Janna Gage -- 2019 Paul Harris Fellow Recipient 2019-08-25 07:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of La Conner wishes to thank you for joining the 2019 Harvesting Hope Auction "Roaring 20's" and making it such a tremendous success!
With your generosity and support, the auction grossed over $64,000 for our literacy projects in the community and world-wide.
We are excited to share that the Fund-A-Need brought in nearly $19,000.00 to support our La Conner High School Scholarships in 2019 and community projects. In addition, the $20 a Child brought in nearly $4000.00 to be used to send more than 200 children to school in Copan, Honduras, as well as funding the La Conner Back Pack Program and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.
We cannot thank you enough for kind donations and amazing support that will benefit so many children and the overall community.A special thank you to the La Conner, Anacortes, Mount Vernon and Burlington merchants who supplied many of our silent and live auction items. We would also like to recognize and thank La Conner Seafood & Prime Rib House, who catered our incredible hors d'oeuvres and dinner service, along with the many volunteers from the La Conner community; La Conner High School Students and 2019 Scholarship winners, volunteers from Rotary of Anacortes. Thank you John Milnor- Master of Ceremonies, Rotary of La Conner President Pam Narron and Paul Schenfeld Auctioneer of Stokes Auction, for your partnership in making the night so special.
Again, we thank each and every one of you. We cannot do it without YOU! We look forward to seeing you next year at our 14th annual Harvesting Hope Auction and will be sending you "save-the-date" information soon! We hope once again you will be able to join us.
Sincerely,Christi King-Auction Coordinator
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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.
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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

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Thank you once again for supporting the Rotary Club of La Conner's tulip sales!  Because of your support we had a successful April which will allow us to continue the work we do locally and internationally!



Community Service Harvesting Hope Auction Rotary Santa Breakfast Scholarships Smelt Breakfast Smelt Festival Tulips
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February 11, 2019 
Tonight's Meeting Has Been CANCELLED
Due to Snow/Ice Conditions
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Saturday, February 23, 2019
Smelt Pancake Breakfast 8:30am to 11:00am
Fishing Derby 8:00am to 1:00pm
Derby Judging at 1:00pm
Derby Prizes Awarded Immediately Following Final Judging at 1:00pm
Bring the Family and Your Friends for A Fun Day
Click Here to download the 2019 Fishing Rules (or from the menu bar above).

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Our regular meeting schedule will resume on Monday, January 7, 2019!  Come join us!

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There will be no meeting on Monday, December 24 and Monday, December 31 in observance Christmas and New Years celebrations.
Meetings will resume again on Monday, January 7, 2019 at The Farmhouse restaurant at 6pm.

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Did you know August is Rotary Membership and Extension Month? Here are some ideas on membership building from rotary.org.

All Rotarians are ambassadors of Rotary and their clubs. This is especially relevant during Membership and Extension Month in August, when the focus is on building strong, vibrant clubs by inviting prospective members to join Rotary. Interested in growing your club but not sure how to get started? Here’s an easy three-step plan to bring to your next club meeting.

Read more by clicking here

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Maureen grew up in La Conner and graduated from La Conner High School.  She worked summers in Skagit farm fields.   She attended the University of Washington and has degrees from: Western Washington University – B. A. in English and Speech and an M.A. in School Counseling.  She later earned her Principal Credentials from Gonzaga University.


Maureen served for many years in a variety of capacities with the La Conner School District. She taught in the elementary and middle school and then became a high school teacher for English, humanities and leadership.  From there she became the district's K-12 counselor, and then middle school principal, also teaching Speech and Drama. 


After officially retiring from the district, she took the position of Planning Director for the Northwest Technical and Career Academy located on the Skagit Valley College campus.  She reported to the seven Superintendents of Schools in Skagit Valley. (!!!!)


Twenty years ago, Maureen gathered a group of women in Maple Hall to start the process of forming Soroptimist International of La Conner (SILC), at the encouragement of a fellow school counselor from Burlington-Edison. The new SILC was sponsored by the B-E Soroptimists. Today the organization is going strong with more than 50 members. 


To read more click here


Maureen Harlan - 2018 Paul Harris Fellow Recipient 2018-08-07 07:00:00Z 0

Maureen Harlan


Maureen grew up in La Conner and graduated from La Conner High School.  She worked summers in Skagit farm fields.   She attended the University of Washington and has degrees from: Western Washington University – B. A. in English and Speech and an M.A. in School Counseling.  She later earned her Principal Credentials from Gonzaga University.


Maureen served for many years in a variety of capacities with the La Conner School District. She taught in the elementary and middle school and then became a high school teacher for English, humanities and leadership. 


Click here for the rest of the story!

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Hunger Doesn't Take The Weekend Off 2018-06-23 07:00:00Z 0
Artwork by Katieann Cook, La Conner High School Class of 2018
Your participation in our 12th annual "Harvesting Hope" auction makes projects like the following possible!  

Seven La Conner High School graduating seniors received $14,000 in scholarships, the La Conner Regional Library Foundation received $11,700 toward its building campaign, the Town of La Conner received more than $11,000 for audio-visual upgrades to Maple Hall, and the new Conner Waterfront Park received $10,000 from the Rotary Club of La Conner during its 2016-17 budget year.  


Approximately $14,500 of the total amount donated to various causes went to the club’s international projects, including water, sanitation and support for poor rural schools in Copan, Honduras, including sponsorship of primary and secondary students,  and for mobile libraries in Honduras and Guatemala.  Internationally the club also contributed to The Rotary Foundation’s polio eradication efforts and purchased wheelchairs.




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Rotary Fellowships are international groups that share a common passion in recreational activities, sports, hobbies or professions.  These groups help expand skills, foster vocational development and enhance the Rotary experience by exploring interests while developing connections around the world! Being part of a fellowship is a fun way to make friends around the world, explore a hobby or profession, and enhance your Rotary experience!
Learn more by clicking here or downloading more information by clicking here.
The list of fellowships is long and varied!  Find out what kind of fellowships exist by clicking here!  Or for more information send an email.


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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!



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Beginning at 11am on Monday, March 26, the Rotary Club of La Conner will once again be selling Tulips.
Tulips are $5 per bunch of 10 stems (compare this to Seattle where they sell for $2 a stem!) and $225 for a box of 45 bunches.
For our Canadian friends paying in Canadian dollars (yes we take them) the cost is $6 for a bunch of 10 stems and $250 for a box of 45 bunches.
Want to order a box for your customers?  Send an email to rotarycluboflaconner@gmail.com with your order details.  We will send an invoice that you can pay with cash (on pick-up or delivery within a 10 mile radius), check on pick-up or delivery or by credit card.  
We look forward to seeing all of you at one of our two booths:
1.  The Farmhouse Restaurant at Hwy 20 & La Conner-Whitney Road from 11am to 5pm on M, W, Th, F, Sa, Sun
2.  La Conner at the Roundabout from 11am to 5pm on M, W, Th, F, Sa, Sun

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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 www.imaginationlibrary.com to learn more.

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Our 2017 Y.E.S. Student's Journey to Guatemala 2018-01-28 08:00:00Z 0
Here comes the fun!
La Conner Rotary’s
53rd Annual Smelt Derby Family Festival
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018
Fishing, running, pancakes, treasure hunt and fish painting
will all be part of the fun, with something for everyone
Smelt Run 
  • 7:30am - Registration & Bib number pickup opens in HIGH SCHOOL Gymnasium
  • 8:45am - Registration CLOSES
  • 8:45am - Kids Dash Starts
  • 9:00am - 10K, 5K, and 2K all Start 
  • See UPDATED information below
Details, including link to pre-registration web site: Click to Register for the Smelt Run
  • Fishing begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m.
  • Entries for judging must be received by 1 p.m. at the judging stand at Anelia’s parking lot.
  • Prizes will be awarded at 2:30mmediately following at Maple Hall.
  • Details, including rules and prizes: Click to Open Fishing Derby Rules
Pancake Breakfast and Fish Painting at Maple Hall
  • Breakfast served from 8 – 11 a.m.
  • Breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, sausage and beverages.
  • $7 for adults, $3 for children
  • Fish painting free, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
New for 2018!
  • New this year during fishing hours.
  •  Hidden treasures at six locations around La Conner.
  •  Treasure maps available at Maple Hall during the pancake breakfast and at the derby judging station

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Posted by Posted by Linda Ryan for Greg Brennan - Sonoma Valley Rotary on Jan 20, 2018
Members of Rotary Club of Sonoma Sunrise and Rotary Club of Sonoma Valley jumped into action practically at the first scent of smoke over the valley. Since then the clubs have collected and distributed at least 50 tons of dry goods, and we're working to distribute more than $400,000 we've collected via SonomaStrong.org to fire victims and first responders in the valley. We're proud to be Rotarians.
We're proud to be Sonoma Strong! 
We’ve raised about $600,000—distributing it to victims and first responders in the form of cash, checks, and gift cards for local retailers. Money continues to come in, but we’re referring people to LARCA and the Redwood Credit Union funds. We hope to have fully distributed all of the money by mid-February.
The Red Grape (Sam’s business - Sam is the Rotary Club of Sonoma Valley's Foundation Treasurer) and other restaurants provided more than 12,000 meals to first responders in the early going of the fires… The first responders started calling it “The Ten Pound Fire” because of the quality of the food they enjoyed from businesses like Sam’s.
Additionally, we put together 200 “kitchen kits” for people who lost their homes in the fires – filled with pots, pans, and kitchen items to get them going again. The materials were supplied by various kitchen equipment suppliers. The value of each of those kits is about $750
We assembled and distributed food for 4000 families of four that enabled them to prepare their own dinners nearly immediately.
We also established a popup shop for people to pick up their own food and dry goods for two weeks after the fires began.
We collected and distributed more than 50 tons of dry goods, food, pet supplies and water.
You can read more in this document -- Click Here

Rotary Leads Sonoma Valley Fire Relief Posted by Linda Ryan for Greg Brennan - Sonoma Valley Rotary 2018-01-20 08:00:00Z 0
Registration for the "2018 Smelt Run" is LIVE!

The La Conner Smelt Run has three options for anyone at any level to join. Certified 5k and 10k routes that start along the historic waterfront of La Conner and out across the mostly flat farmland of Skagit Valley finishing back at La Conner High School.

There are two less intense ways to get in on the action at a 2K family walk and a kids dash for the little ones.  

The Smelt Run is just part of the events during the Smelt Derby Festival hosted by La Conner Rotary. There are many other Smelt Derby events to partake in while in La Conner.  Hope to see you here.

***Day of Registrations WILL NOT receive an official chip time*** 

Event details and schedule

Course Description: Starting and finishing at La Conner High School the certified 5K and 10k courses take you through historic downtown La Conner then wind through the flat Skagit Valley farmland.

Parking: La Conner High School parking lot. 

Dress for the weather: It is supposed to be cold

Day of Race Schedule:

7:30am - Registration & Bib number pickup opens in HIGH SCHOOL Gymnasium

8:45am - Registration CLOSES

8:45am - Kids Dash Starts

9:00am - 10K, 5K, and 2K all Start 

Post Race - Hot soup, & refreshments provided for all participants.

Awards: Immediately following the conclusion of the races

  • Ribbons awarded to the top three finishers in each age group
     as follows
    • 11-14
    • 15-19
    • 20-29
    • 30-39
    • 40-49
    • 50-59
    • 60-69
    • 70+

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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!!!




