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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
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Rotary Splash Pad Project-Opened May 23! 


Home Page Stories

It all started in 1929!

Bells returned!

As a follow-up to the earlier story outlining the history of the 90 year old bell donated originally by the Everett Rotary Club to a club in Marysville (see previous story click HERE), it is back with the Marysville Club and our bell, named "Bella" by the Marysville President, Rick McCarthy, is back to our club sporting a face and hair.
President Simona and "Bella"
The siege of the bells ended at the Marysville Club's meeting on Wednesday.  We were told by its president that there would be a pallet of cereal for the Arlington Foodbank there as the ransom for return of the antique bell.  Of course, since Marysville had our bell, we felt it appropriate to provide a pallet of cereal for the Marysville Food Bank for the "Great Bell Exchange".
Cereal on Display at Marysville Meeting
The hostage negotiating team included our President Simona and club members Carla (Arlington Food Bank Director) and Mel (with Arlington Grocery Outlet), and Ron Love.  Joining Mel and driving the delivery trailer, her husband Mike.  Arlington Rotarian Ron Love  claims to have been involved in at least 6 of the previous hostage episodes involving the antique bell.
Top-Carla with President Rick                                                                                Top, Simona joins Carla and Rick to get back Bella
Bottom, at the table, Simona with her back toward front, Mel, Mike,             Bottom Left to Right: Mike, Mel, Carla, Rick and Simona
& Ron
It was a fun time at the Rotary Club of Marysville's meeting.  Area J A.G., Dave Duskin, who joined the Arlington Club in 1974 when it was known as the Marysville-North County Rotary Club, shared the history of the 1929 bell with the Marysville Rotarians.  This time the two local foodbanks have over 1,000 boxes of cereal to help out needy families in Arlington and Marysville!


Water Projects Update

Joan Gives Report

Joan Tilton
Joan has taken the leadership role in our international water projects.  She and her husband, Russ, traveled to Haiti last fall to see if we could find a project and a partner.  She reported that our water project in Bungoma Kenya has had a great impact.  To see more about that project, click HERE for a link.  There was going to be a 2nd project at Ndengelwa Kenya, but it ran into issues with leadership  Since other clubs had pledged support, Joan looked for another project and turned to Haiti, in particular Leogane' which was almost at the epicenter of the earthquake that has left Haiti devastated.  
The ideal partner would be the Rotary Club of Leogane', but its been reluctant to make a commitment.  Chris, who helped us with the Kenya project, accompanied Joan and Russ.  They visited the Port-Au-Prince Rotary Club to explore it as a potential partner, but it is about a 2 hour drive up into the mountains to Leogane', so it was not willing to partner.  There is still hope that the Rotary Club of Leogane' will step up.
Joan has connected with Chantal who purchased property and operates a school for about 110 students, known as the Bethel School.  The property was donated to the community and is a possible location for the water project that would benefit the school and the community.  There is an area on the property at the top of a very steep hill that would need to be cleared.  It is in the Aquine Valley, near Leogane'.  The small school has very few resources and is constructed of card board and other used material.
Joan and Russ stayed with a contactor that has done other water projects.  Like most of residences, it was walled.  Poverty is rampant and theft is a major issue.  They visited Haiti Tec with Chris who has helped with a program there.  It is very difficult to get accepted and it has a good solar program.  They also connected with a Rotarian from Atlanta, Georgia, Larry Newman, who has been helping in Haiti for 22 years.  He has offered to help mentor with local Rotary clubs.
Joan & Russ with Club Officers
Joan is still hopeful that the Leogane' Rotary Club will come around. Brad and Chris will be visiting again in August. "We need boots on the ground" she says.  Other options to help with international projects include an orphanage renovation in Haiti where we might be able to just use a district grant rather than a global grant.  We could also partner with the IPA with its projects in Honduras or Hands for Peace Making in Guatemala.  The 3 things needed for a Haitian project, according to Joan, 1) patience, 2) patience, & 3) patience.
Joan brought back some very good wine from Haiti and she auctioned it off to help with projects.  It sold for $250!
Thanks Joan for the update!


Duck Dash Winners & Sponsors Recognized

And Some More Paul Harris Awards

With New President Simona in Colombia, our first meeting of the new Rotary year was chaired by our President Elect and Duck Dash 2019 Chair, Bryce.  Probably appropriate since our meeting was dedicated to thanking our Duck Dash sponsors and recognizing a couple of our winners.  But before recognizing winners, some Paul Harris Awards were made.  The award is a recognition of at least $1,000 being contributed to the Rotary Foundation in the person's name or application of accumulated points from previous gifts.
Three Paul Harris Awards were given, all related to the Great Stilly Duck Dash.  Funds we raised have been used to build the playground and splash pad at Haller Park.  Rotarians Bryce Duskin and Linda Byrnes were each recognized for their project leadership.  In addition, Terry Marsh, a non-Rotarian, was recognized for making our our wood duck plaques--113 to date.

Paul Harris Awards

Since Linda, upper left, already has her Paul Harris plus 8 (meaning $9,000 has been donated in her name), with this contribution she becomes a major donor and no long receives a new pin.  Bryce, on the right, is recognized with his Paul Harris plus 3.  Foundation Director, Kathy McCone presented the awards to Linda and Bryce.  Cindy Huleatt announced the Paul Harris Award for Terry and Kathy presented the pin in the lower left. In the lower right you can see an example of the wood ducks Terry has made in his shop.


