The Latest News from the "Make it Happen" Club
At our Feb. 5 was Katie McDougall, the Clinical Liaison for Hospice of the Northwest. She has been with hospice for over a year but has over 10 years in the medical field including respiratory and durable medical equipment, home health, and now hospice. She has a personal connection to Rotary as she was selected to be an exchange student out of The Dalles Oregon and went to San Juan Argentina for her junior year of high school. 
Hospice of the Northwest is Medicare-certified and Washington State-approved.  They have been serving residents of Island, San Juan, Skagit, and North Snohomish counties since 1984.  They provide care to 200+ patients a day and are a not-for-profit organization.  They currently have 100+ employees and 60 volunteers, who live and work in the communities they serve.
Katie covered Aging in place with 3 parts:  Assess, Plan, and Prepare in the areas of
   community, financials, transportation, social connection, technology, health and wellness especially falls prevention.
What if I sign up for hospice and change my mind?    You are free to leave hospice care at any time, for any reason, without penalty.  You can re-enroll later.  The hospice benefit is available to you anytime if you meet the medical eligibility requirement. 
How do I get started?  Get permission from the patient via the Referral Center.  They are available 7 days a week from 8-5 pm.  You provide basic information such as name, date of birth, insurance, and primary care physician.  They determine eligibility and then schedule an informational visit.
To get started, a doctor must determine that the patient meets medical criteria during the intake process, and anyone can make a referral – Self-referral, family members, friends, physicians, other healthcare providers, social workers, counselors, and clergy.  Things to consider when choosing a hospice provider would be: 
Is the provider a for-profit company or a not-for-profit organization? 
What extra services do they offer? 
How do they handle urgent needs? 
Will someone come to my home if there is a crisis in the middle of the night? 
Is the provider Medicare-certified and approved to provide hospice services in Washington State? 
Are they accredited by an objective third party?  What’s the provider’s history and reputation in the community?
Medicare provides hospice comparisons.
There is HOPE in hospice care.  Hospice affirms life.  It is not about how you want to die; it’s about how you want to live.  Our team works with patients to create an individualized care plan and HOPE is a big part of that.  We focus on your needs and goals, so you can live life to the fullest in comfort and dignity.  Hospice care is about more than just pain and symptom management.  It’s about maximizing your quality of life.  Research shows that people on hospice live longer, and with a greater quality of life.  Some patients experience improved health once they are in hospice.  There are even patients who “graduate” from hospice.
Hospice is not a place; it is a model and philosophy of care.  Services are provided wherever the patient calls home.  Patient’s home, home of a loved one, nursing home, assisting living community, memory care community, and correctional facility, homeless shelters     Wherever you are, transportation is provided to and from appointments as needed.   To help you get your home ready for aging in place get the AARP HomeFit guide.
Very enlightening and educational program!  Everyone was very engaged and had some great questions.

YES - YOUTH ENGAGED in SERVICE 2023-2024 LOCAL & INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM Supported by Rotary Clubs in Washington and Canada Through the Burlington Rotary Foundation


When: Saturday – March 2nd – 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Why: Meet the 2023-2024 YES Team and help them raise funds for the work projects they will be doing in a remote village in Honduras in June.

Where: Maple Hall, 104 Commercial, La Conner, Washington

Cost: $65 per person which includes dinner, desserts, wine, beer, and pop. If you buy a ticket and can’t attend, your ticket number will still be eligible to win a prize; you just won’t have all the fun!!!

NEW – sign up on line!

Contact Suzanne Radenkovic for more information (425-422-2759) or send your check made payable to the Burlington Rotary Foundation - YES to Suzanne at P.O. Box 185, Burlington, WA 98233.

The Game:

  1. You receive a bid card that has all the ticket numbers of the guests.

  2. You bet another guest who will stay in the game the longest. You can bet as much as you like, but

    most bets are $1. You indicate your bet on each other’s card. These wagers are between you and

    the other guests. If you win, you get $1 from that player. If you lose, you pay them $1!

