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Swedish-Edmonds Hospital Cafeteria
21601 76th Ave W
Edmonds, WA  98026
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Rotarians Richard King and Charles Craig led the Lynnwood High School Interact Club to Medical Teams International on the evening of Thursday, July 23.  We unloaded and inventoried a truck full of medical supplies, mostly wheelchairs, arm & knee braces, from a company in Snohomish that unfortunately was going out of business.  
As well as the work involved, Medical Teams International has a great exhibit that shows some of the disaster areas and living conditions for individuals in 3rd world countries.
Stand by to hear more soon- We will encourage Rotarians to join us at our next work party at Medical Teams International, this fall.


Thank you to our Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, and Edmonds community members, and to The Alderwood Mall!

This year donations were in excess of 1200 toys, clothing items, and other gifts, which were distributed throughout our area to families in need. The Alderwood Mall has partnered with Alderwood-Terrace Rotary for the past 27 years to provide a location where donations can be accepted from our community members. These gifts are then distributed to the many agencies in our area that identify and support families in need. The Sharing Tree supports the area non-profit and food bank services with gifts and donations which are distributed to grateful families. 

In Alderwood-Terrace Rotary’s 27th year of collecting and distributing toys and clothing to those in need during the holidays, Rotary members and friends of Rotary who staff The Sharing Tree at the Alderwood Mall collect new toys and clothing from the day after Thanksgiving until the day before Christmas. The items that are collected are primarily distributed to families that are eligible for food stamps or who's children are eligible for subsidized lunches. 

Our volunteers find it is a pleasure to witness the communities’ generosity. It is especially heart warming when parents guide their small children in selecting a gift and bringing it to donate.

Stories this year – a man said that Sharing Tree helped his family a couple years ago to provide gifts to his two children and wrote a check for $250. A church group bought 100 gifts to drop off at the Sharing Tree station.

Our collection is typically over 1200 items. At a conservative estimated $15.00 per item, the club has distributed, on behalf of our local communities, over $723,000 in toys and clothing to the needy members of our society over the years.

Not only do our members overwhelmingly support this project with time and donations, it gives an opportunity for our community at large to donate to those in need. It is also a way for our club to introduce our community to Alderwood-Terrace Rotary.



A Young Professionals Summit was held in Chicago in September.   This Summit focused on our younger Rotarians and gave Rotary leaders ages 25 to 40 the chance to share their Rotary experiences, reflect on their stories, and exchange ideas.

 The event, which included 32 Rotary and Rotaract members as well as Rotary program alumni, was organized and moderated by Rotary staff. During the discussions, a professional sketch artist illustrated the participants' ideas on whiteboards.

"The energy and ideas that have flowed in this room over the last two days are so refreshing," said Kathryn Fahy, governor of District 5970 and a member of the Rotary Club of Iowa Great Lakes, Iowa. "We've exchanged actual hands-on ideas that we can take back to our clubs and really change momentum in Rotary."

Check it out!  



How much does it cost to be a member of our club? $200 a quarter.  What does your membership dues cover? That may not be as clear.

Many Rotarians know that a portion of their dues funds club and district expenses, as well as Rotary International operations worldwide. Few know exactly how that all breaks down. Dues are extremely important, as they are the single biggest source of revenue providing the services you enjoy as a Rotarian.

As a companion to Rotary's annual report , and on the heels of a $1 dues increase approved by the 2013 Council on Legislation, we answer some frequently asked questions about where your money goes.



Right now, RI dues are $53. Depending on where you are in the world, that equates to about 4 to 14 percent of your total membership dues. The rest of your membership dues total primarily covers club and district expenses, catering  of the breakfast, and your subscription to The Rotarian.


The RI Board of Directors proposed the increase based on a five-year financial forecast projecting that Rotary's spending would exceed its revenue by $9 million in 2018 if there were no increase. With the dues increase of $1 a year for three years, spending is still projected to exceed revenue, but by a smaller margin. The increase keeps the general surplus fund, which is Rotary International's savings, above the mandated level but does not prevent cutbacks in service.


This issue is a hot topic not only for Rotary but for the larger philanthropic community. In fact, the three major U.S. charity-rating groups have publicly agreed that nonprofits should not be judged solely on frugality; impact is also a critical factor. Significant spending cuts will translate into diminished service for Rotarians, clubs, and districts, reducing our impact on the communities we serve. So, Rotary is committed to monitoring and controlling expenses closely, making prudent cuts, and investing where needed. For example, more meetings than ever take place virtually, and Rotary's data center, software development, and some transaction processing services were moved to Pune, India, to lower costs. However, it is important that Rotary continue to invest in staff and technology to grow and improve the organization.


Dues account for about 65 percent of Rotary's revenue. The next largest source of income comes from return on investments. Rotary also earns money through publication sales, international convention registration revenues, royalties, license fee income, and rental income at the world headquarters building in the U.S.


Yes. Rotary International's general surplus fund exceeds the target established in the bylaws, and the budget is balanced. In 2011 and 2012, the RI Board of Directors designated $15 million of the general surplus fund to support strategic initiatives to grow the organization. It allocated $10 million to be spent over three years on additional public relations grants, a new communications plan, the creation of Rotary's new visual identity, and the expansion of the organization's social networking presence. The Board also approved $3 million to be spent on creating and implementing regional membership development plans, and $2 million for other initiatives. In 2013, the Board approved $2 million to be used for strategic and operational costs if needed. This strategic spending is important to promoting Rotary and helps support membership growth, which is critical to the future of the organization.


On occasion, the Board will take extraordinary measures to support the Foundation financially. For example, over the last two years, RI contributed $10 million from the general surplus fund to PolioPlus. As a result of that commitment, the Foundation received a $50 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.




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