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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. 






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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. 

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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!

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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


P. O. Box 910

Sonoma, CA 95476 




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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

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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!

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View Live and Silent Auction Items Online NOW! 2017-08-14 07:00:00Z 0
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

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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. 

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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.



Rotary Club of La Conner Members Tour MarineTechnology Center in Anacortes!  2017-05-30 07:00:00Z 0
Marty Pease accepts her Rookie of the Year Award from fellow La Conner Rotarian Dennis Milliken. The award was announced at the District 5050 Conference, held in Seattle in early May 2017. Congratulations, Marty!
Rotary Club of La Conner is honored to present Martha (Marty) Pease into nomination for Rookie of the
Year. Marty joined our club on May 9, 2016 and immediately launched into numerous activities that
supported the local club, the La Conner community, District 5050, and Rotary International. She has
demonstrated a life dedicated to "Service Above Self"; and she exemplifies what it means to be a
On the Club level, Marty volunteers freely to our projects, contributing generously with her time, talents,
and resources. In her first year of membership, she built parts for children's individual vegetable race
cars for Skagit County's Festival of Family Farms and volunteered to help children on the day of the
event; she volunteered and supported each of the clubs fund raising projects; La Conner Boys and
Girls Club students were benefited with Marty's participation in an afternoon of pumpkin painting and
refreshments provided by the club; Marty records and sends out weekly summaries of each club
meeting and has recently assumed club secretary duties, due to the recent resignation of our 2016-17
secretary; Marty has been nominated to be our club secretary next year. Dedicated to the well-being
and education of students, Marty is the co-chair of a successful Starfish-like backpack program, serving
La Conner Elementary students, and she brings her dog to the school every Friday to assist with
reading development with select students. In support of the club's commitment to literacy, Marty has
generously supported, with her contributions, the La Conner Library Foundation.
On the District and International Service levels, Marty has become very interested and involved with the
multi-club International Project Alliance (IPA), which benefits several villages in the Copan region of
Honduras. In addition to individually sponsoring a high school student with uniforms and educational
resources necessary to continue her education, Marty traveled with an IPA team to Copan at her
personal expense last winter, assisting, hands on, with numerous projects that benefited local
communities and children in concert with IPA and Copan jointly determined goals and objectives. Upon
her return, Marty's commitment to the region and associated projects was clearly expressed in an
excellent presentation through a club meeting program. Marty attended the 2016 District Leadership
Conference, returning with shared ideas that will improve our club.
Marty is a supporter of Rotary International, committed to Every Rotarian Every Year with generous
Rotary Club of La Conner is extremely fortunate for Martha Pease's membership, As you can tell, in her
first year, she has contributed mightily to the ideals of Rotary on a broad scope. Her Rotarian growth
potential is clearly limitless, and her selection as "Rookie of the Year" will be an honor for Marty and our
club, as well as a continuing inspiration of her work to others.

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Order Tulips ONLINE at this link:
You can order, pay and either pick them up at one of the booths (Farmhouse or at the roundabout in La Conner) or arrange for delivery all the way up to a full box!  Canadian Customers are welcome as well!
Please note that there is a minimum order of individual bunches for delivery within 25 miles of La Conner of 10 bunches or $50.
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Pictured left to right:  Ollie Iversen, La Conner Parks Commissioner; Susan Macek, President, Rotary Club of La Conner; Mayor Ramon Hayes: Town Administrator John Doyle.
The Rotary Club of La Conner gave an early Christmas present to the Town of La Conner on Dec. 19.  During its weekly meeting, club president Susan Macek handed a $10,000 check for Conner Waterfront Park to La Conner Mayor Ramon Hayes, Town Administrator John Doyle and Park Commissioner Ollie Iversen, who is a club member.  The club had committed to three installments of $5,000 over three years but upped the ante by giving $10,000 for the final installment, for a total donation of $20,000.
“We were totally surprised when Susan handed us the last of their gifts for double the amount they had pledged,” Iversen said.  “This month we received a second matching grant, which this donation falls under, so the double we received from Rotary will again be doubled by the grant.”
The park under the Rainbow Bridge has been in the works for several years and will be moving forward toward completion starting at the first of the year.  Picnic tables and a salmon sculpture that doubles as a children’s slide are already installed.

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Santa Breakfast will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2016
Maple Hall - 104 Commercial Street
La Conner, WA
Adults $7
Children $3
Gluten Free option available
Pre-order your Breakfast tickets here:  Buy My Tickets NOW!

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Our club is involved in parallel international projects in Copan, Honduras.  One is grant funded in partnership with nine other clubs, and the other is funded by our club and individual members.


Grant-Funded Project


This International Project Alliance (IPA) is a holistic approach to a community need – education, sanitation, potable water, economic development and the infrastructure to support it.


Eleven area clubs have pledged to pool funds.  Other clubs are considering joining the alliance.  Our club contributes $5,000 per year plus a district grant.   The Fidalgo Rotary Club manages the funds and serves as the lead club for grant management, with each participating club having one vote.  Jerry Willins is our club’s representative.  Projects are initiated by the village through the Copan Rotary Club.


So far, the IPA has provided funds for a new school and several renovations, replaced furniture in several schools, built a wooden bridge and several other hands-on projects, provided school room supplies for all schools and have facilitated teacher training.  We are working to rebuild a large water system that will benefit thousands.  In short we have approved, started, and finished a couple of dozen projects with an annual pooled budget of more than $30,000 and additional donated and grant dollars exceeding $25,000.


Club-Funded Project


This includes our Adopt-a-School and Adopt-a-Dream Programs.  The nine clubs involved in the IPA currently support 19 schools and more than 926 children and hope to cover seven additional schools in 2017.  Of these, our club supports two schools, Nueva San Isidro and El Cisne. 


Our money can go a long way toward supporting Copan school children through Adopt-a-School:


  •     $10/year provides what a kindergartener needs to go to school.
  •     $20/year provides for students in grades 1-6.


The Adopt-a-Dream program costs $200/year or less (varies by school) and supports an individual student in grades 7-9.  This level of education is now mandated and requires most students walk a couple of hours to schools outside their villages.  Adopt-a-Dream asks for a three-year commitment for each student funded.


Individual members can also support these schools Adopt-a-School and Adopt-a-Dream.  Checks can be made out to the Rotary Club of La Conner Foundation.  Be sure to specify Adopt-a-School or Adopt-a-Dream.


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What do 2000 Wheels and 500 Veggie Race Cars equal?   Happy Children!

What a great turnout from our club to make wheels and then volunteer to make the veggie racers October 1 & 2, 2016 at Hedlin Farms - Festival of Family Farms. Thank you! 
The Hedlin family was most appreciative, and there were lots of smiles everywhere - kids, parents, grandparents, dogs too! 
Thank you to wheel makers David Rapella, David Tracey, Dan Cain, Martin Howard, Marty Pease, Dennis Milliken and Dave Buchan. 
Thank you to our veggie racer volunteers during the Festival:  David Rapella, Dee & Lee Carlson, Heather Bourns, Alice Collingwood (and her Aunt Carol), Patsy Good, Charity Starkenburg, Louise & Craig Edens, Martin Howard, Cindy & Dave Tracey, Marty Pease, Randy Goembel,  Linda Sanford (friend), John Clark (friend), Susan Macek & Dave Buchan. We had a few high school helpers too, and are grateful for their support. 

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On a warm and sunny Summer Saturday 130 people came to Maple Hall in La Conner  to celebrate “Moonlight in Margaritaville”, the 10th Annual Auction of the Rotary Club of La Conner.  Donations from numerous community businesses helped make this year’s Auction the BEST ever, with gross sales of over $62,000!
The Rotary Club honored Dave Hedlin of Hedlin Family Farms with a Paul Harris Recognition for his many outstanding years of supporting the community of La Conner and the Skagit Valley.   A special video was presented and he was tickled with his favorite music, Home Grown Tomatoes.
With the money raised this year we received $11,500.00 for La Conner High School Graduates and $5980.00 to support Honduras School Children with annual tuition.
Thanks to everyone that helped make this year’s Auction an incredibly fun and festive event! 
See you next year on August 26, 2017!

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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. 

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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.”

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Matthew, who joined the La Conner club on January 1, 1972, led a life of service, hard work and dedication to his family, friends and colleagues. Among his many accomplishments were his two terms as president of our club, from 1986 - 1987 and 1995 - 1996. He was a Paul Harris Fellow in 1990. Our club's annual Tulip Sales project  began under his leadership more than 20 years ago. Over the years we have raised more than $125,000 toward our local and international programs and projects.

His service to Rotary, his friendship and his amazing legacy will be cherished.
Just a few of our many thoughts about Matthew.....
I always enjoyed Mathew's positive attitude -- coupled with his perpetually infectious sense of humor. Whenever he took on a project with the Rotary Club, he did it with a determined dedication and exemplary follow through. Matthew was so much fun to be around. He will truly be missed by all of us who had the pleasure of knowing him.
-- Don McKeehen
"Matthew was a great Rotarian and a wonderful friend. I remember him talking about his trip to Nepal (I believe) to deliver wheel chairs and how it broke his heart to realize how much that act impacted the recipient quality of life. He was also incredibly kind to me when Willie was ill and eventually passed away. Matt was a big man with an even bigger heart, we’ll miss him tremendously."
 -- Audrey Gravely

"Matthew had "Retired" from promoting the tulip sales, handed the project over to Deacon George. When circumstances changed Matthew headed up the "Tulip Fundraiser" again, assisted by Dan Cain. - In his account on the trip to Bolivia he reported shampooing children's hair, to rid them of head lice, not just handing out wheel chairs."
--Irene Johnson
"Mathew was one of my heroes.  Forged in the horrors of Dutch resistance to the Nazi occupation, immigrating to a new country and learning a new language (boots?), succeeding in the US economy, and raising a great family, these and more are the reasons why we should welcome all who seek freedom and want to work hard.  Oh, did I mention that he was a quintessential example of what a Rotarian should be."
--Jerry Willins

"My lasting impression of Matthew Paul: He was full of Dutch and American pride, strong of conviction, loving of family and friends, hardworking, humorous  and a dedicated Rotarian. I'm so glad I had the chance to go with him  to Lynden last year to sell tulips."
--Susan Macek

