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September 11, 2017   

President Teri opened with a greeting to Irwin LeCocq.
It was with heavy hearts that we learned of the recent passing of Frances LeCocq, wife of Irwin. Irwin expressed his gratitude towards the club as well as for the wonderful years spent with his wife.
Members are reminded that their July dues statements are overdue if you have not paid.


There will be a volunteer work party at Lydia Place to help clean up the apple orchard for the ribbon cutting ceremony.  The clean up party is on September 16th from 9 to 1.  The ribbon cutting ceremony is on September 27th 4 to 7.  Contact Tim Fisher if you can volunteer.
The Centennial luncheon next week, Sept. 18 will be held at the Crystal Ballroom of the Leopold Hotel to commemorate the original meeting location for our club.  In keeping with the historical theme, the lunch will be $2.25: $2.00 for the lunch and 25 cents donation, as it was in the past.  (Please bring exact change.)  Registration will end Friday at 10:00 am as numbers will be turned in.    Click here to Register
The Rotary Club of Bellingham Centennial Celebration Dinner - September 23, 2017.  Howard Behar, former President of Starbucks International will be the keynote speaker at our RCOB 100th Anniversary Celebration Dinner on September 23 at the Four Points by Sheraton, a not to be missed opportunity. Please save the date and join fellow Rotarians and friends in the celebration. Dress code is jacket/suit and optional tie  Click here to register.
You can also register for both of them by going to the home page of our website at and on the left hand side under Events click on the event to register.
In light of recent events in Florida and Texas, President Teri encouraged members who wished to donate funds to do so through the Rotary Foundation, which has partnered with local clubs in affected areas.
Teri had a special announcement in recognition of Brian Griffin’s lifelong contributions to our community through the Rotary Club. A recent article in the Bellingham Herald highlighted not on the accomplishments of Brian, but also his humility, as he diverted most of the praise to the Rotary Club and its members: “For people with a social conscience who want to do things to improve the community, Rotary is a great platform from which to fulfill their goals.”
Scott Wallace is selling Rotary Shirts; please contact him for more information and wardrobe advice/improvement.
Roland Trenouth announced that Joshua Pearson, a Vet who participated in the club’s “Take a Vet to Lunch” program, is now gainfully employed at the Social Security office.; a great result for a new program.
Guests of Rotarians:  
Cathy Buckley brought Shauna Naf with Lones Group and Mike Locke with Bellingham Athletic Club
Jen Moehl introduced our Inbound Exchange Student, Ivanna Platt from Mexico and her host Mom, Stacey Metcalf
Yvonne Cartwright introduced Mark Kadel, Executive Director of Rebound of Whatcom County
Whoa - no presentations this week!
Our presentation today was by Scott Sonnon, Operational Readiness Scientist for Federal Forces, martial arts expert, and creator of the TACFIT training system.
Scott’s life has been largely shaped by the experiences of his youth, which was plagued with both physical and mental hardships. Relentlessly bullied for his physical appearance, speech impediments, and mental challenges, the personal cost and mental fatigue wore him down. Eventually, he was institutionalized in a mental facility during a time when childhood mental conditions were not well understood. In addition to his personal struggles, Scott’s father returned from the Korean War a changed man. The toll of war and lack of support or direction eventually caused his family to collapse.
Instead of giving up and allowing darker thoughts to take hold, Scott used these experiences to reorient his life and dedicate himself to fixing the problems that afflicted him and his family. He began training both physically and mentally through martial arts, eventually becoming a world-renown instructor in Sambo and International Martial Arts.
His career reached an inflection point when the Twin Towers fell on September 11, 2001. Scott was in the air when the planes hit and felt a sense of relief upon landing safely, but also guilt about that relief. Scott recognized that military personnel, especially highly trained personnel, will put extreme stress on themselves to complete their objectives, even at perilous personal cost. The guilt he felt for feeling a very natural sense of relief gave him personal insight into this cost.
Scott’s new focus was to create a program to help military personnel, like his father, re-integrate successfully into society. Using his own experiences with mental difficulties and fatigue, Scott designed a system to evaluate and build up a person’s mental reserves. He identified the extreme cost of mental burnout and that a balance between mind and body was essential for long-term success. Utilizing his own experiences as well as delving into the science of how our body and mind works, Scott is implementing an extremely effective system to prevent the very real costs to some of our most valuable assets.
His personal mission is to ensure that we are looking at the total picture of a person, helping them find a higher purpose, understand the personal costs they will inflict on themselves, and don’t let them make those sacrifices if they can be avoided.
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