Flag Salute & Invocation by Bill Unrein


Visiting Rotarians: None


Guests: Yvonne and Gene Goldsmith


Our club’s veterans present today:  Bob Moles, Jim McCallum, Dick Stark, Steve Kimberly, Steve White, Terri Myers, Frank Chmelik, Harold Scott and John Sleeth


Orphalee reports that our club has given a total of $1.4M since 1990!


Mike Bates read a thank you letter from our last Student of the Month, expressing her gratitude.  She hopes to attend Duke University.    



  • Board meeting NEXT week on Thursday.
  • Rotary Leadership Institute - Saturday Nov 22 in Surrey;
  • First meeting in December is our annual meeting to elect our board officers;
  • Theater Night January 20th at Mount Baker Theater.

Short Program

Glen Groenig, chair of vocational service, talked about:

  1. “BTC Bucket” - will be a chance to brag about your business and support our technical college scholarship fund;
  2. Proper business networking etiquette and practices;
  3. Business ethics and Rotary Code of Conduct.

Sergeant at Arms by Flo

Fines based on trivia about Veterans Day.

Bucks in the Bay
  • Mike Werner was in Portland for Western Building Materials Association handing over the presidency;
  • Harold Scott selling two MBT tickets for this weekend's “Capital Steps”;
  • Bob Becker
  • Rod Bring for the veterans;
  • Kendall Olson’s sister hired at Deloitte recently, dad is a top manager working on the Seattle light rail project, grandpa and dad were both in the military services;
  • Mike Hammes with turkey update almost reached the $25K goal!
  • Glen Groenig;
  • Mark Turner;
  • Dannon Traxler;
  • Jim Haupt will be conducting a wine dinner (featuring Chelan Estates) at Bellwether Hotel on November 20th, discount for Rotarians!
Dannon introduced Gene Goldsmith, a local veteran (service in the Air Force in Vietnam), with deep ties to the community.  He said Jim Pace runs the local vet organizations:  Vietnam Veterans Association (155 members, meet monthly for dinner) and the Bellingham Vet Center, two important resources for local vets.  Gene volunteers for this organization, driving their van to transport vets to appointments. He talked about his frustration for the intransigent bureaucracy at the Federal Veterans Administration.  Gene recommends donating to the local vet chapters rather than the federal office.
Raffle won by Mike Werner!
Respectfully submitted, 
Stowe Talbot