Matthew's Obituary
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Our meeting on Monday, March 28, WILL NOT BE at the Farmhouse as we will be attending a special Membership Matters seminar in Anacortes at Village Pizza located at 807 Commercial Street.  If you are a Rotarian, please consider joining us as it's a fantastic program. 
The meeting will begin at 5:30pm and end at 8:00pm. 
Please contact us at rotarycluboflaconner@gmail.com with any questions.
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Tulip sales for 2016 are now finished.  Stay tuned for 2017 sales in early March next year. 
Thank you to everyone for your support.
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For all of the amazing farmers in the La Conner and Mount Vernon area, you should have received your invitation to join us next Monday evening at 5:30pm at La Conner Flats.  PLEASE RSVP so that we can ensure an ample supply of dinner eats and libations and another great evening of the Rotary Club of La Conner thanking you for all that you do!
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Fishing Rules
51st Annual Smelt Derby Family Festival
presented by the Rotary Club of La Conner
Saturday, February 27, 2016
(printable fishing rules can be found in the Smelt Festival tab up above)
(A reminder that you will need to bring your own fishing poles and gear)
General Rules
  1. Fishing begins at 8:00AM and closes at 2:00PM at the judging stand.
  2. A total of up to nine hooks on one rod may be used by each contestant.
  3. Fishing may take place from the marina at the North end of LaConner to the Rainbow Bridge on the South end of LaConner.
  1. PARKING: Use the Parking Lot behind Maple Hall and City Hall.
  2. Public restrooms are located on Morris Street and next to the Firemen’s Museum.
  3. Derby headquarters is located in Maple Hall at the south end of First Street.
  4. Pancake breakfast, fish painting and carnival will take place in Maple Hall
  1. Judging stand is located in the parking lot of Anelia’s restaurant South of the Museum of Northwest Art (approx 1 block south)
  2. Bring your fish in EARLY. 
  3. Fish must be fresh or the judges will not accept them.
  4. All decisions of the judges are final.
Prize Categories
  1. Largest smelt caught by contestant 13 and older.  Cash Prize $100
  2. Largest smelt caught by contestant 12 and under. Cash Prize $100
  3. Largest herring caught by contestants 13 and older
  4. Largest herring caught by contestants 12 and under
  5. Smallest smelt caught by anyone
  6. Largest fish of any kind
  7. Strangest object caught on a smelt jig
  8. Ugliest fish
  9. Smallest fish other than a smelt
  10. Miscellaneous, if any awarded
  1. Entries in the fishing derby judging will be accepted until 2:00PM.
  2. Fishing prizes will be awarded at approximately 2:30PM at Maple Hall
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2015 Santa Breakfast is THIS SATURDAY! Marge Milnor and Dee Carlson 2015-12-03 00:00:00Z 0
We are heading into the second year of international projects in Copan, Honduras.  The International Project Alliance started with six Rotary clubs here in the Skagit Valley and this year has grown to 10.  It allows for the ability to apply for larger grants at both the District and Rotary International levels allowing for larger projects to be tackled.  Check out the webpage for the IPA by CLICKING HERE.
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Posted on Sep 29, 2015
On Monday, September 21 we learned about how extensive the problem of human trafficking is in Skagit County as well as across the United States.
This was an eye opener for everyone present.  We feel we live in this safe place called Skagit Valley, but the exploitation by force, fraud, or coercion of vulnerable people for commercial sex operations and for forced labor has invaded our peaceful valley.  The Coalition is working with the schools and getting the word to organizations like Rotary about this problem.  For more information you can go to their website  www.SKCAT.org.
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Corporate Member, Peter Voorhees, will once again be in charge of the Turkey Trot that will take place on the morning of Thanksgiving!  Proceeds from the Turkey Trot will benefit the La Conner High School track and cross country teams.
If you would like to get involved and help there are some tangible ways to do so.....

1. Sponsorship - For a generous donation, your company can have their name and logo on the shirts, digital media, and printed material for run. The goal of sponsorship is to cover the overhead cost of the event so 100% of race registration goes to help the Track Team.

2. Donate a Prize - There is a raffle give away at the end of the race from everything from massages to pumpkin pies - an opportunity for good publicity or help out.

3. Help with Race Administration - Helping with set up on Wednesday Nov 25th (afternoon for 3 hours) and or help with morning of registration and packet pick-up on Thanksgiving morning (Done by 10:30am)

4. Help promote the race on social media by 'sharing' and spread the word.

5. Sign-up and participate - We are hoping to have over 350 people this year.
If you would like to participate OR help in any of the many duties needed to make this another success, contact Peter at 360-420-0423
2015 Turkey Trot Peter Voorhees 2015-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of La Conner welcomed our newest member on Monday, September 28!  Cheryl Sullivan is the new principal at both La Conner Middle and High Schools and is part of the new corporate membership of La Conner Schools and joins Lori Buher and Peter Voorhees.
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Farewell But Not Goodbye to PDG Jack Frisk Linda Ryan 2015-09-16 00:00:00Z 0

La Conner Rotarians Martin Howard, Jerry Willins, Dave Tracey, Lee Carlson, John Milnor, Dick Johnson, Thomas (member Patsy's son) and Susan Macek worked dilligently on Saturday, September 12 pressure washing the parking areas, gutters, replaced front door lightbulbs, trimmed the tree out back and cleaned out the garden patch below it, took all the weeds and limbs to the compost station.  Many hands made for a quick clean-up!
The Town of La Conner then came in and repainted the parking space stripes and the handicapped parking spaces!
Service Project at the La Conner Regional Library! Susan Macek 2015-09-12 00:00:00Z 0

Want to know what the Rotary Club of La Conner does!
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Posted by Cindy Tracey on Aug 25, 2015
Moonlight and Martinis 2015 was a great success.  We raised over $55,000.00 for our projects and the kids in La Conner and Copan, Honduras!
Moonlight and Martinis 2015 Cindy Tracey 2015-08-26 00:00:00Z 0

Recent gifts totaling $6,726 from the Rotary Club of La Conner benefitted the both La Conner Regional Library and the La Conner Library Foundation.
Two grants totaling $1,726 from La Conner Rotary and Rotary District 5050 funded three homework help databases for school students and other patrons. World Book Online Reference, American Indian History Online and A to Z USA, from World Press Media  provide accurate information for school reports and support lifelong learning as well, according to Library Director Joy Neal.
Rotary also awarded a $5,000 grant to La Conner Library Foundation for the new library building fund.
"The Rotary Club of La Conner is pleased to support the library foundation’s campaign for the new La Conner library,” said Marge Milnor, 2014-2015 president. “We look forward to continued support for this important project that will provide much needed space and expanded programs for the benefit of everyone in the community. We have a proud legacy of hard work that makes it so rewarding to be able to contribute to the vision of a new La Conner Regional Library.”
Pictured are Joy Neal, Richard Wisnewski (La Conner Regional Library Foundation President), Marge Milnor and Susan Macek
Rotary Gifts Benefit La Conner Regional Library Susan Macek 2015-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 28, 2015
When I went to do this weeks recap I found I must have forgot to hit the "send" button on last weeks so I sent it out today.  It does have directions to the picnic in case you need them.
Our meeting on the 27th  included the following announcements:
Dave Buchan, Susan Macek's husband  told us of an opportunity to help the "Veggie Races" at Hedlins Farms on and before October 3rd.  Dave was looking for volunteers to make wheels beforehand and people to work on Oct 3rd.  I can assure you it is a fun time.
Louise Eden told us there would be a meeting at the La Conner Food Bank on September 14 at 12:00 NOON to find out what opportunities there are for us to help this very worthy cause.  Come and see where we can help.
The picnic is next week, Monday August 3rd at 5:30 at Don Bakken's daughter's home on Big Lake.  Directions are in recap from last week.  Everyone is invited.
On August 31st we are planning a Cruise out of Anacortes on Island Adventures.   The Fidalgo Club and possibly the Anacortes Noon club will be joining us.  It begins at 5:00 PM, bring an appetizer and beverage.  We will have sign up sheet at August 10th meeting and the cost will depend upon the number of people who sign up (Hopefully $25 per person, maximum $35)
Don't forget if you signed up to sell hamburgers, etc at the Car Show August 1st. .. Jeanie, Dave Rapella  and Karen are coordinating this event.  It is an easy and fun way to get together.
Lee brought us up to date on the District Survey on your satisfaction with Rotary. Our club
had a high degree of satisfaction with most items in the survey.
And, lastly but definitely not least was our very interesting and informing speaker, local author William Dietrich, who writes fiction and non-fiction in a broad spectrum of history. His books are available at Watermark Books in Anacortes
See you all at the picnic on August 3rd.
Meeting Recap for July 27, 2015 Dee Carlson 2015-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dee Carlson on Jul 15, 2015
We had two very interesting speakers at the meeting:
Alex Wirth,our former ambassador from the high school brought us an update on his first year at the UW, the activities he is involved in and his desire to major in the International field.  He told us about his experience participating in the YES program through Rotary last summer in Guatemala.  He worked with 5 other high school students at Opal House, a Montessori school and  farm where they planted avocado trees.  He told us this experience was his incentive to major in International Relations.
Sean Hogan entertained us with the multiple mistakes he made as a club president.  In rethinking membership he wanted a way to enable those who could not attend regularly to enjoy full membership rights and privileges.  He began looking at the totality of membership, events worked at, extra duties assumed, e-club make-ups, board meetings attended ,social meetings.  This has enabled several members to remain active, interested and engaged.
The member at large is to attend two meetings a month, attend some district functions and make a donation once a year to the Rotary foundation and to every member every year.  The dues remain the same..the goal is to ensure the member remains connected to our Rotary club and with Rotary.
Cindy and Jerry brought us up to date on the Auction.  We need everyone's participation in this major fund raising event by:coming up with or  being part of a  team for a live auction item, obtaining silent auction items, and most of all coming to the auction and bringing guests.
The minutes for the Board meeting held after this meeting, and the Budget for both Administration and the Foundation can be found on the La Conner Rotary website, www.laconnerrotary.org;
See you July 20th at the Farmhouse.   Susan Macek will talk about committees and Linda Ryan will give a demonstration on how to use Club Runner which is our La Conner Rotary website.  She will show us how to use the email communication, member directory and record keeping program.
Meeting Recap for July 13, 2015 Dee Carlson 2015-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
We had a full house for Lee's first meeting, including 9 guests.  Scott Dudley, his wife Christine and their 4 children helped us get to that number of guests.  
The meeting include a classification talk by Martin Howard who entertained us with his journey from Economics/History major in college  to a 31 year career with Great West Life, spending his time between Washington and Oregon.  He and Chris  retired to Skagit Valley where they bought what they named, Barking Dog Farm.  Restoring the farm house and restoring vintage cars has been his avocations in retirement.
President Lee then awarded Martin with a President's Citation for his work for Rotary in the community over the past year.
Susan Macek gave a presentation on Club Committees and handed out descriptions of the Club Directors areas and needs for committee members.  If you didn't get the hand out, Susan will have some at the meeting on the 13th.
Chuck Ackerman from Westminster Presbyterian Church in Anacortes presented our club with an opportunity for community service.  Every Sunday a late afternoon dinner is served at the church, put on by service clubs/churches/community groups to anyone in the community in need of a healthy meal and fellowship, for whatever their need.  Dave Rapella volunteered to head a group from our club. 
More information to follow.
Lee reminded us of:  July 19th, District Governor's Installation, Augut 3rd our picnic on Big Lake and August 7th Golfun on Whidbey Island.
The management of the Farmhouse has asked that we pass along to our members that there will be an increase in the price of our meals to $15.00(which includes 1 non-alcoholic beverage) starting July 13th.  There has not been an increase in price for 8 years.
Lee's thought for the day........I believe if life gives you lemons you should make lemonade ....and try to find somebody whose life has give them vodka and have party!!!
Next weeks program includes Sean Hogan speaking on Rotary-at-Large Member Category and Alex Worth, who was our H.S. Ambassador 2013-2014 to tell us about his YES experience last summer.
Rick will be Sergeant at Arms, Barney and the rest of the July team will cover the balance of duties. If you know what you are doing, team members let your President know before the meeting.
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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
Contribution for Conner Park in La Conner 2015-03-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 16, 2015
We are selling tulips at The Farmhouse and just west of the Roundabout coming into La Conner (next to the old Morris Street Station).
Booth Hours are as follows:
Monday 12 - 6 PM
Tuesday CLOSED
Wednesday 12 - 6 PM
Thursday 12 - 6 PM
Friday 12 - 6 PM
Saturday 11 AM - 5 PM
Sunday 11 AM - 5 PM
Tulips are $5 for a bunch of 10 and the proceeds help fund scholarships for graduating seniors from La Conner High School, Dictionaries for 3rd graders, a project in Copan, Honduras providing school uniforms and supplies to students in addition to clean water and sanitation.  We have many other projects in and around the community.
If you are a business in the cities of La Conner, Anacortes, Burlington, Mount Vernon or Sedro Woolley and would like tulips for your work area delivered, please contact Linda Ryan at (360) 870-9509 or claminator@gmail.com to place your order.
Tulip Sales are in FULL Swing!! 2015-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
Everett Herald Article! 2015-02-26 00:00:00Z 0
Festivities begin at 8 AM
and end at 10 PM
Come and enjoy a day
of Family Fun!
In the evening plan on a date night of
Sliders, Beverages & Dancing at Maple Hall!
8-11 AM
Pancake Breakfast
to benefit the
LCHS Senior Class
@ Maple Hall
9:30 AM
Small Fry Kids Dash
10 AM
5K and 10K
Skagit Symphony Smelt Run
& 2K walk
Info: Www.skagitsymphony.com
8 AM—2PM
Fishing Derby
Public Docs in La Conner
10 AM—2 PM
Fish “printing” & More!
@ Maple Hall
5 PM—7 PM
Sliders, Suds & Spirits
@Maple Hall
8 PM
Smelt Festival Raffle
@ Maple Hall
7 PM—10 PM
Shake a move to the “Esquires”
@ Maple Hall

