100 Year Anniversary Begins!
The Anacortes Rotary Club celebrates a century of service this year.  Community 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

"Find Your YES!"

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
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


From 10AM to 6PM on Saturday the 18th, club members and guests rang the bell to a joyous $1,032.52 in donations from our community. In spite of heavy rain and cold, strong wind for the first half of the day, our stalwart members wished everyone visiting Safeway with a “Merry Christmas”.  Special thanks to all the generous customers who demonstrated the true spirit of Christmas Giving.


Thanks to the following club members and their guests who participated: Krista Oicles, Marilyn Stadler, Jim and Stephanie Renfro, Tom Kuhn, Jim Anderson, Mark Lione and Janette (his fiancé!), Ron Litzinger, Tom Griffin, Mark and Mary Lascelles (special shout out for working two, one-hour slots!), Kevin Meenaghan, Mark McCaughan

The Anacortes Rotary Club and Fidalgo Island Rotary Club (our sister morning club) jointly rang in the holidays at the Transit shed with music by C-Level (Tim Garrison, Rick Star, Dan Worra, and special guest Dan Conrardy). Thank you to Anacortes High and the Anacortes School Foundation for the amazing decorations!
Pints for Polio, held on October 14 under the big tent at the Rockfish, brought Fidalgo Island Rotary and Anacortes Rotary Club together for fellowship and fundraising. Each club raised close to $2,110 and with two for one matching dollars from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the evening raised $12,800 to help in the eradication of polio world wide.
Upcoming Speakers

May 11 Skagit Symphony

May 18:  Anthony's Grant Recipients

May 25: Brent Lunsford, Anacortes Museum

June 1: State Senator Liz Lovlett, "2022 Legislative Session Update"

June 8: Tom Decker, "Trail to the Top Grand Opening"

June 15: John Sternlicht, "Skagit County Economic Development"

June 22: Betty Cartaret, "The Climate Lobby"

June 29: Installation of New Club Officers

Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Past President
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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 "Science of Reading" 
Our fund raising efforts this year will help our school district create a “Science of Reading” program training kindergarten - 5th grade teachers in new and proven methods of educating children with specific reading needs. Catching reading issues early is the key to making a long and measurable difference in the lives of our students. Check out this brief video for more insight:

Member Spotlight


Meet new Rotarian Rob Peterson, here being inducted by his sponsor, Marilyn Stadler, and Rotary District Governor Beverly Harrington.  Rob grew up in East Wenatchee, WA and is a United States Naval Academy graduate.  As a Navy electronic attack aircraft pilot he served in a wide variety of positions and locations, including Whidbey NAS, Pensacola FL, Saudi Arabia, Italy, and aboard the USS Nimitz.  Eventually Rob made his way back to Whidbey, where he recently retired as Air Operations Officer, but not before logging over 2,200 hours of flight time in the EA-6B Prowler and EA-18G Growler!


Wasting no time, Rob jumped in as the Executive Director of Fidalgo Pool and Fitness Center and is leading efforts to build a new, state-of-the art facility.  He has been a member of the Anacortes Little League board in addition to helping coach sons Sean and Aeden's baseball and soccer teams.  He is active with the Anacortes Waterfront Alliance and working to bring more attention to the High School Sailing team.  Rob is married to Shannon, and they have lived in Anacortes for the last 20 years.

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