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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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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. 
               
 

Nearly a dozen Rotarians and family turned out with rakes and blowers to spruce up the Anacortes Museum grounds. Amber Walker coordinated the cleanup with the City as part of ongoing efforts to support community services and help offset COVID budget cuts.  Next stop is the Senior Center on Saturday December 12th at 10AM. Come join us!

 
 
Dennis Richards was recognized as an honorary Paul Harris Fellow for his 22 years of community service as Director of Marketing at Island Hospital, for his 30 years as a member of the Anacortes Kiwanis Club, and for his leadership as Chairman of the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce. Rotarian Virginia Smiley conferred the honor along with President Stephanie Hamilton.  Congratulations Don, and THANK YOU!
 
 

Wednesday’s meeting, attended by more than 30 Zoom-savvy Rotarians, celebrated the conclusion of Stephanie Hamilton’s presidency and the start of Tim Garrison’s. Assembled members applauded Stephanie for her inspired leadership during some of the most unusual circumstances in the Club’s 98 year history. Assistant District Governor Connie Milliken officially installed Tim as Anacortes Rotary’s 2020-21 President, and Tim described how he and his new board and committee chiefs are already building upon Stephanie’s amazing work this past year.

Special Paul Harris recognitions were made, on behalf of Virginia Smiley, to recognize community leaders who have contributed so greatly to Anacortes:

Dick Nelson-         Dakota Creek Industries

Dennis Richards-   Island Hospital (and Kiwanian)

Shirley Yap-           Shell Puget Sound Refinery

Nels Strandberg-    Strandberg Construction

Club member Kevin Meenaghan was also honored as a new Paul Harris Fellow. Paul Harris said: “He who tries to find the good in others will be rewarded, for others will surely find the good in him. Of all the earth’s sad and lonesome creatures, the most helpless is he who loves not his fellowmen.”

The new leadership team and all members look forward enthusiastically to the re-opening of our community and new opportunities for “Service Above Self.”

 

 
 
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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Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect
Vice President
Past President
Secretary
Rotary Foundation Chair
Treasurer
Membership
Public Relations Chair
Centennial Event
Centennial Project Trail To Top
International Service Chair
Community Service Chair
Fellowship
Vocational Service Chair
Club Workforce
Grants
Club Service
 
Upcoming Speakers
 
 
April 28 Loalynda Bird, 
“Let Our Lights Shine Together”
 
May 5 Leadership Skagit with Mary Heffernan-Trester
 
May 12 Bellingham Bells with Stephanie Morrell
 
 
May 26 Growing Veterans with Sean Dalgarn
 
June 2  Dr. Tom Keegan, Skagit Valley College President

June 9  Ron Wesson, District 1 Skagit County Commissioner

June 16  Schelleen Rathkopf, Race Week

June 23:  President Tim Garrison, The Year in Review

June 30
Installation of incoming club President Dan Worra and board members
 
 
 
Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect
Vice President
Past President
Secretary
Rotary Foundation Chair
Treasurer
Membership
Public Relations Chair
Centennial Event
Centennial Project Trail To Top
International Service Chair
Community Service Chair
Fellowship
Vocational Service Chair
Club Workforce
Grants
Club Service

*Anacortes Rotary Small Business Stabilization Grant*

The Anacortes Rotary Charitable Foundation has received a sizable private donation, which in part will be used for business relief to provide funding for small businesses and nonprofits in jeopardy as a result of COVID-19 public safety measures.  If you are a small business owner that was negatively impacted by COVID-19, you can apply here for up to $10,000 in aid. 
 

Application deadline is June 4, 2021

Please contact Stepahanie Hamilton, Anacortes Rotary Club Past-President, with your questions:
360-840-1706

 

 
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