Posted by David Sem
When Val and Dave Sem head south to Phoenix Arizona on holiday, they check out the local Saguaro cactus growing in the Sonoran Desert Preserve near their house. The warm weather, and dry temperatures motivate them to go hiking and start a vigorous workout regimen in the 100 degree weather. Dave personally, doesn't like his picture taken and usually avoids cameras, but for this one time- he gave us just a peak of his weight loss body...
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Posted by Brianna Hackler on Nov 15, 2019
If you've been to any Fidalgo Island Rotary events, meetings or fundraisers, you know that we have a good time. You've got to earn the nickname "The FUN Club," and we sure as heck have. One of the things that makes us the most fun is that we're truly like a family. Through the good times, bad times, joyous times and boring times, you can bet your fellow FIR members are going to be right there beside you, cheering you on. So when we lose one of our own, it makes it even harder. This month, we're wishing one of our own well as she heads off to new adventures - Tricia Sharp. 
Click to learn more about how we sent Tricia off in style (including, but not limited to, Jello shots!) 
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Posted by Cliff Merkel
Janice and I just finished a 14 day photography trip to the highlands of Scotland which included the Isle of Sky, Isle of Lewis and Harris (regarded by the locals of two separate islands), and the Glencoe region north of Inverness. Fortunately the season for the biting mighty Midges was over.
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When Tricia's sister sent her a box of Turkish snacks for her birthday, she wondered if they were legit; so she asked Walt and Susan Guterbock if her and Mike could come over for tea and share her gift.  "Susan's face just lit up when you texted her the reminder that you guys were coming over for tea." Walt giggled.  As the southern Smokey Mountain couple walked in, they quickly figured out why...
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Posted by Jan Vigre
November is Foundation Month, highlighting the amazing impact that donations to the Rotary Foundation can have around the world. At our next meeting on Nov. 5, our own Val Tibbets will give FIR members important information about The Rotary Foundation (TRF), including insight into the grant process, the importance of the foundation and more. 
Each year, Rotary Clubs pledge a certain amount in donations to the Foundation. In order to fulfill the club’s commitment, a raffle will be held for a beautiful piece of handcrafted jewelry, designed by our very own Charles Yousling, set with emerald stones donated by Steve Miller (and beautifully modeled by Kandy Dubuque!) Click to learn more about how you can come to own this amazing piece!
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The creative minds and comic camaraderie that's in our club is contagious!  Heath Treichel recognized his coworkers reminded him of characters from the movie Wizard of Oz. He planted a seed with them that created the most memorable photoshoot in Wells Fargo history. Each employee dressed up as a character and worked the bank for the entire day on Halloween. As you can see the costumes are amazing as Heath was the king of the Lollypop Guild. That's not the only thing that happened on Halloween...
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One spooky October night, the frightful Fidalgo Island Rotary gathered with ghoulish intentions — to eat, drink, be merry and carve pumpkins! For our October Fifth Tuesday event, families, friends and Rotarians brought pumpkins to decorate and carve during the BYOP party — bring your own pumpkin! Click to see more photos form this eerie event! 
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Posted by Tricia Sharp
Have you ever met someone that you connected with right away? Somehow your humor is aligned and there's that *spark* that makes you feel like you've met that person before?  When David Bowlin joined our Rotary Club in 2014, he came with some amazing ideas of how to help the Anacortes Community. He transferred his membership from Snohomish where he started a fundraiser during Halloween “The Haunted Forest”. He quickly got involved with Winter Wonderland and bought a WhoVille mayor outfit to spruce up the event. So in 2015 when he told everyone about his diagnosis of stage 4 stomach cancer, we just happen to be breaking down Shipwreck Festival and our hearts dropped. 
Celebrating David Bowlin Tricia Sharp 2019-10-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brianna L Hackler on Oct 23, 2019
Local high school juniors gathered last week to start talkin' service to prepare for their year as Y.E.S. STUDENTS! The students, all from area high schools, will spend the next year serving communities both locally and internationally through the YES Program to build leadership skills that will last them a lifetime. The two Anacortes Rotary Clubs are proudly sponsoring FIVE of the 11 students during their year in YES, which includes a service trip to Honduras next June. Click to read more about how you can support the program! 
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When Stephanie Hamilton, President of the Anacortes Noon Rotary Club, heard about our very own Brianna Hackler, local Aerial Artist, she was curious about having her come in to do a program for her club.  "No one will care,” she said. "It'll be fun!" she said. "It will be good for them,” she said... 
Taking the FUN to the Noon Club Tricia Sharp 2019-10-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tricia Sharp
