Weekly Meeting Photos
  Chuck Snyder

November 30, 2020     29th  VIRTUAL MEETING

Pre-Meeting Social Time
Book Review: James Pyles reviewed The New Map, a book written by Daniel Yergin, who also authored The Prize, a very thorough history of the oil industry, published in 1992. The New Map is an updated discussion of the global energy market and how, with the advent of U.S. fracking and horizontal drilling, the entire world economy has been turned on its head. The author takes a world tour of the global energy players (Russia, China, EU, Saudi Arabia, USA) and discusses implications on the transportation industry (think electric cars), as well as climate change.
Opening Welcome 
President Gary Goldfogel called the 29th virtual meeting of the RCOB to order at 12:30 PM, as Sandee Lindhout rang the bell. Gary welcomed all members and guests and thanked the members who assisted with the meeting.
Rick Kaiser took us back in history to a video ad campaign during WW II, designed to increase the sale of war bonds. Rick wisely offered a disclaimer regarding the use of blackface in the video as being racist. Thanks Rick.
Club Announcements 
Football Pool Grid - UW vs Stanford 12-5-2020   (Click Here)  (Click Here for game schedule)
Winners of the Seahawks vs Eagles game:  Congratulations!!
Q1 – David Blair
Q2 – Ken Marzocco
Q3 – Rich Bowers
Q4 – Jan Marchbanks
In an act of desperation and befitting Cyber Monday, President Gary offered deep discounts on the two remaining website sponsorships: $200 each for 1 year. The link from the ad takes viewers easily to your website.

Steve Ban reminded us of the ongoing blood drive, and that we can donate every 8 weeks. Friends and relatives are encouraged to join and receive credit for our Area G.
The Board approved the 2021-2022 Nominating Committee recommendations being announced by Chairman and Past President Cathy Buckley as follows:
President:  Peter Theisen
President-Elect:  Paul Grey
VP-Program Chairman:  Doug Cole
Treasurer:  Steve Gray
Past President:  Gary Goldfogel
Board of Directors (2 years):  Shauna Naf & Felicity Dye will join John Pedlow and Steve Hettick
Dick Tucker provided information about RCOB’s annual Salvation Army bell ringing, which will be on December 12 from 9-5 at the four local Haggen stores. An email sign up form has been sent. These will be outdoor locations. If you have concerns about social distancing, contact Dick for possible alternative opportunities to serve.
Invitation to Join the Mt. Baker Rotary Zoom Meeting December 15th  Noon to 1pm
Two Worlds will be presenting information to our club on a shared Rotary project - Hospice care in Nepal. Here is a story with more information on the Hospice Nepal Project:
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 826 0229 6646
Passcode: Service     
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.
The minimum age for donating blood is 16 and those 16 and 17 would need parent’s permission to participate. 
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.
Happy Bucks
Lynda Hinton was first to share her appreciation for the sympathies extended to her after her mother’s recent passing. Then others, for whom Peggy Hinton had been a mentor, classmate, or lifelong friend, shared their very fond memories.
James Pyles exuded his happiness and probably relief that his newly degree-minted son landed a job at Boeing.
Cathy Buckley, of course, had to recognize the Husky victory, with new coach, on Saturday, along with her next grandchild, who is expected in May.
Bob Morse offered some sad bucks that, due to COVID-related caution, he will not be ringing Salvation Army bells for the first time in 50 years!
Good news for bell ringing though: Kathie Hardy will be playing harp at the Haggen location. This alone is worth a trip to Haggen’s.
BTW, there is an online way to make donations to the Salvation Army for those staying safe at home.
Former members, Dale Ring joined us again along with Karen &  Joe Morse and Bruce MacCormack
Doug Cole introduced his guest Vinson Latimore of the Gibraltar Business Group. 
Paul Grey introduced our speaker, our own Chuck Snyder
Catherine Riordan introduced Stephen Gockley, retired attorney, board member of the Whatcom Dispute Resolutin Center, and co-chair of the Incarceration Reduction Task Force. 
Major Project: Max Higbee Center
Jennifer Moehl played a brief video ( of Naamin, Max Higbee Center volunteer and  Board member, in which he spoke of his genuine love for the Center and the people who go and work there. This was a natural segue into his vocal rendition of “Everyone Knows Your Name” and his brief poem of appreciation.
Jennifer announced that only about half of our members have pledged or donated so far and expressed hope that we can reach  80% or more participation soon. She recognized these members who have recently given to the project: Marty Haines, Lynda Hinton, Jan Marchbanks, D. C. Morse, Arlie Norman, and Bob Trunek.
Jennifer Moehl's presentation today  (click here)
Our own Chuck Snyder presented A Look at the Current American Justice System. Program Chairman Paul Grey introduced Chuck and noted that today's topic related to Rotary's most important priority, promoting peace. In reviewing Chuck’s accomplishments, his presidency of the RCOB is only a blip in a long list of ways Chuck’s leadership and judicial service have strengthened our region: teen court, drug court, judicial college, special advocate program, cost savings.

