Annual Challenge Race returns on July 12

July 8, 2014

The annual Issaquah Rotary Challenge Series Races, where participants with disabilities get to experience the thrill of soapbox derby action, begins 9 a.m. July 12.

In each race, two racers climb into the seat of a gravity-powered car as the vehicle maneuvers along Second Avenue with able-bodied volunteers, who sit behind the wheel, and participants with disabilities, who sit in the passenger seat.

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Issaquah’s 35th Annual Community Awards

May 27, 2014

Life Enrichment Options names Fred Nystrom as its executive director

March 25, 2014

NEW — 11:45 a.m. March 25, 2014

Fred Nystrom has been named executive director of Life Enrichment Options, a community-based nonprofit that advocates for and assists individuals with developmental disabilities.

Fred Nystrom

Fred Nystrom

Nystrom has an extensive background in media and fundraising with both nonprofit organizations and businesses.

He is very involved in the Issaquah community, serving previously as a board member for the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce and the Issaquah Schools Foundation.

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Rotary Club honors top seniors

March 4, 2014

The Rotary Club of Issaquah recently honored the following seniors as its February 2014 Students of the Month:

Katy Orr

  • Liberty High School
  • Recognition in music
  • Plays Irish drum, sings, arranges music and directs a Celtic ensemble, learning bass drum
  • Theater, screen writing, acting, active volunteer in church
  • Maintains a 3.6 grade point average, taking Advanced Placement psychology, Honors physics, and College calculus
  • Accepted at Northwest, Montana State and Eastern, pursuing degree in business and music or theater

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Host family sought for exchange student

October 15, 2013

Host families to host a high-schooler from Ecuador are being sought in the Issaquah area by The Rotary Club of Issaquah. The young man is a student ambassador for Rotary’s Youth Exchange program, an international program of the service club.

The student will be placed in several families throughout the course of the year to experience American culture from different family perspectives. Additional families are needed to help share this experience by opening their home for a few months to this student.

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Annual race is a pleasure, challenge

July 16, 2013

As a child, Tim Finnegan watched as his siblings raced soapbox derby cars every year.

Due to a developmental disability, he was never able to participate, until his father Leo Finnegan built a doublewide car that could fit two kids. With his siblings at the wheel, Tim could finally participate in the activity he watched for so long.

On July 20, the Rotary Club of Issaquah and Life Enrichment Options will put on their 16th annual Challenge Series Race, where people with disabilities can race in their own soapbox derby cars alongside their peers.

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