Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Jun 26, 2018
Flag Salute & Invocation by Brad Cornwell
Visiting Rotarians: None
Guests: Ian McCurdy (attorney with ES& S)
AnnualChanging of the Guard” Party will be the evening of Tuesday July 10th, 4-8pm at Stew Ellison’s house 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.
*NOTE: Stew needs a few volunteers to help with setup for about an hour (3-4pm) before the party.
Brewers by the Bay - our primary BBRC fundraiser - will be Sunday, July 29th. Each member responsible for a $350 pack of tickets (14). Sven Gilkey is arranging the volunteer work effort.
This is Curtis’s last official meeting as president of our club; he said it was a lot of work but extremely rewarding.  He thanked us for the opportunity to serve!  Thank you, Curtis!
Bucks in the Bay
  • Curtis Dye happy bucks, news on mother in law, update on the Rotary Youth Exchange program;
  • Tim Krell thanks to Jim Haupt for Blues, Brews & BBQ, and also thanks Curtis for your leadership this past year!
  • Ed Satuchek for birth of granddaughter!
  • Bob Moles proud grandfather bucks (trip to Honduras);
  • Stew Ellison update on Bellingham Food Bank fund drive (matched by CenturyLink): $190K raised in one month!
  • Phil Hageman twin grandsons, teaching one of them how to shave;
Sergeant at Arms by Eddie
Thanks to Jim Haupt and fines for those who did not attend the awesome Blues & Brews event, and other misc. fines.
Mike Bates introduced Marie Eaton with Palliative Care Instituteat WWU.  It is a partnership with Northwest Life Passages Coalition and other community agencies and volunteers to transform palliative care in Whatcom County. The goal is to create a healing community by providing a space where people living with serious illnesses or facing the end of life don’t have to be cured to heal.  They collaborate both inside and outside of the medical industry.
Marie’s role is to be the “community champion” - changing the public perception of what “serious illness and end of life care” looks like.
What is Palliative Care?  Palliative care tries to improve the quality of life of patients and their families facing serious or life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.  Palliative care can be appropriate at any age and any stage of a serious illness.  Palliative care can start when the illness is diagnosed and is being treated, and spans through the hospice process.
Marie recommends the writings of Dr. Atul Gawande ( and well as the book “Modern Death” by Dr. Haider Warraich.
Short form vs. long form for end-of-life directive, form available at St Joes HERE, or at  
Respectfully submitted,
Stowe Talbot