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Mill Creek, WA  98012
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Madison Elementary School

Madison Elementary School Principal Kimberly Gilmore and student, Ava Moton, joined us yesterday to talk about the fifth grade class trip to YMCA Camp Orkila this past Spring.

Principal Gilmore talked about the positive impact that students receive from going to camp.  Ava, who is going into the sixth grade in just a few weeks, enthusiastically talked about all of the positive memories and experiences from camp.  The range of activities the students were involved with included rope and wall climbing, seawater touch tanks, capturing plankton from the dock and examining them under microscope, beach combing, team-building and campfire activities.


Dr. Ken Lyon

Dr. Ken Lyon and his side-kick, Byron Stander, joined us today to share the serious message of anti-bullying.  Dr. Lyon speaks in many venues against bullying and uses his "dummy" Byron Stander as an effective tool to reach young students. 


The Hathaway's


Cameron Hathaway (shown on the right in this photo), Procurement Analyst, with Boeing Commercial Airplanes Program joined us at our August 3rd meeting to talk about  the military's KC-46 tanker (a modified 767 freighter).  Joining us at the meeting were (from left to right) his father, Mike, grandfather and Mill Creek Rotarian, Bill, and mother, Patti Hathaway.   


Traci Mitchell

Our club's newest member, Traci Mitchell, was inducted on Wednesday, August 3. 

Traci works for Novartis Pharmaceuticals Company.  Traci is the proud mother of a Jackson High School freshman, and she serves as a director of the Everett Public Schools Foundation and is on the Everett Public Schools Board of Directors.  Traci holds a BA degree in Psychology from Pacific Lutheran University and a Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Health Administration from UW.  Welcome aboard!


Community Service Committee

Step It Up Camp executive director, Maurice Leary, receiving a club check for two thousand dollars from Kyla Smith of our community service committee. Step It Up Camp is focused on providing fun and interactive activity programs to underserved children that help improve their overall physical fitness and health!

Our two Rotary exchange students talked to our club today about their upcoming year study abroad. 
Annalise Kirk is a junior at Glacier Peak High School and will be going to Gueret, France for a year of studies.
Kaylee Wolfington is a junior at Snohomish High School and is off to Talca, Chile for a year of studies.
We wish them well and look forward to hearing from them in the future!


Raise the Paddle!

At our meeting today, Club president Mike Mallahan presents a check of $25,005.00 to Cassie Franklin, CEO of Cocoon House. The funds, raised at our auction this year, will help Cocoon House address at-risk and homeless youth throughout Snohomish County. Congrats!


2016 Scholarship Award Recipients

Nicole Manuel is this year's Rotary Club of Mill Creek Student of the Year from Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy High School and recipient of the Diane Schimpf Memorial Scholarship.

Nicole graduated with the highest honors and is a member of the National Honor Society.  Nicole played and lettered in three varsity sports, participated in several different club activities, and volunteered with the Boy's and Girl's Club, Seattle Children's Radiothon, Special Olympics and more.  Nicole will be attending Western Oregon University and plans to major in Education and  minor in Special Education.  And, did we mention that she was recruited by Western Oregon's Softball team too!  Congrats Nicole! 


Casey Valentine Wilson is this year's Rotary Club of Mill Creek Student of the Year from Henry M. Jackson High School and recipient of the Maria and Steve Matthews Scholarship.
Casey graduated with a perfect 4.0 academic score!  Casey played varsity volleyball and track and field. She was a member of the high school's Congress, Link Crew, Research and Engineering Club, and held leadership roles in the school's National Honor Society.  Casey volunteered at Providence Children's Center and the Seattle Children's Research Institute.  She will be attending Gonzaga University.  Congrats Casey!


Aleia Coleman is this year's Rotary Club of Mill Creek Student of the Year from Sno-Isle Technical Skills Center and recipient of our club's annual scholarship.
Aleia graduated from the school's Veterinary Assistance program.   Aleia has been a volunteer at the Everett Animal Shelter for over five years and, for the past year, has been a Mukilteo School District employee working in the Night Ward Care.  Aleia will continue as a vocational volunteer at Sno-Isle this summer and will attend Everett Community College to complete her prerequisites for becoming a licensed Veterinary Technician.  Congrats Aleia! 


Solange Aguilar

At our first meeting of the new Rotary year, Solange Aguilar (shown with Geoff Owen and Terry Klett) was presented with a Paul Harris Fellow recognition by our club.   
Solange Aguilar was awarded this recogniton for her work in El Salvador with our club, for her efforts to help start a Rotaract Club at Cascadia College, and for her continued demonstration of "Service above Self." Congratulations Solange!!!
What a way to start off our 2016-17 Rotary year!


2016-17 Rotary Year Begins!

At yesterday's meeting, incoming president Mike Mallahan presents a recognition plaque to Becky Porter for her outstanding service as club president for 2015-16!
Mike's presidency officially begins on July 1!  Welcome Mike and thank you Becky! 


Rebecca Schumer

Our speaker today was Rebecca Schumer, a teacher with
 "Listen and Talk" - a nonprofit educational program that has been delivering life-changing results for children who are deaf or hard of hearing, and their families for 20 years. Listen and Talk's mission is to teach children with hearing loss to communicate and learn through listening and spoken language.


Fire Chiefs Silva and Meek

Fire Chief Jamie Silva and Fire Chief Gary Meek joined us today.   Fire Chief Silva heads the Fire District 3 which currently provides fire and emergency medical services around the Monroe area.  Fire Chief Meek heads Fire District 7 which provides service in South Snohomish County and to the City of Mill Creek.  The fire chiefs discussed the level of fire and emergency responses performed each year and talked about the merger of the two districts. And, prior to leaving, both reminded everyone...change the batteries on your home fire detectors!


Louise Penberthy

Louise Penberthy of Human Interop met with us today and talked about "Removing Personal Barriers to Resolution," for non-profits and small businesses.  Louise focused her presentation on the three most common personal barriers to problem resolution and what happens if you don't remove the barriers.  


Dawson Place Advocacy Center

Matt McLaughlin was our Wednesday speaker.  Matt talked about Dawson Place Child Advocacy Center.  Dawson Place is a National Children's Alliance (NCA) accredited Child Advocacy Center of Washington State serving Snohomish County. The Dawson Place Child Advocacy Center is dedicated to helping child victims of sexual and physical assault.  


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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