June 8, 2020     8th VIRTUAL MEETING

Opening :
Book Report – Ann Jones “Golden Hill”
Ann treated us to an interpretative reading from Golden Hill, a book she very much liked. "Every page is as delightful as the first." Ann would like to hear our reactions if we end up reading the book.  Send those reactions to Ann via email. 
President Cathy mentioned seeing a lot of Rotarians out and about on a beautiful weekend.  She also welcomed members who joined Zoom meeting for the first time.
In her invocation, Jennifer Moehl encouraged us to take the small actions of a good citizen:  When we cough or sneeze, turn away.  Let’s not be afraid of others, and instead give them a quick smile (actually smiling eyes which wouldn’t be covered by our masks), and with it communicate a positive attitude.  And, given that we’re entering pandemic response stage 2, let’s be safe.
Committee Announcements
International Students 
Jan Moehl shared the successes of our international students.  She mentioned Rumbi in Zimbabwe would love to hear from members of the club.  Contact Jan for Rumbi’s email.
Emma (joined the Zoom meeting) is happy now, acknowledging it was hard to be back home in Germany at first.  She is now going to school and enjoying her friends, although she can only be with two friends at a time.  Her family is well and glad to have her home.  Emma maintains contact with her host family and friends in Bellingham and misses them greatly.  At home she is riding her horses.  It was noted her fluency in English, which she developed in Bellingham, is still with her.
Club Announcements 
We are looking for Website sponsors for the next Rotary year starting July st.  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.
All Rotary meetings will be held Virtually on Zoom until further notice 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 5532.   Give Sandee a call if you need help.
Major Project Proposals Needed - Deadline Extended to 7/31/20:
The virus has affected our usual process for getting our Major Project Proposals in. Hopefully this extra time has given you time to take a look around and see what needs to be done!
The Major Project selection committee would like to have all proposals submitted by 7/31/20.  Major Project Criteria
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.
Happy Bucks
Ken Marzocco administered a lot of fines today.  The first was for not wearing our Rotary pins or clothing during this Zoom call.  (High danger of double jeopardy there.) After that we paid fines for facts we didn’t know about the Statue of Liberty (e.g., Lady Liberty wears what would be a size 800 female shoe). Interesting, but not need to know stuff.
Mike and Bob Diehl made announcements of successes of their offspring.  Gus was awarded the 2019-2020 Male Scholar Athlete of the Year by WWU Men’s Soccer Team:  Older son, Sam, won the 2020 Best Warrior Competition (Officer category) for all of the 8th Army located in South Korea:
John Dunne was happy to have been selected to be a contact tracer for health department.  He’s hoping at a later date to be able to use these new skills to broaden his social networks and render endless hours of stalking on Facebook superfluous.
James Pyles introduced Michael Mallory
Mike Bates, member of Bellingham Bay
James Monroe, editor of the Peace Arch Journal for the District
Exchange Student from Germany, Emma Starke - great to see her!!
International Committee
Paul Grey, Co-chair of the International Committee, announced RCOB’s sponsorship of Honduran students through International Project Alliance (IPA) has been finalized.  He played a touching video of messages sent from Honduran students to Washington-based IPA Rotarians.  (click here)
DAN HAYGEMAN, of ConverseNet, Inc. in Spokane (and formerly of Bellingham) presented a model and suggestions for helping people do “what is most important to them.” Understanding and being attentive to their moods, can be particularly helpful in these times of change and upset. 
We watched Dan, who had his hair cut especially for the presentation,  in front of a Zoom Screen of his hair idols: the Beatles (George and John).  He claimed, in the words of one of his mentors, Eric Hoffer, that in times of chaotic change, mood is everything; it is the only thing.  Without the right mood, we’re not having the right conversations.
Additionally, he claims, as does Hoffer, that learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.
In a two x three table, he showed how underlying dimensions of resisting/accepting and assessments of various situations (fixed, includes possibilities, is uncertain) determine people’s moods.   With acceptance, people will feel peace, ambition, or wonder.  With resistance, people will feel resentment, resignation, or anxiety.  An example he used from his own life involved him initially resenting his mother, who was living and complaining a lot about her residence in deluxe assisted living facility. By accepting his mother’s complaining rather than trying to change her attitude, he found opportunities for many pleasant conversations with his mother emerged. Similarly, when dealing with situational uncertainty, accepting the situation leads to feelings of adventure or wonder, whereas resisting the uncertainty leads to anxiety.
Haygeman recommended shifting our mindsets from resistance to acceptance as a way to experience more peace and less resentment in our lives.  He noted this is something that requires practice, practice, practice.  Journaling and conversations with others are two ways he recommended for adjusting mindsets. 
He noted that physical (not just mental) interventions can work too, including activities like basic exercise, breathing deeply, sleeping well, and eating a healthy diet.
He offered his email address for those who might want to connect with him later.
Happy June Rotary Anniversaries! 
Bob Diehl
Member since 1965
Mike Plenkovich
Member since 1986
Fred Kaiser
Member since 1987
Bob Sytsma
Member since 1988
Tim Farris
Member since 1998
Ken Marzocco
Member since 1999
Rob Westford
Member since 2005
Steve Gray
Member since 2014
Rick Kaiser
Member since 2014
Chris Lyddan
Member since 2015
    Jen Moehl
Member since 2017
Happy June Birthdays!
  • Frank King
  • Charlie Self
  • Scott Hume
  • Jack Westford
  • Pete Theisen
  • Bacchus Taylor
  • Rob Olson
  • J.C. Hickman
  • Kirstin Hunt
  • Dominque Zervas
  • Katherine Deets
  • Bob Trunek
  • Jen Moehl
  • Roland Trenouth
  • Steve Adelstein
  • Dick Tucker
  • John Moffat
Jul 13, 2020
Washington State Supreme Court
Jul 20, 2020
"Restoring Lives from Human Trafficking".
Jul 27, 2020
"Nourse Tree Farm, Our Family's Story"
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Reporter:  Catherine Riordan
Invocation:  Jen Moehl
Greeter:  Jan Marchbanks, Cathy Buckley and Sandee Lindhout
AV:  Shauna Naf
Music:  Rick Kaiser - "Stars & Stripes Forever"
Minister of Fun:  Ken Marzocco
Book Report:  Ann Jones "Golden Hill"
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