Moonlight and Martinis
            August 23rd, 2014
            Maple Hall  La Conner

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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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2014 Rotary Auction Chair
Smelt Derby
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Tulip Sales
Immediate Past President
Dolly Parton Imagination Library

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The Rotary Club of La Conner, honored Brian Cladoosby with a Paul Harris Award last night for his committment to his community! To read more about Brian Cladossby and the Swinomish Nation, go to

Here is a picture of the pergola, that we are considering purchasing for the new Park in La Conner.  It will be at the end of Washington Street, next to the Pier 7 building.
Santa Breakfast Photos are now online, simple click on Santa Breakfast Photos 2013 on the tab above or go to our facebook page, Rotary Club of La Conner

We had a wonderful time at our 2013 Christmas Party.  This years party was hosted by Nell Thorn.  We were entertained with fabulous Christmas Music sung by the La Conner High School Jazz Choir!  John Milnor as usual hosted as sargent and asked us all questions about our most exciting Christmas memories,  Thanks John!!  
If you were unable to be with us, we missed you!  
Merry Christmas Rotary Club of La Conner!!


Be sure to invite your friends, neighbors and family to attend Moonlight and Martini's!!Image



The Houseguests: A Memoir of Canadian Courage and CIA Sorcery



Come Join Us for Smelt Derby 2013

Saturday, February 23rd

Smelt Fishing


Fish Painiting

Hot Dogs


We had a wonderful time on Tuesday with our fellow La Conner Rotarian's and guests!  John Milnor did a fabulous job as Sargent quizzing us on fellow Rotarian's.  Do you know how many La Conner Rotarian's were born in another country?  Or who starting flying at the age of 15?  Or who was born in Massachusetts?  if you were there you learned a lot about your fellow Rotarian's!  .  If you missed the event, we missed you!  Our entertainment from the chorus of Mount Vernon High School was fabulous.  Take a peak at their performance.



Thanks to everyone for making the Santa Breakfast a big success this year.  We make nearly $1000.00!  Special Thanks to Lee Carlson for all the great adverting and especially getting flyers out to all the kids at the La Conner School.  For Audrey Gravelry and David Rapella for making the food fabulous!!  For my son in law, Eric Krebs who took great Santa pictures!!  And especially to John Milnor who is the best Santa ever!!




Be sure to tell your friends to put on their Holiday Calendar the Rotary Club of La Conner's Ninth Annual Santa Breakfast!!

Saturday December 1st

Maple Hall

8:30-11:00 AM

Cost $6.00 Adults  $3.00 Children



Our meeting on 6-4-12 was lively and interesting.  Lee Harmon from District 5050 stopped by to inspire us to continue giving to Polio Plus and the Rotary International Foundation.  He gave us many statistics on where polio still exists (3 countries) and how many cases (64).  This is indeed good news, but Rotary cannot give up until it is completely gone for 3 years.  India has been polio free for 18 months!

Jerry Willins helped induct 2 new members, Corey Stout and Frank Marzec. Please remember to welcome them at our next meeting.  I had the honor of presenting Ric Buldoc with a Paul Harris +2.  Our club is vital and growing.  Please remember that to increase membership it is up to everyone to invite a friend to a meeting or an event. I sent out a survey to guide our next board in funding projects.  We need your input.  If you did not receive one I will have them at our next meeting. 


Installation of new officers will be June 18th and it will be a  spouse night.  Please come and help us celebrate the beginning of a new Rotary year.


Next week our program will be brought to us by Sid and our duties are:  

Greeter: Barney Bourns

Raffle:  ???  I'm working on this - any volunteers?

Inspiration:  Pam Narron                       

Sergeant:  Linda Ryan

Greetings Rotarians!  It was great to be back at our meeting on Monday.  As you probably know, my mother is ill and I will be in and out for the next few weeks.  I am working out a schedule that will allow me to be at all the meetings in June.  If you need something, or have a problem, please contact Linda Ryan or my husband Dan.

      We had a wonderful speaker on Monday, her name is Amanda Wilson.  Amanda was a Rotary Exchange student to Bhopal, India.  She shared her interesting perspective on a year in India.  She is a close friend of Danielle's and will return to show us her pictures.  Thank you so very much to Danielle for bringing this lovely young woman to our club. 

