Weekly Meeting Photos
Kathi Hiyane-Brown Happy Birthday Don!!

September 14th, 2020     19th VIRTUAL MEETING

Opening :
Pre-Meeting Social Time
Scott Wallace gave an interesting summary of the book, Ducks & Spaghetti. It’s a short book, only 185 pages, written and illustrated by Lou Ovendon, a Northwest author originally from Wenatchee and later Manson on Lake Chelan. The book dates back to 1972 and is organized into several separate stand-alone stories about various aspects of wildlife management, bird hunting and duck migration. Sounded fascinating and a perfect read for this time of year, when Summer is fading into hunting season. Thanks, Scott!
Opening Welcome  
Sandee then rang the virtual bell bringing the meeting to order. President Gary simultaneously welcomed and muted us. Not sure how to feel about that, but such are the realities of Zoom culture and etiquette. Rick Kaiser then offered a musical double-header. First, he found and played a spirited version of the National Anthem, then invited all club members to join in for a rousing, if ragged, Happy Birthday to our own musical master Don Anderson. Happy 80th Don!
Club Announcements
President Gary kicked it off with a request for Club Members to be a website sponsor for just $350, with a link that takes viewers directly to your business’s website. He also gave an account of last week’s Board meeting, noting that it had quite a crowd and is open to all members all the time.
Peter Theisen, Chairman of the Service Fund Committee, announced that the committee is forming and looking for grant requests up to $1,000 each.  We have $7,000 budgeted for this year.  Click Here for Guidelines
Rotary History by J. C. Hickman
 This year marks some significant membership milestones in Rotary Club of Bellingham history.
 Ten members total 534 years of membership in our club.
 Our senior member in terms of years of membership is Brian Griffiin with 60 years.  Brian was president in 1967-68 – 53 years ago!
 Honorary member Herb Ershig has 58 years under his belt.  And he was president in 1979-80.
 Bob Diehl and Jack Mulhern joined in 1965 – 55 years ago.  Bob was president in 1974-75.
 Paul Hanson has been a member for 54 years and was president in 1975-76.
 John Holtzheimer and Ken Jernberg became members in 1969 – making it 51 years in the club.
 Three members mark a half-century of membership this year:  D.C. Morse, Bob Morse and Jack Westford.  The year was 1970.  Bob was president for the 1977-78 year.
 Six members have hit the 40-plus year mark:  Don Anderson, Dave Blair, Greg Grant, John Griggs, Larry Halgren and Lock Trimingham.
 (Please note:  The years of induction have been taken from the Club Roster.  The actual month-day-year were not considered so don’t quibble if the total number of years is slightly off.)
Author J. C. Hickman
Board Briefs – September 10, 2020
Shauna Naf, Co. Chair of the Membership, Retention Committee presented documents the committee is working on to enhance new member indoctrinations and the mentor program we are starting.  She has about 9 mentors already lined up.  Anyone interested please contact Shauna or Sandee.
John Moffat, Co Chairman of the Blood Donation Committee attended to report that District 5050 will be kicking off a friendly competition among the clubs October 1st.  Additional information will follow.  
September 15, 2020 The Board electronically approved the membership proposal for Ward Naf, proposed by Shauna Naf and Felicity Dye to fill the classification "WCC-IT/Technology"  He will be eligible for membership September 26, 2020 unless written objection is received by Exec. Sec. Sandra Lindhout, 2200 Vining St., Bellingham 98229                       
URGENT:  We are looking for Website/Tattler sponsors for the next Rotary year starting July 1st.  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.  We have 3 spots remaining.
All Rotary meetings will be held Virtually on Zoom until at least January 1, 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 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.
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 speaker Kathi Hiyane-Brown and her assistant Rafeeka Kloke
Shauna Naf  introduced her husband, Ward Naf
Jane Helten, District 5050 Representative for the Council on Legislation
Jane Helten, our 5050 District Representative to the Rotary Council on Legislation spoke to the Club. She is a past District Governor from 2011 and 2012, and our voice to RI about legislation. She spoke fluently about legislative Enhancements, which can actually modify Rotary International’s constitutional documents, and Resolutions which are a longer term and more orderly approach to Rotary internal legislation. She covered a lot of turf in just a few minutes and is clearly an expert. Jane encouraged us to reach out to her, either as a club or as individual members.
Our own Kathi Hiyane-Brown then took the virtual stage as our featured speaker with a talk about WCC “Navigating Uncharted Waters of a Global Pandemic”.  Kathi opened by stating that Whatcom Community College has been totally driven by the safety of its Students, Faculty and Staff. They have been guided by science and law, and get tremendous support and guidance from the Governor’s office, local health authorities and experts at the University of Washington. She also offered to share lessons in leadership learned so far during the pandemic. 
