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Academic Excellence

Colton Lee flanked by Rotarian and Principal Dave Peters (left) and our Youth Services Chair, Danielle Pratt (right).
Colton Lee is our May Student of the Month for Academic Excellence.  Colton is a senior at Jackson High School and is involved in multiple activities including the Model United Nations and Mill Creek Youth Advisory Board.  Colton maintains a perfect 4.0 grade point average, even while attending five Advanced Placement classes! Colton will be attending the University of California (UCLA) with plans to major in psychobiology, with an eventual goal of becoming a surgeon.


Madeline Maher is our May Student of the Month for Academic Excellence for Archbishop Murphy High School.  Madeline maintains a perfect 4.0 grade point average.  She has played varsity basketball for four years, volunteers at Blessed Sacrament Church feeding homeless, and is member of the National Honor Society, Teen Feed, and a Link Leader.   Madeline will be attending the University of Washington and majoring in business.

Congratulations to both incredible students!



Cold Weather Shelter

Yesterday, members of the Leadership Snohomish County Program presented an overview of the cold weather shelter program in Edmonds Washington.
Group photo at yesterday's club meeting - (from left to right) Sabrina Popa with Everett Transit, Jill Hamilton with Providence Medical Group, Corbitt Loch with the City of Lynnwood, Mark and Sue Waldin with We All Belong and founders of the cold weather shelter in Edmonds, and our club's own Bridget Barrington with First Financial Northwest Bank.



Frank Simons

Frank Simons was inducted yesterday as our club's newest member. Frank and his wife Juli are the owners of Senior Care Consultants.   Frank is a former Navy submariner, has held lay and pastoral roles in churches, and was a corporate trainer for almost 20 years.  Frank is no stranger to "service" and will be a great edition to our club. 


Maddy Metzger-Utt

Maddy joined us yesterday to present an overview of the Community Foundation of Snohomish County.  Maddy is the President and CEO of the organization which seeks to be a catalyst of change for Snohomish County by promoting charitable giving, providing impactful grants throughout the county, and offering training and workshops to help nonprofits improve their effectiveness.


Auction Wrap-up!

Auction Chair Mike Mallahan - all smiles and thanking everyone for their assistance for a very successful dinner and auction!
Club Treasurer Tom Fraioli reporting out on the auction results.


SAVE THE DATE - mark your calendars for April 23, 2016 for our annual dinner auction at the Mill Creek Country Club!!!

Auction invitation, RSVP, donation, and sponsorship forms are available in the Download Files section to the left of this page.


At last Wednesday's meeting, we recognized  two outstanding students.  The theme for April was Student Athlete.


Brenna O'Kelley
Representing Archbishop Murphy High School as its Student of the Month was Brenna O'Kelley.  And yes, Brenna is Shannon and Tyra O'Kelley's daughter!  Brenna is a senior, captain of the Lacrosse team, vice-president of ASB, and is taking numerous AP/honors classes in which she is maintaining a 4.0 grade point average.  Brenna plans to go on to Clemson University in South Carolina and major in biological life sciences with a goal of going into Global Health. 


Casey Wilson
Representing Jackson High School as its Student of the Month was Casey Wilson.  Casey is a senior who performed gymnastics most of her life and is now in volleyball and track and field (where she excels at the pole vault).  Casey is co-president of the National Honor Society.  She maintains a 4.0 grade point average and is taking many AP/honors classes.  Casey plans to go to Gonzaga with an ultimate goal of going into pediatric medicine.


Welcome Aboard!

Tom Rogers, Club President Becky Porter and Ashley Wigren.
Our club welcomed our newest members at our Wednesday, April 6 meeting.  Tom Rogers is Director of Community and Economic Development for the City of Mill Creek.  And, Ashley Wigren is with John L. Scott Real Estate.
Welcome to the family of Rotary!


