President Tim Garrison Passes the Baton
to 2021-22 President Dan Worra
 
President Tim Garrison led the Anacortes Rotary Club through a year unlike any other, energizing a number of amazing successes in what was expected to be a COVID-impacted term.  Achievements included a highly successful virtual fundraiser benefitting multiple Anacortes charities, the launch of a major Centennial Celebration project, and the addition of ten new members--all while boosting fellowship through Zoom and a new digital newsletter.
 
Check out the pictures from the Roof of the Majestic Hotel to share in the changing of the guard, as the new team is sworn in and Rotarians of the Year Maddy MacKenzie and Jack Darnton are recognized for their contributions.  
 
We are excited to move into the next Rotary year under incoming President Dan Worra's leadership, and inspired by his vision (see right).  Come join us on Wednesdays to share in the fun and service!
President Dan Worra's "Call to Action"
I’m honored and humbled to be your new Anacortes Rotary Club President.
 
I will start be saying we can be a better club.  There isn’t a Rotary Club in the world which can’t be improved.  Tim did a fantastic job.  But let’s grab the baton from him and pick up speed!  We must believe that we can do it better.  Tim will be the first to say “raise the bar”. 
 
Our goals this year all start with engage.  Engage new members.  Engage all members. Engage former members.  Engage in the community.  Engage internationally.
 
We can make our club more relevant in the community, the world, and in the lives of our club members.  Service is our reason for existing.
 
If we want our club to be relevant in the world today, we must be addressing the real needs in the community. If we want busy people to join our Rotary Club, we have to be doing something that merits their time and attention!  Everyone needs a worthwhile job, and that is building a better community, here and abroad. 
 
My theme this year is “Find your YES!”  We’ve said in the past, when asked, Rotarians always say YES.  However, we know this isn’t always the case.  We have to identify our strengths and talents, and make a good fit.  It’s okay to say NO, I can’t do that….but I could do …..this instead?
 
In Rotary, you never know what one person can do to help others.  In every community there are small tasks that become great and noble.  It is amazing what you personally can do in someone else’s life.  Never underestimate the power of your smile, a hug, a handshake, a kind word, a sincere compliment, a listening ear, or the smallest act of caring – all of which have the potential to make a difference.  People come into our lives for a reason, for a season, or for a lifetime.
 
Let’s not forget what Rotary’s real business is.  We are in the business of fellowship and service.  Let’s enjoy the great fellowship and friendships we have in Rotary, just as we are rewarded by the satisfaction of service projects well done.
 
So….in closing, enjoy Rotary.  Find your YES.  Find what motivates you, and then do it!  Have fun, laugh, tell stories, make new friends, and serve until you find happiness all your life.
 
Best Regards,
 
Dan Worra
Your Anacortes Rotary Club President 2021-2022
 
Thought of the Day – I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.  Because if you are making mistakes, then you are: making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing something you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.  ~Neil Gaiman 
Anacortes Rotary Club Information

Welcome to our club!

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 High School's Woojun Jeong enthusiastically received the club's 4 year scholarship for college expenses last Wednesday at the Rockfish, from President Dan Worra and Scholarship Chairman Mark Lione.
 
Woojun is a well rounded young man who excelled in maintaining a 3.92 GPA while tackling a number of AP courses focused on Math, Science, and Computer Science.   He is also an exceptionally gifted musician who plays the guitar, the bass guitar, and the drums.   He participated in the Jazz Band, the Jazz Choir, the Symphonic band, and the Drumline!
 
He is excited to be attending USC in a pre-med program beginning in August.
 
 
 
 
 
The club honored its roots as in-person meetings pick up steam by "rotating" this week's meeting to Anacortes' Rockfish Grill, courtesy of owner and Rotarian Rick Star.  A little known fact:  Rotary was so-named because of the early practice of rotating meetings between members' various places of business.  In a post-COVID twist, a half dozen members also attended via Zoom.  
 
