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     John Dunne

October 12, 2020     23rd  VIRTUAL MEETING

Opening :
Pre-Meeting Social Time
Members began joining the Zoom meeting around 12:15 pm for some socializing and a chance to hear Bruce Clawson’s report on the recently published book “The Splendid and the Vile”, by  Northwest author Eric Larson.  It is the story of Churchill, his family and the plight of the English during the period known as the Blitz.
Larson’s book chronicles the happenings in England beginning in May 1940; the war with Germany was beginning, Winston Churchill had just become Prime Minister, several European countries had surrendered to Hitler and the United States had not yet joined the war.  During this very difficult period the disastrous Battle of Dunkirk took place and England was being bombed intensely.  It was up to Churchill to exert inspired leadership, set England on the path for all-out war and convince the population and other politicians to stay the course.  Larson describes in great detail Churchill’s family, what Churchill was like as a leader and his many idiosyncrasies.  Ultimately Churchill managed the complex politics that brought the United States into the war.  The book presents a fascinating account of an important period of history, a book that Bruce strongly encourages we read.
Opening Welcome  
President Gary called the 23rd  Virtual Meeting of the Rotary Club of Bellingham to order at 12:30 pm.  Around 50 members connected. He thanked members for participating in the meeting and expressed hope that we could soon get back to our normal meeting arrangement.
Sandee rang the bell, though the entire club suffered instant hearing loss and no one can swear the bell rang.
Club Announcements 
President Gary, inspired by the recent “nail-biter” win of the Seahawks, asked all members to contribute one dollar ($1) to the Club.
Past President Cathy Buckley announced that she is accepting nominations for next year’s slate of Club Officers.  Nominations should be sent soon since she plans to present the nominees to the Club by the end of November.
Weekly Football Pool Grid:  Alabama vs Georgia 10/17/2020 (Click Here)
Board Briefs October 8, 2020
It is with great regret that the board accepted resignations from Zach Von Schneidau & John Griggs.
The board approved the purchase of the co-owned piano from Northwood Hall, after it was appraised, if we need to move from the Hall.  Northwood Hall is looking at leasing the building.  Sandee was also able to secure the American and Canadian flags and is storing them.  Doug Cole has offered a location to store the podium and piano if needed.  Stay tuned, hopefully getting closer to meeting in person.
2020-2021 Major Project announcement - Max Higbee Center is the unanimous selection of the committee. The Center started as grassroots effort led by educators, families and people with developmental disabilities who wanted quality recreation and social opportunities. Today, the Center serves over 400 individuals in Whatcom County through its welcoming social and recreation programs.  Jen Moehl and John Dunne will be leading the fundraising of this project. Click Here for Donation Form
These programs also provide vital respite support to families. The stress and financial responsibility as a family caregiver can be extraordinary and lifelong. The services that Max Higbee Center staff provide are essential in supporting families to work, rest, and fulfill obligations while maintaining a safe and enriching environment for their family member with a disability.  Their new facility at 1400 N. State Street, currently under construction, will allow the Center to expand its program capacity to meet an urgent community need. Our contribution to the project will be funding the new recreation room, the largest and most actively used room in the new facility, which is to be named the Rotary Room.  Click here for further information.  
On November 2nd  Kait Whiteside, director of the Center will speak during our weekly program to introduce you to some of their wonderful members. It will be a heart-warming and deeply meaningful program you do not want to miss. Please mark your calendar and encourage other members to attend.
Blood Drive - Steve Ban reported that our blood drive will be open for the entire Rotary year. We are participating in a District 5050 challenge with the  local clubs in Area.  He is encouraging friends and relatives to join in.  Currently, the W. Bakerview office is the only donation location open. If you donate by October 31st you will receive a free Covid antibody test also.  Click Here for additional information.
Peter Theisen, Chairman of the Service Fund Committee, announced that the committee is forming and looking for grant requests up to $1,000 each.  We have $7,000 budgeted for this year.  Click Here for Guidelines
URGENT:  We are still looking for Website/Tattler sponsors for the next Rotary year starting July 1st.  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 2 spots remaining.
All Rotary meetings will be held Virtually on Zoom until at least January 1, 2021 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 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 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 0282.   Give Sandee a call if you need help.  360-734-5532
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.
Doug Cole introduced Vinson Latimore, President of Gibraltar Business Group
Paul Grey introduced Dr. George "Bud" Vana who will be our speaker October 26th for Part 2 of the Mental Health Presentation
Former member, Dale Ring joined us again and reported he is doing well.
Covid Update: 
Gary referred us to the County Alert, Whatcom County COVID-19 Response web site and led us through the latest statistics.  Generally speaking new case emergence appears about constant. The main increase in deaths has been at one local nursing home.  Currently there is one COVID patient in the hospital.  Testing for the virus continues and remains at about 2% showing positive.
