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									                           Traveling Times
     Vol. 10 No. 3_____________Boeing Employees’ Travel Club Newsletter__________March 2003




                              (top) Bryce Canyon Spires and Arch; (bottom) Zion National Park; Lake Powell
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                                                     solo? Many of us seek a travel companion or
                  March Meeting                      roommate at one time or another. Perhaps you’re
Bob Hoelscher from Flemming Tours is presenting a
                                                     new to the club or just don’t know that many members
program for us on Las Vegas, Zion National Park,
                                                     and would like to know at least one other person to sit
Bryce Canyon National Park, Grand Canyon and         with at the meeting, on the bus or next to at an event.
more. This should be fun!
                                                     We want to bring together people who sometimes
And that's not all folks! Mary Jacob from Travel     need a travel companion or roommate. This is for all
Professionals is presenting "California Odyssey". We club members regardless of marital or relationship
will be viewing some great attractions such as       status. Maybe you’re well acquainted with many other
Winchester Mystery House, Mission San Juan Batista, club members but would like to reach out to newer
San Simeon, Pedras Blancas Lighthouse and other      members. You’re invited to come to the March
scenic areas on the central California coast. Come   meeting at 6:15 p.m. Suggestions for this new venture
join us for a great time!                            are welcome. The ad hoc committee consists of
                                                     Blanche Arbogast, Jane Bentley, Barbara Elliott,
               Travel Partner Network                Mavis LaBounty and Marilyn Michalak.
Do you want to get better acquainted with other club
members, especially those who may be traveling
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March Greeters: Marlene and Abe Angell will greet          965-6651 or e-mail: karenarm@verizon.net), with
our members and guests this month. Many thanks to          member news.
Frances Chinn and Mabel Lum who graciously                 Badges: Please wear your badges or carry your
greeted our February members and guests, and who           retirement cards (if you have one) to the meetings.
provided many contributions to our China/Japan             This helps to avoid security issues.
theme decorations.
                                                           Membership expiring? Don’t lose your
Member News: Former member Carmel Ricketts                 membership! Every member is important and is
has completed chemotherapy, is free of cancer and is       someone’s favorite traveling companion. If the date
doing well. She has purchased a home in Las Vegas          on your address label is highlighted, please renew
and is selling her Kent home. Please contact our           your membership today. Complete and sign both
Sunshine chairperson, Karen Armstrong (work: 425-          pages 7 & 8, enclose a check and mail or give to our
                                                           Membership Chairman, Jiin Chen.
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           “Legends on the Avenue” was Great Fun!
                                              By Jane Bentley
On a wet and dreary February afternoon, 15 club members gathered at the Auburn Dinner Theater. Our spirits
were immediately brightened when our meals were set before us. No sooner had we savored our last bite than
the pre-show began. Some would not have been disappointed if that had been the entire show. At the
scheduled time, the production, “Legends on the Avenue,” began with “Sammy Davis, Jr.”. Sammy was our
host as we met Dean Martin, Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Diana Ross, Neil Diamond and Marilyn Monroe to name but
a few. The twenty or so cast members paid close attention to detail down to the mannerisms and jewelry.
      But who was that lucky guy known only as “Stud” who became the object of Marilyn’s attention?      
He looked very familiar and certainly appeared pleased as she wrapped her red boa around him and sang “My
Heart Belongs to Daddy.” I’ll bet Stud didn’t know that he’d be dancing with Marilyn Monroe that evening.
We all had a delightful time, the entertainment was excellent and the service couldn’t have been better. While
this cozy little theater has been there for years, it was BETC’s first experience but certainly not the last.
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               TO THE LAND OF NANOOK
                                            By Jim Chapman
 Nanuk. Nanuq. No matter how the Inuit name is spelled, the polar bear is a beautiful, powerful creature.
Early on October 15, 2002, ten of us flew to Churchill, Manitoba, to see bears on their terms, not ours. No
zoos for us. Our flights took us first to Minneapolis, then to Winnipeg where we would spend the night. At our
hotel, we met our International Wildlife Adventures guide Lenka, from the Czech Republic, and several other
members of our cosmopolitan group. Early the next morning, we boarded a CALM Air Saab for the final leg to
Churchill with a short (three-hour) stopover at Thompson, Manitoba’s third largest city, where we finally found
some snow. Finally arriving in Churchill, we were greeted by Paul in one of Churchill’s old school buses who
was, in his own words, “a cesspool of knowledge.” The weather was just above freezing with high winds
blowing in from Hudson Bay and wet snow like Seattle’s, in short, a miserable day.
Churchill is accessible only by air, rail and, in the summer, water. Most of the local roads were built by the
military. After lunch, Paul drove us east along the shore of Hudson Bay to Fort Churchill, a joint US/Canadian
World War II and Cold War base, deserted since 1979. One of the Quonset huts is still being used and is the
local polar bear “jail,” which I’ll describe later. Two other relics were seen: “Miss Piggy,” a cargo plane, lies
right where it crash-landed on take-off in 1979 (all six crewmembers walked away unhurt) and the Ithaca, an
old ore ship that ran aground just offshore and was abandoned in the 1960’s. People can still walk to it during
low tide. Here, the bottom of the bay is so shallow that one could walk out five miles during low tide, but would
be unable to walk back before being overtaken by high tide. Paul also pointed out that the tiny trees make
