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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!  

As we know from Happy/Sad comments, I have an infamous Bucket List, but that list doesn’t just include travel or activities (such as riding in a rumble seat.) Despite Covid, I was able to check off another one: Publishing a book

I was warned by many authors, “Writing the book is the easy part.” They weren’t just a woofin,’ as my mother would say. There are several ways to get a book published in our 21st Century world — and trust me, none of them is a walk in the park. Having said that, I’m proud (even though that’s a sin) to introduce something I never thought I’d write — a hardback children’s book entitled “Locked Out in the Snow.”

Here’s how that happened.

When my parents faced that day when it was time to go into assisted living and my siblings and I were discussing what to do with their stuff, I announced that there was only one of their belongings I wanted. I think my siblings thought I knew of some valuable treasure they weren’t aware of, but soon discovered that possession was something only of value to me:  Mom’s diaries.  I sometimes look up things in those neatly uniform books she kept from the time I was 5 years old until I was in my 50s. 

One afternoon I was looking up something and came across an entry that reminded me of an incident when I was 7. It took a very short while to write the story – with just a teeny bit of embellishment. Then I found an editor because any author needs one as they see things the writer doesn’t. Next came an illustrator (that part is especially tough.) In my case, the illustrator is thirty-plus years younger than I, and the generation gap startled me to realize what a dinosaur I am. Some examples: She made my school bus driver female. That wasn’t allowed during the book’s setting of 1961. My schoolroom clock was not digital. Little girls wore dresses to school, no matter what the weather. She had no idea what galoshes are. She didn’t know what handwriting exercises looked like. The list goes on – and it becomes expensive to make changes if an illustration isn’t what the author wants. 

CLICK TO CONTINUE READING about Kim's publishing journey, as well as her next book, scheduled to be out this November! 

FIR member Peter Martin visits Copan Ruinas, Honduras, in August 2019 as part of a previous initiative with the IPA and the Rotary Club of Copan Ruinas.
Fidalgo Island Rotary Club and the International Project Alliance recently received approval for a Global Grant from the Rotary Foundation to support the expansion of the Rapid Development (RD) program to 6 new villages near Copán, Honduras. RD aims to address all of the aspects of poverty by founding village savings institutions, encouraging the planning and formation of new businesses in the villages, supporting the education of the children through high school, training and equipping village health workers, and training villagers on financial management and personal development. IPA has demonstrated the success of RD in 5 villages in the first two phases. The total budget of the project is $95,253, of which $68,038 will come from The Rotary Foundation and District 5050. The project is projected to last for three years and will be administered mainly by IPA's contractors in Copán, Cinthia Santos and Mauricio Alvarado. The Copán Ruinas Rotary club will supply administrative support and transportation for the project.
FIRC has also received approval for a District Grant project to supply electrical power and school furniture to the school in La Moya, one of the Rapid Development villages. The total of the project will be About $3100. This project is part of the IPA effort and will be administered by Mauricio.  The villagers will supply the labor, and the government of Honduras will pay for the electricity.

The Fidalgo Island Rotary Club of Anacortes is accepting applications for its annual scholarship, the Connie Kelley Memorial Scholarship. Scholarship amounts may vary, but will be at least $1,000 per student.  

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis. The deadline for the annual scholarship is usually the end of April each year, but the club decided to open 2021 applications early this fall due to current need in the community and challenges related to COVID-19. 

The Connie Kelley Memorial Scholarship is awarded to current residents of Fidalgo or Guemes islands who plans to begin or continue with vocational or technical education. The scholarship is offered in honor of an outstanding member of Fidalgo Island Rotary, Connie Kelley, who died in 2005. Applicants must demonstrate qualities that epitomized Connie Kelley: curiosity, perseverance, humor, courage, optimism, determination and dedication to community service in pursuing their chosen career and life.

Download more information and the application here. For additional questions or information, email 

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