All of our 2019 winners are from or are connected to Arlington. First prize winner, Michael Leon, is out of town and will be at our July 25 meeting.
One of our members, Jennifer Rancourt, is the Judge at Cascade Division of Snohomish County District Court.  Because of her position, she is prohibited from selling Duck Dash tickets to the public.  She therefore purchased tickets herself in the name of charities.  One of the charities, and the winner of the 2nd prize of $5,000 was the Arlington Community Food Bank.  Mike Simpson, Board President, and Carla Gastineau, Director of the Food Bank were present to accept the second place check.  Thank you Jennifer! 
Jodi Erickson, of Arlington, had the 3rd fastest duck.  She has been purchasing tickets for many years from Cindy Huleatt.  It finally paid off.  She is employed at Arlington Hardware and is seen below as accepting the certificate for Arlington Hardware.  Jodi's husband Greg just retired as athletic director for the Marysville School District.  The timing is right Jodi to use these funds for some traveling!
Group Photo of the 2nd and 3rd place winners.
Our sponsorship chair, Jola, gave some statistics and facts.  We initiated the sponsorship program 15  years ago to help us defray the $30,000 to $40,000 in Duck Dash expenses.  Since then we have raised over $600,000 in sponsorships helping us raise funds for the two Haller Park projects.  In 2018 we raised over $105,000 from our generous sponsors allowing us to give $55,000 in scholarships this year to graduating seniors.  We have made a commitment to dedicate half of funds raised from sponsors for scholarships. 
The only continuous sponsor for 15 years is Bailey, Duskin & Peiffle.  Eagle Family Dental and Nelson Petroleum have donated for 14 years.  There are several 12 and 13 year donors.  Dwayne Lane's Chevrolet stepped up 7 years ago to be our platinum sponsor, donating $10,000 for each of those years. 
Not all of the Duck Dash sponsors could be present, but here are photos of those that were represented receiving plaques and/or certificates:


Dwayne Lane's Chev.-Platinum
Eagle Family Dental-Gold
McCarthy Construction-Gold
Skagit Regional Health-Silver
Arlington Electric-Silver
Arlington Health & Rehab-Silver
Arlington Pharmacy-Silver
Cascade Kropz-Silver
Edward Jones-Silver
Grocery Outlet-Silver
R.L. Chippendale Accounting-Bronze
Bailey, Duskin & Peiffle-Bronze
Roy Robinson Chev.-Bronze
Alliance Partition Systems-Bronze
Arlington Hardware-Bronze
Banner Bank-Bronze
Blue Bird Cafe-Bronze
Joe Klein Farmers Insurance-Bronze
One community sponsor was represented at the luncheon-Terra Vista NW Consulting.  For a complete list of all sponsors, click HERE.
Although we also paid tribute to the Rotarian who sold the most tickets, we have a celebration to recognize member accomplishments on August 18.  Watch for a later story.


Lee Reports that Miss Vicky Made it to Paris!

Hi All

Arrived Paris under our own power!  Pretty fancy Celebration underway.  Miss Vicky and the Camano Car Guys that fashioned the preparation get the credit.  Only 21 cars of some 120 starters arrived under their own power, never having to be towed or placed on a flatbed truck!  Choosing to change the water pump last evening was the correct choice since a gridlocked Paris would have been disastrous to our arrival.  Many cars overheated and got pushed to the finish line. 
Thanks, again , to all for the support. 

Lee and Bill, Paris
Lee is scheduled to be back on Wednesday, July 10.  He should have quite a story.



Holding the 3 Fastest Ducks for 2019!
First Prize-$10,000: Michael Leon--Sold by Dale Duskin
Second Prize-$5,000:  Arlington Community Food Bank
(Donated and Sold by Jennifer Rancourt)
Third Prize-$2,500:  Jodi Erickson--Sold by Cindy Huleatt

Rotary Projects are the Real Winners

As our only fundraiser, the Great Stilly Duck Dash allows us to benefit many projects and causes in our community.  An earlier story told of some of our projects.  To see that article, click HERE.
The gross amount of funds raised this year is $213,520.  This includes both a record in sponsorships, $127,500, and in ticket sales, $86,020.  For the first time we exceeded 20,000 tickets sold.    One of our ducks, Jola Barnett, sold the most tickets at $10,345.

Leadership 2019-20

It's a new Rotary year and we have new leaders from bottom to top.  Get to know our leadership.

Rotary International

Rotary International President Mark Malony
Mark Daniel Maloney is a principal in the law firm of Blackburn, Maloney, and Schuppert LLC, with a focus on taxation, estate planning, and agricultural law. He represents large farming operations in the Southeastern and Midwestern United States, and has chaired the American Bar Association’s Committee on Agriculture in the section of taxation. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Alabama State Bar Association, and the Alabama Law Institute.
RI President Mark Maloney's theme for 2019-20, "Rotary Connects the World", asks Rotarians to strengthen the many ways that Rotary Connects the World, building the connections that allow talented, thoughtful, and generous people to unite and take meaningful action through Rotary service.
District 5050

District 505 Governor Brad Whittaker and Wife Kim Isaac
Brad Whittaker and his wife, Kim Isaac, live with their dog Rosie and three rescued cats in Chilliwack. He has two sets of stepsons who live in B.C. and Mexico.
He recently retired after 16 years as Director of Research Services and Industry Liaison at the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford.  This is the longest he has held a position as he has had a variety of jobs: a high school teacher, college lab instructor, liquor store clerk, house builder, director of a provincial environ- mental health project, consultant to Health Canada, coordinator for the Fraser Basin Council, manager of a college campus, and partner in a public relations and communications firm.
Brad will be formally installed on July 21 at the Quality Inn in

Rotary Club of Arlington

Simona and Family
Simona DeVries is the 52nd President of the Rotary Club of Arlington.  Above she is shown with her husband Russ and sons Noah and Andrew. She has been a member our club since July 2013.  She is a commercial loan officer at Heritage Bank, Smokey Point Branch.  Simona is from Whittier, California and studied at Phoenix University.


Two Crawls for 2019!