great compasses. The cold wind comes off the bay blowing northeast to southwest, causing the northeast
side of these trees to be without branches.
Back in Churchill, we visited the Eskimo Museum, and then checked into the Lazy Bear, our log cabin-style
hotel whose restaurant specialized in caribou stew. For breakfast each day, most of us walked down the street
to the Gypsy Bakery. The weather was decent for the rest of the trip. There were just a few inches of snow on
the ground and temperatures were in the high teens to mid-20s (Fahrenheit). Canadians use Celsius so we
performed mental gymnastics to convert to our understanding.
Thursday was to be our first day out on the Tundra. After a short bus ride east, we were herded up a loading
ramp into the Tundra Buggies, somewhat like herding cattle into trucks at a stockyard. The buggies have
school bus bodies that ride on six-foot diameter, three-foot wide tires with an outside viewing area in back. A
dozen buggies can be backed side-by-side to a six-foot high wooden loading platform where passengers enter
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via the rear viewing area. These buggies are well heated by propane stoves and all of their side windows can
be opened for viewing and taking pictures.
Greg, our driver, said that his main challenge was getting in and out of deep mud holes that were freezing over
but not yet solid enough to support the buggy’s weight. Our route took us generally along the shoreline east to
a place called Point Gordon. The landscape was dotted with small frozen lakes whose ice could support the
bears and lots of clear streams that had not yet begun to freeze. Contrary to expectations, there were
relatively few bears. We saw six that day and eight on Saturday. Most seemed to be young females. None
had cubs and there were no large males. They were not aggressive, and often acted more like Garfield the
Cat with his “Nap Attacks.” They would only lift their heads at some strange smell or noise.
Greg explained that the bears eat ringed seals almost exclusively out on the ice but eat almost nothing on
shore. For approximately four months when Hudson Bay is open, they essentially live off their body fat. They
move slowly and rest often to conserve energy. Adapted to the cold, anything over freezing is uncomfortably
hot to them. Tundra Buggies and passengers must be very careful not to spook the bears and cause them to
get overheated. The bears begin to congregate along the shore when the snow starts falling about early
October. There they wait until Hudson Bay freezes over completely about early December and then head out
on the ice for the next eight months. The actual timing varies from year to year.
The main concentration of bears is at Churchill Point, sixty miles east of town where the shoreline makes a 90 o
turn and heads south. The high point of the season is just before the bears go out on the ice. The bears are
more feisty and eager to get going. But that is also when the tourist demand is greatest, and Tundra Buggy
“hotels” are hauled out to Churchill Point where people pay up to $1,000 a day for the privilege of being there.
During October, the only way to get to Churchill Point was by helicopter. Blanche Arbogast and Marilyn
Michaluk joined three others for a one-hour late afternoon ride. They reported seeing about a dozen bears, but
the chopper wasn’t allowed to get lower than 200-300 feet. Most of the bears ignored the helicopter but two
were spooked, likely because they had prior experience with those machines.
On Friday, we watched several videos on the area’s history, fur trade and environment. We learned that
Europeans first sighted it a year before the Mayflower landed. A Danish navigator named Jens Munk spent a
winter there in which 61 of his 63 crewmen died. In 1717, the Hudson’s Bay Company established a trading
post nearby. Relations with the native people were generally peaceful, but the English and French fought
many battles over the fur trade. Today Churchill’s economy runs on tourism, health care facilities and
exporting the Prairie Provinces’ grain through its seaport. Later, we went to the Northern Studies Center and
went dog sledding. John Stetson, who enters many dogsled races and has taken a team across Antarctica,
was our experienced sled driver/instructor. He first took us in a 12-person sled, and then we ventured out in a
two-person sled for half a mile. It was great fun, but the shallow snow depth made it a bit rough and rocky.
That night, on our way to photographer Mike Marci’s slide show, we saw the Northern Lights stretching in a
thick green line across the sky. What a thrill that was!
Saturday, back out on the tundra with sunny skies, we went further east. In addition to the eight bears, we saw
a snowy owl on the beach, and rode for a quarter mile beside an arctic fox looking for rodents that were under
the snow. At lunchtime, a bear laid down beside our buggy for a snooze. We were very quiet to avoid
disturbing her, and she didn’t move the entire time except for occasionally lifting her head to smell the air.
Later, we drove inland to look at a replica of an “inukshuk,” a stone trail marker that natives had used for
centuries. We passed small observation towers that Greg said were used as platforms for generals watching
war games in the 50’s and 60’s and are now used for various experiments. At one point, the road smoothed
out and Greg allowed several to drive the tundra buggy. Jean Morrow, Frances Chinn, Dick Master and Rod
and Mary Lou Call all took their turns. Our last stop was in a patch of boreal forest where the trees grew higher
and denser than those along the shore. Greg dropped a ladder off the viewing platform so that we could all get
down, walk around and have our pictures taken.
That night we listened to an outstanding lecture on the area’s ecology by Dr. Paul Watts of the University of
Manitoba. He told us that Churchill is a “meeting place” for several types of species from the north and south –
arctic fox and red fox, arctic wolves and timber wolves, arctic caribou and woodland caribou. Even three major
native ethnic groups come together there. There is a population explosion of beluga whales that come to the
warm waters of the Churchill River to give birth in summer. Female polar bears with newborn cubs are the
only segment of the bear population that does not head out on the ice at freeze-up. They give birth in peat soil
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  LET’S GO!!!                                                  Sunset Blvd in the Renton Highlands. Theater is
         Club Sponsored Trips 2003                             located in Carco Park east of I-405, exit 4, on Maple


