Reminder: Rick Steves to speak to Edmond Daybreakers Rotary Aug. 10

Rick Steves

Members of the public are invited to join the Rotarians on Tuesday, Aug. 10 when Rick Steves will speak to the weekly 7:30 a.m. meeting of the Rotary Club of Edmonds, Daybreakers.

The event will take place  in the Rotary Room of the Edmonds Waterfront Center, of which Steves is a key financial supporter. His topic will be European Travel after COVID. A continental breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m. with the program beginning at 8 a.m. Attendance is limited to 50 people, so reservations will be required. Contact Daybreaker Club Service Chair Valerie Claypool via email at:

Rick Steves is a popular public television host, a best-selling guidebook author, and an outspoken activist who encourages Americans to broaden their perspectives through travel. He is the founder and owner of Rick Steves’ Europe, a travel business with a tour program that brings more than 30,000 people to Europe annually. Rick lives and works here in his hometown of Edmonds,, where his office window overlooks his old junior high school.

  1. Such a great concept, broadening one’s perspective through travel – yet he has seen very little of his own country! I heard him speak at something and he said he had only been to a few U.S. cities and that was mainly on his way to an engagement. I agree travel is a wonderful way to open one’s eyes and broaden perspectives – just think travel within our own country should not be overlooked – I am SO grateful for the amount of it I have seen. This country is so beautiful and diverse that we can learn much from exploring it and I believe then have a greater appreciation for traveling to other countries. I always find it amusing when I speak to those who are well traveled in Europe and other countries, yet know have not seen much of this one – almost seem to look down upon the idea. Sad. There are some absolutely incredible places to be seen and things to do right here in America!!

  2. I couldn’t agree more, Karen. I have traveled to several European countries. They are offer a great historical point of view of the world, but we live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world, with many of it’s natural wonders right in our back door.

  3. Rick Steves is an Edmonds treasure. We’re lucky he chose to build his business here in his hometown, when he could have gone anywhere.

    I remember hearing him in person, a 40-minute talk~ covered his material thoroughly, in a logical and engaging way, and totally without notes. Nothing in his hands except a microphone. The guy is a master of his art.

  4. Rick Steves is a good guy local treasure (literally and figuratively) and America is a treasure. Travel broadens the mind, whether foreign or domestic. What is the point of this conversation anyway? Seems like some sort of hidden agenda going on here. If one disagrees with Rick on what is good for Edmonds, say it outright; don’t pick on his chosen business and lifestyle just because it doesn’t quite jibe with your viewpoints of what is good or bad. We need to quit telling each other how to live life – a little more toleration of “the other,” perhaps, would clear the Edmond’s air just a bit.

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