Cheryl Scheffer

Our April 6th speaker was Chery Scheffer to talk about Hope Creek Charitable Foundation. Cheryl is the care pastor at Gold Creek Community Church, working as the liaison with Hope Creek Charitable Foundation.  Cheryl was a teacher for 30 years in the Snohomish School District.  She moved into a pastoral role at the church, and now she leads and organizers the volunteers in all areas of compassion.



Dr. Russ Van Gelder

On Thursday evening, the Mill Creek Lions and our club hosted a dinner followed by a presentation by Dr. Russ Van Gelder of the University of Washington Medicine Eye Institute.  Dr. Van Gelder talked about the progress that has made to date to address many of the leading causes of blindness, the significant research underway at the Eye Institute, and the importance of the residency program to train new ophthalmologists.  A great question and answer session followed!  


Polio Plus

Joe Hall with Mike Montgomery.

Our District 5030 Foundation Chair, Mike Montgomery, was our speaker.  Mike gave a presentation on the Rotary International Foundation and the importance of our continuing support.  At last year's auction, Joe Hall ran the game room which raised funds for Rotary International's Polio Plus program.  Because of this, Joe had the honor of presenting a check for $1,280 for Polio Plus to Mike at the meeting.  Way to go Joe!



Peter Zupke of Archbishop Murphy High School on the left and Kevin Yoon of Jackson High School.

Our Students of the Month were chosen for their "Leadership Excellence."  Although from different high schools, Peter and Kevin shared one distinguishing thing in common....both are strong participants in their school's Associated Student Body (ASB) organization.  Peter is the president of Archbishop Murphy's ASB and Kevin is now Secretary of Jackson High School's ASB. It was a pleasure listening to both students talk about their personal views of what a leader is, leadership style, and the importance of leading by example. 


Vote Yes for our students and schools!

Everett School District Board members Caroline Mason and Ted Wenta discussed the importance of the upcoming replacement capital levy and capital bond with our club members today. 
The levy and bond are designed to focus on four primary areas: 1) increase safety and security in our schools; 2) take care of basic maintenance; 3) relieve overcrowding; and, 4) provide educational technology for all students to prepare them for the modern economy. Be on the lookout for ballots and be sure and return them by April 26th!


Bill Taylor

Our speaker today was Bill Taylor, a Rotarian from the Edmonds Daybreakers Club.  Bill and his wife Pat lead the SE Asia Foundation.  It's focus is on supporting orphanages and child care facilities to help children, especially girls, break the cycle of poverty through education.   Bill shared with us his passion and great photos on work in several schools in Thailand, Cambodia, and Myanmar.


Join us Thursday, February 25th, and help the Rotary Club of Mill Creek celebrate its 30th year!!!



Musical Excellence

The Archbishop Murphy High School Rotary Student of the Month for Musical Excellence, Lindsey Collison-Ris. 
Lindsey plays several instruments.  And as a special treat for all of our members, Lindsey played a beautiful song of her own.  Lindsey is planning to continue on to college next year and is especially interested in opportunities to use music in therapy.  Congratulations Lindsey on being chosen for this month's recognition for Musical Excellence. 


Jackson High School Student of the Month - Musical Excellence

Jackson High School selected two outstanding students for our February Student of the Month in Musical Excellence.
Alex Banning is a band leader of three jazz combos and the leader for two brass ensembles (both of which are heading to state competition).  He is the lead trumpet player in the school’s top jazz band, the principal trumpet player in the Honors Wind Ensemble which will be performing at Carnegie Hall in May, and was selected as one of twenty students in the state to the Washington All-State Jazz Band.  Alex recently auditioned for selection into the Michigan State University Jazz Studies program where he hopes to further develop his music passion, proficiency and talent.
Nicole Moffat has demonstrated musical excellence in percussion ensemble and honors wind ensemble for the past four years at Jackson.  She has qualified to compete at state with her percussion ensemble, and she will be performing at Carnegie Hall in May with the school’s Honors Wind Ensemble.  Nicole has been accepted into several colleges and she plans to major in International Studies and continue her love of music participating in various music ensembles.


