FIR helps distribute food

 
A big "Thank you!" to all who helped pack and deliver meals at Food To Go this week! Fidalgo Island Rotary members were able to pack and delivery more than 140 meals this past Thursday to students in the district who could not get regular meals from the district's food service program. 
Food To Go is a local nonprofit started in 2015 that provide supplemental meals to students in need during evenings and weekends. During the pandemic, Food To Go will provide 130 supplemental meals in backpacks to children in the community each week. 
Previously, Fidalgo Island Rotary voted to provide monetary support to Food To Go to help support these meals during the emergency school closures in the form of $1,200 matching grant. Three other area clubs committee to do the same. 
Thanks to all who volunteered their time to do a little good in their neighborhood!
FIR helps distribute food William French 2020-05-01 07:00:00Z 0

FIR Sends Funds to Support Copán Ruinas

 
This month, 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 has imposed a strict "stay home" order, which keeps 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 town, as well as loss of income and access to savings. To help, the Rotary Club of Copán Ruinas developed a food bag for about $11 that should feed a family for about two weeks. Funds from FIR's International Committee helped purchase supplies and food for these bags. 
In response, the president of the Rotary Club of Copán Ruinas sent the below email: 
Dear Walt:
I am pleased to greet you. I wish you and your family are doing very good.
Through this letter, I want to express, in the name of my Rotarian colleagues and myself our most sincere gratitude for the support you recently provided. Especially because this situation has generated an economic paralysis in our communities. 
You may rest assured that these resources will be distributed as food to the most vulnerable communities of our towns. We will keep you informed of the distribution.
Once again Please receive our gratitude, in the name of the people in the communities, my colleagues, and myself. 
 
Sincerely ,
Mayra Arias de Welchez
President
Rotary Club
Copán  Ruinas, Copán
FIR Sends Funds to Support Copán Ruinas Walt Guterbock 2020-04-27 07:00:00Z 0 COVID-19,coronavirus,fidalgo island rotary,international aide,rotary international

Clubs Combine Efforts to Get Supplies to Burkina Faso

 
At the end of March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic was already well-known in the United States. Many states and regions were locked down, with large outbreaks of cases in major cities. Even those areas and hospitals with the most advanced technologies were finding it difficult to keep up with the demand for treatments and testing. As Fidalgo Island Rotarians watched as local medical professionals begin to grapple with the pandemic, our thoughts turned to sister cities, such as Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, where we knew a lack of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and other medical supplies could greatly hinder the emergency responses to the COVID-19 outbreak in that area, and have dire consequences for the population there. 
This month, the Fidalgo Island Rotary international committee worked with other Rotary clubs and donors to pay to reroute a shipping container full of supplies (including masks, antiseptics, cotton-tipped swaps, oxygen tubing and more) from a warehouse in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Ouagadougou. The container was originally bound for maternity clinics in the southwest of the country, but seeing a great need, FIR authorized Ouagadougou to use the PPE and other supplies to help with COVID-19 relief efforts. In the above photo, the president of the Rotary Club of Ouagadougou poses with medical supplies while unloading the container.
Click to see more photos of the transport being unloaded and a donation ceremony, and read a message from the Rotary Club in Ouagadougou. 
 
Clubs Combine Efforts to Get Supplies to Burkina Faso Walt Guterbock 2020-04-15 07:00:00Z 0 COVID-19,Ouagadougou,burkina faso,coronavirus,international aide,medical supplies,rotary donations

Grant provides meals to local students

 
The Fidalgo Island Rotary board voted over email/telephone this week to provide a grant to Food To Go, a local nonprofit that provides meals for children. During the pandemic, Food To Go will provide 130 supplemental meals in backpacks to children in the community each week. Four clubs in the region, including ours, will pay a total of $5,000 to support this program during the COVID-19 pandemic, with each club paying $1,250. This is a matching grant, so our donation of $1,250 will be matched, making FIR's total donation $2,500. 
Food To Go Anacortes is a weekend backpack food program for Anacortes students that launched in September of the 2015/16 school year. It's goal is to provide healthy and nutritious supplemental weekend meals for those children in our community that don’t have enough to eat over the weekend in order to improve their health and their ability to learn. To learn more, click here.
 
