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                    Cassie Cichorz

September 21, 2020     20th  VIRTUAL MEETING

Opening :
Pre-Meeting Social Time
Monty McAllister gave a book report on “One Long River of Song,” a collection of essays by Brian Doyle.  Doyle, who died in 2017, was the editor of Portland magazine, the alumni magazine of the University of Portland.  He authored several other books, including “Mink River.”  Monty really likes Doyle’s writing.  He read from a chapter called “First Kiss.”  He described the different thoughts going through the author’s mind during the kiss – Where do you put your nose?  What do you do with your glasses?  How do you breathe?  Who decides when to stop?  How do you stop? – thoughts that are funny, sweet and nerve-wracking.  Doyle also poses legitimate questions for intellectual thought.  Monty highly recommended the book.
Opening Welcome  
President Gary called the 4663rd meeting of the Rotary Club of Bellingham to order from Newport, Oregon, where he was on vacation.
Club Announcements
Peter Theisen, Chairman of the Service Fund Committee, announced that the committee is forming and looking for grant requests up to $1,000 each.  We have $7,000 budgeted for this year.  Click Here for Guidelines
Steve Hettick reported that the Football Pool committee is looking to get this year’s pool off the ground.  With the club not meeting due to the pandemic, we can’t sign up on a new grid.  He is hoping the people who signed up last year will allow him to run the pool with last year’s sign up grid as much as possible.  He realizes there will have to be some massaging of it but hopes all who were in last year will stay in. Here is a copy of the grid if you can't remember if you are on it.  Click Here  Those on the grid will be contacted, if you are not on the grid and are interested in getting on a wait list contact Sandee.
URGENT:  We are 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 2 spots 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 Goggle "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
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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.
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Paul Grey introduced speaker Cassie Cichorz with the Washington State Dept. of Agriculture
Shauna Naf  introduced her husband, Ward Naf
Former member Dale Rings--great to see him back after surgery!!
Former member Aaron Booker--also great to see you Aaron...
COVID Report.  Garrett Jeffery and Gary gave the weekly COVID-19 report.  Garrett said the numbers of infections at the hospital were basically unchanged from the previous week.  Our numbers are similar to what they were in May.  His office maintains the same safety precautions.  He said people are getting COVID fatigue, which can be dangerous if people let their guard down.  Gary noted that there are significant cases of depression and suicide resulting from the pandemic, and reminded us that the social consequences of diseases carry problems of their own.  John Dunne said the positivity of tests is around 5%.  Gary said we still don’t know what the percentage is of asymptomatic infections.
Program: Asian Giant Hornet
Paul Grey introduced Cassie Cichorz of the Washington State Department of Agriculture.  Cassie gave a presentation on the Asian Giant Hornet.
Cassie said the hornets are 1.5 to 2 inches in length, have a huge orange head and orange and yellow bands on their abdomen.  They nest in the ground, particularly in the base of old pine trees or in old rodent burrows.  They rarely nest above ground.  They are typically non-aggressive.  If you get a sting, apply ice and take aspirin.  If you have an anaphylactic reaction, call 9-1-1.
Cassie described the life cycle of the Asian Giant Hornet.  In winter, only queens are alive.  In the spring they build their nest and start colonies if they are mated.  In summer, the worker hornets hunt insects and other animals for food sources.  In late summer, they prey on honeybee colonies, taking larvae from the hives which provide protein for the hornets.  In the late fall, the workers and males die.  One nest can produce up to 300 queens, but only about 10% survive.  The impacts to the honeybees can pose a threat to the ecosystem.
Cassie said the Asian Giant Hornets have been found exclusively in Whatcom County, in Blaine, Birch Bay, Custer and one sighting in Bellingham.  She said after locating one the WSDA has put in a grid, 8 km in circumference, around the site, and they put traps in that area.  She said not just the WSDA folks are working to trap the hornets, but “citizen scientists” are also working to find them and trap them.  When one is found, the goal is to attach a radio transmitter to track it back to its nest so they can trap others.  WSDA workers wear safety suits providing protection.
Cassie showed a number of slides of “imposters,” showing how different the Asian Giant Hornet is from other bees, hornets, wasps, yellow jackets, etc.  The distinctive features of the Asian Giant Hornet are the giant head and the distinctive abdominal markings described above.  She said they likely came from Korea or Japan, probably in some freight or other shipment.  They haven’t found a nest in Whatcom County yet, but there was one in British Columbia. 
Cassie can be contacted at  If anyone sees an Asian Giant Hornet, they can report it at  She said to send photos and describe exactly where the siting took place.  The hotline number is 1-800-443-6684.
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:
September Rotary Anniversaries - Thank you! 
J.C. Hickman
Member Since 1987
Kathy Hughes
Member Since 2002
Greg Baker
Member Since 2011
Nathan Twining
Member Since 2012
Chip Lauckhardt
Member Since 2012
Joe Jarzembowski
Member Since 2019
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Part 2 of presentation on the Mental Health Problems and Solutions.
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Max Higbee Center - Rotary 2020-21 Major Project
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Reporter:  John Moffat
Invocation:  Nathan Twining
Greeter: Scott Wallace, Gary Goldfogel and Sandee Lindhout
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Music:   Rotary Brass - Star Spangled Banner
Book Review:  Monty McAllister "One Long River of Songs" by Brian Doyle