100 Year Anniversary Begins!
The Anacortes Rotary Club celebrates a century of service this year, highlighting historic and continuing bonds with other service organizations and the community as a whole.  Projects and events will be taking place throughout 2022, culminating in early 2023.  Work on a new Cap Sante hiking trail and viewpoint has already begun. If you would like to participate or just learn more about your club's storied history, check out "100 Years of Service".
Anacortes Rotary Club Information

"Big wheel keep on turning!  Rotary keep on burning!"

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Majestic Inn & Spa
419 Commercial Ave
PO Box 94
Anacortes, WA 98221
United States of America
We recently received dozens of colorful letters from two elementary schools in Copan, Honduras.  The children and teachers of Escuela Lempira and Carrizalito #1 wrote to share their appreciation for Anacrotes Rotary's support.   In recent years, along with other Skagit County clubs, Rotary has provided funding and on-site help for a variety of programs including:
  • Finding and maintaining sponsors for 30 primary schools and 400 individual secondary students (via its Adopt-a-School and Adopt-a-Dream programs)
  • Creating library systems for village schools
  • Providing health care for students
  • Ongoing construction and repairs for schools, village power, water systems and home latrines
  • Equipment for health clinics and emergency services
  • Economic development and microfinance
Here are three samples that exemplify the sentiments of all.  They speak for themselves!

Dear Rotary Club,

I greet you affectionately wishing you are in good health and your dear family. The reason for my letter is to thank you for all the help that you have given me as I know: I use for my study, uniform clothes and shoes.  I and my family are very grateful because with my study I am ensuring my future. Without more than tell you I say goodbye to you with much affection.

Erik Fainardo Ramirez

Dear Rotary Club,

I am grateful for the support that you give my children, it is a great blessing since we are a low-income family, thank you very much for the uniform and supplies and we know that when our children get sick they will have help.


Good day beloved sponsor hope you are well I hope you are having a great time with friends and family.  I want to tell you that I am in 5th grade and I have seven classmates and I thank you for the supplies you give us, thank you very much. It was a pleasure to write you this letter. I hope to be able to write you again soon.


Francis Solis



The Club held this Wednesday’s lunch at Anthony’s Cabana where we honored none other than “Mr Anthony’s” himself,  founder Budd Gould, for his service to the community.

Anacortes Rotary & Anthony’s have been working together since 2011. The first Rotary dinner was hosted on January 17th and actually took place BEFORE Anthony’s official opening a few days later.  Then as now, ALL proceeds from dinner—not just the profits—went to the community.  That means Budd & Anthony’s have been generously donating the venue, the food, and their staff’s time to Anacortes for the last 11 years! 

10 dinners have raised a total of $200,000.  The money has supported a wide range of projects, causes and organizations, everything from the American Legion, Fidalgo Pool and the Anacortes Family Center to the Salvation Army, Hospice of the Northwest and the Anacortes Library. Money has gone to the Anacortes Senior Center, the Anacortes Waterfront Alliance and the Ready to Learn Fair.

Many grants have gone to programs at our elementary and secondary schools. They include but are not limited to:

• Support for the Robotics program and the Metals Club at Anacortes High School.

• Literacy nights at all Elementary schools.

• Ovens to support the Garden to Kitchen program at Anacortes Middle School.

Donations have been large: We gave the Boys & Girls Club 21,000 in 2014. And some have been small: We gave the AHS Spanish Dept. $169 in 2018 for supplemental Spanish magazines. Most grants fall in the $2,000 to $5,000 range.

There have been 32 recipients over the 10 years - some groups have received more than one grant - and 48 grants in all.  The Giving Committee, led by Rotarian Jack Darnton, has been overseeing the grant program since 2016 and making recipient recommendations to the Board.

All the grants have touched people in our community. Anthony’s generosity has made Anacortes a better place in so many ways. The gorgeous summer weather and the the Cabana provided the perfect day and place to thank Bud and Anthony’s once more for this wonderful partnership.

