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Joan and Bucky told us about the progress of the water project we are working towards in Bugoma.
Immaculate Conception sister parish in Bungoma, Kenya brought this project to our attention. We have sent an individual to Bungoma to determine scope of work and budget. Bungoma Rotary is on board. District 5050 and Bungoma Rotary’s district has approved our application for this project.
We are helping the Rotary Club of Bungoma. The project goal is to install a sustainable well and small water storage and distribution system for a primary and secondary school and small rural community adjacent to the schools.
Water is frequently hauled for long distances because the wells are shallow. We will be putting in a well, storage tank, and distribution system. The well will be solar powered so it should be sustainable and automatically working.
Our own member, Ron Huitger, pictured below with a student he sponsors, has been to Bugoma and can attest to the need, as has other members of Arlington Parrish.
Local Rotarians demonstrate a symbol of another project of the Rotary Foundation illustrating how close we are to eliminating polio in the world.
Here are some of the existing water tanks
There has been an initial planning trip to Bungoma by a person knowledgable in such water systems, the grant prepared, district matching grant approved, application submitted to Rotary International Foundation, and we are waiting for approval.
Funding sources: Rotary Club of Arlington, District 5050, and Rotary International . Total cost of the project is $106,000. The Club will put in almost $38,000.
Haley Simenson – Arlington (Weston HS) Paying it Forward to Stillaguamish Senior Center
Haley Simenson enrolled at Weston High School last year and since then has been a great role model with a kind heart and willingness to help others. She has overcome some significant personal obstacles and has proven herself to be a leader with a great attitude and who always gives 100%. She is a joy to have in class and is a great example for others to follow. She will be graduating this year at the top of her class and will be speaking as our valedictorian at Weston's graduation ceremony in June. She plans to attend community college next year to begin working on her CNA.
Tayler Hoftell – Darrington (Darrington HS) Paying it Forward to N.O.A.H.
Tayler Hoftell is currently a senior at Darrington High School. She is the valedictorian of her class, an all-state athlete, a responsible employee and a conscientious community member. She is hardworking, focused and ambitious.
Tayler has played a prominent role as a starting player on the Darrington varsity volleyball team for four years. She has received 3 all-league titles including 1st team her senior year. She also received recognition on the Washington All-State volleyball team. During four years of high school she has assisted her team in winning two 3rd place state trophies and two 8th place state trophies. She strives for success on and off the volleyball court.
Tayler has worked diligently throughout her high school career to maintain excellence in her academics. She boasts an incredible 4.0 GPA, the highest in her class. During the fall of her senior year, Tayler also received recognition by the Everett Herald in a “Super Kid” article highlighting high achieving students throughout Snohomish County. Tayler will be taking her knowledge and hard work to the next level in the fall. She will be attending the University of Washington to study bioengineering.
Tayler is also very involved in school organizations and clubs. She is the President of her FBLA club and vice president of her national honor society chapter. She is also a member of her school’s Knowledge Bowl team and Darrington High School’s ASB sergeant of arms.
One of Tayler’s main objectives is to help out her community and those in need. During the winter of this year she sought out to help the Cocoon House of Everett, a homeless shelter for at risk youth. She filled Christmas stockings with hygiene items, winter wear, small gifts and gift cards to give to the teenagers. She also spent over 120 hours helping out during the Oso Mudslide last year. Tayler is very dedicated to her community and always reaches out a hand when in need.
“Tayler Hoftell works harder than any student I have ever taught, hands down. I have had the privilege of teaching Tayler in Advanced English and Leadership classes as well as advising her in ASB and coaching her in volleyball. She has never turned in an assignment, volunteered for an activity or participated in a match, that wasn’t completed with her very best effort; when Tayler accepts an obligation, she completes it with distinction. Tayler has unique qualities not often found in teenagers that make her an asset to any situation. She is passionate, diligent, and assertive about her commitment to learning. It is not often that a young adult demands excellence without being required, or needs little direction or pressure to complete a task. Tayler has developed intrinsic inspiration and is able to motivate herself internally without regard to the task’s reward.”
English Teacher at Darrington High School
Mike Britt, one of our newest members and owner of Britt's Sports Cards and Memorabilia, gave us his classification talk at our meeting on April 9.
Mike was born in 1972, the same year, he pointed out, that Dale graduated from college. His family is from Wenatchee. His dad passed away May 3rd. " He was my audience and teacher". Hard to live without him but involves himself in more activities which seems to help.
Dad worked at Boeing, moved to Everett in the 80s. Went to Cascade High School. Wrestled in high school.
Joined the Army. Ended up in Missouri. Received three warrants in transportation. Returned home applied for Washington State Patrol. Fought fires in Eastern Washington. Returned to Seattle to be a logistics manager. In 2001 I discharged from National Guard.
2004 went back to school. Was a liaison to Governor.
2010 moved to Arlington and started business. 700 square foot location. First year grew to 3,700 sq foot location. Aqua Sox sponsors, second to Tulalip Tribe.
Mike's been collecting since he was a child. "Kept me out of trouble. Something I did with my dad and friends. I wanted to have the biggest collection"
He ha four boys and not one of them want anything to do with sports cards. But he works to educate kids that come into the shop.
President of the Downtown Arlington Business Association. "If businesses around me are doing well my business will do better."
After WWII card collecting boomed. Bowman Gum and Topps were confectionary companies and started putting out cards. Media coverage of certain players increased interest in collecting cards.
Shortly before 1970 and 1989 card companies put out error cards. High demand, very valuable.
Companies started grading cards after the errors.
The store will be getting into board games, magic trading cards. Opening up a 750sq foot gaming room in the back of the shop. Mike will have kids’ trading nights.
John Ollerud and his wife came to the shop to buy his cards that he could sign to give away
He has trivia events and he gave an example with Cougar Dale and Husky Cindy playing a game for minature helmets:
Club Assembly - Your Board of Directors at Work
Apr 23, 2015
District 5050 Conference
Tulalip Resort and CasinoMay 01, 2015 – May 03, 2015
Rotary Board Meeting
Smother's ResidenceMay 13, 2015 5:30 PM
Snohomish County Rotary Day of Service
May 16, 2015
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Duck Dash Kick Off
Rotary Meeting-Arlington Free Methodist ChurchMay 21, 2015
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Rotary Board Meeting
Smother's ResidenceJun 10, 2015 5:30 PM
Jun 11, 2015