Members Annual Meeting



Members were invited to participate in the Bellingham City Club Annual Meeting Wednesday, May 25, 2016. Followed by the regular monthly program 

Agenda for the meeting itself as follows:

Call to Order

Additions to the Agenda

Approval of Minutes May 27, 2015

President’s Report: Patricia Decker

Treasurer’s Report: Bill Freudenberger

Board Elections: Dan Raas


Robin Barker

Amy Kraham

Board Members Re-elected for Second 2-Year Term:

Joe Garcia 

Acknowledgements: Board & Program Committee Members

Julie Guy, Lynne Masland, Victoria Doerper, Don Keenan, Chuck Foster, Harriet Spanel


Robin Barker was a professional librarian, graduating from University of California, Berkeley, with a Masters in Library Science.  She came to Bellingham in 1980 to work for the Whatcom County Library System, and retired from WCLS in 2012 as Support Services Manager.  Robin served on the boards of Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood and the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center and chaired the boards of both organizations.   She was active in the local chapter of the ACLU for several years until it was disbanded.  She is a charter member of the City Club, thanks to the invitation of Dick Beardsley.  She is Co-chair of the City Club Membership Committee and manages the membership database. 

Amy Kraham was born and raised on the East Coast and graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from Brandeis University. In 1990 she earned a law degree and masters in International Law from Duke Law School and moved to Seattle to practice law at Davis Wright Tremaine. In the mid-90s Amy moved to Shiprock, New Mexico, on the Navajo Reservation, where her husband, Gib Morrow, had taken a job with the Indian Health Service. In 1998, after working at DNA Legal Services  representing low income Navajo and Ute tribal members in commercial and domestic violence matters, she and Gib and their two daughters moved to Bellingham, where she began working as an Assistant City Attorney. Amy practices in the areas of environmental law (focusing on waterfront cleanups), affordable housing and economic development. She was a founding member of the Whatcom County Marine Resources Committee and its representative to the Northwest Straits Commission for many years. She enjoys running and hiking with friends, reading, Tuesday night dates with her husband, traveling, and watching movies at The Pickford.

Dr. Joseph E. Garcia is the Bowman Distinguished Professor of Leadership Studies & Director of the Karen W. Morse Institute for Leadership at Western Washington University.  He also serves as the Director of the Society for the Advancement of Chicano/a/Hispanic and Native American Scientists’ (SACNAS) Summer Leadership Institute.  He previously was on the faculty of the Department of Management and then as Associate Dean and founding director of the College of Business and Economics’ Center for Excellence in Management Education. 

In addition to leadership, Dr. Garcia’s scholarship and teaching interests include management education, diversity in organizations, and organizational behavior.  He serves as a reviewer and on the editorial board of several academic journals in management and management education and is a member of the Academy of Management, has served as the Vice-President of OBTS: Teaching Society for Management Educators, and as President of the Management Faculty of Color Association.

Dr. Garcia is the recipient of numerous awards; including the OBTS Distinguished Service Award and the Peter J. Frost Mentoring Award, the Academy of Management’s Organizational Behavior Division’s Exceptional Leadership and Service Award, the Western Washington University Diversity Achievement Award and the SACNAS Professional Service Award. With Professor Karen Hoelscher, he is the co-author of the American Council of Education Series text “Managing Diversity Flashpoints in Higher Education.”

When he is not at work, Joe can be found enjoying family, hiking, climbing or skiing.  While he hails originally from Brooklyn NY, he has lived in Bellingham for over 30 years.