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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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Speakers
Sophia Benetti
Jul 02, 2018
YES Presentation - Youth Service in Honduras
David Rapella
Jul 09, 2018
Wheelchairs Program
Bonnie Bower - Anacortes Chief of Police, Retired
Jul 16, 2018
Walking the Camino de Santiago
Nicola Pearson
Jul 23, 2018
"How to Make A Pot in 14 Easy Lessons"
Fifth Monday
Jul 30, 2018
MONA - catered by Nell Thorn
Linda Murray
Aug 13, 2018
District Governor
Bill Craig - Home Trust of Skagit
Aug 20, 2018
Channel Cove neighborhood in La Conner
Kevin Meenaghan
Aug 27, 2018
Cascade Job Corps College & Career Academy
Jim Walker
Sep 10, 2018
Dragon Flies
Tanya Amador
Sep 17, 2018 6:00 PM
Conditions in Nicaragua
Beth Meegnahan
Sep 24, 2018 5:45 PM
Happenings Around Viva Farms
"Trouble"
Oct 01, 2018
BACA - Bikers Against Child Abuse
Jerry Willins, Jose Maderos
Oct 08, 2018
Classification Talks
Alice Collingwood, Doug Jones
Nov 19, 2018
Classification Talks
Cheri Lenssen, Mandy McKenzie
Dec 17, 2018
Classification Talks
 
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The Latest News from the Most Vibrant Club in District 5050!
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.
 

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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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 www.imaginationlibrary.com to learn more.
 
 

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. 
 

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!
 
 

 
 
 
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