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January 4, 2021     33rd  VIRTUAL MEETING

Pre-Meeting Social Time
Book Review: 
Rob Westford reported on the book “Discipline Equals Freedom” by Jocko Willing, a retired Naval officer and former Navy SEAL.  He is also host of a weekly Podcast, Leadership and Discipline.  The book reflects the author’s “organize and get it done – here and now” philosophy.    The author refers to the book as a “Field Manual”. The book is broken into two parts, Thoughts and Actions. The chapters are short with quick direct titles, making it very readable.  Rob recommended the book and the author’s Podcast highly. 

Opening Welcome:

President Gary Goldfogel called the 4677th meeting to order.

Jennifer Moehl's Invocation:
Creator of the Universe,
Thank you for helping us make it through this difficult year. We are grateful that you have carried us through the uncertainty of deep waters, the flames of trials, and the pain of hard losses. Please forgive us for giving too much time and attention to these things; for looking to find an easier path rather than embracing the tough road ahead. Thank you for the reminder that both in seasons of celebration and brokenness, we are truly blessed to be here amongst friends and family.
Thank you for all that you have allowed into our lives this past year, the good along with the bad.  We pray for your Spirit to lead us each step of this New Year. We ask that you guide our decisions and turn our hearts toward kindness and open mindedness above all else. We ask that you open doors needing to be opened and close the ones needing to be shut tight.
We pray you would make us strong and courageous for the road ahead. Give us ability beyond what we feel able, help us release our grip on the things that weigh us down.
We pray that you will keep us far from the snares and traps of temptations. That you would whisper in our ear when we need to run, and in our heart when we need to stand our ground. 
Help us to be known as great givers, to be generous and kind, to look to the needs of others and not be consumed by our own. May we be stewards of peace, lovers of truth, givers of patience, and curators of joy. 
May we make a difference in this New Year, Amen
Club and Committee Announcements 
Alice Racer, Don Anderson's wife, asked Sandee to report that Don has moved into the Mt. Baker Care Center, 2905 Connelly Ave, Bellingham 98225 and would love cards.  She also thanks those who have already has sent cards.
Blood Drive - Steve Ban reported that January is National Blood Donation Month and reminded the membership of the importance of continuing to donate.  Please see information below for directions on how to schedule an appointment.
Major Projects – Jen Moehl reported that the Max Higbee Project had topped the $80,000 donation mark.  She urged members to make their pledges and donations so that we could close out fund raising in January. 
2020-2021 Max Higbee Major Project special announcement:  To spur us to reach our goal of $100,000 for the Max Higbee Center's building fund, three anonymous Rotarian angels are offering to match 50 percent of every new donation up to $30,000, which would carry us to our goal. Take advantage of this way to stretch the value of your donation!
Bellingham Herald Article Link (click here)
The Max Higbee Center started as grassroots effort led by educators, families and people with developmental disabilities who wanted quality recreation and social opportunities. Today, the Center serves over 400 individuals in Whatcom County through its welcoming social and recreation programs.  Jen Moehl and John Dunne are leading the fundraising of this project. Members can donate from their tax-deferred accounts directly to RCOB without incurring a tax liability. Click Here for Donation Form
These programs also provide vital respite support to families. The stress and financial responsibility as a family caregiver can be extraordinary and lifelong. The services that Max Higbee Center staff provide are essential in supporting families to work, rest, and fulfill obligations while maintaining a safe and enriching environment for their family member with a disability.  Their new facility at 1400 N. State Street, currently under construction, will allow the Center to expand its program capacity to meet an urgent community need. Our contribution to the project will be funding the new recreation room, the largest and most actively used room in the new facility, which is to be named the Rotary Room.  Click here for further information.  
Other Announcements
