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Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Oct 18, 2016
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:
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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