The Latest News from the "Make it Happen" Club
Linda Clark joined us to talk about SWOOSH fundraising to benefit the gas station at the entrance to town. The building needs a complete interior overhaul - black mold, asbestos, lead, roofing all need some attention. The goal is to raise about $60,000 for building improvements to make the space available to our community again. The property owner will offer a dollar for dollar rent reduction if she becomes a tenant.
 
She is hoping it could become a space that someone could bring in a business. She herself has a business that sells smoothies and healthy meal replacement bars.
 
 
 
The La Conner Library Director Jared Fair joined us to share updates on the new library building. The Story Pole that will be carved for the new building is from a 400 year old tree. Master Carver Kevin Paul of Swinomish is working on the pole.
 
And did you know? The WiFi is up and running now and can be accessed outside the building!
 
When the new La Conner - Swinomish Library opens, it will do so with the community in mind. There is a general purpose meeting room, designated areas for children and teens, and computer work/research stations.
 
The decor is being planned around the natural beauty of our area, inspired by the Salish Sea, tulips, and the agricultural fields around us. 
 
Watch for information on a groundbreaking soon!
 
Rotary field trip to Summit Assistance Dogs’ new facilities out in Whidbey Island. We got to meet the newest puppies, observe a dog about ready to go to a client retrieve objects and close doors. We visited the new building to house the dogs in training. We also learned of the need for puppy raisers and capital campaign funds for the present building and future training center. How can Rotary help the most? The answer was “get the word out.”
 
The Skagit Watershed Council focuses on the Skagit River watershed and the impact on salmon. The Skagit watershed is the largest in Puget Sound. It has 4 part time employees and 45 members which are local organizations. They are funded by state and federal grants, local monies matches and the power companies upstream. There are 24 species of salmon, 6 of which are in the watershed. Four of those species are recovering, chum and chinook are in danger of becoming extinct. Richard focused the rest of the presentation on the chinook. Overharvesting for the most part has been brought under control. The next largest threat are seals and sea lions. The wildlife protection act initially caused their population numbers to spike but recently have leveled off (hungry transient whales) These predators actually eat 6x what we catch. The resident whales eat salmon and therefore are in danger. The other threat is global warming. As the waters warm, the bottom of the food chain is affected negatively which has impacts up the chain. What the council feels it can impact is habitat, especially calm water areas where the salmon can mature before heading out to sea. There are some projects completed, others in process and others in future plans.
Kelli Thode is the Executive Director of American Red Cross serving Northwest Washington. She is a Rotarian with one of the Everett clubs and a longtime resident of Snohomish County.
 
A single seed in a pot of soil
A single deed, not done with toil
 
Add water, sunlight and air
then fruits shall one day it bare
 
With kindness and generosity
we support our community
 
Through action and participation
The Rotary Club with seldom hesitation
 
Working together, can make it happen!
 
-Patsy Good
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.  Our La Conner Rotary Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization.  Our tax ID# is 26-2730981.  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.
 

Club Information

Rotary Club of La Conner

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Mondays at 5:45 PM
Farmhouse Restaurant
11376 LaConner-Whitney Rd
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
United States of America
Contact Us!
Mailing Address
PO Box 2111
La Conner, WA 98257
 
Email Address
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Speakers
Linda Banaszak - Proprietor Caravan Gallery
Jun 21, 2021
Business with wide-spread international relationships and contacts
All Member - Officer Installation Dinner & Celebra
Jun 28, 2021
All Member Meeting - Installation of the New Officers 2021-2022 Year
No Meeting
Jul 05, 2021
Independence Day (Observed) - No Meeting
Board and Committee Directors via Zoom
Jul 12, 2021 6:00 PM
Club Administration/Foundation Board Meeting & Committee Reports
Club Picnic - Big Lake
Jul 19, 2021
Vander Sanden Home Details from John Milnor
Annie Taylor
Jul 26, 2021
Crescent Moon Yoga - Demonstration via Zoom!
Anne Callaghan
Aug 02, 2021 6:00 PM
Bunnies by the Bay
Board and Committee Directors via Zoom
Aug 09, 2021 6:00 PM
Club Administration/Foundation Board Meeting & Committee Reports
Chanda Stone, Executive Director
Aug 16, 2021 6:00 PM
Wolf Hollow - San Juan Island
TBD Speaker Via Zoom
Aug 23, 2021 6:00 PM
All Member Meeting
5th Monday
Aug 30, 2021 6:00 PM
All Member Fun Meeting
Labor Day
Sep 06, 2021
No Meeting
Board and Committee Directors via Zoom
Sep 13, 2021 6:00 PM
Club Administration/Foundation Board Meeting & Committee Reports
TBD Speaker
Sep 20, 2021 6:00 PM
All Member Meeting
TBD Speaker Via Zoom
Sep 27, 2021 6:00 PM
All Member Meeting
TBD Speaker
Oct 04, 2021 6:00 PM
All Member Meeting
Board and Committee Directors via Zoom
Oct 11, 2021
Club Administration/Foundation Board Meeting & Committee Reports
TBD Speaker
Oct 18, 2021
All Member Meeting
TBD Speaker Via Zoom
Oct 25, 2021 6:00 PM
All Member Meeting
TBD Speaker
Nov 01, 2021 6:00 PM
All Member Meeting
Board and Committee Directors via Zoom
Nov 08, 2021 6:00 PM
Club Administration/Foundation Board Meeting & Committee Reports
TBD Speaker
Nov 15, 2021 6:00 PM
All Member Meeting
TBD Speaker Via Zoom
Nov 22, 2021 6:00 PM
All Member Meeting
5th Monday
Nov 29, 2021 6:00 PM
All Member Fun Meeting
TBD Speaker
Dec 06, 2021 6:00 PM
All Member Meeting
Board and Committee Directors via Zoom
Dec 13, 2021 6:00 PM
Club Administration/Foundation Board Meeting & Committee Reports
Event Pictures
Upcoming Events
Club Executives & Directors
President
President-Elect
Vice president
Past President
Secretary
Treasurer
Foundation President
Foundation Vice President/Secretary
Youth Service Director
International Service Director
Club Service Director
Commuity Service Director
Vocational Service/Literacy Director
Membership Co-Chair