La Conner Rotary Club invested $100,000 last year!
Seven La Conner High School graduating seniors received $14,000 in scholarships, the La Conner Regional Library Foundation received $11,700 toward its building campaign, the Town of La Conner received more than $11,000 for audio-visual upgrades to Maple Hall, and the new Conner Waterfront Park received $10,000 from the Rotary Club of La Conner during its 2016-17 budget year.
Approximately $14,500 of the total amount donated to various causes went to the club’s international projects, including water, sanitation and support for poor rural schools in Copan, Honduras, including sponsorship of primary and secondary students, and for mobile libraries in Honduras and Guatemala. Internationally the club also contributed to The Rotary Foundation’s polio eradication efforts and purchased wheelchairs.
The balance of Rotary’s grants were invested locally.
The club’s involvement with the La Conner School District included a pilot project to provide a weekend nourishment program for students, dictionaries for all third graders, and grants toward high school and young adult youth leadership development and service programs.
The club supported regional non-profits too. The Skagit Valley Family YMCA received $10,000 for its new building capital campaign. Other beneficiaries included the Boys & Girls Club, the La Conner Food bank, MONA, Skagit Habitat for Humanity, Oasis Teen Center, Friendship House, the Skagit Symphony, the Children’s Museum of Skagit County, Camp Fire and the Skagit River Poetry Foundation.
The Rotary Club of La Conner raises funds for scholarships and other education and literacy projects through its annual auction, which will be held Aug. 26. The theme is Moonlight and Margaritas, and it promises to be a fun event. Please join us to help support our good work. For more information or to buy tickets, go to www.harvestinghopeauction.com.
If you are interested in becoming a member of this vibrant 43-member club, we would welcome you with open arms. Just come to one of our meetings on Mondays at 5:45 p.m. at the Farmhouse Restaurant to get acquainted. Be sure to check our web site – www.laconnerrotary.org – to make sure we are there. We occasionally hold off-site meetings.
The club’s board members for 2018-19 are John Milnor, President; Alice Collingwood, Past President; Pam Narron, President-Elect; Christi King, Vice President; Martha Pease, Secretary; Don Wolf, Treasurer; Patsy Good, Community Service Director; Whitney Meissner, Vocational Service/Literacy Director; Jerry Willins, International Service Director; and Danya Wolf, Youth Service Director.