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April 16, 2018  


President Teri opened the meeting at 12:35pm.
We sang the Star-Spangled Banner, accompanied by Don Anderson on the piano.  Rud Browne gave the invocation, a reading of the Apology to Australia’s Indigenous Peoples, which was originally delivered in 2008.
President Teri regaled us with a fine video of her very accomplished surfing technique taken during her recent Hawaiian vacation.  How she keeps those skills so finely honed while living in Ferndale might take some explaining.


2nd Half 2018 RCOB dues are substantially past due.  Please get yours in if you haven't already!
Tim Fisher announced a RCOB work party on Saturday, May 5 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM to help assemble a trail foot-bridge at the Stimson Family Nature Reserve, 2076 Lake Louise Road. A European/Continental Breakfast with coffee will be served between 8:15 and 9:00 at the trailhead parking lot.  Contact Tim Fisher to sign up.
There is an upcoming Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, RYLA, Leadership Camp, May 24-27 in Washington State.  This is open to friends and family of Rotarians, who are between the ages of 18-30. Please Click Here  for more information. These leadership camps are life changing for many.  Contact Monty McAllister or Sandee if you have a candidate.  We have one remaining spot.
Major awards nominations are being accepted by the Executive Committee for: the Will J. Griswold Club Service Award; the David C. Morse Sr. Community Service Award; the Michael K. Mischaikow International Service Award and the Karen W. Morse Vocational Service Award. They will be presented at our regular meeting June 25th. Turn in nominations to Executive Committee members President TeriDel Vandekerk, President-Elect Sandy McIntire and VP Cathy Buckley.  Details are available by Clicking Here.
Rotary Club of Bellingham Board Briefs April 12, 2018
New Membership Proposals for Nathan Conant, proposed by Scott Hume & Lynda Hinton to fill the classification “Marketing” and Garrett Jeffery proposed by Scott Hume to fill the classification “Medicine-Family Physician”
They will be eligible for membership on May 7, 2018 unless written objection is received on or before April 28th mailed to Sandra Lindhout, 2200 Vining St., Bellingham, Wa.  98229
Sandee reported that Joe Coons has edited and brought the Member’s Manual up-to-date and personally paid to print off 20 copies.
Sandee, Steve Gray, Mike Diehl and Cathy Buckley attended the recent District Training Assembly in Surrey, BC and learned that it is an RI rule that we must make all Board of Directors Minutes available to the membership 60 days after the meeting.  The Board approved making them available from this date forward and the March 8th,2018 Minutes will be placed on the website in the Members Only section.  The Financial Reports are already available there.
The March 31, 2018 financials were approved.  John reported that there are 9 members who have not paid their 1/1/2018 dues.  Teri will make a reminder announcement to the membership.  Rotary International and District dues have already been paid out and we need reimbursement.  July dues statements will go out May 1, 2018 because of RI and District requiring payment immediately July 1st.
John Holtzheimer asked for permission to investigate getting a better rate for the clubs Savings account and it was given.  John, Nathan Twining and incoming Treasurer Steve Gray will work together and report back to the board.
Brian Griffin & Peter Theisen re- visited our Board meeting to follow up with a proposal the 2018-2019 Major Project Selection Committee is asking the Board to consider. 
Pete and Brian reported the current status of the Estuary Park project including some previously unknown concerns resulting from a meeting with COB public works.  The board thought it best to make no decision at this juncture until further information was received. 
An Engineering study costing $15,000 to $20,000 might resolve some of those concerns.  Other issues were discussed which dictated that no board decision should be made until clarification can be found.  The question of supporting the Estuary Park concept will be put off to a later board meeting but the Committee will make a report to the membership on the meeting of April 23rd. 
The project is to improve an old Estuary located in Fairhaven.  Brian has found in the1887 Coast and Geodetic survey map of Bellingham Bay, what appeared to be two salt water estuaries where Padden Creek met the salt water.
Teri is still working on finding one more member to appoint to the RCOB Foundation Board and asked for recommendations from the Board.
She reported that Veritas Video has completed a 2.8 minute version of the longer original one.  It will be great for recruitment and available on YouTube. 
Our website has made great progress and the PR Committee, Chaired by Yvonne Cartwright is working on a New Press Release.
She is very pleased that we have made the Presidential Citation this year, especially on our 100th Centennial Year.
Roland Trenouth, presented a request to the club to consider helping support the resurrection of the Blossom Time or Memorial Day Parade this year by donating to The Marine Corps League.  It was announced in January that the Bellingham Chamber of Commerce would no longer sponsor the parade and therefore it was essentially dead.  They have raised around $20,000 of the $30,000 needed and are aggressively pursuing other organizations to donate and participate.  Unfortunately, the time frame is very short in that the parade is May 26, 2018
Roland understands that The Marine Corps League is a 501c3 (non-profit) organization and if that is the case, we can donate thru the Rotary Club of Bellingham Foundation.  The Board approved $2,000 with the contingency that if the event does not happen we would receive the funds back. A Grant request will be made to the Rotary Club of Bellingham Foundation.
The Board was also enthusiastic about getting the other Bellingham clubs involved and participate in the parade.  There is a Rotary Wheel on a trailer in Canada and Marysville.  Del will look into seeing if the Marysville one is still available.  Teri is going to speak to Curtis Dye, Bellingham Bay President to see if they would also participate and Felicity Dye if we could get the Exchange Students involved. Again, the short notice is the dilemma and also it being a long weekend over Memorial Day causes a number of people to be out of the area.
Del submitted a Draft for the Memorandum of Understanding between the Rotary Club of Bellingham and the Rotary Club of Bellingham Foundation.  The Board made a couple recommendations and Del will take the comments back to the Foundation.
Monty McAllister reported that we have at least 2 RYLA participants attending this year.  He also reported that our Incoming Exchange Student, Ivanna Platt, went to Hawaii and Washington D. C. recently with the Dye’s.  We still have room for 1 more student.
Nathan Twining reported that the Social Committee is actively working on improving get togethers.
Guests of Rotarians:  
Scott Hume introduced Garrett Jeffery with Peace Health and Karen Kildall with Northwest Washington Fair
Megan Stanfield brought Outgoing Exchange Students Ivy Burt and Ngoc Chau
Lynda Hinton introduced Sara Maloney with Boys & Girls Club
Students of the Month - Most Inspirational/Community Service
Lisa Saar introduced Student of The Month from Bellingham High School - Sophia Mathews  and her parents Christopher & Carolina Mathews 
Chuck Snyder introduced Student of The Month from Sehome High School - Blake Cerenzia and his parents Kristin & Greg Cerenzia
Megan Stanfield introduced Student of The Month from Squalicum High School - McKayla Buckley and her father Patrick Buckley
Students of the Month – Most Inspirational
Bellingham High School:  Sophia Matthews – Host: Lisa Saar. Sophia is bi-literal in English and Spanish.  She hopes to spread equality, social justice and civil rights by pursuing a law degree.
Sehome High School:  Blake Cerenzia – Host: Chuck Snyder.  Blake has overcome social awkwardness associated with Asperger’s Syndrome by trying to be nice to everybody.
Squalicum High School:  McKayla Buckley – Host Megan Stanfield.  McKayla analyzed the source of being inspirational by being in constant motion.


