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                                                           Tim Farris                                                                                   Music - John Harris
  Invocation - Catherine Riordan        Bob Diehl - Book Review               President Peter Theisen            Larry Halgren - Minister of Fun

April 4, 2022

Opening Welcome:
President Peter welcomed those on zoom and en vivo to the meeting and gave a special welcome to former members Karen and Joe Morse who were attending via zoom from San Diego
Book Review by Bob Diehl:  "The Light On The Island" by Helene Glidden
It's the true story about the lighthouse keeper, his wife and thirteen children who lived on Patos Island for eight years.  Patos is a small dot in the Strait of Georgia. 
Life on Patos was always eventful.  There were births, weddings, sick children, storms and wrecks on the island.  The heavy demands of the lighthouse keeper and his sons made for a mysterious life on Patos.  
It was a magical, exciting and often disturbing childhood for the kids.  The book's author, Helen Glidden, grew up on the island and tells a heart-warming and fascinating story of life on Patos, a life as violent and changeable as the surrounding area.  Despite the hardships and loneliness, Patos Island was "Paradise" to the family.
It's a happy and sometimes sad story which celebrates the 125th anniversary of the Patos Island lighthouse.
Minister of Fun
Larry Halgren shared a history of April Fools day, which is celebrated around the world.  Apparently, Larry’s mother was a big fan of these pranks, pranking throughout her life and even leaving a prank in a safety deposit box to be executed following her passing.  Larry managed to embarrass some of our favorite Rotarians who were asked about an artifact he’d given them (e.g., pantyhose with a red cord).  His presentation was filled with puns and low forms of humor.  His mother would have been proud.
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
Shauna Naf reminded us of the work party on Saturday at the Community Boating Center.  Contact Shauna for more details and to secure an opportunity to volunteer in shifts from 10 to 4pm. 
Felicity Dye made the following announcement regarding YAIL:  The club has budgeted 3 Students to attend and Rotarian families are allowed to participate.
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
Important Date Announcements: 
April 9th - Community Boating Center Work Party
Shauna Naf announced a hands-on workday April 9th at the Community Boating Center from 10-4. We will have both morning and afternoon opportunities. Call or email Shauna if you want to volunteer.  There are still a few slots left. 
April 11  Visit from District Governor Bev Harrington.  She wants to meet with the Board, and we will meet with her AFTER the noon meeting at Four Points.  She would also like a tour of one of our projects and Doug Cole offered to take her thru the Bellingham Food Bank on her schedule. 
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.
Felicity Dye introduced her husband Curtis
Former members Karen and Joe Morse attended on Zoom and are celebrating their 59th anniversary, Congratulations you two lovebirds!!
Dale Rings also joined us on Zoom.
Members attending on Zoom:  Bob Morse, Dennis Williams, John Dunne, Loch Trimingham, Ken Marzocco, Nancy Jordan, Corey Chaplin, John Moffat and Vinson Latimore


Tim Farris - Mending the Political Divide

Doug Cole introduced fellow RCOB member, Tim Farris, mentioning his athletic prowess, community engagement, and the book he authored, The Wonder of It All: History and Future of Faith in a Time of Reason and Science.
Tim’s presentation focused on discord within contemporary society in the U.S. and how we speak with people with whom we disagree.  He noted examples of the many issues upon which there is widespread disagreement and often polarization. Tim cited statistics regarding people’s practice and expectations surrounding conversations.   For example, 75% of people don’t talk to people on another side of political issues. Obviously, this causes problems for relationships and society.  Without conversation, how do we work toward agreement in areas where we need to make decisions?  How do we learn from our different perspectives if we simply avoid them?  
While we hear a lot about the current level of discord and distress, Tim argues this is nothing new, and that societies have been able to deal successfully with discord in the past, and make progress in the end (e.g., women’s rights, slavery, universal education, child labor). Every decade has had its challenges, in fact, living together itself creates challenges.
Thinking is a key to progress, but today we struggle with information and media polarization.  Tim sees a role for educational systems here that have leaned too far toward teaching people what to think, rather than how to think. 
Tim advocated a straightforward approach to thinking/problem solving:
Identify the problem
Gather data
Put forth a hypothesis
Use evidence to evaluate those hypotheses
We are also shying away from conversations with those who disagree with us.  When was the last time we sat down to have a conversation with someone with whom we disagreed?
Tim thinks courtrooms are an example of good practices.  Both parties are recognized and able to share their stories in their own words.  Evidence is presented, and it must be relevant, reliable, not hearsay, not obviously biased, and incorporate opinions only when they are from experts.
Tim offered some recommendations to all of us who want to be better communicators and decision-makers.
1) Use data and think about its implications.  This is hard and time-consuming.
2) Attend to how we talk about and to others.   Tim noted that while he loves a good argument, he has never had anyone tell him after the argument that he was right, even after his best arguments and adept persuasive techniques.  Others (and ourselves when the situation is reversed) simply are not likely to change their minds as the result of arguments.  
3) Begin with ourselves. Attend to our own beliefs and practices, recognizing our beliefs can be more brittle than our bones. (Did he know which group he was speaking with?  This is saying a lot.)  In this context he recommended Adam Grant’s book, Think Again.  We should try to think like a scientist, treating our beliefs as hunches not as facts, and resting our identities on our values, not our opinions.  Embracing new information and relishing the opportunity to be wrong can also be good practices. 
4) Develop relationships and really listen.  Tim argued too often we are ‘listening to reply, not listening to understand.’  Good listening builds trust, reduces misunderstanding, eliminates conflict, and encourages empathy.  While listening, we can ask for specifics, question, and admit ignorance, all of which can advance our understanding.  Listening opens the door, increases safety, demonstrates a collaborative attitude, and is more fun than arguing.
5) Look for values on the other side of a conflict. People have many common values, we just need to look for them.  There are good people on both sides.
6.  Recognize that the issues are difficult.
Tim spoke of the ‘trolley’ problem from philosophy (should one pull the switch on a trolley rail to kill one person rather than not pulling the switch meaning the barreling trolley kills four people?).  Most of our social issues are like this: We have some responsibility for a solution; There are no perfect alternatives, but rather tradeoffs and ambiguity (e.g., homeless, prison sentences).
7.  Recognize the importance of compromise.
The Prisoners Dilemma matrix is an illustration of the value of compromise. There is a tendency to maximize self-interest in this game but if both parties compromise, both can achieve better results in the long run.
Tim thinks Rotary’s 4 Way Test is a good set of principles to apply to all decisions and achieve mutually beneficial results.
8. Recognize the importance of time. 
Tim mentioned Stephen Pinker’s book, Enlightenment Nowwhich discusses how in so many ways humanity has made progress over time.  Looking across centuries, people in the world are freer, happier, and wealthier.  Tim encourages us to take the long view, and also to think about whether our own minds have changed over time.  In what ways?  How do we learn to be wise?  How do wise people engage others?
Final Announcement:
President Peter thanked those who had contributed and adjourned the meeting. 
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

























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