The Giving Plate

The Giving Plate is a gift to the members of the Rotary Club of Burlington in recognition of all the love and blessings that flow within our Club and out into our community and the world.  We are a family who cares and shares and truly Do Good in the World.
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Ring the Bell

Burlington-Edison High School’s Interact Club has a new tone to their meetings thanks to the donation of a Rotary Bell presented to the Club by members of the Rotary Club of Burlington on Feb. 2nd.
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Rotary International Unveils 2022-2023 Theme

"Imagine Rotary” is the 2022-23 presidential theme that Rotary International President Jennifer Jones unveiled. She is asking Rotary members to dream big and take action: “We all have dreams, but acting on them is a choice. Imagine a world that deserves our best, where we get up each day knowing that we can make a difference.” To read more about this year's theme, click here
Rotary International Unveils 2022-2023 Theme 2022-07-03 07:00:00Z 0

Burlington Rotary Raffle Winners

A big shoutout to everyone who bought tickets for our annual raffle. Below is a list of the winners and their winning numbers. Thank you for supporting our club and making the work we do possible!
$1,500 Winner - Peter Brown - 0158
$200 Winner - Dan Berentson - 0056     
$200 Winner - Mark Thomas - 1666    
$200 Winner - Josh Top - 0393     
$200 Winner - Jim Hjelt - 2118     
$200 Winner - Amelia Cook - 0220   
Burlington Rotary Raffle Winners Peter Cisneros 2022-06-02 07:00:00Z 0

Beverly Harrington Named District 5050 Governor

Bev grew up in San Mateo, California, and lived in the same house until she left for college with a stay-at-home mom and a dad who worked two jobs to provide for her and her three brothers. It was a happy time with summers spent camping and water skiing. After returning from a year in Austria as an exchange student, she attended the University of California, Berkeley, until marrying and starting a family. 
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Skagit Kid's Read Week 2021-04-23 07:00:00Z 0
Power In Our Connections 2020-09-20 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Burlington Accepts Several Awards From District 5050 2020-09-20 07:00:00Z 0

Meet District 5050's New District Governor

Carol Tichelman grew up in Vancouver, and spent 8 years in Prince George as Branch Manager with Canada Trust. She first joined Rotary in 1992 when in Prince George.
In 1995, Carol moved to Chilliwack to get closer to family and friends in the lower mainland, opened her own Financial Planning practice, and joined the Rotary Club of Chilliwack. 
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Roaring Twenties Virtual Live Auction Peter Cisneros 2020-09-02 07:00:00Z 0
Meet District Governor Brad Whittaker Peter Cisneros 2019-07-19 07:00:00Z 0

Who's Coming to Dinner?

If you haven't had the opportunity to join fellow Friends and Rotarians at a Who's Coming to Dinner?- you REALLY should! 
The next dinner will be Friday March 29th!! :)
Who's Coming to Dinner? Kathryn Starkovich 2019-03-29 07:00:00Z 0

YMCA Open House

Posted on Mar 02, 2019
YMCA open house is coming!! 10-3pm
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Scholarship Committee

Meeting - April 4th at 3:15- Burlington Public Library
Meeting - May 15th at 3pm - Burlington Public Library
For information contact Evan Greenlaw at 206-734-8249
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Friendship House

LUNCH.....we will be packing (at our meeting) and distributing lunch on December 21st!!
Come help us Friday December 21st as we help our community in need!
Friendship House Kathryn Starkovich 2018-12-03 08:00:00Z 0
Burlington Dedicates Rotary Clock 2018-09-10 07:00:00Z 0


As we have for the past several years we have an opportunity as we enter the new Rotary year! With your Rotary Dues (or any time during July and August 2018, please consider the following to donate at this time to The Rotary Foundation!


Any donations made to the Rotary Foundation in the amount of $100.00 or more will be matched by the club. The club match will include this opportunity to give at dues time or any time until August 31st, 2018. This match will be in Foundation Recognition Points and will count towards your "Recognition Amount" and your first Paul Harris Fellow or Paul Harris Fellow +1, etc. (The matched "Recognition Points" that you will receive is however not transferrable to others and is different than "Available Recognition Points" that a donor has accumulated through personal outright giving to the Foundation. (Your personal giving portion here will count towards the ability to make someone else a Paul Harris Fellow when you accumulate 1,000 "Available Recognition Points.")


