Posted by Inga Drechsel on Jul 16, 2019
July 16, 2019
Flag Salute & Invocation by Mimi Ferlin
Visiting Rotarians: Debbie & Brett, Paso Robles; Cathy from Monday Bellingham Rotary club
Guests: Jeremy Lewin
Our 7/30 Tuesday meeting will be a social at Boundary Bay: NO LUNCH that day at Northwood Hall!
Anna & Christine – Dinner Rotario, Saturday August 10, starting time to be confirmed but likely early afternoon. Spots for 30 or more. All ages, families welcome. Pool etc. Hawaiian BBQ theme.
October 19, 2019 – Wine by the Water
John Purdy – Update on Bob Becker Memorial Scholarship recipients.
Facilities fee for club membership update: Brad to provide more info soon.
Rotary Fellowship event this Friday:  Cathy, president of Monday Rotary Club, spoke about connecting Monday and Tuesday club members and promote supporting each other’s events:  For ex: "Please join us at a fantastic Rotary Club social outing at the Bellingham Bells Baseball game! This Friday, July 19th at 6:35 PM.  Each ticket will be $24, which includes reserved group seating, all-you-can-eat BBQ with burgers, brats, chips, salads, water, soda, and juices (children under 12 can get discounted tickets).  Additionally, we'll have incoming President Cathy Buckley on the mound to throw out a ceremonial first pitch - a sight you will not want to miss!  However, in order to get all of that, we need at least 30 of us at the game. Please RSVP Nathan Twining ( or Cathy Buckley (phone 360.676.1800) as soon as you can with the number attending. Payment can be made to the Rotary Club of Bellingham.  Guests, friends, and family members are encouraged! Come out and show your support for the local team and for our wonderful Rotary Clubs."
 Bucks in the Bay 
  • Bill Gorman – happy bucks for Saturn V moon launch 50 years ago
  • Eddie Hansen – missed meetings due to vacation in Croatia & Greece; Rhonda’s birthday; Docks for Kids update
  • Chris Vazquez – missed meetings due to vacation in Mexico to celebrate birthdays
  • Erica Buse – completed Ragnar race; husband took kids camping
  • Bill Geyer – Neil Armstrong story
  • Brad Cornwell – Stew and Mike retrieving wine glasses
Sergeant at Arms by Mark Turner – various fines and trivia.
Larry MacDonald – WWU Hockey Head Coach of Western Vikings Hockey Team
Ceasar Vasquita – WWWU Director of Admissions
Student players:
Mark – defender
Anna – goaltender 
Established team in 1989. Used to be players from both WWU & WCC, in 2014 decision was made to be exclusively WWU full-time students. Accepted into the PAC 8 League in 2018 season.
Team is a student run program teaching many skills on and off-ice (marketing, leadership, public speaking, etc.)
Mark – President, Anna – board member at large
There are minimum GPA requirements and full-time status for players, as well as 288 volunteer hours to the local youth hockey teams.
Current status of team:
12 Teams 
One of player nominated to all-PAC 8 team (Mark)
Three players noimated to the PAC 8 All-Star team
Finished 9th place overall (missed the playoffs by 1 point) – competitive in 2018/19
Goals Moving Forward:
Increase community involvement
Support academics especially in high school
Develop hockey alumni association
Establish fundraising program
Interesting Facts:
Each player pays $1,300 each year to play
$20,000 ice time (Ave. hr of ice time is $210/hr)
Lots of other costs – most expensive college sport
Goal is to fundraise $20,000 for this season
Anna spoke about joining a team of males and being one of the boys (only female player in PAC 8 league!). Mark added that she was like any other teammate.
Larry MacDonald
Ceasar spoke about new WWU president and cultural center, and university students with multi-cultural backgrounds. New challenges for recruitment. Discussion of Title 9, equity in sports, varsity sports, diversity.
Raffle won by Eddie Hansen  
Respectfully submitted, Inga Drechsel