     I am very pleased to announce that we have two new members, Frank Marzec and Corey Strout.  Please be sure to welcome them at our next meeting.  They will be formally inducted into the club on June 4th.  

     I have included a link to view the progress of Scott Dudley and his incredible donation of a kidney to save someone's life.  Scott takes Service Above Self to a new level.  We wish him the very best and a safe recovery. 

     At our meeting on May 21st our program will be Mark Schraeder.  Our duties are:

Greeter:  Linda Ryan          Inspiration:  Connie Milliken       Raffle:  Dee Carlson   Sergeant:

Cindy Tracey.             WE WILL NOT MEET ON MEMORIAL DAY, MONDAY, MAY 28TH. 

Carol Cain
Rotary Club of LaConner


Last night Five Paul Harris Awards were given out to Martin Howard, Bobbi Krebs McMullen, Jean Barkley, Matthew Paul, andImage Linda Ryan!  Congratulations to Everyone and Thank You for all your hard work!


Greetings Rotarians!!

Dan and I missed the meeting last week, because we wanted to get a little California sun and see our son before tulip season started.  What we really got was a little sun, but mostly rain, high winds and flooding on our way home.  It is good to be home to our normal rain and wind.

Please remember that our District Assembly is on April 14th, it is at Skagit Valley College this year.  District Assembly is a great place to learn about all aspects of Rotary.

Thank you so much to Linda Ryan for bringing Naomi Williams to us this week.  Naomi is a volunteer for Relay for Life in Anacortes.  She is very passionate about raising money to find a cure for cancer.  As a result of her visit, Connie Milliken has volunteered to be a captain for a team from our club.  We named our team Heart for Hart in honor of Bob Hart.  So this will be a project for us this spring.  Details on how and what we can do will be coming.

Next week is Farmer's Night.  It is a tradition in our club to honor the farmers in La Conner.  It is a special spouse night and I would like to see our entire club come that night to welcome and visit with our honored guests.  We are trying to keep the cost to 18-20$.  Please let me know if you and your guest are planning on attending so that we can give the Farmhouse an approximate number for dinners.  My email is  .

Duties for Farmer's Night:   Greeter - Irene and everyone     Inspiration - Linda Ryan

Raffle -  Jean Barclay           Sergeant - Danya Wolf 

Have a good week, and please remember our members that are ill or traveling in your prayers.


Carol Cain
Rotary Club of LaConner



Come Celebrate Winter at the

Rotary Club of La Conner

 Winter BBQ

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Civic Garden Club La Conner

 (across from the Gaches Mansion)

5:45 PM

Bring a Potential Rotarian!

Bon Voyage to the Tollefson’s

Bring your favorite meat to BBQ

Bring a dessert or salad to share

Bring your favorite drink

We will pass a sign up sheet on Monday




We had some wonderful guests at our meeting this week.  Bernadette Halliday and Shayla Brown from the Rotary Club of Burlington came to sell raffle tickets to raise money to send a group of High School students to Guatemala to build efficient stoves to help the people in a small village. You can find information on their web site. 

     Our program was Christine Valdez and David Conover from the Boys and Girls Club.  David is the new regional director and they gave a lively program on the needs of the Boys and Girls Club.  They need volunteers as well as financial support.

     Please go to the District web site to see all of the District events coming up this spring.

     Linda Ryan is getting us organized for Smelt Derby. Please contact her if you can help out by visiting other clubs to sell tickets.

     This Wednesday, February 15th at McIntyre Hall, there will be a reception to honor Dr. Gary Tollefson. It begins at 4:30.

     I am very pleased to announce two new members that have been approved by our board last night.  They are Ron Wigal and Marge Milnor.  According to our by-laws our members have 7 days to submit in writing any concerns about these prospective members.  If we do not hear from anyone, we will vote at our next meeting.

    On Monday, February 27th we will have a "Winter Celebration Party".  It will be a pot luck celebration at the Garden Club instead of our regular meeting at the Farmhouse.  You will receive an email from Cindy with more information.

Have a great week! 


 Historic and Fun La Conner Smelt Derby


Sponsor: The Rotary Club of La Conner

Saturday, Feb. 25

Contacts: Lee Carlson, (360) 466-0127 or Sandy Stokes (360) 466-3315


History-making in 2012

Over the years families have made a tradition of taking the children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren to the historic smelt derby.  It’s a special family event. You don’t last 47 years without offering something to those who participate and the community that supports the events. Each year local merchants donate over 100 prizes and others provide substantial cash sponsorship to keep the derby going. 


