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Lynnwood Rotary 1965 Red Mustang raffle raises more than $40K for club projects

Car Raffle Committee Co-Chair Stephen Bishop, far right, announces the raffle winner. Looking on from left are Rotarians John Niemi, raffle committee co-chair, and John Burbank, Lynnwood Rotary Club’s oldest member who drew the winning ticket. (Photo courtesy Lynnwood Rotary)

It was a lucky day for Jim Simpson of Everett. He had the winning raffle ticket drawn Dec. 8 at the Acura of Lynnwood dealership for a Classic 1965 Red Mustang.

His lucky ticket was picked from the 4,263 total tickets purchased by thousands of local people who had dreams of winning a car that brought back special memories of having owned or wanting to own it.

Steve Bishop, a Rotary Club member and Mustang enthusiast, spoke to the more than 50 people attending the drawing about the allure and enthusiasm that surrounds Mustangs since they were introduced over 50 years ago. Bishop is a member and show judge of Mustangs NW, a local club with hundreds of members who own Mustangs. He described the quality restoration on this 1965 Mustang and how desirable it was for Mustang enthusiasts.

Also attending the raffle were Don Rutzer and his wife Brenda. Rutzer was a previous owner of the Mustang being raffled, and he answered questions about the restoration, which he finished in 2002. Included in this prize was a trunkful of trophies he won. Rutzer had hopes of winning the car back and purchased 50 tickets. He said the reason he restored the car and painted it the current bright poppy red was an effort to recreate the first Mustang he owned in the mid ’60s.

Raffle winner Jim Simpson was shocked to get the call but overjoyed in hearing he won. He will keep the car and enjoy it along with other classic Mustangs he already owns.

There was only one sad story. A mom and young son came in as the Rotarians were packing up to leave the event. The boy was holding two tickets they had purchased. After hearing that they didn’t win, the boy was heartbroken. He thrust the tickets into a Rotarian’s hand and ran toward the door while saying, “This was supposed to be my daddy’s Christmas present.”

The Lynnwood Rotary Club wants to thank all of those who bought tickets since they went on sale in May, and also thanks sponsors Acura of Lynnwood, Lamb Realty and HomeStreet Bank. The car raffle brought in more than $40,000 and the proceeds will be used to fund some of the club’s many community service projects supporting education, homeless neighbors in need, veterans, and youth organizations.

Rotary Club-Lynnwood Serves Breakfast to Community Members

Lined up for breakfast

Jeffrey Goodwin and Shannon Sessions _ Kitchen Leaders

On Saturday March 17 the Rotary Club of Lynnwood purchased food, prepared breakfast and served 171 guests a special treat of Breakfast Burritos. Tater Tots, Apple slices and coffee, milk and juice.


There were fourteen Rotarians participating in this event and we plan two host an additional two breakfast in the fall.  Thanks to the Neighbors in Need team for all of their support for the breakfast and especially for washing the dishes.

Cooking eggs. Lots of eggs.


Casey Auve and Team Serving Breakfast

Rotary Clubs donate 1,000 pairs of shoes to Clothes For Kids

Representatives of organizations donating shoes included, from left, Maya Ramirez of Crane Aerospace Electronics; Barbara Lindberg, Lynnwood Rotary; Kathy Martin, Edmonds Daybreakers Rotary; Becky Porter, Mill Creek Rotary; Debbie Bodal, Lynnwood Rotary and Nancy McDonald, Edmonds Daybreakers Rotary (Photo by Teresa Wippel).


Led by Debbie Bodal of the Lynnwood Rotary Club epresentatives from area Rotary Clubs and businesses descended on the Lynnwood Clothes For Kids office Wednesday.  The purpose was to deliver shoes and cash collected during a month-long shoe and sock drive campaign for local low-income students. Rotary members from the Mill Creek, Lynnwood, Alderwood Terrace, Edmonds Noon and Edmonds Daybreaker clubs delivered shoes, socks and cash donations to reach their goal of 1,000 pairs of shoes.

