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In partnership with the Arlington Education Foundation, we kicked off our new literacy project on Thursday, February 4, at Eagle Creek Elementary School. Around 100 families have already registered so that their preschoolers will receive a free book each month to encourage reading to kids so that each can start of love of reading.
Mayor Barbara Tolbert kicked off the event, sharing her life long love of reading.
The children's librarian from the Arlington Public Library shared a book with the many children who attended the event.
Six computers were made available for families to register while at the event. Paper registration forms were available as was information to log onto the website to register. To register click on the below photo:
Tara Carey from Smooth Transitions Northwest LLC spoke about helping seniors and their families with downsizing, moving, and estate dispersal. Tara was born and raised in Arlington, now living in Seattle.
Dale and Tara-(Tara while in high school worked for Dale at the Pharmacy
Tara helped her families with moves and realized some families don’t have people to help them move. The families hire Tara and help them downsize and move.
Start now downsizing and get rid items you don’t need (cool whip containers, butter tubs, frozen dinner trays, aluminum pie tins, old toothbrushes, laundry detergent cups, RX bottles, books). Make donations, sell, or give away to friends.
Color code items (Post-its work well) you will give to friends/family and remember to write down the code. Document what has special value so family members will know.
Start small. One cabinet, one drawer at a time. Keep it moving!
Tara created a bit of a stir when she suggested that you should par down tools including screwdrivers!!
The primary theme of Tara's program was to do it when you can and when you are in charge rather than leaving it to family when you can no longer participate.
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Julio Cortez, community relations director from Cocoon House gave us an update on a program our club has supported for many years.
Cocoon House started in 1991 with one simple shelter. Founded by a school counselor dealing with homeless students. North Everett Lions club purchased a home and sold it to Cocoon house for $1.
Over 2,500 homeless students in Snohomish County. Many more that are not in school. Avg. age students become homeless is 14 1/2.
Difficult to identify homeless teens. Staff go out into the community to identify these children.
12-24 year olds are served by Cocoon House.
Drop in center in Everett for 13-21 year olds. Showers, warm meals, clothes, drug and alcohol support, mentors, work source, etc.
Two emergency shelters, one in Everett and one in Monroe for children 13-17. Can stay for 14 days or up to 21 in special circumstances. Must have parent approval unless intervention by CPS. Safe Places have been established including the Arlington Library.
Transitional living programs for youth 13-17, 30% of child’s income charged as rent. It is a savings account that the resident gets when finished with the program
Independent living/life skills programs offered at the housing sites. One in Everett and one in Arlington (teen mothers only). Typically 80-85% full.
Prevention programs – Any parent of any teen can engage in phone consultation, support groups, parenting classes, Way Out seminars (communications).
24 hour crisis line – navigators will pick up child, take them to a shelter, and return them home when safe. Mandatory CPS reporters.
February – Mannequins will be placed around the city to bring awareness to homelessness.
Like the Cocoon House Facebook page. Take a look click on Savesnocokids.org.
60% of income comes from community, 40% are state and federal grants. Our club worked on the Arlington shelter and raised funds to help fund the same. We also help sponsor the Silk Dinner Auction each fall at the Tulalip Resort with a large number of Arlington residents helping organize the auction. Marcia Smothers and Kay Duskin have both served on the board and Past District Governor Lyle Ryan has taken a major leadership role in the organization.
Another interesting program this week on an amazing process--3D printing. Rhonda and Kim Gustafson own a 3D printing company that they did operate out of a hanger next to their home at Frontier Air park, southeast of Arlington, which they recently moved to a location in the industrial park at the Arlington Airport.
Kim Gustafson--One of our Newer Member
Rhonda has worked in the medical imaging field for over 30 years doing X-ray, Ultrasound, CT, and MRI. Following in her father’s footsteps, she became an FAA certified pilot over 25 years ago and holds single-engine, multi-engine, instrument, and commercial licenses. Taking the many years of experience in these fields and applying it to the 3D printing world is her passion. Kim spent an equal length of time in the aerospace industry. Both are pilots.