What do you do when one of our ducks has a conflict with the date for the annual Duck Dash Crawl?  You schedule two!  That's right, Rotarians hit the watering holes in downtown Arlington both on June 21 and 28.
  • The Start of Many for Our Ducks!
Both Crawls started at Rocket Alley and progressed (or regressed might be the better term) from there.  Even if not a lot of tickets were sold, at least the town knows it's Duck Season!
The second night featured the Marysville Bell and it was just ahead (and sometimes behind) Marysville's President, Rick McCarthy, as he joined us both nights on the Crawl.  Arlington bell, christened "Bella" by Rick, has also been seen at various locations.  
Bill at Aaron Crawford Concert with Bell and NOAH's Mascot

Crawl Photos


Rotary New Year

Officers and Directors Installed

On the evening of June 20, about 48 Rotarians, family and friends, participated in the annual ritual of installing our new officers and directors.  Although the new Rotary year doesn't start until July 1, 2019, our club, because of the Duck Dash, has regularly held an early event.
In addition to the installation, there were other recognitions, mainly the awarding of Paul Harris Fellows.  We were honored with having our District Governor, Linda Murray, doing the installation and assisting our Foundation Director in presenting Paul Harris Awards.
President Paul presided over the evening event. 
President Paul
After the flag salute, and invocation, one of our scholarship recipients was introduced.  She is Shelby Allison, Darrington High School, attending Everett Community College in Cosmetology.
One of the highlight's of Paul's year as President was the giving of $55,000 in scholarships to graduates of Arlington, Weston and Darrington High Schools.
Dave Duskin Introduces Shelby With President Paul Looking On.
President Paul reviewed the other accomplishments of the last year. The highlight of this year was, of course, the opening of the Spash Pad at Haller Park.  We've been working on the project since 2014, and our club and its partners raised over $1.8 million to complete the project.  Many of our other projects are highlighted in the separate story of how we spend the charitable dollars we raise and the many hours spent on projects.  In addition we "have had fun" with a social event almost every month.
Paul had all the current board members who were present come forward to be recognized with a gift.  He added Paul Abramowicz to the group to recognize his weekly contribution to the club with set-up and handling the audio-visual part of our meetings.
Left to Right:  Paul Abramowicz--set-up, Jessica Ronhar--Public Relations, Jim Kelley--Service Projects--Carla Gastineau--Club Administration, Jenie Jones--Assoc. Club Administration' Simona Devries--President Elect, Jennifer Hollocker--Secretary, Kathy McCone--Foundation, & President Paul.  Not in the photo: Bryce Duskin--Vice President, Pam Beaton & Cindy Huleatt--Treasurers, Duane Rhodes--Membership, Mel Simpson--Assoc. Membership, Jody Nelson--Community Funding, Alan Erickson--Assoc. Community Funding, Lyanne Rolf--Youth Services, Sue Weiss--Assoc. Youth Services, Ryan Berg--Assoc. Foundation, Adrian Abed--Assoc. Service Projects, Breanne Martin--Assoc. Public Relations, & Jola Barnett--Past President.
Following recognition of the board members, Kathy McCone, Director of Foundation, with the assistance of District Governor Linda, presented Paul Harris Awards to those recipients who were present. The Paul Harris Award was established in recognition of Rotary's founder, to honor those who have donated or had donated $1,000 in his/her name to the Rotary Foundation.  As always, the Paul Harris that is most cherished goes to those who are being recognized for the first time with the award.
Tony Warner is Given His First Paul Harris Pin by D.G. Linda

More Paul Harris Awards

From Left to Right starting at the top: A.J. Chippendale +3, Dave Duskin + 6, Joan Tilton +7, Paul Ellis +1 and Carla Gastineau +5. The number represents the number of times $1,000 has been donated.  More recognitions to follow at our regular meetings

District Governor Linda took advantage of the evening to present Dave Duskin with a gift (It's a handmade Rotary Clock) to thank him for his service the past two years as an Assistant Governor in Area J.  Area J, in addition to the Arlington club, consists of the two clubs in Marysville, and the clubs in Lake Stevens and Stanwood/Camano.  He has one more year left in his term as an Assistant Governor.
The installation of the new officers and directors started out by with D.G. Linda giving an oath to our 2019-20 President, Simona DeVries.
Simona Accepting the Oath of Office
The installation of the remaining officers and directors was done by merely presenting each with a pin signifying his/her position with the assistance of D.G. Linda.
New Board Members starting at the top left and going left to right:  Devin Brossard--Vice President, Tony Warner--Membership, Kathy McCone--Foundation, Jennifer Hollocker--Secretary,  Jim Kelly--Service Projects, A.J. Chippendale--Public Relations, Jola Barnett--Club Administration, and finally, Paul Ellis--Past President
New Board Members who are not pictured include Bryce Duskin--President Elect, Cindy Huleatt--Treasurer, Lyanne Rolf--Youth Services, & Alan Erickson--Community Funding.
Our Bylaws provide that the new president, with the approval of the Board, will elect Associate Directors at its first Board meeting.  A special thank-you to member of this year's Board of Directors who have or will be retiring:  Pam Beaton--Treasurer, Carla Gastineau--Club Adminitration, Duane Rhodes--Membership, Jody Nelson--Community Funding & Jessica Ronhaar--Public Relations.
Our new President, Simona, gave us a little bit of her vision for the coming year, our 50th year as a club.  Stay tuned, it should be a fun year (you can see it in the twinkle of her eyes)!
Simona DeVires --President Rotary Club of Arlington, 2019-20
The evening was closed, in recognition of the start of our 50th year as a club, by ringing the original bell of what started out as the Rotary Club of Marysville-North County.  The bell was given to the Marysville Club when our club sponsored a new Marysville club in 1985.  The bell was lent to us for the evening courtesy of Marysville Club's President Elect, Rick McCarthy.
Rick McCarthy & Simona DeVries--Marysville & Arlington's Presidents 2019-20


