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Mill Creek, WA  98012
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Solange Aquilar & Becky Porter

Our speakers this week were Solange Aquilar and our own Club President Becky Porter.  First, Solange talked about how she came to the Pacific Northwest after meeting our club members who were on a  wheelchair trip in her native country, El Salvador.  Solange moved here and lived with her host family, the Owen's, and began school at Cascadia Community College.  Solange recently graduated from Cascadia (where she found time to start a  Rotaract Club too!) and will be going on to the University of Washington in the Fall.  
 
Solange and Becky then presented a power point on their recent trip to the Rotary International Conference in São Paulo, Brazil.  Highlights of the trip including meeting many of our own district members, joining 500 other Rotarians in packaging over 100,000 meals for the needy, participating in a Rotary Brazilian-style carnival, and meeting many new Rotaractors and Rotarians from around the world.
 
 
 

 
 

Rob Rose

Rob Rose with children with disabilities in Kathmandu,Nepal. 
 
Our speaker yesterday was Rob Rose, owner of Brant Photographers in Bellevue, Washington and Executive Director of The Rose International Fund for Children (TRIFC).
In 1974, at the age of 16, Rob Rose was a Rotary Exchange Student and spent his junior year of high school in Calcutta, India.  It was a year that left a strong imprint on him.  Rob saw many families who had no idea where their next meal was coming from...Rob knew then that he wanted to help others.  Fast forward to today. Rob has been in Rotary over 30 years.  He is a member of the Rotary Club of Bellevue and is a Club Past President and recipient of numerous Rotarian awards including Rotary International’s Service Above Self Award and our District’s Rotarian of the Year. 

Rob shared with us the story of how one article in 1997 on impoverished lives of children in Nepal led him to make one phone call to volunteer to assist by using his photography skills.  That one call led him to go on, now 16 trips, to Nepal focused on providing assistance to disabled children, abused women and terminal cancer patients.  And, it led him to form TRIFC which raises funds to support non-profit organizations in Nepal that focus on disabled children, especially in the area of education, nutrition and medical needs. 

Throughout Rob’s talk, he continued to bring up how Rotary has played a significant role in his life and in its impact on the many projects Rob has been involved with in Nepal.  Rob has a wife Gina, who is also TRIFC’s Director and Secretary, and has three sons.  For more information, or to see how you can assist, visit TRIFC.   
 
 

 
 

Welcome Alysha & Rick!

Rick Ferrell transferred from Shoreline Rotary Club where he has been an active member for over 30 years.  Rick grew up in Seattle and Shoreline Washington. He attended Shoreline High School, Shoreline Community College and the University of Washington. Rick was a General Contractor specializing in commercial construction in Western Washington and is now retired and living in Mill Creek.  Rick has three children, six grandkids and four great grandkids.  Rick is shown with his sponsor, Dave Gunter.
 
 
Alysha Mulliner has been a realtor for nine years and is with Keller Williams in Bothell.  Alysha enjoys camping and traveling.  Alysha has a husband, Jason, and a teen age daughter, Ashlyn.  For the past six months, Alysha and Ashlyn have been volunteering at the Everett Animal Shelter.  Alysha is shown here being given her Rotary pin by her sponsor Les Metrovich.
 
 

 
 
 

Passing the "Ball and Chain"

 
Twenty nine years ago, Jeff Pratt stepped up as the Rotary Club of Mill Creek's first President.  And each year, past club presidents line up to pass down a "ball and chain" to the incoming president.  The ball and chain symbolizes the amount of work and effort the president will be taking on during their Rotary year.  Here Past-President Jeff Pratt begins the ball and chain on its journey down the line of our club's past-presidents.
 
Past-President Jeff Brennan, with Past-President Bridget Barrington cheering her on, hands the symbolic "ball and chain" to President Becky Porter.
 
 

Congrats President Becky Porter

It's official!  Becky Porter takes the podium for the first time as the Rotary Club of Mill Creek's President. Congratulations!
 
