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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President Elect
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Foundation Director
Associate Director Foundation
Membership Director
Associate Director Membership
Public Relations Director
Associate Director PR
Service Projects Director
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Club Administration Director
Associate Director Administration
Sergeant at Arms
Program Chair

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It's Thanksgiving and we have no normal Thursday noon meeting.  As a club we are thankful for such a giving and caring community.
Our club has helped those that are less fortunate by our fall food drive, providing a well to a community in Kenya, donating and delivering boxes of food for Christmas, and supporting the new Arlington Community Resource Center, among other projects that help indirectly such as our support of Cocoon House, the Boy Scouts, the senior center, the Mud Hut teen center, the Rotary and Arlington Rotary Foundations, and other organizations benefiting youth and seniors.  Next month we kick off our new literacy project--the Dolly Parton Imagination Library--in a partnership with the Arlington Education Foundation.  The project will provide a free book each month for any child in the Arlington School District between birth and age 6, regardless of family income.
All of the above is possible because of the support we receive from our members, our Duck Dash sponsors, and the community that buys our raffle tickets.  THANK YOU!
The Apple Cup is tomorrow and we don't have the opportunity to ramp up the Apple Cup rhetoric as we used to do the Thursday before when the big game was the Saturday before Thanksgiving.  For part of the club we can be thankful:
And of course--give thanks that the webmaster is a proud Cougar!


Our speaker on November 19 was Bernice Nava with Value Village.

Bernice Nava with Value Village (VV)
Bernice spoke about donation programs for non profits.  The program has raised thousands of dollars for communities during her time with VV.

Donation drives - VV partners with non profits, churches, Rotary clubs.  The non-profit organizes a donation drive and VV gives the non-profit cash for every pound donated.  VV gives the non-profit a toolkit to get the drive up and going.  VV provides flyers for the non-profit to fill in to promote the drive and it promotes the drive in the company newsletter.

Get to give program - VV gives items that are donated to VV to schools and other organizations to help communities (i.e blankets, coats, etc.)


VV recycles many goods that cannot be re-sold.  VV sends clothing to other countries so it doesn't end up in the landfill.


Value Village/Unique/Savers have 330 stores across the U.S. and Canada.  VV's corporate headquarters are located in Bellevue and is a for profit Washington corporation


Ken Klein, District 1 County Councilman, spoke to the club about the Stilly Valley Youth Project and a couple of issues.

County Councilman Ken Klein

After the Oso slide, Governor Inslee and his wife Trudie, visited the Arlington Boys and Girls Club to see if they could help in the Oso recovery.  Ken, who is active as a coach and whose children participate at the club, was there and explained that the disaster derailed the capital campaign for expanding the club. The Governor wanted to help.
Ken and his legislative assistant put together a grant proposal to assist Stilly Valley Youth including the Arlington Boys and Girls Club expansion, Darrington School District building, Darrington skate park, bathrooms at White Horse County Park, and expansion of the ball fields at Quake Field was sent to the governor. 
Only parts were approved for funding by the legislature.  Approved $1.5 million for Boys and Girls Club expansion and $200,000 for little league fields.  Likely to bring in another $150,000 for the fields from the County. The final grant also included funding for the White Horse Trail on the old railroad grade between the Centennial Trail and Darrington. 
Ken acknowledged the help of State Legislators including Senator Kirk Pearson, our State Representatives and Hans Dunshee.
A donor has contributed all of the necessary lumber to resurface all of the old railroad bridges that will serve trail.  Initially it will be a rocked trail but may eventually include two paths similar to the Centennial trail with one being paved and the other for horses.
Many Rotarians have been involved in the process of acquiring the funds for the project, and our club has committed $50,000 for the project.
The Boys and Girls Club is working with Paul Allen's Vulcan group to utilize the field next to the Boys and Girls Club for parking. It will be eventually developed by Allen's group but there is a dog leg running to the property for access that is large enough that some parking for the fields and facility may be available.
The Family Resource Center will be located in the club. Plans include addition of a new gym and teen center.  It is hoped that additional funds can be raised to add another 1/2 gym similar the design at Haller Middle School
Other issues:  Funds obtained to buy out property owners at pre-slide assessed values.  County's charter review gives county the option of removing party affiliation from County Council and County Executive elections making them non-partisan like cities.  Ken expressed his desire to see the change made.