During this time, Food To Go is also seeking volunteers. For questions about the program or to volunteer, contact Bill French. 
Grant provides meals to local students Brianna Hackler 2020-04-10 07:00:00Z 0

Helping Burkina Faso

Container to Burkina Faso - AID for CORVID-19
 
We have been discussing the Coronavirus CORVID-19 pandemic and it looks like it is on the threshold of Burkina Faso. As of today, the World Health Organization reported 114 confirmed cases and 3 deaths in Burkina Faso. I am sure there are already many more people infected because the statistics are only those confirmed by testing - and how available in Burkina Faso right now?
 
So, we looked over the manifest inventory for the container you just received and there are a lot of Personal Protection Equipment items in there and more. We sent as much extra as we could, in order to fill the container. This might be a tremendous bonus to you and your country.
 
The boxes in the container are numbered and you will find the contents of each box in the inventory list. There are many masks (most important for COVID-19), some gowns, lots of gloves, as well as antiseptics (Betadine, povidone iodine, Hibiclens, etc.), cotton-tipped applicators (for taking swab samples for testing) and oxygen tubing plus masks. And much more.
 
Using the box numbers, you should be able to locate needed items quickly for distribution to hospitals and clinics.
 
New York City would be envious of this supply.
 
You need to get masks and gloves out to hospitals and clinics to protect your health care workers especially - many are getting infected in Spain and Italy (and China) - and many are dying.
 
I only wish we could be there with you to help your Rotary club sort and distribute these life-saving items.
 
Walt and I will make a video-story of this project soon (when we can be in the same room together) and send it to you.
 
Stay well,
Steve Miller
Fidalgo Island Rotary Club
 
See Response:
Helping Burkina Faso Kurt Nelson 2020-03-27 07:00:00Z 0

Making the Most of Social Distancing

 
In mid-March, Fidalgo Island Rotary made the difficult decision to cancel its meetings for the foreseeable future do to health concerns. While it was absolutely the right call, Rotarians are starting to get antsy cooped up in their homes. We're used to our weekly dose of laughter and silliness! We're missing delicious breakfasts from our Breakfast Committee, and Bill French's groan-inducing Quip of the Day. We're wondering what Larry's up to, since he can't watch his grandkids rock it at their respective sports. We want to catch up and hear all about Angie's travels, and Kim's latest bucket list item. Heck, we'd even take a verbal jab from Chris Frost, if it meant we could be back at The FUN Club! 
But alas, it's not meant to be right now, as we're all safely social distancing. Nevertheless, Rotarians are making the most of our time apart! For instance, after the Artists on the Edge Auction was postponed, the Martins decided to host their own Dessert Dash, since Carolyn already had all the ingredients to make a delicious cake. Luckily, Peter was the winner of this sweet treat! (Although, we're not sure how quickly he had to dash, since he was probably the only participant...)
 
How are you making the most of your time social distancing? Take up a new hobby? Go for a beautiful walk on one of our lovely trails? Teach your cat how to 'shake'? Send a photo or story to fir.theFUNclub@gmail.com!
Making the Most of Social Distancing Brianna Hackler 2020-03-23 07:00:00Z 0

Waterfront Prep in Full Swing!

 
It's that time of year already — time to start preparing for the annual Waterfront Festival! The festival takes place near the marina the first weekend of June, and each year, Fidalgo Island Rotary runs the FREE Kids Boat Building booth. 
Each year, hundreds of children and their parents flock to the book, where they can pick out a hull, add a sail, deck the boat with corks, wood, twine and more, and even "sail" it around a pond in the parking lot! It's a great tradition that spans generations, and we always have a BLAST during the event. But before we even set up our booth, we're preparing by building the boat hulls, gathering corks and creating sails. It's always heart-warming to see parents and grandparents build boats together and watch as the dad takes over and make the coolest boats. (Insert giggle here.). Some kids have boats from previous years and start to rack up a whole armada.
For the next few weeks, Rotarians will gather at La Conner High School to cut wood, donated by Sierra Pacific, into decorative boat hulls.  
Click to see more photos and learn more about our goals for this year! 
Waterfront Prep in Full Swing! Heath Treichel 2020-03-11 07:00:00Z 1 Waterfront Festival,free kids boat building,wood boat building

March Madness has been Cancelled

Men's Division                         
Phil Case  vs Steve Rutz 
Kurt Nelson vs Richard Curtis     
Women's Division
Patricia Winkler vs Jean Groesbck
Madelyn Case vs Barbara Hoenselaar
 
Again I would like thank Anna C for helping with the very random drawing for the Sweet 16 Round.  I also want to thank all those Fun Club members who have been participating in the Bracket.  We have raised $123 for the Club.  I have attached the correct document this week with the results. 
 
