Social Gathering at SJIMA

What a spectacular background for our fall social gathering, contemporary artists from the Salish Sea region. Thank you SJIMA's Peter Lane and Rotarian Linda Chowdry for sharing your knowledge of these world-class artists. Revisit the exhibit before it closes on December 4th. 
Photos of event are in SJIMA Photo Album. 
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A Different Form of CPR? 2023-11-04 07:00:00Z 0
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Flippin' out on Burger sales! 2023-09-03 07:00:00Z 0

Welcoming new member, Cory Fitzgerald

On August 3oth, we welcomed our newest member, Cory Fitzgerald. Officiating was President Susan Martin with Cory's sponsor, Scott Sluis and supporters, Rich Hughes and Chris Haynes.
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Hughes to Martin transition at Elma Ranch

 First of all, our thanks to Karin and Karl Eberhard for sharing their beautiful property for a fun-filled afternoon! Speaking of FUN, Rick Hughes presented Frank Fagan with the new Four-Way Test award, 'presented in honor of your ongoing dedication to the guiding principles of the Rotary International's Four-Way Test.' A most deserving Rotarian of the Year award was presented to Mike Griffin. Parting words from President Hughes were heartfelt...and welcoming Susan Martin with graciousness and a big hug! Additional photos in Installation 2023-24 Mike Griffin. 
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From Broadway to Beyonce

You won't see our guest speaker/islander, Cory Fitzgerald, on the stage with Adele in Las Vegas, but long before her appearance. His job is the lighting guru from Silent House Productions. They are the quiet engine powering the old school concert setup of microphone stands and amplifiers to beautifully staged visual events. Thanks to Cory's young parents New York restaurant hours and love of entertainment, he was exposed to Broadway, Off Broadway, cabaret long before the age of 12. He fell in the love with the experience, the theatrical world. His destiny was set! Follow his work at His wife, Gabriella, is opening Walden, a restaurant in July (next to SaviBank). Thank Scott Slius for suggesting Cory!
Curious minds? Ticket price is set by the performer
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Arch Klumph Society Members

At the recent District Conference, Frank and Barbara Fagan were recognized as Arch Klumph Society members, Rotary Foundation's highest tier of donors. There will be a formal induction ceremony for recent AKS members in Evanston, Ill, home of Rotary International headquarters. 
Congratulations for the recognition of your generosity to Rotary International!
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Welcoming Four New Members!

AG Susan Guterbock officiated at the induction of four new members, Barbara Marrett, Linda Chowdry, Stephanie Newkirk, and Suzanne Olson (Orcas Satellite). We now have six new members this year! Also, she inducted Bob Anderson and Chris Reed as Paul Harris fellows. Spring has brought renewal to our club!
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Not A Pebble Unturned!

Always unpredictable, Mother Nature gave us a break from rain with drizzle, not to deter us from cleanup and mini-picnic. Barbara Marrett and Chris Reed traveled far and wide to bring back prize-worthy collection: Mike Griffin discovered a pink Barbie shoe! Our "of course, we're having a picnic" offered deviled eggs from Holly, pea soup & cookies from Barb, Frank's infamous breadsticks, decadent brownies from Bob, Griffin's pigs in a blanket, vino/sodas, and Paul's incredible pasta with informal talk 'how do you grow clams? Special guests: Zeke and Spud. If only we could train our children as well as Bob's canines! I think we lived up to The Four-Way Test + Is it FUN?
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SVC - San  Juan Center New Programs!

Randy Martin, Executive Director and Jane Fox, Educational Planner of SVC San Juan Center invited us to spread the word about their new programs: SVC offers Bachelor Degrees! "First Generation" Students Referrals! Running Start Option for County wide HS juniors and seniors! Students interested in "Trades"...they have dorms at MTV campus! Early Childhood Education...train for local workforce! Referral for students with credits earned elsewhere who ceased attending but might be ready to re-engage!
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Knowledge Bowl Champions 2023


Rotary's Knowledge Bowl team won the 2023 Championship! This is a BIG DEAL, with competition from 8 - 12th graders and teams from Soroptimist, Lions, and Kiwanis Clubs. Please thank Chris Compton, Chris Reed, Michael Martin, and Juan Unpingco for winning this coveted trophy!
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Welcoming Chris Reed & Scott Sluis

Wednesday's meeting highlighted the induction of our newest members, Chris Reed (sponsor Holly Henry*) and Scott Sluis (sponsor Adam Eltinge) by Area Governor, Susan Guterbock.
*membership chair, Karl Eberhard, stood in for Holly
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PORT REPORT - Barbara Marrett

Port Commission President, Barbara Marrett, gave us a glimpse of the Port of Friday Harbor's history and current projects. I refer you to her excellent community "Port Report" newsletter sent to your mailbox last week. Or signup for quarterly newsletter at
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EDC Team 2023

Rotarians had the opportunity of hearing from EDC Ex Dir, Victoria Compton and her new team, Marti McConnell, Linda Hume, Jillian Urbach, and new Rotarian and EDC board director Chris Reed. An excellent presentation of current economic trends, current trades, and workforce training. Visit their website for further information:
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Fairmont Hotel to Motel 6

Port of Friday Harbor notified us on Friday that we needed to move 36 Weekends. We are now in the Shipyard Cove Marina office building. Today, able-bodied Rotarians got the job done! Please ask Santa to find us a more permanent home.
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Russian Oligarch Yachts on the Horizon?

No members nod off when Brent Snow, General Manager of Roche Harbor Resort is our guest speaker. Always informative and holds the line for diplomacy with a door ajar for your interpretation. 
Roche is super seasonal. Coming back gradually from Covid interruption, particularly good last year when everyone was ready to reconnect. Weddings are back (80 events last year). PP money helped. Marina drives their operation with a significant trend in larger & larger vessels. With Canadian border open, no major boat exit.
Two hundred employees balance between islanders, visa workers, itinerant workers. Providing 120 beds for seasonal worker. We all enjoy reading their nametags to find out their home town. A Netherlands circuit provide workers from across the globe. Eastern Europe... Who knows, a Mongolian could be serving your next burger! Brent did say work ethics vary, and "US is not at the top of that criteria!"
As we know, long-term housing is super difficult and Roche will soon provide 48 long-term affordable, all-manufactured housing units on foundations, south of the air field. Employees will be given first consideration. This will not be a trailer part scenario. Roche is not asking for County financing but simply help in facilitating the process.
Yes, we are all experiencing sticker shock. Apologies for the raise in menu prices. Very simple explanation. If you don't raise your prices (30% vendor increase), the chef and labor suffer. You can't pay your rent or vendors, domino effect. Many restaurant have closed simply because they haven't charged more $$$.
A small peace offering: Thursdays: 20% off all food and beverages in all restaurants (NOT grocery store).
In case of major emergency...Red Cross will be using the pavillion space; a dedicated generator will be available.
In 2023, Brent will be spending more time on pickleball courts and fly fishing pursuits as he winds down from a illustrious thirty-year career with RHR.
I don't envy the selection committee.
May your future hold no falafels and breakoffs!
Thank you, Brent.
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A visit from District Governor Raj

An introduction by Area Governor, Susan Guterbock, gave us the pleasure of hearing from our new District Governor Raj Rajagopal from White Rock, B.C. on his first visit to San Juan Island.
He shared his intended focus on this year and continuance through the leadership of District Elect, David Lukov in three areas: Environment (new focus), Peace and Reconciliation, and 'the elephant in the middle of the room' DEI.
Environment: Due to a task force chaired by RI President Jennifer Jones, one can now (as of 7/01) apply for a local or global grant on a specific environmental project and its sustainability. Raj encouraged us to consider forming a new environment-oriented club with like-minded people. A newly formed club in White Rock is called Rotary Club of Nature Celebrators "this is not a nudist club!" Raj offers his help in setting up a new club,
Peace & Reconciliation: Since the formation of the United Nations, RI official delegation visits their headquarters and meets with Sec Gen of the UN to discuss projects that Rotary can be of help in promoting peace in the world. A Peace Club could be formed by retired military members to address homeless and mental health issues.
Diversity, equality, inclusion (DEI): Recently, we heard from John Moalli, Zach Crichton and his mom, Kelly; Cara Cohn from Sherwood Community Services. Those with disabilities want to be included. They don't want to stand out. Do not  underestimate them. Everyone given the opportunity can contribute to their community.
Of course, Raj ended his presentation promoting the District 5050 Conference: May 5 - 7, Sheraton Hotel, Guildford, BC. Details on top front page of District 5050 website.
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A Seat at the Table

