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November 25, 2019    

Opening :
Pres. Cathy was sad about the Husky’s performance. But on a happier note – the Mighty Cougars won!!!
ELECTIONS DECEMBER 9, 2019:  A Voice Vote for 2020-2021 Officers and minor RCOB By-Law changes to bring us in line with RI By-Laws:  Click Here
President:  Gary Goldfogel
President-Elect:  Peter Theisen
VP/Program Chairman:  Paul Grey
Treasurer: Steve Gray

Board of Directors:  (vote for 2) John Pedlow and Steve Hettick


Dick Tucker is encouraging sign-ups for the world-famous bell ringing. Get to know your fellow Rotarians – well at least the one(s) ringing with you. It really is a fine way to spend a couple hours of the holiday season…
Our Outgoing Exchange Student, Cole Drinkwater, has sent an update from Austria  Click Here
FOOTBALL POOL NUMBERS:  UW vs WSU  Apple Cup Friday 11/29/2019  Click Here
Ken Marzocco is reminding members to donate to the  Club’s major fund project, the Recovery House on Girard Street.  He urged members to get their pledge forms in.  Click Here  This project is well worth everyone’s participation. So please make and fulfill a pledge. You do not want Ken Marzocco to be knocking on your door.
Board Briefs from November 21, 2019 meeting:  Click Here
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.
Guests of Rotarians:  
Dick Tucker introduced Bacchus Taylor with Explorations Academy
Zach von Schneidau brought Noah Mireauh with Brindle Ridge Construction
Ruth Steele from The Center for Pacific Northwest Studies (WWU) was introduced by Marty Haines. The Center has archived the Rotary historical documents (minutes, history, etc. 1917-2017). Ms. Steele thanked the Club for the materials. And we should thank the Center for caretaking them. She announced that there is an Open House for Rotary, January 23, 2020 at noon (only building at WWU that has free parking!). The catch is that there are only eight spaces…Here is the link to view our archives:
Then Marty presented $1000 Service Grant to Ruth as approved by Board. She had no idea that was coming. A good surprise.


Peter Theisen introduced Rebecca Murray - CEO of Skagit Media Marketing
Her topic this fine day was Retraining the Brain
Do you have stressful relationships and you sometimes you don’t like your reactions to people? You engage in your behavioral defaults? It’s not your fault. It’s your Limbic System not integrated well with your reasoning brain that’s causing these problems. There are two things you can do to retrain your brain-
1) Breathe. Tibetan monks have been using this technique to focus on being mindful – I guess is the new term.
2) Utilize the BRAIN acronym -
Breathe – Take slow deep breaths to relax your limbic system so you won’t fight or flight.
Recognize – your default reaction to stimulus
Allow – yourself to separate from your feelings
Investigate – what the stimulus is and why you react in such a way.
Nurture – retrain the response to stimuli.
Dec 09, 2019
Dr. Greg Baker, Superintendent - Bellingham School District
Dec 16, 2019
The Dance Studio - "Savings Christmas Town"
Dec 16, 2019
Cal Mann with Rotary-Peace Corps Partnership
Dec 23, 2019
Holiday - Christmas Holiday
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Upcoming Events
RCOB Board Meeting
Bellingham Legal Center
Dec 12, 2019
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
RCOB Board Meeting
Bellingham Legal Center
Jan 09, 2020
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Rotary Field Trip to Archives Bldg.
Goltz-Murray Archives Bldg.
Jan 23, 2020 12:00 PM
Ski Trip to Steamboat Springs
Feb 05, 2020 – Feb 09, 2020
RCOB Board Meeting
Bellingham Legal Center
Feb 13, 2020
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Feb 23, 2020
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