One Last Chance to Buy-In !!
It seems that I have been able to win each round with a Queen (Really its been random). Therefore I would like to hold a silent auction for my spot in the Elite Eight. If you want to buy my spot in the Elite Eight send me an email with the amount you are willing to pay.  Again all proceeds will be going to the club foundation.
 
I will be awarding prizes to the Final Four as follows:
3rd and 4th place prizes will ~ $15
Runner Up prize will ~ $30
Champion prize will ~$60
 
I will be getting each something based on the University, College, or Pro Sports Team the Elite Eight will be representing.
 
At time to be determined we will hold the Elite Eight, Final Four, and Championship rounds live via ZOOM.  The format will be a game of WAR with each participant randomly arranging playing card from two to ace (13 cards). Everyone will be invited to watch.  The time for the final matches will come down to when I'm able to make contact with all the Elite Eight Individuals. 
 
Your Bracketologist,
Kurt
 
 
 
 
 
 
March Madness has been Cancelled Kurt Nelson 2020-03-08 08:00:00Z 0

Wellness Center Breakfast 

As a Rotary Club, about 50 percent of our service projects take place right here on Fidalgo Island, in an effort to continually give back to our local community. One of our many projects this year is to serve breakfast and deliver resources for patients at the Didgwalic Wellness Center on March's Point Road in Anacortes. The breakfast will occur quarterly from 6 to 10 a.m., starting on Wednesday, Feb. 26.
Every day, the center, run and supported by the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, provides integrated medical care and social services for approximately 250 community members facing mental health challenges and substance abuse disorders. Our club's provision of a hot meal, supplies and smiling faces will contribute to their success in treatment. 
Funding for this project is being jointly provided by a district grant and the club's community service committee.  Thanks to Moka Joe for providing a generous discount on hot food items, and of course all our club members who are volunteering to serve food and provide support.  
Interested in volunteering with this project to serve breakfast on Feb. 26? Contact Greg Dixon at dixongregory@gmail.com.
Wellness Center Breakfast Greg Dixon 2020-02-17 08:00:00Z 0

2020 Charter Night

 
Each year during January, Fidalgo Island Rotary celebrates its founding in 1997. In 2020, we celebrated our 23rd year as a club. To honor the history of the club, we had longtime members share special memories, raised a glass to those no longer with us, and enjoyed a video of charter members recounting the early days of the Fun Club. Thank you to our Master of Ceremonies for the evening, Steve Rutz, and the Family of Rotary Committee for putting on such a fun event.
2020 Charter Night Brianna Hackler 2020-01-29 08:00:00Z 0

Where in the World: Rotary Edition

 
Those crazy Fun Clubbers. They always seem to be going places, doing things... They just can't sit still! This week, on "Where in the World: Rotary Edition," we find that our own Southern belle, Linda Dobbs, has flown the coop in search of warmer weather. Gathering a gaggle of 55 (yes, 55!) of her closest gal pals, Linda headed to the gulf shore of Alabama this week for a college reunion. We can only image the amount of dancing, singing and laughter in this beach bungalow, especially if Linda is involved! Coincidentally, Linda's crew stayed at the Beach Babies house, the same place where Chris Long's family has vacationed in the past. Does this mean great minds think alike, or are TWO Fun Club Rotarians now banned from returning to Alabama? We'll have to wait for Linda's return to find out... 
Email fir.thefunclub@gmail.com with your travel photos and escapades to be featured in the next "Where in the World!" 
Where in the World: Rotary Edition Brianna Hackler 2020-01-21 08:00:00Z 0

Linda Dobbs: Unexplained NFL Guru 

 
Linda Dobbs is constantly surprising the members of Fidalgo Island Rotary. From her sultry singing voice, to her prowess at the ukulele, to the way she can turn on her "teacher glare" to quiet even Chris Frost, we're always amazed at her skills. But this week, we learned even more about the legendary Linda — she has a knack for selecting NFL football winners. Linda took the top spot in our Rotary Weekly Football Raffle, put on by member Kurt Nelson. Each week, Kurt provided members with a scoresheet, and, for a $2 buy-in, members could select their picks for the week's games. At the end of regular season, Linda has the best winning percentage — 67%! Watch out Vegas; here comes Linda! Click to see the rest of the winners, and to learn how to participate in the Super Bowl Grid Square Game that Kurt is putting on.  
Linda Dobbs: Unexplained NFL Guru Kurt Nelson 2020-01-09 08:00:00Z 0 NFL raffle,rotary foundation fundraiser,weekly football raffle

Save the Date: Annual Auction

SAVE THE DATE for our annual fundraiser auction: 5:30 p.m. May 30th at the Port Transit Shed! This year, Fidalgo Island Rotary presents: “Artists on the Edge,” an event to benefit Rotary community service projects locally & internationally.