(Looking for Smelt Fishing Rules or a printable activities list?  Click on Smelt Derby 2015 in the menu bar above)

Schedule of Events
8-11 AM
Pancake Breakfast
to benefit the
LCHS Senior Class
@ Maple Hall
9:30 AM
Small Fry Kids Dash
10 AM
5K and 10K
Skagit Symphony Smelt Run
& 2K walk
Info: Www.skagitsymphony.com
8 AM—2PM
Fishing Derby
Public Docs in La Conner
10 AM—2 PM
Fish “printing” & More!
@ Maple Hall
8 PM
Smelt Festival Raffle
@ Maple Hall
5 PM—7 PM
Sliders, Suds & Spirits
@Maple Hall
7 PM—10 PM
Shake a move to the “Esquires”
@ Maple Hall
- See more at: http://laconnerrotary.org/Stories/50th-annual-smelt-derby-festival#sthash.73s4umGD.dpuf
Smelt Derby Schedule of Events 2015-02-25 00:00:00Z 0

Rules for Fishing the 50th Annual Smelt Derby Festival - February 28, 2015

General Rules:
  1. Fishing begins at 8:00AM and closes at 2:00PM at the judging stand.
A total of up to nine hooks on one rod may be used by each contestant.
  1. Fishing may take place from the marina at the North end of LaConner to the Rainbow Bridge on the South end of LaConner.
  1. A Pink Derby Ticket is required to win a prize.
  2. PARKING: May be difficult on First Street, Use the Parking Lot behind   Maple Hall and City Hall.
  3. Public restrooms are located on Morris Street and next to the Firemen’s Museum.
  4. Proceeds of the Derby will be used for the Rotary club of LaConner Scholarship programs and other community service projects.
  5. Merchandise prizes have been donated by Skagit Valley businesses.
  6. Derby headquarters is located in the Firemen’s Museum on First Street.
  7. Pancake breakfast, fish painting, sliders, and dance will all take place at Maple Hall.
  1. Judging stand is located in the Anelia’s parking lot North of the museum.
  2. Bring in your fish EARLY.  Fish must be fresh or the judges will not accept them. All decisions of the judges are final.
    1. Largest smelt caught by contestant 13 and older.  Cash Prize $100.
    2. Largest smelt caught by contestant 12 and under.  Cash Prize $100.
    3. Largest herring caught by contestants 13 and older.
    4. Largest herring caught by contestants 12 and under.
    5. Smallest smelt caught by anyone.
    6. Largest fish of any kind.
    7. Strangest object caught on a smelt jig.
    8. Ugliest Fish.
    9. Smallest fish other than a smelt.
    10. Miscellaneous, if any awarded.
  1. Entries in the fishing derby judging will be accepted until 2:00PM.
  2. Fishing prizes will be awarded starting 2:15PM.
  3. A fishing ticket is necessary to jig for smelt and must be produced when entering a fish for judging.
  1. A separate Raffle ticket is needed for the Smelt Derby Raffle.
  2. There will be drawings for prizes throughout the day.
  3. The raffle GRAND PRIZE of $500 will be drawn at the dance at Maple Hall on the evening of the derby.
Rules for Fishing the Smelt Derby 2015-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
50th Annual Smelt Derby Festival Linda Ryan 2015-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
La Conner Pergola Dedication to Fred Martin 2014-05-28 00:00:00Z 0
49th Annual Smelt Derby 2014-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Here is a picture of the pergola, that we are considering purchasing for the new Park in La Conner.  It will be at the end of Washington Street, next to the Pier 7 building.
Town of La Conner Project Cindy Tracey 2014-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cynthia Tracey on Jan 22, 2012
 We are thankful to Doug Jones and Don Bakken for their program on the history of the wonderful air show that they created and put on in Marysville.  I know how much work an auction, Smelt Derby and selling tulips can be, I cannot imagine how much work it would be to put on an air show!!!

Please go to the District 5050 web site to see all of the events that are coming up this spring.

Smelt Derby is just around the corner, so please help Linda with posters and collecting prizes.  We should all be selling our Raffle tickets and visiting other clubs.  Don and Danya are passing out the Raffle tickets, be sure to sign them out and return the money or tickets.  We really need to document each ticket for the Gambling Commission. Following these rules is imperative because the consequences of not following them can be dire, especially for the President.  

Please remember our members who are ill or dealing with family illness in your thoughts and prayers.

Next week our program is Lee Harmon from District 5050, speaking about the RI Foundation.  The word "Foundation" can be confusing, so in the next few weeks we will be trying to clarify the different "Foundations" .

On Monday our duties are:  Greeter - Dee Carlson       Inspiration - Susan Macek

Raffle - Danielle Mullen                Sergeant - Linda Ryan   

Carol Cain
Rotary Club of LaConner

Rotary Club of Lynnwood Air Show History! Cynthia Tracey 2012-01-23 00:00:00Z 0
2011 Harvesting Hope Website is Live!! Cynthia Tracey 2011-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
46th Annual Smelt Derby Press Release Sandy Stokes 2011-02-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Paul on Jan 20, 2011
Club member David Rapella can always be counted on for innovative ideas, community spirit, networking and humor!  His career as a clown began with a tour to Vietnam to assist on a medical mission.  A member of the Rotary Club of La Conner since June 1, 2000, David is a tireless community volunteer.  His Rotary moment accomplishments include working with the (1) La Conner School District's Middle School on an aeronautics project--the students building and flying model airplanes; (2) Pumpkin painting with the Boys and Girls Club of La Conner; (3) volunteering as a clown at Rotary events; (4) volunteering for the upcoming Paddle to Swinomish.  David is also past president of our club, from 2005 to 2006.  He became a Paul Harris Fellow in 2002 and in 2009 received a Ruby Pin as a Paul Harris Fellow.
Imagination Library Club Member Clown David Rapella Patricia Paul 2011-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Milnor on Jan 09, 2011

 On February 26, 2011 the Rotary Club of LaConner will sponsor the 46th Smelt Derby which is older that the Super Bowl by one year.  The original focus of the Derby is to fish for Smelt in the Swinomish Channel, 45 years ago this was mainly accomplished by dipping for the Smelt.  However, due to changing economic and environmental rules, there is less food material being dumped into the Channel in LaConner.  Hence, there are fewer fish, so these days most fishermen try to snag their fish on lines containing many hooks.  The Rotary Club of LaConner with the assistance of judging by the LaConner Sea Scouts awards prizes in a number of catetories (under and over age 13) including:  longest and shortest smelt, longest herring,  biggest fish, and strangest object to be hooked and turned in for a prize.  The fishing prize winners select their prize from 25-30 merchandise prizes selected for fishing prizes.


The Derby also has a large focus on the raffle that carries a Grand Prize of $750 plus 75-100 merchandise prizes.  The Grand Prize is awarded at about 3PM on Derby Day with merchandise prizes being awarded every 15 minutes or so during the day.  Raffle prizes commonly include, a rubber duck, gift certificates to local restaurants, fishing gear, teeth cleaning at a local Dentist’s office and many more unusual prizes donated by LaConner merchants.  Raffle tickets NO LONGER entitle the bearer to fish.  In order to comply with State Gambling Rules, fishing tickets must be purchased separated.  The good news is that Raffle Tickets and Fishing Tickets are only $2 each.  Prices have remained unchanged for as long as this author has been a member of the LaConner Rotary Club.


Other events take place on Derby Day also.  There will be a pancake breakfast that is used to help fund a donation to the LaConner High School Senior Class.  There will be free fish printing at Maple Hall during the morning hours, kids and others can put paint on a real fish and then print an impression of the fish.  There will also be a hot dog stand operated by Rotarians.


The other BIG event of the day is the Skagit Symphony Smelt Run operated by the Symphony.  This event was cofounded about 15 years ago by Rotary and the Symphony.  After two years of joint operation, the Run became fully operated by the Symphony, though most years Rotary provided modest assistance.  In 2010 Rotary was invited to one again play a larger role in the Smelt Run and responded with volunteers in a number of jobs most importantly being the course volunteers strategically placed to encourage volunteers.


Derby proceeds are derived from Raffle Ticket Sales, sponsorships, food sales and a profit sharing arrangement with the Symphony.  The Rotary Club of LaConner Foundation then uses the proceeds to help fund the Senior Class, scholarships, the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, other literacy projects and other donations made by the Rotary Club of LaConner throughout the year.


Rotary volunteers are involved in obtaining raffle prizes from local merchants, manning headquarters at the fire museum, selling raffle tickets, working at the pancake breakfast and hot dog stand, and volunteering at the Run.  As Derby Day approaches Rotarians are urged to volunteer for several of these low key jobs and to recruit friends and family members to help with the Run.

46th Smelt Derby John Milnor 2011-01-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Hedwig-Irene Johnson on Jan 05, 2011

Our most memorable Rotary Moments are the experience of attending "Rotary International" in Montreal last June. Connecting with Rotarians from other continents and feeling a kinship with them shortly after meeting was truly remarkable.   We ordered the CDs, to share part of our experience through those speeches that were available, had hoped for all of them but realized that Greg Mortenson, Queen Noor, and Dolly Parton had not signed a release.  We were pleased to be part of the District 5050 delegation, and we wondered if we were the club with the highest percentage participation as there were 9 La Conner club members in attendance.

Irene and Richard Johnson

Rotary Moments - memories of 2010 from club members Irene & Richard Johnson Hedwig-Irene Johnson 2011-01-06 00:00:00Z 0
Requesting Club Members Most Memorable Moments in Rotary Patricia Paul 2011-01-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bobbi Krebs-McMullen on Dec 20, 2010

Thank you so much to make the Imagination Library event so successful!  We signed up approximately 60 children within the La Conner School Disrict. 

