Rotary Club of Arlington

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Service Above Self Since 1970 (mail: PO Box 3592)

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Arlington Free Methodist Church
730 E. Highland Drive
Arlington, WA  98223
United States
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Vice President
President Elect
Past President
Foundation Director
Associate Director Foundation
Membership Director
Associate Director Membership
Public Relations Director
Associate Director PR
Service Projects Director
Associate Director Projects
Club Administration Director
Associate Director Administration
Sergeant at Arms
Program Chair

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Sixty eight families will have more food on their holiday table thanks to the generosity of Arlington Rotarians.  The names of the families are provided by the Arlington Community Food Bank.  Based on the number of baskets contributed by members, a fixed list of food items are purchased at the local Safeway and transported by members to a site to sort and box.  This year we previewed a new place to sort, as well as the meeting location for our regular Thursday noon meeting starting January 8.
After Christmas, the club matches the dollars contributed by our members for baskets and gives the food bank funds to start the new year.  In addition this year an additional $2,000 was contributed to the food bank as a result of the Loren Van Loo 50th birthday party.
Our public relations committee provides a card for each basket so the families know that their food basket is a project of the Rotary Club of Arlington.


Brossards Win Cruise


It was  Penny Brossard's name that was called when our headliner performer Marcia Kester, pictured above, pulled the lucky ticket from the drum!  Happily accepting for her were her parents Devin and Chelsea.  Penny, pictured here in her dad's arms, has never been on a cruise.  Neither has her mother!  Also pictured is Todd who has agreed to take on the project of building our club a parade train with the $10,000 raised by the raffle.  Dale Mr. Yellow Alert Duskin sold all 100 tickets!  Dale was not available when this photo was taken.

President Cindy presided over our annual Christrmas party held at the Harman's Man Cave. Jola's and Jody's administration committee organized the event. We tried something a bit different--live music provided Marcia Kester:


Guests were asked to bring toys for the Marine Corp's Toys for Tots program.  Lee's Morgan Car Club also contributed toys.

Toys for Tots


Here are some random photos taken at this year's Christmas party:





Starting in 2015 we will no longer be meeting at Glen Eagle Country Club. Our board has accepted the recommendation of a special committee to move our meetings to the Free Methodist Church, to be catered by the food services of Cascade Valley Hospital. The church is located on the southwest corner of Highland Drive and Burn Road. The official address is 730 E. Highland Drive, Arlington, WA 98223. Because of the holidays, our first official meeting at the new location will be January 8 with Mayor Barbara Tolbert as our guest speaker.



Club Projects & Events Highlight the Christmas Season

All of our holidays ending 2014 are on our normal meeting day.  In December there was only one regular meeting on December 4.  On December 11 we had our annual Christmas dinner at the Man Cave.  Next week, December 18, we will have lunch at the Free Methodist Church (our new regular meeting place) followed by sorting food into boxes for delivery to needy families.  On Friday, December 19, we will provide and serve seniors at the Stillaguamish Senior Center.  Christmas and New Year's Day are both on Thursday this year.


We had good participation at both the hospital's Festival of Trees and at the Van Loo (food bank) birthday party.  Here are the results as reported by Loren to President Cindy:

"I want to thank you and the Arlington Rotary Club for your support of our party on Saturday night".  Following are the results:

                                        Contributions               Rotary Match                 Total

Arlington Food Bank               $2,720                        $2,000                     $4,720

Marysville Food Bank                3,215                         3,215                       6,430

Other Food Banks                    1,625                              0                         1,625

TOTAL                                                                                                    $12,775

Here are some photos from a few of the trees auctioned at the hospital event:Image



New Hotel Opening at Angel of the Winds--Ribbon Cutting December 27


Having had a recent program from the Tulalip Casino, one from the Angel of the Winds, in light of its new hotel opening, was particularly appropriate.  Our speaker on December 4 was John Cronin who heads up the Casino's community relations department.  Here are the high-lights:

A new 125 room hotel is opening at the Angel of the Winds in a couple of weeks and reservations can be made now.  It supports itself with no gambling revenue needed.  It helps the casino by making it a destination place for those who will gamble.  John explained how the slot machines are really mechanical pull tabs with a built in win ratio that guarantees the casino 5 cents out of every dollar spent.  The other 95 cents are the payouts with more than one machine tied together.  John provided the two rules applicable to casino gambling:  The house always wins and you can’t beat the house.  The Angels of the Winds bills itself as the World’s  Friendliest casino and it works hard teaching its staff ways to live up to that claim.  He acknowledged that our 4-way test is similar to what the staff is taught.  He said that staff are taught to look you right in the eyes and call you by your first name and  to look for things to make you their friend.



Connor and Railynn Honored This Month


Connor Jaynes-Right – Arlington (Haller Middle School)            Paying it Forward to        Kids’ Kloset                       

Connor Jaynes continues to surprise and amaze anyone he interacts with.  First, his good manners and kindness put him on a level that few eighth graders ever achieve.  This, coupled with his integrity and honesty, elevates him into a very special category of students rarely seen in middle school. He loves to read and learn, not for the grade, but for the expansion of his own edification.

In sports and in class, he is such a great team player, that he almost always finds himself in a position of leadership because he gives 110% to any endeavor. As a member of the leadership class, he embodies a service leadership attitude and demeanor. Connor is truly an outstanding young man.

Railynn Ford -Left– Darrington (Darrington HighSchool)  Paying it Forward to    North County Family Resource Center

Railynn Ford is currently a senior at Darrington High School who is an outstanding student, a stellar athlete, and a conscientious community member. She is hardworking, friendly, and outgoing.

Railynn has played varsity volleyball, basketball, and softball for all four years of high school and has received three all-league titles. As a junior, she was awarded the Jeff Luse Award for her dedication and hard work. This year, she led her volleyball team to an 8th place finish and was given all-league honors.

Railynn is also very involved in school organizations and clubs. She is a member of Honor Society and Knowledge Bowl. She is Senior Class President and ASB Vice-President. She has participated in FBLA and the Leadership Team. Railynn worked on the “We Scare Hunger” campaign this year, gathering over 700 lbs of food for the local food bank. Although Railynn has been involved in many activities, she makes good grades a priority and has maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.94.

After graduation, Railynn hopes to study Occupational Therapy at either Western Washington University or the University of Washington.

Railynn Ford’s family members have been long time residents of Darrington and have resided in this logging town since the early 1900s.



Home Page News

Football Pool Winners

Our club has a weekly football pool in the fall where members contribute $10 to take a chance at winning half the pot with the other half of the pot contributed to the Rotary Foundation.  At the end of the season the names of all those who participated are placed in a pool and a name is selected for the right to name a Paul Harris Follow with the funds contributed to the Foundation.  Some weeks there are multiple games so here are the winners:

Game 1:   Erik Alexander

Game 2:   Mike Britt 

Game 3:   John Meno

Game 4:   Jody Nelson

Game 5:   Jola Barnett

Game 6:   Denny Byrnes

Game 7:   Duane Rhodes

Game 8:   Bruce Stedman

Game 9:   Bucky Tart


Upcoming Events



Jan 08, 2015
Barb Tolbert
Bringing the New Year with the City of Arlington
Jan 15, 2015
Paul Ellis - Community and Economic Development
Community and Ecomnonic Development in the City of Arlington
Jan 22, 2015
Club Assembly
Officer and Directors Reports
Apr 01, 2015
Apr 16, 2015
Club Assembly
Officers and Directors Report

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