Every year, local Rotary clubs have a fundraising auction to help fund their community service projects; this year, the Anacortes Noon Rotary had a very FUN 60s themed Beatles Tribute concert and invited us to come help volunteer. With a theme like that, how could we not?  So we got dressed up in our best 60s/70s wardrobe and headed down to the Port Transit Shed where they did not disappoint.  The decorations, the band, the attendees... everything was in full swing!
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Fidalgo Island Rotary member and Youth Services Chair, Lynnette Setmire, recently went on vacation to Saguaro National Park located in Tucson Arizona. Her previously bad luck at catching fish changed when she scored this half pound Blue Gill in 100 degree weather near a teal green reservoir. The size of her proudly caught fish has nothing to do with her talent, shoe size or height, and she seems happy and proud in her photo. But that wasn't good enough for Larry Thomas...
When Lynnette Goes Fishing, So Does Larry Tricia Sharp 2019-09-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Martin
Back in 2011, my wife and I were touring the Mayan ruins of Central America. During our visit to Copán Ruinas in the western highlands of Honduras, we made a side trip to a Mayan village where the mothers make corn husk dolls for sale to tourists. As we were leaving, a young girl came up to me and said: “My house is down the hill. Can I walk down with you?” After we parted, I thought it was odd she was chatting to me in English rather than Spanish. My curiosity led me...
Making A Difference - Honduras Peter Martin 2019-09-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tricia Sharp
As the 2020 football season begins, Fidalgo Island Rotary focuses on our sport-enthusiast members. FIR member Kurt Nelson started a fun and friendly game of picking the winners from the weekly NFL games. Week one, Charles Yousling correctly selected every winning team — the first time ever in Fidalgo Island Rotary history anyone guessed the winning teams out of all sixteen games! That's incredible! We are so impressed with his football guessing skills that we awarded him with his very own Nerf football. If anyone would like to challenge this brain child, join us Tuesday mornings during the NFL season to get the lineup and play along. Should be an interesting season. 
FIR Football Season Tricia Sharp 2019-09-12 07:00:00Z 0
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Did you know? Fidalgo Island Rotary sponsors a Lending Library out at Washington Park Campground? Usually Lending libraries are hosted in front of resident's houses for the neighborhood kids and adults to borrow books. The idea is to leave a book—take a book, but the club realized for a local campground of Anacortes tourists, visitors might not have a book to give. So we recruited some library volunteers who donate books that would normally get thrown away because of damage to help fill our sweet Little Lending Library. Every Wednesday, a friendly volunteer refills the Library with kid and adult books as well as our Awesome Anacortes Bucket List brochures.
Washington Park Lending Library Tricia Sharp 2019-08-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kurt Nelson on Aug 28, 2019
Several Fun Club Rotarians battled the drizzle and lack of knowledge on power tools to help Daniel Conrardy repair and build new entrances to the Anacortes Middle School kitchen garden and outdoor art area on Saturday, Aug. 24. Over a 3 hour period, we were able to measure, cut, and install cross beams, cedar siding and start on the entrance gable. We worked from the plans the Architecture students in STEM Camp put together — Daniel Conrardy lead the Intro to Architecture and Construction workshop at STEM Camp two weeks ago, where students learned to create designs for building projects, including the AMS fence. In the weeks ahead look for additional opportunities to help complete this beautification project. Click READ MORE to see more photos of the project!  
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Building Fences with Rotary Kurt Nelson 2019-08-28 07:00:00Z 0 STEM,anacortes middle school,community service,fidalgo island rotary,hands on service projects
Every year Rotary District 5050 hosts an annual fundraiser for our fellow Rotarian golfers. This year, they didn’t know what hit them when Fidalgo Island Rotary put together and sponsored a Dream Team of Five-Star Athletes (pictured from left to right) Barry Harter, Dan Conrardy, Steve “Rutzy”, and Kurt "Hole-In-One" Nelson. These four basically had their own theme song as they strutted onto The Homestead Golf and Country Club in slow-mo thinking “We got this!” Little did they know...
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District 5050 GolFUN 2019 Tricia Sharp 2019-08-23 07:00:00Z 0 District 5050,Polio Plus,anacortes rotary,end polio,fidalgo,fundraiser,golFUN,rotary
Every year, Fidalgo Island Rotary accepts grant requests from community members or organizations, donating to causes that we support and enjoy! And what could be more Anacortes than learning how to sail? This summer, the Community Service committee fulfilled a grant request from the Anacortes Waterfront Alliance to help the group purchase new boats for its fleet. 
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The Honduras Adopt-A-School Program was created by The International Project Alliance (also known as the IPA) and since 2015, has provided over 8,000 backpacks for children in Copån Ruinas. The IPA, led by our past president Peter Martin & Walt Guterbock, is an alliance of Western Washington Rotary Clubs that have combined forces to do projects in the Copán region that help education, provide clean water, health, and agriculture.

