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The Quack is Back!

Club members worked on all things Duck Dash at the June 9th lunch meeting. T-Shirts and individual bags of $1500 worth of Duck Dash Ticket were available for all club members.
 
During the 4th of July Arlington Parade, in addition to selling Duck Dash tickets, club members hand out duck calls on lanyards to children along the parade route.  Club members worked together to assemble 1600 duck calls in less than 20 minutes.
 
Keri Adds Lanyards
 
Members are encouraged to start with their circle of influence – family, neighbors, friends, workplace, businesses they frequent – to sell tickets.  Members can also sign up to sell tickets at Arlington Hardware and Arlington Safeway. Here are the links:   Arlington Hardware    Safeway.
 
Our goal is to raise $250,000 this year!

$5,000 Scholarships Awarded to 16 Students

Sixteen high school seniors from Arlington, Darrington and Lakewood High Schools received scholarships during the club meeting at Byrnes Performing Arts Center on June 2nd, catered by the Arlington High School Culinary Arts Program.  Fourteen of the scholarship students and their parents joined Rotarians for lunch.
 
Jen Rancourt introduced the students on behalf of the Scholarship Committee. All of the scholarship recipients are active community volunteers in addition to their participation in school programs and maintaining impressive grade point averages.
 
The scholarships were awarded to:
Madeline Andrich, Arlington, will attend Washington State University, studying animal sciences. She has served as student advisor to the school board and volunteered at several events.
Katelynn Carlson, Lakewood, will attend Western Washington University, studying music and the arts. She has been active in community theater and is Class Co-Valedictorian. She graduates with an A.A. Degree.
Kaden Davis, Arlington, will attend Washington State University, studying English and business administration with a goal of a family law career. He has been active in soccer and cross country and volunteered at the Arlington Food Bank.
Tyler Edmonds, Lakewood, will attend Oregon State University, majoring in mechanical engineering. He participated in Knowledge Bowl, tennis, Jazz Choir and was the Band Drum Major.
 

Youth Engaged in Service

District Governor Bev Harrington shared about the Youth engaged in service program (YES). 
 
What is this  program about? 
 
Imagine you are on a trip and instead of being born in the United States you were born in some remote village in Guatemala,  You might see lush vegetation and stunning views, from a distance you may not be able to see the walls of your home held together by twine, or have the opportunity to see where you will be sleeping with your entire family or your bathroom.  To cook your food on the floor which creates smoke and can make your children sick.  Life can be difficult in Guatemala.
 
 
Family With New Stove
 
John Tomkowaik, founding Dean of the Elson Floyd College of Medicine, shared about the College and what they are doing. Elson Floyd would say that if  they were going to start a new medical School it should be “bold, audacious and visionary.”  He also wanted to make sure that it was Washington State’s medical school and that it serve all 39 counties in the State of Washington.  Now, it has been 7 years since the school has been in development.

Cinco de Mayo Party

On the 5th of May, of course, our club had a Cinco de Mayo party at the 7 Lakes Club House.  Featured at the party was Poncho (Dale) Duskin, and his grandson sidekick, Kyler, who provided Mexican flag shots all the adult guests.  President Devin presented a toast in honor of the Mexican holiday. There is an album of photos posted, but here are a few:
 
 

Kimberly & John Meno's Experience

At the 147th Running

John & Kimberly at Churchill Downs
 
Going to Churchill Downs to watch the Kentucky Derby was not on John and Kimberly Meno's bucket list, but it was on Loren Van Loo's bucket list.  Loren is a fellow Edward Jones advisor with John and a member of the Rotary Club of Marysville.  Loren was smart enough to call Kimberly, rather than John, to see if they wanted to attend the race with his wife, Kristin, and him.  Of course, according to John, Kimberly said "yes".

Tree Planting Project

President Devin Helping Lead the Effort!
 
Rotary Clubs were challenged by RI President Mehta to do a Rotary Day of Service during his year as president.  The Rotary Clubs of Arlington and Lake Stevens, to celebrate Earth Day, took up the challenge.  On April 23 the clubs joined forces with others from the community to plant 140 trees in a wetland park in Arlington.

Police Reform

Chief Jonathan Ventura

Based on the opinion of the Arlington Police Chief, Jonathan Ventura, it seems the legislative police reforms of 2021 handcuffed the police instead of the law breakers.  At our meeting on April 28, the Chief laid out the shortcomings of the 2021 reforms and the attempt by the 2022 legislature to fix some of the flaws.
 
Even though she was at our meeting for an announcement, looking for an IT volunteer, Holly Sloan Buchanon, president of Arlington Dollars for Scholars (ADFS), turned out to be our program.
 
Starting in 2001, ADFS has awarded 1,518 Locally-Funded Scholarships to 1,292 Arlington Graduates, for $1,391,420! The amount in 2021 was $135,150 -  103 scholarships to 96 high school graduates and 7 college students. 
 
Holly Sloan Buchanon 
 

Even though it was billed as a Port of Everett Update, the club has not had a previous program on the Port of Everett.  On Thursday, April 14, we heard from Catherine Soper, the Port's Communications & Marketing Director.  She happens to live in Arlington and started her presentation by telling us how much her family loves the Splash Pad!

The Quack is Back!

Great Stilly Duck Dash 2022

Jim Kelly is our Duck Dash 2022 Chair!
 
Great Stilly Duck Dash 2022 kicked off at our meeting on March 17 with the start of our sponsorship drive.  In the saddle as this year's chair is our former duck mascot Jim.  But Jim jumped from the saddle and into the "Back to the Future's" DeLorean in announcing this year's theme of "The Quack is Back!"    
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