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

Duck Dash Kickoff--Shirts, Mascots and Start of Ticket Sales 

Our club kicked off phase two of our one fundraiser for the year, the Great Stilly Duck Dash!  Phase one was our sponsorship drive that ended a bit short but Ticket Masters Dale and Carla aim to make up the short fall!

Paul modeled the 2017 Duck Dash shirt, or rather, tank top and showed off other apparel items he is sure will catch on. 

He then revealed to real 2017 Duck Dash shirt.

The club needs volunteers for assistance on the 4th of July.  Paul will send out an email with a request.


Sell, sell, sell!  Those are the words of our 2 ticket masters, Carla and Dale, who are looking on as Dave goes over gambling rules.

Ryan Berg has offered his credit card processing service for anyone that wants to pay by credit card. 

We will be reporting sales weekly on the tally sheets. 

Account for every ticket.  $5 per ticket or $20 for a discount book.  No exceptions.  Turn in all tickets in one book together.  Do not take tickets apart.  Write your name on the back of tickets. 

You can purchase tickets for friends and family members.  If you purchase a ticket for yourself it might be wise to put a friend or family member’s name on the ticket to avoid embarrassment.  You can sell to minors. 

Extra tickets available at the pharmacy or from Dale and Carla at our weekly meetings..  You can only turn money in at the weekly meetings until July 3 and 4 when there will be a turn in station at Haller Park in the Public Works Building. 

If you send someone in to pick up tickets they will have to verify they are selling for you, not for them. 

On the discount tickets, you do not have to put their name on each ticket, just the first ticket. 

All tickets must be turned in by 6pm on the 4th.  All tickets will be put in a barrel, 1,500 to 2,000 will be drawn and attached to ducks that will race the river. 

Sign up to visit other clubs.  The sign ups for the grocery stores will come out later. 

A kickoff would not be complete without the crowning of our ducks of 2017, chosen by past duck mascots who belong to the prestigious Order of the Duck.

As in the past, Ron Love did the honors with a little teasing in advance of the announcement of the female and make ducks.

No One is Exempt--Even if Not a New Member

And the female Duck for 2017 is:

Carla Rankin Gastineau

And the Male Duck is:

Jim Kelly
In the weekly bulletin you will find a list of paired ducks, information on gambling regulations, tally form and personal log to keep track of your tickets.  Remember, you must account for all tickets that have been distributed to you with either returned money or the unsold tickets.


Community Benefits from Duck Dash Sales

The Great Stilly Duck Dash started as a new fundraiser for our club back in 1989 in response to our club's pledge of $10,000 towards the construction costs of building a new Boys and Girls Club.  When the call went out for the need to enlarge the club we responded with a pledge of $50,000.  We are able to meet that pledge and commit funds to many other projects because of the growth of the fund raiser.
On Saturday, May 20, we were able to celebrate the opening of the enlarged club with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
A Thank You Plaque for the Rotary Club of Arlington!
Kids Cutting the Ribbon With Dignitaries Behind Them
A New Gym and a Half Has Been Added--Volleyball Game the Day of the Ribbon Cutting
New Teen Center with State of the Art Audio, Video and Graffiti Board
A Room for Kids to Study with New Computers
One of the other recent contributions from Duck Dash proceeds was $4000 to Youth Dynamics to help kids go to camp.  Many members also attended the Youth Dynamics dinner auction, also on May 20.  Rotarian Jessica Ronhaar, Director of the Arlington Unit recruited Rotarian Devin Brossard, a local Chiropractor, to serve as this year's auctioneer.
Devin Working his Magic in Front of the Sponsorship Banner
in addition to the Boys and Girls Club and Youth Dynamics, Duck Dash funds have been used for Fourth of July Fireworks, and support of a number of youth programs:  Exchange student program, Interact Club, Camp Fire Camp Scholarships, Cocoon House, Kids Kloset, Rotary Youth Leadership  and the Neobots (high school robotics).  Other beneficiaries include Village Community Services, the Healing Fund, Pennies for Puppies (police canine), Arlington Community Food Bank, and Rotary Foundation.
We have a continued commitment for the splash pads at Haller Park.  The construction is waiting for word from the State on matching funds from its capital budget. 


Visit to Arlington Airport Area Businesses

Rotarians and their guests combined a social event with vocational education on May 20.  The afternoon started with a social at Skookum Brewery, followed by a tour of Pioneer Nuggets.
Fitz Couhig, CEO of Pioneer Productions and Processing, LLC, Outside of Skookum Brewery
Perfect Afternoon for Sunshine and Beer  
There are separate photo albums for the social at Skookum and for the tour of Pioneer Nuggets.  Below are a few of the photos taken during the tour of the cannabis production and processing center located in the industrial park which was the former Bayliner boat production plant.
 Fitz Preparing the Group on What it Will See
 Mother Plants with Seedlings in the Nursery
Plants Starting Their Road to Harvestable Stage
 Mature Plants
Fitz Explains the Processing of the End Product
Product Ready for Distribution to Retail Stores


Burned Children Recovery Foundation

                Foundation Founder and Board President Michael Mathis
Michael Mathis with The Burned Children Recovery Foundation out of Everett spoke to our club about the Foundation.  The Foundation's mission is to provide counseling and financial aid to the families of burn victims while offering two recovery programs to the children and their family.  Since 1989 the Foundation has helped over 125,000. 