For those of you who were unable to be at Wednesday's breakfast, I'm deeply sorry because you missed a thought-provoking presentation by John Moalli, Zach Crichton and his mom, Kelly.
Imagine what life would be like if you couldn't express your thoughts.
While John Moalli was volunteering for a FHHS STEM class six years ago, he recognized Zach Crichton's high intelligence, and living with Cerebral Palsy, limiting his speech and movement. As a Professor at Stanford University, a new engineering course was established (and on going) to see how better technology could help Zach better communicate. "I thought an interesting concept would be to teach design through the lens of engineering for the differently abled".
That was in the beginning of the school year and the Stanford class, Dare to Care: Compassionate Design commenced. (Update: John flys to Stanford weekly to teach this class, now in two sessions to accommodate the interest). Zach, his mom, teaching assistant and STEM teacher attended the second class. The highlight for Zach: his first plane ride and straight to Palo Alto!  
John's message to us today: "I want you to learn different perspectives on disability. We make assumptions that people with disabilities want to be like us. And that's not true. What's true is they want to be included. In the past two years with discussion about DEI (Diversity, Equality, Inclusion), they want to make sure they have a seat at the table in those discussions because they have been excluded from so many things for so long."
Kelly's comments:  Zach is half way to his goal of earning an AA Degree at Skagit Valley College; favorite subject: earth science with focus on climate change. Zach is taking a Communications class right now, learning about first impressions; perspectives and biases, a challenge for Zach his entire life. "Step Back and Put Yourself in their shoes. Do not underestimate them."
Y.A.A.S program (Young Adult Association of San Juan Islands) at Family Resource Center brings together his social group who are challenged to learn: everyone is given the opportunity to contribute to their community. (Zach's idea for 'accessibility to all' at Jackson's Beach) and they work on bringing awareness about people with disabilities to our community. Lots of projects ahead for Rotary to "Make It Happen".
After teaching at Stanford for the past 18 years, John ended his comments HOPEFUL for this generation. Instead of focusing on developing killer apps, starting their own startup, making lots of bucks. Now, his students say "how can I save the world? prevent climate change, help other people?"
His goal is to have his students approach design with a perspective of empathy and inclusion.
Thank you, John.
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36 Weekends - Heroes of the Week! 2022-10-06 07:00:00Z 0
Our Most Gratifying Day of the Year! 2022-10-06 07:00:00Z 0

Fall Island Cleanup - Rotarians at 

Fall Island Cleanup: Rotary Bike Rest: Barb Fagan, Bob Anderson and Greg Lund. Great stylized photo by ? Rotary Student Bus Shelter: Queen Bea.  No photo: Adam Eltinge and daughter, Grace, returned to South Beach where we had our Spring Island Cleanup & Picnic. Focus...the greater good. A wonderful day!
Fall Island Cleanup - Rotarians at Work! 2022-09-25 07:00:00Z 0

Alchemist: Someone Who Transforms Things for the Better

Maria Michaelson and Glenn Hendrick, co-directors of Alchemy Art Center detailed their varied new classes, as well as the many other programs created since their opening in 2018. Their energy and enthusiasm permeated the room. Check out their website for Fall roster of upcoming classes for all ages, and
Nov 5th Fundraiser at Brickworks.
Alchemist: Someone Who Transforms Things for the Better 2022-09-22 07:00:00Z 0

How to Raise a Sunken Vessel 101

Lt Commander Brian Dykens, US Coast Guard, Dave Byers, WA Dept of Ecology, State On-Scene Commander, and Operations Section Chief Brendan Cowan, SJC, local On-Scene Commander(Not pictured: Zoom Don Noviello, WA Dept Fish & Wildlife, SRKW expert) were our guest speakers on 9/14/22 to bring us current on the multiply activities to F/V ALEUTIAN ISLE sinking and vessel recovery. The speakers were willing to answer all the questions asked by 20+ attendees, and provide very relevant information and coherent explanations on what were often complex issues.
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Thank you Concours supporters!

We rehung our Concours 2022 supporters' banner on the Spring St fence. Please thank these businesses and individuals who helped create our most successful event! On September 28th, recipients of the proceeds will be given their checks before our Club Assembly.
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 Colorado Bound for Pete Rose

Sending Pete off with a few momentos from his Rotary friends and wishes for many happy hours with his grandson, Freeman. Pete said "if my daughter has a girl child, I hope she names her 'Freewoman'! another Peteism!
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36 Weekends SJICF Fair Matching Grant

August 18, Thursday report:  36 Weekends is in third place for donations from SJICF fair matching grant program!  APS - $9510, PAD'S for Parkinson's - $7895 and 36 Weekends - $7085 and Pete recruited a delivery 'boy' - Duncan Wilson.
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Stan Liebenberg

Orcas Club Rotarian, Stan Liebenberg, was awarded his 8th Paul Harris Fellow, in recognition of his significant support of the wonderful work of the Rotary Foundation.
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Hurricane Lizards & Plastic Squid

Award-winning author and environmental biologist, Thor Hanson, returned to Rotary to discuss his newest book, Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid. Not only a scientist, Thor is a consummate storyteller with the ability to take, what could be complex scientific data, and translate to riveting stories of his research and others on the biology of climate change.
He brought a thermometer into the yacht club. It was 70 degrees. Agreeable to most people and animals. But what happens when the temperature is out of control? We take shelter on hot days, stay hydrated, not chopping wood at Noon.
We adjust our behaviors. And the animal world? Plasticity enters the picture.
Thor gave us two examples of squid and lizards (featured on his book cover).
Until 6 - 8 years ago, squid were large and prevalent on CA coastline, then they disappeared from high waves and warmer water passing through. A group of scientists traveled to the area and discovered the squid were still there but had  adapted to the changing climate, triggering an innate reaction. They were more numerous but a fraction of their previous size. Scientists call it 'plasticity'.
Lizards of the Caribbean Islands: Prof Colin Donahue returned home to analyze his extensive lizard data. Within weeks of his return, 2 hurricanes (175 mph winds) devastated the area. Of course, the ever-curious biologist returned to see what had survived. 'Armed' with a leaf blower (explain that to customs) he secured himself in his hotel room with several captured (not harmed) lizards, small branches to simulate hurricane force winds. Lessons learned: from the time of the hurricanes, young lizards had adapted by growing larger toepads with better gripe, measurably larger from pre-hurricane data. A great example of hurricanes driving lizard evolution!
I'll close with one of Thor's favorite quotes from The Leopard: If you want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.
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Why I do What I Do  -  Luke Fincher