 
 

 
 

Beverly Jacobson

Our June 24th speaker was Beverly Jacobson, a member of the Rotary Club of Duval.  Beverly is a member of the Board of Directors for Thrive Washington, an organization focused on early learning and creating opportunties for every child in Washington to get a great start in life.  Beverly talked about the importance of early learning on making a long-term difference for children.  Major efforts that Thrive is focused on include: child care quality rating and improvement system, home visiting programs, state funded preschool, and full-day kindergarten.  
 
 
 

 
 

Community Service

 
Pastor Kurt Helmcke and Max Rigelman with Rotarian Barbara Athanas.

On Wednesday, June 24th, our Community Service Committee presented a check for over a thousand dollars to North Creek Presbyterian Church for its Food Pantry.  The Food Pantry is stocked with food staples and provides food to people and families in need in our area.  The Food Pantry is open seven days a week.  In addition, the Church hosts a monthly "Dinner at the Creek" event where it provides a sit down complete hot meal to the needy in the community and sends them home with a bag of food.
 
 
 

 
 

Archbishop Murphy High School Student of the Year

Rotarian Geoff Owen presenting the Student of the Year award for Archbishop Murphy to Katie Kelleher
 
The Rotary Club of Mill Creek is proud to announce that our 2015 Archibishop Murphy Student of the Year and recipient of the Diane Schimpf Memorial Scholarship is Kathryn (Katie) Kelleher.  Katie is no stranger to our members.  Most recently, she was our club's March Student of the Month for Leadership.  Katie has an incredible resume of activities and achievements that include: participation in track, cross-country and soccer; member of the National Honor Society; extensive community service volunteer work; and, manages to squeeze in a real job too!  Katie defines the biggest and most important aspects of her life as, "where I get to help other people."  Congratulations Katie!
 
 
 
 

 

Sierra Leone

 
Lynn Pelton is the founder and president of Greatest Goal Ministries and was our speaker this past Wednesday, June 17. 
 
Just over a year ago, our club was working with Lynn Pelton to pull together a wheelchair project for Sierra Leone.  Then, the Ebola crisis hit and the project was put on hold. But, Lynn wasn't on hold.  Lynn, who is a nurse, went to Sierra Leone and worked for four months in an Ebola Treatment Center.  Lynn shared with us what it was like and the horrors the disease inflicted on families - killing many and leaving many children as orphans.  
 
Greatest Goal Ministries was founded by Lynn and is dedicated to serving the most vulnerable population of Sierra Leone, Africa - the amputees, disabled, and children affected by its decade-long (1991-2002) civil war.  
 
 
 

 
 

"We're This Close"

 
Steve Crane providing polio immunization drops to a young Ethiopian.
 
 
Steve Crane was our speaker on June 10th.  Steve is a member of the Rotary Club of Seattle and is a polio survivor.  Steve is also our District 5030 Polio Advocacy Chairperson.  Steve is responsible for raising the awareness of the need for continued Federal Government funding to help fight polio by advocating for Rotarians everywhere to reach out to their elected Federal officials to support polio funding.  Steve's mission takes him to Rotary Districts across the U.S. and to meetings with Congressmen and Senators where he advocates in person for continued Federal Government polio eradication funding. In September 2014, Steve was recognized as a Global Citizen at the Global Citizen Festival in New York's Central Park.  Steve - we were honored to have you speak to us!
 
 
 

 

Our newest member!

Jeff Pratt (right) leading the official induction of Dave Peters (left).
 
Dave Peters, Principal at Jackson High School, was inducted as our newest member.  Dave shared with us his background and excitement at becoming a member of our club.  Dave has been a regular visitor to our club, joining us many times in recognition of Jackson High School students.  Welcome aboard!
 
