FUN Stories
In April, the Fidalgo Island Rotary International Committee sent $2,300 to our sister club in Copán Ruinas, Honduras, to help provide COVID-19 relief. Due to a lockdown in Honduras, most banks, restaurants and businesses have completely closed. The area imposed a strict "stay home" order, which kept citizens indoors most of the day. People have been severely affected by job loss, due the the collapse in tourism and the severe shutdown measures in place in the community, as well as loss of income and access to savings. In response to the need, the Rotary Club of Copán Ruinas took the initiative to raise fund to provide food to the most needy rural communities and urban neighborhoods of the Municipalities of Copán Ruinas and Santa Rita in the Department of Copán. The Rotary Club of Copán Ruinas developed a food bag for about $11 that feeds a family for about two weeks. 
This story has been updated from a previous version. Click to read more about the project.
The second adventure took the FIR Fun teams to Northern State Mental Institution looking for ghosts. The teams had to search the ground on different days following a provided map.  Both parties had issues reading the map and went off course but were able to find the building were we found the "mad ghost nurse.  Team Two on their hike ran into a mama deer with two babies "Very Cute."  Team One ran into other adventure warriors who kept them on the straight and narrow. 
Some background History: Northern State Mental Institution housed patients from 1912-1973. Treatment, although acceptable at the time, is now considered barbaric. This included transorbital lobotomies and many experimental medical treatments. While a small minority could be a danger to themselves and others, most patients suffered from mild mental illness, alcoholism, epilepsy, or were simply non-conformist. During the hospital’s operation, thou-sands of residents died and were buried or cremated on the property in anonymous graves. It is believed the spirits of these poor souls still roam the area.
Sometime in the next two weeks these adventures will be searching for pirates.  Stay tune for the next article. 
We don't have to tell you that things have been weird lately. But that didn't stop Fidalgo Island Rotary from celebrating installation in style during the last week in June (as you can clearly see by our new president, Rosemary Kaholokula!) On June 30, FIR members gathered at the Anacortes Yacht Club parking lot to thank our 2019-20 board, and install our 2020-21 officers. However, there were some restrictions: Presenters stood on the deck, using a mic and amp to speak to members, who stood in the parking lot below. All attendees wore masks and stayed 6+ feet apart. (Thanks to everyone for following the rules so we could safely gather!) It was so fabulous to gather with our Rotary family, and though you can't tell through our masks, our smiles were big and the laughter was loud.
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Since the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order started in March, Fidalgo Island Rotary stopped meeting in person, and instead, took to Zoom for its weekly Tuesday morning meetings. While it's great to see everyone's face (sometimes, right up their nose, if the camera angle is off!) it doesn't replace some of our favorite things about Rotary! One thing many Rotarians are missing is hands-on service projects in the community. Pam Estvold and Phil Case to the rescue! Pam has been completing small service projects on her own throughout the lockdown - weeding here, painting there, sprucing up beautiful Anacortes - and last week invited the rest of the club to join her! Interested members emailed Pam, and were assigned a group. These groups of 2-5 members, wearing masks and social distancing, are completing small projects around town. On Tuesday this past week, Linda Dobbs led her group, which included Mike Tallering, Kandy Dubuque, Larry Thomas and Brock Ward, to Causland Park, where they fearlessly tackled weeds to make the park's flower beds sparkle once more! (See Mike Tallering demonstrate proper weeding-technique above, thanks to Madelyn Case's expert gardening advice)
Are YOU interested in participating in these projects? Contact Pam or Phil to be assigned a group! These small group projects will continue so long as we have volunteers and projects, so now is the time to get involved and do a little good in the neighborhood. 
It has never been easier to join a Fidalgo Island Rotary meeting! NOW is the time to check out The FUN Club! When in-person meetings stopped in March due to COVID-19, Fidalgo Island Rotary shifted to meet online using the app ZOOM! At first, meetings were a way to socialize with members while we were apart, but eventually morphed back into a typical morning meeting. The link for the coming week's meeting is sent out at the beginning of the week. Members log on to Zoom Tuesday mornings just before 7 a.m., from the comfort of their own homes. The meeting starts with a program, followed by a time for questions and then proceeds to Happy/Sad Dollars or social time, as time allows. We've had speakers from as far away as Guatemala and as close as the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce. We're not sure how long we'll meet online or what meetings will look like in coming months, but we know that there has never been a better time to check out Rotary! Roll out of bed, brew some coffee and log on (just remember to put on pants, please!) 
To be added to our Zoom mailing list and join our meetings, email: OR, feel free to pass this message on to any friend, family or coworker who might be interested in joining us on Tuesday mornings! 

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Fidalgo Island

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DUE TO COVID-19: We are currently meeting on Zoom; email us for weekly links
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