Luke Fincher, President of Rock Solid, a youth team with the San Juan Island Prevention Coalition and a senior at Friday Harbor High School discussed his recent speaking engagement at CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) 32nd National Leadership Forum in Washington, DC. CADCA represents 5,000 coalitions globally involved with anti-drug coalitions, government leaders, youth, addiction treatment professionals, researchers, educators, law enforcement professionals, and faith-based leaders. Collaboration is an absolute key in prevention.
Luke was honored to offer a workshop before 80 people from all over the world, "Why do you do what you do?" was asked of the audience, and to turn to their seat mate and ask this question. Luke was overwhelmed with  the buzz the question created. What he didn't tell us, he received a standing ovation after his workshop! 
Luke has been leading prevention campaigns in our local schools for over 4 years to help promote health and well-being through positive community norms. "I promote health and wellness in my school community by sharing the Healthy Youth Survey data* to correct misperceptions of underage substance abuse among my peers. The fact is most youth do not use. I want to see my classmates reach their full potential." *2018 survey: high school alcohol use has decreased in the past 10 years.
Three years ago, Luke asked Principal Woods to print resources for suicide prevention & Escape the Vape on the back of student ID cards. Rock Solid
also contributed $1,000 prize money from a Red Ribbon contest to purchase an in-house Student ID card machine.
The SJIPC made possible the first Social Host Ordinance in the county, accountability to adults and parents.
Please visit their informative and current website
Luke is interested in a dual major in Psychology and Environmental Sciences when he starts college in the fall. 
He's already established a rock solid legacy!
Why I do What I Do  -  Luke Fincher 2022-04-04 07:00:00Z 0

Organizing Chaos - Christine Minney

Christine Minney, County Council Chair, has been balancing the opinions of fellow council members for the past year. Pandemic active phrase to recovery mode. Our Dept of Health continues to provide vaccinations and tests but we are shifting back to what we did prior to pandemic as local immunization rates have dropped dramatically; regionally, we are at the bottom of the list. We are reopening clinics on Orcas and Lopez soon. Council has given thumbs up for mobile health van to travel to other islands; the first of its kind in the islands, to acquired next year.
Challenge of establishing tax on vacation rental permits distributed in the county. County permits: 650 (335-Orcas, 229-SJ, 85-Lopez) before the current moratorium expires on 7/13/22. New department established, Dept of Environmental Stewardship with 8 employees to oversee solid waste, marine resources, clean water, and cultural resources, with advisory body. 
Distribution of $1.7 million in two rounds of lodging tax to 36 applicants by end of May.
After 20 years in the works, Beaverton Valley Shop structure will be completed by year's end for housing public works, roads, and new dept of Environmental Stewardship, a consolidation of office buildings spread throughout the town. 
Hiring Communication Coordinator, full time. County website will be more user friendly!
Positive outlook from covid: public link for council meetings; attend meeting on line. Sign up in advance. Call on people in the order of their sign in time.
Questions from members: affordable housing distribution in 2021 ? - $3 million.
Planning ordinances, density requirements, water & sewage (water survey/data in progress) Home advisory committee discussing rural clusters in county. We have job applicants but no affordable housing to offer them. Circumstances are DIRE, a position we share with most of the state.
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Dr. Megan Dethier - Director of Friday Harbor Labs 

Dr. Dethier's love of the rocky shores on the coast of Maine where she spent her childhood summers developed her curiousity of biology, continuing to Carleton College and U of Washington for her Ph.D. As the director of FHL, she continues as a research professor in the biology dept.
Now she works in the mud, gravel and saltmarsh habitats. Since 1978, her focus has been shoreline ecology in the Pacific Northwest.
Her current research efforts involve the linkage of physical features of shoreline habitats and their biota and the effects of human impact such a shoreline armouring.
One of her greatest pleasure comes from teaching undergraduate biology which she had done for only forty years.
Her mission is to create & maintain a world-class facility for marine research and education, and always an eye open toward an egalitarian atmosphere.
On 500 acres, the biological preserve goes around the San Juan Channel. The research facilities have 13 lab buildings; ocean acidification and environment labs, imaging facility, genetics lab, research vessel and diving program. Total housing capacity is 270, with winter occupancy at 25. Dorms, apartments, huts, cottage, and duplexes. Classrooms, large dining hall, large meeting room, computer labs, maint. shop, beautiful library. Whiteley Center for visiting scholars with need for solitude.
Summer is the height of activity with two summer sessions (5 weeks each/20 max). The marine lab is unusual because of its research: genetics to ecosystem, attracting academics from all over the world; an intellectually diverse place". A vibrancy that characterizes FHL.
Community Outreach:  Science Outreach Program for kids on the island, age appropriate lessons. Annual Open House - returning this summer on May 21st. Wednesday seminars, Jazz at the Labs (pending). Tribal Connections.
Challenges:  Covid & Budget. Funding needs never diminish, although Megan stated "send money to Ukraine" right now. Aging infrastructure effects all campuses. UofW is not wealthly. Seattle campus alone has $2B in delayed maintenance.
Keep track of this vibrant community of curious, competent making life changing discoveries by reading Tide Bites, their monthly newsletter. Adopt a Student!
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The Price of Living in Paradise

John Kulseth, County Assessor, patiently walked us through 2022 taxes and how they got there, assessed value and levy rates. He emphasized there are strict rules how the numbers are determined "every body is treated the same" with a few exceptions: seniors, current use property, designated horse land have separate classes. Challenges: 6 year inspection cycle; every year reevaluation requires public interaction. With people home because of Covid restrictions, appraisers are confronted with privacy concerns; threats, dog unleashed, shot gun! Aerial photos will soon (bill in legislature) be supplemented every year and give them better data. For graphs John displayed for levy changes, please visit their website: hhtp:// or call John at
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Building a Better Dialogue About Race


When Michell Marshall was six years old, her father took a job with Boeing as their first black engineer. He settled his wife, and two daughters in Burien because of its excellent school district. They were the only black family in a white community. They were welcomed with a gun shot into their car. Fortunately, the gas tank wasn't hit. When two white boys passed their home and called the daughters "NIGGER", their mother ran after them, shoes flying off, and brought them back to apologize. They did. She let them go. Michelle's first experience of racism. A loss of innocence at age 6.
Her father was very concerned about the numerous car accidents at the intersection of 8th and 136th in Burien. He asked his neighbor to sign a petition to ask the city for a 4-way stop, to find out they had started a petition to remove them from the neighborhood! That incident didn't deter Fred Woods, knowing that a stop sign would make a safer neighborhood for all. Six months later, a 4-way stop sign was installed. The accidents stopped. The stop sign was later known as the Fred Woods light.
One Christmas, the face of Santa Claus hung on the family's front door. Michell decided to paint Santa as she saw him. Black. Obviously, it was noticed by the neighborhood because a discussion followed at her school. Her artist endeavor was not appreciated. Fast forward: Hanging in Michell's home today is a painting by a Haitian artist of a black Santa Claus.
In first grade, Michelle's dad said. "Shorty, you have to be better than anyone else because they expect you to be mediocre." He was right then, and he is right now. Shorty might have been her nickname but her backbone never stopped growing! One 'appointed' friend in high school yet she excelled academically and band competitions (clarinet) and won a scholarship to Seattle U. 
Hired at Microsoft in 1996, there were less than 1% of black employees. When she left 11 years later, one out of six directors were black, out of 60,000 employees.
In 2007, Michell and her husband moved to Orcas Island and opened a retail store, The Office Cupboard and became involved in the community (Pres of Chamber of Commerce, help create Shakespeare Festival, And Bird Fest). There was one other black women on the island, often confused with Michell. A local woman referred to Michell on an Instagram post as "gutter Nigger". Enough! Michell literally took a 'walk in the woods'... the vision of Women in the Woods Productions crystalized, to promote racial and cultural diversity through various forms of artist expression. Five years later...A pin prick in the "Bubble". 
I refer you to their outstanding website for a glimpse of past performances from first-rate performers who convey through their art how they have experienced racial and cultural differences. Taught in ways to break down barriers and build understanding. Address discomfort. Sheltering our minds is not the answer.  Changes in the past 50 years? Some. Bullying and racial overtones are still prevalent.
Rotary deeply appreciates Michell's time and energy to recall her childhood story and pursuit of building a better dialogue about race.
Cornel West - guest speaker, 9/24
Building a Better Dialogue About Race  2022-02-26 08:00:00Z 0

Deborah Hoskinson  Tourism - Marketing - Management

Deborah Hoskinson pursued her marketing manager career from Oregon to the San Juan Islands, with a stop at Roche Harbor Resorts before taking the reins of San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau in 2003, now Visit San Juans. "We do our best to balance our vibrant economy with quality of our lives and environment through our marketing and messaging." Working with a $100,000 budget, funding from County and Friday Harbor lodge tax, membership dues from businesses and nonprofits, and website advertisers.
As we are visually aware, pandemic times have curtailed the number of visitors, as well as the ferry issue. Although our reputation as an outdoor destination has been well known for countless years, we've received national/international media coverage recently from Good Morning America, Conde Nast Traveler, and my personal favorite: Jet Set!  During our down times, the Bureau created "Shop the San Juans" an online marketplace. With its success, they will continue the website throughout the year.

