La Conner Rotary serves food for thought at merchants and farmers dinner


Ken Stern

TRUE STORIES TOLD LIVE – Dave Hedlin first sat down to dinner with fellow farmers and merchants at the Rotary Club's annual dinner that brings them together. He then stepped up to the plate, pinch hitting and sharing his view of agriculture, past, present and future.

Outgoing four-term Mayor Ramon Hayes cited three major challenges La Conner faces in the decade ahead in remarks at the annual Rotary Club merchants and farmers dinner at Maple Hall Monday night.

Turns out, the hosts have a time-honored three-word blueprint for meeting those pending multi-million dollar tests.

Service above self.

That has been their credo since the club was chartered in August 1945. And it reflects the sense of teamwork Hayes says is needed to address pressing water, sewer and flood management infrastructure demands.

It was teamwork, he pointed out, between two unlikely...

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