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Recap of our April 29, 2024 Rotary Meeting.
  
Our guest speaker, Wen Chen, Ph.D. and public Speaker for Chinese Culture, History and Human Rights, was born in China at the end of the Great Cultural Revolution. Being victims of the horrific atrocity that killed two million intellectuals and destroyed traditional Chinese culture, Wen's parents had mixed feelings about her education. Despite their discouragement, Wen eventually won a national prize at a science competition when she was 16. Hence, she was accepted into a top university for undergraduate study. In 1994, Wen came to the U.S. for graduate school and received a doctorate in Biology at the California Institute of Technology in 2000. Because of her personal experience of being brainwashed in China, she decided to be a voice for the voiceless. Since 2012, she has given hundreds of presentations to community organizations about Chinese culture, history, and human rights. Wen has been working as a scientific staff member for Caltech since 2000. She has a blog: https://wenchenview.blogspot.com/ Chinese Medicine and Meditation.  Chinese medicine has a deep root in Taoism theories regarding the human body as a miniature universe. Ancient Chinese believed that the prevention of getting ill is more critical than any cure. A healthy lifestyle includes eating the right food. Food is also the primary source of medicine when one is sick. There is a very long history of meditation in China to keep people calm and give them wisdom.
 
See Read More for legends about ancient Chinese doctors. She  discussed how these wise people integrated traditional values into their practice to cure individuals and positively impact society.
 
Wen Chen shared with us that Chinese medicine has a deep root in Taoism theories regarding the human body as a miniature universe.  Ancient Chinese believed that the prevention of getting ill is more critical than any cure.  A healthy lifestyle includes eating the right food.  Food is also the primary source of medicine when one is sick.  There is a very long history of meditation in China to keep people calm and give them wisdom.  Wen shared legends and stories of how these wise people/doctors integrated traditional values into their practice to cure individuals and positively impact society.
 
Wen shared that the traditional beliefs and traditions require a balance (YING/YANG) to allow the body’s energy to flow and stay healthy
 
Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong, is based on truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance.  It is made up of 5 stances – Thousand hands, Falun Standing, Penetrating the two Extremes, Falun Cosmic Circuit, and Strengthening Higher Abilities.  100 million people were practicing Falun Gong when the persecution began in 1999.  Millions of Chinese people have since been abducted, imprisoned, tortured, fired from jobs, expelled from school, or forced into homelessness because they practice Falun Gong.  It is taught free of charge and does not require a membership.  For more information and classes in our area, please visit www.faundafa.org.  You can also research books on the practice such as Zhuan Falunby Mr. Li Hongzhi which is a comprehensive and essential set of teachngs in the practice.  Books can be purchased online by visiting www.tiantibooks.org.
 
What an incredible program tonight.  If you are interested in Wen Chen’s blog you can find it at https://wenchenview.blogspot.com.   Thank you Wen Chen!
 
President Connie invited Sarah Christenson, Foundation Director, and Gina Program Director, to the podium to receive their grant “Big Check” $2000 for the La Conner Swinomish Library Summer Reading Program.  They shared a little more about the program that they are now finalizing and thanked us all for allowing this program to go forward, the importance of allowing children to not have a gap in their reading and learning and for us helping the Library be successful.  Kathy Willins from the library was also there.
 
President Connie invited Damond Morris, Program Director Lincoln Theatre to the podium to receive the “Big Check” for $2000 in support of 5 children to attend the Skagit Theatre Camp.  Damond shared that 25% of the children attending are on scholarships thanks to groups and clubs such as ours.  There are 2 Directors, 6 Interns from College and HS, and 40 children attending the camp.  Damond also shared the upcoming calendar of events.  If you would like to see the offerings, visit lincolntheatre.org or call 360-336-8955.
 
At our April 22 meeting, our speaker was local historian Dan Larson
who told the "Tales of Tuberculosis, A Child in the Firland Sanatorium".