 
 
 

Shelter Box 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dave Nichols, a member of the Rotary Club of West Seattle, was our meeting speaker.  Dave talked about the ShelterBox organization, an international service organization that provides emergency shelter and vital supplies to support communities around the world that are overwhelmed by manmade or natural disasters. Dave is a Shelter Box Response Team Member (volunteer). Dave has been deployed with Shelter Box to Oklahoma following the Tornadoes that tore through there in 2013; to the Philippines in January 2014 in support of Typhoon Yolanda, to Serbia in response to flooding in June 2014; and, to Malaysia this year for three weeks in response to catastrophic flooding. ShelterBox is a Rotary Project Partner organization. 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Left to right: Dave Peters (Jackson High School Principal), Rahima J. Ahmed (Student of the Year), and Rotarian Geoff Owen.  
 
Rahima J. Ahmed is our club’s 2015 Student of the Year for Jackson High School.  Rahima plans to study business/communications and will attend Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota.  While at Jackson High School, Rahima has participated in numerous organizations including DECA, AVID, and the NAACP Youth Development Program; and volunteered at WSU County Extension, The Arc of King County, and Seattle Union Gospel Mission Shelter.  Along with recognition as our club’s Student of the Year, Rahima will receive a $3,000 scholarship. 
 
Rahima’s dream is to help shed light onto the underrepresented women in our world today. It is our honor to recognize Rahima J. Ahmed and we wish her the very best in her continuing studies and in pursuing such a worthy dream!
 
 
 

 
 

 
Left to right: Carol Scharnikow (Sno-Isle Tech Dental Assisting Instructor),  Nuhad Al-nassar (Student of the Year), and Rotarian Geoff Owen.  
 
Nuhad Al-nassar is our club’s 2015 Student of the Year for Sno-Isle Skills Tech Center.  Nuhad is currently enrolled at Mariner High School with a 3.69 GPA and participates in the half day training program in Dental Assisting at Sno-Isle Tech where she maintains a 4.0 GPA.  She plans to study dental hygiene and to attend Shoreline Community College and go on from there to Eastern Washington University.  Nuhad is a member of the National Honor Society, Key club, and the YMCA’s Minority Achievers Program.  Along with recognition as our club’s Student of the Year, Nuhad will receive a $3,000 scholarship.  It is our honor to recognize Nuhad Al-nassar and we wish her the very best in her continuing studies!
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
Since 1987, Challenge Day has reached over 1,000,000 youth in the U.S. and Canada. Challenge Day’s mission is to provide youth with workshops and programs that demonstrate the possibility of love and connection through the celebration of diversity, truth and full expression. 
 
Jackson High School hosted two Challenge Days this past school year.  The Rotary Club of Mill Creek helped fund one of the days.  On Wednesday, students from Jackson High School students, along with its Intervention Specialist and a paraeducator spoke to our club about the program.   The students were very forthcoming about what each took away from Challenge Day. Some of the comments included:
  • Listening and standing up for others
  • Being nicer to others
  • Understanding differences but also learning that they were not alone
  • Learning that other students have challenges
  • Helping them grow as a person and feel more comfortable with themselves
  • Learning that others cared
What I took away from everything I heard is that Challenge Day helped each student learn a little more about their fellow students and about themselves, it helped them grow just a little, and it helped them to be more aware that each of them can also make a difference in the lives of their fellow students by just taking some time to listen and care.  Great program, great students, and very caring educators who are trying to help their students mature in a positive way…a great meeting overall!  
 
 
The Jackson High School Challenge Day presenters (from left to right):  Lyn Lauzon – Intervention Specialist; Jean Sarcletti – Paraeducator; Amy Walsh – 11th grader; Marie Tran – 11th grader; Miranda Stowell – 12th grader; and Zach Hubbard – 9th grader.
 
