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May 11, 2020     5th VIRTUAL MEETING

Opening :
President Cathy welcomed us to our 5th virtual club meeting.  The meetings, via the application zoom, are smooth and run comfortably.  In today’s meeting, we had 59 including 6 former members attending.  The Club has a comfortable way to mute everyone until they are recognized and provide full screen display of slides and more.  It works well. 
President Cathy noted the spectacular weather we had for “Mother’s Day” and reported she enjoyed a visit with her family to Sucia Island with her family and grandchildren.
John Harris, in another example of the innovation of the club during the pandemic, played his piano from his home via a full screen zoom view.  He played “America the Beautiful.”
The invocation was provided by Mike Plenkovitch in which he spoke, with “a heavy heart” about the impact of the Covid 19 virus and offered prayers for first responders, public and governmental health employees, businesses trying to survive and more.

Important Announcements and immediate attention needed:  

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.  Give Sandee a call if you need help.
The Rotary Clubs of Whatcom County Donate to Help Local Children Struggling with Hunger.  The article is in the Bellingham Herald 5/6/2020..  Here is the link:
All Rotary meetings will be held Virtually on Zoom at least thru May 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.  
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 odd 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
RCOB Service Fund Grant applications:
Incoming President Gary is taking applications for Service Fund Grants of up to $1K each, up to $4K total remaining funds, for community projects. Applications are being accepted through May.  These grants must have a Rotary Club of Bellingham sponsor the application.  Here are the guidelines listed in our Policy Manual:
    How A Grant Is Requested: Each grant application must be sponsored by a member of the RCOB who is not a paid employee of the requesting organization. The project should be part of an IRS-recognized not-for-profit organization’s program, but not necessarily limited to one. Only one request for a grant may be made by any one member in a Rotary year. Applications should be in the form of a one-page letter signed by a member of the RCOB, giving the full name of the organization, a single sentence covering the organization’s mission statement, the amount and purpose of the request, the relationship of the member with the organization and extent of involvement (including other members’ participation too) and name/phone number of a contact person at the organization.
    How A Grant Is Presented And Reviewed: The member/requester should give the application to the chairperson of the Service Fund Committee who will then call a meeting of the SFC so the member/requester can attend and present the application in person. If the SFC endorses the request, the SFC then presents the endorsed request to the Board of Directors of the RCOB for approval. If approved, checks are issued by the RCOB or the RCOB Foundation as appropriate. If fund limitations preclude granting all fund requests, the SFC will give priority to projects that most comply with the current year’s objectives of the RCOB.
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.
We were visited by 6 former RCOB members; Aaron Booker, Dale Rings, Bill Elfo, Margaret Curtis, Gary Nelson and Bruce MacCormack.  So great to see everyone!!
Krissy Moehl provided an unusual program, in part because of the unusual career path she took.
On May 1, 2010, she made a decision.  She had savings for one year.  She decided to try and see if she could make a career out of being a professional ultra distance runner in which she would also coach and write. Two of her requirements were that she could not take out a loan or use her credit card.
It was a novel idea. There was no such career, at least at the time.  It was a test of creativity to see if she could make a living at it.
Her first long distance race was the Chuckanut 50k which she first ran in 2000. She now is the Race Director for the annual event.  (This is the first year in history of the event that it was not held – due to the Covid 19 virus.)
She has been running and racing for 20 years and has run ultra distance races in 15 countries on 6 continents. 
Among signature events, she ran from her backyard in Bellingham to the summit of Mt. Baker. The run alone was over 50 miles.  She then had to change from running to climbing gear to summit the mountain.  She did it in 22 hours, a world record.
In 2015, she did a 165 mile run around the Lake Tahoe rim – setting a record of 47 hours and 29 minutes.
Last September, she ran around Mr. Baker.  It took over 3 days.
She has written a book:
She trains athletes all over the world. Her website, outlines her coaching services, including:
1) Weekly training schedule.  
2) 2 one hour phone or in-person consultations.  
3) Monitoring of your stats.
4) Unlimited email contact.
5) A resource for the questions
Now, ten years later, she reports she loves the creativity and challenge of her “job” and still hasn’t touched her savings.
Dr. Gary Goldfogel Covid-19 weekly update:
It has been a good week for Whatcom County.  There have been no Covid 19 patients in the I.C.U or on ventilators for the past 4 weeks.  Gary continues to think that we peaked, locally, about a month ago.  He explained the 4 deaths that were recently announced were patients infected weeks ago with co-morbidities and are just now dying.  Gary noted that, with CDC definitions, the death counted is increased because a number of the deaths are people dying with the disease and not from it. He noted that almost half (44% of all deaths) locally are patients over 90 years of age and 80% are over 80 years of age.
He continued recommended social distancing.  He recommended you take a look at the link below
Subject: COVID-19 and Postinfection Immunity Limited Evidence, Many Remaining Questions
Happy May Rotary Anniversaries! 
Dewey Desler
Member since 1987
Chuck Snyder
Member since 1994
Del VandeKerk
Member since 1998
John Macpherson
Member since 2003
Phil Gubbins
Member since 2004
Rud Browne
Member since 2007
Mark Knittel
Member since 2007
Arlie Norman
Member since 2008
Lynda Hinton
Member since 2014
Rich Bowers
Member since 2016
  Andy Day
Member since 2016
  Garrett Jeffrey
Member since 2018
Happy May Birthdays!
  • Tim Fisher
  • Colleen Baldwin
  • Monty McAllister
  • Megan Stanfield
  • Dennis Williams
  • Scott Wilson
  • Kathi Hiyane-Brown
May 25, 2020
Holiday - Memorial Day
Jun 01, 2020
Annual Youth Awards Program
Jun 08, 2020
Mood and Effective Communication
Jun 15, 2020
Bellingham Recovery House update
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Upcoming Events
Cancelled - RI Convention - Honolulu, Hawaii
Jun 06, 2020 – Jun 10, 2020
Virtual RCOB Board Meeting
Bellingham Legal Center
Jun 11, 2020
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
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Editor:  Tom Grinstad
Reporter:  Tim Farris
Invocation:  Mike Plenkovich
Greeter:  John Pedlow, Cathy Buckley and Sandee Lindhout
AV:  Shauna Naf
Music:  John Harris played "America the Beautiful"
Minister of Fun:  Kirstin Hunt and Aramis, our exchange student
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