With a wide variety of programs to start the day members can look forward to learning or hearing about something new every week. To recap:

In the past many weeks we've heard from Real Estate and Mortgage experts in our own club Jacqui Curtiss, Cathy Ecker and Mitch Morey. Doug Baxter of Big Brothers and Sisters of Puget Sound. Arden Norvold updated us on Kids First Vietnam. Head Coach Brian Agler shared Seattle Storm happenings.
 
Big Brothers and Sisters of Puget Sound Doug Baxter told members about the local branch of the organization, and how a little time spent with a younger person can make a big difference in their life. 97% are less apt to end up in Juvenile Detention. 75% of them live below the poverty line and with single parents. There is a glut of positive male role models. They use a "Match Tool" system to pair role models with youngsters based on the amount of time you have to commit, your schedule and interests. Doug is the Corporate Relations Manager and can be contacted at (253) 396-9630. Or by email.

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Real Estate and Mortgage Industry News.
Jacqui Curtiss, Cathy Ecker and Mitch Morey Jr., pitch hit a program for the club at the 23 hour when a scheduled speaker bailed. Jacqui and Cathy shared statistics and averages for home sales and expectations, which showed that while sales are down they are not totally dead in the water. Jacqui recommended that if you don't need to sell, to hold off for the time being. It is a buyer's market. Mitch stated that for most, if not all members in the club that the home loans available now are the "lowest ever".

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Kids First Vietnam. Arden Norvold, our first program at the Clubhouse at McCormick Woods was introduced by our own Niels Nielsen, an ardent supporter of KFV. Arden gave a moving account of the organization which was founded in 1977 to create educational and vocational opportunities for the disadvantaged young people, some with disabilities, in Quang Tri Province. Adults and children of this region of Vietnam were left with much devastation after the Vietnam war. Agent orange and land mines still render genetic disabilities and crippling. Many 3rd generation children are deaf as a result of agent orange. The organization's school offers a 6 month culinary program, a garmet factory where they learn the embroidery of their culture. Some students learn sign language, and there is a computer literacy program.

John Ward is the Village Director, and a Vietnam vet, having served in the U.S. Army from 1968-1971.

Nobody in the organization is paid other than the grant writer.

KFV sponsors a variety of trips to raise funds and awareness of their mission, and Ms Norvold invites members to contact her directly if you'd like to go visit their village in Vietnam. Contact Arden.

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Seattle Storm. Brian Agler began his presentation by recognizing SKHS female basketball players who were visiting our club this day (5/12). He discussed this year's Storm roster and various player's strengths.