Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Sep 25, 2018
Flag Salute & Invocation
Visiting Rotarians: None
Guests: Jeff Hill (new member applicant), Anika Palmerton, and Anika's baby son.
Announcements by Pres. Tresha
Bob Becker memorial scholarship:  To honor Bob Becker and his lifetime of service as a Rotarian, the board unanimously decided to name one of our annual scholarships the Bob Becker memorial scholarships. The scholarship committee will work out the criteria for this scholarship, taking into consideration Bob's passions and his dedication to "service above self." Mike Bates has shared this news with Bob's wife, Diane (a retired teacher), who thought this was an excellent way to honor Bob.
Lunch Costs: Just a quick reminder that the club is obligated to purchase a set amount of lunches, whether we show up or not. We haven't been making our minimum purchases for the last few months, so the club has been using administrative budget dollars to make up the difference....not something we want to make a permanent administrative budget item. Thanks for the help; looking forward to seeing your smiling faces at lunches. ;-) 
Tim Krell with recap of the SeaFeast volunteer event last Saturday.
Student of the Month: John Purdie introduced us to our SOM, Emily Lay; she is an outstanding student who has taken seven AP classes, she is trilingual (English Cambodian French), plays in Advanced Orchestra, is a member of the Squalicum Interact club, and she is now enrolled in the Running Start Program at WCC. Steve Wiley, her counselor at Squalicum HS, talked about her many volunteer accomplishments, in particular at Lydia Place and YWCA. Congratulations, Emily!
Business Bucket:  Steve White with a plug for Bellingham’s first ever Whiskey Walk, coming to Barkley Village on Friday, October 26th, all proceeds benefiting Brigadoon Service Dogs. This Halloween-themed tasting event will feature over 15 whiskeys from 12 different regional distilleries, a haunted outdoor beer garden provided by Overflow Taps, and live music from Tom Petty tribute band Petty Or Not.  Tickets are $30 in advance and available HERE.
Bucks in the Bay
  • Doug Wight with fond memories of Bob Becker ;
  • Tresha;
  • Scotty tour of Ireland;
  • Tim Krell;
  • Andy Clay thanks Steve White, missed meetings, Oyster Run;
  • Pete Rittmueller back from Chicago HS reunion;
  • Christine Palmerton with Nauti Girl update, and some crazy "home alarm antics" while she was away on a trip in Greece;
  • Eddie Hansen update Bloedel Donovan docks;
  • Debbie Kiene making apple sauce, and walnut harvesting;
  • Stowe Talbot took son on a bike ride…almost, and discovered he is Brett Kavenaugh’s college classmate. 
Sergeant at Arms by Bill Geyer
Fines for misc. vices.
Flo Simon introduced Eric Osterkamp, a neighborhood police officer with the Bellingham PD.  He talked about “Active Shooter / Violent Intruder Response” and how to act in an unexpected and stressful situation when you have no plan. The BPD will provide free three-hour training sessions to any company in Bellingham.  Contact:
Some of the topics that Eric covers during his training sessions:
  • Should you act out of fear? No, Preparation 
  • OODA cycle (observe orient decide act)
  • Emergency action plans
  • How to respond when an active shooter is in vicinity.
  • How to create an emergency action plan.
  • Moving to a safe location.
  • Communicating the threat, trauma and medical kits, EAP training.
Steve Beringer wins the raffle!
Respectfully submitted,
Stowe Talbot