Please contact Don Power with questions.

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It is that time of year again and soon you will be receiving your annual dues statement.
You will find several options to pay your annual dues, including in full, semi-annually and monthly.
The board works very hard at keeping the annual dues as low as possible I think you will find in comparison to other clubs in our area we are much lower.
Thank you to Stephanie Hooper- excellent job on the raffle which helps keep our annual dues as low as they are!!!
As a reminder- the annual dues include the weekly breakfast.
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Community Clock Project 2017-10-21 07:00:00Z 0
Maiben House Remodel Finished 2017-06-29 07:00:00Z 0
Do Good With Us 2017-04-26 07:00:00Z 0

Shelter in Time of Need

Burlington - Have you heard about ShelterBox? Did you know they have provided disaster relief in over 270 humanitarian crises situations throughout 95 geographic locations?
Shelter in Time of Need 2017-02-11 08:00:00Z 0
Rob Martin Receives Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award 2017-01-10 08:00:00Z 0

Program Helps Fight Weekend Hunger

BURLINGTON — The cafeteria at West View Elementary School on Friday afternoons is a bit of controlled chaos.
Backpacks line the lunch tables, while volunteers unload boxes of food from a truck outside.
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Mountains of Hope 2017-01-09 08:00:00Z 0
Gearing Up For A Climb: Danielle Fisher Galbraith 2016-12-18 08:00:00Z 0
Gearing Up For A Climb: Danielle Fisher Galbraith 2016-12-18 08:00:00Z 0
We're Rotary - There's No Limit To What We Can Do 2016-10-15 07:00:00Z 0

YES 2016 Honduras

Ten incredible high school students accomplished over 80 hours of volunteer service each in their own communities and continued to share their love for people through a ten-day humanitarian service trip in a small, struggling village located near Copan Ruinas.
YES 2016 Honduras Ellen Johnson 2016-07-29 07:00:00Z 0
Interact 2015-2016 Officers Installed at October 23 Meeting Ellen Johnson 2015-10-27 07:00:00Z 0
Burlington Story Trail Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Larry Bawden 2015-06-22 07:00:00Z 0

Burlington Station: A Great Rotary Project

Posted by Rob Martin on Nov 26, 2012


Well, as nightfall (almost) fell, a crowd of excited, yet cold onlookers peered over the new stage, and looked at the green grass risers.  "Grass is kind of wet. I don't think I'll sit down" said our own Don Power.  "I sure hope I don't get cut with those oversized sissors" said a dapper looking Dwayne Stowe, coordinator of major bathroom projects and other town business.  "I think it is really great. Really," said Bernie Halladay to Marlene Wegner as they listened to the program from Mayor Steve Sexton.  "I sure hope somebody took pictures", said Dick Irwin as he looked around for a camera. 

Well, the long awaited project is completed!  The public bathrooms are a reality, and the building is beautifulImageImageImage

Burlington Station: A Great Rotary Project Rob Martin 2012-11-27 00:00:00Z 0

Escape From Tehran: A Real First Person Account

Posted by Rob Martin on Nov 26, 2012






Meeting with President Carter. The author, Mark Lijek, stands second from right. White House photo.

(Courtesy of Mark Lijek’s story)

Our speaker on December 14th is Mark Lijek, who is one of the six Americans the CIA and Canadian Government helped to sneak out of Tehran during the Iranian Revolution. Mark and his wife Cora have been unable to talk about their ordeal publically, because until recently, it has been classified. Mark Lijek sent to Tehran in July 1979, on his very first tour as a foreign-service officer. You will hear about their many harrowing experiences as they successfully evaded capture, and even promoted a fake film! To read Mark’s own account of the story, click on this link.

Escape From Tehran: A Real First Person Account Rob Martin 2012-11-27 00:00:00Z 0
Burlington Rotarians Provide Job Shadow Experiences for BEHS Juniors Rob Martin 2012-11-16 00:00:00Z 0

Burlington Library

Posted by April Axthelm on Aug 15, 2012

The Burlington Morning Club donated to the Burlington Public Library's Tractor Project. As you can see from the article and picture, the children are already learning and enjoying the new interactive panels.

