As the country honors John F. Kennedy this week, on the 50th anniversary of his assassination, Bellevue Club member Barry Gordinier remembers his encounter with the family not too long after the tragedy. On March 28, 1964, he was photographed (below) instructing Caroline through her very first ski lesson at a resort in Vermont, and he says he spent about week with the whole family. “I even gave instructions to the secret service,” says Gordinier. Gordinier, who ski raced for many decades himself, says he was very happy to be able to provide some fun for the family during what must have been a challenging time.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
On Oct. 26, Bellevue Club member and blue belt holder David Gribble, 8, took the bronze medal at the West Coast Open International Martial Arts Championship and followed it up with a second place finish just a few weeks later at the Pacific Northwest Karate-D Classic. Here’s what he had to say about the experience.
Bellevue Club: How long have you been practicing karate?
David Gribble: I’ve been practicing karate for about two years in January.
BC: When did you get your blue belt?
DG: I got it in June, and when I got my blue belt we [fellow students] all got really excited when they said you guys earned your belts.
BC: Can you tell me about getting a bronze medal at the West Coast Open?
DG: For that one, I came in third place for kata [a series of techniques that demonstrate perfect form]. It was really hard because there were a lot of people, and some were older than me and some were younger than me. But I practiced a lot and came in third place.
BC: How did that make you feel?
DG: It made me feel really good. I also came in fourth in kumite [a form of freestyle fighting].
BC: And what about the other recent competition where you placed second?
DG: I improved a lot. I faced a lot of belts that were higher than me, and I even beat them. But there was one yellow belt that beat me because he was doing a black belt kata, and he got everything right. I did get everything right, but I just slipped a little bit.
BC: Do you learn a lot about yourself during the competitions?
DG: Yeah. I’ve always been competitive since I was really little.
BC: What do like about competing?
DG: I just like going really hard. I just want to learn more and go higher and higher and higher. My goal is get a black belt so that’s probably the highest I’m going to get and probably teach sometime.
BC: And where did you first get interested in karate?
DG: One day, I saw some stuff and I thought, Oh karate would be a fun sport to play. So I decided I wanted to get my black belt, and I’ve always been into Japanese culture.
BC: Is anyone in your family from Japan?
DG: My mom is, so that makes me 25 percent because she’s 50 percent.
BC: Have you ever been to Japan?
DG: No, but we’re going to Japan when I’m 16.
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Friday, November 8, 2013
This October, the Bellevue Club and Mercer Island Country Club held their third annual tennis championships. Over the course of 10 days, a total of 356 matches were played! The Bellevue Club also hosted a player’s party with cocktails and appetizers for all the participants. Congratulations to all the players involved. To see more photos, pick up the January Issue of REFLECTIONS magazine.
Here are this year’s results:
Men’s Open Singles:
Grant Nibley (BC) def. Kerry Bucklin
Men’s Open Doubles:
Tim Larson (MICC) and Vivek Varma (MICC) – Kerry Bucklin (MICC) and Dave Maeser (MICC)
Men’s 4.0 Singles:
Kevin Lee (BC) – Scott Griff (BC)
Men’s 4.0 Doubles:
John Anderson ( MICC ) and Joe Milan ( MICC) def. Subeer Manhas ( MICC ) and Mitch Mounger ( MICC)
7-6, 5-7, 10-8
Men’s 3.5 Singles:
Mark Feldman (MICC) def. Chris Barry (BC)
Men’s 3.5 Doubles:
Jason Gurney (MICC) and Steve Briggs (MICC) def. Per Noren (MICC) and Ray Attisha (MICC)
Men’s 3.0 Singles:
Chris Scalzo (BC) def. Jeff Comstock (MICC)
6-4; 3-6; 10-7
Men’s 3.0 Doubles:
Greg Brown (MICC) and Dan Nordale (MICC) def. Mike Robinson (BC) and John Forrest (BC)
Men’s 2.5 Singles:
Women’s Open Doubles:
Women’s 4.0 Singles:
Wendy Mounger (MICC) def. Cindy Nelson (BC)
Women’s 4.0 Doubles:
Cindy Nelson (BC) and Angela Hei (BC) def. Ingrid Angier (BC) and Lisa Fleischman (BC)
Women’s 3.5 Singles:
Melinda Eley (BC) – Sun Chaney (BC)
Women’s 3.5 Doubles:
Tara Verburg (BC) and Anita Kressner (BC) def. Erin Gurney (MICC) and Lynne Thomas (MICC)
Women’s 3.0 Singles:
Ashley Koo (BC) def. Sally Brick (MICC)
Women’s 3.0 Doubles:
Erin Gurney (MICC) and Lynne Thomas (MICC) def. Lorie Brighton (BC) and Lynda Martin (BC)
6-2; 2-6; 10-4
Women’s 2.5 Singles:
Ellen Yoon (BC) def. Michelle Leary (BC)
Women’s 2.5 Doubles:
Sharon Farac (BC) and Jennifer Loy (BC) def. Julee Bennett (BC) and Kirsten Cerkin (BC)
Erin and Keith Vernon ( BC ) def. Melanie and Tim Larson ( MICC )
Alice Souders (BC) and Dan Halos (BC) def. Crissey Miller (BC) and Kitt Hawkins (BC)
James Owen (BC) and Ana Seley (BC) def. Samantha Sweet (MICC) and Ian Sweet
Mike Robinson (BC) and Julie Varon (BC) def. Heather McEachran (BC) and Slimane Hallali
4-6; 6-3; 10-4
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Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Hometown: Bellevue, Wash.
Bellevue Club: How long have you been competing in pageants?
Alena Smallwood: Not long—this is my first one!
BC: Why did you decide pageants were the best forum for expressing yourself and goals?
AS: I have always had an interest in beauty and fashion as well as becoming more confident in myself. Pageants force you to really evaluate how you come across to others. The girls are all so different, so the best thing you can do is be true to who you are and not someone else’s expectation. I am also learning that it is an opportunity to reach a broad audience with my platform that is very important to me.
BC: Why do you want to compete to be Miss Washington Teen USA?
AS: I want to be a role model to other girls.
BC: What is the biggest misconception about pageants that you would like to clear up?
AS: That all the girls are conceited and “snobby.” All the girls I have met are so nice!
BC: What is the greatest lesson you learned from competing in pageants?
AS: To be confident in who you are and who you want to be. Always have faith in yourself.
BC: What is your community service platform of choice?
AS: Helping out teenagers with depression and/or anxiety. I believe it is a much bigger issue than most people realize.
BC: Why is that an issue that hits home for you?
AS: I struggle with it myself, so I know that often just having someone who is willing to listen and encourage you helps. I think it is very important to always be kind and willing to help others.
BC: What are your extracurricular hobbies/interests?
AS: Guitar, music, and volleyball!
BC: What do you think are the biggest social issues facing young women today?
AS: Low self-confidence and esteem, because they are always comparing themselves to others.
BC: If you had a younger sister, what would be one piece of advice you would give her?
AS: Be yourself; everyone else is taken.
BC: What are your future goals/plans?
AS: Graduate from high school and attend a four-year university. I hope to study business and design for a future career in the fashion industry.
This weekend local resident Alena Smallwood will be competing for the title of Miss Washington Teen USA. While the judges make the final decisions, there are two awards (People’s choice and Miss Photogenic) given based on votes from her fans. To help put her in the semi-finals, please visit misswashingtonusa.com daily and cast your vote for a fellow Bellevue Club member!
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