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Arlington

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
United States
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Our Members Talked About the Rotary Foundation to Inspire Giving!

Our program was led off by our Foundation Director Kathy McCone telling us the basics of the Rotary Foundation.
Kathy McCone
 
The Rotary Foundation (TRF) is the charitable arm of Rotary International.  Funds donated to the annual fund of TRF stays with the foundation for 3 years.  Interest earned on the donation goes to pay for the operating expenses of Rotary International.  At the end of the 3 years one-half of the donated funds go back to the districts and one-half is used for global grants.
 
There are six areas of focus for use of the portion used for global grants: Peace and conflict prevention/resolution; Disease prevention and treatment; Water and sanitation; Maternal and child health; Basic education and literacy; and Economic and community development.
 
Polio Plus is a designated fund of the Rotary Foundation.  It is not part of the annual fund.  Donations to Polio Plus do count towards Paul Harris recognitions but not towards Every Rotary Every Year (EREY).
 
Joan Tilton then gave our club some information on global grants and shared some information on our global grant completed this year and on a new grant we may be seeking.
 
    Joan Tilton                                                                       Global Grants Presentation
 
To qualify for a global grant our president elect and one other club member must attend the District Grant Seminar in February.  Joan has been our club's representative.  She and Bucky led our effort to provide a well and delivery system in Bungoma Kenya.  We partnered with the Rotary club in Bungoma for the project that started in 2013 and which just concluded.
 
Qualified projects receive a 3 1/2 to 1 match from TRF and District.  Our club's contribution of $37,790 grew to a total project cost of $106,685.  In the photo album section you can see photos of our project.  A possible new project would be to partner with the same club to provide water in nearby Ndengelwa, Kenya.
 
Our District Grant Chair is Erik Granroth.  District grants fund projects much closer to home with much less paper work and a shorter time frame.
 
Erik Granroth Talks About District Grants
 
There are currently two grants in the pipeline:  We have a $10,400 district grant ear marked for the splash pads for sod and/or park benches.  The project has been held up waiting for the State to approve its capital budget.
 
More recently, we applied and received a grant to buy up to 20 AED heart defibrillator units for possible police cars and to be located in other public places through out the community.  We were awarded up tp $10,000 which will have to be matched by our club.
   Carla Gastineau demonstrated how easy it is to give to the foundation online.
 
Click HERE for a link.  When you get to that webpage you will see at the top a link to "My Rotary".  Using that link either access your account if you have already established an account or register.  If asked your member number, it can be found on the address label of your Rotarian Magazine.  You can also find it my going to your Club Runner profile page and click on the Rotary tab.
 
Once you have an account set up, you can see your entire donation history.  The donate button allows you to give one time gifts or at intervals through out the year.  A monthly automatic donation may be much easier than a yearly gift for the $50 optional payment on your semi annual dues statement.
 
One of our club goals is to be 100% EREY.  It requires that each member of the club donate a minimum of $25 during year to the annual fund.  We would also like our members to be a sustaining member by donating a minimum of $100 per year.
 
Remember that if you donate on line in November you need to advise Kathy McCone so that you will get the match.  You can also give a check to Kathy this month!  The voluntary payment that you make with your dues does not qualify for the match.
 
Each member should have received an email telling you how much you would need to donate to be recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow.  During November the club is matching your gift to the annual fund.  To add some incentive, Associate Director Ryan Berg has established a raffle.  He has had many donated prizes including gift certificates, a set of tires, a generator, a Kurt McVay plate with Rotary wheel, and the list continues to grow.
Ryan Berg:
"For Every $25 Donated During the Month 10 Tickets will be Entered Into the Drawing in Your Name!!"
 
To make it easy to donate, Ryan set up shop at the meeting with his Square so donations could be made with a credit card. Remember this promotion only lasts through the month of November. With Thanksgiving next week, our only remaining meeting in November is the 30th.


 

 

Melonique Simpson's Classification Talk

 

 

Melonique (Mel) is the owner of Grocery Outlet in Arlington. 

 

Mel was born in Colorado, August 8 1983.  All of her mom’s kids were born at home.  Her theme is that “it takes a village” this Is where she learned about service.  Mel’s mom taught her all the hard lessons to learn in life.  How a struggle helps you to become stronger.  There were 300 kids in the county and 5 kids in Mel’s home.  They grew up enjoying the outdoors and spending time in nature.  Here mom taught her about unconditional love.  When Mel’s dad died, her mom never dated another person, but wanted to make sure that nothing came between her and her children. 

