A Monthly Newsletter for Employees & Friends of Bellingham Cold Storage Company.
Employee of the Month
I am very pleased to recognize one of my crew
Mike Gates .............................. 35 members as BCS Employee of the Month. I have
Jan Knutson ........................... 13 known Bill Freeman for about 8 years. I have
Ildefonzo Lerma ..................... 12 always appreciated his attitude and personality.
Harvey Paul ............................ 9 He is always upbeat, polite and respectful. No
matter what you ask him to do, he is always
positive and gives his best.
Easter! Everyone who works with Bill also appreciates and
enjoys working with him. Here is what BOCS Dock
1 Leadman, Jerry Farwell has to say about Bill:
Easter Sunday is on April 12th. “Bill has worked at BCS for close to 39 years. He
has been very important in the day to day operations of Dock 1 at the Orchard Plant
Firewood for Sale
and he conducts them with a can do attitude. He can take over and run the dock
any time he is asked to. He does have some stress in the mornings after car pooling
with Clark “Woody” Leach, but he somehow seems to get through it in time for the
6 month seasoned start of the work day. Congratulations to Bill for a very good job.”
As Jerry stated, Bill is a great asset to Bellingham Cold Storage. We are lucky to
$150 per cord (you haul) have an employee as dedicated as he is.
$175 per cord (delivered)
Congratulations Bill, you surely deserve this award!
Contact Donna @ 312-1536
by José M. Roqués, BOCS Plant Manager, and Jerry Farwell, BOCS Dock 1 Leadman
2008 Employee of the Year
Bellingham Cold Storage is very proud of the fact that we have some very exceptional employees who consistently give the kind
of excellent service that our customers have come to expect. Mike Ryan is one of these people, and it is with great pleasure that
we award Mike the Employee of the Year for 2008.
Mike Ryan, as most of you know, heads up our Quality Assurance Department which he has
been involved with since 2001. Mike works with customers on a daily basis and many times
he is dealing with sensitive issues which can be tough but Mike consistently shows himself
to be a great representative of our company.
Mike’s even-temper and good nature makes him a pleasure to work with. José Roqués,
Mike’s supervisor, is very pleased that Mike is receiving this reward and says that he always
has a good attitude, an open mind and a smile on his face. No matter how difficult, challenging
or stressful the task is, he always faces it with enthusiasm.
Congratulations Mike. Your outstanding service with BCS is greatly appreciated.
Tim Unger, Squalicum Plant Manager
BCS 2009 Employee Recognition Party Was A Big Hit…
This year Bellingham Cold Storage held its annual employee appreciation party at the Bellingham Golf & Country Club,
which turned out to be an excellent venue for the event. 157 people consisting of employees, retirees and spouses joined in
on what was an attendance record-setting celebration of the previous year’s Party’s. The event was a big success and I’d
like to recognize Sharon Statema and Sandy Olson for doing a super job with all of the arrangements.
It was especially nice to see many of the retirees who have not participated in our annual recognition events during the past
several years while they revolved around a lunch and dinner here at the plant for employees only. There were a couple of
dozen of the BCS Alumni who joined in with the festivities and it was sure nice to see many of their familiar faces.
This year in addition to all of the Employees of the Month, Employee of the Year (Mike Ryan) and 15 year awards (Miguel
Morales, Donna Haynes Johnson, Gregorio Carreto, Keith Sorensen), BCS recognized employees with three new awards.
An “Outstanding Kaizen Improvement Team Award” was presented to the Kaizen Improvement Team from 2008 that really
did a great job with their project in the Engineering Shop. Team members included: Gary White, Sandy Olson, Jack
Cammack, Bruce Sines, Steve Girard, Brad Klein, Keith Sorensen, Chris Whitman and Mike Clausen. Each of the team
members received a personalized jacket, certificate and will have their group name and photo displayed on the perpetual
plaque in the main office.
