June 29, 2020     11th VIRTUAL MEETING

Opening :
Pre-Meeting Social Time
Book Review: John Harris “The Lost City of Z”
John highly recommends this tale of adventure in the Amazon, which chronicles the travels of British explorer Percy Fawcett and his son in the early part of the last century.   
Opening Welcome
At the beginning of the meeting 52 people were signed on to Zoom.  Frank King had not yet “arrived.”
President Cathy noted this was her last meeting and how quickly the past year has gone.  She has been honored to serve as president for this past year, saying she has worked with ‘great people, on great projects, and through this great organization.’
President Cathy hopes that she’s represented us well.  She gave thanks to former presidents for their support during her term.  She also appreciates the kind words so many have offered to her along the way.
Exhibiting inspired work, Rick Kaiser chose “Hail to the Chief” in honor of the outgoing and incoming presidents.
Debbie Ahl  in her invocation said this has been a strange year and noted we are striving to truly listen, to hear people, to listen to their stories. She mentioned too the need to learn about our history.  She personally is learning from others’ stories, and about their experiences in our world.  In closing Debbie reminded us of Maya Angelou’s encouragement to Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
Club Announcements 
Board Report:  It is with great regret that the Board of Directors has accepted the resignations from Dale Kinsley and John Stewart.  They are valued members and will be missed!!
We are looking for Website sponsors for the next Rotary year starting July st.  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 5 spots remaining.
All Rotary meetings will be held Virtually on Zoom until further notice 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 Goggle "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 5532.   Give Sandee a call if you need help.
Major Project Proposals Needed - Deadline Extended to 7/31/20:
The virus has affected our usual process for getting our Major Project Proposals in. Hopefully this extra time has given you time to take a look around and see what needs to be done!
The Major Project selection committee would like to have all proposals submitted by 7/31/20.  Major Project Criteria
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 Rings and Jim Visbeek joined us, great to see you both!!
Shauna Naf introduced Captain Ruairi Ward, Salvation Army
In addition to today’s recognition, a $1,000 gift will be made to the RCOB Foundation in each of the Honorees’ names.
Will J. Griswold Club Service Award was presented by Cathy Buckley to Shauna Naf for her exemplary service to the club in many ways: facilitation of our use of technologies like Zoom, improving out-dated processes, redesigning the exchange brochure, proving administrative support when needed, and so much more.  Her nominators captured the essence of her contributions: Shauna has a can-do attitude, is enthusiastic, and gets results;  She keeps on giving; “I can’t believe how lucky we are.”    
David C. Morse Sr. Community Service Award was presented by Teri Treat to Sarah Mahoney for her leadership of the Boys and Girls Club of Whatcom County, which she joined in July 2017.  She prioritized major gifts and almost immediately achieved a 61% increase in overall giving 2017-2018, from her enhanced focus on individual and corporate gifts. The Club’s staff members are giving as well with the average gift being $350.  These gifts make the club less dependent on grants.  Sarah has also led innovative projects like STEM labs.  Her service is so vitally important in Whatcom County that she deserves to be recognized with this award.
Michael K. Mischaikow International Service Award was presented by Paul Grey to Catherine Riordan who has been a member of the RCOB International Committee and a new leader in the International Partnership Alliance (IPA) of which RCOB is now a member.  For IPA she has assumed responsibility for social media, made grant applications for Copán economic development projects, and traveled to Honduras to deliver schools supplies.  All else is blur for this notetaker as she realized the award was coming her way.
Karen W. Morse Vocational Service Award was presented by Ralph Rinne to Don Anderson who was born in Sedalia MO, lived and attended med school in Mississippi, served in the Navy as a flight engineer, and eventually came to Bellingham with his wife and two children.  He practiced opthamology in Bellingham for years, affiliated with St Joe’s hospital.  Also for years, Don has played piano and been in a trombone ensemble for our adoring RCOB audience.
Budget Report
President Cathy shared good news for Gary and the club:  She is leaving office with the budget in good shape for next year.  Another year begins in the black!
More Thanks and Gifts!
Outgoing president Cathy extended more thank yous, (youze?) including to incoming president Gary Goldfogel for assuming the presidency in July 2020. 
Because of their special support, Cathy is giving gift certificates for dinner at the Bellweather to both past president Sandy McIntire and superwoman and the-glue-that-holds-it-all-together Sandee Lindhout.  Cathy and Sandee admitted they haven’t stopped seeing each other since the virus began, meaning they really germinated in the same bubble, and thus wouldn’t be expected to socially distance. We are all thankful for that.
Cathy will also be giving Dunham wines to each of the board members (or maybe she said exiting board members, not sure.  This is a high stakes detail to forget. Sorry.  Love that wine!)