This was a very interesting peek into past disease prevention strategies. Tuberculosis still kills more than 1 million people worldwide.
 
 
 
 
At our April 15 Rotary Meeting, it was not taxing to hear our own Marty Pease and Audrey Gravley entertain us with details about their recent trip to Honduras.
Marty led a team of Rotarians and their friends to Copan, Honduras for the purpose of blending an understanding of what the International Project Alliance (IPA) is doing in the Mayan villages with tourist activities.  Kandy Dubuque from Fidalgo Island Rotary was our guest for the evening, and she was part of the team that traveled to Honduras. 
 
The team played games and had fun with the children. La Conner Rotary sponsors the school they visited.   This included seeing books that each of our speakers signed and then donated to mobile libraries in the schools there.
   
The drought has made it difficult for crops to grow. They need to buy new seeds and the team gave them money to start home gardens.    Their driver, Harrison, was also a Mayan carver.
 
Audrey and Marty both saw the students they have been sponsoring and that was a highlight! Various Rotarians from District 5050 sponsor students at all levels of education. Most of their village parents had a second-grade or lower education. Thanks to the IPA, there are currently 40 students in university!   We are also making a medical difference and are currently training villagers to start a savings and loan in the village. 
 
The La Conner Rotary  pays $6,700 per year for the amazing work we are doing, in addition to what individual people invest in their assigned students.
 
Rick Bolduc received his 7th Paul Harris award from club president Connie.
Las Vegas After Hours Rotary Club president visiting our Tulip Festival for the first time, stopped by our Tulip sales booth.
"Marty was wonderfully hospitable and the Rotary dog was such a fun surprise.  Wanted to share a few pictures."
  

Rotary tulip booth sales are done!

It is with deep regret we no longer have tulips from our supplier to sell.
As https://www.tulips.com/bloommap indicated at the start:
"We will be overflowing with tulips for AT LEAST the first three weeks of April. How long the tulip bloom lasts will depend on Mother Nature"
"The length of time that each bloom lasts depends on how warm it is. During a cool spring, with temperatures between 45-55 degrees Fahrenheit, tulips will bloom for 1-2 weeks but if the weather is warmer, each bloom will last for just a few days."
We've had a lot of warm sunny days this April.
Thanks to all of our buyers for supporting La Conner Rotary.

 
Friday (3/29) begins sales of 10-stem bunches of tulips for $6 from booths during the Skagit Tulip Festival.    Get some fresh flowers for Easter.
Sales will run daily 11 AM - 5 PM at  Shawn O'Donnell's at the Farmhouse parking lot (LaConner Whitney Rd & State Route 20) and at the La Conner roundabout by Hedlin Farms (Chillberg Rd & LaConner Whitney Rd).
All proceeds support projects in education, public health, and community service. 
 
At our April 1 meeting, no joke, we discussed our upcoming August 24 auction with the theme: the Magic of Rotary.
We also had Jo Wolfe, director of the Skagit County Historical Museum.  La Conner Fire Chief Aaron Reinstra reported that the museum’s fire detection system should be replaced.
She thanked Rotary for its donation which completed their fundraising for a fire alarm system.
 
At our March 25 meeting, speakers Leon John and Bev Keys spoke to us about the wellness center didgwálič which is Swinomish for the flower camilis.
 
The clinic is located next to Moka Joe Coffee on S March Point Rd and they are seriously looking at the drive in property for expansion. The idea for the wellness center started in 2016 when in one week the tribe at 4 deaths from drug overdoses. Though the tribe runs the center, it is open to anyone who suffers from addiction and they serve Skagit, Whatcom and Island counties. 67% of people with addictions live on the street and therefore are without resources. Their main source of funding is Medicaid. They are a holistic clinic and address many aspects of addiction including transportation, housing, employment assistance. They have medical staff, counselors. Their mission statement is to "Remove Barriers to Care" They have purchased the apartment complex on Maple at the base of the bridge and the adjacent house. The facility will be transitional housing and there will be security and counselors on the premises.
 
