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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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PO Box 2111
La Conner, WA 98257
 
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Speakers
Ken Stern
Nov 20, 2017
La Conner Weekly
Skagit Symphony
Nov 27, 2017
Symphony Information
Club Christmas Party
Dec 04, 2017
Teresa Pugh
Dec 11, 2017
Skagit Habitat for Humanity
Whitney Meissner, Susan Macek, Linda Ryan
Dec 18, 2017
Classification Talks
David Rapella
Jan 08, 2018
Wheelchairs - Martin Howard & Danya Wolf Classification Talks
Abbey Harper
Jan 15, 2018
YES presentation
Theresa Mathews
Jan 22, 2018
Author "Fishing With Hyenas"
Fifth Monday Social
Jan 29, 2018
Location TBD
Giles Kilvert
Feb 05, 2018
GMK Tutoring
Connie Milliken & Danielle Palmer
Feb 19, 2018
Classification Talks
Kevin Morse
Feb 26, 2018
Flour Mill in Skagit Valley
Combined Farmer/Merchant Night
Mar 05, 2018
State of the Community Forum at Maple Hall
David Jobe
Mar 12, 2018
Love, Inc.
Danielle Mullen & Cindy Tracey
Mar 19, 2018
Classification Talks
Alice Collingwood
Mar 26, 2018
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
Marty Pease & Karen Ryan
Apr 16, 2018
Classification Talks
Ann Novak
Apr 23, 2018
1095 Program - three meals/day/child
 
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The Latest News from the Most Vibrant Club in District 5050!
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New Addition for Santa Breakfast 2017 -- PET PHOTOS! 

 

We’re excited to offer this new opportunity for pet photos with your family or by themselves, and we are grateful to Town Hall for granting us access for pets.  It is very important that you follow these instructions to ensure that all goes well and we can do this again next year

 

 

 

 

Pets must be kept in your car until it is time for their photos.  They are not allowed in the hall with you during the breakfast.  You may get them when you are finished eating and ready for your Santa photo session.
 
All pets must be on leash or in carriers.
 
Pets will be brought in through the door in the covered sculpture alcove on Commercial Street near the stage and taken onto the stage only when Santa is ready for them.
 
Pets must be brought in with one family at a time and must be taken back out as soon as their photo shoots are finished.
 
Please make sure your pet has had a chance to relieve himself and be prepared to clean up immediately if there is a mishap.
 
 
We are really looking forward to adding cute pet photos to cute kid and family photos and thank you in advance for helping us make this new offering a success. 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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.  Learn More About Our Club
 
Please note that we meet most Mondays at The Farmhouse starting at 5:45pm.  Please check the speaker list and/or event schedule for changes to the venue for the Monday meeting.
 

 
 
 
La Conner Rotarians, Karen Ryan and Marty Pease, recently visited Honduras in conjunction with International Project Alliance.

 

The IPA is a collaborative effort with 12 clubs in the Skagit Valley and the Rotary Club in Copan, Honduras. The joint efforts include supplying schools with supplies, a mobile library,  sponsoring 56 schools with grades K-6 so all children of the Mayan village can attend school as well as sponsoring individual students with private party donations through the "Adopt-A-Dream" program so they can attend grades 7-12.

 

Other efforts include building latrines for homes and schools, providing a water supply to the villages, silos for grain storage, a woman's health clinic, supplying an ambulance. For some villages, the Rotary is providing electricity and lights/fans to schools, white boards, fixing school roofs and floors. In two locations, there are plans to start a middle school.

 

The Rapid Development program is supporting and educating members of three villages on budgeting, banking procedures, starting business, starting a savings and loan organization with the goal of bringing the villages out of poverty. Also there are plans to have the YES students in June work with one of the villages. All of these efforts are in collaboration with the villagers. The projects are per their requests and they provide the labor while Rotary provides the supplies.

 

On this trip, Karen and Marty collected and repaired mobile library books. They visited the village schools, 2-4 each day. On these visits, they had the opportunity to see school improvements, observe what else was needed and to sing and dance with the children. They also observed the Rapid Development trainings. The main goal of the trip was to connect with the local Rotarians and village residents.

 

Other members of the team included members of the Rotary Clubs of Fidalgo Island and Burlington.

 

It wasn't all work! Tourist activities included a walking tour of Copan, visiting Macaw Mountain and the Mayan ruins. Karen got to practice her Spanish which was a huge help in translating, interacting with village members and school kids and getting to know people. Marty had two instances where she put her physical therapy skills to work. Both Karen and Marty got to know Dania better, the student sponsored by Marty through the bilingual school.

 

The trip in so many ways was a huge success!!!

 

 


 

Pictured from left to right are Rotarians Dick Johnson, Martin Howard, Dennis Milliken, Lee Carlson,
Jerry Willins and taking the picture Ollie Iversen.
 
