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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
Sep 05, 2016
Sep 12, 2016
David Truman
Polio Plus
Sep 19, 2016
Bruce Beck
Starfish Packs
Sep 26, 2016
Steven Jones
WSU Bread Lab
Oct 03, 2016
Randy Goembel, Charity Starkenburg
Classification talks
Oct 10, 2016
Erin
La Conner Food Bank
Oct 17, 2016
Nov 07, 2016
Nov 14, 2016
Marty Pease
Dog physical therapy
Dec 05, 2016
Dec 12, 2016
Dec 19, 2016
Tina Tate
Friendship House
Dec 26, 2016
Jan 02, 2017
Jan 09, 2017
Jan 23, 2017
Jan 30, 2017
Feb 06, 2017
Ollie Iversen, Barney Bourns
Classification talks
Feb 13, 2017
Feb 20, 2017
 
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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.
 

 

 
Please note that Monday, August 29 is a 5th Monday and we will be having a social at Carpenter Creek Winery in place of our regular meeting.
 
There will be no Meeting on Monday, September 5 in observance of Labor Day.
 
We will be back at The Farmhouse on Monday, September 12. 
 

 

 
 
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.”
 
 

 
 
 
 
November 1, 1918 to June 14, 2016

Imagine that it's 8am on a cold windy Saturday in February and you are entering LaConner to do your “duty” at Smelt Derby. But before you can get to Derby Headquarters, traffic is stopped by frail Octogenarian Fred Martin selling raffle tickets; now that “duty” became less onerous because you won’t be outside as long as Fred nor in the middle of the street and you have become more inspired to “serve” at Smelt Derby.
 
The Monday night before Smelt Derby you might have been inspired by a short talk from Fred telling us how Smelt Derby was founded to raise funds for scholarships. You may have laughed at the story of the year as Mayor when Fred ordered the Derby shut down due to too many participants in the 10 cent beers. Followed with a smile when told the Derby was skipped for a year and the merchants missed the crowds and demanded it return.
 
But the story of Fred’s life was inspiring long before World War II, after years in the Seattle Children’s Home orphanage and teenage years on an Orcas Island Farm. He returned to high school at age 18 and was about to graduate as valedictorian when the war broke out. So he enlisted in the Navy serving as a Pharmacist’s Mate in the  South Pacific where he met Eleanor Roosevelt on Guadalcanal.
 
Fred continued to want more schooling and got his Pharmacy degree at the University of Washington, just in time to be called up for the Korean War. After the war, he married Margaret, bought a drug store and moved to LaConner. Now, he really began his “Service Above Self”. He served on the City Council, as Mayor, a founder of EDASC, the Economic Development Association of Skagit County, many other Boards and of course 60 years in Rotary. He even worked on painting the Rainbow Bridge orange.
 
As a Rotarian, Fred had few equals, he had decades of perfect attendance. When the club changed its meeting time from 7 to 6PM, we almost didn’t do it because he kept the Store open until 6PM. He encouraged us to make the change and his on-time record improved.
Whenever a program speaker touched upon local education, economics or political subjects Fred had pertinent comments and questions, right up to the end, as long as he could hear the speaker.
 
Fred mentored generations of Rotarians and was a wealth of Rotary and community information. We are proud to name our club Outstanding Achievement award the Martin Light award after Fred Martin and Aaron Dee Light another wonderful Rotarian. More recently we encouraged the town to name a new gazebo after Fred and Margaret Martin. Plus we have named a scholarship the Fred Martin Academic Scholarship. His good community work is now entrusted to us and we all intend to inspire others to follow Fred’s example.
FRED MARTIN YOU WILL BE MISSED!
 

 

 
On Monday, March 16, 2015, the Rotary Club of La Conner made a donation to the new Conner Park project that is in beginning stages to the Parks Commission and the Town of La Conner as the Club's commitment to the Town of La Conner and local projects.
 
The new park will be located on a scenic, grassy stretch of town-owned waterfront property just south of Rainbow Bridge. 
 
"The Rotary Club of La Conner is pleased to support the first phase of development of the new waterfront park with a contribution of $5,000," said President Marge Milnor.  "These funds represent the dedicated efforts of our La Conner Rotarians who have a long history of supporting our community. We have a proud legacy of hard work that makes it so rewarding to be able to give back to this new park. It's a wonderful vision that will provide much enjoyment for children and families in the years to come."
 
Pictured are John Doyle, Town of La Conner Administrator; Ollie Iversen; Marge Milnor, President Rotary Club of La Conner;
Ramon Hayes - Town of La Conner Mayor