Joe Klein-Insurance-Farmers

Joe Klein
Because the A.H.S. Honor Society took on placing lanyards on the our duck calls, we were able to hear a classification talk at this week's meeting from one of our newest members, Joe Klein.
Joe grew up in the area, having attended Lake Stevens High School.  He currently lives in Marysville with his girl friend, Heather Coleman, and his teenage son, Jakob.  Thanks to Heather and her 4 cats, they have 6 pets.  Joe and Jakob's mother divorced 10 years ago. Jakob lives full time with Joe, and he's a drift car racer (Chief Ventura was cautioned to look out for him when he gets his license).
Hobbies are mostly outdoor things-skiing, hiking, boating, fishing and scuba diving.  His most recent hobby has been shooting trap-often with Jakob.
Lots of family since his  father was one of nine children.  His grandmother is currently 94. Joe's father was in the National Guard for 26 years which meant the family could stay in North Snohomish County almost all of his life.  
Joe has one sister who is 2 years older.  She has been an inspiration since she lost over 100 lbs of weight to find that she had breast cancer.  She is a breast cancer survivor.
Joe started out in the insurance business in 1993 and became a partner in an agency.  Because of changes in the agency, Joe left the agency in 2011 to try selling real estate.  He didn't like it and very soon that same year went to work for an independent insurance agency as a floater and eventually became a district manager.
Last year Joe stumbled upon of an ad that had not been taken down when Erik Granroth took his agency off the market to find someone different to list his Smokey Point Farmers Insurance Agency.  Joe connected with Erik before the business was re-listed and they struck a deal.  
Once the sale of the agency occurred so Erik could concentrate on his new venture, of course, he brought Joe to Rotary as a guest.  Joe joined our club on January 31, 2019.
Joe expressed that he has always wanted to find a way to become more connected with the community.  He has found that in Rotary. It's a group of like minded individuals and he has enjoyed the projects and the fellowship.
Thanks, Joe, for joining our club and sharing a bit about yourself!


Lee Takes Miss Vicky From Peking to Paris



Lee Harman and Bill Ward are under way !

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Satellite Tracking Page ( Miss Vicky is Car 5 )  Click Here
One of our members, Lee Harman, is currently in the Peking to Paris Road Rally and here is a bit about the journey, that may have to come to a halt about halfway to Paris because of a breakdown. 
While in Bejing (Peking), Lee Had to Have a Photo with a Peking Duck While our Club is Gearing Up for The Great Stilly Duck Dash
Read more below  and scroll on the album posted on this site of Lee's photos:

What do we support from the Duck Dash?

"Service Above Self"

Now that the Haller Park Splash Pad is complete, we are being asked questions about what will we do with funds we raise from the Great Stilly Duck Dash?  Even while we were raising funds for the park, we continued to help many other organization and causes, mainly benefiting children and senior citizens.
The largest amount of funds raised last year has gone for scholarships.  Over $50,000 was added to a small amount of income from an endowment account, to give $55,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors from Arlington, Weston and Darrington High Schools.  There are more details in another story.
$40,000 was given to complete our $50,000 pledge to the Arlington Boys and Girls Club for its new gymnasium, other additions, and upgrades.  
  New Gym
Some of our projects included both a monetary grant and hands on work.  One of those was a $12,000 donation for materials to build a couple new staff cabins at the Fire Mountain Scout Camp.  We also provided funds for recruitment materials for the Scouts and funds to send Cub Scout to day camp after its unit's funds were stolen.
Staff Cabins
We granted $15,000 to the City of Arlington for soil preparation and sod to complete portions of the splash pad grounds.  Rotarians, family and friends placed the sod at the park.
Kathy and Dave Laying Sod
The Stillaguamish Senior Center was also a beneficiary of our funds and labor.  $2,500 was given for a new freezer and on an annual basis we buy and serve lunch for the seniors at Christmas time.  This year we also provided voluntary support for the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot to raise funds to benefit the Senior Center.
Bill and Robin
Turkey Trot
We support the Arlington Community Food Bank with an annual drive to provide food baskets at the holidays that we deliver to needy families.
Loading Boxes of Food
To make kids' Christmas better for families with financial challenges, $10,000 was also granted to "A Christmas Wish" to buy gifts.
Families Picking Out Gifts
Some of the other youth groups benefited by grants include the Glacier Peak Institute and the music departments, both in Darrington, the Girl Scouts, Camp Fire, Village Community Services,  & Kids Kloset.
In all since July 1, 2018, the beginning of the Rotary year, the Rotary Club of Arlington has given out over $172,800 in grants and countless hours of hands on time doing community projects such as stream, park and trail clean-ups, as well as those hands on projects described above.
With the Rotary Club of Arlington it's all about the Rotary motto:  "Service Above Self".



Jose's Farewell Address

Jose' Maria Paz Duran
Jose' is leaving Arlington on June 14.  He has lived with 3 of our Rotarian families for the last 10 months.  Although he is leaving our club, he will be spending the next 28 days touring the U.S.A. with a group of Rotary Exchange Students from a district in Nebraska.  He will turn 18 while the group is at Disney World on June 30.
In January, Jose' did a program about his home country of Bolivia.  To see a story about that program, click HERE.
Jose' refreshed our memory of how scared he was to leave his family and home last August.  
His Rotarian grandfather had put the seed in his head to be a Rotarian Exchange Student. Five of his high school friends are also Rotary Exchange Students this year--but the others all headed to large communities.  One of them will be in his tour group.  He learned that Arlington was not all that big, but he believes it's been a good fit for him.  
The 3 host families were Dave and Kay Duskin, Lyanne and Matt Rolf, and Simona and Russ DeVries.  Experiences with the Duskins included a family bachelor party at the Duck Shack, crabbing at their beach home, many trips to Cougar football games in Pullman, and Christmas celebration.

Duskin Experiences

Jose' developed great relationships with the other 11 District 5050 youth exchange students.  He expects to continue his friendships with students from Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Spain, Belgium, Italy, Africa, Germany, South Korea and Japan. 

District 5050 RYE StudentsThe students got together several times during the year including a weekends at a Camp Fire Camp in Stanwood, in Bellingham, Chillawack, and this spring  in Vancouver visiting sites such as Stanley Park and Lions Gate Bridge.

