Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Oct 17, 2017
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Jim Logghe
 
Visiting Rotarians: Kathy Buckley, Monty McCallister
 
Guests: None
 
Announcements
 
October BBRC board meeting cancelled, next meeting will be in November.
 
Bob Moles has been Rotarian for 44 years!
 
Curtis and Brad C with Grape & Gourmet update:  Please sign up for event volunteer duty.
 
Monty McCallister on the Monday Club’s exchange student program:  They are sending two outbound exchange students. They are therefore required to host two incoming students.  Each student needs three host families to host for 3 months (therefore 6 host families are needed in total).  Monty asked each of us to consider offering our home to a student for three months.  A very rewarding and fun experience.
 
Mike Hammes with plug for this year’s Food Bank turkey drive. Looking for donations. Checks can be made out to Food Bank (501c3).
 
Bucks in the Bay
  • Curtis bucks for and amazing Joe Bonamassa (guitar virtuoso) show;
  • Tresha wine tasting event at Bryants, and $ for turkeys;
  • Jim Logghe continued weight loss!
  • Dannon wonderful five day trip with mom on Cape Cod!
  • Andy Clay missed meetings, thanks John Templeton for covering for her last week;
  • Kathy Buckley (from Monday Club) needs ideas for programs / speakers, also she’s in charge of her club’s annual ski Fee 5-9th to Sun Peaks and she invites all skiers to join them!
  • Curtis Smith;
  • Scotty $ for food bank;
  • Steve Kimberly back from Greece;
  • Tonja Myers $ for turkeys;
  • Mimi Ferlin back from wonderful trip in La Paz, heading out soon for many winter trips, $ for turkeys;
  • Inga Drechsel said Tony took the whole office to Cabo for a few days last week, also news from friends in Napa;
Soundings (10/17/17) G. Stowe Talbot 2017-10-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Oct 10, 2017
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Flag Salute & Invocation by John Templeton
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: Sean Cool (Geo Engineers)
 
Announcements
 
October BBRC board meeting cancelled, next meeting will be in November.
 
Bryant with Grape & Gourmet update:  The event I Sunday 11/5, 5-8pm.  Planning I going well, we now have 14 restaurants and 40 wineries!  Four tickets and invoice were sent to each member; please pay to Bryant by check or credit card to BBRC, and obviously consider buying more tickets.  The organizing committee meets weekly each Thursday at Bryant’s office (at 4pm ?).  Also please by gift certificates for some of our restauranteurs - see Bryant.  The event is Sunday Nov 5th.  Bryant also announced the "Pre-Sale Wine Tasting" will take place THIS FRIDAY 6-8pm at Bryant’s house 4302 King Avenue. Everyone invited!
 
Mike Hammes with plug for this year’s Food Bank turkey drive. Looking for cash donations. Checks can be made out to Food Bank (501c3).
 
Business bucket by John Purdie:  MBT has some great upcoming family shows, including Undersea Bubble Fantasia with two shows on Saturday 10/21 - see the video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvOI23dtIkQ.  Also, A Charlie Brown Christmas on 12/1.
 
Aaron Lemperes:  Charitable giving application letter is available online on our Website, please recruit non-profits organizations to submit an application to us.
 
Membership Committee update with Scotty: He showed us the new format for our checklist that explains the application, the vetting and then integrating new members into the club.  We need more members, so please bring potential applicants to the club.
 
Bucks in the Bay
  • Tresha glad for the changing of the seasons;
  • Tim Krell attended a nice fundraising event for BTC last weekend;
  • Terry Brown football news;
  • John Purdie 25th wedding anniversary, amazing weekend with meal at il Rufugio;
  • Rob Bring with early Thanksgiving dinner;
  • Brad Cornwell for Cougars (sad bucks for Ducks);
  • Scott Walker missed meetings, he was in Napa CA last week and the house they stayed at is now gone;
  • Mark Turner for National Coming Out Day (tomorrow)!
  • Mike Hammes with more on the Turkey Drive, and the GP-site road work was awarded to Ram Construction!
  • Chuck is an ISU Buckeye, proud of the football team;
  • John Templeton great weekend in Seattle with son and grandkids!
  • Eddie great weekend with no kids' soccer, and looking forward to the opening of his new Ferndale location (Oct 30th).
Soundings (10/10/17) G. Stowe Talbot 2017-10-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Oct 03, 2017
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Tresha Dutton
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: None
 
Announcements
 
Bill Geyer with report on the recent dedication party for the Lydia Place remodel and expansion.  He presented our club with a gift from Lydia Place of a painting by Ben Mann.  Bill thanked Phil Hageman and Mike Hammes among many others for their hard work on this project.
 
Bryant with Grape & Gourmet update:  Four tickets and an invoice has been sent to each BBRC member; please pay up to Bryant by check or credit card and consider buying more!  Sunday Nov 5th is the event, the organizing committee meets weekly each Thursday at Bryant’s office (at 4pm ?).  Also please buy gift certificates for some of our restauranteurs - see Bryant.
 
Next BBRC board meeting Thursday October 12th 4:30pm at Tradewinds Capital board room.
 
Business bucket by Phil Hageman with report on the Lydia Place project. 
 
Bucks in the Bay
  • Tresha went to Leavenworth;
  • Pete Wolkin missed meetings, working and traveling a lot, and hired Tonja!
  • Bob Moles went to Iceland and then Canada fishing, shared moving and inspirational memories of Art Runestrand;
  • Mark Turner went camping in mountains, and received a nice royalty check from his publisher for books;
  • Brad Cornwell went on a “brewery bike ride” (ten stops!);
  • John Templeton 100 y.o. mon passed away, and there was a nice party to celebrate her life;
  • Andy Clay happy bucks to live in Bellingham, and big thanks to son Pete for all his help with the family business!
Sergeant at Arms by Eddie
Fines for various crimes.
Soundings (10/3/17) G. Stowe Talbot 2017-10-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Sep 26, 2017
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Doug Wight, with kind words about former club member Art Runestrand, worked for many years School District and then GP, memorial service for him this Saturday 3pm at Emmanuel Bible Church, 2000 W North St, Bellingham, WA 98225. http://molesfarewelltributes.com/tribute/details/1958/Arthur-Runestrand/obituary.html 
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: Donna Gibbs (The new VP of University Relations at WWU), Bryant’s new coworker, Nicole Gilmore (Taylor Shellfish) and Stephanie Morrell (from Bellingham Bells).
 
Announcements
 
Brewers by the Bay netted the club $37K!
 
Sunday Nov 5th is GRAPE & GOURMET, the organizing committee meets weekly each Thursday at Bryant’s office (at 4pm ?).  Please see the envelope with your 4 tickets and $400 invoice.  Also please by gift certificates for some of our restauranteurs - see Bryant.
 
Membership update:  Scotty thanked those who have sponsored new members. Please everyone consider inviting new members into the application process for club membership.
 
Student of the Month by Mike Bates:  Our first honoree is Olivia Benner (parents Steve and Sarah). She has taken classes in business, finance and marketing, and many honors and AP classes. She has done the mentoring program for freshmen students.  Participates in the Lemon Club and is the ASB VP at Squalicum HS.  Many other community activities and much volunteer work. 
 
Lydia Place Ribbon Cutting Ceremony (with cider press) for their new facility expansion, 4-7pm Thursday 9/28, 1701 Gladstone Ave.
 
Please sign up for raffle and invocation duty.
 
Business Promo by Michael Tilly:  Minuteman Press is celebrating its 25th anniversary (Michael bought the business three years ago). If you use his firm for printing (biz cards, flyers books books shirts sign banners etc.) he will donate a percentage back to BBRC Rotary.
Soundings (9/26/17) G. Stowe Talbot 2017-09-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Sep 19, 2017
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Scotty
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: Sean Cool (GeoEngineers), Carmen Ulrich (RMC Architects).
 
Announcements
 
Bucks in the Bay $: Last week we raised over $3,748 which went to Wendy's Houston club and the flood relief effort.
 
Lydia Place will have a ribbon cutting ceremony (with cider press) to celebrate their new facility expansion, 4-7pm Thursday 9/28, 1701 Gladstone Ave.
 
The (Monday) Bellingham Club is celebrating its 100 year anniversary, and they will be hosting a commemorative dinner - all are welcomed to buy tickets and attend.  COST:  $100.00 pp, Saturday, September 23, 2017, 5:30 - 11pm. More info HERE https://portal.clubrunner.ca/264/Event/rotary-club-of-bellingham-centennial-dinner 
 
Sunday Nov 5th is GRAPE & GOURMET!  They committee meets weekly each Thursday at Bryant’s office at 4pm (?).
 
Please sign up for raffle and invocation duty.
Soundings (9/19/17) G. Stowe Talbot 2017-09-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Sep 12, 2017
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Mark Turner
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: Dr Susan Burke, Lisa Cornwell (Brad’s wife)
 
Announcements
 
Bucks in the Bay will be donated to RI’s and "Houston West U Rotary Foundation" hurricane flood relief. Last week we raised over $2000.
 
Board Meeting Thursday Sept 14th 4:30pm at Tradewinds Capital board room 211 Rimlnd Drive #401.
 
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony (and Cider Press) for the new Lydia Place expansion, 4-7pm Thursday 9/28 1701 Gladstone Ave.
 
The (Monday) Bellingham Club is celebrating its 100 year anniversary, and they will be hosting a commemorative dinner - all are welcomed to buy tickets and attend.  COST:  $100.00 pp, Saturday, September 23, 2017, 5:30 - 11pm. More info HERE https://portal.clubrunner.ca/264/Event/rotary-club-of-bellingham-centennial-dinner 
 
Sunday Nov 5th is GRAPE & GOURMET!
 
Business Promo Minute:  Josh with plug for Builders Alliance.
Soundings (9/12/17) G. Stowe Talbot 2017-09-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Sep 05, 2017
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Andy Clay
 
Visiting Rotarians: Rich Bowers from the Monday Bellingham Club.
 
Guests: John Purdie’s guest Amy Blackwood, Stan Dyer’s son Steven.
 
Announcements
 
Birthdays for John Purdie and Steve Brummel.
 
Board Meeting Thursday Sept 14th 4:30pm at Tradewinds Capital board room 211 Rimlnd Drive #401.
 
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new Lydia Place expansion, 4-7pm Thursday 9/28 1701 Gladstone Ave.
 
The (Monday) Bellingham Club is celebrating its 100 year anniversary, and they will be hosting a commemorative dinner - all are welcomed to buy tickets and attend.
 
Business Promo Minute: Wendy Heister talked about the Westview Rotary Club (her home club in Houston) with updates on hurricane and flood disaster relief.
 
Rotary International is also involved in the flood relief effort and here is where to find out more: https://www.rotary.org/en/rotary-districts-collect-emergency-funds-hurricane-harvey-victims 
Soundings (9/5/17) G. Stowe Talbot 2017-09-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Aug 29, 2017
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Stan Dyer
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: Mandy (Terry’s daughter)
 
Announcements
  • Thanks Brad Cornwell for covering for President Curtis last week.
  • This year’s exchange student from Mexico has arrived. She is sponsored by the Monday Club.  Hopefully she will come visit our club in the coming weeks.
  • Thanks Stew, Eddie and Chuck for the progressive Rotario dinner Sunday.
  • Wendy Hiester with news from Houston Rotarians about the flooding there.
Business Promo Minute: Wendy talked about her home club, Westview Rotary Club, and all their good work.
 
Bellingham Bay Rotary Club Foundation:  Does your employer match your donations to charitable organizations?  If so, please request a match the next time you make a contribution to our own Bellingham Bay Rotary Foundation.  BBRF is a registered charity with the IRS, and we have been granted a 501(c)3 designation. BBRF’s tax payer identification number is 91-2078384.  If you need further documentation, please contact Brent Walker
Soundings (8/29/17) G. Stowe Talbot 2017-08-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Aug 22, 2017
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Bob Becker
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: Cindy Mellema (Anna’s friend and VFW’s Auxiliary President)
 
Announcements
 
Stew Ellison and Eddie with another pitch for the Sunday 8/27 (4pm start) Rotario Progressive  Lake Whatcom Dinner.  $75/person starting at Stew’s house, then to Eddie’s and Chuck’s.
 
Business Minute:  Anna with another pitch to everyone to help volunteer painting the basement of VFW, 10am - 12pm THIS Saturday morning.  The space is prepped and ready to go, painting supplies are purchased!
 
Bucks in the Bay
  • Brad Cornwell last week in Colorado visiting younger daughter, some mountain climbing, explored Denver; 
  • Mike Werner 47 birthday bucks, kid to Baylor (Waco, TX) via road trip. Rented him a house from the TV show Fixer-Upper, and other son had a car accident!
  • Dannon happy bucks today wedding anniversary with Matt, last weekend to Lopez Island whale watching plus hiking, she purchased a new office building across street from Haggen Meridian;
  • Steve Kimberly birth of latest grandson Owen;
  • Lance missed meetings, Silver Beach back to school for son, also a big personal milestone: Lance is stepping down from Whatcom Sports Commission and looking forward to the next career adventure;
  • John Purdie missed meetings - cleaning out the grandparents’ house with stuff finally going to garage sale;
  • John Templeton missed meetings, birthday wishes to Jim Haupt.
Sergeant at Arms by by Phil X
Fines for misc. misdemeanors and eclipse trivia.
Soundings (8/22/17) G. Stowe Talbot 2017-08-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Aug 15, 2017
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Carlye Gillespie
 
Visiting Rotarians: Honey Levine (Houston)
 
Guests: None
 
Birthdays and anniversaries. Rotary’s four way test.
 
Announcements
 
Stew Ellison and Eddie talked about the Aug 27 Sunday 4pm start Rotario Dinner traveling “progressive lake” dinner.  $75/person starting at Stew’s house, then to Eddie’s and Chuck’s.
 
Anna announced BBRC Rotary volunteer opportunity: Saturday Aug 26th (time?) painting the downstairs of VFW hall.
 
District Governor Lindagene Coyle presented Eddie Hansen with his SECOND Paul Harris fellow!
 
New Member Induction
DG Lindagene conducted the induction of Inga Dreshcel, who has 20 years of consulting and engineering experience, currently working with Tony at Freeland Engineering. Harte Bressler will be her mentor. Welcome, Inga!
 
Bucks in the Bay
  • Curtis says he bough house next door and will be fixing it up as a rental - a big project;
  • Andy Clay 27th wedding anniversary;
  • Eddie thanks for crab feed, he has been gone for almost a month while boating with family up in Canadian islands, looking forward to the progressive dinner Rotario;
  • Dannon happy bucks missed last week on the Olympic Peninsula with family and friends;
  • Pete Ritmueller back from fishing trip to resort near Sitka, AK (an annual trip with Steve Kimberly, Dave Blair and about 20 other people) caught the limit for salmon and halibut;
  • Allen Stockbridge attended the annual “Good Time Boogie”, travelled all around Midwest and East Coast, heard some great music at a concert, and talked about the American Friends Service Committee (https://www.afsc.org) as a nominee for Nobel Peace prize;
  • Tim Krell in Eastern WA and Idaho at cabin on a lake - lots of fun, also Sounders game - glad to see increased attention to pro soccer in the US;
  • Jim Logghe proud of 35 lbs lost! Halfway to weight loss goal!
  • Mark Turner went to Buffalo NY for a garden writers conference - a surprisingly beautiful city. Saw Niagara Falls, then a wonderful weekend back here at Baker Lake with Brian.
Sergeant at Arms by Mark Turner
Fines for misc. sins, and Canadian trivia.
Soundings (8/15/17) G. Stowe Talbot 2017-08-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Aug 08, 2017
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Anna Williams
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: Giovanni Melley
 
Birthdays and anniversaries.
 
Announcements
 
Board meeting this Thursday 4:30pm at Tradewinds board room (4th floor, 2211 Rimland Drive, Suite 401).
 
Bucks in the Bay
  • Stan will be getting his 27th Paul Harris fellow;
  • Last Sunday Curtis blocked off his street and had a fun potluck party (the City will loan you all the supplies on a flatbed trailer for free!)
  • Steve Kimberly went fishing, lots of sun and fish;
  • Curtis Smith is nearing completion on the video history of Bellingham Technical College, Curtis paid for the effort, more news soon;
  • Jim Johnson will celebrating 23 years of matrimonial bliss - then off to his wife's homeland (Mauritius?). Also, sold his house and building a new house;
  • Bill Gorman update on the Bellingham Bay Foundation (now at about $400K), please be thinking about how we should be utilize those monies;
  • Tonja Myers with happy bucks - moving her mom into her house, also got a dog, and spent a few fun weeks at her cabin near McCall Idaho;
  • Debbie Kiene happy to see Gio back in Bellingham!
  • Stew Ellison with a plug for the Sunday August 27th “progressive” Rotario Dinner: It  starts at Stew’s, and go by boat to three other lakeside Rotarian’s houses …please sign up for this amazing evening!
Sergeant at Arms by Tresha 
Fines for trivia regarding the Rotary history.
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Posted by Tresha Ann Marie Dutton on Aug 01, 2017
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Club meeting: August 1, 2017
 
Flag Salute & Invocation by Stephanie Sadler
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: Sean Cool from GeoEngineers. 
 
President Curtis talked attending the Monday club to hear Jim Johnson speak about human trafficking. President Curtis also noted that there will be a check awarding ceremony at next week’s meeting to Lydia Place.
 
Announcements
 
Board meeting: Thursday, August 10th, 4:30 @ 2211 Rimland Dr., #401. All are welcome!  
 
Rotario Dinner on the lake: Sunday, August 27th starting at 4:00. Let Stew Ellison know if you’re interested in participating. He will bring a sign-up sheet next week. Cost $75.00
 
Rotary District 5050 event Golffun: August 18th at the beautiful Homestead Golf & Country Club in Lynden, WA.  4-person scramble format, 18 holes of golf, prizes, and a buffet dinner. Proceeds to the Rotary Foundation's Annual Fund and Polio Plus.  Shotgun start at 1:00 pm and registration opens at 11:00 am. Let Tresha know if you’re interested in playing on behalf of the club.
 
Flag Salute/Invocation & Raffle volunteers: Dannon handed out calendars and asked folks to sign-up to volunteer to serve in one or both of these roles. She will be taking over the scheduling and would like folks to volunteer to serve when it’s convenient for them. There was discussion at the past board meeting about assigning folks, but she would like to avoid this if possible. 
 
Business Promo-No volunteers; Andy Clay told a joke
 
Bucks in Bay
  • Stan Dyer encouraged members to say hi to him as they come in so that he’s sure he records their attendance
  • Brad Cornwell went on a beautiful hike on the Olympic coast last weekend.
  • Tim Krell attended a wedding in Vancouver, had his bike stolen from in front of his office, and recovered his bike with the help of an attentive Café Velo employee.
  • Andy Clay reminded everyone that there is a red flag alert because of the heat and fire dangers
  • Christine Palmerton shared her NaughtiBear story (bear swimming in her family pool).
  • Michael Tilly went on vacation to Japan, Shanghai and Malaysia to see a friend.
  • Bill Gorman did a ride along with the BPD. Said it was a very enlightening experience.
  • Stephanie Sadler said that her granddaughter has raised $65,000 to build a safe space in Austin, TX for victims of sex trafficking.
  • Curtis Dye went to the Vancouver celebration of lights show last weekend (firework competition).
Sergeant at Arms (Minster of Fun) Karen Burke 
Fines for not knowing hottest temperature on record for Bellingham, not owning a white Prius, and to Philip X Hageman for imbibing.
Soundings (8/1/17) Tresha Ann Marie Dutton 2017-08-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Jul 25, 2017
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Patrick Drum
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: Bevery Maher, Chris Philips, Dale Zender, Cherie Martin, Marianne Scott, Jessisa Hetch (DVSAS), and Giovani Melley!
 
President Curtis talked about a great first month as president, and now home-hosting Giovanni for a month.
 
Announcements
 
Crab Feed last week was as usual great event well attended. Thanks to Mark for hosting, Eddie and Bob & Diane Becker.
 
Brewers by the Bay:  Lance thanked everyone who came out to attend and volunteer. Initial numbers show about $30K raised. Great music this year.  Very successful event all around.  Mark Turner took fantastic photos.
 
Rotary District 5050 event Golffun: August 18th at the beautiful Homestead Golf & Country Club in Lynden, WA. 
4-person scramble format, 18 holes of golf, prizes, and a buffet dinner. Proceeds to the Rotary Foundation's Annual Fund and Polio Plus.  Shotgun start at 1:00 pm and registration opens at 11:00 am. Click here to register:  www.district5050.org/2014golfun 
 
Giovanni Melley thanked the club for his wonderful year here as an exchange student; he is glad to be back here visiting before starting college (studying business and law) next year in Italy.
 
Tresha gave abbreviated notes from last week’s board meeting:  New member application for Inge Drexel (sp?).  Tim Krell joining the board to replace Glen Groenig. Karen Haggen, Paul Twedt and Bob Tull are resigning from the club. We are exploring the idea of hiring a part-time executive secretary.  
 
Curtis gave a Paul Harris award to Stowe (his 2nd!)
 
Bucks in Bay
  • Curtis had fun at Brewers, glad to have Giovanni here, wife Felicity joining the Monday Club!
  • John Purdie had an open house at MBT successfully signed up 30+ new members, AND one of his twin daughters got job!
  • Brent Walker whale stories (synchronized breaching!) while cruising the Canadian Gulf islands;
  • Lance survived busy weekend with Brewers and two Bellingham United games!
  • Stew Ellison thanked Brewers' clean up committee.  Also, please sign up for the Aug 22nd (Sunday) Rotario dinner:  A progressive dinner at four Rotarian houses on Lake Whatcom with transportation by boat!
  • Steve Kimberly sad bucks for the recent death of an acquaintance in a climbing accident;
Sergeant at Arms Mark Turner 
Fines for misc. sins
Soundings (7/25/17) G. Stowe Talbot 2017-07-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Jul 18, 2017
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Bill Gorman
 
Visiting Rotarians: Andy Day (from Monday Club)
 
Guests: Patrick McEvoy, Izzy Cybula (our outgoing exchange student, going to Germany)
 
Patrick Drum talked about various Rotary facts. 
 
Birthdays and anniversaries.
 
Announcements
 
Board meeting this Thursday 7/20 4:30pm at Tradewinds board room (4th floor, 2211 Rimland Drive, Suite 401).
 
Brewers by the Bay 1-5pm this Sunday afternoon 7/23/17. All members need to buy 12 tix minimum, and hopefully also volunteer at the event. It will be a great fun event.  We need volunteers!
 
Outgoing Exchange Student Isabella (Izzy) Cybula is being sponsored by our club and the Monday Club and will be going to Germany. She thanked our club for all the support and is looking forward to the time abroad.
 
Business Bucket by Tim and Patrick McEvoy who talked about Primer Coffee (founded by Patrick)on Holly street which serves the finest single origin coffee.
Soundings (7/18/17) G. Stowe Talbot 2017-07-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Jul 11, 2017
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Mark Turner
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: Sean Cool (Geo Engineers), Erik Chambers’ mom, Scott Nissan (?), Stephanie Morrell (Bham Bells), and Dan Barry (to be inducted today!)
 
President Curtis is excited to be embarking his presidential year with the club!
 
Wendy Heister talked about what it is to be a Rotarian. 
 
Birthdays and anniversaries.
 
Announcements
 
Successful and fun “Changing of the Guard” party two weeks ago at Bellwether Ballroom, introducing incoming officers and thanking the outgoing crew.
 
Crab Feed next Tuesday evening 7/18 at 5pm at Mark Turner’s house, 4682 Wynn Rd (just off Slater road near the freeway). $30/adults, $10/kids.
 
Board meeting next Thursday 7/20 4:30pm at Tradewinds board room (4th floor, 2211 Rimland Drive).
 
Brewers by the Bay 1-5pm on Sunday afternoon 7/23/17. All members need to buy 12 tix minimum, and hopefully also volunteer at the event. NEXT WEEK we will be washing glasses after the lunch meeting.
 
New Member Induction
Dan Barry was introduced by his sponsor Lesa Boxx, who met Dan at a networking event. Dan works as a loan officer at Heritage Bank, he has a wife named Jayne and a grown daughter. He was a past Rotarian at the Poulsbo Club. The ceremony was conducted by Bill Gorman.  Congratulations and welcome, Dan!
Soundings (7/11/17) G. Stowe Talbot 2017-07-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Jun 20, 2017
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Patrick Drum
 
Visiting Rotarians: Bill Meub
 
Guests: Dan Barry
 
Dannon read more from club history 2015-16.
 
Announcements
 
This year’s Changing of the Guard is Monday night, June 26th in the Bellwether Ballroom.  Appetizers and drinks start at 5:30, dinner will be served at 6:30. There will be live music by the Atlantics.  Dinner costs $30/pp (children welcome, at a reduced cost), and there will be a no host bar.  Come enjoy a great fellowship evening as we say “Thank You!” to President Dannon and welcome our new incoming president, Curtis Dye!  PLEASE RSVP by Brad Cornwell.
 
Brewers by the Bay will be Sunday July 23, 2017 from 2-6pm.  You can get your 12 tickets electronically by clicking HERE (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-brewers-by-the-bay-tickets-34635934011).  Also for sale at the Rotary meetings. Cost is $25 advance, $30 at the door.  Food trucks will provide food this year - no need for volunteers for grilling duties.
 
Fellowship event BellinghamBells game June 20th TONIGHT!
 
Member of the Month: Me, Stowe Talbot!  Thank you, Dannon! It has been a joy and a pleasure working with you this past year.
 
Business Bucket by Pete Rittmueller has been traveling a lot recently for his firm Hydrology Northwest, to Galapagos and then Hawaii among other exotic destinations, while trying (unsuccessfully) to slide into retirement.
 
Bob Moles, introduced Bill Meub, board member for Pure Water for the World (his wife Carolyn is executive director for PWW).  Bill thanked our club for all its support over the years.  He talked about Trojes Honduras ( where our cab has sponsored a few projects in the past), where PWW just completed a major water infrastructure project now providing clean water to thousands of local residents.
Soundings (6/20/17) G. Stowe Talbot 2017-06-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Jun 13, 2017
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Guy Occhiogrosso
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: Someone from Peacehealth, and Bill Unrein's colleague Deka Wiebusch from Fairhaven Financial Advisors.  
 
Dannon read more from club history 2014-15.
 
Announcements
 
This year’s Changing of the Guard is Monday night, June 26th in the Bellwether ballroom.  Appetizers and drinks start at 5:30, dinner will be served at 6:30. There will be live music by the Atlantics.  Dinner costs $30/pp (children welcome, at a reduced cost), and there will be a no host bar.  Come enjoy a great fellowship evening as we say “Thank You!” to President Dannon and welcome our new incoming president, Curtis Dye!  RSVP by contacting Andy Clay (aleebron@aol.com).
 
Brewers by the Bay will be Sunday July 23, 2017 from 2-6pm.  You can get your 12 tickets electronically by clicking HERE (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-brewers-by-the-bay-tickets-34635934011).  Tickets also for sale at the Rotary meetings. Cost is $25 advance, $30 at the door.  Food trucks will provide food this year - no need for volunteers for grilling duties.
 
Fellowship Bellingham Bells baseball game June 20th NEXT TUESDAY.
 
Dannon handed a $50,000 check from our club to Karen Burke for DVSAS's Baker Place project.  This is a small house that has been remodeled into a 4 bedroom house, providing temporary housing for women fleeing domestic abuse.
 
Business Bucket by Guy O
Soundings (6/13/17) G. Stowe Talbot 2017-06-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Jun 06, 2017
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Karen Burke
 
Visiting Rotarians: Jim Osborne (Seattle International District Rotary Club)
 
Guests: Lorraine Morris (Bank of the Pacific)
 
Dannon read more from club history 2013-14, Christine Palmerton was President.
 
Announcements
 
Changing of the Guard party Monday night June 26th at NEW VENUE: Bellwether Ballroom.  $30/adult (reduced for children, who are welcome!), 5:30 appetizers, 6:30 dinner, music by the Atlantics!  
 
Brewers by the Bay Sunday July 23 2-6pm. See the brewersbythebay.org site, you can get your 12 tickets electronically there.  Or, next week physical tickets will be available.  $25 in advance, $30 at the door.  Food trucks for food, no grilling this year.
 
Next fellowship event June 20th BellinghamBells game.
 
Marissa Jacobson (who works at NW Youth Services) was one of our club’s sponsored participants in this year’s talked RYLA program (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards).  Marissa said she had a great experience, learned a lot and thanked our club for sponsoring her.
 
Business Bucket by Glenn
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Flag Salute & Invocation by John Sleeth
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: Bryant’s guest Jessica
 
Dannon thank you for the members of our club who served in our military.
 
Dannon read more more from club history 2012-13.
 
Announcements
 
Changing of the Guard party at the VFW hall, with music by the Atlantics! Monday night June 26th 5:30 appies and cocktails, then 6:30pm dinner.
 
Steve Kimberly with reminder the annual BBRC International Committee fundraiser dinner at Ciao Thyme will be Thursday night, 6pm June 1st, cost $190/person, half of which is tax deductible donation to the committee. Please sign up before end of day today!
 
Member of the Month Mark Turner! Thanks for all your  work, Mark!
 
International service chair Mike Hammes stepping down and looking for replacement,
 
Minutes from last week’s board meeting by Tresha.
 
Business Bucket by Andy Clay with anecdote.
 
Bucks in the Bay
  • Dannon with some sunshine bucks!
  • Aaron camping again this weekend in trailer;
  • Curtis Dye went to New Orleans, then nice Ski to Sea weekend back here;
  • Eddie Hansen went to Mexico stayed at Stephanie Sadler’s condo, also still quietly working on Bloedel Donovan park upgrade project;
  • Phil X Hageman with restaurant tips New Orleans;
  • Scotty went to Fairhaven S2S;
  • Andy Clay passed her exam and is now a registered EMT, Pete W and girlfriend set a wedding date! Husband turns 80!
  • Bob Moles missed 3 meetings in a row! 1800 flags at Greenacres;
  • Mark Turner wonderful weekend Eastern WA camping next to lake totally unplugged;
  • Stephanie Sadler couple weeks in Mexico, then camping with 9-year old, and upcoming eye surgery;
  • Steve Brummel with WWU womens rowing national champions, also national women’s javelin victory, in fact 13 of 15 sports went to Nationals, and an update on Carver gym;
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Orphalee Smith
 
Guests: Many reps from our charitable giving recipients
 
Dannon read from BBRC history
 
Announcements
 
Monday night June 26th 6pm-ish: Changing of the Guard party at the VFW hall, with music by the Atlantics!
 
Steve Kimberly with reminder the annual BBRC International Committee fundraiser dinner at Ciao Thyme will be Thursday night, 6pm June 1st, cost $190/person, half of which is tax deductible donation to the committee. Please sign up!
 
District 5050 encouraging incoming HS juniors to apply for the YES (Youth Engagement Service) program next year which culminates in a 2 week trip abroad.
 
Student of the Month: Mike Bates introduced Julio Enriques. Julio has taken many AP and honors classes, and has been on the honor roll all during high school.  He plays in orchestra and runs track & field. Some of his serice work has involved drug prevention service, and the Interact club. Lighthouse Mission is his charity of choice.  
 
Business Bucket by Glenn
New Member Application:  Dan Berry is a loan officer with Heritage Bank.  He was a Rotarian previously with Poulsbo Kitsap North Rotary (he was voted Rotarian of the Year in 2015).  He has volunteered in various Rotary fundraising events and served as mentor for the Poulsbo Interact club.  His wife is Jayne Barry, and his hobbies include sewing, cycling and archery.  Dan is sponsored by Lesa Boxx.
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Bob Becker
 
Visiting Rotarians:  None
 
Guests:  Sean Cool from Geo Engineers
 
Dannon read Stan’s thank-you letter for his 90th birthday party here at the club a few weeks ago.
 
Dannon read from BBRC history
 
Announcements
 
BBRC board meeting this Thursday at Anthony’s Hearthfire 4:30pm!
 
Monday night June 26th 6pm-ish: Changing of the Guard party at the VFW hall, with music by the Atlantics!
 
Steve with reminder the annual BBRC International Committee fundraiser dinner at Ciao Thyme will be Thursday night, 6pm June 1st, cost $190/person, half of which is tax deductible donation to the committee. Please sign up!
 
Student of the Month: Autumn Engebretson, daughter of our Bryant, is a senior at St Paul’s Academy. She has a 4.0 grades, and demonstrates incredible citizenship, leadership and volunteer outreach. She is describes by teachers and friends as consistently kind, with a strong work ethic, and intellectually curious.  St. Paul’s student counsellor, Natalie, spoke about Autumn’s impressive academic career and volunteer achievements. 
Autumn did her senior project with Kidstown International funding the building of chicken coops at schools in both Tibet and Romania.  Autumn will be attending Rice University next year.  Autumn will donate her $100 to the Whatcom Dream.
 
Eddie: Fellowship events upcoming: A Bellingham Bells game sometime in June?  July 18th (a Tuesday) Crab Feed at Mark Turner’s house!  August will feature a Rotary dinner at Stew Ellison’s house.

Business Bucket:  Michael Tilley said there will be a great fundraiser this weekend Saturdayat Semiahmoo for Women Sharing Hope.
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Jim Logghe
Visiting Rotarians:  None
Guests: Ian Johnson, Catering specialist at Hilltop and manager of Windows on the Bay
Announcements:
 
Steve Kimberly with reminder the annual BBRC International Committee fundraiser dinner at Ciao Thyme will be Thursday night, 6pm June 1st, cost $190/person, half of which is tax deductible donation to the committee. Sign up closes May 24th. Please sign up!
 
Debbie Kiene (accepting donations through today) with a call out for donations of toiletries and other small gifts for Interact Club’s annual Mothers’ Day project. - See more at: http://bellinghambayrotary.com/Stories/soundings-(5-2-17)#sthash.lcQL7GJs.dpuf
 
Next board meeting is Thursday, May 18th (not 11th!) at 4:30 at Anthony's Hearthfire.
 
Aaron reminded everyone that Thursday, May 23rd the program will be brief presentations by all the community charitable giving recipients. 
 
Dannon announced the BBRC slate of officers 2017-18 one last time:
President: Cutis Dye
President Elect: Tresha Dutton
VP/Program Chair: Brad Conrwell
Past President: Dannon Traxler
Treasurer: Mike Werner
Secretary: Andy Clay
Directors: Flo Simon, Glen Groenig, Jim Logghe
Directors (fininsh their terms): Mike Bates, Jeff Clement
 
No additional nominations were made. President Dannon called for a vote. The membership unanimously voted in the 2017-18 officers.
 
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Tim Krell
 
Visiting Rotarians:  None
 
Guests:  Natalie McLendon, Marian Scott, Sarah Clement, Rodney and Adam (Henry Lee’s colleagues), Kris Palmerton, Jim Ferguson, Inge Jesse, Eric Moffet, Riannon Beardsley, Steve’ Kimberly’s wife Margie, Lisa Cornwell, Helen Moran.
 
Announcements
 
SAVE THE DATE: Our club’s annual “Changing of the Guard” ceremony and induction of new club officers will take place Monday night June 26th at the VFW.
 
Steve with reminder the annual BBRC International Committee fundraiser dinner at Ciao Thyme will be Thursday night, 6pm June 1st, cost $190/person, half of which is tax deductible donation to the committee. Please sign up!
 
Debbie Kiene (accepting donations through next Tuesday) with a call out for donations of toiletries and other small gifts for Interact Club’s annual Mothers’ Day project.
 
Business Bucket:  Jim Haupt announced Bellwether “Spring Fling” wine and food at Bellwether, special discount price for Rotarians. Portion of proceeds go to Skookum Kids.  May 20th, 5pm - 9pm!
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Flag Salute & Invocation by  Harte Bressler
 
Visiting Rotarians:  None
 
Guests: Nick’s high school classmate Michael Beller, Andy’s colleague Catherine Reis-El Bara (Mount Baker Care Center).
 
Curtis read from BBRC history 2006-7
 
Announcements
 
Next week on May 2nd State Attorney General Bob Ferguson will be our speaker.
 
SAVE THE DATE: Our club’s annual “Changing of the Guard” ceremony and induction of new club officers will take place Monday June 26th at the VFW.
 
Steve with reminder the annual BBRC International Committee fundraiser dinner at Ciao Thyme will be Thursday night, June 1st, cost $190/person, half of which is tax deductible donation to the committee. Please sign up!
 
Debbie Kiene with a call out for donations of toiletries and other small gifts for Interact Club’s annual Mothers’ Day project.
 
Student of the Month:
Jeffrey Hanlon is this month’s BBRC SOM (Thomas and Kelly are his parents).  Steve Wiley, Squalicum HS counselor, introduced Jeff as an outstanding scholar, with many AP classes to his credit, he is an eagle scout, competes in Future Business Leaders of America, competes in varsity track&field, swing dance club, even has his own business.  olunteers with Food Bank, Whatcom Rowing Association (designed and built the garden and walkway), volunteered at Interfaith Coalition Auction, lots of trail work through the Parks department.  Really like AP Physics and Economics. He announced that he will be attending UW next year!
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Scotty
 
Visiting Rotarians:  None
 
Guests: Lots of guests came for Stan’s 90th birthday, also Kris and Anika Palmerton, Dan Barry (Heritage Bank), Jim Rose, Sean Cool (Geo Engineers)
 
New affiliate member: Wendy Hiester (regular club is Rotary Club of West U - Houston). Congratulations, Wendy!
 
Announcements
 
Dennis from LaConner Rotary came to sell tulips for Rotary.
 
SAVE THE DATE: Our club’s annual “Changing of the Guard” ceremony and induction of new club officers will take place Monday June 26th at the VFW.
 
On May 2nd State Attorney General Bob Ferguson will be our speaker.
 
Mike Hammes with reminder the annual Ciao Thyme fundraiser dinner (to raise money for the international committee) will be June 1st at Ciao Thyme, cost $190/person, half of which is tax deductible donation to the committee. Please sign up!
 
Member of the Month is ….. Stan Dyer!
 
The Meeting of Committee Chairs will take TONIGHT! (April 18 at 4:30pm at Hotel Bellwether)
 
Sergeant at Arms by Flo 
Fines for misc. misdeeds, and trivia regarding Stan.
 
Many members came forward to wish Stan a happy 90 years, and reflected on all the kind and thoughtful ways Stan has contributed to their lives.  We love you, Stan!
 
Respectfully submitted, 
Stowe Talbot
 
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Steve Beringer
 
Visiting Rotarians:  None
 
Guests: Marian Allsop (Wells Fargo), Remy Talbot.
 
Announcements
 
Next Week (April 11) the lunch will be at Whatcom Community College! Do not come to Northwood Hall. Arrive before 12 for best parking.  Lunch at 12 noon. Meeting starts 12:30, with a talk on robotics and 3D printing at WCC.
 
SAVE THE DATE: Our club’s annual “Changing of the Guard” ceremony and induction of new club officers will take place last Monday in June (evening of 6/26) at the VFW.
 
Monthly BBRC Board meeting will be Thursday April 13 at 4:30pm at Dannon’s office.
 
On May 7th State Attorney General Bob Ferguson will be our speaker.
 
Steve Kimberly with reminder the annual Ciao Thyme fundraiser dinner (to raise money for the international committee) will be June 1st at Ciao Thyme, cost $190/person, half of which is tax deductible donation to the committee. Please sign up!
 
A Meeting of the Committee Chairs will take place Tuesday evening, April 18 at 4:30pm at Hotel Bellwether.
 
Business Promo Minute
Glen Groenig with an anecdote.
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Josh Barrett
 
Visiting Rotarians:  None
 
Guests: Erica Charbonneau (B&G Clubs), Dan Barry (Heritage Bank), Ian Johnson, Sophie Byrd (Tyler’s wife).
 
Dannon read some more from our club’s history 2004-5, Ron Hardesty was president. 
 
Announcements
 
Four weeks from now (April 11) our lunch meeting will be at Whatcom Community College.  Please sign up and choose a lunch from the menu choices.
 
On May 2nd State Attorney General Bob Ferguson will be our speaker.
 
Nick Caples says RYLA registration is now open (young people, ages 18-25 years old, May 25-28) - we are looking for one or two candidates to sponsor!  Nick is a graduate himself and would be glad to chat with any prospect.
 
April 1 will be the District Assembly in Surrey BC.  We looking for up to five members to attend.
 
Steve Kimberly announced the annual Ciao Thyme fundraiser dinner to raise money for the international committee.  Cost $200/person, half of which is tax deductible donation to the committee:  June 1st at Ciao Thyme.
 
Scotty is soliciting membership applications! If you know someone who is a good fit for the club, let’s get them in for a visit.
 
