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June 13, 2022

Opening Welcome:
President Peter Theisen called the meeting to order at 12:30.
Peter then gave a summary of the Board Briefs which is attached under announcements.
Book Review by Nancy Jordan "Blood Struggle: The Rise of Modern Indian Nations" by Charles Wilkinson, published by W. W. Norton & Company, 2005

This book is a chronicle of political and legal actions that have impacted, shaped, and nearly eliminated the Native American population. It also compiles and explains some of the responses by Native individuals, Tribes, and movements about the experience described as "contact." This book starts in 1953 when the United States was booming. [Note to ponder: where you were in 1953?] Native communities had been left behind and Congress was ready to "launch the ominous policy of termination." Looking both backward in time from 1953 and forward to the present, this book takes us on a journey focusing on the Native perspective through the experiences of Native Communities.
Support Rotary in Ukraine
Message from our District Governor for District 5050, Bev Harrington:
My Fellow Rotarians:
As the humanitarian crisis unfolds in Ukraine, we ask "what can we do from so far away?"  Here is the most comprehensive information I have received to date. 
Financial contributions are easily made online to The Rotary Foundation Disaster Response Fund.  A link to view the projects that are already in place is also provided below.  
You and I and Rotarians from around the world can make a difference.  
All donations made online at Disaster Response Fund | My Rotary, including the use of available district designated funds (DDF), need to be received by April 30, 2022. Grant applications to take advantage of the funds will be available now through June 30, 2022. This will be the main avenue for Rotary Foundation support, but Rotary and Rotaract clubs are also encouraged to create their own responses to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.
In addition to the support provided through the Disaster Response Fund, the Foundation is coordinating with partners and regional leaders, exploring effective solutions to the increased humanitarian needs. You will find a comprehensive list of projects at this linkwith the contact details and websites.
Thank you for all that you do to promote peace
Club and Committee Announcements:     
Jack Westford reported on the formation of a book club.  The initial interest was good and Andy is circulating a survey to those who expressed interest.
Ward Naf reported on two upcoming Hands-On Service Projects.  See the RCOB website for signups for both events.
Thursday June 16th 4:00 -7:00 at the Base Camp Base Camp. 
Saturday June 18th 10:00-1:00 at We Grow Garden, 1815 Ellis Street (across from FoodBank)
Marty Haines announced the cruise set for June 27th to go to Eliza Island at Dick Tucker's place is filling up fast. If you want to go on the cruise, but have not filled out the form at the meeting, you can also contact Marty to register for the event: (360)739-0204 or  The limit will be 32 and you are allowed to bring one guest. BBQ cost will be $20 for a meal including water. You can bring other beverages of choice. Please pay  Sandee ahead of time. Call Marty (360)-739-0204 or email to sign-up. Sign-ups will also be on the tables at the meetings.
Website Sponsors Needed !!!
We are looking for Website sponsors for the next Rotary year starting July 1st. It is a great opportunity to advertise your business and support Rotary - $350 for the year. Check out the current sponsors on our website by going to Contact Sandee if you are interested. Thank you for your support.
Board Briefs June 9, 2022
This is the last Board Meeting for Past President Gary Goldfogel, John Pedlow and Steve Hettick
Thank you so much for your service
Resignations were received from Bob Trunek, Robin Halliday and Gary Goldfogel with regret effective June 30, 2022
Steve and Paul Grey presented the final budget for 2022-23 and it was approved as presented.
The following 2 Service Grants were approved by the committee and the Board.  A grant will be requested from the Rotary Club of Bellingham Foundation for $1,000
  1. Skookum Kids – Sponsored by Paul Grey
  2. Bellingham School District – Family Resource Center Early Learning – Sponsored by Mike Diehl
The remainder of the meeting involved 2022-23 Planning and Paul will reveal his plans at the Changing of the Guard, June 20th.
Important Date Announcements: 
TODAY - June 16th: 4:00 pm Base Camp Grounds Cleanup & Dinner Service Project
We are having a service project at Base Camp downtown. We are in need of a few more volunteers so please consider signing up so this project can be successful for this important community organization. This service project will not be physically tough; we are going to weed and maintain some gardening beds in front of the building, along with some other general maintenance activities that are needed. All you need to bring is a pair of gloves and a water bottle, along with a Rotary shirt if you have one. We will have "Rotary at Work" vests to wear if you don't have a shirt. The ser ice project will not be very long, probably 2-3 hours. 
If you are interested in joining us, please register:
1. Sign up on ClubRunner so we know you are coming.
2. Use the directions below to take care of what the Mission needs. It will require you to set up an account, verify your email, register for the event, and sign the waiver. Once that is all done please email me letting me know so I can have them double-check their system and make sure we are all good to go for next Thursday:
All members of the volunteer party must create a profile on Volunteer Hub to account for your hours for our liability insurance and to digitally sign our consent forms. We are to create a profile and sign up for the event at, registering for the event "Rotary Base Camp Cleanup". It is very important that all members are registered inside of the Volunteer Hub Platform. If any  person in your party has questions or complications along the way, please send them my email address and I will be delighted to assist. (this is a multi step process, you need to create an account, then once that is done and you have verified your email, fill out your profile, then sign up for the event. It will have you sign a release.)
June 18th - Whatcom County Rotary Days of Service at 9:30, to enhance the WeGrow Garden. Sign-up Link    SCROLL DOWN TO ROTARY WORK PARTY!
June 20th - Changing of the Guard