 
 

 
 

Student of the Month

Student of the Month is always a special meeting where we meet and listen to incredibly talented young people from Jackson High School and Archbishop Murphy High School.  This past Wednesday was no different.  Our theme for May is Academic Excellence.  In addition to our two May students, because Spring Break did not allow Archbishop Murphy to attend last month, we recognized the April Student of the Month for Overcoming Adversity.  Read more about each of them…
 

 

 Our Jackson High School Student of the Month for May for Academic Excellence is Macy Matheson.  Macy is a 4.0 student.  Despite having a very tough academic load, according to Principal Peters, Macy is the only 4.0 student remaining in her graduating class!  Macy has taken 4 years of French and numerous advanced placement courses. Macy is interested in going into the biomedical field and will be going to college in Montreal.
Jackson High School Principal Dave Peters, Student of the Month for May - Macy Matheson, and Rotarian Geoff Owen.
 

 

The April Student of the Month for Archbishop Murphy High School for Overcoming Adversity is Teresa Straughn.  Despite the loss of her father and her own health challenges, Teresa remained committed to graduating and to helping her debating team achieve success nationally.  Teresa also spoke about how her setbacks helped her realize the true meaning and importance of service and being there for others. Teresa is going on to Willamette University in Oregon where she plans on majoring in international studies.  
 
Archbishop Murphy Department Head of Social Science and Teresa's AP Government teacher Roger Brodniak, Student of the Month for April - Teresa Straughn, and Rotarian Geoff Owen.
 

 

 
The May Student of the Month for Archbishop Murphy High School for Academic Achievement is Min Jun Park (known as MJ).  Archbishop Murphy Vice Principal Alex Crane started by sharing with us how gifted MJ is in mathematics, having accelerated through every mathematics class it has to offer and more!
 
The celebration of Student of the Month is a great recognition by the school and our club of the student's achievements.  The student often brings his or her parents and has the opportunity to share with everyone their accomplishments.  MJ brought with him his mother, grandmother and pastor.  But, instead of talking about his accomplishments, MJ chose to use the opportunity to recognize his fellow student Kristi Bartz who was tragically killed the prior Saturday.  MJ shared with us what an incredible person Kristi was and the impact she had on all students including himself.  MJ - we not only recognize you for your academic excellence but for the total unselfishness you demonstrated though your personal recognition of Kristi.  MJ is going on to Rice University in Houston where he will major in mathematics to hopefully focus in the area of statistics.
 
Archbishop Murphy Vice Principal Alex Crane, Student of the Month for May - Min Jun Park, and Rotarian Geoff Owen.
 
 
 
 
 

Codi Hamblin and Calvin Laatsch

Our speakers today were Codi Hamblin and Calvin Laatsch with the North Cascades Institute.  They spoke about the history of the institute, its many learning opportunities for children to its graduate M.Ed. Program, and the many varied programs that are open to the public. And, we thank the North Cascades Institute for contributing a gift certificate for its programs to our recent auction!
 
 

 
 

Sheriff Ty Trenary

 
Our April 29th speaker was Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary.  Ty shared with us his background, passion for being in law enforcement, and the latest happenings in the sheriff's department and county jail.  For those interested in learning more, on May 16th, from 10AM to 2PM, their will be an open house at the Snohomish County South Precint's office at 15928 Mill Creek Blvd, right here in Mill Creek.  
 
 
 
 

 
 

Thank you!

The 2015 Rotary Club of Mill Creek Dinner/Auction was held on Saturday, April 25th at the Mill Creek Country Club.  With its Roaring Twenties' theme as its backdrop, almost 190 people attended to support the club's efforts in the local community and internationally.  Thank you to all of our members for pulling together a truly memorable experience and raising funds to continue to support our service projects!  A special thanks to President-elect Becky Porter, this year's auction chairperson!   
 
 

 
 
 

Krikor Geulemerian - A Special Recognition

 
 
April 8....a very special recognition by Maria Matthews to Krikor Geulemerian in honor (maybe awe is a better word!) of his 55 years as a Rotarian!!!  Krikor - thank you for your service; thank you for your leadership; thank you for being such a great inspiration!  
 
