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…

Edmonds Lions Club raffle raises $5,600 for food bank

The Edmonds Lions Club Monday night presented a $5,600 check to the Edmonds Food Bank, the result of its annual raffle of gift certificates from local businesses. Every year the club collects gift certificates from local restaurants and merchants, then sells raffle tickets to raise money for the food bank. Participating businesses this year included:…

Sponsor spotlight: Let Edmonds Rotary wrap your holiday gifts

Need help wrapping your holiday gifts this year? The Edmonds Rotary is here to help you, and you will be helping the Rotary. Edmonds Rotary will be at the Lynnwood Fred Meyer on 44th Avenue West from 4-7 p.m. Dec. 18 – 20, and from noon-7 p.m. Dec. 21-22, and 4-7 p.m. on Dec. 23….

Edmonds Rotary hosting ‘Dine & Donate’ event for Gambia science education lab

The Edmonds Rotary invites the public to a “Dine & Donate” event on Dec. 9 at Salt & Iron in downtown Edmonds. Owner Shubert Ho has generously offered to donate 20% of profits from dinner (4 p.m.-close) that evening to the Edmonds Rotary project “Bridge to Success – Science Education in Rural Gambia.” As previously featured in…

Scene in Edmonds: Rotarians pitch in, putting a new shine on some rusty wrought iron

The old saying “many hands makes light work” was front and center Saturday morning as Edmonds Rotary volunteers joined forces to scrape, sand and put fresh paint on the Edmonds Cemetery Columbarium wrought iron fence. “This poor old fence has been crying out for a long time,” said Edmonds Parks Manager Rich Lindsay. “But there’s just…

Edmonds Rotary Club speaker line-up for August

The Edmonds Rotary Club has announced its speaker line-up for August: Aug. 6 Kyle Waters, Seattle Storm Aug. 20 Clay Siegall, Seattle Genetics The lunch meetings are from 11:30-1 p.m. at Claire’s Restaurant, 301 Main St., Edmonds. Learn more at the Edmonds Rotary website. The club is also sponsoring an Edmonds Marina Beach cleanup on Aug. 26.

An Edmonds Rotary President’s Kind of Thank You (and look ahead)

We all know that Edmonds is a special community with beloved traditions, including the 4th of July parade and fireworks show, Downtown Halloween celebration and holiday tree lighting — thanks to the work from our Edmonds Chamber of Commerce. The Edmonds Rotary Club has proudly been part of the Edmonds community since 1951 and has…

Stingrays coach Edmonds Rotary’s featured speaker June 25

Jim Russell, head coach of the Special Olympics Edmonds Stingrays swim team, is featured speaker at the Edmonds Rotary Club luncheon Tuesday, June 25 at Claire’s Pantry. Russell and wife Kasey are the proud parents of a 25-year-old son who has Down Syndrome and a 23- year-old daughter who recently graduated from the University of Washington.Russell grew…

Alderwood Terrace Rotary auction raises funds for community programs

The 7th annual Alderwood Terrace Rotary Club’s dinner auction drew more than 225 guests to the Nile Country Club Ballroom May 3. The evening began with the presentation of the colors by the South Snohomish County Honor Guard. The club then awarded a $5,000 check to the Honor Guard “in recognition for all of their hard…

Rotary clubs, volunteers collect trash along Interurban Trail

Local Rotary Clubs, community volunteers and even a high school baseball team joined forces Saturday to clean up the stretch of the Interurban Trail that runs through Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace and Lynnwood. Leading the effort were the Edmonds Rotary Noon Club and the Alderwood Terrace Rotary Club, who covered the trail from south Edmonds to…

Daybreakers Rotary reveals and celebrates Scriber Lake HS Hidden Winners

Each month of the school year for almost 20 years, the Edmonds Daybreakers Rotary Club has been recognizing a deserving Scriber Lake High School senior. They are celebrated for overcoming serious obstacles and turning their lives around. The Scriber Lake school staff selects a student each month of the school year and the Daybreakers invite…

Area Rotary clubs join forces with $130K gift to support new Waterfront Center

In a show of unity and community support, three local Rotary Clubs (Edmonds Rotary, Edmonds Daybreakers Rotary and the Alderwood Terrace Rotary Club) have collectively committed $130,000 toward the Waterfront Center campaign. “Our club sees this as an important investment in our community,” said Kevin McCandlish, president for the Alderwood Terrace Club. The joint gift…

Sponsor spotlight: Edmonds Rotary announces speakers for February meetings

Edmonds Rotary members Cecille Shuman and Sandy Brown have been working hard to bring a diverse and interesting line-up of speakers to the February Rotary Club meetings. The public is invited to join the Edmonds Rotary at Salt and Iron at 11:30 a.m. on the following Tuesdays to hear any of these presentations. Feb. 5 – Elena…