Anacortes Rotary Club Information

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Rotary: Making a Difference

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Majestic Inn & Spa
419 Commercial Ave
Anacortes, WA  98221
United States
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It takes six hours to build a boat, two hours to decorate it and less than five minutes to determine if it’s going to stay on top of the water … at least that’s how it works at the Quick and Dirty boat race.
This year, two of the seven competitors sank. The first to go, right at the starting line, happened to be last year’s race and overall winner.
The annual Quick and Dirty Boat building Demonstration and Parade — a favorite feature of the Anacortes Waterfront Festival — asks teams to build a boat in six hours using limited materials. Then, they decorate it and take it down to the water.
“The weather was perfect, and we had a great time,” judge and organizer Pat Barrett 
Team Rotary won the Quick and Dirty Boat Race during the Waterfront Festival!  Thank you Captain Duane Clark, Commodore and Poet Laurite Mark LaSalle, and Rear Admiral and Chief Engineer Jim McDonald.  All three men built the boat in six hours, and Jim and Mark paddled the boat to victory!  
Anacortes Rotary's newest member is Ruth Barefoot, new Library Director at the Anacortes Public Library. She comes to Anacortes after serving as the Supervising Librarian in Santa Barbara, CA. 
Anacortes Rotarians turned out in large numbers along with a great turnout of Middle School students on Saturday, Sept. 29 at Storvik Park to upgrade the playground. Volunteers included John Prosser, Dan Worra, Tom Decker, Bonnie Bowers, Tim Garrison, Krista Oicles, Michael and Marta McClintock, and Mark Wenzel, working side by side with the kids and members of the Fidalgo Club to spread new bark in the playground. 
Another work party is schedule for later in October for more renovation on the park playground. 
 Our Rotary booth volunteers included Bonnie and Bob (first shift), Darby and Krista (not pictured) (second shift), and Alice and Duane Clark for the final shift. 
The vintage bicycle was remarkable - the two smaller wheels steer in response to the hand grip in her right hand.  It was designed just for women.  The device has a name made up of several words, including "rotary".
Anacortes Rotary recognized Virginia Smiley as Rotarian of the Year at the club’s recent officer installation event.
Smiley has been a motivating force behind the club’s efforts to recognize a wide range of community volunteers for their local efforts. Smiley oversees the club’s Rotary International Foundation organization and funding. She takes part in the activities of other area Rotary clubs as well, offering assistance on projects with the Fidalgo Island and La Conner Rotary clubs.
She also volunteers for Hospice of the Northwest and is an active member of Soroptimist International of Anacortes.
During the meeting, Bonnie Bowers took over as president for the 2018-19 year and Stephanie Hamilton became president-elect.
Also singled out for honors were three other Rotarians: Meredith McIlmoyle for club service, Duane Clark for community service and Jack Darnton for chairing the giving committee which oversees grants to community and charitable groups.
Anacortes Rotary contributes approximately $100,000 each year to local organizations, scholarships and community programs. Anacortes Rotary seeks new applications for its grants each fall. Information on this year’s grant program will be available in early September at the club website:
Our contractor Mauricio was invited to join the Copan Club's installation ceremony last week, to represent IPA.

He was presented with a certificate of recognition thanking us for our "valuable contribution, time and passion" for the club.
Peter Martin
Chairman, International Project Alliance
President, IPA Foundation
A fun (but a bit soggy) day at Bark in the park on 6/30/18   A Special thanks to Bob Stickrod who organized this fun event and is already making plans for next year as well.  A Great time had by all.
Anacortes Rotarians assembled 20 New Born packs for children of low-income families born at Island Hospital; 10 Comfort (or Trauma) packs for children that first responders might encounter while responding to an emergency; 25 Thank You Packs for First Responders (Police) and another 25 for Fire/EMT folks. A great community service project completed as our weekly lunch program in early June. 
Born Learning Trail Ribbon Cutting,  
The trail is located at Storvik Park. 
Krista and Stephanie attended as the Rotary contributed $300 toward the construction.

The Community Service Committee is looking for help decorating, kibitzing and cheering on our crew as they row our entry to the finish on June 2.  Starting at 3pm- with the race at 5pm
Students of the Fidalgo Elementary School Robotices team, known as the Uptown Lego Legends, showed off their skills at the Club Jan. 17 lunch. The fourth and fifth graders showed off their speaking skills, explaining how they use Legos to build their robot, showing how they  add music to their creation and giving a rundown on all their machine can do. 
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Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Past President
Rotary Foundation Chair
Membership Co Chair
Membership Co- Chair
Public Relations Chair
International Service Chair
Vocational Service Chair
Parks and Community Improvement
Community Service Chair
Club Service/Club Administration
Finance and Grants
Anthony's Dinner funds 6 projects
Six local community programs are the beneficiaries as the Anacortes Rotary Club raised $20,000 at its annual community dinner, hosted March 20 by Anthony’s at Cap Sante Marina Restaurant.
Proceeds from the 2019 dinner will benefit the following:
  • Anacortes Middle School Escape Room Night, props and supplies for sixteen student teams.
  • Anacortes Public Library, new stackable folding chairs for library tech tables.
  • Anacortes Middle School, funding for equine therapy sessions for special needs students.
  • Fidalgo DanceWorks, financial support for classes to support autism movement and Parkinson’s Disease therapy.
  • Anacortes Waterfront Alliance, sailboat purchase for the youth learn-to-sail program. 
  • Island View Elementary School, equipment for like skills/autism class.
“We have been doing the Anthony’s dinner since 2011 and in those nine years we have raised more than $170,000 to fund a wide array of community needs,” said Anacortes Rotary Club President Bonnie Bowers. “This is something we would not be able to do without the great support from Anthony’s and all of their team members.”
At the event, Rotarians presented a framed block print showing the view of Cap Sante from the Marina in honor or Anthony’s owner and founder Budd Gould. Art work creator Maddy MacKenzie is an Anacortes Rotary member.

“It is an honor to host this event every year for the Anacortes Rotary Club,” said Herb Gould, CEO of Anthony’s Restaurants. “We love being a part of this community and to be able to help contribute to education and assistance programs for the Anacortes community is very important to us.”
Each year, the staff at Anthony’s creates a special menu for dinner guests at the community banquet. Anacortes Rotary Club members credit Anthony’s for opening its doors to the Anacortes community to generate funds for a range of community causes.
“Anthony’s puts together a special gourmet menu and their staff members take very good care of all guests,” said Rotary President Elect Stephanie Hamilton. “It is a fun, first-rate dinner for more than 150 people, an outstanding night for Anacortes and a cornerstone for our club’s charitable giving.”
Past recipients include 13 groups and organizations such as the Anacortes Boys & Girls Club, Anacortes Robotics Booster Club, Gentry House, Anacortes Senior Activity Center, Anacortes Family Center, the Salvation Army Cold Weather Shelter, Hospice Northwest, Anacortes Robotics Booster Club and a wide range of Anacortes school district programs.