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                               Music by Rick Kaiser                                                                                         Honoring Susie Thomson and Sandee Lindhout
                    
 
2021-2022 Major Awardee's              
   
Will J. Griswold Club Service   David C. Morse Community Service      Michael K. Mischaikow International Service        
               Jack Westford                               Shauna Naf                                                        Mark Knittel                                                   
                                             
 
                          Karen W. Morse Vocational Service
                                            Hans Erchinger-Davis       
      
 
                         Swearing in your 2022-2023 Board of Directors                                                             Past President Gary Goldfogel
                  
 
   Gavel exchange to new President Paul Grey
        
 
 
Base Camp Work Party!
                                                                                                           Joanne Knittel & Peter Theisen                    Andy Day
                
 
         Mark Knittel & Doug Cole                      Doug Cole                                     Hans Erchinger-Davis                     Mike Plenkovich
                 
 
                  Joanne Knittel & Andy Day
   
                                                                                                                               

June 20, 2022

Opening Welcome:
President Peter smacked the bell for the last time in his tenure to open the meeting. He briefly recounted club accomplishments under his leadership. And then he announced that this is the last meeting in this venue for two weeks. You got that? Don’t show up here until 11 July, unless you crave solitariness (is that a word?).
 
 
Support Rotary in Ukraine
 
Message from our District Governor for District 5050, Bev Harrington:
 
My Fellow Rotarians:
As the humanitarian crisis unfolds in Ukraine, we ask "what can we do from so far away?"  Here is the most comprehensive information I have received to date. 
Financial contributions are easily made online to The Rotary Foundation Disaster Response Fund.  A link to view the projects that are already in place is also provided below.  
You and I and Rotarians from around the world can make a difference.  
 
All donations made online at Disaster Response Fund | My Rotary, including the use of available district designated funds (DDF), need to be received by April 30, 2022. Grant applications to take advantage of the funds will be available now through June 30, 2022. This will be the main avenue for Rotary Foundation support, but Rotary and Rotaract clubs are also encouraged to create their own responses to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.
 
In addition to the support provided through the Disaster Response Fund, the Foundation is coordinating with partners and regional leaders, exploring effective solutions to the increased humanitarian needs. You will find a comprehensive list of projects at this linkwith the contact details and websites.
Thank you for all that you do to promote peace
 
Club and Committee Announcements:     
 
Marty Haines said great weather is in store for the cruise next Monday, June 27th, to Eliza Island  If you want to go on the cruise, but have not filled out the form at the meeting, you can contact Marty to register for the event: (360)739-0204 or mghaines3@gmail.com. There may be a few more slots open, so get on board.  If you signed up at the Monday meeting, please contact Marty to make sure you made the list!
 
Jack Westford said the book club survey is complete – but didn’t release the results. What kind of action is that, Jack?
 
Ward Naf reported that the work party at Base Camp was finished in one hour, completed by ten of our volunteers.
 
Doug Cole stated that the work party at the We Grow Garden was successful. It was a cooperative effort with other Rotary clubs.  
 
 
Website Sponsors Needed !!!
We are looking for Website sponsors for the next Rotary year starting July 1st. It is a great opportunity to advertise your business and support Rotary - $350 for the year. Check out the current sponsors on our website by going to bellinghamrotary.org. Contact Sandee if you are interested. Thank you for your support.
 
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Weekly Meeting instructions:

You will still receive an email from Sandee each week prior to the Monday 12:30 meeting if you are unable to attend in person (you can start logging in at 12:00 for short socializing) with the link for that privacy-protected meeting. If you have n  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 cannot do 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. 

