. A one-step form will open for you to complete, and you can use this form to sign up for a work party several months in advance.
The Inspiration Playground, Bellevue Rotary’s signature project, which we have spent the last 5 years working to create, is opening on Wednesday, June 28th! The Sensory Garden Component will open in Summer 2018.
Please mark the date on your calendars and come to the Bellevue Downtown Park, 10241 NE 4th St, from 3:00-6:00PM, to celebrate with us. Ribbon cutting is at 3:30PM, and there will be live music, fun activities, and food trucks.
Bellevue Rotary will be manning a table to continue to sell leaves, flowers, and animals during the grand opening. Please contact Pat Naselow if you can help. Also, go to the Inspiration Playground Facebook page to “like” and share the information with your friends and family.
Camp Goodtimes was established in 1984 to provide a no-cost camp environment for children affected by cancer, where they can recapture the joys of childhood. Our Rotary Club hosts an annual carnival, where kids (and volunteers) spend an afternoon with bubbles, bouncy houses, paint, and all around fun.
The date for Camp Goodtimes 2017 is June 29, from 10AM-4:30PM. on Vashon Island (Camp Burton). We need volunteers! Bring friends, co-workers, partners!
Please contact Erich Patten if you are able to participate in this great annual event. Ask any Rotarian who has previously been to Camp Goodtimes, and they will tell you it is one of the most worthwhile days you can spend volunteering! Just look at these happy campers!
The next Bellevue Rotary Book Group discussion will be Wednesday, July 12, from 7:00‑9:00PM. Thanks to SanDee Olsen-Meyer for again offering her home for this gathering. Our book selection is “A Man Called Ove,” by Fredrik Backman.
If you have an EVEN numbered birth year, please bring a bottle of wine to share.
If you (your partner) plan on participating, please RSVP to Margaret Doman.
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Read the New York Times bestseller that has taken the world by storm!
Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?
Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.
A feel-good story in the spirit of “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” and “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand,” Fredrik Backman’s novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others. “If there was an award for ‘Most Charming Book of the Year,’ this first novel by a Swedish blogger-turned-overnight-sensation would win hands down” (Booklist, starred review).
Meeting make-ups should be entered into DACdb by the 10th of each month. If you do an E–club make-up, you must still enter it into DACdb.