Anacortes Rotary Club Information
Anacortes

Rotary: Making a Difference

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Majestic Inn & Spa
419 Commercial Ave
Anacortes, WA 98221
United States of America
 
    
 
 
 
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.  
 
 
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.

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
 
 
Oct 6: Tom Decker, "Tails of the Trail: Update on Rotary Viewpoint and Trail Project
 
Oct 13: Nicole Mortimer & Justin Irish, "Summer IMPACT" program
 
Oct 20: Rob Peterson, "Fidalgo Pool and Fitness Center
 
Oct 27: Carole Leander, "AHS Jazz Choir"
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

Member Spotlight

 
President Dan Worra, sponsor & Fellowship Chair Tom Kuhn, and NEW MEMBER Mark McCaughan complete the "hat trick" for September--3 new Anacortes Rotarians in 3 weeks!
 

Mark has a Bachelor's Degree in English and French from the University of the South, as well as an MD and MS from the University of Tennessee. 

He practiced in Pensacola, Florida - well known to our Rotary contingent of Navy fliers as the home of Naval Air Station Pensacola. Mark was a member of the downtown Rotary club there.

Mark then went on serve as Medical Director for a large hospital chain in Florida and Alabama, before eventually becoming the Director of Underwriting for medical malpractice companies in Bermuda and Cayman Islands, and later settling in Juneau, Alaska.

Mark began coming to Anacortes for the winter in 2007 because his children both married, moving to Bellingham and Edmonds.  He and his wife kept a boat in Anacortes and loved it.  They sold everything in Alaska last year and have now moved to Anacortes full time.

 

 
For the second week in a row Jack Darnton presides over the induction of a new member to the Anacortes Rotary Club: meet Richard Warsinske!
 
Richard graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications.  His career included holding the position of Senior Vice President and General Manager of KOMO-TV out of Seattle, Vice President and General Manager of KCTS-9 out of Seattle.  He served as President, CEO of Edgar Creek Inc, where he developed an innovative communications platform.

Volunteer work includes acting as a Media Consultant/Board Member for Imaging the World, a non-profit that uses radiology for disease diagnosis in third world countries.  He has been called upon as a board member of the Edward R. Murrow School of Communications at Washington State University to lead the effort to transform the School to a College.

Richard’s awards and honors include a Peabody Award, seven Emmy Awards related to televised news, five Edward R. Murrow Awards.  He also served on the ABC Board of Governors for two terms.
 


Master of Ceremonies, Jack Darnton, welcomes Jim Poitras as our newest member.   Jim was born and raised in Kennewick Washington, the youngest of two sisters and one brother. He grew up enjoying outdoor sports especially bird hunting, fishing, and playing league baseball. His other passion was, building things. 

When it came to a career choice, James capitalized on his passions for building and being outdoors.  He graduated from J.M. Perry Institute in 1976 as a Washington State Journeyman Electrician, and continued his education, field experience and advancement for the next 47 years at Puget Sound Energy and Potelco Construction.

Work brought James to Anacortes in 2004.  He currently resides in the  house that HE BUILT. He recently met and married Cheryl Pitchford now Poitras, who introduced James, with the added help of friend, neighbor and fellow Rotarian Tim Garrison, to Rotary.

Jim and Cheryl are looking forward to having the time now to enjoy their shared interests in boating, fishing, golfing, traveling, and good times with friends and family. James is especially interested in donating his time and skills now to his community.   

 
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