Eldon Grant

Our Wednesday speaker was Eldon Grant.  Eldon is a trainer, speaker, and author of "Solve Every Problem in Your Life, Secret Ancient Principles Guaranteed to Grant YOU Wisdom."  Eldon led a discussion on "needs and wants" in our lives and the most critical issues each of us would try to solve.  On a personal note, Eldon spoke of his older brother's struggles with polio and his determination to overcome the physical limitations. As Rotarians, we can take pride in having helped eliminate polio in most of the world, a true example of what can be done when you focus on eliminating a problem!


Will Ibershof

Our speaker on Wednesday was Will Ibershof.  Will is the Mayor of Duvall, is Public Sector Manager for Waste Management, and is a member of the Rotary Club of Duvall.  Will’s presentation was a very informational discussion about recycling.  Not only is it good for the environment but more use of recycling by all helps to directly reduce the costs we pay for garbage services!  And, it’s okay to dump shredded paper in your compost bin!


Music as a tool to strengthen our communities.

Vasheti Quiros, Development Director, and Roger Pawley, President and CEO, presented an overview of the Snohomish County Music Project to our club on Wednesday.  They described the groups origins as the Everett Symphony and its transformation into an education, advocacy, and artistic center.  The "Music as Medicine" program was especially interesting.  Vasheti and Roger talked about the use of music as a therapetic tool for those with Alzheimer's, Dementia and other age-related disorders.  The Music Project has many other programs underway throughout Snohomish County.  See for information on all their programs.


Vocational Excellence

From left to right - Cole Smith, Jesus Flores, and Brett Bean.
In keeping with the ideal of fostering high ethical standards in business and recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, Rotary has designated January as Vocational Service month.   And, our club has designated our Student of the Month theme for January as “Vocational Excellence.”  We recognized three outstanding students chosen by their schools yesterday in recognition of this theme. 
From Archbishop Murphy, Brett Bean, is our January Student of the Month.  Brett is heavily involved in the school’s DECA and music programs.  Brett’s desire is to attend school in California and study business with an emphasis on marketing. Brett has applied to several schools and has already received a Presidential scholarship to attend Chapman University.
From Jackson High School, Cole Smith, is our January Student of the Month.  Cole discovered early on that sitting behind a desk was not in his desired path in life; instead, he prefers a “hands-on” profession.  Cole attends Sno-Isle Skills Center studying diesel technology and plans to go to Everett Community College with the goal of working as a machinist at Boeing.  Cole plays soccer, is a wrestler, and an avid pianist too!
Sno Isle Skills Center nominated Jesus Flores as its January Student of the Month for Vocational Excellence.  Jesus is a student at Kamiak High School and attends Sno Isle’s dental program.  Jesus especially enjoys the opportunity that dental work provides to work with people directly.  Jesus plans to go to Edmonds Community College and then on to Eastern Washington University’s Dental Hygiene program.  Jesus is active in student government (ASB), soccer, and wrestling. 
Congratulations to all of these outstanding students!


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At our Wednesday, December 9th meeting, we recognized 4 students as Student of the Month.  Due to scheduling conflicts, students for both November and December attended; two from Archbishop Murphy High School and two from Jackson High School.  Our November Student of the Month category was Overcoming Adversity and the December category was Fine Arts.  Our club provides the category to the school and each school chooses the student.  For "Overcoming Adversity," the school looks for a student to be recognized who has had significant challenges in their life but still demonstrates outstanding achievement.  For "Fine Arts," a student is chosen based on demonstrated ability in the creation of beauty in painting, sculpture, music, etc.  Keep reading, I am sure you will agree with me that our November and December Students of the Month are truly outstanding!

Student of the Month

Archbishop Murphy High School November Student of the Month Addison Schmidt shown with school counselor Jane Brown.

