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Rotary Club of La Conner

Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 5:45 PM
Farmhouse Restaurant
11376 LaConner-Whitney Rd
Mount Vernon, WA  98273
United States
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PO Box 2111
La Conner, WA 98257
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Jerry Willins
Aug 21, 2017
Unbirthday Party
Jo Wolfe
Aug 28, 2017
Skagit County Historical Museum
Holiday - no meeting
Sep 04, 2017
Wayne Brusseau
Sep 11, 2017
S&W Pies -- Whitney Meissner - Classification Talk
Kevin Maas
Sep 18, 2017
Town Hall solar project & Farm Power Rexville
Corey Ertel
Sep 25, 2017
April Fugate and Dan Stearns
Oct 02, 2017
Camp Korey
Sarah Dalton
Oct 09, 2017
Flight Deck Technology
Barb Clark
Oct 16, 2017
Author and Illustrator "Postcard from ..." Children's book series
Lindagene Coyle
Oct 23, 2017
Governor District 5050
Jim and Jeanne Kalis
Nov 06, 2017
Travels and Passion to Serve
Lynette Brower
Nov 13, 2017
NW Career and Technology Academy
Ken Stern
Nov 20, 2017
La Conner Weekly
Skagit Youth Symphony
Nov 27, 2017
Symphony Information
Club Christmas Party
Dec 04, 2017
Teresa Pugh
Dec 11, 2017
Skagit Habitat for Humanity
Susan Macek & Linda Ryan
Dec 18, 2017
Classification Talks
Martin Howard & Danya Wolf
Jan 15, 2018
Classification Talks
Theresa Mathews
Jan 22, 2018
Author "Fishing With Hyenas"
Fifth Monday Social
Jan 29, 2018
Location TBD
Giles Kilvert
Feb 05, 2018
GMK Tutoring
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Youth Service Director
International Service Director
Club Service Director
Commuity Service Director
Vocational Service/Literacy Director
Town of La Conner
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We are a hands-on service club dedicated to improving lives locally and around the world. We do this by promoting and investing in literacy, public health and community service.  We are the club people want to join, because we have fun while making a difference.
Please note that we meet most Mondays at The Farmhouse starting at 5:45pm.  Please check the speaker list and/or event schedule for changes to the venue for the Monday meeting.

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

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. 


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.



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.

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.


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.