Created with flickr slideshow.

May 13, 2019   

President Sandy called the meeting to order at 12:30 PM. His mystery country of the week was Japan. The first Rotary Club there was started around the same time as the RCOB. The Japanese Rotary community has grown rapidly since then, has produced 3 RI Presidents and hosted 3 RI Conventions, including the one with the largest attendance ever. Of much more importance to President Sandy, Japan also produced his wonderful wife Mamiko!
Invocation: Steve Ban, as always, gave a superb invocation, drawing on the wisdom of Mark Twain and Mother Theresa to remind us of what is truly important and meaningful in our lives.


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  
Rotary Cruise - June 17, 2019
Marty Haines reminded us that the traditional Rotary cruise will be on June 17.  We are going to Vendovi Island, a beautiful place for hiking.  There are a limited number of available spots so sign up soon to reserve your spot.  Marty also promised sunny weather.
Representatives from the Bellingham Bay Rotary Club  announced “Brewers By The Bay”, to be held June 8th 6:00-10:00  at the Depot Market. It is a fund raiser for their Major Project this year, “Docks for Kids”, which will rebuild the swimming docks at Bloedel-Donovan Park. It promises to be a fun event. Cost is $25 in advance, $30 day of.
2019-2020 Planning:
Peter Theisen is the program chair for next year and is looking for help and ideas for programs and great speakers.

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 each week for those who need help.  Remember there will not be a printed Roster distributed as usual in July. 
Shauna announced that Doug Cole and Del VandeKerk will be taking photos May 20th and June 10th for any member that wants to update their picture for our roster.  Contact Sandee is you want to sign-up.
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.
May 9, 2019 Board Report
Incoming President, Cathy Buckley, is attending the RI Convention in Hamburg, Germany leaving 5/29-6/6.  The Board of Directors appointed her as our voting delegate at the convention and she was given appropriate documents.
It is with great disappointment and sadness that we accept the resignation of Jeff Jenkins.
Policy Manual Changes are being studied.
The 2019-2020 RCOB Foundation Budget was approved for next year. 
President Sandy reported that the Sunnyland Memorial clean-up is scheduled for May 18th and his committee is up and running.
Mike Diehl to helping organize a check presentation for the Galbraith Mtn. Project.  We raised a total of $85,768.81.
President Sandy reported that Rise Against Hunger we packed 75,384 meals.  Other Rotary Clubs were present which was gratifying.  We also had Rotoactors from Surrey come down and participate. Participation by non-Rotarians was also gratifying in exposing our good works to the local community.  Maybe future Rotarians will come of this exposure. On the downside there is a remainder due of $4,800 for this year’s RAH project and Lisa, Bob Morse and Paul Grey are working on raising the remaining funds.  We have until May 26th to come up with the funds.  It is our understanding that there is also a shipping cost.
He also reminded Board members that the Executive Committee is taking recommendations for the Major Awards presentations to be done at the changing of the guard.  The Board offered some suggestions.
Roland Trenouth urged all members to be a part of our Club's contingent in the parade on May 25, starting at noon. Extended family members, friends and prospective new members are encouraged to join. More details to follow. 
Membership Committee
Andy Day reminded members that social events such as the above-mentioned Happy Hour are excellent opportunities to introduce prospective new members to our Club.
Major Projects Committee
Gail Ridenour requested that Club members submit any and all ideas for our next Major Project for the Committee's consideration.
Guests of Rotarians:  
Jennifer Moehl introduced our Rotary Exchange Student Rumbi 
Roland Trenouth brought our Take a Vet to Lunch guest Stephen Bailey
Gail Ridenour, Director of the Whatcom Syphony Orchestra, our speaker today, introduced her accompanists: Shu-Hsin Ko, Violin; Yuko Watanabe, Viola; Coral Marchant, Cello
Take a Vet to Lunch
Roland Trenouth introduced Stephen Bailey, an Air Force Veteran, whose CV was available at each table. Mr. Bailey talked about his past education, training and work experience in an impressively wide range of career fields.
Gail Ridenour gave a fascinating talk describing her life's musical journey, or “What does it take to be a musician in a symphony?” She is the executive director of the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra (WSO) and is first oboist in the Orchestra. She began her presentation by joining three of her string instrument playing WSO colleagues in a beautiful rendition of the first movement of Mozart's Oboe Quartet.
Gail stated that the three qualities required for musical success are a passion for and dedication to music as well as a willingness to practice every day. Her parents valued music and had her start playing the piano at a very young age. She followed her mother's direction of practicing daily, just as she brushed her teeth daily. At the age of 10 or so, she took up the oboe as a second instrument. With the help of private lessons, which often required her to travel long distances from her geographically isolated home, Gail progressed rapidly in her mastery of the oboe through high school, college at Florida State University and post-graduate work in Cleveland. One of the important concepts she learned along the way was not to just play the notes of a piece but to play the meaning of the notes. 
Gail went on to describe some of the challenges that an orchestra musician, especially an oboist, can face. One is to craft a personalized reed for her oboe. Apparently, to achieve optimal results, each oboist must have a custom-made reed; even expensive generic reeds “off the shelf” will not do. Gail then described in great detail how she creates her own reeds. In a vivid demonstration of her passion for and dedication to music, she was breathless with excitement as she described the process!
Another challenge is auditioning to be in an orchestra. It is an extremely demanding process, both musically and emotionally. Gail stated that it is more difficult to gain admission to a major orchestra than to make it into the NBA or Major League Baseball.
Gail closed by describing a symphony orchestra as a family whose members care for and support each other and work together to produce something powerful, beautiful and inspiring for the community.
Jun 17, 2019
Annual Rotary Cruise to Vendovi Island
Jun 24, 2019
RCOB Major Awards
Jul 01, 2019
Holiday - 4th of July
Jul 08, 2019
Changing of the Guard for 2019-2020 Rotary Year
View entire list
Upcoming Events
RCOB Board Meeting
Bellingham Legal Center
Jul 11, 2019
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Bellingham Bells Baseball Game
Jul 19, 2019 6:35 PM
District Governor Installation & Awards
Jul 21, 2019
RCOB Board Meeting
Bellingham Legal Center
Aug 08, 2019
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
RCOB Board Meeting
Bellingham Legal Center
Sep 12, 2019
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
View entire list


Interested in being a sponsor?
Download the website sponsorship guide
Editor:  Yvonne Cartwright
Reporter: Steve Ban
Invocation:  Steve Ban
Greeter:  Jennifer Moehl
Greeter & Announcer:  John Harris
Raffle:  John Macpherson
AV:  Jim Cunningham
Music:  Del VandeKerk
Photographer & Social Media: Mike Diehl
Executives & Directors
President Elect
Executive Secretary
Vice President/Program Chair
Past President
Director/Vocational Service & Membership
Director/International & Youth Service
Director/Community Service
Director/Club Service & Meetings
Website Administer