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                                                               Valley Hwy. Further information at the meeting.
                                                               Rate: $25.00 pp, Includes: theater and dinner.
     Please Note: Expression of interest in trips             Payment due March 13 for theater reservations.
sponsored by the club helps our vendors and us                 BETC Focal: Ted Butler, 253-631-3448 or
tremendously in planning for these trips and booking           butlerted@msn.com; and Mavis LaBounty, 206-878-
air space. A call or e-mail to the BETC trip contact or        3514 or m_labounty@msn.com
other Board member is all that is needed, or put your
name on a sign-up sheet at the meeting. Let us know
even if you "might" be interested. Thank you.                           Wine, Dine, Balloon Stampede, May 9-11
                                                               Off to Pasco to attend the first Columbia River Wine
                                                               Expo open to the public. Friday evening listen to live
      Issaquah Village Theater, Sun. March 23                  entertainment as you sample wine and food supplied
Wait List Only. Presenting “The Ark,” a new musical            by 40 wineries and 40 restaurants. The next day
featuring “Noah and His Boat of Many Animals.”                 we’re off to Walla Walla for the Balloon Stampede
Rates: $34.20 pp; seniors 65 or over: $30.60 pp                returning that evening to Pasco for more festivities.
BETC Contact: Barbara Adamson, 253-863-6825, or                Alki Tours is organizing this trip just for us.
e-mail: ann_adamson@msn.com                                    Rate: TBD; Minimum number required: 20 people.

