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At our November 13, 2023, Rotary Club of La Conner Meeting, our guests for the evening were District 5050 Governor David Lukov and Area H Assistant Governor Susan Guterbock.  
The theme for David’s sharing tonight is “Why Rotary”. 
David is a storyteller leader and shared that many other associations and clubs have lost membership, and Rotary continues to go strong.  He asked us:
“How many find that Rotary has widened and broadened their view of the world?” 
Several members answered the question of what the rotary experience has done for them.  He shared that for him, Rotary allows him to provide service work with his hands, mind, body, and soul.  He shared a story with us about when he was at a parsonage in Wilmington.  He and his young daughter were in the front yard when he heard the squealing of tires approaching.  The speed limit in the area was 20 MPH, and the fast-approaching vehicle had its window down, music blaring.   As it went by, David yelled at it to slow down and that it was in a residential area.  The driver proceeded to affectionately produce a middle finger.  Not long thereafter, David was driving in the downtown area with many beautiful row houses.  David was in a hurry and driving way too fast.  From one of the houses, David heard “Hey, slow down” as he reflected back on his own experience at his house.
David shared that we all have a tendency to see what we want to see and that is our greatest challenge.  As we read the newspaper and social media, we choose those that align with our beliefs.  Rotary for David allows us to take our blinders off and see the world more broadly.  For our Club, he recognized our work with La Conner United and our International Projects in Honduras and how they make such a difference in our world.  It allows us all to broaden our views, the myopic narrow view widens.
David then asked us:
 “How many of you believe you are a more effective leader by being a Rotarian?”
  Several members shared their thoughts.    David told the story of (3) CEOs sitting on a park bench in Central New York.  Sarah was on one end of the bench She had been a very successful CEO in the 1970’s and was now retired. On the other end of the bench was Sam, also a very successful CEO with a substantial impact in his community in the mid 1990’s and was semi-retired. Tom who was sitting in the middle, started asking and sharing what led to their success.  Sarah stated that she read a lot and kept adjusting as she went.  She was a real trailblazer for other women.  Tom shared that he experienced everything he could, learned and became a stronger and stronger leader.  When asked, Sam stated his success was “LUCK”. He had good training, many college conferences, and a lot of listening.  He shared that when you have a strong vision, you have to guide and help people to see it, follow you and it requires a lot of listening. You learn when to talk and when not to.  Leadership involves taking an experience and opportunity and doing something with it. 
David shared that in my rotary, there is a lot of really great training.  Leadership is just one of many choices. It used to be the Learning Institute and now is both online and presented at many of our conferences.  YAIL, RYLA, YES graduates come out with confidence, get to see the world, and come back with really strong leadership traits.  David recognized and thanked Adam for his good work in leadership as he was able to start up Skagit Rotaract.  Adam exhibited servant leadership, guided and then handed off to them and their leader.  He was a fabulous mentor and guide allowing them to set it up the way that felt best for them.
David asked us:
 “Why have you stayed in Rotary?”
 Some said the companionship, the good works and vision, and the love of people.  David shared “You are what you do”.  He has been in 6 different Rotary Clubs, when he joined the Mt Vernon Club, he didn’t feel the connection or welcoming environment, but he returned many times to give it another try.  It was not until Della Moon and Art Palmer who were the elderly members and were sitting off by themselves invited David over.  They didn’t want to talk about them, they wanted to hear all about David.  It was then he knew Mt Vernon was for him.  Every human has a need to feel they belong and are welcome.  You will stay when you know you belong. 
David shared that he wants to host an affordable, fun, Rotary District 5050 Conference for the community and all Club members.  He has decided it will be a Mt Vernon High School Conference, $100 per person or $400 for family.  It will be May 4, with other events on May 3 and May 5thsuch as Bowing at Riverside Bowling, dinner at Max Dale, and ending up at Kamp Kory.  He will soon have bookmarks to announce the conference and events.  Fun, simple, and engaging.
David presented John Milnor and Don Wolf with an award for their long and exemplary leadership in Rotary, always behind the scenes, with enthusiasm.  He expressed his gratitude and thanks on behalf of Rotary.  He also has a District Governor award for Doug Jones which will be presented.  David recognized our Club for our energy, projects, community impact, and the fun we have while doing good work. 
The next time you see someone in Safeway, walking in downtown La Conner, or one of your neighbors, find out their story – Listen      What is your own story and how did it shape you to see the world – We are all a part of a family.
Thank you, David, for the very inspirational stories and rich discussion!
Click read more for David’s background and the inspiration for the night
Another great Santa Breakfast with a full house.
Rotarians hard at work
At our November 6, 2023  meeting, our guest speaker was Pennye Nixon – Etta Program in Bolivia.  
Pennye Nixon was Selected as 2017 Greater Tacoma Peace Prize Laureate.  Pennye Nixon thoughtfully responded to an inquiry about her work. “I like to talk about poop.” Nixon explained that there are two precursors to public health – clean water and sanitation – and that sanitation is often forgotten about when assisting impoverished areas. As the Founder and Director of Operations for Etta Projects, Nixon directs projects that construct sanitation facilities and provide clean water in rural Bolivian villages. These exceptional peacebuilding efforts are why the Greater Tacoma Peace Prize (GTTP) was proud to announce the selection of Pennye Nixon as the 2017 Laureate this evening, at the Etta Projects 13th Annual Auction.
Pennye shared that the Etta Project was created to honor her daughter who was killed in a bus accident in Montero Bolivia.  The project is a Global Grant focused on Sexual & Reproductive Health through education and making informed choices.  The 2-year project cost $96,530 and assisted 30,000 students, created 21 health clinics, 1000+ women received long-acting (4) year contraceptives, and directly touched 30,000 people.   The Etta project partners with the Bolivian communities to identify needs and together create sustainable solutions.  Over 42,000 villagers served the Community Health promoters, 47 villages were provided with clean and safe drinking water, and 743 composting latrines were built with keeping clean hygiene in mind.   7950 adolescents have been trained in sexual health and Womens’ empowerment.
She showed pictures of the training classes for teens on the use of condoms and contraceptives which were presented in a fun lighthearted manner to engage the students.  Aids and other STDs are a huge problem in the area. 
The woman on the left, a 92-year-old community member who was blessed with a family latrine, said:    “I know I will not be in this life for long. My only regret is that I cannot bring my beautiful new latrine with me!”  Dona Juana, age 92, after Etta Projects built latrines in the village of Betania.   
What a beautiful and heartwarming presentation and sharing.  Thank you Pennye Nixon and Etta Projects!

