Flag Salute & Invocation by Doug Wight
Visiting Rotarians: None
Guests: None
Dannon related more from the history of the club 1996-7 (downtown block party with John Hiatt headlining, some goodwill exchanges with the newly formed Nakhodka (Russia) Rotary Club;  
Fellowship events planned:  Hockey on Saturday, February 4th, 7:35pm - pre-game dinner? (see Tim Krell - sign up sheet next week).
Steve Kimberly will be organizing an International Committee fundraiser dinner at Ciao Thyme in April or May; stay tuned for more details.
Third Thursday BBRC Networking Lunch (January 19th) noon at Hearthfire, see Carlye for details.
Dannon mentioned an upcoming meeting for the “member engagement committee” at Caffe Torre (Bellingham Towers) on January 27th at 7:30am. 
Business Bragging Bucket 
  • John Templeton about the real estate market; a great time to buy a higher-end home.
  • Tyler Byrd gave a plug for "The Startup Challenge": an annual event held each March in Bellingham for aspiring entrepreneurs to see if they have what it takes to make it in the startup world.  Tyler is looking for business mentors with experience in manufacturing and marketing, willing to spend a few hours with young entrepreneurs at the event in March.  More details soon.
Bucks in the Bay
  • Stan Dyer;
  • Dannon Traxler with a plug for and invitation to join her at this Sunday’s Womxn’s March On Bellingham, this Sunday 11am https://www.facebook.com/events/678137775697621/ 
  • Andy Clay starts her emergency medical technician (EMT) class;
  • Curtis Dye attending a Rotary event on Sunday, also went up to White Rock with his 19 year old son Johnny to try out some alcohol - legally!
  • Frank Chmelik happy the younger son is off to college this weekend, his other son now deployed in Germany with the army doing logistics for “Operation Atlantic Resolve:   http://www.eur.army.mil/atlanticresolve/ 
  • Scotty with 73 birthday bucks!
  • Bill Gorman recently received training in “Peace Making Circle” (a leadership practice of listening and storytelling to build trust and strengthen relationships. The Peacemaking Circle process taps into both ancient practices and modern processes to create trust, intimacy, goodwill, belonging, generosity, and reciprocity.) - the process is starting to be used in the juvenile justice system.  See more info here: https://vimeo.com/154525222 
  • John Templeton on the dangers of home gyms;
  • Jim Logghe reflecting on the ups and downs of having a son and grandson home living with him and his wife;
Sergeant at Arms by John Purdie
Fines for various misdemeanors.
New Member Talk
John Purdie born in Tacoma, then moved to Lake Quinalt.  Leadership in high school, then attended college at WWU.  After college John went to work at various residents’ halls at colleges around the country.  Worked on his Phd too.  Was overjoyed to finally get hired at WWU where he worked for the next 10 years, before jumping ship to join Mount Baker Theatre as development director.  John has for many years volunteered at Bellingham Theater Guild, spearheading the most recent (and very successful) capital campaign and remodel project (see: http://www.btg4thefuture.com).  He and his wife have three daughters.  John talks about the trials and tribulations of being such a high energy guy!  John loves being in Rotary.  
It’s great to have you onboard, John!
Respectfully submitted, 
Stowe Talbot