 
After more than a year of two-dimensional Zoom meetings the Anacortes Rotary Club is now able to meet in person.  Thanks to vaccines and Anthony's unique open air patio, members are re-connecting and experiencing anew the fun and excitement of a real Rotary lunch.  Loalynda Bird, this week's speaker, shared her vision for a new "Luminary Parade" event she is working to bring to Anacortes (hopefully) later this year.  Special thanks go to the club's newest member, Anthony's manager Kasey Baker, who found a safe way to make the gorgeous lunch venue a reality.
 
President Tim Garrison and Master of Ceremonies Jack Darnton swear in Jack Curtis, Courtney Orrock (a returning Rotarian), and Brady Turnage
 

     In what is officially the Anacortes Rotary Club’s largest, mass Zoom induction ceremony ever (okay, the first), we are proud to welcome three new members who have elected to embrace “Service Above Self”.  There is much to accomplish in 2021 and the community looks forward to their energy and contributions.  Meet Anacortes’ newest Rotarians:

 

Jack Curtis.   

Jack is a recently retired Naval aviator, fresh from commanding a Growler squadron at NAS Whidbey.  He now works as a government contract technical analyst and is a co-founder of End Speed Group, a leadership and organizational culture consulting firm, along with fellow new Rotarian Brad Turnage.  Jack stays busy coaching youth sports, volunteering at A Simple Gesture food bank, and spending many hours on the ACFL trails.

 

Courtney Orrock.   

Courtney Orrock has returned to Anacortes (and the club) after working for almost 10 years in Las Vegas, first at Sunrise Children’s Foundation, then at Wyndham Destinations, the world’s largest vacation club and exchange company.   Now a stay-at-home mom rearing an 18-month old daughter,  Courtney is looking forward to re-engaging with the Anacortes Arts Commission, Anacortes Library, Island Hospital Foundation and other worthy causes.

 

Brady Turnage. 

Brady (along with Jack Curtis) founded End Speed Group, utilizing his more than 20 years of experience building and leading teams in the Navy and as a lacrosse coach at the University of Delaware. Brady was the Commanding Officer of a carrier-based jet squadron at NAS Whidbey and is currently a Contract Instructor, training EA-18G Growler aircrews.

 
Congratulations to Annie Brogan, who won the $1,000 gift certificate to Burton Jewelers!  We had 101 entries into the raffle, representing donations of $500 or more.  Overall, this Rotary event raised nearly $70,000 which will help area families in need.
 
Thank you to all who helped out. We are humbled by your generosity and compassion. 
Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect
Vice President
Past President
Treasurer
Secretary
Centennial Project
Centennial Celebration
Club Historian
Club Service Chair
Club Workforce Chair
Community Service Chair
Fellowship Co-Chair
Fellowship Co-Chair
FInance Chair
Grants Chair
International Service Chair
Membership Chair
Public Relations Chair
Rotary Foundation Chair
Vocational Service Chair
Fundraising Chair
 
Upcoming Speakers
 
 
July 14: Faye Litzinger, "Anacortes Farmers Market"
 
July 21: Courtney Orock, "3 Questions Trivia"
 
July 28: Bret Lunsford, "Anacortes Museum"
 
Aug 4: Meredith McIllmoyle, "Anacortes Arts Festival"
 
Aug 11: Mike McClintock, "Thriller Fall Fundraiser"
 
Aug 18: Josette Curtis, "Nutrition Strategies"
 
Aug 25: Jim Blaise, MJB Properties; "22nd St Waterfront Project"
Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect
Vice President
Past President
Treasurer
Secretary
Centennial Project
Centennial Celebration
Club Historian
Club Service Chair
Club Workforce Chair
Community Service Chair
Fellowship Co-Chair
Fellowship Co-Chair
FInance Chair
Grants Chair
International Service Chair
Membership Chair
Public Relations Chair
Rotary Foundation Chair
Vocational Service Chair
Fundraising Chair
 
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