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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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Brylee Axelman-Nye
Aug 19, 2019
YES program
Author Robert Dugoni
Aug 26, 2019
Labor Day - No meeting
Sep 02, 2019
Justin Krupa
Sep 09, 2019
Oasis Teen Center
Eric Golub
Sep 16, 2019
Using humor for better advocacy & unity
Scott Terrell
Sep 23, 2019
Retired Skagit Valley Herald Photographer
Fifth Monday - meeting
Sep 30, 2019
Pam Narron
Oct 07, 2019
Club Assembly
Marty Pease
Oct 14, 2019
Pet Therapy
Brad Whitaker
Oct 21, 2019
District Governor
Chris Loving
Oct 28, 2019
Skagit Historical Society
David Rapella & Doug Jones
Nov 11, 2019
Veterans Day
Marty Pease
Nov 18, 2019
IPA update
Holiday - no meeting
Dec 23, 2019
Holiday - no meeting
Dec 30, 2019
Club Executives & Directors
Vice president
Past President
Foundation President
Youth Service Director
International Service Director
Club Service Director
Commuity Service Director
Vocational Service/Literacy Director
Membership Co-Chair
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Mailing Address
PO Box 2111
La Conner, WA 98257
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Town of La Conner
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The Latest News from the Most Vibrant Club in District 5050!
June 24th was the LaConner Rotary Installation Dinner. 
After a short cocktail hour, outgoing President John Milnor opened the meeting; followed by a group trip through the wonderful buffet line. John then thanked the outgoing Board and Tulip Chair Martin Howard and Auction Chair Christie King with bottles of wine due to successful fundraisers this past year.   
President John recited the history of the Rotary Foundation and the background of the Paul Harris Fellowship. PHFs were presented to Patsy Good (PHF + 1) and Jerry Willins (PHF + 3).  John then presented a special PHF from the Club to Treasurer Don Wolf (PHF + 3).  Don not only does an outstanding job as Treasurer but he sponsored John into the Rotary Club of Mount Vernon in 1981. 
PDG Jane Helten came forward and installed three new members of the club: Jose Mederos, Deb Davis-Bundy and Adam McGarrity.  Adam was also presented, by Doug Jones, with a Rotary Pin honoring his military service in the Marines.   
The new Board were then installed by PDG Jane followed by the installation of Pam Narron as President for 2019-2020. 
Pam then made brief remarks and presented outgoing President John with a wine carafe and stand.  The dinner ended ahead of Schedule.

In Memory of Rotarian Don Bakken

The Rotary Club of La Conner with great sadness announces the passing of longtime Rotarian Don Bakken. 
Don was the last living charter member of the Rotary Club of Lynnwood which he helped start in 1955 at age 27.  Don served that Club in many ways including President and Chair of the long running Lynnwood Air Show.  Don joined Rotary while self employed as a metal fabricator and later became Manager of Paine Field. 
During the last 20 years or so, he has been an active member of the Rotary Club of La Conner.  Into his mid-eighties he still came out to work in the cold of Smelt Derby and the winds of Tulip Sales.  Don’s legacy will live on as the La Conner Rotary Club will continue to have club social functions out at his family’s Big Lake property.  Don was always a gentleman with never a sour word except (in fun) to his long time Rotary Buddy-Doug Jones.  He remained mentally sharp to the end which was a blessing.    
Don will live in our memories but cannot be replaced





April is normally a very busy month for the Rotary Club of La Conner with our annual tulip sales, and it was compounded this year by a longer-than-usual tulip season and a six-day visit from 12 Rotarians from Thailand on a Rotary Friendship Exchange.


Our Thai guests were hosted in the homes of Rotarians Dan & Carol Cain, Christi (& Chris) King, Susan Macek (& Dave Buchan), Whitney Meissner, Marge & John Milnor, Jerry (& Kathy) Willins, Marty Pease.  Other members who were drivers and sponsors who helped defray some of the costs for our guests were Carol Johnson, Doug Jones, Cheri Lenssen, Karen Ryan, Alice Collingwood and other anonymous club members.  Some of the home hosts also served as drivers and sponsors.


We took our guests shopping in La Conner, for a VIP tour of the Boeing Everett plant (with a lovely hosted lunch), a ride on the Deception Pass Jet Tour Boat and visits to Tulip Towne and Friday Harbor. One of the highlights was their presentation to our club over dinner at the La Conner School District board room, where Swinomish Elder and carver Kevin Paul shared stories and native drum songs.


It was a jammed packed few days, and we all learned a lot from each other and shared more than a few laughs – and many photos. Chief organizers were Susan Macek and Marty Pease. Danielle Mullen of our club is the District 5050 Friendship Exchange Chair, who orchestrated the exchange and was also a sponsor and driver.


Our tulip season was longer than usual, thanks to some cool weather that made the tulips last about five weeks instead of the usual four. Thanks to amazing efforts from too many club members to name, we exceeded last year’s sale amount, meaning more scholarships and support for local non-profits.


Special thanks go to chief tulip wrangler Randy Goembel; his partners Martin Howard, Dan Cain and Jerry Willins; and Linda Ryan, who set us up with a great on-line scheduling tool. Countless club members staffed three tulip booths, visited many area Rotary clubs, and sold and delivered tulips to merchants in La Conner, Burlington and Mount Vernon.


We survived and thrived!





When Dolly Parton presented her 100 millionth book to the Library of Congress Feb. 28, members of the La Conner Rotary Club were able to take pride in helping achieve that number through their participation in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.


The club signed onto the Imagination Library in 2011 when Connie Milliken, who coordinates the club’s participation, was president. Bobbi Krebbs McMullin, the first coordinator, did a fantastic job of setting up the program and getting children enrolled.  Since then, the La Conner Rotary Club has donated more than 3,800  books to children from birth to five years of age residing in the La Conner School District. T


“The La Conner Rotary is passionate about literacy, and the best way to inspire literacy in children is to instill a love of books right from the very beginning,” Milliken said.



The La Conner Rotary Club budgets funds each year to pay for the books and register children with the Imagination Library, which then mails books to them. Because of budget limitations, the club restricts participation to children living within the La Conner School District boundaries. The program may be expanded to include children in neighboring school districts if increased donations are made available.  

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library started in 1995 as a book-gifting organization that has mailed 100 million books to children in Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, and the United States, according to the Library of Congress. The program currently mails age-appropriate books to more than 1 million registered children in participating communities from birth until they start kindergarten. Visit to learn more.

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

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.