Rotary Club of Arlington

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Welcome to our Club!


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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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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  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.


Charlotte Goller is 15 and coming to us from Bremen, Germany.  Her father is a doctor and her mother is a lawyer. Charlotte has one sister.  
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.

This week was one of information, fun and service.
Information:  Larry Jubie
Our speaker, Larry Jubie, Past District Governor of District 5050 and a member of the Marysville Club, shared his knowledge of the Rotary Foundation at our regular meeting on Thursday.
3 ways you can give to the Foundation are:
  • Polio Plus fund
  • Annual Fund
  • Ongoing
3 ways to be recognized for donations:
  • Paul Harris Fellowship ($1,000)
  • Major donor levels 1-3
  • Arch Klumpf Society (Lee Harman)
Donations to Rotary Foundation help support District grants.
District grants 2016-17:
Deadline is September
Chair is Valerie Tibbitts (sp)
Max $10,000 (local or international)
Global grants:
Larger – minimum is $35,000 to $200,000 maximum
Chair is Malcolm Kennedy
Can apply for all year long (first come, first served)
Supported by earnings from endowments and donations.
Applying for grants can leverage club donations:
$10,000 club investment - $10,000 District designated funds - $15,000 World Fund
Minimum $35,000 with only $10,000 investment
Let District know if thinking of grants so can guide and talk first to make sure qualifying before going through all the paperwork.
Grants must cover the Rotary six areas of focus:
  1. Peace and conflict resolution
  2. Disease prevention/treatment
  3. Water sanitation
  4. Maternal/child care
  5. Basic education
  6. Economic community development
Package grants by Rotary Foundation are pre-approved, no paperwork. Not sure if they are continuing though.
New chair for district Rotary Foundation is Jane Helton.
Rotary also funds scholarships in two ways:
  1. Global Grant – Max $50,000
  2. Peace Scholars – District 5050 has several
    1. Study within six areas of focus
    2. Peace and conflict resolution
Thanked our club for its donations to the Rotary Foundation!
Erik – reminder that November is Foundation month.
On Friday, 42 Rotarians and guests had a fireside on the road, taking in the Mariner's game.  Linda Byrnes made all the arrangements that included a ride to the game on a chartered bus, great seats along the first base line near right field to watch the Mariners beat the Brewers, topped off with a Star Wars themed fireworks display.
15 plus Rotarians and friends pitched in for a service project on Saturday.  The group helped build a play ground at Reclamation Church west of Lakewood.  Photos will be coming next week.


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.


Weston High School Principal--Will Nelson
Will Nelson, principal of Weston High School, spoke about the Healthy Youth Survey.  Will is a member of the Arlington Drug Awareness coalition. 
The mission is to bring awareness about drug use in our community and educate people about it.  Every two years the school district does a healthy youth survey. 
The coalition will reach 3200 kids with presentations this year.  On September 27th a presentation will be held at BPAC for parents and adults to talk about the events that will be held for the kids.  Health District will also present on the 27th
Student presentations/events will be held after September 27th
The survey from 2015 shows the kids in our community have slightly lower drug/alcohol use than students statewide but significant substance abuse was noted but declining. 
The surveys show the majority of children feel safe at school and have an adult in the community they can talk to about something important but some report carrying weapons/involvement with gangs/depression/contemplation of suicide.
Paul Harris Award Presented to Jennifer Owen
On January 14 we had a most inspiring presentation by Jennifer Owen of Enabling the Future.  She and her husband have built a world wide network of volunteers to use 3D printers to make prosthetic devices for children who for whatever reason has lost a hand. 
When Lee Harman proposed a bet over the Sun Bowl game between his alma mater Miami and Washington State University with the losers to donate funds to the Rotary Foundation for a Paul Harris Fellowship, the Cougars (and a few other Cougar friendlies) took on the bet.  When the Cougars became the Sun Bowl Champions, Lee graciously made the contribution.
Those who won the bet chose to honor Jennifer Owen with the Paul Harris Fellowship  Our Foundation Director, Kathy McCone, with the aid of Cougar representative, Bryce Duskin, presented the award to Jennifer.
To learn more about this inspirational project, click on Enable the Future.

 Sherri Ballew- Dolly Parton Imagination Library in Arlington
Dolly Imagination Library is a book gifting  program that Dolly Parton started in 1995.  The program is run by the Dollywood Foundation but it is locally funded.  It mails a free monthly book to children 0 to 5 years old.  The books are high quality and age appropriate books .  The books also have tips in the back page for parents to engage their children in conversations about the books.
Sherri's Children With Their June Books
The Rotary Club of Arlington has partnered with the Arlington Education Foundation to bring this literacy project to our community.  The program has a joint committee from the A.E.F. and Rotary, each with an initial investment of $2500.  
Buying books for kids has been popular with those who give grants. The program has received 2 $5000 grants one each from Tulalip and Stillaguamish Tribes as well as many other grants from various other organizations.  The fundraising efforts has gone so well that the program has been expanded from children who live in the Arlington School District to every child that has an Arlington or Darrington address. 
The cost is approximately $25 per child per year.  The Dolly Parton Foundation pays all the operating costs, so all money donated goes directly to buying and mailing books to children.
Held a kick-off event Eagle Creek elementary for people to sign up and experience the books that they would receive.  There were many community organizations that helped to support the kick-off event. To sign up people can go to the W.I.C. office (Women, Infants, and Children), The Arlington Library and Cascade Valley Hospital.  Also online at  As of now there are 297 children registered, 17 children have graduated and 1,186 books have been mailed since April.
Librarian Reads at Kick Off
Plans for the future include promoting registration in day cares and preschools, as well as, promoting more in Darrington.
If someone wanted to donate to to this program you can donate to the Arlington Education Foundation either online or by writing a check.

Splash Pad at Haller Park
Sep 01, 2016
Rotary at Haller Park
Kids BBQ at Rotary Park
Sep 08, 2016
Dick Post Memorial Golf Tournament
No Formal Lunch Meeting
Sep 15, 2016
Dick Sass
International Childcare Ministries
Sep 22, 2016
Chrys Sweeting
New Superintendent of Schools
Sep 29, 2016
Paul Ellis
New business mentorship program
Oct 06, 2016
Hazel Borden
Alzheimer's Association
Nov 03, 2016
Upcoming Events
August 2016
Website Sponsors
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.