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Intense summer program gives Israeli and Palestinian teens new perspectives
Students from Israel and Palestine sat together at a local art studio in Encinitas, California, USA, one day last summer, drawing portraits of one another and learning how to live in peace. Kelly Mellos, an organizer of the project from the Rotary Club of Encinitas Coastal, says that drawing someone who is sitting so close helps break down social barriers between the young people. "They see how many similarities there are between them," she says. "And they begin to understand we are all just people. There is a respect and trust that builds." The students were participating in a program run by...
Rotary releases $34.8 million for polio immunization activities worldwide
Rotary International released an additional $34.8 million in grants to support polio immunization activities in 10 countries, including Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan, the three countries where the disease has never been stopped. The funds, whose release was announced 20 January, will be used by the World Health Organization and UNICEF for polio immunization and surveillance activities in the 10 countries, as well as to provide technical assistance in several other countries in Africa. The grants include $8.1 million for Nigeria to support its final push to eradicate the disease. Nigeria...
President-elect urges Rotary members to ‘Be a Gift to the World’
Using their talents, expertise, and leadership, Rotary members worldwide are asked to be gifts to the world this upcoming 2015-16 Rotary year. Rotary International President-elect K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran called Sunday's address to incoming district governors the "most significant moment of my life." "All of you have been given so many gifts. And you have now been given this great gift: one year to take all your talents, all your gifts, everything that you are and can become -- and Be a Gift to the World," said Ravindran, revealing his presidential theme at the annual five-day training meeting...
Man in iron lung discovers Rotary
One might think a man living with polio in an iron lung would know about Rotary. But it wasn't until Paul Alexander had a business meeting with a member in Duncanville, Texas, earlier this year that he learned Rotary fights to eradicate the very disease that left him almost completely paralyzed. "I was completely blown away by the idea. For all these years, I didn't know the work they were doing," says Alexander, a practicing attorney in Dallas. "It's such a perfect fit for me." Alexander contracted polio during a major U.S. outbreak of the disease in the late 1950s when he was six years old...
Alumni recognized for expanding mental health services and supporting Rotary’s work
Dr. Geetha Jayaram has dedicated her life to helping people in her native India and the United States overcome the torment of severe depression, bipolar disorder, panic attacks, and other mental illnesses. Jayaram is a psychiatrist and associate professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. Her work expanding access to mental health services is much needed. Depression affects at least 350 million people and is the leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. "In India, there is no mental...

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Mill Creek, WA  98012
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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 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 -  
The Mill Creek Rotary club celebrated the Students of the Month at our December 10th meeting. The December students Dong Gyo (Ben) Lee from Jackson High School and Ceili Kacmarcik  from Archbishop Murphy High School. Ben and Ceili's fine arts talents are featured this month along with their outstanding academic accomplishments, community service and school activities. Ceili is active in Irish Dance winning a competition in California and is headed for a national competition in Providence RI. She is also in the Archbishop Murphy school musical, drama class and honours choir. She is interested in pursuing studies in Zoology and Sports Medicine. Ben is an accomplished musician studying piano since age 6 and playing the sax in the jazz band and teaches others. Ben shared that he moved to America at age 10 and his music provided a refuge from anger issues and being new in school. Ben made a Rotary Peace presentation on Cyber Bullying last year and is active in Interact and the Mill Creek Food Bank. His career goal is to be a trauma surgeon.     
  Pictured Hilary Doherty, Ben Lee            Hilary, Ceili Kacmarcik  
    and Amanda Irtz Summers                       and Mark Crane
  Assistant Principal Jackson HS        Assist.Principal Archbishop Murphy HS             


Guatemala Auditory Project

Ann Andrest and Dr. Michael Mallahan
Ann Anderst the Executive Director of the Oregon and Western Washington Chapter of Healing the Children talked to the Mill Creek Rotary Club at the October 22, lunch meeting. Ann provided a history of the Healing the Children organization and her background. The Audiology Medical Team headed to Guatemala in November.
Over $20,000 was raised at the 2014 Mill Creek Rotary Auction last spring to support the Healing the Children Auditory project. The funds were used to purchase hearing aids and new surgical equipment,
The team was in Guatemala two weeks with the week one team of 27 included 2 surgeons, 2 audiologists, 2 anaesthetists, 1 pedeatrician, 6 surgical nurses, 6 team support , 3 Guatemalan audio techs, and 4 translators They saw 390 children. 60 received surgery, 81 were fit for new hearing aids, 40 were follow ups on prior care.
The second week in San Benito there were 17 volunteers seeing 152 children  resulting in 31 surgeries, 41 hearing aids and 20 follow ups with previous patients.