The first “BCS Community Service Award” was presented to two recipients: Sandy Olson for her efforts as a member of the
Whatcom County HAZMAT Team as well as service with the Mt. Baker Livestock 4-H, Herman Miller 4-H Park, Bellingham
Riding Club, Northwest Industries and the Puget Sound Blood Center. (We also know that Sandy does a great job here at
work, is a great wife to her husband, Glen, and mom to her daughter, Shelby…When does she find time to sleep?) The
second recipient of the BCS Community Service Award was presented to Gene Knutson. Gene, as many of you know, has
been serving as a Bellingham City Councilman for the last 16 years giving tirelessly of his time while serving a number of
different sub-committees and boards. Gene and his wife, Jan, (Who, by the way, prepared all of the beautiful flower
arrangements for the party. Thanks Jan!) have been great role models for everyone around them when it comes to giving
more back to a community than you expect or take in return. We are very proud of both Sandy and Gene and know that their
efforts in our great community contribute significantly to the very positive corporate citizen reputation that BCS enjoys.
Sandy and Gene each received a certificate, a gift card to Anthony’s Hearthfire Grill and their names and photos on the BCS
Community Service Award plaque.
A third new award was presented this year to Todd Morrow. Todd is the first recipient of the “Presidential Leadership
Award.” Because BCS has historically excluded supervisors from the Employee of the Month/Year awards for the purpose of
recognizing the folks on the front line, I have always wanted to recognize exceptional service at the leadership level. Todd
exemplifies all of the attributes that an outstanding leader has to have in order to succeed. Todd is always doing what needs
to be done without being asked and he always gets the most out of his staff. Working on the night shift, Todd has always
been the kind of guy who does the right thing even when nobody is around to see it happen. Congratulations Todd! Todd
received a personalized jacket, a certificate and will have his name and photo displayed on the Presidential Leadership Plaque
which will hang in the BCS office.
BCS has started off the 2009 year on a much more positive note than 2008. Higher than normal inventory holdings combined
with a successful belt tightening campaign has contributed significantly to a better than normal first quarter. Thanks to the
many employees who have contributed time, energy and ideas to re-defining how we go about running the BCS operations.
Your efforts and willingness to try new things are very much appreciated!
Doug Thomas, President & CEO
Check out the pictures from the Employee Recognition Partyon the next page.
Party Pictures Galore!
Retirees Walter & Martha Meyer and Presidential Leadership A very lovely couple, Another charming couple,
Pete & Leona Sturtz Award winner, Hans and Terri Eriksson Bob and Mary Walsh
Community Service Employees of the Month from 2008 Retiree Mary Wickler and daughter, Jan, The Party Planners,
Award winners join future retiree Ursula Heay Sandy Olson and Sharon Statema
Sandy Olson and
Night Shifters, Kevin Superstars, Girls gone wild, Jan, Carole and Nancy Retiree Clyde & Merlaine
Johnson and Case Douma Jim & Karen Hollingsworth Duranceau
The 2008 Outstanding The rowdy table with Mike Clausen, Glen Olson, Tee Timer, Mike Holcomb, and his lovely
Kaizen Improvement Team Gary White and Don Pocus as the ringleaders. wife, Dawn, join Car Talker, Dave Wanlin,
shown at right (wife, Diane, is hiding).
The Engineers’ corner with Jim & Sara Sessions and Retiree Bill &
Arturo & Crystal Telles and Another divine couple, Remy Talbot, Linda Lamoureaux party with the
Chris Whitman & fiance, Sara. Kris & Tim Unger the Jr. Boss of BCS Holcombs and Wanlins (pictured above)
Engineers Hide Behind a Smoke Screen by Karen Hollingsworth, Compliance Coordinator
The irritant smoke was all part of an annual test to make certain the BCS engineers’ personal masks (part of their Level B
suits) have a tight seal. Each year the BCS engineers need to complete a long medical questionnaire. The hopeful end result
is a respiratory compliance letter from the doctor. This assures, I guess, that our engineers are breathing. Anyway, after this
OSHA compliance approval letter, our engineers are tested with their personal face masks in place. If there is a perfect seal,
then they cannot breathe in this bad smelling smoke. With great quantities of this irritant smoke saturating the seals of their
masks, the engineers need to move their heads back and forth, left to right, step in place and count backwards from 100. All
of the engineers got a great evaluation for the calendar year 2009, except for their counting backwards from 100. 99 bottles of
beer on the wall....
