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Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Mar 21, 2017
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.
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 himselff 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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