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Carl Perkins-GM Phillips 66

December 7th, 2020     30th  VIRTUAL MEETING

Pre-Meeting Social Time
Book Review: 
Members began joining the Zoom meeting around 12:15 pm for socializing and a chance to hear Bacchus Taylor’s report on the recently published book “Analogia: The Emergence of Technology Beyond Programmable Control”, by local author George Dyson.  In this book the reader is taken on a journey through the centuries to look at the development of several technologies that relate in some way to analog technology.
Dyson’s book begins with a meeting between Leibniz and Peter the Great, at which Leibniz suggests a three-pronged approach by which Russia can move to the forefront in the sciences: (i) an overland trip across Siberia to easternmost Russia to determine if the landmasses of Russia and North America are joined, (ii) formation of a Russian Academy of Sciences and (iii) the use of digital computers to work out the doctrines most useful for life - morality and metaphysics.  What follows is a meandering journey through a variety of Dyson’s life experiences such as learning to build First Nation peoples’ kayaks, kayaking the Pacific Northwest, living for a time in a treehouse in British Columbia, growing up amongst famous scientists like his father Nobelists Freeman Dyson and Albert Einstein.  Through this somewhat unfocused exploration of man’s relationship with technology Dyson ultimately concludes that we now are in a transition time from when machines began taking the side of nature to where nature began taking the side of machines.  He argues that we are moving from digital, back to an analog-based relationship with our surroundings.  Bacchus notes that Dyson’s book is not an easy read (this reporter agrees) but challenging and thought-provoking.
Opening Welcome 
President Gary called the 4674th and 30th Virtual, meeting of the Rotary Club of Bellingham to order at 12:30 pm.  Around 55 members connected. He welcomed members and thanked them for attending the meeting.
Peter Theisen Covid Poem Invocation:
When this is over, may we never again take for granted:
A handshake with a stranger
Full shelves at the store
Conversations with neighbors
A crowded theatre
Friday night out
The taste of communion
A routine checkup
The school rush each morning
Coffee with a friend
The stadium roaring
Each deep breath
A boring Tuesday
Life itself.
When this ends, may we find that we have become more like the people:
we wanted to be 
we were called to be
we hoped to be
and may we stay
that way--better
for each other
because of the worst.
- Laura Kelley Fanucci