 
 

 
 

April 8th Meeting - Jackson High School Student of the Month

 
At our April 8th meeting, Kiara Marth received recognition as our Rotary Club of Mill Creek April Student of the Month for Jackson High School.  Our theme for April is "overcoming adversity."  Kiara described the adversity she had to overcome in her school career and I took away three points that made a difference in her life:
  • You never know if you are that one teacher!  Kiara described how one teacher's personal interest in her success made a huge impact in her life.
  • Participating in Drama helped Kiara find a positive way to grow...but Drama was just one piece - surrounding herself with good people made a huge difference.
  • The AVID program...Kiara is another student to benefit from this great program in the Everett School District. 
Kiara will be going on to WWU, we wish her all the best!
 
(Photo: Jackson High School Principal Dave Peters on left, Student of the Month  Kiara Marth at center, and Rotarian Jennifer Foulke on the left).
 
 
 

 
 

A Special Tribute for a Special General and Rotarian

 
General Bill Hathaway with son Mike (on left) holding a hand-made quilt presented to Bill at the end of his Honor Flight trip.
 
Our speaker on Wednesday, March 25th, was our very own Rotarian, General Bill Hathaway. Bill talked passionately about his trip this past Fall to Washington DC, courtesy of Honor Flight.  The trip, which included World War II veterans from the Seattle area, was completely paid for by Honor Flight in recognition of Bill's service in World War II.  Bill shared many stories about the trip, the monuments they visited, and the wonderful people everywhere who paid homage to the veterans wherever they went.  Accompanying Bill on the trip was his son Mike who also drove the computer during the presentation.  We'll post video and slides from Bill's presentation on this website in the near future.
 
 
 
 

 
 

March 18th Speaker Julio Cortes with Cocoon House

 
Julio Cortes spoke with us about Cocoon House.  Since 1991, Cocoon House
has been serving Snohomish County's homeless and at-risk youth, ages 12-24. Cocoon House provides
outreach, housing and services focused on preventing teen homelessness, helping young at-risk people transition 
into adulthood, and providing services to strengthen families.  
 
Mark your calendars for Cocoon House's annual Butterfly Graduation, on April 30, noon to 1:30 p.m. at the
Edward D. Hansen Conference Center in Everett.
 The Butterfly Graduation recognizes and honors the courageous accomplishments of Cocoon House young adults.
 
 
 
 

 
 

March Student of the Month,  recognizing Leadership Ability - Henry M Jackson High School

 
Student of the Month Sabrina Schonewald (center) receiving the award from Rotarian Jennifer Foulke and Jackson High School Principal, Dave Peters.
 

 

March Student of the Month,  recognizing Leadership Ability  - Archbishop Murphy High School

 
Student of the Month Katie Kelleher (center) receiving the award from Rotarian Jennifer Foulke and Archbishop Murphy Teacher Erica Streelman.
 
 
 

 
 

March 4th Speaker

Art Thiel, sports writer, radio commentator and author entertained us with his stories and knowledge of our professional and collegiate sports teams. You can follow Art's great writings at Sportspress Northwest.  
 

 
 

Linda Whitehead 

Our February 18th speaker was Linda Whitehead with the Canadian Wheelchair Foundation. Linda talked about the recent trip to Guatemala to deliver 280 wheelchairs in Guatemala City and Antigua with members of the Rotary Club of Abottsford-Sumas (British Columbia).  The Rotary Club of Mill Creek helped to fund the purchase and shipping of these wheelchairs with monies raised at past auctions.  Linda presented a club banner from the Guatemala City Rotary Club to our club in recognition of our support.
 
 
 

 
 

February Student of the Month,  recognizing Musical Achievement - Henry M Jackson High School

 
Student of the Month Nicholas Magarelli (center) receiving the award from Rotarian Geoff Owen and Jackson High School Principal, Dave Peters.
 

 

February Student of the Month,  recognizing Musical Achievement - Archbishop Murphy High School

 
Student of the Month Hannah Volsky (center) receiving the award from Rotarian Geoff Owen and Archbishop Murphy Performing Arts Teacher Carrie Wright.
 
