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   Dr. George "Bud" Vana

October 26, 2020     25th  VIRTUAL MEETING

Opening :
Football Pool Grid - Seattle vs 49'ers (Click Here)  (Click Here for game schedule)
Pre-Meeting Social Time
Mike Diehl presented the book, “Dry,” by Neil Shusterman.
The book is about residents of southern California who have been living in a drought. When the California drought escalates to catastrophic proportions, one teen is forced to make life and death decisions for her family in this harrowing story of survival  The drought—or the Tap-Out, as everyone calls it—has been going on for a while now. Everyone’s lives have become an endless list of don’ts: don’t water the lawn, don’t fill up your pool, don’t take long showers.
Until the taps run dry.
The story is told through four main characters and their story of survival.  They stocked their mountain home with supplies.  They are faced with many flight or fight decisions.  Quiet suburban street spirals into a warzone of desperation; neighbors and families turned against each other on the hunt for water. Mike read a passages including one of a tragic shooting at the front door – only to discover the victim was not an actual intruder but a family member.  In a teaser, Mike reported they discovered a brilliant way to collect water – look for cars that have containers with washer fluid container (but without the chemicals).
The book is about 400 pages.
Opening Welcome  
President Gary welcomed us, about 51  members, to the 25th consecutive virtual meeting of the Rotary Club of Bellingham.
Club Announcements 
Teri Treat reminded us of the important work Rotary does in our community and the importance of paying our dues. Thanks for all you are doing.
2020-2021 Major Project announcement - Max Higbee Center is the unanimous selection of the committee. The Center started as grassroots effort led by educators, families and people with developmental disabilities who wanted quality recreation and social opportunities. Today, the Center serves over 400 individuals in Whatcom County through its welcoming social and recreation programs.  Jen Moehl and John Dunne will be leading the fundraising of this project. Click Here for Donation Form
These programs also provide vital respite support to families. The stress and financial responsibility as a family caregiver can be extraordinary and lifelong. The services that Max Higbee Center staff provide are essential in supporting families to work, rest, and fulfill obligations while maintaining a safe and enriching environment for their family member with a disability.  Their new facility at 1400 N. State Street, currently under construction, will allow the Center to expand its program capacity to meet an urgent community need. Our contribution to the project will be funding the new recreation room, the largest and most actively used room in the new facility, which is to be named the Rotary Room.  Click here for further information.  
On November 2nd  Kait Whiteside, director of the Center will speak during our weekly program to introduce you to some of their wonderful members. It will be a heart-warming and deeply meaningful program you do not want to miss. Please mark your calendar and encourage other members to attend.
Blood Drive - Steve Ban reported that our blood drive will be open for the entire Rotary year. We are participating in a District 5050 challenge with the  local clubs in Area.  He is encouraging friends and relatives to join in.  Currently, the W. Bakerview office is the only donation location open. If you donate by October 31st you will receive a free Covid antibody test also.  Click Here for additional information.
Peter Theisen, Chairman of the Service Fund Committee, announced that the committee is forming and looking for grant requests up to $1,000 each.  We have $7,000 budgeted for this year.  Click Here for Guidelines
URGENT:  We are still looking for Website/Tattler sponsors for the next Rotary year starting July 1st.  It is a great opportunity to advertise your business and support Rotary.  $350.00 for the year.  Please check out the current sponsors on our website by going to on the home page.  If you "click" on a sponsor it will take you to their website.  It also shows up in the Tattler.  Contact Sandee if interested.  We have 2 spots remaining.
All Rotary meetings will be held Virtually on Zoom until at least January 1, 2021 due to Covid-19 social distancing.  You can look for an email from Sandee each week prior to the Monday 12:30 meeting (you can start  logging in at 12:15 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. 
RCOB has now set up a Venmo account for ease in payment of 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
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:                                                             
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Please contact Sandee at 360-734-5532 or if you run into any trouble.
Doug Cole  introduced Vinson Latimore, President of Gibraltar Business Group, former Rotarian from Seattle
Former member, Dale Ring joined us again.
Paul Grey introduced our speaker, Dr. George "Bud" Vana
Covid Update: 
President Gary provided his weekly Covid 19 report stating, “We are treading water.”  We are averaging around 5 cases a day. Hospital admissions are down from last week.  Gary commented that those that get Covid are tending to do better but it remains a major concern for vulnerable populations.
Our newest member, Ward Naf, grew up in in Bellevue and Laguna Beach, California.
His mother worked in a bank and was involved in community service. His dad was an engineer who worked on electronics and so Ward grew up around electronics (got a Heath kit as a kid).  As a kid, he enjoyed hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, camping mountaineering.  After high school, rebellious, Ward joined the Marine Corp where he spent five years repairing radios and was involved in computer repair and networking. While in the Marine Corp, Ward ran a mail order record store and car stereo installation companies
When Ward moved to Bellingham, he started a computer repair and networking company.  In 1994, he started working as the IT Director at Whatcom Community College where he has been for the past 14 years. During that time, he noted WCC has grown from 2 to 14 buildings.
Like his mother, Ward has been involved in community service including 3 years as mountain rescue volunteer, 8 years in Cub Scouts, 12 years as a Boy Scout leader, 13 years as a volunteer with CERT (emergency response team), has as served as a host family for Rotary exchange students for our club.
Ward is married to our own Shauna and they have two sons.

