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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!

Eviation Aircraft

The Site and Facilities Manager for Eviation Aircraft, Leland Moreno-Hilburn, was our speaker at our meeting on April 7.  
Leland Moreno-Hilburn
When Leland Moreno-Hiburn retired to Arizona following 30 years with the Boeing Company, he had no idea that he would be attracted back into a ground breaking aerospace endeavor--development and manufacturing of an all electric commuter aircraft.  The idea originated in Israel where the company got its start in 2015. The founders were Omer Bar-Yohay, Omri Regev and Aviv Tzidon. Until February, its co-founder, Omer Bar-Yohay, was the CEO of the company. The new Interim CEO was selected to move the company into the manufacturing phase.

Rick Olson

Classification Talk

The Fixit Wizard--Rick Olson
Rick Olson is new to the Arlington Club, but not to Rotary. After several years in Kiwanis, he switched to Rotary at Tacoma North in 1997. Career moves had him transferring to Gig Harbor Rotary, then Tacoma Sunrise. He joined his wife Kathleen at Tacoma #8 Rotary. They moved to Arlington in February 2018 when Kathleen was hired as Executive Director at Purrfect Pals. They joined the Marysville Club in 2018. Both Rick and Kathleen transferred to the Arlington Club in 2021, because the meeting day and location was more convenient, and as Arlington residents, they wanted to support their neighbors through Rotary.

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!"    

District 5050 Recognitions

All Rotary Clubs in District 5050 were invited to submit nominations for the District Awards for activities during the Rotary year from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.  There were two nominations submitted from our club:  Local Community Project and Public Image. Even though the awards are to recognize activities for the last Rotary year, the recipients were just announced by the District last week in an email that went out to all members in the District. 
Both of our nominations received top honors for large clubs.  Leadership for our local projects last year was provided by Director Jim Kelly, and public image by Director A.J. Chase.
A full list of all of the nominated clubs and the clubs that were recognized can be viewed on the District 5050 website by clicking HERE.

Snohomish County Update

Nate Nehring, Member County Council

Nate Nehring was born and raised in Marysville. Nate and his wife moved to Arlington in 2017 and have three kids. He was appointed to the County Council in 2017, and has been representing Arlington and North Snohomish County for about five years. Nate is also a County representative on the Health board.

Blood Drive and Staff Cabin Framing

Our club has had a couple of continuing projects that have been very successful. 

Blood Drives

On Friday, February 18, our club sponsored our 7th quarterly blood drive in partnership with the American Red Cross.  Starting with our first drive on July 24, 2020, 244 units of blood have been donated, which the Red Cross reports may have saved 732 lives. 

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18513 59th Ave NE
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Arlington, WA 98223
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