Business Promo Minute
  • Tyler Byrd is going to be running for Whatcom County Council (District 3 - East County), his major goal is helping business and entrepreneurship.
  • John Purdie from Mount Baker Theatre thanks Bellwether for last week's BBRC fellowship dinner event at Bellwether and the Ladies of Laughter show at MBT, also a plug for the upcoming 100th birthday party celebration at MBT, 6pm April 29th Saturday, $100 person. Maybe get a BBRC table organized?
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Stew Ellison.
 
Visiting Rotarians:  Brian Griffin
 
Guests: None
 
Dannon read some more from our club’s history 2003-4, including the Centennial Project (100 years of Rotary).
 
Announcements
 
Fellowship evening:  Ladies of Laughter at MBT has 25 of us signed up, including dinner at Bellwether.
 
Mike Bates says RYLA registration is now open (youth ages 18-25 years old, RYLA will take place May 25-28 this year) - we are looking for a couple candidates to sponsor!
 
April 11th our meeting will be at WCC! More news later.
 
Third Thursday Lunch THIS WEEK at noon at Hearthfire.
 
Business Promo Bucket
Bill Gorman is available for PR and publicity work (http://www.gormanpublicity.com).
John Templeton with another anecdote!
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Christine Palmerton
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: Tina Kies (Community Relations Director at Shuksan Healthcare Facility on James Street), Julio and Marina (friends of the Student of the Month).
 
Announcements
 
History: Phil X Hageman talked about his Presidential Year 2001-2.  Among the usual fundraisers, there was one where he raised $1000 to cut off his ponytaill!
 
Carlye reminded us about BBRC Happy Hour at Bellwether this Thursday, please let Carlye know if you can attend.
 
Student of the Month 
Mike Bates introduced and recognized this month’s Student of the Month, Mihn Le.  She is a genuinely kind person, who came to the US when she was 9.  She is academically strong (many AP classes), she bowls and plays on the HS tennis team, member of the culinary club, the philosophyy club, Interact club leadership, she is a singer-dancer who also plays guitar, member of the Health Alliance club, and Min has logged over 400 hours of volunteer time!  
 
Business Bragging Bucket 
Eddie gave big kudos and thanks Tony Freeland, Terry Brown, Mike Hammes for help with his new Ferndale office.  Permits were incredibly expensive!
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Terry Myers
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: None
 
Birthdays:  Tim McEvoy, Debbie Kiene and Curt Smith!
 
Dannon then related more from the club history during 2000–01.  John Templeton was president and he talked about his recollections of that year.
 
Announcements
 
Carlye announced Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), which needs eight volunteer-judges on May 27th 2-10pm during the RYLA session.  It will include dinner, and the venue as usual is at Mt Baker Bible Camp on Mt Baker Hwy.  Should be fun, see her for details. 
 
Dannon mentioned the upcoming meeting for the “Member Engagement Committee” at Caffe Torre (Bellingham Towers) this Friday at 7:30am.
 
Fellowship event: Terry Myers announced the BBRC after-hours gathering to have dinner and then see “Ladies of Laughter” comedy show at the Mount Baker Theatre Saturday March 18th.
 
Curtis Dye talked about the Rotary Youth Exchange for 2017:  There will be 13 countries participating which means 13 kids from our District going there and 13 kids coming here.
 
BBRC Rotarian of the Month: Brent Walker!  Thank you Brent for all your work over the years!
 
Business Bragging Bucket 
Erik Dyrland celebrated his 30 year anniversary at Farmers Insurance!
 
Bucks in the Bay
  • Dannon Traxler wonderful weekend at Harrison Hot Springs with husband and kids;
  • Tim McEvoy celebrated wife’s recent birthday (today is his own) at Canlis and dined with the Canlis seniors, then 5th Ave Theater, then Husky basketball next day, now qualifies for the senior discount!
  • Phil X grandson 12th birthday spent in Seattle (went to GameWorks);
  • John Purdie second daughter going to graduate from college this spring!
  • Lance Calloway with some sports news;
  • Bryant Engebretson just back from skiing weekend in Canada;
  • Scotty went to CA to visit mom, daughter Roberta will be graduating from WWU this spring;
  • Allen Stockbridge missed meetings, but got to meet John Germ the RI President this year, also attended Sundance Film Festival, closed a deal in Oak Harbor, this week in Bellingham will be the Human Rights Film Festival;
  • Curt Smith upcoming birthday, and some stories about “forensic dentistry” work with Dave McEachran!
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Jim Logghe
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: Christine’s daughter Annika, Brad’s guest Eric Chambers and wife.
 
Dannon announced member birthdays and Rotary anniversaries, and then related more from the club history during 1998-9.
 
Announcements
 
Please let Carlye know if you can make the Third Thursday BBRC lunch at Hearthfire Grill Feb 16 at noon.
 
Fellowship event: Terry Myers announced the possibility for a BBRC after-hours gathering to have dinner and then see “Ladies of Laughter” comedy show at the Mount Baker Theatre Saturday March 18th; if we have enough interest, we will receive the group ticket discount.
 
New Member Induction
Brad Cornwell introduced our new member, Eric Chambers, who is the director of the Northwest Council for Computer Education (https://www.ncce.org).  He went to Edmonds high School, served in the Air Force, then attended Central WA and UW, now works at the NW Council for Computer Education, advocating for technology in the classroom.  In addition to hosting the largest education conference in the Northwest (held each March in either Seattle or Portland), NCCE currently provides a variety of year-round professional learning opportunities to K-20 educators throughout the Northwest and beyond.  Eric and wife Julie have 3 kids.  Bill Unrein conducted the induction ceremony.  Welcome Eric!  
 
Business Bragging Bucket 
Christine’s daughter, Annika Palmerton, talked about her new career as CEO of "UnCork a Cause" selling top wine and interesting merchandise for an organization called ViaOneHope that donates a portion of all proceeds to meaningful social causes.  For more information see: viaonehope.com/uncorkacause 
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Due to the winter weather advisory, the Feb. 7th lunch meeting is CANCELLED.  Stay safe, and we will see you all on Feb. 14.
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Addie Brown
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: Dannon’s guest, Inge Drexel (Freeland Engineering).
 
Dannon related more from the history of the club 1997-8 (Greg Cowen President, 2 international students, commitment to identifying large local community projects for capital funding, Block Party with headliner Doobie Brothers).
 
Announcements
 
Dannon mentioned an upcoming meeting for the “member engagement committee” at Caffe Torre (Bellingham Towers) on January 27th at 7:30am.
 
Fellowship events planned: Hockey on Saturday, February 4th, 7:35pm - pre-game dinner? (see Tim Krell - sign up sheet next week): Bellingham against the Fresno Monsters.
 
Steve Kimberly will be organizing an International Committee fundraiser dinner at Ciao Thyme in April or May; stay tuned for more details.
 
Student of the Month
Mike Bates announced our Squalicum High School SOM, Audrey Goo. Audrey, a senior, has taken  many AP classes, is the secretary/treasurer of Future Business Leaders, president of the Interact club, a tennis player, serves as a mentor for 9th graders, and works a job!  Student Counsellor Kelly Boyer introduced Audrey.  Audrey talked about Interact Club, about 40 active member, and they do about one volunteer or charity project every month. She also talked about a mission trip to Tijuana Mexico to volunteer building a school.  
 
Business Bragging Bucket 
Michael Tilley talked about his company, Minuteman Press, purchasing John Sleeth's company, Speedy Automated Mailers. Michael thanked John for trusting him with his company.
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Doug Wight
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: None
 
Announcements 
 
Dannon related more from the history of the club 1996-7 (downtown block party with John Hiatt headlining, some goodwill exchanges with the newly formed Nakhodka (Russia) Rotary Club;  
 
Fellowship events planned:  Hockey on Saturday, February 4th, 7:35pm - pre-game dinner? (see Tim Krell - sign up sheet next week).
 
Steve Kimberly will be organizing an International Committee fundraiser dinner at Ciao Thyme in April or May; stay tuned for more details.
 
Third Thursday BBRC Networking Lunch (January 19th) noon at Hearthfire, see Carlye for details.
 
Dannon mentioned an upcoming meeting for the “member engagement committee” at Caffe Torre (Bellingham Towers) on January 27th at 7:30am. 
 
Business Bragging Bucket 
  • John Templeton about the real estate market; a great time to buy a higher-end home.
  • Tyler Byrd gave a plug for "The Startup Challenge": an annual event held each March in Bellingham for aspiring entrepreneurs to see if they have what it takes to make it in the startup world.  Tyler is looking for business mentors with experience in manufacturing and marketing, willing to spend a few hours with young entrepreneurs at the event in March.  More details soon.
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Scotty
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: Ed Harry (WCC), Eric Chambers, Brian Bressler
 
Announcements 
 
Dannon related more from the history of the club 1995-96;  
 
Fellowship events planned:  Hockey on Saturday, February 4th, 7:35pm - pre-game dinner? (see Tim Krell).
 
Third Thursday BBRC Networking Lunch (January 19th)
 
BBRC board meeting This Thursday Jan 12th at Dannon’s office.
 
New member induction for Sean Stimec:  Sean is a Sehome grad, went to WSU majoring in construction management, now works as a senior project manager with Exxel Pacific.  And he is active athlete and community volunteer. A close family friend of Josh Barrett - his sponsor.  Anna Williams did the honors.  Welcome Sean!
 
Business Bucket by Mark Turner with a shameless business plug: He is offering studio portrait photography during the months of January and February.
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Tim Krell
 
Visiting Rotarians: Brad Rader
 
Guests: David and Maureen Cosby (retired), Sean Stimac (Exxell Pacific), Brad’s guest ???, and Kate Aldridge (John Purdie's guest from MBT)
 
Announcements 
 
New Member Application: The BBRC board and membership committee have both approved the member application of Sean Stimac.  Sean is a Senior Project Manager at Exxel Pacific in Bellingham. He holds a BS in Construction Management from Washington State University.  Sean is an avid skier, boater and mountain biker.  His sponsor is Josh Barrett. Comments or concerns can be sent to Scotty or President Dannon.
 
Fellowship events planned:  Hockey on February 4th (see Tim Krell), Tonja/Terri dinner and show in March.
 
Charitable giving committee still accepting applications, please see Brad Cornwell and Aaron Lempares.
 
First Thursday Happy Hour this week CANCELLED.
 
Third Thursday BBRC Networking Lunch January 19 at Anthony's Hearthfire.
 
BBRC board meeting Thursday Jan 12th at Dannon’s office.
 
Business Bucket Anecdote by Glenn 
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Bill Gorman
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: None
 
Announcements 
 
New Member Application: The BBRC board and membership committee have both approved the member application of Sean Stimac.  Sean is a Senior Project Manager at Exxel Pacific in Bellingham. He holds a BS in Construction Management from Washington State University.  Sean is an avid skier, boater and mountain biker.  His sponsor is Josh Barrett. Comments or concerns can be sent to Scotty or President Dannon.
 
Happy birthdays to Michael Tilley, Teresa Flinn and Rod Bring!
 
Dannon related more from the history of the club 1994-5; Bob Becker was President, Sue Sharpe VP.  
 
Report from last week’s BBRC board meeting by Andy Clay.
 
December 20th BBRC Tuesday lunch will be holiday celebration, please bring your family, bring wine, Marcia McEvoy will be playing piano!  NO MEETING DEC 27th!
 
Fellowship events planned:  Hockey in February 4, Tonja/Terri dinner and show in March.
 
Charitable giving committee accepting applications, please see Brad Cornwell and Aaron Lempares.
 
Third Thursday BBRC Networking Lunch December 15, CANCELLED this month.
 
Business Bucket
 
Bucks in the Bay
 
Sergeant at Arms
 
Program
 
Respectfully submitted, 
Stowe Talbot
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The BBRC board and membership committee have both approved the member application of Sean Stimac.  Sean is a Senior Project Manager at Exxel Pacific in Bellingham. He holds a BS in Construction Management from Washington State University.  Sean is a third generation Bellinghamster, an avid skier, boater and mountain biker.  His sponsor is Josh Barrett. Comments or concerns can be sent to Scotty or President Dannon.
 
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Mimi Ferlin
 
Visiting Rotarians: Bryan Hennessy (Anacortes RC)
 
Guests: Sean Stimac (Project Manager at Exxel Pacific)
 
Announcements 
 
Dannon related more from the history of the club during1993-94.  
 
Happy birthday Henry Lee and Nick Caples.
 
December 20th BBRC Tuesday lunch will be holiday celebration, please bring your family!  NO MEETING DEC 27th!
 
Fellowship events:  Pub crawl in January, Hockey in February, Tonja/Terri organizing dinner and show for March.
 
Board meeting this Thursday 4:30pm Dec 8 2011 Young Street.
 
Charitable Giving Committee accepting applications.
 
Third Thursday BBRC Networking Lunch December 15, noon Anthony's Hearthfire.
 
Business Bucket anecdote by Glenn.
 
Member of the Month for November was awarded to John Purdie!  Special thanks to John for all his involvement and service to our club.
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Allen Stockbridge
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: Sean Stimac (Project Manager at Exxel Pacific)
 
Announcements 
 
Dannon related more from the history of the club during1992-93.  
 
Dannon talked about the recent strategic planning meeting.
 
Curtis Dye said G&G income is estimated to be about $48K!
 
December 20th BBRC Tuesday lunch will be holiday celebration, please bring your family!  NO MEETING DEC 27th!
 
First Thursday Happy Hour December 1, 4:30pm at the Lighthouse Grill (Hotel Bellwether)
 
Third Thursday BBRC Networking Lunch December 15, noon Anthony's Hearthfire.
 
Business Bucket anecdote by Glen.
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Flag Salute & Invocation
 
Visiting Rotarians: Bruce Clawson and Laurie Levitt
 
Guests: Sean Stimac (Project Manager at Exxel Pacific), Shawna and Anika
 
Announcements 
 
NO MEETING NEXT WEEK DEC 27th!
 
Dannon announced Stowe’s birthday (Saturday) and Rotary anniversaries of Steve White and Addie Brown.
 
Mike Hammes still collecting funds for the Food Bank’s Thanksgiving Turkey Drive.
 
First Thursday Happy Hour December 1, 4:30pm at the Lighthouse Grill (Hotel Bellwether)
 
Third Thursday BBRC Networking Lunch December 15, noon Anthony's Hearthfire.
 
Student of the Month: Vivian Hua (her parents are Pam and Hon) is president of Squalicum’s Interact Club. She has a 4.0 grade point average, takes 12 AP classes, and has logged over 350 hours volunteer time! Vivian said she was interested in becoming an engineer someday. She is applying to study at either UW, UC Berkley or USC.
 
Business Bucket by Bryant Engebretson, who talked about hiring a new chief investment officer, Peter Nielsen, for his firm.
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Stan
 
Visiting Rotarians: Steve Hull and wife from San Gabriel, CA
 
Guests: Sean Stimac (Project Manager at Exxel Pacific)
 
Announcements 
 
Tresha announced Rotary anniversaries of Steve White and Addie Brown.
 
Volunteer opportunity: STOP HUNGER NOW food packing event  at St Luke's Foundation, November 19, 9am - 1pm.
 
Mike Hammes collecting funds for the Food Bank’s Thanksgiving Turkey Drive.
 
Third Thursday: BBRC Networking Lunch 12pm Anthony's Hearthfire.
 
Curtis Dye gave report from last week’s BBRC board meeting.
 
Business Bucket by Paul Twedt, with a plug for Bellingham Christian School, which is planning to expand into a high school.
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Eddie
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: Josh’s guest Sean Stimac (Project Manager at Exxel Pacific)
 
Announcements 
 
Dannon read more from the club’s history.
 
Birthday next week to Tresha! and happy Rotary anniversaries to Steve White and Addie Brown.
 
Dinner 5050 Foundation Dinner will be November 12, and our club will complementary  tickets to members who want to attend!
 
Board Meeting Nov. 10th at Dannon's office.
 
Third Thursday Rotary Business Lunch on Thursday Nov. 17 noon at Hearthfire.
 
Volunteer opportunity: STOP HUNGER NOW food packing event  at St Luke's Foundation, November 19, 9am - 1pm.
 
Strategic Plan Retreat Nov. 22, 4-7pm, Chuckanut Health Foundation board room.
 
Curtis update on last Sunday’s Grape & Gourmet: No numbers yet but hopefully better than last year.  Event went really well.
 
Glen Groenig gave a quick recap of last month’s (October 14th) board meeting.
 
Glen then told a joke for the Business Promo minute.
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Bill Geyer
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: Josh’s guest Sean Stimac (Project Manager at Exxel Pacific), and Brad’s guest Eric Chambers (with NCCE)
 
Birthdays:  Stew Ellison
 
Rotary Anniversaries: Steve White and Addie Brown.
 
Announcements 
 
Dinner 5050 Foundation Dinner will be November 12, and our club will comp 7 more tickets to members who want to attend!
 
First Thursday Rotary Happy Hour will be at Hotel Bellwether, on Thursday Nov. 3 at 4:30pm.
 
Curtis & Bryant update on Grape & Gourmet: (Sunday 11/6/16 at Silver Reef Event Center).  General admission tickets (6:30-8:30p) $90/each.  VIP tickets (5pm-8:30) $125/each (early entry + extra discount in the wine store + exclusive raffle).  This our club’s biggest fundraiser.  Each Rotarian is expected to buy at least $360.  Still need volunteers for various jobs.  Preorder wine pick-up the previous day (Saturday) 12-2pm at Silver Reef at the back truck bay.
 
Business Promo minute:  Steve Swan with kudos and respect for our Bellingham Police Department. Steve participated in a ride-a-long last week and was so impressed by the officers and their attitude and grace under pressure.
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Flag Salute & Invocation by John Purdie
 
Visiting Rotarians:  None
 
Guests: Josh’s guest Sean Stimac (Project Manager at Exxel Pacific), and Frank’s guest Holly
 
Birthdays:  Phil and Flo
 
Announcements 
 
Student of the Month introduced by Mike Bates and Arimis Johnson:  Yohaly Camacho.  She is in the 11th grade but duel-enrolled at Sqaulicum and WCC in the Running Start program. Yohaly has taken many AP and honors classes, and participates in three sports.  She is the VP of Associated Student Affairs at WCC, despite still being a highschooler! Yohaly is chair of the Students Leading Change conference and also organized the Multicultural Day. And if that wasn't enough, she also  took part in last year’s YES program that went to Honduras.  Congratulations, Yohaly
 
A motion was put forward by Bob Moles nominating Bill Gorman for Rotary District 5050 Governor position. The entire club voted for, with no dissents.  Good luck, Bill!
 
Eddie said that the upcoming (hockey) fellowship event had to be rescheduled for sometime later; Stay tuned!
 
First Thursday Rotary Happy Hour will be at Hotel Bellwether, on Thursday Nov. 3 at 4:30pm.
 
Dinner 5050 Foundation Dinner will be November 12, and our club will comp 7 more tickets to members who want to attend!
 
Tonja Myers said the Past President’s meeting will be Nov 15 at Bob’s house.  Stay tuned for more details.
 
Curtis update on Grape & Gourmet: (Sunday 11/6/16 at Silver Reef Event Center).
General admission tickets (6:30-8:30p) $90/each.  VIP tickets (5pm-8:30) $125/each (early entry + extra discount in the wine store + exclusive raffle)
This our club’s biggest fundraiser.  Each Rotarian is expected to buy at least $360.
 
Business Promo Bucket by Bob Becker 
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Stan Dyer
 
Visiting Rotarians:  Lisa Saar (Monday Club), Graham Harris (from New Zealand)
 
Guests: Josh’s guest Sean Stimac (Project Manager at Exxel Pacific)
 
Birthdays:  Stephanie Sadler, Terry Myers and John Templeton
 
Lisa Saar advocated for the Stop Hunger Now project, Nov 19th starting 9am at St Lakes Community Center 3333 Squalicim Pkwy:
 
Announcements 
 
Hockey fellowship gathering October 30, 4:00pm at the Bellingham Sportsplex.
 
Third Thursday Business Lunch will be THIS THURSDAY at Anthony Hearthfire, October 20 at 12:00pm.
 
First Thursday Rotary Happy Hour will be at Hotel Bellwether, on Thursday Nov. 3 at 4:30pm.
 
The Charitable Giving Committee seeking application for our Charitable Giving funds (10 to 15 donations of $500 - $2,000 each).  Please think of worthy organizations and refer them to Aaron or Brad Cornwell.  The selection process will be January 2017.
 
District 5050 Foundation Dinner will be November 12, 5pm, McIntyre Hall Mount Vernon, and our club will comp 10 tickets to members who want to attend.
 
Curtis and Bryant update on Grape & Gourmet: (Sunday 11/6/16 at Silver Reef Event Center).
General admission tickets (6:30-8:30p) $90/each
VIP tickets (5pm-8:30) $115/each (early entry + extra discount in the wine store + exclusive raffle)
This our club’s biggest fundraiser.  Each Rotarian is expected to buy at least $360.
Bryant discussed the pre-order wine list.  Discount for buying full cases (12 bottles). Minimum order 6 bottles per wine.
Delivery/pick-up is day before the event Saturday the 6th. 
Bill Geyer with a plea for us to buy tickets and support this event by volunteering; funds will go to Lydia Place and DVSAS construction projects next spring.
 
Member of the Month (for Sept and October) award and thank-you goes out to Doug Wight and Michael Tilley.  Good work, gentlemen!
 
Business Promo Bucket: Doug Wight with kudos to Curtis Dye. And then Lance Calloway with a promo for Hoptoberfest event:  ReBound of Whatcom County, B&G Clubs of Whatcom County, and Whatcom Sports & Recreation have teamed together to host Bellingham Hoptoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 22, 4-10pm: This event highlights the best in craft beer and gives back to these organizations. Also featuring a variety of local food trucks and live music by “Sunset Superman.”
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Stowe Talbot
 
President Dannon congratulated Jim Johnson for his birthday, and also Sven Gilkey for his Rotary anniversary.
 
Visiting Rotarians:  Larry Farr (Sunrise Club)
 
Guests: Three from AAA of WA: Kirk Nelson, Mike Mulligan, Dan Coon.
 
Dannon related some from our club history from late 1980’s.
 
Announcements 
 
Next Thursday 4:30pm Board Meeting at Dannon’s: 2011 Young Street 
 
Eddie said there will be an upcoming fellowship event October 30 at the Sportsplex.
 
Carlye said the First Thursday Rotary Happy Hour will be at Hotel Bellwether, this Thursday October 6 at 4:30pm.
 
Curtis update on Grape & Gourmet:
Sunday 11/6/2016 at Silver Reef Event Center
General admission tickets (6:30-8:30p) $90/each
VIP tickets (5pm-8:30) $125/each (early entry + extra discount in the wine store + exclusive raffle)
This our club’s biggest fundraiser.  Each Rotarian is expected to buy at least $360.
 
Mike Bates and Debbie Kiene with an update on the Squalicum HS Interact club.
 
Reminder: The Charitable Giving Committee seeking application for our Charitable Giving funds (10 to 15 donations of $500 - $2,000 each).  Please think of worthy organizations and refer them to Aaron or Brad Cornwell.  The selection process will be January 2017.
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Bill Gorman
 
Dannon related some club member annversaries, and then read some more from our club history from 1986-7.
 
Visiting Rotarians:  Wendy Heister (Houston)
 
Guests: Sean Stimac (Exxel Pacific).
 
Announcements 
 
Tresha with a synopsis of last week’s board meeting.
 
Curtis update on Grape & Gourmet:
Sunday 11/6/2016 at Silver Reef Event Center
General admission tickets (6:30-8:30p) $90/each
VIP tickets (5pm-8:30) $115/each (early entry + extra discount in the wine store + exclusive raffle)
This is our club’s annual major fund raising event.  Each member may use or gift or resell tickets. Each member is expected to purchase $360 (4 tickets) or more. 
 
Aaron Lemperes: The Charitable Giving Committee seeking applicants for our funds (10 to 15 donations of $500 - $2,000 each).  Please think of worthy organizations and refer them to Aaron or Brad Cornwell.  The selection process will be January 2017.
 
First Thursday Rotary Happy Hour will be at Hotel Bellwether, Thursday October 6 at 4:30pm.
 
Business Bucket by Bill Geyer, about trip to see some football in Norman, OK.
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Steve Kimberly
 
Dannon related some club history from the 1980’s.
 
Visiting Rotarians:  Wendy Heister (Houston)
 
Guests: Analise (Leopold), Shawn Stamac (Exxel Pacific), Steve Crockett (retired).
 
Announcements 
 
Carlye announced the Third Thursday Business Lunch this Thursday Sept 15th at noon at Anthony’s Hearthfire.
 
Fellowship event: Friday Sept 16th to see Capitol Steps at MBT, with dinner before at Anthony Hearthfire, 22 members already signed up.
 
Bryant update on G&G (Nov 6 at Silver Reef):  Tickets will be $90 (each Rotarian responsible to buy six tickets / $360).  The organizing committee meets every Thursday 4pm at Bryant’s office (WINE WILL BE SERVED!) - 4th floor Dorothy Haggen Bldg in Barkley.
 
Member of the Month:  Lance Calloway was awarded for his service to our club.  Congratulations, Lance!
 
New Member Induction:  Bob Becker inducted new member John Purdie, director of development at the Mount Baker Theatre.  
 
First Thursday Rotary Happy Hour will be at Hotel Bellwether, Thursday October 6 at 4:30pm.
 
Business Bucket by Phil X Hageman
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Bill Geyer
 
Visiting Rotarians: Beverly Harrington (Burlington Sunrise, and District 5050 YES Chair)
 
Guests:  Lesa Boxx’s stepdaughter Oliva and husband/biz partner Jim Ferguson, John Purdie (Mt Baker Theatre)
 
Announcements 
 
Fireside gathering will be this Wednesday night Sept 7th 5:30pm at Anthony’s Hearthfire.  Firesides are an opportunity for experienced Rotarians to talk more about Rotary and Rotary life in detail with new members. All members who have never attended a Fireside are highly encouraged (required!) to attend.
 
Board Meeting this Thursday September 8th, 4:30pm at 2011 Young Street, Whatcom Land Title.
 
Fellowship event: Friday Sept 16th to see Capital Steps at MBT, with dinner before, please sign up, more details soon!
 
Third Thursday Business Lunch will be Sept 15th at noon at Anthony’s Hearthfire.
 
Glen / Lesa / Jeff Clement and Rod Bring represented our club at the Hospice Pro-Am Tournament. Placed 15th out of 31 teams!  Next year we want to challenge a team from another local Rotary club.  
 
Grape & Gourmet November 6 at Silver Reef:  The committee meets every Thursday 4pm at Bryant’s office (WINE WILL BE SERVED!) - 4th floor Dorothy Haggen Bldg in Barkley.
 
Bill Geyer with update on the Lydia Place and DVSAS projects. Steady progress. Special thanks to Brad Cornwell, Terry Brown and Phil Hageman among others.
 
First Thursday Rotary Happy Hour will be at Hotel Bellwether, Thursday October 6 at 4:30pm.
 
Business Bucket:  John Templeton remembrance bucks for the heartbreaking passing of Ted Mischaikov’s daughter last week.
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Mark Turner
 
Visiting Rotarians:  None
 
Guests:  John Purdie (Mt Baker Theatre),
 
Announcements 
 
Next Third Thursday Business Lunch will be Sept 15 at noon.
 
Recent passings: Glendale Barley’s daughter passed away recently, as well as Flo Simon’s father, and former Rotarian Bob Newell.
 
Eddie said our next fellowship event will be Bellingham Blazers hockey game planned for Oct 30th.
 
First Thursday Rotary Happy Hour at Hotel Bellwether, Sept 1 at 4:30pm.
 
Our next Fireside gathering will be Wednesday night Sept 7th 5:30pm at Anthony’s Hearthfire.  Firesides are an opportunity for experienced Rotarians to talk more about Rotary and Rotary life in detail with new members. All members who have never attended a Fireside are highly encouraged (required!) to attend.
 
Fellowship event: Friday Sept 16th to see Capital Steps at MBT, with dinner before, please sign up, more details soon!
 
October 25th will be the next BBRC Strategic Retreat with Sue Sharpe.
 
Grape & Gourmet November 6 at Silver Reef:  The organizing committee meets every Thursday 4pm at Bryant’s office (WINE WILL BE SERVED!) - 4th floor Dorothy Haggen Bldg in Barkley.
 
Business Bucks:  Pete Wolkin announced family's company, Vacationland RV, will change name to Overland 4-wheel drive wheels and accessories.
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Mark Turner
 
Visiting Rotarians:  Julie Johansen.
 
Guests:  John Purdie (Mt Baker Theatre),
 
Announcements 
 
Dannon and Harte Bressler shared more early club history.
 
August’s Third Thursday Business Lunch was a success last week. Next one will be Sept 15 at noon.
 
First Thursday Rotary Happy Hour will be at Hotel Bellwether, Sept 1 at 4:30pm.
 
Fellowship to see hockey at the Sportsplex October 30 at 4pm - Alan Artman will provide details soon.
 
Our next Fireside gathering will be Sept 7th 5:30pm at Anthony’s Hearthfire.  Firesides are an opportunity for experienced Rotarians to talk more about Rotary and Rotary life in detail with new members. All members who have never attended a Fireside are highly encouraged to attend.
 
Fellowship event Friday Sept 16th to see Capital Steps at MBT, with dinner before, please sign up, more details soon!
 
October 25th will be the next BBRC Strategic Retreat with Sue Sharpe.
 
Grape & Gourmet November 6 at Silver Reef:  Bryant talked about the G&G organizing, needs more committee members - especially an assistant to Curtis Dye to help with wines sales (knowledge of Excel spreadsheets required), the committee meets every Thursday 4pm at Bryant’s office (WINE WILL BE SERVED!) - 4th floor Dorothy Haggen Bldg in Barkley.
 
Rod Bring from the Membership Committee says we need more new member applicants!
 
Terry Brown, Lance Calloway, Donna Edquist and Steve Brummell were all recognized and honored by the club for their tireless efforts and contributions to the club this past year!
 
New member application:  Board of Directors has approved the Membership Application of John Purdie. His sponsor is Michael Tilley with a reference from Steve Kimberley. He is Development Director for the Mount Baker Theatre. John is a graduate of WWU with a degree in Speech Communication and a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri.  Comments or concerns can be addressed to Dannon or Scotty.
Soundings (8/23/16) G. Stowe Talbot 2016-08-23 07:00:00Z 0
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Pledge and Invocation (with an assist by Curt’s dog) – Curtis Smith

Birthday wishes – Dannon Traxler
 
Announcements:
-Dannon read thank you notes from agencies that received funding from BBRC;
-Dannon pointed out the calendar of events on each table;
-Carly Gillespie – reminder about the business lunch on Aug 18;
-Dannon highlighted a few District Rotary training opportunities;
-Eddie Hanson announced a few Rotary Social opportunities;
-Doug White announced the upcoming Fireside (great for new members) and spoke about the BBRC’s participation in the golf tournament to benefit the Hospice House;
-A reminder was given to the club about the importance of constantly exposing potential new members to the good works of BBRC;
-Mike Bates reported about the August 11 BBRC Board Meeting;
 
Business Minute: Glen Groening introduced Eddie Hanson who discussed the revitalization of the Bloedel Donovan Park – especially the water recreation portion of the park;
 
New member application:  Board of Directors has approved the Membership Application of John Purdie. His sponsor is Michael Tilley with a reference from Steve Kimberley. He is Development Director for the Mount Baker Theatre. John is a graduate of WWU with a degree in Speech Communication and a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri.  Comments or concerns can be addressed to Dannon or Scotty.
 
Soundings (8/16/16) Dean Fulton 2016-08-16 07:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Stew Ellison
 
Visiting Rotarians:  Marv Tjoelker (Mt Baker Club), Wendy Keister (Houston)
 
Guests:  John Purdie (Mt Baker Theatre), Pete Wolkin’s friend Josh Helderop (AHT Insurance Broker)
 
Announcements 
 
Dannon read another snippet from our early club history 1984-85.  Grew from 54 to 65 members. 
 
Our next Third Thursday Business Lunch will be at noon August 18 at Anthony’s Hearthfire!
 
October 25th will be the next BBRC Strategic Retreat with Sue Sharpe.
 
Thank you Terry Brown and Lance Calloway for their extraordinary Brewers work!
 
Bill Geyer announced that we will be meeting at Bellingham PD to present our “poster of support”, 7:50am meet this Friday July 29th 
 
Rotario Dinner:  Stew Ellison said Sunday Aug 7th will be the first Fellowship Dinner hosted by Stew Ellison and Kathy Cheldelin: “Red Neck Party Barge Rotary Dinner” Cocktails and BBQ dinner cooked on the big green egg, with an evening lake cruise, swimming encouraged, 1807 North Shore Drive, RSVP Stew at 303-0754 or stewellison@comcast.net.   
Contact Sarah Rothenbuhler if you’d like to host a Rotario dinner.  ph 815-6241 or sarahd@birchequipment.com.  $75 per guest fee, proceeds go to Bellingham Bay Rotary. Checks payable to Bham Bay Rotary, c/o Mike Werner, PO Box 32030, Bham 98228.
 
Business Bucket with Lance Calloway this Sunday 3pm will be last match of Bellingham United (tied for 2nd place in league), come out and enjoy some great soccer at the soccer park!
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Bill Geyer
 
Visiting Rotarians:  None
 
Guests:  John Purdie (Mt Baker Theatre), Annalise and Shawna from Leopold Hotel,  Joe from Colonial Life Fairhaven, Paul Twedt’s wife Kim.
 
Announcements 
 
Dannon read another snippet from our early club history 1982-84. 
 
Crab Feed, this Thursday 21st at 5pm at Mark Turner’s place, $30/adult, $10/kid (4682 Wynn Road, Ferndale just off Slater Road).
 
Inaugural Third Thursday Business Lunch will be at noon July 21 at Anthony’s Hearthfire!
 
Lance / Terry / Tyler with updates on Brewers by the Bay.  All Rotarians expected to buy (and resell if they want) at least 12 tickets. It will be Sunday, July 24, 2016 from 1-5pm at Depot Market Square.  Tickets available HERE http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-brewers-by-the-bay-tickets-25394194720 (or see Jeff Clement or Lance Calloway). PLEASR SIGN UP FOR VOLUNTEER DUTIES, see Terry Brown! 
 
Rotario Dinner:  Sarah Rothenbuhler said Sunday Aug 7th will be our next fellowship dinner, hosted by Stew Ellison and Kathy Cheldelin: “Red Neck Party Barge Rotary Dinner” with cocktails and BBQ dinner from the big green egg, and evening lake cruise, swimming encouraged, 1807 North Shore Drive, space for 12 guest RSVP Stew at 303-0754 or stewellison@comcast.net
 
BBRC Member of the Month award given to Carlye Gillespie!
 
Business Bucket with Pete Wolkin with a plea for summer jobs for his girlfriend’s daughter: she is 16, has a car, is a reliable worker, any offers will be considered!
And Karen Burke with a plug for DVSAS's upcoming charity golf tournament “Tournament of Hope" @ the BGCC on Sept 8th 11am - 6pm. Call Karen or DVSAS if interested to play or to be a sponsor!
Soundings (7/19/16) G. Stowe Talbot 2016-07-19 07:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute & Invocation by John Sleeth
 
Visiting Rotarians:  Wendy Keister (Houston)
 
Guests:  John Purdie (Mt Baker Theatre), Patrick Drum (Saturna Capital),
 
Announcements 
 
Dannon read a snipet from our early club history 1981-82 first year. 
 
Crab Feed, Mark Thursday 21st at 5pm at Mark Turner’s place, $30/adult, $10/kid
 
New Proposed Rotary Event: Third Thursday business lunch, (first one will be noon, July 21 at Anthony’s Hearthfire) 
 
Update on Giovanni Melley by Curtis Dye.
 
New member induction: Phillip X Hageman conducted the induction rites for new member Patrick Drum, a research analyst at Saturna Capital’s Sustainable Bond Fund.  Welcome, Patrick!
 
Past President Bill Geyer recognized Mike Werner, Glen Groenig, Flo Simon and Jeff Clement for their service this coming year on the BBRC board. 
 
Lance with an update on Brewers by the Bay.  All Rotarians expected to buy (and resell if they want) at least 12 tickets.  Sunday, July 24, 2016 from 1-5pm at Depot Market Square.  Tickets available HERE http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-brewers-by-the-bay-tickets-25394194720 (or see Jeff Clement or Lance Calloway). SIGN UP FOR VOLUNTEER DUTIES! 
 
Business Bucket with Glen Groenig:  He is now operating his 4th store! 
Soundings (7/12/16) G. Stowe Talbot 2016-07-12 07:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Stan Dyer
 
Visiting Rotarians: District Gov. Bill Robinson, Wendy Hyster (Houston).
 
Guests: Analise? (from the Leopold Senior Living center)
 
Announcements 
 
Changing of the Guard Ceremony and Party will take place Wednesday eve June 29th, at the VFW Hall on State Street.  There will be a band with dancing.  $30/ticket.  Stay tuned for more details!  RSVP.
 
Lance with an update on Brewers by the Bay.  All Rotarians expected to buy (and resell if they want) at least 12 tickets.  Sunday, July 24, 2016 from 1-5pm at Depot Market Square.  Tickets available HERE http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-brewers-by-the-bay-tickets-25394194720 (or see Jeff Clement or Lance Calloway)
 
Bob Becker presented a poster of Appreciation to the Bellingham Police Department: All club members are welcome to sign the poster which will be displayed on the wall at the police department.
 
Curtis Smith talked about a project to fund a video about the history of BTC and the vocational college.  Lots of historical material and photos.  Editing of the video starts this week. But they need to fundraise to pay for the production costs ($5k) so Curtis encouraged every member to give a little. (checks can go to “Lummi Hilton Productions”).
 
Business Bucket with Steve White, about Brigadoon Service Dogs (http://www.brigadoondogs.org), this Saturday at North Bellingham Golf Course 3-6pm there will be a blues jazz festival, proceeds to Brigadoon .
 
Last week we had a fun farewell party for our Italian exchange student Gio Melley at VFW.
 
The membership committee and the board have both approved the application of a new candidate for membership: Patrick Drum.  Patrick is a Portfolio Manager at Saturna Capital, and his Rotary classification would listed as “Financial Planner”.  He has lived in Bellingham for three years, his community work has included serving on the board for the Museum of Glass. Patrick is interested in serving on the BBRC Foundation Committee.  His sponsor is Harold Scott.  This notice will be posted for two weeks, while members can comment or object to Scotty or President Bill Geyer.
Soundings (6/21/16) G. Stowe Talbot 2016-06-21 07:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Jill Reid
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: Curtis Smith’s wife Ruby, April Barker, Giovanny Melley, Kathy Vaughn, Alan Artman’s father in law.
 
Announcements 
 
Giovanni Melley’s farewell party is Wednesday June 15 at VFW, 3-9pm.  Bring the whole family!
 
The membership committee and the board have both approved the application of a new candidate for membership: Patrick Drum.  Patrick is a Portfolio Manager at Saturna Capital, and his Rotary classification would listed as “Financial Planner”.  He has lived in Bellingham for three years, his community work has included serving on the board for the Museum of Glass. Patrick is interested in serving on the BBRC Foundation Committee.  His sponsor is Harold Scott.  This notice will be posted for two weeks, while members can comment or object to Scotty or President Bill Geyer.
 
Bob Moles gave a Board meeting report from last week.
 
Changing of the Guard Ceremony and Party will take place Wednesday eve, June 29th, at the VFW Hall on State Street.  There will be a band with dancing.  About $30/ticket.  Stay tuned for more details!
 
Lance with an update on Brewers by the Bay.  All Rotarians expected to buy (and resell if they want) at least 12 tickets.  Sunday, July 24, 2016 from 1-5pm at Depot Market Square.  Tickets available HERE http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-brewers-by-the-bay-tickets-25394194720 
 
Business Bucket (funds to BTC scholarships) Andy Clay made a plug for the upcoming fundraiser for the Generations Early Learning and Family Center.  Fundraiser is this Sunday at Bellingham Boundary Bay 
Soundings (6/14/16) G. Stowe Talbot 2016-06-14 07:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Bob Becker
 
Visiting Rotarians: Wendy Heister (TX) and Paula McCandles (Monday Club)
 
Guests: None
 
Announcements 
 
Fellowship event tonight:  Season Opener for the Bellingham Bells at Civic Field, gates open at 6, game starts at 7 against Corvalis.
 
Meeting re. the DVSAS project tomorrow, Wednesday June 8th at 8am at Barkley office to discuss 
 
Monthly BBRC Board Meeting will be THIS THURSDAY at 4:30pm at Barkley / Talbot office (2200 Rimland, Suite 250).
 
Changing of the Guard Ceremony and Party will take place Wednesday eve, June 29th, at the VFW Hall on State Street.  There will be a band with dancing.  About $30/ticket.  Stay tuned for more details!
 
Giovanni Melley’s farewell party is Wednesday June 15 at VFW, 3-9pm! Bring the whole family.
 
