FUN Stories
Fidalgo Island Rotarian Kurt Nelson was honored this month by Boy Scout Troop 911 here on Fidalgo Island. Kurt has played an instrumental role in helping the troop get started during the past year. Not only did he connect Troop 911 with Fidalgo Island Rotary, so the club to sponsor the troop and allow the troop to officially get started, but Kurt also donated the troop's flags. Kurt has helped the troop plan numerous activities this past year, including volunteer activities, fishing trips and more, which allow them to fulfill requirements to receive merit badges as well as get involved in the community. Thank you for all you do, Kurt!  
Unfortunately, the 2021 Shipwreck Festival will not take place this year. After working with the city and reviewing state and local regulations regarding street fairs during the pandemic, we came to the conclusion that there is no way to ensure the health and safety of our community in hosting Shipwreck Festival this year. We are incredibly disappointed, but please know we will be back next year! Mark your calendars for Shipwreck Festival on July 16, 2022!

Alaina Shafer, one of the 2021 scholarship recipients

The Fidalgo Island Rotary Club of Anacortes is excited to announce four recipients of its Connie Kelley Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded annually to Fidalgo or Guemes island residents who are pursuing further education in vocational or technical career fields. 

Tatiana Acuna is enrolled in Skagit Valley college, where she is pursuing a degree in nursing. Tatiana was inspired by several of her patients while she was working a health care assistant to continue her education and become a certified nurse. When asked about her greatest strength, Tatiana commented, “When I find something challenging, I don’t quit!”  She also finds inspiration through her two young sons, who are excited their mother is going to become a nurse. 

Cyndi McFarland has found her passion in the brewery industry. She is seeking a degree in mico-brewing at Skagit Valley College. Cyndi welcomes the challenges faced by the small number of women in this industry. She plans to use her journalism background to provide information to customers about the various steps involved in creating craft beer. Cyndi’s career change was supported by her parents, who are both teachers, and have always stressed the importance of being happy in your career choice. 

Brady Guinn’s career has found a new path - that of a massage therapist. Brady is attending Northwest Academy for the Arts, in Bellingham. He is channeling his goal of giving back to his community by helping people in their quest for wellness through massage therapy. Brady believes his ability to relate to people, because he is a good listener, will be a great asset to his career choice. Brady is a full-time student and during the last year, he has also been a full-time teacher/dad to his second-grade son. 

Alaina Shafer will graduate from Cap Sante High School as a member of the class of 2021. She will pursue her life-long dream of becoming a cosmetologist. Alaina has been accepted to the cosmetology program at Evergreen Beauty School in Mount Vernon. She is excited to begin classes this fall. Receiving the Connie Kelley Memorial Scholarship has been even more rewarding for Alaina, because as she remarked, “both her mother and grandmother have fond memories from the services they both experienced at Connie Kelley’s salon.” 

Story provided by IPA member Marty Pease.
Finally, after a year absence, a team from International Project Alliance (IPA) was able to go to Honduras to oversee an ongoing multi-faceted multi-club Rotary project. In February 2021, two members of the IPA team were able to return to Honduras. The difficult part is summarizing the trip in a page or two. 

In regards to IPA business, they visited schools in Mayan villages every weekday delivering school supplies to 2300 students kindergarten through high school because it was the start of the school year. For the visits, they had asked the teachers for no students to be present except the middle and high school students and no food because of Covid concerns. Most understood and complied.  Cinthia, Mauricio and Cindy, the IPA's contacts in Honduras, did a great job preparing for this task. Now upon their return is the enormous task of updating the data base with all the new information obtained.

Thank you to all who participated in Fidalgo Island Rotary's 2021 online auction, Rotary Roundup! For the second year in a row, we took the annual fundraiser online due to the pandemic, but our members and our community still came out to support us! Thank you to everyone who bid, donated, supplied items and helped make this year another success. 
The auction committee and club treasurer are still tallying up final numbers; however, even as an online event, we still raised close to our annual goal. The auction netted more than $15,000 for our club projects. The Connie Kelley Scholarship Fund raised $2,000, and $1,000 was donated to provide scholarships to students in Copan, Honduras. 
If you have not yet donated, there's still time. Send a check to the Fidalgo Island Rotary Foundation at PO Box 125, Anacortes, WA 98221. If you would like to designated your donated funds to a specific project, please include that information on the memo line. 
Thank you again for all your donations, participation and hard work! 

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