Reader view: A way to put that extra $600 to good use

Right about now, most of us are getting $600 or more from the government. We didn’t ask for it and many of us don’t really need it. You may have thought that it should have gone instead to people to whom $600 could make a real difference. So, what can we do to get that…

Edmonds Daybreakers Rotary provides COVID relief in Cambodia

The Edmonds Daybreakers Rotary Club on Tuesday announced the completion of a successful fundraising campaign to provide assistance to more than 300 impoverished village families in Cambodia affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants totaling $15,800 have been made to three carefully vetted local non-government organizations (NGOs) working with the residents of small villages outside the…

Alderwood Terrace Rotary Club seeks donations for virtual Sharing Tree

Alderwood Terrace Rotary Club is inviting the community to participate in its Sharing Tree and purchase a gift for a child in need. In the past, club members have staffed a table at Alderwood Mall, but that won’t be happening this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the club has created an online wishlist…

Edmonds Lions Club collects food bank donations Saturday

A Saturday food drive sponsored by the Edmonds Lions Club at Walnut Street Coffee generated 1,622 pounds of food and $1,773 in cash donations for the Edmonds Food Bank. “The Edmonds community is really generous,” noted Jim Forgey of the Lions Club. Miss the drive? You can make a cash donation to the food bank…

Meadowdale High School’s Austin Seals named Edmonds Rotary October Student of Month

The Rotary Club of Edmonds has chosen Meadowdale High School uunior Austin Seals as the October Student of the Month. Here’s what Lora Schwartenzenberger, Meadowdale’s career center specialist, wrote about him:  “In the classroom, Austin’s teachers appreciate his engagement and contributions to class time, and his willingness to go out of his way to help…

Reminder: Edmonds Rotary takes Oktoberfest online Oct. 3

Edmonds Rotary announced Friday that the first-ever Edmonds Virtual Oktoberfest is set for Saturday, Oct. 3  from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The 2020 online Zoom event will take place in lieu of the popular in-person version — first held in 2019 —  due to COVID-19 public gathering restrictions. Enjoy beer from Gallaghers’ Where U…

Lions Club members come through for Edmonds Food Bank

Every year, the Edmonds Lions Club sells raffle tickets for gift certificates donated by local businesses, with all proceeds to benefit the Edmonds Food Bank. That wasn’t possible this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so the club put “Plan B” into action: They asked members — and members’ friends and neighbors — to donate…

Sponsor spotlight: Edmonds Daybreakers Rotary members pitch in to keep city clean

Did you know that Daybreakers Rotarians are People in Action? We are showcasing one of many local projects that Edmonds Daybreakers members continue to participate in to support our wonderful community: Did you ever notice the lack of roadside litter on Highway 104 from the entrance to the ferry terminal way back up to the top…

During hard times, Edmonds Daybreakers raise $3,300 for burned kids

It was a new monthly donation record. Every Tuesday morning, the Rotary Club of Edmonds Daybreakers raises money for selected charities with their Happy Bucks segment. The club sergeant-at-arms allows anyone to say whatever they wish by donating a dollar or more to the month’s chosen charity. In May that charity was the Burned Children…

Remembering the Edmonds Jazz Connection over the years

 The annual Edmonds Jazz Connection — which has been showcasing some of the Pacific Northwest’s best high school jazz programs for the past 20 years, was canceled this year due to COVID-19. To commemorate the event’s 20th anniversary, Jim Blossey of the Edmonds Daybreakers Rotary Club — which hosts the event — put together…

Blue ribbons send messages of hope and thanks

The blue ribbons sprouting on trees and businesses in downtown Edmonds are more than just decoration. “Blue is the color of hope,” said Elise Hegrat of Edmonds Noon Rotary, who is spearheading the effort to bring a bright note into these times of shuttered businesses, masks, social distance and quarantine. “We were looking for a…

Scene in Edmonds: Thanking first responders with blue ribbons

The Edmonds Rotary Noon Club has started placing these blue ribbons around Edmonds to say “thank you” to first responders on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Those interested in having a blue ribbon at their location can contact Elise Hegrat by phone at 425-478-2230 or by email at elise.hegrat@edmondsrotary.com.  

Sponsor spotlight: 7 reasons why young people should join Rotary

I have a message for all you young people out there who may never have heard about Rotary. Or if you have, it was from a parent or grandparent who spent more time talking about the lunch menu or how great the salad bar is. If that’s all you’ve heard about Rotary, then you’re missing a…

Edmonds Rotary now meeting via Zoom; Mayor Mike Nelson to speak April 7

Edmonds Rotary Club has gone virtual under the Governor’s stay-at-home orders — and you’re invited to attend. “We’re still meeting every Tuesday at noon – but we’re doing it via Zoom!” said Edmonds Rotary’s David Kaufer. “If you would like to attend, please email david@edmondsrotary.com for your Zoom invitation/ID.”The special guest for the next meeting — Tuesday,…

Fundraising underway for fully-inclusive Mika’s Playground at Civic Park

The Zimbalist family lived by a simple rule: “‘We don’t do things unless everybody can do them.” Above all, that included going to the park with their son, Mika. “When he was young, he loved to go on the swing and slides,” Mumtaz Zimbalist, Mika’s mother, said. “He was little, so we were able to…

Edmonds Citizen of the Year award nominations now open

It’s time to nominate an outstanding Edmonds resident for the 27th Annual Edmonds Citizen of the Year award, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Edmonds. Nominees should be a civic-minded citizen active in civic affairs, community activities and/or business pursuits. It is open to individuals as volunteers or professionals in the line of duty. Award…

Technology has lessened farming’s carbon footprint, Edmonds Daybreakers Rotarians learn

Members of the Edmonds Daybreakers Rotary Club had a chance to learn recently how GPS technology developed by NASA has revolutionized farming. The club hosted a presentation last week by Kelly Rapp, an agricultural production specialist who is married to Darlene Stern-Rapp, a Daybreakers Rotary Club member. The GPS “Auto Steer” technology has revolutionized farming…

Edmonds Rotary Club to feature Rick Steves, Brian Baird as upcoming luncheon speakers

The Rotary Club of Edmonds is featuring the following speakers at its luncheons in the next two weeks: Tuesday, March 3: European travel expert Rick Steves will talk about “Fresh Ideas for This Year’s Travels” Tuesday, March 10: Former U.S.. Congressman Brian Baird will speak on “Current Issues? Where Do We Start?” The Rotary Club…

Rotary Clubs kick off annual athletic shoe drive for kids in need

Three Rotary Clubs — Edmonds Daybreakers, Edmonds Noon and Lynnwood —  on Feb. 24 kicked off their annual 1,000 Pairs of Athletic Shoe Drive that benefits students in need in South Snohomish County. The drive runs from Feb 24 -March 21. It’s the fifth year the Rotary Clubs have come together to do a joint shoe…