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June 15, 2020     9th VIRTUAL MEETING

Opening :
Book Report – Scott Wallace "Don't Never Tell Nobody Nothin' No How" by Rick James, a fascinating history of bootlegging in the Northwest during Prohibition.
President Cathy Buckley rang the virtual meeting to order at 12:30 PM.
Club Announcements 
June 11, 2020 Board Briefs:
President Cathy thanked Sandy McIntire for 6 consecutive years and half of his membership on the board, Mike Diehl and Roland Trenouth for their service on the Board of Directors.
The Board has awarded longtime member, Ken Jernberg, with a Honorary Membership.
A letter of resignation from Megan Stanfield was accepted with regret due to business obligations.
Our exchange student, Aramis, is staying thru July as he is unable to fly home.  
The 2020-2021 Budget’s for operational and RCOBF was presented and approved as submitted with everyone agreeing that we are heading into unknown areas due to Covid-19.
Regarding continuing Virtual Meeting and restarting regular meetings, stay tuned.  It looks like we will be meeting Virtually for an unlimited time.
Regarding the meeting location discussion, also Stay tuned.  All venues we are looking at are currently closed.
Cathy reported that she has replaced Katherine Deets on the RCOB Foundation, at her request, with Teri Treat
Change of guard plans for June 29th were discussed.
The following Service Fund Grant requests were approved, and a request will be made to the RCOBF
  • Service Fund Grant for a total of $3,400: 
  1. Girls Go Tech sponsored by Robin Halliday $400
  2. Habitat for Humanity sponsored by Doug Cole $1,000
  3. Whatcom Pregnancy Clinic sponsored by Steve Hager and Megan Stanfield $1,000
  4. Engedi Refuge Ministries sponsored by Paul Grey $1,000
The 2020-2021 Major Project Selection has been extended to July 31, 2020 and Incoming President Gary will discuss with the Committee Chairman the direction plans might be heading in light of Covis-19.
We are looking for Website sponsors for the next Rotary year starting July st.  It is a great opportunity to advertise your business and support Rotary.  $350.00 for the year.  Please check out the current sponsors on our website by going to on the home page.  If you "click" on a sponsor it will take you to their website.  It also shows up in the tattler.  Contact Sandee if interested.
All Rotary meetings will be held Virtually on Zoom until further notice due to Covid-19 social distancing.  You can look for an email from Sandee each week prior to the Monday 12:30 meeting (you can start  logging in at 12:15 for short socializing) with the link for that privacy protected meeting.  If you have not 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 do not have 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. 
RCOB has now set up a Venmo account for ease in payment of 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 Goggle "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 directly 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 5532.   Give Sandee a call if you need help.
Major Project Proposals Needed - Deadline Extended to 7/31/20:
The virus has affected our usual process for getting our Major Project Proposals in. Hopefully this extra time has given you time to take a look around and see what needs to be done!
The Major Project selection committee would like to have all proposals submitted by 7/31/20.  Major Project Criteria
Website and Phone App instructions:
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 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 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.
Former members, Bruce MacCormack and Dale Rings joined us again, great to see you!!
Peter Theisen introduced Greg Winter, Executive Director of the Opportunity Council (OC), to give us an update on the completion of the Bellingham Recovery House (which was this year's RCOB's Major Project, raising $100,000), as well as OC's efforts to provide increased support for our community's most economically vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recovery House will provide transitional housing and treatment for persons with substance addiction who are committed to recovery. It is a partnership between OC and Lifeline Connections, which will provide in-house supervision and treatment for the residents. 
The facility, located on the corner of I and Girard streets, consists of a residential building and a smaller building for offices and group meetings. The residence will be able to house 16 clients. However, while pandemic precautions are in place, the capacity is 10 or 11, in order to avoid room sharing.
The construction and remodeling of the facility has been slowed by the pandemic; the goal now is for completion by this October. The total cost of the project is $2 million and Greg happily announced that, in the past week, the City of Bellingham donated the last $500K. Greg listed and thanked the organizations that raised the required funds: RCOB, Horn Foundation, River Styx Foundation, City of Bellingham, Whatcom County Health Department and WA State Dept. of Commerce; PeaceHealth donated the property.
Greg then described OC's response to the pandemic:
1. Housing/Shelter Assistance and Outreach
    - adapting pre-existing supportive housing programs
    - expanding emergency motel shelter program
    - expanding emergency rental assistance services; this will become a bigger problem when/if the current WA State freeze on evictions expires
    - outreach to those at greatest risk
2. Child Care Business Support
    - New Center for Child Care Retention and Expansion, which will  provide financial and other support for local child care centers struggling to survive during the pandemic 
3. Food Security
    - adapted Maple Alley Inn to prepare meals for Isolation and Quarantine Center and supportive housing tenants 
    - OC's Volunteer Center and Early Learning programs delivering food in partnership with Bellingham Food Bank
    - Homeless Outreach Team delivering non-perishable food to the homeless
4. Support for early learner families
    - child activity kits
    - hygiene supplies
5. Building portable handwashing stations for construction sites and homeless camps 
Greg closed by describing building projects which will expand OC's services in the community, such as a new industrial kitchen and new service facilities in east Whatcom County. He thanked the members of the RCOB, as well as numerous other local organizations and local, state and federal funding agencies for their support.


Gary Goldfogel gave his weekly update on the local COVID-19 situation as Whatcom County transitioned to Phase II openings:
1. There were three local outbrakes reported this past weekend, possibly related to people congregating outdoors during a long, sunny Memorial Day weekend 3 weeks ago.
2. At St. Joseph Hospital, there have been no COVID-19 related ICU patients or new hospital admissions.
3. No COVID-19 related deaths reported.
Happy June Rotary Anniversaries! 
Bob Diehl
Member since 1965
Mike Plenkovich
Member since 1986
Fred Kaiser
Member since 1987
Bob Sytsma
Member since 1988
Tim Farris
Member since 1998
Ken Marzocco
Member since 1999
Rob Westford
Member since 2005
Steve Gray
Member since 2014
Rick Kaiser
Member since 2014
Chris Lyddan
Member since 2015
    Jen Moehl
Member since 2017
Happy June Birthdays!
  • Frank King
  • Charlie Self
  • Scott Hume
  • Jack Westford
  • Pete Theisen
  • Bacchus Taylor
  • Rob Olson
  • J.C. Hickman
  • Kirstin Hunt
  • Dominque Zervas
  • Katherine Deets
  • Bob Trunek
  • Jen Moehl
  • Roland Trenouth
  • Steve Adelstein
  • Dick Tucker
  • John Moffat
Jul 13, 2020
Washington State Supreme Court
Jul 20, 2020
"Restoring Lives from Human Trafficking".
Jul 27, 2020
"Nourse Tree Farm, Our Family's Story"
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Editor:  Steve Ban
Reporter:  Steve Ban
Invocation:  Peter Theisen
Greeter:  Cathy Buckley and Sandee Lindhout
AV:  Scott Wilson
Music:  Rotary Brass playing God Bless America on Video (Click Here for link)
Minister of Fun:  Paula McCandlis
Book Report:  Scott Wallace "Don't Never Tell Nobody Nothin' No How" by Rick James
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