Updating us on the justice system, given the current importance of the courts in our thoughts, was Chuck’s focus. Knowing what a downer that could be, Chuck included a few much appreciated jokes and comics in his presentation (e.g., the 5/4 split in sandwich orders coming from the US Supreme Court, pre-pandemic, of course). The importance of maintaining our faith in the rule of law for sustaining our way of life was a theme throughout Chuck’s talk. At the same time, Chuck acknowledged some challenges in our legal systems: racial inequities in referrals, sentencing, and legal education; access to legal services for the poor and disabled; increasing costs; many unfilled court appointments.
The pandemic is affecting the courts. Of particular note is the difficulty of holding jury trials, since senior citizens, a high-risk group, often make up a large part of juries.

Chuck mentioned that the life tenure of federal judges was intended to insulate them from political influences. However, it hasn't always worked out that way.

Chuck also shared the Constitution’s silence on key issues many of us thought were in the Constitution, such as the checks and balances of the three branches of government. He discussed how the role of the US Supreme Court has evolved over the years, including growing from the original six Justices and its role in appeal processes.
Actually, the Constitution did not specify exactly what the Supreme Court's function was! It was the case of Marbury v Madison that was the basis for the modern functioning of the courts. Emerging from a case about (wait for it!) an election controversy, it was decided in 1803, with Chief Justice John Marshall writing the unanimous opinion that the Supreme Court "determines what the law is, interprets the Constitution, and can determine that a law passed by Congress is invalid and of no effect”. This ruling also served as the “basis for later determinations that the Constitution embodies rights that the Supreme Court may determine and define, sometimes from implications based on the language of the Constitution, such as a right to privacy, rights protecting marriage between same sex couples, etc.”.

The Bush v Gore decision in 2000 is a good example, in Chuck's opinion, of the Supreme Court overreaching its mandate. The Court's ruling stopped a recount of the votes for president in Florida, rather than allowing the Florida state courts to deal with the controversy.  This was a political decision which, according to the dissenting Justices, implied an unwarranted "lack of confidence in the impartiality and capacity of the state judges", thus undermining the American public's "confidence in the men and women who administer the judicial system, which is the true backbone of the rule of law".  Thus far in this year's presidential election controversy, all of the courts, both state and federal, have ruled based on facts, apparently not influenced by political pressures.

Stepping back to provide some general commentary, Chuck noted how monumental decisions can emerge from some very small, low stakes cases. Chuck sees courts becoming increasingly policy making bodies, which is problematic because it is important for courts to be perceived as neutral. That perception allows people to accept decisions they might not agree with, simply because it is the law. Without the rule of law, we lose major restraints on misbehavior and the law’s credibility.

Some interesting answers emerged in response to members’ questions:
1. TV Courts are not real courts. They deal with made up, scripted cases. The "judges" are actors, not real judges. It is all just entertainment. 
2. The recent decision by Judge Sullivan to not dismiss the Flynn case when asked by DOJ to do so, was the right thing to do, in Chuck’s opinion. It seemed that DOJ was responding to political pressure and Sullivan, with input from an independent colleague, stuck to the facts.
3. Can repeated false claims about the fairness of elections be considered sedition? The US Attorney General would need to be the one to prosecute and would have to prove intent. In any event, Chuck warned that such false claims undermine our democracy and ability to function as a nation.
4. Judicial appointments are made by politicians, who usually choose politically like minded people. However, once on the court, judges often will make decisions independent of that political point of view.  Chuck acknowledged that there have been some blatantly political federal judicial appointments and believes the US Senate could improve in its crucial role of critically reviewing such nominees before approving them.

Local Covid Update:
President Gary reported that the number of cases is increasing, but open hospital beds remain and no one has required ICU care. He sees no reason to be concerned in Whatcom County.
On a lighter note, a little Covid humor. Hard to believe it has come to this:   
    1. The dumbest thing I ever bought was a 2020 planner.
    2. I was so bored I called Jake from State Farm just to talk to someone.   He asked me what I was wearing.
    3. 2019:  Stay away from negative people.  2020:  Stay away from positive people.
    4. The world has turned upside down.  Old folks are sneaking out of the house & their kids are yelling at them to stay indoors!
    5. This morning I saw a neighbor talking to her dog.  It was obvious she thought her dog understood her.  I came into my house & told my cat.  We laughed a lot.
    6. Every few days try your jeans on just to make sure they fit.  Pajamas will have you believe all is well in the kingdom.
    7. Does anyone know if we can take showers yet or should we just keep washing our hands?

Program Recordings:  We are now recording the speaker portion of our meetings:
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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
Jan 04, 2021
Sustainable Connections "Thriving Community, Economy and Environment"
Jan 11, 2021
Nooksack Salmon Enhancement
Jan 18, 2021
Holiday - Martin Luther King Day
Feb 15, 2021
Holiday - President's Day
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Reporter:  Catherine Riordan
Invocation:  Jennifer Moehl
Greeter: President Gary and Sandee
AV:  Jim Cunningham
Music:   Provided by Rick Kaiser
Book Review:  James Pyles "The New Map" by Daniel Yergin