"To me, doctors and nurses and teachers are heroes, doing often infinitely more difficult work than the more flamboyant kind of a hero." -Pete Hamill
Club Information

Welcome to Whidbey Westside!

Whidbey Westside

Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 5:00 PM
Blooms Winery & 5511 Bistro
5511 South Freeland Ave
Freeland, WA 98249
United States of America
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The Flamingos Have Landed!

The RCWW flamingos have landed on the front yard of Sharon and Gordy Edberg including the very rare, blue, Rotary flamingo! Bird watchers have spotted them in the Useless Bay Colony this week and if you're lucky, your lawn could be their next migration stop.
This flamingo fundraiser is a fun way to help support the projects of the Rotary Club of Whidbey Westside that serve our local community. It is meant to be all in good fun and for a good cause. 
Take the Flamingo Challenge by sending the flock to a friend and giving the birds a new place to roost by contacting
Traci Bergsma at 360-929-9648 or via email TraciBergsman@Yahoo.com
The RCWW Presidential Gavel has finally been passed
Well, it took a bit longer than usual, but the gavel from John Joynt's year to Jim Rogers year as RCWW president has finally happened.
And even though the passing went on is a local parking lot with masks on, you could still see the smiles on both their faces.
Thanks again John for a great year, and Jim your up!
Don't let COVID-19 Stop You From Being a Rotarian In Action
With all this social distancing it can be hard to be your typical "Rotarian In Action". But here are a few ideas that you can add to your week and give back to your community during this time of COVID-19:
1. Ring A Rotarian-
Reach out to members of your Rotarian family, see how they are doing.
2. Once A Week-
Once a week order takeout from one of our local restaurants, keep them going till COVID-19 is gone
3. Share The Shopping- 
Let others know when you are going to the grocery store or big box store. Rotarians that can't leave their homes may need you to pick up something for them.
4. Plant With A Purpose-
Plant extra crops in this year's garden, maybe add another planter box, or two. Grow food this year not just for you, but for your local food bank, friends and family
Adding these four simple steps to your weekly retain will help you feel like you are doing your part to make this world a better place, and keep our community strong until this global pandemic has passed.
Did you miss last week's meeting? Never Fear YOUTUBE is Here
Just click on the word YOUTUBE and go right to our RCWW YOUTUBE Channel . Keep up to date on all that's going on with the club.
    Steps to Prevent Illness

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease in 2019 (COVID-19).
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

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Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Please consult with your health care provider about additional steps you may be able to take to protect yourself.

Take steps to protect yourself

Illustration: washing hands with soap and water


Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Illustration: Woman quarantined to her home


Avoid close contact

Take steps to protect others

man in bed


Stay home if you’re sick

woman covering their mouth when coughing


Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

man wearing a mask


Wear a facemask if you are sick

  • If you are sick:  You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

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Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

To disinfect:
Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.

Options include:

  • Diluting your household bleach.
    To make a bleach solution, mix:
    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
    • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

    Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.

  • Alcohol solutions.
    Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.
  • Other common EPA-registered household disinfectants.
    Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens pdf icon[7 pages]external icon claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).
 We Would Love To Help
Do you know someone staring over, or just getting started, and they need a little help with their educational funds?  RCWW would love to know and help. Check out the information above and make 2020 the year to start a new life.
 The " I'm A Rotarian" Podcast is here!
RCWW member, Gwen Jones is the producer of the "I'm A Rotarian" podcast. Gwen will be interviewing Rotarians from around the District and around the world. She will be talking to them about how they got into Rotary, sharing memorable stories, and discussing Rotary's past, present, and future. Our first full-length podcast with RCWW President John Joint is available now. You can listen and subscribe, wherever you get your podcasts.
The "I'm A Rotarian" Podcast is available now on all your favorite podcast apps. Download, Subscribe and Like us.
Young inventor of eco-friendly bricks comes full circle

Binish Desai began working on an eco-friendly brick made out of recycling and waste, when he was 11. The former Rotary Youth Exchange student, inventor, and entrepreneur credits Rotary with giving him the support to pursue his dreams. Now he’s giving back through a new Rotary club.

The world stopped. They didn’t

These 10 workers put service above self when it counted most

Clubs made to order

These clubs keep things fresh with new ideas and new members.

Our world: Q&A with Sombat Tapanya

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The Rotarian Conversation: Vivek Murthy

Loneliness — the absence of human connection — is twice as prevalent as diabetes in the United States. A former surgeon general tells us what we can do about it.

Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Past President
Public Image
Youth Services
Director At Large
Club Administration
Club Services
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Janis Machala
    August 8
  • Ron Telles
    August 9
  • Alicia Dietrich
    August 10
  • Nic Wildeman
    August 13
  • Alex Bonesteel
    August 15
  • Gwen Jones
    August 16
  • Jim Rogers
    August 18
  • Virginia Bloom
    August 20
  • Traci Bergsma
    August 25
  • Kathy Rogers
    August 26
  • Billy Ducharme
    August 27
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Gwen Jones
    August 16
  • Kathy Rogers
    August 26
  • Tracy Schultz
    Brad Schultz
    August 13
Join Date:
  • Robyn Meehan
    August 5, 2019
    1 year
  • Virginia Bloom
    August 13, 2012
    8 years