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May 20, 2019   

President Sandy’s hat collection has apparently out-run his time in office.  Today he used three of them in a frantic attempt to come out even by the end of his term.  All the hats were from the “Stans” those former Soviet states along the old Silk Road to China.  Our table voted the third hat our favorite,  Rather stately and formal.  It has been a fun international journey this year with “President Chapeau”.

We were entertained today during the national anthem by a shortened version of the Rotary Brass.  Some times less is better.  Thought the duo sounded great. 

The Star Spangled Banner was followed by an invocation by Hans Erchinger-Davis that rocked the room. Lots of laughs, a few raised eyebrows. The Car Guys loved it.



Whatcom Memorial Day Parade - Saturday May 25th at 12:00 noon:
Roland Trenouth and Teri Treat urged all members to be a part of our Club's contingent in the parade on May 25, starting at noon. Extended family members, friends and prospective new members are encouraged to join. Please arrive between 10:30 and 11:30 and meet at the Rotary Float which will be parked on Dean Street North of Alabama St.  We will need help in setting up the float as the Parade will begin marching at 12:00.  Watch for an Email giving better details of our starting location closer to the event.  Parking will be on the side streets or at Assumption Church
Please bring spouses, children, grandchildren and others to march with you.  Please wear your Rotary tee-shirts or sport shirts. We will have some banners to carry, which will feature past Rotary projects.
Rotary Cruise - June 17, 2019
Marty Haines reminded us that the traditional Rotary cruise will be on June 17.  We are going to Vendovi Island, a beautiful place for hiking.  There are a limited number of available spots so sign up soon to reserve your spot.  Marty also promised sunny weather.
2019-2020 Planning:
Peter Theisen is the program chair for next year and is looking for help and ideas for programs and great speakers.

Shauna Naf briefly described the club app which allows what’s on the club website to be on your phone NOW. She outlined the steps to get set up and how to use it. Big news there will be tech help each week for those who need help.  Remember there will not be a printed Roster distributed as usual in July. 
Shauna announced that Doug Cole and Del VandeKerk will be taking photos May 20th and June 10th for any member that wants to update their picture for our roster.  Contact Sandee is you want to sign-up.
Time to update your personal information and photos in the Clubrunner Website.  You can Login yourself  on or give your information to Sandee and she will update it for you.  Instructions on how to login are on the home page of the website in the left column under Website Tutorials and other links will be added there as well.
Here is a tutorial on how to login for the first time.  (Click here)  In order to login you need to know your user name and password in your Clubrunner account.  The user name is Yourfirstname.Lastname.264 unless you have changed it.  Example: Sandra.Lindhout.264  The password is initially set by clubrunner at .264 or 264 (don’t recall now) unless you have changed it.  Sandee can see your Username from my computer but not the password.  She can also change your password for you from my 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:                                                                  iphones                                                                            
Here is a link for you to take a look at the app:

Please contact Sandee at 350-734-5532 or if you run into any trouble.
Major Projects Committee
Gail Ridenour requested that Club members submit any and all ideas for our next Major Project for the Committee's consideration.
We were delighted to welcome a charming group of young Canadians, all members of a Rotaract club from across the border.  Hope to see more visitations like that.  

President Sandy reported a hugely successful clean-up project at Memorial Park last Saturday.  Nine capable Rotarians cleaned, scrubbed, weeded and trimmed that place in an hour and 1/2 impressing the Park Department crew with their skill, speed and efficiency.  Sandy had the volunteers stand for a round of applause.

The Social Committee is running strong.  On May 21st, Tuesday, The Happy Hour is at Debbie Ahl’s house on Lake Whatcom.  Bring a little wine and join the fun.

Monte McCallister reports the Committee has two outgoing International students selected.  Wonderful the way the program has been rejuvenated under his leadership

Guests of Rotarians:  
Rotaracter's from Canada introduced by Paula McCandlis:
Victoria Macuulay
Eleonor Dator
Nav Sangha
Karanveer S. Mahol
Alia Ali
Victoria Saunders
Jared Woolheather
Manprect Bains
Felicity Dye introduced Reece Carpenter
Lynda Hinton brought Zach Von Schneidau with Harris Company
Arlie Norman introduced our speaker Barry Hembree, Michelle Judson and Clarinet player Fabian Nieto
Mark Knittel gave us a through seminar on the digital wonders of our new website.  Wow, what a complete and excellent job our tech wizards have done, and they will even provide instruction on how to use it if you are among the digitally handicapped.  No more printed rosters, we are in the digital world now, folks.  
Barry Hembree,  Board Chair of the Bellingham Festival of Music presented an excellent program detailing the history, and makeup of this community cultural treasure.  Embree, with a background in science and business is now a noted luthier building violins and bows in his Lummi Island workshop.  Hembree told us of the world class musicians that are attracted to Bellingham for each summers festival. The musicians are housed for three weeks as guests of Bellingham homeowners   He also told us of the many community outreach programs created by the Festival and of the youth education opportunities provided,  many of which are shared with the communities other cultural treasure, The Bellingham Symphony Orchestra.  We were then treated to a short musical interlude by Fabian Niento, just one of the young people who have benefited from these programs.

We can only be impressed, grateful and amazed by the programs of the last two weeks which have  highlighted the quality of music available to our citizens.
Jun 17, 2019
Annual Rotary Cruise to Vendovi Island
Jun 24, 2019
RCOB Major Awards
Jul 01, 2019
Holiday - 4th of July
Jul 08, 2019
Changing of the Guard for 2019-2020 Rotary Year
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