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April 20, 2020     2nd  VIRTUAL MEETING

Opening :
President Cathy called the virtual meeting to order about 12:35pm.  Within a short time about 60 members had connected.  Most seem to have mastered the magic of Zooming in this time of social distancing.  Some members came on line a little before the meeting began for some socializing. 

Important Announcements and immediate attention needed:  

Social Committee Announcement:
Missing those RCOB happy hours?  Lynda Hinton has taken care of that. On Thursday, April 23, 4:30-6:00pm, RCOB will host its first virtual happy hour.  It will be open to all, but requires an RSVP. If you are interested, please RSVP to before Thursday, April 22.   You will then receive instructions for a Zoom meeting in time to sign in Thursday evening.  
All Rotary meetings will be held Virtually on Zoom at least thru May due to Covid-19 social distancing.  You can look for an email from Sandee each week prior to the Monday 12:30 meeting 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.  
Major Project Proposals Needed - Deadline Extended to 7/31/20:
The virus has affected our usual process for getting our Major Project Proposals in. Hopefully this odd time has given you time to take a look around and see what needs to be done!
The Major Project selection committee would like to have all proposals submitted by 7/31/20.  Major Project Criteria
Recovery House Major Project Pledges:
We still have a few pledges that don’t have money turned in yet. We are trying to finalize our accounting. Please turn in your funds ASAP. Sandee can help if you need to know your balance, payment options, or exactly where you stand on this.  Make checks to RCOB Foundation and mail to 2200 Vining St., Bellingham, 98229
RCOB Major Awards:
The Rotary year end is approaching and it is time to start promoting the nomination of members to receive one of the 4 Major Awards.  They are presented at our changing of the guard June 29th.  The awards consist of a $1,000 donation to the RCOB Foundation in their names.  RCOB Major Awards Criteria and Winners
Please send any nomination suggestion to Past President Sandy McIntire, President Cathy Buckley, Incoming President Gary Goldfogel or Sandee.  We will collect nominations for the month of April.
RCOB Service Fund Grant applications:
Incoming President Gary is taking applications for Service Fund Grants of up to $1K each, up to $4K total remaining funds, for community projects. Applications are being accepted through May.  These grants must have a Rotary Club of Bellingham sponsor the application.  Here are the guidelines listed in our Policy Manual:
    How A Grant Is Requested: Each grant application must be sponsored by a member of the RCOB who is not a paid employee of the requesting organization. The project should be part of an IRS-recognized not-for-profit organization’s program, but not necessarily limited to one. Only one request for a grant may be made by any one member in a Rotary year. Applications should be in the form of a one-page letter signed by a member of the RCOB, giving the full name of the organization, a single sentence covering the organization’s mission statement, the amount and purpose of the request, the relationship of the member with the organization and extent of involvement (including other members’ participation too) and name/phone number of a contact person at the organization.
    How A Grant Is Presented And Reviewed: The member/requester should give the application to the chairperson of the Service Fund Committee who will then call a meeting of the SFC so the member/requester can attend and present the application in person. If the SFC endorses the request, the SFC then presents the endorsed request to the Board of Directors of the RCOB for approval. If approved, checks are issued by the RCOB or the RCOB Foundation as appropriate. If fund limitations preclude granting all fund requests, the SFC will give priority to projects that most comply with the current year’s objectives of the RCOB.
A coalition of  5 Whatcom County Rotary Clubs has been formed to accomplish emergency community-wide projects.  RCOBF  has made a grant of $1,500 as have other clubs totaling $5,500 an amount that will be matched by the district. The projects selected  are:                             
  1. Wildbird Charity Starfish Back Packs which is a District 5050 project and we have supported in the past
  2. Boys and Girls Club Healthy Meals program which is also for kids. 
RCOB members who wish to make an additional donation to this effort, beyond what the club has already contributed, can write a check to the Rotary Club of Bellingham Foundation note District Matching Grant and send to Sandee at 2200 Vining St., Bellingham 98229 or make a donation through Paypal on the RCOB Club Runner with a note also for District Matching Grant
Hands on volunteers are also being sought
To help with the backpacks contact:
Phil Esau, Cell: 360-594-8600, Email:
To volunteer for the Boys and Girls Club (from Sara Maloney)
There are volunteer opportunities to assist with portioning and bagging the food at our Ferndale Clubhouse on Mondays and Thursdays (hours vary). Club members can contact me at 360 460 5052 or with any questions or to volunteer.  We are observing all CDC guidelines and social distancing requirements so our volunteer capacity is carefully controlled.  It is important that Rotarians register with me to volunteer in advance so that we can be prepared to accommodate them.
Background Info Offered by Sarah:
With schools closed, the access to food for children that qualify for free/reduced lunch is greatly impacted.  Food scarcity for these families became an immediate and urgent challenge.  We identified that we could quickly help relieve hunger by serving 1,000 - 1,500 Grab & Go meals a week to kids ages 3-18 from our Bellingham Clubhouse.  This free, drive thru service is available to ALL children in the community, not just Club kids.  We hand out meals on Tuesdays and Fridays from 5:00pm - 6:00 pm and will continue to do so for as long as we are able to.
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.
Guest of Rotarians:  
Dr. Garrett Jeffery's introduced his guests April Metz de Montiel, Exec. Director of the Northwest Washington Medical Society and Peace Health Chief Medical Officer Sudhaker Karlapudi, MD, MBBS, FACP, CMQ 
Todays’ program was presented by Club member Dr. Garrett Jeffery and his guest, Dr. Sudhaker Karlapundi, the Chief Medical Officer at Peace Health/St Joseph’s hospital.  The program was focused on issues and questions surrounding the current COVID-19 virus and how they are being dealt with at the hospital.   
Garrett began the presentation with an assessment of how things are going at the hospital.  He opined that overall the system, its preparation for and handling of virus cases, has worked well.   Virus cases at the hospital have not exceeded the planned-for capacity, in fact the hospital is now only about half occupied.  A telephone system to allow patient visits has been launched. Adequate supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE), masks, gowns, etc. are on hand.  Community members have made and donated a significant number of masks, an action very much appreciated.  Garrett spoke highly of the quality of leadership  and planning provided by the Whatcom Unified Energy Management group.  Increasing the capacity for virus testing remains a major challenge, but the hospital is working with several providers and progress is being made.
Dr. Karlapundi followed with a more in-depth discussion of policies and procedures being followed in the handling of patients.  Three specific important things have been done. (i) The ICU has been separated into two distinct units, a COVID unit and a general medicine unit.  These are completely separated with no patients or personnel going between units.  (b) All patients entering the hospital are being screened d for the COVID virus.  (c) The air turnover quantity in the hospital has been increased from 6 turnovers per hour to in some cases as much as more than 10 times per hour
Dr Karlapundi commented in detail on the procedures being followed in the use of personal protection equipment, procedures recommended by the CDC.  For what is termed contingency use, health care personnel use one mask per shift, but it is to be replaced if it becomes compromised.  For crisis use, changing masks more often is required, but St Joseph’s has never been in a crisis situation.  Googles are wiped down and reused; gowns are never reused.
Antibody tests, important to the ultimate management of the virus, are in progress.  Two tests are being actively researched but the validity or reliability of each is not yet known. 
Dr. Karlapundi responded to many questions which lead to some important answers/comments.
  1. All health caregivers  at the hospital wear masks.  So far there have been no virus transmissions among the health caregivers.
  2. Stays for COVID patients typically are 6 days in the hospital and 8.5 days if in the ICU.   
  3. So far, no patients from Seattle have been transferred to St Joseph’s hospital.
  4. Social distancing is working and seems to be more rigorously followed in Bellingham than in Seattle.  A next challenge will be to determine what is a “new normal” for social distancing.
  5. Initially it was reported that mortality rates for patients put on ventilators was about 90%, now we are finding it is actually around 30 – 40%, about the same as with influenza.
  6. Hydroxyclorquine has been shown helpful in lab testing but not yet in a clinical setting.  There are potential serious (often fatal) side effect to use of the drug, so it is now administered only with the greatest of care and under hospital supervision.
  7. The need for more testing, in order to determine the rate and extent of infection, is essential.  This is an area where great effort must be placed.
Final Announcements:
President Cathy thanked everyone for joining via ZOOM, and encouraged us to join next week when the meeting again will be on ZOOM. We're becoming real zoomies huh?
Happy April Rotary Anniversaries! 
Ken Jernberg
Member since 1969
Brad Burdick
Member since 1998
Mauri Ingram
Member since 1999
Bob Nicholl
Member since 2004
Rogan Jones
Member since 2004
Dominique Zervas
Member since 2008
Megan Stanfield
Member since 2009
Nancy Jordan
Member since 2009
Scott Hume
Member since 2013
Happy April Birthdays!
  • John Griggs
  • Rogan Jones
  • Jim Wakefield
  • Bob Morse
  • Steve Ban
  • Sandy McIntire
  • Nathan Twining
  • Gail Ridenour
  • Larry Halgren
  • Hand Erchinger-Davis
  • Garrett Jeffrey
May 25, 2020
Holiday - Memorial Day
Jun 01, 2020
Annual Youth Awards Program
Jun 08, 2020
Mood and Effective Communication
Jun 15, 2020
Bellingham Recovery House update
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Upcoming Events
Cancelled - RI Convention - Honolulu, Hawaii
Jun 06, 2020 – Jun 10, 2020
Virtual RCOB Board Meeting
Bellingham Legal Center
Jun 11, 2020
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
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