       Skagit Tulip Festival, Wed. April 16
Since 1984, visitors have recognized the importance
                                                               BETC Contact: Jane Bentley, 425-271-6237 or e-
                                                               mail: hjbphb@attbi.com
                                                               Tour Agent: Alki Tours
of farming in Skagit County and have come to see the
showcase of tulips and daffodils. Our first stop is the                Central California Coast, Apr 26 - May 2
WSU Skagit Display Garden where we’ll pick up our              Fly Alaska Air to San Jose, CA where we’ll board a
trained guide. The Master Gardner will share                   luxury coach for our week of fun. We’ll see the
knowledge of the Skagit Valley agriculture, tulip              famous Egyptian Museum, National Steinbeck Center,
industry, and local history. Visit Tulip Town with large       Winchester Mystery House, Mission San Juan Batista,
indoor flower and flag displays. Enjoy a BBQ Salmon            Salinas Valley (world’s salad bowl), Eberle Winery
lunch by Kiwanis Club in Mt. Vernon. End the day               (with a gourmet dinner in a cave), Pedras Blancas
with shopping in La Conner and Art in the Barn.                Lighthouse, Elephant Seals, Hearst’s San Simeon
Dressing in layers is recommended and be prepared              Castle (stairs to climb), The Big Sur, Pacific Grove,
for quick changes in the weather.                              Pebble Beach, Cannery Row, Fishermen’s’ Wharf,
Pickup: Renton Hilton Garden Inn, 8:00 a.m. and                and Monterey Bay Aquarium. There will be time for
Everett Boeing lot W5 off Hwy 526 (near Everett                shopping in Monterey before catching our flight home.
Visitor Center), 8:45 a.m. Return: 5:30 & 6:30 p.m.            Includes: All transportation, good hotels, most meals.
Includes: Transportation on deluxe motorcoach,                 Rate: $1249 ppdo, minimum number 20 people
escort and WSU trained guide, Salmon BBQ lunch,                Payment Due in full on March 13 for reservations
entrance fees and any taxes.                                   BETC Focal: Rod Call, 425-255-8550
Rate: $38.00 pp ($40 non-members), minimum 30.                 Travel Agent: Mary Jacob of Travel Professionals,
Payment due March 13. Make checks payable to                   (206) 236-0990 or 1-800-523-8559
Priceless Sunset Journeys.
BETC Contact: Lee Ann Johnson, 253-852-3454
Travel Agent: Kathleen G. Tansey, Priceless Sunset
                                                                      Las Vegas & SW National Parks, June 4-10
                                                               Play and dine in Las Vegas. The Southwest National
Journeys, 253-630-7755, or psj1350@msn.com
                                                               Parks tour includes a sightseeing tram tour of Zion
                                                               National Park, a full day trip to north rim of Grand
      Renton Carco Theater, Sunday, April 27                   Canyon with a Chuck wagon cookout dinner and
Presenting: “The Odd Couple,” Neil Simon’s hilarious           show, a sunset excursion to Bryce Canyon National
comedy about a slob and a neat freak. We’ll attend             Park, a scenic cruise on Lake Powell to Rainbow
the matinee performance at 2:00 p.m. and complete              Bridge National Monument and much more.
our outing with dinner at Vince’s Italian restaurant on        Includes: RT airfare, two full breakfasts, four

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continental breakfasts, six dinners, two shows.                  Rate: $3200 ppdo (22 days); China only (17 days)
Rate: Approx. $985 ppdo, insurance optional.                     available; Optional Yangtze River cruise $800.
Deposit: $100 pp due March 18; Final payment due                 Deposit: $250 required to hold your reservation.
April 15. Make checks payable to Color Country.                  BETC Focals: Jiin Chen, 425-255-1865 or
BETC Contact: Karen Armstrong, 425-965-6651 or                   ac1239@msn.com and Mavis LaBounty, 206-878-
karenarm@verizon.net                                             3514 or m_labounty@msn.com

       Mystery Trip, July 11 – 13, 2003
First Clue: Mother of mankind plus NT.
                                                                        Historic U.S. Trip, November TBD
                                                                 Eight days in Virginia and Gettysburg. Details will be
Includes: Transportation, two nights hotels, snack               available at March’s meeting.
pack, deli basket, hot and cold appetizers, wake-up              Rate: approx. $2500.
munchies, indoor/outdoor feast, entertainment.                   BETC Focal: TBD