The grant committee presented  Taylor Podroga, Alicia Schwind and Jess from the drama club a check to support the program.
 
At our March 11, 2024 meeting, Ryan Patrick and Chloe Madison were our speakers for the evening from the Braves Hub.  As noted in La Conner Weekly News:
The La Conner Rotary Club gave a $2,000 donation toward food and snacks at the Braves Hub and another $600 earmarked for the end-of-year senior class trip. “We’re blessed that La Conner Rotary supports our programs,” said La Conner Schools Superintendent Will Nelson.
 Ryan and Chloe wanted to come to our club meeting to THANK US for the $2000 grant monies.  As they explained, it could not have come at a better time.  Many financial challenges happened in the last couple of years and now with some additional grant monies for 5 years and money from the Rotary Club of La Conner, Ryan and Chloe were able to join the program and keep it going.  Academic enrichment, snacks for all the children, and supplies for the activities allow all programs to be free to the students/parents in the program.  Ryan is the Program Director and Chloe is the Site Coordinator.  
This month’s project is to build rockets and building a safe habitat.  The children can be tired and hungry after a day of school so they are developing fun topics to get them energized with snacks to give them a boost.  Celebration of kits as well as making volcanoes with elephant toothpaste for the eruption, reading, robotics, etc.
 
They serve 35-40 children regularly, although they have registrants of over 120+ children.  Children must register to be allowed into the program.  Many of the older children from Middle School and High School volunteer time to teach the younger children.  Word of mouth is the best way to attract all that need the service in the area.  The hours of Operation are 3:00-6:00 pm and include children from both sides of the Channel.  There are also similar programs at the Boys and Girls Club.  They also focus on problem-solving and academic needs.  The summer project – the Monday after the 4th of July week will allow for Mon-Thurs 9:00-2:00 hours with (4) classes.  Teachers, parents, and volunteers will be helping during this time.  There will be transportation to and from, along with lunch and snacks. 
Thank you Ryan and Chloe our speakers, for sharing.

 
 
 
Our March 18 Rotary meeting was at Maple Hall to celebrate Farmers and Merchants in our community.  https://www.laconnerweeklynews.com/story/2024/03/20/news/civic-leaders-keynote-la-conner-rotary-farmers-and-merchants-dinner/10260.html covers it pretty well.   
Doug Moore coordinated our Rotary event and kicked off the evening.   Connie Milliken, club president, introduced our club and Rotary to the audience.
       
La Conner Schools Superintendent Will Nelson led the lineup, followed by La Conner Schools Finance Director David Cram.
         
At March 4, 2024 Rotary meeting, Damond Morris started by passing out some literature highlighting the Lincoln Theatre and talking a bit about its history, the upcoming shows, and a couple of campaign fundraisers.
 
Damond Morris serves as the Executive Director for the Lincoln Theatre Center Foundation in Mount Vernon, WA. He is the founder and former Artistic Director of Shakespeare Northwest from 2000-2008. He served as a tenured faculty member and Chair, prior to the elimination of the Drama Department at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon. Damond obtained his PhD from the University of Oregon in 2013, with studies in directing, acting, environmental sustainability, eco-criticism, post-colonial theatre and theatre history. His dissertation “Presenting Oregon: Formative Forces of the Oregon Unit of the Federal Theatre Project” explores the formative forces of the Oregon Unit of the Federal Theatre Project, under the Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression, including the Little Theatre Movement, West Coast vaudeville and the Oregon State mythos. He holds a master's degree from Western Washington University and a Masters in Sustainability Leadership (Oregon Leadership in Sustainability) through the Planning Public Policy & Management Department at the University of Oregon. Damond’s master’s thesis, "Towards a Recycled Theatre: Industrial Ecology Applications in the Theatre Industry," is an analysis of real-world answers to the problem of waste in the theatre industry. Following this passion, his development efforts to preserve the Lincoln Theatre, center on lowering the building’s carbon footprint and preserving the structure for the next 100 years!
He shared that Western Washington Shakespeare Festival was the 1st Club to share Skagit County at the Edge Water Park in Mt Vernon.  It has 300 seats and now Western Washington Shakespeare NW is at the Rexville Amphitheatre.  Granges across Washington were collapsing, and with a great idea from the Quincy Grange to host theatre and liberal arts events and drawing a profit, other Granges followed suit to stay alive and viable.
Today State and Federal Funds are participating to upgrade and save the Lincoln Theatre utilizing a Capital Campaign.  One such project is “Keeping Cool” which upgrades the fire suppression system at the Lincoln.
 