Jim and Sue Weiss took Jose' to a Sounders game and a tour of Seattle including the Space Needle, Pop Culture Museum and other sites on a cold and rainy Seattle day, although the weather doesn't look all that bad in this photo.
He also spent a day in Seattle with Paul Ellis and Carla Gastineau before Christmas.  On Christmas day, after spending time with the Duskins at Bryce's house, Jose' moved to live with Lyanne and Matt.  One of the highlights of living with the Rolf's was a trip to Hawaii with the family.  They stayed at a hotel right on the beach on the Island of Oahu, and visited Pearl Harbor, a Luau, and other sites.
His last home family has been the DeVries.  While staying with the DeVries he attended the Rotary District 5050 Conference at the Tulalip Resort, with all the other exchange students.  The conference opening included a parade of flags from the nations where Rotary clubs can be found.  He was particularly thankful to have carried the flag of his home country of Bolivia.
Parade of Flags to Open District Conference
At the DeVries', Jose' had the experience of having a couple of host family brothers--Andrew and Noah.  With some tickets that were purchased at the Stanwood/Camano Rotary Club Oktoberfest, the 3 "brothers" did the Canopy Tours zip line on Camano Island a couple or weeks ago.
Canopy Tours Zip Line
The USA tour will start in Omaha, Nebraska.  Jose' is flying there today via Chicago.  He will go by bus on a tour taking him to over 20 states.  A partial list of places will include Denver, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Southern California, Texas, New Orleans, Florida, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, New York City and back to Omaha.  He will be spending the 4th of July in Washington D.C. 
At the end of his address to the club, Jose' expressed that this year has been good for him--he is a different person than than the scared young man who arrived here on August 21.  He goes back to Bolivia via Miami on July 20.  It will be the winter months in Bolivia and he will immediately start school to complete his last year. 
As for after high school, he expects to go to college to study engineering and/or business.  Maybe it will be to a college in the USA.  Bolivia does have a deal with the University of Arkansas that involves reduced tuition, but maybe even one of the Universities in Washington State.
Jose' vows to come back to visit and Arlington Rotarians are always welcome to visit him in Bolivia.
The club gave Jose' some departing gifts including a photo book signed by our members of his stay, a Duck Dash t-shirt, and an Arlington hoodie.  Our Rotary Youth Exchange Officer, Sue Weiss, also presented him a certificate and a framed photo of District 5050 exchange students.
Sue and Jose'


Carla's New Job!

Carla Gastineau-Director of the Arlington Community Food Bank. 
Carla has a new job!  She is now the Director of the Arlington Community Food Bank.  Since leaving the Stillaguamish Athletic Club, she waited about 10 months before this opportunity came up.  You might say that Carla, a member of our club, gave us her updated classification talk.
The Food Bank was started in 1981 and after being at a local church, moved to a house that was located in what is now part of Haller park.  A grant helped to build the new building in 2014. 
It provided about 15,000 individual servings last year.  Open Mondays and Thursdays.  Serves about 2000 individual households and serves all of the 98223 zip code.  It has about 160 volunteers that help to make the food bank function.  They work Monday thru Friday almost full time to make things happen. Food that is donated by the community is about 1/3 of the food that comes in, the other food is from Food Lifeline and Volunteers of America. Grocery Outlet has donated 15,000 lbs to the food bank.  The Stilly Snack Shack at Haller Park is managed by Grocery Outlet. 10% of the gross proceeds will go to the food bank. 
30,000 lbs of the grocery rescue food is waste and has to be sent to a pig farmer.  Some of the food that is delivered is donated to the Boys and Girls Club after clients have taken what they would like.
Volunteers of America is located in Everett and in 1981 the federal government implemented a farm act that qualifies families for emergency food assistance.  There are 19 food banks in North Snohomish County.  Arlington gets 4% of the food in Snohomish County based on the poverty level.  Food comes from the emergency assistance program, Community Support and food lifeline. 
The food that is donated is not consistent and is not always healthy. Often its peanut butter and tuna fish from the back of the pantry with other outdated food.
A $25,000 grant was made to the food bank for new cabinets and they will be changing to a client shopping model.  This allows clients the dignity of shopping for their own food and allows freedom of choice in the selection of food.  Also, have a section in the food bank for self-serve, single serve food choices for the transient population.
Meals to Monday program is the school aged program for students in the Arlington School District for kids that qualify for free or reduced lunch.  The Food Bank is given numbers from the school district to how many bags are needed.  This helps to supplement food for the weekends. 
Food From One of the School Bags
Arlington School District is at a 20% poverty level.  This program is more expensive because the school district has rules to follow and all the bags have to have the exact same thing in them.  This program is funded by grants and new grants are needed.
Visions for the future are to have another vehicle soon.  Also, to have more volunteers would be wonderful.  To have a delivery service would be a goal to serve home bound clients.  If we were to bring food-shelf stable food would be most needed and especially cereal is needed.  Snacks are also needed.
To learn more about how you could help, click HERE


Splash Pad Dedication and Opening!

Harry Engstrom, famous for his murals throughout the downtown area, put the finishing touches on the new Splash Pad Area at Haller Park.  He stained the concrete to create a river scene right down the middle of the play area!
Leaders from the City, the Stillaguamish Tribe, the State of Washington, and other funders, joined Rotarians for the opening of the spray park on Thursday, May 23, 4:30 PM.  On Friday, May 24, the splash pad opened for the first time to the public.  Initial hours are 11 AM to 6 PM. 
In addition to the below photos, there is an album and it is being displayed above.


A Salute to Veterans!

