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.