“We feel so fortunate to have the Rotary Clubs joining together for this amazing drive,” said Clothes for Kids Executive Director Joy Ingram. “This year we served 2,950 students and hope to serve even more students during the 2018-2019 school year. It is only through the support of our local community that we are able to provide school wardrobes.”

When families in need arrive at Clothes For Kids to receive school wardrobes, each student will receive a shopping list that includes one pair of shoes. In order to provide nearly 3,000 pairs of shoes each year, Clothes For Kids relies on in-kind donations and spends a significant part of its program budget purchasing clearance and sale shoes. Most of the shoes distributed at Clothes For Kids are athletic shoes so that students can participate in physical education and after-school activities.

This is the third year that the Rotary Clubs have partnered with businesses and organizations to collect shoes for Clothes For Kids. This year, the drop-off locations included 1st Security Bank, HomeStreet Bank, Belly & Co, Edmonds First Financial Northwest Bank, Holy Rosary Church of Edmonds, City of Mill Creek , City of Edmonds, All State Insurance, Mill Creek Foot and Ankle, Mill Creek YMCA, City of Lynnwood, Lynnwood Rec Center, Lynnwood Library, Sorenia Skin Wellness, Stieber Orthodontics, John L. Scott, IRG Physical Therapy, Anthony’s Seafood Grill, Payless Shoes, Doug’s Lynnwood Mazda, and Doug’s Northwest Cadillac. Lynnwood-based Crane Aerospace Electronics also helped with the collection effort.

For more information about Clothes For Kids, go to, email or call 425-741-6500.

Lynnwood Rotary Community Foundation Receives $35,000 Planned Giving Gift

The Lynnwood Rotary Community Foundation(LRCF) received a gift of a $35,000 check on February 7, 2018 from a Charitable Remainder Trust that was established twenty-six years ago.

This resulted from a story that began in 1991.  One of our Rotary Club and LRCF foundation members, who is a Financial Planner, was asked by a Client if he could get help solve a problem.

The Client had inherited some local acreage, his family’s home place when he was growing up.  The problem was that the Client believed the property was so “wet” that it had no commercial value.  The Financial Planner was asked to find a non-profit organization to take the property as a donation and preserve it in its natural state.

A visit to the property generated the thought that there could be “win-win” of both a building lot and a natural wetland as a separate parcel.  The property was surveyed and there was a building lot and a separate parcel that could be preserved with its streams and beaver dams, other wildlife, and many varieties of flora.

Non-profit organizations such as the Nature Conservancy, Audubon, local school districts etc. were contacted to find out if there was interest in a gift of the property.  All the organizations had reservations, except for one.

Fortunately, a local school district had been looking for just this type of property.  After a visit by a busload of Board members, faculty, students and parents the property had a new owner.  They loved the property and a very short time later a resolution to accept the property as a gift was made by the school district.

The Charitable Trust was formed. The donors received a charitable gift tax deduction for the market value of the property.  Once the building lot was sold. The proceeds were invested for income to the donors and continued to provide income while they were alive.

This is a win-win story!  The Rotary Club of Lynnwood now has an endowment that will generate funds for future work in in our community and the donors had income from the time the Charitable Trust was formed until they passed away.

Charitable Remainder Trusts – Charitable giving while generating income

A charitable remainder trust is an irrevocable trust that generates a potential income stream for you, as the donor to the charitable remainder trust, and/or other beneficiaries, with the remainder of the donated assets going to your favorite charity or charities.

This charitable giving strategy generates income and can enable you to pursue your philanthropic goals while also helping provide for living expenses. Charitable trusts can offer flexibility and some control over your intended charitable beneficiaries as well as lifetime income, thereby helping with retirement, estate planning and tax management.

Rotary Club of Lynnwood – Neighbors in Need Breakfast – Huge Success

Wow!  What a day!   The Rotary Club of Lynnwood was up to the task of buying, preparing and serving 284 breakfasts on Saturday January 20, 2018 for the Neighbors in Need guests.


Our sincere thanks to Lynnwood Rotary’s newly formed breakfast team.

Thanks to our committee members Gina Church, Gunnvor Tveidt and Haley Lannom.

