October Member of the Month

We are so honored to celebrate Jim and Karen Hollingsworth as our October Members of the Month! They are both very dedicated to physical fitness and to BAC: Jim has been a member for 25 years and Karen for 33 years! Their careers and vacations have always been extremely active and demanding so working out at BAC has relieved stress and kept them fit.

Jim enjoys water aerobics and yoga classes. He works out with his personal trainer, Cindy, whom he appreciates. Karen’s activities include yoga classes, Aqua Zumba® on occasion, and Weights for Women. Karen has also expanded her horizon to take tap dance classes and return to ice skating which has been easier to accomplish because of BAC classes teaching her balance and coordinating with strength.

Living in the historical Fountain District gives Jim and Karen the opportunity to walk the many miles every week to BAC, the library, run errands, go to the movies and the theatre. They have enjoyed many world travel trips—just the two of them or occasionally with a guide or driver for a safe journey. They also have white water rafted and kayaked many, many times in Western North America and included their grandchildren on these expeditions.

Jim and Karen would like to thank the personal warmth of the greeters at the front desk, the amazing and positive Jill Robertson, their yoga instructors, Michal and Elena, who have them bend and twist in ways they didn’t think was possible and a big thanks to Tiffany who cracks the whip over the class with Karen on Fridays.

Thank you, Jim and Karen! We appreciate your humor, kindness and all the goodies you bring to BAC!

September Member of the Month

Charles Marcks has been a member at BAC for 10 years and his daily routine starts with a great morning workout at the Downtown club; he greets everyone with a smile and has a positive attitude that encourages others. He refers to the gym as his playground, setting up circuits and performing challenging exercises.

When Charles began utilizing the facility he would focus mainly on cardio and weights, after noticing some low back pain he hired a trainer and took his fitness to a new level. His consistency each day with a guided program has created joy in coming to the gym; he looks forward to his group training with friends and has had incredible muscle, flexibility and endurance gain. Charles would like to give a big shout out to his trainer Lynette Reilly; she has given him guidance, motivation, and inspiration. She has been a tremendous help to not only reach his goals but keep him excited to continue his journey!

Charles is originally from Palm Springs and lived there until he was in his 20’s; he moved to Bellingham from Portland, OR back in 2006 and hasn’t left since because of all the beauty the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Charles is the CFO at Whatcom Museum, loves to read, has been with his partner, Marc for over 30 years and has a tuxedo cat named Pixel. A fun fact about Charles is that he doesn’t own a cell phone!

Thank you, Charles, for your commitment to BAC and always putting a smile on everyone’s face!

August Member of the Month

Congratulations Joanna for being BAC’s August Member of the Month!

Joanna has lived on both the East and West Coasts, but moved to Bellingham 12 years ago and married her husband Wesley in 2010. They have 2 children, Gwen (4) and Jacob (2) who absolutely LOVE coming to Kid’s Club and family swim times. Joanna stays at home with the kids, which is a full-time job for now.

She has played violin since she was 8 when her grandfather gave her her first violin and taught her how to play. In college, she studied General Music and currently enjoys playing with the local Bellingham Community Chamber Orchestra. She also teaches private violin lessons and occasionally plays with her church music team.

The reason she joined BAC because she is in the process of becoming a gestational surrogate for couples who cannot carry their own children, and was told she needs to lose a little weight before moving forward with it. So far she has lost 20 pounds with the help of the wonderful aqua aerobics classes! She is looking forward to reaching her goals and maintaining a healthy lifestyle with the support of the community at BAC.

July Member of the Month

Congratulations to Joy Olney for receiving Member of the Month for July! Joy participates in our water aerobics classes—the members would say she’s Miss Congeniality! Joy is friendly and positive; she is especially kind, helpful and encouraging to our new members in class. Joy has been a member of BAC since 1992.

Joy is originally from the East Coast, she moved to Bellingham in 1986. She has two sons, Richard and Mike who are both in town for the summer. Her boys spent many days growing up at BAC attending summer camps and being involved in Youth Programs. Joy has two standard poodles named Talley and Polly.

Joy is a renowned local artist and has made a name for herself in artistic circles around the world. The apple painting won a prize in the Little Gem Show at Scott Milo’s gallery in Anacortes this month. When Joy is not working on a painting, she is working in her garden.

