Rotary Club of Arlington

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Arlington

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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Since we built the Rotary Playground at Haller Bridge Park, we have had a family picnic in lieu of our normal lunch meeting.  Here is the new sign that was designed by John at Penway and fabricated by Wally at Artisan Finishing Systems:
 
Here are some random photos of those who prepared the food and the families enjoying the park and picnic:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Gregg Winter, bike trail builder at Gravity Logic, Inc. was our program August 20.
 
Gregg grew up in NY, moved to Florida after high school.  Drawn to Colorado mountains.  Worked at Steven’s Pass for three years.  
 
Hooked up with Gravity Logic, Inc.the premier trail building company.  Gregg loves what he does.  Passionate about riding bikes and giving back to the community.
 
Met with the City of Arlington and presented information on need for more outdoor activities, bike park, and trails in the community. 
 
Bike parks and destination mountain biking could/should be much bigger than it is today.  There is a large market of untapped revenue out there.  If we build it they will come.  The demographic is huge, everyone has a bike.  Significant economic catalyst.  Bikers have money and will spend it.  It’s not just a bike park that will generate the revenue but the bikers will visit local businesses.
 
Closest outdoor bike parks are at Whistler and Steven’s Pass.  Closest indoor bike park is in Burlington.  The kids who use the Whistler bike park volunteer to maintain it. 
 
Action sports is a growing business segment (i.e. moto, BMX, skiing/snowboarding).  A bike park would be a different avenue for children to enjoy outdoor sports.  Bike park maintenance costs are lower than a golf course. 
 
Much of the infrastructure is in place.  Need fantastic riding experiences.  It is critical to have instruction (camps, sales and marketing to support and drive the park experience).  Need food, beverage, accommodation and other summer activities to entice visitors.
 
The road to the airport (67th) has a great spot for a bike park (near trails) or the old mill near Nutty’s.  We could build an indoor/outdoor bike park near Absolute Air Park.  The other option is to build an outdoor bike park privately and incorporate it into the city.
 
Partnering with Boys and Girls Club and local schools to hold camps at the bike park would be a good connection for the community.
 
To see more about the company and its bike park and trail designing, click here.
 

 
Ryan Walker, a 2014 grad from  Arlington High School, and a standout pitcher for the Washington State University varsity baseball team in 2015, was our program on August 13.
 
Ryan completed his freshman year at WSU and was named the Pac 12 conference pitcher of the week.  In two starts he pitched 11 2/3rds innings and his opponents hit only .105 against him with only two base hits.  Current ERA 1.69.
 
He traveled with the team to the Dominican Republic.  Played against professional prep teams including Mariners prep team.
 
Ryan started as an average pitcher but he was at the right place at the right time.  Pitched at Baseball NW where the WSU coach saw him and told him what he needed to work on.  Worked to correct his pitching issues and the following year he pitched at Baseball NW again and he was offered a 50% scholarship to WSU.
 
Social aspects, community, and athletics connect at WSU.  He signed early at WSU because he knew he wanted to go to WSU.
 
3.6 GPA first semester at WSU, went down a little because he was traveling for baseball. The workouts are tough.  Offseason workouts are harder, two workouts per week.  He was required to do a 30 minute plank, mentally tough.
 
When he got scouted he was nervous to talk to the scouts.  They really wanted to know who you are more than your talent.  Nervous to say the wrong thing.
 
He wants to be drafted by the major league, but can’t until after his junior year.  Studying criminal justice at WSU.  He won't leave WSU early unless he can make the money that he desires.
 
In high school he topped out with an 89 mph fastball, clocked at 92-94 mph recently.
                  
To clear his mind on the mound he focuses on the catcher’s knees as two focal points--moving his eyes from knee to knee. 
 
Ryan seemed excited about the new coaching staff at WSU. Marty Lees became the 15th head coach in program history in 2015 after spending the last three seasons as the assistant coach/recruiting coordinator at Oklahoma State and the previous 11 at Oregon State. In those 14 years he has coached 10 teams that have reached the NCAA Tournament, including two national champions with Oregon State.
 

 
Martha Aitken, Senior Associate for Metropolitan Extension, WSU Extension, is assisting with Arlington-Darrington's goal to be recognized as one of America's Best Communities.  She told us about the effort as our speaker on August 6.
The goal is to revitalize rural communities with less than 80,000 population. Arlington-Darrington is one of 50 quarter finalists in the nationwide program that can result in a grant to help with the revitalization.
 
Because WSU is our state's land grant university as established by president Lincoln, it is charged with reaching out and providing assistance to communities.  Following the 530 slide, WSU President, Elson Floyd, sought ways to help.  Bob Drewel, the interim chancellor at WSU North Puget Sound, asked for the extension service located in Snohomish County to assist in the process of seeking these funds.
 
As a quarter finalist Arlington-Darrington has been given $35,000 to develop a plan.  The local community had to come up with $15,000, and City Administrator Paul Ellis, recognized three of our members' businesses for donations:  Stilly Athletic Club, State Farm Insurance and Coastal Community Bank.
 
The plan is due in November and will result in communities being selected as semi finalists.  Those  communities will receive an additional $100,000 to further develop a plan.  Eventually there will be 3 winners and each will receive over $1 million, with no strings attached. 
 
Our community had a head start in that the Snohomish County Economic Development Council has been helping us plan after the slide, with a $125,000 grant.  5 strategies are being developed:  Broadband Strengthening, Youth Initiative, Healthy Main Street, Natural Resource Industries, and Tourism. To see more about the plan developed earlier through the Economic Development Alliance, which is being pared down, click here.
 
The plan will be developed using smaller groups or Action Teams.  The community will be engaged in the process in September and in October the various teams will report ideas.  November 6 is the day the plan is due.
 
Rotarians and other community members can help by volunteering for the action teams and by participating in the community involvement phase.  There is both a Face Book Page and Twitter feed, #StillyValleyABC. 
 
President Jeff stressed the importance of the effort and offered our club's assistance. 
 

 
 

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Sep 03, 2015
Sep 17, 2015
Brad Spangler
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Oct 15, 2015
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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.