RYLA participant Landon spoke about his recent RYLA weekend.  He said the speakers were great, he made good friends with the other participants, and the experience helped build his leadership and confidence.  Landon will be attending WSU next year.
 
Business Bucket ($ goes to our scholarship fund) by Bill Gorman, who reported:  There will be an open house TOMORROW, June 8, to go over proposed changes to the Slater Road area near Interstate 5 to help alleviate congestion (5 proposed new roundabouts).  The event will be held from 1-5 p.m. with a public presentation starting at 2. It’s being hosted by the Lummi Nation at the Te’Ti’Sen Gateway Center at 4920 Rural Ave.  The presentation will have an overview of the project and show the pros and cons of three alternatives. The Washington state legislature has placed $21 million in the transportation budget to fund the improvements, which are expected to begin in 2019.
 
Lance with an update on Brewers by the Bay.  All Rotarians expected to buy (and resell if they want) at least 12 tickets.  Sunday, July 24, 2016 from 1-5pm at Depot Market Square.  Tickets available HERE http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-brewers-by-the-bay-tickets-25394194720 
Soundings (6/7/16) G. Stowe Talbot 2016-06-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on May 31, 2016
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Gordon Plume
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: Tracey Jaeger (Mt Baker Care Center)
 
Announcements 
 
  • Bill Geyer update on the Lydia Place project.
  • Changing of the Guard Ceremony and Party will take place Wednesday eve, June 29th, venue is the VFW Hall on State Street. Stay tuned for more details!
  • Scotty from the Membership Committee said we need more new member applicants!
  • Fellowship event will be Opening Night of Bellingham Bells Season. $5/ticket, Eddie will send more details.
  • Farewell Party for Giovanni Melley will be Friday eve, 17th June at VFW Hall. More details soon. 
  • Donna with an update on the Brewers event (Sunday afternoon July 24th, 1-5pm) Depot Market Square!  Tickets go on sale next Tuesday.
  • Business Bucket ($ goes to our scholarship fund) by Bob Moles.
Soundings (5/31/16) G. Stowe Talbot 2016-05-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on May 24, 2016
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Tony Freeland
 
Visiting Rotarians: Dr. Arlan Norman from the Monday Rotary Club.
 
Guests: Ian Slater (college freshman and Tonja’s son), Nick Fernari (coworker of Wade Stringfield).
 
Announcements 
 
The next meeting regarding our Lydia Place project will take place THIS Thursday May 26th 4pm (?) at Barkley/Talbot office.
 
Student of the Month - Mike Bates and Squalicum HS Councilor Aramis Johnson introduced our final SOM of the year, Chrystal Morales, a senior at Squalicum.  She is an  honors student, participates in Interact, many community service projects such as tutoring elementary school kids with reading Mon-Thursdays, participates in sports such as tennis, soccer and track & field.  Chrystal says she and her family are residents of Sterling Meadows, an apartment complex and community that houses 50 former farmworkers.  Chrystal also volunteers in a migrant youth mentoring program.  Her goal is to attend WWU and become a teacher. 
 
The club also recognized four of the five Squalicum student scholarship recipients: Serena Allendorfer, Julia ?, Jason (Bungee) McCloud, and Rachel Campbell.  Thanks to Wade Stringfield, Mike Bates and the other members for their work selecting the students.
 
Anna Williams’s upcoming event, Bellingham Beer Camp, will take place THIS Saturday May 28th 6-11pm at Depot Market Square!  We are splitting proceeds with VFW and our half is earmarked for the international committee.  Anna still needs a few more volunteers.
 
Changing of the Guard Ceremony and Party will be June 29th, venue TBD. Stay tuned!
 
July 24th is Brewers by the Bay, 1-5pm Depot Market Square!
 
Business Bucket by John Templeton
Soundings (5/24/16) G. Stowe Talbot 2016-05-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on May 17, 2016
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Lance Calloway
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: Patrick Drumm (Saturna Capital), John Purdy (Mt Baker Theatre)
 
Announcements
 
Brewers by the Bay committee typically meets Mondays at 4pm at Chuckanut Brewery, everyone welcome to come!
 
Anna Williams’s upcoming event, Bellingham Beer Camp, will take place at Depot Market Square on Saturday May 28th 6-11pm!  We are splitting proceeds with VFW, and our BBRC earnings will be allocated to the BBRC international committee. Please see Anna for tickets and to volunteer (we still need volunteers!), tickets are $15 each and include 3 drink coupons.
 
Changing of the Guard Ceremony and Party will be evening of June 29th (in place of the regular lunch meeting), venue TBD. Stay tuned!
 
Dannon gave quick summary of the May 12th BBRC Board Meeting.
 
Bill passed around a sign-up sheet for people to get involved in the Lydia Place and/or DVSAS projects. Members that worked on the Bellingham Food Bank and Hospice House can attest how rewarding it is to be involved with a major project like this. Let’s all lend a hand! 
 
Business Bucket
  • Dannon said she is the attorney for the City of Ferndale:  Ferndale is looking for volunteers to help with construction of their proposed “Star Park” playground (It is designed by Ferndale Kids, and will be built entirely by volunteers).  There will be 4-hour work parties during the week of May 31-June 3.  First work party will be 8am-12pm May 31st. Bring tools or not, there will be snacks and beverages served, Dannon herself will be volunteering Friday June 3rd. Email Dannon if interested! or see Website to sign up http://www.cityofferndale.org/government/departments/public-works/parks-recreation/star-park-playground-project/ 
  • Mark Turner said his company, Turner Photographics, is hosting the Business After Hours event on Thursday May 19, 5:30 - 7:30.  Come see his office, network, enjoy great snacks, wine and beer. Address is 4682 Wynn Road, Bellingham, WA 98226.  This event is free, welcome to members and non-members alike, no RSVP necessary.  See https://bellingham.com/events/business-after-business-2/ 
Soundings (5/17/16) G. Stowe Talbot 2016-05-17 07:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Paul Twedt
 
Visiting Rotarians:  Brian Hennessy (Fidalgo club), Bernadette Halliday (from Burlington Club), Lori White (from Everett club, and the District 5050 US Youth Exchange coordinator)
 
Guests: Felicity Dye, Rick Kiene
 
Announcements
 
BBRC Board Meeting THIS Thursday May 12th 4:30pm at Talbot/Barkley office (2200 Rimland Drive, 2nd floor).  Discussion of how we fund our major capital projects.
 
Yesterday several board members met with one of our capital project recipients, Lydia Place, to discuss their proposed construction project.  There will be similar discussion soon with the other recipient, DVSAS.
 
Lance Calloway said the Brewers by the Bay committee typically meet most Mondays at 4pm at Chuckanut Brewery, please join us!
 
Eddie said we need volunteers for Anna Williams’s upcoming event, called Beer Camp, which will take place at Depot Market Square on Saturday May 28th 6-11pm, Ski-to-Sea weekend!  We are splitting the proceeds with VFW, and our share is earmarked for our international committee.
 
Business Bucket
Glen Groenig handed the microphone to Mimi Ferlin who said watch out for the stock market which will be flat for long time - give to charities instead, they will need the support!  Also mentioned her company Brooks Properties is building (buying?) some spec houses for rent - check them out!
Soundings (5/10/16) G. Stowe Talbot 2016-05-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on May 03, 2016
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Jill Reid
 
Visiting Rotarians: Dr. Kathi Hiyane-Brown (Monday club)
 
Guests: John Purdy (Mt Baker Theatre), Patrick Drum (Saturna)
 
Announcements
 
BBRC Board Meeting next Thursday May 12th 4:30pm at Talbot/Barkley office (2200 Rimland Drive, 2nd floor).
 
President Bill awarded Curtis Smith with his second Paul Harris award!
 
Bill then recognized Doug Wight for his success in bringing in new members.
 
Business Bucket
Anna Williams announced a new fundraiser event for our club called Bellingham Beer Camp: Working jointly with the VFW (with whom we will split the proceeds), Anna will be putting on a beer garden on Saturday evening May 28th, (6-11pm) during Ski to Sea weekend at the downtown Depot Market Square.  She needs a few volunteers from our club.  Four breweries, twelve beers, two bands.
 
Addie Brown announced her company, Chicago Title, will be hosting a Cinco de Mayo open house (4-7pm, Thursday May 5) at her business, located across the street from the Barkley Cinema, everyone is welcome!
Soundings (5/3/16) G. Stowe Talbot 2016-05-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Apr 26, 2016
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Stan Dyer
Visiting Rotarians: None
Guests: Jon Vanderyacht (?), Patrick Drum (Saturna Capital), Alan Artman’s father in law, Debby K's grandson Noel, John from MB Theatre.
 
Announcements
 
Fellowship event: Jim Haupt will be having a Rotary Fellowship wine event 5:30-8pm, TODAY Wednesday April 27th. The event will be hosted by a wine buyer from Italy, will feature Italian wines and appetizers, Bellwether Hotel owner Andre Molnar will be there.
President Bill Geyer announced the recipients of our Major Capital projects funding.  The BBRC board had interviewed four final candidates, and decided on awarding two of them.  Lydia Place (Emily O’Connor and Shultzie Willows) and DVSAS (Karen Burke) were each awarded $25,000.  Both organizations will use our funds to remodel and expand housing facilities for at-need women and homeless women with children (Lydia Place).  Bill said we will also look for opportunities for provide at cost materials and in-kind contributions. The club will also work with the other two candidates (NWYS and Skookum Kids) to look for other opportunities to provide support on a volunteer or in-kind basis.
 
Business Bucket
Michael Tilley’s company, Minuteman Press, was recently recognized by the Chamber of Commerce!
 
Student of the Month:  Nick Caples introduced SOM Serena Allendorfer.  She is a great student who is active in the community.  Serena decided to attend UW next year.  She moved to Bellingham two years ago.  Her counselor Arimis Johnson thanked our club for its involvement at Squalicum, and then talked about the many accomplishments of Serena and her volunteerism.
Soundings (4/26/16) G. Stowe Talbot 2016-04-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Apr 12, 2016
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Tim Krell
 
Visiting Rotarians: Heather Powell, Julie Johansen
Guests: Suzanna Brooks (Whatcom Museum)
 
Announcements
 
BBRC Board meeting this Thursday 4:30-6pm at Barkley/Talbot office (2200 Rimland Drive, Suite 250). Open to everyone!
 
This year’s District 5050 Conference will be held at Semiahmoo Resort, April 28 - May 1: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50004/SitePage/district-conference 
 
Fellowship: Jim Haupt will be organizing a Rotary wine event Wednesday April 27th from 6-7:30pm, just for us BBRC'ers. The event will feature a wine buyer from Italy who will offer tastings of a variety of excellent Italian wines.  Appetizers will also be served.  Bellwether Hotel owner Andre Molnar will be in attendance. Sign up available next week!
 
Business Bucket:  Jill Reid and Erik Dyrland talked about Boys & Girls Clubs “Inspire Higher Dreams” dinner-fundraiser is coming up on Friday April 29, 5:30pm at Silver Reef Event Center. More info and RSVP at http://whatcomclubs.org .
 
Bucks in the Bay
  • Bill Geyer had fun weekend with granddaughter at Bellingham Farmers Market;
  • Tim Krell family vacation to Oahu;
  • Curtis Dye raising funds for radio station, attended District Assembly last weekend, kudos to Jim Haupt for an excellent wine-tasting dinner last week at Bellwether;
  • Mark Turner spent a week in Yosemite with wife, away from technology, very relaxing!
  • Paul Twedt happy bucks golfing at Chambers Bay, beautiful weather and he played well, then sunny weekend skiing with the kids at Baker;
  • Scot Swanson trip to Maui with the fam;
  • Glendine Barley is BACK! She missed Rotary and the camaraderie, was taking care of her daughter who had a stroke and is slowly recovering;
  • Stan Dyer said April 17th will be his birthday (along with Eddie Hansen), submitted a generous donation ($214)!  Happy birthday, fellas!
Soundings (4/13/16) G. Stowe Talbot 2016-04-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Apr 05, 2016
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Lance Calloway
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
Guests: None
 
Announcements
 
District Training seminar April 9 in Surrey BC. See Dannon or Curtis.
 
This year’s District 5050 Conference will be held at Semiahmoo Resort, April 28 - May 1: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50004/SitePage/district-conference 
 
Lance Calloway was awarded a Rotary “blue pin” for his efforts recruiting and bring in new members;
 
Board has met and vetted the four finalist “Major Projects” applicants for our major project recipient. More news to be announced soon.
 
Fellowship event: Jim Haupt will be putting together a wine event 6-7:30pm, April 27th. The event will be hosted by a wine buyer from Italy, will feature Italian wines and appies, Bellwether Hotel owner Andre Molnar will be there as well. More details next week!
 
Business Bucket by Jim Haupt: Offered ten tickets ($85/ea) to an upcoming Bellwether Hotel wine/tasting menu event this Thursday April 7 at 5pm, featuring William Church winery.  See Jim for the tickets!
 
Bucks in the Bay
  • Patty Leach missed meeting and expecting to be a grandmother in next few days!
  • Addie Brown heading to Hawaii soon!
  • Jim Logghe birthday;
  • Chuck Walter missed meetings, went vacation in Kierland AZ, some wine tasting, time with granddaughter;
  • Alan Artman missed meetings busy at work, moving father-in-law to Bellingham (and hopefully to our club next week);
  • Curtis with some Gio updates;
  • Stu Ellison shout out to Jim Haupt Wine events, also went to Central America with Kathy;
  • Curt Smith happy UW women basketball made it to final four!
  • Donna Edquist missed meetings, was in Palm Springs (Indian Wells) for tournament there;
  • John Templeton with some highs and lows last week, including selling Stowe’s house!
  • John Sleeth with medical update.
Soundings (4/5/16) G. Stowe Talbot 2016-04-05 07:00:00Z 0
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Visiting Rotarians: Chip Lockhart (Belllingham Club), Martin Howard (LaConner Club)
Guests:
 
Announcements
 
New Member Induction: Bill Gorman and Anna Williams welcomed and inducted new member Andy Anderson. Welcome Andy!
 
District Training seminar April 9 in Surrey BC.
 
This year’s District 5050 Conference will be held at Semiahmoo Resort, April 28 - May 1: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50004/SitePage/district-conference 
 
Mark Turner was awarded a Rotary “blue pin” for his efforts recruiting and bring in new members;
 
Board has met and vetted the four “finalist applicants” for our major project recipient. More news soon.
 
 
Business Bucket anecdote by Glen Groenig.
 
Bucks in the Bay
  • Tim Krell happy bucks ski day Stevens Pass, and wife’s new car goes fast;
  • Curtis Dye update on Giovanni involving “Easter Egg Russian Roulette”;
  • Mike Hammes shout out to Bham School District for awarding $50M contract to Dawson Construction!
  • Pete Wolkin missed meetings;
  • Dean Fulton happy bucks Husky for UW women's basketball team in final four, also attended Bruce Springsteen concert! Also happy about the Dawson contract;
  • Andy Clay missed meetings happy that their school in Africa lead their region in exam results, Celeste recently rang the opening bell on Wall street and presented at UN;
  • Eddie fellowship meeting today after lunch, we need ideas!
Soundings (3/29/16) G. Stowe Talbot 2016-03-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Mar 22, 2016
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Nick Caples
 
Visiting Rotarians: Will from the Monday Club
Guests: Several
 
Announcements
 
This year’s District 5050 Conference will be held at Semiahmoo Resort, April 28 - May 1: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50004/SitePage/district-conference 
 
Mark Turner was awarded a Rotary “blue pin” for his efforts recruiting and bring in new members;
Soundings (3/22/16) G. Stowe Talbot 2016-03-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Mar 15, 2016
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Phil X Hageman
Visiting Rotarians: None
Guests: Patrick from Saturna, Beth McGinty (DVSAS, Peoples Bank), 
 
Announcements
 
This year’s District 5050 Conference will be held at Semiahmoo Resort, April 28 - May 1: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50004/SitePage/district-conference 
 
Synopsis of last week’s BBRC Board Minutes by Stowe Talbot.
 
Brewers will be Sunday July 24th.
 
Small grant applications: BBRC awarded 12 organizations a total of $18K.
 
Business Bucket by Bryant Engebretson celebrating the 8th anniversary of the founding of his company (Tradewinds Capital Management), which is now managing close to half a billion $!
 
Tomorrow is Gio’s birthday, going to a Sounders game in Seattle to celebrate.
 
The membership committee and the board have both accepted the new member application of Steven (Andy) Anderson. He is transferring from the Bellingham Monday club, and he is sponsored by Andy Clay.  Andy is President & CEO of Index Sensors and Controls, and some of his community involvement includes work with Sustainable Connections and WWU.  If you have any concerns or comments, they can be sent to Bill Geyer, Scotty or Stowe.
Soundings (3/15/16) G. Stowe Talbot 2016-03-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Mar 08, 2016
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Stan Dyer
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
Guests: Andy Anderson, Kris Palmerton, Patrick Drum (Saturna Capital)
 
Announcements
 
Stan Dyer and Bill Gorman were each recognized by Bill Geyer for the number of members they have sponsored over the years.
 
This year’s District 5050 Conference will be held at Semiahmoo Resort, April 28 - May 1: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50004/SitePage/district-conference 
 
BBRC board meeting THIS Thursday, 4pm at Talbot/Barkley office 2200 Rimland Drive. The main topic will be selecting our next major donation project.  Board members are open to all.
 
2017 will mark 100 years of Rotary in Whatcom County.  Chuck Snyder initiated the idea of all clubs coming up with ideas to recognize this big anniversary. Stay tuned.
 
Membership needs more new member applications!
 
Next week vocational service will be the program.
 
Our club secretary, Stowe Talbot, will be rotating off his position in July; if you have any interest in this position, please see Bill or Stowe!
 
Business Bucket: Bill Gorman announced an upcoming Rotary Assembly with the topic “Generation Gap 2.0” about how to understand and communicate with the millennial generation: 
 
Bucks in the Bay
  • John Templeton was at Jim Haupt’s beautiful wedding;
  • Dannon getting thru cold & flu season, also had a great time at PETS - learned so much;
  • Dick Stark State basketball tournament last week;
  • Debbie Kiene missed meetings, 60th birthday, went to Maui with sons and their families via a not-so-direct flight from Bellingham;
  • Jane Carten son’s 8th birthday!
  • Mark Turner missed meetings and won some awards!
  • Christine Palmerston Debbie lions great, International Womens' Day, enjoyed Past Presidents meeting, make time outside of Rotary to learn more about other Rotarians, then happy hour with Dannon and Tresha;
Soundings (3/8/16) G. Stowe Talbot 2016-03-08 08:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Bob Moles
Visiting Rotarians: Jim Blaney, Eric Battles and Tim Villhauer (all from Whatcom North), Pam Brady from Sunrise
 
Guests: Gabe Ng
 
Announcements
  • 3/10 Board reviewed major capital requests.  The final three applicants will present to the club 3/22. 
  • Stop Hunger Now packaged 42,500 meals. Many Rotarians volunteered.
  • Membership committee will meet immediately after this meeting. Bill Gorman reported on the President Elect Training School. He announced 4/28 will be the District 50/50 conference.  On 4/9 Training Assembly will be held. The Club will provide funding for 5 participants. Interested members should contact Bill Gorman. 
Scott Walker volunteered for the Business Bucket. Walker Floors and Interiors is exiting the retail business and focus on commercial and builder business, and he has become a real estate broker!
Soundings (3/1/16) Andy Clay 2016-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Feb 23, 2016
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Flag Salute and Invocation by Harte Bressler
 
Major Capital Projects - The board is vetting 3 of the 4 applications we received.  We will be interviewing them at next board meeting 3/10.  The charitable donations committee (smaller donations) has picked out about ten winning applications totaling $18K.  The board will be reviewing those recommendations as well.
 
Past presidents will be meeting at Orpahlees's house again on March 1st.
 
Glen reminded us that the next club volunteer opportunity will be “Stop Hunger Now”, Saturday Feb 27th starts at 9am, at St Lukes Community Health Center 3333 Squalicum Pkwy.  We will be packing up some 20,000 meals to be shipped to several international destinations. For more info, see http://events.stophungernow.org/Bellingham or Email lisa.saar04@gmail.com .
 
Please pay your semi-annual Rotary dues if you have not already done so!
 
Student of the Month is named Will. He is 4.0 student with 14 AP classes under his belt, an outstanding althlete, who is looking at attending either Brown University or St. Andrews in Scotland.  He has done a lot of volunteer and charity work, including a program called "Brothers Against Poverty", and Fir Creek Day Camp.
 
Business Bucket:  Lance announced that the Sportsplex will host the Western Indoor Soccer League championship game on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 7:30pm.
The local team, Bellingham United, will be playing against the Olympic Force in this championship game. It will feature a beer garden as well, hope to see you there! 
Then Doug Wight talked about the Interfaith Coalition, a wonderful asset to our community, providing severe weather shelter to the homeless, 3000 coats and 675 meals were donated last year, and over 112 volunteers.
Soundings (2/23/16) G. Stowe Talbot 2016-02-23 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Feb 16, 2016
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Stowe Talbot
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
Guests: Andy Anderson, YES participants Alisa Owen and Jaren Tilley.
 
Announcements
 
Glen reminded us that the next club volunteer opportunity will be “Stop Hunger Now”, Saturday Feb 27th starts at 9am, at St Lukes Community Health Center 3333 Squalicum Pkwy.  We will be packing up some 20,000 meals to be shipped to several international destinations. For more info, see http://events.stophungernow.org/Bellingham or Email lisa.saar04@gmail.com .
 
Bill Gorman introduced two (of the four) members of this year's Rotary YES team (Youth Engaged in Service): Alisa Owen and Jaren Tilley.  The YES team will be traveling to Honduras in July for a hands-on project.  Jaren talked about what projects they might build there (play structure, latrines, etc.). They are raising funds for their travel expenses and for the project.  Alisa talked about their recently attending a very informative and rewarding YAIL event (http://yail.org) in Canada a couple weeks ago. 
 
Rotaract Club (Kendall) will be applying for an RI grant to fund an event later this year to help get the word out to young people in Whatcom County about Rotary.  The Rotaracters are also spearheading an effort to identify hands-on community projects that our two clubs can do jointly.
 
Board meeting report:  There are four submittals for our “Major Capital Project”.  The board in now vetting them; research will continue with interviews of the candidate organizations. Stay tuned.
 
After serving for the last six years as BBRC's secretary, Stowe Talbot will be rotating off the position later in 2016.  We will need a replacement for this important job.  If you have interest, please see Bill or Stowe!
 
Brad Cornwell with an update on small donations allocations (15 organizations submitted proposals, for a total avaailable purse of $18,000). Stay tuned.
 
If you gave money to our BBRC Foundation in 2015, see Brent for a copy of receipt for tax purposes.  
 
Business Bucket: Glen Groenig with some humor.
Soundings (2/16/16) G. Stowe Talbot 2016-02-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Feb 09, 2016
Flag Salute & Invocation by Andy Clay
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
Guests: Andy Anderson, Mimi’s guest, two Squalicum students on the YES program, Curtis Dye’s wife, daughter and Gio’s parents.
 
Announcements
 
Board meeting this Thursday 2/11 at 4:30pm at Talbot/Barkley office (2200 Rimland Drive, 2nd floor) - open to all and counts as a make-up.
 
Glen announced our next club volunteer opportunity: “Stop Hunger Now”, Saturday Feb 27th starts at 9am, at St Lukes Community Health Center 3333 Squalicum Pkwy.  We will be packing up 30,000 meals to be shipped to several international destinations. For more info, see http://events.stophungernow.org/Bellingham or Email lisa.saar04@gmail.com .
 
New Member Induction: Past President Anna Williams inducted Guy Ochiogrosso, president of Whatcom Chamber of Commerse.  Guy has an MBA from WWU.  Welcome to Bellingham Bay Rotary, Guy!
 
Bill Gorman introduced Holly and Kim (from Squalicum HS) both members of the YES team (Rotary Youth Engaged in Service), which will be traveling to Honduras in July for a hands-on project.  They are raising funds for their travel expenses and for the project.
 
Business Bucket: Jill Reid with a plug for her upcoming Boys & Girls Club fundraiser event Bourbon Street Bingeaux, on Saturday Feb. 20th at the Kentucky Street Clubhouse.  See https://www.facebook.com/events/1548446515447422/
Soundings (2/9/16) G. Stowe Talbot 2016-02-09 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Feb 02, 2016
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Steve Swan
 
Visiting Rotarians: Paula McCandlis from the Big Club
Guests: Andy Anderson, Sven Gilkey, Pete Wolkin, Nick Furnari (Skagit Bank)
 
Announcements
 
Terry Brown said that we have received three applications for our BBRC “Major Capital Project” funding: 
1) Skookum Kids (5-year plan, including Safe Place, respite and outreach)
2) Lydia Place for homeless households, proposing extensive remodel work and expansion.
3) NW Youth Services, serving vulnerable young people, proposing building a new facility with 40 small apartment units.
These proposals will be discussed at the next BBRC board meeting Thursday Feb. 11 at 4:30pm at Barkley/Talbot conference room (open to all BBRC members).
 
President Bill awarded two Paul Harris pins
  1. Bob Tull awarded with his FOURTH PH pin;
  2. Allen Stockbridge his first.
Congratulations, gentlemen!
 
New Member inductions: Past President Bill Unrein inducted two new members, Sven Gilkey and Pete Wolkin. Congratulations and welcome, guys!
 
Business Bucket: 
  • Eddie Hansen said that his office (Natural Way Chiropractic) offers weight loss programs, either individually or as a workplace program.
  • Harte Dressler introduced Jennifer Wright and Kira Bravo, two new partners with Metcalf Hodges accounting firm.  Also, Metcalf Hodges will be co-hosting (with NW Mutual & Peacehealth) a seminar about estate planning on Wed. Feb 24th, 4-6:30pm at the Bham Golf & Country Club.  Seating limited, so RSVP to Karen Haggen at khaggen@peacehealth.org or 360-788-6851.
John Sleeth says we are still seeking youth (18-25 y.o.) applicants for RYLA.  The site will be on MB Hwy like last year, the date will be May 12-15, 2016. see Website (http://ryla5050.org) or ask Nick Caples / John Sleeth.
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Glen Groenig
 
Visiting Rotarians: Mayor Kelli Linville
Guests: Student of the Month guests
 
Announcements
 
Deadline for submitting application and information on a Major Projects is January 31st.
 
Scotty membership idea: Wearing your Rotary pin during the week outside the club, that will spur conversation and perhaps interest in the club.
 
President Bill talked about identifying a local, hands-on community project. We will work with our Rotaract club to complete such a s project, and Rotaract will also be applying for RI funding. More news to come.
 
Student of the Month: Mike Bates introduced this month’s SOM Rachael Campbell (daughter of Jim and Sharon Campbell).  Rachael is a distinguished scholar and star athlete.  Rachael talked about her many volunteer and service projects, including a service trip to Nicaragua last year.  She was very humbled to receive recognition from our club.
 
Two new applications for membership: Sven Gilkey (Boy Scouts of America, sponsored by Stan Dyer) and Guy Ochiogrosso (Bellingham Chamber of Commerce, sponsored by Bill Gorman).  If any comments or concerns please see President Bill or Membership Committee members Bob Becker or Harold Scott.
 
John Sleeth says we are still seeking youth (18-25 y.o.) applicants for RYLA.  The site will be on MB Hwy like last year, the date will be May 12-15, 2016. see Website (http://ryla5050.org) or ask Nick Caples / John Sleeth.
Soundings (1/26/16) G. Stowe Talbot 2016-01-26 08:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Steve Swan
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: Andy Anderson, Levi Stewart (newest Bells employee), DeLynn Mckenzie (psychotherepist), Katie Rosa (Michael’s wife) and Ryan Martin (RE agent).
Soundings (1/12/16) G. Stowe Talbot 2016-01-12 08:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Jill Reid
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: None
 
Announcements
  • District 5050 membership-theme seminars for our area (Area G): Saturday Jan 23 in Burlington.
  • Brad Cornwell update on the Charitable Giving Committee, collected all the applications, will be reviewing them soon.
  • BBRC board meeting next week Jan. 14 Thursday 4:30 pm at the Barkley conf. room.
  • Curtis with update on Gio, who has moved from the Dye’s to Ken Rienschmidt's / Lydia Bennett’s house. His year is going well.  Fellowship event: Friday at 5:30 at Barkley Jalepenos dinner, then go see Gio’s basketball game at Squalicum starting 7pm. 
Soundings (1/5/16) G. Stowe Talbot 2016-01-05 08:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Bill Gorman
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
Guests: Guy Occhiogrosso, Annabelle (Mimi’s granddaughter), Kendall’s boss Rob
 
Announcements
 
Next week on the 22nd we will have a Christmas Program, on the 29th there will be NO MEETING!
 
New Member induction: Jim Logghe, former member of our own club, was welcomed back to BBRC. He has worked 43 years in the banking industry. Doug Wight, Phil Hageman and Anna Williams conducted the honors. Welcome back, Jim!
 
Recap of last week’s BBRC board meeting by Stowe Talbot
 
Aaron Lemperes and Curtis Dye talked our club’s support ($1000 in 2015) for the ABCD (Access for Baby and Child Dentistry). This program was started in Whatcom County to help cover some of the unfunded (by Apple Health / Medicare) costs of providing preventative dental care to low income children.  About 50% of Whatcom’s low income kids now receive care under this program.  ABCD is administered by the Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement (WAHA).  Our monies ($1000) were used to provide such items as toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, enrollment cards, and supplies for several community outreach events.
Soundings (12/15/15) G. Stowe Talbot 2015-12-15 08:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Jill Reid
 
Visiting Rotarians / Guests: None
 
Announcements
 
Field trip tour of the B&G Club NEXT WEEK Tuesday Dec 8th!  Interactive tour of the building and programs.
 
John Templeton (jtemp@aol.com) says our exchange student, Gio, has made the Squalicum varsity basketball team! But this means he will need assistance getting to and from practice, on most weekdays he needs to be picked up at 5:15. Some days he has BOTH practice and a game! When there is a game, he needs drop off and pick up.  Specifically we are looking for Rotary Members to select one week this season and commit to pick up and drop off. His host family, the Dyes, can always be a backup if you have a specific conflict on a particular day/time. Please contact John for more details.
 
Bob Moles says there will be a PAST PRESIDENTS meeting (potluck! please bring a dish) this Thursday, 5:30pm at Orphalee’s house, 413 Ridgeway Drive.
 
Business Bucket: Donna Edquist talked about her company, Applied Digital Imaging, which does a lot of point-of-sales projects for retailers. Like Haggen. Although they are going through a rough patch, please support Haggen and their employees!
 
Sergeant at Arms by Flo
Fines for Bill Gorman, the Walker brothers, Stew Ellison.
Soundings (12/1/15) G. Stowe Talbot 2015-12-01 08:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Aaron Lemperes
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests:  Pete Wolkin (Andy’s son), Paul Rosser (New Leader Development), Joe Melley
 
Announcements
 
Reminder from Jill Reid that we will have a Rotary field trip tour of the Boys & Girls Club on Kentucky Street Tuesday Dec 8th!  Interactive tour of the building and programs. Please sign up!
 
Mike Hammes says the turkey drive Food Bank was successful.
 
Student of the Month.  Nick Caples introduced Student of the Month Kaylee from Squalicum HS.  Kayla was named defensive basketball payer of the year, is a leader on the golf team, and the head student mentor.  Her counsellor Michelle Neilsen talked about what a great recipient Kayla is. Kayla thanked us for the recognition.  She said she enjoys volunteering, working with Esperanza Ministries on Vancouver Island.  Locally she works with Rebound (which provides weekly dinners and classes for families) and the Lighthouse Mission, serving meals and helping out. She wants to become a pediatric nurse.  
 
Our incoming Rotary exchange student Joe Melley (from Italy) talked about Squalicum High School and making the cut for the varsity basketball team!
 
Business Bucket by Karen Burke, who reported that the DVSAS annual fundraising gala raised $95K! Also she gave an update on the DVSAS Birchwood housing project - joint with Lydia Place - to expand the facility by 15 beds. The project is proceeding well, should be done in mid-2016.
 
Bucks in the Bay
  • Curtis Dye had great date weekend in Seattle, saw Patti Imhoff at Nordstroms;
  • Eddie thanks to Mike Hammes for the turkey initiative!  And got to hand out turkeys at  Food Bank with his kids;
  • Bob Moles had great trip (his 12th!) to Honduras with Mike Hammes, feeling thankful;
  • John Templeton is in the thanksgiving spirit, remarked that very few local homes now for sale, and reported that our outgoing Rotary exchange student (Aaron) is in Bolivia and volunteering for an orphanage;
  • Paul Twedt grateful for successful year, and moving his office to Barkley;
  • Phil X Hageman thankful for our support for Food Bank and other orgs, just missed two weeks to take care of his col***scopy, also some other successful surgeries among his kin;
  • Bob Becker heading out to the sun for a few months, thankful for the club’s foundation;
  • Brent Walker inspired by Mike Hammes and the turkey drive, CB Wholesale’s employees even started their own food drive!
  • Dick Stark about his cousin Jerry Stark, see the obit in the Herald;
  • Doug Wight talked about his uncle Jack who recently passed, almost made it to 100 yearss old;
  • Mark Turner’s wife had a scary visit to the emergency room, then a successful gallbladder surgery!
  • Tim Krell is proud his son Mitchell got a job AND into college;
  • Frank Chmelik visit to NYC.
Soundings (11/24/15) G. Stowe Talbot 2015-11-24 08:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Mark Turner
 
Visiting Rotarians: Ann Bowen (Sunrise club), Andy Anderson (Monday club),
 
Guests:  Jim Logghe (Banner), Manuel Babayan (ex-member here at BBRC), Ken Kester (Puget Sound Shelter).
 
Announcements
  • Mike Werner on G&G: We met our budget of $50K raised!
  • Bill Gorman Rotary attended the District 5050’s Foundation Dinner last weekend.  Our club was recognized for donations to the polio effort, and for our giving $100 per capita to the Rotary Foundation.
  • Mike Hammes and Bob Moles send an Email from Honduras; their trip going well.
  • Dannon gave a brief summary of last week’s BBRC board meeting.  
  • Tuesday Dec. 8th meeting will be a tour at the Boys & Girls Club on Kentucky Street!
Business Bucket by Glen 
Soundings (11/17/15) G. Stowe Talbot 2015-11-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Nov 10, 2015
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Mike Hammes
 
Visiting Rotarians: Kendall Olson
 
Guests:  Larrissa Ricker?, Jim Logghe (Banner Bank), Sven Gilkey (BSA Mt. Baker Council).
 
Announcements
 
Next board meeting THIS Thursday Nov. 12th, 4:30pm at Talbot/Barkley office (2200 Rimland, Suite 250), everyone is invited and welcome!
 
Mike Hammes update on Food Bank turkey drive. Still a few bucks to raise.
 
President Bill presented Doug Wight ANOTHER Paul Harris award. Congratulations, Doug!  
 
New member induction: Addie Brown was welcomed into the club by Bill Geyer and John Templeton. Congratulations, Addie!
 
Business Bucket:  Josh Barrett (Wells Fargo Advisors) says tomorrow evening he is hosting a seminar regarding the new social security rules / retirement planning, contact him if interested!
 
Soundings (11/10/15) G. Stowe Talbot 2015-11-10 08:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Christine Palmerton
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests:  Jim Logghe (Banner Bank), Sven Gilkey (BSA Mt. Baker Council)
 
Announcements
 
G&G update by (and special thanks to) Bryant and Curtis:  Very successful event and many people really helped out.  Any suggestions for improvements please Email Curtis or Bryant.
 
New Paul Harris fellow:  Bill Geyer awarded Gordon Plume with his THIRD Paul Harris!
 
Next board meeting Thursday Nov. 12th, 4:30pm at Talbot/Barkley office (2200 Rimland, Suite 250), everyone is invited.
 
Business Bucket:  $20 from Bryant Engebretson talked about his daughters fundraiser project (Nepal building chicken coops).  Limoncello-making party.  see him if you interested in donating.
 
New Member Application:  Jim Logghe, former BBRC member, and loan officer with Banner Bank, has been approved by the membership committee and the board.  Membership can comment on this pending application by contacting Bill Geyer or Bob Becker.
Soundings (11/3/15) G. Stowe Talbot 2015-11-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Oct 20, 2015
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Flag Salute and Invocation
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: 4 officers from Squalicum Interact club, Sven Gilke, Jim Logghe
 
G&G Update by Bryant and Curtis: Presale wine deadline order this Thursday.  Please look at sign up sheets on table and pick a volunteer opportunity for the day of the event.
 
New Member Application:  Jim Logghe, former BBRC member and loan officer with Banner Bank, has been approved by the membership committee and the board.  Membership can comment on this pending application by contacting Bill Geyer or Bob Becker.
 
Bucks in the Bay
  • Stephanie tuned 75!
  • Bill Gorman for the Interact Club;
  • Scotty and Marianne for 2 weeks on vacation river cruise in Europe;
  • Andy Clay for second great grandchild!
  • Bob Becker for wedding anniversary and a birthday!
  • Tonja Myers for Interact club and happy birthday to sister Terry! Also everyone wash your hands during this flu season!
  • Mimi for two weeks in Scotland, St. Andrews, also for BTC black tie auction;
  • Terry for her birthday, and sad bucks for longtime friend passing away in MN;
  • Curtis Dye reported on Gio's efforts to play basketball on varsity Bellingham team;
  • Dick Stark for three weeks on Big Island;
  • Tresha sad bucks Harold Heiner passed away, next Tuesday at 2pm services for him on campus;
  • Stew Ellison hocking tickets for the Beatles fellowship event this Friday at MBT;
  • Dannon for a fun and successful open house for her neighbors last weekend;
  • Donna for the Interact club and a month in Europe;
  • Debbie Kiene babysitting grandkids this weekend;
Soundings (10/20/15) G. Stowe Talbot 2015-10-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wade Stringfield on Oct 06, 2015
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Flag Salute and Invocation by Aaron Lemperes
Visiting Rotarians: John Stewart (Monday Club)
 
Guests 
  • Sven Gilkey (Boy Scouts of America)
  • Rick Bonier (sp) Jim Johnson’s nephew - a marine biologist from the island of Mauritius visiting with an exchange group Young African Leadership Institute
  • Pete Wolkin (Andy Clay’s son)
  • Alison Zendncik (works with Terry Meyers as a Development/Staff Coordinator)
Announcements
  • Bob Moles - Jim McCallam (sp) Memorial Fund.  Sue and Mike chose the BTC Dental program to receive the donations.  Fund will remain open for “a little bit longer” for any further donations.  Check for $2,000 was presented to Dean Fulton.
  • Curtis Dye/Bryant Engebretson – Grape & Gourmet wine presale will go from 10/06 – 10/20.  Tasting notes are available, contact Bob Moles or Bryant Engebretson.  Last year 150 cases were sold, the goal this year is 160 cases.  Presale boasts of 30% savings plus no sales tax.  Event is November 1st.  Approximately ½ of the membership have purchased tickets as of 10/6.
  • Oct. 20th Bucks on the Bay will go to the Rotary Interact club – more info to come next week
  • Board meeting 10/8 at the Talbot office
  • Mike Hammes is heading to Honduras soon...
  • District Governor will be in attendance on 10/20.  He will meet with the board at 11:15 and then stay for the meeting.  Rotarians were encouraged to come out in full force on the 20th.  
  • Terry Brown -  Major projects committee will meet directly following the regular meeting on 10/20
  • Stew Ellison - Fellowship tickets to Mt. Baker Theater for $55 are no available for some production or another
  • A sympathy card went around for Gio (the exchange student), his grandfather passed away over the weekend. 
Soundings (10/6/15) Wade Stringfield 2015-10-06 07:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute and Invocation by Marilyn Olsen
 
Visiting Rotarians: Jeff Price (Mt Baker Club), Andy Anderson (Monday Club)
 
Guests: Tim Brockman (from Edward Jones), Sophia (Tyler's wife), Sven Gilkey (Boy Scouts of America), Guy Occhiogrosso (Bham / WC Chamber of Commerce).
 
Announcements
  • BBRC Board meeting next Thursday (Oct 8) at 4:30pm at the Barkley / Talbot office, 2200 Rimland Drive Suite 250 above On-Rice Thai Restaurant.
  • The International Committee reported that Mike Hammes and a couple other BBRC Rotarians will be traveling to Copan Honduras in Mid November to check on the school project progress there.
  • G&G Update by Bryant and Curtis: Please buy you tickets to our club's most important fundraiser! We are still gathering donations to our auction portion of the event.  One auction item will be a "Wall of Wine" 40-50 bottles, which we hope we can achieve by members bringing in and donating one or two bottles from their own wine cellars.  Also there will be a pre-tasting event this Thursday %:30 - 8:30 pm at Bryant's house if you want to try a few wine before you buy. Pre-sales wines will be at about 30% discount off retail price, but you need to commit to 6-bottle increments.  If you only want one or two bottles, you can always buy them at the event's wine store.
  • Fellowship: Stew Ellison working on fellowship for us to go see Oct. 23 Beatles show at MBT, please let Stew know if interested to join us for show or dinner or both.
Business Bucket joke by Glen.
 