Over the years the Smelt Derby has developed a fun, family day to remember.  Here are the events:

·         Breakfast: As in years past, the Rotarians will serve up pancakes, eggs and all the trimmings at Maple Hall from 8 to 10 a.m. The breakfast benefits the La Conner Senior Class

·         Smelt Run: Work off the meal with the Skagit Symphony’s USATF Certified 5K or 10K run. Or take the family fun walk around town, see the town’s award-winning public art displays and maybe even glimpse one of La Conner’s town turkeys. 10 a.m. start.

·         Fishing: The Smelt Derby fishing contest is on the town docks from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Kids can win cash prizes of $100 for bringing in the largest smelt.  Other prizes for unusual catches from the channel. Pick up a life jacket at derby headquarters.

·         Kid’s activities: Kids will love the fishing action and the free fun at Maple Hall, the site of the famous “fish printing” where the budding artists can create a masterpiece out of a dead fish and paint. 10 am. to 2 pm.

·         Boat tour: Also for the youngsters, La Conner Sea Scouts will offer tours of their historic schooner, “Rejoice.”

·         Raffle and more: Adults can spend $2 to try their luck in a raffle with over 100 fabulous prizes and a $750 cash Grand Prize.  They can feed the kids and families can enjoy $2 hot dogs. Meals for $4 with a polish hot dog.

·         Meet the Smelt Queen and hear what smelt has meant to her.

·         Participate in a geocaching contest.  Prizes are located throughout the town.Image


 It is hard to believe that another month has whizzed by.  Our program this week was Lee Harmon from the Arlington club.  Lee explained about the work of the Rotary International Foundation and the bequest information.  We thank Barney for bringing us this program.

Don't forget to sell Smelt Derby tickets.  This year it is very important to sign your tickets out and then sign in the unsold tickets and the money.  The Washington State Gambling Commission is cracking down on raffle tickets sold to the public.  We continue to need to have people visit other clubs and get the Smelt Derby word out and the tickets sold.

A huge thank you to Danielle for planning a Membership event this week!!!!!  We had five prospective people attend (we were expecting 14), but it is a good start.  Danielle did an excellent job of explaining what Rotary is and how to become a member.  Thank you also to our club members that came to show their passion for the work of Rotary.

Next week is a very important club assembly.  We will look at the ideas that were shared in the fall and how we can become a bigger, bolder and better club!!!!  This is your Rotary club and we really need your input !!!   Please come!!!

Our Duties for next week are: Greeter:  Lee Carlson    Raffle: Dee Carlson

Inspiration: Connie      Sergeant:  Don Bakken

 We are thankful to Doug Jones and Don Bakken for their program on the history of the wonderful air show that they created and put on in Marysville.  I know how much work an auction, Smelt Derby and selling tulips can be, I cannot imagine how much work it would be to put on an air show!!!

Please go to the District 5050 web site to see all of the events that are coming up this spring.

Smelt Derby is just around the corner, so please help Linda with posters and collecting prizes.  We should all be selling our Raffle tickets and visiting other clubs.  Don and Danya are passing out the Raffle tickets, be sure to sign them out and return the money or tickets.  We really need to document each ticket for the Gambling Commission. Following these rules is imperative because the consequences of not following them can be dire, especially for the President.  

Please remember our members who are ill or dealing with family illness in your thoughts and prayers.

Next week our program is Lee Harmon from District 5050, speaking about the RI Foundation.  The word "Foundation" can be confusing, so in the next few weeks we will be trying to clarify the different "Foundations" .

On Monday our duties are:  Greeter - Dee Carlson       Inspiration - Susan Macek

Raffle - Danielle Mullen                Sergeant - Linda Ryan   

Carol Cain
Rotary Club of LaConner


We were blessed by a lot of wonderful guests at our meeting last night.  We had Bobby Pulson, one of our high school ambassadors give us an update on how things are going at La Conner High School.  He also updated us on how the teams are doing. Go Braves!! 

Our District Governor Jane Helton,  visited us to promote the District Conference in Semihamoo this June.  The conference will take place at Semihamoo Resort near Blaine, June 1-3.  You can register for the conference on line at the District 5050 web site.  She also presented Linda Ryan and Karen Ryan with Paul Harris Awards.  Karen is a plus 2.  We have a VERY generous club!!

