Weekly Meeting Photos
Mayor Seth Fleetwood

October 5, 2020     22nd  VIRTUAL MEETING

Opening :
Pre-Meeting Social Time
Former Member, Isaac Burrows, reviewed the book, The Road Less Stupid by Keith Cunningham.  The author is the “rich dad” in the 1997 book Rich Dad Poor Dad.  Isaac characterized this book as a guide for “self-leadership” offering advice on best practices for personal lives, including nutrition, sleep, fitness and play time.  The author emphasizes setting aside time for learning and reflection.  He sees this “thinking time” as an opportunity to sit down and reflect on what you are not asking yourself – What else can I do? How can I get better? What can I do to continue to grow? 
The author offers advice on separating problems from symptoms and fact vs supposition.  He is a strong believer that in any organization, people are the most important asset.  If you want to learn how learn how to “avoid the dumb mistakes that sabotage growth, profits and business success” this might be a great read for you.
Opening Welcome  
President Gary Goldfogel called the 4665th (22nd virtual) meeting of RCOB to order.
John Harris presented  “America the Beautiful” with a scenic video.
Club Announcements 
There will be a Board of Directors’ meeting today, Thursday, October 8th at 4:30 by zoom.
Cathy Buckley reported that nominations are open for officers and directors for next year. If you have an interest in sitting on the Nomination Committee or holding an office, please contact Cathy.
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
Steve Hettick reported that the Football Pool committee is looking to kick-off October 17/18.  A copy of the grid has gone to all of last year's participants and he will keep you posted if there are any available squares.  The cost is $20 per square and participants are encouraged to mail their payment to Sandee at 2200 Vining St., Bellingham 98229; pay by Venmo and lastly pay by PayPal.  If you pay by PayPal we ask that you add $1.00 to cover processing fees.  Here is a copy of the grid if you can't remember if you are on it.  Click Here  Those on the grid will be contacted, if you are not on the grid and are interested in getting on a wait list contact Sandee.
URGENT:  We are 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 Goggle "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:                                                             
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.
Andy Day introduced speaker Mayor Seth Fleetwood
Arlie Norman introduced Julie Fleetwood
Doug Cole introduced Vinson Latimore, President of Gibraltar Business Group
Former members Dale Rings, Aaron Booker joined us along with the Rotary Passport Club, Pete Kremen
Felicity Dye introduced our newest member, Ward Naf.  Ward is the Director of the IT Department at Whatcom Community College.  He is a road biker and hiker who has used his outdoors skills as a Scout Master.  Ward and his wife Shana have hosted an exchange student and are active on the district exchange student committee.
Past President Cathy Buckley offered Past President’s membership charge to Ward.
Covid Update: 
President Gary Goldfogel gave an update on the COVID situation in Whatcom County. Update, Gary reports he read the Covid dashboard incorrectly.  There is only one local case of a young person attributed to Covid and it shouldn't have been.  It was a death of a motorcyclist who several months earlier had a positive test result.  His death had nothing whatsoever to do with the virus.  The data is not reliable.
Andy Day introduced our speaker, Bellingham Mayor Seth Fleetwood.
Mayor Fleetwood reflected on the challenges of being a new mayor in a challenging year.  He commented on the intensity and challenges presented by. The COVID pandemic that emerged early in the year. 
The Mayor discussed the adjustments that the City has had to make since the issue of the first Emergency Proclamation in March.  The City had to adjust quickly with new emergency response systems, the transition to working remotely and a significant increase in workload for the City staff.
He commented on the formation of the Whatcom Unified Command with community partners, the opening of the quarantine center and the administration and distribution of CARES Act funds.
Mayor Fleetwood discussed changes brought about by the death of George Floyd and the intense experiences that he experienced afterward.  His sought to engage protesters and gain their trust by listening and formulating action plans to establish maintain a dialogue.
The City had to produce its first COVID era budget to accommodate a predicted 7% reduction in city revenues and the resulting $6 million gap.  This is being addressed by implementing a hiring freezes and some personnel  furloughs, capping COLAS and relying some on reserves.
During Q&A, Mayor Fleetwood was asked about:
  • Funding for storm water runoff program
  • The Community Outreach program to provide behavioral health response and a more humane social safety net for our residents.
  • Traffic disruption from the bicycle lane routing
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
October Birthdays
  • Stephanie Bowers
  • D.C. Morse
  • Paul Grey
  • Mike Diehl
  • Del VandeKerk
  • John Huntley
  • Tim Farris
Oct 26, 2020
Part 2 of presentation on the Mental Health Problems and Solutions.
Nov 02, 2020
Max Higbee Center - Rotary 2020-21 Major Project
Nov 16, 2020
Student Recognition Program: Math, Science, Visual Arts
Nov 23, 2020
Growing Veterans
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Editor:  Tom Grinstad
Reporter:  John Pedlow
Invocation:  Doug Cole
Greeter: Paula McCandlis, President Gary and Sandee Lindhout
AV:  Rick Kaiser
Music:   John Harris video America the Beautiful
Book Review:  Former member Isaac Burrows "The Road Less Stupid" by Keith Cunningham