FUN Stories
On Nov. 11, members of Fidalgo Island Rotary Club spent the morning completing yard work at the Anacortes Police Station. About a dozen members of the local service club volunteered their time to weed, rake leaves, trim hedges and pick up trash outside the building. In addition, members who could not attend the yard work session dropped off cookies and other baked goods for the law enforcement team to enjoy when they returned to work on Thursday, Nov. 11 (the building was closed in observance of Veteran's Day.) 
Thank you to all who came out to volunteer and made treats for our local law enforcement! Click to see more photos of our volunteers hard at work!
As you may have noticed, masks have become all the rage this fall. Whether you're at the grocery store or strolling along Commercial Avenue, everyone is wearing them! (OK, yes, we know, it's because we need to wear masks to keep the community safe during a pandemic. But isn't it more fun to imagine this is the hottest trend out of Paris Fashion Week?) 
If you're looking for a new face mask for your trip out in public, look no further than Hand Made by Patsy. Our very own Patsy McCuaig is creating 
100% cotton face coverings with adjustable ear pieces and wire nose support. The cut and design are made specifically for those who wear glasses (and who know all to well the annoying fog that comes with it!) These masks come in a wide range of colors and patterns, and most are reversible, unless they have additional accessories and delightful bling. Patsy makes her masks in several sizes, so you can find your exact fit. 
If you're in need of a new face covering (or two!) check out the Hand Made by Patsy Facebook page, or email Patsy at You can also keep an eye out for these masks at local stores such as Sebo's Hardware.
Stay safe, and stay stylish! 
Fidalgo Island Rotary is accepting donations to support IRIS, Immigrant Resources and Immediate Support, a nonproft based in Skagit County. Now through Thanksgiving, FIR is collecting grocery store gift cards, warm clothing or cash for IRIS.
Requested grocery store gift cards are Fred Meyer, Walmart or Safeway, and warm clothing can be for adults or children. Items can be new or gently used, and can include jackets, sweaters, hats, mittens or scarves. 
IRIS is a nonprofit organization based in Mount Vernon that provided immediate assistance to immigrant families. This includes assistance with funding for medical services, housing, grocery stipends and clothing. Click here to learn more about the organization. 
To drop off donations, contact Walt Guterbock:
This year, Fidalgo Island Rotary honored five Anacortes community members with Paul Harris Fellowships as a thank you for all their hard work here in Anacortes. A Paul Harris Fellow, named for the Rotary founder, is someone who has contributed a certain amount to the Rotary Foundation; a club can also choose to give fellowships to members or community members to recognize them for their outstanding service work. This year, Fidalgo Island Rotary honors: 
Rene Rodriguez, a chairperson the Food to Go, which provides supplemental food bags for Anacortes school kids of all ages who are experiencing food insecurity over the weekends. This effort supports the students’ health and learning. Rodriguez and Kari Mathis founded Food to Go three years ago, which has continued to help and serve students here on Fidalgo Island.  FIR is excited to continually contribute funds to this program. This is Rodriguez' first Paul Harris recognition.

Jordy Pratt, a Community Resource Manager for the Anacortes Family Center. She headed up the program that connects Family Center clients with local motels for temporary housing. Pratt acted as the liaison between the applicants and the motels, and visited with the clients everyday. She assisted clients with their needs of shelter and rehabilitation, and was integral part of the team at the Anacortes Family Center, which FIR has contributed to the past several years. This is Pratt's first Paul Harris recognition.

Erica Pickett, a member of the local Soroptimist Chapter and chair of their Community Service Committee. One of her duties is overseeing the distribution of home health equipment, which so many of our community members use. FIR really wanted to honor the entire Soroptimist chapter for this contribution to Anacortes, but alas, RI rules indicate the recognition must go to an individual, not an entire club or chapter, so we recognize Pickett as a standout member of their organization. In addition, the committee Pickett heads up includes Domestic Violence, Economic and Social Development, Human Rights/Status of Women,  Scholarships and Ways and Means.  Pickett also served on the Anacortes City Council for many years. This is her first Paul Harris recognition.

