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April 18, 2022

Opening Welcome:
President Peter rang in the new meeting, announcing all the data regarding our meetings. The Rotary Brass showed good form (ear?) with a rendition of the national anthem. 
Book Review by Ron Jepson "Meriwether Lewis" 1803 Expedition Start by Richard Dillon     
This reviewer was upset that the stories and accounts of the Lewis and Clark Expeditions portrayed them as an even partnership, when Lewis was clearly in charge and appointed by President Jefferson.
Must accounts treat them so but the back story was much different.  Jefferson and Lewis’s family occupied a similar location in Virginia which was settled by well connected and financially well off immigrants from England seeking a new area to prosper given the emerging situation in England.
Jefferson first knew Lewis when he was eighteen and impressed with his ability, Jefferson wanted America to take advantage of opportunities offered by Western expansion.  He feared that the British, French or Spanish would beat them to it.
There was already an expedition in Canada that paved the way to a passage to the Pacific.  He knew though that this route had limitations due to its northerly location.  The Missouri River route was much further south and had obvious advantages.  He tried to recruit 3 people to lead the expedition he envisioned.  The first went to fight in the French Revolution and was killed.  Another who he trusted turned out to be a French Agent whose motives were compromised.
Lewis became his choice but then Lewis was in his Thirties!  Lewis and Clark had known each other in the Army, Lewis being now a Captain and Clark a Sub-Lieutenant.  When teamed up, Lewis tried to equate their ranks but was denied.  When Capt. Gray discovered the River Columbia opening to the Pacific, Jefferson was goaded into action.  Lewis needed a British and a French Passport for his Expedition.
The expedition was successful and Fort Clatsop in Oregon was built on the Oregon Coast just south of the Columbia River.
Support Rotary in Ukraine
Message from our District Governor for District 5050, Bev Harrington:
My Fellow Rotarians:
As the humanitarian crisis unfolds in Ukraine, we ask "what can we do from so far away?"  Here is the most comprehensive information I have received to date. 
Financial contributions are easily made online to The Rotary Foundation Disaster Response Fund.  A link to view the projects that are already in place is also provided below.  
You and I and Rotarians from around the world can make a difference.  
All donations made online at Disaster Response Fund | My Rotary, including the use of available district designated funds (DDF), need to be received by April 30, 2022. Grant applications to take advantage of the funds will be available now through June 30, 2022. This will be the main avenue for Rotary Foundation support, but Rotary and Rotaract clubs are also encouraged to create their own responses to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.
In addition to the support provided through the Disaster Response Fund, the Foundation is coordinating with partners and regional leaders, exploring effective solutions to the increased humanitarian needs. You will find a comprehensive list of projects at this linkwith the contact details and websites.
Thank you for all that you do to promote peace
Club and Committee Announcements:
In an attempt to get back to live music at our meetings, the Music Committee, chaired by John Dunne would like to know if anyone has suggestions and is a closet piano player.....
(this editor wonders who plays piano in a closet)
Board Briefs April 14, 2022
A Resignation was sadly accepted from Steve Adelstein due to his busy retirement life.
Membership Enhancement and Retention discussion Continues – it was determined that we will hold a separate meeting May 2nd to continue discussing this at Shauna Naf’s suggestion.
She also mentioned a Hands-On Service project proposal and due to no financial commitment is involved will be encouraged to proceed.  The Lighthouse Mission/Basecamp would like our help at Basecamp, probably on June 16th (or maybe the 9th), with improving the planting containers on Cornwall.  They would provide the mulch, replacement plants, etc.  It would be a couple of hours.  They are working on finalizing the date.
Meeting location discussion – A contract has been extended at Four Points till the end of June and the board felt we have a few more important issues to currently tackle. 
The following Service Fund Grants (each $1,000) were approved, and grants will be requested from the RCOB Foundation.
  1. Boys and Girls Club  – Sponsor Linda Hinton
  2. Homes Now – Sponsor Doug Cole
  3. Whatcom Center for Early Learning – Sponsor Felicity Dye
  4. Bellingham Food Bank – Sponsor John Pedlow
Paul Grey was concerned about the timekeeping at our regular meetings following going over into the District Governor’s time.  Every attempt is made to stay on track, but we can do better.
The Bellingham Food Bank has a volunteer opportunity for members to deliver meals in their personal cars in Whatcom County.  The meals are delivered on Fridays.  Paul will make an announcement to the membership.
Paul also reported that he will be attending the upcoming District Conference at Semiahmoo, along with Catherine Riordan.  They will work with the IPA.  Felicity Dye is also attending representing the Student Exchange Program.  President Peter is unable to attend.  Paul will also be attending the RI Convention in Houston, Texas
Felicity Dye reported that former Exchange Student, Emma Starke, from Germany visited Bellingham staying with Felicity and Curtis.  Her trip was cut short when an exchange student due to Covid and this time her brother was in an automobile accident, and she has to leave again.  He is doing better.
YAIL applications are still being taken and the club has 3 students budgeted.   Additional information is below.
Next Board meeting is May 12, 2022 at 4:30
Registration is open for Youth Adventures in Leadership (YAIL) 2022. YAIL is a youth leadership program for 15-17 year olds, and is put on by Rotary District 5050, which spans from the Tri-Cities east to Hope in British Columbia and down south all the way to Everett in Washington.
The YAIL Program works to help participants become well-rounded individuals with increased perspective and enthusiasm for growth, who can make informed decisions through their leadership journey.
This is event is sponsored by the local Rotary Clubs in your area, so participants can join for free. This year’s program will be in person from June 17-19, 2022, and will be held at Alexandra Neighbourhood House (2916 McBride Ave, Surrey, BC V4A 3G2) in Canada.
Participants are asked to register themselves at: or
Important Date Announcements: 
May 5th Cinco de Mayo Social – The Social Committee is working on a Cinco de Mayo social gathering. – Stay tuned for details.
May 21 - Clean Up at Memorial Park.  Teri Treat said the clean-up at Memorial Park will happen 21 May. More info coming soon.
May 28th – Whatcom Memorial Day Parade – The Club will be participating in the Memorial Day Parade, hopefully with walkers/marchers and a float.  This is the 100th anniversary of the parade.  (who will be coordinating it ???).
May 29 -  Ski to Sea Parade – The Club will be a sponsor of the 2022 Ski to Sea Parade. We will also be staffing a Rotary booth in Fairhaven on race day.
June 20th - Changing of the Guard
June 27th Rotary Cruise to Eliza Island
Marty Haines reported that this year’s cruise will return to Dick Tucker’s home on Eliza Island. Marty is recruiting members’ boats for the cruise.