Michael was burned in 1967.  After he first saw himself after the burn he thought he looked like a monster and wondered who would love him.  He went back to school and thought he couldn’t deal with it.  He still suffers with negative reactions.  God gave him a purpose to bring knowledge to children.  99% of the reactions are not meant to be offensive but just the public trying to process.  Educating the public will help them better understand their reactions.

 The Foundation provides funds for food, lodging, hobbies, etc. for the families of the survivors.  The Foundation runs “Camp Phoenix” for children who have experienced burns.  Many of the counselors are also survivors themselves.  The power of camp is to show the kids they are not alone and are accepted unconditionally. 

The Foundation also runs the “Phoenix House” and burn support services.  The Foundation wants the children to have something they are passionate about so they get outside and live a full life. 

Our club has previously helped the Foundation by helping Jim and Kim Minifie host the camp at their home on Big Lake for a day.  

Upper photo, former member Patrick Swesey operated his ski boat for tubers in the middle photo.  Bottom photo, Al Erickson had his fishing boat going non stop for campers to experience catching a fish.  This was always a rewarding hands on project for our club but it only seemed to occur on the wettest and coldest summer day. 

On August 13th at 10am Michael invited us to please come to Camp Phoenix to interact with and support these children.  The camp is located in Bellingham at Camp Lutherwood.  The cost for one child for a week is $1500.


Board Adopts New Policies

With changes to the standard club constitution and bylaws authorized by Rotary International, our Board of Directors at its meeting on May 10 adopted a new Policy Setting Dues and a Member-at-Large Policy.  Both policies, as well as the revised bylaws, are available for viewing and downloading on the website and for club members in the weekly bulletin.
The new dues policy makes it clear that payment for meals is considered part of the club dues.  In addition dues are at a set dollar amount instead of a calculation based on the number of meals.  Dues are less for members who qualify under the rule of 85, and those members granted the status of member-at-large, who have been granted a leave of absence, or who, for medical reasons, is unable to eat meals.
The dues adopted by the board for the new Rotary year beginning July 1 are found at the bottom of the new policy and are published in the club weekly bulletin.
An active member for at least 1 year who runs into circumstances that prevents regular attendance at noon meetings can now apply to the Board to become a member-at-large.  The application form approved by the Board is also available for viewing and downloading on the website and in the weekly club bulletin.  A member still has the right to apply to the Board for a leave of absence.  That form is also available for downloading and viewing on the website and in the weekly club bulletin.
Regular attendance as required by the our amended club bylaws is 50% of meetings including makeup meetings e.g. meeting at another Rotary Club 30 days before or after the missed meeting, or participation club activities that include, but are not limited, to service projects, socials, and committee meetings. 
Qualifying under the Rule of 85 only requires a member to notify the secretary, confirming that the member has been in Rotary for at least 20 years and the combination of the member's age and years in Rotary equals 85 or more. 


AHS Interact Club

AHS Interact Students
The Arlington Rotary Interact Club spoke to our club about their club that was started last year at Arlington High School. They spoke to how being a part of the interact club has affected their lives and prepared them for leadership in the school and in their future, as well.  Interact’s main goal is to help their community and the world.  They strive to make positive change in the world and promote international understanding.
The interact club is a leadership club and has international and community focuses.  They assist with community service projects and fundraising.  They also have a lot of fun in Interact and make close relationships with other students in the club. 
This year they helped with the Holiday parade and stuffing and delivering food baskets.  Delivering the baskets motivated them to make a difference. There 26 students in the club.  They meet every Wednesday morning before school.
This year two students went to YALE camp in Canada.  The camp taught the students the motive behind being a leader and giving back to others.  The students made connections with Canadian exchange students and other teens that were very different from themselves. This experience helped to open their eyes to see the difference in other people and they learned about new ways of leadership.
The club also had the opportunity to attend District Conference. They had a great time connecting with students from other clubs as well as Rotarians that they found to be kind and giving.  They made connections and were inspired by the speakers. They sold candles at the conference as a fundraiser for their club.
This year the club helped out at the Point in time count.  Because of their experience and the people they met, they decided to collect money for baby supplies for the Arlington Community Resource Center. They ended up raising $1,100.  They plan to raise funds for the eradication of Polio as their next fundraising effort. 

