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December 18, 2017   


President-Elect Sandy McIntire called the meeting to order with a loud HO-HO-HO, thanked the Rotary Brass Band (Del VandeKerk, Brad Burdick, Jack Louws, and John Dunne) for serenading the group. There will be no meetings the next two Mondays due to Christmas and New Year's.

Sandy thanked our Northwood Hall waitstaff for their service this past year and asked Rotarians to  show their appreciation by contributing generous tips.


Board Briefs December 14, 2017
We received letters of resignations from Bruce MacCormack, Mark Owings and Rachel Long and they were accepted with regret. 
We have been having difficulties recently with our AV system related to the donated computer we have been using.  We will use the club computer until Mark Knittel can get another donated computer by Jim Cunningham up and running.
Salvation Army bell ringing -- Jim Wakefield announced that with the help of 52 club members we raised $4,633 for the Salvation Army last Saturday.  Participating members were recognized and applauded for their efforts.

Important Links:

The 2017-2018 Major Project this year is raising funds for the RCOB Foundation Scholarship Fund with a goal of raising $400,000.  You will be receiving phone calls from the committees so be ready to pledge.  Click Here to find the pledge card to return to Sandee.  Dale Kinsley reported that we are very close to having 100% of our members pledging and urged the few who haven't to get us to 100%. Dale thanked club members for their generosity in supporting and expanding our Scholarship Endowment Fund.
2017 College Bowl Games  (Click here)
Guests of Rotarians:  
Students of the Month:  Humanities - History, Literature & Creative Writing
Brynna Kilcline from Bellingham High School hosted by Brad Burdick and her parents Peter and Denise Kilcline.
Lynna Hall from Options High School hosted by Kim Perry and her brother Jade Hall.  Also attending was Options teachers Leslie Adamson and Jen Reidel.
Maria Frazey from Sehome High School hosted by Bob Morse and her parents Carol and Paul Frazey.
Olivia Benner from Squalicum High School hosted by Chuck Snyder and parents Steve and Shara Benner.
John Stewart brought Ryan Binning with NMI
Arlie Norman introduced his wife Diane
Del VandeKerk introduced our volunteer member of the Rotary Brass, Jack Louws

High School Students of the Month in Humanities:

Megan Stanfield introduced the student honorees, commenting on the importance that Humanities plays in all of our lives.

Bellingham HS – Brad Burdick introduced Brynna Kilcline, who has excelled as a dancer, taking her dance group to Japan in 2015 and to Australia next summer.

Options HS – Kim Perry introduced Lynna Hall, who is a singer, songwriter and world traveler and hopes to be the next Taylor Swift! 

Sehome HS – Bob Morse introduced Maria Frazey, who excels in creative writing, having won numerous competitions, and plans to pursue a career in computer science with emphasis on digital art.

Squalicum HS – Chuck Snyder introduced Olivia Benner, who is a champion soccer player and committed community volunteer who plans to study business, so that she can contribute to non-profit organizations which help the world's disadvantaged.

All four students have maintained at or near 4.0 GPAs despite taking mostly AP courses. 

President Elect Sandy remarked that, thanks to students such as these, “Our future is in great shape."


Scheduled were a quartet from the Mt. Baker Toppers singing Christmas music, accompanied by our Rotary Brass Band. Due to illness, the Toppers canceled at the 11th hour. However, thanks to quick work by Del VandeKerk and the Rotary Brass, the group was treated to a delightful sing-along medley of Christmas songs that even this Jewish reporter thoroughly enjoyed! 

Final Announcements:

Rotary Grant Management Seminar is scheduled for Feb.  3, 2018, at the Silver Reef Casino.

Rotary Presidential Peace Conference, focused on the Environment, is scheduled for Feb.  9 – 11, 2018, in Vancouver, BC.

For more information please contact Sandee Lindhout or Pres. Teri.




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