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September 16, 2019    

Opening :
President Cathy opened the meeting at 12:30.  The Rotary Brass Duet with Brad Burdick and Doug Cole performed “a rousing rendition” (President Cathy’s words) of the Star-Spangled Banner followed by Jennifer Moehl reading a version of the Serenity Prayer as the invocation.


Save the Dates
Cathy announced a joint gathering of the Bellingham Rotary clubs on October 17, 4:30 -6:30, at Twin Sisters Brewing.
Chris Juchmes, from the Whatcom North Rotary club, announced the annual Food Truck Round Up on September 28, 11:00 – 3:00, at Barkley Village.  This is a fundraiser by their club to benefit the various Whatcom County Food Banks. Presale tickets are sold at all Industrial Credit Union Branches.  $7.00 which includes a custom print glass.
Saturday, September 28th 2-6 PM - Pump Track Grand Opening with WMBC and the Port of Bellingham
Saturday, October 5, 4:30 – 7:00 PM, The “Shoot the trails” event is a large movie production in the biking industry and all of the different brands will be there.  It will be held at Bellingham Technical College.  

Saturday, November 16, 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM, is a work party at the Galbraith parking lot site.
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Guests of Rotarians:  
Jennifer Moehl introduced our newest Exchange Students, Aramis Lima Melgarejo from Lima, Peru and Emma Starke from Beckum, Germany
Andy Day brought Tiffany Coletti
Lynda Hinton introduced Harald Schot with Life Plan Financials
Gail Ridenour, Co-Chairman of the Major Project Selection Committee and Chuck Snyder, Co-Sponsor along with Mark Knittel and Steve Adelstein, announced the RCOB  2019-2020 Major Project. It will be called the Bellingham Recovery House. Five proposals were evaluated by the selection committee.  The selected project, which gained unanimous approval, will address three major problems in our community:  Homelessness, opioid addiction and keeping people out of jail.  Working with the Opportunity Council, the project plans to rehabilitate two existing facilities, including a former recovery house on Dupont Street.   It will also create an evidence-based recovery program.  
Mission Statement: Opportunity Council helps people improve their lives through education, support, and direct assistance while advocating for just and equitable communities.
Purpose of the request: Capital funding is needed to rehabilitate two facilities for the purpose of creating much-needed housing to support people who are committed to their recovery and are participants in Whatcom County and Bellingham therapeutic courts. To date, 84% of the $1.9 million needed has been secured. RCOB financial support will go a long way toward closing this gap.
A high community priority: The Recovery House fills high priority needs in response to our community’s expressed goals: prevent incarceration, reduce homelessness, help individuals struggling with opioid addiction.
The Whatcom County Health Department completed extensive behavioral health facility needs assessments looking at current gaps in service and high readmission rates to Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health inpatient treatment for individuals with co-occurring disorders. Every recent assessment showed the need and community support for a Recovery House. The lack of local, evidence-based residential services is a factor in unsuccessful treatment outcomes here and throughout the North Sound region. A Recovery House located in Whatcom County is a critical component of an effective continuum of care.
Kayla Bryson, Miss Whatcom County 2019.  Kayla is a pre-med student at PLU and she provided an overview of the Miss America program, of which the Miss Whatcom County and Miss Washington program are affiliated.  More than a “beauty pageant,” (in fact, the swim suit portion is no longer included), it is a means for individual women to become advocates for particular platforms with social impact.  For Kayla, this was the importance of lifelong health for women.  Selection is based on both a private interview and an on stage / on the spot question.  Kayla shared highlights of her reign as Miss Whatcom County, which included perfecting public speaking skills and being on an intense year-long schedule of public events.  Also helpful was scholarship money received which will allow her to graduate as an undergrad nearly debt free.
Oct 21, 2019
Tim Farris - Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail
Oct 28, 2019
Lee Rhodes - Glassy Baby
Nov 04, 2019
Sabah Randhawa - WWU President
Nov 11, 2019
Holiday - Veteran's Day
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Upcoming Events
Annual Blood Drive
Northwood Hall
Oct 21, 2019 9:00 AM
District Foundation Dinner
Quality Inn
Nov 15, 2019
Galbraith Mountain Parking Lot
Nov 16, 2019
7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
RCOB Board Meeting
Bellingham Legal Center
Nov 21, 2019
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
RCOB Board Meeting
Bellingham Legal Center
Dec 12, 2019
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
RCOB Board Meeting
Bellingham Legal Center
Jan 09, 2020
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
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Editor:  Sandee Lindhout
Reporter:  Doug Cole
Invocation:  Jennifer Moehl
Greeter:  Gail Ridenour
Greeter & Announcer: Bob Morse
Raffle:  Tom Grinstad
AV:  Rick Kaiser
Music:  Rotary Brass
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Minister of Fun:  John Moffat
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