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Service Above Self Since 1970

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Arlington Free Methodist Church
730 E. Highland Drive
(Mail: PO Box 3592)
Arlington, WA  98223
United States
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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Arlington

Who Are We?

The Rotary Club of Arlington  

is a group of business‐owners,   professionals and community leaders  

that are dedicated to making our world and our community stronger.    

We are committed to the   Ideal of “Service Above Self,”  

while enjoying fun, fellowship, and friendships. 

Home Page Stories

Mark Schrader- Circumnavigating the Americas

Mark Schraeder spoke to the club about his participation in “Around the Americas”.  Around the Americas was a 25,000 mile sailing circumnavigation of the American continents with the mission of inspiring, educating, and engaging citizens of the Americas to protect our fragile oceans.
Mark was a member of the First Team in 1982.  He has two single-handed circumnavigations of the world and was the first American to singled-handedly circumnavigate the world via the five Southern Capes in 1982-3. He has lived in Washington State for over 35 years and is an avid marine conservationist and wildlife advocate.
The race was a selfish time, a race with other people from other countries.  After spending that much time in the water they decided they wanted to do something more meaningful. They decided to sail around the Americas and bring attention to issues with the Americas.  They were concerned they wouldn’t make it through the Northwest Passage, but they did.  Ice and weather were issues, but they were successful in the 27,000 mile trip.
Throughout the course of the trip, the crew was collecting data with 13 computers aboard.  The computers stopped working by the end of the trip. The crew also had a photographer, scientists, sailors, and an ice expert.  At each stop the crew would invite the town to come hear what the crew had been doing and what they were finding. They also visited schools along the way to educate children.  The children were allowed to board the boat to see the instrumentation aboard.
The crew is working on a repeat of the expedition.  Want to give a voice to people in other countries by looking into issues they are facing. 
The total cost of the first trip was $2 million dollars. 

On February 23, Paul Harris awards were given to three of our members.  The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. All three of the members are multiple recipients.
Left to Right: Leroy Jacques PH+5, John Meno PH+3, Erik Granroth PH+2 & Kathy McCone-Director

3D Printing Business Visited

Rotarians and guests enjoyed an evening of fellowship with Rotarian Kim & Rhonda Gustafson at their business, 3D Composites.
3D Composites is a Northwest based company backed with over 30 years of experience in the Aerospace industry. With locations in Arlington and Lake Stevens, 3D Composites can help give the ability to design and produce parts faster and at a fraction of the cost.
Where Expertise Meets Technology
Unlimited design possibilities exist with 3D printing. They use the Stratasys family of 3D printing machines including the Fortus 250mc, the Fortus 400mc, and the Fortus 450mc for exceptional quality parts. Using top of the line printers and the FDM manufacturing process.
For more photos of the evening see the photo album section.

James Anderson and Kelly Snyder from UW Bothell

James Anderson and Kelly Snyder from UW Bothell spoke about the services UW Bothell provides. Founded in 1990, UW Bothell became a four year campus in 2006. 5,735 students attend UW Bothell, 90% of the students are in-state students, 1,500 are from Snohomish County and 21 are from from Arlington.  49% of the freshman at UW Bothell have parents who do not have college degrees and 34% of the undergraduate students are eligible for Federal Pell grants. UW Bothell partners with Everett CC, Edmonds CC, University Center of North Puget Sound, WSU, all of the high schools in Snohomish County, and Economic Alliance of Snohomish County.
STEM studies are a large focus for UW Bothell.  Nearly every program that is offered requires a capstone, project, internship, or research. Community engagement connected learning across disciplines is also offered at UW Bothell. Graduates from UW Bothell have the highest post-grad salaries from all public universities in the state of Washington. 
The Campus itself is an 132 acre-campus and one of three UW campuses.  The campus has an activities and recreation center, as well as, a sports field located on campus.  There is on campus student housing and they are currently designing a residence hall to house 600 students. UW Bothell has a Rotaract Club on campus and is continuing to look into the future planning growth in buildings, parking, leadership opportunities and so much more. 

Jackson Martin Awarded Disney Service Grant!

