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
Anacortes, WA 98221
United States of America
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.
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.
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 Cartarct, "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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