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September 24, 2018   

President Sandy opened the latest edition of the Coroner’s Chronicles on a happy note, a cheerful introduction to Austria and the land of edelweiss and weinerschnitzel.  Wearing his trusty Austrian chapeau, he kept the audience in suspense waiting for that curved and curled feather to poke him in the eye.
Jen Moehl followed with another cheerful invocation, no doubt anticipating what she knew was to come.  Jen assured us that you are never old unless you think you are.  Thank you Jen, you had us feeling good there for a few minutes.


Save the Dates:
Oct. 6th - Rotary Membership Seminar for Whatcom County Clubs will be held at the Bellingham Fire Dept. Conference Room, 1800 Broadway, Bellingham.  Cost is $10.00 per person payable at the door.
October 15th - Bloodworks NW Blood Draw at Northwood Hall...Then, the meeting turned toward morbidity again as John Moffat announced the plans for the blood draw to be held on October 15. Think of all those folks who have not yet completed their power of attorneys, advanced directives, or told their kids how they wanted to end it.  They are going to need blood to keep them going until the complete their planning.  You can help them by giving a pint on the fifteenth.
October 20th - RCOB Vision Facilitation Session -   9:00am-1:00pm at the Bellingham Technical College #G102J  Contact President Sandy or Exec. Sec. Sandee to attend ASAP.  We have limited space. President Sandy announced that the Club is looking for 30-35 members to participate and would like the group to include both established and new members.  ALL MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO FILL THIS OUT and return to Lynn Spence at on or before October 14th.   Questionnaire Link
Note however, the Everett RLI date (see below) conflicts with our own Club’s visioning facilitation meeting the same day
President Sandy also made the club aware of upcoming District Rotary Learning Institute (RLI) training sessions in Chilliwack, BC this Saturday, September 20th and again in Everett on Saturday October 20th. Interested parties should contact him and the club will pay the $45 fee.

The Rotary Learning Institute (RLI) is a series of fast-paced, interactive, one-day courses offered to refine a Rotarian's leadership skills and increase their base of knowledge in Rotary.  Courses are fun, topical, interactive, and geared toward busy business, professional and community leaders who want to be more effective leaders in their vocation and Rotary club and more knowledgeable Rotarians.

Part 1 of the Rotary Learning Institute (RLI) must be completed before Part 2 and 3.  The cost to attend is $60.00 CDN or $45 USD and the club will reimburse you.

​A manual will be provided to you which will serve through all parts of RLI.  Lunch is also provided.  If you have any dietary concerns, please indicate this in the comments section of the registration page.  Register Here

October 26th - "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner".  Social Committee co-Chair Nathan Twining announced this year’s rendition of that great Rotary tradition "Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” to be held  on Friday, October 26.  This fun happening requires hosts and guests, so please let Nathan- know which you want to be.  It is unfailingly one of the highlights of the Rotary year.  If you have never participated, this is the year. Join us for a wonderful evening.

November 4th - The Social committee will be hosting a new event, Capital Steps Performance and RCOB Social at Mt. Baker Theater.  The show will start at 3:00 and the Social will be around 5:00 ish in the Encore Room.  Bring a bottle or wine or appetizer and leave in the room prior to the performance.  Guests are welcomed and a great opportunity to bring a prospective new member.  Go to the Mt. Baker Theater  website, purchase tickets and use the Code Word "Rotary" to receive a 20% discount. You will not want to miss it.  Email Debbie Ahl at to confirm you are coming and what you will be bringing.

Board Briefs - September 20, 2018  

The resignation request from Matt Dorsch was approved with regret because of his busy Monday schedule.
Brad Burdick Vegas Night Report:  February 9, 2019
12/3/18  Ticket sales start at Northwood Hall with table set up and announcements weekly to membership.  Ticket costs will remain the same at $100 per ticket.  Again Brad  Burdick is using all of his formidable theatrical skills to put on a tremendous event,  You don’t want to miss it. This is a great time, and a great opportunity to bring your friends who might be prospective members.
Rise Against Hunger – has been scheduled for February 23, 2019 at the same location.
International Service Committee has received the final sign-off from Rotary International on it’s “Buffujja 2” Naluhonjohe Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Project and is beginning to look for it’s next project.
Service Fund recommendations   $1,000 each paid thru RCOB Foundation.  All are 501 3© organizations.  Approved by the committee and the Board.  A grant has been approved by the Rotary Club of Bellingham Foundation.
  1. Starfish Project sponsored by Del VandeKerk - The Starfish Backpack Program provides backpacks filled with food enough to feed these students throughout the weekend so that they can return to school on Monday, well fed and ready to learn.
  2. Mt. Baker Theatre Scholarship sponsored by Andy Day - Because too many schools cannot afford to send any of their students, MBT is establishing an Education Scholarships fund to cover ticket and transportation costs of students from schools where 40% or more students receive free or reduced-price lunch
  3. Sundial Mural Project sponsored by Dominique Zervas thru Allied Arts - The Sundial Mural will provide important community-wide educational opportunities at all levels of study. From elementary- through university-level learning, it provides an opportunity for educational visit for study of the sun’s path—an entire curriculum to be built around hours and seasons and moving through time.
Major Project Selection Committee: Peter Theisen attended the meeting to present their committee’s selection for the 2018-2019 Major Project.  19 members were on the Committee.  The project was unanimously approved by the Board of Directors and Peter will present the project at the September 24, 2018 regular meeting.
The next Board of Directors meeting is October 11, 2018
Guests of Rotarians:  
John Inglis introduced his mother-in-law Marnell Farley
Gary Goldfogel introduced Micki Jackson
Steve Hager brought Susan Vaughan 
Joe Coons introduced Josselyn Winslow with the Alzheimer Association of Washington
Jack Westford brought Paul Pelot with Work Source
Co- Chairman Peter Theisen made an excellent presentation announcing our major project for the year, a 100 car expansion of the parking lot at the Galbraith Mountain trail head on Samish Way.  The project was the unanimous choice of the committee and a complete presentation of the project will be made at an upcoming meeting.  Be assured that this project is important in terms of public safety. tourism and community recreation.
Important request:  Our  "Contemplating End of Life" series continues thru October and guests are invited.  If you are planning on bringing a guest, please inform Sandee Lindhout -
Sensing that we were not yet adequately depressed, Gary Goldfogel introduced another in his end of life series.  Our speaker, Ross Fewing, bolstered by his seven stents, spoke eloquently about how to leave this earth in an organized fashion leaving clear and specific directions to family friends and the medical world.  If you were not further depressed by what he had to say, just wait a couple of weeks when our speaker will regale us with tales of Dementia.
On the lighter side of life, if you like to sing, join the ukulele ensemble before next week’s meeting. We will be there trying to lighten your spirit…
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