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August 28, 2017   

The meeting was opened by President Teri on a gorgeous August day.  Temperature outside reached 83 degrees while Rotarians inside enjoyed the climate-controlled environment of Northwood Hall.  There is no meeting next week, Sept. 4, due to the Labor Day holiday.  Starting in September, the cost of lunch goes to $14.  The last increases were four and nine years ago, respectively.


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 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.) Attendees are encouraged to dress in business attire or, if they want to be true to the historical theme, any period finery they can find mothballed in an old steamer trunk in the attic of their Great Aunt Edith.  Ponies and yearling steer are not required. (Reference from a memoir by Bob Gibb that Teri read.)  Attendance is limited    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.   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.
Guests of Rotarians:  
Stephanie Bowers introduced our speaker, WWU President Sabah Randhawa and Donna Gibbs also with Western.
Cathy Buckley brought Shauna Naf with Lones Group
Kathi Hiyane-Brown introduced Bob Winters with Whatcom Community College
Arlie Norman brought his wife Diane.
It was a busy day for President Teri as she handed out SEVEN Paul Harris Fellowships.  Colleen Baldwin, John Inglis, and Dominique Zervas with their first Paul Harris.  Fred Ossewarde, Monty McAllister, and Jon Sitkin with their second.  And Jim Vos with his THIRD.  Congratulations to all and thank you for your generosity.
Paula McCandlis entertained us with a new Ministers of Fun event....Paula's Dance Party.  Judging by the reaction of the membership, this reporter suspects there may be a sequel.
And for the program, a new format was introduced.  President Teri sat down with Western Washington University President Sabah Randhawa for a question and answer session that was opened to questions from the membership as well.  One of President Randhawa's goals at WWU is to increase the access to education at WWU while maintaining the quality of the education it provides.  He expects that the jobs that many incoming students will have after graduating do not even exist today given the rapidly changing landscape technology and our economy.  Those graduates are the most important contribution WWU can make to the community. There will be an emphasis on growing the computer science and engineering programs while maintaining diversity in the curriculum to graduate well-rounded people ready for the challenges of the 21st Century.  One challenge universities face is respecting the diversity of opinions of the students while providing a safe place to express those opinons.  President Randhawa values the exposure to new ideas that international students can bring to the campus of WWU. But the K-12 pipeline of students is still critical.  He touched on the graduation rates of university students nationally and one of his goals is to increase the number of graduates.  He feels that while there is a need for research institutions like UW, whose innovations drive our PNW economy, WWU's focus is on student access and student success.  He did not rule out looking at a few doctorate programs in the future.
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Mount Baker Ski Area
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Wine Tasting & Social
Mt. Baker Theatre - Encore Room
Oct 29, 2017
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
2017 Rotary District 5050 Foundation Dinner
Newlands Golf and Country Club
Nov 18, 2017 5:30 PM
Annual Blood Drive
Northwood Hall
Dec 04, 2017 9:00 AM


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