                                                                 
Rate: $299 ppdo; Single: plus $140; Triple: less $30.
Deposit: $150 pp, due March 1 ($50 non-refundable)
                                                                         Christmas Markets of Europe, December
Final payment: due June 12, write checks to
Priceless Sunset Journeys.                                       Riverboat trip stopping at some of Europe’s best
BETC Contact: Judy Bosnake, W: 425-294-6603, e-                  Christmas markets. Optional extension likely Vienna.
mail: judy.a.bosnake@boeing.com, H: 425-432-0789                 BETC Focal: TBD
Travel Agent: Kathleen G. Tansey, Priceless Sunset               We have a possibility of two Antarctica Trips.
Journeys, 253-630-7755, or psj1350@msn.com                       See Below. To assist in planning, please let us know
     Seattle to Osaka Cruise, Sept. 20 – Oct. 10
                                                                 which trip you are most interested in by signing the
                                                                 Show of Interest Sheet at the meeting or by contacting
Cruise for 19 days, stops at Juneau, Glacier Bay,                Jane Bentley at 425-271-6237 or hjbphb@attbi
College Fjord, Seward (Anchorage), Dutch Harbor,
Sapporo, Vladivostok, Pusan, Nagasaki, Osaka.
Includes: Return air, transfers, port charges, meals.                  Antarctica -– January 29 – February 9, 2004
Rate: under $3500.00 ppdo, balcony cabin                         Fly to Buenas Aires, spend two nights with city tour,
BETC Focal: Jane Bentley, 425-271-6237 or e-mail:                depart for Ushuaia, board Orient Line’s Marco Polo.
hjbphb@attbi.com                                                 Cruise Drake Passage, Lemaire Channel, Neumayer
Travel Agent: Mary Jacob of Travel Professionals                 Channel and Cape Horn; visit Deception Is., Cuverville
(206) 236-0990 or 1-800-523-8559                                 Is., Port Lockroy, Paradise Harbor and Half Moon Is.
                                                                 Landings by Zodiac boats weather permitting. This
                                                                 cruise will be limited to 450 passengers.
              Japan-China, October 4 – 25                        Includes: RT air, 2 nights hotel, 8 nights on Marco
               2003 Trip of the Year                             Polo, 2 category upgrade, on-board gratuities
Departing from Seattle to Japan on October 4, we will            Rate: Approx. $5100 ppdo to $5800.
visit Tokyo, Kyoto, Kobe and Osaka. Attractions
include Crystal Factory, Rainbow Bridge, Imperial
Palace, Lake Ashi, Mt. Fuji, Bullet Train Ride, Hei An                 Antarctica and Chile February 11- 29, 2004
shrine, Handcraft Center, Giant bronze statue of                 Fly to Santiago, then to Puerto Montt; board
Buddha, earthquake memorial, and Osaka Castle.                   Norwegian Coastal Voyage’s MS Nordnorge. See
   After visiting Japan for six days, we fly to Beijing to       Chiloe Is., Castro Lakes & Glaciers; Puerto
begin our 16-day journey in China. Highlights include            Chacabuco; Caleta Torte and Puerto Eden, Strait of
the Great Wall, Forbidden City and Summer Palace in              Magellan, Beagle Channel, Cape Horn, Drake
Beijing; Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi’an; Leshan Giant             Passage, Half Moon Is., Lemaire Channel, Neumayer
Buddha in Chengdu; Stone Grottoes of Buddha in                   Channel, Port Lockroy, Paradise Harbor and Buenos
Dazu; China’s first national park in Zhangjiajie; Dr.            Aires. Ship is limited to 300 passengers.
Sun Yat-Sen’s Mausoleum in Nanjing, a silk factory in            Includes: RT Airfare via Lan Chile, cruise, hotel with
Suzhou; West Lake in Hangzhou; Yuyuan Garden, the                breakfast, Port charges, transfer fees, services of
Bund and shopping market in Shanghai. A Yangtze                  expedition guide; Travel Insurance.
River Cruise is an optional five-day extension.                  Excludes: Optional excursions in Chile and Argentina
Includes: All transportation, four star hotels in Japan,         Rate: Approx. $5500 ppdo to approx. $7200; AARP
five star hotels or local best in China, tours as                members receive a discount of $150.
indicated, most meals in Japan and all meals in China.