Addison has been involved with volleyball, basketball and softball throughout high school, and is a member of the National Honor Society.   She has maintained Honor Roll status for her entire high school career.  And, Addison has maintained all of this despite fighting cancer which was  diagnosed in her junior year.  Addison plans to major in Clinical Child Psychology. 

Jackson November High School Student of the Month Arda Yousefi shown with Principal Dave Peters on the left and Geoff Owen on the right.

You would never know that Arda was in special education for a reading disability as a freshman and sophomore.  Arda worked hard to overcome his obstacles and has maintained a solid grade point average since his junior year.  Arda challenges himself with rigorous coursework including University of Washington English.  Arda plans to study mechanical engineering at UW. 


Archbishop Murphy High School December Student of the Month Daniel Johnson shown with school counselor Jane Brown on the left and Geoff Owen on the right.

Daniel has been involved in Spring Musicals and Fall Plays throughout high school.  He is a National Honor Society member and is involved with Track and Field, the Kayak Club, and numerous student organizations.  Daniel has maintained Honor Roll status all four years of high school.  Daniel plans to major in Drama in college. 


Jackson High School December Student of the Month Chan ha Kim.

Chan ha learned to draw and animate digitally at Jackson.  In her junior year, Chan ha started taking paid commissions and creating artistic projects for her portfolio.  She has won numerous art awards including a national silver medal in the Scholastic Art & Writing contest.   Chan ha plans to go to art school and work as an animator in film or the video game industry.




Pam Olson

Pam Olson with her sponsor, Barb Athanas.
Pam Olson was welcomed into our club this Wednesday as our newest member!
But, Pam is no stranger to our Rotary club.  Pam works for the City of Mill Creek in the Parks and Recreations division.  Over the years, we've worked with Pam on many successful projects involving the city.  Pam, welcome aboard!




Our speaker yesterday was Sonja Moore with Seattle-based Sightlife.  We thought Sonja had brought along 3D glasses for us to see her presentation.  Instead, these glasses helped us see what it's like to have corneal staring into a thick fog.  Corneal blindness affects millions around the world and yet, it is a treatable condition.  In the U.S. corneal blindness is readily addressed thorough a corneal transplant.  Unfortunately, a lack of surgeons and transplant tissue keeps millions from seeing.  Sightlife's mission is to help address this by providing training and helping develop transplant tissue facilities where they are needed.  Sonja shared stories of those afflicted and those who have received a corneal transplant and the incredible life-changing impact it had on them.


Dinner at the Creek!

Mill Creek Rotarians help deliver Thanksgiving early at North Creek Presbyterian Church's Dinner at the Creek!
Last Thursday, November 19, club members, along with family and guests worked in the kitchen to prepare and serve meals at Dinner at the Creek.  This monthly dinner is open to anyone from the community. In addition to the wonderful food and camaraderie, club members brought along gloves, jackets and other clothes to hand out to anyone needing warm clothes.  A special thanks to the Mill Creek Country Club who prepared the turkey!


Dr. Kathleen Davis

Our speaker today was Dr. Kathleen Davis, also a Rotarian.  Kathleen presented an overview of a recently completed project in El Molino, Guatemala.  This project was led by the Rotary Club of Vashon Island and our club helped with funding.  Working with a humanitarian organization, People for Guatemala, this Rotary global grant project has brought water and compost latrines to a remote village of 500 in the mountainous region northwest of Antigua, Guatemala.   Kathleen is currently fundraising for a similar project in Guatemala and our club will be supporting her efforts!


Nicole Ottness

The Rotary Club of Mill Creek welcomed its newest member today, Nicole Ottness.  Nicole works for BECU.  In her spare time, Nicole enjoys golf, crafts, volunteering and hiking.     Welcome aboard!