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Honduras Adopt-A-School Program Tricia Sharp 2019-08-14 07:00:00Z 0 backpack,charity,children,fidalgo island rotary,honduras,school supplies,travel

Fidalgo Island Rotary sponsored their first S.T.E.M Camp for middle school age students in the region. A program previously sponsored by the Anacortes Schools Foundation. The popular day-camp combined hands-on experiences in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math — STEM. The idea is to break down the scary part (of STEM) and make it FUN!

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Fidalgo Island Rotary Takes the Lead for STEM Camp Tricia Sharp 2019-08-08 07:00:00Z 0 STEM,art,camp,charity,engineering,fidalgo,fidalgo island rotary,island,math,meteorology,science,skagit,summer,wood
Fidalgo Island Rotary was approached by the city of Anacortes to refurbish and relandscape the pocket park located on the Tommy Thompson Trail just off of 34th  & V Ave. trailhead. Local driftwood was donated, sanded, varnished and built by men and women in our club. Next, a community hands-on landscaping project followed with weed, bush and mulch laying. Finally, a top coat of varnish was added to help protect the benches from the elements. 
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Tommy Thompson Pocket Park Tricia Sharp 2019-07-30 07:00:00Z 0 charity,community service,fidalgo,fidalgo island rotary,friends,groups,landscaping,park,thompson,tommy,trail
Shipwreck Fest, our sponsored community flea market fundraiser, was a huge success! We had a record of 286 vendors and 489 booths this year and raised an estimated $28,000 for local and international projects. We noticed lots of our Anacortes neighbors got in on the action by setting up their very own yard sales around town. The Anacortes Music Project had different musical acts and food trucks scattered around town as well. 
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Shipwreck Fest 2019 Recap Tricia Sharp 2019-07-27 07:00:00Z 0 anacortes,charity,commercial,fidalgo island rotary,flea,fundraiser,garage,largest,life,market,sale,shopping,skagit,vintage,washington
Posted by Tricia Sharp
Have you ever been a part of a community that LITERALLY comes together for the greater good? Every year Fidalgo Island Rotary offers FREE Kids Boat Building at the Anacortes Waterfront Festival hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. 
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In March of this year, Fidalgo Island Rotary Club member, Dr. Stephen Miller, conducted his eighth annual Opal House — Rotary Medical Mission to the charity hospital in San Lucas Toliman on the shore of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. The largely surgical mission is sponsored and partially funded by our Rotary Club which has used a Rotary Foundation Global Grant in the past to purchase an x-ray machine and mini C-arm fluoroscopy machine for the hospital. Click here to read more about the project and the people it helps! 
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Red, White & Rotary Art Auction Tricia Sharp 2019-01-23 08:00:00Z 0
In October 2018, local Rotary member was gifted the Key to the City of Copán Ruinas, Honduras. In a surprise event, the mayor of Copán Ruinas, Mauricio Arias, gifted Peter Martin, of Anacortes, a Key to the City to thank him for the service work Martin completed in Copán and the surrounding area during the past five years.
“This was a huge surprise and a great honor,” Martin said. “It’s nice to be recognized by people I really enjoy working with.”
Local Rotarian gifted Key to the City of Copán Ruinas in Honduras  Brianna Hackler 2019-01-15 08:00:00Z 0
Fidalgo Island Rotary is full of talented volunteers that know how to have fun and help out the Anacortes community. They set up a WhoVille village at the port for Celebrate the Season for the first time this year. Parents can bring their kids down to interact with the village, play some mini golf and get their picture taken with the Grinch. Come join the fun and volunteer with us! Contact for more info. Check out our photo album or our Facebook page for more!
WhoVille @ Celebrate the Season Tricia Sharp 2017-12-04 08:00:00Z 0
Our fall celebration was a hit with Ed Spauer leading the event for this years' Oktoberfest Extravaganza.  Lots of beer, brats and potato salad to make the evening festivities enjoyable.  Prizes were given for the best and ugliest stein; Best Oktoberfest outfit (Tricia looked more like a drunk lumberjack on stilts), and Best Yodel.  The party was held at the Skyline Beach Club on the west side of Fidalgo Island.  For more pictures from this event click on the Photo Album Oktoberfest 2016.
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On October 22, Fidalgo Island Community Service Committee decided to do a little "light" gardening for the Anacortes Family Center.  Volunteers showed up with their gardening tools in hand to pull weeds, prune trees and plant 350 bulbs donated by the Washington Bulb Co. 
Make A Difference Day 2016 Tricia Sharp 2016-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
The District 5050 GolFUN is not your average golf fundraiser... it's actually fun!  
When Graham Read and I were first asked to sell Mulligans and take marketing and PR photos at this years' golf fundraiser —at the Hazelmere Golf & Country Club in Surrey BC Canada, neither one of us actually played golf.  We didn't know what to expect.  As Graham and I pulled up we noticed right away that a Rotary club met there and the landscaping was immaculate. The more and more pictures we shot of the course and talking to the players and the staff working the grounds— we realized how much fun camaraderie each one had for the course and each other. The landscape was very serene and beautiful and no one was taking the tournament very seriously, which was a breath of fresh air for us since we didn't really understand golf etiquette.
To see more pictures of the GolFUN 2016 tournament click here.
GolFUN 2016 Tricia Sharp 2016-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Fidalgo Island Rotary puts together the biggest FREE kids boat building activity at the Anacortes Waterfront Festival. Thousands of children and parents will flock to our festival booth to receive a real wood boat hull, cut and sanded to be crafted by them with wood pieces, corks, glue and hammers.  All the materials are donated by Sierra Pacific, Sebos Hardware and Rotarian members. This year the boats were cut and sanded by members of Fidalgo Island Rotary and the metal shop class from Anacortes High School.  If you would like to join in on the FUN contact Tricia at for more info.
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Fidalgo Island Rotary was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the Anacortes School District for our donations to support special programs in Anacortes elementary and middle schools.  These programs would not be available to help teachers succeed in their curriculum without local charities like ours helping them move forward in a changing world.  Thank you! Thank You! Thank You! for everyone who helped make this possible.
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The Giving Challenge is an online donation drive where hundreds of charities compete for matching dollars and incentive grants during a 24-hour period.
Starting Tuesday, September 1st at noon EDT, gifts from $25 up to $250 will be eligible to be matched 1:1 per donor, per organization. There is no limit to the amount of matching dollars available! Each gift is 100% tax-deductible and donors will immediately receive a tax receipt. The Challenge ends at noon on September 2nd.

