2020-2021 President                              2021-2022 President                       Will J. Griswold Club Service          David C. Morse Sr. Community Service                                                                                                                                
                Gary Goldfogel                                       Peter Theisen                             Awardee: Sandee Lindhout                        Awardee:  Jennifer Moehl                                                   


Michael K. Mischaikow Int'l Svc.           Karen W. Morse Vocational Service 
           Awardee:  Felicity Dye                           Awardee:  Rick Kaiser

June 28, 2021     54th  VIRTUAL MEETING

Pre-Meeting Social Time: 

Book Report:

Greg Grant gave a book report on three, count ‘em, three books. One you can’t put down, one you can, and one you have to read twice. That which he couldn’t put down was Johnny Carson by Henry Bushkin – a biography. The book he had to put down 20 times was How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram Kendi, a book that we all should read, even though it’s difficult to read. The book Greg said he had to read twice because it was so complex is The Creature from Jekyll Island by G. Edward Griffin, a book of over 600 pages giving the story of the U.S. Federal Reserve System.  A real page turner.


Opening Welcome:  
President Gary led off by noting that this was the 4698th meeting of the Rotary Club of Bellingham. Only two more to go and we have a nice round number.  The most important notice made was that there is NO MEETING NEXT WEEK!!! Show up next week for the first in-person meeting in many months or for a zoom meeting and you’ll be alone.
New Member: 
James Pyles introduced the newest member of the club, Dr. Michael Mallory, taking the classification of Medicine – OB/Gyn. Past president Chuck Snyder gave the new member charge from his new home in Sun Lakes, Arizona.
Del Vanderkerk provided a slide show, with music, showing the Rotary cruise last week. It was a great rendition with many shots of whales. And a few shots of Rotarians, including your never-to-be modest reporter.  Thank you Del, for taking such wonderful photo's!!
Minister of Fun:
Debbie Ahl’s ministry of fun dealt with childrens’ sprinkler dashes and memories of past summers. Everyone should pony up $5 for the trip down memory lane.
Club and Committee Announcements

President Gary Goldfogel announced the following:

1. We are looking for Website sponsors for the next Rotary year starting July 1st . It is a great opportunity to advertise your business and support Rotary; cost is $350 for the year. Check out the current sponsors on our website by going to  We have 5 spots remaining, Thank you for those that have renewed their sponsorships!!

2. There will be NO regular meeting next week due to the 4th of July Holiday.  The next meeting, July 12th will be hybrid meeting (holding an  in-person and zoom meeting) held at the Four Points Sheraton on Lakeway Drive.   This will be Peter Theisen’s first meeting as Club President. 

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 not requiring a Contract thru 2021 and need only 72 hours to cancel an event. 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 has 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)  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:                                                             
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.
Dale Rings joined us from Arizona...
Former exchange students Carla Serrat from Spain and  Rumbi Machiridza from Zimbabwe joined us to celebrate Felicity Dye!!
And now for the club’s Major Awards Presentations – for the first time in history (not verified) a majority of the awards went to females!!!  This award is the most prestigious award in the Rotary Club of Bellingham.  The RCOB donates $1,000 in honor of each recipient to the Rotary Club of Bellingham Foundation.
First was the David C. Morse Community Service Award, presented by Shauna Naf, which was given to a person actively involved in several areas of club service like “Take a Vet to Lunch”, greeters, and the major projects – which this year was funding a portion of the newly renovated Max Higbee Center. This recipient this year for this is Jen Moehl.

The Michael Mischaikow International Service Award was given by Jen Moehl to Felicity Dye. Felicity has been very active for many years in the student exchange program. And to celebrate Felicity’s win former exchange students Carla Serrat from Spain and Rumbi Machiridza from Zimbabwe joined the meeting to offer their accolades and congratulations. Carla managed to arrange firecrackers for the event. Very special.