Thanks to Jeffery Goodwin for getting all the food items.

A big thanks to volunteers: Janet Leister, Jay Tveidt, Barbara Lindberg, Wayne Anthony, Todd Hall, Bruce Stedman and his wife, Beth Fraser, Jim Bloch, Bob Fuller, Casey Auve and Emily, Lee Paradis, Lalo Espinosa, Gunnvor Tveidt, Gina Church, Haley Lannom, Inae and Alan Piercy, Lani Kegley, Neena Matthew.

The team worked hard on Saturday morning and was flexible and willing to serve wherever the needs were.

Lots of guests were served and we are excited to be able to do it again on March 17.  Please mark your calendar and join us.

Rotary Club of Lynnwood collecting 1000 Pairs of Athletic Shoes

Rotary Club of Lynnwood is joining other local Rotary Clubs are donating and reaching out to the community for donations of 1000 Pairs of Athletic shoes and socks.  The items donated will be provided to the local organization Clothes For Kids for distribution.

The Athletic shoes and socks drive is being held from January 25 – February 16.  See the flyer below for drop off locations.

Rotary Club of Lynnwood to Host Neighbors In Need breakfast on January 20, 2018

Members of the Rotary Club of Lynnwood will be providing, preparing and serving breakfast for Neighbor in Need  clients.


The event is on Saturday January 20, 2018.  The Community Service project will begin at 7:30 am and will end at 10:30 am.  The event is held at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Lynnwood.


All Club members are welcome join this project.  For additional information contact Inae Piercy.


Neighbors in Need Saturday Morning

Program Mission:

To give our clients a safe place for a hot meal, some needed clothing and bag of groceries as a band-aid to get through the weekend. Guests gather in an “open house” format, on Saturday mornings from 8:30 to 10:30 for a breakfast provided by rotating teams of volunteers.  Modest assistance in the form of a small bag of groceries, toiletries, and used clothing are available.

Foundation for Edmonds School District cuts ribbon for new delivery van

 Photo Courtesy of My Edmonds News

Foundation for Edmonds School District Board President Troy Rector offered thanks to the following organizations for funding to support acquisition of the new van: four local Rotary Clubs: Lynnwood, Edmonds Daybreakers, Edmonds Noon and Alderwood-Terrace, Boeing Employees Community Fund, the Windermere Edmonds Brokers, and the Campbell Auto Group.

Foundation for Edmonds School District officials gathered outside Edmonds Heights K-12 school Monday morning to officially cut the ribbon for a new cargo delivery van that will support the foundation’s Nourishing Network efforts to feed homeless and hungry students.

“This van really allows us to expand the number of meals that we serve,” said Foundation Board President Troy Rector. “And on the back end it also helps us pick up the food from our donations.”


The Foundation for Edmonds School District launched the Nourishing Network program in 2014 in partnership with the Edmonds School District. Originally started as a weekend meal program to feed the district’s hungry and homeless students, the Nourishing Network has expanded into more comprehensive programs “to help sustain our most fragile students,” the foundation said.


According to the foundation, more than 600 Edmond School District students are homeless. In addition, on average, 7,600 — or 36 percent — of our students participate in free and reduced lunch meal programs. Often these students leave school Friday, and do not have another meal until Monday morning, the foundation noted.


The Foundation for Edmonds School District provides weekend meals to 145-plus students in 23 schools each week, holiday meals to families before the December school break and a summer meal program. It also offers both basic hygiene care items and feminine hygiene products to students in need monthly.



A Lasting Legacy . . .

The Lynnwood Rotary Community Foundation provides significant financial support for local needs through long-term fund development and responsible stewardship.

Contact us to learn more about the many options available for you to make a lasting impact on our community.



June 11 Program: House Project

You are cordially invited to attend an Open House & Barbeque to celebrate the 39th Anniversary of the joint effort between Rotary Club of Lynnwood and Edmonds School District Carpentry Program.

Location: 8116 – 206th Street SW, Edmonds

Note: As parking is limited, there will be shuttle service to the site from Edgewood Baptist Church – 20406 76th Avenue W

Time: 12:00-1:30 pm

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