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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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Rich Weyrich
Jun 04, 2018
Skagit's Opioid Crisis
Taylor Bannister
Jun 11, 2018
Lincoln Theatre History and Updates
Patsy Good & Audrey Gravley
Jun 18, 2018
Classification Talks
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"
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
Club Executives & Directors
Vice president
Past President
Club Service Director
Commuity Service Director
International Service Director
Vocational Service/Literacy Director
Youth Service Director
Foundation President
Foundation Vice President
Town of La Conner
Our Projects
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.



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.

Members of Rotary Club of Sonoma Sunrise and Rotary Club of Sonoma Valley jumped into action practically at the first scent of smoke over the valley. Since then the clubs have collected and distributed at least 50 tons of dry goods, and we're working to distribute more than $400,000 we've collected via to fire victims and first responders in the valley. We're proud to be Rotarians.
We're proud to be Sonoma Strong! 
We’ve raised about $600,000—distributing it to victims and first responders in the form of cash, checks, and gift cards for local retailers. Money continues to come in, but we’re referring people to LARCA and the Redwood Credit Union funds. We hope to have fully distributed all of the money by mid-February.
The Red Grape (Sam’s business - Sam is the Rotary Club of Sonoma Valley's Foundation Treasurer) and other restaurants provided more than 12,000 meals to first responders in the early going of the fires… The first responders started calling it “The Ten Pound Fire” because of the quality of the food they enjoyed from businesses like Sam’s.
Additionally, we put together 200 “kitchen kits” for people who lost their homes in the fires – filled with pots, pans, and kitchen items to get them going again. The materials were supplied by various kitchen equipment suppliers. The value of each of those kits is about $750
We assembled and distributed food for 4000 families of four that enabled them to prepare their own dinners nearly immediately.
We also established a popup shop for people to pick up their own food and dry goods for two weeks after the fires began.
We collected and distributed more than 50 tons of dry goods, food, pet supplies and water.
You can read more in this document -- Click Here

La Conner Rotarians, Karen Ryan and Marty Pease, recently visited Honduras in conjunction with International Project Alliance.


The IPA is a collaborative effort with 12 clubs in the Skagit Valley and the Rotary Club in Copan, Honduras. The joint efforts include supplying schools with supplies, a mobile library,  sponsoring 56 schools with grades K-6 so all children of the Mayan village can attend school as well as sponsoring individual students with private party donations through the "Adopt-A-Dream" program so they can attend grades 7-12.


Other efforts include building latrines for homes and schools, providing a water supply to the villages, silos for grain storage, a woman's health clinic, supplying an ambulance. For some villages, the Rotary is providing electricity and lights/fans to schools, white boards, fixing school roofs and floors. In two locations, there are plans to start a middle school.


The Rapid Development program is supporting and educating members of three villages on budgeting, banking procedures, starting business, starting a savings and loan organization with the goal of bringing the villages out of poverty. Also there are plans to have the YES students in June work with one of the villages. All of these efforts are in collaboration with the villagers. The projects are per their requests and they provide the labor while Rotary provides the supplies.


On this trip, Karen and Marty collected and repaired mobile library books. They visited the village schools, 2-4 each day. On these visits, they had the opportunity to see school improvements, observe what else was needed and to sing and dance with the children. They also observed the Rapid Development trainings. The main goal of the trip was to connect with the local Rotarians and village residents.


Other members of the team included members of the Rotary Clubs of Fidalgo Island and Burlington.


It wasn't all work! Tourist activities included a walking tour of Copan, visiting Macaw Mountain and the Mayan ruins. Karen got to practice her Spanish which was a huge help in translating, interacting with village members and school kids and getting to know people. Marty had two instances where she put her physical therapy skills to work. Both Karen and Marty got to know Dania better, the student sponsored by Marty through the bilingual school.


The trip in so many ways was a huge success!!!




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!

From the Desk of 
James E. Bolduc
336A East Fairhaven Ave, Burlington WA 98233 | 360.941.6616 
Sonoma Valley Rotary is Asking for Your Help
Fellow Rotarians,
As a member of the Rotary Club of La Conner WA and former Grant chair of District 5050 I have had the privilege of seeing and working with Rotarians on disaster relief projects all over the world. We now have another one very close to home, the devastating fires in Northern California. My wife, Connie, and I have a home in Sonoma CA, and though our place was thankfully spared many others were not. The area was devastated and over 5000 homes and businesses have been destroyed by fires just in the last week. Included in that were a significant number of Rotarian’s homes. Thousands of people have been evacuated and are staying in shelters or at friend’s or family’s homes.  Despite that, Rotarians have risen to the challenge. The Sonoma Valley Rotary Club has set up a fundraising effort to directly help those in the greatest immediate need. They would appreciate, and I am personally asking for, all the help we can give. We never know where the next disaster can occur and I know that if it were to happen here Rotary would be at the fore-front of the relief effort.
To give some perspective of the magnitude of the damage and the phenomenal response of the community and first responders, I have included a few photos showing the extent of the damage. I cannot say enough about the help Sonoma Valley has received from fire departments all over the United States and Canada. They, along with multiple police forces and medical personnel, have saved countless lives as well as both the downtown communities of Napa and Sonoma. As an example of that sacrifice a very active Rotarian and former President of the Sonoma Club had several fire trucks trying to (and ultimately succeeding) in saving his home only to find out that one of the firemen while saving his house had his own burn down.
Now we need to begin the rebuilding and healing process, and the Rotary Club of Sonoma Valley will be at the forefront of that. Contributions of any amount would be gratefully appreciated. 100% of the proceeds from this campaign will go to continuing the work Rotary of Sonoma Valley members are already doing to support fire victims, evacuees and first responders. The need is only beginning. I am asking all club presidents to please pass on this request to their members. As I write this, the battle is not over. Not all of the fires are contained. But I also know that every effort is being made to prevent further loss of life and homes.
Please click on the link below which will take you directly to the Rotary Club of Sonoma Valley’s #SONOMASTRONG donation page. It is simple and can be done via any computer or mobile device.
Thank you for your support!
Rick Bolduc
Rotary Club of La Conner