For detailed information from Deborah's presentation, please refer to the attached graphs, and their excellent website: or email directly to
We encourage you to attend the Tourism Management Plan public meeting on March 8. Your island. Your voice.  
Deborah Hoskinson  Tourism - Marketing - Management 2022-02-19 08:00:00Z 0

Diane Martindale - SJIMA

Technical difficulties did not deter Diane Martindale from presenting a precise and informative view of the history and current exhibitions and programs of San Juan Island Museum of Art (SJIMA). While not an artist herself, she has been passionate about the arts since a child, and her creativity is alive through her design and sale of art quilts. She has a BS in Biology (U of Illinois) and MS in Microbiology from Rutgers University. As well as heading SJIMA, President of its board, Diane was Chair of WA State Arts Commission for nine years and continues as a member. Also, Diane was instrumental in establishing Friday Harbor Arts Commission.
"Art museums bring serenity, curiosity, help us see the world through the eyes of others. SJIMA exhibitions emphasize our shared humanity, values, love of our special place, and address social issues of our time. Diversity, social issues and inclusion are important to the museum. We aim to engage and explore current issues: consumerism, environmental problems, endangered species, plastics, pollution, and regional indigenous peoples' art. We bring DEA to the islands with artists, speakers, and programs."
"We've been open for several months with all the precautions for Covid in place. We require masks, three ventilation systems, UV sterilizer runs at night."
Programs:  Adult Workshops, Free Family Art Days (expanded to year-round program), Docent Program, Art as a Voice lectures, panels and events. 
Exhibitions:  2015 Opening show:  William Morris. 2016 "Fault Line" Ai Weiwei (the most famous artist in the world). We were the only museum on the West Coast to have his exhibition). First Nation Exhibition with Indigenous People ceremony. 2019 My War: Vietnam Veterans photographs. "Food for Thought" Robert Dash photographer (National Geographic 2/22), Annual Artists' Registry Exhibit. Refer to their excellent website for listing all exhibitions and activities.
VOLUNTEER! Special event needs help on May 28, Appraisal Day (our own Antique Road Show).
Diane's favorite visitor quote:  You are a small museum but you punch above your weight. 
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Food for Thought - Robert Dash

Robert Dash, Orcas Island resident, educator, photographer and naturalist, presented a spell-binding presentation of his intriguing photographs captured with the use of FH Lab's electron microscope, images of everyday foods and nature surrounding us. Look for his latest article in National Geographic (Feb 2022) and forthcoming book, "FOOD FOR THOUGHT Microviews of Substance: Threats and Prospects".  SJIMA had an exhibition in 2019 based on this book. In closing, Dash stated "Having a healthy ecosystem, creating biodiversity, repairing soil with agricultural practices, all will help cool local climate and lead to improved water dynamics in atmosphere.
photo: Urania Moth from my IPhone. Apologies to Mr. Dash!
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Ed Wilson - Life as a Helicopter Test Pilot

  • Our guest speaker, Ed Wilson, may be known as a thespian at our community theater and a singer/guitarist in venues around Friday Harbor, but a previous life took him to soaring heights as a US Navy helicopter pilot...carrier based squadron: the SeaWolves, air support for Navy Seal teams; air/sea rescue off carriers. In 1976, as a reservist, Ed rejoined his Vietnam squadron, the Blue Wolves.
  • Invited by Hughes Helicopter to train Taiwan pilots, initial cadre for first Taiwan aviation project, and his first helicopter testing - Hughes 500MDASW. Leading to the Apache program, and eventually heading the Apache Longbow program (pictured), a ten year process which introduced infrared and laser guide technology. Forefront to our GPS, for which Ed is very proud. 
Ed Wilson - Life as a Helicopter Test Pilot 2021-12-11 08:00:00Z 0
Thank you from Paideia Students 2021-12-07 08:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Fellow recipient is...

On her recent in-person visit, Beverly (Bev) Harrington, District 5050 Governor, presented a Paul Harris Fellow plus five pin to Jack Cory. Congrats Jack!
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Foundation Basics 101

In recognition of Rotary Foundation Month, Stan Liebenberg, our Foundation Chair, invited Malcom Kennedy, District 5050 Rotary Foundation Chair (DRFC) to enlighten us with Foundation basics. Malcolm been on the Foundation Team for ten years. You may be familiar with him as District Grants and Global Chair and a very active member of the Coquitlam Sunrise club.
For those who missed this all encompassing Zoom presentation, please visit https:// Malcom may reached at
NOTEWORTHY: the Rotary Foundation is recognized as one of the most effective and well managed charities in the world, with 12 four-star ratings from Charity Navigator. A-plus from CharityWatch. 
Foundation Basics 101 2021-11-22 08:00:00Z 0
Welcome to our World, Freeman! 2021-11-18 08:00:00Z 0

Rosedanie Cadet - Haiti Update

Rotarian Rosedanie Cadet, director of Helping Hands Noramise, gave our members an honest assessment of the present condition of our two school gardens in Port-au-Prince and St. Michel, Haiti. The project is funded by IPA grant with coordination of Teach Haiti to rebuild gardens affected by recent earthquakes and storms. The purpose of the gardens, first: a classroom to educate students and secondly to grow and supplement food for school lunches. Over/under watering by 2 agronomists, employed by Teach Haiti, has caused little produce. However, eggs are available twice weekly. Some progress. Accountability oversight is needed. 
THE BIG PICTURE: the rule of law in Haiti is the rule of gangs. Roads are blocked in and out of Port-au-Prince. Hospital hours are reduced. School days are reduced to three a week. Gasoline is $20/gallon. Numerous challenges and setbacks have been brought on by Covid, political unrest, and gang violence.  They need our continued support.
Rosedanie Cadet - Haiti Update 2021-11-15 08:00:00Z 0
Dictionary Distribution Team! 2021-11-06 07:00:00Z 0

Amanda Eichelberger - Home Trust

The stars were aligned last spring when a life-long dream was realized.  Amanda Eichelberger and her husband moved to the San Juan Islands. After her involvement with various homeless services, she realized more education would be needed to pursue housing solutions. After receiving her bachelor in public policy, and 'bravely' working in the WA State Legislature, it was time to fulfill the "dream". Home Trust's good fortune!
In August, Amanda became Executive Director of the San Juan Community Home Trust. Her presentation at our breakfast meeting was an impressive grasp of its history and passionate commitment to community preservation through forever affordable homes.  Currently, Holliwalk ( 8 homes & 4 duplexes) is their focus for fundraising.
Further information: or 
Amanda Eichelberger - Home Trust 2021-11-04 07:00:00Z 0

Life with Polio - Cynthia Brocha

To coincide with World Polio Day (October 24), President Pete Rose invited his friend, Cynthia Brocha, to share her story about living with Polio. In 1953, Cynthia was diagnosed with polio. She was 8 months old. Living in a small town north of Spokane, she most likely contacted the disease from her 12 year aunt (a carrier) who had been visiting. No one else in the community had contacted the disease. Fortunately, they had another aunt who was affiliated with Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children in Spokane. At that time, one needed a sponsor for admittance. She was admitted as an outpatient. She learned to walk with a leg brace. Her parents didn't 'baby' her. The first of three surgeries was at the age of 5, requiring her to stay at Shriners for six weeks. Philosophy developed with "I can do this ". I'll stop here...
Fortunately, I recorded her entire conservation. You need to hear her incredible story in its entirety, in her own words. Cynthia embraced life with "my fact".  I'll have Paul send the audio to you. Also, Pete will forward NPR story Cynthia's referenced about two American women who still rely on the archaic iron lung and their need to find replacement parts. A future Rotary project?
Life with Polio - Cynthia Brocha 2021-10-30 07:00:00Z 0
THANK YOU Concours d'Elegance Sponsors of 2021 2021-10-24 07:00:00Z 0