 
 

 
 

February 4, 2015

 
District Governor John Enger and past District Governor Ezra Teshome paid a surprise visit to our meeting on Wednesday to present Rotary Foundation recognition banners to our Past President Bridget Barrington and our Foundation Chair Terry Klett.  The banners are for our club's generous giving to the Rotary Foundation during the 2013-14 Rotary year, recognizing us as:
  • In the top 3 clubs in District 5030 in per capita annual giving;
  • A 100% Rotary Foundation "Sustaining Member" Club (100% of all members contributed at least $100);
  • An "Every Rotarian, Every Year" Club (every member contributed to the Annual Fund).
Congratulations Bridget and Terry for your great leadership and to all of our members for an incredible display of generosity for a great cause!

 
 
 

 

Terry Schuler

Our speaker this past Wednesday was Terry Schuler, the new Program Manager for the Mill Creek Senior Center. Terry talked about the wonderful programs going on for seniors in our community and thanked our club for past support that has included donations of computers and a van. Terry
closed with an invitation for all of us to the Pancake and Waffle Breakfast on Thursday, February 26th at the Brookdale Retirement Center (formerly Merrill Gardens).  For a $10 donation, you can have all the pancakes, waffles, eggs, bacon, and sausage you can eat!  And, all funds go to the Senior Center!
 
 
 

 
 

January 28th Speaker ​

 
Guy-Francis Moussavou gave a passionate presentation on overcoming adversity and always believing in yourself. Guy told the story of his life beginning with growing up in poverty in a small village in Gabon, Africa.  At the age of 20, he started dreaming of a new life in America.  And, neither the lack of money or an understanding of the English language would stand in his way.  At age 32, he "landed" in America, still with no money but with a dream to learn and succeed.  Guy went on to graduate from Washington State University where he obtained a Bachelor's of Art in Communication and a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing.  Guy is currently pursing his MBA. You can learn more about Guy by visiting his website at www.guy-francis.com.  
 

 
 
 

Susie Jarosch

Our Wednesday speaker was Susie Jarosch, the Regional International Coordinator and OSU Camp Director for the Pacific Northwest Region Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).  Susie talked about the FCA focus in local high schools and its summer camp at Oregon State University. For more information on the FCA, see http://pnwfca.org/. In addition to being a proud WSU alumnus, Susie was a former professional player in the European basketball leagues. In addition to her work with FCA, Susie is a professional sports agent, primarily focused on representing female basketball athletes.
 
 

 
 
Our January Student of the Month theme was "Scholar Athletes," students who are outstanding athletes and top scholars.  Our two Students of the Month certainly were both!  Representing Archbishop Murphy High School was Brooke Richardson and representing Henry M. Jackson High School was Callie Vanaelst.  Both students have 3.9+++ grade point averages and both are outstanding soccer players among other very positive attributes.  As always, our members were humbled by these two incredible students.
 

Archbishop Murphy High School

From left, Athletic Director Erick Steelman, Student of the Month Brooke Richardson, and New Generations Chair Geoff Owen.
From left, Athletic Director Erick Steelman, Student of the Month Brooke Richardson, and New Generations Chair Geoff Owen.
 
 

Henry M. Jackson High School

From left, New Generations Chair Geoff Owen, Student of the Month Callie Vanaelst, and Assistant Principal and Athletic Director Blythe Young.
 
 
 
 

 
 

First Speaker of 2015

 
 
With our auction planning kicking off, it was appropriate that our first speaker of 2015 on January 7th was Kevin Van Hollebeke, a professional auctioneer from Bothell.  Kevin, whose motto is "Have Tux, Will Travel," shared many important messages with us gleaned from his many years in the business:​
 
  • 75% of people who donate to a charity, only donate once
  • People are giving thoughtfully, locally, and strategically 
  • Celebrate your organization and its successes
  • Have a core message and get it out
  • Have a script and make sure everyone helps deliver the message
And last, but definitely not the least, have a good speaker system - like a Bose line array sound system! 
 
More info on Kevin can be found at his website - http://www.kevinvanhollebeke.com/.  
 
 
 
 

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