One of our esteemed visitors was Sam Green, State of Washington's Poet Laureate.  Our program was given by Molly McNulty.  Molly is the Director of the Poetry Festival in La Conner.  She had a student read her beautiful poems.  It was an inspiring program.  The Festival will take place this year and they will need volunteers.  So there will be more to come on this event.  See additional photos in our photo album!

Next week's program will be Kim Lorentz with World Vision.  Come Join Us!!

 Don McKeehen shared his poetry with the club!  


 Dressed to kill in cocktail dresses and tuxes our members shared a evening at the 2011 Foundation Dinner!  See additional photos in our Photo Album.


 Great Fun was had by everyone attending the Paella Party won at the Auction By Rick Bolduc!

 Harvesting Hope 2011 was a great success!!  We will be beginning the planning for Harvesting Hope 2012 in February!  Our first meeting will be after the first meeting in February!  We will meet each month after the first meeting of each month and will schedule additional meetings when necessary.  If you have signed up to be on a committee-Thank You!  See you at our first meeting on February 6th!  The date is scheduled for August 25th, 2011.  

75 canoes landed yesterday afternoon.  Protocols will be held each day to honor the cultures of each of the tribes represented.  The community is invited to have breakfast and dinner, during the event!  The La Conner Rotary has volunteered to help serve at this event.  For more information, go to /


Check out the 2011 Harvesting Hope Website!!

It has been update to take payment for tickets and donations!

You can even make a bid for Live or Silent Auction Items! 






The 2011 Harvesting Hope website is live! 

Stay Tune for exciting LIVE and SILENT Auction Items!!

Buy your tickets or make a bid online!! 


Club member David Rapella can always be counted on for innovative ideas, community spirit, networking and humor!  His career as a clown began with a tour to Vietnam to assist on a medical mission.  A member of the Rotary Club of La Conner since June 1, 2000, David is a tireless community volunteer.  His Rotary moment accomplishments include working with the (1) La Conner School District's Middle School on an aeronautics project--the students building and flying model airplanes; (2) Pumpkin painting with the Boys and Girls Club of La Conner; (3) volunteering as a clown at Rotary events; (4) volunteering for the upcoming Paddle to Swinomish.  David is also past president of our club, from 2005 to 2006.  He became a Paul Harris Fellow in 2002 and in 2009 received a Ruby Pin as a Paul Harris Fellow.


 On February 26, 2011 the Rotary Club of LaConner will sponsor the 46th Smelt Derby which is older that the Super Bowl by one year.  The original focus of the Derby is to fish for Smelt in the Swinomish Channel, 45 years ago this was mainly accomplished by dipping for the Smelt.  However, due to changing economic and environmental rules, there is less food material being dumped into the Channel in LaConner.  Hence, there are fewer fish, so these days most fishermen try to snag their fish on lines containing many hooks.  The Rotary Club of LaConner with the assistance of judging by the LaConner Sea Scouts awards prizes in a number of catetories (under and over age 13) including:  longest and shortest smelt, longest herring,  biggest fish, and strangest object to be hooked and turned in for a prize.  The fishing prize winners select their prize from 25-30 merchandise prizes selected for fishing prizes.


The Derby also has a large focus on the raffle that carries a Grand Prize of $750 plus 75-100 merchandise prizes.  The Grand Prize is awarded at about 3PM on Derby Day with merchandise prizes being awarded every 15 minutes or so during the day.  Raffle prizes commonly include, a rubber duck, gift certificates to local restaurants, fishing gear, teeth cleaning at a local Dentist’s office and many more unusual prizes donated by LaConner merchants.  Raffle tickets NO LONGER entitle the bearer to fish.  In order to comply with State Gambling Rules, fishing tickets must be purchased separated.  The good news is that Raffle Tickets and Fishing Tickets are only $2 each.  Prices have remained unchanged for as long as this author has been a member of the LaConner Rotary Club.


Other events take place on Derby Day also.  There will be a pancake breakfast that is used to help fund a donation to the LaConner High School Senior Class.  There will be free fish printing at Maple Hall during the morning hours, kids and others can put paint on a real fish and then print an impression of the fish.  There will also be a hot dog stand operated by Rotarians.


