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November 4, 2019    

Opening :

HOORAY FOR THE ROTARY BRASS!  augmented with a couple of ringers, Paul Plesha, Tuba player and Nicholas Merle, French Horn player, the Brass played a magnificent medley of martial music.  This tribute to Veterans Day was roundly applauded by a delighted and dare I say, surprised membership.  Today’s presentation was clearly the finest of their many musical offerings.  Thanks Del VandeKerk, Brad Burdick and Doug Cole.


President Cathy opened the meeting with a brief bell ring and the admonition not to stand, seems she was just introducing the Rotary Brass special event, but she had a few members still standing when the music began.  They looked around and quickly seated themselves.


Then the bell rang again, and we stood for the weekly football review and a quick change by Doug Cole who left his music stand to mount the podium, adjust the electric speakers stand and deliver his usual excellent invocation.  A double duty delight Doug!


In keeping with the day, President Cathy had all veterans in the room to stand to receive her thanks for their service and applause from the assembly.  Your reporter was a little surprised that there are not more veterans in our club.
2020-2021 Nominations were announced and elections will be held December 9, 2019
President:  Gary Goldfogel
President-Elect:  Peter Theisen
VP/Program Chairman:  Paul Grey
Treasurer: Steve Gray

Board of Directors:  (vote for 2) John Pedlow and Steve Hettick




BLOOD   John Moffatt proudly announced 21 blood donors, a couple more than last year, and six new ones.   That must mean that some of last year’s got drained.
FOOTBALL POOL NUMBERS:  WSU vs Stanford  11/16/19 Click Here
Please remember we have a social gathering to watch the Seahawks play.  This one will be on November 11 for a Monday night game against the San Francisco 49ers at 122 West Brewing Company at the old Melvin’s location, 2416 Meridian Street.
Saturday, November 16, 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM, is a work party at the Galbraith parking lot site.
Ken Marzocco put in a pitch for the Club’s major fund project, the Recovery House on Girard Street.  He urged members to get their pledge forms in.  Click Here
Website and Phone App instructions:
Here is a tutorial on how to login for the first time.  (Click here)  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 my 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:                                                                
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Please contact Sandee at 360-734-5532 or if you run into any trouble.
Guests of Rotarians:  
Dick Tucker introduced Bacchus Taylor with Explorations Academy
Felicity Dye introduced our Exchange Students Aramis Melgarejo and Emma Starke
Tom Grinstad brought Tim Uy

John Dunne introduced Paul Plesha, Tuba player and Nicholas Merle, French Horn player who joined Rotary Brass members Del VandeKerk, Brad Burdick and Doug Cole
Jen Moehl was able to introduce our veteran, Brad Benson, without taking him to lunch.  Because he had an un-avoidable conflict and could not join us Jen did a credible introduction aided by Paul Pelot with WorkSource Whatcom.
Take a Vet, Brad Benson   Click Here for Bio
NEW MEMBER:  Zach von Schneidau introduced new member Kathie Hardy, a woman with a fascinating background.  Loaned the classification of “Hypnosis/Hypnotherapy” we will all be fascinated to hear her new member talk.  Past President, Larry Halgren, did his usual pleasant charge of membership suggesting that Kathie might not hypnotize members at future lunch tables, but she might wake a few up.



Stephanie Bowers introduced WWU President Sabah Randhawa who presented our program with an excellent report on the present status of the University and it’s sixteen thousand one hundred students. Remember when it was actually a manageable size?

He gave us a glimpse of the future and told us of the new building on the horizon, a $68,000,000. Advanced Technology Engineering and Computer Science building.  Funding by the state in the next budget cycle is apparently contingent upon substantial private donations that must be raised by the University.  If you would like a University building named after your family you might ask Stephanie Bowers how big a check you would have to write, or if you just want to feel good about helping this wonderful community neighbor join others in the community who will support this project with a contribution to Stephanie’s campaign.
Dec 09, 2019
Dr. Greg Baker, Superintendent - Bellingham School District
Dec 16, 2019
The Dance Studio - "Savings Christmas Town"
Dec 16, 2019
Cal Mann with Rotary-Peace Corps Partnership
Dec 23, 2019
Holiday - Christmas Holiday
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Upcoming Events
RCOB Board Meeting
Bellingham Legal Center
Dec 12, 2019
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
RCOB Board Meeting
Bellingham Legal Center
Jan 09, 2020
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Rotary Field Trip to Archives Bldg.
Goltz-Murray Archives Bldg.
Jan 23, 2020 12:00 PM
Ski Trip to Steamboat Springs
Feb 05, 2020 – Feb 09, 2020
RCOB Board Meeting
Bellingham Legal Center
Feb 13, 2020
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Feb 23, 2020
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Editor:  Tom Grinstad
Reporter:  Brian Griffin
Invocation:  Doug Cole
Greeter:  Jen Moehl
Greeter & Announcer:  John Moffat
Raffle:  John Macpherson
AV:  Shauna Naf
Photographer & Social Media: Lynda Hinton
Minister of Fun:  Kirstin Hunt
Music:  Rotary Brass
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