The Imagination Library will remain in La Conner indefinitely.  Children within the school district between the ages of birth and their 5th Birthday will continue to be eligible.  The Rotary Club of La Conner is very proud to bring and keep this program in the district and to give children the gift of books while helping them to be better prepared for preschool.  It's a gift that keep on giving.

Should you know an eligible child or a group that would be interested in joining our email list or would welcome our pamphlets in their establishment or would like a speaker, please let Bobbi Krebs-McMullen know.  She can be reached through the main page of our club website, in the column on the far left.

Imagination Library - Huge Success ! Bobbi Krebs-McMullen 2010-12-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by G. Barney Bourns on Dec 20, 2010

Team Guatemala's departure is right around the corner!  Our club is welcoming fellow Rotarian Steve Miller (Anacortes club) on this journey.  This is the proposed itinerary:

Saturday, January 22 - Arrive
Sunday, January 23 - Walking tour of Antigua in the AM, Free time afterwards, market, etc.
Monday, January 24 - AM go to Chimaltenango with a stop at the Bodega to package some books for Yepocapa and then work with Bethel Ministries, drive to Yepocapa in the afternoon
Tuesday, January 25 - reception by Yepocapa school, begin cataloging
Wednesday, January 26 - Continue cataloging, small groups get tours of town, possible family visits
Thursday, January 27 - Continue cataloging, small groups get tours of town, possible family visits
Friday, January 28 - Catalog in the AM, farewell/thank you lunch, leave for Lake Atitlan with a stop to visit Opal House on the way - near Godinez on the way to Atitlan
Saturday, January 29 - Boat trip to San Juan Laguna - visit women's coop/coffee coop - Free time in the afternoon
Sunday, January 30th - Go to Sunday Market in Chichicastenango in the AM, return to Antigua in the afternoon - Final dinner
Monday January 31 - Leave Guatemala


Guatemala Literacy Project G. Barney Bourns 2010-12-21 00:00:00Z 0
Club Member Yerda Yearsley presents Rotary Banner from Gary, France Patricia Paul 2010-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Danielle Mullen presents Rotary Banner from Sisters, Oregon Patricia Paul 2010-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Paul on Nov 28, 2010

Club members, Irene Johnson and Heather Bourns, are updating our club member biographies for our club website.  There are three categories of biographies. 

  1. Public.  This biography can be viewed by anyone in District 5050.
  2. Vocational Description.  This vocational description is intended for public display in a future release of a Rotarian business directory.
  3. Private Biography.  Private biographies are only viewable by your club members are not available to District 5050 members.

Updating and Adding Club Member Biographies Patricia Paul 2010-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Audrey Gravley on Nov 28, 2010
The Rotary Club of LaConner once again presents “Pancake Breakfast with Santa” on Saturday, December 4 from 8:30 to 11:00 am. Santa will be waiting for all of the good little boys and girls at Maple Hall, 103 Commercial St., La Conner. The cost is $12/family or $6 for adults and $3 for children. Every child receives a photo with Santa and a pre-Christmas from everyone’s favorite jolly old elf. This has become a seasonal tradition for many families. Come and join the fun and spend the day enjoying all of the holiday spirit La Conner has to offer!
Pancake Breakfast with Santa Audrey Gravley 2010-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Milnor on Nov 28, 2010
The members of the Rotary Club of La Conner are celebrating Christmas by sponsoring four families,who are involved in the  SPARC program of Mount Vernon, Washington.  Fulfilling their Christmas Wish Lists, our club members volunteer to shop; and each club member makes monetary donations to make this possible.  Food boxes provide cookies, nuts, cider, Christmas lights and decorations.  A food gift card is also provided.  Each family member receives a gift, including the dads.  Often the most requested items are new clothes for the children. 
Annual Christmas Party John Milnor 2010-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bobbi Krebs-McMullen on Nov 28, 2010

Every child in the La Conner School District is eligible to an age-appropriate book every month of their life,from birth-to-their-5th birthday -- absolutely free!  Sign-up events will be held on Tuesday, December 14th, 3 pm to 6 pm at La Conner Elementary School's cafeteria AND Wednesday, December 15th, 10 am to 2 pm at the Swinomish Tribal Social Services Building.  Events include story time, clown, ice cream and giveaways.  Parents, grandparents,or legal guardians must complete the registration form.  Presented and hosted by the Rotary Club of La Conner.  Questions?  360-466-4693

Featured photo of Bobbi Krebs-McMullen describing the Imagination Library at a recent club meeting.  Photo credit:  Danielle Mullen


The Dolly Parton Imagination Library is Coming to Town Bobbi Krebs-McMullen 2010-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Paul on Nov 07, 2010

At the regular meeting of the Rotary Club of La Conner on November 1, 2011, the nominations for 2011 - 2012 were opened.  The nominees are as follows:

President Elect for 2012 - 2013 is Gary Tollefson

Secretary is Linda Ryan

Treasurer is Don Wolfe

Foundations is Barney Bourns

Public Relations is Patricia Paul

Membership is Danielle Mullen

Service Projects is Karen Ryan

President is Carol Cain (our current president-elect)

These nominees, as well, as a call for additional nominations will continue to be announced until the ELECTION.  A special thanks to the nominating commitee!

NOMINEES for 2011 - 2012 Board and Executive Committee Patricia Paul 2010-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bobbi Krebs-McMullen on Nov 02, 2010
The Rotary Club of La Conner's biggest event of the year -- loads of fun, great food,wonderful people, and fundraising for all of the work that Rotary does locally and globally.  August 27, 2011 at Maple Hall, La Conner, Washington.  10:00 am to 2:00 pm (Brunch)  Hawaiian attire encouraged.
2011 HARVESTING HOPE HAWAIIAN STYLE Bobbi Krebs-McMullen 2010-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
Polio Campaign to Launch in Africa Bobbi Krebs-McMullen 2010-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Paul on Oct 24, 2010

The Nominating Committee has been selected:  Carol Cain, Jerry Willins and Danielle Mullen.

Article 3 Election of Directors and Officers

Section 1 – At a regular meeting one month prior to the meeting for election of officers, the presiding officer shall ask for nominations by members of the club for president, president-elect, secretary, treasurer, and four directors. The nominations may be presented by a nominating committee or by members from the floor, by either or by both as a club may determine. If it is determined to have a nominating committee, such committee shall be appointed as the board may determine. The nominations duly made shall be placed on a ballot in alphabetical order under each office and shall be voted for at the annual meeting. The candidates for president, president-elect, secretary, and treasurer receiving a majority of the votes shall be declared elected to their respective offices. The four candidates for director receiving a majority of the votes shall be declared elected as directors. The candidate for president-elect in such balloting shall be the president-nominee and serve as a director for the year commencing on the first day of July next following the election, and shall assume office as president on the first day of July immediately following that year.

Nominating Committee Selected Patricia Paul 2010-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Paul on Oct 20, 2010

Audrey Gravley and Jerry Willins were honored on August 9, 2010 with Paul Harris pins.  Audrey received a pin with two sapphires.  Jerry received a pin with one sapphire.  Featured in photo are two honorees with club president, Connie Milliken, center.  Club photographer Danielle Mullen captured this moment.

Paul Harris Fellow/Multiple Paul Harris Fellow

D onors of US$1,000 or more to the Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus, or the Humanitarian Grants Program, or people who have that amount contributed in their name, can be recognized as Paul Harris Fellows. Each new Paul Harris Fellow receives a commemorative certificate and a pin.

Individual Recognition with Paul Harris Pins


Learn more about the Life of Paul Harris.

La Conner Club Members Receive Paul Harris Pins Patricia Paul 2010-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
Club Website Takes On New Look Patricia Paul 2010-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Paul on Oct 18, 2009
Visiting Australian aboriginal peoples participating in a Rotary Group Study Exchange sponsored by the Rotary Club of La Conner. The Rotary also sent representatives from Northwestern Washington tribes to Australia.
Cultural Exchange 2009 Patricia Paul 2009-10-19 00:00:00Z 0
Smelt Derby 2008 Patricia Paul 2009-10-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Paul on Oct 18, 2009
Sea Scouts is a non-profit organization that serves coed youths ages 14-21 and is part of Boy Scouts of America. The La Conner Rotary Club is our sponsor and we are well supported by them and the La Conner community to continue our efforts of stewardship.
La Conner Sea Scouts say thanks in 2008 Patricia Paul 2009-10-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cynthia Tracey

The Houseguests: A Memoir of Canadian Courage and CIA Sorcery

Mark and Cora Lijek Cynthia Tracey 0
Posted by Cynthia Tracey

Come Join Us for Smelt Derby 2013

Saturday, February 23rd

Smelt Fishing


Fish Painiting

Hot Dogs

Smelt Derby Cynthia Tracey 0
Posted by Cynthia Tracey

Thanks to everyone for making the Santa Breakfast a big success this year.  We make nearly $1000.00!  Special Thanks to Lee Carlson for all the great adverting and especially getting flyers out to all the kids at the La Conner School.  For Audrey Gravelry and David Rapella for making the food fabulous!!  For my son in law, Eric Krebs who took great Santa pictures!!  And especially to John Milnor who is the best Santa ever!!

Santa Breakfast Success!! Cynthia Tracey 0
Invitation to Moonlight and Martini's!! Cynthia Tracey 0
Scholarships 2013 Cynthia Tracey 0
Posted by Cynthia Tracey
We had a wonderful time on Tuesday with our fellow La Conner Rotarian's and guests!  John Milnor did a fabulous job as Sargent quizzing us on fellow Rotarian's.  Do you know how many La Conner Rotarian's were born in another country?  Or who starting flying at the age of 15?  Or who was born in Massachusetts?  if you were there you learned a lot about your fellow Rotarian's!  .  If you missed the event, we missed you!  Our entertainment from the chorus of Mount Vernon High School was fabulous.  Take a peak at their performance.

La Conner Rotary Christmas Party 2012 Cynthia Tracey 0
La Conner gets District 5050 Awards Cynthia Tracey 0
Posted by Cynthia Tracey

Be sure to tell your friends to put on their Holiday Calendar the Rotary Club of La Conner's Ninth Annual Santa Breakfast!!

Saturday December 1st

Maple Hall

8:30-11:00 AM

Cost $6.00 Adults  $3.00 Children


Santa Breakfast Cynthia Tracey 0
Harvesting Hope Auction - Who We Are and What We Do! Cynthia Tracey 0
Posted by Cynthia Tracey

Our meeting on 6-4-12 was lively and interesting.  Lee Harmon from District 5050 stopped by to inspire us to continue giving to Polio Plus and the Rotary International Foundation.  He gave us many statistics on where polio still exists (3 countries) and how many cases (64).  This is indeed good news, but Rotary cannot give up until it is completely gone for 3 years.  India has been polio free for 18 months!

Jerry Willins helped induct 2 new members, Corey Stout and Frank Marzec. Please remember to welcome them at our next meeting.  I had the honor of presenting Ric Buldoc with a Paul Harris +2.  Our club is vital and growing.  Please remember that to increase membership it is up to everyone to invite a friend to a meeting or an event. I sent out a survey to guide our next board in funding projects.  We need your input.  If you did not receive one I will have them at our next meeting. 