The Club's 100 year celebration float turned out to be a real crowd pleaser that wowed the Anacortes 4th of July Parade judges. Perhaps it was Lindy Reno leading Rotarians and Anacortians singing "happy birthday America and Anacortes Rotary Club..." (which turned out to be impossible to articulate in unison) or maybe it was driver Mark Lascelles "encouraging" the judges with a $10(Canadian of course) donation,  or maybe it was just the enthusiasm of the marchers and the beauty of the float itself that garnered a perfect score from Mayor Matt Miller and his team.
Special recognition goes to team that designed, built, and decorated the float (and themselves):  Jim MacDonald, Stephanie Hamilton, Loalynda Bird, Duane Clark, Colleen Craig, Lindy Reno, Colleen Craig, and Mark Lascelles.  Enjoy the live action clips below.
Parade Beginning (Mark Lascelles video)
Parade Finale (Steve Berentson video)
Rotary Assistant District Governor Connie Milliken honors outgoing President Dan Worra and administers the oath of office to incoming President Rick Star, while celebrating with friends and family at Anthony's Cabana.  Notable accomplishments during past year include: 30 Rotarians volunteering 450 hours building the Cap Sante "Trail to the Top", Storvik Park Landscape Improvements and Maintenance, Senior Center & Museum Landscape Maintenance, Salvation Army Bell Ringing, Bark in the Park, Cap Sante HS gift bags, Award of Multiple Academic Scholarships, Fall Fundraiser campaign, Anthony’s Community Benefit dinner, and International Projects in Honduras.
Additionally, numerous members were honored with Paul Harris awards for their contributions (42 this year!) while special recognition was bestowed upon "Rotarian of the Year", Marilyn Stadler, for her extensive contributions to club and community, including Friends of Fidalgo Pool, Senior Center fundraising, and multiple Rotary projects. In the words of 2021-22 President Dan Worra, "Marilyn always finds her YES."
Finally, no major Rotary event would be complete without an appearance by our very own "Sea Level"--including a rousing encore of The Romantics classic, "What I Like About You".  Sea Level's line up consists of 2020-21 President Tim Garrison, 2021-22 President Dan Worra, and 2022-23 President Rick Star.  Rumor is President-Elect Lindy Reno is secretly practicing drums ahead of her 2023-24 debut...
Mayor Matt Miller and Anacortes Rotary President Dan Worra cut the ribbon to officially dedicate the new "Centennial Trail" to the top of Cap Sante.  For the past few months Project Captain Tom Decker (seen below) has led club & community volunteers while coordinating with city officials to build the trail.  Enhancements include informative kiosks, new directional signage, and an ADA-accessible viewpoint to be built later this year.
For more detail, check out https://anacortesrotaryhelps.org/projects/
From left: Warren Carr, Transition Fidalgo; Janie Crane, Island Hospital Foundation; Melissa Turnage, Fidalgo DanceWorks; Elise Murphy, Anacortes Waterfront Alliance; Heidi Velin, Fiddlehead Montessori School; and Carla Bigelow, Fidalgo Pool & Fitness Center.

Anacortes Rotary Club members heard from many of this year’s grant recipients at its May 18 lunch meeting, including Anacortes School District leaders who accepted a check for $20,600 to support teacher training for its Science of Reading initiative. Funds came from last fall’s successful fundraising campaign.


Representatives of six organizations receiving grants funded by the recent Anthony’s Dinner were on hand to explain how their funds would be used.


• Fidalgo Pool received a $3,000 grant to support lifeguard training and certification.

• Fiddlehead Montessori received a $1,500 grant for curriculum materials as it expands to serve preschool and kindergarten students.

• The Anacortes Waterfront Alliance received a $1,350 grant for a new racing team sail.

• Fidalgo DanceWorks received a $2,000 grant for its Dance for Parkinson’s class.

• Transition Fidalgo received a $1,000 grant for Anacortes Middle School garden renovations.

• Island Hospital Foundation received a $2,000 grant for its Reach Out & Read program that makes early literacy a standard part of pediatric primary care for low-income families.


Anthony’s grants also went to the Anacortes High School Metals Club ($3,000), special ed programs at Fidalgo Elementary and Island View Elementary ($1,300), Literacy Nights at Fidalgo, Island View and Mount Erie elementary schools ($1,500), Anacortes Parks & Recreation ($2,600), Ready to Learn Fair ($2,000), Reading is Fundamental ($2,000) and Anacortes Boys & Girls Club ($2,000).


Anthony’s grants totaled $25,100, the largest amount ever thanks to the work of Lindy Reno and her team and great support from club members.