The other BIG event of the day is the Skagit Symphony Smelt Run operated by the Symphony.  This event was cofounded about 15 years ago by Rotary and the Symphony.  After two years of joint operation, the Run became fully operated by the Symphony, though most years Rotary provided modest assistance.  In 2010 Rotary was invited to one again play a larger role in the Smelt Run and responded with volunteers in a number of jobs most importantly being the course volunteers strategically placed to encourage volunteers.


Derby proceeds are derived from Raffle Ticket Sales, sponsorships, food sales and a profit sharing arrangement with the Symphony.  The Rotary Club of LaConner Foundation then uses the proceeds to help fund the Senior Class, scholarships, the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, other literacy projects and other donations made by the Rotary Club of LaConner throughout the year.


Rotary volunteers are involved in obtaining raffle prizes from local merchants, manning headquarters at the fire museum, selling raffle tickets, working at the pancake breakfast and hot dog stand, and volunteering at the Run.  As Derby Day approaches Rotarians are urged to volunteer for several of these low key jobs and to recruit friends and family members to help with the Run.



Our most memorable Rotary Moments are the experience of attending "Rotary International" in Montreal last June. Connecting with Rotarians from other continents and feeling a kinship with them shortly after meeting was truly remarkable.   We ordered the CDs, to share part of our experience through those speeches that were available, had hoped for all of them but realized that Greg Mortenson, Queen Noor, and Dolly Parton had not signed a release.  We were pleased to be part of the District 5050 delegation, and we wondered if we were the club with the highest percentage participation as there were 9 La Conner club members in attendance.

Irene and Richard Johnson



Club members are invited

to submit their memories

for their most memorable

Rotary moments for 2010! 

Please submit to Patricia Paul.



Thank you so much to make the Imagination Library event so successful!  We signed up approximately 60 children within the La Conner School Disrict. 

The Imagination Library will remain in La Conner indefinitely.  Children within the school district between the ages of birth and their 5th Birthday will continue to be eligible.  The Rotary Club of La Conner is very proud to bring and keep this program in the district and to give children the gift of books while helping them to be better prepared for preschool.  It's a gift that keep on giving.

Should you know an eligible child or a group that would be interested in joining our email list or would welcome our pamphlets in their establishment or would like a speaker, please let Bobbi Krebs-McMullen know.  She can be reached through the main page of our club website, in the column on the far left.



Team Guatemala's departure is right around the corner!  Our club is welcoming fellow Rotarian Steve Miller (Anacortes club) on this journey.  This is the proposed itinerary:

Saturday, January 22 - Arrive
Sunday, January 23 - Walking tour of Antigua in the AM, Free time afterwards, market, etc.
Monday, January 24 - AM go to Chimaltenango with a stop at the Bodega to package some books for Yepocapa and then work with Bethel Ministries, drive to Yepocapa in the afternoon
Tuesday, January 25 - reception by Yepocapa school, begin cataloging
Wednesday, January 26 - Continue cataloging, small groups get tours of town, possible family visits
Thursday, January 27 - Continue cataloging, small groups get tours of town, possible family visits
Friday, January 28 - Catalog in the AM, farewell/thank you lunch, leave for Lake Atitlan with a stop to visit Opal House on the way - near Godinez on the way to Atitlan
Saturday, January 29 - Boat trip to San Juan Laguna - visit women's coop/coffee coop - Free time in the afternoon
Sunday, January 30th - Go to Sunday Market in Chichicastenango in the AM, return to Antigua in the afternoon - Final dinner
Monday January 31 - Leave Guatemala



The Rotary Club of La Conner's biggest event of the year -- loads of fun, great food,wonderful people, and fundraising for all of the work that Rotary does locally and globally.  August 27, 2011 at Maple Hall, La Conner, Washington.  10:00 am to 2:00 pm (Brunch)  Hawaiian attire encouraged.


Our club website has been updated with new features and a new look!


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Birthdays & Anniversaries

Member Birthdays:
  • Douglas Jones
    September 2
  • Linda Ryan
    Jim Ryan
    September 11
  • Jean Barclay
    September 12
  • Martin Howard
    September 19
  • Jerry Willins
    September 22
Join Date:
  • Margaret Martin
    September 1, 2009
    5 years
  • Jean Barclay
    September 19, 2010
    4 years
  • Linda Ryan
    September 19, 2010
    4 years
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