Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Jul 31, 2018
Flag Salute & Invocation by Tony Freeland
Visiting Rotarians: None
Guests: Stan’s driver Annie, Mark Mead
Stan’s update on Stan, and his ongoing recuperation.    
Tresha with a Brewers update. Very successful (and hot!) day.  Extra hats available ($20/ea). Big thank-you from Brad for all the volunteer effort, especially the coordinators.
Board meeting August 9th. Draft budget will then be presented to membership early Septmenber. 
The new Fundraising committee still needs a few more members.
New member applications - The board and membership committee have recommended approval of applicants: 
a) John Bosche. He is a wind and solar energy consultant.
b) Ian McCurdy, attorney with Adelstein Sharpe Serka, sponsored by Sue Sharpe.
Please contact President Tresha with any concerns or comments.
District 5050 will have their annual golf event (Golfun) on August 17th at Homestead in Lynden. Our club will sponsor a foursome if anyone interested. 
Jennifer Moehl (from the Bellingham “Monday” Rotary Club) introduced the two outgoing Bellingham exchange students.  Jennifer said there will be two inbound exchange students soon, and they still need homestays - if you are interested to help, please see Curtis and Felicity Dye.  The outbound students, who are from Sehome & Squalicum high schools, talked about themselves and their upcoming trip.  One is going to Japan, the other to Spain. They are fundraising for their trips (to cover program fees, the flight, insurance, documents, etc.).
Business Bucket by Tony Freeland 
Bucks in the Bay
  • Doug Wight sorry to miss Brewers, $500 donations;
  • Steve with Brewers bucks - best ever!
  • Tim Krell enjoyable Brewers;
  • Aaron Lempares missed meetings, Brewers;
  • Bob Moles family reunion missed his first Brewers, tonight at 5pm at Bellwether a great band from Chicago will be playing - it’s a fundraiser for Skoocum Kids;
  • Curt Smith looking for sympathy: Daughter in rehab for bruised Achilles tendon, wife was in auto accident, now he was in auto accident;
  • Mike Tilley thanks for all who helped load and unload the truck at Brewers;
  • Tony Freelend auctioning 10 tickets to concert at Marymoor Park: Willie Nelson & Family, plus Alison Krauss, tomorrow Aug 1 at 7pm - see Tony if interested!
  • Jeff Clement for Brewers;
New Member Talk
Mike thanked Mark Turner for being the AV guy today!
Mike introduced Debbie Granger and Liz Purdy from Bellingham SeaFeast. Debbie is well know to our club as a former Squalicum counselor, educator and coach. She has also always been very involved and experienced in the fishing industry.  Prior to SeaFeast, Debbie founded the Working Water from Coalition in Bellingham.
The event’s motto:  Eat. Play. Explore. And eat some more!  
Debbie launched the festival SeaFeast a few years ago, after submitting the winning application to a City of Bellingham Tourism grant competition. The first year the event launched, 2016, they had 6,000 attendees.  Last year, well over 10,000 attended.  
The mission is to showcase and celebrate our:
-maritime heritage;
-thriving working waterfront;
-commercial fishing and seafood industries;
-maritime recreational industry;
-culinary bounty of our corner of the PNW.
Part time staff of three, and hundreds of volunteers during the event;
The food is the star of the show.
Please mark your calendars and come celebrate Bellingham’s seafood heritage. 
Friday 9/21 Downtown and Squalicum Park;
Saturday 9/22 just the Bay and Squalicum Park.
Stowe wins the raffle!
Respectfully submitted,
Stowe Talbot