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BETC Focal: Jane Bentley at 425-271-6237 or                    Remember: Your only guarantee of a place
hjbphb@attbi                                                   on any trip is to put down a deposit.
                                                                   OTHER INTERESTING
    Fabulous France, Spring 2004
Planning on hold until world tensions ease.                       TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES
BETC Contact: Karen Armstrong, 425-965-6651                                 Not Club Sponsored
orKarenarm@verizon.net
                                                                Holland to Hungary Cruise, June 20- July 5
        POLICIES FOR CLUB                                    If interested, contact Vantage Tours for information.
            SPONSORED TOURS
   Tour escort costs may be defrayed. BETC
                                                                Alaska Cruise with Land Tour,
cancellation policies are negotiated with carrier(s) and                      Aug. 25 – Sept. 7, 2003
vendor(s) at the time of contract and will vary with           See Fairbanks Denali National Park, Anchorage;
each trip or event. Portions of a trip may not be              board Holland America’s MS Veendam, cruise through
refundable. BETC will continue to encourage “wait              College Fjord, Gulf of Alaska and Glacier Bay; stops in
lists” to help find replacements for cancellations.            Sitka, Juneau and Ketchikan; end in Vancouver, BC.
                                                               Includes: Riverboat tour, scenic rail tickets, Denali
  Non-Members are welcome to come on any trip.                 National Park entrance, Tundra Wilderness Tour,
For most trips, a small fee for non-members will be            motorcoach, cruise passage, accommodations.
added: $2 for short trips (1-2 days), $5 for medium (3-        Rates: start $2300 ppdo plus air; cruise only available.
6 days) and $10 for trips lasting seven days or more.          Travel Agent: Kathleen G. Tansey, Priceless Sunset
Also, a release form must be signed.                           Journeys, 253-630-7755, or psj1350@msn.com
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                          TO THE LAND OF NANOOK
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dens during the summer and wait until March when the cubs are old enough to head out onto the ice. The
polar bear population is significantly larger on the western shores of Hudson Bay than on the Quebec side
because so much more fresh water flows into the bay and freezes up sooner. The Churchill residents are
concerned about the possible impact of long term global warming because recent ice pack seasons have
generally been shorter. Dr. Watt thought that polar bears might have to learn to forage more on land. Already
they are showing up in northern Saskatchewan.
Historically bears avoided Churchill, but when they discovered discarded food in the military dump, they
became a problem. After the base closed, the bears moved to the city dump and started walking through town.
This fueled tourism and, in the past, guides put seal meat in their vehicles to attract bears. Concerted efforts
are now made to keep the bears out of town; but occasionally they do come in, and one night, a bear was
reported behind our hotel. Culvert-like bear-traps, laced with seal meat, are located on the outskirts of town to
entice problem bears. When a bear enters the culvert to get the meat, a spring-loaded trap door slides over
the end, trapping the bear inside. A bear sighted away from a trap is shot with a tranquilizer gun. In either
case, the bear is hauled off to “bear jail,” put in a stall and given only ice to lick until the bay freezes up and the
bears are released. If the bear jail population reaches capacity before freeze-up, additional problem bears are
tranquilized, put in a net sling under a helicopter and hauled off to be released miles from town.
Before our departure for Winnipeg, we listened to Myrtle deMeulles, a Metis, talk about her life and her culture.
Metis is taken from a French word meaning “mixture” and describes the offspring of French trappers and their
native wives. They weren’t accepted by either culture, so they developed their own. Our Winnipeg city tour
took us to Assiniboine Park with its large conservatory and lovely sculpture garden full of statues by local artist
Leo Mol. Stylish old homes line the Assiniboine River on Wellington Crescent. Crossing the Red River, we
entered St. Boniface, the “French Quarter” of Winnipeg, where we toured St. Boniface Cathedral. Manitoba’s
initial population was largely French and a lot of conflict resulted when it became part of the British-dominated
Dominion of Canada. Most children are bilingual today. Lunch at The Forks, where the Red and Assiniboine
rivers come together, fortified us for the flight home. It was a fun trip and I quickly learned that many of my
preconceptions were wrong. If I were to go to the Land of Nanook again, I would go in November when the
chance of seeing more active bears is greater.

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             Boeing Employee’s Travel Club Membership Application/Renew Form
Boeing employees, Boeing retirees, and vendors, customers, contract, and government personnel assigned full time
to the Boeing Company, including spouses and dependents of the above, are eligible for regular membership. The
Recreation Unit may verify membership eligibility. For the regular membership application, please complete this
application Form.

Immediate family members (brothers, sisters, parents or non-dependent children) or former Boeing employees
may qualify as associated members. Please refer to Boeing Recreation Associate Membership Application Form
for the qualification clarification. For associate membership application, please complete this Form and the
Associate Membership Application Form.

If you are a guest sponsored by a member traveling with you, please only complete the RELEASE OF LIABILITY
AND INDEMNIFICATION AGREEMENT section of this Form (on the 2nd page).

Please indicate your relationship with the Boeing Company:

Regular Membership:             Boeing employees               Boeing retirees           Full time vendors
                                Full time customers            Full time contractors    Full time government
                                                                                         personnel
Associate Membership:           Immediate family members                     Former Boeing employees



    Last Name                                              First Name                                         MI


    Spouse Last Name (If different)                        Spouse First Name                                  MI

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Make checks payable to B.E.T.C. and mail with the completed membership form to Membership Chairman, P. O. Box
1255, Maple Valley, WA 98038. Please be sure to sign the release and indemnity agreement. For more information,
contact the Membership Chairman.


