More than just a ‘service’

Whenever I hear talk of cutting back funding for the arts in public schools The Jazz Connection comes to mind
By Joanne Peterson | May 31, 2012

My dad was an active member of Edmonds Rotary for many years, and my brother has (so far) been a member of that same club for 38 years.

The two Rotary clubs of Edmonds support the community and support projects worldwide, while fostering a positive nurturing team spirit among members.

If you’d like to be part of a service club, and would enjoy getting to know local business people, just talk to a Rotarian in either Edmonds club. You, too, can participate in sharing fellowship and working together in furthering health and education at home and abroad.

The two local Rotary clubs do major annual projects I thoroughly enjoy attending every year.

Last Saturday, the 12th Annual Edmonds Jazz Connection, sponsored every year by the Edmonds Daybreakers Rotary Club, brought hundreds of teen musicians, their teachers, parents and friends to downtown Edmonds for a full day of jazz—all free. This year, a brilliantly sunny day added to the spirit of the event.

While jazz bands displayed their talents at the Masonic Center, vocal jazz musicians performed at the Edmonds Conference Center, while jazz ensembles played at the Edmonds Theatre. (Whatever would we do without that wonderful old theatre, not to mention the other venues?)

I sat and listened to other people’s teens play Ellington, Mangione and Basie and remembered my son playing jazz on his silver trumpet during junior high, high school and college.

Whenever I hear talk of cutting back funding for the arts in public schools, The Jazz Connection comes to mind, and I wish everyone could glimpse the talent and discipline of these gifted young people. I want my grandchildren to have these grand opportunities.

But back to the two Edmonds Rotary clubs… I cannot imagine the amount of work that goes into planning and facilitating the annual Jazz Connection, and I applaud the Daybreakers Rotarians for sponsoring such a great day--a chance for talented hard-working kids to show their elders that, yes, there are lots of great teens around!

The 25th Annual Edmonds Rotary Waterfront Festival, coming this weekend, June 1-3, is the next big Rotary-sponsored event in Edmonds. Edmonds Rotary club members do an enormous amount of planning and volunteer many hours to pull off that event, which draws folks from miles around.

The Waterfront Festival, featuring food, music, assorted vendors and a display of marvelous old wooden boats, costs a mere $3. Proceeds support Rotary projects all year.

Hours are Friday 3-10PM, Saturday 11AM-10PM and Sunday 11AM-7PM. Take your kids or grandkids—they’re free if they’re 12 or under. Leave your dogs at home, though; only certified service animals are allowed.

Check out website for more information. I’ll see you there! And, if I didn’t see you at the Jazz Connection this year, I’ll see you next year.  Support our local Rotary clubs—and have fun doing so. (I know, I know. You Lions and Kiwanis and other great groups deserve a plug, too. I applaud you all!)



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