>> DONATE <<
Make your tax-deductible contribution of at least $25 (gifts must be made online using a credit card) using the online Giving Challenge Portal. PORTAL OPENS AT 12 PM: 

You can also go to, search for "ShelterBox," and make your tax-deductible contribution of at least $25. (Again, donation portal does not open until Tuesday, September 1 at 12 pm EST.) 

Don't want to wait? Pledge your donation in advance by calling us at 941-907-6036 and we’ll make your credit card donation for you at the start of the campaign. 
All donations during the challenge will support ShelterBox USA and help to provide global humanitarian relief!
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Many thanks once again to the Fidalgo Island Rotary Club, whose annual contribution of FREE miniature wooden boats for children is one of the highlights of the Anacortes Waterfront Festival. Word on the street (Okay, Dr. Stephen Miller, Rotary volunteer) is that the club passed 1,600 boats on to delighted children this year! Hull, mast, sail, drilled holes to accommodate masts ... what a great effort by a bunch of great community volunteers!
-Steve Berentson
Fidalgo Island Rotary Recognized in Anacortes Today Article 2015-06-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tricia Sharp



Oasis Teen Shelter

Today our club donated laundrey, food, paper and personal items to the Oasis Teen
located in Mount Vernon.  Thanks to EVERYONE who made the donation drive successful!
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Leaving the Garden Nirvana Hotel, one plunges into Kathmandu. The street is a mass of humanity trying to move in all directions with little success. . . 

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Posted by Stephen Miller
Fidalgo Island Rotary Club and Healing the Children Medical Mission to Nepal Orthopedic Hospital Kathmandu, Nepal September 20-27, 2008 Six members of the Fidalgo Island Rotary Club and 13 volunteers for the Healing the Children Foundation departed for Kathmandu, Nepal on September 17, 2008 on a multi-purpose mission. The Rotarians had combined efforts with the Wheelchair Foundation to ship and distribute 100 brand new wheel chairs to disabled children and adults in Nepal while the HTC volunteers were on a medical mission to surgically treat a number of severe foot and ankle deformities, mostly as a result of neglected clubfoot. Both teams received tremendous support from the Rotary Clubs in Kathamndu and, together, they changed many lives.
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