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February 12, 2018  

President Teri opened the meeting with her usual cheery greeting and augmented it with some of D.C. Morse’s wonky Valentine’s Day humor.  The best of which was a child’s advice for a happy marriage “Tell your wife she is pretty, even if she looks like a dump truck”.
Teri reported on her recent visit to Vancouver to attend the RI “Pillars for Peace” conference.  A large selection of photographs from the conference are available on line at:!Avp8Lu-4Jk3zj8JS_Cv-IO87PPb0xg
She also reminded us that THERE WILL BE NO MEETING NEXT WEEK, Feb. 19th.  It will be Presidents’ Day. 
Finally, she informed us that Cleary Cone is not doing well. Let’s keep him in our prayers.  He is not receiving visitors, but send him a note and keep him in your prayers.
She welcomed former RCOB member Dave Bradley, great to see him!!


Brad Burdick reported that Vegas Night sales are going well, that it is being advertised on the radio, and there are big bargains for those who promote the event.  If you buy 6 tickets you will get two more free.  If you become a sponsor for $1,000 you will get 4 free tickets. 
Let’s fill that marvelous theater and have a great night-invite your friends and neighbors.

On behalf of the Las Vegas night organizers, he reminded us that the fund-raising event is scheduled for the evening of March 2 at the Mt Baker Theater from 6:00-10:00 pm.  The cost is $100 per ticket and can be purchased from RCOB members or by calling Mt. Baker Theatre at 360.734.6080. 

The event will include : One Free Drink (Cash full bar available for additional drinks), Fabulous Food, Stack of Gaming Chips, Live Entertainment including a Lounge Singer, Astounding Circus Acts and Elvis will be in the house.  All of this will be followed by a Lightning Auction and Door Prizes.

The committee is looking for the donation of door prizes and auction items.  Contact Nathan Twining please.            

Each Club member will be asked to buy two tickets, either for their own use or to be sold to guests.  We were reminded that this event last year was a of lot fun and very successful.  Participation by all Club members is hoped for. Brad will be selling tickets prior to and after upcoming Rotary meetings.

Roland Trenouth announced a Veterans Employment Seminar to be held at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club on Feb. 27th to teach vets how best to connect with a job of their choice.  Call Roland for further details if you know a vet who could benefit.

Board Briefs February 8, 2018
We are going to dazzle up our Changing of the Guard meeting this year by holding it on Friday night, June 29th at Northwood Hall starting at 6:00 pm.  Incoming President Sandy McIntire will be at the Rotary International Convention on the original date of June 25th.
Sandy McIntire reported that the Sunnyland Park Stewardship has been renewed for another year and the annual clean-up date is May 19, 2018.
The resignation of Pat Hughes was accepted with regret.
The January 31, 2018 financials were approved, and we are on track. The board felt a dues increase for 2018-2019 was not needed at this time.
Teri reported that our Centennial video has been corrected to remove references to our participation in the Fairhaven Village Green.  It is going to be presented to all the clubs in Whatcom County. It is being edited to make a version that will go on You Tube and sent to Rotary International.  Teri would like to see additional available funds to continue video recording upcoming events such as Vegas Night and special meetings.  She is in the process of getting a quote from Josh.
NEW MEMBER APPLICATION:  An Email vote of the Board of Directors has approved the membership application of Gail Ridenour proposed by Del VandeKerk and Marty Haines  to fill the classification of "Whatcom Symphony Director".  She will be eligible for membership February 26, 2018 unless written objection is received on or before February 24, 2018 by Sandra Lindhout, 2200 Vining St., Bellingham, Washington  98229.
The next Board of Directors meeting will be March 8, 2018
Guests of Rotarians:  

Scott Wallace brought former RCOB Rotarian Dave Bradley - great to see you Dave!!
Felicity Dye introduced our new Outgoing 2018-2019 Exchange Students Ivy Burt going to Japan and Ngoc Chau mostly likely going to Spain.  She also introduced our Incoming 2017-2018 Student from Hermosillo, Mexico Ivanna Platt
Scott Hume introduced Garrett Jeffery with PeaceHealth 
Kathy Hiyane-Brown brought Sue Cole with Whatcom Community College
Marty Haines brought Gail Ridenour with the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra
Monty McAllister introduced Ken Bachenberg, MD a former Rotarian now in our area
Rick Kaiser brought his wife Ann Kaiser
Jennifer Moehl was finally presented with her Membership Certificate and 4 way test plaque and she proudly displayed her new “blue” badge.
Peg Larson received her 2nd Paul Harris award.
Monty McAllister introduced two outgoing 2018-2019 exchange students Ivy Burt, headed for Japan, and Ngoc Chau going to Spain.  Ivanna Platt from Mexico, our current incoming Student was also present.
 New Member inductions: Chuck Snyder gave the President’s’ Charge and Challenge to Robert Olson, classification “Assistant Attorney General” proposed by Paula McCandlis and Chuck, and James Pyles, classification, “Financial Advisor” proposed by Bob Morse and Megan Stanfield.  Welcome to you both.


We were entertained and enlightened by those two legendary figures of our community, Chuck and Dee Robinson.  Knowing that they were known by everyone in the room, Program Chair Cathy Buckley simply mentioned their names commenting that they needed no further introduction. 
Dee and Chuck gave us an interesting insight into their backgrounds, their choosing Bellingham and the beginnings and growth of their iconic book store, Village Books.  Wonderful to hear from and about our old friends, the Robinsons.  Now retired, they live in Lynden but they will never be forgotten in Bellingham.
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