Michele Pope, a long time active community member for the past 24 years. Her biggest contribution to the city of Anacortes was the fund raiser for the repair of the Tommy Thompson Trails Trestle after the fire. Approximately $300,000 was needed, and she accomplished this by making  it “Our Anacortes Project”,  and it was most successful.  Pope has been involved in PTA at both Mt. Erie Elementary School and Anacortes Middle School, OARS, and served on the boards of the Senior Center and Anacortes Parks Foundation.  In 2019 she ran a very successful Unconventional Runway Show for the Senior Center Foundation fund raiser. This is her second Paul Harris recognition.

Eric Johnson, for his efforts on behalf of the homeless and his tireless work to increase child care opportunities Johnson is one of the founders of the Anacortes Family Center, which serves homeless women, children and families in crisis by providing shelter in addition to comprehensive transformational services to achieve long lasting personal success and self sufficiency. Johnson is a retired USAF colonel, and has also served on the Anacortes City Council for 10 years. He received his first Paul Harris from FIR in 2006; this is his second Paul Harris recognition. 
With the need to stay socially distant and Happy Dollars taking place on Zoom, we haven't been able to keep up with all the exciting stuff our Fun Clubbers are doing! So here's a quick Member Update from our own Barry Harter on where he and his wife, Brenda, have been this summer! 
The summer has been so exciting, fruitful, and relaxing!  I really miss being with all the Rotary Folks. However, Kurt Nelson, Steve Rutz, Mike Tallering, Jim English, Richard Curtis and Daniel Conrardy have all played golf each week, wearing our Fun Club Golf Shirts that Kurt bought everyone. So cool!!!
My garden has been producing all year and getting ready now for Winter Gardening.  Feel free to stop over anytime and check out my harvest.
Brenda and I have done two trips this year. We spent 16 days with Brenda's mom and parts of my family in Indiana. Always a pleasure to see cousins, nieces and nephews. Attended my Grand Niece's wedding on her father's farm. Hope to send some pics.
Just returned from an impromptu week long road trip to Sun Valley, Idaho. Beautiful drive to Pendelton, Oregon, into Sun Valley for a few days. Played Cloud 9 Golf Course, which was located at Sun Valley Lodge. The absolutely most beautiful course ever. The mountain views were stunning and overwhelmingly gorgeous! Drove to Stanley, Idaho, to lodge along the Salmon River which is a wild scenic river with backdrop of the Sawtooth Mountain Range. Cruised up to Lolo Hot Springs Lodge for soaking and sleeping. Watched the Seahawks win in the Lolo Lounge. There was no internet except in the Lounge. The next day, drove US 12 which was 199 miles of curves and mountain passes into Lewiston, Idaho. The scenery was unbelievable breathtaking. Highly recommend that road trip on US 12! Our final day was driving through the Palouse and ending up at Suncadia Resort for a beautiful day of golf, excellent dining and deluxe accommodations.
Brenda and I are so grateful for our family and friends. Remember your health is your wealth!

Click to see more photos of Barry and Brenda's travels!  

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Thanksgiving Holiday - No Meeting
Nov 24, 2020 7:00 AM
Classification Talks:
Dec 01, 2020 7:00 AM
Dr Justin Irish - Anacortes School Superintendent
Dec 08, 2020 7:00 AM
Anacortes School District
Jason Armstrong
Dec 15, 2020 7:00 AM
Deception State Park
Christmas Holidays - No Meeting
Dec 22, 2020 7:00 AM
Classification Talks:
Jan 05, 2021 7:00 AM
Sven Gilkey
Jan 12, 2021 7:00 AM
District Director Boy Scouts of America
Club Assembly
Jan 19, 2021
Kelley Bright
Jan 26, 2021 7:00 AM
Shannon Point Marine Center - Western Washington University
Classification Talks:
Feb 02, 2021 7:00 AM
Jim Fuda - Founder Crime Stoppers
Feb 09, 2021 7:00 AM
Trans-National Crime Initiative
Classification Talks:
Mar 02, 2021 7:00 AM
Classification Talks:
Apr 06, 2021 7:00 AM
Club Assembly
Apr 20, 2021
Classification Talks:
May 04, 2021 7:00 AM