Doug Jones
Doug Jones did a special program for our club on May 30 to salute veterans.  May 30th used to be Memorial Day.  It wasn’t until 1971 that Memorial Day was fixed as the last Monday of May. 
Doug has been in Rotary for over 60 years.  He was a member of Lynnwood Rotary Club and attended the Arlington Charter night in 1970.  He later purchased Darrington Hardware and transferred to our club.  He transferred to the La Conner Club after he sold the hardware store.
Doug, a U.S. Citizen living in Canada, joined the Canadian Air Force at age 17 during World War II, but did not see combat.  He fought in the Korean War in the U.S. Army.  He is a survivor of an eight day battle at Outpost Harry.  There were 1,300 Chinese, 105 American servicemen, and 7 MIAs from that battle, that is credited with the surrender of the Chinese.  Doug received a Bronze Star with Valor!  
Doug has been active in military groups since his service years. He is currently involved in the honor flight program taking Veterans back to Washington DC.  He had the honor of laying the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arlington National Cemetery at a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Korean war.
Doug has been in Rotary for 60 rewarding years.  30 years ago women were allowed in Rotary.
Our Veterans go back to 1776.  Doug has lost a lot of friends from the Korean War, both during the war and since.  Their reunions only have about 8-12 people left.  They used to have around 80.
Doug invited all of our club members who are veterans up to the front to be recognized, including Bud Compton who was a prisoner of war during WWII.
Surviving WWII POW Bud Compton
P.O.W.s have given more than any other living service member.  They were incarcerated and had to endure things people don’t want to even imagine.  Bud Compton said there are about 6 P.O.W.s still in the state of Washington.
Bud was part of a flight crew involved in a mission over Poland. When one of the engines of his aircraft was blown off, the captain panicked and ordered the crew to bail out.  Bud parachuted to the ground and avoided being captured for several days.  As it turns out, the co-pilot was able to get the aircraft to home base but absent its crew.
After WWII Bud continued his service in the Korean War, and later provided support for the Vietnam troops flying for a private company.
Less than 1% of Americans serve in the armed forces.  Over 400,000 service members have fallen.
Doug presented the club members that are Veterans with an enhanced Rotary Veteran's pin.
Club Members at the Meeting Who Have Served
Pictured from left to right: Jonathon Ventura, Duane Rhodes, Tony Warner, Bucky Tart, Paul Abramowicz, and Bud Compton.  Doug had two fellow Korean Veterans from the LaConner Rotary Club helping him with the presentation.  To the right of Doug is David Rapella.  Not pictured is Don McKeehen.
Members were also asked to invite veteran guests to be recognized.  John Meno's guests included his father Don and Terry Byce.
Don Meno and Terry Byce
Both Don and Terry are retired Army.  Both started together in Germany in 1976. 
Thank you for your service to all of the active service members and veterans!


$55,000 in Scholarships Awarded

Our annual fund raiser for the last 31 years has been the Great Stilly Duck Dash held on the 4th of July.  Because of the growth in sponsorships, the Rotary Club has committed to giving half of the sponsorship proceeds each year in scholarships for graduating seniors from Arlington, Weston and Darrington High Schools.  Based on last year’s Duck Dash this year we gave out $55,000 in scholarships.  On May 29th in Darrington, 3 graduates received a total of $25,000 in scholarships and in Arlington we gave out  $30,000 total to 4 individuals.  The selection committee, composed of a majority of non-Rotarians, judged applicants, looking at the following factors:
  •          Service to their community
  •          Dedication to their academics
  •          Obstacles they have overcome
  •          What does their personal statement say or tell us about them.
  •          What goals do they have
  •          What is their financial need
Here are the recipients:
Weston High School
Macie Bailey - $10,000 
Darrington High School
Shelby Allison-Trade School to Cosmetology-$5,000
Mai Bailey -$10,000
Kalcialyn Briscoe -$10,000
Arlington High School
Allyson Roller-$5,000
Aidan Espinosa – $10,000
Brittany Anderson-$5,000
Dave Duskin presented the awards to the Arlington High School recipients on May 29.  Pictured here, clockwise, Elizabeth Anderson, Aiden Espinosa, and Allyson Roller.  Darrington awards were made by Narda Schulz and photos are not available. 
Each of the recipients have been invited to attend one of our luncheon meetings to be recognized. 


New Duck Crowned

Ticket Sales-First Place now $10,000!

And the Lady Duck Is:  JOLA!!
Ron Love made his annual visit to our club to crown our ducks and to welcome them to the Royal Order of the Duck.  Unfortunately, the male to be crowned was not present, so only half the suspense ended with the revelation that Jola is our Lady Duck!
However, at our May 30 meeting the male was at the meeting and Dale did the job.
And the Gentleman Duck is Bill!
Before crowning Jola, Duck Duck 2019 Chair, Bryce, introduced Uncle Duck Dash Dale to give us the ticket selling pep talk.
Bryce & Dale
This is the 31st year of the Duck Dash, that was started in 1989.  We are broken up into teams, Red, White and Blue.  
First prize increased to $10,000 from the previous $5,000. There are no coupons this year, just the 3 prizes-$10,000, $5,000 and $2,500. 
Here are a few more photos from Thursday's meeting:


Let There Be Grass!

Over 32 Rotarians and guests worked last Saturday morning to prepare and lay sod that the club purchased to finish up portions of the ground around the new splash pads and playground at Haller Park.  The work was done in less than 2 hours!  There is a photo album, but here are a few of the photos from the morning:

State Dairy Ambassador

Washington State Dairy Ambassador-Abby Zurcher
Abby Zurcher, the Washington State Dairy Ambassador, spoke to our club about her term at our May 16 meeting.
Abby grew up on a farm in Basin City on the eastside of the state.  Her family milked 1,200 cows two times a day on the family farm. 
In 1838 the first cows came to Washington.  Dairy farming is constantly changing due to technology, population, etc.  Abby’s job on her family farm is to feed the baby calves two times a day.  There is technology that gives the farmers text alerts about the amount of food the calves are eating.  There are milking machines, a rotary slot/carousel, and robotic milker. 
Famers are practicing more sustainable farming techniques including composting, crop rotation, natural fertilizer/manure. 
Abby’s family farm is over 580 acres and they use sustainable techniques.

Washington is ranked 10th nationally for milk production.  Daily 18,000 jobs in Washington.  Economic impact of dairy in Washington is $5.9 billion every year.   
Organic milk comes from cows that are fed all organic and no antibiotics.  There are “fitbits” made by Microsoft for cows.  Milk prices are going down so the smaller farms are finding it harder to stay afloat.  Average dairy farm has 800 cows.
Abby’s term ends the end of the month when a new Dairy Ambassador will take over.  Abby has enjoyed her term going across the state and educating individuals and visiting schools to discuss the dairy industry and health benefits of milk.  Abby goes to fairs to speak and has an internship in Lynnwood at the Dairy Farmers of America office.  Abby will go to University of Idaho in the fall.  She deferred her start date a year to complete this ambassador position.



