Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Jun 19, 2018
Flag Salute & Invocation by Bob Moles
Visiting Rotarians: None
Guests: None
Rotary fellowship event THIS Thursday June 21, 5:30pm, at Hotel Bellwether “Blues, Brews and BBQ”, tickets for entry and burger only $10!  It will be a fun evening of socializing, music and great food:
BBRC fundraising direction update: Our membership voted last March on this issue, and results showed that Brewers still has strong support among membership, but Grape & Gourmet had much more mixed support (feeling that either the event was beyond its useful life, or that the venue at Silver Reef was not preferred). So, the board decided to discontinue G&G, at least for this year.  So Brewers will become our major fundraiser event. 
A vote was conducted concerning “improving and simplifying the process of distributing tickets and collecting payment”:  Each member shall be distributed (at Club or by mail) a number of tickets for use or resale and be invoiced through Clubrunner, as the simplest method to track & receive payment.  BBRC fundraising is expected from all members; and these fees are not to be confused as membership dues.  Since the Brewers Event will be our major fundraising event, the Committee approved changing the member ask from $300(x12) to $350(x14 tickets).  The vote passed 35-yeah, with 38 members participating.
Brewers by the Bay will be Sunday, July 29th.
AnnualChanging of the Guard” Party will be the evening of Tuesday July 10th, 4-8pm at Stew Ellison’s hose on Lake Whatcom.  It will be family friendly event (bring swimwear!), a crab feed, and brauts on the grill.  Please RSVP to Sean Cool ( if you will be attending or not. 
Business Bucket by Eddie who told some bad jokes.
Bucks in the Bay
  • Curtis Dye;
  • John Templeton;
  • Brad Cornwell update on his recent trip to Nordic countries;
  • Bill Geyer $150 for various June accomplishments;
  • Mark Turner wonderful backpacking trip;
  • Michael Reams went to Japan (two week rail pass);
  • Erik Dyrland had a happy Fathers Day;
  • Scotty with plea to have some women join his membership committee, also visited his 97-year old mom in CA;
  • Sven Gilkey updates, and the difference between fun and happiness;
  • Tresha heading out to Toronto tomorrow, and ran her second half marathon - this time not so fun!
Sergeant at Arms by Flo
Fines for miscellaneous sins.  
Mike Bates introduced Adrienne Renz, Outreach Manager for the Community Food Coop.  How is CFC managing during the age of Amazon and online.
What is a coop?  CFC is a full-service grocery, but runs intentionally with 7 core principles:
  • voluntary open membership;
  • democratic member control;
  • member economic participation;
  • education, training and information;
  • cooperate with other coops;
  • concern for the community.
The Community Food Coop was first opened in 1970 in Fairhaven - with the help of Seattle’s PCC Market. Annual sales now are about $35M.  They have three locations (two downtown, one in Cordata).  Triple Botton line: 
  • People - Social (engaged, partner with WCC in education classes, fair trade practices, “Real Food Show” in the elementary school system, sharing food waste with food banks) 
  • Planet - Environmental (car charge stations, solar panel array, green power credits, recycle, waste reduction, etc.)
  • Profit - Performance (price perception, explain to members how to save, local venders and suppliers, support for Farm Fund grants).
Respectfully submitted,
Stowe Talbot