June 27th Rotary Cruise to Eliza Island at Dick Tucker's cabin.
Marty Haines reported that this year's cruise will return to Dick Tucker's home on Eliza Island. Limit will be 32 and you are allowed to bring one guest. BBQ cost will be $20 for a meal including water. You can bring other beverages of choice. Please pay  Sandee ahead of time. Call Marty   (360)-739-0204 or email to sign-up. Sign-ups will also be on the tables at the meetings.

Weekly Meeting instructions:

You will still receive an email from Sandee each week prior to the Monday 12:30 meeting if you are unable to attend in person (you can start logging in at 12:00 for short socializing) with the link for that privacy-protected meeting. If you have n  done so, please download the Zoom app on your computer (you need a camera and microphone on it), iPad or phone. There is no cost to you. If you cannot do either, you can also call in. On the invitation, there are US phone numbers you can call and enter the meeting ID number also indicated on the invitation. 

Four Points is now requiring a Contract thru March 2022. We will continue t  evaluate other locations for a permanent location.   Lunch will be $22 for a sit-down meal. We must notify them by Wednesday at 4:00 pm each week prior to the Monday meeting as to the number of members attending. We are sending out meeting "Invites" weekly and members are asked to sign-up ASAP. You can also sign-up by going to the event section of our website at If you sign up for a meal at the meeting, you will need to pay the $22 even if you don't wind up attending the meeting after the numbers are turned in. If you plan to attend but not eat, PLEASE indicate that on your sign-up so we don't overorder meals and still make sure there is enough seating. 

Four Points also will not collect the payment weekly, so the Club will collect payments prior to the meeting or at the door.

We urge members of the RCOB to set up a Venmo account for ease in payment of Meeting lunches, Happy Bucks, Minister of Fun, Dues or donations to the club. Our account is @RCOB- Bellingham. If you do not have a Venmo account you can set up an account with your computer then download the app. on your phone (just Google "Venmo" and you will find all the information you need)  You then attach it to a debit or credit card (a fee on your end) or attach to your checking account at no cost. Payment will be sent di ctly to the RCOB checking account. When you use it for the first time it may ask you the last 4 digits of the RCOB phone number which is 0282.   Give Sandee a call if you need help. 360-734-5532

Other payment options are to bring a check in the correct amount to the meeting made out to RCOB or cash in the exact amount to speed up the payment process. There is also the PayPal  option as usual and we are set to take payments at the meeting. We have a QR Code that you scan and simply click to pay thru paypal also.

