Help Support Organizations We Support
When our club got its start 47 years ago as the Marysville-North County Rotary Club, we had close to an equal number of members from Marysville and Arlington. In looking for a project that would benefit both communities, the Stillaguamish Senior Center came to the forefront. It was just getting established as well and it needed help on its board and with acquiring property and building a facility.
We used to sponsor a fundraiser each fall for the center known as the Oktoberfest. Members roasted prime rib which went well with salads and beer, followed by a dance. One year we sponsored "Stilly Downs", a mock horse race track with para-mutual betting on video taped horse races in California. Play money was utilized and there were donated prizes that could be purchased with the play money at the end of the races.
In recent years, we have helped the center with its annual Life Time Achievement Breakfast. Rotarians, Dale and Dave Duskin, co-chair the event which recognizes one of our community members for a life time of benefiting our community. Rotarians have assisted with hosting tables, recruiting attendees, helping with set up, and with attending and giving generously at the event.
This year Darlene Strotz is being recognized on Wednesday, April 26. Darlene grew up in Arlington and she and her husband Roy operated a dairy west of town off of SR 530. After they sold their herd through the federal buy out program, they opened Strotz's Feed. She continues to operate the business following Roy's death.
Darlene has been an active 4-H leader for over 40 years. In addition she was the first lady volunteer firefighter and EMT for FPD #19, provided leadership for the Silvana Fair, the Dairy Women of Washington, Stilly Valley Little League, and Stanwood and Monroe Fairs. When Arlington was short on Little League Fields, Darlene and Roy created a field on their farm, Roy coached and Darlene made sure the field was maintained. The diamond is still active at Blue Stilly Park.
We still help provide leadership to the Center. Rotarians currently sitting on the board include Nancy Holiman, Bob Campbell, Dave Duskin, Breanne Martin and Kathy McCone. Several Rotarians sponsor the Center and sponsor tables for the event. Every Executive Director of the Center since the early 1970's has been a member of club including the new director, Danette Klemens.
Please plan on attending the breakfast and RSVP by calling the Center: 360-653-4551. We are still looking for sponsors as well! If you can help set up Tuesday, let's plan on 3:30 PM at the Center.
Shred Event to Benefit AEF
Our partner in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library literacy project, the Arlington Education Foundation, with a sponsorship from Coastal Community Bank is holding it annual shred event on April 29. It is a perfect chance to get rid of sensitive and confidential documents while benefiting the Education Foundation.
Like with the Senior Center, Rotarians provide leadership to this organization as well. Rotarians on its board include Cindy Huleatt, Linda Byrnes, Robin Reinig and Dave Duskin. Kurt McVay and Margaret Larson are former directors who serve on the advisory board.
Our partnership with AEF has provided 4,426 books so far to children in Arlington and Darrington under the age of 6. Currently 557 kids are enrolled and 71 have graduated at their 6th birthday. In addition to the Dolly Parton literacy project, the Foundation provides grants that help fill the gaps in acquiring things to be used in the classroom and by students.
Put June 3 on your calendars now for the 10th anniversary celebration of the Byrnes Performing Arts Center. AEF was the organization through its fundraising arm, Arts Alive, that raised the funds from the community, including much help from our club, individual Rotarians, and Rotarian businesses to finish the Center. There will be an afternoon event for families and an evening event to recognize those involved in fulfilling the dream including student performances and an appearance by "The Coats" acapella group that performed at the original gala celebration.
Youth Dynamics Dinner and Auction
Another organization that our club supports is Youth Dynamics of Arlington. Arlington Y.D, provides care, mentorship and outreach for youth in Arlington and throughout the Stillaguamish Valley.
It's at the Arlington Free Methodist Church, Featuring Weslee W. Jones. BBQ Dinner, Live and Silent Auction, Dessert Dash and free childcare. $25 per person or $175 for a table of 8.
Here is a link to get tickets: Tickets