Oh behave, Gary!
The surveys It’s a Party! by Nancy Waterman, I.T. Manager
Last Spring, under the
The surveys guidance of the Nooksack
are coming! Salmon Enhancement
Association (NSEA), BCS
adopted a portion of
Since 1998 we’ve been Squalicum Creek at the
encouraging BCS southwest corner of
employees to try Smart Squalicum Parkway and Meridian Street. NSEA’s mission is to
Commuting once a week or more – walking, cycling, restore sustainable wild salmon runs in Whatcom County.
ridesharing, bus riding and working a compressed Squalicum Creek provides habitat for Coho, Chinook, Chum,
schedule. We try our best to help employees Steelhead and Cutthroat.
become Smart Commuters, and we enjoy giving
benefits to those who do. BCS employees, friends and family participated in three afternoon
work parties in 2008. We worked side-by-side with NSEA and
But now we need to get serious about Smart AmeriCorps crews to clean up the site. It was hard work removing
Commuting. The Commute Trip Reduction law blackberry bushes and other non-native plants but the site looks
requires employers to measure (every other year) great! We’re ready for the next step to restore the streamside
how they’re doing at reducing the number of habitat along Squalicum Creek by planting native plants and
employees driving alone to work. spreading mulch to discourage re-growth of invasive species.
During the week of April 20-24, 2009, there will be Please join us on Saturday, April 18th, from 9 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at
a short survey for you to fill out. The survey will Squalicum Creek for a morning of fresh air, fun and feeling good.
ask questions on how you traveled to work the Tools and gloves are provided by NSEA. Refreshments are
previous week of April 13-17th. provided by Starbucks Coffee, the Community Food Co-op, Erin
Baker’s Wholesome Baked Goods and Tony’s Coffee. Parking is
Please take note of this important commute week. available at Cornwall Park. Please wear sturdy shoes and weather-
This will be our 6th survey using #2 pencils. Please appropriate clothing. Bring your enthusiasm, your friends and
follow the survey instructions carefully and return family and anyone else that can hold a shovel! Note to parents:
your completed survey promptly to Karen. If you this is a great opportunity for high school students to log some
have any questions please call Karen Hollingsworth. volunteer hours.
Thank you for your participation in this important We need a head count by Tuesday, April 14th, so NSEA can
activity. provide enough equipment and snacks. Please contact Nancy
(ext. 118) or Brad (ext. 116) to let them know if you can join us and
by Karen Hollingsworth, SMART Commuter Coordinator how many folks you’ll bring.
Tee Time with Mike Holcomb K & B Lawn Care
Hello, fellow hackers, and Welcome to Tee Time. * Mowing
It is finally spring time and I can’t wait for the weather to warm up. It can go ahead * Trimming
and be 85 degrees tomorrow and that would be just fine with me. * Weeding
* Pressure Washing
As most of you know I went to Seattle to attend the Pacific Northwest Golf Show in * Seasonal Clean-up & Hauling
March. The show had every kind of club you could imagine, as well as some putter
designs you just can’t imagine. I recommend this show to anyone who is Call for a free estimate.
looking for the latest and greatest in golf clubs. The number of golf club (360) 733-8387
companies there even surprised me. What really surprised me the most (360) 733-8387
was the number of low profile club companies. I was impressed with the Keith Sorensen Lic. # 602700719
way some of their clubs looked. I will not be surprised to see some of
them on the open market in the next few years. This was my first time
attending this show and it won’t be the last. The cost is $12 to get in and Dave’s Car Talk
then you had your choice of a free round of golf from 5 Western
Washington courses . We all picked Eaglemount in Mt. Vernon. I’ve
played there before, but no one else with me had ever played there, and you know
how much I like taking my friends to a course that will just tear up their game, so
this course should do the trick. Honestly, I don’t why I still have any friends at all,
because I do this kind of stuff to them all the time.
