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October 22, 2018   

President Sandy was a bit handicapped today by a heavy program load.
No hat, no geography lesson.  Could he have run out of hats? 
Gail Ridenour led us perfectly into three verses of America The Beautiful, and the AV assist on the screen taught, at least this reporter, a verse he had never heard before.  Nicely done.


The projected image of Warren Bestwick announced the death of our long time friend and Past President.  Greg Grant did a marvelous job of reminding us of the man, and the incredible life that he led.  A highly decorated flying warrior, a highly successful businessman, and a gentle and giving soul.  Warren Bestwick was truly a Rotarian of honor, dignity and character. 


Jeff Jenkins announced that the football pool for this weekend Seahawks vs Lions , 10/28/18  (Click here for numbers)

Save the Dates:

October 26th - "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner".  Nathan Twining reminded members that the great Rotary tradition "Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” will be held  this Friday, October 26.  Participants will be contacted shortly. 

November 3rd - District 5050 Foundation Dinner at Northwood Hall 5:00 pm no host social hr.  Cost $60.00 if registered by 10/26/18.  Register here.

November 4th - The Social committee will be hosting a new event, Capital Steps Performance and RCOB Social at Mt. Baker Theater.  The show will start at 3:00 and the Social will be around 5:00 ish in the Encore Room.  Bring a bottle or wine or appetizer and leave in the room prior to the performance.  Guests are welcomed and a great opportunity to bring a prospective new member.  Go to the Mt. Baker Theater  website, purchase tickets and use the Code Word "Rotary" to receive a 20% discount. You will not want to miss it.  Email Debbie Ahl at to confirm you are coming and what you will be bringing.

Guests of Rotarians:  
Jennifer Moehl introduced our Exchange Students Carla and Rumbi
Donna  Inglis introduced her Mother, Marnell Farley and Katie Jansen
Mike Diehl brought Rob Fix, Port of Bellingham and Eric Brown with WMBC
Gary Goldfogel introduced April de Montiel with NWMS, Exec. Director, Karen Haggen -Major Gifts Officer at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation and Whatcom Hospice Foundation  and Speaker Gurphrett Dhillon, PeaceHealth Cancer Center.
Mike Plenkovich introduced Josselyn Winslow with the Alzheimer Society
Lisa Saar brought Cecily Hazelrigg-Hernandez – Lawyer with the Public defenders office; running for Division 1, Position 3-Court of Appeals
Andy Day introduced Elisabeth Starnes and Gwin Cooper guests interested in hearing the speaker
Del VandeKerk brought Kristine Elliott
Our 2019 Major Project, A Galbraith Mountain Parking lot, was thoroughly introduced and explained by the Galbraith Mountain Organization leader, Eric Brown.  Our contribution will go a long way towards funding a greatly expanded parking lot on City Park land across from the Samish Way entrance to Galbraith Mountain.  The lot will eliminate a seriously dangerous traffic situation that now exists at the site and facilitate use of this recreational treasure. Eric was introduced by Mike Diehl who sponsored this project. President Sandy had his check written, Now it is our turn - let’s get this done quickly, and generously.
Important request:  Our  "Contemplating End of Life" series continues thru October and guests are invited.  If you are planning on bringing a guest, please inform Sandee Lindhout -
Yet another of the Coroner’s Chronicles brought us Gurprett Dhillon from the Peace Health St. Joseph hospital.  Gurprett spoke enthusiastically of the Palliative Care Program being developed by Peace Health with special emphasis on the Cancer Center and Hospice.  We were pleased to see that Donna Inglis is a primary leader in this effort to provide world-class palliative care to our community.
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