The Rotary Club of Mill Creek honors the Students of the Month for October 2014. Students are selected with consideration of their academic accomplishments, school activities and community service. The October students are particularly recognized for their community outreach. The Henry M Jackson October student of the month is Camilla Mejia who works with disadvantaged students through a program at the Everett YMCA in addition to her activities and studies at school. The Archbishop Murphy High School October student is Ben Adams. He is a scholar athlete and leader. Ben's community outreach is to work with disabled children. He is traveling to Guatemala in November with a Healing the Children audiology team to exam children with hearing disabilities and then fit them with hearing aids.
Pictures left to right are Tyler McLaughlin Archbishop Murphy Dean of Students,
Ben Adams, Camilla Mejia and Henry M Jackson Principal David Peters


The Rotary Club of Mill Creek members and friends repackaged food for the local food banks at Food Lifeline in Shoreline Saturday September 27th.
Rotarians Tom Fraioli and new member Ron Harden pictured below were joined by Tom's grandson Oscar and Ron's son Evert at Food Lifeline. They helped repackage 19,495 pounds of donated food to be distributed to the local food banks to feed the hungry. This is part of the Rotary First Harvest program of Rotary District 5030.


   The Rotary Club of Mill Creek inducted three new members October 16th. Rotary District 5030 District Governor John Enger joined the ceremony  with club Membership Chair Jeff Pratt presiding. Pictured below from left to right.
Jeff Pratt, Dave Mincks, Dave Gunter, Ron Harden and District Governor John Enger

Area 5 - Four Club Social
The four Rotary Clubs that make up Area 5 within our District (Duvall, Mill Creek, Redmond and Sammamish) decided to get together and have a social.
It was a chance to meet each other, network and to celebrate the various projects what they have accomplished. Rotarians, spouses and friends were invited.  In addition potential members were invited, which proved to be very effective.
The idea was generated at PETS (Presidents Elect Training Seminar) last year.  The incoming presidents agreed that it would be a great idea to get together.
Three clubs showed movies or slide shows highlighting there activities.  Duvall brought their display from last year’s District Conference that was use in the Fellowship Hall.
It was a great time for all.

Ann Boyce, Sustainable Business Coordinator with ECOSS (Environmental Coalition of South Seattle) discussed the importance of keeping pollutants out of our stormwater systems and what our members could do as business owners and individuals to help in the process. 
Ann holding spill clean-up kits.



ImageCenter for Wooden Boats director Betsy Davis


President Jeff Brennan presents Paul Harris Fellow recognition pins to Bill Hathaway a Paul Harris Fellow plus seven and Krikor Geulemerian a Paul Harris plus eight. Paul Harris Fellow recognition is awarded for cumulative donations of $1,000 and awards for each additional $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation.  Donations to the Rotary Foundation fund Rotary International projects and matching grants to the Rotary Districts around the world and the local clubs for their community and international projects.




The Rotary Club of Mill Creek welcomed three new members July 30th. Joining the club are Les Metrovich, Mortgage Lender with North Pacific Mortgage, Meridith Lambert, Banquet and Event Manager with the Mill Creek Country Club and Danielle Pratt, attorney with Newton Knight, LLP




It was fun and laughter during the last meeting as everyone had a chance to say thanks to President Bridget and of course advising incoming President Jeff Brennan.




The Interact Club of Archbishop Murphy High School received a $1,000 check from Rotary for their help in this years auction.  The money will be used to support the Mill Creek Food Bank.




Students of the Year


(Left to Right)

Courtney Jurek - Sno-Isle Tech Scholorship

Blake Podnar - Maria and Steve Mattews (JHS) Scholorship

Samantha Nixon - Diane Schimpf Memorial (AMHS) Scholorship







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