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April 8, 2019   

Opening  
 
President Sandy donned a traditional jacket and shared Rotary details from the country of Hungary (also noted member Dr. Steve Ban’s heritage from there).

Announcements:

January dues are overdue!!  President Sandy urged members who have not paid to get in their dues.  We have already had to pay Rotary International and District Dues on your behalf.

Preparing for next year:  Time to update your personal information and photo's in the Clubrunner Website.  You can Login yourself  on bellinghamrotary.org or give your information to Sandee and she will update it for you.  Instructions on how to login are on the home page of the website are left column under Website Tutorials.

Major awards nominations are being accepted by the Executive Committee for: the Will J. Griswold Club Service Award; the David C. Morse Sr. Community Service Award; the Michael K. Mischaikow International Service Award and the Karen W. Morse Vocational Service Award. They will be presented at our  Changing of the Guard June 24th. Turn in nominations to Executive Committee members Past President Teri Treat, President Sandy McIntire, President-Elect Cathy Buckley and VP Gary Goldfogel.  Details are available by  Click Here

 
Rise Against Hunger - April 27th 
Bob Morse  gave an update of the International Projects Committee. He announced that the committee has designated a dollar-for-dollar match of membership donations by the committee’s funds up to a limit of $5,000 going to the Rise Against Hunger project. He said the goal was to produce 88,000 meals that day.  To do that we need money and volunteers.  The first order of business is to raise the funds to buy the meals.  We are currently only 2/3 of the way there.  He urged people to donate if they haven’t already, and to volunteer on the 27th.
 
Board Meeting
  1. There will be a Board of Directors meeting this Thursday, April 11th at the Bellingham Legal Center, 805 Dupont St at 4:30
 
 
Guests of Rotarians:  
 
Jack Mulhern brought Kristina Jacobs, Comcast Spotlight Manager
 
Presentations:
Cathy Buckley would like to know who wants to stay on or who wants to switch to other committees. Let her know soon.
 
Felicity Dye made an announcement regarding our 2019-2020 Exchange Students arriving August, 2019. They are:
     Aramis Lima Melgarejo – Male from Lima, Peru (still needs a male Rotary Counselor).
     Emma Starke – Female from Beckum, Germany.
 
 
 
Program:
Andy Day introduced Shauna Naf & Kirstin Hunt – Membership Committee planning update
 
RCOB is working to reverse the steady decline in membership and increase our current membership from 131 this year to 143 next year. The committee calls on all members to help increase Rotary visibility in the following ways:
  • Invite people to meetings
  • Follow up with people that have previously attended
  • Get member’s spouses involved
  • Get people to Rotary events (community service & social events)
  • Share widely reasons why you like Rotary
  • Like our facebook page right now! (https://www.facebook.com/Rotary-Club-of-Bellingham-118376198250650/) – you get to see the club member photos, get updates, share your Rotary moments with the community, and expand your reach). 
  • Put a Rotary sticker on your car (and be a good driver to represent well)
  • Wear your Rotary pin (see Sandy if you need another)
 
Please be responding to the requests you receive for the RCOB community member slide shows that play while you eat your lunch. Also, update your photo for the Club Runner (and make sure it’s not pixelated).
 
Further ways of increasing membership: 
  • Have a physical presence at the upcoming Galbraith project, Ski to Sea, Farmers Market, etc.
  • Produce materials that tell the Rotary story and it’s community contributions (a new brochure is now made).
  • Streamline the process for potential members to get involved.
  • Have a follow up plan for potential plan.
  • Cultivate an environment that makes guests of the club comfortable.
  • Offer meeting invitations to potential members with the incentive of bringing in a special dynamic speaker about once a month to our weekly lunch meetings.
  • Create a welcoming foyer situation for new guests.
  • New member onboarding process:
  • Mentorship?
  • Attend a service  project?
  • Attend a social event?
  • Attend a board meeting?
  • Go on our website and …
  • Go to district website and …
  • Go to RI website and …
  • Like our Facebook page and …
  • Send us your photo …
  • Update bio…
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Speakers
May 27, 2019
Holiday Memorial Day
Jun 03, 2019
Annual Youth Awards Program
Jun 10, 2019
Fairhaven Summer Repertory Theatre at The Firehouse
Jun 17, 2019
Annual Rotary Cruise to Vendovi Island
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Upcoming Events
RCOB Social Hour
Debbie Ahl & Bill Ziels
May 21, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
 
Whatcom Memorial Day Parade
May 25, 2019 9:00 AM
 
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THIS WEEK'S TEAM:
 
Editor:  Tom Grinstad
 
Reporter: Hans Erchinger-Davis
 
Invocation:  Mike Plenkovich
 
Greeter:  Hans Erchinger-Davis
 
Greeter & Announcer: Sara Maloney
 
Raffle:  Rich Bowers
 
AV:  Rick Kaiser
 
Music:  John Stewart
 
Minister of Fun:  John Moffat
 
Photographer & Social Media: Mike Diehl
 
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Treasurer
 
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Director/Vocational Service & Membership
 
Director/International & Youth Service
 
Director/Community Service
 
Director/Club Service & Meetings
 
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