June 22, 2020     10th VIRTUAL MEETING

Opening :
Pre-Meeting Social Time
Many members joined the Zoom meeting around 12:15 pm for some socializing and a chance to hear Doug Cole’s report on the book “The Grand Lady of Mt. Baker – a History of the Mount Baker Lodge from 1927 – 1931.” 
It seems a group of local investors organized in the mid 1920’s to build the Mt. Baker Lodge, thinking it would draw visitors to the beautiful Heather Meadows area below Mt. Baker.  The first road to the area was built in 1925 and construction of the log and stone structure was begun in that same year.  An impressive DC power plant was built to support a lodge with all the needed amenities.  The lodge was completed and opened for business in 1927. It was a summer lodge only since ready access in winter was not possible. Guests, mainly from out of the area came to hike and enjoy the beauty of the area, but it was expensive and not a draw for local area citizens.  Unsurprisingly, the lodge was not profitable.  In 1931 fire broke out in the lodge and, without any sort of fire suppression system, it was totally destroyed.  The lodge was not rebuilt and has now become a part of the colorful Whatcom County history.
President Cathy showed a picture taken in the mid 1900’s of her mother skiing racing at Mt. Baker.  Her mother won the race and bested the time of the boys in the race. 
Opening Welcome
President Cathy enthusiastically called the 10th Virtual Meeting of the Rotary Club of Bellingham to order at 12:30pm.  Around 60 members connected. Cathy thanked members for participating in the virtual meeting and expressed the hope that we could soon get back to our normal meeting arrangement. 
Club Announcements 
President Cathy began by giving members a gentle reminder, that when on Zoom, to mute themselves unless they are speaking to avoid unwanted utterances during the various meeting activities.
Ken Marzocco, who along with Debbie Ahl is a Board member of the Northwest Innovation Resource Center, announced that with support from Amazon the NWIRC is sponsoring a competition in Bellingham for new entrepreneurial ideas around the theme “Ocean Health.”  All ideas will be considered and the 1st prize winner will receive a $5K award.  The following link is to a You Tube video detailing the program (it is four minutes long).
This is the link to the Amazon - Catalyst website<> which features each of the eight cities involved.  Any resident of Bellingham can compete under any of the eight city themes.  And they can work in teams of up to three people.    A total of $10,000 will be awarded as prizes to individuals in each city - $5,000 to the first place winner.
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.  We have 5 spots remaining.
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:                                                             
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Please contact Sandee at 360-734-5532 or if you run into any trouble.
Former member, Dale Rings joined us again, great to see you!!
James Pyles introduced M. J. Mallory. 
Andy Day introduced Scott McCreevy Whatcom Unified Command Response - Incident Commander.  Andy is Deputy Incident Commander
There were no presentations this meeting.
Peter Theisen introduced today’s program, “Whatcom Unified Command and Response on Covid-19,” presented by Club member Andy Day, who has been serving as the Deputy Incident Commander for the Command.  He served in this leadership role with the Incident Commander Scott McCreery.  Andy built his well-prepared remarks around the What, Who, Where and Why of the Unified Command. 
The Unified Command is an ad hoc group made up of members from Whatcom County, the City of Bellingham, the County Sheriff’s Office and the area Tribes.  Their purpose is to understand and coordinate the area’s response to the COVID-19 virus pandemic, to ensure the continuity of government, the maintenance of essential services and the safety of the populace and to assess the virus economic impacts. Also providing input are other Whatcom County cities, the Port of Bellingham, medical institutions, the school systems, the fire districts, non-profit group and area corporations. 
More specifically, the Incident objectives are to develop plans to address virus infection waves and prevent the spread of the virus.  Also, it is important to support the most vulnerable members of the community, to ensure adequacy of health care and supplies, to keep the public and media informed and to manage a coordinated response and recovery effort.
The Command has utilized the Emergency Coordination Center, which is located out near the airport.  The Center building consists of open flexible space, a radio room, meeting space and storage space for an 8-week supply of person protective equipment (masks, gowns, etc).  Andy emphasized that in the case of the current pandemic situation the area was caught short of PPE.  The intent is that that not happen again.
The Unified Command organizational structure consist of a top-level Executive Board, sitting over the Incident Commander and four sections that focus on Operations, Finance/Administration, Planning and Logistics.  In addition to the Incident Commander and Deputy Commander there are Incident Safety and Health Officers and Liaison and Public Information Officers.  The Planning section works on modeling the response to medical surges, isolation and quarantine and the transition to recovery.  The Operations section deals with issues such as safe food distribution and providing isolation and quarantine facilities.  Andy noted that an isolation and quarantine facility has been established at a 60-room motel site on Samish way.  And to support the operations, the Logistics section among other things is tasked with acquiring health care and first responder protective equipment, coordinating volunteers and working to ensure food supplies and security.
Finally, there is the challenge of paying for the pandemic costs.  As of June 18, the Unified Command has expended about $376K and has pending expenses of about $1.3M.  Funding overall for community pandemic-related costs will come from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Securities (CARES) Act, the County ($12.3M), the City of Bellingham ($2.7M) and area small cities ($1.2M). 
As to what we in the public can do in the future, Andy emphasized the need to maintain small gatherings and physical distancing, wear a mask, wash our hands, stay home when sick and get tested.  With care we hope to move from Phase II to the next phases of recovery as soon as possible.
At the close of the meeting Pres. Cathy showed off the bell which was wearing a mask to ward off the virus. Dr. Dick Tucker did likewise, causing a laughing fit by Cathy so intense that I (editor) nearly wet myself .  
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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Editor:  Tom Grinstad
Reporter:  Arlie Norman
Invocation:  Paul Grey
Greeter:  Cathy Buckley and Sandee Lindhout
AV:  Mark Knittel
Music:  John Stewart
Minister of Fun:  Kirstin Hunt and Aramis
Book Report:  Doug Cole "The Grand Lady of Mt. Baker - A history of the Mount Baker Lodge from 1927-1931" by Michael Impero
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