Impressive! A total of $16,466 raised this year by Anacortes Kiwanis Aktion Club members pushed the group’s total donations for the 10 years of collecting for Meals on Wheels to $107,000! The three Aktion Club members who joined the $1,000+ Club this year are (r. to l.) Curt Johnson, Laurie Mueller and Sonja Erlandson. “March for Meals” is an annual campaign to raise funds for Meals on Wheels. Donations help Skagit County remain the only Meals on Wheels program in western Washington to offer hot meals daily. Campaign Committee volunteers on hand for a festive Saturday campaign celebration included Kirk Kennedy, Bonnie Nelson, Jerlyn Caba and P.K. Mead. Also among those on hand at the Anacortes Senior Center event were Mayor Laurie Gere, County Commissioner Ron Wesen, Anacortes Fire Department representatives, Kiwanis representatives, Center staff and Sally Hill, who retired last June after 20-plus years as Senior Center Administrator. After a brief ceremony where Curt, Laurie and Sonja were recognized with medals and certificates, other Aktion Club fundraisers were honored in a “drive-by” where they also received certificates and swag bags.
Kirk Kennedy, Sonja Erlandson and Mayor Laurie Gere
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.
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