Posted by Inga Drechsel on Mar 12, 2019
Rotary Minutes March 13, 2019
Flag Salute & Invocation - Bob Moles
Visiting Rotarians - from Seward AK
Guests: Todd Ellsworth, Recreation Northwest
Christine Palmerton’s grandson
Speakers - Representatives of the recipients of Charitable Giving Grants
Rotario Dinner - Tim McEvoy is hosting a St Patty’s Day dinner on March 16th.  
Brewer’s By the Bay update from Brad Cornwell
Mount Baker Ski / Snowboard Fellowship Day - Inga Drechsel asked if members are interested in attending. Meet at the ski area to have some fun with club members. Families and friends invited too! Date and details to be determined.
Harold Scott - is resigning and moving - say hello / goodbye to him if you see him.
Docks for Kids - Eddie Hanson gave an update
Business Promo:
Doug Wight - Gave a rave review for the Bellwether Hotel - stayed for his birthday
Bellingham Bay Rotary are eligible for a preferred guest rate
Bucks in the Bay:
  • Tresha - Headed to New Orleans for spring break soon, needs ideas for trip
  • Bill Gorman - Flu shot, trip to Honduras memories
  • Brent Walker - New Zealand / Austrialia trip highlights
  • Addie - Recovery going well
  • Karen Burk - Son’s 25th birthday
  • Curtis Dye - great program last week
Tony Freeland - Sergeant at Arms
Various trivia and fines
Speakers - Presentation of Grants and Panel Discussion with the recipients of the Charitable Giving Grants
Presentation of Grants - Aaron Lemperes
List of Organizations Awarded Grants and Grant Award:
Blue Skies for Children (Julie N Guay, Executive Director)
Shoe Give Program for homeless, low-income and foster children, ages 6 to 18. Funding will serve 140 local children
Asked $ 2,200
Granted $ 2,000
Bellingham Public Schools Foundation (Kim Lund)
Fund Physical Education (PE) equipment for high poverty schools including Sunnyland and Birchwood Elementary Schools.
Asked $ 2,500
Granted $ 500
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services of Whatcom County (DVSAS) - Jessica Heck
Fund the DVSAS Safe Start program, helping children and youth increase their resiliency.
Asked $ 2,500
Granted $ 1,000
Family Promise of Whatcom County/Interfaith (Holly Miller, Eric Chambers)
Transportation for the Family Promise program to host congregations and back to day center in morning
Asked $ 2,500
Granted $ 500
Faces Northwest (Daniel Libertini)
Increase services to youth with autism through a parent run organization in Whatcom and Skagit County. Funding for the FACES Northwest Summer Program for therapeutic and recreational activities
Asked $ 2,500
Granted $ 500
Habitat for Humanity, Whatcom County (Fred Sheppard, Resource Dev. Dir)
Building materials for Telegraph Rd townhomes
Asked $ 1,500
Granted $ 1,000
Max Higbee Center (MHC) - Kait Whiteside, Exec Dir.
After school programs for children programs with 1. interpreter for deaf students 2. additional staffing for regular programs to increase staff to student ratio 3. Outreach materials to the community/local schools
Asked $ 2,500
Granted $ 1,500
Mt. Baker Theatre (John Purdie, Development Director)
(MBT) Educational Scholarships fund enables children from low-income families to experience Wade Bennett King Education Series shows and Missoula Children's Theatre summer camps free of charge.
Asked $ 2,000
Granted $ 1,500
Northwest Youth Services (Jenn Daly)
Support for new Ground Floor drop in center for children age 13-24, homeless/runaway youth
Asked $ 2,500
Granted $ 2,000
Sunnyland Elementary PTA (Jen Warolin)
Scholarships for after school enrichment programs
Asked $ 1,000
Granted $ 1,000
Whatcom Literacy Council (Katherine Freimund)
two laptops that will be used by staff to support our adult literacy programs here in Whatcom County
Asked $ 2,500
Granted $ 500
Total asked by all orgs: $ 24,200
Total granted: $ 12,000
Brad Cornwell - moderated discussion on the following topics:
  1. What is the view / landscape in Whatcom County of social services?
  2. How do organizations collaborate with other social service organizations?
  3. What are some gaps or unmet needs?
  4. What is the metric of success?
  5. Any observations of funding changes? (especially due to new tax law)
  6. How do organizations find leaders / board members?
  7. Why do you lead in your organization?
Respectfully submitted,
Inga Drechsel
Raffle won by Bill Gorman