Sequim Noon Rotary members present an adaptive tricycle to representatives from Camp Beausite Northwest in January 2023. Pictured, from left, are Rotarian Judy Shanks; Camp Beausite Northwest Executive Director Raina Baker; Rotarians Stuart Dille, Mary Budke, Anna Richmond, Ted Shanks and Margot Hewitt; camp community development coordinator Tinna Barnet, and Rotarians Ren Garypie, Don Sorensen, Bob Macaulay and Kelly Macaulay.

Sequim Noon Rotary members present an adaptive tricycle to representatives from Camp Beausite Northwest in January 2023. Pictured, from left, are Rotarian Judy Shanks; Camp Beausite Northwest Executive Director Raina Baker; Rotarians Stuart Dille, Mary Budke, Anna Richmond, Ted Shanks and Margot Hewitt; camp community development coordinator Tinna Barnet, and Rotarians Ren Garypie, Don Sorensen, Bob Macaulay and Kelly Macaulay.

Sequim Noon Rotary to disband later this year

Members will continue service with Sequim Sunrise Rotary, other clubs

SEQUIM — After nearly 100 years of community service, the Sequim Noon Rotary Club is ceasing operations later this year.

Club treasurer Rochelle McHugh said that with a number of snow-birding members out of town for months at a time, “the day-to-day operations of the club have fallen heavily on a very few shoulders.”

The club will officially cease operations on July 1, but not before teaming up with the Sequim Sunrise Rotary to organize and present the Sequim Irrigation Festival Parade in May.

The club also will be again participating in graduating senior scholarships in June and plans to distribute several to seniors pursuing Technical Education, McHugh said.

Following that, she said, Sequim Noon Rotarian members plan to join Sequim Sunrise Rotary — which was sponsored by Sequim Noon Rotary and chartered in 1986 — and other local clubs to continue their community service.

The noon club was in active service to the Sequim community for 93 years. The activities the club supported were many McHugh noted, including the annual Salmon Bake (for 52 years); organization of the Sequim Irrigation Festival Parade; funding for Sequim High School band uniforms, stadium concessions and resurfacing the SHS track; local scout troops; student exchanges; school district teacher grants; scholarships for high school seniors; purchase and distribution of dictionaries for fourth-grade students (for 10-plus years); fundraising and building of the Sequim Library in 1985; partnering with SHS carpentry students to build several homes in the Sunland development; establishment and funding of the Sequim Boys & Girls Club’s Carroll C. Kendall unit, and purchase and gifting of nine adaptive bicycles for youths with physical challenges.

“All of our club members have enjoyed our time of service through Sequim Noon Rotary and thank our Sequim community for your support,” McHugh said in the press release.

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