Community service is a way of life at the Port | Port View

By Bob McChesney, Port of Edmonds executive director | Jul 31, 2014
Courtesy of: Port of Edmonds Bob McChesney, executive director of the Port of Edmonds

On July 1, I had the honor of becoming the 19th president of the Edmonds Daybreakers Rotary Club.

It is a genuine privilege, but a major responsibility at the same time.

It isn’t well-known, but the Edmonds Daybreakers is one of the most outstanding Rotary Clubs in the world.

Rotary’s financial arm—The Rotary Foundation—is the principal force behind the successful effort to eliminate the scourge of polio from the face of the earth.

On a per member basis, the Edmonds Daybreakers’ contributions to this foundation rank 57th out of 34,558 Rotary Clubs worldwide.

So what does that have to do with the Port of Edmonds? More than you might think.

At the Port, we have long believed that being a good citizen requires more than running a first-class marina.

Members of our staff and our elected Commissioners are all dedicated to service beyond the Port.

One commissioner chairs the local Sea Scout committee; others serve on the Puget Sound Regional Council, the Edmonds Arts Commission and the Economic Alliance of Snohomish County.

The Port has been recognized as a leader in the promotion of tourism—I was recently appointed to serve on the board of the Snohomish County Tourism Bureau.

We have people who work with seriously burned children, or who help out in schools, churches and veterans organizations.

All of us serve without pay, as leaders and volunteers in organizations that make Edmonds and the surrounding area such a vibrant, caring place to live.

The Port of Edmonds plays an active part in the Washington Public Ports Association; our Commissioners have always been sought for leadership positions in developing policies and plans for the future.

In the world of recreational ports, the Port of Edmonds is the industry front-runner in services and facilities.

A few years ago we were nationally recognized as the country’s Marina of the Year.

We continually lead the state in environmental stewardship and fiscal accountability.

Our innovative approach to public amenities is the model for marinas throughout the area.

Features such as our scenic boardwalk, state-of-the-art weather center, public plaza, live music and arts, world-class restaurants and the neighboring fishing pier make us a “must-do” attraction for visitors and locals alike.

Dedication to community service characterizes our quality of life in Edmonds.

At the Port of Edmonds we strive to be a defining example of what service really means.

 

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