Club Information

Welcome to our Club!


Service Above Self Since 1970

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Arlington Free Methodist Church
730 E. Highland Drive
(Mail: PO Box 3592)
Arlington, WA  98223
United States
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Club Executives & Directors
Vice President
President Elect
Past President
Foundation Director
Membership Director
Associate Director Membership
Public Relations Director
Associate Director PR
Service Projects Director
Club Administration Director
Associate Director Administration
Youth Services Director
Associate Director Foundation
Assistant Secretary
Assistant Treasurer
Associate Director Service Projects

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Who Are We?

The Rotary Club of Arlington  

is a group of business‐owners,   professionals and community leaders  

that are dedicated to making our world and our community stronger.    

We are committed to the   Ideal of “Service Above Self,”  

while enjoying fun, fellowship, and friendships. 

On today's 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, there is a great front page story in the Herald concerning the father of one of our former members, Rob Dickson.
                          Robert Jared Dickson--Pearl Harbor Survivor (Herald Photo)
To read his story, click here.

Oak Rankin and the Glacier Peak Institute

Glacier Peak Institute (GPI) empowers and teaches children through action based education to build resilient rural communities and ecosystems encompassing the Glacier Peak region.  Amount of time spent outdoors by children has fallen 50% since 2000.  Video games and less outdoors spaces has led to less time outdoor.
Population in Darrington is decreasing, Arlington is increasing.  Increases in free or reduced meals and special education students.   Special needs programs take a lot of resources.  Rural communities suffer from lack of funding.  Salaries for teachers in Arlington start at $47k and Darrington start at $35k.
With limited resources and funding GPI has turned the forest/outdoor into a classroom.  Main focus is on the middle schools with forest STEM and STREAM (Science, Technology, Recreation, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) programs.
Decrease in salmon growth is affecting communities.  The children are engineering and designing solutions to this problem and others. 
Hoping to obtain a 3D printer for the students.
Students have toured Google.  Attempting to expose the students to more career opportunities.
GPI has partnered with Snohomish County Parks & Recreation and Forest Services.  Recreation and tourism is important.  A recreation program has been created to get youth outdoors.
                                      Kids Rafting in a Local River
                                         Getting Kids to Experience the Out of Doors
GPI is largely ran by volunteers.  GPI offers shelter building classes, chanterelle hunting, mountain biking lessons, fishing.  These are offered after school and solely extracurricular activities.  Leverage grants for funding possibilities.
GPI is looking for long term change.  Partnered with WSU extension.  They help write grants and “incubate the program.”  All volunteers and students are registered through 4H.  Oak is the only paid employee.   America’s Best Communities has contributed to the funding.
GPI works to empower youth.  Encourage them to create their own videos, raft, walk in rapids, float the rivers safely, connect with the outdoors, geology, rowing, snowshoeing, etc.
Partnered with Seattle University.  Received a monitoring station at the slide location.
The future of GPI will work on its outdoor curriculum, urban – rural linkages, University collaboration, replicable for other rural communities. 
GPI can take donations, gear, tools, and volunteers.  More
How to Help:

Our Parent is Turning 100

The Rotary Club of Everett is turning 100!  Let's make a point of helping Everett Celebrate!
It is kicking off the celebration with a Founders' Day Lunch at Everett Community College.  Cost is $40 per person.  Here is a link to register for the event and to pay.  Link Here
Meeting location.
Walt Price Student Fitness Center
2000 Tower Street
Everett, WA 98201
On March 1, the club will hold a Centennial Celebration at XFINITY Arena, 5:00 PM.  Watch for registration information.  Put it on your calendars.
The Rotary Club of Everett in 1970 decided that the Marysville Arlington area needed its own Rotary Club.  Since Marysville had a club from 2019 to 1934, the our club started out as the Marysville North County Rotary Club.  The first meeting was held at a restaurant at Island Crossing on April 1970.  The clubs charter night was June 20, 1970.  Our club's history can be found here at a site page on our website.

Revitalizing History

On Saturday November 12, 2016, Arlington Rotarians partnered with members of Arlington United Church to bring new life to the historical church pews that fill sanctuary of the 103 year old building.  Each week people gather in this church for worship, recitals, meetings and many other community events.  Over the years, the pews have become worn through use.  These well loved pews had reached a time, when they needed to be revitalized.  Rotarians and church members gathered together to refurbish the pews and to bring new life and new beauty to this vibrant and giving church.  The pews are now ready for many more years of love.
Craig Chase and Roy Harris working hard 
Young and old came out to help 
Thank you to everyone that came out to help as the Rotary Club of Arlington continues to serve the community that we love. 


The Foundation of Rotary International

Kathy McCone, Lee Harman, and Carla Gastineau spoke about the Rotary Foundation. 
Goal of the Foundation is:  Do good in the world. 
Foundation was first proposed in 1917 and started with $26. It is the 100th Year!
Separate legal entity.  Managed by 15 member board nominated by International President.
Programs funded cannot benefit Rotarians or immediate family.  Donations are invested for 3 years and interest covers administration costs.  $100 donation per year makes you a sustaining member.
Our club can apply to the foundation and district for matching dollars for certain projects.  The District has given us a grant for the Splash Pad, this is through the Foundation.  We were awarded the second highest amount out of all the clubs in the district.
1985 Polio Plus was started.  Goal was to have Polio eradicated in 2005.  Only 3 countries have had Polio incidents this year – 29 cases.  The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has made large donations to Polio Plus.  Total $1.2 billion dollars have been donated.  2.5 billion children have been vaccinated.
Rotary Endowment Fund – “Permanent Fund” – you can put money of any amount into this fund.  The money stays there permanently and the interest it earns will be used to fund Rotary International.  100% of donated dollars will go back to the community. 
You can become a major donor through your retirement account, life insurance, trust, or will.  If you bequeath over $10,000 you can become a member of the bequest society.
Bailey, Duskin & Peiffle will give $150 off the price of the preparation of a will or codicil to a current will if you make a specific bequest of $10,000 to Rotary Foundation/Rotary International.
Go to to give online.  You can set up recurring giving. 
You can choose where you want to give your money (Annual Fund, Polio Plus, Permanent Fund, etc.).  Boeing and Microsoft give 2:1 and 3:1 matches, respectively.  On you can print out forms to get the match through your employer.  
If you give online, give Kathy your receipt to get your matching points for the month of November. 


