Flag Salute & Invocation by Gordon Plume
Visiting Rotarians: None
Guests: Tracey Jaeger (Mt Baker Care Center)
  • Bill Geyer update on the Lydia Place project.
  • Changing of the Guard Ceremony and Party will take place Wednesday eve, June 29th, venue is the VFW Hall on State Street. Stay tuned for more details!
  • Scotty from the Membership Committee said we need more new member applicants!
  • Fellowship event will be Opening Night of Bellingham Bells Season. $5/ticket, Eddie will send more details.
  • Farewell Party for Giovanni Melley will be Friday eve, 17th June at VFW Hall. More details soon. 
  • Donna with an update on the Brewers event (Sunday afternoon July 24th, 1-5pm) Depot Market Square!  Tickets go on sale next Tuesday.
  • Business Bucket ($ goes to our scholarship fund) by Bob Moles.
Bucks in the Bay
  • Bill Geyer spent weekend with grandkids in Oregon;
  • Curtis with update from last Saturday’s Beer Camp (chilly), also update on KPLU fundraiser with Pearl Django Thursday June 2 at the Majestic;
  • Eddie vacation with extended family in Mexico, thanks to Tresha for connecting him with his former teacher;
  • Mike Werner in Richland WA watching son at State meet in golf, other son qualified  and raced at sailing Nationals!
  • Bill Gorman talked at length with Giovanni who is bittersweet about going home, he  really had a great time here, Bill also attended marketing seminar for Rotary with more events coming up - stay tuned;
  • Debbie Kiene on Gio’s party
  • Mark Turner getting in shape to climb Baker, done some serious hiking in preparation;
  • Chuck Walter 40th wedding anniversary!
  • Jill Reid was with her B&G club kids today working out at Star Park in Ferndale building the new park there;
  • Andy Clay missed meetings, husband’s 80th birthday!
  • Anna Williams said chilly weather at Beer Camp Saturday stunted attendance, but then Sunday was incredible weather and record beer sales in Fairhaven after the race!
  • Glen Groenig will be going to Seattle to rep the West Coast at UPS conference, grandson wants Glen to fly out to NYC with him while he gets settled into new job as intern at Goldman Sachs;
  • Gordon Plume missed meetings while being swamped at work this past year!
  • Frank Chmelik is proud of his son, Sergeant John R. Chmelik (US Army), finished college now going off to serve for four years!
Sergeant at Arms by Frank Chmelik
Fines for Chuck Walter, Eddie and Bill Gorman, non-ski to sea participants, boat owners, etc.
New Member Talks
Pete Wolkin, together with his mom Andy Clay, runs the Mt Baker Care Center - http://www.mtbakercarecenter.com , the only family-owned assisted living center in Bellingham.  It founded in 1990’s.  Pete is lucky to get to be a coworker with his girlfriend, Tracey Jaeger, a certified nurse at MBCC.  Pete serves on the board of Sustainable Connections (which is now striving to help Bellingham win the $5M Georgetown Energy Prize - https://guep.org). Pete also serves on the board of Brigid Collins House - http://www.brigidcollins.org (which has just purchased a new housing support center in Skagit County).  Pete is glad to be in Rotary. 
Guy Occhiogrosso is President and CEO of the Bellingham / Whatcom Chamber of Commerce - https://bellingham.com.  There is no “correct” pronunciation of his last name - just improvise and you will be fine.  Guy spent the first 23 years of his life in Westlake, Louisiana.  “Laissez the bon temps rouler!”.  Guy has been a local here for the last twelve years here in Bellingham, first as president of the Ferndale Chamber, now at Bellingham / Whatcom.  The Chamber is the voice of business in Bellingham and Whatcom County. It provides programs and events for the members, and facilitates dialog between business, government and the community. Guy is happy to be a part of our Rotary family!
Respectfully submitted, 
Stowe Talbot
Harte wins the raffle!