Four Points is now requiring a Contract thru March 2022. We will continue t  evaluate other locations for a permanent location.   Lunch will be $22 for a sit-down meal. We must notify them by Wednesday at 4:00 pm each week prior to the Monday meeting as to the number of members attending. We are sending out meeting "Invites" weekly and members are asked to sign-up ASAP. You can also sign-up by going to the event section of our website at bellinghamrotary.org. If you sign up for a meal at the meeting, you will need to pay the $22 even if you don't wind up attending the meeting after the numbers are turned in. If you plan to attend but not eat, PLEASE indicate that on your sign-up so we don't overorder meals and still make sure there is enough seating. 

Four Points also will not collect the payment weekly, so the Club will collect payments prior to the meeting or at the door.

We urge members of the RCOB to set up a Venmo account for ease in payment of Meeting lunches, 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 di ctly 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

Other payment options are to bring a check in the correct amount to the meeting made out to RCOB or cash in the exact amount to speed up the payment process. There is also the PayPal  option as usual and we are set to take payments at the meeting. We have a QR Code that you scan and simply click to pay thru paypal also.

 
Website and Phone App instructions:
Here is a tutorial on how to login for the first time. (Click here)  Go to belling mrotary.org first. In order to login you need t know your user name and password in your Clubrunner account. The user name is Your first name.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 her 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:                                                             
iphones https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/clubrunner/id434696377?mt=8                                                                            
Here is a link for you to take a look at the app:

Please contact Sandee at 360-734-5532 or rcob@comcast.net if you run into any trouble.
 
Guests:
 
Jack Westford introduced his wife Nancy and daughter Brenda and of course Rotarian son Rob!
 
Members attending on Zoom:  Dick Tucker, Scott Wallace, John Moffat, John Pedlow, Scott Wallace, Nancy Jordan, Monty McAllister and Steve Hager.

Presentation: 

In honoring Susie Thompson for her generous work for the club and its foundation, Dennis Williams apologized for dental work that might have caused him to slur his words. Dennis recounted all the many ways Susie aided the club – pro bono. Teri Treat added that it might be due to the clarity of the financial statements that donations to the foundation have continued at a fine pace. Susie was awarded an honorary membership to the club and her fourth Paul Harris Fellow!
 
The Will J. Griswold Club Service Award was presented to Jack Westford by Roland Trenouth. Roland noted Jack’s various contributions to the club’s activities, the latest one being the establishing of a book discussion slot in the program. Jack has also led civic groups, locally and state-wide while a member of RCOB.
 
Mike Diehl presented the David C. Morse Community Service Award to the one and only Shauna Naf. He related that Shauna has been active not only in the Rotary Club but also the Boy Scouts and other organizations. She was also the recipient of the Griswold Award a couple of years ago. Way to go Shauna.
 
To award the Michael K. Mischaikow International Service Award, Paul Grey was called upon. From the very get-go it was obvious who would receive this. No surprise here – Mark Knittel. His work to provide a rugged self-contained computer system to impoverished schools in Kenya is a great success. This has spawned spinoff projects by other groups.
 
The Karen W. Morse Vocational Service Award went to Hans Erchinger-Davis presented by Doug Cole, the leader of the Lighthouse Mission, for his work with the homeless and those with mental or substance problems. The problem is that Hans escaped the room prior to the award. This reporter let him slip by, despite trying to contain him with a flying toe hold.

Program: Changing of the Guard

President Peter then thanked the membership for support during his term in office. He said that he was proud of the way the club has survived the Covid crisis. He gave Sandee extra recognition for her efforts to keep the club alive. This thanks included all the existing board members.

The new officers and board members were introduced. In a peaceful transition in power, the oath of office was given to Paul Grey, incoming president, and the incoming officers and board members, who all pledged to be great.

 

New Officers
  • Paul Grey – President
  • Doug Cole – President-Elect 
  • Steve Ban– Vice-President & Program Chairman 
  • Steve Gray – Treasurer
  • Peter Theisen – Past President
  • Andy Day – Incoming Director
  • Lynda Hinton – Incoming Director
  • Shauna Naf – Director
  • Felicity Dye – Director
Gary Goldfogel gave a short talk thanking Peter for his term in office. He related the significant hardships the leadership has endured during Covid. We lost Northwood Hall as a meeting place; the pandemic stopped the club from in-person meetings for a while and has impacted the meetings for three years now. This is at a time when service clubs are really needed.

