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We are an Edmonds-based community service organization open to all people regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender or political preference.  We host a variety of community service efforts while having FUN!

Our meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 11:30 am at Claire’s Pantry in Edmonds.

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Rotary Club of Edmonds Collects Shoes for Children in Need

The Rotary Club of Edmonds Service Committee collected 119 pairs of shoes to benefit the Clothes For Kids nonprofit organization. The shoes were donated by the Edmonds community during a shoe drive that ran from Feb. 26-March 25.

“We were very excited to see the generosity of our Edmonds community,” said Elise Hegrat, a Rotary member who has been active in the service committee. “We don’t always want our members to pay the price for our efforts. We like to involve the community in some of the services we provide.”

Clothes For Kids is a local nonprofit organization that provides school wardrobes to students in need who attend school in the Edmonds School District. The Rotary Club of Edmonds partnered with Clothes For Kids to assist in collecting shoes in sizes from babies to adults for girls and boys.

Alison Alfonzo Pence, who chairs the service committee, worked with Elise Hegrat, Nancy Hurtl, Theresa Ibler and Club President-Elect Suzanne James to collect the shoes. For further reading of this story published by My Edmonds News, Click Here.

Bridge to Success Project Completed

Wednesday, March 6, 2024
By: Maggie Peterson

The Rotary Club of Edmonds Bridge to Success Project began with a District Grant in September 2019. The initial team of members Lamin Manneh, Maggie Peterson, Randy Hutchins and Beth Kealy traveled to The Gambia to identify a site for the science lab in the rural area of the Gambia. Upon arrival, the team met with our in-country Rotary Club partner, the Rotary Club of Brusubi. Lamin, a native of the Gambia, was keenly aware that the lack of science education in rural Gambia adversely affected young people in those communities. If students wanted to pursue higher education in the sciences, and if their parents could afford it, they had to travel West to the capital city of Banjul. Aside from there being no infrastructure for such travel, they had to live with "host" families while going to school and often were taken advantage of, if not abused. This was a particularly perilous arrangement for girls. Many students simply gave up and made the dangerous journey to Europe in order to try to find work.

Fast-forward five years - together with their partners, The Rotary Club of Brusubi and MRC Holland, and in collaboration with the Ministries of Basic and Senior Secondary Education, the Inauguration team of Lamin Manneh, Maggie Peterson and Suzanne James dedicated the labs in Kaur and Basse in February 2024.

The transformation of lives has already begun. Students at Kaur compete in science competitions with the larger established schools in the urban areas, and win! They are planning for careers in medicine, engineering and architecture. Enrollment and attendance at both campuses has skyrocketed. 

The second lab at the Basse campus of the Gambia School of Education will not only serve local secondary school students, but also be used for science teacher training.

The Rotary Club of Edmonds is grateful to District 5030 for both a District grant in 2019 and a Global Grant in 2021. We also thank our District Club Partners: 

Edmonds Daybreakers
Shoreline Rotary Club
Rotary Club of Renton
Alderwood Terrace Rotary Club
Rotary Club of Lake Forest Park
Rotary Club of Ballard
Bellevue Breakfast Club
Rotary Club of Auburn
Rotary Club of Kent
Lake Union Neighborhood
Lynnwood Rotary
Emerald City Rotary

To view a short video of The Gambia Network News reporting on the completion of the Bridge to Success project, click here.

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Rotary Fireside
Speaker: Rotary Fireside
Topic: Rotary International Convention
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The Rotary Club of Edmonds - Tiny House Build
Topic: Tiny House Build - Sound Foundations NW Hope Factory
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Club Social
Topic: Club Social--gather to get to know fellow members
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Edmonds Service Committee Monthly Meeting
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Edmonds Service Committee Monthly Meeting
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Wine Tasting Party
Topic: Wine Tasting
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Edmonds Weekly Club Meeting
Speaker: Maggie Kase - Vocational Committee Chair
Topic: Maggie will provide an update on what the Vocational Committee has been working on.
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Rotary Club Board Meeting
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Edmonds Weekly Club Meeting
Speaker: Erik Ashlie-Vinke - Sound Transit
Topic: Erik will provide an update of new Sound Transit projects including the Sounder line and Lynnwood Link Extension
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Edmonds Weekly Club Meeting
Speaker: Mike Rosen - Edmonds Mayor
Topic: A conversation with Mayor Mike Rosen.
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Edmonds Service Committee Monthly Meeting
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Edmonds Service Committee Monthly Meeting
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Club Board Meeting
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Grotto At Edmonds Arts Festival
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Edmonds Weekly Club Meeting
Speaker: Dick Harsin - Clothes for Kids
Topic: Dick will provide an update on the work and impact of Clothes for Kids
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Changing of the Guard
Topic: Brian thanks his board and welcomes Suzanane James as the our next President
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Club Board Meeting
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Edmonds Weekly Club Meeting
Speaker: Brandon McKerney - owner Vie & Vin, Former Member of Seattle Mariners
Topic: Brandon will share his experiences in the Mariners organization as well as opening a business in Edmonds - a venue which has been host to a couple of our socials!
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Edmonds Service Committee Monthly Meeting
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Edmonds Weekly Club Meeting
Speaker: Heather Trim - Exec Dir Zero Waste Washington
Topic: Heather will speak about the work of Zero Waste Washington to drive policy change for a healthy and waste-free world.
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Picnic in the Park
Topic: We join with Edmonds Daybreakers for. our yearly picnic
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Edmonds Service Committee Monthly Meeting
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Club Board Meeting
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Edmonds Weekly Club Meeting
Speaker: Doug Purcell - Board Chair Economic Alliance of Snohomish County
Topic: Club member Doug Purcell will provide an overview of the mission, resources and services offered by the Economic Alliance.
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Club Board Meeting
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Edmonds Service Committee Monthly Meeting
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Edmonds Oktoberfest
Topic: Two-day event filled with music, food, games for the kids, and beer and wine.
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Club Board Meeting
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Edmonds Service Committee Monthly Meeting
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Club Board Meeting
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