In 2022, the Lincoln won the Jay Inslee Award, as well as the Heritage Award.  This last year, the Lincoln was awarded 350K from City and County funding for the HVAC & Fire Suppression “Keep Cool Campaign”.
 
Damond also shared the upcoming events flyer, which is on the web page.  Oscar Night which allows people to come together and watch the Oscars, eat popcorn, and visit the Art Bar.  On the website, there is also a link to Damond’s biography and dissertation.  It also goes back into the history of the 1930’s Great Depression, and the history of the theatre, which was originally a home of Elton D Pollack in that location and became the 1926 Lincoln Vaudeville Theatre.  A portion of the history speaks to the impact of BNSR impact on our community and the fact that Vaudeville would not have been an industry w/out trains in our area. Many upgrades have been put into the theatre over the years. The 1926 boiler has been upgraded however, it has no air conditioning. A 3.2M feasibility study was performed to get HVAC Heat Pump System and handicap seating, as well as adding a lift to the basement and the fire suppression.  A part of the feasibility study was to also reduce carbon footprint, reducing the need for utilizing natural gas by moving to all-electric.
 
After several questions from the audience, we thanked Damond and he signed a book for our Mobile Library.   Thank you Damond for the great program!
February 26, 2024 Rotary Club of La Conner 
 
Special Award: 
President Connie welcomed Cathy Squires to the podium to award her an Honorary Membership to the Rotary Club of La Conner and a Paul Harris Fellow award for her generosity and kindness.  You embody “Service Above Self”! Each year, Cathy and her BUNCO friends, donate BUNCO winnings and time to purchase bicycles and helmets for the SPARC donation each Holiday season.  Thank you Cathy for your kindness to our club members for the last 30 years and week after week serving and caring for us as well as your kindness to the community!  Welcome!  Cathy shared how much this club means to her and she considers us all friends whom she dearly loves and cares about.  She was very honored and thanked Connie and the Club for this very special award.
Program:
Lori Buher introduced our speaker for the evening Joel Hingston, a Spanish Language teacher at La Conner High School.  A Spanish Learning Trip is planned so Joel brought Marlin Bralins, a sophomore student, to share about the trip and what he hopes to experience and learn.  Marlin shared that the students will be going to Ecuador for 9 days, students are raising their own money, in November they will be having a Fundraiser, and to date, he has earned a large percentage of the money by driving and doing yard work in the area.  Students need $3590 ea and Marlin is down to his remaining $700-800 for the trip.  They will spend 2-3 days in Quito to start their learning and the opportunity to see other cultures in the world and how they live.  They will be at an indigenous camp for half a day and then will have some time for hiking in the National Forest and meeting the people who live there.  They will have the opportunity to take a rafting trip down the Amazon River.  One of the foods that are quite a delicacy are “guinea pigs” which are roasted.  Marlin would like to try, even if only once.   The trip is 4 weeks and includes 10-11 students all on one bus.  They will be doing the trip adventure/experience together.   
  
