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Rotary Club of La Conner

Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 5:45 PM
Farmhouse Restaurant
11376 LaConner-Whitney Rd
Mount Vernon, WA  98273
United States
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Speakers
Holiday party
Dec 05, 2016
Marty Pease
Dec 12, 2016
Honduras Trip
Tina Tate
Dec 19, 2016
Friendship House
Holiday, no meeting
Dec 26, 2016
Holiday, no meeting
Jan 02, 2017
Danya Wolf, Don Bakken
Jan 16, 2017
Author Ashley Sweeney
Jan 23, 2017
Merchants Night
Jan 30, 2017
Mollie Pepper
Feb 06, 2017
Peace & Conflict Resolution
Rick Bolduc
Feb 13, 2017
Rotary Foundation Centennial
Club Assembly
Feb 20, 2017
Connie Milliken
Feb 27, 2017
Relay for Life
Farmers Night
Mar 06, 2017
Off-site location
Pam Putney
Mar 13, 2017
Hospice of the Northwest
Terry Boese
Mar 20, 2017
Island Homebrew
Michael Frazier
Mar 27, 2017
Viva Farms
Rick Bolduc, Barney & Heather Bourns
Apr 03, 2017
Classification Talks
Coni Jones
Apr 10, 2017
Skagit Transit
Ray Deck, III
Apr 17, 2017
Skookum Kids
Sandy Knapp, Barb Demorest
Apr 24, 2017
Knitted Knockers
Lori Buher, Dan & Carol Cain
May 01, 2017
Classification talks
Peg Seeling
May 08, 2017
LCSD School Superintendent (interim)
David Rapella
May 15, 2017
Philippines project
 
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Foundation President
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Jul 11, 2016
 

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Welcome to the Rotary Club of La Conner!
We are a hands-on service club dedicated to improving lives locally and around the world. We do this by promoting and investing in literacy, public health and community service.  We are the club people want to join, because we have fun while making a difference.
 

 

 
 
Santa Breakfast will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2016
Maple Hall - 104 Commercial Street
La Conner, WA
 
Adults $7
Children $3
 
Gluten Free option available
 
Pre-order your Breakfast tickets here:  Buy My Tickets NOW!
 

 

 
 
 
 
Halloween brought out the creative spirits of La Conner Rotarians as we gathered at Louise and Craig Edens for our 5th Monday social on October 31. 
 

 

 
 
Check out http://www.endpolio.org/ and http://polioeradication.org/ for more information. 
 
We are so very close to eradicating polio from the face of the earth!  Join in today and learn more about what Rotarians around the world are working on to eradicate polio.
 

 
 

 
 

Our club is involved in parallel international projects in Copan, Honduras.  One is grant funded in partnership with nine other clubs, and the other is funded by our club and individual members.

 

Grant-Funded Project

 

This International Project Alliance (IPA) is a holistic approach to a community need – education, sanitation, potable water, economic development and the infrastructure to support it.

 

Eleven area clubs have pledged to pool funds.  Other clubs are considering joining the alliance.  Our club contributes $5,000 per year plus a district grant.   The Fidalgo Rotary Club manages the funds and serves as the lead club for grant management, with each participating club having one vote.  Jerry Willins is our club’s representative.  Projects are initiated by the village through the Copan Rotary Club.

 

So far, the IPA has provided funds for a new school and several renovations, replaced furniture in several schools, built a wooden bridge and several other hands-on projects, provided school room supplies for all schools and have facilitated teacher training.  We are working to rebuild a large water system that will benefit thousands.  In short we have approved, started, and finished a couple of dozen projects with an annual pooled budget of more than $30,000 and additional donated and grant dollars exceeding $25,000.

 

Club-Funded Project

 

This includes our Adopt-a-School and Adopt-a-Dream Programs.  The nine clubs involved in the IPA currently support 19 schools and more than 926 children and hope to cover seven additional schools in 2017.  Of these, our club supports two schools, Nueva San Isidro and El Cisne. 

 

Our money can go a long way toward supporting Copan school children through Adopt-a-School:

 

  •     $10/year provides what a kindergartener needs to go to school.
  •     $20/year provides for students in grades 1-6.