"Make It Happen"

Our club was well represented at the District 5050 Conference in Seattle both by our club members and by our very active Interact Club.  It is the first time that District 5050 has ventured outside of the geographic area of our district to host a conference.
The conference kicked off Friday afternoon with a parade of just a portion of the flags from nations where Rotary clubs are located.  Flag bearers included members of our Interact Club.  Our Interact Club is the first to attend a District 5050 conference. 
The morning before the conference officially opened, Rotarians and Interactors took a bus to tour the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  Self directed interactive exhibits. 
District Governor Scott Dudley and President Erik With Our Interactors at the Foundation
Friday Lunch with Interactors at the Red Robin on the Pier.
A surprise at Friday afternoon session was an invite for our Interact Club members to tell Rotarians about Interact and why they joined.
AHS Interactors with MC Pat Grant
The conference featured many great speakers, including the R.I. President's representative, Greg Yank.  Greg will be installed as an R.I. Director with a term starting July 1.  Greg reminded us all that being invited to become a Rotarian is a gift. He and other speakers, Tony Sharma from Slough, England, and Apoorva Mallya, Senior program Officer on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Polio Team, updated us on our fight to end polio.  Only 5 cases thus far in 2017 only in isolated areas of Afganistan and Pakistan, where fighting and political unrest makes vaccinating all the children very difficult and dangerous.
George Lewis, "The Water Man", with the Florence, Oregon Club, showed us his energy for international water projects with ideas on how to raise funds.  He will help any club with a project.  Some of the other topics covered by speakers included organ donation (Donor Anil Sivivatsa from India who has a goal of recruiting 1 million donors), educating women in Africa (Maness Samuel from Malawi, Africa), heart surgeries for children from 3rd world countries (Dr., Nischal Pendey of a small village in India who was able to complete his medical training thanks to a Rotary Scholarship), and personal experiences being deployed for Shelter Box (Dave Nichols of West Seattle Rotary).
Host Cindy with Maness Samuel from Malawi Africa--Cindy Picked Her Up at Sea-Tac and Introduced Her
Motivational speakers included HK Derryberry and Jim Bradford.  HK was born blind and premature as a result of an accident that that killed his mother.  With cerebral palsy and countless other medical problems, he was abandoned by his father at age 5.  His life was totally improved when a Rotarian, Jim Bradford, fortuitously stopped at a restaurant where HK's grandmother, who was raising him, worked and took HK there to spend hours while she worked.  It was learned that HK is among a handful of persons with the gift of a Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory.  He has almost total recall of every minute of his life starting at age 3 1/2.  HK has been featured on the NBC Nightly News and other shows.  In 2016 Jim Bradford released a book "The Awakening of HK Derryberry; My Unlikely Friendship With the Boy That Remembers Everything", a best seller on Amazon with profits funding a trust fund for HK.
The last morning we heard the inspirational story from Richard Peters, a retired Navy Seal, who was working as a contractor in Libya when he was imprisoned for being a suspected spy by Muammar Gaddafi.  He told us of the hardships he faced and how his faith carried him through with miracle after miracle including his escape just 9 days before his scheduled execution.  His story is told in his book "Man-of-War."
Here is a photo of our contingent at the conference including the members of our AHS Interact Club (for other photos see the album and our Face Book Page):
Something different for next year's conference.  It's going to be a 4 day cruise on the Holland America Eurodam.  When District Governor Elect Lindagene Coyle was diagnosed with cancer she vowed to take a cruise each year for the rest of her life.  Even though she is in remission she has kept her promise and next year's conference is proof of that.  It will be May 8-12, departing Seattle with stops in Victoria and Vancouver B.C. before returning to Seattle.
As an Assistant Governor to Lindagene, Dave and Kay have already reserved their cabin! 
Think about booking this trip.  It is all inclusive (alcohol not included) price which makes the cruise very comparable to staying at a hotel for the conference.  To book, call Valerie Tibbetts at (360) 299-9390. 


New Deck for BSA Camp Fire Mountain

Our club normally does two service projects a year at our local Scout Council's Fire Mountain Camp east of Big Lake in Skagit County.
Plans are in the works for a major addition to the camp's dining hall, but it could be 5 years out.  In the mean time, the deck was deteriorating and becoming a hazard and needed to be replaced with something to last at least 5 years.
On April 29 Rotarians and some family members started the deck replacement project.  Matt Rolf, Lyanne's  Rolf's husband, and Lyanne's father in law did the planning and supervised the job. 
Scouts Moved the Pile of Lumber for Us from the Front to the Back of the Dining Hall
                                                      Preparing for Posts and Joists
                                           Matt and Erik Setting One of the Beams
                                                          On Goes the Decking
                                       Of Course There Was a Lunch Break
Our club is not the only area Rotary Club doing a project at Camp.  The Rotary Club of Maryville has taken on the project of financing and build staff cabins.  Marysville Rotarians were working on Saturday as well.
                                                Marysville's Staff Cabin Project
Previous camp projects for out club have included building camp shelters in three of the campsites, building a swim and swing platform at the swim beach, and various smaller projects.
The deck project was not completed on Saturday and will require a return of a work project to finish the job.
There are more photos of the project in the album section of this website.

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Service Above Self Since 1970

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