The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis
of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

FIRST. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;

SECOND. High ethical standards in business and professions,
the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the
dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;

THIRD. The application of the ideal of service in each
Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;

FOURTH. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through
a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

• Is it the TRUTH?
• Is it FAIR to all concerned?
• Will it be BENEF iCIAL to all concerned?


An organization that is based upon the philosophy of “service above self”
has a great potential to effect positive changes within its community.
When that organization has been around for more than 50 years the
number of good deeds can be signif icant.

The Rotary Club of Lynnwood was founded in 1955 with 33 members.
Today the club has over 80 members. As Rotary clubs go, Lynnwood is
part of an elite group of World Class Clubs according to Rotary International.

The Rotary Club of Lynnwood is one of 32,000 clubs around the world
who have been working together to eradicate Polio in the world and
provide clean water to those who don’t have access.


Under the guidance of Edmonds School District vocational carpentry instructors and Rotarians in-the-trade, students have the opportunity to build a house during the school year. The homes are built using materials provided by the club or donated. The land is also purchased by the Rotary Club of Lynnwood and each house is completed by May and put up for sale.
For over 40 years 4,000 students have built homes in Snohomish County.


An idea in 1992 that became a residence for low income seniors in 1997,
the Rotary Retirement Center has provided safe and affordable housing for 312 seniors, as well as providing a quality place to live. The project required perseverance on the part of those Rotarians who had the vision to make it
a reality. But persistence paid off and the residence located on 196th is a testament to what can happen when people work together.


At the heart of any Rotary Club, community service for the Rotary Club of Lynnwood has taken many forms. It might be a work party at the local food bank, an honor for an exceptional student, or one of the many countless contributions or grants provided by the club.


Throughout the Rotary Club of Lynnwood’s history educational concerns
have taken a front seat. From hosting career fairs to an ethics program that
is presented in area classrooms the club has brought educators and local business together in a variety of ways.


Many members of the Rotary Club of Lynnwood have become world travelers in the name of international service. For example club members helped the Orphans Faith Home in India to establish a f ish farm in 1995. The farm is still
in operation today, providing funding for over 100 homeless children and managing two schools for more than 600 disadvantaged kids from 62 rural villages. In Kenya the club helped f inance and implement yearly screening
of hearing for over 5,000 children. A Lynnwood Rotarian was there when they found a dead cockroach in the ear of a child. Then there were water wells in Honduras, a literacy program in Brazil, clean water and sanitation for a group of seniors in Thailand, the establishment of a Rotary Club in Kiev, Russia,
and a library in Zimbabwe.