Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Importance of the League of Women Voters, March 18, 2018, 9:15am. BUF Conference Room.

Rebecca Johnson, co-president of the League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom Co, will tell us about the current work of that organization, and about upcoming important events. We will hear a brief history of the League, how the organization reaches “League positions” and their use for advocacy work, state legislative highlights, and the local league’s priorities and current activities. LWVBWC has several active committees open to members and non-members: health care, healthy community conversations, voting rights, voter services, and climate change/water issues. 

As it approaches its 100th Anniversary, the League of Women Voters® continues to play a vital role in our community, working to engage all eligible voters in our democracy. The nonpartisan League encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. 

Friday, March 9, 2018

Water in Whatcom - March 11, 2018

9:15 a.m. Whatcom County has generally had an adequate supply of water - but as the population and our industries, have grown, that has come into question. What should we be doing, before we hit a serious too-dry condition where keeping water available for all needs?   This presentation will expound on those needs, and inform the public (oh, yeah, and the governments) what we ought to be doing, now. 

A long time UU, Marian is a retired Civil Engineer and Meteorologist.  For most of her professional life, Marian has worked with water issues. She worked for seven years researching and implementing improvements to irrigation systems, earned a U.S. Patent, and then became the Deputy Chief Engineer of a County Public Works Department in Hawaii.  She also performed consulting job-assignments all over the globe, most of which were improvements to irrigation systems for sugar-cane plantations in Brasil and a half-dozen South-Asia nations, starting with Bangladesh. ("Ami Bangla alpo jani.”).  After retiring in 1991, Lake Whatcom and the Nooksack River were naturally things of interest, and she was one of a trio of folks who, as citizen volunteers, jumped on the pollution of those waters, and motivated Bellingham to implement two notable programs of pollution-reduction. 

Monday, February 26, 2018

Keeping Your Brain Young - March 4, 2018, 9:15am

Linda Goggin MD, BUF member and board-certified family physician will be discussing strategies to prevent and reverse memory loss. Until the past several years in medicine's history, Alzheimer's disease has been experienced as a universally progressive decline. New understanding of the molecular switches within neurons and how to cultivate new neuron growth now gives hope for many with Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases.

Where: BUF Conference Room

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Islamic Life in Bellingham, February 25, 2018

Teizeen Mohamedali and Aneesa Nusret are Muslims living in Bellingham who want to share the basic tenants of their faith—and what it means to be a Muslim, including common misconceptions.  Aneesa, originally from Idaho, converted to Islam about ten years ago. She will also talk about the Muslims she knows and how her life changed after her conversion to Islam. Teizeen was born into a Muslim family, and will share a little about what being Muslim means to her in her everyday life, the diversity of Muslims she has met through her childhood and her family's experience as an immigrant Muslim family in America.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

UUs Connecting for Justice – Now and Into the Future, February 18, 2018

9:15 AM Come talk with representatives Willliam McPherson, President of WA UU Voices for Justice and DD Hilke, Executive Director of Northwest UU Justice Network.  Learn how these organizations are amplifying the voices of UUs across our state and connecting like-minded activists to each other.  Share your ideas about what a UU State Action could and should be to meet the challenges of our time.  These UU justice networks are in the process of evolving into a single organization.  Your ideas could spark a potent future reality.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Promoting Collaborative Approaches to Conflict, February 11, 2018

Join us as Addie Candib, Community Engagement Manager of the The Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center helps us to answer these questions.  How do you feel about conflict? What skills and attitudes would help us have more positive results when conflicts arise? This forum will introduce us to programs of the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center.  The vision of the WDRC is for Whatcom County to be a community in which people approach conflict in creative and healthy ways.  This forum will introduce us to a needs-based approach to understanding conflict, and it will give us more information about training programs offered by the WDRC for resolving conflicts within families, between neighbors, in workplaces, and in the broader community.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Peace Corps: Life is calling. How far will you go? February 4, 2018

Heather Higgins, longtime BUF member, will share some of her recent 26 months’ experiences and photos as a Peace Corps Volunteer Primary Literacy Specialist in St Vincent and the Grenadines, the West Indies. The Peace Corps is a service opportunity for motivated change makers to immerse themselves in a community abroad, working side by side with local leaders to tackle their most pressing challenges. 

Heather will tell of her experiences while being integrated as the “White Lady” in a rural village of 900 people with nine fundamental, conservative Christian churches. She will highlight the joys, the challenges, the warmth and love of the community and the daily learning doing the “toughest job you will ever love!”