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April 29, 2019   

President Sandy opened the meeting with a shout out for the successful Rise Against Hunger project. Seventy-five thousand meals were packed in the first two shifts.
He then announced the passing of Fred Ossewarde.  Fred was a member of Bellingham Rotary for 50 years and had 100% attendance. Fred was a Paul Harris Fellow twice and received the Will J. Griswold Club Service Award in 2003-2004.  Both Lynda Hinton and Jack Mulhern gave a few remarks to remember our friend and head head-counter.  A Memorial Service is being held today at the Moles Farewell Tributes and Cremation Chapel at Bayside, 2465 Lakeway Dr., Bellingham TODAY AT 2:00pm.


Committees please do not plan any meetings at Northwood Hall after the noon luncheon on 5/6 as they have another function directly after our meeting.

Major awards nominations are being accepted by the Executive Committee for: the Will J. Griswold Club Service Award; the David C. Morse Sr. Community Service Award; the Michael K. Mischaikow International Service Award and the Karen W. Morse Vocational Service Award. They will be presented at our  Changing of the Guard June 24th. Turn in nominations to Executive Committee members Past President Teri Treat, President Sandy McIntire, President-Elect Cathy Buckley and VP Gary Goldfogel.  Details are available by  Click Here

RCOB Social Hour - May 21, 2019
Debbie Ahl announced that the Social Committee is going to hold a Social Hour at Debbie Ahl and Bill Ziehl's home from 5:30-7:30pm, at 49 Strawberry Pt, Bellingham.  Wine and Appetizers will be provided, but please bring a beverage to share?  You are welcome to bring guests.  Please RSVP Debbie at  
2019-2020 Planning:
Peter Theisen is the program chair for next year and is looking for help and ideas for programs and great speakers.
Marty Haines reminded us that the traditional Rotary cruise will be on June 17.  We are going to Vendovi Island, a beautiful place for hiking.  There are a limited number of available spots so sign up soon to reserve your spot.  Marty also promised sunny weather.

Shauna Naf briefly described the club app which allows what’s on the club website to be on your phone NOW. She outlined the steps to get set up and how to use it. Big news there will be tech help each week for those who need help.  Remember there will not be a printed Roster distributed as usual in July.
Time to update your personal information and photos in the Clubrunner Website.  You can Login yourself  on or give your information to Sandee and she will update it for you.  Instructions on how to login are on the home page of the website in the left column under Website Tutorials and other links will be added there as well.
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 or 264 (don’t recall now) 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 my 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                                                                            
Here is a link for you to take a look at the app:

Please contact Sandee at 350-734-5532 or if you run into any trouble

Guests of Rotarians:  
Kirstin Hunt introduced Zach Von Schneidau with the Harris Company
Mark Knittel provided an update on the ongoing “Education Project” in Kenya.  The goal is to provide high-quality educational opportunities to 20 schools.  These schools don’t have access to internet and uninterruptible power, so they are being provided with battery powered 220 GB servers that are preloaded with educational materials for kindergarten through secondary level plus some adult education materials. Project coordinators are also providing projectors to facilitate class presentations, and low cost Windows notebooks that allow for independent learning. In addition they have learned that teacher training is mandatory and have providing training sessions for 40 teachers, which requires travel and weekend work on the teachers’ part.  Of the 20 schools, 4 in refugee camps, they have finished with 13 and plan to complete the remaining 7 schools in January of 2020.  Both boys and girls are being educated in these schools.
Progress is being tracked, and the schools receiving the materials and trained staff have moved from the bottom 113 schools to the top 30 across 2600 schools evaluated over a three year period. As you would expect, the schools that received the help are extremely happy.
Jennifer Slattery was introduced by Gary Goldfogel. Jennifer is a family law attorney in Kulshan Law Group. She advises and advocates for clients in family law litigation. Her expertise includes divorce, legal separation, child custody and child support. Eighty percent of her cases are divorce cases. She described her work as hi-conflict, depressing, dangerous, risky, messy and tough. One would wonder why she chose this path (as does she, from time to time!).  However, based on her analysis of the last year and a half--the amount of time she has been on her own doing this kind of work--she is sure that the relationships she is building in this community, the very challenging nature of her work, plus the fact that she owns her own business make the hard parts of her business worthwhile. She has to know her clients really well to tell their story, so she listens to their stories, understands what their priorities are and works to earn their trust to be able to best represent them.  She has to do all of this to be able to tell their stories.  She is helping people transition through some of the worst moments of their lives.
In the process she is developing relationships with other attorneys, CPA’s, mental health professionals, psychologists, financial planners, money coaches, real estate agents, mortgage brokers and other professionals in the community.
She continues to learn and gain knowledge of the law, including how best to develop workable compromises, as most cases don’t go to court.  Sometimes, the opposing party has no legal representation, which can complicate matters.  Legal standards for decisions are very gray: for example, “Factors for Spousal Support” takes into consideration years of marriage, educational level, work history, standard of living, income of both spouses, and expenses of both spouses.  Other challenges she faces are practicing in a small community and being cost- effective.
She does enjoy being her own boss, providing jobs for staff and the flexibility in scheduling that being your own boss provides. In closing, she admitted that while the job is hard, messy and tough, she loves what she does.
May 27, 2019
Holiday Memorial Day
Jun 03, 2019
Annual Youth Awards Program
Jun 10, 2019
Fairhaven Summer Repertory Theatre at The Firehouse
Jun 17, 2019
Annual Rotary Cruise to Vendovi Island
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Upcoming Events
RCOB Social Hour
Debbie Ahl & Bill Ziels
May 21, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Whatcom Memorial Day Parade
May 25, 2019 9:00 AM
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