 

Mel’s mom taught her about being a mother.  She raised the kids on her own and didn’t work much because she wanted to be with her kids.  Her mom passed away 7 years ago. 

 

Phil is Mel’s brother and taught her about drive.  Her family moved to Washington to be closer to family and her brother moved to Washington to help the family.  When they moved, Mel started working.  She cleaned houses with her uncle and then started working fast food to help her mom pay the bills.  Every night her family would appreciate the things they were grateful for.  Her brother helped her to decide to go to College after graduating high school.  Mel was the first person in her family to graduate from High School

 

She started doing care giving and realized that it was a very hard job.  Her brother helped her to decide to go to school in the Legal Field.  She graduated in 2010 as a paralegal.  Became a volunteer legal aid in Seattle and did that for 2 years.  Mel then pursued non-profit work after that. 

 

Mel’s grandma is another inspirational person and taught her the happy things about life.  She was always joyful and gave everything to help her grandkids.  She taught Mel what it was like to be a part of something.  Her grandma taught her the joy of cooking. 

 

Mel’s Uncle Solomon is her reason for her appreciation for the natural world.  He was one of the original members of the Love Israel family.  He is the last person of her village that is still alive.  He taught Mel how to live in the moment and not live in our heads, but to live in the present.  Her family lived with her uncle at the Love Israel Ranch. The started in a tent and eventually moved to a Yurt. 

 

Mel worked at the Bistro for a couple years before it was the Bistro San Martin.  It was helpful because she was a server at other places after that.  Living at the Ranch helped her family to appreciate everything in life. 

 

Mel met Mike in 2011 after graduating from Edmonds Community College.  Mike took Mel’s daughter in as his own.  She never called anyone else dad and they feel so lucky to have Mike in their lives.  Mike asked Mel to marry him in Rome in 2015 while Mel was going to UW to become a lawyer and work in non-profits.  She graduated from UW.

 

Mikes family has been in the grocery business for generations.  After he left the golf business he decided to look at that again.  He went to Wenatchee where his uncle owned a Grocery Outlet.

 

They were married in September 2015.  In one week they found out that they were going to have a grocery story, that they were going to have a baby and they got married.   They knew that a Grocery Outlet was going into Arlington, but they knew that most Grocery Outlet owner have to move.   After graduating in June, they began training in the Marysville store.  A month later they applied for the Arlington store that many other people applied for.  They named themselves kismet groceries because they knew that it was meant to be.  They knew that the Arlington store was for them because it was where their roots were and they belonged.  They are excited to be at Grocery Outlet and to be a part of the community. 

 

Mel believed that it is important to impart the same joy and wisdom that she was taught to her children.  She involves them in the community through service projects, girl scouts and other activities.  Mel believes that it all worked out because she provides service to her community by having a grocery store, she gets to be a nourisher, which was her role in her family and she gets to serve in her community.

 

Arlington Grocery Outlet and Bargain Market


 

Seahawks vs. Cardinals at The Point Bar and Grill

One of our newest members, Adrian Abed, is a partner in what is now known as "The Point Bar and Grill".  It was formerly Razzals and is located just south of the US Post Office in Smokey Point.  
Adrian Abed
 
Rotarians, family and friends enjoyed an evening at "The Point" on Thursday night, November 9, to see the Seahawks play the Cardinals on Thursday Night Football.  This neighborhood sports bar and grill has 40 TVs including two large projectors over 100 inches.  Our group overflowed a separate meeting room which houses one of the large projector TVs.
 
The Seahawks prevailed over the Cardinals 22 to 16.  Here are a few photos.  More are posted in the album section.
 
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Steve Morach, member of the Stanwood/Camano Island Rotary Club, spoke to our club about the Rotary Foundation. Steve is the Annual Giving Chair of District 5050. 
 
Last year the District gave $416,000.  Average giving by a District 5050 member was $161.  Last year the Arlington Rotarians gave an average of $236.  Rotary recognizes clubs where each member gives $100 or more to the annual fund or foundation with a Sustaining Member recognition.   100% of your donation to the Foundation goes to Rotary programs. 
 
Polio Plus is a separate program fro the Rotary Foundation.  100% of donations goes to the efforts to eradicate Polio.  The Gates Foundation is committed to the advancements that Rotary is making with Polio Plus and will match 2 to 1 for every donation.  Meaning they will donate $2 for every $1 donated.
 
