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October 7, 2019    

Opening :

President Cathy again treated us to a review of the weekend’s football results before turning us over to the delights of John Harris playing “America”.  That is a most sing able song and was pitched so that we sounded pretty good. Let’s do that more often.

We had no visiting Rotarians but we did welcome our two exchange students, Aramis Melgarejo from Peru and Emma Sharpe from Germany.  Make an effort to meet our guests and perhaps invite them to share a part of your life.  We want them to go home with a warm remembrance of their time in Bellingham and the US.

A special tip of the tattler hat to that most creative of Ministers of Fun, Lisa Saar.  What a fun and crazy challenge, building a marsh-mellow topped tower using only delicate pieces of macaroni and scotch tape.  Despite having two surgeons and various other brilliant people at our table, we suffered a complete defeat, but the laughs were worth the five buck entry fee.


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Steve Ban introduced Katie Rose, director of the Northwest Blood bank.  They both urged us to sign up for the annual blood draw, October 21st, that is so critical to health care in our community.  Katie amazed us with the calculation that our past donations have benefited 2,000 of our fellow citizens.  Surely, we have a few more pints to contribute.  Even before her presentation eight of our members had signed up. And sign-ups will be available starting next Monday for two weeks.
Curtis Dye attended representing Bellingham Bay Rotary Club to promote their fundraising event, Grape & Gourmet.  It will be held Saturday October 19th, at The Bellwether from  5:30 - 8:00 pm.  $95.00 per person serving Gourmet Appetizers and over 100 wines to sample.  You can also order wine with exclusive pricing.  Click here for flyer   Rotarians can contact a Bellingham Bay member directly to purchase your ticket and you get entrance into the event 1 1/2 hours earlier.  Curtis Dye -  360-815-3199  to purchase online:
Saturday, November 16, 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM, is a work party at the Galbraith parking lot site.
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Guests of Rotarians:  
Monty McAllister introduced our Exchange Students Emma Starke from Germany and Aramis Melgarejo from Lima, Peru
Steve Ban introduced Katie Rose with Blookworkds Northwest
Steve Adelstein brought Greg Winter with the Opportunity Council

Steve Adelstein introduced Greg Winter, leader of the Opportunity Council who told us of the importance of our major project for the year, the Bellingham Recovery House. (Click here for project information) This great project will address a number of the great challenges to our community, Substance abuse, homelessness, Drug Court support. 


Following the announcement Ken Marzocco, who heads the fundraising for the project, made his plea for prompt pledges from each of us toward the years goal of $100,000.00.  Let’s sign our pledges or write our checks without delay.  Our Policy Manual reads:  Each year members are expected to support at least one major project aimed at improving the quality of life in the Bellingham area by contributing to the annual RCOB fundraising campaign. Members are urged to contribute at least $750 ‐ $1000 to this project. If that is not possible, please speak with the club president.

Sandy Ward, representing Bellingham Whatcom Tourist Bureau gave us an excellent explanation of the importance and scope of tourism in our community.  $705,700.000 places us in fifth place among Washington communities.  It is obvious that we have many attractions that bring tourists to Whatcom County and that we need to continue to support those attractions.  And as Sandy cleverly put it, “They come, spend their money and then go home”. the perfect situation.

Sandy was an excellent speaker; she opened with a humorous story about air travel and a package of crackers.  (Ask someone who was there.) And she spoke directly into the microphone.
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