  • Gary Goldfogel - President Elect
  • Sandy McIntire –Past President
  • Peter Theisen - Vice President & Program Chair 
  • Steve Gray – Treasurer
  • Mike Diehl – Director outgoing
  • Roland Trenouth - Director staying on
  • Bruce Clawson – Director staying on
  • Lisa Saar – Director staying on
  • Sandee Lindhout - Exec Sec staying on
Changing of the Guard
Past president Teri Treat recognized Cathy for her bright spirit, warm embrace, and her height and all the inconveniences it has imposed on all of us. Cathy has been a good listener and tenacious extractor of happy bucks from people who used to consider her a friend.  Her knowledge of football scores has been impeccable. The shift to virtual meetings because of the pandemic is one of the many things for which we’ll always remember Cathy.  Teri asked Cathy to accept our sincere gratitude and congratulations as she joins the distinguished group of past presidents.
Sandy McIntire, wearing a Ranger or Mounty hat, (yuk, yuk yuk), from a country he did not disclose, subjected Cathy to a test that would determine her acceptance into the ranks of former presidents, a hurdle that is intentionally placed very high for reasons that were obvious when looking at the many former presidents who were in attendance at this Zoom meeting. 
The test was tailored to Cathy’s strengths, but even 8 pull-ups, 9 no-knees-push ups, and 100 situps in a minute didn’t quite put her into the acceptable category.  Fortunately her answer to a question about the Seahawks’ winning record was enough to bring her close or just over the line—it wasn’t clear—to “pass” the test and meet the requirement for membership in the elite club of RCOB past presidents.
A plaque and pin recognizing her service were given to Cathy from the club and delivered instantaneously inside her bubble by Sandee.
New President Assumes Position
At President Cathy’s invitation, new president Gary Goldfogel assumed leadership of the meeting, thanking Cathy and noting the peculiar and pandemic times we’re in, and his desire to ‘get back to normal.’
Incoming president Gary sees the biggest challenge for the club as being keeping our membership up, as it is for many organizations like ours.  It won’t be an easy time as we face some challenges like finding a new place to meet given Norwood Hall’s closing and getting an adequate number of hugs while social distancing.
Gary welcomed the new Board for 2020-2021
  • Gary Goldfogel – President
  • Peter Theisen– President-Elect 
  • Paul Grey– Vice-President & Program Chairman 
  • Steve Gray – Treasurer
  • Cathy Buckley – Past President
  • Bruce Clawson – Director
  • Lisa Saar – Director
  • Steve Hettick – Incoming Director
John Pedlow – Incoming Director
COVID Update
Incoming president Gary and member Garrett Jeffery are on the front lines dealing with the COVID virus and offered their perspectives on the virus nationally and in Whatcom County. 
Nationally, the number dying daily is at all time low, although the number of cases testing positive is rising. 
Locally, few of the positive cases are needing hospitalization, although the numbers are increasing a bit.  Some cases may be asymptomatic, possibly identified through contract tracing (go John)
The two ways we can get beyond the virus are still a ways off: Vaccines (lots in early phases of testing) and herd immunity (which is still just a hypothesis, awaiting tests to demonstrate that getting the virus makes one immune to future infections).  
Garrett still is encouraging people to socially isolate and be safe.  He no longer shares the view that parks are safe and so does not advocate visiting there given recent increases.
The hospital continues to be well-prepared for COVID patients should they need to come to the hospital.
Locally we are experiencing peeks (e.g., ship docking here). Whatcom County has a unique curve.  There is concern about Skagit County although their increase is not as great as Whatcom.  See the Dept of Health website for most recent stats.
Given careful study over the past months,  researchers now know masks are effective tools as they minimize the spread of droplets, which is how the virus spreads. 
Members’ experiences also confirmed the seriousness of the virus and the short (e.g., six weeks in hospital) and long term effects.   We don’t want to get this virus!
If you’re sick quarantine was one final bit of advice.
For the final time in her presidency, Prexy Cathy rang the bell to adjourn the meeting. Couldn’t really tell from the screen if there was a tear (joy? sadness?) in her eye…
Happy June Rotary Anniversaries! 
Bob Diehl
Member since 1965
Mike Plenkovich
Member since 1986
Fred Kaiser
Member since 1987
Bob Sytsma
Member since 1988
Tim Farris
Member since 1998
Ken Marzocco
Member since 1999
Rob Westford
Member since 2005
Steve Gray
Member since 2014
Rick Kaiser
Member since 2014
Chris Lyddan
Member since 2015
    Jen Moehl
Member since 2017
Happy June Birthdays!
  • Frank King
  • Charlie Self
  • Scott Hume
  • Jack Westford
  • Pete Theisen
  • Bacchus Taylor
  • Rob Olson
  • J.C. Hickman
  • Kirstin Hunt
  • Dominque Zervas
  • Katherine Deets
  • Bob Trunek
  • Jen Moehl
  • Roland Trenouth
  • Steve Adelstein
  • Dick Tucker
  • John Moffat
Jul 20, 2020
"Restoring Lives from Human Trafficking".
Jul 27, 2020
"Nourse Tree Farm, Our Family's Story"
Aug 10, 2020
Sep 07, 2020
Holiday - Labor Day
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Editor:  Tom Grinstad
Reporter:  Catherine Riordan
Invocation:  Debbie Ahl
Greeter: Sara Maloney,  Cathy Buckley and Sandee Lindhout
AV:  Shauna Naf
Music:  John Harris "Hail to the Chief"
Book Review:  John Harris "The Lost City of Z"
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