As a second speaker for the evening, President Connie introduced Cory Ertel, Boeing Grassroots Advocate to come to the podium and share about his role at Boeing.  You may remember Cory from when he spoke to the Club when he worked at the Refinery and other Rotary of Anacortes Club interests.  Cory attended Ballard High School where he enjoyed playing baseball in the Seattle area.  He attended Central Washington University.  Cory has been married for 17 years and has 3 children.  His career has mostly been in Public Affairs, most recently hired at Boeing Washington in Government Affairs.  He worked at the Shell Refinery until July 2022 when he joined Boeing.  The Boeing assignment is Grassroots Professional Government Official.  Cory has been a member of Anacortes Rotary since 2012,
Cory began by acknowledging and sharing an update of the Alaska  Flight 1282 in January, where the door plug exited the airplane and pilots successfully landed the aircraft with no series injuries.  He felt that he should share the seriousness of the incident and the levels at which Boeing is committed to ensuring nothing is more important to the company than ensuring the flying public is safe.  Boeing regrets that it happened and commended the pilots for getting the AP landed safely.  The investigation is ongoing and will ensure enhancements to Quality programs to ensure safety.  Boeing is being transparent – There is a one page write up if you would like to follow up on the information at Boeing.com. 
 Boeing was formed in 1916 by Bill Boeing at the Red Barn. If you have never visited it in the Tukwila area, it is a fabulous museum.  Boeing is a leading global aerospace company with product and services support to customers in more than 150 Countries, and contracts with more than 12,000 suppliers globally.  Boeing employs more than 140,000 across the US and in 65 countries, A Diverse Team committed to innovating for the future.  Washington is the headquarters of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Boeing Subsidiary Insitu, and Boeing Test and Evaluation with 65,000 + employees, which is more Boeing employees than anywhere else in the world.  The Boeing average wage in Washington is $106,514 compared to the average wage in Washington State which is $84,167. Boeing currently has 3,494 employees in the Learning Together Program, where Boeing has paid $23,466,982 to date in our State for employee education.  Boeing has a direct and indirect economic footprint in Washington, supplier 1K+, annual purchases $2,25B, and jobs supported 205K. Boeing Everett produces wide body aircraft, 767, 777, Composite Wing Center, 777X, 4th 737 production line, the KC-46 Modification Center, and the   The Renton facility produces the 737 MAX family of commercial aircraft and the E-7 and P-8 military aircraft.  The Seattle/Tukwila facility is home of the P-4 Military Delivery Center, and the Renton product Commercial Delivery Center. Kent houses the Kent Space Center and the 737 Engine Build up, as well as the Auburn Fabrication Division in Auburn  and in Moses Lake there is a 737 Production line to catch up on the MAX build that was stopped for 2 years, after the crash of (2) -900 MAX aircraft internationally.  Over the next 20 years, Airlines will need 42,595 new aircraft.
 
Cory shared that Washington State s very important to Boeing, as well as 842 Skagit Boeing employees as well as 1045 Skagit Valley Retirees.  Company matches Boeing employee and retirees giving through Company Match.  Boeing hired it’s 1000th employee as a part of the “Kids from High School” program.  If you would like to see more information on the Boeing Company, you can visit www.watchusfly.com.
 
Thankyou Cory for such an educational presentation.
 
 
 
 
Our guests for Feb.12 were Jessica Rodriquez and Flora Lucatero with Children of the Valley and Alexia Reed, our sponsored YES student.
 
Jessica and Flora thanked the club for grant support for summer enrichment programs for the Children of the Valley. They presently operate in four locations in Mount Vernon, Burlington, and Sedro Woolley serving 180 students last year. Their auction is coming up on April 26th.
Alexia volunteers at the Children of the Valley and shared some of her stories. She returned to the club to sell more raffle tickets to raise money to go to Honduras.
Luck of the Irish: fundraiser for the YES program Honduran project materials, Saturday 3/2, 5 PM at Maple Hall. Tickets are available on line  https://auctria.events/LuckoftheIrish2024.
   
Danielle has been busy organizing the next District 5050 Friendship Exchange. This time it is with Hungarians, who will be in the district 8/25-9/8. We don't know yet the dates they will be visiting our area. If you are willing to host a guest please let Danielle know. The district team is visiting Hungary 10/5-19.
 
