Flag Salute & Invocation by Bill Gorman
Dannon related some club member annversaries, and then read some more from our club history from 1986-7.
Visiting Rotarians:  Wendy Heister (Houston)
Guests: Sean Stimac (Exxel Pacific).
Tresha with a synopsis of last week’s board meeting.
Curtis update on Grape & Gourmet:
Sunday 11/6/2016 at Silver Reef Event Center
General admission tickets (6:30-8:30p) $90/each
VIP tickets (5pm-8:30) $115/each (early entry + extra discount in the wine store + exclusive raffle)
This is our club’s annual major fund raising event.  Each member may use or gift or resell tickets. Each member is expected to purchase $360 (4 tickets) or more. 
Aaron Lemperes: The Charitable Giving Committee seeking applicants for our funds (10 to 15 donations of $500 - $2,000 each).  Please think of worthy organizations and refer them to Aaron or Brad Cornwell.  The selection process will be January 2017.
First Thursday Rotary Happy Hour will be at Hotel Bellwether, Thursday October 6 at 4:30pm.
Business Bucket by Bill Geyer, about trip to see some football in Norman, OK.
Bucks in the Bay
  • Dannon had fun at Rotary fellowship “Capitol Steps”, and also went to Harrison Hot Springs;
  • John Templeton fun Rotary vocational lunch last week, shared some real estate perspective;
  • Bob Moles missed couple weeks while knee was healing;
  • Carley Gillespie grateful bucks for her dog’s eye is okay;
  • Jim Logghe vacation to see grandchild in LA and went to Disneyland;
  • Tim Krell 30th reunion in NE;
  • Eddie Hansen also had fun at Capitol Steps, his new store almost finished, and enjoys Barkley cinema;
  • Scot Swanson upcoming shoulder surgery;
  • Steve Kimberly survival bucks: Legoland!
  • Wendy Heister enjoyed her time with the BBRC, but heading back to Houston now, look forward to seeing you all again next spring;
  • John Purdie for first week in Rotary!
  • Curtis Smith with some BBRC history;
  • Frank Chmelik with some Bham history on Arne Hanna pool and Pete Zuanich;
Sergeant at Arms by Flo
Fines for Bill Geyer, the ladies at her table
Tresha introduced Bob Pritchett from Faithlife Corp.  Bob talked about the Bellingham Flag initiative.  The elements of good flag design:
  • keep it simple
  • meaningful symbolism
  • limit to 2 or 3 colors
  • no letters or seals 
  • be distinctive.
Showed examples of great city flags.
Bellingham citizens recently set up a flag design contest for the city.
Brad Lockhart (employee of Faithlife) won the contest, and Bob explained Brad’s flag, its symbolism, and why it is successful.  Brad and Bob set up a kickstarter campaign to raise funds to produce the proposed flag:  $1200 was asked, but $7,000 was actually raised.  Elements of the new flag design could be incorporated into the City’s seal as well.  http://bellinghamflag.bigcartel.com  
Lesa wins raffle.
Respectfully submitted, 
Stowe Talbot