Delphina Liles - Family Resource Center

Delphina Liles, FRC Youth Resilience Coordinator, is bringing together many new programs and updating the Mentoring Program since her start only two years. A dynamo. She was a key component to overseeing our 36 Weekends since her arrival. Her first love is all about helping young people. We are very fortunate to have her in our community. New mentors are needed, particularly men. Go to or call Delphina directly at 360-252-0621.
Delphina Liles - Family Resource Center 2021-10-21 07:00:00Z 0

Charter Amendment Propositions on Ballot

Our guest speaker, Randall K. Gaylord, SJC Prosecuting Attorney and author of explanatory statements of CRC Propositions 1 - 6 (located in the Voters' Pamphlet for General Election of November 2) gave us a brief history of why we have a charter (he was involved in its initiation) current review of the charter commission, its limitations, and propositions considered but eliminated. Randy took time to top off Jack's coffee, helping us stay alert to all the charter details! 
Charter Amendment Propositions on Ballot 2021-10-14 07:00:00Z 0

It's not IF, but WHEN!

Brendan Cowan, director of San Juan County Emergency Management, spoke at our breakfast meeting about how to prepare for future emergencies. Hit your pause button on COVID concerns and focus on earthquakes and tsunamis. It's not IF, but WHEN they will impact the San Juan Islands. Detailed resources on their excellent website: 
It's not IF, but WHEN! 2021-09-28 07:00:00Z 0

Responding to Challenges

Superior Court Judge, Katie Loring and Superior Court Services Administrator, Linnea Anderson, spoke via ZOOM about the challenges of working during COVID and detailed breakdown of county court's responsibilities. Small team wearing lots of hats. Impressive creativity to provide uninterrupted services due to increased case loads and crisis calls. Courts didn't shut down. Courtroom remodeled (good bye jury box) and shared with district and superior court cases. Video hearings, etc. Detailed information about superior court services at Time to volunteer? Please call
Responding to Challenges 2021-09-23 07:00:00Z 0
Land Bank 2021-09-21 07:00:00Z 0

Welcome Karl and Carla

Please welcome Karl Eberhard, a member in good standing from Flagstaff, AZ and Queen Bea has returned to the 'hive' from a brief political break.
Welcome Karl and Carla 2021-09-14 07:00:00Z 0

Dictionary Project

San Juan Island County and OASIS WA home schoolers have their dictionaries thanks to Barb, Pete & Dick who delivered them to the Friday Harbor Elementary School. Way to go Rotarians!

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Happy New Rotary Year! 2020-06-25 07:00:00Z 0

Party Time!

Upcoming Installation is on June 19th at 5:00pm...see you all there...virtually!
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Make sure to mark your calendars, Rotarians!
Reminder: Installation will be on 6/19/20 at 5:00pm
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I wanted to bring everyone's attention to a program that we are utilizing for board meetings and such at this time. For a quick tutorial, click on the word Zoom to learn about another way of communicating with one another. I know some of you have already utilized this but for those of you who have not, I hope this is helpful during this time of virtual communications.
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Rotary Meetings Canceled

At this time, we will be canceling our Rotary meetings due to the risk of Covid19. When the probability of endangering one another has lessoned, we will resume normal gatherings. Until that time, I will take a moment of silence each day to wish everyone good health and safety.


Also, board meetings and committee meetings such as Concours will be occurring online or by teleconference until further notice; please be mindful of your emails for such correspondences from President Tom.

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How to get filthy rich in the San Juan Islands

Boyd Pratt brought us back to the history of farming in the San Juan Islands this morning. His book on farming includes historic photos, maps and literature from the 1800s to present. If you are interested in purchasing a copy of the book, it is sold at Griffin Bay Bookstore.
How to get filthy rich in the San Juan Islands 2020-03-04 08:00:00Z 0
Spelling Bee - Postponed (TBD) 2020-03-02 08:00:00Z 0

Knowledge Bowl

Don't forget! Tonight at 6:15pm is the Knowledge Bowl at the Community Theatre.
Knowledge Bowl 2020-03-02 08:00:00Z 0

Chris Compton, CPA - Figure LLC

From family to figures, Chris balances life in the San Juan Islands beautifully. A wonderful example of a Rotarian who wears many hats. Thank you, Chris for being a part of our Club and sharing your story with us.
Chris Compton, CPA - Figure LLC 2020-02-24 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting Canceled

Due to inclement weather, our meeting tomorrow, January 15th is canceled. Please be safe, keep bundled up and enjoy the snow!
Meeting Canceled 2020-01-14 08:00:00Z 0

The San Juan Preservation Trust

A big thank you to Angela and Craig for sharing Conserve-Care-Connect with our Rotary Club. Not only an educational program but stunning visuals to boot! It's a lovely reminder of how grateful we are to be living in such a glorious paradise. To learn more, please click on the website below.
The San Juan Preservation Trust 2019-12-18 08:00:00Z 0
Little Shop of Horrors 2019-12-18 08:00:00Z 0

Dictionary Success!



On November 5, 2019, Barbara Fagan of Rotary Club Friday Harbor, boarded an early ferry to Lopez, to present Lopez 3rd graders with their very own dictionaries.  After discussing the Rotary FOUR-WAY test with 3rd grade students, each student took a dictionary and wrote their name inside the cover. The Rotary FOUR-WAY test is four philosophical questions: “Is it the truth?  Is it fair to all concerned?
Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?”  


After dictionaries were named, we learned the table of contents and the discoveries are ongoing. Sophie likes the sign language pages. Gardner thought it would be a tool forspelling, but discovers lots of other things like geography and planets. Natalya reads the longest word in the English language. Abby likes the dictionary races: Mr.B writes a word on the board and students race to be the first to find the word in the dictionary, using the guide words. Kalani is interested in the braille alphabet. Xavier finds the information and pictures of the states of the US. Jes likes using the guide words to look up words. Genesis likes learning all the names of the planets.  Sixto likes finding the periodic table of elements. Danna likes learning sign language for numbers. Currently, students are using dictionaries to look up and define weekly spelling words.  It’s a beautiful sight, watching kids develop proficiency with a language tool they will use the rest of their lives. 

Thank you Rotary for your literacy support!


Dictionary Success! 2019-12-10 08:00:00Z 0
Welcoming Gina Borges! 2019-11-07 08:00:00Z 0

CONCOURS recipients & DG Brad Whittaker


A great day when we can give out $15,000 to help our local charities and PolioPlus Fund. Another PLUS, a visit from our new District 5050 Gov, Brad Whittaker! Photo left to right: Jim & Sue Corenman, Jennifer Armstrong (Joyce L. Sobel Family Resource Center), Mariluz Villa (Hospice of San Juan), DG Brad Whittaker, Pres Tom Sibert, Theresa Tilton (FUG board), Brian Moore (Family Umbrella Group). Not in photo: Assist DG Connie Milliken arrived from blustery ferry ride! AND a big shout out to Thomas Sandstrom and Steve Bowman for herding volunteers and sponsors!
CONCOURS recipients & DG Brad Whittaker  2019-10-17 07:00:00Z 0
Dictionaries Delivered! 2019-10-15 07:00:00Z 0
Open for Business - Rotary Free Library at Roche Harbor 2019-09-26 07:00:00Z 0
DEEP DIVE exhibition at SJIMA 2019-09-13 07:00:00Z 0

COUNTY FAIR highlights!

