FUN Stories
EarthPhil Day was celebrated on May 10th 2024.  FIR members gathered to honor Phil Case, who passed away April 7th 2023.   Members gathered where Phil's benches are placed on the Tommy Thompson trail to weed, mow, trim and spread bark.  What an amazing hands on, weeds up, mulch down celebration in honor of Phil.  Much manual labor was exerted for at least 75 minutes by the fifteen or so Rotarians on site... mowing, weeding, blackberry clipping and removing, raking, sweeping, blowing, plus ten bags of mulch dispersed in and around Phil's Pocket Park.
 
Then came the crescendo of this well orchestrated gathering... attaching the new signage honoring Phil Case.
 
A lovely assortment of post work pairings were provided by Steve Rutz:  cheese and crackers, carrots and celery, assorted nuts, fruit and Salt & Vinegar Chips (one of Phil's fav).  Madelyn offered up a dram of single malt scotch for all who were interested, to raise in remembrance of Phil (as that was his drink of choice).  
 
 
 
Our club-sponsored 10th annual surgical mission to San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala (HOSMOGRESCH Hospital) was accomplished last month with the commitment of 26 volunteers, including five Rotarians, two from our Rotary club. Over 5 operating days there were 43 surgery patients whose lives were changed. And now the hospital operating space will undergo a complete renovations, expansion and facelift.
Fidalgo Island Rotary Club held it's 2024 Auction on March 16th at the Skyline Clubhouse.  The Auction was spearheaded by Sarah Davies and the fundraising team.  With a Casino Royale Theme the club raised $44,000+ , our largest auction fundraiser to date.  There are so many people that were involved to make this auction a success, donating their time, auction items, purchasing items and cash donations - THANK YOU!  This auction was a success because of you. 
 
Your contributions will fund:  
  • Fidalgo Island Rotary’s local service projects which include:  free Kids Boat Building Booth at Waterfront Festival the first weekend in June, Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which provides a free book each month to any child from birth to five years old living in the Anacortes zip code, financial support to organizations such as the Anacortes Family Center, Immigrant Resources Immediate Support (IRIS), Reading is Fundamental, Rachel’s Closet, Anacortes Waterfront Alliance, Northwest Skills Center, Dinner at the Brick and Scout troops, as well as local students and educational programs
  • Fidalgo Island Rotary's international service projects which include:  Supporting El Chilar School in Honduras, Contributing to Medical Missions by Dr. Stephen Miller, Supporting adopted village of La Laguna in Honduras,  Contributing toward the purchase of a van for Heart of Hope Orphanage in Romania, used to provide transportation to Ukrainian refugees, Providing more than 2,000 backpacks annually filled with school supplies and uniforms to students in Honduras, Sponsoring individual students in Honduras
  • Connie Kelley Vocation Scholarship, an annual scholarship awarded to residents of Fidalgo or Guemes islands who are pursuing vocational or technical education
 
 
As part of the auction the club recognized Justin Portz with a Paul Harris Award. Justin is the Athletics and Activities Director of Anacortes High School, recognized for his work cultivating a positive, winning culture for our community's youth.
Sarah Davies and Justin Portz
 
Check out all the photos of the Casino Royale event here:  2024 Casino Royale Auction
 
Still want to donate? Click here and mention the auction in the comment section. 
Happy 27th Birthday to the Fidalgo Island Rotary Club.  Club Members gathered together to celebrate with a "Channel Your Flannel" Charter Night, held at the Anacortes Yatch Club.  Steve Rutz took us through some of the club's history.  Dick Chapman was our very first president and Kandy Dubuque is the only person in the club to be president twice.  With a tribute to the women in rotary we learned how women finally joined the organization.  Kandy recognized all the previous FIR President's.  Take a look at the list:  Past Presidents of the FUN Club.
 
The Family of Rotary team outdid themselves with a tasty meal:  soups, salads, grilled sandwiches and brownies.  Diana and Kandy were kept very busy at the grills.
 
To top the evening off Kim introduced Lukov the Magnificent (aka David Lukov District Governor).  They fed us a belly full of laughs with their insightful predictions of things to come for club members.
 
And yes, it may not be all about our President Brianna, but she did a wonderful lively job of emceeing the event.  
 
Thank you so much to everyone who helped create such a beautiful Charter Night celebration last night.  Lots more pictures of the event here:  2024 Charter Night
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Speakers
Pennye Nixon
Jun 04, 2024
Etta Projects
Shelly Parks
Jun 11, 2024
Skagit Commons Community
Soon to be Past President Brianna
Jun 18, 2024
Club Installation 7am at AYC
Kim Kimmy
Jul 02, 2024
The history of the New Year's Eve fireworks on the Space Needle
Marketa Vorel
Jul 09, 2024
Ukrainian mission update
Ellen Hatt
Jul 16, 2024
Leadership Skagit
Andrea Ryan
Jul 23, 2024
Brigadoon Service Dogs
Rob Peterson
Aug 06, 2024
Fidalgo Pool and Fitness Center