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    RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND INDEMNIFICATION AGREEMENT
I wish to participate myself, or with a minor child participate, in courses or activities of the Boeing Employees Travel Club
(hereinafter referred to as the "Travel Club"). In consideration for the right to participate in Travel Club courses or
activities, I acknowledge and agree as follows:
1. I am aware that the Travel Club is an employee recreation club sponsored by The Boeing Company. I acknowledge that participation
in Travel Club activities is entirely voluntary and unrelated to my or any other person's employment or job duties. The term "Travel Club
activities" means any activity organized or conducted by the Travel Club or for which the Travel Club is responsible, including any
transportation for which the Travel Club is responsible.
2. I am aware that Travel Club activities may involve risks and dangers, including the risk of serious injury or death. I certify that I am
aware of and accept full responsibility for all of the risks involved in Travel Club activities, including but not limited to the risks inherent
in travel and in the travel environment, whether caused by weather conditions, snow or terrain conditions, the forces of nature, the
hazards of transportation, the actions or negligence of Travel Club officers, instructors, members or participants, or any other persons,
or accidents or illness in remote areas without medical facilities.
3. I accept my responsibility and the responsibility of any minor for whom I am signing this Agreement to adhere to any rules, policies
and instructions provided by the Travel Club for Travel Club activities.
4. I agree to RELEASE, HOLD HARMLESS, INDEMNIFY AND DEFEND the Travel Club and The Boeing Company, and their
respective directors, technical directors, officers, instructors, members, employees, and agents, FROM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY,
CLAIMS AND CAUSES OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR CONNECTED IN ANY WAY WITH PARTICIPATION IN ANY TRAVEL
CLUB ACTIVITIES BY MYSELF OR ANY MINOR FOR WHOM I AM SIGNING THIS RELEASE AS WELL AS ANY COSTS OR
EXPENSES, INCLUDING REASONABLE ATTORNEYS' FEES, INCURRED IN CONNECTION WITH SUCH CLAIMS.
5. If I am signing on behalf of a minor, I acknowledge that I am releasing and indemnifying against any and all claims that I may have
as the minor's parent or legal guardian, whether or not the release of the minor's own claims is found to be enforceable under the
applicable law. In the event that the release of the minor's own claims is held not to be enforceable, I AGREE TO ACCEPT FULL
RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY SUCH CLAIM OF THE MINOR AND TO HOLD HARMLESS, INDEMNIFY AND DEFEND THE TRAVEL
CLUB AND THE BOEING COMPANY, AND THEIR RESPECTIVE DIRECTORS, TECHNICAL DIRECTORS, OFFICERS,
INSTRUCTORS, MEMBERS, EMPLOYEES, AND AGENTS, FROM ANY AND ALL CLAIMS BY OR ON BEHALF OF THE MINOR
ARISING OUT OF OR CONNECTED IN ANY WAY WITH PARTICIPATION IN ANY TRAVEL CLUB ACTIVITIES BY MYSELF OR
ANY MINOR FOR WHOM I AM SIGNING THIS AGREEMENT AS WELL AS ANY COSTS OR EXPENSES, INCLUDING
REASONABLE ATTORNEYS' FEES, INCURRED IN CONNECTION WITH SUCH CLAIMS.
6. I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE RELEASE AND INDEMNITY PROVISIONS IN PARAGRAPHS 4 AND 5 APPLY TO ALL CLAIMS
FOR INJURY OR DAMAGE RESULTING FROM ANY CAUSE, INCLUDING THE NEGLIGENCE OF ANY PARTY RELEASED
HEREIN. I FURTHER ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THIS AGREEMENT SHALL BE BINDING ON ALL FAMILY MEMBERS, INCLUDING
MINORS, GUARDIANS, HEIRS AND ANY EXECUTOR OR PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE OR BENEFICIARY.
7. I agree that this Agreement should be enforced to the full extent permitted by law. If any section or part of this Agreement is held not
to be enforceable under the applicable law, the remainder of the Agreement shall be enforced. The release and indemnification
provisions of this Agreement do not apply to reckless or intentional acts unless such provisions are permitted by the applicable law.
8. If I am signing this Agreement as an adult participant, I state that I am 18 years of age or older and legally competent to sign this
Release of Liability and Indemnification Agreement. I understand that these terms are contractual and not a mere recital. I have signed
this document of my own free act. I HAVE FULLY INFORMED MYSELF OF THE CONTENTS OF THIS RELEASE AND INDEMNITY
BY READING IT BEFORE I SIGNED IT.
9. If I am signing this Agreement for a minor participant (parents or legal guardians must sign for all persons under 18 years of age), I
state that I am the parent or legal guardian of the minor participant signing this Release of Liability and Indemnification Agreement and
that I am legally competent to sign this Agreement on behalf of the minor. I have discussed with the minor the risks and responsibilities
of participating in Travel Club activities and represent that the minor is sufficiently mature to understand the responsibility to abide by
the rules, policies and instructions of the Travel Club. I will accompany and supervise the minor during all Travel Club activities. I
understand that these terms are contractual and not a mere recital. I have signed this document of my own free act. I HAVE FULLY
INFORMED MYSELF OF THE CONTENTS OF THIS RELEASE AND INDEMNITY BY READING IT BEFORE I SIGNED IT.
Name ______________________________________                   Signature_____________________________________                 Date ____________