Start the morning with a Pancake Breakfast hosted by the Rotary Club of La Conner at Maple Hall.  
Pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, OJ, Coffee.
Have your child's picture taken with Santa after breakfast!  Pooch's can get pictures with Santa too!
Cost $10 per adult,  kids $5, children under 5 free!

Holiday craft fair at Maple Hall from 9 am to 3 pm 
At our October 23, 2023 Rotary Club of La Conner meeting, president Connie presented a grant check to Marcus Rosecamp for Camp Kirby ping-pong table. 
Dustin Johnson – Executive Director of Anacortes Family Center (AFC) described the AFC and the History of Homelessness in his program.  AFC’s solution starts with a rental assistance program, and as inventory is added, such as the new building complex, these families and single members are provided housing.   The AFC community outreach program partners with the Police Department and Parks to provide engagement and referrals to services for homelessness, domestic violence, mental health, and chemical dependency
The mission of AFC is to serve homeless women, children, and families in crisis by providing shelter in addition to comprehensive and transformational services to achieve long-lasting personal success and self-sufficiency.  AFC’s unique approach has led to the distinction of being one of the most successful shelters in the state at helping clients achieve self-sufficiency.
Thank you so much Dustin for the outstanding program!
For details click Read  More.
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.

Club Information
Rotary Club of La Conner

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Mondays at 5:30 PM
Shawn O'Donnell's Farmhouse Restaurant
11376 LaConner-Whitney Rd
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
United States of America
5:30 - Set-Up, Social, Meal
6:00 - Formal Meeting
Note: 2nd Monday of the month is devoted to club business (Committee Reports & Boards), and may be conducted via Zoom. All members are invited, and welcome to attend.
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La Conner, WA 98257
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