  3. Throughout the evening, 10 numbers are randomly drawn.

  4. If your number is called, you are out of the game and you owe the guests you bet that are still in

    the game, the amount you bet them. If their number is called first, they owe you. Everyone either

    pays up or collects if they bet any of the numbers drawn.

  5. Extra numbers will be auctioned off several times during the evening. You can buy a second number

    for additional chances to win or to get back into the game if your original number has already been


  6. Each round, the 10 numbers that were drawn are put into another drawing and one of those numbers

    is drawn and wins a prize.

  7. The first three numbers drawn receive prizes as well as the last three numbers drawn at the end of

    the evening.

This is a great social event for adults to mingle, laugh, play a game, and have a lot of fun raising money for a worthy cause. All funds raised go to the project!

At our Jan 29  Rotary meeting our guests included Cora Thomas, Executive Assistant to the Director of Skagit River Poetry Foundation, Fidalgo Island artist Anne Schreivogl, and Molly McNulty, Executive director at Skagit River Poetry Foundation.  The Skagit River Poetry Foundation revealed its 2024 Poetry Festival poster art by Anne Schreivogl.  
Molly, a fellow Rotarian,  thanked La Conner Rotary for past donations and support.   This October 3-5, poets Tony Curtis (from Ireland) and Sam Green will be returning.
A major target for poetry is students especially high school students.

As a supporter of Poetry in the Schools, we once again donated $1,500 to the Skagit River Poetry Festival.
At our Jan. 22 meeting,David Lukov was attending our meeting as a funeral director for the Jones family and expressed it was his honor to get to know Doug's daughters.
When Kelley Jones heard David was DG of District 5050 as well as their funeral director, they both felt Doug was smiling from heaven. Kelley shared that Doug Jones' passing was peaceful and that he was so touched by our event in December honoring him. Kelley shared that the main lesson she learned from her dad was to "Enjoy the moment and be present with the people you really cared about" and that Doug lived by that motto until his last breath.
 Natalie Johnson Milligan was a Rotary International District 5050 Ambassador Scholar in 1995 attending the University of Otago in New Zealand. She said the experience really did change her life and believes in the Rotary "Service above Self". She got her postgraduate degree there from the School of Physical Education and then got invited back as a teaching assistant. From there she attended physical therapy school in Australia. She lived a total of 7 years in New Zealand and 2 years in Australia.
She also met her husband while in New Zealand. At that time the Rotary club was all men, but the women participated in all their events and projects except meetings. When she returned, she tried to apply to the Linden club but was denied as a woman. David assured us things have changed since then. She serves with other service organizations in the Linden area and has a PT practice in Birch Bay.
Some of our SPARC (Skagit Preschool and Resource Center) families sent thank-you notes.
Marty Pease is leading a tourist-type trip to Honduras 4/3-10. We will spend time in the villages and also do tourist activities in Copan. Contact Marty if you are interested.
Our next meeting will be the unveiling of the Poetry Festival poster. Invite your friends for an evening of camaraderie as it is our fifth Monday.  
At our first meeting in January, we had two more Harris Paul award winners including Danielle Mullen.
Alexia Reid, our Youth Engaged in Service (YES) student, shared with us some information about herself.  At Burlington-Edison High School she is active in several clubs.   She is doing her community service including Children of the Valley.  To raise money for her contribution for a trip to Honduras, she sold raffle tickets where winners will be drawn at Luck of the Irish.
Jessica Clement and Alicia Schwind spoke to us about their newly founded nonprofit called Skagit Passage.  Its mission is to nurture a rich storytelling culture throughout the Skagit Valley. They create opportunities within our local community to perform, listen, play, and engage in story.
 They are both active in drama and have been involved with the drama club in the La Conner school district. All drama classes and support of the drama program have been cut from the school budget, so they decided to create a nonprofit to fund and support drama in the high school. Their first focus is on the school's spring production. A production costs $25,000-$40,000 to put on.   A production requires collaboration.
The pieces and parts to put on a production include people and skills and provide an amazing opportunity for volunteers.   Trade experience and career pathways include carpentry, cosmetology, and electrical.
Their long-term goals are to continue to be active in the school but also reach out to other schools, start a community theater, and maybe even a storytelling event.
Connie shared that as a club we more than matched Connie and Dennis' contribution to Steve Miller Medical Mission. In total we donated $4,440!!
Luck of the Irish is March 2nd at Maple Hall, doors open at 5 PM, game starts at 6 PM. Dinner, wine, beer, and friendly gambling fun are provided. The funds raised go to the YES project in Honduras: this year, paint school buildings, provide electricity, and build a playground and a fence around it. Please see the attachment for how to get tickets online.
Marty is leading a trip to Honduras 4/3-4/10 geared towards curious people about the IPA, family, and friends. The pace is more laid back and touristy oriented. Let Marty know if you are interested.
Our next meeting's speaker is Natalie Milligan, a Rotary scholar.