Weekly Meeting instructions:

You will still receive an email from Sandee each week prior to the Monday 12:30 meeting if you are unable to attend in person (you can start logging in at 12:00 for short socializing) with the link for that privacy-protected meeting.  If you have not done so, please download the Zoom app on your computer (you need a camera and microphone on it), iPad or phone.  There is no cost to you.  If you do not have either, you can also call in.  On the invitation, there are US phone numbers you can call and enter the meeting ID number also indicated on the invitation.  HERE ARE ZOOM INSTRUCTIONS.

Four Points is now requiring a Contract thru March 2022. We will continue to evaluate other locations for a permanent location.   Lunch will be $22 for a sit-down meal. We must notify them by Wednesday at 4:00 pm each week prior to the Monday meeting as to the number of members attending.  We are sending out meeting “Invite's” weekly and members are asked to sign-up ASAP. You can also sign-up by going to the event section of our website at  If you sign up for a meal at the meeting, you will need to pay the $22 even if you don't wind up attending the meeting after numbers are turned in.  If you plan to attend but not eat, PLEASE indicate that on your sign-up so we don't overorder meals and still make sure there is enough seating. 

Four Points also will not collect the payment weekly, so the Club will collect payments prior to the meeting or at the door.

We urge members of the RCOB to set up a Venmo account for ease in payment of Meeting lunches, Happy Bucks, Minister of Fun, Dues or donations to the club.  Our account is @RCOB-Bellingham.  If you do not have a Venmo account you can set up an account with your computer then download the app. on your phone (just Google "Venmo" and you will find all the information you need)  You then attach it to a debit or credit card (a fee on your end) or attach to your checking account at no cost.  Payment will be sent directly to the RCOB checking account. When you use it for the first time it may ask you the last 4 digits of the RCOB phone number which is 0282.   Give Sandee a call if you need help.  360-734-5532

Other payment options are to bring a check in the correct amount to the meeting made out to RCOB or cash in the exact amount to speed up the payment process.  There is also the PayPal option as usual and we are set to take payments at the meeting.  We have a QR Code that you can simply click on to pay thru paypal also.

