Project of the Birch Bay Lions Club


Birch Bay Hostel

August 2011 Newsletter

Providing Affordable Accommodation to Travelers   &  Service to the Community


7467 Gemini St.

Blaine, WA 98230






Recycle Eye Glasses

& Hearing Devices

We need your old eyeglasses and hearing devices.



Fill the Shelves of the Birch Bay Food Pantry


Drop off food items in the lobby. 25 families are now served by the local food bank.   








Lions Club Members  Receive 20% Discount on their stay









Pastel & Ink Portraits

Of Your Pet

We Support Local Artists

with proceeds benefiting

Community Projects









“The Playlists”   were the feature  Band at the August  Bellingham Hospice Fundraiser

“Brewers By the Bay”

Over 40,000 dollars was raised. – Great Work!

 Available for parties, weddings, corporate events.



WE also have private Guest Rooms


For more information on Lions Projects, becoming a Lion or the Hostel Contact:


Kenneth Lord



Reclaimed Paint Gives the Hostel a New Look

Volunteers have used 80 plus gallons of reclaimed Paint from the Bellingham Toxic Disposal Facility on Airport Drive to renew and refresh the Hostel


Plus Fifteen gallons of outdoor paint was donated by Steve Allmann and tinted with the help of Sherwin Williams and Sue at Pacific Building Supply.

We Call the Outside Color Copper Patina - a one of a kind color.

In addition to paint we also acquired filler, cleaners, glues, spray paint and disposed of what we did not need at Toxic Disposal Facility.


Who is Staying at the Hostel?


“More families staying at the Hostel” Typically hostels are known for accommodating backpackers, cyclists and young single travelers.  Here in Birch Bay we are witnessing an increase in families joining our travelling friends. 

“those relocating to the Area” They come from Alaska, Louisiana, Hawaii, Missouri and Canada.  They stay while looking for a permanent residence.  Since January we have hosted over a dozen families relocating to the Pacific Northwest.

“Groups, Retreats, And Family Reunions & Special Events” We can accommodate up to 40 people at the hostel.  This year we have seen Doctors and other health care professionals on Retreat, Girls Scouts on their way to Hands Across the Border, Cyclists, Marathoners, Wedding Parties and Family Gatherings.

 “Conscious Partier’s – Choosing not to Drink & Drive”  Our newest groups of Guests are out of town visitors attending weddings, events and other parties here in Birch Bay Area.   

The Drum Circle is One Year Old

Join us for an evening of drumming every Thursday evening.

7-9 pm – Everyone Welcome – No Experience Necessary.

By Donation

Art at the Hostel – Ongoing Art Show & Sale

“Local & visiting artists create, sell and display photography, pastel, oil, acrylics, baskets and murals”

Art & Mural Tours Daily

10 am – 5 pm or by appointment.

Basket Weaving Class:

By Reggie Kaster.  August 21, 2011

pre- registration required.

“The Lion” 24 x 48 inches  Oil on Birch Panel for Purchase at the Hostel

See more Art on Our  Website



Our Thank You’s


Thank You!! Whatcom Volunteer Center and their volunteers.  Habitat for Humanity, ReStore, WorldMark, Water’s Edge Church, Lynden Lions, Coupeville Lions and our neighbors for generous donations of materials and support.

And thank you to the Students from Blaine & Ferndale High Schools, Whatcom College, Western Washington University & Evergreen University for choosing the Birch Bay Hostel to complete their projects and Internships.

To our Artists who have brightened our space Thank YOU!  Jim Agnello, Keri Wallace, Erika Lynne Bartlett, Girl Scout Troup 42117, Dick Berg, Bryna Murray, Alexandria Sutherland, Reggie Kaster and Linda Diane Taylor.

The Playlists (Leon & Brent Rogers, Billy Shears, Donnie Gossett & Ken Lord) for entertaining our guest & volunteers.  The Playlists are available for parties, weddings and corporate functions. 


We Support Local Musicans. 

The Hostel World   A Hostel is Not a Hotel.  It provides communal living with a self catering kitchen and common areas.  It is a place where you share your adventures, your art, your music, & your stories with others from around the globe.

Our Rooms

Dorm Rooms with only 3 beds in a Room for the single traveler

Family Room for families with Children – Sleeps 4

King Bedroom – semi private Bath

Guest Room with Queen Bed with a Private Bathroom

Lions Club Members  Receive 20% Discount

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