Our Club
Rotary Club of Bellingham is a diverse group of community leaders who, through bold vision and high aspirations, are committed to making our local and global community a better place and more peaceful place to live. Through fellowship, discovery and partnerships, we are dedicated to engaging and enriching the community and individual members by making a positive impact on the lives we encounter and serve, having fun along the way.
Our Mission
To provide business, professional and community leaders with a stimulating and all-inclusive dynamic organization which engages in enjoyable, ethical and efficient opportunities to support our local community and the world.
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Rotary Meetings
Visitors are welcome!
Our meetings are held at Whatcom Community College - Syre Hall, in Bellingham. We are also meeting via Zoom, so whatever your location and comfort needs are, you are welcome to join us!
You can view our club calendar which includes dates and times of meetings as well as upcoming speakers, Club social and service events, and more! For information on our meetings and how to join in the fun, contact us here
As a service organization of business and community leaders, we will continue to make a positive impact in our local and global community during this challenging time.
What is Rotary
Rotary is a global network of 1.4 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad.
Why Join Rotary?
To be part of a global community focused on doing what they can to make the world a better place. The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
  • The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service.
    • High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society.
  • The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life.
  • The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
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Did you know?
  • Rotary was founded in Chicago in 1905 by attorney Paul Harris
  • There are more than 46,000 across the world and in more than 200 countries
  • Service Above Self and One Profits Most Who Serves Best are mottos of Rotary
  • One of Rotary’s guiding principles is the Four-Way Test.
About the Rotary Club of Bellingham
Established in 1917 as the 331st Club in the world, the Rotary Club of Bellingham is the largest, most active and well-known service organization in the community. We are a leadership organization working together to make a difference. Our members include local business, nonprofit, professional and civic leaders and those driven to serve. We form lasting friendships through our shared Rotary experiences including weekly meetings with interesting speakers, committee meetings and projects, social events and group service projects within our community and internationally. Learn more about Rotary Club of Bellingham 
Community History
When you join the Rotary Club of Bellingham, you are joining a rich tradition of movers and shakers who have made this community what it is. From Boulevard Park, the Arne Hanna Aquatic Center, the Bellingham Food Bank, Hospice House, and many more large projects were funded in-part by the Rotary Club of Bellingham. Learn more about our History and our Impact on Whatcom County.
Rotary Club of Bellingham Foundation
Our Foundation is responsible for distributing almost $100,000 in scholarships every year to local worthy students. Learn more about RCOB Foundation. 
Get Involved
Are you interested in attending an upcoming meeting? Whether you just want to learn more about Rotary, or speak to our club members, we'd love to have you visit! Contact us to set up a visit. 
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Club activities, social events, and volunteer projects offer networking opportunities that build personal and professional connections.

The Rotary Club of Bellingham Packs 37,152 Meals in Less Than 3 Hours

The Rotary Club of Bellingham teamed with Children of the Nations for a meal-packing event to benefit students in Sierra Leone. The Club’s original goal was to pack 30,000 meals in 3 hours and to raise $9,000 to fund this initiative. They exceeded that goal by raising $9,759.06 and packing 37,152 meals in less than 3 hours on April 22, 2023 in the Assumption Catholic School Gymnasium in Bellingham, Washington.

106 volunteers including Rotarians from the:

  • Rotary Club of Bellingham
  • Bellingham Bay Rotary
  • Bellingham Sunrise Club
  • Passport Club
  • and the Bellingham Rotaract Club plus volunteers from the community came together to accomplish this feat

Why Sierra Leone? It is a lush tropical country on the west coast of Africa that boasts beautiful beaches, picturesque mountains, and some of the richest natural resources and mineral deposits (including diamonds) in the world, but it is also one of the poorest countries in the world. It consistently ranks as one of the least developed countries on the United Nations Human Development Index. It also has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world (children dying before reaching age five).


Help Us Pack 30,000 Meals in 3 Hours on April 22nd!

Meal Packing Event for the Rotary Club of Bellingham

Join the Rotary Club of Bellingham on April 22nd and pack meals for children in need and have a wonderful time serving with your hands.
Our goal is to pack 30,000 meals in 3 hours. We need to raise $9,000 for the materials to make it happen AND we need many sets of hands! Come, join us, bring your family and friends for this amazing event!
Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army
Our Annual Bell-Ringing event for the Salvation Army was a great success this year! On December 10th, Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Bellingham and guests (even Rotarians from other Clubs and former Rotarians!) spent a total of eight hours at all four Haggens stores, ringing bells, caroling, playing instruments, and getting shoppers to fill the kettles. 
Our hospitality crew was also out en force, plying our cold Rotarians with coffee, hot chocolate, and other spirit-lifting beverages along with doughnuts and Cathy's own homemade almond roca  (this Rotarian has had it and wow-yum!). 
A surprise anonymous matching donor chimed in part-way through the day, essentially doubling our efforts! 
All in all, a successful day by the Rotary Club of Bellingham!
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Rotary Club of Bellingham Sponsors:

Paula McCandlis
Colleen Baldwin
Chief Executive Officer
360-676-8484 x 3331
Steve Gray
AVP Senior Real Estate Loan Officer
Lynda Hinton
Managing Broker, CRS. GRI

Teri Treat
General Manager / Co-Owner
The Naf's vacation home in Mazama
David Blair