Proud papa, Adam Eltinge, as Grace received Reserve Champion for Fitting and Showing. Amelia received Grand Champion in Fitting and Showing for Senior Class. And Dad brings home Fair Feud Champion! Mike Griffin will now need an addition on his home to display blue ribbons. Jameson is the key for plant food! Carrie captured the unofficial BEST photo of Frank and Barbara!
COUNTY FAIR highlights! 2019-08-23 07:00:00Z 0
Astrid to Amazon! 2019-08-01 07:00:00Z 0
4th Parade entree for Orcas! 2019-07-10 07:00:00Z 0
No float-just folks for Fourth Parade! 2019-07-10 07:00:00Z 0

Mrs. Fagan's COOKIES!

A picture-perfect day at Lime Kiln Point to celebrate the lighthouse's 100th anniversary. Mrs. Fagan's 200 hand-decorated cookies were sold to benefit the Friends of Lime Kiln Society (FOLKS) with help from Pete Rose, Frank Fagan, Mike & Jean Griffin, Chanda Stone, Gaelyn Stone, Tom Sibert and QB.
Mrs. Fagan's COOKIES! 2019-07-02 07:00:00Z 0
Sophia Bailey's first meeting!  2019-06-12 07:00:00Z 0
Induction of Chanda Stone 2019-06-05 07:00:00Z 0
The LAST Nail? 2019-06-03 07:00:00Z 0

 Home Trust Sun Rise II completion

David Gow, Ex Dir of San Juan Community Home Trust, walked us through the recently completed Sun Rise II "pocket neighborhood" consisting of 12 single family homes, rejuvenated and recycled, built in the early 1990s to 1940. Stay tuned for the next project!
Home Trust Sun Rise II completion 2019-05-01 07:00:00Z 0

Community Project in Guatemala

Our guest speaker, Libby Scott, FHHS student, premiered her community project in Guatemala, a very professional and heartfelt presentation.
Community Project in Guatemala 2019-04-24 07:00:00Z 0

Greg Lund Induction

We are delighted to welcome our newest member, Greg Lund, Pastor of Friday Harbor Presbyterian, pictured with our Membership Chair, Carrie Unpingco.
Greg Lund Induction 2019-04-17 07:00:00Z 0

Lime Kiln Lighthouse 100th Birthday!

A wonderful, enthusiastic presentation by Erin Corra, Founder and Executive Director of Friends of Lime Kiln Society (FOLKS). Circle your calendar for lighthouse centennial on June 30th!
Lime Kiln Lighthouse 100th Birthday! 2019-04-11 07:00:00Z 0

The Eyes have It!

Dr. Bob Williams gave a fascinating and informative talk about his smartphone app in development, allowing early detection of vision problems in children, simply by taking a picture of the child's eye.
The Eyes have It! 2019-04-03 07:00:00Z 0

and the winner is...

Paideia Classical School took home top prizes in our 14th Annual Spelling Bee. First place went to Eve Hulse and runner-up was Haley Rennick, both 8th grade students of Mrs. Hallock.
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Shoutout to Knowledge Bowlers!

Bob Jarman, Adam Eltinge, Pete Rose, and Chris Compton scooted on stage   with high spirits for a fun event! Bow ties provided by Adam, scooters by Chris' kids, and beanies by Mike Close!
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Spreading love and hope in Honduras! 2019-02-17 08:00:00Z 0



The Aerospace team returned today for a captivating recap of their experiences to place 2nd in the International Space Settlement Design Competition World Championship at Kennedy Space Center. They're gearing up for next year's competition. Stay tuned! Left to right:  Dan Garner (teacher/coach), Evan Foley, Arlo Harold, Max Mattox, Brandon Payne,  Joely Loucks, and Lucy Urbach.

Christmas & Holiday Party!

Thanks to Mike Griffin for his idea to have a Christmas Party!  Festive setting at the San Juan Golf Club set the stage for a fun-filled evening!  Members brought garments for Family Resource Center.
Christmas & Holiday Party! 2018-12-14 08:00:00Z 0
In Loving Memory of Yvonne Regina Swanberg 2018-11-16 08:00:00Z 0
I SPY...Mike Close & Mike Griffin? 2018-11-13 08:00:00Z 0

Free Dictionaries to Students

Barb Fagan, Chris Compton, and Steve Bowman recently visited FHES for our annual distribution of dictionaries to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. Chris surprised his 3rd grade daughter, Flora! For the past 10 years, Barb Fagan, Literacy Chair, has overseen the delivery of over 3,000 dictionaries to students countrywide.
Free Dictionaries to Students 2018-11-07 08:00:00Z 0

Giving Back to Our Community

 A joyful morning as we presented checks to the recipients of proceeds from the 12th annual Concours d'Elegance. Mariluz Villa and John Lackey (Hospice of San Juan), Brian Moore (Family Umbrella Group), and Cindy Gutierrez (Family Resource Center) each organization received $4517. Also, $1,000 was donated to PolioPlus Fund of Rotary International.
Giving Back to Our Community 2018-10-10 07:00:00Z 0

A Visit from District Governor, Linda Murray

Our new District Governor, Linda Murray, presented Adam with a Rotary Citation from Rotary International Past President, Ian Riseley, recognizing our chapter's 'make a difference' projects during 2017-18. We should all be proud of our accomplishments.
A Visit from District Governor, Linda Murray 2018-10-05 07:00:00Z 0

Ned Morris - ShelterBox Response Team Member

Wow! For those of us lucky enough to hear Ned Morris' presentation about the life-changing work of ShelterBox disaster relief program. An extra bonus, this talented young Rotarian is a vintner and brought wine from his Walla Walla vineyard, Reasons, as well as special label, ShelterBox. Ned promises to return in the spring!
Ned Morris - ShelterBox Response Team Member 2018-09-19 07:00:00Z 0

Orcas Pickleball recipients

 Orcas Island non-profit organizations received $1,000 each from proceeds of Rotary Orcas' second annual Pickleball Tournament held on August 18th. Photo, left to right:  Rotarian Linda Hamilton, Learner Limbach - Orcas Food Co-op Farm Fund, Eliza Morris - Orcas Center, and Erin O'Dell - Orcas Island Community Resource Center.
Orcas Pickleball recipients 2018-09-12 07:00:00Z 0

Concours 2018

Overcast skies didn't dampen appetites for Mayer & Sibert hand-made pizzas for our 12th annual Concours d'Elegance. Most of the faces you know, but will mention Michael Corliss, the new owner of San Juan Vineyards, receiving trophy for his '61 Chevrolet pickup. And Arlington Rotarian, Lee Harman, won a trophy for "Miss Vicky"!
Concours 2018 2018-08-31 07:00:00Z 0
Orcas Rotary's Pickleball Tournament Raises $3000 2018-08-21 07:00:00Z 0

Michael & Susan Martin Induction

Welcoming new members, Michael and Susan Martin, pictured with their sponsor, Pres Paul, and Carrie Unpingco, Membership Chair. Shifting gears from Washington, DC to a more relaxed setting in which to pursue their careers.
Michael & Susan Martin Induction 2018-08-08 07:00:00Z 0
Student Bus Stop Crew 2018-07-20 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Exchange - Emily Cain & Greta Kellerhoff

A whirlwind year for Emily Cain (Peru) and Greta Kellerhoff (San Juan Island). Dennis was the 'officer' overseeing Greta's stay and Queen Bea was her counselor. An amazing and rewarding experience!
Rotary Exchange - Emily Cain & Greta Kellerhoff 2018-07-13 07:00:00Z 0

4th Parade on Orcas!