Red Cross-Snohomish County


Kelli Thode from the Everett Rotary is the Executive Director of the Snohomish County Red Cross.


In Snohomish Country the Red Cross has about 400 local Volunteers and they help all around the country.  There are 5 lines of service in the Red Cross, Disaster services, blood services, Preparedness Health and Safety services, International Services, Service to Armed Forces. 


IN Washington State there are 7 Chapters.  Snohomish County is one chapter and the office is in Everett.  Last year our chapter responded to 82 home fires in Snohomish County.  A disaster reaction team is a group of 2-4 people that respond to disasters in a home.  There are 5 teams that are on call 24/7 to respond if a disaster happens.  The captain gets the call, they drive out and meet with the resident to figure out insurance, housing and other needs.  They provide monetary assistance for food, emergency clothing and somewhere to stay.  They also bring blankets and comfort kits to help for the first 24-48 hours.

Home fires take the lives of more people annually than any natural disaster. Children and elderly are the most affected my the community.  Home fire campaign helps to distribute smoke detectors in homes and helps to set up home safety plans. 80% of people believe that they know what to do when there is a fire, but many of them don’t have a plan in place.  This is lifesaving for people.


National Home saving Campaign is a recurring program that the Red Cross will continue for years.  They are 10 year lithium ion batteries that won’t need to be changed. Also have bed shaker alarms for people that are deaf or hard of hearing.  Red Cross works with the fire departments to help implement this program.  On April 27 installed 444 alarms in Snohomish county.  Local Snohomish county has one Emergency Response Vehicle  (ERV) that goes throughout the country to respond to disasters.  Red Cross does shelter simulations to help in their training of volunteers.


Locally volunteers are always needed.  Also, if you know of anywhere where the Red Cross can find volunteers or can do a presentation they would love to hear from you.  Honoring Hero’s event every year at Tulalip is their biggest fundraiser of the year.  Also, have a board that helps to be a presence for the Red Cross in their community.  


International Project Alliance

Marty Pease, a board member of the International Project Alliance and a member of the Rotary Club of LaConner, told us about the International Project Alliance (IPA).
Marty Pease
Marty was joined by Peter Martin, International Committee Chair, and member of the Fidalgo Island Rotary Club. 
Nine 5050 District Rotary clubs are part of the alliance, and they would like more clubs.  They are doing humanity efforts in the Copan Ruinas region of western Honduras.  They are not focused on one particular type of project.  The citizens of the region  come with issues and the Alliance attempts to meet the peoples’ needs. 

Copan has about 8,000 people and their main source of income is tourism and farming.  There is an active Rotary club there that the Alliance is connected with.  They are putting in their money and are very active with the efforts. 

There are Mayan villages around Copan.  Problems include access to clean water, education, lack of opportunity for gainful employment, and healthcare access.  Some villages are an hour and a half away from the town.  The terrain is very hilly.  The roads can be impossible to pass under certain conditions. 

IPA’s two major projects include educational and rapid development.  They are supporting 59 schools.  7 kids are going to university.  IPA is supporting about 420 students directly and over 1,400 in the 59 schools.  They are serving about an 1/8 of the students.  Children are staying in school longer since they are being funded and not have to work the farms.

IPA started a pilot program about a year and half ago to assist three villages for “rapid development”.  They assist with creating and running a savings and loan, business planning and implementation, training on customer service, better agricultural techniques and crop expansion, home garden program, and training villagers on basic healthcare. 

A maternity clinic has been equipped by the Sedro Woolley club.  Emergency equipment has been provided to the Red Cross in the area.  IPA can provide minor surgeries and medications and crop training to improve health. 

IPA does water, grain silo, and power projects.  The budget is $200,000 to $250,000 yearly.  There are multiple sources that support the alliance including District grants and private donations.  

IPA is taking on five more villages for the rapid development program.

Our club can become a member of the IPA or donate directly to Friends of the IPA.  You can directly witness the positive effect of the projects, have an opportunity to travel, and meet people. 

For more on the IPA, click HERE


Rotarians at Work Day

Rotarians At Work Day happens on the last Saturday in April each year.  Started in 2006 as a joint effort between two Rotary Districts (one in the United States and one in Mexico), Rotarians at Work Day continues to grow.  Each year, Clubs around the world identify a hands-on project that all members can participate in to help their local community. The day is a great way for our Club to show Rotary’s commitment to the community with work, fellowship, and fun
Our members participated in Rotarians at Work Day, by removing noxious weeds (mostly Scotch Broom) from a portion of the White Horse Trail which runs through the Oso slide area. 


