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Carol Hendricks                               Debbie Bodal

November 9, 2020     26th  VIRTUAL MEETING

Opening :
Football Pool Grid - UW vs Oregon St. (Click Here)  (Click Here for game schedule)
Pre-Meeting Social Time
Mike Plenkovich reviewed the book, The Great Bridge - The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge. (David McCullough, 1972, 600pgs). The Brooklyn Bridge was the longest suspension bridge ever built up to that time. Built entirely by hand, construction started in 1869 and took 14 years to complete. When it opened in 1883 to horse and buggy traffic, it was considered the 8th Wonder of the World. The book told the story of the politics and engineering involved in the construction, as well as the heroism and grit of the builders. The completed bridge was hailed as a unique human achievement.
The focus of the story is on John Robling and his family, who were responsible for building the Brooklyn Bridge. John Robling was a German immigrant who had the vision and started the project. When he died unexpectedly, his son, a civil engineer, took over and guided the construction to completion. As an example of the complexity of the project and the magnitude of engineering creativity involved, Mike described in detail how the bases of the enormous towers of the bridge were solidly secured to the bedrock, some 45 feet below the river bottom, without the use of any machinery! 
Opening Welcome 
President Gary called the meeting to order at 12:30 PM with the ringing of the bell by Sandee Lindhout. Gary welcomed all members and guests and asked all to honor our veterans as we celebrate Veteran's Day in 2 days.
Rick Kaiser played a moving Veteran's Day video submitted by Jack Mulhern (sorry unsuccessful in attempting to attach)
Club Announcements
Cancelled -  Board of Directors Zoom meeting this Thursday, November 12.                       
Peter Theisen, through President Gary, announced that the Service Committee will meet this Thursday at 1pm to start considering grant proposals, so get your proposals in soon.
President Gary presented Paul Harris Fellow Pins virtually to Ann Jones (3rd PHF), Susie Thomson (3rd PHF) and Loch Trimingham (4th PHF). Fellow members honored them with a silent but enthusiastic standing ovation.
Cathy Buckley announced that a Rotary ski trip this winter is still possible, but we have to stay out of Canada.  Suggestions for skiing locations that are easy to reach by car or plane are welcome. Jackson Hole and Sun Valley are under consideration. All levels of skiing ability are invited. Those who are interested should contact Cathy soon.
Sandy McIntire, dressed in his Seattle Sounders finest, jubilantly announced that his favorite soccer club is in the playoffs once again and ranked second in the Western Conference. 
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.
Paul Grey introduced our speakers, Carol Hendricks & Debbie Bodal with Days for Girls
President of the evening Toastmasters, Rick Nishi joined us
Doug Cole introduced Vinson Latimore with Gibraltar Business Group
A Presentation from Jennifer Moehl for Max Higbee Fundraising had technical difficulties.  Click Here for the video of member voices sharing their experience at Max Higbee. A joyful, wonderful experience. John Dunne reported that  $32k has been pledged so far from Rotary members.
Carol Hendricks, founder of Days for Girls (DfG), and Debbie Bodal, Rotarian from Snoqualmie supporting DfG, presented an update on the project, having introduced our Club to DfG about a year ago.
DfG was started in Snoqualmie in 2013 and has as its mission to break the cycle of poverty and provide days of dignity for menstruating girls and young women in the African country of Eswatini. It provides menstrual health education and DfG Kits and has reached 10,000 girls and women. Carol and Debbie shared the story of progress the organization has had in Eswatini and appreciate Rotary’s extensive involvement. Many of the impacted women are now sewing the kits and C19 masks and earning an income, and have earned gold star status in sewing. DfG also started an education program called Men Who Know, which helps men understand menstruation and reproductive health, as well as help curb violence and bring unity to communities. Rotary has started DfG International, which is expanding the program to other African countries.
Covid Update: 
President Gary reported that the number of new positive cases is elevated in our community, but those needing hospitalization continues to be low because most people are being treated as outpatients. There have been two Covid related deaths this past week.
Final Announcement
President Gary thanked all who contributed to today's meeting and, once again, urged all members to honor our veterans on Veteran's Day.
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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Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Dec 12, 2020
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Editor:  Steve Ban
Reporter:  Hans Erchinger-Davis
Invocation:  Jennifer Moehl
Greeter: President Gary and Sandee Lindhout
AV:  Jamie Vos
Music:   Rick Kaiser
Minister of Fun:  Ken Marzocco
Book Review:  Mike Plenkovich "The Great Bridge-The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge" by Historian David McCullough