On Saturday, Frank and Barb Fagan, Yvonne Swanberg, Adam Eltinge joined forces on Orcas with Bob and Jeannie McPherson, Stan Liebenberg, Linda Hamilton and Frank Stratton for Rotary Orcas parade entree! Copies of the U.S. Constitution were passed out. Note front bumper of Stan's Thunderbird behind Frank Fagan.
4th Parade on Orcas! 2018-07-09 07:00:00Z 0
Yup, our new President! 2018-07-04 07:00:00Z 0

Co-Rotarian of the Year - Michel Vekved

Michel was given a lovely Rotary scarf recognizing her co-Rotarian of the Year award for her regional development of 36 Weekends program. At the installation dinner, Paul Mayer received co-Rotarian of the Year for his international work in Honduras with IPA-Copan.
Co-Rotarian of the Year - Michel Vekved 2018-06-28 07:00:00Z 0

Installation Dinner - June 18, 2018

Last night, we had our Installation Dinner at Vinny's with Past District Governor, Rob Martin presiding. President Adam Eltinge 2017-18 to President Paul Mayer 2018-19.
Installation Dinner - June 18, 2018 2018-06-19 07:00:00Z 0
Pete Rose Induction 2018-05-23 07:00:00Z 0


We had a mind-boggling presentation from Dan Garner's students about their recent International Space and Design Competition, awarding them a chance to compete for a World Championship at ISSDC held at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in late July. photo: left to right: Dan Garner, Brandon Payne, Evan Foley, Arlo Harold (tie), Max Mattox, Joely Loucks, and Lucy Urbach.

Opening Day Boat Parade

Captain Paul Mayer and his first (and only) mate, Kim, guided us on their Grand Banks from Roche Harbor to Friday Harbor for the opening day of the boat season, on the most glorious of spring days. Rotarian, Bill Robinson, loaned us his extraordinary collection of Rotary flags collected from his international travels, particularly from Russia.
Opening Day Boat Parade 2018-05-15 07:00:00Z 0

Children's Festival

The indefatigable Barb Fagan set a record of 12 volunteers to oversee Rotary's Children's Festival booth! She is now going on a well-deserved cruise with her first husband! Volunteers known: Cyndy, Yvonne, Marys Kalbert and Sliger, John Kalbert, Pete Rose, Jon Cain, Frank Fagan, Dick Shorett, Jack Cory (photo), Gerry Miller & QB.
Children's Festival 2018-05-07 07:00:00Z 0
Island Clean Up - Earth Day 2018-05-04 07:00:00Z 0

Malcolm Kennedy  & Mary Sliger

Standing room only for a very informative talk by District 5050 Global Grants Chair, Malcolm Kennedy. He walked us through the process for applying for district and global grants, all the requirements and tools needed to complete the on-line applications. He's a phone call away if we need help!  
Malcolm Kennedy & Mary Sliger 2018-04-11 07:00:00Z 0
13th Annual Rotary Spelling Bee 2018-03-13 07:00:00Z 0
Welcome Glen Margolis! 2018-03-02 08:00:00Z 0
Restart Africa Centre - Emilie Moser 2018-02-28 08:00:00Z 0
Our Honduras Adopt-a-School Rosalila students 2018-02-20 08:00:00Z 0
Best Adult Costumes for Knowledge Bowl 2018! 2018-02-06 08:00:00Z 0

Welcoming Rob Banes!

Rob Banes is our newest member, leaving Dallas for remote island living. Rob will continue his extensive financial and accounting experience with Lake Kennedy McCulloch. Banes is a graduate of Baylor University and has been an active member of Rotary Club and Friends of the Katy Trail in Dallas.
Welcoming Rob Banes! 2018-01-23 08:00:00Z 0

Rock Solid Youth Program

Zack Fincher (pictured with Luke Fincher and Chiara Power) presented his program, Rock Solid, created to educate elementary school-age kids about bullying, with the assistance of San Juan Island Prevention Coalition.The program has been chosen to be presented in Washington, D.C. at national conference for Effective Prevention Projects. Way to go, Zack!
Rock Solid Youth Program 2018-01-11 08:00:00Z 0
Orcas Rotary Holiday Celebration 2017-12-31 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation recognition to Frank and Barbara Fagan

After an inspiring Rotary Foundation program by Mary Sliger, Mary read a letter from the Rotary Foundation recognizing Frank and Barbara Fagan reaching Major Donor Status Level 4. As we consider our annual gift to the Foundation, may the Fagan's commitment of giving inspire others to increase their donation.
Rotary Foundation recognition to Frank and Barbara Fagan 2017-11-15 08:00:00Z 0

Concours recipients!

Lindagene Coyle, District Governor, presented checks to the recipients of proceeds from our annual Concurs d'Elegance held on August 27th at the San Juan 
Vineyards. John Lackey of Hospice San Juan, Jennifer Armstrong of Family Resource Center, and Brian Moore of Family Umbrella Group each received $5950. Our Rotary Club donated $1,000 to PolioPlus Fund of Rotary International. A wonderful celebration of Making a Difference in our community! Accolades to Thomas Sandstrom, Concours Co-Chair, and Steve Bowman, salesman extraordinaire. The event was co-sponsored with the Sports Car Club of San Juan Islands.
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Welcoming Greta Kellerhoff - Rotary Exchange Student 2017-08-14 07:00:00Z 0
RESTART AFRICA - Mary Coulson 2017-07-19 07:00:00Z 0
First Annual Pickleball Tournament - Orcas Rotary 2017-07-15 07:00:00Z 0
IS IT THE TRUTH? 2017-06-08 07:00:00Z 0
Welcome new members - Carrie Unpingco and Bob Jarman 2017-04-29 07:00:00Z 0
Great Islands Clean-up & Picnic April 22 2017-04-22 07:00:00Z 0
Island Neighbors Community Outreach Program 2017-02-11 08:00:00Z 0

World Polio Day - October 24th

 We celebrate World Polio Day on October 24th. Our Rotary Club has donated $70,000 to polio eradication since its formation in 2003. Please consider a donation today to Rotary Foundation PolioPlus fund. Your gift will be matched 2-for-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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Concurs d'Elegance a huge success!

  • Thanks to the salesmanship skills of Steve Bowman, we had an increase of 54% in sponsor contributions, enabling us to give Hospice and Family Resource $6200 each ($3600 last year). We donated $1000 to PolioPlus Fund of Rotary International. We are soooo close to eradicating Polio! And thanks also to Thomas Sandstrom for 'herding the cats'. And a special occasion to have Scott Dudley, our District Governor, with us.
Concurs d'Elegance a huge success! 2016-10-13 07:00:00Z 0

John O. Linde playground

Posted on Oct 01, 2016
While some Rotarians chose to play golf last Saturday, the hardy ones appeared at 8AM to assemble the John O. Linde playground. Kudos to Adam Eltinge (our leader), Carol Linde, Kristen Linde, Mary Sliger, Barb Fagan, Jean Griffin, Brad Williamson, and Queen Bea. An emotional and rewarding day!
John O. Linde playground 2016-10-01 07:00:00Z 0

Concurs d'Elegance barbeque 

After the Concurs d'Elegance on August 28, Rotary volunteers went into self before service mode and had a barbecue at the San Juan Vineyard. Thanks to Yvonne for providing a shelter from the threatening sky. And the weather held out for the event! Mike Close concocted his burger speciality. Who wants the first bite? go first.
Concurs d'Elegance barbeque  Carla Wright 2016-08-28 07:00:00Z 0


Rock the Dock with Rotary! Enjoy the magic of Independence Day on San Juan Island

San Juan Island’s annual community party, Rock the Dock, brought to you by the Rotary Club and sponsored by Islanders Bank, returns on July 4th for its annual dock party of family fun and celebration.

This year’s event will feature again the music of the fabulous J-BOTS, a local band known for its talent and energetic music of many varieties – contemporary and retro. Come to the parking lot on the waterfront with an appetite (tasty food will be available) and enthusiasm for celebrating the 4th of July with friends and family.

Tickets will be available at the gate. The cost for adults is $10. In all these years the ticket price has never been raised. Kids 12 and under, accompanied by an adult, get in free.

Proceeds from this year’s event will help eradicate polio world-wide and support local non-profits. Join your friends and neighbors and Rock the Dock with Rotary!