Installation of new officers will be June 18th and it will be a  spouse night.  Please come and help us celebrate the beginning of a new Rotary year.


Next week our program will be brought to us by Sid and our duties are:  

Greeter: Barney Bourns

Raffle:  ???  I'm working on this - any volunteers?

Inspiration:  Pam Narron                       

Sergeant:  Linda Ryan

Welcome to our new members, Corey and Frank!! Cynthia Tracey 0
Posted by Cynthia Tracey


Greetings Rotarians!  It was great to be back at our meeting on Monday.  As you probably know, my mother is ill and I will be in and out for the next few weeks.  I am working out a schedule that will allow me to be at all the meetings in June.  If you need something, or have a problem, please contact Linda Ryan or my husband Dan.

      We had a wonderful speaker on Monday, her name is Amanda Wilson.  Amanda was a Rotary Exchange student to Bhopal, India.  She shared her interesting perspective on a year in India.  She is a close friend of Danielle's and will return to show us her pictures.  Thank you so very much to Danielle for bringing this lovely young woman to our club. 

     I am very pleased to announce that we have two new members, Frank Marzec and Corey Strout.  Please be sure to welcome them at our next meeting.  They will be formally inducted into the club on June 4th.  

     I have included a link to view the progress of Scott Dudley and his incredible donation of a kidney to save someone's life.  Scott takes Service Above Self to a new level.  We wish him the very best and a safe recovery. 

     At our meeting on May 21st our program will be Mark Schraeder.  Our duties are:

Greeter:  Linda Ryan          Inspiration:  Connie Milliken       Raffle:  Dee Carlson   Sergeant:

Cindy Tracey.             WE WILL NOT MEET ON MEMORIAL DAY, MONDAY, MAY 28TH. 

Carol Cain
Rotary Club of LaConner

No Meeting On Memorial Day!! Cynthia Tracey 0
Posted by Cynthia Tracey
Last night Five Paul Harris Awards were given out to Martin Howard, Bobbi Krebs McMullen, Jean Barkley, Matthew Paul, andImage Linda Ryan!  Congratulations to Everyone and Thank You for all your hard work!
Five New Paul Harris Members Awarded!! Cynthia Tracey 0
Posted by Cynthia Tracey

Greetings Rotarians!!

Dan and I missed the meeting last week, because we wanted to get a little California sun and see our son before tulip season started.  What we really got was a little sun, but mostly rain, high winds and flooding on our way home.  It is good to be home to our normal rain and wind.

Please remember that our District Assembly is on April 14th, it is at Skagit Valley College this year.  District Assembly is a great place to learn about all aspects of Rotary.

Thank you so much to Linda Ryan for bringing Naomi Williams to us this week.  Naomi is a volunteer for Relay for Life in Anacortes.  She is very passionate about raising money to find a cure for cancer.  As a result of her visit, Connie Milliken has volunteered to be a captain for a team from our club.  We named our team Heart for Hart in honor of Bob Hart.  So this will be a project for us this spring.  Details on how and what we can do will be coming.

Next week is Farmer's Night.  It is a tradition in our club to honor the farmers in La Conner.  It is a special spouse night and I would like to see our entire club come that night to welcome and visit with our honored guests.  We are trying to keep the cost to 18-20$.  Please let me know if you and your guest are planning on attending so that we can give the Farmhouse an approximate number for dinners.  My email is carolcain17356@yahoo.com  .

Duties for Farmer's Night:   Greeter - Irene and everyone     Inspiration - Linda Ryan

Raffle -  Jean Barclay           Sergeant - Danya Wolf 

Have a good week, and please remember our members that are ill or traveling in your prayers.


Carol Cain
Rotary Club of LaConner

Farmer's Night Next Monday Night!!! Please RSVP Cynthia Tracey 0
Posted by Cynthia Tracey

Come Celebrate Winter at the

Rotary Club of La Conner

 Winter BBQ

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Civic Garden Club La Conner

 (across from the Gaches Mansion)

5:45 PM

Bring a Potential Rotarian!

Bon Voyage to the Tollefson’s

Bring your favorite meat to BBQ

Bring a dessert or salad to share

Bring your favorite drink

We will pass a sign up sheet on Monday


Winter Celebration with your Spouse Next Monday!!! Cynthia Tracey 0
Posted by Cynthia Tracey

We had some wonderful guests at our meeting this week.  Bernadette Halliday and Shayla Brown from the Rotary Club of Burlington came to sell raffle tickets to raise money to send a group of High School students to Guatemala to build efficient stoves to help the people in a small village. You can find information on their web site. 

     Our program was Christine Valdez and David Conover from the Boys and Girls Club.  David is the new regional director and they gave a lively program on the needs of the Boys and Girls Club.  They need volunteers as well as financial support.

     Please go to the District web site to see all of the District events coming up this spring.

     Linda Ryan is getting us organized for Smelt Derby. Please contact her if you can help out by visiting other clubs to sell tickets.

     This Wednesday, February 15th at McIntyre Hall, there will be a reception to honor Dr. Gary Tollefson. It begins at 4:30.

     I am very pleased to announce two new members that have been approved by our board last night.  They are Ron Wigal and Marge Milnor.  According to our by-laws our members have 7 days to submit in writing any concerns about these prospective members.  If we do not hear from anyone, we will vote at our next meeting.

    On Monday, February 27th we will have a "Winter Celebration Party".  It will be a pot luck celebration at the Garden Club instead of our regular meeting at the Farmhouse.  You will receive an email from Cindy with more information.

Have a great week! 

Boys and Girls Club Cynthia Tracey 0
Posted by Cynthia Tracey
 Historic and Fun La Conner Smelt Derby


Sponsor: The Rotary Club of La Conner

Saturday, Feb. 25

Contacts: Lee Carlson, (360) 466-0127 or Sandy Stokes (360) 466-3315


History-making in 2012

Over the years families have made a tradition of taking the children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren to the historic smelt derby.  It’s a special family event. You don’t last 47 years without offering something to those who participate and the community that supports the events. Each year local merchants donate over 100 prizes and others provide substantial cash sponsorship to keep the derby going. 


Over the years the Smelt Derby has developed a fun, family day to remember.  Here are the events:

·         Breakfast: As in years past, the Rotarians will serve up pancakes, eggs and all the trimmings at Maple Hall from 8 to 10 a.m. The breakfast benefits the La Conner Senior Class

·         Smelt Run: Work off the meal with the Skagit Symphony’s USATF Certified 5K or 10K run. Or take the family fun walk around town, see the town’s award-winning public art displays and maybe even glimpse one of La Conner’s town turkeys. 10 a.m. start.

·         Fishing: The Smelt Derby fishing contest is on the town docks from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Kids can win cash prizes of $100 for bringing in the largest smelt.  Other prizes for unusual catches from the channel. Pick up a life jacket at derby headquarters.

·         Kid’s activities: Kids will love the fishing action and the free fun at Maple Hall, the site of the famous “fish printing” where the budding artists can create a masterpiece out of a dead fish and paint. 10 am. to 2 pm.

·         Boat tour: Also for the youngsters, La Conner Sea Scouts will offer tours of their historic schooner, “Rejoice.”

·         Raffle and more: Adults can spend $2 to try their luck in a raffle with over 100 fabulous prizes and a $750 cash Grand Prize.  They can feed the kids and families can enjoy $2 hot dogs. Meals for $4 with a polish hot dog.

·         Meet the Smelt Queen and hear what smelt has meant to her.

·         Participate in a geocaching contest.  Prizes are located throughout the town.Image

Historic and Fun La Conner Smelt Derby! Cynthia Tracey 0
Posted by Cynthia Tracey
 It is hard to believe that another month has whizzed by.  Our program this week was Lee Harmon from the Arlington club.  Lee explained about the work of the Rotary International Foundation and the bequest information.  We thank Barney for bringing us this program.

Don't forget to sell Smelt Derby tickets.  This year it is very important to sign your tickets out and then sign in the unsold tickets and the money.  The Washington State Gambling Commission is cracking down on raffle tickets sold to the public.  We continue to need to have people visit other clubs and get the Smelt Derby word out and the tickets sold.

A huge thank you to Danielle for planning a Membership event this week!!!!!  We had five prospective people attend (we were expecting 14), but it is a good start.  Danielle did an excellent job of explaining what Rotary is and how to become a member.  Thank you also to our club members that came to show their passion for the work of Rotary.

Next week is a very important club assembly.  We will look at the ideas that were shared in the fall and how we can become a bigger, bolder and better club!!!!  This is your Rotary club and we really need your input !!!   Please come!!!

Our Duties for next week are: Greeter:  Lee Carlson    Raffle: Dee Carlson

Inspiration: Connie      Sergeant:  Don Bakken
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Santa Breakfast Photos are now available on facebook Cynthia Tracey 0
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 Dressed to kill in cocktail dresses and tuxes our members shared a evening at the 2011 Foundation Dinner!  See additional photos in our Photo Album.
Foundation Dinner 2011 Cynthia Tracey 0
Posted by Donald McKeehen
 Don McKeehen shared his poetry with the club!  
January 2nd Meeting Donald McKeehen 0
Posted by Cynthia Tracey

We were blessed by a lot of wonderful guests at our meeting last night.  We had Bobby Pulson, one of our high school ambassadors give us an update on how things are going at La Conner High School.  He also updated us on how the teams are doing. Go Braves!! 

Our District Governor Jane Helton,  visited us to promote the District Conference in Semihamoo this June.  The conference will take place at Semihamoo Resort near Blaine, June 1-3.  You can register for the conference on line at the District 5050 web site.  She also presented Linda Ryan and Karen Ryan with Paul Harris Awards.  Karen is a plus 2.  We have a VERY generous club!!

One of our esteemed visitors was Sam Green, State of Washington's Poet Laureate.  Our program was given by Molly McNulty.  Molly is the Director of the Poetry Festival in La Conner.  She had a student read her beautiful poems.  It was an inspiring program.  The Festival will take place this year and they will need volunteers.  So there will be more to come on this event.  See additional photos in our photo album!

Next week's program will be Kim Lorentz with World Vision.  Come Join Us!!