It was announced at the meeting on February 9th that Jackson Martin, son or Rotarian Breanne Martin, a five year old from Arlington has been awarded a $500.00 Disney Summer of Service grant through YSA (Youth Service America).  The grant will support Jackson in leading a community service project that addresses the issue of child safety and recreation.
Jackson has chosen to partner with the Rotary Club of Arlington for the service project and donate the grant funds to the Club for the splash park. 
A service project will be held at Haller Park on March 11, 2017 beginning at 9 a.m..  Activities will include site preparation for the splash pad.  Children ages 5-12, friends, and family are invited to participate in the service project.  Food and drink will be provided. 
Please sign up at a meeting or on Club Runner, or send an email to Breanne.


100 Years of the Snohomish County Red Cross

Chuck Morrison, the Executive Director of the Red Cross of Snohomish County spoke to our club about the support the organization provides to the County.  It is celebrating its 100th year.

Chuck Morrison--Executive Director Snohomish County Chapter

The Red Cross assisted during the Oso Slide.  The March 19th Ride to Remember is a great event for the community.  Please sign up.

In response to the Oso slide, the Red Cross provided  individual financial assistance, individual/family counseling, school counselor, community PTSD  education (partnered with WSU), new food bank, new office space for North Counties Family Services, and Preparedness investment (provided 3 day disaster kit to every family in the Darrington school district). 

In Arlington the Red Cross provided food bank assistance, community counselor, and preparedness investment (3 day disaster kits to the clients of the community counseling services).

Home Fire campaign is a campaign supported by the Red Cross.  The goal is to install 3 million smoke detectors in homes over 5 years.    Goal is to decrease death/injuries in home fires by 25%.  Over 2,000 installed in a year and a half. 

In 2016, the Red Cross assisted in the Casino Road fire, multi-family disasters, displaced residents, and flooding. 

The Red Cross serves Armed Forces families.  They facilitate emergency communication between families and the military personnel.   They have an office on the Everett Naval base.  Also, provides reconnection workshops.

The Red Cross provides life saving skills education such as first ad, CPR, and hands-only CPR.   Only 3% of people are properly trained in these skills.

The Red Cross provides 40% of the nations blood supply.  Industry is competitive and shrinking.  97 agencies in 2010, perhaps 15 by 2030.  Very low blood supply.  Please donate. 

The Red Cross provides international services to help communities around the world.  72 countries received Red Cross disaster assistance.  1.1 billion children inoculated against measles and rubella, in more than 80 countries.

Most of this work is done by volunteers.  


USS Kidd (100)

When Captain Doug Kunzman, Commodore of the Destroyer Squadron based at Naval Station Everett, spoke to us on January 5, he invited us to come to the base to tour a destroyer.  On February 5 Rotarians, family members, and members of the Interact Club we sponsor at Arlington High School toured the USS Kidd.
USS Kidd on the Left with USS Shoup in the Background
We thought we were going to tour the Shoup but we toured the USS Kidd instead.
The USS Kidd is new to homeport Everett, having been repositioned from San Diego.  USS Kidd (DDG-100) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy. She is the third Navy ship named after Rear Admiral Isaac C. Kidd, who was on board Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor, and was the first American flag officer to die in World War II. The ship is part of Destroyer Squadron 9 of Carrier Strike Group 3 which is currently headed by the Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis.
Photos from the tour are posted in the album section.  Here are a few photos taken on the tour:
After the tour the group enjoyed lunch at Skuttlebutts near the Everett Homeport. 
14 Rotarians with family members and members of the Interact Club at Arlington High School did the tour and a portion of them enjoyed fellowship and lunch.


