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February 5, 2018  

President Teri opened the meeting at 1225.  We sang the Star Spangled Banner accompanied by Don Anderson on the piano.  Scott Hume gave the invocation. 


Brad Burdick, on behalf of the Las Vegas night organizers, reminded us that the fund-raising event is scheduled for the evening of March 2 at the Mt Baker Theater from 6:00-10:00 pm.  The cost is $100 per ticket and can be purchased from RCOB members or by calling Mt. Baker Theatre at 360.734.6080. 

The event will include : One Free Drink (Cash full bar available for additional drinks), Fabulous Food, Stack of Gaming Chips, Live Entertainment including a Lounge Singer, Astounding Circus Acts and Elvis will be in the house.  All of this will be followed by a Lightning Auction and Door Prizes.

The committee is looking for the donation of door prizes and auction items.  Contact Nathan Twining please.            

Each Club member will be asked to buy two tickets, either for their own use or to be sold to guests.  We were reminded that this event last year was a of lot fun and very successful.  Participation by all Club members is hoped for. Brad will be selling tickets prior to and after upcoming Rotary meetings.


Quite a few Rotarians were missing due to their being on the annual ski trip to Sun Peaks.
The next board meeting is Thursday, February 8 at 4:30 p.m., Dorothy Haggen Building, 3rd Floor.
Visiting Rotarian:
Former Member, Scott Walker visited us from Montana.  Great to see you Scott!!
Guests of Rotarians:  
Megan Stanfield brought James Pyles with Well Fargo Advisors

Scott Hume introduced Garrett Jeffery with PeaceHealth and Nathan Conant with Blue Kayak
Kathy Hiyane-Brown brought Sue Cole with Whatcom Community College
Chuck Snyder introduced Rob Olson, Assistant Attorney General
Marty Haines brought Gail Ridenour with the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra
Doug Cole introduced Fred Sheppard with Habitat for Humanities
John Harris brought his wife Patricia
Doug Cole introduced Fred Sheppard who represented Habitat for Humanity, the recipient for a $1,000 Service Committee grant from the RCOB Foundation.  Habitat is about to commence construction of a major multi-unit complex at 1050 Telegraph Road and will use funds from the grant for landscaping.
Bellingham School Superintendent Greg Baker provided a summary of the upcoming $155 million school bond.  The major component is the building of three replacement elementary schools:  Alderwood, Parkview and Sunnyland, all three situated on the north side of town where growth is most evident.  Please vote by February 13. 


Jim Cunningham introduced BTC president Kimberly Perry.  Kimberly began her position in July, 2015.  Before commencing her talk, she presented outgoing board member Jim Cunningham an award of thanks for his having served 17 years on the BTC board.  Rotarian Debbie Ahl is the current BTC board chair.  There was mention of a current board opening to fill Jim’s position.
BTC is celebrating its 60th year having opened in 1957 under the auspices of the Bellingham Schools.  BTC now operates under the State Board of Technical and Community Colleges.
Initial enrollment in 1957 was 336 and 16 programs were offered.  Enrollment now is 5,500 and 38 Associate degrees and certificates are offered.  There are 65 full time faculty.  In 2017 there were 977 degrees and certificates awarded.  The average age of students is 31. There are 112 students enrolled in Running Start, 30% of students are first generation college attenders and 84% of students are from Whatcom County.  There are 375 members from our community serving as Program Advisors.  77% of recent BTC students were placed in jobs within nine months of graduating.  BTC ranked #2 for graduation rate in Washington State amongst tech schools and community colleges.
The BTC Foundation raised $520,000 in 2017 and distributed 270 scholarships.  Citing “Time is the enemy of completion,” Kimberly said it was BTC’s goal for students to complete their studies within two years.  A sobering statistic was Washington’s “leaky pipe,” meaning that only 31% of students who start 9th grade go on to complete post-secondary education.  BTC is seen as part of the “drip pan” to help improve this situation.  
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