Soundings (9/29/15) G. Stowe Talbot 2015-09-29 07:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Jill Reid
 
Visiting Rotarians: Andy Everson from Big Club.
 
Guests: Pete Wilkin (Mt Baker Care Center), Sven Guile (BSA Mt. Baker Council)
 
Induction (and return) of Allan Stockbridge by Bill Gorman. Welcome back to the club, Allan!
 
Student of the Month is Oksana Reva, introduced by Squalicum Counselor Aramis Johnson.  Oksana is planning to attend Georgetown University to study political science.  Volunteered at Avamere Healthcare, as well as holiday and sports events, and also for an organization called Voices that does outreach to homeless in downtown Bellingham.  She is donating her $100 to Blue Skies organization, which had helped her when she was small.
 
Announcements
 
G&G update by Bryant: Ticket sales going well, especially the VIP tickets.  Oct 1 wine tasting at Bryant’s house for the pre-sale wines, minimum order 6 bottles, and discount price only available PRE-sale.
 
Food Bank Open House: TODAY! October 22, 5-6:30pm.
 
Business Bucket:  $20 from Tresha Dutton to talk (and brag!) about her employer Whatcom Community College and all the great work they do: 6,000 students this quarter; about 80% going to transfer to 4-year college; WCC soon will have a full baccalaureate program!
 
Bucks in the Bay
  • Phil X Hageman $20 this afternoon open house at Food Bank!
  • Tongue Myers for surviving daughter turned 12 years old;
  • Jill Reid for Foundation upcoming birthday!
  • Steve Brummel Viking Days event at Viking Union John Curley was MC!
  • Andy Clay has another dog at nursing home!
  • Dick Stark had a great boat trip last week, and some Husky basketball news;
  • Tim Krell son turned 18;
  • Glen Groenig grandson invited himself on Glen and his wife’s anniversary trip to Hawaii;
  • Allan Stockbridge three weeks vacation, from Burning Man to New England!
Soundings (9/22/15) G. Stowe Talbot 2015-09-22 07:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Stan Dyer 
 
Visiting Rotarians - No Visiting Rotarians
 
Guests:  Christine Palmerton guest Guy Occhiogross from the Bham Chamber and Stan Dyer’s guest Sven Guilkey from the Boy Scouts
 
Announcements 
  • Board Update from last week’s Meeting: Treasury Report approved, Grape and Gourmet new ticket pricing approved at $400 per member ($80 general ticket and $100 vip ticket), Anne Brown(?) new member approval and one other new member (didn’t catch the name), Steve Weiss (again not sure of the name) Rule of 85 approval.
  • Next Board meeting Nov 8th.
  • Grape and Gourmet Update from Bob Moles and Bryant Engebretson- Requesting an ask of members to help make the connection with restaurants that could participate in the event, for new restaurants we will buy $400 worth of gift cards to help offset their costs. Tickets are now for sale online and at the weekly lunch meeting.
  • Fellowship Event– Jim Haupt announced a Seahawks vs the Lions get together at the Bellwether in the Compass Room on Oct the 5th at 5:30.
Glen Groenig with the Business Bucket:  Orphalee Smith $20 for the Bellingham Childcare and Learning Center and all they do!
 
Bucks in the Bay 
  • John Templeton $10 thank you to Host Bryant for the Rotarian Dinner
  • Bob Moles Thank you also to Bryant and his wife for hosting the Rotarian/Wine dinner
  • Steve White $40 thank for great fishing trip to AK where he came back with 50# of Halibut and 50# of Salmon
  • Tim Krell $84 thank you for his (I think) grandfather for being 84 and shoot him shooting an 84 in golf
  • Scotty - thank you for a trip to Salt Lake to visit his daughter and is grateful for her 2nd baby that is on the way!
  • Bob Becker thank you for the great wine dinner at Bryants and the youth exchange
  • Bryant thank you to all that attended his dinner
Soundings (9/15/15) Josh Barrett 2015-09-15 07:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Stowe Talbot 
 
Visiting Rotarians: John Griggs from the Big Club, Phyllis and Homer from Spokane, and guest speaker John Edwards from Surrey Rotary Club.
 
Guests:  John Templeton’s guest
 
Announcements
 
John Griggs announced his club’s (Bellingham Club) fundraiser croquet tournament “Wacky Wickets” Sept 26th Saturday 1:30pm, which will include a salmon BBQ, (Boundary Bay) beer and (Dunham) wine. Lots of fun and for a good cause.
 
President Bill handed Tim McEvoy a check from our club for $5,000 to go towards his “Action for Africa” project. 
 
Trisha talked about Youth Services committee and the possibility to get 6 to 8 kids, all from Whatcom County, to go to Honduras next year.
 
G&G meeting at 3:30pm (DATE???) at Bryant Engebretson’s office (Dorothy Haggen Bldg in Barkley)
 
Food Bank Open House: October 22, 5-6:30pm.
 
BBRC Board Meeting will be 4:30pm THIS Thursday Sept 10th at the Talbot / Barkley office, open to all (even get make-up attendance credit!).
 
District 5050 will be holding its Annual Foundation Dinner on Nov. 14th, 5-9pm at our very own Bellingham Golf and Country Club.  This event is a celebration of the Rotary Foundation and our Districts support of it!  Doors open at 5:00pm for cocktail hour, Dinner will be served at 6:00pm Deadline to register (or cancel) is November 8th.  Questions please contact Larry Jubie at lwjubie31@hotmail.com (This is not a Fundraising event and no auction or raffle will be held).
 
Bill Geyer with the Business Bucket:  $40 from Jill Reid to promote B&G Clubs’ Sept 19th fundraiser dinner event “Sweets and Dreams” at Silver Reef, $50/ea.  
Also, Mimi Ferlin with another $20 reported that the cable TV series “Fire and Ice” recently had an episode featuring Brooks crossing arms!
 
Bucks in the Bay
  • Brad Cornwell looking forward to the start of both the US college football season and the European “football” seasons, also excited for the return of Steven Colbert!
  • John Sleeth 50-year wedding anniversary;
  • Curtis Dye update on Joe, helping out well with chores at home!
  • Brent Walker IOU 39th birthday;
  • Terry Brown missed meetings in Spokane for wedding which was exciting with all the fires and smoke, also had a strenuous but fun hiking trip with son;
  • Donna Edquist IOU birthday bucks, heading over to Europe soon, will be exciting to see Serena Williams try for tennis Grand Slam!
Soundings (9/8/15) G. Stowe Talbot 2015-09-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Sep 01, 2015
Flag Salute & Invocation by Lance Calloway
 
Visiting Rotarians: Jim Blaney (Whatcom North)
 
Guests:  Jim Loghe, Sven Gilke, Addie Brown
 
Announcements
 
President Bill Geyer made a call out for capital projects that our club can support.
 
Food Bank Open House October 22?
 
BBRC Board Meeting will be 4:30pm Thursday Sept 10th at the Talbot / Barkley office, open to all (even get make-up attendance credit!).
 
District 5050 will be holding its Annual Foundation Dinner on Nov. 14th, 5-9pm at our very own Bellingham Golf and Country Club.  This event is a celebration of the Rotary Foundation and our Districts support of it!   Doors open at 5:00pm for cocktail hour, Dinner will be served at 6:00pm Deadline to register (or cancel) is November 8th.  Questions please contact Larry Jubie at lwjubie31@hotmail.com (This is not a Fundraising event and no auction or raffle will be held).
 
Regarding our exchange student Joe:  John Templeton says Joe needs a couple items as he settles in:  A bike to borrow, and also a drafting calculator (TI 83 or similar).  Curtis Dye will be creating a Google calendar where you can see Joe’s schedule and hopefully  offer to host him for dinner or an outings, etc.  If you can help, contact home hosts Curtis and Felicity (felicity@interconnectsys.com , cell 815-3199)
 
Remember RYLA will be next May 12-15, 2016; please think of good candidates, age 18-25.
 
Glen with the Business Bucket:  $40 from Eddie Hansen.
 
New member application:  The BBRC board has approved the application of former member Allan Stockbridge.  Allan is a broker with Kulshan Commercial Investment Real Estate, and his sponsor is Stan Dyer.  Any comments or concerns can be addressed to Scotty or Bill Geyer.
Soundings (9/1/15) G. Stowe Talbot 2015-09-01 07:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Tim Krell
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests:  Robbie Robinson, Giovanni (Joe)
 
Glen with the Business Bucket:  40$ from Donna Edquist.
 
New member application:  The BBRC board has approved the application of former member Allan Stockbridge.  Allan is a broker with Kulshan Commercial Investment Real Estate, and his sponsor is Stan Dyer.  Any comments or concerns can be addressed to Scotty or Bill Geyer.
Soundings (8/25/15) G. Stowe Talbot 2015-08-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Aug 18, 2015
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Marilyn Olsen
 
Visiting Rotarians: Andy Anderson (from the Big Club)
 
Guests:  Robbie Robinson, Giovanni (Joe) our Italian exchange students, Jim Long (former member), Addie Brown.
 
Short Program: Dannon Traxler gave a short report about our Aug 13th board meeting.  
 
Rotary Youth Exchange:  John Templeton introduced Giovanni (Joe) Melley, who will be here for the next year attending Squalicum HS.
 
Grape&Gourmet will be Sunday November 1, 2015 at Silver Reef!  4:30pm organizational meeting this Thursday at Bryant’s office (2211 Rimland Drive, 4th floor)
 
New member application:  The BBRC board has approved the application of former member Allan Stockbridge.  Allan is a broker with Kulshan Commercial Investment Real Estate, and his sponsor is Stan Dyer.  Any comments or concerns can be addressed to Scotty or Bill Geyer.
 
Glen with the Business Bucket: Andy Clay says Day for Girls and Celeste Mergens will have a booth at NW WA Fair - go see their booth, also please visit Andy’s new childcare facility ….
Soundings (8/18/15) G. Stowe Talbot 2015-08-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Aug 11, 2015
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Orphalee Smith

 

Visiting Rotarians: Andy Anderson (from the Big Club)

 

Guests:  Allan Stockbridge

 

BBRC board meeting will be THIS week Thursday Aug. 13th at 4:30 pm at at Barkley Company office.

 

New member application:  The BBRC board has approved the application of former member Allan Stockbridge.  Allan is a broker with Kulshan Commercial Investment Real Estate, and his sponsor is Stan Dyer.  Any comments or concerns can be addressed to Scotty or Bill Geyer.

 

Business Bucket:  Karen Burke says her organization, DVSAS, bought two more houses for her women's transitional housing, these will provide 16 beds.  Phil Hageman will be helping her look at the houses to determine the remodel work needed.

Soundings (8/11/15) G. Stowe Talbot 2015-08-11 07:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Mimi Ferlin
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: guest of Wade Stringfield from Waddell and Reed
 
BBRC board meeting will be next week Thursday Aug. 13th at 4:30 pm at at Barkley Company office.
 
New member application:  The BBRC board has approved the application of former member Allan Stockbridge.  Allan is a broker with Kulshan Commercial Investment Real Estate, and his sponsor is Stan Dyer.  Any comments or concerns can be addressed to Scotty or Bill Geyer.
Soundings (8/4/15) G. Stowe Talbot 2015-08-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Jul 28, 2015
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Flag Salute and Invocation
 
Visiting Rotarian - None
 
Guest - Russ Whidbey (Financial Advisor) and Someone Webb
 
Short Program - Terry Brown gave update on Brewers on the Bay
  • Approximately 1,400 attended;
  • Initial estimates – raised $30,000 to $35,000;
  • 34 breweries with 81 tastes;
  • $20 of each $25 goes to charitable causes;
  • Silver Reef chose to end sponsorship.
Announcements
  • Planning for Grapes and Gourmet is in full swing and it is scheduled for November 1st;
  • Italian Dinner scheduled for August 8th;
  • Rotario Dinner: "Red meat and wine" scheduled for September 3rd;
  • Board meeting after club meeting next week to consider new member;
  • Possible interclub event focused on fighting world hunger - details to follow;
  • Giovonni, our exchange student, is scheduled to arrive Bellingham on August 16th.
Soundings (7/28/15) G. Stowe Talbot 2015-07-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Jul 21, 2015
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Bill Gorman, who just returned, grateful and inspired, from his trip to Honduras.
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: former members Allan Stockbridge (commercial broker), Addie Brown (regional director Chicago Title), Paul Twedt’s wife Kim. 
 
Brewers by the Bay is Sunday July 26th:  Up to 34 Breweries and 81 brews expected. Please buy your tickets, and sign up for volunteer duty (we still need 20 slots filled) ! 
 
Crab Feed is Thursday evening July 23rd $30/adult, $10/kid at Vartanyan Estate Winery, located at 1628 Huntley Rd, Bellingham, WA 98226.  Payment due at the event.
 
Bob Moles received thank-you letter from Trojes club in Hondures for our work with Pure Water 
 
Short Program: Glen Groenig gave a short summary of last week’s BBRC board meeting.  
 
Business bucket (to promote your business) $ goes to scholarships at WCC / BTC.
 
Sergeant at Arms by Flo
Fines based on trivia
Soundings (7/21/15) G. Stowe Talbot 2015-07-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Jul 14, 2015
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Steve Swan
 
Visiting Rotarians: Andy Anderson, Bruce Clawson
 
Guests: Allen Stockbridge, Jennifer Ryan, Bruce Ayers
 
Crab Feed is Thursday evening July 23rd $30/adult, $10/kid at Vartanyan Estate Winery, located at 1628 Huntley Rd, Bellingham, WA 98226.  Payment due at the event.
 
Brewers by the Bay is Sunday July 26th:  Up to 40 Breweries expected. Please buy your tickets, and sign up for volunteer duty (we still need 35 slots filled) !  
 
Short Program: Glen Groenig gave a short summary of last week’s BBRC board meeting.  
 
Reminder Dr. Jim McCallum Memorial Fund:  A Memorial Fund has been created by our club in response to those who have indicated a desire to recognize the memory of our past president, Dr. James McCallum, a long-time Bellingham dentist and board member of BTC.  The funds will go to the Dental Program at Bellingham Technical College to purchase dental equipment there.  Checks should be written to the “Bellingham Bay Rotary Foundation,” and designated for the “Jim McCallum Memorial Fund.”  Gifts to the Fund are tax deductible, and may be mailed to:
Bellingham Bay Rotary Foundation
P.O. Box 1299
Bellingham, WA 98227
Soundings (7/14/15) G. Stowe Talbot 2015-07-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carlye Gillespie on Jul 07, 2015
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Curtis Smith
 
Visiting Rotarians: none
 
Guests: Kara Buckingham, Danielle Wolf, Tim Brockman, Andy Clay’s son
 
Bill Geyer recognizes Bob Moles with a token of appreciation.
Mike Hammes and Jill Reid receive director’s pin.
 
Orphalee Smith inducts new member Karen Burke. She is Executive Director of DVSAS (Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services). Sponsor is Flo Simon.
 
Bill Geyer with a reminder to recruit new members.
 
Brewers by the Bay update by Steve Brummel, Terry Brown and Anna Williams: 
Buy your tickets.  Members are required to purchase 12 tickets.
Sign up for a shift or two, 45 spots are still open that need to be filled.
New members need to sign up for food preparation!
Soundings (7/7/15) Carlye Gillespie 2015-07-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Jun 23, 2015
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Bob Moles
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: None
 
NEXT TUESDAY MEETING will be in the evening, 5:30pm at Northwood Hall for “Changing of the Guard” party, spouses and guests welcome.
 
Brewers by the Bay is Sunday July 26th:  Up to 40 Breweries expected. Please buy tickets.  Please sign up for volunteer duty!
 
New member application: The membership committee and board have both approved the preliminary application of Karen Burke for membership. Karen is the exec director of DVSAS and a WWU grad.  Flo Simon is her sponsor.  Her service interest is international.  Please see Harold Scott or President Bob is you have any comments or concerns. - See more at: http://bellinghambayrotary.com/#sthash.rMgEyC76.dpuf
 
Short Program:  Mike Bates introduced representatives from Shuksan Middle School:  BBRC had donated to the mentoring program called “Girls Group”, which has a group of middle school girls and mentors them to have better relationships with adults, and more engagement in school, they do weekly events together and foster a family type relationship.
Soundings (6/23/15) G. Stowe Talbot 2015-06-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Jun 16, 2015
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Kendall Olson
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: (former member) Allan Stockbridge, Terry Myers’s daughter Kristin.
 
New member application: The membership committee and board have both approved the preliminary application of Karen Burke for membership. Karen is the exec director of DVSAS and a WWU grad.  Flo Simon is her sponsor.  Her service interest is international.  Please see Harold Scott or President Bob is you have any comments or concerns.
 
Christine Palmerton and Bob Moles visited Skip Sailors, who is recovering from a fall and looking forward to returning to Rotary.
 
Eddie with reminder for THIS FRIDAY Bellingham Bells Rotary night:
What: Rotarians night out at the ballpark!  
When: Friday, June 19th 7pm
Where: Joe Martin Field- Bellingham
Username: Rotary
Password: Rotary
All tickets are seated together in the grandstand, which has seat backs and a roof. There will be good friends, good baseball, and ice cold beer!
 
Dr. Jim McCallum Memorial Fund:  A Memorial Fund has been created by our club in response to those who have indicated a desire to recognize the memory of our past president, Dr. James McCallum, a long-time Bellingham dentist and board member of BTC.  The funds will go to the Dental Program at Bellingham Technical College to purchase dental equipment there.  Checks should be written to the “Bellingham Bay Rotary Foundation,” and designated for the “Jim McCallum Memorial Fund.”  Gifts to the Fund are tax deductible, and may be mailed to:
Bellingham Bay Rotary Foundation
P.O. Box 1299
Bellingham, WA 98227
 
2015 Rotary Dinners
 
Summer Night Tropical Style at Terry Brown’s
Friday, July 10, Cocktail Hour Begins 5:30p
12 Guests, 2 spaces available
Current guests:  Bob Moles & Julie Johanson, Sarah Rothenbuhler & Orphalee Smith, Dannon Traxler & Matt Simms, Donna & Steve Edquist, Bill & Diane Boyd.
 
Italian Dinner in the Folly at Robin & Gordon Plume’s
Saturday, August 8, Cocktails 5:30p
10 Guests, 4 spaces available
Current guests:  Bob Moles & Julie Johanson, Frank & Christine Zurline, Sarah Rothenbuhler & Anna Williams
 
Red Meat & Red Wine!  at Hilary & Bryant Engebretson’s
Sunday, September 13th at 5pm
12 Guests, 6 spaces available
Current guests: Bob & Diane Becker, Jeff & Sara Clement, Bob Miles & Julie Johanson
 
Hosts & Guests, contact Sarah Rothenbuhler
ph- 815-6241--  email sarahd@birchequipment.com
$75 per guest fee, proceeds go to Bellingham Bay Rotary.
Submit checks payable to Bham Bay Rotary, c/o Mike Werner, PO Box 32030, Bham 98228, or to Mike Werner any meeting before your dinner ☺
Soundings (6/16/15) G. Stowe Talbot 2015-06-16 07:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute & Invocation by John Templeton
 
Visiting Rotarians: Nicholas Challenge (Anacortes), John Dunn (Monday club)
 
Guests:  Tim Brockman (WCC Professor of Business & Law), Karen Burke (DVSAS) Terry’s daughter Mandy, Josh Burdick, Curt Dye’s daughter Anna.
 
Calendar 
 
June 6-9 RI World Convention in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
June 30: Tuesday Evening meeting 5:30pm at Northwood Hall “Changing of the Guard” dinner.
June 19: Bellingham Bells baseball Rotary night with Nick Caples.
July 2, 5:30pm at Bellwether Hotel, Meeting of Past Presidents.
July 10: Terry Brown hosts Rotario dinner.
July 16: Crab Feed at Vartanyan Estate Winery (1628 Huntley Road).
July 26: Brewers by the Bay.
August 8: Gordon Plume’s Rotario Dinner.
 
Short Program by Tim McEvoy.  Action for Africa is a local Whatcom County organization dedicated to work in Lesotho, Africa. The project involves 25 villages, and 10,000 people.  Lesotho is making good progress on several fronts:  The small country went from 25% water access to now 78% access to clean water. Action for Africa has helped with water access, and also installed over 300 pit toilets.  They have also built school buildings.  Also worked for increased food security and irrigation. Perhaps the biggest challenge ahead for the country is the huge incidence of HIV-AIDS (almost 23% of entire population is infected).
 
New Member Invocations:
Mark Turner introduced Michael Tilley, who came to Bellingham recently from Ohio, now owns PakMail and Minuteman Press.
Karen Haggen introduced Alan Artman, who recently moved here from Alabama, now he is CFO of Faithlife.
Harte Bressler did the official honors.  
Soundings (6/9/15) G. Stowe Talbot 2015-06-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on May 26, 2015
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Doug Wight
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: Yvonne Goldsmith, Michael Tilley (PakMail), Nicole Burdock (Waddell and Reed)
 
Next week meeting & tour at Bellingham Cold Storage (BCS) 12-1:30pm.  Please go to 2825 Roeder Avenue, park across the street from the main gate at 12:00 or a few minutes before.  We will shuttle people into the facility, have lunch, talk about BCS, then walk the facility.
 
Student of the Month:  Karline Scheffer (mom Katarina Scheffer). Her Squalicum HS Counselor is Arimis Johnson. Karline is an honor student, coached middle schoolers in gymnastics, member of the interact club, leadership in orchestra, active in church and very diverse volunteer work.  She will be attending WWU to major in English to prepare to be a teacher. Her charity of choice was Brigadoon Youth & Service Dog Programs.
 
Calendar 
 
June 2nd lunch meeting and tour at Bellingham Cold Storage;
June 6-9 RI World Convention in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
June 30: Evening meeting at Northwood Hall “Changing of the Guard” dinner.
June: Bellingham Bells Baseball with Nick Caples (date TBA)
July 2, 5:30pm at Bellwether Hotel, Meeting of Past Presidents.
July 10: Terry Brown hosts Rotario dinner
July 16: Crab Feed at Vartanyan Estate Winery (1628 Huntley Road)
July 26: Brewers by the Bay
August 8: Gordon Plume’s Rotario Dinner.
 
Soundings (5/26/15) G. Stowe Talbot 2015-05-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on May 19, 2015
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Mimi Ferlin
 
Visiting Rotarians: Greg Starup (Monroe RC)
 
Guests: David Wight, Karen Burke (DVSAS), Michael Tilley
 
Exchange Student Program:  John Templeton said that the fundraiser evening scheduled for next Sunday evening is cancelled due to lack of ticket sales.  We will need to find another means to raise the expected $6000+ that we need to fund this program (one incoming and one outgoing student).  The incoming student, Giovanni from Italy, has a couple home-hosts lined up, but we need to find a couple more home-hosts (2 or 3 months) if anyone is interested.  It is truly a rewarding experience.
 
Bob Moles presented a check for $7900 from the club to our own BBRC Foundation, which puts the new total at over $300,000!
 
Short Program by Terry Brown:  Terry gave a recap of last week’s BBRC board of directors meeting.
 
Business Minute:  John Sleeth talked about the various programs that his company, Speedy Automated Mailers, supports.  Bob Moles also talked about his firm, Moles Farewell Tributes, now run by his son John.  Moles Farewell Tributes has been a family run local business since 1897 with three locations (Ferndale, Bellingham and Greenacres)! This year with be the 50th anniversary of Moles hosting the Festival of Flags (www.festivalofflags.org), honoring WWII veterans, which will take place on Memorial Day (next Monday) at noon, 1500+ attendees are expected.
 
Calendar 
 
CANCELLED:  May 24th student exchange fundraiser at Fireside Bistro;
June 2nd lunch meeting and tour at Bellingham Cold Storage;
June 6-9 RI World Convention in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
June 30: Evening meeting at Northwood Hall “Changing of the Guard” dinner.
June: Bellingham Bells Baseball with Nick Caples (date TBA)
July 2, 5:30pm at Bellwether Hotel, Meeting of Past Presidents.
July 10: Terry Brown hosts a Rotario dinner!
July 16: Crab Feed at Vartanyan Estate Winery (1628 Huntley Road)
July 26: Brewers by the Bay
August 8: Gordon Plume’s Rotario Dinner.
Soundings (5/19/15) G. Stowe Talbot 2015-05-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on May 11, 2015
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Steve Brummel
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: Debbie’s husband Rick Kiene, Tim Brockman from Whatcom Community College.
 
Business Minute:  Mimi had happy bucks and gratitude for Tonja Myers and the St. Francis Care Center, which provides such wonderful service to our community.
 
Business Minute:  John Templeton reported that the current climate is ideal for refinancing or taking a bank loan; interest rates still low but are likely to climb soon, while bank lending has loosened up.  The situation won’t stay this way for long.
 
Steve Kimberly reported that last week's Ciao Thyme fundraiser dinner raised $5,200 for international projects.
 
Thanks everyone for participating in the District online survey.
 
Terry Myers update on Skip Sailors, who is now at Highland Health and Rehabilitation Center.
 
Short program
Tonja Myer’s niece, Jules, recently attended RYLA and talked about what a positive impact the experience was for her.
 
Calendar 
  • May 24th, Sunday 6-9pm: John Templeton will be hosting a wine & cocktail tastings evening at Fireside Bistro (put it in your calendar, $75/ticket, please let John know);
  • June 2nd lunch meeting and tour at Bellingham Cold Storage;
  • June 6-9 Rotary International World Convention in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • June: Bellingham Bells Baseball with Nick Caples (date TBA)
  • July: Crab Feed with Eddie (7/16) at Vartanyan Estate Winery, and then Brewers (7/26)
  • August 8th Rotario Dinner at Gordon Plume’s.
Soundings (5/12/15) G. Stowe Talbot 2015-05-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Apr 20, 2015
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Dick Stark
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: Mark's guest Michael Tilly (PakMail), Nicole Thompson, Evelyn Nystrom, Alan Artman (CFO Faithlife), Ellen Sheen with her two kids!
 
Once again, Bob encourages ALL OF US to take the membership engagement survey if you haven’t done so already (takes just 5-10 minutes). LINK HERE https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2015District5050MemberSurvey
 
Calendar 
  • April 30 - May 3 District Conference at Tulalip Resort and Casino;
  • May 8th, Friday, Ciao Thyme dinner for support of our club’s International Projects will be Friday May 8th (time TBA), register and pay in advance with Steve Kimberly, $190/ea; 
  • Sunday May 24th 6-9pm: John Templeton will be hosting a wine & cocktail tastings evening at Fireside Bistro (put it in your calendar, $75/ticket, please let John know);
  • June 2nd lunch meeting and tour at Bellingham Cold Storage;
  • June 6-9 RI World Convention in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • June: Bellingham Bells Baseball with Nick Caples (date TBA)
  • July: Crab Feed with Eddie (7/16) at Vartanyan Estate Winery, and then Brewers (7/26)
Business Promo: Mike Boczek, Descartes Biometrics, talked about some recent networking in Seattle, and about his unique and cutting edge software for ear biometrics recognition, and he is glad to be living and working here in this community.
Soundings (4/21/15) G. Stowe Talbot 2015-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Mimi Ferlin
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: Trudy Shuravloff (Whatcom Dream), Alan Archman (?), Tim Brockman (Edward Jones).
 
Bob encourages ALL OF US to take the membership engagement survey, which takes just 5-10 minutes to take. It is strictly confidential. LINK HERE https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2015District5050MemberSurvey
 
Short Program: Christine gave quick report on last week’s board meeting.
 
Calendar 
  • District Conference April 30 - May 3 at Tulip Resort and Casino
  • Ciao Thyme dinner for support of our club’s International Projects will be Friday May 8th (time TBA), register and pay in advance with Steve Kimberly, $190/ea;
  • June 2nd lunch meeting and tour at Bellingham Cold Storage;
  • RI World Convention June 6-9 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Fellowship:
April: John Templeton will be hosting a wine & cocktail tastings evening at Fireside Bistro (Sunday April 19th, put it in your calendar, more details soon);
May: CiaoThyme International Committee dinner (5/8, see Steve Kimberly to sign up or more details)
June: Bellingham Bells Baseball with Nick Caples (date TBA)
July: Crab Feed with Eddie (7/16) at Vartanyan Estate Winery, and then Brewers (7/26)
 
Jill Reid, Glen Groenig and Stowe Talbot went to Blue Skies for Children office for a photo op and a chance to hear how they used our $1500 donation for their shoes program.
 
Here is a recent article in the magazine/blog "Whatcom Talk" about BBRC's work in the community:
Soundings (4/14/15) G. Stowe Talbot 2015-04-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Mar 30, 2015
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Erik Dyrland
 
Visiting Rotarians: Bernadette Halliday
 
Guests: Michael Tilly, Rob Sloan, Charlotte Archer, Andy Day, Alan Altman(?)
 
Calendar:
Past Presidents Advisory Council Thursday April 2, 5:30pm at Bellwether;
Board meeting Thursday April 9, 4:40 Bark;ey Talbot office;
District Training Assembly, April 11, 8AM - 3PM.
District Conference April 30 - May 3 at Tulip Resort and Casino
Ciao Thyme dinner for support of our club’s International Projects will be Friday May 8th (time TBA), register and pay in advance with Steve Kimberly, $190/ea;
June 2nd lunch meeting and tour at Bellingham Cold Storage;
RI World Convention June 6-9 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
 
Fellowship:
April: John Templeton will be hosting a wine & cocktail tastings evening at Fireside Bistro (Sunday April 19th, put it in your calendar, more details soon);
May: CiaoThyme International Committee dinner (5/8, see Steve Kimberly to sign up or more details)
June: Bellingham Bells Baseball with Nick Caples (date TBA)
July: Crab Feed with Eddie (7/16) at Vartanyan Estate Winery, and then Brewers (7/26)
 
Bob encourages ALL OF US to take the online Rotary membership engagement survey, which takes just 5-10 minutes to fill out. It is strictly confidential. LINK  is here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2015District5050MemberSurvey
 
Eddie Hansen with a fundraiser pitch for the Titans, a U12 baseball team. They are one of the best teams in WA, placed second at Regionals last year, this yearthey will be going to Oklahoma for a week of baseball camp and to see the U12 world series.  They need some money to subsidize a few team members to participate in this trip.  Today all money from Bucks in Bay and fines will go towards this effort.  
Soundings (3/31/15) G. Stowe Talbot 2015-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Mar 16, 2015
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Curt Smith
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: Michael Tilly (PakMail), Kendall’s guest Scott Rene (former owner of Blue Sea Systems), Carlye Gillespie (Archer Halliday)
 
Calendar 
  • Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) this Saturday March 21 in Surrey BC 8AM - 3PM.
  • District Training Assembly, April 11, 8AM - 3PM.
  • District Conference April 30 - May 3 at Tulip Resort and Casino
  • Ciao Thyme dinner for support of our club’s International Projects will be Friday May 8th (time TBA), register and pay in advance.
  • RI World Convention June 6-9 Sao Paulo Brazil.
Fellowship:
April: Mt Bakery Winery Dinner with John Templeton (date TBA)
May: Rotario with Imhofs (5/22), CiaoThyme International Committee dinner (5/8)
June: Bellingham Bells Baseball with Nick Caples (date TBA)
July: Crab Feed with Eddie (4/16) and Brewers (7/26)
 
Attendance at these events, or any committee meeting, is eligible for attendance make-up credit.  Please report it to Stan D or Stowe T.
 
John Sleeth said the RYLA deadline is extended until mid March. Let John if you have a nominee/attendee.
 
Kendall on proposed Rotaract club: Nine current member/applicants, but we need a few more, so Kendall is still seeking referrals for young people under age 30 and tell her!
 
New member application: The BBRC membership committee and board have both recommended for approval the application of Carlye Gillespie, CPA with Archer Halliday, and sponsored by Christine Palmerton.  This notice will be submitted to membership for the next two weeks for comments or concerns, which can be addressed to Bob Moles, Harold Scott or Jill Reid.
Soundings (3/17/15) G. Stowe Talbot 2015-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Mar 09, 2015
Flag Salute & Invocation by Dean Fulton
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: Heather Powell (Exec Dir. B&G Clubs), Carlye Gillespie (Archer Halliday)
 
Calendar 
  • BBRC Board meeting this Thursday March 12, 4:30 pm at Talbot/Barkley office, 2200 Rimland Drive, second floor above On-Rice Thai Restaurant.
  • Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Saturday March 21 in Surrey BC 8AM - 3PM.
  • District Training Assembly, April 11, 8AM - 3PM.
  • District Conference April 30 - May 3 at Tulip Resort and Casino
  • Ciao Thyme dinner for support of our club’s International Projects will be Friday May 8th (time TBA), register and pay in advance.
  • RI World Convention June 6-9 Sao Paulo Brazil.
Attendance at these events, or any committee meeting, is eligible for attendance make-up credit.  Please report it to Stan D or Stowe T.
 
John Sleeth said the RYLA deadline is extended until mid March. Let John if you have a nominee/attendee.
Soundings (3/10/15) G. Stowe Talbot 2015-03-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Mar 02, 2015
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Glendine Barley
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests:  Alan (Faithlife), Carlye Gillespie (Archer Halliday), Bob Moles’ guest.
 
Calendar 
  • BBRC Board meeting Thursday March 12 4:30 pm at Talbot/Barkley office, 2200 Rimland Drive, second floor above On-Rice Thai Restaurant.
  • Rotary Leadership Institute Saturday March 21 in Surrey BC 8AM - 3PM.
  • District Training Assembly April 11 8AM - 3PM.
  • District Conference April 30 - May 3 at Tulip Resort and Casino
  • Ciao Thyme dinner for support of our club’s Internernational Projects will be Friday May 8th (time TBA), register and pay in advance.
  • RI World Convention June 6-9 Sao Paulo Bazil.
Attendance at these events, or any committee meeting, is eligible for attendance make-up credit.  Please report it to Stan D or Stowe T.
 
Reminder to check out District 5050 Rotary networking plus websitehttp://rotarynetworkingplus.com 
 
John Sleeth said the RYLA deadline is extended until mid March.  Let John if you have a nominee/attendee.  Nick Caples attended RYLA when he was in college and had a wonderful experience; he will gladly share his experience with any potential candidate.
 
Terry Brown’s community projects committee will meet after lunch next Tuesday.
Soundings (3/3/15) G. Stowe Talbot 2015-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Feb 23, 2015
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Bill Gorman 
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests:  Alan Awkman (?), Max Collins.
Short Program by Brad Cornwell who talked about the work of the Charitable Giving Committee.  Thanks to the committee for the work developing the guideline and evaluating the applications.  This year, we had reached out to former applicants, as well as a few new organizations.  We received 31 applications asking for $64K.  Those applications were whittled down to 13 applications and $17.5K.  We focussed on local orgs with proven track record, where money would go toward a tangible goal.  Thank you, Brad and the CG Committee! 
 
Student of the Month
Mike Bates introduced Sarah Byron as our SOM.  She is a very self-directed, focussed straight-A student, a tennis award winner, with a strong record of volunteering.  For example last summer she volunteered 4 weeks in Botswana with an AIDS research group.  She has an interest in pursuing studies in the bio-medical field.  She was also a leading member Squalicum’s state-winning championship soccer team.  She spent last summer at tennis camp volunteering and teaching younger kids.  Her father is Steve Byron and her grandfather Arnold Byron.
 
Business Minute
This week, Margarita Vartanya talked about her winery, Vartanyan Estate Winery, which will be increasing it production this summer.  She is also grateful for the recent article in Bellingham Alive called “Remarkable Vartanyan Winery”.  Margarita welcomes everyone out to her winery for Friday Nights tastings and concerts at the winery.
 
Soundings (2/24/15) G. Stowe Talbot 2015-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
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Visiting Rotarians: Jim Blaney (Whatcom North)
 
Guests: Nick Furnari (Skagit Bank), Michael Tilley (PakMail), Ben Webb (Tyler’s guest and board member Whatcom Day Academy), Susie Betts, Larry McDonald (Lakeway Inn), Carlye Gillespie (Archer Halliday).
 
Calendar 
  • Rotary Leadership Institutes training series coming up;
  • Bill Geyer (with Tony Freeland and Glendale Barkley) attended last weekend’s Rotary Grants Seminar put on by District - District will match funds dollar for dollar from $500 up to $10,000.  Attendance at the seminar means we are now “accredited” to apply for these grants;
  • District will host a Membership Seminar on February 28th, 8:30-3pm at Springhill Marriott in Bellingham; 
  • Board meeting this Thursday Feb 12 at 4:30 at Talbot/Barkley office, open to all.
Short Program
Stan Dyer spoke on the importance of attendance!
 
Business Minute
This week, Gordon Plume talked about his company GR Plume and one of the more interesting projects Plume is working on now, an elaborate bell-shaped canopy structure that will be shipped off to Connecticut soon (see Facebook site for photos https://www.facebook.com/GrPlumeCompany).
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Flag Salute and Invocation by Tim Krell
Visiting Rotarians: None
Guests: Marissa DeRousse (Sterling Real Estate Group), Carlye Gillespie (Archer Halliday), 
 
Announcements:
  • Board Meeting next Thursday Feb 12 4:30pm at Talbot/Barkley office, all are welcome!
  • Rotoract Club by Kendall: Our Rotaract organizational meetings are now weekly on Wednesdays at the Hotel Bellwether 6pm, with light appetizers.
  • District 5050 Membership Seminar Feb 28th 8:30-3pm.
Vocational Bucket (Funds go to our Bellingham Technical College scholarship): Mimi paid $20 to recall how she was going through old family correspondence letters between her father (in the 1940's away at war) and her grandmother, and one of the letters discussed how Archibald Talbot (Stowe's grandfather) had been considering purchase of Brooks Manufacturing!
 
Short Program  Anna Williams discussed Paul Harris Fellowships.  When $1000 is contributed to The Rotary Foundation, a request can be made for an individual to be recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow; that person can be a Rotarian or a member of the community who is not a Rotarian. When a person is recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow, they are presented with a Certificate signed by the Rotary International President and the Chairman of the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation, and a lapel pin and medallion. The contribution to The Rotary Foundation can be made in one sum or by cumulative giving over a number of years. Individuals can make a personal contribution or the contribution can be from a club, a company or business.
Several of our members have now reached a level to receive a Paul Harris Fellowship, including Sue Sharpe and Chuck Walters. A list of Paul Harris contributions per member will be send in a separate Email.
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Stowe Talbot
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: Heather Wolf, Inge Driskol, Barbara Caravan, Eric Brown and Matt Durand (Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition), and Carlye Gillespie (Archer Halliday)
 
Thanks to Tonja and her crew for arranging the Rain fellowship event last weekend!
 
Board meeting Thursday Feb 12 at 4:30 at Talbot/Barkley office, open to all.
 
Bob Moles and Mike Hammes with a donation request via Celeste Mergens: There is currently a trust being set up to support the Logsdon family (“Logsdon Boys Fund”) to help secure a home in Lynden for this family to move into.  This is a family with 4 kids suffering from PKND Dystonia, and a father with terminal cancer.  For more info call Celeste at 510-9388. 
 
New Member Induction: Wade Stringfield was introduced by his sponsor Bill Gorman.  Bill first met Wade while both were on board of B&G club.  Wade has a strong history of community service.  He was born and raised on Oahu, then attended University Oklahoma and then moved out to Pac NW.  He is currently loan officer at Coastal Community Bank.  Bill Unrein conducted the honors.
 
Catherine from CampFire group (Camp Kirby), introduced our Student of the Month, Cheyanne Bennett.  Cheyanne has volunteered hundreds of hours for CampFire Girls and Camp Kirby.  Currently she is working on a project to build a “community garden” at Camp Kirby, with non-invasive native plants.  Cheyanne said she works closely with her mom, credits CampFire Girls with gaining confidence to go out and volunteer for other organizations.
 