Meeting January 9th 2012 Cynthia Tracey 0
Ruth Taylor become a Paul Harris Award Winner!! Cynthia Tracey 0
2011 Paul Harris Award Winners Cynthia Tracey 0
Posted by Cynthia Tracey
 Great Fun was had by everyone attending the Paella Party won at the Auction By Rick Bolduc!
Paella Party Cynthia Tracey 0
Posted by Cynthia Tracey
 Harvesting Hope 2011 was a great success!!  We will be beginning the planning for Harvesting Hope 2012 in February!  Our first meeting will be after the first meeting in February!  We will meet each month after the first meeting of each month and will schedule additional meetings when necessary.  If you have signed up to be on a committee-Thank You!  See you at our first meeting on February 6th!  The date is scheduled for August 25th, 2011.  
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Posted by Cynthia Tracey
75 canoes landed yesterday afternoon.  Protocols will be held each day to honor the cultures of each of the tribes represented.  The community is invited to have breakfast and dinner, during the event!  The La Conner Rotary has volunteered to help serve at this event.  For more information, go to http://paddletoswinomish.com /  http://youtu.be/nBHmDZUuww8
Swinomish Canoe Paddle Cynthia Tracey 0
Harvesting Hope Website now can accept payment for tickets and donations! Cynthia Tracey 0
Save the date. Pancake Breakfast December 4th 2010 @ Maple Halll Audrey Gravley 0
Posted by Patricia Paul
Opportunities abound to deliver and fit wheelchairs in Guatemala. La Conner Rotarian Barney Bourns traveled to Guatemala in January 2010 and is shown here fitting a wheelchair.
Delivering Wheelchairs to Guatemalans Patricia Paul 0
Posted by Patricia Paul
A project of the Rotary Club of La Conner. Pearson Publishers donated 53,000 Spanish language children's books. The gift did not include shipping. The club applied for and received a grant for the shipping of the books. Two trips are planned to assist in the cataloging and distribution of the books. One trip in October 2010 and the second in January 2011. Working with Child-Aid we will distribute books to 28 rural locations. The photo is of La Conner Rotarian Barney Bourns working on literacy on a trip in January 2010 to Guatemala.
Delivering School Books to Guatemala Patricia Paul 0
Posted by Dee Carlson
Our club has a project to replace or put new signs on historic homes in La Conner. Back in 1995 the club did a similar project and installed signs on many of the historic homes in La Conner. Some have faded and deteriorated so we launched a campaign to get them replaced. Home owners pay for the signs, but our club places the order with Mortenson Signs and then we install them if the home owner wishes help with that. This sign featured is from a home dating to 1909 and was originally owned by Mary Fletcher.
Historic Home Signs in La Conner, Washington Dee Carlson 0
Posted by Patricia Paul
As part of auction package for the canoe pullers, a salmon dinner was provided by Steve and Ruth Sutton at their lovely waterfront home.
Salmon Dinner @ the Suttons Patricia Paul 0
Posted by Patricia Paul
Recipients from the 2010 graduating class from La Conner High School are as follows: Fred Martin Academic Scholarship: Megan Raymond. Bert Langanhorst Community Service: Kevin Ketchem. Jim Hulbert Vocational Scholarships: Thomas Kahn and Alicia Pedroza. The Service Above Self Scholarship: Alana Quintasket.
$12,000 in Scholarship Awards to 2010 Graduating Class Patricia Paul 0
Posted by Patricia Paul
The Charley Too, owned by Rotarian Barney Bourns, motored along with the Salmon Dancer canoe. Aboard were Harvesting Hope Auction bid winner, Danielle Mullen and a guest.
Charley Too - support boat for Canoe Pullers Patricia Paul 0
Posted by Patricia Paul
Six lucky winners of the Rotary auction item participated as canoe pullers on the Salmon Dancer, owned by Swinomish tribal chairman Brian Cladoosby. Susan Macek and Dave Buchan; Tamera and Gary Tollefson; Darcy and Steve Wells were guest pullers.
Canoe Pullers - Harvesting Hope Auction Event Patricia Paul 0
Posted by Patricia Paul
Kevin Paul, Master Carver (classification) was inducted as a member in Rotary Club of La Conner on Monday, August 16, 2010. Co-sponsors were Bob Hart and David Rapella.
New Club Member - Kevin Paul Patricia Paul 0
Posted by Cynthia Tracey
To see all of the 2010 Live Auction Items and get a copy of a invitation to the 2010 Harvesting Hope Auction to be held on Saturday August 28th at Maple Hall at 11:00 AM, please go to or click on our 2010 Harvesting Hope Website at www.laconnerrotary.vpweb.com
Harvesting Hope 2010 Live Auction Items Cynthia Tracey 0
Posted by David Tracey
Members, please come and join us in the 4th of July parade in La Conner starting at 12:30 pm. I will have the club banners and my 54 Chevy pickup. The parade will assemble at the North end of First Street at about noon. Also on the 4th, our club is selling hot dogs and hamburgers in the afternoon for the fundraiser party for the Skateboard Park from 6-10 pm. The event is to be held on the S. First St. dock (across from Maple Hall).
There will be with live music by Lane Fernando, DJ Heidi, food, beer, wine & pop. The tickets are $10 per person or $25 for families.
Fireworks over the Swinomish Channel start at 10 pm. Celebrate the Independence of our country with the whole family! Bring your own chairs.
4th of July Events David Tracey 0
Posted by Patricia Paul
We will be the service organization of choice with dynamic, action-oriented clubs whose contributions improve lives in communities worldwide.
Rotary International Vision Patricia Paul 0
Posted by Lee Carlson
A gala brunch and many creative experiences will provide memories to cherish and adventures to look forward to.
The date is August 28th from 11-3 at Maple Hall in the town of La Conner.
A sampling of packages featuring one-of-a-kind experiences:
A photo safari in vintage touring cars
A native canoe trip sponsored by the Chairman of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
Tickets to the ballet with two nights at the Camlin
Jazz on the patio for 30 of your friends
A murder mystery and dinner at a famous location
A barge trip down a river in France
Harvesting Hope raises money that funds local scholarships and literacy projects. Reservations by August 14.
Cost is $65
Brunch with minosas' and wines especially selected to go with the foods. This year we are serving sweet breads, Greek quiche with feta, artichoke and spinach, and medallion of beef, fresh fruit, and hash browns and Pavlova dessert. This wonderful brunch is being prepared by La Conner Seafood and Prime Rib. Hellams' Vineyard is selecting the wines to compliment the food.
La Conner Rotary takes on the Imagination Library Project David Tracey 0
Posted by Patricia Paul
We want to thank Danielle Mullen for all her hard work with the GSE team from India. Arun Kumar Jain, Dr. Divya Choudhary Sharma, Rashmi Maurya, and Aniti Sharma shared about themselves and their families. Arun shared a wonderful presentation about the history and culture of India. This has been great experience hosting our GSE team. A special thanks to our host families, The Howards, The Willins, Doug Jones and Ruth Taylor, and Bobbi Krebs-McMullen . What a gift towards making the world a better place. Photo taken on San Juan Island when Patricia Paul and Danielle Mullen had a wonderful day excursion with GSE Team India!
GSE Team India Patricia Paul 0
Posted by Dee Carlson
Incoming directors chose what committee they would like to chair for the next term: Public Relations - Pat Paul; Service Projects - Dan Cain; Rotary Foundation - Danielle Mullen; Membership - Gary Tollefson
Incoming Directors - Committee Chair Appointments Dee Carlson 0
Posted by David Tracey
It is time to think about our contributions to the "Every Member Every Year" campaign. The club again is matching contributions so a fifty dollar contribution meets your requirement for Every Member Every Year but better yet, a one hundred dollar contribution will be credited as two hundred dollars towards your Paul Harris Fellow. It has been our goal to achieve 100% club participation and last year we were very close. This program is the method used to generate monies for our matching grants of which our club has benefited from. Half of the funds the District have to distribute come from our Every Member Every Year contributions. Thank you in advance so please support this worthwhile campaign.
Every Member Every Year! David Tracey 0
Posted by Dee Carlson
Our Club has taken on a service project of revitalizing the historic plaques on homes in La Conner. The last time the signs were done was in 1995 and some have faded and deteriortated. The new design is distinctive with a black border and a colored Rotary wheel and our club name. The home owner is sent a letter and order form from the club which they fill out with pertinent information and return to us with their check for the sign. We provide the service of placing the order, picking up the signs from Mortenson Sign Co and then delivering and helping put up the new signs if the owners request this service.
Historic Plaques Dee Carlson 0
Posted by Patricia Paul
Please log on and make sure that your member profile including contact information is up-to-date. This will help tremendously for both District and Club communications! Click on the Login link. Enter your Login Name and Password, then click on the Login button. Forgot your password? Click on the Forgot your password? link and follow the directions to have your Login Name and Password emailed to you. Now that you're logged in, update your Member Profile: 1. Make sure you are on the Admin page. 2. Click on the Edit My Profile link in the For Members box. 3. Update your membership information (including changing your Login Name if you prefer something different than what was assigned to you) and click Save. 4. If you'd like to change your password, click on the Change My Password link, make the change, and click the Save button. Questions? Contact Pat Paul
How to Login to our Website Patricia Paul 0
Posted by David Tracey
We thank you Danielle Mullen for the installation of our newest member Bobbi Krebs-McMullen. Your words remind us all why Rotary is so important to our community, the world and to each of us individually. Photo credit: Danya Wolf.
Bobbi Krebs-McMullen New Member David Tracey 0
Posted by David Tracey
Thanks again to Matthew Paul and Jim Hulbert for their work on putting this year's farmer's night together. We had a great turn out with a total 17 visiting farmers and their guests. Photo credit: Danya Wolf.
Farmers Night at Rotary of La Conner David Tracey 0
Posted by Patricia Paul
Danielle Mullen, world traveler, makes up Rotary meetings when she travels abroad. Here she exchanges banners with the Bangkok Port club in Bangkok, Thailand.
Exchanging Banners - Making up Rotary Meetings Patricia Paul 0
Posted by Danielle Mullen
There is nothing more fascinating than doing a Rotary make up meeting in another country. In Chiang Mai their speaker for the evening was their District Governor Nominee. While most in the club (men only the night that I was there) spoke English - some not too much - they were all very welcoming. I was asked to tell about myself, my club and the projects that the Rotary Club of LaConner supports. I started with folded hands in a prayer position, a slight bow of the head, and said Sawadee Ka, which pleased them very much. That is the typical greeting meaning hello, good morning, good afternoon, good evening. When their DGN started to speak he apologized to me that he did not speak English and that his presentation would be in Thai. I said that since I did not speak Thai, we would get along just fine. An English gentleman who has lived in Chiang Mai for over 15 years was very kind and kept me informed. The members wanted to know where I was staying and how I got to the meeting. When I told them that I had taken a tuk tuk, they were amazed, but insisted that they return me to my hotel. You cannot beat Rotary hospitality.
Making Up Rotary Meetings - Attendance Danielle Mullen 0
Posted by Lee Carlson
Sponsor: The Rotary Club of La Conner Saturday, Feb. 27 Contacts: Lee Carlson, (360) 466-0127 or Sandy Stokes (360) 466-3315 History-making in 2010 The Super Bowl completed its 44th year. The Smelt Derby is even older celebrating its 45th year. Since the President had to turn down his invitation due to a prior commitment, La Conner Mayor Ramon Hayes has again agreed to stand in for him in the Politician Fishin' Exhibition. There will be live action smelt jigging duels between the mayors of surrounding towns and cities and county commissioners. Over the years the Smelt Derby has developed a fun, family day to remember. Here are the events: • Breakfast: As in years past, the Rotarians will serve up pancakes, eggs and all the trimmings at Maple Hall from 8 to 10 a.m. • Smelt Run: Work off the meal with the Skagit Symphony's USATF Certified 5K or 10K run. Or take the family fun walk around town, see the town's award-winning public art displays and maybe even glimpse one of La Conner's town turkeys. • Fishing: The Smelt Derby fishing contest is on the town docks from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kids can win cash prizes of $100 for bringing in the largest smelt. Other prizes for unusual catches from the channel. • Kid's activities: Kids will love the fishing action and the free fun at Maple Hall, the site of the famous "fish printing" where the budding artists can create a masterpiece out of a dead fish and paint. • Boat tour: Also for the youngsters, La Conner Sea Scouts will offer tours of their historic schooner, "Rejoice." • Raffle and more: Adults can spend $2 to try their luck in a raffle with over 100 fabulous prizes and a $500 cash Grand Prize. They can feed the kids and families can enjoy $2 hot dogs. Meals for $3 and $4 with a polish hot dog.
Historic La Conner Smelt Derby Lee Carlson 0
Posted by David Rapella
Rotary Club of La Conner donates cash to the Salvation Army Food Bank in Anacortes, Washington. $2,165 was donated for the year 2009 to 2010.  The high monthly donation was $208 and the low month was $156.  These are straight donation dollars from our club members!  The Salvation Army serves LaConner and Anacortes.  One of their recent publications quotes Anacortes Mayor Dean Maxwell, "Contributions to the Salvation Army will benefit the many needy families and senior citizens in our town, as well as La Conner."  Major Jerold Forney is scheduled to present in our program at our May 10, 2010 club meeting.    http://www.salvationarmynw.org/corpsdetail.asp?ID=523
Salvation Army Food Bank David Rapella 0
Posted by Lee Carlson
by: Christopher C. Mooney, Director, Bethel Ministries International. Chimaltenango, Guatemala.  I promised to send you pictures of last week's work, so here they are!  With the help of 3 men sent by the La Conner Rotary Club in Washington State, we had the privilege of building a home for Claudia Saquiel and her 3 children. What a blessing for her.  12 needy families in the community were visited with bags of groceries, bringing aid to their suffering.  We worked with the La Conner Club to bring 50 wheelchairs and other medical equipment to Guatemala City.
Good Things Happening in Guatemala Lee Carlson 0
Posted by David Tracey

