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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.  



Community Service Committee Chair Kyla Smith talks about the funds being presented to Adopt A Stream Foundation Chair Tom Murdoch.  
Rotary Club of Mill Creek held its regular meeting today at the Northwest Stream Center in McCollum Park.  A donation for $5,000 was presented to Adopt A Stream Foundation's Executive Director, Tom Murdoch, to help fund the new elevated nature trail.  Tom discussed the mission of the foundation, what each of us can do to help our stream environments, and then took the club on a guided tour of the new nature trail.
Club members listening to Tom Murdoch at the start of the elevated nature trail.


Social with a Purpose!

On Wednesday, September 16, the Rotary Clubs of Duvall, Mill Creek, Redmond and Sammamish got together for our second annual social at Matthews Winery in Woodinville.  And, with the son of Duvall Club Rotarian Patricia and Mike Chapman being deployed with his Chinook helicopter squadron to Afghanistan, the clubs used the evening to pack goodie bags for the troops of B Company, 6th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Division.  A great evening to show appreciation for our troops and enjoy the great winery and friends.


David Stambaugh


David Stambaugh (right) with his sponsor Bill Hathaway.
David Stambaugh was welcomed into our club this past Wednesday.  David is no stranger to Rotary, including having served as a club president, assistant governor, and district governor.  David is retired and enjoys fly fishing and traveling.  He is a graduate of the Unviersity of Puget Sound, served in the U.S. Navy (including multiple tours in Vietnam), worked as a VP at SAFECO and was a management counsultant.  Introduce yourself to David to find out more!

Rance Barclay

Rance Barclay was also welcomed into our club this past Wednesday.

Rance is a graduate of Cascade High School and has lived in our area for over 40 years.  Rance is a private trust deed investor - be sure and ask Rance exactly what that means!  Rance has a long list of outside hobbies, including motorcycling, boating, jet skiing, and flying small airplanes. Rance is always looking for ways to give back to the community and will be a great addition to our club!


Our Auction Dollars at Work!

Club President Becky Porter presenting a check to Julio Cortes, Public Relations Manager for Cocoon House.  Julio updated us on Cocoon House's latest efforts in serving homeless youth throughout Snohomish County and on its upcoming 10th Annual "An Evening in Silk." 
Want to support Cocoon House's work? Attend its annual dinner and auction to benefit at the Tulalip Resort on Friday, October 9, 2015.  A great way to have fun and help our at-risk youth in Snohomish County!


District Governor Visit

Our District 5030 Governor, Terry Pickering joined us today.  Terry talked about membership and being able to explain to others what Rotary is in a way that creates a positive image and potentially an interest in finding out more about Rotary.  Terry left us with cards that can be shared with others to help explain Rotary and urged us to continue to be an open and welcoming club for all.  

100% Attendance

From left, Jeff Brennan, Geoff Owen, Jerry Yorioka, Barb Athanas, Danielle Pratt, Maria Matthews and President Becky Porter.
Also at today's meeting, Club President Becky Porter presents a Rotary mug to our club's members who achieved 100% attendance in 2014-15.


Pennies for Puppies

Carole Flynn White, President of Pennies for Puppies, spoke at our Wednesday meeting about the non-profit organization which provides financial support to Snohomish County law enforcement and volunteer SAR K-9 teams for drug detection, patrol and search and rescue dogs.  
Joining Carole to discuss the importance of the K-9 dogs was Bruce Stedman, City of Arlington Director of Public Safety, and a fellow Rotarian. 

K-9 Ronin (appropriately named!) demonstrates on Snohomish County Deputy James Gibson why you don't want to mess with law enforcement dogs.


 K-9 Ronin is handled by Deputy Art Wallin shown on the far right.  Click on Snohomish County Sheriff K-9 for more stories and photos.

"K-9 Ronin"  




Check Presentation


On August 12th, Barb Athanas presented a $500 check to Michelle Munro, Board President of Summit Assistance Dogs.   Summit Assistance selects and trains dogs specifically for persons with mobility disabilities. The selection and training process can take up to two years for each dog, during which each learns to respond to 44 commands (it was noted by one of our members that his children only understood a few commands and frequently did not respond to them!).  Summit Assistance has purchased property on Whidbey Island and will be building a new facility with the hopes of raising its delivery capacity from its current 10 dogs annually to 50 dogs.  

Michelle Munro talking about the Summit Assistance Dogs program.
From left - Club President Becky Porter, Michelle Munro, Summit Assistance Dogs' client Myrna Kane, and Barb Athanas of our Community Service committee.
Hayden - a mobility service dog.


Dave Gunter

At our August 12 meeting, Dave Gunter gave a 5 minute talk about himself.  Dave grew up on the Gulf Coast and went to Mississippi State where he received a degree in design and advertising.  Today, Dave works for Apex Media.  If you were not at the meeting, you may be wondering how did Dave get from Mississippi to Washington State?  Offer to buy him coffee and find out!


Bob Bennett, Author

Our August 5th speaker was Bob Bennett.  After a career in telecommunications, Bob is devoting his time to writing, lecturing and consulting.  Bob has published six books.  His discussion focused on strategic alignment of your business, from his book, “Achieving a Sustainable Competitive Advantage.”  


Our School Board Directors

On Wednesday, July 29, two of our Everett School District Directors joined us and provided a very positive update on the state of our public school district.  Read more about them below their photos!

Director Traci Mitchell

Dr. Mitchell moved from California to Washington state to attend Pacific Lutheran University. She graduated with a BA in Psychology. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree and Master of Health Administration from the University of Washington. She has worked in healthcare for for almost 20 years and is currently the Manager, Pharmacy Services & Infection Control at EvergreenHealth Monroe in Monroe, WA.

Dr. Mitchell has been an active PTA volunteer since 2007 when her daughter entered elementary school. She joined the Everett Public Schools Foundation Board of Directors in 2009 and has helped with classroom grants, Stuff the Bus for Kids school supply drive, High School & Beyond and the Superintendent Scholar Award. She has also served on the Citizen's Levy Committee.  She is serving the the remaining two years of a former board member who's term vacated in January, 2014.


Director Caroline Mason

Ms. Mason earned a master’s degree in business administration from Seattle University and a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from the University of Washington. She owns Motion Marketing in Everett, a marketing communications company she founded in 2001. Her previous experience includes Nextel Communications and AT&T Wireless Services (formerly McCaw Cellular Communication). 

Ms. Mason has been an active volunteer in the community, serving on the City of Everett Salary Commission, Everett Public Schools Fiscal Advisory Council, Citizens Levy and Bond Committee, and Imagine Children’s Museum board of directors. Ms. Mason has two children attending Everett Public Schools. She is serving the remaining two years of a former board member’s term vacated in December 2013.



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.

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