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8th Annual Concours d'Elegance

Posted on Aug 23, 2014
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August 24, 2014

San Juan Vineyards

Friday Harbor, Washington


The Sports Car Club of the San Juan Islands in conjunction with the Rotary Club of San Juan Island will hold its eighth Annual Concours d’Elegance at the San Juan Vineyards on Sunday, August 24, 2014 from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM.

8th Annual Concours d'Elegance Thomas Sandstrom 2014-08-24 00:00:00Z 0
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Fish for Teeth Fundaraiser

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Fish Tacos!
Friday Jan 24  

11 - 2pm

Friday Harbor Ace Hardware

$7 each!
Its Fish Taco time again, and we're serving up the same fabulous tacos (actually burritos) as we have in the past, with Matt's personally-caught Alaskan rockfish (caught from abundant stocks), with salsa from Pablito's Taqueria, fresh Tillamook Cheese, fresh cabbage, and a squeeze of lime.  To warm you up and fend off that cough that's been going around, Maureen is brewing up a hot batch of her special Lemon-Ginger-Honey Tea.

We will also be selling one last round of BLACKCOD TIPS, the super-special seafood delicacy that Matt developed and brought home to us.  These things are as good as it gets!  We included the same serving suggestion as last time (at the end of this email), so you can have it memorized.

On the dental side of things, Fish for Teeth is still going strong.  The last two-day visit of the ToothMobile had record numbers, with 33 people served for nearly $21,000 worth of dental services.  Many of these people had not been to a dentist in a while and had no other option but to live with tooth pain.  To date, 225 people on San Juan and Lopez Islands have been provided over $125,000 in dental services, all from this 100% volunteer effort.  

This happens only with immense community support from your own local dental professionals, the staffs at the San Juan County Health Department and San Juan and Lopez Family Resource Centers, the Oral Health Coalition, and many selfless individuals who put in countless hours to schedule the van and have patients ready in an orderly and efficient fashion.  Thanks go to all.

Fish for Teeth's latest undertaking is to assure 100% of San Juan Island's second graders have sealants applied to their molars.  This program is as much about dental awareness and education, for both children and adults, as it is about applying the sealants which will assure better dental health.  The first step is to get the child into a dentist's chair for a checkup; this may be the first time a child has been to a dentist.  If a family does not have dental insurance, Fish for Teeth will provide the information needed to understand the options available to families in order to get their children into the dentist.  All this culminates with the special May 15th ToothMobile visit where our community will work together to make sure every second grader has the opportunity to have their teeth protected by sealants.

The next clinic is on San Juan Island this Friday and Saturday.  We schedule patients ahead of time to maximize efficiency.  The ToothMobile also comes to San Juan Island in May and October.  Applications can be picked up at the Health Department, the San Juan Island Family Resource Center, or online at  

In addition to our fish taco fundraising efforts, Fish for Teeth has received generous donations from individuals and service groups to support our programs. Recent donations from our local Rotary and American Legion Women's Auxiliary enabled us to initiate our sealant program.

If you would like information on any of our programs, wish to volunteer your services to Fish for Teeth, or would like to donate to our cause, please visit our web site at

Thank you all for your continued support and Fish Taco consumption!!!!

Matt Marinkovich
Fish for Teeth Pres and your dedicated local fisherman!
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Holiday Meeting Adjustment 2013

Due to the 2013 holiday schedule, there will be NO Wednesday meetings the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years this year.
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Next Rotary Leadership Institute in November

The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a series of fast-paced, interactive, one-day courses offered to refine a Rotarian's leadership skills and increase their base of Rotary knowledge.

RLI Parts 1, 2 & 3 are being offered.  Courses must be taken in sequence.  You must have completed parts 1 and 2 before you take part 3. The cost is $85 and most clubs reimburse members who attend.

Courses are fun, topical, interactive, and geared toward busy business and professional persons who want to be more effective leaders in their vocation and club and more knowledgeable Rotarians. Participants return to their club with enthusiasm, new contacts, fresh ideas, an increased understanding of their potential as Rotarians, and valuable skills impacting their potential leadership in the club.


The courses are designed to provide Rotary knowledge and to develop leadership. Some examples of course sessions include:

Rotary Beyond the Club,
The Rotary Foundation
Membership Development and Retention
Creating Hands On Service Projects
Vocational Service – Ethics
International Service
Analyzing a Rotary Club
Public Relations & Communications

What are the teaching methods? The Institute believes in course sessions with as much discussion/participation as possible. Class sizes are limited to approximately 15-20 persons. Lectures are strictly limited. Course methods include discussion groups, problem solving workshops and case studies. Everyone participates during the sessions. A course workbook containing an Institute Manual, session program agendas, faculty listings and course outlines and materials, is provided to each attendee.

Registration will open in late September.  Please register online with your credit card using the link in the upper left hand corner. Space is limited, so don't delay.

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District Governor Jane Helton - "Governor's Pen"

Posted by Thomas Sandstrom on Aug 22, 2011

District Governor Jane invites you to view the Governor's Pen - A weekly news letter to all Rotarian's in 5050. 


As a District we strive to keep all Rotarians in the "loop" about what is going on in the District. On a weekly basis, our District Governor will update our Rotarians through "The Governors Pen", a weekly newsletter to Rotarians in District 5050.


Please visit our District Website to view DG Jane's Governor's Pen.

CLICK HERE to view it directly.

Also, DG Jane has updated her blog- Click DG Jane's Blog to view. 

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Membersip Fellowship

Posted by Jonathan Piff

Rotary Club of San Juan Island Membership Fellowship

Monday, October 22, 2012

Piano and Wine Bar, Spring St.


Fellow Rotarians:


Please mark your calendars and attend our ‘annual’ membership fellowship.  We will gather at the San Juan Vineyards Piano and Wine Bar on Spring St. on Monday, October 22 at 5 PM.  Please bring an appetizer to share and a friend who may be interested in Rotary.  Let’s all gather for a fun time of fellowship with our club.


Thank you.


Mary Sliger

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Club Officer Openings

Posted by Mary Sliger
Greetings Fellow Rotarians:
I announced at our meeting this week that we are soliciting nominations for Secretary and Treasurer to serve our club beginning July 1, 2011.
Below is a list of the primary responsibilities for each position.
Please consider in what capacity you would like to support our club in the future and if either of these positions would be of interest to you.
If you would like more specifics of what each position entails specifically in our club, I am certain that Barbara Fagan and Frank Fagan would be happy to discuss their respective positions.
Please let Jack Cory or me know of your interest to stand for nomination to either of these positions by December 1.

Thanks very much,
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New Member Induction

Posted by Mike Griffin
August 6, 2010

Before focusing on our next meeting, I would like to thank fellow Friday Harbor Rotarian Tony Vivenzio for his excellent program on the history and process of labor arbitration.  As usual, Tony's presentation was informative and entertaining.

Please make an extra effort to attend our meeting this week on the 11th.  Besides all of the great reasons to attend your Rotary Club meeting routinely, we have three extra-added attractions this week:
  • An induction ceremony will be conducted for new member Rick Thompson which represents an important event for Rick and our club. 
  • In addition, Assistant District Governor Scott Dudley will visit us.  It will be a good opportunity for those who do not know Scott to meet him.
  • Finally, our program will be a Club Assembly on Membership, which will be facilitated by Jack Cory.
Come early for some Fellowship.  I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday.

Yours in Rotary,

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FH Football Players at 7/21 Rotary Meeting

Posted by Mary Sliger
Mark Tomkins along with 4-5  Friday Harbor High School football players that worked on Rock The Dock will be at our meeting this week.  There will be a check presentation and pictures. 
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Posted by Mary Sliger
Here is the schedule of Rotary Minute presentations that we discussed at our meeting on July 7.  The Rotary Minute can be an interesting fact about Rotary International (customs, history, programs, etc.); something in Rotary that has been particularly important to you; insight as to why you joined and belong to Rotary.
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