Once again our local La Conner Rotary stepped up donating their time Saturday 10/28 to clean up the kayak launching area at the south end of Conner Waterfront Park. Out of the beach area above the high tide line they wrestled out over 1000 pounds of manmade material, including broken concrete, piping a derelict picnic table along with handfuls of plastic refuse. After the cleaning this area now has a more natural look and it will be a possible launch site for kayaks. 
 

Pictured from left to right are Rotarians Dennis Milliken, Carol Johnson, Martin Howard, Jerry Willins
and taking the picture, Ollie Iversen.
 
La Conner Rotarians spent the afternoon today planting 1000 tulip bulbs in the roundabout at the
entrance to town!  Nicely done Rotarians!  The roundabout will be beautiful just in time for tulip
season in just over 5 months!
 
 

 
 
From the Desk of 
James E. Bolduc
 
336A East Fairhaven Ave, Burlington WA 98233 | 360.941.6616 
Sonoma Valley Rotary is Asking for Your Help
 
 
Fellow Rotarians,
 
As a member of the Rotary Club of La Conner WA and former Grant chair of District 5050 I have had the privilege of seeing and working with Rotarians on disaster relief projects all over the world. We now have another one very close to home, the devastating fires in Northern California. My wife, Connie, and I have a home in Sonoma CA, and though our place was thankfully spared many others were not. The area was devastated and over 5000 homes and businesses have been destroyed by fires just in the last week. Included in that were a significant number of Rotarian’s homes. Thousands of people have been evacuated and are staying in shelters or at friend’s or family’s homes.  Despite that, Rotarians have risen to the challenge. The Sonoma Valley Rotary Club has set up a fundraising effort to directly help those in the greatest immediate need. They would appreciate, and I am personally asking for, all the help we can give. We never know where the next disaster can occur and I know that if it were to happen here Rotary would be at the fore-front of the relief effort.
 
To give some perspective of the magnitude of the damage and the phenomenal response of the community and first responders, I have included a few photos showing the extent of the damage. I cannot say enough about the help Sonoma Valley has received from fire departments all over the United States and Canada. They, along with multiple police forces and medical personnel, have saved countless lives as well as both the downtown communities of Napa and Sonoma. As an example of that sacrifice a very active Rotarian and former President of the Sonoma Club had several fire trucks trying to (and ultimately succeeding) in saving his home only to find out that one of the firemen while saving his house had his own burn down.
 
Now we need to begin the rebuilding and healing process, and the Rotary Club of Sonoma Valley will be at the forefront of that. Contributions of any amount would be gratefully appreciated. 100% of the proceeds from this campaign will go to continuing the work Rotary of Sonoma Valley members are already doing to support fire victims, evacuees and first responders. The need is only beginning. I am asking all club presidents to please pass on this request to their members. As I write this, the battle is not over. Not all of the fires are contained. But I also know that every effort is being made to prevent further loss of life and homes.
 
Please click on the link below which will take you directly to the Rotary Club of Sonoma Valley’s #SONOMASTRONG donation page. It is simple and can be done via any computer or mobile device.
 
 
Thank you for your support!
Rick Bolduc
Rotary Club of La Conner
 
 
 

The Story

In the early morning hours last Monday many residents awoke to fire in  and around their homes, while the rest of Sonoma Valley was alerted by  the smell of smoke. For Rotarians, it was a call to action. Within  hours, Rotarians were providing food and basic necessities to fire  victims, evacuees and first responders. Since those early hours, Rotary  has helped to facilitate the donation, preparation and delivery of  nearly 10,000 meals, mostly to first responders while they fight to  protect people and their homes all over Sonoma Valley.  Rotary is  facilitating the collection, organization, and distribution of basic  necessities pouring in from all over the state, getting help to those  who need it, where they need it, when they need it. Rotary has already  distributed over $20,000 in gift cards and many truckloads of goods.

In  the days and weeks ahead we are focusing our efforts on helping  displaced residents stabilize and rebuild. Rotary will directly provide  funding for food, clothing, home goods, kitchen goods, transitional  housing assistance, education grants, business rebuild grants, and  whatever is needed to help victims of this devastating disaster.  Together we will rebuild Sonoma. We are #SonomaStrong.

Rotary of  Sonoma Valley is coordinating the delivery of any needed service, goods,  or funds for the direct benefit of Sonoma Valley Fire victims,  evacuees, and first responders. The club is  one of over 34,000 clubs  comprising the largest service organization in  the world. Our club  supports our local and international community through financial and  hands-on support. 100% of the proceeds from this campaign will go to  continuing the work Rotary of Sonoma Valley members are already doing to  support fire victims, evacuees and first responders. 

Rotary's motto is "Service Over Self."