I have two golf magazines that both have club reports in them. One displays a
Taylor Made r7 cgb max driver. By the time you change one of the three shaft-
swapping capabilities and a kit of nine moveable weights, you now have 1071
possible launch configurations. By the time I’m old enough to retire I’ll have to go
to N.A.S.A. to get fitted for my clubs. As I have told you over and over again,
when you first pick up a club, you will know right away after a few practice swings Hi. My name is Dave Wanlin and I
if it’s the right club for you. At this point the price tag is immaterial. I have set the collect 1/18th scale Diecast metal
BCS golf tournament this year for May 9th at 9:00 a.m. Mark it on your calendar. model cars. Most of my cars are
classics from the 1920’s through the
I’m going to leave you with this: I just read where a 14 year old 1960’s. The level of detail is really
with a 2 handicap and a 102 Mph club head speed was having awesome on these models, with fully
trouble with his shaft not being stiff enough, so the founder of wired, plumbed and painted engine
Compugolf center made him a new driver which helped him take compartments. The doors open to
second place in the 2007 U.S. Junior Amateur. That’s nice but in show detailed interiors, readable
my head I’m still stuck back at a 14 year old with 102 Mph club gauges and adjustable seats. I have
head speed. Boy am I old. both European and American
classics. They look so real, you want
See ya! to go up and kick the tires. Ha Ha!
SMART Commuter for February by Karen Hollingsworth
You will find February’s Smart Commuter on the bus!
Rick Endersby believes the SMART commuter program is a great one. He walks and bikes, but
mostly Rick relies on the bus to get to work. Rick is a forklift driver at our Orchard facility. He
takes bus #107 on Samish to the Downtown Station and connects with bus #4 which delivers him
a block away from Orchard. Rick enjoys seeing some of the same people every morning on the
bus. Some work at the Icicle-Orchard location and others are hospital workers. On the route
home, Rick hops on the 4:50 p.m. bus, arrives downtown at 5:10 p.m. and is home by 5:15 p.m. Rick is looking forward to
warmer weather (aren’t we all) when biking becomes an option.
BCS appreciates you doing the “RIDE” thing. Enjoy those rewards!
Fax: (360) 671-2321
Phone: (360) 671-2258
Bellingham, WA 98225
600 Orchard Drive
Fax:: (360) 671-1259
Phone: (360) 733-1640
Bellingham, Washington 98227-0895
PO Box 895
2825 Roeder Ave
Bellingham Cold Storage Company
Newsletter Editor, Lotte Freeman
BCS Core Values Valores Basicos de BCS
Teamwork • Integrity • Quality • Accountability • Attitude Cooperacion • Integridad • Calidad • Responsabilidad • Actitud
Teamwork: We support the concept of teamwork. We encourage fellow employees in their efforts Cooperación: Nosotros soportamos el concepto de cooperación. Haremos todo lo posible para
to do a good job, helping whenever possible. animar nuestros empleados en sus esfuerzos para hacer un buen trabajo cuando sea posible.
Integrity: We treat all people and property with honesty and respect, and are dedicated to building Integridad: Nosotros trataremos a toda la gente y toda la propiedad con sinceridad y respeto y
trust with our employees and customers. nos dedicaremos sobre tener buenas relaciones con todos los empleados y clientes.
Quality: We are enthusiastically committed to providing the highest standards of service, product Calidad: Estamos entusiasticamente cometido en proveer servicio del mas alto nivel de ejecución
and performance. y también en proveer producto de la mejor calidad.
Accountability: We willingly accept responsibility for our actions. Responsabilidad: Nosotros con gusto acepto la responsabilidad por nuestros acciónes.
Attitude: We have a positive outlook and progressive approach toward our jobs, customers and Actitud: Nosotros mantenemos un modo cierto y positivo sobre los clientes y nuestros empleados y
fellow employees. también muestraremos un modo progresivo en nuestro trabajo.