FUN Stories
 
Have you ever seen fun painted rocks while hiking or strolling around town? It's an international trend that has been going on for several years (read more here!) Since we all know Rotary rocks, Fidalgo Island Rotary decided to get in on the fun. Our Family of Rotary committee recently hosted "Rotary Rocks," a fun night of rock painting (socially distanced, outdoors and masked up, of course.) Members gathered at Washington Park to paint rocks and create beautiful designs, as well as catch up with one another (a necessity, since we are not able to safely meet for our Tuesday morning meetings yet!) Members created awesome designs, and once the smoke clears here in Anacortes, our Family of Rotary committee will plan an excursion to hide the rocks around town.
However, we added a sneaky little marketing campaign - on the back side of each rock, we added our FIR website! Our hope is that when someone finds one of these beautiful creations, they'll pick it up, flip it over, and be intrigued enough to check out our website to learn more about The FUN Club! 
DID YOU FIND a Rotary Rock? Post a picture on Facebook or Instagram and use the hashtag #RotaryRocks! We want to see how far our rocks go and who has found them! 
 
Have you seen those spiffy benches on the Tommy Thompson trail? If you're new to Fidalgo Island Rotary, you may not know that those beautiful wood benches were built by our very own Phil Case. The park around the benches, lovingly called the "pocket park" for its adorable size, and the benches are maintained by Fidalgo Island Rotary.
On Aug. 17, Phil led a small crew out to the park (located south east of the trail entrance on 34th and V Ave.) to complete regular upkeep so the park looks beautiful and new. Six volunteers joined Phil to weed, cut the grass and refurbish the benches, including sanding, prepping the wood and adding two new coats of paint. 
Next time you fancy a stroll (and let's be honest, we could all get out of the house these days!) take a walk down the Tommy Thompson trail to take a gander at the beautiful Fidalgo Island Rotary Pocket Park - the perfect place to sit and contemplate how much you miss Bill French's bad jokes and Diana Jordan-New's tasty breakfasts!
 
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 fourth and final adventure with Trek for Treasure took the FIR Fun teams to Ebey's Landing Bluff Trail were the teams were on the lookout for Pirates. We completed the hike as the sun was setting over the horizon.  On the breach Brianna found a hut to take a break in and a fallen tree to practice her pole moves.  Dave spent most of the hike in the back rather than leading from the front. The views from the cliffs and along the beach were sometime from Mt Rainer to Mt Baker in view.  
 
Some background History: Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard, was the most hunted pirate in all the Caribbean. Between 1716-1717, Blackbeard had amassed a great wealth to rival that of small countries.
 
Feeling the Crown closing in on him, Blackbeard devised a plan to move much of his massive plunder to the western coast of North America, far from the British and the Spanish warships that hunted him. Blackbeard employed a small crew led by the clever Anne Bonny and the ruthless Captain John Rackham.
 
However, as history is told, Blackbeard and his treasure never made it to the western coast of America. His ship was attacked and looted by British forces as Blackbeard met his demise.
 
What became of Anne Bonny and Captain John Rackham? As we have learned through years of research, Anne and John loaded a small ship of treasure prior to the invasion by British soldiers and headed to the western coast of America. They are believed to have made it as far as Ebey’s Landing here in Washington
 
The group plans to continue hiking together through the fall season.  We will keep the club informed of the teams plans so may join us as we hike the great trails in the area.
 
 
 
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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Speakers
Ginger Forner
Oct 06, 2020 7:00 AM
Whidbey Naval Air Station: Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Squadrons
Club Assembly
Oct 13, 2020
Carol Tichelman
Oct 20, 2020
District Governor visit
Peter Martin - Copan
Oct 27, 2020 7:00 AM
An extraordinary update on the status of our projects in Copan!
JAN VIGRE
Nov 03, 2020 7:00 AM
Foundation Presentation
JAN VIGRE
Nov 10, 2020 7:00 AM
Foundation Presentation
Annual Meeting
Nov 17, 2020 7:00 AM
Thanksgiving Holiday - No Meeting
Nov 24, 2020 7:00 AM
Classification Talks:
Dec 01, 2020 7:00 AM
Dr Justin Irish - Anacortes School Superintendent
Dec 08, 2020 7:00 AM
Anacortes School District
TBD
Dec 15, 2020 7:00 AM
Christmas Holidays - No Meeting
Dec 22, 2020 7:00 AM
Classification Talks:
Jan 05, 2021 7:00 AM
Club Assembly
Jan 19, 2021
Kelley Bright
Jan 26, 2021 7:00 AM
Shannon Point Marine Center - Western Washington University
Classification Talks:
Feb 02, 2021 7:00 AM
Classification Talks:
Mar 02, 2021 7:00 AM