Welcome Ward.

Paul Grey introduced Dr. George Bud” Vana as our program speaker as the second program on the issues of mental health in our community.
Dr. Vana, who goes by :Dr. Bud”, is a general pediatrician, general psychiatrist (child and adolescent) and is employed at the Lummi Tribal Health Center/  He is also a clinical instructor at the University of Washington.
Dr. Vana spoke about three ideas 1)prevention, 2) intervention and 3) post-vention (how well the intervention or program worked).
On the subject of Prevention, he spoke about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES).  An adverse childhood experience could be physical, sexual or emotional abuse or neglect.  They are important predictors of a child’s outcome.  For example, a child with six or more ACES, lives 20 years less than a child raised in a healthy environment.  ACES is also correlated to disease, death and social problems along with substance abuse, unintended pregnancy, disruption of education and other serious problems. More information can be found at:
In terms of prevention, Dr. Vana spoke about strengthening economic support to families, changing social norms to support parents, provide quality care and early childhood education, enhance parenting skills and early intervention to lessen harm and prevent future risk of deterioration.  Rotarians and the public can help by advocating for funding for home nursing programs, universal early childhood education, child welfare programs and more.  He noted the disproportionate impact on some communities such as people of color as a result of systemic racism.  For example black adults are 20 percent more likely to report serious psychological distress than whites. We can learn more at:
Dr. Vana spoke about the importance of economic support for mental health - speaking specifically about such levels of care as residential treatment centers, partial hospitalization programs, intensive outpatient treatment and PACT (Program for Assertive Community Treatment) which builds multi-disciplinary teams (nurses, substance abuse, vocational, mental health etc.) to provide a team approach to serving those with mental health needs in the community. Services are provided in the patient’s home or community setting.  Dr. Vana also reviewed CAHOOTs which was started in Eugene, Oregon some 30 years ago and provides for two person teams (medic and mental health worker) to do welfare checks, check on substance abuse issues, suicide threats etc.  He noted that 20-50% of fatal encounters with law enforcement involve individuals with mental health issues.  CAHOOTS is able to divert 5-8% of calls from police to CAHOOT teams.

Finally, Dr. Vana spoke about Post-Vention and the ongoing importance of reviewing the data to find what is and what is not effective.

Program Recordings:  We are now recording the speaker portion of our meetings:
Missed a meeting? Remember a great speaker but want to revisit the content? You can catch the recording on our Rotary Club of Bellingham YouTube page:
October Rotary Anniversaries - Thank you! 
Jack Westford
Member Since 1970
Thank you for 50 years of service! 
Loch Trimingham
Member Since 1980
Thank you for 40 years of service! 
Tom Grinstad
Member Since 1995
Thank you for 25 years of service! 
John Griggs
Member Since 1971
Larry Halgren
Member Since 1979
Ann Jones
Member Since 1987
Teri Treat
Member Since 1989
Andrew Evans
Member Since 2004
Roland Trenouth
Member Since 2005
John Pedlow
Member Since 2009
Colleen Baldwin
Member Since 2013
Scott Wilson
Member Since 2013
Kirstin Hunt
Member Since 2018
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Editor:  Tom Grinstad
Reporter:  Tim Farris
Invocation:  Rich Bowers
Greeter: Dominique Zervas, President Gary and Sandee Lindhout
AV:  Shauna Naf
Music:   Rick Kaiser
Minister of Fun:  Bruce Clawson
Book Review:  Mike Diehl "Dry" story of the water shortage in Southern California by Jarrod & Neal Shusterman