Workforce Snohomish

Erin Monroe-the President/CEO of Workforce Snohomish
Our April 25 program was Erin Monroe, CPA, of Workforce Snohomish.  Workforce Snohomish is one of twelve Workforce Development Councils in the state.  The organization has a board of 25 members.  They help people find jobs and help employers find people. There are a lot of unique barriers in the workforce system (skilled help, childcare, older workers retiring, etc.).
Workforce Snohomish oversees the WorkSource Centers a.k.a. American Job Centers.  There are connection sites at colleges, libraries, Tribes to help provide some services offsite.  They partner with over 75 other organizations.  Workforce provides free services for employers and participants.  They operate off of federal and private funding.  WorkForce Snohomish provides rapid response when an employer shuts their doors to assist the employees learn about options. 
Snohomish County has a 4% unemployment rate vs. Washington state’s rate of 5.3%. 
WorkForce Snohomish provides wrap around services to help people become employed and off of unemployment benefits.  Snohomish County job growth is at 1.1% annually and expected to go up due to Paine Field opening up.  Professional services, construction services, and tourism is expected to increase.  There are a lot of government employers in Snohomish County.
Only 2% of middle skill jobs lost in recession were recreated in 2012.  There is a rise of crowd platforms and artificial intelligence.  3D printing is growing.  Education is not enough anymore.  Consumers are spending more on health and wellness. 
The gig economy is growing (Uber drivers, entrepreneurs, etc.).  In 8 months over ½ of the workforce will be millennials.  Huge need for cyber security and IT support.  Technology is huge.  WorkForce must stay on top of trends to work with colleges to utilize funding in the appropriate places.  Many professionals are being digitalized.
WorkForce Snohomish’s budget is $8-$10 million annually.  Snohomish County has a great partnership and collaboration agenda.  WorkForce Snohomish has 12 navigators on staff that work directly with the employer and the worker.  They also provide on the job training and on site assistance. 
WorkSource Everett has a veterans center and youth center.   WorkSource Everett and Lynnwood have classrooms for seminars, a business solutions team, temp agencies, etc. 
WorkForce has funding to help youth, adult with barriers, displaced workers, rapid response, and incumbent worker training to assist with increasing skills of current workers and backfilling their previous positions.  WorkForce has funding to help families affected by the opioid crisis. 
WorkForce Snohomish holds a career fair for the high school students each year.  It is held at the Arlington Airport.  It is hands on and the students have to keep a time sheet. 
Think about offering an internship or mentorship for students.  A lot of interns end up staying on with the organization.  WorkForce is working with cities, colleges, government agencies, and non-profits on the Future Work Force Alliance to talk about what to focus on and work on in a partnership to help meet job seekers’ needs.
If your company can become involved please attend WorkForce’s events, assist with transitional jobs, work on the advisory committee, and call WorkForce for job fair assistance/more information. 
Click HERE for more on Workforce Snohomish.


Rotaract in District 5050

And Snohomish County

Rachel Preston District 5050 Rotaract Representative.
Rachel first heard of Rotaract when she went on a international Rotary trip to the Dominican Republic in 2017. She was the Snohomish County Rotaract's founding President. 
Rotaract is for young adults 18-30 and focuses on service.  20% are young professionals and 70% are undergrad students.  Rotaract is also for professional development and fellowship.  There are 10 clubs in District 5050.  4 are American and 6 are Canadian.  District 5050 met the challenge issued by RI President Barry to double the number of Rotaract members. The District now has more than 76 Rotaractors.  Now they are looking for mentors to work with Rotaractors.
This year Rotaractors from our District are going to Guatemala in August to work with Hands for Peacemaking. 
In order to grow Rotaract members are working on growing dual membership, promoting transition from Interact Clubs members to Rotaract, and knowing where Rotaract clubs are located so referrals can be made. 
The Snohomish County Rotaract has partnered with the Monroe Rotary for National Night Out and handed out books to the community. They have also helped with projects of other Rotary Clubs in Snohomish County including participating in Area J's tree planting last year.
Rachal will be doing the world race from June to April.  She will be traveling to 11 countries and spending one month in each country.  She will be doing Christian and humanitarian works and also connecting with Rotary clubs while in each country.  She will be blogging on  You can connect with District 5050 Rotaract through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Linkedin.  For Facebook click HERE.
To join Snohomish County Rotaract, members only have to pay $30 per year.  Rotaract clubs can be established through a college or university or community based.  Community based seem to be more successful as people in a community stay longer than in a college or university. 
Editor's Note:  Rotary International's Council on Legislation just made a significant change to the status of Rotaract.  Instead of a Rotary Program, Rotaract Clubs will now be treated as full fledged Rotary Clubs with a different dues structure.  For more on the Council of Legistation actions, click HERE.


W.S.U. Everett (North Puget Sound)

Dr. Paul Pitre, the Chancellor for Washington State University's Everett was our program on April 11.   In addition to being the Chancellor, he is an associate professor of Educational Leadership and Counseling Psychology at WSU. 
Dr. Paul Petrie
Paul grew up in Washington and has focused his career on access to higher education.  In the State of Washington, we are ranked 46th in the nation for those who go to 4 year higher education. 
W.S.U. wants to ensure that all students have access to high education.  It's focus is on STEM and preparing students for careers.
State Board of Education says there is supposed to be 7500 new jobs in 5 years and 70% of those will require post secondary education.  Will those be filled by students from the state of Washington.
WSU Everett is pretty small but includes University of Washington nursing program and Eastern and Western Washington Universities in the building.  They resemble a branch campus.  There are between 500-600 students.  They hope to double in size. Here are the bullet points of its Strategic plan:
Snohomish County population is forecasted to grow by 200,000 in 2040.  WSU Everett’s average age student is 25.5.  W.S.U. is an upper division model only (junior and senior years only).  They work closely with the junior college to recruit students.
There is about 3.6% unemployment for Snohomish County.  King County’s is 3.4%.  20% of jobs in Snohomish County are manufacturing jobs.  W.S.U. Everett’s programs are focused primarily on engineering.   W.S.U. Everett wants to improve and grow their business and manufacturing focus.  Many students who graduate find jobs in manufacturing in the area. 
W.S.U. Everett wants to expand opportunities for access to education.  They want to expand to graduate programs and provide practical experiences in the community.  WSU Everett partners with other universities and located on Everett Community College campus.  They hope to create additional public and private partnerships.
W.S.U. Everett hopes to help improve W.S.U. as a whole.  There are six campuses.  Everett is the newest and smallest but they hope to contribute to the institution, locally, and globally.   W.S.U. Everett wants to be the best at delivering undergraduate education and expand to graduate education later.  They want to be a leader in research.
W.S.U. Everett is improving educational access by adding dual enrollment with Everett Community College, adding additional program offerings, and increasing scholarship support.  The campus offers active learning and cross disciplinary offerings.
W.S.U. Everett is working to potentially purchase more land to expand the campus and sustain the future growth.  
To learn about W.S.U. Everett, click below:

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Oct 17, 2019
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