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Many of our members attended all or part of the District 5050 Conference held at the Tulalip Resort May 1-3. Pictured above are those who attended District Governor Lyle Ryan's dinner and dance Saturday night. Lyle and his wife P.J. are both former members of our club and P.J. is Margaret Hedlund's sister. Several of our members hosted visiting Rotarians in their homes for dinner on Friday night.
Born and raised in Arlington, wife born and raised in Arlington, children raised in Arlington (2 sons born in Pullman and daughter in Coupville), parents born and raised in Arlington. Mother and father graduated from Arlington H.S. When it came time to name his newly acquired pharmacy, of course "Arlington Pharmacy."
Purchased Swensen's Rexall Drugs in 1975
Remodeled Pharmacy in Stillaguamish Square
“Being a Cougar is part of our family. Once a Coug, always a Coug.”
Dave and Dale are both Eagle Scouts.Mother passed in 1988.
Mom and dad owned a bakery. Dad retired in 1998. Dad was a meat cutter before buying the bakery.
Dave, Dale, Denny, and Gary – four brothers and sister Margie who came to live with them from an orphanage when she was 16.
The rules in their house growing up were: Never lie, never say anything negative, and if you start something – finish it.
“We weren’t better than anyone else but whatever we did we did it well and never quit.”
All four boys went to college. Gary a founder of Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital in Snohomish. Denny died in a car accident a senior in Dental School.
Dad taught them to figure out how they want to live and back into it.
“I loved working with my dad.” Didn’t want to own the bakery. Hates getting up when it's dark.
Kept looking at the pharmacy down the street from bakery and wanted to live like that family.
Went to pharmacy school. Wanted to quit 100 times but couldn’t quit.
Carol, wife, was in love with him since 3rd grade. Married in college.
She is a silent companion, a completer not a competitor. She is the wind beneath my wings. They have three children, Chad, Cory, and Nicole.
Dale worked on a salmon tender in the summers then bought the pharmacy.
Put a walk-in clinic in and built the Quil Ceda pharmacy in 1985.
Arlington pharmacy has grown from 2 to 60 employees.
In 2008 they remodeled the building.
“Success doesn’t knock on your door, you have to plan for it.”
Dale enjoys spending time with family at Lake Goodwin, duck hunting, traveling, being a cougar, and spending time with his nine grandchildren (one passed away) ages 11-21.
Lyanne Rolf, a senior loan officer with KeyBank, and a former member of the Camas-Washougal Rotary Club was inducted into our club by membership director Duane Rhodes.
Lyanne's sponsor is Casey Miller and her mentor is Carla Gastineau. Even before becoming official, she joined other club members to attend the District 5050 Assembly. Lyanne wants to get our exchange student program going again.
President Cindy pins our newest member! Welcome Lyanne!
Joan and Bucky told us about the progress of the water project we are working towards in Bugoma.
Immaculate Conception sister parish in Bungoma, Kenya brought this project to our attention. We have sent an individual to Bungoma to determine scope of work and budget. Bungoma Rotary is on board. District 5050 and Bungoma Rotary’s district has approved our application for this project.
We are helping the Rotary Club of Bungoma. The project goal is to install a sustainable well and small water storage and distribution system for a primary and secondary school and small rural community adjacent to the schools.
Water is frequently hauled for long distances because the wells are shallow. We will be putting in a well, storage tank, and distribution system. The well will be solar powered so it should be sustainable and automatically working.
Our own member, Ron Huitger, pictured below with a student he sponsors, has been to Bugoma and can attest to the need, as has other members of Arlington Parrish.
Local Rotarians demonstrate a symbol of another project of the Rotary Foundation illustrating how close we are to eliminating polio in the world.
Here are some of the existing water tanks
There has been an initial planning trip to Bungoma by a person knowledgable in such water systems, the grant prepared, district matching grant approved, application submitted to Rotary International Foundation, and we are waiting for approval.
Funding sources: Rotary Club of Arlington, District 5050, and Rotary International . Total cost of the project is $106,000. The Club will put in almost $38,000.
Haley Simenson – Arlington (Weston HS) Paying it Forward to Stillaguamish Senior Center
Haley Simenson enrolled at Weston High School last year and since then has been a great role model with a kind heart and willingness to help others. She has overcome some significant personal obstacles and has proven herself to be a leader with a great attitude and who always gives 100%. She is a joy to have in class and is a great example for others to follow. She will be graduating this year at the top of her class and will be speaking as our valedictorian at Weston's graduation ceremony in June. She plans to attend community college next year to begin working on her CNA.
Tayler Hoftell – Darrington (Darrington HS) Paying it Forward to N.O.A.H.
Tayler Hoftell is currently a senior at Darrington High School. She is the valedictorian of her class, an all-state athlete, a responsible employee and a conscientious community member. She is hardworking, focused and ambitious.
Tayler has played a prominent role as a starting player on the Darrington varsity volleyball team for four years. She has received 3 all-league titles including 1st team her senior year. She also received recognition on the Washington All-State volleyball team. During four years of high school she has assisted her team in winning two 3rd place state trophies and two 8th place state trophies. She strives for success on and off the volleyball court.
Tayler has worked diligently throughout her high school career to maintain excellence in her academics. She boasts an incredible 4.0 GPA, the highest in her class. During the fall of her senior year, Tayler also received recognition by the Everett Herald in a “Super Kid” article highlighting high achieving students throughout Snohomish County. Tayler will be taking her knowledge and hard work to the next level in the fall. She will be attending the University of Washington to study bioengineering.
Tayler is also very involved in school organizations and clubs. She is the President of her FBLA club and vice president of her national honor society chapter. She is also a member of her school’s Knowledge Bowl team and Darrington High School’s ASB sergeant of arms.
One of Tayler’s main objectives is to help out her community and those in need. During the winter of this year she sought out to help the Cocoon House of Everett, a homeless shelter for at risk youth. She filled Christmas stockings with hygiene items, winter wear, small gifts and gift cards to give to the teenagers. She also spent over 120 hours helping out during the Oso Mudslide last year. Tayler is very dedicated to her community and always reaches out a hand when in need.
“Tayler Hoftell works harder than any student I have ever taught, hands down. I have had the privilege of teaching Tayler in Advanced English and Leadership classes as well as advising her in ASB and coaching her in volleyball. She has never turned in an assignment, volunteered for an activity or participated in a match, that wasn’t completed with her very best effort; when Tayler accepts an obligation, she completes it with distinction. Tayler has unique qualities not often found in teenagers that make her an asset to any situation. She is passionate, diligent, and assertive about her commitment to learning. It is not often that a young adult demands excellence without being required, or needs little direction or pressure to complete a task. Tayler has developed intrinsic inspiration and is able to motivate herself internally without regard to the task’s reward.”
English Teacher at Darrington High School
Rotary Board Meeting
Chase ResidenceMay 13, 2015 5:30 PM
Snohomish County Rotary Day of Service
May 16, 2015
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Duck Dash Kick Off
Rotary Meeting-Arlington Free Methodist ChurchMay 21, 2015
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Rotary Board Meeting
Smother's ResidenceJun 10, 2015 5:30 PM
Jun 11, 2015
Duck Dash Sponsors Lunch
Rotary Meeting-Arlington Free Methodist ChurchJun 25, 2015
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Down Town Arlington Starting at Rocket AlleyJul 03, 2015
27th Annual Great Stilly Duck Dash
Haller Bridge ParkJul 04, 2015