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October 15, 2018   

President Sandy McIntire opened the meeting equipped with a fisherman’s cap and a sweater telling us that no part of this country was more than 85 miles from the ocean.  As soon as he noted it was the world’s oldest democracy, members knew he was talking about Greece.  President Sandy went on to tell us about the role of Rotary in Greece. 


Jeff Jenkins announced that the football pool for this weekend WSU-Oregon game, 10/20/18  (Click here for numbers)

Board of Directors Briefs – October 11, 2018
The Membership application for Kirstin Hunt proposed by Lynda Hinton and Dominique Zervas to fill the classification “Title & Escrow” was approved by the Classification Committee and the Board of Directors. She will be eligible for membership unless written objection is received on or before October 28th by Exec. Sec. Sandra Lindhout, 2200 Vining St., Bellingham, Wa. 98229.
Andy Day, Co. Chairman of the Membership, Attraction and Retention Committee attended the meeting to update the board on their recent Membership Seminar and meeting. 
They would like to make the club more visible in the community and invite the public to special meetings.  Greeting those guests is vital.  We are going to redesign the entry flow, especially on those busy days, including Students of the Month.  A trial run will occur at the upcoming Monday meeting.
They are examining how to outreach to the public using social media.
Also, being discussed is less fineable offenses, such as family or co-workers sitting together and more family-oriented functions.  That will start immediately, so relax you can now sit together.
President Sandy McIntire:
Major Project kick-off and fundraising for the Galbraith Mountain project will be Monday October 22nd.  Scott Hume is chairman of fundraising.
Roland Trenouth reported that ¾ of our Vets we have been hosting have gotten jobs and that there are fewer out there because of higher unemployment rates.
Monty McAllister reported that Incoming student, Ivy Burt, has Instagram Posts at “Japanese Exchange Student”
Save the Dates:
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".  Catherine Riordan 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 or Catherine- 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 3rd - District 5050 Foundation Dinner at Northwood Hall 5:00 pm no host social hr.  Cost $60.00 if registered by 10/26/18.  Register here.

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.

Guests of Rotarians:  
Andrew Evans introduced Tracy Diehl with the YMCA - Development Director
James Pyles brought his wife Barbara Davis-Pyles
Jennifer Moehl introduced our Exchange Students Carla and Rumbi
Students of the Month in Math
Megan Stanfield introduced Connor Steward and his Mother, Joanna Steward from Bellingham High School
Tom Grinstad introduced Nayely Medina and her Math Teacher, Sam Haley from Options High School
Katherine Deets introduced Lexi McGowan and her parents Kirk and Monica McGowan and Grandparents Kim and Dawna McGowan from Victoria, BC  Kim is the President of the Victoria club.  Lexi is from Sehome High School
Paul Grey introduced Thanh Nguyen and his parents Ti and Hung Nguyen
Students of the Month
Kim Perry introduced the Students of the Month, each of whom excel at ... MATH!
Bellingham High School hosted by Megan Stanfield
Megan introduced Connor Steward as the recipient of the Clubs student of the month for math from Bellingham High School.  Connor has a GPA of 3.98.  He plays varsity soccer where he has been the captain for the last two years and was voted Most Valuable Player.  Among his interests are robotics, volunteering to help other students with math.  He has travelled internationally, including France and Portugal.  Conner plans to attend college and has looked at schools in California, Michigan, Massachusetts and Scotland.
Options High School hosted by Tom Grinstad
Medina.Nayely was introduced by Tom as the Options Math Student of the Month.She was accompanied by her math teacher from Options. Nayely states that her interests include poetry, she is taking applied physics and aerospace manufacturing and plans to attend Whatcom Community College next year to learn Crime Scene Investigation.
Sehome High School hosted by Katherine Deets
Katherine introduced Lexi McGowan as a 4.0 GPA student accompanied by her parents.  She is taking lots of Advanced Placement classes, including biology, calculus, chemistry, English literature and eight others.  She is in the Highly Capable Learner program has been recognized by the AAUW. She mentors other students in math, plays the violin and piano and babysits and is interested in landscaping.  She thanked her grandparents for a surprise visit today and her parents for giving her a “math brain”.
Squalicum High School hosted by Paul Grey
Thanh Nguyen was introduced by Paul Grey as the math student from Squalicum High School.  He has a 4.0 GPA and loves math.  He had a perfect score on the math section of the SAT and has scored perfect “5” on the Advance Placement test.  Thanh related how his parents had sacrificed and worked to get him the opportunities that are now before him noting what his family left behind and his mother spending two years in cosmetology school.  Thanh is a member of Rotaract.
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 -
Thom Barthelmess, Whatcom County Library System - The Value of Books to Help Young People Face Loss of Family & Friends
Our speaker noted that one out of seven young people will experience the death of a parent or family member before the age of 20.
How can adults help children cope with this?
Thom talked about the role of books and reading in both assisting young people learn and understand about death and to facilitate a conversation with them about death and dying.  He labeled it as “BiblioTherapy”.
Talking to children about death and dying is critical – at all ages.  He noted that there is an extraordinary body of excellent books that speak to death.  He and others often do longer presentations in the community and welcomed all to attend.
Thom walked through the ability of youth to understand death and dying by different developmental ages. 
Toddlers don’t’ understand death. Our inclination is to protect them.  However, they still know something is wrong.  If we don’t speak to them about someone who is dying or has died, they will be become more confused.
Pre-Schoolchildren may get the idea someone is gone but don’t understand that death is permanent.  There are a number of books that adults can use to facilitate a conversation with them – which are listed below
Children ages 8-9 can randomly assign something they did and then tell themselves this was the cause of death of a parent or a loved one.  He called it magical thinking.  This self blame is harmful and children need clear and cogent communications to help them understand.
Adolescents seek meaning, want control and test limits.  Participating in rituals such as a funeral service helps.
Thom next walked through a series of books for each of these age groups as part of the the “BibiloTherapy”. 
He noted that, for a lot of children, their first experience is with the loss of a pet.  He recommended a number of books, including “Big Cat”, “Saying Goodbye to LuLu” and “The Scar”. For slightly older kids, he talked about “Heart of the Shepherd” (about a grandfather that dies in a wildfire) and “Lost in the Sun”.
For teenaged children, he recommended “13 Reasons Why” (a book about suicide), “Fault in our Stars (a book about two teens with cancer that meet in a treatment program), Love Letters”, “The Serpent King” (very emotional) and “Prairie Thief” (Dad is in chemotherapy). 
Thom also recommended “After the Kill (about death as part of living in the natural world), “Deadline” (an 18 year old with cancer does not want to tell his parents and has this legal right since he is 18), “Eight Days” (about a catastrophe in Chile, “This is Where it Ends”, “The Journey, “Maybe a Fox”, “Tree in the Courtyard” and “Denton’s Little Death Date (in which everyone knows the exact date of their death).
All of these books and others are listed on the WCLS web site.
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