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October 1, 2018   

President Sandy welcomed us wearing a tweed cap, red tie, and tweed coat, as a way to pique interest in Rotary Clubs in Scotland.  Population of Scotland is 5.5 million; there are 200 Rotary Clubs. Actually, he worked at impressing us that the tartan of the tie and other visual aids was a Macsomethingorother, which was supposed to mean something to us.


Save the Dates:
Oct. 6th - Rotary Membership Seminar for Whatcom County Clubs will be held at the Bellingham Fire Dept. Conference Room, 1800 Broadway, Bellingham.  Cost is $10.00 per person payable at the door.
October 15th - Bloodworks NW Blood Draw at Northwood Hall..Steve Ban announced the plans for the blood draw to be held on October 15. Think of all those folks who have not yet completed their power of attorneys, advanced directives, or told their kids how they wanted to end it.  They are going to need blood to keep them going until the complete their planning.  You can help them by giving a pint on the fifteenth.
October 20th - RCOB Vision Facilitation Session -   9:00am-1:00pm at the Bellingham Technical College #G102J  Contact President Sandy or Exec. Sec. Sandee to attend ASAP.  We have limited space. President Sandy announced that the Club is looking for 30-35 members to participate and would like the group to include both established and new members.  ALL MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO FILL THIS OUT and return to Lynn Spence at on or before October 14th.   Questionnaire Link
Note however, the Everett RLI date (see below) conflicts with our own Club’s visioning facilitation meeting the same day
President Sandy also made the club aware of upcoming District Rotary Learning Institute (RLI) training sessions in Chilliwack, BC this Saturday, September 20th and again in Everett on Saturday October 20th. Interested parties should contact him and the club will pay the $45 fee.

The Rotary Learning Institute (RLI) is a series of fast-paced, interactive, one-day courses offered to refine a Rotarian's leadership skills and increase their base of knowledge in Rotary.  Courses are fun, topical, interactive, and geared toward busy business, professional and community leaders who want to be more effective leaders in their vocation and Rotary club and more knowledgeable Rotarians.

Part 1 of the Rotary Learning Institute (RLI) must be completed before Part 2 and 3.  The cost to attend is $60.00 CDN or $45 USD and the club will reimburse you.

​A manual will be provided to you which will serve through all parts of RLI.  Lunch is also provided.  If you have any dietary concerns, please indicate this in the comments section of the registration page.  Register Here

October 26th - "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner".  Catherine Riordan announced this year’s rendition of that great Rotary tradition "Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” to be held  on Friday, October 26.  This fun happening requires hosts and guests, so please let Nathan or Catherine- know which you want to be.  It is unfailingly one of the highlights of the Rotary year.  If you have never participated, this is the year. Join us for a wonderful evening.

November 4th - The Social committee will be hosting a new event, Capital Steps Performance and RCOB Social at Mt. Baker Theater.  The show will start at 3:00 and the Social will be around 5:00 ish in the Encore Room.  Bring a bottle or wine or appetizer and leave in the room prior to the performance.  Guests are welcomed and a great opportunity to bring a prospective new member.  Go to the Mt. Baker Theater  website, purchase tickets and use the Code Word "Rotary" to receive a 20% discount. You will not want to miss it.  Email Debbie Ahl at to confirm you are coming and what you will be bringing.


Lisa Saar, International Service Committee, alerted us that the goal of the Food Packing event this year is to pack 75,000 meals and raise $30,000 to fund the purchase of supplies and the shipment of the prepackaged meals.  Cost works out to be 34 cents per meal.
Food Packing:  When?  February 23, starting at 9:00 a.m . Where?  St Luke’s Health Education Center 
This is a worthy event (makes you feel good), does good for the world and you should make a point to attend and / or donate.
Cathy Buckley encouraged skiers to sign up for the 2019 ski trip, as more participants are needed to make this trip happen.
Cathy Buckley, Service Fund Grant Committee, is looking for suggestions as to recipients for next quarter’s $1000 dollar gift awards.
Guests of Rotarians:  
John Inglis introduced his mother-in-law Marnell Farley
Gary Goldfogel introduced Micki Jackson, April de Montiel, Exec. Director of Northwest Medical Society and speaker Kendra Cristelli with Support Officers Community Care
Joe Coons introduced Josselyn Winslow with the Alzheimer Association of Washington, his wife Judy, Jewel Smith and Pat Vavrick
Mike Diehl brought his wife, Tracy relationship development director with the YMCA
Steve Ban introduced Sasha Seiden with Bloodworks Northwest
Lynda Hinton brought her daughter Kirstin Hunt
Dominique Zervas introduced Gretchen Leggitt and Sasch Stephens
John Inglis brought Molly Visser with John L. Scott
Brian Griffin introduced his Ukulele Ensemble consisting of member Chip Lauckhardt, former member Rick Wright and Judy Coons.
Sasha Seiden announced that Bloodworks NW will be at Northwest Hall on October 15 to collect blood from Rotarians.  You may sign up during the next couple of weeks for a time to donate.  She reminded us that Bloodworks NW collects 800 units of blood each day, and supports 90 hospitals in the Puget Sound region. Bloodworks NW is a non-profit, independent, volunteer-supported and community-based organization that saves lives through research, innovation, education and excellence in blood, medical and laboratory services. 
When?  October 15th  between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. (Closed from 12:30 p.m—1:30 p.m.)
Where?  Northwest Hall
Dominique Zervas presented a service fund gift of $1000 dollars to the Allied Arts for Sundial Mural.  Receiving the gift was Sasch Stevens, creator, and Gretchen Leggity, designer artist.
Important request:  Our  "Contemplating End of Life" series continues thru October and guests are invited.  If you are planning on bringing a guest, please inform Sandee Lindhout -
Kendra Cristelli enlightened us about the Support Officers Community Care organization.  Support officers are specially-trained civilian volunteers who respond to 911 calls where there has been, or is likely to be, a fatality.  The organization was started in 1982 by a local minister and the Fire Department to support families in crisis.  They have 24 trained volunteers who assist surviving family, friends, and fire and police first responders.  Among the many services they provide is to purchase food for families and first responders during Search and Rescue operations, assist with death notifications, comfort persons in crisis, explain procedures, and provide a caring and stable presence in stressful situations.  In 2017, support officers responded to 353 calls and put in 1000 hours.  They often stay in touch with the families they have helped, sometimes for years after the incident.  They truly work to provide an environment of “Calm in the Chaos”.
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