The Story

In the early morning hours last Monday many residents awoke to fire in  and around their homes, while the rest of Sonoma Valley was alerted by  the smell of smoke. For Rotarians, it was a call to action. Within  hours, Rotarians were providing food and basic necessities to fire  victims, evacuees and first responders. Since those early hours, Rotary  has helped to facilitate the donation, preparation and delivery of  nearly 10,000 meals, mostly to first responders while they fight to  protect people and their homes all over Sonoma Valley.  Rotary is  facilitating the collection, organization, and distribution of basic  necessities pouring in from all over the state, getting help to those  who need it, where they need it, when they need it. Rotary has already  distributed over $20,000 in gift cards and many truckloads of goods.

In  the days and weeks ahead we are focusing our efforts on helping  displaced residents stabilize and rebuild. Rotary will directly provide  funding for food, clothing, home goods, kitchen goods, transitional  housing assistance, education grants, business rebuild grants, and  whatever is needed to help victims of this devastating disaster.  Together we will rebuild Sonoma. We are #SonomaStrong.

Rotary of  Sonoma Valley is coordinating the delivery of any needed service, goods,  or funds for the direct benefit of Sonoma Valley Fire victims,  evacuees, and first responders. The club is  one of over 34,000 clubs  comprising the largest service organization in  the world. Our club  supports our local and international community through financial and  hands-on support. 100% of the proceeds from this campaign will go to  continuing the work Rotary of Sonoma Valley members are already doing to  support fire victims, evacuees and first responders. 

Rotary's motto is "Service Over Self."

Sonoma Valley Rotary Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization—Tax ID #68-0343129 

For more information or donations by check:

Marck Zuehlsdorff

Club President 

P. O. Box 910

Sonoma, CA 95476 




La Conner Rotarians helped make this year’s veggie racers at Hedlin Farms during the Festival of Family Farms tOctober 7 & 8, 2017 a great success!
Rotarians made1800 wheels this year. Added to the 700 left from last year, there were 2500 wheels waiting to be transformed into racers from beets, potatoes, squash and leeks. One box of 600 wheels was left at the end of Sunday’s festival. 
Great job to everyone who made wheels and volunteered! You brought joy and smiles to hundreds of children and famiilies. You are awesome!!!  Farmer Dave Hedlin appreciates our service and our friendship. 
Wonderful Wizards of Wheels: 
Dan Cain, Randy Goembel, Martin Howard, Dennis Milliken, Marty Pease and David Tracey
Valiant Veggie Racer Makers:
Dan Cain, Ollie Iversen, Don McKeehan, Marty Pease, David Rapella, Linda Ryan, and La Conner High School students Gavin Brown, Josue Gonzales, Sky Morse and Lark Rodriguez
Benevolent Blue Ribbon Awarders, Race Track & Art Table Monitors:
Heather Bourns, Carol Cain, Alice Collingwood, Louise & Craig Edens, Randy Goembel, Patsy Good, Cindy & David Tracey, and Whitney Meissner
Thank you!
Susan Macek & Dave Buchan

On a beautiful Saturday Evening in La Conner the Rotary Club of La Conner held its 11th annual
Harvesting Hope Auction “Moonlight and Margaritas”. Thanks to the generosity of the community of La
Conner the auction raised over $58,000.00.

Beginning the auction we were honored with a wonderful piano concert played by our own Mayor,
Raymon Hayes.
The Rotary Club of La Conner presented a Paul Harris Recognition to community leader
Cathie Wyman.

Utilizing the new systems that were installed this year with a partnership between the Town of La
Conner and Rotary Club of La Conner, s a new sound system, wifi router and overhead projector were installed bringing 21st century technology to Maple Hall.

The bidders raised their paddles to provide over $9,000.00 to fund education for children to go to school
in Copan, Honduras. It will also help fund food for children in La Conner on the weekends and funded the
Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which mails a book a month to children 0-5 years of age within the La
Conner School District boundaries.

Thanks to the generosity of the La Conner community we also will be able to fund additional projects in
La Conner and the around the world!

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.