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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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Molly Meissner
Dec 10, 2018
A Rotary Exchange Student View of Belgium
Mandy McKenzie
Dec 17, 2018
Classification Talks
Marlene Sexton
Jan 07, 2019 5:45 PM
The Cost of Obesity to Businesses
Marge Milnor, Carol Cain
Jan 14, 2019
Classification Talks
Whitney Meissner and Bonnie Haley
Jan 21, 2019
La Conner School District Levy
Bruce Heinemann
Jan 28, 2019 5:45 PM
Washington The Art of The Landscape
Alice Collingwood
Feb 04, 2019
Summit Assistance Dogs
Corey Ertel - Shell Refinery
Feb 11, 2019 5:45 PM
2019 Refinery Turnaround and Projects
Rick Bolduc, Don Wolf
Feb 18, 2019
Classification Talks
Patsy Good
Feb 25, 2019
New owners of SVH kidney center
Farmers and Merchants Night
Mar 11, 2019
Maple Hall - Local Leader Presentations
Pam Narron, Louise Edens
Mar 18, 2019
Classification Talks
Dan Cain, David Rapella
Apr 15, 2019
Classification Talks
Barney Bourns, Charity Starkenburg
May 13, 2019
Classification Talks
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Youth Service Director
International Service Director
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Commuity Service Director
Vocational Service/Literacy Director
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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.  Our La Conner Rotary Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization.  Our tax ID# is 26-2730981.  Learn More About Our Club
Please note that we meet most Mondays at The Farmhouse starting at 5:45pm.  Please check the speaker list and/or event schedule for changes to the venue for the Monday meeting.

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. 


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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!





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


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


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



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

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

Plant three rows of peas: Peace of mind - Peace of heart - Peace of soul
Plant four rows of squash: Squash gossip - Squash indifference - Squash grumbling - Squash selfishness
Plant four rows of lettuce: Lettuce be faithful - Lettuce be kind - Lettuce be obedient - Lettuce really love one another
No garden without turnips: Turnip for meetings - Turnip for service - Turnip to help one another
Water freely with patience and cultivate with love. There is much fruit in your garden, because you reap what you sow.
Our garden must have thyme: Thyme for God - Thyme for study - Thyme for prayer
—borrowed from Rotary District 7680 by way of Pam Narron