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December 17, 2018   

Pre-meeting songfest was provided by the Whatcom Chorale. Many familiar holiday tunes and carols wafted to our eardrums as we sat down to eat.
President Sandy got off to a rollickin’ good start with a hat that no one was able to identify. In fact, he lowered himself to disburse a number of hints, (which no one got) before a mention of elven folk tipped off the congregation to shout North Pole.
He then acknowledged Jim Wakefield and the Salvation Army bell ringers forcing all ringers in attendance to stand and receive due accolades. Later in the meeting, Jim announced the take in the kettles as $6,893.81. I think I got the amount correct. If not, I’m sure that Jim will correct me the next meeting.


This is the last meeting until January 7, 2019 - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Here are the numbers for the upcoming holiday games:  Alamo Bowl - WSU vs Iowa State 12/28/18Rose Bowl - Washington Huskies vs Ohio State 1/1/2019

Scott Wallace announced that he is putting a new order in for our collared Rotary shirts at a cost of $40.00 each.  There is also a new Rotary @ Work T Shirt at a cost of $15.00   Check them out       Contact him at asap

Scott Hume reminded members to submit their donations for the major project (Galbraith Mt. parking-remember?). Members are encouraged to make their major project pledges as soon as possible. Cash or stocks are two options for contributing.  You can go to to make your payment or mail a check payable to The Rotary Club of Bellingham Foundation, 2200 Vining St., Bellingham, Wa.  98229 and/or email  your pledge amount to Scott at  He hoped to have everyone pledge, if not make their donations, by the end of the month, and he would be on the phone soon to remind people. That's a polite way of saying that he will be nagging soon.  Click here to watch a video of our project    

James Pyles reminded members that Vegas Night will be February 9 and that tickets can be bought on line at or call the box office at 360-734-6080 for $100 each. The lineup includes the Up Front Players, lounge singers and more!  You can also fill out the attached Ticket Order Form and bring it to a Monday meeting and we will process it for you.  The Vegas Night committee was also accepting silent auction items and encouraged members to donate items.