Arlington's Outback Power

                                             Mark Cerasuolo
Mark Cerasuolo, marketing and training director for Outback Power Technologies, spoke to our club. 
Outback Power converts an energy source into useable electricity.  They make batteries, converters, charge controllers, etc.  Recently became a leader in battery power.  Members of the Alpha Group out of Bellingham which is a group of independent companies creating world-class power solutions.
Outback Power is involved in a training program where students receive a certificate on systems technologies, design, and installation.
Outback Power is part of the Masters of the Off-Grid and first choice for the new grid – leader in grid/hybrid and hybrid technology, products solutions.  First choice for mission critical installations.  NASA selected them for projects.  First choice of the Marine Corps.
Outback Power reaches out to end users via advertising efforts in building and earth magazines.
Customers say Outback is flexible, easy to install, durable, high quality, etc.
In the village power systems sub-segment, Outback Power Technologies is by far and away the leading vender. 
SmartHarvest by Outback Power Technologies is a line of technology only sold in India to take people off the grid or as back up if the grid goes down.
Green “Wanna-Bees” in USA typically turn to solar energy.  In other parts of the world solar and off-grid are the only ways to power remote areas.
By 2035 industry expectation is that solar will surpass coal.  The cost of solar will come down.  We are close to $1 per watt.  Jobs in the solar industry are increasing.  150,000 solar installations per year, estimated.
California uses the most solar energy.  Great incentives for solar in CA is high electricity costs.  Washington is the most expensive state for solar because our electricity is so cheap.  Florida is the cheapest.
50% of homeowners are interested in battery backup power.  Battery prices have fallen over the last five years.  Energy storage technology has the potential to be a game changer for energy.  Harvest solar power during the day and use at night when electricity is more expensive. 
50-100% more expensive to have an energy storage backup installed with a solar system. 
Outback sells to distributors who sells to installers.  Outback systems are in other countries, celebrities homes, small rural communities, farms, etc.


Interact Club Launched at Arlington High School

Through the efforts of our youth programs chair, Lyanne Rolf, a Rotary Interact Club is about to be chartered at Arlington High School.  Our club is the sponsor and a faculty advisor, Chad Duskin, the Spanish teacher at the High School has been recruited.  Chad, the son of Rotarian Dale Duskin, is very familiar with Rotary youth programs, particularly the Youth Exchange Program.  Dale's family hosted Rotary exchange students and while Chad was in high school he spent a year in Chili living with the family of an exchange student hosted by the Duskins.

      Chad Duskin

The AHS Interact Club has held its organizational meeting recently and 18 students showed an interest and Lyanne is confident that the 15 members necessary to charter the club is joining the club.  A charter may be issued next week.

Interact is a club for young people ages 12-18 who want to join together to tackle the issues in their community that they care most about. Interact clubs:

  • Carry out hands-on service projects
  • Make international connections
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Have fun!

Every Interact club carries out two service projects a year: one that helps their school or community and one that promotes international understanding.

Interact clubs meet at least twice a month. For those who would like to join, contact the club to find out about its next meeting, service project, or social event.  You can contact either Lyanne Rolf,, or Chad Duskin,

The club has a Face Book site and will soon have a site page on this website.  Here is a link to Face Book: AHS Interact.


Friday night October 28, 2016 the Meno's hosted their annual Halloween Party and Fireside for the Rotary Club of Arlington and their families.  It was a great night of gathering together to share in the fun of Halloween.  Rotarians sampled some wonderful chilis, ate great food and enjoyed Kimberly's cobbler.  The kids had a great time playing and the costumes were creative and fun.  In all, it was a great night for Rotarians and their families to gather together and enjoy the fun of the Holiday.
 2016 Meno Halloween Party Group Picture
The Winners of our annual Halloween Costume Contest were:
Matt Rolf with the most creative costume as Buddy the Elf
John Simiyu with the most Authentic Costume as a Wild West Sheriff and
Mark and Jola Barnett with the best couples costume dressed as Pirates
Thank you to John and Kimberly Meno for hosting such a great night and thank you Carla Gastineau for putting together the prizes. Finally, thank you to everyone that came, dressed up and enjoyed the evening with us. Happy Halloween 2016!

Jeff Vaughan
Dec 15, 2016
Local Business: Vaughan Premier, Ltd.
LTC Brandon Meno
Dec 29, 2016
Army War College
Navy Captain Doug Kunzman
Jan 05, 2017
The Everett Station and Navy Deployment
Jade Roberts
Jan 12, 2017
Connecting ASD student with community partners
Jennifer Holocker
Jan 19, 2017
Classification talk
Aleph Fackenthall
Jan 26, 2017
Panama Mission 2016 update
Chuck Morrison
Feb 09, 2017
Snohomish County Red Cross
Upcoming Events
December 2016
Since 1989, the Rotary Club of Arlington has hosted the annual Great Stilly Duck Dash on the Fourth of July to raise funds to support local organizations such as the Food Bank, Boys & Girls Club, Stillaguamish Senior Center, Kids Kloset, Cocoon House,  as well as, parks, playgrounds, and people helping people around the world.