Thank you for being so loyal to BAC over the years and we love having your positive mindset. You truly are a joy to have at the club!

June Member of the Month

Congratulations to our member of the month for June, Jeniffer Shull! Jeniffer joined BAC in July of  2018 and has been working out on a regular basis. She loves the energy and friendly environment at BAC. You will see her in various group exercise classes such as Insanity, TBC,  Strong, and Zumba to name a few. Jennifer loves the classes for all the peer motivation they provide. With a change in eating habits and exercise, Jeniffer has lost 40 pounds since starting at BAC!

Jeniffer is originally from Mexico City. She moved to Colorado Springs 10 years ago and also lived in Indianapolis for 3 years until moving to Bellingham last July. She holds a B.A. in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and is currently working on getting her Spanish translator and interpreter certifications.

Outside of the club, Jeniffer is a wine enthusiast and reads a lot about it; she loves grammar and enjoys learning new vocabulary words every day. She visits family in Mexico multiple times throughout the year. She also loves traveling and meeting new people from different cultures. She especially enjoys long walks with her Weimaraner, Maya.

Thank you, Jeniffer, for lighting up BAC with your smile and positive attitude!

“I enjoy living here now and giving the best of me while I work out, after all, that is what counts.”

May Members of the Month

Our May Members of the Month are Nic and Natasha Ruff. They have been an exceptional part of the BAC community for about 4 years. Natasha tends to do her workouts with an emphasis on building cardio strength and Nic likes to focus his training on lifting and building core strength, however, he does like to change it up every now and then to work on cardio, too.

Nic is from Leavenworth, and Natasha is from Sedro-Wolley, but they met right here in Bellingham. In their free time, they really enjoy going to concerts. Despite having somewhat different tastes in music, Nic liking alternative rock and Natasha being more into country, they both still have a great time seeing any type of live music.

When we asked Nic to talk to us for this little write-up, he said that their mentality with exercise is that the world is better when we help other people, and in order to help other people we have to first start by helping ourselves to be the best we can, mentally and physically. That is what makes Nic and Natasha such a great part of the BAC, and why we have chosen them as May’s members of the month.

April Member of the Month

Our April Member of the Month is Chelsea Rodriguez, along with her kiddo, Aislin. Chelsea and Ailsin moved to Bellingham from Portland in 2015. They joined BAC in  2016, and they both enjoy various activities around the club. Aislin participates in our  Junior Racquetball program, takes swimming lessons, and loves her Junior Orientation privileges. Chelsea enjoys weight lifting and getting her heart rate up with some personal training.

Chelsea grew up in Spokane, WA, so she’s a Northwesterner at heart. She spent 8 years serving in the United States Navy and now works in security at a medical facility in Skagit County.

Chelsea is getting married in June, so their family is about to grow a little larger! Chelsea and her fiance enjoy exploring all of the trails around the Northwest and are avid hikers. In fact, Chelsea is training with one of our excellent training staff, Alexa, for a backpacking trip up to Mount Baker this summer!

Outside of the gym, Chelsea indulges in several crafting hobbies, including crochet, knitting, Brazilian Embroidery, and Japanese Braiding. Thanks Chelsea and Aislin, for being such active and inspiring members!

March Member of the Month

Congratulations to our Member of the month for March – Yanina De Brites! Yanina moved to Bellingham from Venezuela 10 years ago. She joined BAC in 2009, and is celebrating 10 years with us in November! Yanina loves the community and feels very blessed to live in a city where she has made such great friends. 

When looking for a place to work out, the most important factor was finding a safe place to leave her 3 boys. They love coming to the Kids Club at BAC and are involved in several programs there. Yanina also enjoys attending a variety of Group Exercise classes, where she’s made lots of friends. Her husband also works out at the club, so the whole family is able to come in stay active and fit together.

Yanina’s life revolves around her three boys. They keep her very busy, so being able to take an hour in her day for a class (and knowing her boys are having fun) makes such a difference. When they aren’t working out together, she and her four boys enjoy going on bike rides and hiking, or any physical activity they can do as a family!

Yanina: we at BAC love your family, and the instructors are always happy to see you in the studio. Thank you for being such a dedicated member.