For more than two-thirds of his life, Doug Jones has been a Rotarian.   The 95-year-old Channel Drive resident joined Rotary when he was 31. He has been a Rotarian longer than the 52 years he was married to his late wife Ruth and almost, but not quite, longer than he has been a father.
"Rotary has been a way of life," Jones told an appreciative crowd at the Dec. 18 La Conner Rotary Christmas party, as his 64 years with the service club were celebrated.

He brought energy to the La Conner club when he and Ruth built their Channel Drive home.

President Milliken, oversees a club that gives away about $100,000 annually. Much of it goes to La Conner Schools as scholarships, clothes for the clothes closet, food for the food closet and support for the preschool and the Braves Club. As part of its focus on literacy, the club pays for a book a month for any child under five within the school district registered in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.

Rotary is also involved in the development of La Conner's Waterfront Park and gives grants to groups like the Skagit River Poetry Festival, Children of the Valley, and the Anacortes Family Center.

"All of our work is focused on the county, except for our international work in Honduras," Milliken says. Members record 50 to 90 volunteer hours at every Monday meeting as they live out the Rotary slogan, "Service above Self."

"Keeping Drama Alive in La Conner Schools" will be the topic at the January 15 La Conner Rotary meeting at 6 p.m. at O'Donnell's Restaurant on Highway 20.
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 5:30 PM
Shawn O'Donnell's Farmhouse Restaurant
11376 LaConner-Whitney Rd
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
United States of America
5:30 - Set-Up, Social, Meal
6:00 - Formal Meeting
Note: 2nd Monday of the month is devoted to club business (Committee Reports & Boards), and may be conducted via Zoom. All members are invited, and welcome to attend.
Contact Us!
Mailing Address
PO Box 2111
La Conner, WA 98257
Email Address
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Cory Ertel, Rotarian & Boeing Grassroots Advocate
Feb 26, 2024
Boeing and Our Community
Damond Morris, Executive Directory Lincoln Theatre
Mar 04, 2024
What's happening at the Lincoln?
Club Project followed by Boards and Committees
Mar 11, 2024
All Member Meeting - Hybrid
Farmer & Merchant Night at Maple Hall
Mar 18, 2024
All Member Meeting
Beverly Keyes, DNP, RN
Mar 25, 2024
didg w alic Wellness Center
TBD Speaker
Apr 01, 2024
All Member Meeting - Hybrid
Club Project followed by Boards and Committees
Apr 08, 2024
All Member Meeting - Hybrid
TBD Speaker
Apr 15, 2024
All Member Meeting - Hybrid
TBD Speaker
Apr 22, 2024
All Member Meeting - Hybrid
Fifth Monday
Apr 29, 2024
All Member Meeting
TBD Speaker
May 06, 2024
All Member Meeting - Hybrid
Club Project followed by Boards and Committees
May 13, 2024
All Member Meeting - Hybrid
TBD Speaker
May 20, 2024
All Member Meeting - Hybrid
No Meeting
May 27, 2024
Happy Memorial Day
TBD Speaker
Jun 03, 2024
All Member Meeting - Hybrid
Club Project followed by Boards and Committees
Jun 10, 2024
All Member Meeting - Hybrid
TBD Speaker
Jun 17, 2024
All Member Meeting - Hybrid
Installation of 2024-2025 Officers
Jun 24, 2024
All Member Meeting - Hybrid
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