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Program for Friday, August 10, 2012:

Posted by Maggie Buckholz on Aug 07, 2012
Join us Friday to hear guest speaker Doug Wood, President of the Sedro Woolley Rotary Club talk about special service in Africa 
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Y.E.S. Team 2012

Posted by Ellen Johnson on Jun 02, 2012
Team members gathered Sunday, June 3 for final preparations before leaving for Guatemala on July 5th... more to follow                                                                      


Y.E.S. Team 2012 Ellen Johnson 2012-06-03 00:00:00Z 0

March 23 Speaker, Valerie Stafford -- Better Brain, Better Business

Posted by Ellen Johnson on Mar 18, 2012
Valerie Stafford, MS, is the Director of Communication and Development at United General Hospital, responsible for Marketing, Community Education, Foundation and Auxiliary. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Skagit Valley College, having taught health and wellness classes for the college since 1991. Valerie is a certified fitness instructor who teaches group exercise classes at her studio in the Concrete Theatre.

She was named the 2011 Business and Professional Woman of the Year, by SWAN (Skagit Women's Alliance and Network).

Valerie earned her BA at Western Washington University in Bellingham and her Master of Science degree from Capella University in Minnesota.
 Val has a special interest in helping people of all ages and abilities reach their full potential through exercise, nutrition, stress management and mindful activities.

March 23 Speaker, Valerie Stafford -- Better Brain, Better Business Ellen Johnson 2012-03-19 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Ellen Johnson on Mar 04, 2012


If you haven't had an opportunity to deliver dictionaries be sure to sign up next year!
This is an experience you should not miss!


DICTIONARIES FOR LOCAL STUDENTS... Ellen Johnson 2012-03-05 00:00:00Z 0

LUCK O' THE IRISH.... 2012

Posted by Ellen Johnson on Mar 04, 2012

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 A GREAT  time was had by all... AND the evening was financially successful.    Well done everyone!! 



LUCK O' THE IRISH.... 2012 Ellen Johnson 2012-03-05 00:00:00Z 0

WINE & DINE is April 3, 2012 in White Rock on the beach- and We are invited

Posted by Ellen Johnson on Feb 26, 2012

  Semiahmoo Rotary Club (White Rock)
Tuesday, April 3, 2012


Area G Rotary Leaders: Dear Orphalee, Steve, Anna, Eric, Chad and Gary

Area E Rotary Leaders: Dear Brock, Carol, Bill, Scot, Ginny, Mark, Duane

Semiahmoo Rotary is hosting our annual WINE & DINE event on Tuesday APRL 3, 2012. You and your Club members are invited to participate in this great event. You are receiving this notice before tickets go on sale to the public. In 2012 there are 4 blocks of restaurants in WINE & DINE. Each block of restaurants is terrific!

WINE & DINE is a very fun event every year. Each person is assigned to block of restaurants at WINE & DINE and each person proceeds to 4 restaurants for sample of menu items for 4 great White Rock Restaurants

Ø Tickets are $45 each and this will cover food samples in 4 beach front restaurants.
Ø You pay for your drink tickets at the first restaurant and can purchase mote tickets as
Ø The restaurants donate the cost of the food samples.
Ø In the fourth restaurant guests are offered a dessert
Ø We begin at 6:30 pm precisely. We move after 40 minutes in each restaurant.
Ø Our evening is over by 10 pm

As WINE & DINE does involve alcohol, Attendees must be 19 year of age or older and we strongly recommend a designated driver to avoid any driving while impaired.

It has been our hope to invite our US Rotarians to come to join us in this event for several years. So this year we are actually organizing to invite your Clubs to attend WINE & DINE. We suggest this might work best if your Clubs coordinated bus transportation to navigate your way to White Rock.

 US citizens will need to have current passports to pass the border.

There are 640 seats for WINE & DINE in 2012 and tickets may be purchased after MARCH 1 through Peggy Clark at:

Phone: 604. 542-8251

We would love to have you join us on April 3, 2012.

Best regards,
Kirk Mitchell
Semiahmoo Rotary Club (White Rock)
Office: 604.541-9784
Mobile: 604.351-7407



WINE & DINE is April 3, 2012 in White Rock on the beach- and We are invited Ellen Johnson 2012-02-27 00:00:00Z 0
ROTARY CELEBRATES INDIA's FIRST POLIO-FREE YEAR Ellen Johnson 2012-01-13 00:00:00Z 0

September/October Students of the Month

Posted by Ellen Johnson on Oct 27, 2011


If you missed the October 28th meeting, you missed four great talks from our "students of the month."  One of our members even professed these the BEST student talks they had heard in many years of being in our clubs audience.  Watch the local newspaper for more information about these great students!