Website and Phone App instructions:
Here is a tutorial on how to login for the first time.  (Click here)  Go to first.  In order to login you need to know your user name and password in your Clubrunner account.  The user name is Yourfirstname.Lastname.264 unless you have changed it.  Example: Sandra.Lindhout.264  The password is initially set by Clubrunner at 264 unless you have changed it.  Sandee can see your Username from her computer but not the password.  She can also change your password for you from her computer at your request if you run into problems.
Once you have originally created your User Name and Password you can download the ClubRunner Mobile app on your phone:                                                             
Here is a link for you to take a look at the app:

Please contact Sandee at 360-734-5532 or if you run into any trouble.
Doug Cole introduced Homes Now representatives, Doug Gustafson and Walter E. Johns III
Students: Hosted by Felicity Dye
Bellingham High School
Music:  Soren Ficklin with Mother Analisa 
Options High School:  Hosted by Greg Baker
Most Inspirational:  Olivia Page with Mother Stephanie and Grandfather Ronald
Music:  Braedan David with Mother Hilary, Aunt Jessica and grandmother Kathy
Sehome High School:  Hosted by Monty McAllister
Most Inspirational:  (Sri) Rajasri Bhola
Music:   Florence Lo
Squalicum High School:  Hosted by Del VandeKerk
Most Inspirational:  Rossy Sierra
Music:  Tanner Rapp
Members attending on Zoom:  John Moffat, Vinson Latimore, Gary Goldfogel, Monty McAllister, Greg Baker, Dennis Williams, Kathi Hiyane-Brown, Dick Tucker, Robin Halliday, John Pedlow and Corey Chaplin


Doug Cole introduced two folks from the Homes Now! program, the latest awardees of a service fund grant from the club. Doug Gustafson from Homes Now! talked about their current projects. The City Council has approved two-year permits (a first) for the two tiny house villages pending several improvements. Their Master Builder, Walter, described several improvements, including redoing their shower facilities and changes to improve fire safety. The communities also must be brought into compliance with ADA requirements. 
Student Recognition Program: Kathi Hiyane-Brown introduced today’s recognition for Most Inspirational and for Music excellence.
Felicity Dye, who is also a BHS grad, introduced Soren Ficklin, from Bellingham High School who is being recognized for his excellence in music. She described him as dedicated and creative and who plays piano, arranges music and composes. He showed a video clip of the BHS Showstoppers singing one of his original compositions, “Floating Away”, which he said he composed during a period of grief.
Greg Baker introduced two students from Options HS: Braeden David and Olivia Page. After Braeden moved to Bellingham from Alaska, he started playing guitar and has become very passionate about music, often starting informal jam sessions in the school hallways. Olivia is being recognized for being inspirational. She is an excellent student and loves math. She plans to attend WWU next Fall.
Monty McCallister introduced two students from Sehome HS. Rajasri (Sri) Bhola is being recognized for her inspiration. He described her as approaching everything with high energy and with a positive attitude. Florence Lo is being recognized for her excellence in music. While her primary instrument is cello, she also plays violin. She plays in the Bellingham Youth Symphony and is also the leader of the SHS advanced orchestra. She plans to attend Occidental College and possibly major in psychology.
Del VandeKerk introduced the students from Squalicum HS who are being recognized. Rosie Sierra, a senior, is being recognized as Most Inspirational. She has an extensive history of volunteer work. She is a member of the Sehome Rotaract Club. She started volunteering when she lived in California to help underserved youth in the San Fernando Valley. She is an excellent student and has a near 4.0 GPA and plans to attend UW. The individual selected for Music Recognition is Tanner Rapp, also a senior. He is a trombone player and has played with several select youth musical groups. He has performed in musical productions, including one of the leading roles in the musical adaptation of “Big Fish”. He played a video clip of his performance. He takes several AP and STEM classes and has been accepted at both WWU and UW. He is considering engineering as a major.
Final Announcement:
Today, being Monday, there were no final announcements. 
April Rotary Anniversaries - Thank you! 
Ken Jernberg
Member Since 1969
Brad Burdick
Member Since 1998
Mauri Ingram
Member Since 1999
Rogan Jones
Member Since 2004
Dominique Zervas
Member Since 2008
Nancy Jordan
Member Since 2009

























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2022 Sunnyland Memorial Park Clean-up
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May 21, 2022
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
RCOB In-Person Meeting May 23, 2022
Four Points by Sheraton
May 23, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Whatcom Memorial Day Parade 2022 Participation
May 28, 2022
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
RCOB In-Person Meeting June 6, 2022
Four Points by Sheraton
Jun 06, 2022
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