At our Feb. 5 was Katie McDougall, the Clinical Liaison for Hospice of the Northwest. She has been with hospice for over a year but has over 10 years in the medical field including respiratory and durable medical equipment, home health, and now hospice. She has a personal connection to Rotary as she was selected to be an exchange student out of The Dalles Oregon and went to San Juan Argentina for her junior year of high school. 
  
Hospice of the Northwest is Medicare-certified and Washington State-approved.  They have been serving residents of Island, San Juan, Skagit, and North Snohomish counties since 1984.  They provide care to 200+ patients a day and are a not-for-profit organization.  They currently have 100+ employees and 60 volunteers, who live and work in the communities they serve.
 
Katie covered Aging in place with 3 parts:  Assess, Plan, and Prepare in the areas of
   community, financials, transportation, social connection, technology, health and wellness especially falls prevention.
 
What if I sign up for hospice and change my mind?    You are free to leave hospice care at any time, for any reason, without penalty.  You can re-enroll later.  The hospice benefit is available to you anytime if you meet the medical eligibility requirement. 
How do I get started?  Get permission from the patient via the Referral Center.  They are available 7 days a week from 8-5 pm.  You provide basic information such as name, date of birth, insurance, and primary care physician.  They determine eligibility and then schedule an informational visit.
 
To get started, a doctor must determine that the patient meets medical criteria during the intake process, and anyone can make a referral – Self-referral, family members, friends, physicians, other healthcare providers, social workers, counselors, and clergy.  Things to consider when choosing a hospice provider would be: 
Is the provider a for-profit company or a not-for-profit organization? 
What extra services do they offer? 
How do they handle urgent needs? 
Will someone come to my home if there is a crisis in the middle of the night? 
Is the provider Medicare-certified and approved to provide hospice services in Washington State? 
Are they accredited by an objective third party?  What’s the provider’s history and reputation in the community?
Medicare provides hospice comparisons.
 
There is HOPE in hospice care.  Hospice affirms life.  It is not about how you want to die; it’s about how you want to live.  Our team works with patients to create an individualized care plan and HOPE is a big part of that.  We focus on your needs and goals, so you can live life to the fullest in comfort and dignity.  Hospice care is about more than just pain and symptom management.  It’s about maximizing your quality of life.  Research shows that people on hospice live longer, and with a greater quality of life.  Some patients experience improved health once they are in hospice.  There are even patients who “graduate” from hospice.
 
Hospice is not a place; it is a model and philosophy of care.  Services are provided wherever the patient calls home.  Patient’s home, home of a loved one, nursing home, assisting living community, memory care community, and correctional facility, homeless shelters     Wherever you are, transportation is provided to and from appointments as needed.   To help you get your home ready for aging in place get the AARP HomeFit guide.
Very enlightening and educational program!  Everyone was very engaged and had some great questions.
  

YES - YOUTH ENGAGED in SERVICE 2023-2024 LOCAL & INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM Supported by Rotary Clubs in Washington and Canada Through the Burlington Rotary Foundation

LUCK O’ THE IRISH GAME NIGHT

When: Saturday – March 2nd – 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Why: Meet the 2023-2024 YES Team and help them raise funds for the work projects they will be doing in a remote village in Honduras in June.

Where: Maple Hall, 104 Commercial, La Conner, Washington

Cost: $65 per person which includes dinner, desserts, wine, beer, and pop. If you buy a ticket and can’t attend, your ticket number will still be eligible to win a prize; you just won’t have all the fun!!!

NEW – sign up on line! 

https://auctria.events/LuckoftheIrish2024

Contact Suzanne Radenkovic for more information (425-422-2759) or send your check made payable to the Burlington Rotary Foundation - YES to Suzanne at P.O. Box 185, Burlington, WA 98233.

The Game:

  1. You receive a bid card that has all the ticket numbers of the guests.

  2. You bet another guest who will stay in the game the longest. You can bet as much as you like, but

    most bets are $1. You indicate your bet on each other’s card. These wagers are between you and

    the other guests. If you win, you get $1 from that player. If you lose, you pay them $1!