We recognized our November Students of the Month at our meeting on November 12.  Both are from Arlington High School.

AHS Seniors Josh Basher & Olivia Larson

Here is information on each of the students:

Josh Basher – Arlington (Arlington HS) - Paying it Forward to Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation  
4 Years with Flight
Cast member of:  Legally Blonde, Music Man, and Cinderella, and plans on participating in this year's Spring Musical
Also participates in Everett Village Theatre Kidstage program
Co-Directed the student production "Medley" this fall
Currently is the male lead in The Crucible
Drama Club Officer
Future plans include studying music/drama education at WWU.
According to his teachers, Josh is a tireless student devoting countless hours to rehearsal and helping others further their musical and dramatic skill sets.  In fact, one teacher describes Josh as "maybe just be the nicest student to ever walk the halls of AHS-his kindness and generosity are legendary and he is revered among his peers.  He chooses to lead by example. He is a hard worker and perfectionist."
He is truly amazing and deserving of any and all recognition.
Olivia Larson – Arlington (Arlington HS) - Paying it Forward to  Arlington Food Bank 
Outstanding Athlete.  She has been involved in sports all four years at AHS Basketball Track (javelin, long jump, triple jump)
Soccer- she plays Center-Mid and is currently captain of soccer team.  Just on Tuesday night she provided the assist for the winning goal against Bellevue to advance the Lady Eagles to the next round of the state playoffs.  They play on Saturday against Sumner.
She is a member of the National Honor Society and with her rigorous schedule and activities still is able to hold a 3.5 GPA.
Last week she committed to Western Washington University to play soccer earning a full ride scholarship.
Her plans for after high school are to study Humanities with a desire to enter the field of Journalism.  She would like to coach as well and remain connected to athletics, which has been such a big part of her life.


November is Foundation Month!

District Foundation Chair and a Past District Governor Larry Juibie spoke about the Rotary Foundation.  November is Foundation month.
Larry Jubie
Rotary has an Annual Programs Fund (APF) as well as the Polio Plus Fund.  The APF is used for Rotary programs.  The money is invested for three years. The interest is used for overhead expenses.  The rest goes directly to Rotary programs.  
One half of the APF is district designated funds for grants up to a $10,000 match.
Last year $107,000 was handed out in matching grants that were used for international and local projects.  August 31 of each year is the deadline to submit grant applications.
Global grants are available for $10,000 to $200,000.  The money donated by the club is matched 2.5 times and the project has to be international and used for one of six areas of focus Rotary has identified.
Scholarships are funded through global grants.  There are two different types of scholarships.  1.  Peach Scholarships - up to 150 given each year and 2. Global Scholarships - only one given each year.
Donations to the Foundation result in points being earned that the donor can apply towards giving a Paul Harris.  Club contributions, such as our contribution to the Bungoma water project results in points the club can give.  Next week our club Foundation Director, Kathy McCone is going to tell us how your contributions may be matched. 
During the meeting, Kathy presented a Paul Harris plus 2 to John Dykstra.
Kathy Presents PHF to John Dykstra

Grand total from our fall food drive:$585 cash and 1,258 lbs of food.  This from Jerrie Inman, one of the Food Bank directors:
"Please thank everyone involved…with your help we will be able to feed over 50 families with a great Thanksgiving dinner."

Assistant District Governor Marc with President Jeff and Aleph Fackenthall
Aleph Fackenthall gave us his annual report on his work with The Healing Fund and its Panama water project. Our club has provided funding in the past and one of our former members, Wally Thomas went with the team a few years ago.
The fund sends individuals to Panama to install water catchment systems and drill wells.  They also provide medical and dental care to the communities.  Stanwood Rotary has also partnered with The Healing Fund in years past.  The past president of the Stanwood club has gone to assist drilling and installation. 
This year they rechecked wells dug in previous years and went to a new location to help other communities. 
The next trip will be March 30th to do more latrine work and have a youth focus.  Approximately twelve youngsters will be going on the trip.  Contact Aleph if you would like to go on this or a future trip.
Here is a photo of Aleph provided at one of his earlier annual reports:
The Healing Fund has both a web site and a Face Book site for more information click here.

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November 2015
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.