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                      District Governor Bev Harrington              Assistant DG Chrinstine Palmerton
            Rick Kaiser                     Dominique Zervas
                 Rotary Club of Bellingham Members on the Move!!  Community Boating Center Work Party April 9, 2022

April 11, 2022

Opening Welcome:
President Peter welcomed members to the 34th meeting (!) of the Club at the 4 Points. Another good crowd was present in person and on Zoom. He announced the next Board meeting this Thursday, April 14th at 4:30 on Zoom. All are welcome. President Peter also welcomed Martin Howard from the LaConner Rotary Club who was present for their annual fundraiser, selling Tulips. Welcome to Martin and to Spring!
Book Review by Rick Kaiser "The Thousand-Mile War" by Brian Garfield
"The Thousand-Mile War," is a powerful story of the battles of the United States and Japan on the bitter rim of the North Pacific.  It has been acclaimed as one of the great accounts of World War II. Brian Garfield, a novelist and screenwriter whose works have sold some 20 million copies, was searching for a new subject when he came upon the story of this "forgotten war" in Alaska. He found the history of the brave men who had served in the Aleutians so compelling and so little known that he wrote the first full-length history of the Aleutian campaign, and the book remains a favorite among Alaskans. 
The war in the Aleutians was fought in some of the worst climatic conditions on earth for men, ships, submarines, and airplanes. The sea was rough, the islands craggy and unwelcoming, and the number one enemy was always the weather.  The fog seemed to reach even into the minds of the military commanders on both sides, as they directed men into situations that so often had tragic results. The Aleutian campaign nevertheless marked an important turn of the war in favor of the United States. Garfield account was drawn from statistics, personal interviews, letters, and the diaries of the men on both sides who fought in these battles.
The 1942 Japanese invasion of two of the Aleutian Islands, the thousand-mile archipelago west of Alaska, represents the only time in modern history that American territory has been occupied by a foreign power. The ensuing fifteen-month campaign was 'the weirdest war ever waged': a terrible, elemental and always three-sided battle, between the Americans, the Japanese and the weather. Frozen puddies of oil could be lifted like boards. Servicemen burned their summer clothing to stay warm. Aircrews flew amidst icy rain, driven upside-down by gales. The eventual liberation of the island of Attu was second only to Iwo Jima in the percentage of American casualties. Brian Garfield's book is the definitive history of this 'Forgotten War'.
Support Rotary in Ukraine
Message from our District Governor for District 5050, Bev Harrington:
My Fellow Rotarians:
As the humanitarian crisis unfolds in Ukraine, we ask "what can we do from so far away?"  Here is the most comprehensive information I have received to date. 
Financial contributions are easily made online to The Rotary Foundation Disaster Response Fund.  A link to view the projects that are already in place is also provided below.  
You and I and Rotarians from around the world can make a difference.  
All donations made online at Disaster Response Fund | My Rotary, including the use of available district designated funds (DDF), need to be received by April 30, 2022. Grant applications to take advantage of the funds will be available now through June 30, 2022. This will be the main avenue for Rotary Foundation support, but Rotary and Rotaract clubs are also encouraged to create their own responses to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.
In addition to the support provided through the Disaster Response Fund, the Foundation is coordinating with partners and regional leaders, exploring effective solutions to the increased humanitarian needs. You will find a comprehensive list of projects at this linkwith the contact details and websites.
Thank you for all that you do to promote peace
Club and Committee Announcements:
Some sad news:  Former member, Dave Nichols has been diagnosed with ALS and now living in Arizona.  He would love an email or a card.  His email is and his address is 5405 N. 77th St., Scottsdale, Arizona  85250
Paul Grey announced that Felicity Dye was named as Chair of Youth Services for the entire District (56 clubs) which is a 3-year term. Based on her excellent work at our own club, she will be helping others in the District raise their game following all the Covid disruption. It’s a big job, and Felicity is the right person to get it done.
Felicity Dye made the following announcement regarding YAIL:  The club has budgeted 3 Students to attend and Rotarian families are allowed to participate.
Felicity was also named as Chair of Youth Services for the entire District (56 clubs) which is a 3-year term. Based on her excellent work at our own club, she will be helping others in the District raise their game following all the Covid disruption. It’s a big job, and Felicity is the right person to get it done.
Registration is open for Youth Adventures in Leadership (YAIL) 2022. YAIL is a youth leadership program for 15-17 year olds, and is put on by Rotary District 5050, which spans from the Tri-Cities east to Hope in British Columbia and down south all the way to Everett in Washington.
The YAIL Program works to help participants become well-rounded individuals with increased perspective and enthusiasm for growth, who can make informed decisions through their leadership journey.
This is event is sponsored by the local Rotary Clubs in your area, so participants can join for free. This year’s program will be in person from June 17-19, 2022, and will be held at Alexandra Neighbourhood House (2916 McBride Ave, Surrey, BC V4A 3G2) in Canada.
Participants are asked to register themselves at: or
Dominique Zervas made two announcements: First, the in-country project manager for our Buffujja, Uganda project, Peter Kasango, is visiting soon in the area. Don’t be surprised if you him or hear of his visit. A warm welcome is certainly deserved!  Next, she let the club know about the legal issues being faced (or stared down) by our own Bob Boule and his Smuggler’s Inn at the Blaine border with Canada. Represented by Scott Railton and Greg Boos, Bob’s case against ICE has reached the Supreme Court. In a nutshell, the case centers around the 1st and 4th Amendments, with a DEA agent, Erik Egbert, accused of entering the property without a warrant and injuring Bob when asked to leave. Egbert and ICE are also accused of then making reports about him to the IRS in retaliation. Very few cases reach the US Supreme Court and Dominique felt that keeping an eye on this one by a valued former Club member because it could expand or solidify the circumstances when a private individual can sue the government for violation of their constitutional rights.
Important Date Announcements: 
May 5th Cinco de Mayo Social – The Social Committee is working on a Cinco de Mayo social gathering. – Stay tuned for details.
May 21 - Clean Up at Memorial Park.  Teri Treat said the clean-up at Memorial Park will happen 21 May. More info coming soon.
May 28th – Whatcom Memorial Day Parade – The Club will be participating in the Memorial Day Parade, hopefully with walkers/marchers and a float.  This is the 100th anniversary of the parade.  (who will be coordinating it ???).
May 29 -  Ski to Sea Parade – The Club will be a sponsor of the 2022 Ski to Sea Parade. We will also be staffing a Rotary booth in Fairhaven on race day.
June 20th - Changing of the Guard
June 27th Rotary Cruise to Eliza Island
Marty Haines reported that this year’s cruise will return to Dick Tucker’s home on Eliza Island. Marty is recruiting members’ boats for the cruise.

