Weekly Meeting Photos
District Governor Carol Tichelman

October 19, 2020     24th  VIRTUAL MEETING

Opening :
Football Pool Grid - Seattle vs Arizona (Click Here)  (Click Here for game schedule)
Pre-Meeting Social Time
Before the start of the meeting, Debbie Ahl gave an overview of A Woman of No Importance, by Sonia Purnell. It relates the riveting true story of Virginia Hall, a spy for the Allies during WWII who played a crucial role in helping to defeat the Germans and then helped the US defeat the USSR during the Cold War.
Opening Welcome  
At 12:30, Sandee rang the bell and President Gary called the meeting to order. He welcomed all members and guests. Because of the presence of the District 5050 Governor, who is Canadian, Rick Kaiser played the videos for both Oh Canada and The Star Spangled Banner.
Club Announcements 
Mark Knittel announced that our Club Directory had been posted on the public internet, probably the result of the RCOB website being hacked. Mark will investigate further, but, in the meantime, he urged all members to change their password to the Members Only area ASAP.
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
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.

Debbie Ahl  introduced Vinson Latimore, President of Gibraltar Business Group, former Rotarian from Seattle
Former member, Dale Ring joined us again.
Paul Grey introduced our speaker, District Governor Carol Tichelman from Chilliwack, BC
Covid Update: 

President Gary reported that this past week saw a decrease in the number of positive Covid tests from 2 weeks ago. No Covid patients required ICU care. The Highland Care Center outbreak resulted in eventually every resident and caretaker testing positive for Covid, with numerous resident deaths. Although Whatcom County's statistics over the past 2 weeks have made it eligible to advance to Phase 3, the Governor's pause on any phase advances is still in effect.

Gary mentioned that there have now been two well documented cases of COVID-19 reinfections in the US, probably representing a different strain of the virus. This calls into question the long-term effectiveness of a single dose of an eventual Covid vaccine. Gary estimated that any vaccine will probably not be more than 50% effective.

Paul Grey introduced our featured speaker, District 5050 Governor Carol Tichelman, who was Zooming in from Chilliwack, BC. Carol first joined Rotary in 1992 when in

Prince George. In 1995, Carol moved to Chilliwack, where she opened her own Financial Planning practice, and joined the Rotary Club of Chilliwack.  She is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, and a Major Donor and Benefactor of The Rotary Foundation, and a recipient of the Avenues of Service Citation from Rotary International in recognition of her lengthy list of service to Rotary, her Church and her community.

Carol was President of the Rotary Club of Chilliwack 2005-2006, and again in 2016-17.  Carol was District Trainer from 2006-2009, District Conference Chair 2009, has been part of the faculty for the Rotary Leadership Institute since 2007, was the District Visioning Coordinator from 2007-2013, served as an Assistant Governor 2009-2011 and was an Instructor for the Pacific Northwest PETS for 3 years (2012-2014).  She has been to many International Conventions and went to Brazil in 2015 on a Friendship Exchange. In 2015, Carol received The Rotary Foundation’s “International Service Award for a Polio-Free World”, and, in 2016, Rotary’s “Service Above Self Award”.

Carol began her talk by presenting People of Action Awards to 5 hard-working members of our Club: Shauna Naf, Felicity Dye and Kirstin Hunt for their efforts on behalf of the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program, and Jennifer Moehl and John Dunne for chairing this year's Major Project effort.

COVID-19 silenced Rotary world wide in the middle of March, 2020. Although no one in Rotary leadership was prepared for this calamity, within 2 weeks of the shutdown, District 5050 offered every Area in the District a Covid Response Grant and the local Clubs adapted to the new reality and continued serving their communities. Whatcom County Clubs received favorable media coverage for their contributions to the Food Bank, Starfish Backpack Program and The Boys and Girls Club. Carol is confident that Rotary will emerge from this pandemic more dynamic and effective than before.

President of Rotary International, Holger Knaack, asked four things of the District Governors at the International Assembly last January:

1.     Create new, innovative Club models, such as Satellite and Rotaract Clubs to expand member outreach.

2.     Have each Club develop a 5 Year Strategic Plan.

3.     Encourage all Clubs to select new members carefully, making sure they are a good fit for the Club and that the Club meets their expectations.

4.     Encourage each Club to continue the effort to eradicate polio by donating to End Polio Now.

The requirements for Rotary Club Citation has changed in the past 2 years in that, besides paying dues, each Club is now free to set its own agenda and goals as to how to best serve its community.

D.G. Carol emphasized how important Rotary's contributions are to the global economy by quoting a recent Johns Hopkins study which showed that the monetary value of the 47 million hours of volunteer services that Rotary provides annually around the world is $850 million. She reminded us that Rotarians are people of action, guided by the motto “Service Above Self” and The Four Way Test, and that the definition of integrity is doing the right thing when no one is watching.

Carol described how Rotary's effort to eradicate polio is very personal for her because her father suffered from the disease. She has participated in nine National Immunization Days throughout the world, immunizing many children herself. As a result of the efforts of Rotary and others, the World Health Organization was able to announce in August that the transmission of the wild polio virus has been stopped in all of Africa. However, more work is needed to totally eliminate polio from the world because there are still new cases occurring in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Carol pointed out that the infrastructure that Rotary helped create to fight polio will be available to fight other diseases in the future. The Rotarians who have been on the front lines of fighting polio have also contributed to fighting the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the developing world.

Carol announced that the RI President for 2022-23 will be Jennifer Jones, who is from our Rotary Zone 28 and will be the first woman RI President. Her election is part of RI's commitment, made in 2019, that, by June, 2023, at least 30% of Rotarians and RI leadership will be women. In addition, RI is enhancing its emphasis on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) by starting a monthly webinar series on this topic. Our District is also developing a DEI program.

Carol announced that the Board of Trustees of the RI Foundation have added the Environment as a 7th area of focus for grants, starting in July, 2021.

At our District level:

1.     A Blood Donation Challenge has been established, as detailed under Announcements above.

2.     A course will be offered by Rotarian Toastmasters to improve members' public speaking skills.

3.     Assisting Clubs to collaborate with each other in applying for global grants from international service funds to allow members to participate in international service projects, as our Club is already doing in Honduras and Uganda.

4.     Carol invited us to the next annual District Conference, which is scheduled for Chilliwack on May 16, 2021, COVID-19 conditions permitting. Details can be found on the District website.

5.     She urged our Club to submit articles and pictures of our activities to the Peace Arch Journal, the District's newsletter.

Carol encouraged members to consider attending the RI Convention in Taipei in June, 2021. If the event is cancelled due to COVID-19, all registration fees will be reimbursed.

Finally, Carol shared a Rotary Moment of hers, illustrating how being part of Rotary can fundamentally change lives in unexpected ways. Her mother, with whom she had never been close, had always been critical of Carol for using so much of her time and energy doing volunteer work for Rotary rather than her church. This changed when her mother accompanied Carol on a Rotary service trip to Mexico to deliver wheelchairs. Experiencing the joy and gratitude of the wheelchair recipients, her mother came to understand how important this work was. She subsequently became a Paul Harris fellow Rotarian and she and Carol enjoyed the close relationship they never previously had for the last years of her life.

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
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Invocation:  Jennifer Moehl
Greeter: Susie Thomson, President Gary and Sandee Lindhout
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Book Review:  Debbie Ahl "A Woman of No Importance: The Untold story of an American Spy Who Helped Win World War II"  The author is Sonia Purnell