Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Aug 21, 2018
Flag Salute & Invocation by Inga Drechsel
Visiting Rotarians: None
Guests: David Dink (?), and Eric Chamber’s father in law.
Tresha attended Bob Becker’s service.
Karen Burke will be hosting the next International Committee at her house (2543 Mt Baker Hwy) Thursday night August 23, 5:30-7:30pm.  Everyone welcome and encouraged to attend. Please let Karen know if you can make it (360) 319-6171.
Viking Night BBRC will be sponsoring a table Sept. 14 at 5pm, spots available.
Call out for exchange student host families.
Call out for applications for major projects!
Club Assembly will be September 4 / wear your favorite college colors.
Pete Charron is resigning from the club.
Stan thanked John Templeton for the wonderful cake which he delivered to the Dyers last weekend!
New Member Talk:  Sean Cool grew up in Ashland Oregon, studied geology at WWU, then UW, then back to Bellingham to live.  Met wife while both working at Haggen. Two sons.  Wife (and Sean and sons) are runners and endurance althletes. Sons regularly attend Camp Orkila. Dog is named Freckle. He and wife organized a Ferndale Turkey Trot.  He works at Geo Engineers since 2006 - it’s a great office and has wonderful coworkers.
    Bucks in the Bay
    • Tresha survived the food at the NW WA Fair;
    • Bryant Engebretson was a few weeks in Africa with son volunteering at a school, then went on a safari and then flew out of South Africa;
    • Curtis Dye $ for Foundation for wedding anniversary, upcoming volunteer opportunity for Whatcom Center for Early Learning Aug 23, update on Spanish exchange student Carla;
    • Pete Rittmueller for birthday, extended family reunion trip up in Sitka AK - successful fishing;
    • Tim Krell nice thoughts on Bob Becker memorial service;
    • Aaron Lemperes good trip to Yellowstone and Tetons;
    • John Purdie drove daughter Marina to Gonzaga;
    • Sean Cool jet lag bucks for trip to Italy and France to celebrate his inlaws’ wedding anniversary;
    • Michael Tilley missed meetings took 14-y-o daughter to Greece, Istanbul and Crete;
    • Eddie update on Bloedel Donovan dock project, also hosted employee party at his house;
    • Mark Turner went to Chicago for conference, and completed a major plumbing overhaul at his house;
    • Brad Cornwell thank you bucks to Inga and Tony for hosting daughter’s summer internship at their office.

    Sergeant at Arms by Flo

    Fines for misc. Aretha Franklin trivia.

    New Member Talk

    Brad Cornwell introduced Marcus Virta, Director of Sales and Business Development at Western Solar.  The company was founded by a WWU professor in 2002.  Western Solar has now installed over 21,000 panels.  Will solar work in the rainy PNW? Yes, in fact we are only 15% less efficient than the Southern states.  The reason is our good summers. The company has experienced 50% growth year on year.  The equipment and installation costs in WA state is fairly inexpensive compared to other states.

    Itek energy is a Bellingham-based manufacturers of solar panels with very high standards.

    Solar panels will attach to almost all roof types.

    Inverter options.

    Various battery technology.

    Home system monitoring of energy use.

    Financial incentives:  Taxpayers may claim a credit of 30% of qualified expenditures for a solar system on their house or business.

    Net metering: The system in which solar panels are connected to a public-utility power grid and surplus power is transferred back onto the grid, allowing customers to offset the cost of power drawn from the utility.

    Western Solar Initiative: A portion of the proceeds from residential solar sales go to install solar systems at Lydia Place, Bellingham Food Bank, Interfaith, Habitat 4 Humanity and NSEA. 

    Inga wins the raffle!

    Respectfully submitted,

    Stowe Talbot