 

The Adopt-a-Dream program costs $200/year or less (varies by school) and supports an individual student in grades 7-9.  This level of education is now mandated and requires most students walk a couple of hours to schools outside their villages.  Adopt-a-Dream asks for a three-year commitment for each student funded.

 

Individual members can also support these schools Adopt-a-School and Adopt-a-Dream.  Checks can be made out to the Rotary Club of La Conner Foundation.  Be sure to specify Adopt-a-School or Adopt-a-Dream.

 


 

 
 
 
 
What do 2000 Wheels and 500 Veggie Race Cars equal?   Happy Children!

What a great turnout from our club to make wheels and then volunteer to make the veggie racers October 1 & 2, 2016 at Hedlin Farms - Festival of Family Farms. Thank you! 
 
The Hedlin family was most appreciative, and there were lots of smiles everywhere - kids, parents, grandparents, dogs too! 
 
Thank you to wheel makers David Rapella, David Tracey, Dan Cain, Martin Howard, Marty Pease, Dennis Milliken and Dave Buchan. 
 
Thank you to our veggie racer volunteers during the Festival:  David Rapella, Dee & Lee Carlson, Heather Bourns, Alice Collingwood (and her Aunt Carol), Patsy Good, Charity Starkenburg, Louise & Craig Edens, Martin Howard, Cindy & Dave Tracey, Marty Pease, Randy Goembel,  Linda Sanford (friend), John Clark (friend), Susan Macek & Dave Buchan. We had a few high school helpers too, and are grateful for their support. 
 

 

 
 

 
 

 
 
On a warm and sunny Summer Saturday 130 people came to Maple Hall in La Conner  to celebrate “Moonlight in Margaritaville”, the 10th Annual Auction of the Rotary Club of La Conner.  Donations from numerous community businesses helped make this year’s Auction the BEST ever, with gross sales of over $62,000!
 
The Rotary Club honored Dave Hedlin of Hedlin Family Farms with a Paul Harris Recognition for his many outstanding years of supporting the community of La Conner and the Skagit Valley.   A special video was presented and he was tickled with his favorite music, Home Grown Tomatoes.
 
With the money raised this year we received $11,500.00 for La Conner High School Graduates and $5980.00 to support Honduras School Children with annual tuition.
 
Thanks to everyone that helped make this year’s Auction an incredibly fun and festive event! 
 
See you next year on August 26, 2017!
 

 

 
 
2016 Rotary District 5050 Golfun held at Hazelmere Golf & Tennis Club in Surrey, B.C., is now in the past but a grand time was had by all who participated!  Pictured here are Club President, Susan Macek; President Elect, Alice Collingwood; Patsy  Good, Dee Carlson and Marty Pease.
 

 
 

 
 

This video was compiled to commemorate time spent in Barbasco Cabanas, Honduras with the Rotary 5050 International YES team (Youth Engaged in Service). Ten incredible high school students accomplished over 80 hours of volunteer service each in their own communities and continued to share their love for people through a ten-day humanitarian service trip in a small, struggling village located near Copan Ruinas. We made relationships, met beautiful people and worked tirelessly to successfully build a complete play structure for children near the school, (the school was provided by the YES program in years past) we distributed personal hygiene kits, brought reusable feminine products for young girls, painted all school house furniture (provided by the YES team in years past as well) and built a chicken coop suitable for roughly 40 chickens.

This was an adventure of a lifetime, thank Rotary for all of their selfless donation and most of all thank God!

 

 
 

 
 
Richard Wisniewski accepted a check from the Rotary Club of La Conner for the La Conner Regional library Building fund. The check in the amount of $5,000 was a second annual installment of $5,000 toward the new library.
 
Wisniewski, President of the La Conner Library Foundation Board said “the library is a place for life-long learning and inspiration and it’s a key resource available to everyone in the community…. One day we’ll break ground for a new, larger, environmentally green library that will provide more open space, including quiet areas for study and reading, digital access, and a community room open to the public for library programs and new offerings.”
 
According to Lee Carlson, Past President of the La Conner Rotary, literacy and education are major focus areas for the club’s contributions, in terms of both service and financial support. “We have supported the library’s homework databases for the benefit of students for many years,” Carlson said. “We recognize the value that a new library will bring to the community, and are proud to support this project that will serve the community -- from babies to seniors -- well for many years.”