The Vocational Service Award, named for past president Karen W. Morse, was presented by Brad Burdick to a very deserving Rick Kaiser. Rick has been a great asset in all things tech and patriotic. He has made video and Zoom work for the past 16 months, allowing our virtual meetings to happen with few tech problems.
Finally, the Will J. Griswold Club Service Award was given by Prexy Gary to the person who has kept the club viable for 50 years as Executive Secretary and 5 years working with then Secretary, Brick Carr, prior to his retiring after 35 years as Secretary – Sandee Lindhout. We all understand, at least theoretically, the value of Sandee to the club. She is the institutional memory; one might say the guiding light of the club. She keeps the officers in line and makes sure the club lives up to our ideals. Congratulations Sandee.
Retiring president Gary ended his term remarking on several things. He is the only president to preside over not one in-person meeting. He leaves the office with the club financially sound. We supported the Max Higbee Center renovation above and beyond his hopes. A sad note is that we have lost a net eight members this past year. So, get out and recruit!
Former president Cathy Buckley was able to join in only in bits and starts; her bandwidth made it difficult to understand one word she was saying. So, her roast of Gary will have to wait for the next meeting. That alone should be enough to entice you all to attend F2F July 12 at the Four Points by Sheraton.
Incoming president Peter Theisen thanked Gary for his term of office which was hobbled by the Covid crises. Peter listed a few goals for his year as prexy. Among these were: to return to in-person meetings, restart committee and social activities that have been dormant during the pandemic, build on past successes (international projects, student exchange, major projects), reactivate club members who because of the pandemic and virtual meetings have become inactive, and to be the BEST service club in Bellingham. Maybe District 5050!!!
The new officers and directors are:
President                     Peter Theisen
President-Elect           Paul Grey
V.P. & Program Chair  Doug Cole
Treasurer                    Steve Gray
Past President             Gary Goldfogel
New Director              Shauna Naf
New Director              Felicity Dye
Director                       Steve Hettick
Director                       John Pedlow
Covid Report: 
Gary gave an optimistic Covid report: relatively few hospital cases. Fairly good vaccination response in the area.
And Sandee rang the bell ending the meeting (which even this defective reporter heard).
Program Recordings:  We are now recording the speaker portion of our meetings:
Missed a meeting? Remember a great speaker but want to revisit the content? You can catch the recording on our Rotary Club of Bellingham YouTube page:
June Rotary Anniversaries - Thank you! 
Bob Diehl
Member Since 1965
Mike Plenkovich
Member Since 1986
Fred Kaiser
Member Since 1987
Bob Sytsma
Member Since 1988
Tim Farris
Member Since 1998
Ken Marzocco
Member Since 1999
Rob Westford
Member Since 2005
Steve Gray
Member Since 2014
Rick Kaiser
Member Since 2014
Chris Lyddan
Member Since 2015
Jen Moehl
Member Since 2017
June Birthdays
  • Frank King
  • Charlie Self
  • Scott Hume
  • Jack Westford
  • Pete Theisen
  • Bacchus Taylor
  • Rob Olson
  • J.C. Hickman
  • Kirstin Hunt
  • Dominique Zervas
  • Katherine Deets
  • Bob Trunek
  • Jen Moehl
  • Roland Trenouth
  • Steve Adelstein
  • Dick Tucker
  • John Moffat
Jul 26, 2021
"Update on the impact of the pandemic to BLI & post pandemic recovery and capital projects"
Aug 02, 2021
"How the Newspaper Has Adapted"
Aug 09, 2021
Atmospheric Sciences
Aug 16, 2021
“EVs - Is there an electric vehicle in your future?”
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Upcoming Events
RCOB In-Person Meeting July 26, 2021
Four Points by Sheraton
Jul 26, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
RCOB In-Person Meeting August 2, 2021
Four Points by Sheraton
Aug 02, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
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Executives & Directors
President Elect
Executive Secretary
Vice President/Program Chair
Past President
Director/Vocational Service & Membership
Director/Community Service
Director/International & Youth Service
Director/Club Service & Meetings
Website Administer
Editor:  Steve Ban
Reporter:  Bruce Clawson
Invocation:  Debbie Ahl
Greeter: President Gary and Sandee
AV:  Jim Cunningham
Music:  Rick Kaiser's creation "It's A Grand Old Flag"