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Anacortes Rotary Club Information

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Anacortes

Rotary: Making a Difference

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Majestic Inn & Spa
419 Commercial Ave
Anacortes, WA 98221
United States of America
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Anacortes Rotarians helped deliver the final forty-plus packages of games, puzzles, books, and art supplies for low income students to enjoy over the summer.  On April 27, our club presented a $2,500 check to the Anacortes Schools Foundation to fund the great work Carrie Worra and others are doing through this new program - School To Go. The club’s $1,250 contribution was generously matched by District 5050, which is providing matching grants to clubs around the region to help combat the effects of the coronavirus.  To learn more, check out  https://www.anacortesschoolsfoundation.org/

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Anacortes Rotary has stepped up in a big way to help students stay safe, healthy and learning this spring — and lessen the impact the coronavirus is having on students’ regular schooling since they can’t be in their classrooms.
 
On April 27, our club presented a $2,500 check to the Anacortes Schools Foundation to fund the great work Carrie Worra and others are doing through a new program - School To Go. The club’s $1,250 contribution was generously matched by District 5050, which is providing matching grants to clubs around the region to help combat the effects of the coronavirus.
 
“Thank you so much Rotary for advocating for our most financially insecure families,” Carrie said. “I am beyond thrilled to be able to supply these students with a little extra support during this difficult time.”
 
“We have struggled to raise funds quickly for this project, so Rotary is truly saving the day,” Carrie said.
 
School To Go is funded entirely through new, targeted contributions to the Anacortes Schools Foundation. Rotary’s support ensures it will continue into June.
 
The Schools Foundation began the School To Go Program to provide educational support, including school, craft and basic household supplies, to families currently enrolled in the Food to Go weekend food program. It targets the most food insecure families in the school district who are at the same time the ones most likely to be most adversely affected by the school closures.
 
Bags contain an inviting mix of school and craft supplies - items like colored pencils, science experiment books, math learning cards, Word Find pads, modeling clay, sketch pads and sudoku puzzle books.  The bags are individually packed with materials appropriate to students’ age and grade level.
 
The first delivery was March 30. The most recent monthly delivery was April 27, when pre-bagged supplies bags went out to about 55 students in 35 homes.
 
Assisting with delivery in April were Rotarians Maddy MacKenzie, Marta McClintock and Dan Worra. The next and final delivery is May 25.
 
 
 
 
It's not easy for an organization used to meeting face-to-face for 115 years to suddenly adapt to the age of Zoom.  President Stephanie Hamilton set up and led Anacortes Rotary's first ever video meeting.  It was cathartic for all, as we shared stories of how our families are adapting to COVID-19.  We also discussed how members can contribute to two programs supporting our local restaurants and frontline workers.  All readers are encouraged to take a look at the "Buoy Anacortes" and "Anacortes Strong" websites below, and help if you can!
 
 
On March 11th the Anacortes Rotary held it’s first-ever New Member Fireside as a lunch meeting! New members from the past year were introduced, and each table received a 5-min “speed date” from each of the club’s committee chairs. 
This event was a hit, stay tuned for the next one!
 
            
 
The Club joined the Library Foundation this weekend to transform the entire Library into a miniature golf course to help raise funds for a variety of library activities. Last year the Anacortes Rotary Construction Gang (Jim MacDonald, Mark Lascelles, Tom Kuhn and Duane Clark) built a hole highlighting Rotary's core "4-way Test" values, which they updated and enhanced for this year's event.
Skip and Sondra Peters, Rotarians from Kingston, WA recently moved to Anacortes and joined our club! Sponsor Jim Anderson & "Master of Ceremonies" Jack Darnton are seen performing the always colorful induction honors.
Island Hospital and the Anacortes School District work together to provide mental health services to youths who might otherwise be unable to receive care. Rotary's contribution helped expand mental health services in the schools from two to four days per week, with services also being available throughout the summer. Pictured below (left to right) are Club President-Elect Tim Garrison, Island Hospital CEO Charles Hall, Anacortes Schools Superintendent Mark Wenzel, Club Treasurer Therese Rudzis, and Island Hospital Foundation Director Jeannette Papadakis. Additional information can be found at: islandhospitalfoundation.org/someone-to-talk-to
 

Anacortes Waterfront Alliance Director Kevin Pratt shares their thanks for Anacortes Rotary's grant of $3,500 this past spring

"The Anacortes Waterfront Alliance is very grateful for the funds received to help purchase a youth learn to sail boat. We have experienced the impact that these boats have had on our program for many weeks now and are thrilled to have had the support of the club. The boats are safe, stable, and fun for kids to sail on both while learning and challenging their skills... Please relay our gratitude to the rest of the club so they can share in the joy of the students."
Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect
Vice President
Past President
Secretary
Rotary Foundation Chair
Treasurer
Membership Co Chair
Membership Co- Chair
Public Relations Chair
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International Service Chair
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Parks and Community Improvement
Community Service Chair
Fellowship
Club Service/Club Administration
Finance and Grants
 
Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect
Vice President
Past President
Secretary
Rotary Foundation Chair
Treasurer
Membership Co Chair
Membership Co- Chair
Public Relations Chair
Centennial
International Service Chair
Vocational Service Chair
Parks and Community Improvement
Community Service Chair
Fellowship
Club Service/Club Administration
Finance and Grants
Speakers
Changing of the Guard
Jun 24, 2020
President Stephanie Hamilton welcomes incoming President Tim Garrison
This Week`s Speaker
Anacortes HS Band Director Chris Dyel leads the Woodwind Ensemble through 5 pieces by Mozart, Haydn, and other famous composers. Students also shared the impact of music and band experiences upon their lives.
*March 24th Fundraiser Dinner Postponed*
 
 
Fellow Anacortians,
 
Following the recent guidance from our public health officials to take precautions in regard to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), we are postponing our Anacortes Rotary / Anthony’s Benefit dinner that was scheduled for March 24. We have not set a date for the new benefit dinner, although one could anticipate it several months from now (September?). Anthony’s is firmly committed to our community, and Anthony’s insisted that we will still do the benefit dinner this year. Many great organizations in our community benefit from this dinner, and both our Rotary Club and Anthony’s are committed to supporting them.
 
The health and safety of our guests are our paramount concern. We humbly request if you are already a registered guest you patiently wait for our new date to be announced; we hope you can still attend. If you desire a refund for your tickets now, we are happy to provide. Understand this was a sold out event with a waiting list, and you may not be able to get tickets when we do hold the event later this year.  Event chair Krista Oicles can help you either way – hold my ticket or refund my ticket.  Please contact her at fidalgorunner1@gmail.com, and stay safe!
 
 
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