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4th Annual Luck O' the Irish event Larry Bawden 0
What Does It Take To Change the World? ROTARY Rob Martin 0
Why Join Rotary? Rob Martin 0

2012 Features the 1st Annual Rotary Bowling Tournament

Posted by Rob Martin
January 30th will go down in history as the day many Rotarians threw large round balls (with very small thumb holes) at white pins about 100 feet away.  It was very exciting for everyone who participated, and if you didn't get the chance, well, there is always next year. President April took video (without permission, lawsuit is pending) and you can see the by clicking on the big arrow in the middle (for the benefit of Jim Sanders).
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ALERT! Change of Venue for Friday Oct. 19 Meeting

Posted by Maggie Buckholz
This Friday's Rotary Meeting will take place at the Skagit County Jail where we will get a guided tour! 

Meet 7:30 am in the horseshoe parking area of the Skagit County Courthouse and walk across the street for the tour.  What a great opportunity for us to see this operation first hand and learn more about our County Jail!
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It's a Tailgate Party!

Posted by Debbie Snow
It's just a week away! Our annual fall auction will be held on October 6th at St. Joseph Center in Mount Vernon. Join us for great food, loads of fabulous auction items and all sorts of good company!  The only thing missing is YOU!  Got team spirit?  Dress in your favorite team colors and join us! The fun starts at 5:00p. The $50.00 ticket price includes dinner, two drinks, and fun-filled evening with friends!  See you there!
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Welcome to Baby Starkovich Program Sept. 21 Maggie Buckholz 0

Friday Sept. 7: Official Visit - District Govenor Sean Hogan

Posted by Maggie Buckholz
Welcome to our District Governor Sean Hogan!  All Rotarians are cordially invited to join us this Friday morning, 7:00am at the Skagit Golf and Country Club.  Here's an amazing tidbit from Sean's Bio:  Sean and his wife Carol participated in an international service project, installing libraries and computer labs, in Kenya in 2009.  (Librarians love Rotarians who love libraries!)  Sean has a lively sense of humor, so this will be a fun meeting!  Don't miss it!    Cheers,  Maggie
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Historic Moments: Firsts and other fun facts... test your Rotary knowledge

Posted by Ellen Johnson

Do you know the name of the first Rotary president from outside the United States? How about the site of the first convention held outside North America? Find the answers to these and other Rotary history trivia questions in the latest Historic Moments.

Follow this link for answers to these questions and more fun facts! 

(If this link doesn't take you to the website, just copy the address and paste it) 

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Meet Our November Students of the Month--Kyle Palmer & Nikki Buchanan Ellen Johnson 0
Meet Our November Students of the Month--Kyle Palmer Ellen Johnson 0
Meet Our November Students of the Month--Nikki Buchanan Ellen Johnson 0

End Polio Now -- "The Last Hurdle"

Posted by Ellen Johnson


Foundation month is coming to an end.  If you would still like to support our foundation through the 100 square board, you still have an opportunity to do so!  Don will have it available at the December 2nd meeting and the drawing for great prizes will be at our Christmas party the following day (December 3rd).

End Polio Now -- "The Last Hurdle" Ellen Johnson 0
November 18, 2011 Speaker, Artist Jennifer Bowman Ellen Johnson 0
GSE Team Germany Ellen Johnson 0
District Governor, Jane Helten, pays a visit... Ellen Johnson 0

Did you Know?

Posted by Ellen Johnson

DiplomaDid you know that Burlington-Rotary awarded $16,500 in scholarships to graduating Burlington High School students in 2010?  This is broken down as follows... 

five $1500 scholarships awarded to the following students

Geraldine Garcia
Megan Johnson
Silvia Guzman Lucero
Maxwell Grigsby
Bilda Febe Ramirez Martinez

three $3000 Scholarships awarded as follows

Kathryn Lohman
Brooke Hess 
Alisa Dowling

Congratulations to all lof these students, and a big thank you to everyone who served on the scholarship committee.  These aren't easy decisions to make.

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