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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
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On Dec. 2, members of Fidalgo Island Rotary volunteered to serve breakfast and cheer to members of the community at the Didgwalic Wellness Center on March's Point Road in Anacortes. A small group of FIR volunteers gathered outdoors (wearing masks) to serve breakfast to about 150 people, as well as donate coats and gift cards to the center. 
The breakfast was part of a yearlong project funded by a district grant and the club's community service committee. The first breakfast took place in January and was originally slated to take place quarterly throughout the year, but was delayed due to COVID concerns. We hope to serve breakfast a few more times before the grant runs out next year. 
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, including serving breakfast for patients at the Didgwalic Wellness Center. 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. 
Thanks to Moka Joe for providing a generous discount on hot food items, and of course all our club members who volunteered to serve food and provide support. 
 
Last week, Fidalgo Island Rotary delivered a plethora of warm clothing and grocery store gift cards to IRIS in Mount Vernon. Walt Guterbock, Bill Hakins, and Dave and Mari Latimer delivered $1,375 in gift cards and about $1,000 worth of warm clothing to the nonprofit on Nov. 20, all donated by members of Fidalgo Island Rotary. 
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. 
 
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 hndmdbypatsy@gmail.com. You can also keep an eye out for these masks at local stores such as Sebo's Hardware.
Stay safe, and stay stylish! 
 

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Speakers
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
Allen Stockbridge
Feb 16, 2021 7:00 AM
Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group
Kevin Riley and Chris Hoke
Feb 23, 2021 7:00 AM
Restorative Justice
Classification Talks:
Mar 02, 2021 7:00 AM
Richard Curtis
Mar 09, 2021 7:00 AM
Emergency Management
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
Classification Talks:
Apr 06, 2021 7:00 AM
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
Classification Talks:
Jun 01, 2021 7:00 AM