Name ______________________________________                   Signature_____________________________________                 Date ____________

Names and Ages of any minors under 18 years of age participating in Travel Club activities with you:
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

If you are a guest sponsored by a member traveling with you, please print his/her name and the name of the trip that you are taking:
Name _______________________________________ Trip Name _______________________________________________




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               Boeing Employees’ Travel Club Board of Trustees 2002
President        Jane Bentley        Home: 425-271-6237; hjbphb@attbi.com
Vice President   Mavis LaBounty      Home: 206-878-3514; m_labounty@msn.com
Acting Treasurer Judy Bosnake        W: 425-294-6603; H: 425-432-0789; judy.a.bosnake@boeing.com
Rcdg Secretary Alex Henschel         Home: 425-277-4017; alexhenschel@msn.com
Corr Secretary   Bill Johnson        Home: 253-852-3454; william.johnson1@attbi.com
Membership       Jiin Chen           Home: 425-255-1865; AC1239@msn.com;              MC OK-07
Hospitality      Gary & Barbara      Home: 253-863-6825; ann_adamson@msn.com
                 Adamson
Sunshine &       Karen Armstrong Work: 425-237-9660;        karenarm@verizon.net             MC 67-LP
Webmaster
Newsletter       Lee Ann Johnson Home: 253-852-3454; leeann.johnson1@attbi.com
Short Trips      Rod Call            Home: 425-255-8550; rfcall@aol.com
Investigator
Technical Asst   Ted Butler          Home: 253-631-3448; butlerted@msn.com
Past President   Bill Jury           Home: 206-244-2813; rwjury@attbi.com
Recreation       Ron Anderson        Work: 206-655-1949     MC 4H-58
Advisor
BETC Address: P.O. Box 1255, Maple Valley, WA 98038
WEB site:        http://www.betravelclub.com
E-mail:          postmaster@betravelclub.com
News items and editorial comment in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions
of The Boeing Company.


                                                     
                                  A Valentine to You, the BETC Family
                                         From Karen Armstrong
                                                                          
Good FRIENDS are hard to find, harder to leave, and impossible to forget. A BEST FRIEND is like a four leaf
clover, HARD TO FIND and LUCKY TO HAVE. Some people make the world SPECIAL just by being in it.
BEST FRIENDS are the siblings God forgot to give us. When it HURTS to look back, and you're SCARED to
look ahead, you can look beside you and your BEST FRIEND will be there. TRUE FRIENDSHIP "NEVER"
ENDS. Friends are FOREVER. Good friends are like STARS. You don't always see them, but you know they
are ALWAYS THERE. Most people walk in and out of your life, but only FRIENDS leave footprints in your
heart.




Newsletter contributions: Newsletter items for next month’s issue are needed by the third Friday of each
month. Items may be given to Lee Ann Johnson at the general meeting, mailed to 320 Summit Ave N, Kent,
WA 98030 or e-mailed to leeann.johnson1@attbi.com.

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If undeliverable, return to Judy Bosnake, MC 02-MA
Boeing Employees’ Travel Club
P. O. Box 1255
Maple Valley, WA 98038




Next Meeting: Thursday, March 13, 2003
Time:          7:00 p.m.
Place:         25.01 Cafeteria
               Boeing Longacres Park
               Oakesdale Rd, Renton
Directions:    Go to SW Grady Way in Renton
               between West Valley Highway
               and Rainier Ave S. From SW
               Grady Way, turn South onto
               Oakesdale going under Interstate
               405 and continue past SW 16th
               St. Turn right into the first Boeing
               parking lot off Oakesdale (there is
               a small sign directing you to the
               25-01 building). Enter the door
               on the East side to the left of the
               loading dock. Travel Club signs
               will also be visible.
See map at right for further assistance.


                                                           Map drawn by John Bailey.

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