Stan Dyer with a "Wake Up Call" regarding attendance:
"President Bob has suggested that it might be appropriate if I were to remind all of us that ATTENDANCE is part of a Rotary membership, and that a 60% record is the very minimum any member should attend. Fortunately, we have many of our members who exceed that number, and we are appreciative of that.  I personally know that it is difficult at times to take a drive to the meeting oin Tuesday and have lunch - however, it is great to have the fellowship of meeting with one another, getting out of the office (or work!), any being with others who know that it is IMPORTANT to be there. And, the programs have been outstanding.
During the month of January 2015, our club attendance has been for the last three meeting 55, 58 and 41 - our membership is 101 members, and as noted, that does appear too good. Now to bore you with a personal note.  I have been in Rotary for 55 years, and my attendance has been always near 100%. Now that I am retired, that is an easy thing to accomplish; however, during the first 36 years as a Rotarian, I was responsible for  as many as 1,600 employees as the CEO of four different hospitals.  And I know that many of you are involved in your own work, and it is difficult to take time off. All we ask is for you to DO YOUR BEST with your attendance. It will be more than appreciated.
PS - Our district, with 58 clubs BBRC ranks 49th in attendance percentage, with a 54% for the period of July 1 - Dec 31 2014.  Let go for 65% for the next six months!!!
Yours truly,
Stan Dyer - Chief Harasser BBRC"
Soundings (1/27/15) G. Stowe Talbot 2015-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Harold Scott
 
Visiting Rotarians: Sharon and Patricia (Whatcom North)
 
Guests: Johnny Dye (Curtis’s son and upcoming trip participant), Carlie Gillespie (Archer Halliday) 
 
Reminder:  Tonight is “Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles” show at MBT at 7:30pm (5:15pm dinner gathering at Bellwether Restaurant - thank you, Jim Haupt!).
 
Short Program
Bill Gorman introduced Johnny Dye, son of Curtis, and participant in this year's Youth Engaged in Service (YES) program. This year’s group will go to Honduras in April to  build a classroom at a school.  Raffle tickets were sold as a fundraiser for the trip.
 
Business Minute
This week, Terry Brown talked about his architecture firm.
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Flag Salute and Invocation by Brad Cornwell
 
Visiting Rotarians:  John Moffat, Lori Michelle Leavitt (RCOB).
 
Guest: Anya Milton, Carlye Gillespie.
 
New member application:  Wade Stringfield is a loan officer from Coastal Community Bank, sponsored by Bill Gorman and District Governor Lyle.  His application has been approved by the membership committee and the board.
 
Teri Myers put in a plug for the Alzheimers Society's "Broadway Nights" benefit fundraiser, Feb 21 at the Bellwether Ballroom.  Tickets $100.  Alzheimers is the disease most underfunded in our society.
 
Short Program by Dannon about last month's board meeting.
 
Business Minute by Doug Wight:  Windermere Property Management by Ebright Wight has grown over 70% over the last years, now with 31 employees and managing over 3,000 residential units.
 
John Templeton talked about our club restarting the international student exchange program.
 
Sergeant at Arms by Barry Kramer
 
Program
Dannon introduced Lori Michelle Leavitt.  Lori has a EBMA from UW Foster School of Management.  She is a business consultant and mentor.  She talked about decision making in the workplace using one's own peer groups as a resource.  We took a sample business issue (BBRC Foundation) and discussed how to resolve the issue.
 
Respectfully submitted,
Stowe Talbot
 
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Flag Salute & Invocation by John Templeton
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: Curtis Dye’s daughter Anna, Michael Tilly (Minuteman Press / Pakmail), Scotty’s guest Wade Stringfield (Loan Officer for Coastal Community Bank), Carlye Gillespie (Archer Halliday)
 
Board meeting this Thursday 4:30pm at Barkley/Talbot office.
 
International Projects Committee will meet next Tuesday after lunch.
 
Reminder:  Our next fellowship event will be “Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles” show at MBT on January 20th at 7:30pm (optional dinner gathering at the Table Restaurant at 6pm):  There are a few tickets still available (at $49 each?).  Send Email to Tonja if you can join.
 
Bill Geyer with a plug for www.rotarynetworkingplus.com 
 
Andy Clay recently had surgery and is now in recovery in LA; our thoughts and prayers are with her.
 
Theme this month: Rotary Awareness
 
Short program by Brent Walker
Update on the BBRC Foundation:  $287,000 currently in the account.  Where did that sum come from?
  • Over $100K was donated by our members directly;
  • $97K was earned interest;
  • $87K donated by our club.
So far, there has been only one outgoing distribution - $4,000 to NWYS, a year ago.  The decision is to let the sum grow a bit more, but eventually we will start using the earned interest for donations.
 
Business Minute
This week, Bill Geyer paid his $50 to subject us all to the Ohio State University fight song (they are playing in Monday’s National Championship)!
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Debbie Kiene
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: Wade Springfield, Josh Barrett
 
Pesident  Bob Moles announced the slate of BBRC Rotary officers for 2014-15, the election next week:
  • Bob Moles - Past President
  • Dannon Traxler - President Elect
  • Curtis Dye - VP / Program Chair
  • Stowe Talbot - Secretary
  • Mike Werner - Treasurer
  • Additional 2-Year terms directors:
  • Mike Hammes - Director
  • Flo Simon - Director
The slate was recommended, a motion was made, seconded voted on and passed to accept the slate as proposed.
  • Thanks Henry Lee and the Salvation Army Bell Ringers (December 20th).
  • Fellowship event: Tonja reminder for the Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles show on January 20th at 7:30pm (optional dinner gathering at Table Restaurant at 6pm):  There are 10 tickets still available at $49 each - that’s a 20% discount.  Send Email to Tonja if you can join us.
  • Brent Walker with a pitch for the BBRC Foundation.
  • Recognition of Shannon, Eric and Susie of Northwood Hall, and a presentation of a check to them.
  • John Templeton talked about the potential for restarting the ​international exchange student program.
  • Student of the Month: Mike Bates introduced Tyler Ho is the SOM.  Michelle Neilson is his counsellor. Tyler won the Squalicum HS “character award”, has taken almost all the AP classes available, travelled extensively.  He is interested not only in academics,  but also community service and travel.  He loves working with kids especially.  Volunteering activities have included coaching at Sportsplex, a Wednesday night bible club, and organizing the Bellingham Brain Cancer Awareness walk which raised a lot of money for research.
Soundings (12/16/14) G. Stowe Talbot 2014-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Glen Groenig

Visiting Rotarians: None

Guests: None

New Member application: The membership committee and board have both endorsed the application of Josh Barrett, a financial advisor at Wells Fargo Advisors.  His classification would be "Financial Advisor" and his sponsor is Lance Calloway.  This is the final notice. Please send any comments or concerns to Harold Scott or President Bob Moles.

December 20 most likely will be the date for Bell Ringing for Salvation Army.  Please mark your calendars; more details will be forthcoming soon.

Pesident Bob Moles announced the proposed slate of BBRC Rotary officers for 2015-16 for the election next week:
Dannon Traxler - President Elect
Bob Moles - Past President
Curtis Dye - Program Chair
Stowe Talbot - Secretary
Mike Werner - Treasurer
Mike Hammes - Director
Flo Simon - Director
(Terry Brown and Glen Groenig will be serving the second year of their two-year terms)

Short Program: Mike Werner gave a quick recap of issues discussed at our last (November) board of directors meeting.  All are welcome to these meetings, which take place every second Thursday at 4:30pm at the Talbot/Barkley Company office.  Next meeting will be Thursday December 11th.

Anna Williams presented five Paul Harris awards to Sue Sharp, Sarah Rothenbuhler, Brent Walker, Bill Unrein and Curtis Dye.
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Bill Unrein

 

Visiting Rotarians: None

 

Guests: Yvonne and Gene Goldsmith

 

Our club’s veterans present today:  Bob Moles, Jim McCallum, Dick Stark, Steve Kimberly, Steve White, Terri Myers, Frank Chmelik, Harold Scott and John Sleeth

 

Orphalee reports that our club has given a total of $1.4M since 1990!

 

Mike Bates read a thank you letter from our last Student of the Month, expressing her gratitude.  She hopes to attend Duke University.    

 

Calendar:

  • Board meeting NEXT week on Thursday.
  • Rotary Leadership Institute - Saturday Nov 22 in Surrey;
  • First meeting in December is our annual meeting to elect our board officers;
  • Theater Night January 20th at Mount Baker Theater.

Short Program

Glen Groenig, chair of vocational service, talked about:

  1. “BTC Bucket” - will be a chance to brag about your business and support our technical college scholarship fund;
  2. Proper business networking etiquette and practices;
  3. Business ethics and Rotary Code of Conduct.

Sergeant at Arms by Flo

Fines based on trivia about Veterans Day.

Soundings (11/11/14) G. Stowe Talbot 2014-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Mimi Ferlin
 
Visiting Rotarians: Tom Roche (Kenmore club)
 
Guests: None
 
Tresha and Christine with results from G&G:  No $ numbers yet, but probably will be our most successful event yet.  Thank you’s to many people who chipped in and worked their tails off.
 
Calendar:
  • Rotary Leadership Institute - Saturday Nov 22 in Surrey;
  • First meeting in December is our annual meeting to elect our board officers;
  • Theater Night January 20th at Mount Baker Theater.
Sergeant at Arms by Bill Geyer
Fines for non-voters, trivia on elections.
Soundings (11/4/14) G. Stowe Talbot 2014-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Stew Ellison
 
Visiting Rotarians: Kelli Linville
 
Guests:  Susie Landsem (architect), Leslie Ash (Office manager at Associates In Family Medicine), Matt Chapman (just moved back to Bellingham), Josh Barrett (Wells Fargo Financial Advisor).
 
Tresha update G&G, which takes place THIS SUNDAY. 
Curtis Dye and Bryant E with update on G&G wine pre-orders: 2,600 bottles!
 
Student of the Month:  Mark Turner introduced Squalicum HS counselor Michelle Nielsen, and SOM Katie Tang.  Katie is an outstanding student who takes many AP classes, does frequent volunteering, and is a student mentor.  She talked about mentoring a freshman this year who had trouble adjusting to high school, but is now doing great.
 
Upcoming Rotario Dinner:
Come As You Are - Bowling Party & House Tour - Bachman Turner Overdrive Style
Hosts - Andy Leebron Clay & James Clay
Thursday, November 13
12 Guests, 4 spaces available
 
Short program by Pete Charron on the possibility for us to sponsor a Rotoract club.  This would be new to Bellingham.  Rotoract clubs have members of the age 18-30, meet perhaps twice a month, do their own projects (but less financial commitment than the Rotary club), with our club as their sponsor.  We are all in a position to identify and recruit members to a new Rotaract club.  We’ll need about 10 to start.  
 
New Member Induction
Mimi is sponsoring Michael Boczek.  Harte Bressler conducted the formalities. Club mentors will be Bob Becker and Frank Zurline.
 
Calendar:
G&G Sunday November 2 at Silver Reef.
Rotary Leadership Institute - Saturday Nov 22 in Surrey. 
Theater Night January 20th at Mount Baker Theater.
Soundings (10/28/14) G. Stowe Talbot 2014-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Gordon Plume
 
Visiting Rotarians: Paul Grey (BRC), Jim Blane (WC North)
 
Guests: Larry McDonald (Lakeway Inn), Kristin Bruce (Terri’s daughter).
 
Paul Grey announced that the TAG Group will be hosting “Cyber Risk Summit” next Thursday (October 30) all day at WCC.  There will be three separate seminar tracks: one for legal/HR person, another for the COO, and another for the CEO.  Check it out at http://www.tagnw.org/category/tag-news/ 
 
Curtis Dye and Bryant E with update on G&G wine pre-orders, deadline is today!
 
Mike Hammes continues to solicit $ donations for the Food Bank turkey drive.
 
Special board Meeting NEXT Monday 4:30pm at Talbot/Barkley office, all are welcome.
 
Sarah Rothenbuhler gave update on Rotario Dinners:
  • Come As You Are - Bowling Party & House Tour - Bachman Turner Overdrive Style.  Hosts - Andy Leebron Clay & James Clay.  Thursday, November 13.  12 Guests, 4 spaces available
  • Summer Night Tropical Style @ Browns, mid-July, 2015.  16 Guests, 14 spaces available
  • Red Meat & Red Wine! @ Engebretsons, mid-September, 2015 .  12 Guests, 10 spaces available
  • Hosts & Guests, contact Sarah Rothenbuhler ph. 815-6241 or sarahd@birchequipment.com.  Tickets are $75 pp, checks payable to BBBR, give to Mike Werner or by mail PO Box 32030, B’ham 98228.
Soundings (10/21/14) G. Stowe Talbot 2014-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Bill Geyer
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: Michael Boczek (Mimi’s guest), Sven Gilkey (local leader Boy Scouts).
 
New member application for Michael Boczek was recommended by membership committee, approved by the board, and now goes to general membership for comment
 
Board Meeting THIS Thursday 4:30pm at Talbot/Barkley office, all are welcome.
 
Bryant Engebretson and Curtis Dye doing the G&G wine pre-sales.  See Bryant’s list. 4 bottle minimum per wine. Deadline is October 21st to order.  A wine-tasting event will be help THIS Thursday evening 6-8pm at Byant’s house.
 
Thanks Sarah Rothenbuhler for Monday night's Rotario Dinner.
 
Calendar items
Grape & Gourmet Nov. 2
Theater night fellowship January 20, 2015
 
Short program
Jim Johnson gave update on the fight against child slavery.  Problem most acute in Idia and other South Asian countries.  Even in the US there are serious problems, not limited to the Central American illsgal minors coming across the border.  Several organizations to note:
1) Walk Free is an organization out of Australia;
2) International Justice Mission is an operation active in 18 countries around the world;
3) Rotarian Action Group to Fight Child Slavery;
4) Makong Club out of Hong Kong directed efforts at fighting child labor and slavery.
Soundings (10/7/14) G. Stowe Talbot 2014-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Lance Calloway
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: Michael Boczek (Mimi’s guest).
 
New member application for Michael Bozcek was recommended by membership committee, approved by the board, and now goes to general membership for comment.  
 
Pete Charron new member process, also a new Rotaract club.
 
Next Thursday regular board of directors meeting 4:30pm at Talbot office.
 
Bucks in the Bay
  • Orphalee Smith said total of $985K has been given by our club to local charities over the years;
  • Tresha with job offer for young people;
  • Eddie thanks to Terry Brown for his architecture work designing his new Anacortes office.
  • Tim Krell happy bucks for weekend in Yakima Valley bicycle touring;
  • Bob Becker ucceful DMV visit;
  • Steve Brummel happy Viking Night opening AND new soccer facility opened last weekend!
  • Jill Reid Happy Birthday today!
  • Barry Kramer thanks Bill Geyer for kind words last week, and… Oct 9 Thursday night we will have a pre-Grape&Gourmet wine tasting event at Engebretson house;
  • Matt Groenig fun elk hunting with son and daughter;
  • Mike Hammes announces upcoming turkey drive for Food Bank prior to Thanksgiving, trying for $25K this year;
  • Stan Dyer is sorry for not sending out birthday cards last 2 months!
Sergeant at Arms by Bill Geyer
Fines for Eddie, Flo, Doug Wight, Mike Hammes, Bill Gorman, and many tables.
 
Program:  Committee meetings
 
Respectfully submitted, 
Stowe Talbot
 
Soundings (9/30/14) G. Stowe Talbot 2014-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Kendall Olson
 
Visiting Rotarians:  None
 
Guests:  Josh Barrett (Lance’s guest), Jeninne Duncan (Sarah’s guest), Michael Boczek (Bob Becker’s guest).
 
See committee assignments, we’ll have a club assembly next week.
 
Short program:  Terry Brown update on current board activities.  We meet second Tuesday every month at Barkley Company office.  All are welcome.  We discuss finances and get an update from each of the committee chairs.  President Bob is making effort to keep most work at the committee level; the board will focus on policy, strategic goals, budget, etc.
 
September Student of the Month.  Mike Bates introduced our very impressive SOM, Tim Lann.  He is the top student in his senior class at Squalicum HS, participates in sports, is accomplished at several musical instruments, actively volunteers (2200 service hours and counting), and has taken 17 AP classes.  An early influence for him was a two-week service mission at a Mexican orphanage.  Later back in Bellingham he decided to form his own 501c3 non-profit (to raise money for Habitat for Humanity?).  His plans for next year?  He would like to go to college on the East Coast, maybe at an Ivy League college.  His parents are Mark and Heidi Lann.
Soundings (9/23/14) G. Stowe Talbot 2014-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Barry Kramer
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests:  Byant’s daughter Autumn, Tonja’s guests heidi Bugby (Director of childcare at St Francis) and Trish Lewis (???), Mimi’s guest Mike Bozak.
 
Fellowship events update by Eddie.
 
See committee assignments, we’ll have a club assembly late in September.
 
Tonja says 6 spots still available for the fellowship event January 20th at MBT:  Rain (live tribute Beatles tribute band).  Six spots available.
 
We are canceling three (3) winter meetings:  No meeting the week of Thanksgiving, the week of Christmas, and the week of New Years.
 
This Saturday is Rotary Leadership Institute classes in Mount Vernon, 8am - 3pm.  Various topics to choose from throughout the day, call Bill Geyer if you are interested.
 
Short program:
Bill Gorman talked about Rotary Leadership Institutes. Details see www.rotary5050.org 
 
Bucks in the Bay
  • Dean Fulton set goals to lose 20 lbs, and run the 15K in under 7 minute miles: Done and done!
  • Tonja wants us all come see her at Sound of Music production (http://www.clairevgtheatre.com)
  • Mimi Ferlin is fighting the Chuckanut Parks District;
  • Glenn Groenig, a home refinance, 48th wedding anniversary (three magic words “let’s eat out!”), and a birthday;
  • Jill Reid missed meetings;
  • Rod Bring missed meetings, bought rental house in Denver for daughter and son in law, business changes;
  • Steve Kimberly planning to GAIN 20 lbs in France;
  • Bill Boyd 55th birthday, daughter accepted in “study abroad” program in Italy and needs money!
  • Art Runestrand with inspirational words;
  • Bill Geyer granddaughter first birthday;
Soundings (9/16/14) G. Stowe Talbot 2014-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Pete Charron
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: Michael Boczek, Curtis Dye’s guest Herm Laninga, Lance’s guest Josh Barrett (Wells Fargo advisor), Chris White’s guest Scott Walker.
 
See committee assignments, we’ll have a club assembly later in September.
 
Tonja says 6 spots still available for the fellowship event Jan 20 MBT:  Rain (live Beatles tribute band), plus dinner at Table.
 
This Thursday BBRC board meeting 4:00pm (NOT 4:30 PM!) at Talbot office, all are welcome.
 
An ad-hoc sub-committee (under the Membership Committee) is meeting to discuss the size of membership of the club.
 
Bob Yost and Kathy Cheldelin have announced their resignations. 
 
Short program:  Tresha and Christine discussed the Grape & Gourmet fundraiser event, which will be held at the Silver Reef Casino on Nov. 2 (Sunday night).  Tickets are $75 for regular entry, or $125 for VIP early-entry.
Soundings (9/9/14) G. Stowe Talbot 2014-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Paul Twedt
 
Visiting Rotarians: Phillys & Homer Todd (Spokane), Laurie Michelle Levitz (Monday Club).
 
Guests: Mimi’s guest Michael Boczek.
 
Glendine volunteered to be in charge of writing proposals for RI grants; thanks Glendine!
 
Community Projects Committee will meet after lunch on 16th to discuss size of our club - all are welcome.
 
Tonja reminded us about fellowship event Jan 20 at MBT:  Rain - a live Beatles tribute show.  Preceded by dinner at the Table.  Deadline for purchase mid-September.  Please put this on your calendar!
 
Bob Becker auctioned his condo to highest bidder, with the proceeds going to the BBRC foundation.  Won by Stowe for $1400!
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Steve White

Visiting Rotarians: None

Guests: Tresha’s mom Linda and niece Desiree, Christine's son Jonah. 

Committees will be up and running soon, we’ll have a club assembly late in September

Tonja reminded us about fellowship event Jan 20 MBTRain - a live tribute to the Beatles.  It will be an amazing show.  Dinner beforehand.  Deadline for sign-up and purchase mid-September.

Next week, on Tuesday Sept 2, Bob Becker will be auctioning his beachfront condo in Lahaina, Maui (Dec. 7-14) to the highest bidder, $ will be contributed to the foundation, next week.  DETAILS:  "Enjoy a week of warm sunshine with walks on the beach and world class snorkeling at your doorstep.  Your winning bid will be your contribution to our Bellingham Bay Rotary Foundation.  Your gift will never be touched and will produce future earnings that will support the programs and projects of people in need. In the meantime, you will enjoy a holiday season getaway in Hawaii, in an ocean front condo, December 7 – 14, compliments of Bob and Diane Becker.  In addition, two club members will provide a $150 dinner gift certificate for an evening at the beautiful Kimo’s Restaurant in Lahaina, Maui."

Bob Moles had short report on last month’s board meeting.  Our monthly meeting is open to all, and always takes place the second Thursday of the month, 4:30pm, at Talbot offices.  Some items: We agreed $1500 to Golfun / Polio Plus effort,  $600 to Viking night event.  Also we adopted a new manual of policies and procedures, which for ex. has details on how the charitable giving committee will work vs. major gifts, vs. scholarships, etc.  Also it designates that 10% of our event fundraising revenues will go to the International Committee, and another 10% will automatically go to our BBRC Foundation.  The manual of policies also cover our guidelines for tip giving / bonuses for staff at Northwood Hall.  
Soundings (8/26/14) G. Stowe Talbot 2014-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Aug 19, 2014
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Steve Swan
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: Stowe’s guest Chris Clark (ship brokerage business), Don and Jim (husbands of Celeste and Andy), Gordon’s daughter Virginia, Tonja’s coworker Heidi (head of childcare at St. Francis)
 
Brewers yielded $33K.
 
Committees will be up and running soon, we’ll have a club assembly late in September
 
Tonja announced fellowship event Jan 20 MBT Rain (Beatles tribute band).  Please put that on your calendar.
 
Fellowship gatherings: Jim Haupt announced this Thursday night at Bellwether 6-9pm. BBQ food available, music by the Atlantics, it will be a fun evening.
 
Rotario dinners:  Sarah R will host October 6 Monday night football dinner.  Engebretson will be hosting a dinner in September.
 
Brent Walker talked about our BBRC foundation.  It’s an endowment fund - we’ll never spend the principle.  501c3 entity, so all contributions are tax deductible.  Goal is to build significant fund to fund our charitable donations.  Started in September of 2000, 14 years ago. John Templeton was the first contribute a check.  We’re now at $275K.  10% of Brewers and G&G earnings always go to this foundation. 
 
Bob Becker will be auctioning his condo to highest bidder contribution to the foundation, next week.
 
New member induction
Eddie Hansen introduced Jeff Clement:  IT professional for 17 years, born in TX, moved to Bellingham as a kid, fell in love with skiing, attended WWU, graduated management systems, met wife Sarah in Colorado, then moved Seattle for a while before returning to Bellingham six years ago.  Has two young boys.  Jeff coaches youth soccer. Bill Gorman inducted Jeff into the club.  Curtis Dye and Bill Gorman will be his mentors.
Soundings (8/19/14) G. Stowe Talbot 2014-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Jill Reid
 
Visiting Rotarians: District Gov Lyle Ryan (with wife, PJ), Lesley Newman and Rob Smethurst (Sunrise), Bob Knight (Snohomish).
 
Guests: Franks two sons, Tom Landsberger (Faber Construction).
 
Board meeting this week 4:30pm at Talbot office, 2200 Rimland Drive, Suite 250 (above On Rice Thai restaurant).  All are welcome!
Soundings (8/12/14) G. Stowe Talbot 2014-08-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Aug 05, 2014
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Bill Geyer
 
Visiting Rotarians: Julie Johanson, Bill and Carolyn Meub (exec. director Pure Water), 
 
Guests: Michael Reams and his partner Katie, Jill’s guest Silvia, and Stowe’s son Remy.
 
Membership:
 
Jeff Clement has been approved for membership.  Jeff owns Hemisphere Solutions, a local information technology consulting company.  His sponsor is Eddie Hansen and his classification will be IT Consulting. 
 
Two resignations:  Miked Kirkland and George Bowen (moved to Montana).
 
New Member Induction: Bob Becker introduced Michael Reams (Northwest Real Estate Investments).  He was born in Toledo, OH , has a degree in geology from Colorado, moved to Bellingham last year, and loves to sail.  He is excited to be a member of the club.  Tim Krell and ? are Michael's mentors.  Brent Walker did the honors.  
 
Carolyn Meub gave update on Pure Water.  Their main work is in Haiti and Honduras.  There is a waiting list (for filters) in 70 communities in those two countries.  95% of the water filters installed are still in use, and the users know when and how to clean the filters.  It is hard to imagine life without access to clean water.  She thanked us all our work over the years contributing to this program.  
 
Bucks in the Bay
  • Bill Geyer climbed part way up Mount Baker this past weekend, and related a story about a recent burglary (averted) on South Hill;
  • Glenn Groenig complimented Steve and Terry on a fantastic Brewers;
  • Donna Edquist thanked people for Brewers;
  • Mike Werner’s 16 year old son is sailing in junior nationals in Traverse City, MI!
  • Steve Kimberly successful fishing in Alaska;
  • Bill Gorman remembers trip to Honduras with 16 year old son a few years ago for Pure Water, also plug for us to use District 5050’s new networking site http://rotarynetworkingplus.com.
  • Tim Krell fun biking in Seattle during Seafair weekend;
  • Mark Turner missed meeting studying photo marketing on Vancouver Island last week, his new studio is up and running, and next week he will be teaching photography in Pennsylvania;
  • Kendall helped out with Bainbridge Island Rotary’s recent fundraiser (auction / garage sale) where over $466K was raised, also she has season Seahawks tickets if anyone interested in a game or two;
  • Christine update on Nauti Girl trademark issue, talked about Brewers and Pure Water on the radio, good Nauti Girl coverage on King 5 news recently, 
  • Mimi thanked everyone for Brewers, especially those who worked the grill, memory of Dennis;
Soundings (8/5/14) G. Stowe Talbot 2014-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Jul 28, 2014
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Steve Brummel
 
Visiting Rotarians: Bud Peth from the Big Club, Tom Myers from CA.
 
Guests:  Dannon’s guest Heather Wolf and coworkers; Tresha brought her mom; Margarita brought her son Artur; and Bob Bray.
 
Announcements
  • Donna thanked everyone for a great Brewers. Recap of event: Very organized, great weather, super successful! 1400 participants and raised $32,000 gross, Bryant brought over 100 alone!  thanks Stew for garage, Tyler for the online sales, Doug Wight separating the garbage/recycling.  Music was great, musicians donated their time.  
  • Golfun event hosted by District 5050 for Polio Plus fund.  August 22 at Homestead.
  • Reminder for a local fundraiser:  The Bellingham Club is starting a new fundraiser event: Croquet Tournament at Hovander Park, Aug 10th, wine and beer, music, lot’s of fun.  Orphalee has agreed to head our first BBRC team of 5 people!
  • Jim Haupt reminded us that there will be an upcoming Rotary fellowship event Aug 21st at Bellwether Hotel.  We will reserve several large tables for an evening of Blues, Brews & BBQ from 6-9 pm, with live music.  Stay tuned.
    Also, this Fall Bellingham Bay Rotary fellowship committee will put on a Harvest Wine Dinner in the Compass room.  If there is enough interest, we could consider the ballroom with music.  I have penciled in October 23.
Membership:  BBRC applicant Jeff Clement has been preliminarily recommended for approval by the board and membership committee, pending comment from our general membership.  Jeff owns Hemisphere Solutions, a local information technology consulting company.  His sponsor is Eddie Hansen and his classification will be IT Consulting. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Bob Moles or Bob Becker.
 
Bob Moles talked about the organization Days for Girls, started by our member Celeste Mergens.  The organization helps girls gain access to feminine hygiene and awareness, with the goal of keeping girls in school longer, which in turn helps their families and their communities.  Days for Girls now has chapters in 75 counties.  Celeste had a big booth at the Rotary International conference, attracted a lot of interest, and it was in fact voted the top booth at the conference!
 
Whatcom Community College’s international programs housing coordinator gave a pitch for home-hosting an international student this year.  Most of the students are from the Far East.  All you need is a private room, in a house with a family, located somewhere on the bus line.  Very rewarding for you and your guest.  Share your home and spread the word!
 
Soundings 7/29/14 G. Stowe Talbot 2014-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Doug Wight
 
Visiting Rotarians: Kris Palmerton (Thursday Morning Club?), John Griggs (from the Big Club).
 
Guests:  Bob Bray (Dairy Distributing, Inc), Jane’s guest from Saturna Capital, Glen’s grandson, Jonah Palmerton, Ellen Sheen and Charlotte Archer.
 
Announcements
  • Bob Moles:  Thanks Doug Wight for donation of the laptop!
  • Thanks Eddie for organizing the crab feed, Margarita for the venue, and all those who cleaned up after the event!
  • Terry Brown with update on Brewers:  It is this Sunday, check the list for your assignments, we still need more volunteers, we have 31 brewers and 80 beers.  The weather forecast is for sunny hot weather!
  • John Griggs announced that the Rotary Club of Bellingham will be hosting a new fundraiser event called the Wacky Wickets Croquet Tournament, Aug 10th, 1:30-6pm at Hovander Park.  See the link HERE.  Orphalee has agreed to head our first BBRC team of 5 people!
  • Bill Gorman talked briefly about his recent in-service trip to Honduras with the YES program, LINK ABOUT THE PROGRAM HERE.  He went with eight high schooler juniors from Skagit County and another trip leader.  YES is a  junior-year service project, with online application.  Each participant needs to raise $1500 themselves, plus their sponsor club puts up another $2000. The YALE program is part of their service year, volunteering locally in their community, plus an eight-day international in-service trip. In Honduras, Bill’s group planted 500 avocado trees, installed new cistern and water filters, and helped with other improvement projects, and even participated in the school there.  On Aug 13th, Bill will do a full program about his trip.
Three membership actions:
1. Jeff Clement has been approved by the board as a new member for your input.  Jeff owns Hemisphere Solutions, a local information technology consulting company.  His sponsor is Eddie Hansen and his classification will be IT Consulting.  This is the second week for his name to be published.  If you have any questions or comments, please contact Bob Moles or Bob Becker.
2.   Michael Reams has completed the member selection process and will be inducted in the next few weeks.
3.   Some sad news is that Steve Spitzer has decided to resign from the club.  His business travel has grown to the point that he just could not keep up.  His continuing business success is our loss.  We expressed our appreciation for his past service and participation.  We emphasized that he will always have a Rotary home with us when he wishes to return.
Soundings 7/22/14 G. Stowe Talbot 2014-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Mimi Ferlin
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests:  Peter Cutbill
 
Announcements
  • Bob Moles:  There are 36 people that are still not on a committee, so please sign up.
  • Brief board meeting today after lunch
  • Mike Werner reminds everyone to pay their dues ($150);
  • Terry Brown:  Brewers tickets on sale now!  Still need volunteers sign up for pourers/tix takers.  Next week we need a few to help washing glasses (here at Northwood Hall).
  • Eddie:  This year’s Crab Feed will be at Vartanyan Estate Winery (http://www.vewinery.com) on the 17th of July, Thursday evening, with music, great food and wine, bring the entire family!  $30 per adult, pay at the event!  Directions:  Go out Mount Baker Highway five miles, turn left on Noon Road, go less than one mile, turn left on Huntley Road, go about 200 yards and look for winery on right side.
  • Other fellowship events?  Nov/Dec hockey game?  Theater/Dinner event Jan 20th “RAIN” ( tribute to the Beatles) at MBT.  February we’ll do a Vikings basketball game, June perhaps a Bells baseball game.  Maybe a Thurs eve gathering at Bellwether?
Soundings 7/15/14 G. Stowe Talbot 2014-07-15 00:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute and Invocation by Dean Fulton
Visiting Rotarians: None
Guests: Jill Reid’s friend Julie from Junior Achievement
 
Announcements
  • Donna Edquist – Brewers by the Bay is July 27th, everyone is expected to buy 12 tickets, need volunteers to sign up
  • Bob Becker – Membership Committee to be held after Club luncheon
  • Eddie Hansen – Crab Feed is June 17th at 5:00 p.m., Fellowship Committee meeting next week
  • Bob Moles –Lunch meetings to stay on schedule “to be fair to all”
Short Program
Donna Edquist encouraged all to volunteer to serve at Brewers at the Bay.  It has been a fundraiser for the club for 8 years.  Todd R. and Steve B. started the event.  Over $200,000 has been raised.  This is Steve’s last year to Chair the event.  Terry Brown will be the future Chair.  There will be approximately 90 beers at the event.  Beer tickets are $1.  More people are needed to attend to increase the amount of money raised.
Soundings (7/8/14) Tony Freeland 2014-07-08 00:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute and Invocation by Stan Dyer
Visiting Rotarians: None
Guests: Bryant’s son
 
Announcements
  • Donna Edquist – Brewers by the Bay is July 27th, everyone is expected to buy 12 tickets, need volunteers to sign up.
  • Bob Becker – Membership Committee to be held after club luncheon
  • Eddie Hansen – Crab Feed is June 17th at 5:00 p.m., Fellowship Committee meeting next week
  • Bob Moles – Future meetings will have a 5 minute Short Program committee chair presentation
Short Program
Bob Moles attended the International Convention in Sydney Austria.  He took a boat harbor tour, visited the beach, and saw light shows.  Celeste Mergens also attended.  Bob visited the 2000 Olympic site.  There were 19,000 Rotarians in attendance.  Celeste Mergens’ booth voted best at convention.
 
Old Business
Bob plans to conduct meetings in a rapid fire format.  Minimize business discussions at luncheons.  Business to be conducted at Committee meetings.   Nineteen members are not signed up on a Committee.  Bucks in the Bay will be by standing at lunch table chair.  Sergeant at Arm to carry bucket and microphone.
Soundings (7/1/14) Tony Freeland 2014-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Jun 16, 2014
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Gordon Plume
 
Visiting Rotarians:  Steve White (Bellevue Breakfast Club)
 
Guests:  Michael Reams
 
Announcements
  • Bob Moles:  There are 36 people that are still not on a committee, so please sign up.
  • Installation Meeting / Party NEXT WEEK June 24th 5:30pm!  Entire family is invited.
  • Board meeting THIS THURSDAY 4:30 pm at Talbot office (joint meeting with past and incoming board members) all are welcome;
  • Brewers tickets on sale now!
  • This year’s Crab Feed will be at Vartanyan Estate Winery (http://www.vewinery.com) on the 17th of July, Thursday evening, with music, great food and wine, bring the entire family!
Soundings (6/17/14) G. Stowe Talbot 2014-06-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Jun 09, 2014
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Mark Turner
 
Visiting Rotarians:  None
 
Guests:  None
 
Announcements
  • June 24th here will be no lunch meeting, only the evening event at Northwood Hall at 5:30pm!  Bring friends and family.
  • Board meeting delayed one week;
  • Good to see everyone so many people at Dennis Archer’s service last week.  Ellen and Charlotte will be attending our installation dinner on the 24th to receive his Paul Harris award;
  • Brewers tickets on sale now!
Bucks in the Bay
  • Mimi Ferlin in honor of Dennis, he was really a part of the Ferlin/Brooks family, one of Mimi’s favotite all time people.  Also Hospital Gala last Saturday was an amazing success, it was a think you to the community who have cultivated the hospital.
  • Phil XI Hageman, eleventh wedding anniversary, went to casino to celebrate;
  • Tonja Myers plug for son’s a cappella group’s upcoming performance (benefiting BHS choir) on Friday June 13 at 7pm at Bellingham High School, $10/ea, please come!
  • Curtis Dye for several missed meetings, house adventure continues!
  • Gordon Plume is back, health much better, bragging about grandkids and kids;
  • Art Runestrand's back! Kicked out of hospice, really appreciative of his Rotary community and its encouragement and kindness, hopes to be around a while longer! 
  • Jim Johnson been away, was recently in Africa and Mauritius, update on his work on the slavery issue.  See http://www.themekongclub.org 
  • Doug Wight for Art Runestrand’s influence, hospital has raised $30M in last 13 years!  Annual Hospice golf tourney on Aug 7-8 please sponsor and sign up, recognized Bill Gorman for his memorial of Dennis, and granddaughter attends SPU.
  • Bill Geyer said he will be celebrating his wedding anniversary date on the 24th, so please make a point say hi to Ruth there!
  • Barry Kramer for Art Runestrand;
  • Margarita missed meetings, feels lucky to be a part of Bellingham;
  • Dannon Traxler's son Henry graduated from 8th grade, thanks to Tonja and Ian for supporting Henry to do drama and choir at BHS.
Soundings (6/10/14) G. Stowe Talbot 2014-06-10 00:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Bryant Engebretson
 
Visiting Rotarians:  Ann Jones 
 
Guests:  Bill Gorman’s friend Guy Occhiogrosso (President of Chamber of Commerce), Scot’s guest Tom Olson, Bruce Gustafson, Abe Thalhofer (B&G Club), Shawn Westrup? (from Alpha Tech), Matt Logan? (Waddell & Reed), Bill Boyd’s friend Dave Hansen, Debbie Kiene’s husband.
 
Announcements
  • July 27th (Sunday) is Brewers by the Bay $25/ea or $30 at the door, everyone expected to sell 12 tix, and we are expecting about 40 brewers.
  • June 24th new board member installation, NO LUNCH THAT DAY, 6pm dinner at Northwood Hall, bring partners and kids, there will be lots of fun activities;
  • Service for Dennis this Thursday 11am St Paul’s church, all are welcome;
Student of the Month
Mike Bates introduced Erica McCord (parents are Jennifer and Phil), 3.99 grade point average, AP classes, very involved in volunteer and civic projects, a musician, photography and sports.  Erica involved in FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America),  Girls on the Run (coached there), co-president of the Interact Club, planning on attending Washington University.  
Soundings (6/3/14) G. Stowe Talbot 2014-06-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on May 26, 2014
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Glendine Barley

 

Visiting Rotarians:  Dave Morse

 

Guests:  None

 

Announcements

  • Today’s Bucks in the Bay will go to Food Bank;
  • July 27th (Sunday) is Brewers by the Bay, $25/ea or $30 at the door, everyone expected to sell 12 tix, Tickets will be available by June 10th, we are expecting about 40 brewers.

Dannon announced the winners of our BBRC Squalicum HS student scholarships ($1000 each).  All are kids who have demonstrated outstanding community service as well as acedemic achievement:

  1. Sarah Trahn - attending Villanova
  2. Justin Renaro - attendingUniversity of Portland
  3. Trenton Hogue - attending WWU
  4. Tia Smith - attending Humbolt State
  5. Milton Jimenwez - attending WWU
  6. Bergundie Carmichael - attending WCC
Soundings (5/27/14) G. Stowe Talbot 2014-05-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on May 19, 2014
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Jim Haupt
 
Visiting Rotarians:  Fred Sexton, Steve White
 
Guests:   None
 
Announcements
  • Steve Kimberly: tomorrow is the Ciao Thyme dinner 6pm raise money for our International Committee, 42 people coming.
  • Patti Imhof’s Rotario dinner is this Thursday night 6-9pm!
  • Dannon Traxler Choices program.
  • Terry Brown heading up Brewers with Steve Brummel assisting.  Date is July 27th!  Tickets available by June 10th!
  • Last week’s BTC visit was a success, thanks to Tresha and Bill Geyer!
  • Scholarship recipients 
Soundings (5/20/14) G. Stowe Talbot 2014-05-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on May 05, 2014
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Jill Reid
 
Visiting Rotarians:  Kris Palmerton, John Stewart, Randy Axelson
 
Guests: Steve Sexton (Bryant E's guest), Dick Stark’s wife, Abby Gates (Bill's guest), Chris White, and Debbie Kiene’s husband. 
 
Announcements
 
Next week’s meeting go to BTC room G103B, not Northwood Hall!  
 
Board meeting at Stowe’s office Thursday afternoon 4:30pm (all are welcome)
 
Sunrise Rotary Fundraiser:  Cigars and Spirits Festival, May 31, 6-10pm at Silver Reef - tix available there, $60/ea.
 
Terry Brown heading up Brewers with Steve Brummel assisting.  Date is July 27th!  Tickets available soon.
 
Charitable Giving  Christine handed checks to Mount Baker Dental Society (Curt Smith) $2500, also check $1900 to Boys & Girls Club (Jill Reid) received our donation.
 
Still one week left to fill out the short online survey (10 minutes) about your Rotary experience.  It will help the District and our club to improve they way we conduct our business.  Go to www.district5050.org click “Take this Survey” (right side).
Soundings (5/6/14) G. Stowe Talbot 2014-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Apr 21, 2014
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Tim Krell

 

Visiting Rotarians:  Tim Farris, Sallye Quinn and Debbie Ahl.

 

Guests: Mike McCallum (from Dawson Construction and son of our own Jim), Bill Gorman’s guest Wade Stringfield, Tim Ely (Tonja and Terry’s brother), Erika McIntosh (his fiancé) and Mandy Bruce (Terry's daughter).  Also a visit by our own Art Runestrand!

 

Announcements

 

Bob Yost announced that District 5050 has put together an excellent, anonymous online survey (10 minutes to take) about your Rotary experience.  It will help the District and our club to improve they way we conduct our business.   Please all members take this survey.   Instructions on the table or go to www.district5050.org, do not sign in, but click “Take this Survey” (right side) and go from there.  The deadline May 15th!