Moving to online instruction so suddenly in March was a multi-faceted challenge. They received the initial email about Covid on February 4th, canceled instruction on March 11 and resumed online on March 23. And just in time, as the first known Covid case on campus was recorded on March 27th. Technology, communication, culture and logistics have all required thought and significant effort. For example:
WCC learned that while pre-Covid the College had an excellent record with online instruction, the new scale meant that some students and faculty who do not thrive online needed extra support. There was intensive training to help faculty adapt their courses. Since on-campus computer labs were closed, WCC had to find ways to provide hardware, software and in some cases internet access to students. They even set up wi-fi access from the parking lot so students could work from their cars. Getting textbooks to students required another set of innovations, as was re-formulating lab experiments so students could perform them at home. Remarkably, a ceramics instructor figured out a way to teach their typically very “hands-on” course to students learning remotely.
WCC remains 100% online for Fall quarter and will soon make a decision about Winter quarter. This is not an easy call, since the number of students, the status of the virus and associated restrictions required, and essential state funding are all unknown and will remain so for weeks or months after a decision is made. By requiring 100% online classes, Covid-19 has resulted in a radical adaptation of community college education, including:
·         Learning new ways to support students and faculty in safe and effective fashion
·         Relying heavily on technology resources, and recognizing that access to them is uneven among students
·         Redesigning classes and labs
·         Incurring additional expenses such as PPE, extra cleaning and staff support
Looking forward, the current estimate is for 10-15% in reduced State funding to the College. This is in a period of higher costs and expected reduced enrollment – reductions expected to be in the double digits - including foreign students who pay higher tuition. WCC won’t know the full extent of funding cuts and reduced enrollment until early 2021, which makes forward planning very challenging today. Lot’s of variables to manage.
Considering students, Kathi commented that people enrolled at WCC also have to manage many variables in the Covid-19 era, not just school. Most are working adults and if they lose their job they also lose the means to pay for college. The College recognizes they need to support many unemployed or working students who have had their lives impacted by Covid-19 outside of class. Scholarships from a combination of CARES Act funding ($1.2 million) and gifts made through the WCC Foundation have helped, but virtually all the Federal funding will have been spoken for by the end of this year. Continued generosity by members of our community is both appreciated and needed. It will make a real difference in the lives of worthy students. During Q&A, Kathi added that Covid-19 has highlighted the need for the College to focus on being an equity-minded institution. Disadvantaged groups are being disproportionally affected by the pandemic, and need special support from the College and the community.
Kathi then pivoted to the work she and other senior community college and university executives are doing on a State-wide level. Kathi has taken a leadership role in developing a higher education “re-entry plan” across Washington for when the Covid-19 crisis abates. She noted that safety is paramount and that some student behavior in congregate living has been a significant factor in spreading the virus – specifically dorms, fraternities and sororities. She noted that WCC’s student residence halls are better positioned to manage the risk and may feel downright oppressive (but safe!).
Finally, Kathi shared lessons learned while she and her team have been leading WCC in this crisis. She noted that organizations strive to be proactive by planning then executing their plans, but must necessarily be reactive as external events require flexibility and resilience. Returning to a proactive state requires a strong support system, with the most important factor being communication among that system. People want to help and are hungry for information. Communicating honestly and frequently are basic requirements to navigate during periods of stress.
Program Recordings:  We are now recording the speaker portion of out meetings:
9/14   Kathi Hiyane-Brown, Pres. Whatcom Community College "Navigating Uncharted Waters of a Global Pandemic"  Click Here
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:
September Rotary Anniversaries - Thank you! 
J.C. Hickman
Member Since 1987
Kathy Hughes
Member Since 2002
Greg Baker
Member Since 2011
Nathan Twining
Member Since 2012
Chip Lauckhardt
Member Since 2012
Joe Jarzembowski
Member Since 2019
August Birthdays
  • Jim Cunningham
  • Herb Ershig
  • John Harris
  • Nancy Jordan
  • Don Anderson
  • Jan Marchbanks
  • Steve Gray
  • Joe Jarzembowski
  • Sara Maloney
Oct 26, 2020
Part 2 of presentation on the Mental Health Problems and Solutions.
Nov 02, 2020
Max Higbee Center - Rotary 2020-21 Major Project
Nov 16, 2020
Student Recognition Program: Math, Science, Visual Arts
Nov 23, 2020
Growing Veterans
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Director/Community Service
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Director/Club Service & Meetings
Website Administer
Editor:  Catherine Riordan
Reporter:  Bruce Clawson
Invocation:  Peter Theisen
Greeter: Tim Farris, Gary Goldfogel and Sandee Lindhout
AV:  Rick Kaiser
Music:   National Anthem played by John Harris
Minister of Fun:  John Moffat
Book Review:  Scott Wallace "Ducks & Spaghetti" by Lou Ovenden