Weekly Meeting instructions:

You will still receive an email from Sandee each week prior to the Monday 12:30 meeting if you are unable to attend in person (you can start logging in at 12:00 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.  HERE ARE ZOOM INSTRUCTIONS.

Four Points is now requiring a Contract thru March 2022. We will continue to evaluate other locations for a permanent location.   Lunch will be $22 for a sit-down meal. We must notify them by Wednesday at 4:00 pm each week prior to the Monday meeting as to the number of members attending.  We are sending out meeting “Invite's” weekly and members are asked to sign-up ASAP. You can also sign-up by going to the event section of our website at  If you sign up for a meal at the meeting, you will need to pay the $22 even if you don't wind up attending the meeting after numbers are turned in.  If you plan to attend but not eat, PLEASE indicate that on your sign-up so we don't overorder meals and still make sure there is enough seating. 

Four Points also will not collect the payment weekly, so the Club will collect payments prior to the meeting or at the door.

We urge members of the RCOB to set up a Venmo account for ease in payment of Meeting lunches, 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

Other payment options are to bring a check in the correct amount to the meeting made out to RCOB or cash in the exact amount to speed up the payment process.  There is also the PayPal option as usual and we are set to take payments at the meeting.  We have a QR Code that you can simply click on to pay thru paypal also.

Website and Phone App instructions:
Here is a tutorial on how to login for the first time.  (Click here)  Go to first.  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 her 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.
District Governor, Bev Harrington and Assistant Governor and Bellingham Bay member, Christine Palmerton joined us.  
Paul Grey introduced Jennifer Dowd, Explorations Academy, Head of School
Bill Kirby from Carson City and former member Mike Bradburn joined us.
Martin Howard, LaConner Rotary Club joined us to sell Tulips!!
Members attending on Zoom:  John Dunne, Loch Trimingham, John Moffat, Vinson Latimore, Del VandeKerk, Scott Wallace, Jack Mulhern and Michael Mallory.


