Jola Barnett gave her classification talk this week.
Jola was born and raised in Sedro Woolley.
Her grandparents, both of which were from Pittsburg, were married 63 years before her grandfather passed away. When Jola's grandparents met, each one lived on the “wrong side of the tracks,” but they made it work despite the thoughts that others had. He was in the military and they had three children, one was Jola’s father.
Jola’s parents will celebrate their 50th anniversary this year. Jola's mother came from Poland when she was 12 and when her parents met her mother was 17. Her Father was a smoke jumper.
Jola is the oldest of four girls. Jola won a $500 savings bond in a baby contest when she was one and she always wanted to be a cowgirl/country singer and move to Nashville. Her mom and dad were part of a hill climber club and she grew up hunting, fishing, camping, and swimming in the rivers.
Jola went to Catholic school and participated in singing concerts in high school. She was also a cheerleader and in the show choir. She even wrote and performed the song for her high school graduation. While in high school Jola went to Europe as an exchange student. This experience sparked an interest in Jola for travel and history.
Jola graduated from Edmonds Community College in 1988 and was planning a career in the travel industry. During this time, Jola was looking for a job and decided to go to a panel interview with Blue Cross and was hired. This began her career in the Health Care Industry and moved her away from the travel industry.
Jola met her husband, Mark, at Dennys and they were engaged in 1988. They will be married 27 years in October. Jola and Mark had their first child, Johnathan. Jonathan is studying to be a doctor. In November of 1992 their son Adam was born. And in 2002 their daughter Megan was born on May day.
In 1995 the family moved to Arlington after Mark’s job was transferred to Cascade Valley Hospital. Jola would visit Mark at work and was eventually offered a job as the switchboard operator at the hospital. Over time she moved into the operations of the hospital. After 13 promotions in 21 years she is now the VP of Operations. She oversees corporate compliance,is the privacy officer, manages charity, manages departments and many other things.
Jola loves to fish and boat. This love has spilled over to her daughter, Megan. A few years ago Jola took a dream halibut fishing trip in Alaska. She was also, elected commodore of Dagmars Yacht Club and the Hat Island Yacht Club.
Jola started a Medical Explorer Post at the hospital for the Scouts after her long involvement in Scouts with her son Adam, who is an Eagle Scout. Because of Jola's involvement and her work with the Medical Explorer Post she received the District Award of Merit from the Mount Baker Council.
Jola took a glider ride on her 40th birthday crossing a dream off of her bucket list. She enjoys hiking, singing, football, and of course the WSU Cougars. She was also blessed with her first grandbaby this year.
Jola went back to school in 2005. She finished her associates degree and then transferred to WSU. She traveled with the school’s senate club and graduated with a 4.0. Jola is now an adjunct professor for WSU.
Her parents raised her to be thoughtful, engaged and respectful. Jola strives to be that person today and Rotary has helped shape her life.
She plays violin, tennis, enjoys skiing and horseback riding.
She will attend AHS this coming school year as a Sophomore. She is currently staying with the Beatons. We would like other Rotarians to involve Charlotte in activities.
Lyanne Rolf is our exchange student committee chair. If you have questions or would like to host an exchange student in the future, please contact her.
- Polio Plus fund
- Annual Fund
- Paul Harris Fellowship ($1,000)
- Major donor levels 1-3
- Arch Klumpf Society (Lee Harman)
- Peace and conflict resolution
- Disease prevention/treatment
- Water sanitation
- Maternal/child care
- Basic education
- Economic community development
- Global Grant – Max $50,000
- Peace Scholars – District 5050 has several
- Study within six areas of focus
- Peace and conflict resolution
Fitz Couhig, who gave us a program previously on his business, Pioneer Nuggets, before becoming a member, gave his classification talk. It was more about his life history than his business.
Fitz was born in Baton Rouge, youngest of three boys, went to public school until 8th grade then went to Catholic High School. He was born with spina bifida,an exposed spine.
He ran for class president of the 6th grade class and won the election with a rap. He was into soccer growing up. His father formed a soccer team with all of the other children that failed to sign up for the school team. Nine of the eleven went on to play college soccer. He went to Louisiana State University received a degree in Information Systems.
He moved to Steamboat, Colorado after graduation. Worked for Trek America taking Europeans around America, hiking, white water rafting, Vegas, etc. Seven months on the road. Moved back to Louisiana. Started working for Voter Voice selling software to trade associations. Realized he was doing what other people were telling him he was good at. He decided to go back to Trek America. Stayed with Trek America for six years. Learned about leadership and a lot about himself. In off season he would go to Europe or South America. Lived out of two bags for five years. Moved back to Louisiana a completely different person.
Growing up his father, who is now a venture capitalist, was an economic developer for the state. After he moved back to Louisiana his father’s Wetland restoration company business had grown so he started working for him doing land acquisitions. He enjoyed what he was doing. Fitz became part owner of the company and then they sold the company.
Played in World Series of Poker and made it into the top 100 three times, highest place was 14th. Decided to start a brokerage firm but first attended a concert at the Gorge with some friends and his whole life changed after meeting up with a friend who grew cannabis, which was becoming legal in the State.He decided to fund a marijuana operation. Had to tell his father he was “going to Washington to start a weed company.” Fitz sold his house and moved to Washington to start his business. He tries to push social responsibility with regard to marijuana. Biggest challenge is managing thirty people. Happy to be in a state that is progressive. Blessed to be in a community that thinks the way we do. He appreciates the dialogue that is happening in America right now.
President Mike Carlton and V.P. Shawna Gould V.P. spoke about the Arlington High School Booster Club.
Club was formed in 1992. Established to be like a PTA. Exists to connect parents and community and grow membership to serve staff and students. 30 different cubs under the Booster Club umbrella. Assist with volunteers, give out scholarships, act as a bank for different student organizations.
This is the first year the Booster Club has allowed businesses to support the club. Two months ago Business as Boosters was formed. Local businesses can sponsor and get special benefits (special access to events, advertising in the gym/programs, event sponsorship opportunities). Bricks outside BPAC are available for purchase. Allows businesses to support the school with some value added.
Go on the school’s website and access the volunteer tab to find more sponsorship/donation opportunities.
This year is the 25th anniversary of the Booster Club.
Youth Survey Arlington School District
Rotary Meeting at Haller Park
Sep 01, 2016
Dick Post Memorial Golf Tournament
GlenEagle Golf CourseSep 08, 2016 12:00 PM
After Golf Party and Fireside
Chase ResidenceSep 08, 2016
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Tina's "Un' Fireside at the Watering Hole
4220 - 269th Place NESep 24, 2016
5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
District Governor Club Visit
Nov 03, 2016
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
No Meeting Thanksgiving
Home with our families!Nov 24, 2016