Boule honored by Boy Scouts
The Blaine bed and breakfast Smuggler’s Inn was recently honored by the Mt. Baker Council of the Boy Scouts of America with the Century Award as Business of the Year for Whatcom County. The award was presented by Bellingham dentist Mike Oswald, president of the Whatcom district of the four-county Mt. Baker council.
The award recognizes local businesses for their service not only to scouting but to the community at large. Smuggler’s Inn was chosen for its involvement in the Pacific Arts Association and for having participated as a major donor in local fundraising auctions for the Boys and Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity, Bridget Collins House, the Bellingham Festival Music as well as many other local and regional efforts.
“I firmly believe in giving back to the community, and the more I give back the more comes my way,” said Bob Boule, owner and operator of Smuggler’s Inn. He has been centrally involved with the Blaine Jazz Festival for Teens, using his B & B as the official festival dormitory for out of town students and instructors.
currently serves as the president of the festival’s
parent organization, the Pacific Arts Association. Under
his leadership funds are being raised for the Vigil, Blaine
sculptor Bob McDermott’s bronze statue honoring the
fishing families who have watched over Blaine while waiting
for their relatives to return from the fishing grounds.
Smuggler’s Inn is only the fifth recipient of the award in the last decade. Other county businesses that have been recognized are St. Joseph Hospital, Haggen Foods, Diehl Ford, Brooks Lumber.
“That’s good company,” said Boule, “because hopefully it says that Blaine is starting to be noticed as a great place to run a business.”