Bellingham Bay Rotary Club
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Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Northwood Hall
3240 Northwest Ave
Bellingham, WA  98225
United States
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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
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!
Bob Ferguson
May 02, 2017
Attorney General for Washington State
Derek M. Long
May 09, 2017
Executive Director, Sustainable Connections
Eric Chambers & Patrick Drum
May 16, 2017
New Member Talks
Dr. Lasanna Lahner
May 30, 2017
Sealife response + rehab + research
Karen Burke and others
Jun 13, 2017
Human Trafficking in Whatcom County
Dale Zender
Jun 20, 2017
Peace Health
Changing of the Guard (Monday)
Jun 26, 2017
Evening Event at VFW-Bellingham
No Meeting (Tuesday)
Jun 27, 2017
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...