From left: Anacortes Rotary Club President Dan Worra; Angie Miller, Anacortes School District Director of Teaching and Learning; Dr. Becky Clifford, Anacortes School District Assistant Superintendent of Teaching, Learning and Inclusive Services; and Dr. Justin Irish, Anacortes School District Superintendent.

Mayor Matt Miller, with help from his assistant, Jennifer Tottenham, joined us for lunch and provided an update on the City's plans for 2022.  Of particular interest were work now underway on the new Cap Sante summit trail (with major club support) and the ever expanding fiber network services for which a number of members have eagerly signed up.  Note that as Mayor Matt is a proud member of the Rotary Club we are reserving a shovel for him to help move gravel as we build the trail with the City.

Rotary Trail Volunteers Build Two Kiosks

Anacortes Rotary’s Centennial Viewpoint Trail project work officially got underway this week as Anacortes Rotarians Jim MacDonald, Tom Kuhn and Mark Lascelles, joined by community volunteer Tom Haug, put finishing touches on two trailhead kiosks for Rotary and Cap Sante parks. 

The structures will be placed on site by city crews. When complete, the kiosks will feature new signs helping visitors navigate the parks.

Funding for the kiosks and trail head signs is being provided by the club, a Rotary District 5050 grant and lodging tax money from the City of Anacortes. Kiosk design assistance was provided by Angela and Stuart Currie of Currie Design Group in Anacortes. Volunteers will build several additional kiosks for park use later this spring. 

Coming soon are more opportunities for hands-on volunteer work as part of our Club’s Centennial. Next up will be the enhancement work on the main viewpoint trail itself. City Parks and Recreation personnel will take the lead but we will need about 10-15 club volunteers to clear paths and spread crushed rock along with other tasks. 

Dates for this work are expected to be early in 2022. If you want to pitch in, please contact Tom Decker at tomkdecker@gmail.com. That way, you’ll be on the list to be notified when the work party dates are set

Upcoming Speakers

September 7-Kaaren Flint, Helping Hands Food Bank (Centennial Community Partner)

September 14- Anacortes Parks and Recreation (Centennial Community Partner)

September 21- Fidalgo Pool and Fitness Center

September 28-  Fellowship & Fall Fundraiser Update

October 5- Rotarians share their International Mission experiences, including GSE trip to Germany, Honduras (Copan), Jordan, and Rotary Youth Exchange

October 12- Copan, Honduras Project Education & Economic Development Progress

October 19- Island Health (Centennial Community Partner), CEO Elise Cutter

October 26- Membership Fireside Chat

Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Past President
Assistant Treasurer
Centennial Project
Centennial Celebration
Club Historian
Club Service Chair
Club Workforce Chair
Community Service Co-Chair
Community Service Co-Chair
Fellowship Co-Chair
Fellowship Co-Chair
FInance Committee Chair
Grants Chair
International Service Co-Chair
International Service Co-Chair
Membership Chair
Public Relations Chair
Rotary Foundation Chair
Vocational Service Chair
Fundraising Chair
As planning began in 2017 for the club’s Centennial, it became obvious that the possibility existed that not one, not two, not three, but four Anacortes Rotarians were on track to become 50-year members by the time the club celebrated 100 years. Those four members became known as the “Fabulous Four.” Click here to read more about remarkable members John Chambers (joined 1968), Bob Murray (1969), Von Kuehn (1972), and Jim Anderson (also 1972).
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Member Spotlight

Welcome Anacortes Rotary's Newest Member, Jordan Hay!
Jordan's parents, Fred and Kathleen, moved here 20 years ago and Jordan's kids grew up swimming in Cranberry Lake, playing at Storvik Park and waiving flags during the 4th of July Parade.  Jordan and her family moved to Anacortes recently.  Her son will begin 9th grade, and her daughter will begin 7th grade shortly.
Jordan spent 24 years in Seattle working in technology leadership roles at Amazon, IMDb and Alexa.  She likes to say, "you can ask Alexa 'Who is Jordan Hay?'".  Her past volunteer work focused on mentoring women, youth and people of color aspiring to leadership roles.   She attended Swarthmore College where the Quaker tradition emphasized generous giving and consensus.  She grew up with midwestern kindness in the suburbs of Detroit.
She enjoys the passionate, kind and diverse people of Anacortes, and would love to work alongside others to give back to this community that she says has already given so much to her family.  She is looking forward to meeting new people and she is inspired by the combination of the local and international impact possible in the Rotary organization.
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