Happy Monday everyone! Hard to believe this is the last day of August….where did the month go?!?
During last week's meeting, we had an excellent program by Dillon Honcoop from Whatcom County Farms, our mystery guest was a FBI agent from California, and Brett won the NautiGirl prizes via the Wheel of Fun. Hope to see ya'll in September! Here are our upcoming September programs:
September 8th: Carol Tichelman, Rotary District 5050 Govenor
September 22nd: Felicity Dye, Rotary Youth Exchange
Information below includes:
  • Message from President Mike: Community Service:  Do you have a suggestion?
  • Club Zoom meetings: Lessons from the first two month
  • Rotary International Foundation: What is a Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member?
  • Food Bank volunteer opportunity: same as last week 
  • 2020-21 Club Budget: same as last week
Message from  President Mike- Community Service:  Do you have a suggestion?
As the club continues to search for and be presented with volunteer opportunities we feel that it’s important to hear from you as to the types of community service you would like to perform.   In our club survey 80% of you indicated that it was either important or very important to perform community service.  If you have a project in mind or know of a unmet need in our community please reach out to Tony Freeland  or myself. Also, for those of you who weren’t able to attend the orientation question/answer zoom meeting regarding food bank deliveries that information was recorded and is available upon request  Let me know if you’re interested and I’ll send you the link  
Club Zoom meetings: Lessons from the first two month
One positive outcome of our Tuesday Zoom meetings is that we are seeing a number of member that we haven’t had the pleasure of seeing at in-person meetings on a regular bases (Guy, Denise, Erik, Flo, Marlys). That has been a real treat!   
We have also learned that managing meetings via Zoom can be tricky, so we are going to try some new protocols in September:
  1. The Program must go on!:  To respect everyone’s schedules (including our speakers), we will start the programs promptly at 1:00. This may mean that we skip the SOA portion of the meetings, and rely on ourselves to assess personal fines and pay up!
  2.  You’ve been muted!: To manage the meetings more effectively (e.g., distractions, turn-taking, time) Lesa will be putting everyone on mute.
  3.  Hands up!: As would be the case in our face-to-face meetings, please raise your hand if you’d like to speak. Either Mike or Lesa will call on you. Remember to unmute yourself at this time…remember, Lesa will have muted your mic 😉
If you have any additional suggestions for how we can improve our Tuesday Zoom lunches, please let President Mike know!
Rotary International Foundation-  What is a Foundation Sustaining member?
A Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member is an individual who personally contributes US$100 or more each Rotary year to the Annual Fund. These contributions also count toward Paul Harris Fellow, Multiple Paul Harris Fellow, Paul Harris Society, EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year), Major Donor, and club recognition. Use the Club Foundation Banner Report to see your club’s Rotary Foundation Sustaining Members. For $10 a month, you too can be a Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member and help provide life-changing opportunities for those in need on a yearly basis!
Food Bank Volunteer Opportunity-same as last week
President Mike recently contacted the Whatcom Volunteer Center to determine if there were unmet needs in the community that we in Rotary could assist with.  Turns out that there is a great need for drivers to make deliveries for the Food Bank to high risk individuals and families who are unable to pick up food at any of the Food Banks.
Below you will find more information about this volunteer opportunity.   Please consider making a difference in this way.   The following information was provided by the Whatcom Volunteer Center:
During the COVID pandemic Whatcom Unified Command, the Bellingham Foodbank and the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County have been working to get food bank boxes delivered to high risk individuals and families throughout Whatcom County who are not able to pick up food at the regular food bank locations. Each Friday volunteer drivers currently deliver about 800 boxes to people in need.
Starting in September, we are going to need 30 volunteers each week to help out with deliveries and support on site. Deliveries start around 8am each Friday and usually go until about 12 or 1pm.  This is a no-contact volunteer opportunity. We have lifted age restrictions for this project, so as long as you are low-risk health wise, we are grateful for your support!  An online orientation for the foodbank delivery project was recorded.  If you are interested in helping out, please go here: https://whatcomvolunteer.galaxydigital.com/need/detail/?need_id=521579 
2020-21 Club Budget-same as last week
The Board approved the 2020-21 budget during our August board meeting. Check your email for a copy of the budget, or contact President Mike.