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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Dr. Michael Mack, superintendent of Lakewood School District, and a member of the Marysville Noon Rotary Club was our program on October 8.  He talked both about the district in general and about the new high school.
Dr. Michael Mack Lakewood School District 
This is Mike's 35th year in public education.  Eight years with Lakewood School District which includes areas of Arlington, Marysville and Stanwood. 
“Dive into Learning” is the theme for the 2015-2016 school year. 
Lakewood has 134 certificated staff and 137 classified staff.  2264 students, 1100 meals served each day, and 1294 miles drive each day by the buses.
76% graduation rate in 2009 now up to 85% in 2014.  $25 million operating budget.  Focused on teaching and learning.  Just celebrated the district’s 100th year. 
A new high school will be built and hope to be completed by December 2017.  The new high school will be 178,000 square feet.
Left is an artists' rendering of the new school.
The original plan was to modernize the existing high    school but value engineering studies supported a new school.  Voters approved a $66.8 million bond issue in 2014.  It was just 3 votes over the required 60%.
It will be built on the existing campus between the current building and the stadium.  It should go to bid in January with completion in 2017.

Superintendent of Arlington Schools, Kris McDuffy introduced us to our October Students of the Month.
On the right is Channing Hudson – Arlington (Arlington HS)    Paying it Forward to Children’s Cancer Research/Care
Daughter of Jane and Davey Hudson. Dad teaches business at Weston, and mom works for a funeral home in Marysville. She has two older sisters, Ashley and Bailey, and two younger brothers, Cooper and Campbell.
Since 10th grade, Channing has been involved in drama. She has been in Music Man, Cinderella, and most recently she was in the student-produced production "Medley."
Channing is also involved in soccer, track, National Honor Society, and LINK. She likes to draw, play piano, and spend time with her friends from church. After high school, Channing would like to attend a four-year university, preferably BYU.
On the left is Ashley Bower  Arlington (Post MS)        Paying it Forward to Youth Rally Committee (youth camps for kids with medical conditions)  
Ashley Bower is an 8th grader at Post Middle School. Ashley is always working her hardest and doing her best even when school has not always come easy to her. As Ashley and her Math teacher can attest to – her determination to try her best and to continue to strive to grow and learn is what quality we would hope of all of our students. At this time, Ashley wants to be a nurse when she grows up so her and her sister who wants to be a Doctor can work together.
She is constantly offering to help both staff and students and will go above and beyond for anyone. One teacher who values Ashley so much shared this…. “She was a student in my History class last year, and stepped into a leadership role as a teacher's aide for me. She excels in empathy and understanding of younger students and has been helpful working one-on-one with individual students in class. Her organizational skills are superb and she is able to follow directions to complete several tasks during her TA period. She is extremely positive and a great role model for others in middle school.”
Ashley also is very involved in school through photo club, leadership and other activities to positivity contribute to Post. According to another teacher, Mr. Foster, “Whether it is working with students in class or taking pictures for the Yearbook, Ashley always is positive and professional. Mature and responsible, she is an absolute dream to work with. Ashley has a great future ahead of her!” She inspires and connects to all she comes into contact with. She will continue to impact and touch all lives that she touches in middle school and beyond. We are so grateful to have her these three years at Post and cannot wait to see how she continues to impact our Arlington community.

Our Associate Director for Membership, Nancy Holiman, inducted Phillip ("Phil") Abenroth to membership at our meeting on October 8. 
Phil is an engineer with Cascade Surveying and Engineering in Arlington.  His father, John Abenroth, is a long time Rotarian with the Sedro-Wooley Club.  Welcome Phil!


October is Economic & Community Development Month

It was appropriate given the monthly theme of Rotary International, that we start the month off with a meeting and program at the new Dwayne Lane's Arlington Chevrolet.  Tom Lane, the CEO of Dwayne Lane's family of auto dealerships and an Everett Rotarian, told us all about the effort to relocate the dealership from SR 9 to Island Crossing.
Dwayne Lane’s has always been a top sponsor of Rotary initiatives.  “No better dollar spent in a community than a Rotary dollar.” – Tom Lane.
October 7th at 5 pm grand opening will be held at the dealership.  Please attend. 
Tom discussed the long process to get approval to build the dealership.  At times there were 30+ different contractors on site ensuring they met their deadlines. 
In 1954 Dwayne Lane started washing cars at a South Everett dealership.  In 1966 he bought into the car business and in 1994 purchased the Arlington dealership.
In 1990 the Growth Management Act designated every parcel in the state.  It wanted to classify the area the dealership is now as non-sprawl, non-growth.  It was designated agricultural land.
In 2009, City Attorney, Steve Peiffle, argued at the Supreme Court for appropriate designation of the area and won.
Then came the discussions with the Stilly Flood Control District.  Settlement was reached.
So far $450,000 has been spent on dirt to ensure the dealership is above the flood zone, with corresponding water retention area so as to not increase down stream flooding.
The rest of Island Crossing will be developed and hopefully bring more jobs and sales tax to the area. 
The City of Arlington was extremely helpful in the process. 
The building is 35,000 square feet and has to comply with dealer franchise agreement regarding design and color scheme.  It has the more capacity than the previous location to service larger vehicles and hold events. Our meeting was in the new community room:
38.5 full time employees and expect to have mid-50s by this time next year.
Here is a photo of the new showroom from the office area and balcony where the community room is located:

Terry Greer, member and past president of Stanwood Camano Rotary Club, chair of its literacy committee was our program on September 24.
Terry Greer, CPA
Starting in January 2008, their club adopted the Dolly Parton Imagination Library as the club's annual literacy project.  The program gives every child from 0-5 who signs up an age appropriate book each month sent to their home.  There is a "word gap" between children with parents that read to the children and those that don’t.  This program helps promote literacy.  September's Rotary theme is Basic Education and Literacy.
The Imagination Library is an international program that has given millions of books, supported by the Dollywood Foundation. Rotary International has supported the program and it encourages clubs to sponsor the Imagination Library in its community.  Click here for a link to the R.I. material on the program
Click on the Image Above to Learn More About the Program
When the club signed up with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and the foundation came to show the club how to run the program.  Books cost about $2/book and that includes shipping.  The sponsor sends the program the names, birth date and addresses of the children as well as $2/book and the program sends the book to the child. 
95% of funding comes from the club.  Typically $8,000/year.  They are looking for additional funding as the program has grown.
Program makes the community stronger and fosters literacy.  Hopefully Arlington can have a program like this.  It needs a champion, maybe that is the Rotary Club of Arlington and the Arlington Education Foundation.  2,000 children in the community under 5 in Arlington. 
The Arlington Education Foundation is researching starting this program here.  Less than 10 hours per month to manage the program.  Projected to have 1,200 children registered by year 5.  $355 for 500 brochures.  AEF has discussed covering costs requesting sign ups/donations, according the the AEF chair of the program, Sherri Ballew, one of our guests. AEF needs a partner like Rotary. 

Our club does a service project at Camp Fire Mountain, a Boy Scout camp just east of Big Lake, each year.  In the past we have generally built or repaired things.  On September 13 we tore down structures on the swim beach to make room for new. Here are a few of the photos that are in the photo album section of the website and bulletin:

Brad Spangler, Senior Manager Engineering for the Snohomish County P.U.D., told us about the the P.U.D.'s tidal water power project, at our September 17 meeting.
By 2020 the PUD will need additional sources of power.  It currently gets 85% of its power from the BPA.  An additional 9% is purchased on the market and 6% is generated at Culmback Dam in the Sultan River Basin.  The Dam forms Spada Lake and is a source for Everett's water supply.  The drought has resulted in the lake being 60' down from its normal level.
Conservation is much cheaper than building more generators and the PUD offers free consultation to businesses.
The PUD has researched generating power using the tidal currents and in fact had a test sight all permitted.  It is in Admiralty Inlet near Fort Casey and would have involved 2 co-centric generators 20 feet in diameter.
The platform and generator weigh about 400 tons in order to withstand the continual ebb and flow tides.  There is a window from August to October only that the work of submerging and running cables to a structure on shore can occur.  The cable would be 8" in diameter and the turban generators would be in about 200' of water.
Cameras and microphones were to be placed on the platform for the University of Washington to monitor how marine animals react. 
The funding has been shared equally with the US Energy Department.  When the cost increased from $20 million to $44 million the Energy Department pulled th plug on continued financing.  The PUD could not afford to go alone.  The power that the would be generated would be at a cost of $400 per megawatt.  The PUD can buy energy elsewhere for $65 per megawatt. 
The project is licensed for 10 years so if the cost of energy keeps rising, the option will be open to continue the research project.
More can be seen on the project by clicking here.

Rotary Club of Bungoma signed a contract for the Drilling of the well last week, and have now gotten all the clearances they need to proceed!  Progress is being made!
John Simiyu and the Rotary Club of Bungoma heartfully thank all who have helped to make this possible. 
They will keep us posted as the drilling continues, and then as the testing is completed to verify that what they find is potable water. 
Here is a photo of getting ready to drill:
The following are notes from a few of John's emails to Joan:
"I have just received the CD for the rotary information and thank you so much for the useful information contained in it. .....
The drilling was to start on Sunday but I have not been cleared by NEMA since the officer responsible is away on a workshop in Nairobi. I hope to clear with his office next week. I will update you on the progress as we move on."
As of Wednesday, John reports:
"As hinted to you earlier, we signed the drilling of borehole agreement on Friday and attached are some photos we took during the occasion (see album)"
"Thank you so much for the duck shirts. Wow, they are fantastic.  Always in our hearts. God bless you so much and reward you abundantly."


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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.