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Mill Creek, WA  98012
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Krikor Geulemerian - A Special Recognition

August 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  


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 Matthews (JHS) Scholorship

Samantha Nixon - Diane Schimpf Memorial (AMHS) Scholorship







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