 

Nick Caples introduced our Student of the Month, Milton Jimenez, a senior at Squalicum, who is a couple weeks away from graduation.  Squalicum HS Counselor Arimis Johnsonn talked with Milton about his volunteering service since middle school; Milton is an athlete, and helps out with drug abuse prevention and awareness.  Milton will probably going to community college for couple years before transferring to university. He is participates in CYAP

 

Andy Clay reminded us about the international committee’s fundraiser at Ciao Thyme (6-course dinner) on May 21, 6pm, $190 pp.  Mark your calendars and sign up!  The money raised at the event will go to a Pure Water for the World project in Trojes, Honduras. 

 

Sarah Rothenbuhler restarting the Rotario dinners, $75/person.  The first dinner will be Thursday May 22 at Imhoff’s (filled), then a summer dinner at the lake (pending), then a fall dinner, etc. 

Soundings (4/22/14) G. Stowe Talbot 2014-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Bill Geyer
 
Visiting Rotarians:  None
 
Guests:  Karen Burke from DVSAS, Mike Cohen from Bham Food Bank
 
Announcements
 
Bob Yost announced that District 5050 would like everyone to fill out an online survey (10 minutes), instructions on the table or go to www.district5050.or, do not sign in, but click “Take this Survey” and go from there.  The deadline May 15th!
 
Christine introduced two of the three recipients of our major gift monies for this year:
  • $25K to Bellingham Food Bank (Mike Cohen) - Mike said the monies will go to the facility expansion project.
  • $10K to DVSAS (Karen Burke) - Karen said the money will help do second phase of remodel of their building (the old brink triangle “flatiron building” at corner of Magnolia and Commercial).  Karen thanked us for our support.
Steve Kimberly reminded us about the international committee’s fundraiser at Ciao Thyme (6-course dinner) on May 21, 6pm, $190 pp.  Mark your calendars and sign up!  The money raised at the event will go to a Pure Water for the World project in Trojes, Honduras. 
 
Sarah Rothenbuhler restarting the Rotario dinners, $75/person.  The first dinner will be Thursday May 22 at Imhoff’s, then a summer dinner at the lake, then a fall dinner, etc.
Soundings (4/15/14) G. Stowe Talbot 2014-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Apr 07, 2014
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Debbie Kiene
 
Visiting Rotarians: Dennis Millikan (LaConner club)
 
Guests: Eddie’s guest, and Senator Doug Ericksen
 
Announcements
 
Stephanie and Dannon are on the youth services committee, and announced they need  a couple more interviewers for interviewing the 10 Squalicum High School scholarship applicants April 30 at Squalicum HS.
 
Steve Kimberly reminder about the international committee’s fundraiser at Ciao Thyme (6-course dinner) on May 21, 6pm, $190 pp.  Mark your calendars and sign up!
 
Dennis Millikan from LaConner club was selling tulips ($5/bunch), and he invites all of us to  “Moonlight and Martinis” August 23 fundraiser dinner  www.harvestinghopeauction.org.
 
BOARD MEETING this Thursday  4:30pm at Arch Talbot Bbuilding, all are welcome.
Soundngs (4/8/14) G. Stowe Talbot 2014-04-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Mar 31, 2014
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Jill Reid

Visiting Rotarians: None

Guests: Jack and Brian Chmelik (sons of Frank)

BBRC Foundation Update:
3/31/14 balance                $250,952
Change from 12/31/13       + $ 5,729

Reminder:  There will be a fundraiser for the International Committee at Ciao Thyme (6-course dinner) on May 21, 6pm, $190 pp. Mark your calendars and sign up!

Board meeting NEXT THURS.

Oso disaster support:  Christine says we should each individually support Red Cross, but as a club we will wait to see what new needs arise.

Bucks in the Bay
  • Christine joining the Lynden club (April Fools!);
  • John Templeton 35 years as a real estate agent;
  • Tyler Byrd said his company was voted “start up of the year” by WBA last week, also the exec director of Tech Alliance will be leaving to join Redd Rock as CEO;
  • Patty Leach for missed meetings, road trip next week to Canadian Rockies! 
  • Terry Brown was on Big Island, lots of golf, but not much improvement;
  • Pete Rittmueller was on Kauai, also golf lesson from Phil Sharp really improved his drive;
  • Harte Bressler for anniversary and birthday;
  • Stan $250 for Foundation, soon will be joining Kiwanis club (April Fools!);
  • Bob Moles in latest Rotarian Magazine mentioning the wonderful work of????
  • Eddie Hansen’s office got broken into last week, recommends using dead bolts;
  • Bill Geyer with baseball bucks, opening day MLB, memories of opening day 1974 in Cincinnati and almost catching a Hank Aaron homer;
  • Frank introduced his two sons;
Soundings (4/1/14) G. Stowe Talbot 2014-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Donna Edquist
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests:  Jeff Clement, Hunter Hamlin and family, Gibb Clark
 
Student of the Month:  Mike Bates announced that Hunter Hanlon is our SOM.  His parents are Thomas and Kelly.  Squalicum counselor Michelle Nilson introduced Hunter, who is a senior honor student at Squalicum HS, an athlete, has job experience and put in lots of volunteering time with Red Cross, Interact Club.  He will be attending West Point Military Academy this fall. 
 
New Member Inductions:  
 
Doug Wight introduced Jim Haupt, GM of Bellwether Hotel http://www.hotelbellwether.com , Jim has been very active in community service.  He grew up in Mt Vernon, attended Skagit Valley College / Wenatchee / WSU, hospitality service in Seattle and Sun Valley, most recently serving as GM at Hotel Bellwether.  Two kids: Andrea (at WWU, and now studying dance at Juilliard in NYC), and Hannah who is a world-class snowboarder (almost Olympian!).
 
Steve Brummell introduced Erik Dyrland, owner of a local Famers Insurance Agency, http://www.dyrlandinsurance.com started in 1997.  Erik was raised in Bellingham.  He and his wife, Jennifer, have two kids, both at Bellingham High School.  Erik involved in B&G Club as a board member, March of Dimes, among other local orgs. 
 
Gibb Clark thanked our club for our recent $15K donation to Interfaith Community Health Center.
Soundings (3/25/14) G. Stowe Talbot 2014-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Tonja Myers
Visiting Rotarians:  None
Guests:  Bill’s coworker Greg
 
New Member Applications:  Three member-applicants were recently interviewed, and approved by the membership committee and the board:  Eric Dyrland (Farmers Insurance agency owner), Jim Haupt (Bellwether Hotel manager), Teresa Flinn (Peoples Bank, business services).  Please see President Christine or membership chair Phil X Hageman if you have comments or concerns.

Announcements
  • Tresha announced that there will soon be a local (District 5050) Website where Rotarians can market to one another, stay tuned for more details;
  • Tresha will also soon be soliciting Rotarians to be a vocational resource to WCC students;
  • Brad Cornwell announced that his committee (Charitable Giving) chose eight organizations to receive small donations (under $2500) from our club, info on the tables;
  • Dannon said she is still soliciting applicants to go to this year’s RYLA on 10-13 April, 2014, for young people ages 18-30 years old.  Only one applicant received so far, ideally we’d like 4 or 5 applicants to be sponsored through our club.
Soundings (3/4/14) G. Stowe Talbot 2014-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Feb 24, 2014
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Ralph Black
 
Visiting Rotarians:  None
 
Guests:  None
 
New Member Applications:  Three member-applicants were recently interviewed, and approved by the membership committee and the board:  Eric Dyrland (Farmers Insurance agency owner), Jim Haupt (Bellwether Hotel manager), Teresa Flinn (Peoples Bank, business services).  Please see President Christine or membership chair Phil X Hageman if you have comments or concerns.
 
Student of the Month:  Nick Caples introduced Andreas DeKoster, our SOM.  His parents are Renata and Dean.  Andy is captain of the Squalicum HS swim team, which beat Sehome HS and finished well at State.  Steve Wiley said Andy does a lot of volunteering, at Camp FirCreek, Hillcrest Church among other organizations; he is a top student and takes several AP classes; he even attends an extra-credit early morning class (at Meridian HS) called “environmental engineering”.  Andy will be giving his $100 to “Blue Skies for Children”.
 
Announcements
  • Eddie said all tix sold out for our next fellowship event this Saturday night:  Meet at 6pm at Table for dinner, then 8pm for the show at MBT.
  • Board meeting special session will be held this Thursday 27th at 5pm at Talbot/Barkley office to discuss and decide on recipient of major gift from the club.
Soundings (2/25/14) G. Stowe Talbot 2014-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Nick Caples
 
Visiting Rotarians:  None
 
Guests:  Ken Bell, Angela (who runs the Idea Lab), Alan Stockbridge.
 
New member Induction:  Phil X Hageman re-inducted former member Matt Groenig, who is back in Bellingham as the new CEO of McCoy Oil.  Matt has been living in McCall, ID for a few years.  Good to have you back, Matt!
 
Announcements
  • Donna asks everyone to consider signing up for the next fellowship event March 1st (Saturday night):  Dinner at the Table, then pop next door to see "Tao Phoenix Rising" (part Japanese drumming, part Cirque de Soleil) show at MBT.  
Soundings (2/11/14) G. Stowe Talbot 2014-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Feb 03, 2014
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Stan Dyer
 
Visiting Rotarians:  Lisa  (Wenachee Sunrise)
 
Guests:  Melissa, Ray.
 
Announcements
  • Donna asks everyone to consider signing up for the next fellowship event March 1st (Saturday night):  Dinner at the Table, then Tao Phoenix Rising (Japanese drumming, part Cirque de Soleil) show at MBT.  
  • Glen Groenig announced his new committee: business community outreach.  Please join him if iyou are interested.
Soundings (2/4/14) G. Stowe Talbot 2014-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Jan 27, 2014
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Dr. Curtis Smith
 
Visiting Rotarians:  Darren Collins (DeSoto, TX)
 
Guests: Michael Reams (Windermere Real Estate)
 
Announcements
  • Donna asks everyone to consider signing up for the next fellowship event March 1st:  Dinner at the Table, then Tao Phoenix Rising show at MBT.  
  • Mike Kirkland announced that the Corinthian Yacht Club will have a dance this weekend supporting the Bellingham Community Boating Center.
Student of the Month
Riley Wendling is our SOM.  Steve Riley, counselor from Squalicum HS, introduced Riley.  She is a straight A student, takes many AP classes, drama, performing arts, and active volunteering.  She might pursue a business degree at UW.
Soundings (1/28/14) G. Stowe Talbot 2014-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Jan 13, 2014
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Gordon Plume
 
Visiting Rotarians:  Fred Sexton (The Big Club), 
 
Guests: None
 
Announcements
  • Donna said our next Fellowship event will be March 1st at MBT - 20 tix available to see “Tao - Phoenix Rising” and dinner at the Table.
  • Bill Gorman update on Foundation, this year we grew by over $55K, to a new total of $245K.  
  • Debbie K will be organizing the greeter assignments.
  • President Christine gave an update on the major capital gifts (donations greater than $2500), we will be accepting ideas until the end of this month.  She outlined some of the criteria by which we will choose the proposal(s) to accept.
  • New Members:  Phil X inducted (re-inducted) two former members: George Bowen and Bob Yost.  Welcome back, gentlemen!
Soundings (1/14/14) G. Stowe Talbot 2014-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pete Charron on Jan 06, 2014
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Glendine Barley
 
Visiting Rotarians:  None   
 
Guests:  Matt (guest of Orphalee), Jim Hopp (guest of Stan).
 
Announcements:
  • Board meeting 4:30pm this Thurs at Talbot/Barkley office (2200 Rimland Drive, second floor) – will discuss the 2 or 3 requests for the $50,000 - will figure out parameters on how to distribute the money.
  • Nick Caples talked about YALE  (Youth Adventures in Leadership).
  • Jan 25th – Rotary Leadership Institute class - $85 8-3 in Mount Vernon.  Group will cover the registration fee
  • Sue Sharp’s mom – had stroke this morning and will be missing a few meetings.
  • Phil Hageman: membership meeting after meeting today.
  • Mike Werner sent out email invoices (biannual Rotary dues) this morning – check your email inboxes!
 
Bucks in the Bay:
  • Phil Hageman: went to Leavenworth with grandsons.  Phil went tubing and is hiding a video recorded of it;
  • John Templeton: has new nickname Gaba – from grandson;
  • Terry Brown's wife back from India, birthday;
  • Mark Turner: Christmas eve – phone call from Chuck and did family portraits for him. Also moved to new neighborhood;
  • Bob Moles is home after visiting Mexico – caught striped marlin;
  • Gordon Plume signed largest contract of 10 years around thanksgiving.  Had to go to pain clinic for therapy for sciatica.
  • Patty Leach had bucks for missed meetings. Went to Portland and visited family – met grand nephew: 4 weeks old.
  • Donna Edquist: announced our next Rotary fellowship event- "TAO: Phoenix Rising" March 1st at MBT, $35 /ticket.  Will do dinner before.
  • Denise Bosman's son Drew got engaged in August;
  • Kendall Olson: wished mia happy birthday, $66 bucks for a friend who passed away a few weeks ago – Terri Campbell from Bellwether.
  • Tim Krell: went to seattle stayed at warwick hotel. Son Mitchell needed an extra room key so that he could get back into the room after clubbing
  • Chuck Walter: Mother had stroke over thanksgiving – doing well and is at home in California. Just got news he’s a grandpa to be.
  • Tonja Myers had a birthday – Nieces and nephews threw a great party for her – at her house;
  • Tyler Byrd: Kickstart Bellingham – pitch competition – prizes for good ideas. Hosting event at Underground;
  • Bryant E's voicebox still recovering from Botox injections.  Went to Big White over Christmas.  Baked cookies and delivered them.
Soundings (1/7/14) Pete Charron 2014-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Dec 16, 2013
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Brent Walker
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: Bob Yost! Jim Ferguson (Lesa’s husband), Terry Myers brought both daughters and a grandson!
 
Announcements
 
No board meeting in December, and no more lunches until January either!
 
Student of the Month
Nick Caples introduced our December SOM, Jordan Neyens, along with his parents  Brian and Cherie.  Squalicum councelor Cindy O’Brien said Jordan is an excellent student, taking several AP classes, and for volunteer work he is a longtime supporter of Relay for Life. He might go to UW or WSU.  Jordan said he started volunteering for Relay for Life (a cancer research fundraiser) since a young age (his grandfather had died of cancer).  The event consistently raised over $250K per year.  In 2014 the event will take place July 11 & 12. This year he will serve as their publicity co-chair. 
 
New member applications
 Two former members requested re-entry into the club. The membership committee approved the following for submittal to general membership:
  1. Bob Yost - banker @ North Coast Credit Union;
  2. George Bowen - banker @ Whidbey Island Bank;
These applications will be published in the Soundings for the next two weeks for comments and concerns.
 
Henry Lee said we are doing the Salvation Army bell ringing at Fred Meyer Lakeway on Dec 21st all day Saturday - thanks to the volunteers!
 
Bill Gorman is selling the “Brothels of Bellingham” books, $10/ea.
Soundings (12/17/13) G. Stowe Talbot 2013-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Dec 09, 2013
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Dannon Traxler
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: Bill Unaries’ guest Eric, Terry Myers’ daughter Kristin, Ashley Hills from C-SPAN.  
 
Announcements
Dannon regarding fire: Donations can go to “Lawrence family fund” account at WECU, or today’s bucks in the bay.
 
Bill Geyer regarding major donation projects:  The board is soliciting ideas from membership on major projects to which we can give during Christine’s presidency (up to $50K).  These projects could be capital projects or otherwise.  Deadline of January 15, 2014.  Please Email the board or President Christine.  Some current contenders: Interfaith Coalition, Food Bank, Wounded Warrior Project
 
Ashley Hill from C-SPAN, working cooperatively with Comcast, is conducting its “Cities Tour”, to provide historical and cultural coverage of communities outside the Washington DC area.  This year they are spotlighting 20 cities across the US.  The Bellingham segment, which will be shown nationally, will cover 10 different aspects of historical Bellingham.  See the C-SPAN website, or watch live on the weekend of January 4 and 5 for the finished pieces.  A copy of “The Brothels of Bellingham” was gifted to Ashley courtesy of Bryant Engebretson.  
 
No board meeting in December!
Soundings (12/10/13) G. Stowe Talbot 2013-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Nov 25, 2013
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Mark Turner
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: None
 
Announcements
 
Christine awarded Chuck Luttrell the “November Member of the Month” award!
 
Proposed Slate for 2014-2015 Rotary Year:
President Nominee (President Elect)  -  Bill Geyer
Vice President (Program Chair)  -  Dannon Traxler
Secretary  -  Stowe Talbot
Treasurer  -  Mike Werner
Director (2 year term)  -  Terry Brown 
Director (2 year term)  -  Donna Edquist 
Director (2 year term)  -  Glen Groenig 
Director (1 year term)  -  Mike Hammes
 
Student of the Month
Mike Bates announced this month’s SOM, Sarrah Truong (parents Bich and Phuong, sister Hannah).  Michelle Nielsen, Squalicum Counselor, said Sarrah is amazing, as a student leader and volunteer. Sarrah thanked our club, and talked about tutoring students, working at Hope House, wants to get a civil engineering, and chose to give her $100 stipend to the Boys&Girls Club.  
Soundings (11/26/13) G. Stowe Talbot 2013-11-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Nov 18, 2013
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Mimi Ferlin
 
Visiting Rotarians:  None
 
Guests: Jim Haupt (Hotel Bellwether), Mark Collins (coach Bellingham Blazers)
 
Announcements
  • Christine kudos to Mike Hammes for his philanthropy award (he delivered the best speech) and all the Rotarians who attended the lunch, also a great week because of Hospice auction, and fireside;
  • G&G revenues closer to $50K;
  • BOARD MEETING this Thursday at 4:30pm at Barkley / Talbot office 2200 Rimland Dr. Suite 250;
Proposed Slate for 2014-2015 Rotary Year:
President Nominee (President Elect)  -  Bill Geyer
Vice President (Program Chair)  -  Dannon Traxler
Secretary  -  Stowe Talbot
Treasurer  -  Mike Werner
Director (2 year term)  -  Terry Brown 
Director (2 year term)  -  Donna Edquist 
Director (2 year term)  -  Glen Groenig 
Director (1 year term)  -  Mike Hammes
 
NOTE: 
1.  Completing their 2 years terms and going off the board are Jim Johnson, Henry Lee and Eddie Hansen.
2.  Dannon will vacate her position as director with one year remaining in her two year term.  She then will fill the four year commitment beginning with Vice President/Program Chair.
3.  Mike Hammes is nominated to fill the one year remaining of Dannon’s director term.
4.  Tresha continues on the board to serve the second of her two year term.
Soundings (11/19/13) G. Stowe Talbot 2013-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Nov 11, 2013
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Flag Salute & Invocation by John Templeton
 
Visiting Rotarians:  None
 
Guests:  Sarah R’s daughter Wyatt
 
Announcements
  • a salute to our veteran member.
  • Next Wednesday evening (6pm?) new member Fireside at Jalepenos Barkley, all are welcome.  
  • Bill Geyer survey on future speakers (send suggestions to him!)
  • G&G made about $45K+ !
Proposed Slate for 2014-2015 Rotary Year:
President Nominee (President Elect)  -  Bill Geyer
Vice President (Program Chair)  -  Dannon Traxler
Secretary  -  Stowe Talbot
Treasurer  -  Mike Werner
Director (2 year term)  -  Terry Brown 
Director (2 year term)  -  Donna Edquist 
Director (2 year term)  -  Glen Groenig 
Director (1 year term)  -  Mike Hammes
 
NOTE: 
1.  Completing their 2 years terms and going off the board are Jim Johnson, Henry Lee and Eddie Hansen.
2.  Dannon would vacate her position as director with one year remaining in her two year term.  She then would fill the four year commitment beginning with Vice President/Program Chair.
3.  Mike Hammes is nominated to fill the one year remaining of Dannon’s director term.
4.  Tresha continues on the board to serve the second of her two year term.         
Soundings (11/12/13) G. Stowe Talbot 2013-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Oct 28, 2013
Flag Salute & Invocation by Dannon Traxler
 
Visiting Rotarians:  John Harris, Frank King
 
Guests:  Inge? (civil engineer from Tony Freelands offices), Mimi’s granddaughter Annabelle Mitchell.
 
Announcements
  • G&G tickets: lots of VIP available.
  • G&G volunteering:  Chuck Luttrell reminded everyone to please sign up for a volunteer position for the event - lots of positions still to fill!  
  • Shuttle bus will run back and forth btw/ Lakeway, Hampton Inn Airport and Silver Reef.  
Shuttle Pick-ups: 4:30 at Lakeway BW, 4:45 Hampton Inn
6:00 Lakeway BW, 6:15 Hampton Inn
Shuttle Departures: 7:30 and 9:00 from Silver Reef Events Center
  • Eddie update on Food Banks’ Thanksgiving turkey drive. Please consider a cash donation (checks make out to “Bellingham Bay Rotary”), checks can go through Mike Werner or Eddie Hansen.
  • Christine awarded Bob Becker with the “August Member of the Month” for all his work with membership committee.  
  • Christine read some thank-you letters from some of the organizations we support.
Soundings (10/29/13) G. Stowe Talbot 2013-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Oct 14, 2013
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Terry Myers
Visiting Rotarians:  John Harris, Pat Granville
Guests:  Teresa Flinn, Stephanie Morrell (new marketing manager for the Bellingham Bells), Maureen Boyd (wife of DG).
 
Announcements
  • G&G:  Chuck Luttrell and Scotty said G&G pre-event wine order form was Emailed out.  Please fill out and send to Scotty by next Tuesday October 22 - only 4 orders have been received so far!  35 wineries, 123 wines!  Tresha reminded everyone to please sign up for a volunteer position for the event.  Shuttle bus will run back and forth btw/ Lakeway, Hampton Inn Airport and Silver Reef.  Tonja said she wants everyone to bring a good bottle of wine ($25+) next week to stock a small wine fridge which will be one of the main G&G raffle prizes.
  • Flo Simon announced the “Breezin' and Freezin' for a Reason Polar Plunge and 5K Run to be held 9am on Saturday October 26, 2013.  It’s a fundraiser for Special Olympics.
  • Eddie said please stay tuned for news on how we can all contribute to the Bellingham Food Banks’ upcoming Thanksgiving turkey drive.
  • Steve Swan talked about the recent disturbance at Laurel Park Saturday night.  Most of the WWU community are outraged by the behavior; some participants were students, but many were not.  The University will learn and improve from the events.
  • Sue Sharpe said November 14th is National Philanthropy Day.  The WA chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) will be holding their annual luncheon on Thursday, November 14 at the Westin in downtown Seattle. Our own Mike Hammes will be recognized as “Philanthropist of the Year”, so a bus has been chartered to carry all Bellinghamsters that want to witness the honoring of Mike in Seattle that day.  Pleas see Sue to join the group!  The bus will leave about 10am and be back by around 3pm that day.
Bucks in the Bay
  • Nick Caples feels very fortunate to have found Stephanie Morrel (our guest today) to run the Bellingham Bells’ front office and marketing effort;
  • Phil X reminded everyone that this week is “Feed the Need” food drive for the Bellingham Food Bank.  There are many locations to make donations.
Soundings (10/15/13) G. Stowe Talbot 2013-10-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Oct 07, 2013
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Mark Turner
 
Visiting Rotarians:  None

Guests:  ex-member Marla Sanger (her birthday today!)
 
Announcements
Chuck Luttrell said G&G pre-event wine order list will be Emailed out.  Order deadline 22 October.  35 wineries, 123 wines!  Tresha said next week she will present a list of volunteer opportunities for the event.  There will be a shuttle bus running back and forth btw/ Lakeway Hampton Inn and Silver Reef.
 
Board meeting THIS Thursday 4:30pm at Talbot/Barkley office, all are welcome.  Especially board members.
 
Bellingham Bay Rotary Foundation update
Value as of 9/30/13:  $ 227,637
Increase from 12/31/12:  $ 37,839
 
Upcoming programs/speakers:
October 15 will be the District Governor, please attend! 
October 22 Tresha and her Vocational Services committee will present about their work;
 
Bucks in the Bay
  • Bob Moles just returned from Honduras, attended conf in Copan (with US eGn. Consul) thnen visited two schools (one where our banos are), then potential water filter site, then along Nicaraguan border to potential filter sites - stay tuned for photos!
  • Rod Bring for missed meetings on biz, heading to AZ next week;
  • Dean Fulton plug bucks for BTC’s upcoming Gala Auction on October 26, amazing items, great food prepared by the culinary school, see Dean for questions and tix;
  • Eddie H for the sunny weekend, fishing derby in the islands, hockey tix for sale;
  • Donna Edquist thanked Eddie and Mark Turner for Hospice work, inspired by Bob Moles‘ work in Honduras!
  • Marla Sanger great to see everyone again, left Bellingham couple years ago for Peacehealth job in Vancouver, WA, then was moved to Wrangle AK to work at Peacehelth’s hospital there;
  • Bill Geyer grandbaby number 5 on its way, start of the Whatcom Symphony season!
  • Sue Sharpe $100 for foundation, Mike Hammes of Ram Construction was nominated by National Assoc. Philanthropy as small biz of the year!  
  • Dick Stark for two weeks in Cabo!
  • Dennis Archer $ for Foundation, babysat grandson over weekend;
  • Denise Bosman super busy with work as the personnel manager (Natures Path) for all US plants!
Soundings (10/8/13) G. Stowe Talbot 2013-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Sep 30, 2013
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Glen Groenig

Visiting Rotarians:  None

Guests:  None

 

Announcements

Chuck Luttrell said G&G pre-event wine order list will be ready Friday.

Tresha said October is Vocational Service Month, she will do a presentation about it on  October 22!

October 15 will be the District Governor, please attend!

 

Bucks in the Bay

  • Phil Flotation Hageman to Mariners game by train, never seen such rain!
  • Tim Krell hockey bucks, went to pre-season game in Vancouver!
  • Tonja returning to Rotary bucks, excited about theater season, daughter’s 10th birthday party, son was in The Producers at hBam High, and Tonja herself was selected to sing with the Whatcom Chamber Chorale this season;
  • Curt got wet just watching the Huskies game on TV, and his wife is recovering well, becoming more mobile every day;
  • Terry, like Tonja, is proud of her nephew the thespian, and proud that Highland Care Center was the only nursing home facility in Whatcom County to receive 5-stars from  medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare/ !
  • John Sleeth said there are 16,000 Masons in Washington state, and he was one of 10 that received their highest award!
  • Jane Carten missed meeting bucks, traveling a lot, bet successfully against dad on team Oracle victory at America's Cup!
  • Bill Geyer happy bucks:  permit approval for a new building next to the Fairhaven Village Inn;
  • Kendall honored that she found out about Rotary through Stan Dyer at a G&G event a few years ago;
  • Glen Groenig went to high school reunion Eastern WA, probably should've stayed home!
  • Scotty recognized Mark Turner for his steady support with the Student of Month project.
Soundings (10/1/13) G. Stowe Talbot 2013-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Sep 23, 2013
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Sue Sharpe
 
Visiting Rotarians:  None
 
Guests:  Dannon’s mom Danielle Traxler, Student of the Month Elle Lussier, her dad, and her Squalicum councelor.
 
Announcements
Tresha update on G&G, 5:30 meeting will be tonight at Hearthfire! Tickets available soon.
 
Student of the Month 
Scotty says our students now get $100 honorarium, plus a $100 donation to a charity of the student’s choice.
Our September SOM, Ellie Lussier, chose Homeport Learning Center for her charity recipient.
Michelle Nilson, the Squalicum councilor, introduced Elle and her dad Jon Lussier.   Michelle said Elle worked as a summer councilor among other volunteer work, serving the community with her heart.  Elle came up and spoke, saying she has especially enjoyed working with kids, and that she is very grateful for the recognition from our club.
Soundings (9/24/13) G. Stowe Talbot 2013-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Sep 16, 2013
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Stew Ellison
 
Visiting Rotarians:  Bob Brunkow from Big Club
 
Guest:  Dan Olson (Kendall's husband), Kim Grams (COO Whatcom Boys&Girls club), Greg Baker and Tanya Rowe from Bellingham School District, Mark Peterson (Sustainable Connections).
 
Announcements
  • Tresha update on G&G, organizing going well, Tonja needs a few helpers for her raffle subcommittee to identify a couple bigger ticker items for the raffle.  Tickets will be available soon.
New Member Inductions
  • John Stewart rejoins the club.  Welcome back, John!
  • Eddie introduced Pete Charron, an optometrist, an owner of Northwest Vision  Originally from Portland, Maine.  Moved here in 2010.  Welcome, Pete!
  • Bob Becker introduced Celeste Mergens.  She originally studied electrical engineering, then did a masters degree focussing on creative writing and sustainable development.  Celeste now heads the local chapter of www.daysforgirls.org, an organization that provides education, safety, and dignity for girls internationally. Welcome, Celeste!
Barry Kramer conducted the formalities.
Soundings (9/17/13) G. Stowe Talbot 2013-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry Lee on Sep 10, 2013
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Flag Salute and Invocation by Tim Krell
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: Pete – Bob Becker’s guest
 
Announcements: 
  • Viking Night Dinner September 12th, still room for one more couple.
  • Board of Directors meeting this Thursday at 7:30am at Barkley.
  • New member introduction for Patti Leach – Director of Whatcom Museum
  • BBRC Foundation update:
    8/30/13 (this year) $218,230
    12/31/12 (last year) $189,797
    Increase year-to-date:  $28,433
Bucks in the Bay 
  • Steve Beringer – Parents 62nd wedding anniversary. Cougs beat USC.
  • Chuck Walter – Closed on a new house.
  • Steve Spitzer – Trip to east coast including Fenway Park in Fenway Park and Portland Maine.
  • Lance – Coach soccer for 23 years but not as difficult as coaching his 5 year old son’s team.
  • Glen Groenig – Married 47 years and refinanced house.
  • Bill Geyer – Going duck hunting with Tony Freeland. Soon to have new grandchild.
  • Terry Brown – Cougar win.
  • Stan Dyer – USC lost.
  • Brent Walker – Lunch with Lynn Templeton. Watched granddaughter play soccer.
  • Scot Swanson – Missed meetings. Trip to Sacramento for wife’s father’s 98th birthday.
  • Aaron Lemperes – Daughter turns 5 and gets to chew gum. Hiking at Olympic Peninsula.
  • Dannon – Twins turn one year’s old.
  • Eddie Hansen – Kids back to school.
Soundings (9/10/13) Henry Lee 2013-09-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Aug 26, 2013
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Terry Myers
 
Visiting Rotarians: Bev (Burlinghton Club), Leslie Nordin
 
Guests: Peter Charron, Jesse Potes, Rob Fixx
 
Announcements:  Flo invites everyone to please consider attending the "Hands for Hope" DVSAS Auction and Gala that on Nov. 2 (Saturday, night before Grape & Gourmet) also at the Silver Reef Event Center.
 
New Member Application:  The board and the membership committe have approved the re-application of former member John Stewart to rejoin the club.  Please see Bob Becker or Christine Palmerton with any comments or concerns.
 
New Member Induction:  Any Clay and Ralph Black were inducted by Bill Geyer with Bill Gorman doing the honors.
 
Committee chairs gave a summary of thier respective committees, and then everyone chose a committee on which to work.
 
Respectfully submitted,
Stowe Talbot
Soundings (8/27/13) G. Stowe Talbot 2013-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Aug 12, 2013

Flag Salute and Invocation by Gordon Plume

Visiting Rotarians: Del VandeKirk, Patti Leach

Guests: Jill Reid, and Diana Conrad (with the organization “Mended Hearts” - a national, community-based non-profit that has been offering hope to heart disease patients, their families and caregivers)

Announcements

Steve Brummel update on Brewers by the Bay: 34 breweries, 79 beers, about $33K raised.  Recognized his organizing committee and the sponsors.

Donna Edquist asked everyone who signed up for the crab feed (whether or not you attended) needs to pay up ($25/ticket) to Mike Werner.

New member application:  Pete Charron, sponsored by Eddie, classification optomitry.

Soundings (8/13/13) G. Stowe Talbot 2013-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Aug 05, 2013
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Flag Salute and Invocation by Glendine Barley

Visiting Rotarians: Alice Collingswood and Susan Macek (LaConner Club, promoting their annual cocktail auction, August 24th, details at www.harvestinghopeauction.org), and soon-to-be member Patti Leach.

Guests: Soon-to-be members Andy and Celeste. 

Announcements

  • Bob Moles announced that after much discussion, the board voted to move the G&G event to Silver Reef this year (Sunday November 3rd). 
  • Successful Brewers and Baseball games last week.
  • Board meeting this Thursday morning 7:30am at Barkley/Talbot office.
  • BBRC Foundation:  Value as of 7/31/2013: $ 222,774.64.  Growth in value YTD 2013 $32,977.19.
Soundings (8/6/13) G. Stowe Talbot 2013-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Jul 23, 2013
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Flag Salute and Invocation by Flo Simon

Visiting Rotarians: None

Guests: Steve Spitzer's wife Rita

New Member Applications:  Five member applications were approved by the membership committee and board, before they are admitted these five applicant names need to be submitted before the full membership for comment or objection.  If you have any objection or comment, please report to committee chair Bob Becker or President Christine Palmerton:
  • Andrea Clay (Sponsor Henry Lee; interviewed by Bob Becker, Phil Hageman, Bill Geyer).  Co-owner of Clay Management in Lynden, classification:  Health Services.  
  • Jill Reid (Sponsors Leena Kirschman, Stan Dyer, John Templeton; interviewed by Bob Becker, Stan Dyer, Bill Geyer).  Newly appointed Director of Bellingham Boys & Girls Club branch. Classification:  Youth Development.  
  • Celeste Mergens (Sponsor Henry Lee; interviewed by Bob Becker, Stan Dyer, Bill Geyer).  Founder and Exec Director of Days for Girls International.  Classification:  Youth Services. 
  • Patricia Leach (Sponsors Patti Imhof and Brent Walker; interviewed by Bob Becker, Stan Dyer, Bill Geyer).  Transfer application from Bellingham Rotary; member since 2008.  Whatcom Museum Director.  Classification:  Museum Management. 
  • Ralph Black (Sponsors Bill Geyer, Terry Brown, Mike Hammes; interviewed by Bob Becker, Bill Unrein, Bill Geyer).  Co-owner of Alliance Properties.  Classification:  Property Development.
Announcements
  • Brewers by the Bay THIS Sunday July 28!  Buy your tickets!  Terry still needs more volunteers, especially second shift pourers!  We are expecting 31 breweries with 71 beers.  Brewer’s posters are available, please contact Donna Edquist.  Also Stew Ellison needs a few volunteers on Friday the 25th 5pm at Lake Padden GC to clean glasses.
  • NO MEETING NEXT TUESDAY Thursday Aug 1, 6pm fellowship event:  Bellingham Bells baseball game!  Please RSVP to Christine (if you want a cheaper tickets).
  • Thank you to Margarita and Eddie for a fantastic wine event at Vartanyan Estate Winery.
Soundings (7/23/13) G. Stowe Talbot 2013-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute and Invocation by Stan Dyer

Visiting Rotarians: Marylinn Harrington Knoxville TN, Monte McCallister from the Big Club.

Guests:  Karen Burke from DVSAS (which has two upcoming events: Golf fundraiser this Thursday, Nov 2 gala fundraiser), Jill Reid from B&G Club.

New Member Applications:  Five member applications were approved by the committee and board, before they are admitted these five applicant names need to be submitted before the full membership for comment or objection.  If you have any objection or comment, please report to Bob Becker or President Christine:

  • Andrea Clay (Sponsor Henry Lee; interviewed by Bob Becker, Phil Hageman, Bill Geyer).  Co-owner of Clay Management in Lynden, classification:  Health Services.  Board approves.
  • Jill Reid (Sponsors Leena Kirschman, Stan Dyer, John Templeton; interviewed by Bob Becker, Stan Dyer, Bill Geyer).  Newly appointed Director of Bellingham Boys & Girls Club branch. Classification:  Youth Development.  Board approves.
  • Celeste Mergens (Sponsor Henry Lee; interviewed by Bob Becker, Stan Dyer, Bill Geyer).  Founder and Exec Director of Days for Girls International.  Classification:  Youth Services.  Board approves. 
  • Patricia Leach (Sponsors Patti Imhof and Brent Walker; interviewed by Bob Becker, Stan Dyer, Bill Geyer).  Transfer application from Bellingham Rotary; member since 2008.  Whatcom Museum Director.  Classification:  Museum Management.  Board approves.
  • Ralph Black (Sponsors Bill Geyer, Terry Brown, Mike Hammes; interviewed by Bob Becker, Bill Unrein, Bill Geyer).  Co-owner of Alliance Properties.  Classification:  Property Development.  Board approves.

Announcements

  • Crab Feed July 18 THIS THURSDAY! at 6-9pm and Vartanyan Winery (1628 Huntly Road, just off Mt Baker Hwy & Noon Rd), already 65+ people signed up!  Eddie needs volunteers to help set up the food.  Please bring your own lawn chairs if possible (to supplement the existing benches and tables).  $25 / person for the food, Margarita will donate some of the wine rest will be for sale there.  There will be music too!
  • Brewers by the Bay on Sunday July 28!  Get your tickets!  Terry still needs more volunteers!  Brewer’s posters are available, please contact Donna Edquist.  Also Stew Ellison needs a few volunteers on Friday the 25th 5pm at Lake Padden GC to clean glasses. 
  • G&G focus group meeting tonight 5pm at Bellwether.
  • Thursday Aug 1 fellowship Bham Bells baseball game!
Soundings (7/16/13) G. Stowe Talbot 2013-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
Flag Salute and Invocation by Tony Freeland
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: Skip's guest Brad Bradford, Lisa's guest Pat Draper and Bill Geyer's guest Ralph Black.
 
Announcements:
Crab Feed July 18/13 at 6pm and Vartanyan Winery (1628 Huntly Road, just off Mt Baker Hwy & Noon Rd) already 50 people signed up!
Get your Brewers tickets! Terry needs volunteers! Brewer’s posters are available, please contact Donna Edquist.
Thursday Aug 1 fellowship Bham Bells baseball game!
 
Bucks in the Bay
Christine turns 48 tomorrow, she had great time in Lisbon at RI convention, many lasting memories; Brad C for missed meetings while in Great Britain, loved the new Scottish Parliament Building in Edinburgh; Bob Moles lost a good friend yesterday (Gary Snyder), Bob is a 40 year Rotarian and explained the reasons he still values his membership, importance of participation; Doug Wight father passed away at age 94, he had so many contributions to the community; Bill Gorman missed meetings, please thank Haggen Corp and Port of Bellingham for the wonderful fireworks show July 4; Phil X is heading out to Hawaii on vacation sad will miss Brewers; Leena for a 47th birthday!
Bryant E $44 birthday bucks lots of travel last month; Harte enjoyed a week in NYC for the July 4th; Barry K reported that his G&G team will be meeting Silver Reef Casino to determine if our even might be a good fit there; Dannon went on first hike (to Fragrance Lake) with the babies; Mike Bates' son was in Spain and literally just survived the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona;
 
Sergeant at Arms by Frank Chmelik
Fines for July 4th BBQ's, Eddie of course, salmon fishers, cooking at Brewers, Hawaii trips in the summer, Sarah R's age, Dannon's flats.
Soundings (7/9/13) G. Stowe Talbot 2013-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute and Invocation by Tony Freeland
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: Skip's guest Brad Bradford, Lisa's guest Pat Draper and Bill Geyer's guest Ralf Black.
 
Announcements
  • Crab Feed July 18/13 at 6pm and Vartanyan Winery (1628 Huntly Road, just off Mt Baker Hwy & Noon Rd) already 50 people signed up!
  • Get your Brewers tickets!  Terry needs volunteers!  Brewer’s posters are available, please contact Donna Edquist. 
  • Thursday Aug 1 fellowship Bham Bells baseball game!
 
Bucks in the Bay 
  • Christine turns 48 tomorrow, she had great time in Lisbon at RI convention, many lasting memories;
  • Brad C for missed meetings while in Great Britain, loved the new Scottish Parliament Building in Edinburgh;
  • Bob Moles lost a good friend yesterday (Gary Snyder). Also, Bob said he is a 40 year Rotarian and explained the reasons he still values his membership, the importance of participation;
  • Doug Wight father passed away at age 94, he had many contributions to the community;
  • Bill Gorman for missed meetings, please thank Haggen Corp and Port of Bellingham for the wonderful fireworks show July 4;
  • Phil X is heading out to Hawaii on vacation sad will miss Brewers;
  • Leena for a 47th birthday!
  • Bryant E $44 birthday bucks lots of travel last month;
  • Harte enjoyed a week in NYC for the July 4th;
  • Barry K reported that his G&G team will be meeting Silver Reef Casino to determine if our even might be a good fit there;
  • Dannon went on first hike (to Fragrance Lake) with the babies;
  • Mike Bates' son was in Spain and literally just survived the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona; 
 
 
Soundings (7/9/13) G. Stowe Talbot 2013-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute and Invocation by Dennis Archer
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: Flo’s guest from DVSAS. 
 