Blood Drive - Steve Ban reported that our blood drive will be open for the entire Rotary year, until June 30, 2021. We are participating, along with the other clubs in our Area G, in a District 5050 challenge against the other District Areas. He is encouraging friends and relatives to join in. Those who can't donate blood can donate plasma. Currently, the W. Bakerview office is the only donation location open in Whatcom County. Click Here for additional information. You must schedule your donation appointment on the eflyer in this link to make sure your donation is counted. If you have already given blood and didn’t follow these procedures, please contact Steve and he will make sure that your donation is counted.
The minimum age for donating blood is 16 and those 16 and 17 would need parent’s permission to participate. 
All Rotary meetings will be held Virtually on Zoom until at least January 31, 2021 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 Google "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 0282.   Give Sandee a call if you need help.  360-734-5532
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.
Paul Grey introduced our speaker, Derek Long with Sustainable Connections
Teri Treat introduced Tammy Yoder with Backpack Buddies of Lynden
Service Fund Presentation:
Teri Treat introduced Tammy Yoder from our grant recipient, Backpack Buddies.  Tammy talked about the four goals of program, which provides food for school children to take home for weekends.  They received a $1,000 Grant from the RCOB Foundation sponsored by Teri Treat.
They strive to:
1.     Feed Hungry Kids
2.     Improve Health and Academics
3.     Hello Break the Cycle of Poverty
4.     Show the Kids that “Someone Cares” 
She answered questions and thanked the Club for our support.
Paul Grey introduced today’s program speaker, Derek Long, Executive Director of Sustainable Connections.
Derek gave a brief history of Sustainable Connections since its merger with Cloud Mountain Farms.
Sustainable Connections mission is Thriving Community, Economy and Environment
They have five areas of program focus – 
1. Think Local First – By supporting local farmers, generating new market opportunities, and encouraging our community to always eat local first
2. Green Building & Smart Growth Industry
3. Food and Farming – The Connections now is associated with the farm. Using the farm as an educational laboratory they conduct classes on organic and low impact farming practices.
4. Toward Zero Waste – Sustainable Connections strives to connect with the public to teach how to reduce waste, reuse products, in general lessen the waste stream from the community. 
5. Energy Efficiency and Renewables - Green Building and Smart Growth - Public Education and Market Development Education through programs like the Sustainability Design and Development Conference, the Green Building Slam and the Green Building Nerds User Group.programs like the Northwest Green Home Tour and the Imagine This Home and Landscape Tour (16th Annual on June 23, 2021). Technical Assistance – Sustainable Connections works with the Opportunity Council and the Whatcom Housing Alliance to assist building owners in improving building environmental issues.
Local Covid Update:
President Gary Goldfogel reported that while we are at a nationwide peak and Whatcom County cases are increasing, the situation at PeaceHealth St Joseph’s is under control.  There are currently 16 inpatient Covid cases and very few are requiring ICU treatment.
There were 2 additional Covid-related deaths.
Program Recordings:  We are now recording the speaker portion of our meetings:
Missed a meeting? Remember a great speaker but want to revisit the content? You can catch the recording on our Rotary Club of Bellingham YouTube page:
January Rotary Anniversaries - Thank you! 
Scott Wallace
Member Since 1981
Thank you for 40 years of service! 
Doug Cole
Member Since 1996
Thank you for 25 years of service! 
Don Anderson
Member Since 1979
Gary Goldfogel
Member Since 1989
Robin Halliday
Member Since 2003
Andy Law
Member Since 2011
John Dunne
Member Since 2015
January Birthdays
  • Al Archer
  • Marty Haines
  • Mike Plenkovich
  • Bruce Clawson
  • Rick Haggen
  • Chuck Snyder
  • Ron Jepson
  • Steve Hager
  • Felicity Dye
Jan 25, 2021
The Mt. Baker Foundation-One in Three of Us is at Risk for Chronic Kidney Disease…are You the One?
Feb 01, 2021
ID's for the Homeless
Feb 08, 2021
Bellingham Rotaract Club
Feb 15, 2021
Holiday - President's Day
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Editor:  Tom Grinstad
Reporter:  John Pedlow
Invocation:  Jennifer Moehl
Greeter: John Dunne, President Gary and Sandee
AV:  Scott Wilson
Music:   John Harris's "America The Beautiful"
Minister of Fun: 
Book Review:  Rob Westford “Discipline Equals Freedom” by Jocko Willink