Board of Directors Meeting Briefs 12-17-18
Susie Thomson, Treasurer for the Rotary Club of Bellingham Foundation presented an annual financial report thru September 30, 2018
Scott Hume, Chairman of the Major Project Fundraising attended to report that we have a number of pledges and members are reminded per our Membership Manual - Members are expected to support at least one major project aimed at improving the quality of life in the Bellingham area by contributing to the annual RCOB fund campaign. Members are urged to contribute at least $750 - $1000 each year to this project, but if that is not possible during the first years of Club membership, to give as much as possible.
Letters of resignation were approved with regret from Will Rice and Dan Whittle
President Sandy reported that Rise Against Hunger has been changed from February to April 27, 2019 in conjunction with Rotary @ Work Day. 
The Membership Committee is actively working on planning outreach to the public and PR.  They are looking for a large budget to reach their goals.
Paula McCandlis suggested members be encouraged to sponsor their spouses for membership.  At the October 11th board meeting we had already discussed relaxing fineable offenses, such as family or co-workers sitting together and a more family-oriented meeting and functions.
He also reported that the follow-up to the Visioning process is in the works and he will prepare a report to the club for 10-15 minutes in the future.  We also need to update our Rotary Club of Bellingham By-Laws to current RI Rules and in conjunction with our new vision.
Cathy Buckley reported that The Service Fund Committee had 7 proposals this round and the the Board of Directors approved the following 3, with a request for the grants approval being sent to the Rotary Club of Bellingham Foundation for their approval.
  1. Habitat for Humanity - $1,000 Sponsor Doug Cole: Request supporting the purchase of building equipment required to equip two volunteer build teams simultaneously on complexes consisting of 4 to 8 townhome units at 1050 Telegraph Road.
  2. Tech X-Bellingham Makerspace Career Connected Youth Program - $1,000 Sponsor Robin Halliday:  The funds will be used to build Curriculum, Local Industry relationships and Program Development.
  3. Support Officer - $1,000 Sponsors Teri Treat & Cathy Buckley:  The funds will be used to purchase several resource books to be handed out.  Support Officers work side by side with first responders in sudden, unexpected death situations.                       
Gary Goldfogel reported that he is starting a new series of 6 programs called “Insider’s tour through the profession and business of the Law”
Guests of Rotarians:  
Students of the Month in Humanities, History & Literature
Dale Kinsley introduced Claire Campbell from Bellingham High School and her mother Jennifer Campbell and father Robert Campbell
James Pyles introduced Jaylen Carter "Q" from Options High School and teachers Ms. Mizen-Davis and Ms. Haley
Arlie Norman introduced Sehome High Schools student Lucas Cunningham who was unable to attend and his mother Lauri Brockmann and his wife Diane.
John Pedlow introduced Sarah Maeda from Squalicum High School and her parents Kenji & Claudia Maeda
John Inglis introduced Zach Von Schneidan with Diamond B
Paul Grey brought his wife Mary
John Pedlow introduced Bob Brunkow, former member of our club and current member of  the San Juan Island/Friday Harbor Rotary Club
Del VandeKerk brought Dwayne Neufeld
John Moffat introduced his wife Karen Lerner and members of the Whatcom Chorale: Artistic Director and Conductor Debbie Brown, President Sherrie Kahn, Nancy Goldfogel, Kristi Champagne, Hilde Meadow, Joanna Wiebe, Kim Markworth, Susan Bennerstrom, Rocky Champagne, Eric Morgan, Larry Menninga and accompanist Emily Gant. 
Gary Goldfogel introduced his wife Nancy and member of the Whatcom Chorale
The major project, Galbraith Mountain Parking Facility, was updated by Eric Brown with Whatcom Bike Coalition. The parking is in a redesign, making the area more park like, conforming to the contours of the land more appropriately, and in the process bringing the cost more in line. They are still on target for September 2019. One addition will be a donor wall which you can be a part of by purchasing a brick (or bricks).
The Rotary Club of Bellingham will have a named trail because of our funding efforts. It will be the first trail on the left hand side as one goes up Galbraith Lane. Peter Theisen is consulting on the placement of the marker.
Students of the Month – Humanities
Lucas Cunningham was wisely absent. Arlie Norman described this young man, a senior at Sehome. Of course he has a GPA of 4.0 and is widely accomplished. He’s one of three National Merit Finalists. He enjoys robotics, is a runner, (cross-country and track, placing second in state in the 800 meters this year) and trumpeter.
Squalicum’s student is Sarah Maeda introduced by John Pedlow. She is an AP scholar with an outstanding GPA as well. She is into literature and music. The one item that stood out to this reporter is that she achieved the Ella Fitzgerald award at state. A real accomplishment. She is seriously considering pre-med and has submissions to several schools like UW, Gonzaga, Stanford, etc.
From Options High comes Jaylen Carter, commonly known as Q. James Pyles asserted that Q is a renaissance guy who loves to learn. He is particularly fond of art, writing and building projects. All qualities that will help him to succeed. He tutors math at options. In his talk Q remarked that “the humanities is a tool for everything else”.
Last but certainly not least was Claire Campbell from Bellingham High. She also is knee deep in accolades for AP courses etc. She founded the open mic club at the school. She is a member of the Showstoppers, and Ensemble Choir among others. Also an athlete, she runs cross-country, hurdles (100m and 300m). And she has travelled, without going into the service. Among the places she has been are: Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Costa Rica and New Zealand.
The program for this last meeting before the holidays was a musical treat served up by the Whatcom Chorale. I didn’t write down the names of the selections, they were in foreign tongues, and I can’t spell worth a you-know-what. Let’s just say that the music was sublime (is that a word?). For more info talk to John Moffat who introduced the Chorale. Different melodies and words coursed around the room. I was one of those who contemplated the music with eyes closed. NO, I wasn’t asleep, just concentrating on what I was hearing. This reporter is sadly lacking in the knowledge and taste to comment on what we all heard. So for all those who missed this event, I cannot describe it. You will just have to talk to people with taste and knowledge.
Participants were:
String Chamber Orchestra from Sehome HS:
Mary From
Emily Archambault
Joyce Kim
Emily Little
Ari Geisler
Ariana Raduege
Bellingham HS vocal soloist:
Carmen Souza- mezzo soprano
Members of Whatcom Chorale:
Deborah Brown
Nancy Goldfogel
Kim Markworth
Kristi Champagne
Hilde Meadows
Sherrie Kahn
Joanna Wiebe
Susan Bennerstrom
Eric Morgan
Rocky Champagne
Larry Menninga
John Moffat
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