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April 22, 2019   

The meeting began when president–to-be Cathy Buckley (after being reminded) timidly smacked the bell. She immediately got to work sending Gail Ridenour to the piano and we all sang My Country Tis of Thee. The invocation was by Megan Stanfield, who dedicated it to Joe Coons.


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  Changing of the Guard June 24th. Turn in nominations to Executive Committee members Past President Teri Treat, President Sandy McIntire, President-Elect Cathy Buckley and VP Gary Goldfogel.  Details are available by  Click Here

Rise Against Hunger - April 27th 
Bob Morse again made an announcement about the Rise Against Hunger project this coming Saturday. You can still volunteer and/or give money  To register or donate here is the link.  This will be a chance for you to wear those new Rotary tee shirts.
Scott Wallace said that he’s flogging tee shirts for $10 a pop. They make us look classy, folks…  The shirts will be brought to the event.  If interested find Sandee or Scott at the 9:00 shift.
RCOB Social Hour - May 21, 2019
The Social Committee is going to hold a Social Hour at Debbie Ahl and Bill Ziehl's home from 5:30-7:30pm, at 49 Strawberry Pt, Bellingham.  Wine and Appetizers will be provided, but please bring a beverage to share?  You are welcome to bring guests.  Please RSVP Debbie at  
2019-2020 Planning:
Treasurer, Steve Gray gave an update on the financials, basically we’re doing ok. But as Prexy Sandy has stated the club is at an inflection point. We need to have 140 + members to make the club cash flow. So the board has decided to institute changes. The printed roster will be discontinued for a savings of $700. (You can still get one printed if you ask pretty please). Much of the cash account has been transferred to gain a better return. Dues will increase $50 a year, $25 each half year. it has been 6 years since dues have been raised.  And we should all continue to fund the Minister of Fun and Happy $$$.

Shauna Naf briefly described the club app which allows what’s on the club website to be on your phone NOW. She outlined the steps to get set up and how to use it. Big news there will be tech help for us Luddites.
Time to update your personal information and photos in the Clubrunner Website.  You can Login yourself  on or give your information to Sandee and she will update it for you.  Instructions on how to login are on the home page of the website in the left column under Website Tutorials and other links will be added there as well.
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 or 264 (don’t recall now) 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 my 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:                                                                  iphones                                                                            
Here is a link for you to take a look at the app:

Please contact Sandee at 350-734-5532 or if you run into any trouble

Guests of Rotarians:  
Paula McCandlis introduced Nancy Berg, retired attorney and Nate Friedman and future law student
Dr. Eddie Hansen and Bill Geyer of the Bellingham Bay Rotary gave a short presentation about their club’s project to re-build the H swimming dock at the Bloedel-Donovan Park beach. As probably all of us remember, the beach had an H dock until 15 years ago, when the City in its magnificent wisdom decided to remove it. It did not take long for kids (almost exclusively) to start using the Electric Street bridge as an entry to the water. This puts active young people right next to 35 mph traffic on a narrow bridge. Some of us considered that way more dangerous. Anyway the project is in the backstretch, less than 20% of the funding to go. If you want to contribute, here’s how: the website is  Or using the old-fashioned USPS Bellingham Bay Rotary/Docks for Kids, 2000 N State Street, Bellingham, WA 98225
Introduced by Gary Goldfogel, Dr. Mitch Kahn spoke to us about the Pacific Northwest Opera, formerly Skagit Opera. Specifically he discussed their upcoming production, an abridged version of Wagner’s The Ring Cycle. He played short clips of some familiar tunes from the opera. He talked about the background of the opera – based on mythology, mostly on Icelandic Eddas. Some feel the opera is a treatise on ethics. Others think it’s an allegory.
Dr. Kahn talked about the motifs that Wagner weaves together in different ways at different times to create a tapestry of sound. And he illustrated that with a few examples. There is a lot more to opera than the fat lady singing… He could not find an abridged version that he felt gave both the story and the music. He spent much of last year paring the 18 hours down to a show of just over three hours.
In his talk, Dr. Kahn informed us that this is not your standard community production. The PNWO is a professional company. One of its objectives is to give young singers a chance to perform roles that are “above their pay grade” in the national companies. He stated that 5 of the 16 in the company are hired guns, what we used to call ringers. For example the lead tenor hails from Australia. It takes about a month to rehearse a show. The director and leads must be available for that amount of time, which is where the majority of the expenses occur.
The orchestra will number 33, the number of chairs that fit in the orchestra pit.
The opera puts on 2-3 shows a year. Audience members come from as far away as Everett and Vancouver, BC.
He also mentioned that the opera will be performed in German. For (German) illiterates like me there will be a supertitle translation projected. Dr. Kahn provided the translation, preferring not to go the literal route, instead giving the audience the “feel” of the opera. The closest this reporter gets to opera is Gilbert and Sullivan, but this does sound intriguing.
The opera is being performed the first two weekends in May at McIntyre Hall in Mt. Vernon. Dr. Kahn encouraged us to attend the first performances, as the later ones tend to sell out.
May 27, 2019
Holiday Memorial Day
Jun 03, 2019
Annual Youth Awards Program
Jun 10, 2019
Fairhaven Summer Repertory Theatre at The Firehouse
Jun 17, 2019
Annual Rotary Cruise to Vendovi Island
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Upcoming Events
RCOB Social Hour
Debbie Ahl & Bill Ziels
May 21, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Whatcom Memorial Day Parade
May 25, 2019 9:00 AM
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