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The Rotary Blood Drive was a great success!  All appointments were full and many pints of blood were collected.  Thank you to all who volunteered to help:
Terrence Bedford
Julie Vess
Kathy Moe
Nancy Voelckers
Marcia Woodard
Nancy Nelson
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Member Spotlight - Linda Anderson and Preacher the Great Pyrenees!

Although now retired, my entire teaching career was spent working with special education students.  In 2013 I began working with a particularly intense group of students and it was then that I looked at my lovely Great Pyrenees dog Molly, and wondered if she could be a Pet Therapy dog. We passed our therapy dog evaluation and I made a proposal to the Stanwood Camano school district to use her in the classroom. They accepted and she became the very first pet therapy dog to work in the district.  Molly was the first of 4 pet therapy dogs and we volunteered outside the school as well as in the classroom. As I retired, I knew that volunteering in this way was going to be my focus.  

 

Enter Preacher.  Jon and I carefully chose the breeder, visited the pups, and really hoped our choice would be suited to this work.  He was and is.  Preacher was evaluated and registered through the Pet Partners organization in May of 2023.  Since Covid, the demand for Pet Therapy visits has grown exponentially and we have all the opportunities we can handle.  I love this volunteer work  as it allows me to give back, help others and partner with my dog.

 

Preacher and I regularly make hospice visits through NW Hospice.  We also visit other patients at Josephine and at the Assisted Living area there.  The 4th Saturday of each month will find us at the Arlington Library reading with kids.  We also visit Children and Family services of Bellingham, Western Washington University (for de-stress days and during finals week), an elementary school intensive behavioral  program in Bellingham, and locally, at a couple of elementary schools when requested.  

 

When not involved in pet therapy work, I compete with Preacher in Rally (a type of obedience) along with my other dog, a Corgi named Winston.

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Roundup for Charity - Camano Plaza Ace Hardware - July 1-31st
Encourage your friends to shop at the Camano Plaza Ace Hardware during the month of July and Roundup for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library!
 
Thank you to Camano Plaza Ace Hardware for giving us this amazing opportunity to raise funds for free books for kids!  This is the 17th year we have coordinated the program in Stanwood and Camano Island.  Over 2,490 children have graduated from the program and 864 are currently enrolled.  We have placed over 150,000 books in the hands of children!
Rotary Member Andrew Davis and Puget Sound Public Farms News!
In the past couple of weeks, we have harvested nearly 200 lbs of food from Ovenell and donated it to the Stanwood Camano Food Bank! Thank you to all the volunteers who made this possible. Stay tuned for more updates and volunteer opportunities.
 
 
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Stanwood-Camano Island

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m.
Farmer's Cafe
26710 72nd Ave NW
Stanwood, WA 98292
United States of America
Meetings are held weekly. Please check our calendar for upcoming events!