Announcements: 
  • Crab Feed July 18/13 at 6pm and Vartanyan Winery.
  • Get your Brewers tickets
  • Sign up to work Brewers if you haven’t done so.
  • Brewer’s posters are available. Please contact Donna Edquist if you’d like one for business. 
  • Update on BBRC Foundation:  Fund value as of 6/30/13 -  $214,044.  Increase since Dec 31, 2012 -  $24,247.
Soundings (7/2/13) Henry Lee 2013-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
(abbreviated today because my computer ate most of my notes)
 
Flag salute & Invocation by Bill Geyer
 
Visiting Rotarians: None
 
Guests: Alison and Natalia (Tim Krell's young guests), Jill Reid, Tyler Byrd.
 
Announcements
  • Crab Feed will by July 18 at Vartanyan Estate Winery located HERE.
  • The Brewers by the Bay event (Sunday July 28) needs all Rotarians to volunteer;
 
 
Soundings (6/25/13) G. Stowe Talbot 2013-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on May 27, 2013

Invocation by Phil X Hageman 

Visiting Rotarians:  Ann Jones and Patty Leach from the Big Club 

Guests: Jill Reid (Bellingham branch of B&G Club) 

Announcements

  • Steve says tickets for Brewers by the Bay will go on sale next week, 12 tickets are required per member, 35 or so breweries expected;  
  • Bill Gorman report on Bellingham Bay Foundation. The club itself gives 10% of our proceeds to the Foundation, so this year that number is $6,100. About $214K in the account now! 
  • Scotty introduced the Student of the Month, Daniel Libertini and his mom Linda. Scotty says that under the new procedure, the student receives $100 stipend plus $100 that he/she can donate to charity of their choice. Steve Wiley, student counselor at Squalicum, interviewed Daniel. Daniel plays cello at honors orchestra, 3.9 grade average, he takes many advanced level classes, he is part time in "running start", working as a barista at Starbucks, volunteers at St. Joseph Hospital (300+ hours), he plans to go to WCC and then transfer to 4-year university, perhaps go into in the medical field as a physician's assistant.  
  • NO MEETING June 11 will be our GOLF FELLOWSHIP event at Lake Padden! Lunch will be there, then golf for willing golfers. 
  • NO MEETING June 18th, we will have our "Changing of the Guard Celebration" that evening, 5:30pm at the Squalicum Boathouse, Flo Simon doing BBQ, lots of fun! 

 

Soundings (5/28/12) G. Stowe Talbot 2013-05-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on May 20, 2013
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Dannon Traxler

Visiting Rotarians: Julie Johansen (What. North).

Guests: Pul Twedt's friend Pete, Henry's guest applying for membership, and Lisa (Director at Bellwether Hotel)

Announcements:

 

  • Dannon re. New Generations: Last week Dannon, Christine, Stephanie & Mike B conducted scholarship interviews at Squalicum HS;
  • June 11 will be our GOLF FELLOWSHIP event at Lake Padden! Lunch will be there, then golf for willing golfers.
  • Dennis told us that former member Lynn Templeton inducted to National B&G Club "Hall of Fame".
  • G&G organizational meeting tonight 5pm at Bellwether board room.

 

Bucks in the Bay

  • Jim Johnson is back from short trip to Thailand (8 Rotary meetings in 5 days!), Philippines and HongKong;
  • Phil X Hageman missed two meetings due to work;
  • Scot Swanson alumni game at WWU, then Maui, then inducted to WWU sports hall of fame;
  • Tonja missed meeting annual survey/inspection finally over, also need to procure a few nice items for G&G;
  • Bill Gorman new Email (bill@bellingham.com) at new job at the Chamber;
  • Lesa Boxx daughter getting married Saturday;
  • Debbie Kiene missed meeting 34 wedding anniversary, trip to Edinburough, amazing Rotary club experience there, very hospitable people;
  • Bob Becker missed meeting, snowbirding in La Quinta, CA (attended Rotary regularly there!), good to be back!
  • Dannon Traxler for missed meetings, office move, became a partne in the firm! New name: Langebear & Traxler;
  • Bob Tull thanks Harte and Julie for buying his building, officially retired (37 years) from the firm! Some consulting;
  • Eddie celebrated his firms 18 year anniversary!
  • Barry Kramer from Rotary magazine recommends article about changing youth culture, also great photo from Lesotho, prayers for Oklahoma tornado victims;
  • Dennis $ for foundation

 

Soundings (5/21/13) G. Stowe Talbot 2013-05-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on May 13, 2013
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Anna Williams (birthday last Saturday! I think I heard 17(?) years young?)

Visiting Rotarians: Julie Johansen (What. North)

Guests: Jill Reid (Boys & Girls Club), Sarah's daughter Dawson, Eric Derling (?), Gloria and Haimes, Dennis Rahm(?) and a couple others, Kerry Gustafson and her parter, Randy Klemann from Graphics NW.

Announcements:

  • Officers' / Directors' meeting after lunch.
  • June 11 will be our GOLF FELLOWSHIP event at Lake Padden! Lunch will be there, then golf for willing golfers.
  • Dean Fulton said we are seeking corporate sponsorship of Brewers and G&G.

Bucks in the Bay

  • Bill Gorman said lots of celebration for May:  18th wedding anniversary, his birthday soon, son's birthday soon, parents' anniversary, Bill gives $100 (also just became interim direct Chamber of Commerce);
  • Bob Moles and Julie had amazing trip to New Zealand, hosted by Rotarians there;
  • Mike Kirkland proud of granddaughter's soccer skills;
  • Steve Brummel says July 28 will be Brewers, want to have 2,000 participants, we will need LOTS of volunteers!
  • Kendall Pickerill says Bellwether received award, please buy raffle tickets next week at Rotary, fiancé Dan sailed up from Oregon;
  • Terry Myers said last week was National Nurses Week, this week is Nursing Home Week!
  • Doug Wight announcement August 22&23 will be Hospice Pro-Am Golf Fundraiser and tourney, thanks to Sarah R for sponsorship of pros, also thanks to Kendall and the Bellwether Hotel for sponsorship events, also thanks Barry K and Mel for use of Padden GC;
  • Terry Brown proud Cougar bucks welcoming Bob Robertson to speak;
  • Barry back from few nice weeks in Arizona;
  • Mimi Ferlin for wonderful Mothers' Day, with all kids and grandkids;
  • Stan Dyer $108!
Soundings (5/14/13) G. Stowe Talbot 2013-05-14 00:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute & Invocation by John Sleeth 

Visiting Rotarians: Harv and Larry Jubie (Marysville), Patty Leach (Bellingham Club), Sean Hogan (North Delta). 

Guests: Bonnie Dean (on the board of VN Homecare) 

Announcements

  • Bill Geyer will be the program chair next year and is open for program ideas. Please send him your suggestions! 
  • Sean Hogan says District Conference is sold out but still open for Saturday session (June 1st) outside Vancouver Art Gallery with food trucks, then after lunch a flash mob event (a dance); 
  • Nick Caples says we now have six representatives going to RYLA this weekend - great job! 
  • Tyler Byrd, CEO of Red Rokk, Inc (a digital media marketing firm) application was approved by the membership committee and the BBRC board.
  • Dennis says a special recognition to Leena, Mimi and Patti for their amazing job with last week's Boys & Girls Club auction! 
  • Sean Hogan, Harv and Larry Jubie presented Stan Dyer with his 24th, 25th and 26th Paul Harris award: One was given in name of his granddaughter (Madison Rose Dyer), one to grandson (Joseph Glen Dyer) - both live in Marysville - and one presented to Stan's dog, Isabelle Shelby Rose Dyer! Congrats, Stan, that is quite an achievement - we are glad you are a part of our club!
Soundings (4/30/13) G. Stowe Talbot 2013-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Apr 22, 2013
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Leena Kirschman 

Visiting Rotarians: Mayor Kelly Linville, Ray George 

Guests: Police Chief Clifford Cook, Celeste 

Announcements 

  • Bill Geyer says Membership Committee meets today;
  • Nick Caples report on our RYLA representatives. 
  • Tyler Byrd, CEO of Red Rokk, Inc (a digital media marketing firm) application was approved by the membership committee and the BBRC board.

Student of the Month - Harold Scott introduced Squalicum coordinator Cindy O’Brien who thanked our club and said it has really spurred student volunteerism at Squalicum HS. Our Student of the Month is Hannah Lewis. She is a true leader, participating on the basketball team, took nine AP classes, and still finds time to pursue her own philanthropic endeavors. Hannah started a Lemon Club at Squalicum, raising money for pediatric cancer. She plans on attending the UW. 

Bucks in the Bay 

  • Barry Kramer heading down to AZ; 
  • Chuck Walter missed meetings, turned 60 recently, 30 years in our club! 
  • Mimi Ferlin with a plug for KidsFest Auction this Thursday eve! Proud of Scot Swanson, and she just returned from two amazing weeks in China; 
  • Tonja proud of Hannah Lewis and her mom Trisha Lewis; 
  • Steve Spritzer missed meeting while in South Korea, went to baseball game there, impressed by Korean service and professionalism; 
  • Scot Swanson was inducted into WWU Sports Hall of Fame! 
  • Christine Palmerton attended Mount Baker Rotary auction which raised $185K! Said Nautica brand sent her a “cease and desist” order for NautiGirl brand and told a great story of mounting her defense team; 
  • Leena said KidsFest is this Friday; and hi to Cindy O’Brien; 
  • Tim Krell with some hockey news; 
  • Susie Betts congrats to Hannah, Whatcom Women in Business will be awarding 22 $1200 scholarships; 
  • Donna Edquist kudos to Hannah for basketball team. Donna recently was in San Diego stayed at an amazing boutique hotel; 
  • Jim Johnson on coin collecting, donated $20 worth of old coins! Steve Kimberly going to be missing the next four weeks; 
  • Lisa Schork’s pet is visiting home care; she and her Visiting Nurses board are looking for an executive director for VN Home Care; 
  • Stan Dyer said today we have 74 people at the meeting. 
Soundings (4/23/13) G. Stowe Talbot 2013-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Bill Geyer 

Visiting Rotarians: N/A 

Guests: Carolyn Meub, Nancy McDonald (Edmonds), Dannon Traxler's family (parents and babies), Charlotte Archer (Dennis' wife) 

Announcements 

  • Grape to Gourmet committee meeting at 5:00 tonight 
  • Dennis announced we have 1 applicant for RYLA. We would still like to send 2 or 3 young people to RYLA. RYLA registration (online only!) will take place May 2-5, 2013 at Mt Baker Baptist Camp. Our club will cover the fee. Our club can sponsor up to four kids. Ages are 18-25. 

Bucks in the Bay 

  • Leena Kirschman- her son's 21st birthday 
  • Steve Spitzer- Recent vacation to Florida where he tried paddle boarding and got close to manatees. 
  • Mark Turner- Launched his app in iTunes and Google Play stores 
  • Donna Edquist- Welcomed Carolyn Meub and enjoyed her previous trip to Honduras with Carolyn 
  • Dannon Traxler- Happy bucks for having her family in town and announced 13 year old son was in a play this weekend and next 
  • Tim Krell- 52nd birthday, saw Vancouver Canucks hockey game down in Phoenix, then also went up to Vancouver to see them play again against Phoenix. 
  • Kendall Pickerill- Bellwether ranked #1 in Evening NW magazine, had a bachelorette party 
  • Steve Brummel- Misssed meetings, WWU hosted both men's and women's regional tournament, went to Maui to relax after basketball season 

 

Soundings (4/9/13) Nick Caples 2013-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Gordon Plume

Visiting Rotarians: Kris Palmerton (Sunrise RC).

Guests: Remy Talbot (mini Stowe), Angela Murray (Whatcom Volunteer Center).

Announcements

  • Dannon says New Generations Committee will be meeting today after lunch;
  • Kris Palmerton and Angela Murray talked about the Whatcom Volunteer Center and its mission. Bellingham/Whatcom is a very volunteering community, but it costs money to organize volunteering activities. They try to "curate" the volunteer matching, and engage local businesses.  They are trying to become more self-sustaining financially.  The Human Race is their main fundraiser, April 9th, at Zuanich Park, with food trucks, please come and race (or donate)!
  • We would still like to send 2 or 3 young people to RYLA. RYLA registration (online only!) will take place May 2-5, 2013 at Mt Baker Baptist Camp. Our club will cover the fee. Our club can sponsor up to four kids. Ages are 18-25. 
  • Bellingham Bay Rotary Foundation value as of 3/31/13:   $204,108.84.  Increase from 12/31/12:  $ 14,311.39!
Soundings (4/2/13) G. Stowe Talbot 2013-04-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kendall Pickerill on Mar 25, 2013
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Tim Krell

Visiting Rotarians: Ray George

Guests: Randy Cleman, Celeste, Sandy Clay, Hannah

Announcements

  • Applications announcement by Bill Geyer
  • We would like to send 2 or 3 young people to RYLA. RYLA registration (online only!) will take place May 2-5, 2013 at Mt Baker Baptist Camp. Our club will cover the fee. Our club can sponsor up to four kids. Ages are 18-25. 
  • Northwest youth services thank you to Rotary for donation and story about one example family 
  • Anthony Goo student of the month with Dr. & Mrs. 4.0 student with "huge heart." Story of decorating freshman to senior section of gymnasium for pep rally. Humorous acceptance speech by Anthony. "The greatest thing a volunteer can do is to put a smile on someone else's face."
  • Ray George with kids fair program announcement.

Soundings (3/26/13) Kendall Pickerill 2013-03-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Mar 18, 2013
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Patti Imhof

Visiting Rotarians: Ray George, Norm Vigre (both from Whatcom North)

Guests: Peter Charron, Mike Weisman (new voice of the Bellingham Bells).

Announcements:
  • Steve Kimberly said the federal sequestration is causing a $31K funding deficit for Northwest Youth Services.   Three members agreed to $1000 each in matching funds (Patti Imhof, Sarah Rothenbuehler, and Steve & Margie Kimberley).  Money raised during bucks in bay will go to this effort. (Note: $7,000 was raised today!)
  • Six people so far going to the upcoming District Assembly in April. 
  • We currently have one person signed up for RYLA. We would like 2 or 3 more. RYLA will take place May 2-5, 2013 at Mt Baker Baptist Camp. Our club will cover the fee. Our club can sponsor up to four kids. Ages are 18-25.
Soundings (3/19/13) G. Stowe Talbot 2013-03-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Freeland on Mar 11, 2013
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Flag Salute and Invocation Bob Moles

Visitors: Ray George

Guests: Chris Lee, Bellingham Police Department, Trudy Shuravloff, Whatcom Dream, Gaythia Weis, InfoPteryx, LLC

Announcements

  • Steve Kimberly announced that Northwest Youth Services has lost Federal Funding and asked that next week’s Bucks in the Bay be used to bridge the gap.
  • Glendine Barley announced that the Club needs RYLA applicants.  The deadline is April 15th.  The May 2-5, 2013 event is for 18-25 year olds.
  • Gaythia Weis announced a workshop will be held on March 28, 2013 at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal to address ocean acidification.
  • Glen Groenig announced the Club will have a golf event at Lake Padden on May 14, 2013. 
  • Bob Moles announced the District Assembly will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2013 in Canada for committee chairs.  The Club will pay the entry fees for 5 attendees.
Soundings (3/12/13) Tony Freeland 2013-03-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Mar 04, 2013
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Steve Brummel 

Visiting Rotarians: Ray George 

Guests: Peter Charron (local opthomitist), Kendall Pickerill, her parents Mark Pickering & Shawn Rush, her fiancee Dan Olson, Ardith Stark (Dick's wife). 

New Member Induction: Stan introduced Kendall Pickerill, Asst. Manager at the Bellwether Hotel, sponsored by Stan. born in Scottsdale, AZ, moved to Bainbridge when she was six. Father a Rotarian since 2001. Kendall in her youth was involved in Rotaract (with sister) and fundraising for that club. She graduated at WWU in French and Business, and was hired last year as business manager at the Hotel Bellwether. Kendall is excited to help with our club's PR, water projects, and other efforts. Stan gave some facts on history of Rotary. 

Announcements

  • We need new members. 
  • Stan's letter resulted in big turnout today! 
  • We would like to send 2 or 3 young people to RYLA. RYLA registration (online only!) will take place May 2-5, 2013 at Mt Baker Baptist Camp. Our club will cover the fee. Our club can sponsor up to four kids. Ages are 18-25. 

Soundings (3/5/13) G. Stowe Talbot 2013-03-05 00:00:00Z 0
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Bellingham Bay Rotary Foundation status:
Date           Portfolio Value 
2/28/13       $198,411.62 
12/31/12      $189,797.45     Change + $ 8,614.17 !
Keep those contributions coming!

Soundings (3/5/13) G. Stowe Talbot 2013-03-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry Lee on Feb 25, 2013
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Flag Salute and Invocation by Mimi Ferlin

Visiting Rotarians: Ray George – Whatcom North

Guests: None

Announcements

  • Membership committee meeting after the program. 
  • Steve Brummel – Donation drive for Boys & Girls club helmets. Need to replace about 45 to 50 helmets. 
  • Glendine Barley – Need to find 4 participants for RYLA, had 3 last year. Let her know of any potential candidates. 
  • Friday March 1st will be our next fellowship hockey night at Sportsplex; please sign up!   
  • Mark Turner presented Danica Dvorachek as student of the month. Parents are Tony and Peggy. Transferred from Lynden her senior year to Squalicum. Taking AP classes and some classes at Whatcom CC.  300 to 400 hours of volunteer work including through her church and mission trips to Mexico and Costa Rica. Going to Dominical Republic this summer.
Soundings (2/26/13) Henry Lee 2013-02-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Feb 18, 2013
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Tonja Myers 

Visiting Rotarians: Ray George 

Guests: None 

New member applicants: Kendall Pickerill, Asst. Manager at the Bellwether Hotel, sponsored by Stan Dyer. Approved by the Membership Committee and Board.  Comments or concerns please contact Dennis Archer, Bill Geyer or the board. 

Announcements

  • Bill Geyer asked all members to suggest prospective new members. March 12th there will be a presentation to the club about this committee and its goals. We are trying to keep our membership at about 110-115. 
  • Friday March 1st will be our next fellowship hockey night at Sportsplex; please sign up!  
  • RYLA registration (online only!) will take place May 2-5, 2013 at Mt Baker Baptist Camp. Our club will cover the fee. Our club can sponsor up to four kids. Ages are 18-25. 
  • Re. club finances: Dennis said we gave Donations Committee slightly more than last year, also wants to leave incoming President Christine a good chunk of change ($20K at least) in the coffers. Dennis also wants to donate some to our Foundation, maybe to try to reach $200K. 
Soundings (2/19/13) G. Stowe Talbot 2013-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Feb 11, 2013
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Flag Salute and Invocation by Dr. Curt Smith

Visiting Rotarians: Ray George 

Guests: Atrina Gharai and Kelsie Gordon (both Squalicum Interact members!) 

New member applicants: Kendall Pickerill, Asst. Manager at the Bellwether Hotel, sponsored by Stan Dyer. Comments or concerns please contact Dennis or the board. 

Announcements

  • Board meeting this Thursday (Valentine's Day!) at 7:30am at Talbot office 2200 Rimland Drive.
Soundings (2/12/13) G. Stowe Talbot 2013-02-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Feb 04, 2013
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Paul Twedt 

Visiting Rotarians: none 

Guests: Mike McCallum 

New member applicants: Kendrall Pickerill, Asst Manager at the Bellwether Hotel, sponsored by Stan Dyer 

Announcements

  • Bill Geyer says Membership Committee will be meeting today;
  • Brad Cornwell Charitable Giving Committee also meeting;
  • Lance Calloway says our next felllowship event will be to see the Bellingham Blazers hockey team (date?); 
  • Bellingham Bay Rotary Foundation's current value: $196,886. Change from Dec 31:  $ 7,089!
Soundings (2/5/13) G. Stowe Talbot 2013-02-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Jan 28, 2013
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Bill Unrein 

Visiting Rotarians: none 

Guests: Jeffrey and Christine Smith 

Announcements:  

  • Bill Geyer says Membership Committee will be meeting tomorrow (Wednesday Jan 30 at 4pm) at the Barkley Company office (2200 Rimland Drive, second floor). Please give Bill all your new prospects/applicants.

Bucks in the Bay

  • Bob Moles says childhood slavery is now an officially recognized "Rotary International action item";
  • John Sleeth for a birthday;
  • Curtis Dyer for a birthday too;
  • Tim Krell had a fun dinner in Canada with clients, shared a trial story, and went up to Canada for MLK holiday;
  • Bill Geyer says vote no on the upcoming Prop 1 measure;
  • Terry Brown on successful basketball fellowship event last week, next fellowship game will be postponed, stay tuned;
  • Lisa Schork says she is on the board of Visiting Nurses which will be embarking on a capital campaign soon, so be forewarned she will be asking for donations!
  • Barry Kramer enjoyed the basketball game, and Steve Brummel has one cute kid!
Soundings (1/29/13) G. Stowe Talbot 2013-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Jan 21, 2013
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Steve Kimberley

Visiting Rotarians: None

Guests: None

Announcements:  

  • Steve Brummel says this Thursday Jan 24th is our next fellowship basketball game at WWU, 6pm reception, 7pm tip off (Vikings are ranked second in the nation!);
  • Student of the Month:  Harold Scott introduced Mike and Judy Yeend, parents of our SOM, Josh Yeend.  Aramis Johnson, Squalicum student councilor, thanked our club for the support.  Aramis says Josh is a great young man.  Josh came forward and talked about his volunteer experiences, student government, helps out with incoming freshmen, Hope House Xmas gift drive, volunteered several years at SARDIS Raptor Center to help rehabilitate injured birds of prey (they offer tours on Saturdays 11-4pm!) - he starting out doing the grunt work, but now is doing other interesting things like glove work, feeding, etc. 
Soundings (1/22/13) G. Stowe Talbot 2013-01-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Jan 14, 2013
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Dannon Traxler

Visiting Rotarians: Alan Stockbridge 

Guests: Orphalee's guest Rob Something (voice coach), Tyler Byrd (Red Rokk Company) 

Announcements

  • Brent Walker says Roger Van Dyken (last week's speaker and owner of San Juan Charters) is going back to Vietnam soon and is requesting donations of any used cellphones to take with him.
  • Terry Brown says two upcoming fellowship sports opportunities: Thursday Jan 24th next basketball game at WWU $35/person.  Also Saturday Feb 2 to see Bellingham Blazers hockey at Sportsplex;
  • Brad Cornwell says Charitable Giving Committee was allocated (by the board) $18K to spend.  There are currently over 20 application requests for funding, but Brad would like to solicit a few more within the next few weeks.  If you know of any good organizations that needs a modest grant, please give them our application form;
  • Dennis added that we do not currently have a "major project" this year, and if no appropriate project presents itself, we can roll the money over until next year which is not such a bad thing.
Soundings (1/15/13) G. Stowe Talbot 2013-01-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Jan 07, 2013
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Bill Geyer 

 Visiting Rotarians: Mayor Kelli Linville, Hilary Black (Boy Scouts of America) 

Guests: Tyler Byrd (Red Rokk Company) 

 Announcements

• Bill Geyer says the membership committee meeting will be rescheduled; 

• Steve Brummel says Thursday Jan 24th next fellowship basketball game at WWU; 

• Brent Walker says our Foundation has $189K, we might make a limited distribution to the club this year; 

Bucks in the Bay 

• Stephanie Sadler spent the holidays in Dallas (it snowed), and celebrated a recent wedding anniversary; 

• John Templeton hopes to see our Foundation reach the $1M mark before he kicks the bucket; 

• Anna Williams announced she is running for one of the positions on the Chuckanut Mountain Parks District board (part of new taxing district just south of the city); 

• Bill Gorman had some info on the new tv season; 

• Denise Bosman is very busy at work, will try to attend Rotary more often! 

• Terry Brown thanks Stan for birthday card; 

• Eddie for $100 to Foundation, went to Sun Peaks, fun over the holidays, thanks Terry Brown with help on one of his projects, will be going to Caribbean for next three weeks; 

• Christine Palmerton helped her son pick out an engagement ring and plan a marriage proposal! 

• Stan with $100 for Foundation went on a cruise from LA through the canal to Florida. 

Soundings (1/8/13) G. Stowe Talbot 2013-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Dec 03, 2012
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Flag Salute and Invocation by Mimi Ferlin 

Visiting Rotarians: Hilary Black – Marysville Club 

Guests: None

Announcements

Dennis announced the proposed 2013-14 slate of board officers/directors (currently these are nominees only): President elect nominee: Bob Moles VP / Program Chair: Bill Geyer Secretary: Stowe Talbot Director for two years: Dannon Traxler. Orphalee withdrew her name for Treasury and Mike Werner was nominated. Also, Tresha Dutton has been nominated to the Board. Also, Dennis is proposing an amendment to the bylaws (Article 3), which we will vote at the Annual Meeting. See prior email sent from Stowe. 

Aaron Lemperes introduced Dr. Derek Damon who discussed the Mount Baker District Dental Society, their annual fundraiser and the various organizations they support. 

Bucks in the Bay 

  • Dennis Archer – Will greatly miss Orphalee. 
  • Glenn Groenig – Wife had knee surgery, trip to Idaho and told a joke. 
  • Doug Wight – Was at the St. Joseph’s ribbon cutting ceremony for the new cancer treatment center. Very happy that Bellingham now has this available. Open next month and expected to staff about 150 people. 
  • Tresha Dutton – Went to Orlando for conference, bought new house and sold old one, the college had its accreditation review. 
  • Henry Klos – Anniversary and Thanksgiving story. 
  • John Sleeth – Update on Art Runestrand who had a minor stroke but is doing well. He would welcome any visitors and happy to see everyone. 
  • Bill Gorman – Missed meetings, MC for Hospice Auction, acknowledgement of Orphalee and her service over the years. 
  • Nick Caples – Missed meetings, went to Apple Cup, good Thanksgiving. 
  • Stan Dyer – Informed club of Flo Simon whose mother recently passed away. Has sign-up sheet for Salvation Army bell ringing on 12/15 at Sunset Cost Cutter and Lakeway Fred Meyer. 
  • Teri Myers – Stepdad passed away who was well taken care of at St. Francis.
Soundings (12/4/12) G. Stowe Talbot 2012-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Nov 26, 2012
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Tim McEvoy 

Visiting Rotarians: None 

Guests: Remy Talbot, Mike Cohen (Bellingham Food Bank) 

Student of the Month: Emily Head (parents Gregory & Dawn). Steve Wiley, student counselor at Squalicum HS, said Emily came to Squalicum her sophomore year from Chicago. This year, 4 out of 6 of her classes are AP level, and she is also the editor of the school yearbook. Some of her volunteering has involved coaching and tutoring younger kids. Her volunteering has heightened her awareness of community needs. She said she may go into biz school or entrepreneurship of some kind. Emily thanked our club for recognizing her and the other SOM winners. 

Mike Cohen from the Bellingham Food Bank thanked us for the enormous gift of turkeys that we gave to the food bank during Thanksgiving. 4200 people benefitted from the food bank during Thanksgiving. 

Announcements

Dennis announced the proposed 2013-14 slate of board officers/directors (currently these are nominees only): 

  • President elect nominee: Bob Moles 
  • VP / Program Chair: Bill Geyer 
  • Secretary: Stowe Talbot 
  • Treasurer: Orphalee Smith 
  • Director for two years: Dannon Traxler. 

Also, Dennis is proposing an amendment to the bylaws (Article 3), which we will vote on in two weeks at the Annual Meeting. See separate Email sent earlier today. 

Soundings (11/27/12) G. Stowe Talbot 2012-11-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Nov 19, 2012
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Frank Chmelik

Visiting Rotarians: None

Guests: Matt Rose, Jeff Johnson, David Barrett (Barrett Designs), Dr. Lily Driskoll (St Paul's Academy), Mark Shintaffer (Sound Beverage), today's speaker Major Kirby Jones and his relatives, and Sheriff Bill Elfo.

Announcements:  

Mike Werner says G&G ail net around $43,000.

Rotary Year 2013-14 slate of nominees for board officers/directors:
President elect nominee: Bob Moles
VP / Program Chair: Bill Geyer
Secretary: Stowe Talbot
Treasurer: Orphalee Smith
Director for two years: Dannon Traxler.

Bucks in the Bay

  • Eddie gone last week, but wanted to say how grateful he was to our club, and Mike Hammesin particular, for our Food Bank Thanksgiving donation;
  • Brad Cornwell with big welcome to Jones family (speaker), also he had relatives hiking on the Pacific Coast Trail, and football bucks;
  • Gordon Plume sorry had to bale out on G&G, but important potential project in CA;
  • Steve Spitzer missed meetings while on business in Europe, celebrated wife's birthday at Sorrento Hotel in Seattle;
  • Tim Krell happy bucks for Sounders game with daughter;
  • John Templeton missed meeting, so much to be grateful for, welcome Jones family;
  • Frank Chmelik son's success in running, Montana football game;
  • Aaron Lemperes for Hospice auction, daughter Sophia turned two yesterday;
  • Doug Wight missed G&G while "on business" in Palm Desert, Hospice auction will clear close to $250K!
  • Stan Dyer with another IOU, concerning Eddie?
  • Mike Hammes $100 for Foundation, opportunity for us to sponsor a farm for Food Bank, also opportunity for us to try wine called "Colby Red" proceeds will go to heart research;
  • Bob Tull for Hospice House auction a great success, especially thanks to Bryant E, Donna E and many others.
Soundings (11/20/12) G. Stowe Talbot 2012-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Nov 05, 2012

Flag Salute & Invocation by Phil X Hageman

Visiting Rotarians: Ray George

Guests: Kendall Pickerill (Hotel Bellwether), Curtis Dye's guest;

Announcements

  • Grape & Gourmet was a terrific success. Chuck Luttrell says about 43 bottles left, so we will make them available at firesale prices (Email chucklutt@comcast.net); Dennis gave special thanks to Lesa for food venders, the Myer sisters for auction, Chuck Luttrell, Henry Lee, Scotty, Mike Werner, Orphalee, Stew Ellison, Christine!!! and many more.  Next Sunday 1pm we need 4 or 5 volunteers to wash glasses with Barry at Padden Golf Club.
  • Dick Stark says he can provide signed books from last week's speaker, Ted Van Dyk; give him $20 plus your mailing address.

Bucks in the Bay

  • Dennis $100 for Foundation, glad to be done with G&G!
  • Brent Walker says he can hook anyone up with an amazing Eastern WA wine tour (via his alma mater Whitman College);
  • Dannon Traxler has two new beautiful babies!
  • Scotty $20 read a note from last week's SOM, and thanks to his G&G work team;
  • Dr. Curt Smith had an adventurous evening with lost keys, John Templeton saved the day, happy ending;
  • Chuck Luttrell thanks his G&G crew;
  • Curtis Dye made it home just in time for G&G, recently went back to Michigan with son to call on his 90 year old mom, visited his childhood haunts;
  • Mike Hammes has a challenge to purchase 500 turkeys for the Bellingham Food Bank ($1.23/lb) - Mike will match one for one.  $8,000 was raised at today's meeting! Please get your checks to Eddie (Natural Way Chiropractic on James Street) or Orphalee by the end of THIS WEEK;
  • Stan submitted Stew Ellison's $55 birthday bucks, also says Northwood Hall's greeter, Shannon, broke her leg severely last week and is recovering, a get-well card is being circulated;
  • Jim Johnson says there was a slavery speaker at the last District (?) meeting, also Jim will be snowbirding in San Antonio TX for the winter in his motor home, will be back here next spring;
Soundings (11/6/12) G. Stowe Talbot 2012-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Nov 03, 2012
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Bellingham Bay Rotary will hold its annual Grape & Gourmet wine and gourmet food tasting event on Sunday, November 4 from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Best Western Lakeway Inn in Bellingham.  Guests will sample wines from more than 30 regional wineries paired with a wide variety of gourmet food items from local restaurants.  A silent auction and an on-site wine shop will also be featured.  VIP tickets ($125 each) will allow early entry at 5:00pm.  Regular tickets are $75 each for the 6:30pm entry.  

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Mike Werner at 815-4269 (cell) or visit www.BellinghamBayRotary.com, or see our Facebook page here.
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Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Oct 29, 2012
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Stan Dyer 

Visiting Rotarians: Laurie Lloyd, Alina Coonc, Ray George & Julie Johansen, all from Rotary Club of Whatcom North 

Guests: three guests (Ted Van Dyke and friends) 

Announcements 

  • Grape & Gourmet - Sunday night Nov. 4th. Please buy tickets from Mike Werner, or available at Eddie Hansen's office. Also see our Facebook site. Tonja Myers still needs auction items.
  • Membership Committee, Bill Geyer, we still looking for perspective members. Send out Emails TODAY to solicit some ticket sales! 

Bucks in the Bay 

  • Christine great time at fellowship last week at the Table and concert at MBT; 
  • Phil X Hagenman 56th birthday!
  • Brad Cornwell $ for Husky victory;
  • Steve Kimberly $ from friend for Foundation; 
  • Patti $ for three weeks in Paris recently, will miss G&G; 
  • Dick Stark three weeks on East Coast - Virginia Boston, WA DC, North Carolina, and made it out ahead of storm; 
  • Donna will miss G&G, thanks all who went to fellowship event last week, advice where to hide jewelry in your house when you're on vacation; 
  • Tonja $ thanks to Lesa and Henry for auction items, her facility won a gold award for safety; 
  • Mimi $ for Husky victory, happy not to be in NYC right now (but she had a great time there two weeks ago), Brooks Mnfg already sending 15 trucks to East coast with crossing arms for the repair work; 
  • Dr. Curt Smith $ to fellow members of class of '52 who are our guest speakers today; 
  • Eddie Hansen thanks Donna for fellowship event, went to the Wiggles concert with kids and they sucked; 
  • Debbie Kiene missed meetings went to Cairo (very rough) and then Istanbul (very hospitable); 
  • Stan Dyer $100 for Foundation; 
  • Bob Becker with Husky bucks. 
Soundings (10/30/12) G. Stowe Talbot 2012-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Oct 22, 2012
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Stowe Talbot

Visiting Rotarians: Ray George

Guests: None

New member induction:  Bob Moles introduced Skip Sailors, a retired faculty member at WWU (professor emeritus), former member of the big club but wants to rejoin Rotary to , loves fishing, skeet shooting, and picking stocks.  Curt Smith did the honors.

Student of the Month:  Harold Scott introduced our SOM, Hannah Truang, also Squalicum councellor Micheller Nilson, and Hannah's parents Mic & Phung Truong.  Michelle is student leader at Squalicum HS, cheerleader, and dedicated volunteer. She went to Assumption School, where she learned about volunteering and serving others.  Wants to go into medicine, and possibly practice medicine in her parents homeland of Vietnam. 

Announcements

  • Next fellowship event will be Wednesday night, Oct 24, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band at MBT, and dinner at Table restaurant at 5:30pm (pay for your own dinner).  Eddie will have you MBT ticket at the dinner - they are $45 each.
  • Grape & Gourmet preparations.  The event is coming up soon on be Sunday night Nov. 4th.  Please buy tickets from Mike Werner (this week buy from Lance, however).  Also see our Facebook site.  Tonja Myers still needs auction items. Henry Lee talked about the "pre-order" wine list which was handed out today, very discounted prices, fill out your order send to Harold Scott, the deadline is THIS FRIDAY.  There will be a wine store at the event (upstairs this year), also there will be a pre-order wine list (this will be an important part of the event for the wineries).  Chuck still needs a few more people to volunteer for the wine shop.
  • Programs: Bob Moles still needs a musical Christmas program if anyone has any contacts with the high school music programs.
Soundings (10/23/12) G. Stowe Talbot 2012-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Oct 15, 2012
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Terry Myers

Visiting Rotarians: Rollo Van Slyke , Julie Johansen, Dale Holt, Ken and Ruth Grabeau.

Guests: None

Announcements
• Next fellowship event will be Wednesday night, Oct 24, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band at MBT, and dinner at Table restaurant at 5:30pm (pay for your own dinner). Eddie will have you MBT ticket at the dinner - they are $45 each.
Grape & Gourmet preparations. The event is coming up soon on be Sunday night Nov. 4th. Please buy tickets from Mike Werner. Also see our Facebook site. Tonja Myers still needs auction items. Barry and Henry Lee talked about the "pre-order" wine list which was handed out today, very discounted prices, fill out your order, the deadline is NEXT TUESDAY. There will be a wine store at the event (upstairs this year), also there will be a pre-order wine list (this will be an important part of the event for the wineries). Chuck still needs a few more people to volunteer for the wine shop. 
Soundings (10/16/12) G. Stowe Talbot 2012-10-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Oct 08, 2012
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Tonja Myers 

Visiting Rotarians: Ray George 

Guests: Eddie's guest, Carol & Sean Hogan (District Gov.) 

Induction of New Member Bill Gorman introduced new member Paul Twedt to the club. Welcome, Paul! 

Announcements 
 • Board meeting this Thursday, 7:30am at Barkley/Talbot Company office (2200 Rimland Drive #250, above On-Rice Thai Restaurant). 
 • Donna reminded us the next fellowship event will be Wednesday night, Oct 24:  5:30 dinner at Table restaurant (pay for your own dinner), then attend the MBT show of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - tix are $45 each. 
 • Christine talked about Grape & Gourmet preparations:  The event will be Sunday night Nov. 4th. Please buy tickets from Mike Werner. Also see our Facebook site. Tonja Myers still needs auction items. Thanks Tresha for being our main people organizer! Henry Lee says there will be a wine store (upstairs this year), also there will be a pre-order wine list (this will be an important part of the event for the wineries). 

Bucks in the Bay 
• Phil X Hageman saddened by the closing of the Bayside cafe; 
• Steve Spitzer missed meetings while on East Coast, amazed by the new technology; 
• Tim Krell was bicycling in Eastern WA, son (a freshman at BHS) going to Homecoming... with a sophomore girl! 
• Donna Edquist went to couple shows recently: Madonna (terrible), and then Carrie Underwood (awesome); 
• Tony Freeland was in Cabo, MX with coworkers, caught 8-foot sailfish; 
• Orphalee with some Husky bucks, even though lost to Ducks; 
• Stan with $100 in honor of our guests Sean and Carol Hogan; 
• Mike Kirkland glad to be wearing shorts in October. 
Soundings (10/9/12) G. Stowe Talbot 2012-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Oct 01, 2012
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Stan Dyer

Visiting Rotarians: Ray George, Rollo Van Slyke

Guests: Mimi's guest Rob Belka

Announcements
  • Next fellowship event will be Wednesday night, Oct 24, Wednesday night, dinner at Table restaurant (pay your own way) and then see The Nitty Gritty 
  • Dirt Band at MBT, ($45/ticket). Please see Donna if interested! 
  • Grape & Gourmet will be Sunday night Nov. 4th. Tickets on sale; each member responsible for selling (or donating to club) $300. Initially only 4 VIP tix per member. 30 to 35 wineries expected to show. Please sign up for volunteer duties. Tonja needs auction items. 
  • Bill Geyer, chairman of membership committee, went through a brief review / revision of the application form. Please committee will also develope a strategic plan: please tell us which industries or professions or people that are lacking and needed in the club; this will help us target people for membership. 
  • The BBRC fund is at about $184K.
Soundings (10/2/12) G. Stowe Talbot 2012-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Sep 24, 2012
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Donna Edquist

Visiting Rotarians: Ray George

Guests: Mimi's guest Rob Belka

New Member Applications
The membership committee and the board of directors has approved the application of Margarita Vartanyan, sponsored by Bob Moles.  Margarita owns Vartanyan Estate Winery, a local vintner (vewinery.com).  She has an MBA from WWU, and has been active in several community projects.  This notice will be posted to the general membership for two weeks; please see Bill Geyer or Dennis Archer if you have any concerns or comments.

