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December 21st, 2020     32nd  VIRTUAL MEETING

Pre-Meeting Social Time
Book Review: 
Prior to the official beginning of the meeting, Chuck Snyder gave a book report on The Big Road a book by Earl Swift describing the building of the American highway system. The system began in the 19th Century with roads that developed from cow tracks and game paths connecting communities. Carl Fisher promoted good roads in the early 1900’s and the Lincoln Highway from Chicago to San Francisco was built. But it was not until after WWII that the interstate highway system was built under the Eisenhower administration. The freeways are numbered from the SW corner of the nation as even numbers stretching East-West and odd numbers going North-South. This is the reason we have # 5 from Blaine to San Diego.

A Rotary Christmas 2020 video by Rick Kaiser  (Click Here)


Opening Welcome
President Gary requested the bell to open the meeting, which everyone heard, but no one observed. Was there really a bell Sandee, or merely a recording?
President Gary welcomed us to the latest and last virtual meeting of the Rotary Club of Bellingham in the calendar year of 2020. He announced that there is no club meeting next week. Did you catch that? NO MEETING NEXT WEEK. (28 December 2020) There were no committee announcements.
Club and Committee Announcements 
President Gary announced that there is no club meeting next week. Did you catch that? NO MEETING NEXT WEEK. (28 December 2020) There were no committee announcements.
So, to make up for this deficit, Debbie Ahl showed us some nostalgic toys for the minister of fun ceremony. Did you see toys from your youth?  Please give happy bucks accordingly when you see the reminder and link from Sandee.

January 1, 2021 Football Games:  Payout $25 per quarter

      Alabama vs Notre Dame  (Click Here)

      Clemson vs Ohio State  (Click Here)

2020-2021 Max Higbee Major Project special announcement:  To spur us to reach our goal of $100,000 for the Max Higbee Center's building fund, three anonymous Rotarian angels are offering to match 50 percent of every new donation up to $15,000, which would carry us to our goal. Take advantage of this way to stretch the value of your donation!
Bellingham Herald Article Link (click here)
The Max Higbee 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 are 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.  
Other Announcements
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.
The minimum age for donating blood is 16 and those 16 and 17 would need parent’s permission to participate. 
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 members, Dale Ring joined us again 
Major Project: Max Higbee Center  (Click here for presentation link)
Jen Moehl presented the latest installment of the Max Higbee story for our enjoyment. We need the rest of you to fulfill your pledges and get this major project funded and off running.  These interviews with the Center’s administrator, clients, client’s families, and friends of the Center have described the impact of the Max Higbee place has had on so many Whatcom County lives. Let’s get this over and done with!  We have a few generous members who are stepping up to match your donation. Now’s the time to make your Special Project gift! What’s the excuse? DO IT!!!
Light House Mission Presentation by Hans Erchinger-Davis  (Click here for video)
Hans Erchinger-Davis shared a short video of the work of the Lighthouse Mission. It seems to go in four stages. The first is the Drop-In Center, where all are welcome. For the women and children there is Agape House to assist them in returning to society.  The men go through the mission to rehabilitate and re-enter society. The Mission serves about 2,500 people a year. They need our support to continue this important work.  Please help them with a holiday donation.  For more info on the Mission, and to make a gift online, see their website.
Gail Ridenour, Executive Director of the Bellingham Symphony Orchestra (BSO), arranged for a virtual program by the Bellingham Symphony Orchestra. A number of pieces were played for our enjoyment. This reporter was not fast enough to catch all the names of the pieces played in this Home for the Holidays video. So, to protect himself he will merely name off the performers, who played admirably. (Thank you Gail for anticipating the shortcomings of the Tattler editorial staff and supplying this private link to the BSO Holiday Classics Playlist)
First was a fabulous piccolo duet with a medley of seasonal tunes performed by Deborah Arthur and Gena Mikkelsen. Up next was vocalist Ibidunni Ojikutu accompanied by Ryan Dudenbostel  on piano. A lovely harp duet by Jill Whitman and Nora Dennelly playing Sleep, Sleep left us drifting off and wondering why we don’t have more harps in our lives. Then came a great rendition of the Coventry Carol by a string quartet which included Emily Bailey, Karen Visser, Gaye Davis and Samantha Sinai.
The BSO Conductor, Yaniv Attar, and his son, Jonah performed the Dreidel.
The performance concluded with We Wish You a Merry Christmas done by a string trio consisting of Shu Hsin Ko, Yuko Watanabe and Coral Marchant.
For more holiday enjoyment Gail let us know we can watch the holiday concert for free on December 24th and December 25th on the BSO website: The concert includes more music from BSO musicians as well as a fantastic collaboration with Children of the Setting Sun Productions.
The Tattler editorial staff encourage you to subscribe to the BSO to hear more and to support the musical enrichment of our community. It is worth it.
Local Covid Update:
President Gary gave a really quick Covid update. The state dashboard is still in error as far as their counts of test and results. In the county the new case load is equivalent to prior to Thanksgiving levels. A new strain of the virus is making headlines as being more infectious, but whether it is more deadly remains to be seen…
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:
December Rotary Anniversaries - Thank you! 
Paul Landgren
Member Since 1995
Thank you for 25 years of service! 
Paul Hanson
Member Since 1966
Dave Blair
Member Since 1979
Rick Haggen
Member Since 1982
Jim Cunningham
Member Since 1994
Daver Morse III
Member Since 2003
Kathi Hiyane-Brown
Member Since 2003
John Huntley
Member Since 2010
Catherine Riordan
Member Since 2012
Dennis Williams
Member Since 2012
Steve Hettick
Member Since 2016
Bacchus Taylor
Member Since 2019
December Birthdays
  • Lisa Saar
  • Jamie Vos
  • Teri Treat
  • Chris Lyddan
  • Bob Sytsma
  • Loch Trimingham
  • Kathie Hardie
Jan 25, 2021
The Mt. Baker Foundation-One in Three of Us is at Risk for Chronic Kidney Disease…are You the One?
Feb 01, 2021
ID's for the Homeless
Feb 08, 2021
Bellingham Rotaract Club
Feb 15, 2021
Holiday - President's Day
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Editor:  Catherine Riordan
Reporter:  Tom Grinstad
Invocation:  Steve Ban
Greeter: Brad Burdick, President Gary and Sandee
AV:  Rick Kaiser
Music:   Rotary Brass
Minister of Fun:  Debbie Ahl
Book Review:  Chuck Snyder "The Big Roads" by Earl Swift