  3. Throughout the evening, 10 numbers are randomly drawn.

  4. If your number is called, you are out of the game and you owe the guests you bet that are still in

    the game, the amount you bet them. If their number is called first, they owe you. Everyone either

    pays up or collects if they bet any of the numbers drawn.

  5. Extra numbers will be auctioned off several times during the evening. You can buy a second number

    for additional chances to win or to get back into the game if your original number has already been

    drawn.

  6. Each round, the 10 numbers that were drawn are put into another drawing and one of those numbers

    is drawn and wins a prize.

  7. The first three numbers drawn receive prizes as well as the last three numbers drawn at the end of

    the evening.

This is a great social event for adults to mingle, laugh, play a game, and have a lot of fun raising money for a worthy cause. All funds raised go to the project!

At our Jan 29  Rotary meeting our guests included Cora Thomas, Executive Assistant to the Director of Skagit River Poetry Foundation, Fidalgo Island artist Anne Schreivogl, and Molly McNulty, Executive director at Skagit River Poetry Foundation.  The Skagit River Poetry Foundation revealed its 2024 Poetry Festival poster art by Anne Schreivogl.  
Molly, a fellow Rotarian,  thanked La Conner Rotary for past donations and support.   This October 3-5, poets Tony Curtis (from Ireland) and Sam Green will be returning.
A major target for poetry is students especially high school students.

As a supporter of Poetry in the Schools, we once again donated $1,500 to the Skagit River Poetry Festival.
At our Jan. 22 meeting,David Lukov was attending our meeting as a funeral director for the Jones family and expressed it was his honor to get to know Doug's daughters.
When Kelley Jones heard David was DG of District 5050 as well as their funeral director, they both felt Doug was smiling from heaven. Kelley shared that Doug Jones' passing was peaceful and that he was so touched by our event in December honoring him. Kelley shared that the main lesson she learned from her dad was to "Enjoy the moment and be present with the people you really cared about" and that Doug lived by that motto until his last breath.
 Natalie Johnson Milligan was a Rotary International District 5050 Ambassador Scholar in 1995 attending the University of Otago in New Zealand. She said the experience really did change her life and believes in the Rotary "Service above Self". She got her postgraduate degree there from the School of Physical Education and then got invited back as a teaching assistant. From there she attended physical therapy school in Australia. She lived a total of 7 years in New Zealand and 2 years in Australia.
She also met her husband while in New Zealand. At that time the Rotary club was all men, but the women participated in all their events and projects except meetings. When she returned, she tried to apply to the Linden club but was denied as a woman. David assured us things have changed since then. She serves with other service organizations in the Linden area and has a PT practice in Birch Bay.
 
Some of our SPARC (Skagit Preschool and Resource Center) families sent thank-you notes.
Marty Pease is leading a tourist-type trip to Honduras 4/3-10. We will spend time in the villages and also do tourist activities in Copan. Contact Marty if you are interested.
 
Our next meeting will be the unveiling of the Poetry Festival poster. Invite your friends for an evening of camaraderie as it is our fifth Monday.  
 
 
 
 
At our first meeting in January, we had two more Harris Paul award winners including Danielle Mullen.
 
Alexia Reid, our Youth Engaged in Service (YES) student, shared with us some information about herself.  At Burlington-Edison High School she is active in several clubs.   She is doing her community service including Children of the Valley.  To raise money for her contribution for a trip to Honduras, she sold raffle tickets where winners will be drawn at Luck of the Irish.
 
