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February 24, 2020      

Opening :
 
Gary Goldfogel opened the program as President Elect as President Cathy was “having fun”.  At the close of his remarks, he conceded he was a “serial hugger” and offered a moment for anyone wanting or willing to give a hug.  At that point, there was so much commotion that it was hard to see who was giving hugs and who was avoiding it – other than Steve Ban (waiting to deliver the invocation) who clearly wanted to be hugged by anyone.
 
Gary closed his remarks by noting Steve’s thoughtful invocation about the naming of Steve’s new granddaughter after a relative who died in in the Nazi concentration camps and the need to remember those who have died.  (Steve recalled that it was one year ago last week that Joe Coons passed away.)  The club took a moment of silence to remember those who have died that were important to them.

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Kristin Hunt was the Minister of Fun and offered five questions on the State of Washington including when Washington became a state (1890), how many hours it took to remove all the gum from the Gum Wall at Pike Place Market (130), the number of cities and towns in the State (281) and the number of acres of planted vineyards in Walla Walla.  On this last one, she reported 31,000 to which David Blair promptly objected that 31,000 wasn’t even close.  Kirstin, after additional research, conceded David was right – and avoided the question of whether a partial refund was owed.
 
Guests of Rotarians:  
Andy Day introduced Steve Hower
Mike Plenkovich brought our exchange students Aramis and Emma.
 
STUDENT PRESENTATIONS IN HUMANITIES AND THEATER:
BELLINGHAM:
SOLEINA ROBINSON, HUMANITIES:  HOST KIM PERRY
    PARENTS:  AMY ROBINSON AND CAMERON MCLAUGHLIN
ALVIN TON, THEATER:  HOST KATHIE HIYANE-BROWN
     PARENTS:  THANH TON AND KHANH NGUYEN
 
OPTIONS:
RAY LEWIS, HUMANITIES:  HOST MAURI INGRAM
   PARENTS:  RAY LEWIS AND MEGAN LEWIS
ARISTON JENSEN, THEATER:  HOST MAURI INGRAM
   PARENT:  CYNTHIS JENSEN
   TEACHER:  DANA PATTISON
 
SEHOME HIGH SCHOOL
CLAIRE ALARID, HUMANITIES:  HOST CHUCK SNYDER
    PARENTS:  JANICE CASTILLO AND GREG ALARID
JONATHAN SNAVELY, THEATER:  HOST TOM  GRINSTAD    
    SURPRISE BY TEACHERS ATTENDING:  KANDACE MCGOWAN AND CARLY WILLIAMS
 
SQUALICUM HIGH SCHOOL
LIZZY SCHERMERHORN, HUMANITIES:  HOST JAMES PYLES
   PARENT:  CARLA SCHERMERHORN
JACOB BOWEN, THEATER:  HOST PAUL GREY
   PARENTS:  MICHELLE AND JONATHAN BOWEN
Presentations:
Jennifer Moehl presented a five minute video on Rumbi 
We received a report on Rumbi who was one of our Rotary Exchange student from last year.  Rumbi returned to Zimbabwe to an unstable political environment and challenges returning to school.  She would like to return to the United States to attend college and medical school where she was interested in psychiatry and mental health.  Her plan, if she is successful, is to return to help her country in need.  The club was asked to forward any ideas that might assist in Rumbi’s goals.
 
 
Program:  
PROGRAM: Student Presentations in Humanities and Theatre (7 students 3 min each plus introduction 1 min) Introduced by Kim Perry
  1. Humanities
   A: Bellingham –  Soleina Robinson        Host: Kim Perry
 
Soleina is the student of the month in Humanities from Bellingham High School. She has a 4.0 GPA and has taken a number of Advanced Placement courses.  She has a variety of interest including art, climate change and researching how women and girls view their bodies. Soleina told us that she loves to read and thanked her sophomore teacher for inspiring her love of reading.  Her goal is to write a book.  She plans to attend Lewis and Clark College where she also hopes to be an exchange student and go to Africa and study female empowerment.
 
   B: Options:  Ray Lewis     Host: Katherine Deets  Ray was introduced by Mauri Ingram. Ray is 17 and loves English and the language arts, wants to be an author, has done some writing (and posting) of short stories. Ray has an interest in being graphic artist – perhaps doing video games.
 
      C: Sehome: Claire Alarid – Host: Chuck Snyder
 
Claire enjoys swimming and is a diving instructor.  Among other activities, she has been involved in teen court and worked as a volunteer for Lydia Place.  She plans to attend college and hopes to be an exchange student and go to France.  Her goal is to get a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and become and ambassador to a foreign country.
 
 
 
      D: Squalicum:  Elizabeth (Lizzy) Schermerhorn – Host: James Pyles
 
Lizzy is our Student of the Month in Humanities from Squalicum.  She has a 3.994 GPA. She volunteers at Shucksan Middle School and helps with the volleyball team.  She also helps with Squalicum’s athletic department and attends the away games to help with injuries.  She has an avid interest in the culinary arts including the experience of preparing a Bolivian Dinner for 8 only to find that 16 showed up to eat.  She is interested in attending Bellingham Technical College and obtaining a certificate in pastries.  Her long term goal is to own and operate a café.
 
  1. Theatre
      A: Bellingham: Khanh-Quang Ton (Alvin)- Host: Kathie Hiyane-Brown
 
Alvin offered a thoughtful and prepared statement on what it means to participate in the theater.  Inspired by his two sisters who became involved in the theater, he found a passion as a theater technician.  He noted that a theater production shouldn’t really work as all the actors and techs have a different idea of how the show should look.  But it is the sense of community among all the participants that the puts the show first.  He noted that shows are not just about the actors but also are the product of the behind the curtain team members.  A musician who plays the viola, he plans to to attend WWU where he hopes to remain in theater – perhaps as a stage manager. 
 
 
      B.  Options:  Ariston Jensen  Host: Mauri Ingram
 
Ariston is the Options Student of the Month in Theater who loves the theater and was grateful that Options just added Drama 3 – expanding the Options theater programs for students interested in theater.  Ariston also noted an appreciation for the sense of community in the theater and a sense of being liked and belonging at Options High School.  Ariston plans to attend Whatcom Community College and has not decided on a major.
 
 
C:  Sehome: Jonathan Snavely Host: Tom Grinstad
 
Our student of the month was enviously introduced by Tom Grinstad who wondered aloud what kind of “fertilizer” he used to grow his full head of hair.  (The answer was mulch and bat guano.)  He went on to report how theater was a valuable part of his life.
 
D: Squalicum: Jacob Bowen, Host: Paul Grey
 
 
Jake Bowen is the student of the month from Squalicum High School.  He is President of the Drama and Thespian Club, has been involved in student directed plays and is a section leader in the school orchestra.  He described himself as “terrified of public speaking” but proceeded to offer articulate and thoughtful remarks about his interests and future.  Jake described himself as a “hard thinker” who plans to attend WWU and earn a degree in Music.  He hopes to remain in acting – perhaps as part of the Bellingham Theater Guild.
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Editor:  Tim Farris
 
Reporter:  Tom Grinstad
 
Invocation:  Steve Ban
 
Greeter:  Dominique Zervas
 
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