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Anacortes Rotary Club Information
Anacortes

"Find Your YES!"

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Majestic Inn & Spa
419 Commercial Ave
Anacortes, WA 98221
United States of America
 
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.
 
 
The AHS Tenor & Bass Choir led the club in singing the Star Spangled Banner at the Majestic,  followed by an a cappella rendition of Billy Joel's "The Longest Time". This was their first post-COVID public appearance!
Each fall the Anacortes Rotary Club holds an event to raise money for important community and
club projects. Despite concerns around COVID 19, we are still committed to funding three
important areas:
 a new program in our schools that will help identify and support students who
struggle with reading challenges such as dyslexia, ongoing Rotary community efforts and a special
water project in our adopted village in Honduras.
 
Look for a letter from Chairman Rick Star coming soon,  and check out the video below.
 
 
 
    
 
 
 
110 miles! Rain didn’t dampen the spirits of Rotarian Jack Curtis or the first responders who greeted him at the Tommy Thompson Trail yesterday. Jack’s ride on 9/11 honored first responders and kicked off a new scholarship with the Anacortes Schools Foundation. Learn more about the Curtis Family First Responders Scholarship and donate at asfkids.org 
 
President Dan Worra and Grants Chairman Jack Darnton pictured with ACSF President Treva King and ACSF Executive Director Marta McClintock
 
     On Wednesday, September 1, Rotary presented Anacortes Schools Foundation President Treva King and Executive Director (and Rotarian) Marta McClintock a giant check in the amount of $110,250. This important sum included $88,000 earmarked for 2021 summer learning. The lion-share of this funding came from our generous anonymous donor and was facilitated through the work of Rotarians Jack Curtis, Melissa Turnage and Justin Irish. Other support included  $22,250 for Impact, the Kindergarten through 5th grade summer program, $3250 for backpacks and school supplies for the Ready to Learn Fair and $500 toward Class of 2021 Senior Banners which were displayed on Commercial Avenue during the months of June and July.
 
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.  
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
 
 
Nov 17: Rotary District Governor, Beverly Harrington
 
Nov 24: Superintendent Dr. Justin Irish, "Update on School District News & Plans"
 

Dec 1: Club Historian Duane Clark and the Stapp grandchildren, “The Stapp Family’ an early Rotary Story”

Dec 8: Meredith Mcllmoyle, “A report on the Anacortes Arts Festival”

Dec 15: Mary Staley, “Report and panel discussion of three non-profits; Padilla Bay Foundation, Anacortes Community Forrest Lands, and The Waterfront Alliance

Dec 22: “A Surprise Event!” - Duane Clark will present a surprise event, but one very close to us all.

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
 "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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