25 years ago our club, then the Rotary Club of North Snohomish County, sponsored a new club in Stanwood. it was not an easy task. Ron Love, pictured below, who lived east of Stanwood and whose children attended school in Stanwood, was recruited by our club to lead the effort. 

The first meeting to recruit new members was just Ron and one other person. They met at Helen's Kitchen (where Ixtapa is now located) and stood up and recited the flag salute and said a prayer. Slowly the numbers increased until they had the number of persons necessary for a charter. 

What a great move we made to extend Rotary through other than just adding members to our club. Stanwood-Camano is so lucky to have this great service club. Just look at the playground that was built on Camano with the leadership of their club. The club always leads District 5050 in giving to the Rotary Foundation. It puts on the Stanwood Fair parade, buys coats for kids, gives scholarships, sponsors the Dolly Parton Library, and much much more! Congratulations Stanwood-Camano Rotary and kudos to those members of our club who led the effort to extend the greatest service club in the world to Stanwood and Camano Island.

Great function last night!  As I said last night, I am proud that the Arlington Club extended Rotary into Stanwood.  Your club has done so much for your community—you need to be very proud!
James Monroe, the PAJ Editor, was not present so I hope that you can share some of your photos and your club’s story with him. 
I would like to share some of your photos with our club as well. If you have any of Ron Love and any others that our club might enjoy seeing, please share them with me.
Thanks for all you do for Rotary!
Dave Duskin, A.G.
Rotary District 5050-Area J
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