Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Oct 03, 2017
Flag Salute & Invocation by Tresha Dutton
Visiting Rotarians: None
Guests: None
Bill Geyer with report on the recent dedication party for the Lydia Place remodel and expansion.  He presented our club with a gift from Lydia Place of a painting by Ben Mann.  Bill thanked Phil Hageman and Mike Hammes among many others for their hard work on this project.
Bryant with Grape & Gourmet update:  Four tickets and an invoice has been sent to each BBRC member; please pay up to Bryant by check or credit card and consider buying more!  Sunday Nov 5th is the event, the organizing committee meets weekly each Thursday at Bryant’s office (at 4pm ?).  Also please buy gift certificates for some of our restauranteurs - see Bryant.
Next BBRC board meeting Thursday October 12th 4:30pm at Tradewinds Capital board room.
Business bucket by Phil Hageman with report on the Lydia Place project. 
Bucks in the Bay
  • Tresha went to Leavenworth;
  • Pete Wolkin missed meetings, working and traveling a lot, and hired Tonja!
  • Bob Moles went to Iceland and then Canada fishing, shared moving and inspirational memories of Art Runestrand;
  • Mark Turner went camping in mountains, and received a nice royalty check from his publisher for books;
  • Brad Cornwell went on a “brewery bike ride” (ten stops!);
  • John Templeton 100 y.o. mon passed away, and there was a nice party to celebrate her life;
  • Andy Clay happy bucks to live in Bellingham, and big thanks to son Pete for all his help with the family business!
Sergeant at Arms by Eddie
Fines for various crimes.
Brad Cornwell introduced Terry Cox (chair) and Bruce Ayers from Whatcom County Republican Party,(  The organization is a non-profit, run by mostly volunteers with only two paid staff.  The Whatcom GOP's county platform generally aligns with the state and national Republican platform: Adhering to the principles outlined in the founding documents - Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the Washington State Constitution. They try to fight those government regulations that result in economic loss (Hirst Decision, Cherry Point fossil fuel export facility moratorium, as examples).  How to find viable candidates to run for office? Bruce talked about the drive to get more people to vote, and especially to participate in organizing, for either political party.  Getting involved with local politics is a public service that every citizen should strive for. You can be a candidate, or a local precinct committee officer.
For the 2017 election, WC GOP has "endorsed" only 2 candidates:
  • Phil Morgan – Whatcom County Council District 1
  • Eric Bostrom – City of Bellingham Council At Large
but “recommended” another 4 candidates:
  • Dan Robbins – Port Commissioner District 1
  • Ken Bell – Port Commissioner District 2
  • Mary Kay Robinson – Whatcom County Council At Large
  • Tyler Byrd – Whatcom County Council District 3
Respectfully submitted,
Stowe Talbot