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August 21, 2017   


A fun opening this time with President Teri Treat beginning, the National Anthem and then a false start on Happy Birthday as we tried to get the AV working and Gary Goldfogel positioning to do the invocation.

Happy Birthday was  sung to Dick White who has turned 100! It was great to see him on the big screen and was even better to hear how much this meant! “It meant even more than the Eclipse,” Dick said, “but I ordered that.”  Dick has been a long-time member of the club and was secretary for about 14 years. He now lives in Seattle and is an Honorary member of our club.


Next week will be a different kind of presentation with the President of WWU coming in to answer questions. Instead of a formal presentation he will be taking questions that have been emailed in and then from the audience. Please get your questions submitted by emailing Stephanie Bowers at, Cathy Buckley at or Sandee at
Teri thanked all committees for their work.
Monty McAllister mentioned our exchange student, Ivanna Platt from Hermosilla, Mexico is here staying with Stacey and Jon Metcalf and will be coming to a meeting soon.
Scott Wallace announced that Rotary shirts are still available for $35.00.  Contact Scott to place an order at
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.
Debbie Ahl for the Centennial Celebration Committee indicated that members will be contacted to help with the upcoming events.
This Centennial is coming up on September 18th and will be held at the Leopold. Teri had Tom Kinney stand up and show everyone what a suit looked like to make sure everyone dressed up. We look forward to seeing Cathy Buckley in a suit.   September 18th, the weekly Rotary Lunch will be held at the Leopold Hotel, Crystal Ballroom come re-live the golden days of Rotary in the Leopold’s Crystal Ballroom. This is where it all started.  Those attending are asked to bring $2.25 (exact change)  for lunch and donation of .25c.  Wine will be available for a donation of $5.00.   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.
Bob Diehl wanted to share an update on the activities of the Whatcom Rowing Association Boathouse we helped build.   Click Here 
Guests of Rotarians:  
Monty McAllister introduced former member Dale Rings and his wife Penny.
Our program got started a little late because of a very entertaining Minister of Fun and an education on patents and uncivilized vs. civilized women giving birth. (You’ll have to ask someone who  was there.)
Keith Wllnauer, the Whatcom County Assessor,  followed the lighthearted nature of the first part of the meeting with a talk on taxes. He started by sharing his bio. He is a husband, a dad, and a property tax payer. Having said he is a property tax payer he asked us not to search his home on the website as it is already the most visited page on their website. He talked about a tax crossroads coming and the unfortunate collision that will take place causing a dramatic rise in property taxes. He assured us that property tax policy is set by the legislature and the assessor’s office is responsible for the assessed value of properties and the distribution of funds collected. The reasons taxes go up are because:
  1. Property values go up
  2. Voter approved initiatives
  3. “Shifting” in the tax base. (Explained below)
  4. Legal reasons
Property values are rising and of course that usually means increased taxes.
There continue to be voter-approved propositions.
Shifting is when there is a specific amount of tax they are to collect for a specific budget line item. They may collect $1 million for fire services, for example. Right now with the Hirst Decision there most likely will be a lot of land that goes way down in value meaning the rest of the land will pick up the bill for the $1 million. This lowers some peoples’ taxes while significantly raising others. He also has concerns that Shifting could occur if Cherry Point properties are devalued from rezoning.
Finally,  the McCleary fix for schools will levy about $2 billion more on property owners.
All of this was sobering news that governments have a lot of things they want to do but have only one way of funding it. Running out of time for questions Teri promised to have him back again.
Oct 09, 2017
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Re-Identify Project: Getting ID for homeless
Oct 30, 2017
Mount Baker Ski Area
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Rotary Wine Tasting & Social
Mt. Baker Theatre - Encore Room
Oct 29, 2017
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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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