Dennis Williams Minister of Fun -- The Exploding Whale Video (Click Here)
Club Announcements 
Football Pool Grid - WSU vs Cal 12-12-2020   (Click Here)  (Click Here for game schedule)
John Dunne Max Higbee Major Project special announcement:  Donations and pledges for the Major Project Fund have reached $69,000, which represents only 51.7% of the membership and the number of new donations has been falling each week. To spur us to reach our goal of $100,000 for the Max Higbee Center's building fund, three anonymous Rotarian angels are offering to match 50 percent of every new donation up to $15,000, which would carry us to our goal. Take advantage of this way to stretch the value of your donation!
Presenting your 2021-2022 Officers:
President:  Peter Theisen
President-Elect:  Paul Grey
VP-Program Chairman:  Doug Cole
Treasurer:  Steve Gray
Past President:  Gary Goldfogel
Board of Directors (2 years):  Shauna Naf & Felicity Dye will join John Pedlow and Steve Hettick
Invitation to Join the Mt. Baker Rotary Zoom Meeting December 15th  Noon to 1pm
Two Worlds will be presenting information to our club on a shared Rotary project - Hospice care in Nepal. Here is a story with more information on the Hospice Nepal Project:
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2020-2021 Major Project announcement - Max Higbee Center is the unanimous selection of the committee. The Center started as grassroots effort led by educators, families and people with developmental disabilities who wanted quality recreation and social opportunities. Today, the Center serves over 400 individuals in Whatcom County through its welcoming social and recreation programs.  Jen Moehl and John Dunne will be leading the fundraising of this project. Members can donate from their tax-deferred accounts directly to RCOB without incurring a tax liability. Click Here for Donation Form
These programs also provide vital respite support to families. The stress and financial responsibility as a family caregiver can be extraordinary and lifelong. The services that Max Higbee Center staff provide are essential in supporting families to work, rest, and fulfill obligations while maintaining a safe and enriching environment for their family member with a disability.  Their new facility at 1400 N. State Street, currently under construction, will allow the Center to expand its program capacity to meet an urgent community need. Our contribution to the project will be funding the new recreation room, the largest and most actively used room in the new facility, which is to be named the Rotary Room.  Click here for further information.  
Blood Drive - Steve Ban reported that our blood drive will be open for the entire Rotary year, until June 30, 2021. We are participating, along with the other clubs in our Area G, in a District 5050 challenge against the other District Areas. He is encouraging friends and relatives to join in. Those who can't donate blood can donate plasma. Currently, the W. Bakerview office is the only donation location open in Whatcom County. Click Here for additional information. You must schedule your donation appointment on the eflyer in this link to make sure your donation is counted. If you have already given blood and didn’t follow these procedures, please contact Steve and he will make sure that your donation is counted.
The minimum age for donating blood is 16 and those 16 and 17 would need parent’s permission to participate. 
URGENT:  We are still looking for Website/Tattler sponsors for the next Rotary year starting July 1st.  It is a great opportunity to advertise your business and support Rotary.  $350.00 for the year.  Please check out the current sponsors on our website by going to on the home page.  If you "click" on a sponsor it will take you to their website.  It also shows up in the Tattler.  Contact Sandee if interested.  We have 1 spot remaining.
All Rotary meetings will be held Virtually on Zoom until at least January 1, 2021 due to Covid-19 social distancing.  You can look for an email from Sandee each week prior to the Monday 12:30 meeting (you can start  logging in at 12:15 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. 
RCOB has now set up a Venmo account for ease in payment of 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
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.
Former members, Dale Ring joined us again  
Paul Grey introduced our speaker, Carl Perkins
Felicity Dye introduced our former Exchange Student, Carla Serrat from Spain.  Great to see her!
New Member Induction.  Doug Cole introduced our newest member, Vinson Latimore, who joins in the classification of “Healthcare - Senior Living”.  Vincent, originally from South Carolina, eventually moved to Washington where he received his Master’s in Program Administration from the University of Washington.  Recently he moved to Bellingham from Renton, where he was active in Rotary and several other community organizations.
In his Charge to New Members, former President Tim Farris welcomed Vinson and expressed optimism in the future of Rotary, largely because of the vitality brought by new members.  He opines there soon will be a better day, a post-pandemic time that takes advantage of the optimism and energy of these new members.
Major Project: Max Higbee Center
Jenn Moehl reminded us that it is time to pledge our support for the Max Higbee Center major project.  About half of our members have pledged so far.  Kate Whitesides from the Center introduced us to Robin, a young woman who has been a Center participant for several years.  See  Jennifer Moehl's presentation today  (click here)
Paul Grey introduced our program speaker, Carl Perkins, General Manager of the Ferndale Phillips 66 refinery.  Mr. Perkins, a B.S. mechanical engineer, and a long-time employee of Phillips 66 has worked in refinery facilities all around the country.  His presentation, “Phillips 66 Journey to Process and Operational Excellence” is the first of a three-part series of programs the Club will hear that deal with issues of the environment. 
Phillips 66’s corporate motto is “Providing Energy, Improving Lives.”  The company states three core emphasis areas: safety, honor and commitment.  The thrust of Perkins’ talk was that in two major ways, what is happening at Phillips 66 is having a positive effect on the environment.
First, Perkins pointed out that since safety issues at a refinery (e.g. an oil leak or fire) often have related environmental impacts, it is important to know what Phillips is doing to improve refinery safety.  He showed data that supports the claim that refining is first of all, one of the safest industries and within that sector, Phillips is the top performer.  For the past four years, Phillips has had more refineries qualify for the AFPM Distinguished Safety Award than all others combined.  The Ferndale refinery was a 2019 winner of a DFA award. To achieve this success their focus areas include never-ending risk reduction, significant mechanical integrity improvements, addressing human factors and improving the quality and consistency of procedures. 
The introduction of processes and projects to improve safety has had a measurable impact and been important to the environment.  Accompanying the improved safety measures, during the past 10 years refinery nitrogen and sulfur oxide emissions have been reduced by 60%.  For example, control and electrical systems have been upgraded, vessels and tanks have been replaced and other infrastructure improved.  Phillips has invested about $4.1 billion in these over the past five years.  Perkins listed a number of specific areas in which about $3.6 billion in spending is planned for the next four years.
Phillips 66 has a long history in the oil business but, as pointed out by Perkins, the company is now really an energy company rather than just an oil company.  This change in direction represents a second major way that Phillips’ plans for the future will impact the environment.  The company is involved in major efforts at renewable fuel development, energy conservation, carbon capture, battery development, waste reduction, water conservation and habitat protection and restoration.  Perkins cited as an example the Ferndale refinery involvement in habitat restoration along the Nooksack River.  It is expected that activities such as this will be significantly increased in the future.
Local Covid Update:
President Gary reminded us that the COVID virus is still very much in the community.  The number of cases has gone up in the past several weeks, mirroring but less severe than what is happening in most of the rest of the State.  Most infections are among the 20 to 39 years age group.  Currently there are 16 COVID patients at St. Josephs, four of these are in the ICU. About 16% of hospital beds are available. 
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:
December Rotary Anniversaries - Thank you! 
Paul Landgren
Member Since 1995
Thank you for 25 years of service! 
Paul Hanson
Member Since 1966
Dave Blair
Member Since 1979
Rick Haggen
Member Since 1982
Jim Cunningham
Member Since 1994
Daver Morse III
Member Since 2003
Kathi Hiyane-Brown
Member Since 2003
John Huntley
Member Since 2010
Catherine Riordan
Member Since 2012
Dennis Williams
Member Since 2012
Steve Hettick
Member Since 2016
Bacchus Taylor
Member Since 2019
December Birthdays
  • Lisa Saar
  • Jamie Vos
  • Teri Treat
  • Chris Lyddan
  • Bob Sytsma
  • Loch Trimingham
  • Kathie Hardie
Jan 25, 2021
The Mt. Baker Foundation-One in Three of Us is at Risk for Chronic Kidney Disease…are You the One?
Feb 01, 2021
ID's for the Homeless
Feb 08, 2021
Bellingham Rotaract Club
Feb 15, 2021
Holiday - President's Day
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Editor:  Catherine Riordan
Reporter:  Arlie Norman
Invocation:  Peter Theisen
Greeter: Paula McCandlis, President Gary and Sandee
AV:  Mark Knittel
Music:   Provided by John Harris's National Anthem
Minister of Fun:  Dennis Williams
Book Review:  Bacchus Taylor "Analogia: The Emergence of Technology Beyond Programmable Control" by George Dyson