District Governor, Bev Harrington, awarded Ward Naf with the "Outstanding Club Leadership & Service Award".  Ward joined RCOB in October 2020 and immediately jumped in to help with our AV needs which were accelerated by Covid when we started hybrid meetings July 12, 2021.  He is the spouse of Shauna Naf.  Thanks Ward!!
Christine Palmerton, a Bellingham Bay Rotary Club member and current District Asst. Governor, introduced Bev Harrington. Bev comes to us from the Burlington Rotary Club, where she served as President in the 2016-2017 Rotary year. She currently owns and operates the Skagit County Auto Licensing agency since 1988. Previously she served as CEO of a local credit union. In Rotary, she has been honored with multiple Paul Harris Fellowships and won the Rotary International Service above Self award. She developed the YES program locally in 2007 and started an Interact club at Burlington-Edison High School, with 80 students through the program in the past decade+.
Bev has visited all the clubs in the District this Rotary Year, with the RCOB being her last such talk. The theme of her discussion was “Grown More, Do More” about how service and connection can and should be combined to collectively do good in our communities and for our own selves. Bev made the comment that Rotary members are good at fellowship but not always at connection. Her example was that she was living in plain sight of several Skagit County clubs in prominent community businesses but never asked to join a club. Not taking it personally, she functionally enrolled herself by showing up but took the lesson that we are not that good at focusing on recruitment and club expansions…for the greater good.
Bev gave a great example of what can happen when clubs take an external approach. Organized by Rotary, the students in the B-E HS Interact Club all take a trip to either Honduras or Guatemala. There they gain a first-hand appreciation for how hard life can be for so many in the world, living in dirt-floored, barely-constructed housing with little or no services and using dangerous and unhealthy open-fire cooking. And they also learn how happy those same people often are despite the challenges of daily living. She said that these trips have actually changed the life course of many of these students. Being open and contributing actually helps both the Rotary member and the community.
Speaking of which, Bev urged us to visit the District website and see the “DoGoodery” link outlining the “100 Acts of Service” being undertaken by the Mt Vernon Rotary Club in celebration of their 100-year anniversary. Their examples are a reminder to ask the question: What would our communities be without active Rotary Clubs and engaged members? And what would our own lives be like without the connection and service that Rotary offers us? Bev asked us to consider larger, more impactful projects in service to our communities and working together as Club members and in partnership with other clubs. She reminded us that Rotary is a gift given to us, so we have the power to touch lives.
To cap off her comments, Bev announced that President Peter nominated Ward Naff for District recognition for outstanding service and leadership to our Club. Congratulations Ward, very well deserved.
As a final note, Bev invited us (urged us) to come and participate at the upcoming 2022 District Celebration at Semiahmoo Resort from May 13-15. This will be the first post-Covid event of its type, so please support if you can.
Final Announcement:
The final announcement is that Felicity won the raffle for the first time!!!
April Rotary Anniversaries - Thank you! 
Ken Jernberg
Member Since 1969
Brad Burdick
Member Since 1998
Mauri Ingram
Member Since 1999
Rogan Jones
Member Since 2004
Dominique Zervas
Member Since 2008
Nancy Jordan
Member Since 2009

























April Birthdays - Happy Birthday and Enjoy!

  • Rogan Jones
  • Bob Morse
  • Steve Ban
  • Sandy McIntire
  • Nathan Twining
  • Larry Halgren
  • Hans Erchinger-Davis
May 23, 2022
“Prediabetes…great, another epidemic!”
May 30, 2022
Holiday - Memorial Day
Jun 06, 2022
Jun 13, 2022
Rachel Vasak - NSEA
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Upcoming Events
2022 Sunnyland Memorial Park Clean-up
Sunnyland Memorial Park
May 21, 2022
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
RCOB In-Person Meeting May 23, 2022
Four Points by Sheraton
May 23, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Whatcom Memorial Day Parade 2022 Participation
May 28, 2022
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
RCOB In-Person Meeting June 6, 2022
Four Points by Sheraton
Jun 06, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
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Reporter:   Bruce Clawson
Invocation:  Mike Plenkovich
Greeters: Brad Burdick & Dennis Williams
Raffle Sales:  Ward Naf
Av:  Rick Kaiser & Mark Knittel
Music: Rick Kaiser
Photographer: Mike Diehl
Book Review:  Rick Kaiser