Paul Grey introduced our program speaker, Club member Dr. John Dunne, who spoke on “Mental Health Challenges in Washington”.   John, a distinguished retired child and general psychiatrist, who practiced mostly in the Seattle area, joined our club in 2015.  He practiced in both the public and private sectors and has been active in a wide variety of professional organizations.  He was the 1997 recipient of the American Academy of Child and Adolescence Psychiatry “Catcher in the Rye” prestigious award for work he did to create standards in the field.
John noted that the mental health situation in Washington was brought sharply to the public’s attention in 2018 by the crisis at Western State Hospital, when Medicare accreditation was lost because of a myriad of staff and safety violations.  This was the result of chronic underfunding, inadequate staffing, high rates of assaults on staff and outdated and an unsafe physical facility.
John presented an overview of the mental health “landscape” in Washington.  He opined that Washington is about average among states in the US with respect to its mental health challenges.  Nationally, there are 7.61 million  (2.3 % of population) people with mental health issues, the major of which are schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder.  Often related to these are deaths (2018 data in WA) from opioids (1090), suicide (est. 1122) and gun related incidents (est 923).  To address these challenges there are both public and other resources.  Public facilities include Western and Eastern State Hospitals, McNeil Island Special Commitment Center, Harborview Medical Center, Monroe State Prison and two Veterans Affairs hospitals.  Other resources include several private community psychiatric hospitals, half-way residential houses and community mental health centers.  St. Joseph’s Hospital has 21 beds. Care facilities often provide unequal distribution of human resources and receive poor funding, including reimbursements by Medicare and Medicaid.
The history of mental health care development in the United States is interesting, beginning with alms houses, and in some cases private homes for the affluent, up into the 19th century.  The first Insane Asylum of Washington Territory was founded in 1871 and by the end of the century it was overrun with dementia patients.  Psychiatry, psychology and mental health counseling as specialties emerged in the 20th century, along with first treatment drugs such as Thorazine.  The community health movement of the 50’s and 60’s resulted in the Community Health Act of 1964. Medicare and Medicaid were enacted in 1965, but mental health care was set back in 1989 when Congress cut funding, forcing states to assume the costs. 
Examples during the last decades of significant progress in treatment of mental health include more effective drug and social treatment approaches, introduction of the psychiatry-primary care collaborative treatment model, expansion of geriatric programs and establishment of telemedicine and internet therapies.   Especially exciting are the introduction of school programs for suicide prevention and the establishment of mental health and drug diversion courts, which in Whatcom County was led by Club member Chuck Snyder. 
But there is still much to be done.  We must work to overcome the stigma of mental health and substance addiction.  More funding is needed to support training the professionals needed at all levels of care. Increased care will be needed to deal with the effects of COVID pandemic. It is necessary to strengthen prevention and early intervention efforts and expand our consultation programs.  Finally, it is necessary to modify the culture of police forces so that they are seen as community safety organizations and to develop crisis response teams that can rapidly respond to volatile situations (Bellingham City has voted recently to create such a team).
Program Recordings:  We are now recording the speaker portion of our meetings:
Missed a meeting? Remember a great speaker but want to revisit the content? You can catch the recording on our Rotary Club of Bellingham YouTube page:
October Rotary Anniversaries - Thank you! 
Jack Westford
Member Since 1970
Thank you for 50 years of service! 
Loch Trimingham
Member Since 1980
Thank you for 40 years of service! 
Tom Grinstad
Member Since 1995
Thank you for 25 years of service! 
John Griggs
Member Since 1971
Larry Halgren
Member Since 1979
Ann Jones
Member Since 1987
Teri Treat
Member Since 1989
Andrew Evans
Member Since 2004
Roland Trenouth
Member Since 2005
John Pedlow
Member Since 2009
Colleen Baldwin
Member Since 2013
Scott Wilson
Member Since 2013
Kirstin Hunt
Member Since 2018
October Birthdays
  • Stephanie Bowers
  • D.C. Morse
  • Paul Grey
  • Mike Diehl
  • Del VandeKerk
  • John Huntley
  • Tim Farris
Oct 26, 2020
Part 2 of presentation on the Mental Health Problems and Solutions.
Nov 02, 2020
Max Higbee Center - Rotary 2020-21 Major Project
Nov 16, 2020
Student Recognition Program: Math, Science, Visual Arts
Nov 23, 2020
Growing Veterans
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Editor:  Tom Grinstad
Reporter:  Arlie Norman
Invocation:  Steve Ban
Greeter: Sara Maloney, President Gary and Sandee Lindhout
AV:  Jim Cunningham
Music:   Rick Kaiser
Minister of Fun:  Debbie Ahl
Book Review:  Bruce Clawson: "The Splendid and the Vile" by Eric Larson.  The story of Churchill, family and defiance during the Blitz