News items regarding:

RYLA will be April 29 to May 2, 2010.  Initial deadline for applications is February 26th.

Literacy Seminar.  District 5050 literacy seminar is scheduled for Saturday, March 20, 2010 at the Hampton Inn in Bellingham.

District 5050 Annual Assembly is Saturday, April 17, 2010 In Surrey, BC.


Club Bulletin News David Tracey 0
Posted by Sandy Stokes

Some of the local programs La Conner Rotary funded in the current 2009-2010 fiscal year:

$10,000  La Conner High School graduating senior scholarships

$2,500 La Conner Sea Scouts

$2,500 Skagit River Poetry Project

$1,000 La Conner Middle School aviation class

$1,000 La Conner Boys & Girls Club

$1,600 Salvation Army food bank, Anacortes

$1,500 La Conner Regional Library

$800  Dictionaries for every 3rd grade student in La Conner Elementary

$400 for the La ConnerHigh School Senior Class

$300 to La Conner Co-op Preschool

$300 to La ConnerMiddle School


Your Rotary Club of La Conner contribution at work Sandy Stokes 0
Posted by Sandy Stokes
The 45th Smelt Derby Festival in La Conner is Saturday February 27 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The day starts with Pancake Breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m.
The Fishing Derby is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the town docks. La Conner Sea Scouts will judge the fish and prizes will be awarded in lots of fish categories.
The Sea Scouts will host an "open boat" all day on their historic schooner.
Skagit Symphony will start it's 5- and 10-K walk and run at 10 a.m.
Activities for children include fish painting at Maple Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Raffle drawing for a $750 cash prize will be at 3 p.m.

Have a $3 lunch at our old-time hot dog stand.
45th Annual Smelt Derby Festival Sandy Stokes 0
Rotary Establishes Haiti Earthquake Fund Patricia Paul 0
Posted by Lee Carlson
After looking at Ginny's list and the list from Chris Mooney here are the categories of gifts we are looking for before our Guatemala trip: Personal Hygiene Kit Hygiene bag toothbrush wash cloth comb soap shampoo School Kit Pen Pencil Colored Marker Scissors Paper notebooks crayons Books Coloring books Spanish language books small toys Rubics cube used books dictionary Donations To purchase a wheel chair $50 Cash for purchasing food. Note from Pat Paul: Two Mondays to bring these items prior to the team leaving for this international service. This evening, January 11th and next Monday, January 18, 2010.
Updated Categories of Gifts for Guatemala Trip Lee Carlson 0
Posted by Patricia Paul
Club members are requested to bring small gifts to the January 11th and January 18th club meetings for the Guatemala orphanage.  Suggested items are paper goods, Spanish language books for young people and small toys and colored markers.  Cash contributions gladly accepted!
Guatemala Orphanage Gift Contributions Patricia Paul 0
Posted by Patricia Paul
to the
2010 elected leadership!
President:                  Connie Milliken
Past President:          David Tracey
Secretary:                  Dee Carlson
Treasurer:                  Don Wolff               
President Elect:         Carol Cain
Board Member:          Gary Tollefson
Board Member:          Danielle Mullen
Board Member:          Patricia Paul
Board Member:          Dan Cain
Their one-year term begins July 2010.
2010 Elected Leadership Patricia Paul 0
Posted by Danielle Mullen

Karen Ryan, Rick Bolduc and I on our way to a concert in Birmingham.  They attended the 100th Annual International Rotary Convention in the United Kingdom.  Here's a note from the convention organizers:

The Host Organising Committee and the people of Birmingham hope that you had a great time in Birmingham at the 100th RI Convention. We were enormously proud to welcome you to our city and the United Kingdom and hope that you'll visit us again one day.

Rotary of La Conner members in Birmingham, UK Danielle Mullen 0
Posted by Danielle Mullen

A group of 40 visiting Rotarians from Northern Italy, including their District Governor, 2 past DGs, 13 club presidents and members and family,  were at the Winchester Club when I was there.  They were doing a historic tour prior to convention.  They all adopted me.  Their current District Governor presented me with their Italian Banner and we all had a wonderful luncheon.   I met up with many of them at convention.  My Winchester coordinator, Colin Cook, invited me to stay with his family and included me in this wonderful meeting.

100th Annual International Rotary Convention Danielle Mullen 0
Posted by Danielle Mullen

If you have always wanted a crash course about Rotary, go to rotary.org and sign up for the International Convention.  You will find out more that you ever thought you could learn about Rotary in 4 (long) days. 

RI International convention is a microcosm of the world.  You meet fellow Rotarians who are more than happy to share their stories of how they became a Rotarian; what their clubs do and what projects, both locally and internationally, that they support. 
The Fascination of Rotary Danielle Mullen 0
Posted by David Tracey

Greetings from the office of the president.


When asked to prepare a President's Message to the club for this year the first thing that came to mind is to talk about our international theme.


Every year the incoming President of Rotary International chooses a theme to represent his year as president. This theme is then adopted by clubs around the world as their theme to be used as a guide for their next Rotary year. Last years theme was "Make Dreams Real".


Our International President John Kenny's theme this year is "The Future of Rotary Is in Your Hands". Being elected president of a club as dynamic and wonderful as ours is an honor and privilege not to mention an awesome responsibility.   These words are not a call to action but a wonderful statement of affirmation, a statement of John Kenny's confidence in each and every one of us. These words bring Rotary into being and show in black and white what we already know "The Future of Rotary Is in Your Hands"
Past President's Message David Tracey 0
Posted by Patricia Paul
Club Anniversaries
  Member Name Induction Date / Number of Years (Effective the day of induction this year)
Hulbert, James November 1 1979 (30 years)
Tollefson, Gary November 19 2006 (3 years)
Rauch, Robert November 28 2006 (3 years)



Club Anniversaries - November 2009 Patricia Paul 0
Posted by Patricia Paul

Lee and Dee Carlson hosted a lovely dinner meal at their home on November 3, 2009 to discuss the logistics and other details of the planned club service to Guatemala in January 2010!  Club members with interest attended. Details are available on the home page, left column, 'Site Pages' and scroll down to Guatemala Project 2010.

Guatemala - Club Serving Planning - Dinner Patricia Paul 0
Posted by Patricia Paul
Dave Rapella, founder and committee chair of the annual Fall Festival, reports that the event was a huge success!  Hosted by the Boys & Girls Club of La Conner, fifty-five (55) youth decorated pumpkins on October 22, 2009!  Seventy-five (75) pumpkins were donated by La Conner Rotarian Bob Hart.
Fall Festival 2009 - Huge Success Patricia Paul 0
Posted by Patricia Paul
Betty Jo Anzaldua has been selected to represent Rotary of La Conner and District 5050 and participate in the Rotary Foundation's Group Study Exchange to India from late December 2009 through January 2010!  Photo:  From L to R; Rebecca and Betty Jo.
Betty Jo Anzaldua - GSE Team Member Patricia Paul 0
Posted by Tamera Tollefson

Rotary of La Conner distributed 50 dictionaries to the third grade students at La Conner Elementary School. 

Art and ice cream sundaes highlighted the fun event!

Dictionary Project 2009 Tamera Tollefson 0
Posted by Patricia Paul
Rotary nears halfway mark in $200 million campaign, as new polio vaccine is approved for countries still battling the disease
World Polio Day Patricia Paul 0
Posted by Virginia Dugaw
From President Dave Tracey

The day was more incredible than any of us could have imagined.  Maple Hall never looked better.  We served the most incredible brunch to one hundred and elven guests.  There was energy in the air that is hard to describe.  Silent auction items rimmed three sides of the hall while live auction items flashed continuously on the huge screen at the front.  Beautiful flower arrangements were the backdrop for white clothed tables adorned with three tier serving platters, elegant place settings and napkins in hand made floral napkin rings. This club was "out of control" incredible coming together as only we can to make this event happen. With all the physical, financial and moral support, we did it...resulting in the one of the most successful Harvesting Hope Auction to date.  Kip Toner and his auction house group did their magic to help us raise over
Harvesting Hope 2009 Virginia Dugaw 0
Posted by Virginia Dugaw

From Pres David Tracey

Special thanks to Don, Doug and helpers for another great picnic. It was just a delightful evening with the best food around. Also, thanks to all who furnished those wonderful appetizers, salads, side dishes, and way too yummy desserts. Everything was prepared to perfection. I know I won't be alone in saying, let's do it again next year.


Thanks again to Pat and Kevin Paul for providing us with the most incredible fish.

Footnote, the last thing most of us saw were Kevin, Pat and Don heading off in the sunset with the boat…more fish?


Annual Picnic Aug 17th Virginia Dugaw 0

Harvesting Hope Auction 2009

Saturday August 29

11:00am    Maple Hall


This one of a kind event will feature

the bounty of Skagit Valley, expertly

crafted into delectable delicacies by

Susan and Casey of Nell Thorn's.

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Revolutionary Rotary Virginia Dugaw 0
Posted by Virginia Dugaw
Did You Know? The following famous leaders have been active or honorary Rotarians...
Did You Know?? Virginia Dugaw 0
Posted by Lee Carlson

Paul Harris, a lawyer, gathered together three friends to meet on February 23, 1905.The three were Silvester Schlele, a coal dealer; Hiram Shorey, a merchant tailor; and Gustavus Loehr, a mining engineer.They met in Loehr's business office in Room 711 of the Unity Building at 127 North Dearborn in downtown Chicago.The purpose was to discuss Harris' idea that business leaders should meet periodically to enjoy camaraderie and to enlarge their circle of business and professional acquaintances.They decided to meet weekly and to rotate the meetings at each others' offices (hence the name Rotary).To promote diversity they decided to limit members to one representative from each business and profession.

A Short History of Rotary Lee Carlson 0
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