Weekly Meeting Photos
Say Goodbye to Northwood Hall!  Piano and Podium moving day, Thanks Bob Thomas and Doug Cole  Thanks Northwood Hall for taking care of us for over 20 Years...

November 16, 2020     27th  VIRTUAL MEETING

Opening :
Football Pool Grid - Seahawks vs Arizona Thursday 11-19-2020   (Click Here)  (Click Here for game schedule)
Pre-Meeting Social Time
Nathan Twining gave this week’s book report on “Thinking in Bets” by Amy Duke. She had been a successful professional poker player, winning the 2004 World Poker Championship. She based her winning strategy on betting the probabilities. That led to her desire to help others make better decisions. She noted that most base their judgments on the quality of the outcome, which she terms “resulting”. However, she noted that unknowns, luck and random chance can play a large role in the outcome. Good decisions can result in bad outcomes and bad decisions can result in good outcomes, confusing our judgment about our own ability to make good judgments. Self-serving bias keeps us from reflecting and improving. Nathan recommends this book for everyone.
Opening Welcome 
President Gary Goldfogel brought to order the 27th virtual meeting of the RCOB at 12:25 PM as Sandee Lindhout rang the bell. Gary welcomed all members as well as the many student guests and their parents.
Club Announcements 
President Gary noted that Northwood Hall is being converted to a medical building and that we need to remove our piano and podium. Doug Cole has graciously agreed to store the piano for the Club, and as an update Bob Thomas (Kathy Hughes husband) and Doug moved them Tuesday afternoon.  Thanks guys!!  Northwood Hall has taken care of us for over 20 years and we will miss the location, Shannon, Steve and Susie!!
Peter Theisen said that the Service Grant Committee has received 6 applications and has approved 4 for consideration by the Board. There will be another round for applications in the Spring.

Steve Ban reported on the blood drive and encouraged members to donate using the link in the Tattler (see below) to book their appointment.

Mike Plenkovich announced the winners of the Washington/Oregon State game pool. The next contest will be the Seahawks game on Thursday and the the numbers are listed in the opening of the tattler.

Jen Moehl reported that the Fundraising Committee has received donations from nearly 35% of the members and encouraged the remaining members to make their donations or pledges before the holidays so that we can reach our goal. She showed a video of one of the Max Higbee clients, Scott Wilson, along with its director, Kait Whiteside.  
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. Members can donate from their tax-deferred accounts directly to RCOB without incurring a tax liability. 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.  
Blood Drive - Steve Ban reported that our blood drive will be open for the entire Rotary year, until June 30, 2021. We are participating, along with the other clubs in our Area G, in a District 5050 challenge against the other District Areas. He is encouraging friends and relatives to join in. Those who can't donate blood can donate plasma. Currently, the W. Bakerview office is the only donation location open in Whatcom County. Click Here for additional information. You must schedule your donation appointment on the eflyer in this link to make sure your donation is counted. If you have already given blood and didn’t follow these procedures, please contact Steve and he will make sure that your donation is counted.
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:                                                             
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.
Former member, Dale Ring joined us again and feeling much better from surgery
Doug Cole introduced Vinson Latimore with Gibraltar Business Group
James Pyles introduced Dr. Michael Mallory
Student Recognition Program recipients:
Math: Host Paul Grey
Bellingham High School – Riley Knies with parents Sara and John Knies
Options High School – Ajay Ewing unable to attend
Sehome High School – Maya Cornwall
Squalicum High School – Sequoya Wiston
Science: Host Tom Grinstad
Bellingham High School – Phoebe McNair-Luxon joined by her Father Matt Luxon and Mother Fiona McNair
Options High School – Magnus Botterill was joined by his mother Laura Larson, Sister and Grandparents
Sehome High School – Adin Sokol was joined by Ben Sokol and Russell Stolzoff
Squalicum High School - Ian McDevitt was joined by his Mother, Lindsay McDevitt and Father       
Virtual Arts: Host Chuck Snyder
Bellingham High School – Sophia Mangrubang and her mother Janet Pocsi
Options High School – Carter Housouer and parents Adam and Amber Housouer
Sehome High School – Calypso Bettis with Dad Owen Bettis and Stepmom Jenny Bettis
Squalicum High School - Ava Brodeur             
The program, introduced by James Pyles, chair of our Scholarship Awards Committee, was devoted to recognizing outstanding students from Bellingham’s four high schools in three categories: math, science and visual arts. This is a shift from recognizing Students of the Month.
Paul Grey introduced the students being recognized for math: Riley Knies, Bellingham HS; Ajay Ewing, Options HS; Maya Cornwall, Sehome HS; and Sequoya Wiston, Squalicum HS.
Tom Grinstad introduced the students being recognized for science: Phoebe McNair-Luxon, Bellingham HS; Magnus Botterill, Options HS; Adin Sokol, Sehome HS; and Ian McDevitt, Squalicum HS.
Chuck Snyder introduced the students being recognized for visual arts: Ava Brodeur (painting), Squalicum HS; Calypso Bettis (acting), Sehome HS; Carter Housouer (photography), Options HS; and Sophia Mangrubang (drawing and dance), Bellingham HS.
Each student who was present briefly talked about their current activities, future educational and career plans, and expressed appreciation to RCOB for their awards. This is an impressive group of young adults, part of the best and brightest of their generation, giving our society hope for a bright future.
Covid Update:
President Gary gave an update on the COVID-19 pandemic. He did not have any information on the two new reported deaths, since they had died at home. Despite the rising number of positive cases locally and nationally, he is optimistic that recent preliminary reports of two very effective vaccines suggest that, by Spring, the tide will have turned. Several members voiced caution about the likely slow widespread availability of these vaccines and the vital importance of closely adhering to the 3 W's(Wear mask, Watch your distance - 6 ft, Wash hands) in the meantime, in order to flatten the current steep upward curve of COVID illnesses and deaths.
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:
November Rotary Anniversaries - Thank you! 
Cathy Buckley
Member Since 2000
Thank you for 20 years of service! 
John Holtzheimer
Member Since 1969
Dick Tucker
Member Since 1986
Ken Culver
Member Since 1989
Stephanie Bowers
Member Since 2001
Paul Grey
Member Since 2001
Mike Diehl
Member Since 2003
John Moffat
Member Since 2014
Kim Perry
Member Since 2015
Shauna Naf
Member Since 2017
Kathie Hardy
Member Since 2019
John Mahoney
Member Since 2019
November Birthdays
  • Brian Griffin
  • John Holtzheimer
  • Bob Nicholl
  • Gary Goldfogel
  • Catherine Riordan
  • Peg Larson
  • Rud Browne
  • Greg Grant
  • Sandee Lindhout
Nov 30, 2020
"A Look at the Current American Justice System"
Dec 07, 2020
Phillips 66 Journey to Process and Environmental Excellence - Part 1
Dec 14, 2020
"Who is ALICE in Whatcom County? Why do one in 3 households struggle to make ends meet?"
Dec 21, 2020
Whatcom Symphony Holiday performance
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Upcoming Events
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Dec 12, 2020
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
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President Elect
Executive Secretary
Vice President/Program Chair
Past President
Director/Vocational Service & Membership
Director/Community Service
Director/International & Youth Service
Director/Club Service & Meetings
Website Administer
Editor:  Steve Ban
Reporter:  John Dunne
Invocation:  Paula McCandlis
Greeter: President Gary and Sandee
AV:  Scott Wilson
Music:   Rotary Brass "America the Beautiful"
Book Review:  Nathan Twining