Chief Jonathan Ventura

Jonathan Ventura
One of our newer members, Jonathan Ventura, the Chief of Police gave us his classification talk at our meeting on February 2.
Jonathan  has been with the Arlington Police Department since 2000. He attended the Law Enforcement Academy in Spokane, WA and has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Columbia College with emphasis in Criminal Justice and is currently in graduate school.
He is a military veteran and a former reservist stationed out of Naval Station Everett, where he was assigned to Security Police as a Law Enforcement Training Instructor. He also has worked for the US Department of Justice (DEA) where he was assigned to the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area /Airport Task Force at SeaTac Airport.
During his career in law enforcement he has had many assignments including Patrol Officer, School Resource Officer, Detective, Patrol Sergeant, Seattle Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Snohomish Multiple Agency Response Team (SMART) which investigates officer involved shootings.
Chief Ventura’s primary focus is to build upon and expand the community connections and partnerships such as the Arlington Crime Prevention League and the ‘All-In’ campaign. He has been instrumental in establishing tools for the department’s K9 Program and ProAct team to address squatting and illicit drug use. He has also worked closely with the Department’s volunteer coordinator to expand the volunteer program to include community patrols, pooch patrol and graffiti Wipeout.
Jonathan lives in Arlington with his wife Stacie and their children. He has a vested interest in the Arlington community and has an open door to discuss community policing issues with residents and businesses. He is looking forward to increasing the Department’s community connections beyond the Arlington Crime Prevention League and Neighborhood Watch programs.
Jonathan is drawn to service.  “Thank yous” are most rewarding. The forecast for policing is good but prospective law enforcement candidates need to come into it for the right reasons.  There is no need for a criminal justice degree.  Study computers, science, technology, etc.
Facebook and social media have impacted law enforcement profession.  Ventura learns of community issues on Facebook.
The four way test has helped Ventura in hiring officers.  They have to ensure the people they hire are capable.  high standards. 
Born in North Carolina.  Dad was a Marine, grandpa was a Marine.  Ventura went into the Navy.  Father developed a drug habit in Vietnam.  Parents divorced.  Grew up in poverty in West Virginia.  Mother remarried, step father was not a great guy.  Ventura personally dealt with homelessness.
Ventura’s grandfather was a good role model in his life.  Ventura wanted to be a firefighter like his grandfather.
He played football and music (drums).  Toured the west coast, Nirvana opened for his band.  Met the lead singer of Nirvana, Kurt Cobain.
Jonathan had a child when he was 16. He entered the Navy and hoped to be a firefighter.  Worked on the flight deck, went to firefighting and aviation firefighting school.
While in the service he was contacted by the State that they took his child away from the mother.  Navy allowed him to leave to take care of the child and he decided to take a discharge.   Got custody of his son.  Son has Aspergers syndrome but wants to be a firefighter.   His son was hired by DNR and fought fires this last summer. 

Danette Klemens was inducted into the club as our newest member on February 2. 
Membership Director Mike Britt Welcomes Danette with Bob Campbell and Dave Duskin Looking On
Danette is the new Executive Director at the Stillaguamish Senior Center.  She was proposed for membership by
Dave Duskin and Bob Campbell will be her mentor. 
Danette was born in Salt Lake City, UT.  She graduated from high school in Madison, Wisconsin and attended University of Wisconsin and Bellevue Community College and earned her associates degree.  She received her Bachelors Degree in Sociology with a minor in Gerontology from WSU. 
Her working in the field started in Florida.  She returned to Washington in 2009 and has previously worked fpr Senior Services of Snohomish County and the Northshore Senior Center in King County. 
She is married to Patrick Looney and cares for her father who has vascular dementia.  They live in Marysville. She enjoys traveling and gardening. 
Welcome Danette to the Rotary Club of Arlington!


Interact Club of Arlington Induction Ceremony

It is official!  On November 9, 2016, new Interact Club was chartered by Rotary International for Arlington High School sponsored by the Rotary Club of Arlington.
On February 1 an induction ceremony was conducted at the Byrnes Performing Arts Center.  21 new members were inducted by President Erik and Youth Services Director Lyanne.  Lyanne's daughter, Aubrey Davidson, is the president of the new club.
Director Lyanne with Presidents Aubrey and Erik
Introducton of New President Aubrey
Presentation of Membership Certificates
Club Advisor Chad Duskin with President Aubrey and Rotarian Father Dale
Above Lyanne Serves Cake and Below New Interactors Enjoy Post Induction Refreshments
More Photos in Photo Albums

