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September 23, 2019    

Opening :
President Cathy welcomed Club Members and guests. No visiting Rotarians joined us this rainy Monday.


Committee Announcements
Nathan Twining reported that the Club will host a Seahawks viewing party at the Country Club on Thursday, October 3rd. The ‘Hawks play the defending Division Champion LA Rams in our house, which will be loud and hopefully rainy and cold. Doors open at 5PM and the game starts at 5:20.
John Moffat reported that the Blood Donation visit will occur on October 21st and sign-ups will be available during the preceding two meetings.
Felicity Dye reported that a Rotary Youth Exchange Information Session will be held October  1, 2019 at 7pm at St. Pauls Episcopal Parish Hall, 2117 Walnut St., Bellingham (across from main church),  An "Intent to Apply" form (Click here) must be sent to Monty McAllister by email to by 10/1 and an official application received by 10/7.  Selection will be held 10/15.
FIRST FOOTBALL POOL NUMBERS:  Huskies vs USC - September 28th  (Click Here)

Saturday, October 5, 4:30 – 7:00 PM, The “Shoot the trails” event is a large movie production in the biking industry and all of the different brands will be there.  It will be held at Bellingham Technical College.  
Saturday, November 16, 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM, is a work party at the Galbraith parking lot site.
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:                                                                
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Please contact Sandee at 360-734-5532 or if you run into any trouble.
Guests of Rotarians:  
Dick Tucker introduced Bacchus Taylor with Exploration Academy
John Dunne brought his son Dan Dunne with CAZ Energy
Mark Knittel introduced Joe Jarzembrowski
JP Harris Fellow Award
President Cathy and the Club recognized Paul Moffat for his very first John Harris Fellow recognition…or, something like that (key: Paul = John, John = Paul). One theory of the mix-up here is that President Cathy is a Beatles fan, as she introduced subsequent committee chairs as George and Ringo. Regardless of his given name, congratulations to our very deserving fellow member!
New Member presentation
Joe Jarzembowski was introduced as the Club’s newest red badge member, as proposed by Mark Knittel and DC Morse under the classification, “Corporate Law”. According to Mark, this classification is too simple as Joe is not only a lawyer but a business leader and entrepreneur, having built and sold two successful companies earlier in this career. All this was after starting his career at Bell Labs as a degreed engineer.  Joe and his wife, Amy, enjoy the company of their two grown kids in Seattle and upon retirement have been traveling internationally and giving to his community. Mark noted that Joe is active in the Bellingham Angel investment group and has a reputation for helping young tech entrepreneurs as a guide and mentor. Joe’s passion is startup companies and he remains active in that community and interested and involved in developing an incubator space in Bellingham. Finally, Joe and Amy are active in the Whatcom Community Foundation, including sponsoring a named donative community fund.
Past President Bob Morse gave the charge of membership, with a wise focus on: a) attending meetings; b) mingling among all club members; c) getting involved in Club activities, and; d) help find and sponsor fellow new members.
Featured Speaker – Neil Stege, Washington Roundtable
Neil Stege, a Vice President of the Washington Roundtable, was our featured speaker. Prior to joining the Washington Roundtable, Neil was a senior staffer in the Washington State Legislature and for a member of congress. The Washington Roundtable (WR) is a non-partisan, non-profit advocacy group made up of most of the largest private employers in Washington, working for positive change with a statewide public policy focus.
The WR has taken on two major public policy initiatives: Preparing Washington’s Kids for Washington Jobs and Improving Washington’s Transportation infrastructure.
Because of a lack of qualified in-state candidates, Washington’s growing industries must look outside for human resources. The WR estimates that 70% of today’s positions require a post-secondary degree or credential. From a 2006 baseline test, only 31% of the State’s high school students achieved such a degree by the time they turned 26. The WR has a policy goal and agenda designed to improve that percentage to 70% by 2023. As of the high school class of 2015, there was improvement but only to 40%. The rate of increase must double over the next 5 years in order to meet the WR’s goal.
Improving high school graduation rates, improving college and tech school enrollment, and encouraging discouraged post-secondary students to return to school are key to future success.
The Washington Roundtable’s transportation research and policy agenda is designed to keep Washington competitive in the nationwide and global economies, and improve the welfare of state citizens.  In advising on the Legislature’s 2014 State Transportation Plan, the WR focused on 7 major projects, which are:
  1. Highway Maintenance and Repair
  2. SR520 Westside improvements
  3. I-405 Renton to Bellevue
  4. I-5 JBLM
  5. The Puget Sound Gateway
  6. I-90 Snoqualmie Pass
  7. US395 North-South in Spokane
Total cost of these projects comes to $7 Billion. WR engaged the Boston Consulting Group to review the benefit to be gained and it totaled $46 Billion in increased human productivity, improved business activity and resources saved.
The Roundtable estimates that our stressed state transportation system costs each Washington resident $1,550 each year on average. They estimate that by 2040, with no improvement in infrastructure, this same cost will be $2,600 per person per year (PPPY). The Roundtable’s goal is to reduce the cost to $1,000 PPPY. Neil acknowledged that increased capital spending on highways, regional rapid transit, and ferries will not be sufficient. Innovation in transportation technology will be required, and the Roundtable is also working to foster a tech and business community in our state to that end. They would like to see Washington State be considered a leader in transportation innovation.
Oct 21, 2019
Tim Farris - Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail
Oct 28, 2019
Lee Rhodes - Glassy Baby
Nov 04, 2019
Sabah Randhawa - WWU President
Nov 11, 2019
Holiday - Veteran's Day
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Upcoming Events
Annual Blood Drive
Northwood Hall
Oct 21, 2019 9:00 AM
District Foundation Dinner
Quality Inn
Nov 15, 2019
Galbraith Mountain Parking Lot
Nov 16, 2019
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RCOB Board Meeting
Bellingham Legal Center
Nov 21, 2019
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
RCOB Board Meeting
Bellingham Legal Center
Dec 12, 2019
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
RCOB Board Meeting
Bellingham Legal Center
Jan 09, 2020
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
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