3D printing is an additive manufacturing process which can use various types of liquid that will become solid. Traditional machining involves subtracting material to leave the product rather than to add material. Additive can be faster, more flexible, and less expensive when producing relatively small quantities of parts. There is much less waste--3% to 10%.
The technology has been around for 25 to 30 years but it has only been more recent that computer programing of cads have made the processing relatively inexpensive and easier to do. The process lays down layers of material that are the thickness of one or two pieces of paper. 3D Composites uses ABS thermal plastic but there are now 3D printers that use lasers to melt metal that is then used as the material from which the item is printed. Kim gave examples of using frosting to put names inside a cake so every slice would show the persons name. Also, the use of blood components to even make organs.
Recently the Space Station has been using a 3D printer to make parts. NASA engineers will send up the specifications and programs and the astronauts use the printer to make replacement parts. It is an example of reducing inventory of parts by being able to reproduce them.
The Gustafson's company has made reproductions of persons' pelvis for Harborview Hospital to practice before surgeries. Here is a photo of Kim handing an example to one of our members.
One of Kim's slides showing medical uses:
Often time the process is used to make a tool that can be used in the manufacturing process or to make a prototype such as the one Kim is showing in this photo for use in the cargo hold of Alaska airliners:
3D scanners will also be changing the ease of using this technology. Remember the "Replicators" from Star Trek? Are we heading there?
Kim recommended that for careers that young persons should be looking to cad and drafting. The price of 3D printers means every school should have one and students should be learning about the process.
Here are more photos:
Following last week's program Kim offered to use a couple printers if our club wants to recruit a Scout Troop or two to help assemble artificial hand parts that he would produce using e-NABLE designs.
Kim is a member of our club and we thank him for sharing his business with us!
It all works! A solar powered pump is now pumping water to fill the storage tank in Bungona. Totally amazing to see this project at this stage of completion. In addition to our club, thanks go to Rotary Clubs of Bungoma and Everett Mukilteo! John Simiyu, you have done outstanding work! Brad and Chris, we could not have done this without you! Way To Go, Rotarians!
Here are some photos (there are more in the album and on the Facebook site for (just click on it) Bungoma Water Project:
The above photos show the solar panels in place and the submersible pump being lowered into the well. Brad and Chris will be going to the site in March to make sure everything is working corrrectly.
Dr. Kristine McDuffy, a member of our club and the Superintendent of Schools in Arlington was our speaker on January 7.
Dr. Kristine McDuffy
Kris spoke about the upcoming Arlington Public School's Educational Programs and Operations Levy. Here are the main points of her presentation:
· The levy is up for renewal on February 9th. Ballots to be mailed January 22nd.
· This levy used to be referred to as the M&O levy. It was confusing since used for educational programs besides maintenance.
· Supports class size, technology, safety, emergency preparedness, staffing, etc.
· Local contributions account for 24% of the total general operating fund.
· New this school year – full time, fully funded kindergarten, new programs at different schools in the district, new STEM programs.
· The cost to tax payers of the levy is estimated at $3.56/$1,000 assessed value. This is a slight reduction in the rate from where we are now.
· Our district was recognized as one of the most efficient school districts in the state by the state auditor’s office (2011) and nationally recognized for efficiency.
· Puget Sound Business Journal has recognized Arlington as the fourth best place to live in the Puget Sound based on school performance. The only district in Snohomish County.
· Dave Duskin and John Meno, co-chairs of the Citizens Committee working on passage of the proposition stressed the importance of approving the levy as there are no guarantees the state will fully fund even basic education as directed by the Supreme Court. The local levy pays for some programs that are outside of basic education included the school resource officer and extra curricular activities.
The committee has material available to share and has a Face Book Site. Here are some links to more information:
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