Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Oct 15, 2019
Flag Salute & Invocation by Tim Krell
Visiting Rotarians: None
Guests: Eddie's guest Jim from Bellingham Marine Inc. Mike’s wife Diane.
Last weekend's volunteer work party at VFW: There was a good turnout thanks to Sean, Inga, Tim, Martin, Curtis, Michael Tilly, Tony Freeland, several others, and their wives!
Bellingham’s three Rotary clubs will gathering for a joint fellowship event on Thursday October 17th, 4:30 - 6:30pm, at Twin Sisters Brewery, with catered food.
Wines by the Water - October 19th at the Hotel Bellwether. Special “Rotary” tickets available for early entry at 4 pm. General admission to the public starts at 5:30. The event runs until 8pm. The special Rotary ticket includes entry into a door prize drawing which will be held at 5:30 before GA admission. Each Rotarian is being asked by the board to purchase two tickets at $95 each.  See Christine Palmerton ( for tickets now, or via Eventbrite ( Special thanks Jim from Bellwether and Donna 
Special Olympics Bowling Event (Oct. 26th): Our Community Service Committee and the Special Olympics Washington Bellingham have organized a great opportunity for us to serve our community by supporting a bowling competition at Park Bowl, on October 26th.  We have volunteer shifts available from 8-12pm, 12-4pm, or 8am-4pm, contact Tony if interested:
October 29th NO MEETING. Instead there will be a BBRC fellowship event at at Thousand Acres Cider House - 4:30pm on October 29th - stay tuned for more details.
Business Bucket by John Bosche was in NYC delivering report to bankers and investors on solar. Attended the Harvard Club - in a tee shirt!
Bucks in the Bay
  • Mike Bates going to CA to housesit the grandkid;
  • Curtis enjoyed hosting the exchange student, and will miss the wine event;
  • Tim Krell was at Elizabeth Station where he met people from Nebraska with common connections, small world;
  • Martin Meade $100 Red Cross, loses his red ribbon!
  • Lesa leaving for France next week but back just in time for the Hospice House event;
  • Addie Brown missed meetings;
  • Lance happy bucks son’s football game, which is heading to championship game next week!
SAA by Bill Geyer
Fines for misc. sins, trivia on history
Lance introduced Derek Koellman from Anchor QEA - 
Derek has been 31 years in Bellingham, graduated from WWU, started work at Whatcom County Planning, then salmon recovery, and now at AnchorQEA for last 11 years.  He is the planning and restoration specialist for the company. And a musician (with a band called Fritz and the Freeloaders! -
Anchor (Environmental) was founded in 1997 to do the big restoration project on Bellingham Bay. Several year later the firm merged with a company on the East coast and they became AnchorQEA: Waterfront work, regulatory work, clean up sites.  380 employees on both coasts. Diversity. Scholarships, and volunteering.

Some of their local projects:
  • Whatcom Waterway
  • Boulevard park overpass “decomissioning”
  • North Lake Samish bridge replacement
  • Birch Bay shoreline restoration
  • Bham shipping terminal
  • Harris Ave. Pier
  • Blaine Harbor sawtooth
  • Philips 66 dock work (sediment sampling)
Docks for Kids in process for three years.  Bloedel Park used to have an H-shaped floating dock up until 1998, which was used by many kids for all over Bellingham.  The new dock is an effort for finally shut down the bridge jumping that happens on Electric Ave.
Proposed dock structure: An H-shaped dock with a couple bump outs with slides.  Light-penetrating grating provides less shade for predatory fish to hide.
Involvement by:
  • Citizens
  • BBRC 
  • COB
  • BMI
  • Powertex Survey
  • Anchor QEA
  • Whatcom Rowing Association
Scope of Work:
  • Meeting with BBRC
  • Apply for and obtain the permits
  • Agency coordination
  • Sediment quality coordination
Many milestones completed already, next up: permit applications, public notices, receive permits by April 2020, and construction by May.
Next week speaker: Greg Baker of Bellingham School District
Curtis wins the raffle.
Respectfully submitted,
Stowe Talbot