100 Year Anniversary Begins!
The Anacortes Rotary Club celebrates a century of service this year, highlighting historic and continuing bonds with other service organizations and the community as a whole.  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

"Big wheel keep on turning!  Rotary keep on burning!"

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
The Club's 100 year celebration float turned out to be a real crowd pleaser that wowed the Anacortes 4th of July Parade judges. Perhaps it was Lindy Reno leading Rotarians and Anacortians singing "happy birthday America and Anacortes Rotary Club..." (which turned out to be impossible to articulate in unison) or maybe it was driver Mark Lascelles "encouraging" the judges with a $10(Canadian of course) donation,  or maybe it was just the enthusiasm of the marchers and the beauty of the float itself that garnered a perfect score from Mayor Matt Miller and his team.
Special recognition goes to team that designed, built, and decorated the float (and themselves):  Jim MacDonald, Stephanie Hamilton, Loalynda Bird, Duane Clark, Colleen Craig, Lindy Reno, Colleen Craig, and Mark Lascelles.  Enjoy the live action clips below.
Parade Beginning (Mark Lascelles video)
Parade Finale (Steve Berentson video)
Rotary Assistant District Governor Connie Milliken honors outgoing President Dan Worra and administers the oath of office to incoming President Rick Star, while celebrating with friends and family at Anthony's Cabana.  Notable accomplishments during past year include: 30 Rotarians volunteering 450 hours building the Cap Sante "Trail to the Top", Storvik Park Landscape Improvements and Maintenance, Senior Center & Museum Landscape Maintenance, Salvation Army Bell Ringing, Bark in the Park, Cap Sante HS gift bags, Award of Multiple Academic Scholarships, Fall Fundraiser campaign, Anthony’s Community Benefit dinner, and International Projects in Honduras.
Additionally, numerous members were honored with Paul Harris awards for their contributions (42 this year!) while special recognition was bestowed upon "Rotarian of the Year", Marilyn Stadler, for her extensive contributions to club and community, including Friends of Fidalgo Pool, Senior Center fundraising, and multiple Rotary projects. In the words of 2021-22 President Dan Worra, "Marilyn always finds her YES."
Finally, no major Rotary event would be complete without an appearance by our very own "Sea Level"--including a rousing encore of The Romantics classic, "What I Like About You".  Sea Level's line up consists of 2020-21 President Tim Garrison, 2021-22 President Dan Worra, and 2022-23 President Rick Star.  Rumor is President-Elect Lindy Reno is secretly practicing drums ahead of her 2023-24 debut...
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

Upcoming Speakers

June 29: Installation of New Club Officers

July 6: Club Fellowship

July 13, Chief Harris, Anacortes Fire Department

July 20: Chief Floyd, Anacortes Police Department

July 27, Meredith McIlmoyle, Anacortes Arts Festival

August 3: Andrew Flores, Boys & Girls Club + Tour

August 10: Connie Milliken, "Dolly Parton Literacy Library"

August 17: Budd Gould, "Anthony's Storied Rotary History", @ Anthony's Cabana

August 24: Anacortes Family Center + Tour

August 31: Fifth Wednesday Fellowship

Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Past President
Assistant Treasurer
Centennial Project
Centennial Celebration
Club Historian
Club Service Chair
Community Service Co-Chair
Community Service Co-Chair
Fellowship Co-Chair
Fellowship Co-Chair
FInance Committee Chair
Grants Chair
International Service Co-Chair
International Service Co-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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