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Fidalgo Island Rotary is hosting its annual auction (and its second ONLINE AUCTION!) Save the date for March 18-21 in our virtual auction house. You can bid on great items from the comfort of your own home, all while helping support Fidalgo Island Rotary. 
Keep in mind, we won't have other fundraisers this year (like Shipwreck Festival) due to COVID precautions, so this auction is VITAL to the success of our club this coming year! 
 
Want to DONATE AN ITEM? Click HERE to download the donation form, and contact Val Tibbetts or Daniel Conrardy with questions. We are still in need of all types of items, so please donate
 
Want to be an ITEM OR EVENT SPONSOR? Click HERE to learn more about becoming a sponsor! Your donation could help us purchase items to auction, produce the event or advertise to the community. This is an awesome way to support the club and donate, and you'll get all sorts of amazing benefits, such as online marketing, social media call-outs and your logo on our promotional material. AND all donations are easily tax deductible. 
 
On Tuesday, Feb. 2, Fidalgo Island Rotary celebrated the 24th anniversary of its chartering. In an event fondly known as "Charter Night," members gather annually to remember how the club was founded, honor those who have worked so hard to bring it to life and marvel at how far it has come. Normally, this event calls for a little pomp and circumstance - in years past, FIR members have hosted a nice dinner, inviting club alums, Rotary dignitaries and members' families to join in celebration of Fidalgo Island Rotary and all we have accomplished. However, in keeping with the theme of the past year, things looked a little different this year. 
Members met on Zoom on Tuesday night, but boisterous spirits were not lessened by virtual connections. Susan Guterbock acted as the event emcee, playfully quizzing the group about Rotary trivia, from when Fidalgo Island Rotary was chartered (Jan. 3, 1997) to when women were allowed in Rotary (1989.) After trivia (congrats to Kandy and Barb for earning the highest scores!) all members in attendance blew out a birthday candle in their own home for FIR (although some members made due with a vanilla scented Yankee candle or a book light). While it was not our usual affair, it was still a beautiful was to celebrate FIR and connect with each other, and certainly a celebration members will remember for years to come! Thanks for the Family of Rotary committee for bringing us together and putting the event on! 
 
 
With the pandemic still going in full force, we're all turning to online retailers more to purchase clothing, household goods and supplies. We've all seen an increase in those Amazon boxes on doorsteps! But did you know, you can help Fidalgo Island Rotary next time you click "add to cart?" You can donate to the Fidalgo Island Rotary Foundation automatically with each Amazon purchase. Instead of going straight to amazon.com, shop instead at smile.amazon.com (which is exactly the same as the normal Amazon site!) and select "Fidalgo Island Rotary Foundation" as your charity of choice. By shopping on this site, Amazon will automatically donate .5% of each purchase to FIR! You can also see how much you've donated over the years, and how much FIR has raised total. So get shopping! 

On Jan. 27, the Anacortes American published a story about Brandi Black, an Anacortes resident and Connie Kelley Scholarship recipient. The story details Brandi's past with substance abuse and her journey to recovery during the past six years. Two years ago, Brandi applied for and received the Connie Kelley Memorial Scholarship through Fidalgo Island Rotary, which helped her attend Skagit Valley College to get a degree in counseling. This year, Brandi graduated, and plans to pursue a career in counseling to help others and continue to give back to her community. 
“She is just a success story,” Youth Services chairperson Lynnette Setmire said in the article. “She’s an easy person to support.”
Fidalgo Island Rotary is extremely proud and excited for Brandi; we can't wait to see what amazing things she will accomplish! To read the full article about Brandi, click here
 
The Connie Kelley Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship awarded to a Fidalgo or Guemes island resident who plans to begin or continue with vocational or technical training. This scholarship is in memorial of Connie Kelley, an outstanding member of our club. This year, the deadline is flexible due to COVID-related challenges. If you or someone you know is interested in the scholarship, please download the scholarship application from our website homepage or email Fidalgo Island Rotary at fir.thefunclub@gmail.com. 
 
Are you interested in learning more about our International Project Alliance? Now you can subscribe to the IPA newsletter to stay up to date on all the international projects we have going on!

The International Project Alliance (IPA) is a large collaborative group of Rotary clubs in northwest Washington State, who made a long-term commitment to helping the people of the Copán Ruinas region of western Honduras. Founded in 2014, the IPA's projects cover most areas of international aid, including education, health, food and agriculture, water and sanitation, construction and economic development. The IPA's in-country partner is the Club Rotario de Copán Ruinas. The IPA has implemented the following programs to date:

  • Adopt-A-School
  • Adopt-A-Dream, scholarship program
  • Adopt-a-Village
  • Mobile Library 
  • Student Health Fund
  • Water, Sanitation, School Construction, Agriculture
  • Rapid Development Program - Transforming Villages
  • Equipping health clinics
Click here to subscribe to the newsletter to stay up-to-date on all these projects and more!
 

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Amazon Smile
Do you shop online using Amazon? If you click the below link to shop at Amazon Smile, Amazon will donate .5 % of your purchase price to Fidalgo Island Rotary, at no cost to you! Make sure you're shopping at www.smile.amazon.com and select "Fidalgo Island Rotary Foundation" as your charity of choice!
Speakers
Bryan Hennessy - Former FIR Member
Mar 02, 2021 7:00 AM
Medical Mission from a lay volunteer perspective
Shari Storm - Category 6 Consulting
Mar 09, 2021 7:00 AM
How To Work Together When You Can’t Be Together
Asa Deane
Mar 16, 2021 7:00 AM
Friends of the Forest
Anne Weed and Marla Johns
Mar 23, 2021 7:00 AM
IMPACT - a partnering of the Sheriff’s Office with Compass Mental Health
Sol Kohlhaas
Apr 06, 2021 7:00 AM
A to Z: Oil Tankers to Empowering Pre-Teen Girls!
Chris Offer
Apr 13, 2021 7:00 AM
Positive Peace Activation; Rotary and Institute for Economics and Peace Partnership
Club Assembly
Apr 20, 2021
Classification Talks:
May 04, 2021 7:00 AM
Richard Curtis
May 11, 2021 7:00 AM
Emergency Preparedness
Classification Talks:
Jun 01, 2021 7:00 AM