Heather Wolf – Brownlie, Wolf & Lee LLP: Marijuana Legalization in the Trump Era
The passing of i-502 legalized marijuana in Washington State in November 2012.  The initial licensing window opened in November – December 2013.  As of March, 2018, 1,908 licenses have been issued statewide.  100 licenses have been issued in Whatcom County (a much higher percentage per population than most areas).  There are 28 retailers in Whatcom County.  Licenses cover producers, processors, transportation and retailers. Vertical integration is not allowed. Thus a producer cannot be a retailer. 
Total sales and tax by fiscal year:
Year                    Total Sales                  Excise Tax
2014                   $6,300                         $1,575
2015                   $259,524,430              $64,881,111
2016                   $786,404,467              $185,669,140
2017                   $1,371,862,186           $314,839,660
2018 (to date)    $534,064,363              $120,615,211
Anyone over the age of 21 can possess and privately consume:
Up to 1 ounce of dried marijuana
Up to 16 ounces of marijuana infused edibles
Up to 72 ounces of marijuana infused products in liquid form
Up to 7 grams of concentrated hash
Products must be purchased at a licensed marijuana retail store. Recreational marijuana home grows remain illegal.
Medical marijuana patients who do not sign up for the database are limited to growing four plants and possessing six ounces of marijuana for their own use.  
Patients who sign up for the medical data base may grow up to 15 plants and purchase three times the amount of marijuana allowed to be possessed by a recreational user.
Under Federal Law, marijuana is classified as a Schedule 1 drug. AG Jeff Sessions rescinded the “Cole Memorandum” which, during the Obama administration, allowed legal marijuana businesses to operate in Washington State without Federal interference if Federal Enforcement priorities are met.  The “Cole Memorandum” indicated that prosecutors and law enforcement should focus only on eight aspects of marijuana that were obviously harmful to minors and society in general such as drugged driving and criminal activities. 
The main issues regarding Federal illegality are banking, commercial lending and tax issues – there are no tax deductions or exemptions and there are no allowances for bankruptcy.  Thus, the marijuana business remains a mostly cash operation.  
A marijuana business cannot locate within 1,000 feet of the perimeter of the grounds of any of the following entities:
Elementary or secondary school
Recreation center of facility
Child care center
Public park
Public transit center
Any game arcade (where admission is not restricted to age 21 or older)
In Whatcom County:  Within 1,000 feet of a community center or within 300 feet of a residence unless the owner provides a consenting waiver.
There were originally 77 cities and 6 counties which issued marijuana bans.  This number has been decreasing once the excise tax revenue was found to be so enticing. 
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