Website and Phone App instructions:
Here is a tutorial on how to login for the first time. (Click here)  Go to belling first. In order to login you need t know your user name and password in your Clubrunner account. The user name is Yourfirstnam Lastname.264 unless you have changed it. Example: Sandra.Lindhout.264   the password is initially set by Clubrunner at 264 unless you have changed it. Sandee can see your Username from her computer but not the password. She can also change your password for you from her computer at your request if you run into problems.
Once you have originally created your User Name and Password you can download the ClubRunner Mobile app on your phone:                                                             
Here is a link for you to take a look at the app:

Please contact Sandee at 360-734-5532 or if you run into any trouble.
Visiting Rotarian from Kenwood/Glennellen, California Rotary Club, Nicki Artieres who has just moved to Bellingham.  Welcome....
Program Chairman, Doug Cole, introduced our speaker Rachel Vasak with the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association
Members attending on Zoom:  Bob Morse, Dick Tucker, Vinson Latimore, Scott Wallace, Corey Chaplin, Gary Goldfogel, Fred Kaiser, John Moffat, John Pedlow, Sandy McIntire, Scott Wallace and Steve Hager.

Program: Doug Cole introduced our speaker, Rachel Vasak – Executive Director of Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Assoc.  “NSEA”

NSEA was founded in 1991.  It is a community-based, non-profit organization focused on reversing the trend of declining salmon runs in Whatcom County. She said, “We enhance river, creek, and riparian habitat while educating people of all ages to provide Pacific salmon & Steelhead the best chance at survival.”
NSEA believes that salmon are an essential part of our environment, culture, and economy.  Their mission is to educate, inspire, and engage the community to take action that will keep wild salmon here for future generations.
Rachel discussed NSEA’s involvement in the Regional Fisheries Coalition, a statewide group organization consisting of 14 regional fisheries.
Locally, one focus of NSEA is education, through programs in elementary and middle schools.  Another focus is their restoration programs like the Silver Creek fish passage barrier removal, and riparian planting to restore stream habitats.  She showed a sequence of photos documenting a decade of dramatic progress restoring Kendall Creek. 
Some of their work includes monitoring by “citizen scientists” who assist with spawner surveys, and monitoring of vegetation, macroinvertebrate, and juvenile fish.
NSEA has education programs ranging from their 4th grade Students for Salmon that is active in 61 local schools, to Camp Keystone, a summer program for 4-6 year-olds, to Clime Time, a program for middle schoolers.
NSAE believes that community involvement equals community investment.  They have a very active stewardship program that includes more than 100 events like Stream Stewards, Salmon Discovery and Nooksack River Stewards each year.  When asked many RCOB members had volunteered previously with the NSEA, many members raised their hands. 
Rachel thanked us for that and encouraged us to reach out to NSAE and become/stay involved.
June Rotary Anniversaries - Thank you! 
Bob Diehl
57 years of service
Mike Plenkovich
36 years of service
Fred Kaiser
35 years of service
Tim Farris
24 years of service
Ken Marzocco
23 years of service
Rob Westford
17 years of service
Rick Kaiser
8 years of service
Steve Gray
8 years of service
Jodi Borelli
1 year of service
Michael Mallory
1 year of service



































June Birthdays - Happy Birthday and Enjoy!

  • Charlie Self
  • Jack Westford
  • Peter Theisen
  • Rob Olson
  • J.C. Hickman
  • Dominique Zervas
  • Bob Trunek
  • Roland Trenouth
  • Dick Tucker
  • John Moffat
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Upcoming Events
RCOB In-Person Meeting July 11, 2022
Four Points by Sheraton
Jul 11, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
RCOB In-Person Meeting July 18, 2022
Four Points by Sheraton
Jul 18, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Golfun 2022
Homestead Farms Golf Club
Aug 26, 2022 1:00 PM
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Executives & Directors
President Elect
Executive Secretary
Vice President/Program Chair
Past President
Director/Vocational Service & Membership
Director/International & Youth Service
Director/Community Service
Director/Club Service & Meetings
Website Administer
Editor:  Catherine Riordan
Reporter:  John Pedlow
Invocation:  Doug Cole
Greeters:  Jodi Borrelli 
Raffle Sales: Catherine Riordan
Av:  Rick Kaiser and Mark Knittel
Music: Rotary Brass
Photographer: Mike Diehl
Book Review:  Nancy Jordan