Sonoma Valley Rotary Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization—Tax ID #68-0343129 

For more information or donations by check:

Marck Zuehlsdorff

Club President

marckzuehlsdorff@gmail.com 

P. O. Box 910

Sonoma, CA 95476 

 

CLICK HERE TO DONATE ONLINE

 


 
La Conner Rotarians helped make this year’s veggie racers at Hedlin Farms during the Festival of Family Farms tOctober 7 & 8, 2017 a great success!
 
Rotarians made1800 wheels this year. Added to the 700 left from last year, there were 2500 wheels waiting to be transformed into racers from beets, potatoes, squash and leeks. One box of 600 wheels was left at the end of Sunday’s festival. 
 
Great job to everyone who made wheels and volunteered! You brought joy and smiles to hundreds of children and famiilies. You are awesome!!!  Farmer Dave Hedlin appreciates our service and our friendship. 
 
Wonderful Wizards of Wheels: 
Dan Cain, Randy Goembel, Martin Howard, Dennis Milliken, Marty Pease and David Tracey
 
Valiant Veggie Racer Makers:
Dan Cain, Ollie Iversen, Don McKeehan, Marty Pease, David Rapella, Linda Ryan, and La Conner High School students Gavin Brown, Josue Gonzales, Sky Morse and Lark Rodriguez
 
Benevolent Blue Ribbon Awarders, Race Track & Art Table Monitors:
Heather Bourns, Carol Cain, Alice Collingwood, Louise & Craig Edens, Randy Goembel, Patsy Good, Cindy & David Tracey, and Whitney Meissner
 
Thank you!
Susan Macek & Dave Buchan
 
 

                          
 
 
On a beautiful Saturday Evening in La Conner the Rotary Club of La Conner held its 11th annual
Harvesting Hope Auction “Moonlight and Margaritas”. Thanks to the generosity of the community of La
Conner the auction raised over $58,000.00.

Beginning the auction we were honored with a wonderful piano concert played by our own Mayor,
Raymon Hayes.
 
The Rotary Club of La Conner presented a Paul Harris Recognition to community leader
Cathie Wyman.

Utilizing the new systems that were installed this year with a partnership between the Town of La
Conner and Rotary Club of La Conner, s a new sound system, wifi router and overhead projector were installed bringing 21st century technology to Maple Hall.

The bidders raised their paddles to provide over $9,000.00 to fund education for children to go to school
in Copan, Honduras. It will also help fund food for children in La Conner on the weekends and funded the
Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which mails a book a month to children 0-5 years of age within the La
Conner School District boundaries.

Thanks to the generosity of the La Conner community we also will be able to fund additional projects in
La Conner and the around the world!
 
 
 
 

 
 
Plant three rows of peas: Peace of mind - Peace of heart - Peace of soul
 
Plant four rows of squash: Squash gossip - Squash indifference - Squash grumbling - Squash selfishness
 
Plant four rows of lettuce: Lettuce be faithful - Lettuce be kind - Lettuce be obedient - Lettuce really love one another
 
No garden without turnips: Turnip for meetings - Turnip for service - Turnip to help one another
Water freely with patience and cultivate with love. There is much fruit in your garden, because you reap what you sow.
 
Our garden must have thyme: Thyme for God - Thyme for study - Thyme for prayer
 
—borrowed from Rotary District 7680 by way of Pam Narron
 
 

                                                                                
The Rotary Club of La Conner Foundation presented a check for $11,700 to Richard Wisniewski, president of the La Conner Library Foundation Board, on June 12,2017.

This generous donation is designated for the new La Conner Library project. Over the past three years La Conner Rotary has contributed more than $20,000 to the project. This year's gift is made possible by the fundraising events sponsored by the club including the annual dinner-auction held in late August and tulip sales. It also includes proceeds from the Smelt Run, presented in February by Rotary and the La Conner High School Booster Club, which also benefitted the Booster Club's scholarship and football programs. 

 
 

SVC Faculty-Mike Beemer, President Susan Macek, Kyle Von Stroberg

 

 

We took our meeting “on the road” May 22 for dinner, a program and a tour at Skagit Valley College’s Marine Technology Center, a school for boat mechanics, construction and repair.  Mike Beemer, the college’s marine technology chair and instructor at the center, talked about the program, which graduates 28 students a year, ready for high-demand jobs in the marine field.  The school was founded in 1968, and the new facility was built in Anacortes in 2010.  High school and college classes are held there, and students can earn a one-year certificate or a two-year associate degree.  They also offer adult classes on weekends and special one-week classes during the summer.  We also heard an inspiring talk by Kyle Von Stroberg, an ex-inmate and graduate of the technology center.  He said the school changed his life so much that he raised funds for and started a Second Chance Scholarship fund for ex-inmates that is managed through the college foundation.