Then it was incoming President Paul’s turn. The gavel (not the great ivory one) was passed to Paul. He gave us a 35-word life story. (I didn’t count the words, took Paul’s word for it). He described the upcoming year as a Year of Renewal and Excitement. And he has a plan of how to get there. He is looking for a wise group (you all – not me) to help him accomplish this.

Priorities

  1. Increase our impact

  2. Expand our reach

  3. Enhance participant engagement

  4. Increase our ability to adapt

Paul listed 21 goals aimed at addressing these priorities. We will not list them all here, but among them seven are predefined by RI and 14 are club goals. They are aimed at getting more service participation and new member sponsorship.

 

Among the club goals are to accomplish a service project to the tune of $85,000. We will budget $6,000 for “fun”. The club will give six Paul Harris awards. Committees will be reorganized. For example, some committees (attendance, Memorial Park) will be dissolved and swept into existing committees. Others will be combined – Membership and Fundraising & Major Project. New hands-on opportunities will come your way. The 22-23 roster will be available on the website to download and print, saving the club a considerable cost. And a committee of our realtors will search for a new home that is attractive, with windows, good parking, and affordable meals.

 

The most astounding news may have been that RCOB now owns the float structure used in the recent parade.  It will be stored at Shauna and Ward’s, ready to launch into any parade at a moment’s notice.

 

New President Paul promises this will be a great Rotary Year…

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June Rotary Anniversaries - Thank you! 
 
 
 
 
 
Bob Diehl
57 years of service
 
Mike Plenkovich
36 years of service
 
Fred Kaiser
35 years of service
 
Tim Farris
24 years of service
 
Ken Marzocco
23 years of service
Rob Westford
17 years of service
Rick Kaiser
8 years of service
Steve Gray
8 years of service
 
Jodi Borelli
1 year of service
Michael Mallory
1 year of service
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June Birthdays - Happy Birthday and Enjoy!

  • Charlie Self
  • Jack Westford
  • Peter Theisen
  • Rob Olson
  • J.C. Hickman
  • Dominique Zervas
  • Bob Trunek
  • Roland Trenouth
  • Dick Tucker
  • John Moffat
Speakers
Jul 11, 2022
Menstrual Health and Hygiene: Days for Girls in Eswatini, Africa - Update
Jul 18, 2022
A Journey Through Opioid Addiction, Homelessness, Incarceration, and Recovery.
Jul 25, 2022
All About Ridwell: The Ultimate In Recycling!
Aug 01, 2022
"A Conversation with County Executive Sidhu"
View entire list
Upcoming Events
RCOB In-Person Meeting July 11, 2022
Four Points by Sheraton
Jul 11, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
 
RCOB In-Person Meeting July 18, 2022
Four Points by Sheraton
Jul 18, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
 
Golfun 2022
Homestead Farms Golf Club
Aug 26, 2022 1:00 PM
 
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Executives & Directors
President
 
President Elect
 
Treasurer
 
Executive Secretary
 
Vice President/Program Chair
 
Past President
 
Director/Vocational Service & Membership
 
Director/International & Youth Service
 
Director/Community Service
 
Director/Club Service & Meetings
 
Website Administer
 
THIS WEEK'S TEAM:
 
Editor:  Catherine Riordan
 
Reporter:  Tom Grinstad
 
Invocation:  Sara Maloney
 
Greeters:  Lynda Hinton & Hans Erchinger-Davis
 
Raffle Sales: John Harris
 
Av:  Jodi Borrelli & Ward Naf
 
Music: Rick Kaiser
 
Photographer: Mike Diehl
 
Book Review:  Catherine Riordan