Bellingham Bay Rotary Club
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Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Northwood Hall
3240 Northwest Av.
Bellingham, WA  98225
United States
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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.
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 (  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: 
David S. McEachran
Feb 21, 2017
Whatcom County Prosecuting Attorney
Tonja Myers, Terry Myers & Andi Leebron-Clay
Feb 28, 2017
Aging Parents & Medicare
Christine Perkins
Mar 07, 2017
Executive Director, Whatcom County Library System
Brian Griffin, Author
Mar 14, 2017
Fairhaven: A History
Ola Lessard
Mar 21, 2017
VP Consumer Marketing & Communications, Barlean's
President Dannon
Mar 28, 2017
Club Engagement & Stratetgic Planning
Scott Hendrickson
Apr 04, 2017
Bellingham Neighbors Together
Whatcom Community College Site Visit
Apr 11, 2017
STEM Robotics and 3D printing
Mystery Meeting....
Apr 18, 2017
You wont want to miss this one!!!
Bob Ferguson
May 02, 2017
Attorney General for Washington State
Eric Chambers & Patrick Drum
May 16, 2017
New Member Talks
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Past President
RI Foundation Chair
Program Chair
Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...
The Rotarian Conversation with Ban Ki-moon
One of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s earliest memories is of fleeing with his family into the mountains during the Korean War, his village burning behind him. His father and grandfather had to forage for food in the woods; his mother gave birth to his siblings away from anything remotely resembling a health facility. “I have known hunger,” he says. “I have known war, and I have known what it means to be forced to flee conflict.” The soldiers who came to their rescue were flying the blue flag of the United Nations. The UN provided them with food and their schools with books....
Culture: Life in the bike lane
Like a lot of us, I spent much of my childhood riding bikes, but fell out of the habit for a while. Forty years. Then my wife and I moved to New York, where cyclists risk their necks in a daily Thunderdome of cabs, police cars, firetrucks, double-decker buses, messengers on motorbikes, and delivery trucks backing around corners at 20 miles an hour. Not for me! At least not until my 50th birthday, when my metabolic furnace flamed out. Calories started going directly from beer bottle to beer belly. It was time to start exercising. Either that or give up Samuel Adams, and I couldn’t do that to...