Join us for the opportunity to see the area’s top circus performers wow and amaze you, as you browse art of all kinds from local artists, finding the perfect piece to cap your budding art collection. Those lucky enough to score VIP tickets will receive two FREE drink tickets (with wine poured by an aerial artist!), a designated Dessert Dash runner, premier table service, and tackle juggling lessons with world-renowned object manipulation experts. The event will culminate with a live auction, with the opportunity to bid on quintessential Pacific Northwest experience, such as a fresh-caught crab feed on the water, breweries and a Seahawks game or even a girls night out. Click to learn more or snag your ticket. 

 
Save the Date: Annual Auction Brianna Hackler 2020-01-06 08:00:00Z 0 annual fundraiser,artists on the edge,auction,community service,fundraiser

Year End Review

Posted by Tricia Sharp on Dec 29, 2019

 
In keeping with Rotary International and President Bill's goals of increasing membership, a particular focus is to increase community awareness of Fidalgo Island Rotary's current projects and to build on new projects. As the Rotary fiscal year started in July, Fidalgo Island Rotary's annual fundraiser Shipwreck Fest had a record of 286 vendors and 489 booths and raised an estimated $28,000 for local and international projects. Our club also received three District awards for increased Membership, Best Public Image, and our very own Sarah Davies for Rookie of the Year. 
Year End Review Tricia Sharp 2019-12-29 08:00:00Z 0

The Hacklers Take Europe

 
Inspired by fellow Rotarian Cliff Merkel's recent photography journey through Scotland, Brianna Hackler and her hubby (and Friend of Rotary) Trent, planned their own road trip through the UK. Ditching town on Thanksgiving and hopping across the pond, the couple armed themselves with Brianna's camera, hiking boots, rain jackets and a GPS (all packed very thoughtfully into just two carry-on bags.) The two started their journey in Edinburgh, Scotland, where they rented a car and spent the next 10 days touring the Scottish and English countrysides, including to Stonehenge outside Bath, England, where the two got incredibly lucky and saw their one sunset of the trip! (Trent forgot to bring the sacrificial rabbit though, so the two had to pass up the opportunity for any ritualistic voodoo.) Click to see more photos and about a few highlights!
The Hacklers Take Europe Brianna Hackler 2019-12-20 08:00:00Z 0

Celebrating the Season

 
Fidalgo Island Rotary got ho-ho-holly this past weekend with Celebrate the Season, bringing a little bit of the North Pole to Anacortes! Each year, the FUN Club teams up with the Anacortes Schools Foundation to bring the festive event to our little seaside town. We start the day with a parade down the main street, culminating in an all-day family festival at the Port Building. This year, we added the Gingerbread Building Contest on Sunday, Dec. 8. Click to view more photos, videos and the highly-anticipated results of the Gingerbread Building Contest! 
Celebrating the Season Daniel Conrardy 2019-12-14 08:00:00Z 0 celebrate the season,community events,community service,fidalgo island rotary,holiday events,social events

Tricia's Travels

Posted by Tricia Sharp
 
When Tricia and Mike decided to drive cross-country back to Georgia they had a few different options. Have everything shipped with movers (estimate: $6000). Sell everything and fly first class (estimate: $1500). Rent a trailer and move themselves (estimate: $1000).  They had no idea going with the ladder would create the SCARIEST drive of their lives...
Tricia's Travels Tricia Sharp 2019-12-08 08:00:00Z 0

San Lucas Scholars

Posted by Walt Guterbock
 

In twelve school graduation ceremonies this month, Thirty-one of the flag bearers were recipients of scholarships from San Lucas Toliman Scholars.  The FIRC International Committee and FIRC members sponsor 14 SLT scholars, and members of the Anacortes community sponsor others.