Aleph Fackenthall
Aleph Fackenthall spoke to the club about his trip to Panama supported in part by grants from our club and other clubs. 
Aleph is part of the Healing Fund which provides hope, help, and healing, primarily in Panama.  They first began helping by installing catchment systems and now moved on to wells. 
Installing Hand Dug Wells
Most recently they installed a 15,000 gallon water bladder at a remote location in Panama.  A 20x20x4 foot hole was dug for the bladder.  The town of 700 people will now have continuous access to water now.
Because of the remote location access to medical treatment is difficult.  While Aleph was there they had a construction crew come in and build a two story medical clinic.  By the time they left the clinic was up and running.
Rotarians, friends, families can join the Healing Fund on a trip.  You pay your own way and contribute to the water project.  The trips are also funded by grants from Rotary and other organizations. 
The next trip will take place March 29 through April 11th.  On average 15 people make the trip and the cost per person is $2,500 on average.
For more on the Healing Fund, CLICK HERE
Jennifer and Erik Following Classification Talk
1960 Jennifer’s parents met and they were married in 1963, settling in Seattle.  Jennifer is the 3rd of 4 kids.  Her mom worked at Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland and her dad worked for the county school district.  Her father worked with Dick Post on passing a levy.
Jennifer’s older sister Laura has down syndrome and they spent many weekends at the Special Olympics.  She also spent her days playing.  As a child, her family took a trip to Southern California in a Vega with 6 people.  They took many family trips over the years that brought many memories.  Jennifer was a Campfire Girl and was a dedicated Blue Bird throughout elementary school. 
Jennifer contributes her sales skills to selling candy with Camp Fire.  Jennifer’s first job was cleaning up trash on the side of the road.  She had jobs from watch repair to managing Little Creasers. She also worked for a doctor in Kirkland for a while.
Jennifer has a 26 year old son from a previous marriage.  Hs name is Nick and lives in Corvallis. Jennifer was a single mom for five year and she worked at Albertson’s.  Jenifer met her husband Jeff at Albertson’s when he came to fix a problem at the store when he was working at GTE.  May 17, 1998 Jennifer and Jeff were married. They lived in Marysville for a while and then moved to Arlington.  Later they had Aaron who is now 16 and is a student at Weston High School.
Jennifer left Albertson’s to work for the American Cancer Society and helped to put together the Relay for Life events.  Jennifer’s niche was putting together rookie relays. February 2016, Jennifer became the executive Director of the Arlington Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce.
Jennifer loves to make people laugh and she loves to have fun.  She will dress up, say hello to strangers and just wants to make people smile. 


Stedmans' Seahawks Fireside/Birthday

It's become an annual event for Bruce and Susan to host an annual football viewing party at their home south of Lake Stevens.  This year the event happened to land on the date of the Seahawks vs. Falcons divisional playoff game and on Bruce's birthday.  Unfortunately we celebrated a birthday but not a Seahawk win.
                                                      Happy Birthday Bruce!
                                        Lots of Great Food!
                                             Lots of Fellowship
See more photos go to photo album.

Paul Ellis
Mar 02, 2017
Duck Dash Sponsorship Kickoff
Jade Roberts
Mar 09, 2017
Connecting ASD student with community partners
Lance Morehouse
Mar 23, 2017
Sherwood - Lake Stevens
Mayor Barbara Tolbert
Mar 30, 2017
America's Best Cities
Marc Hayes
Apr 06, 2017
Arlington Economic Development update
Lyanne Rolf
Apr 13, 2017
Classification talk
Arlington Interactor's
May 11, 2017
New Interactor club introduction
Paul Ellis
May 25, 2017
Duck Dash Ticket Sales Kickoff
February 2017
Upcoming Events
Since 1989, the Rotary Club of Arlington has hosted the annual Great Stilly Duck Dash on the Fourth of July to raise funds to support local organizations such as the Food Bank, Boys & Girls Club, Stillaguamish Senior Center, Kids Kloset, Cocoon House,  as well as, parks, playgrounds, and people helping people around the world.