Announcements
  • Donna said next Fellowship event will be Wednesday night, Oct 24:  First we will have dinner at Table restaurant (pay for own dinner), then pop next door to MBT and see The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band ($45/ticket). Please see Donna if interested!
  • Grape & Gourmet will be Sunday night Nov. 4th. Tickets going on sale next week, each member responsible for selling (or donating to club) $300. Initially only 4 VIP tickets ($125) per member will be available, but as many regular tickets ($75) as you want.  About 30 to 35 wineries are expected to show this year.
Bucks in the Bay
  • Lance Calloway will volunteer as a Seahawks ref, also announced upcoming Bellingham hockey season (the Blazers); 
  • Dick Stark for amazing Seahawks catch, and he has some tickets to Husky game available;
  • Gordon Plume $ for his dad (now 95) remembering coming to this club, his brother became prez of his Rotary club in CA, and his daughter was voted "super-lawyer" two years in a row;
  • Mimi Ferlin for 40th wedding anniversary, Mediterranean cruise, also visits to Mexico and Montana;
  • Glen Groenig 46 wedding anniversary, and a 67th birthday;
  • Paul Twedt appreciated football game.
Soundings (9/25/12) G. Stowe Talbot 2012-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Sep 17, 2012
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Bill Geyer

Visiting Rotarians: Dick Tucker, Homer and Phyllis Todd (Spokane), Jim Johnson's sister Janet Sullivan, and Tonja's brother Tim Ely.

Student of the Month: Harold Scott introduced Aramis Johnson, counselor at Squalicum, who in turn introduced Jessica Alvarez (her mom is Leticia Alvarez); Jessica thanked our club for the award and for her mom's support.  As a freshman, she started volunteering for North Cascades National Park (both in US and Canada), creating and repairing trails, she also taught the importance of nature and the environment at local middle school classrooms.  Scotty thanked Mark Turner, who has been taking a photo of each SOM; they are on display at the high school - it definitely raises our profile there.

Inductions
Harold Scott introduced our newest incoming member Paul Twedt.  Paul been with Northwestern Life Insurance & Financial Services for 20 years, first in Seattle, then opening the Bellingham office 10 years ago.  He is active in volunteering and community service.  Welcome, Paul!

New Member Applications
The membership committee and the board of directors has approved the application of Margarita Vartanyan, sponsored by Bob Moles.  Margarita owns Vartanyan Estate Winery, a local vintner (vewinery.com).  She has an MBA from WWU, and has been active in several community projects.  This notice will be posted to the general membership for two weeks; please see Bill Geyer or Dennis Archer if you have any concerns or comments.

Announcements
• Terry Brown reminded us about the fellowship event Wednesday night, Oct 24, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band at MBT ($45/ticket), and also a pre-event, no-host dinner at The Table restaurant.  Please see Donna if interested!

Bucks in the Bay
• Dennis $100 to our BBRC Foundation;
• Tim Krell son's birthday, then planning a fun cycle tour in Eastern WA, damn those sports people who make too much money!
• Tim McEvoy $100 two weeks in Ireland playing wet and windy golf;
• Bill Boyd $100 for foundation, 53rd birthday, retiring from the fire service, hired by Coastal Industrial Services;
• Terry Myers happy to have brother, Tim Ely, here this week;
• Bob Moles back from annual fishing trip in AK (with Mike Hammes), attended the Red White and Blue performance at Skagit Community College last week, it was amazing;
• Jim Johnson went to Northern CA to attend niece's wedding;
• Barry Kramer also heard the the hockey lockout is all year!
• Sue Sharp $100 for Foundation;
• Art Runestrand lost his cane, talked about one of his accomplished great grandsons who is now in college;
• Dick Tucker glad to be here and visit our club finally.
• Stan $100 for Foundation, back from road trip to CA (very hot!), attended his former Rotary club (Santa Monica) where lunch is $40, the Kentucky Derby is America's oldest professional sport started in 1865, and finally... volleyball is the most popular sport at nudist camps.
Soundings (9/18/12) G. Stowe Talbot 2012-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Sep 10, 2012
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Steve Swan

Visiting Rotarians: Max Legg

Announcements
  • Eddie asked everyone to put yourself on at least one Rotary committee;
  • Christine said Grape & Gourmet meeting at Archer Group tomorrow at 5:30pm;
  • Donna Edquist fellowship event Wed night, Oct 24 Nitty Gritty Dirt Band at MBT, and dinner at Table restaurant.  $45/ticket, pay for your own dinner.  Please see Donna if interested!
  • Amy's Place thanked us for our $1600 donation, which will go to expand their outreach effort;
Bucks in the Bay
  • Phil X was president eleven years ago today, thankful for the strength of American people, and for politicians NOT talking about the tragedy this time;
  • Brent Walker had birthday bucks, our foundation is now up over $180K!
  • Harold Scott student of the month will start next week, daughter just got married to a great guy;
  • Dona Edquist $ for international committee to mark her own birthday, happy with roadwork - Bellingham has comparatively good roads, football excitement;
  • Doug Wight proud of our club, our support in the community, successful pro-am golf tournament - record year!
  • Dennis Archer update on membership: We have now shed 22 people from our roles, but we still have 105 STRONG members;
Soundings (9/11/12) G. Stowe Talbot 2012-09-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Sep 03, 2012
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Glendine Barley

Visiting Rotarians: Fred Sexton, Brian Griffin

Guests: Todd Bruce (Terry Myers' oldest son)

Announcements:
  • Donna said we will have a fellowship event at MBT (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) and a dinner at Table restaurant Wednesday October 24th.  Stay tuned.
  • Board meeting Thursday morning 7:30am, Sept 13th.
Membership committee and board have approved two new member applications:
  • Paul Twedt - Sponsored by Lesa Boxx with additional references by Harold Scott, Karen Haggen and Lance Calloway.  Paul is the Managing Director of Northwestern Mutual in downtown Bellingham.  He is a member of the Bellingham Christian Scholl Board, the NAIFA Northwest Executive Board (an industry related trade group), and is active in the Chamber of Commerce.  Paul is an alum of WSU and holds various professional certifications.  Interests include golf, soccer and snowboarding. Paul resides in Bellingham with his wife Kym.  Classification would be Life Insurance. 
  • W.M. (Skip) Sailors - Sponsored by Bob Moles.  Skip previously served in the Bellingham Rotary Club for 20 years (1980-1999).  He now has time to return to active membership status and wishes to provide his community service in the Bellingham Bay Club.  Skip is a Professor Emeritus at WWU and is a CPA.  Interests include fishing, stock market investing and target shooting.  Skip and his wife Joan reside in south Bellingham.  Classification would be Senior Active. 
Comments or concerns can be addressed to Bill Geyer or Dennis Archer.
Soundings (9/4/12) G. Stowe Talbot 2012-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Aug 20, 2012
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Doug Wight

Visiting Rotarians: None

Guests: Remy Talbot

Announcements:
  • Bill Geyer of Membership Committee said Rotary membership has two goals "Reach one, keep one".  That means we need to recruit new members, and also reach out to existing members to keep them engaged in the club.
  • Eddie said crab feed is in two days at his house 5-8pm.
  • Grape and Gourmet committee is forming now, please see Christine especially if you have not yet served on this committee before.
  • John Templeton will be organizing a fellowship wine-tasting event at Mt Baker Winery, details forthcoming.
Membership committee and board have approved two new member applications:
  • Paul Twedt - Sponsored by Lesa Boxx with additional references by Harold Scott, Karen Haggen and Lance Calloway.  Paul is the Managing Director of Northwestern Mutual in downtown Bellingham.  He is a member of the Bellingham Christian Scholl Board, the NAIFA Northwest Executive Board (an industry related trade group), and is active in the Chamber of Commerce.  Paul is an alum of WSU and holds various professional certifications.  Interests include golf, soccer and snowboarding. Paul resides in Bellingham with his wife Kym.  Classification would be Life Insurance. 
  • W.M. (Skip) Sailors - Sponsored by Bob Moles.  Skip previously served in the Bellingham Rotary Club for 20 years (1980-1999).  He now has time to return to active membership status and wishes to provide his community service in the Bellingham Bay Club.  Skip is a Professor Emeritus at WWU and is a CPA.  Interests include fishing, stock market investing and target shooting.  Skip and his wife Joan reside in south Bellingham.  Classification would be Senior Active. 
Comments or concerns can be addressed to Bill Geyer or Dennis Archer.
Soundings (8/21/12) G. Stowe Talbot 2012-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Aug 13, 2012
Flag Salute and Invocation by Dean Fulton

Visiting Rotarians:  Ray George and Norman Vigre (both from Whatcom North)

Guests: None

Announcements

Tony Freeland looking for volunteers for flag salute and invocation duty;
thank you for doing the Soundings while I was gone, Tony!

Bob Moles interesting in receiving proposals/ideas for speakers for the coming year;

Club Assembly next week; a change for all club members to choose on which committee they will serve;

District Governor will be coming to our club in a little over a month;

Eddie's annual Crab Feed will take place Thursday evening Aug 23 from 5-8pm at his Lake Whatcom house (2351 Northshore Drive).  Bring the kids, bring your swimsuit! Please Email him (doceddie@comcast.net) if you can come and aren't already signed up.  He also needs a couple volunteers for set and clean up, very easy job.

Membership committee and board have approved two new member applications:
  • Paul Twedt - Sponsored by Lesa Boxx with additional references by Harold Scott, Karen Haggen and Lance Calloway.  Paul is the Managing Director of Northwestern Mutual in downtown Bellingham.  He is a member of the Bellingham Christian Scholl Board, the NAIFA Northwest Executive Board (an industry related trade group), and is active in the Chamber of Commerce.  Paul is an alum of WSU and holds various professional certifications.  Interests include golf, soccer and snowboarding. Paul resides in Bellingham with his wife Kym.  Classification would be Life Insurance. 
  • W.M. (Skip) Sailors - Sponsored by Bob Moles.  Skip previously served in the Bellingham Rotary Club for 20 years (1980-1999).  He now has time to return to active membership status and wishes to provide his community service in the Bellingham Bay Club.  Skip is a Professor Emeritus at WWU and is a CPA.  Interests include fishing, stock market investing and target shooting.  Skip and his wife Joan reside in south Bellingham.  Classification would be Senior Active. 
Comments or concerns can be addressed to Bill Geyer or Dennis Archer.
Soundings (8/14/12) G. Stowe Talbot 2012-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Freeland on Aug 06, 2012
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Flag Salute and Invocation by Tony Freeland

Visiting Rotarians: · Ray George – Whatcom North

Announcements:
· Ray George – Rubber Ducky raffle.
· Stu Ellison – Eddie’s crab feed on August 23rd.
· Bill Geyer – Membership meeting. Need more nominations.
Soundings (8/7/12) Tony Freeland 2012-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Freeland on Jul 30, 2012
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Flag Salute and Invocation by John Barry

Visiting Rotarians:
·         Trevor Holmes
·         Ray George – Whatcom North

Announcements:

·         Eddie Hansen – Crab feed on August 23rd. Needs volunteers
Soundings (7/31/12) Tony Freeland 2012-07-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry Lee on Jul 23, 2012

Flag Salute and Invocation by Glendine Barley

 Visiting Rotarians:

  • Kelli Linville – Bellingham Club
  • Ray George – Whatcom North

 Guests:

  • Scott Walker’s son Evan
  • Christine’s son Jonah.

 Announcements:

  • Steve Brummel with Brewers update – Expected to net $31k to $35k, thanked everyone including committee members and businesses that contributed.
  • Dennis Archer – Thanked Steve Brummel for his hard work. Still need chair for Sargent at Arms.
  • Eddie Hansen – Crab feed on August 23rd.

 Bucks in the Bay

  • Dennis Archer - $100 for Brewers and anniversary.
  • Glenn Groenig – Giving tickets, grandkids at the house, 5 rules for men.
  • Scot Swanson – Went camping with son who got sick so missed Brewers.
  • Steve Spitzer – Vacation in California including Big Sur and Pebble Beach. Daughter’s 6th anniversary, Son went to France and got engaged.
  • Anna Williams – Thanked all the cookers and for a good Brewers.
  • Terry Brown – Recognized Steve Brummel and Todd Ramsay for their hard work at Brewers.
  • Mark Turner – Missed Brewers, was traveling and taught a class.
  • Tim Krell – Was in Redmond and daughter is in soccer.
  • John Sleeth – Had 1 of 3 surgeries for DBS last Wednesday. 2nd is Wednesday the 25th and 3rd is in 3 weeks.
  • Jim Johnson – Bike ride to South Dakota with Cousin. Comment from stranger on how skinny he was.

 Sergeant at Arms by Bill Geyer

  • Glendine Barley – Bill will be praying for democrats
  • Christine – Son is nautiboy.
  • Stew Ellison – Ticket ladies seem to be using all of the tickets themselves.
  • Tony Freeland – Stationed at ticket entry for Brewers, bracelets same color as alma mater.
  • Whoever attended coal meeting.
  • Dale Collins and Bob Becker – Phone ringing.
  • Terry Myers – 2nd fine.
  • Flo Simon – Climbing fence at Brewers
  • Anyone who ran for some type of office.
  • Mike Werner – Having trailer on his truck.

Program: Kellie Linville – Bellingham Mayor

  • Owns Antique Mall, born/raised in Bellingham. 1966 graduate, Masters at WWU, elected 1992 to 42nd district in house, served 17 years, part of Bellingham Rotary Club.
  • Represents public interest based on due diligence, facts, expected results.
  • Interesting first 7 months.
  • One of biggest challenge is balancing budget. We’ve been deficit spending for 5 years.
  • Likes trying to manage city budget and being a role model.
  • Believes in public hearings.
  • $100k to eliminate red light cameras, not enough due diligence.
  • Hired projected manager for Lake Whatcom Watershed.
  • Progress on waterfront.
  • Establish relationship with Port and County Executive.
  • Q&A.

 Respectfully submitted,

Henry Lee

Soundings July 24, 2012 Henry Lee 2012-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Freeland on Jun 18, 2012
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Christine Palmerton

Visiting Rotarians: Ray George

Guests: Wife of Steve Spitzer

Announcements

Changing of the Guard Party at Boxx Farm evening of June 26th, please sign up at Rotary lunch or let Lesa know you will be attending.  No lunch meeting that day.

Terry Brown said Brewers by the Bay tickets now on sale.  Event is July 22nd, Sunday, from 1-5pm.  There will be about 30 brewers, 60 beers, plus an array of delicious BBQ food!  Each member is responsible for buying (and/or reselling) 10 tickets, but the more the better.

Ray George of Whatcom North Rotary has Rubber Ducky Raffle tickets for sale.  Grand prize is $2500

New Member Inductions:
1.  Sponsor Bob Moles introduced Dale Collins.  
2.  Sponsor Christine Palmerton introduced Nick Caples.

District Governor Sean Hodgins did the official honors.  Goals are 1. Stay engaged 2. Tell people about Rotary 3. Look after young generation 4. Support Rotary Foundation.
Soundings (6/19/12) Tony Freeland 2012-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Jun 11, 2012
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Dan Wilkerson

Visiting Rotarians: Dr. Lee Harmon

Guests
: Hanna Cassar, Skip Sailor

Announcements
Dr. Lee Harmon invited everyone to attend a September Musical Celebration benefitting Polio Plus.  Help raise enough moony for the campaign to make our district the highest donating district in North America.  Tickets are $100/each. Date is September 7th at McIntyre Hall in Burlington.  To date this year there have been only 64 reported cased of polio, but we need to eradicate it completed of the face of the earth.

Board meeting this Thursday morning at the Barkley/Talbot office (2200 Rimland Drive, Suite 250 on second floor).

Changing of the Guard Party at Boxx Farm evening of June 26th, please sign up at Rotary lunch or let Lesa know you will be attending.  

Steve Kimberly said the International Committee's fundraising dinner @ Ciao Thyme 6pm this Thursday June 14th.

Steve Brummel said Brewers by the Bay tickets now on sale.  Event is July 22nd, Sunday, from 1-5pm.  There will be about 30 brewers, 60 beers, plus an array of delicious BBQ food!  Each member is responsible for buying (and/or reselling) 10 tickets, but the more the better.

Anna gave update on proposed donation to Boys & Girls Club to buy new football helmets to replace outdated ones.  Stay tuned for more details.

New Member Inductions:
1.  Sponsor Stan and John Barry introduced Brian Pritchett.  Oldest of three boys, Brian was born in New Jersey, moved with family to Oak Harbor when father founded Logos Bible Software.  Brian worked at Logos, then in insurance, and now at Bank of America.  Welcome, Brian!
2.  Sponsor Bob Becker introduced Michael Bates.  Michael is a Bellingham native, first graduating class at Sehome HS, has had lots of community service and volunteering.  Welcome, Michael!
Bill Gorman did the official honors.


Soundings (6/12/12) G. Stowe Talbot 2012-06-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Jun 04, 2012
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Steve Beringer

Visiting Rotarians: Ray George

Guests
: None

Announcements
Bill Gorman reported on last weekend's District Conference at Semiahmoo:  Bill reported that last year there were no new cases of polio in India: A big indicator of success of the Rotary inoculation program.  Glendine said she learned that only 22% of the RYLA participants (at our District 5050 RYLA event this year) were from the US (the others, 78%, are Canadian).

Changing of the Guard Party at Boxx Farm evening of June 26th, tickets available soon.  

Steve Kimberly said the International Committee's fundraising dinner @ Ciao Thyme 6pm on June 14th; tickets still available! Contact Mary Humphries by Email!

Steve Brummel said Brewers tickets now on sale!  We should each try to sell 20 tickets each, 30 odd brewers and 60 odd beers to sample!

Bucks in the Bay
  • Dennis Archer for a birthday today! and will miss Lynn;
  • Glen Groenig with a funny anecdote;
  • Terry Brown proud of arrival of first grandchild!
  • Lynn Templeton had received a new assignment for B&G Club to work in Napa Valley, moving Calistogo, CA in July.  We will miss you, Lynn!
  • Mark Turner for missed meetings, more traveling working on his trees and shrubs book;
  • Dr. Curt Smith said the Husky crew team won a big regatta this weekend, anniversary of the Battle of Midway, birthday of 5-y-o grandson;
  • Brent Walker $ for our Foundation, 38 year anniversary, 30-year company anniversary, recognize Lynn Templeton;
  • Bill Gorman wife has new book (a Haunting in Fairhaven), recognize Lynn and all his contributions to the community;
  • Steve Swan for missed meetings, kudos to UW Hospital;
  • Dick Stark for WWU athletic department, and recognize Lynn for amazing work at B&G Club here;
  • John Templeton will miss his "bro", Lynn.
  • Lance Calloway thanks to Ray George, and Lynn Templeton;
  • Stan Dyer told a joke and sang happy birthday to Dennis!
Soundings (6/5/12) G. Stowe Talbot 2012-06-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on May 14, 2012
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Flag Salute and Invocation by Lisa Schork

Visiting Rotarians: None

Guests Anika Palmerton

Changing of the Guard Party party June 28th

Brewers by the Bay tickets going on sale soon.  Each member responsible for selling 10 tickets.

International committee fundraising dinner: At Ciao Thyme space on June 14th. Details coming soon.

Stan reported that our Squalicum interact club made over 100 baskets (our club donated over $500).

Bill Geyer and the membership committee recommends four new applicants for membership.  Before they are approved, these names will be circulated in the Soundings for two weeks to solicit concerns or comments.  The four applicants are:

  1. Mike Bates - sponsored by Bob Becker - retired Kraft Foods executive;
  2. Nick Caples - sponsored by Christine Palmerton - manager of Bellingham Bells;
  3. Brian Pritchett - sponsored by Stan Dyer & John Barry - independent insurance agent associated with Farmers’ Insurance;
  4. Dale Collins - sponsored by Bob Moles - manager at the Parkway Chateau retirement center.
Soundings (5/15/12) G. Stowe Talbot 2012-05-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Apr 16, 2012
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Flag Salute by Henry Lee

Visiting Rotarians Ray George, Kyle Jackson, John Stewart, Ron Wygle selling tulips.

Guests
: Nick from Bellingham Bells, Stan's significant other Carrie Dyer, and Stan's brother in law.  Also, Marcia McEvoy and other team members from the Action for Africa group.

Announcements  

Glen Groenig said Tuesday, May 8th is our annual golf round at Lake Padden Golf Club.  Lunch will be at noon, golf (optional) begins at 1pm. It will function as our lunch meeting, so DO NOT COME TO NORTHWOOD HALL THAT DAY!

OPPORTUNITY TO TRAVEL TO GERMANY:  Bob Becker reminded us that our District 5050 is planning a friendship exchange with District 1830 in NW Germany for September 12-30.  A team of 6-10 people will be formed. The exchange is for Rotarians and their significant others.  Airfare will be around $1000 - $1500, but most of the rest of the costs (transport, housing and meals) are covered by the German clubs. This is a very inexpensive and personal way to see Germany, and it's a great time of year to visit too!  Registration forms are due by this Friday April 20 along with $200 deposit.  Questions Email to Bob Becker at b-d-becker@comcast.net or call at 319-0170.  

Lesa said that June 26th (Tuesday evening) will be our annual "changing of the guard" party / BBQ at Boxx Farms. More details forthcoming!
Soundings (4/17/12) G. Stowe Talbot 2012-04-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Freeland on Apr 02, 2012
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Flag Salute Marilyn Olsen

Visiting Rotarians None

Anna Williams/Announcements

Dean Fulton and Teresa Myers to be inducted next week.

June 1-3 is next District Conference at Semiahmoo

Bob Moles/Bill Geyer Bylaw Amendments discussed and adopted

Guests Glendine Barley's great granddaughter, Brian Pritchett (Stan Dyer)
Soundings (4/3/12) Tony Freeland 2012-04-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Mar 12, 2012
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Flag Salute & Invocation by John Templeton

Visiting Rotarians: Ray George (Whatcom North)

Guests: Kevin Beason, Dale Collins, Paul Tweet, Daniel Kirkpatrick

Announcements

Friendship team coming from Germany (probably 4 people), we are still looking for homestays here in Bellingham! This will take place at the end of May, exact dates to be determined.

The RYLA application deadline is March 20th - online only. RYLA is a 4-day leadership camp, April 25-29, for young people age 18-25. Cost is $375, but our club pays it. To be held here in Whatcom County.

June 1-3 is next District Conference @ Semiahmoo.

Bucks in the Bay
  • Steve Brummell for a great WWU basketball win yesterday, team now going to KY;
  • Glen Groenig, in honor of Medicare, told a possibly inappropriate joke (but still funny);
  • Mark Turner thanked Stowe, Glen and Scotty for building fence at Boy Scout Camp Black Mountain past Saturday;
  • Steve with some birthday bucks for daughter and grandson;
  • Lesa Boxx for a trip and a birthday;
  • Tim Krell went to a Rangers soccer game, heard a good speaker;
  • Dannon T for missed meetings, and announced she is expecting twins!!!
  • Marla Sanger is moving soon to Vancouver WA for her job, her daughters live in Portland; FAREWELL, MARLA! WE WILL MISS YOU!
  • Mimi Ferlin babysat her two grandkids recently (so she can imagine how it's like with twins!), had a great time in the sun in La Paz recently, also Scot Swanson's team made semi-finals in CA last week! Also announced April 27 is the Boys & Girls Club annual auction invites everyone to sit at the Ferlin tables!
  • Stan Dyer making fun of our members as usual, also Jake Locker will be speaking at his church this weekend;
  • Aaron Lemperes birthday;
  • Debbie Kiene $ for our foundation for birthday, dinner at Ciao Thyme;
  • Dennis Archer really learned a lot at recent PETS conference, about polio cause in particular;
  • Bill Geyer involved with the Padden Trails rezone proposal;
  • Lance Calloway talked about Scot Swanson's soccer team and how they almost made the finals, also thanks Ferlins for the $200K pledge to Cancer Center;
  • Eddie went to Whistler with family.
Soundings (3/13/12) G. Stowe Talbot 2012-03-13 00:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Stephanie Sadler

Visiting Rotarians: Dean Fulton and Ray George

Guests: Mike Bates, Nick Caples

New member induction:  Lesa Boxx introduced her good friend and our newest member, Susie Betts, from Solutions Electric.  Bill Gorman did the official honors, demonstrated our "secret Rotary handshake", bestowed her Rotary pin, and issued the all-important first invoice.

Announements

Friendship team from Germany still looking for home stays!

Glendine Barkley says the RYLA application deadline is March 20th.  RYLA is a 3-day camp in April for young people age 18-25.  Cost is $375, but our club pays it.  To be held here in Whatcom County.  

Mark Turner announcement for volunteer service project at Boy Scout Camp Black Mountain:  The new date is Saturday March 10th.  Camp Ranger Jeremy "Ox" Casados has asked for our assistance to install approximately 1/4 mile of wire fence along the north property line. The camp recently had a land swap with a neighbor. The fence runs near the new High COPE course and will help keep Scouts from wandering off onto the neighbor's property as well as discouraging outsiders from wandering in. Most of the fenceposts are already in place, but a couple dozen may need to be installed. Mostly we'll be stringing wire and attaching it to the metal T-posts. Tools and equipment will be provided by the camp. Volunteers should bring work gloves, lunch, and water. Dress for the weather. The area along the fence line is uneven, on a hill, and a bit brushy. We'll have to walk a little to the work site. We need a crew of at least 6 people and expect the job will take 4-5 hours. Meet at 8 am Saturday, March 10 at the southeast corner of Sunset Square to carpool from Bellingham to Black Mountain. Sign up by sending an e-mail to Mark Turner or on the signup sheet at tomorrow's meeting. Questions? Give Mark a call at 360-671-6851.



Soundings (2/21/12) G. Stowe Talbot 2012-02-21 00:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Glendine Barkley

Visiting Rotarians: Ann Jones and Ray George

Guests: None

Announcements

Homestays needed for incoming "Friendship Delegation" from Germany:  District 5050 is excited to announce a call for clubs to host a Friendship Exchange team from District 1870 in Germany. The team will be 10-12 Rotarians from May 22 to June 12, but homestays only needed for a few of those days.

July 22 is Brewers by the Bay!

International Service Committee meeting Feb 16th, 5:30 at May's office!

Bill Geyer says Feb 28th is the next membership meeting!

Brad Cornwell says his Charitable Giving Committee is working on awarding grants, stay tuned!

The District Conference will be held June 1-3 at Semiahmoo, with pre-event golf tourney.

RYLA will start accepting applications for the RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards for young people ages 18-25) on Feb 1. The event itself will take place April 26-29 at a camp in Deming.  See Bill Geyer for details. 

Steve says the fellowship basketball event this Thursday night Feb 9 vs. Alaska Anchorage. 

Our club's board of directors and the Membership committe have both reccommended the following two membership applications for approval; their names will be published in the Soundings for two weeks for any comment or concerns from the club membership:

  • Charlie Sheldon, the Executive Director of the Port of Bellingham. His previous employment was with the Port of Seattle as an executive in the Seaport, Airport and Marine Terminal divisions. He has provided leadership and management in all aspects of budget and capital planning, as well as facilities and fisheries management during prior work at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Charlie obtained a BS from Yale, and an MS from the University of Massachusetts. His interests included backpacking and rowing. Prior community service includes trail maintenance in Kitsap County and serving on the Chief Seattle Club Board. Charlie lives in Bellingham with his partner Ronda. Charlie was sponsored by Frank Chmelik.
  • Susie Betts, co-owner of Solutions Electrical, a local electrical contractor serving Whatcom County. She has worked as an apprentice electrician in addition to all the administrative work in growing her business since 2007. Previously she served as the NW Regional Sales Director for Arizona Beverage Co from 2003-07. Susie’s community service includes numerous Board positions, including Whatcom Women in Business, BIAWC, Whatcom/Bellingham Chamber of Commerce, Susan G. Komen Foundation, Whatcom County Food Bank, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Whatcom County and Whatcom County Medical Society Alliance. Susie resides in Bellingham and her additional interests include skiing, golfing, biking and scuba. She was sponsored by Lesa Boxx with add'l references by Stan Dyer and Christine Palmerton. 
Soundings (2/7/12) G. Stowe Talbot 2012-02-07 00:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute and Invocation by Dave Harding

Visiting Rotarians: Ray George Dean Fulton, Jeff Caldwell (Heating Green, LLC), and Jennifer Sheldon (SBDC).

Guests: None

Homestays needed for incoming "Friendship Delegation" from Germany:  District 5050 is excited to announce a call for clubs to host a Friendship Exchange team from District 1870 in Germany. The team will be 10-12 Rotarians from May 22 to June 12, but homestays only needed for a few of those days.

The District Conference will be held June 1-3 at Semiahmoo, with pre-event golf tourney.

RYLA will start accepting applications for the RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards for young people ages 18-25) on Feb 1. The event itself will take place April 26-29 at a camp in Deming.  See Bill Geyer for details. 

Steve announced fellowship basketball event in 1 week: Thursday night Feb 9 vs. Alaska Anchorage. 

Student of the Month: Scotty introduced our SOM Ellie Stephenson and her parents Amy Knight and Jon Stephanson. Student advosor Steve Wiley interviewed Ellie at the podium. Ellie is a senior at Squalicum High School and involved in many extra-curricular activities: Young Life, summer camps, mentoring and volunteering. She is a dancer and dance teacher. Steve says Ellie is very self-directed. She would love to study business at college.

Our club's board of directors and the Membership committe have both reccommended the following two membership applications for approval; their names will be published in the Soundings for two weeks for any comment or concerns from the club membership:

  • Charlie Sheldon, the Executive Director of the Port of Bellingham. His previous employment was with the Port of Seattle as an executive in the Seaport, Airport and Marine Terminal divisions. He has provided leadership and management in all aspects of budget and capital planning, as well as facilities and fisheries management during prior work at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Charlie obtained a BS from Yale, and an MS from the University of Massachusetts. His interests included backpacking and rowing. Prior community service includes trail maintenance in Kitsap County and serving on the Chief Seattle Club Board. Charlie lives in Bellingham with his partner Ronda. Charlie was sponsored by Frank Chmelik.
  • Susie Betts, co-owner of Solutions Electrical, a local electrical contractor serving Whatcom County. She has worked as an apprentice electrician in addition to all the administrative work in growing her business since 2007. Previously she served as the NW Regional Sales Director for Arizona Beverage Co from 2003-07. Susie’s community service includes numerous Board positions, including Whatcom Women in Business, BIAWC, Whatcom/Bellingham Chamber of Commerce, Susan G. Komen Foundation, Whatcom County Food Bank, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Whatcom County and Whatcom County Medical Society Alliance. Susie resides in Bellingham and her additional interests include skiing, golfing, biking and scuba. She was sponsored by Lesa Boxx with add'l references by Stan Dyer and Christine Palmerton. 
Soundings (1/31/12) G. Stowe Talbot 2012-01-31 00:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Bryant Engebretson

 

Visiting Rotarians: None

 

Guests:  Remy Talbot, Allan Sheen and Archer


New Member Induction: Flo Simon, deputy police chief, introduced as our newest member.  Formalities by Bob Tull.  Welcome to our club, Flo!


No Board meeting this coming Thursday (due to expected snow)!


New Rotary budget will be discussed at next board meeting.


Bucks in the Bay

  • Orphalee for confusion she may have caused re. dues;
  • Harold Scott;
  • Bryant for three days of skiing at Big White;
  • Bob Moles best wishes to Jim Johnson for his upcoming trip to India.

Soundings (1/17/12) G. Stowe Talbot 2012-01-17 00:00:00Z 0
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Flag Salute and Invocation by John Sleeth

Guests:  John Fulton (South Puget Sound Club)

Announcements

Bell ringing went very well;

Fence project postponed until March!

Please mark your calendar for the next Rotary Fireside on Thursday, January 12 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm, wine tasting and hor dourves at Giuseppi's.  The Fireside provides new members with information about our club, District 5050, Rotary International and any other tidbits to enable you to be an active Rotarian.  The invitation is for all new members who joined within the past year, any Rotarian that has not attended a Fireside, and any other member that will share their Rotary experience. See Bill Geyer for details. 

Upcoming District Events are now open for registration, click below for details:

International Projects Seminar (Surrey, BC) January 28 
Rotary Leadership Institute (Canada) February 25
Membership Seminar (Mt. Vernon) March 17

Bucks in the Bay

  • Stephanie 54 year anniversary!
  • Brad $17 for Duck's Rose Bowl victory!
  • Ellen happy $ for pregnancy!
  • Tim Krell had a happy New Year, skied Baker, Sun Peaks and attended Canucks game;
  • Dennis $ for upcoming new grandson!
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Flag Salute and Invocation: Tonja Myers

Guests: Bob Becker’s wife, Glen Groenig’s wife, Lesa Boxx’s friend Susie, Curtis Smith’s wife and daughters, Kimberly of North West Youth Services

Bucks in the Bay (things we are thankful for):

  • Donna Edquist-Husband’s health 
  • Anna Williams-Orphalles’s cooking 
  • Tim Krell-Skiiing 
  • Stan Dyer-wife of 30 years 
  • Tonja Myers-Stan’s Rotary photos
  • Eddie Hansen-wife and kids 
  • Lesa Boxx-Rotary friends 
  • John Templeton-good business 
  • Henry Klos-better business 
  • Dick Stark-wedding anniversary 
  • Dannon Traxler-39 years old 
  • Curtis Smith-anniversary 
  • Barry Kramer-sold golf course biz

Sergeant at Arms: by Lynn Templeton

Program: John Sleeth played Christmas songs on the piano

Respectfully submitted, 

Tony Freeland

Soundings (12/13/11) G. Stowe Talbot 2011-12-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Oct 24, 2011
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 Flag Salute & Invocation:  Jorge Alvarez

Visiting Rotarians:   Pete Kremen and Randy Carr (Whatcom North)

Guests:  Jim Gruett, Charlie Sheldon, Jack Louws

Student of the Month:  Leena Kirschman said the SOM is Nathan Mattix.  Squalicum Counselor Steve Wiley introduced Nate; he said Nathan sings in choir, takes AP classes, gets a 3.9 GPA, plays on varsity basketball team, and is a National Merit Scholar.  Nate said he has volunteered at a camp  at South Whidbey, also volunteered with the rest of his basketball team teaching younger kids in July.  Also during Spring Break he volunteered at the Firs camp helping with troubled kids.

Announcements:

Grape & Gourmet:  Two more organizational meetings, Dennis said the next one this Thursday at 5:30pm at Archer Group office.  Gordon Plume is in charge of the clean-up committee, he needs a few more people - it will be quick one hour after the event.  Mary said about 95 VIP and 100 regular tickets still available.  Please buy your tickets!   Eddie has tickets available for sale at his office.  Tonja Myers is still looking for silent auction items!

Service Projects Committee, Henry Klos said he needs a couple more people to help tomorrow (Wednesday) evening 6pm at Amy's Place to move furniture for about an hour.  ALSO, we will be stringing fence, THIS Saturday November 5, 8am at Camp Black Mountain (Silver Lake). Please sign up!

Soundings (10/25/11) G. Stowe Talbot 2011-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Freeland on Oct 10, 2011
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Flag Salute & Invocation:  Dick Stark

Visiting Rotarians:  Larry Farr, Sunrise Rotary Club, running for Bellingham City Council

Guests:  Matt, husband of Dannon

Sergeant of Arms: Denise Bosman

Announcements:

Dennis Archer:  Announced and distributed list of Grape & Gourmet Team Leaders

Mary Humphries:  G&G ticket collections at $20,000, 8 VIP tickets left, ½ to ticket sales goal.

Barry:   Club members will have the opporunity to pre-order wines at a reduced price.  A list of wines and prices will be distributed.  Orders need to be received by no later than 5pm, Tuesday October 18, 2011.  Please fill out and Email your request to Harold Scott at harold.scott@nmfn.com.  Your pre-ordered wines must be picked-up the day of the event (beginning at 5-8 pm) unless other arrangements have been made. 

Bill Geyer:  Will send out Email with flyer describing the event for your use to sell tickets.

Tonja Myers:  Looking for auction items, G&G auction committee meeting 4:30 at Scotty Browns on Friday

Lesa Boxx:  Harborside Restaurant will participate, Health Department has approved the event, we now have 17 restaurants and 36 wineries

Henry Kloss:  Service Committee, Amy’s House, Oct 26th is open house and Oct 27th is dessert auction

Anna:  Board meeting at 7:30 am Thursday morning at Stowe Talbot’s office; will review updated by-laws, vote on them November 1.  Also, Rotary Leadership Dinner on November 19th in Mt. Vernon.

Dennis Archer:  G&G organizational meeting 5:30 pm at his office this Thursday.

Soundings (10/11/11) Tony Freeland 2011-10-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Oct 03, 2011
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Denise Bosman

Visiting Rotarians: Ray George (Thursday club)

Guests: Someone
  
Anna says she will have a message going out soon on all the various ways to register "make-ups" and get our attendance statistics up!

Grape & Gourmet:  Everyone needs to sign up for at least one volunteer activity.  Re. ticket sales:  Mary says the minimum member obligation is $300 ($75 per ticket, or VIP "early entry" tickets are $125).  You must pay when you pick up your tickets; no IOU's!  Henry reports that we now have 21 wineries committed to attend.  Lynn T says every member is now assigned to at least one volunteer task for the event - please see Tresha if you want to change your assignment.  
     
Membership Committee:  There will be a Fireside in mid-October, it is mandatory for all new members and new-member sponsors, 

Bucks in the Bay
  • Gordon Plume missed meetings because he's been going down to California frequently on a big job, also recently had a great evening with wife of 33 yrs;
  • Dick Stark recommends Oysterfest in Shelton first weekend in October;
  • Mark Turner still working on photo book on West Coast, he is a supporter of the milk fund for Bellingham Food Bank;
  • Jody Bierman for missed meetings, kudos to PeaceHealth;
  • Aaron took family to Vancouver Island;
  • Stan Dyer;
  • Steve Kimberly went to Colorado fly fishing;
Soundings (10/4/11) G. Stowe Talbot 2011-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Sep 26, 2011
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Flag Salute & Invocation by Donna Edquist

Visiting Rotarians: Austin Wong (from the big club)

Guests: John Barry's wife Kaileen, and SOM Jacqueline Scheffer and her mom Katrina.
 
Student of the Month:  Jacqueline Sheeffer talked about some of her volunteer activities, which include helping with many middle school (Shuksan MS) sports events and orchestra activities, plus teaching and fundraising for them.  She is planning on attending WWU, majoring in music education.
 
Anna says Patti needs help with the Sergeant at Arms duties.  Please call her if you are interested. 

Grape & Gourmet:  Mary says is the minimun obligation is $300 ($75 per ticket, or VIP "early entry" tickets are $125).  You must pay when you pick up your tickets; no IOU's!  Henry reports that we now have 21 wineries committed to attend.  Lynn T says every member is now assigned to at least one volunteer task for the event - please see Tresha if you want to change your assignment.  Thursday at 5:30 at Dennis Archer's office is the next org meeting
 
Stan reported on a recent meeting of our Squalicum Interact club, 75 young people attended and this time they helped with the Bellingham Bay Marathon! 
 
Rotary leadership conference last weekend:  Dennis, Christine, John Porter and Anna attended.  Anna reported some of the things she learned.  
 
Amy's Place: A  place for kids to come off the streets.  Henry Kloss reported they need $300-$500 to cover their lease until the end of the years, asked for donations.
 
John reported there will be a service project this Friday: Detailing the van of the organization "The Rebound"; it will take place at NW Baptist Church 5pm on Friday! 
 
Membership Committee:  There will be a Fireside in mid-October, it is mandatory for all new members and new-member sponsors, 

Bucks in the Bay
  • Bill Gorman needs a marketing and sales person;
  • Stephanie gave $50 to Amy's Place;
  • Lance Calloway, for anniversary, was challenged working at 3-y-o son's preschool;
  • Eddie went to Seahawks' game;
  • John Gargett missed meetings, been very, very busy!
  • Dan Pike $ for Amy's Place, and glad to report he presented City Council a balanced budget;
  • Tim Krell son turned 14, weekend in Sunnyside, WA;
  • Lisa Schork still doing long-term health insurance, recently had 5 claims in one month!
  • George Bowen has been reading his Rotarian Magazine; 
  • Ken Oplinger took daughter to Sounder's game;
  • Sue Sharp $ for Foundation, her family has been homeless waiting for remodel to be completed, but now moved in to the new place!
  • Barry Hanson $ for Amy's Place, sold his house!
  • Mike Hammes gave another $200 to  Amy's Place;
  • Austin Wong owns his own local geo-tech engineering consulting firm;
  • John Templeton sold Barry's house;
  • Hernry Kloss thanked everyone for the Amy's Place donations
Soundings 9/27/11 G. Stowe Talbot 2011-09-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Sep 25, 2011
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Bellingham Bay Rotary will hold its annual Grape & Gourmet wine and gourmet food tasting event on Sunday, November 6 from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Best Western Lakeway Inn in Bellingham.  Guests will sample wines from more than 32 regional wineries paired with 20 area restaurants offering a wide variety of gourmet food items. Also featured will be a silent auction and an on-site wine shop.  A special VIP party ($125 per ticket) will be held from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.  For those who prefer to attend from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. tickets are $75.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Christine Palmerton (360) 815-2688 or visit www.BellinghamBayRotary.com.

Annual Grape & Gourmet Wine and Gourmet Food Tasting G. Stowe Talbot 2011-09-26 00:00:00Z 0