San Lucas Scholars Walt Guterbock 2019-12-01 08:00:00Z 0

Honduras Trip Wears Out Phil

 
When FIR members Madelyn and Phil Case go down to Honduras to check on projects, deliver backpacks or assess school supplies, it takes its toll on the body. Phil (pictured here at the San Pedro de Sula airport) basically said "I'm done. I must take a nap. Somewhere. Anywhere." since their flights were delayed. There was so much to see and do while in Honduras, finally the couple got home to Anacortes around 2:30 am. "Surprise Surprise! No one was on the roads that early." Madelyn joked.
Honduras Trip Wears Out Phil Madelyn Case 2019-11-24 08:00:00Z 0

Sonoran Desert Hiking With Dave Sem

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...
Sonoran Desert Hiking With Dave Sem David Sem 2019-11-17 08:00:00Z 0

Goodbyes and Jello Shots

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, her famous Eco-Friendly Jello Shots recipe!) 
Goodbyes and Jello Shots Brianna Hackler 2019-11-15 08:00:00Z 0
Where in the World is Cliff? Cliff Merkel 2019-11-10 08:00:00Z 0 fidalgo island rotary,fun club,travel,vacation

Tea with the Guterbocks


 
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...
Tea with the Guterbocks Tricia Sharp 2019-11-07 08:00:00Z 0

Celebrating Foundation Month

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!
Celebrating Foundation Month Jan Vigre 2019-11-01 07:00:00Z 0 foundation month,jewelry raffle,rotary donations,rotary foundation

Halloween FUN

 
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...
Halloween FUN Tricia Sharp 2019-11-01 07:00:00Z 0
BYOP Party! Brianna Hackler 2019-10-30 07:00:00Z 0 byop,family of rotary,fidalgo island rotary,fifth tuesday,halloween party,social events

Celebrating David Bowlin

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

YES to Service!

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! 
YES to Service! Brianna L Hackler 2019-10-23 07:00:00Z 0

Taking the FUN to the Noon Club

Posted by Tricia Sharp
 
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

All You Need is Love to Volunteer

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!
All You Need is Love to Volunteer Tricia Sharp 2019-10-03 07:00:00Z 0

When Lynnette Goes Fishing, So Does Larry

Posted by Tricia Sharp
 
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

Making A Difference - Honduras

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

FIR Football Season

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

Washington Park Lending Library

Posted by Tricia Sharp
 
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

Building Fences with Rotary

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!  
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

District 5050 GolFUN 2019

 
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...
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

Waterfront Alliance Boat

 
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. 
Waterfront Alliance Boat Brianna Hackler 2019-08-23 07:00:00Z 0 anacortes grants,anacortes waterfront alliance,community service,fidalgo island grants,fidalgo island rotary,rotary grants

Honduras Adopt-A-School Program

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.

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 Takes the Lead for STEM Camp

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!

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

Tommy Thompson Pocket Park 

 
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. 
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 2019 Recap

 
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. 
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
Free Kids Boat Building 2019 Tricia Sharp 2019-06-11 07:00:00Z 0 Waterfront Festival,anacortes,boat,building,charity,community service,event,fidalgo island rotary,free,hands-on,kids,skagit,summer

Opal House — Medical Mission

 
 
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! 
Opal House — Medical Mission Stephen Miller 2019-04-30 07:00:00Z 0 anacortes rotary,dr. stephen miller,fidalgo island rotary,guatemala,medical mission,rotary international
Red, White & Rotary Art Auction Tricia Sharp 2019-01-23 08:00:00Z 0

Local Rotarian gifted Key to the City of Copán Ruinas in Honduras
 

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

WhoVille @ Celebrate the Season

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 FIR.theFUNclub@gmail.com 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

Annual Oktoberfest Party

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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Make A Difference Day 2016

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

GolFUN 2016

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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

Anacortes Waterfront Festival - FREE Kid Boat Building

 
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 FIR.theFunClub@gmail.com for more info.
Anacortes Waterfront Festival - FREE Kid Boat Building 2016-05-30 00:00:00Z 0

ASD Certificate of Appreciation

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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ShelterBox Donation Matching


 
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 www.givingpartnerchallenge.org, 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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Fidalgo Island Rotary Recognized in Anacortes Today Article

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

OASIS Teen Shelter Donation

Posted by Tricia Sharp

 

 

Oasis Teen Shelter

Today our club donated laundrey, food, paper and personal items to the Oasis Teen
Shelter
located in Mount Vernon.  Thanks to EVERYONE who made the donation drive successful!
 
 
OASIS Teen Shelter Donation Tricia Sharp 2015-03-24 00:00:00Z 0
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Thoughts on Nepal, By Jack Frisk

Posted by Richard Curtis

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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Healing the Children and Rotary Combine Efforts

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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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