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December 9, 2019    

Opening :
With regards to football, President Cathy reminded us of the recent Good (Oregon – can we actually root for them?) , Bad (Utah – gave up the Pac 12’s sole hope to be represented in this year’s BCS) and Ugly (Seahawks – ooops!). She also asked us to support local retailers when Holiday shopping this year, as one way of being good community members.
Finally, President Cathy reminded us that next week is the Holiday program and along with it comes our chance to recognize and monetarily thank the hardworking staff at Northwood Hall. We don’t tip along the way, so it’s important to attend and give during this one-time opportunity each year.


President Cathy led us through the required voting on Bylaw changes (approved) and Officers and new Board members (both approved). Officers and Board members for the next Rotary year starting July 1, 2020 are:
Past President and board member – Cathy Buckley
President – Gary Goldfogel
President-Elect – Peter Theisen
VP / Prgrams – Paul Grey
Treasurer – Steve Gray (continuing)
Board of Directors: Lisa Saar, Bruce Clawson, Steve Hettick (new) and John Pedlow (new)
FOOTBALL POOL NUMBERS:  Seahawks vs Panthers December 15, 2019  Click Here
Ken Marzocco is reminding members to donate to the  Club’s major fund project, the Recovery House on Girard Street.  He urged members to get their pledge forms in.  Click Here  This project is well worth everyone’s participation. Ken and Debbie Ahl are in the process of contacting members.  
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Guests of Rotarians:  
Dick Tucker introduced Bacchus Taylor with Explorations Academy
Rob Olsen brought Judge Lee Grochmal, Whatcom Superior Court
Marty Haines introduced Sherrie Kahn, President of Whatcom Choral and Debbie Brown, artistic director and conductor
Dick Tucker thanked members for stepping up to Salvation Army bell ringing again this year, and then segued right into his introduction of Salvation Army Captain Ruairi Ward, who recently relocated to Bellingham from someplace Gaelic (we think). Captain Ward thanked us for the $6,000+ we raised by bell ringing last year, and shared some insights into their work here in Whatcom County. With two locations in Bellingham – Thrift Store and Church / Service agency – the Salvation Army provides critical support in areas of addiction, homelessness, hunger and pastoral services.
Thanks to those who will be bell ringing this Saturday and also for those who will show up at a Haggen with a contribution.
Dick Tucker stayed busy as he then introduced our newest member, Bacchus Taylor, head of school for the Explorations Academy. Bacchus received the charge of membership from Past President Bob Morse. Given the tight time constraints, Bob kept his comments tightly focused on 4 key ways for Bacchus to participate fully in the Club:
1.       Learn and live the 4-way test;
2.       Attend Rotary and be a regular. Come early, stay to the end and give it your full attention while here;
3.       Get to know your fellow RCOB Rotarians. Move around the tables and use your time as new member to broaden your network;
4.       Participate in service projects and Rotary events outside the meetings, so you can contribute to the community and deepen your Rotary friendships.
Good advice to all members, not just new ones!
Minister of Fun and Happy Bucks were deferred so that more time could be given to the Club’s own Greg Baker. President Cathy introduced Greg, who is celebrating 10 years with the District and was just named a Washington State’s Superintendent of the Year for 2020.
Dr. Baker graciously commented that these kinds of awards are earned by a host of people and community partners, including staff, parents, voters, local non-profits, elected officials and students. He did note that the District has also been recognized recently for its work on Equity in how it serves the 12,000 students (400 of which are homeless) and 1,300 staff members. In fact, “Equity, Diversity and Inclusion” just became an official Strategy in The Bellingham Promise, which serves as the strategic plan for the District.  Essential to The Bellingham Promise is the statement that all children should be loved and that it happens regularly across the District.
Dr. Baker then highlighted an important new program, the Good Food Project, as well as some recent major capital projects – all of which were made possible by voter approved levies. For example, the Good Food Project is possible because of the District’s new Central Kitchen, built using 2013 levy dollars for its funding. He also noted that leadership of The Good Food program is by two highly qualified and local executive chefs from WWU and Ciao Thyme, examples of community partners. It has been a success from the outset as food service usage has risen by 20% since introduced just last year.
Dr. Baker then showed pictures of the new Sehome High School opened last year, plus designs for Alderwood and Parkview elementary rebuilds, both of which were made possible by the 2018 bond levy. These two projects start in 2020 and will be followed by a rebuild of Sunnyland elementary starting in 2021. He also commented on various other projects, such as the athletic field upgrades at our three high schools, transportation facility and district offices moving to the Barkley District.
Finally, Dr. Baker provided graphics and commentary outlining the 10 year progress on graduation rates within the District. Dr. Baker then took questions from the membership and “educated” us on matters such as Promise K, early start Kindergarten, how local levies remain essential given the Washington State funding model for primary education, and the limitations and assumptions that come with the legislatures “full state funding” according to the McCleary Decision.
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