Jessica Clement and Alicia Schwind spoke to us about their newly founded nonprofit called Skagit Passage.  Its mission is to nurture a rich storytelling culture throughout the Skagit Valley. They create opportunities within our local community to perform, listen, play, and engage in story.
 They are both active in drama and have been involved with the drama club in the La Conner school district. All drama classes and support of the drama program have been cut from the school budget, so they decided to create a nonprofit to fund and support drama in the high school. Their first focus is on the school's spring production. A production costs $25,000-$40,000 to put on.   A production requires collaboration.
The pieces and parts to put on a production include people and skills and provide an amazing opportunity for volunteers.   Trade experience and career pathways include carpentry, cosmetology, and electrical.
Their long-term goals are to continue to be active in the school but also reach out to other schools, start a community theater, and maybe even a storytelling event.
Connie shared that as a club we more than matched Connie and Dennis' contribution to Steve Miller Medical Mission. In total we donated $4,440!!
 
Luck of the Irish is March 2nd at Maple Hall, doors open at 5 PM, game starts at 6 PM. Dinner, wine, beer, and friendly gambling fun are provided. The funds raised go to the YES project in Honduras: this year, paint school buildings, provide electricity, and build a playground and a fence around it. Please see the attachment for how to get tickets online.
 
Marty is leading a trip to Honduras 4/3-4/10 geared towards curious people about the IPA, family, and friends. The pace is more laid back and touristy oriented. Let Marty know if you are interested.
 
Our next meeting's speaker is Natalie Milligan, a Rotary scholar.
 

For more than two-thirds of his life, Doug Jones has been a Rotarian.   The 95-year-old Channel Drive resident joined Rotary when he was 31. He has been a Rotarian longer than the 52 years he was married to his late wife Ruth and almost, but not quite, longer than he has been a father.
"Rotary has been a way of life," Jones told an appreciative crowd at the Dec. 18 La Conner Rotary Christmas party, as his 64 years with the service club were celebrated.

He brought energy to the La Conner club when he and Ruth built their Channel Drive home.
 

President Milliken, oversees a club that gives away about $100,000 annually. Much of it goes to La Conner Schools as scholarships, clothes for the clothes closet, food for the food closet and support for the preschool and the Braves Club. As part of its focus on literacy, the club pays for a book a month for any child under five within the school district registered in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.

Rotary is also involved in the development of La Conner's Waterfront Park and gives grants to groups like the Skagit River Poetry Festival, Children of the Valley, and the Anacortes Family Center.

"All of our work is focused on the county, except for our international work in Honduras," Milliken says. Members record 50 to 90 volunteer hours at every Monday meeting as they live out the Rotary slogan, "Service above Self."

"Keeping Drama Alive in La Conner Schools" will be the topic at the January 15 La Conner Rotary meeting at 6 p.m. at O'Donnell's Restaurant on Highway 20.
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.
Contact Us!
Mailing Address
PO Box 2111
La Conner, WA 98257
 
Email Address
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Speakers
No Meeting
May 27, 2024
Happy Memorial Day
Boards & Committee Chairs
Jun 03, 2024
Club Business - All Member Meeting - Hybrid
Kathleen Olson, Rotary Club of Arlington
Jun 10, 2024
Animal Welfare in Action - All Member Meeting - Hybrid
TBD Speaker
Jun 17, 2024
All Member Meeting - Hybrid
Installation of 2024-2025 Officers
Jun 24, 2024
All Member Meeting - Hybrid
Ellen Hiatt - EDASC External Relations Specialist
Jul 01, 2024
Leadership Skagit - All Member Hybrid Meeting
Boards and Committee Chairs
Jul 08, 2024
Club Business Meeting Hybrid Meeting
Alexia Reed - YES Student - Honduras Experience
Jul 15, 2024
All Member Meeting
Mike Pellicciotti, Washington State Treasurer
Jul 22, 2024
Washington State Treasurer
TBD Speaker
Jul 29, 2024
All Member Meeting - 5th Monday
Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect
Membership
Vice President
Past President
Secretary
Club Services
Treasurer
Community Services
International Projects
Vocational Services
Youth Services
Foundation
Club Foundation Vice President
Public Relations
Club Foundation President
Membership Co-Chair
Executive Secretary / Director