In a ceremony last Friday, Barb Athanas was recognized by Rotary First Harvest as a Mike Shanahan Service Award recipient. This award recognizes individuals whose volunteer efforts  have made a significant impact on hunger relief in our communities. Barb's work on starting up the Mill Creek Food Bank certainly qualifies her for this outstanding award!
Barb, holding her Rotary First Havest "apple" award, is pictured with our Club President Becky Porter, and David Bobanick who is currently a District Assistant Governor and is the Executive Director of Rotary First Harvest.
Congratulations Barb!


Dave Somers

Our speaker yesterday was Snohomish County Council Chairperson from District 5, Dave Somers. Dave focused his discussion on three current hot topics in the county: the courthouse, growth, and commercial use of Paine Field.  Following his update, Dave entertained many good questions. The Rotary Club of Mill Creek does not endorse any elected official or candidate, but we do invite and welcome them to provide updates on current issues and topics.


Building Women Leaders from the Waterline up!

Our program speaker yesterday was Laura Wilbur, President of Frog Prints e!.  
Laura talked about how Frog Prints e! was born from hearing the simple phrase "I don't do math" too many times from young girls.  Frog Prints e! programs are designed to encourage and build within young women both leadership capabilities and a lifelong love of science, technology, engineering, math, and sailing.  Frog Prints e! programs are focused at middle school age girls and use sailing to provide hands-on learning opportunities. For more information, click here to go to Frog Prints e! website.  


Community Outreach

Club member and Jackson High School Principal, Dave Peters, and Youth Services Committee Chair, Danielle Pratt, flank our Jackson High School Student of the Month, Tyler Bennett.
Tyler is a senior at Jackson High School.   Tyler is an avid member of the Paine Field Civil Air Patrol (CAP) and shared his passion with us for the community service work he does with CAP. Tyler's experience with CAP has driven his desire to pursue a career in aviation, either commercial flying or in air traffic control.  Tyler will go on to study at the Central Washington University's aviation program.


Congratulations Barbara Athanas!

Barb Athanas was named a Mike Shanahan Service Award recipient and will be recognized by Rotary First Harvest in a ceremony on October 30 at noon at the Seattle Yacht Club.  Barb is pictured above with our very own District 5030 Assistant Governor, Bill McElroy.  Bill nominated Barb for this award. This award recognizes individuals whose volunteer efforts  have made a significant impact on hunger relief in our communities.  Well deserved Barb!


A packed meeting today to listen to descriptions of two projects that our International Committee is involved with in Guatemala.


Healing the Children

Dr. Mike Mallahan talks about the locations of the audiology projects that Healing the Children is involved with in Guatemala with our club's support. 


This August, Mike Mallahan took a group of five audiology students from the University of Washington to Guatemala to participate in audiology clinics.  Here, second year graduate audiology student Annie Duchen describes their trip and the positive impact it had on each of the students.

Emma Le Du, Co-founder and Executive Director of TINFA spoke about its
efforts to bring technology to grade school classrooms in Guatemala. 
Joining her was César Puac, who is the in-country project manager in
Guatemala. And, this was César's first time to the United States too!  
The University Sunrise Rotary Club is leading a district grant project to bring
projectors, computers and training to two schools in the Quetzaltenango 
region of Guatemala. Our club is contributing $1,000 to the project and
through the wonder of Rotary District 5030 matching grants, our $1,000
will turn into $2,500 towards the twenty thousand dollar project! 


Theresa Hausmann

Yesterday, our final September speaker was Theresa Hausmann, Career Center Specialist at Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center. Theresa's job is to spread the word about Sno-Isle to junior high and high school students, and to the community.
Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center is a public school that offers technical training for high school students throughout Snohomish and Island County.  Currently Sno-Isle Tech offers courses in areas such as trade, information technology, science and health, human services, business and career planning.  Over 900 high school students are enrolled and each spends a half day at Sno-Isle and the other half at their home school.  
The Rotary Club of Mill Creek is proud to present one of our three annual high school scholarships to a Sno-Isle student continuing with their studies at a college or technical institution.  

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