Last year the district goal for annual giving was $316,000.  You can login to Rotary.org to make a donation.  There you can set up monthly, quarterly, or annual donations. If you donate $1,000 or more annually you are part of the Paul Harris Society. Our club has over 20,000 points.  1,000 points equals a Paul Harris.  For every dollar you donate you get one point toward a Paul Harris for yourself or other members in the club or community.
 
Our club goal is $11,000 in giving for this year.  Last year we gave over $19,000. 
 
November 18th the Foundation Dinner will be held in Langley.  Awards will be presented to various clubs.  Good speakers will present.  The club will pay for those members who want to go.
   
Also, If you are interested in working on a global grant contact Joan Tilton.
 
 

Aleph Fackenthall and the Healing Fund

Aleph Fackenthall spoke to our club about The Healing Fund and Panama projects supported by Rotary and our club.  The fund provides wells and water tanks in Panama.  Our club members have gone down to assist with the installation.  The last two years the Healing Fund has focused on the sustainability of the outreach.   If you would like to attend one of the projects contact Aleph.  Anyone can join in on the trips (approx. $2,500-$3,000 per person).  People are needed to help with construction, rainwater catchment, to work with children and medical/dental assistance.
 
 
Rainwater catchment and wells is primarily what the Fund works on in Panama.  Surface water tends to be contaminated, so wells are needed.  Simon, is a person on the ground they partner with.  He knows how to repair pumps and tanks.   With these projects the people have less gastrointestinal issues and less death.  The projects have also attracted more teachers to the villages.  It has been great to have Simon on the ground.
 
Aleph has been doing these trips for years.  He recently got sick upon return from a trip.  It is a real issue when drinking water is contaminated.  You are out of work, your kids can’t go to school and it spreads to the family. The people get excited when the group comes to help.  They are very appreciative of all that is being done to give them safe drinking water. 

What's New With Our Interact Club?

This week we heard from the current president and vice president, Taryn Minch and Aidan Espinosa respectively, of the Arlington High School Interact Club.  The Interact Club, sponsored by our Rotary Club, was started last year and is just starting its first full school year.
 
Aidan Left and Taryn Right
 
They meet every Wednesday for breakfast in Chad Duskin's classroom (their advisor).  The group is open to all students who want to help in the community and abroad.  The members improve their leadership skills and form friendships.
 
The club assisted with the following during the 2016-2017 year:  Hometown Holidays, attended YAIL, Christmas baskets, inductions, sold candle for the annual conference, CHRUSH fundraiser, International night, March Fundraiser for babies, attended the Rotary Annual Conference, and an end of year luau.  Already this year the club members assisted with the Farm to Table dinner, and homecoming lip dub.
 
A Collage of Last Year's Activites
 
Members are planning the following events for the rest of the year:  Boys and Girls Club Holiday Décor & More, inductions, pancake breakfast, Hometown Holidays/gift wrapping, basket making, YAIL, undecided fundraiser in February, March for Babies Fundraiser, International night, and end of year party.
 
Because of the age requirement for the District Conference Cruise, a weekend retreat at Camp Fire Mountain is being planned for sometime in April.
 
The club currently has 33 active members and wants to grow to over 100 this year.  Started last year at 8-10 members. This year started out with a function at the Duskins' on Lake Goodwin where prospective members were invited to come.
Activities this School Year
 
Interact clubs bring together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self.  Two of the members last year attended  Youth Adventures In Leadership (YAIL) and more are being encouraged to attend this year. For more on YAIL click on the above link.


Emily Moller From Kibaek Denmark

Our club participates in the International Youth Exchange through Rotary International.  Each year we sponsor a student to go to another country and in exchange we receive a student from another country. 
 
We are currently the host club for Emily Moller, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Herning Sondre in Denmark.  She arrived in July and she is currently living with the John and Kimberly Meno family.
 
Emily Moller at Golf After Party
 
Emily is 16 and she is attending Arlington High School and takes sophomore classes.  She turns out for cross country and she expects to turnout for track in the spring.  In Denmark she competed in the long jump, hurdles and sprints.
 
Emily's home in Denmark is out in the country not far from Herning, a town of about 50,000 residents.  She has a younger sister and brother.  Her mother is a kindergarten teacher and she works with preschoolers.  Father is a tool designer and works as a manager in a plastics factory in Herning.
 
She describes her home in Denmark as a hobby farm, with chickens, cats, dog and formerly horses.  Emily loves animals and worked part time at a boarding facility and shelter for dogs and cats.    She has also worked baby sitting and has coached a youth swimming team.
 
Emily's long term goals include finishing high school in Herning and then going to a university to become a doctor.  In her application she stated that "I really like school and I find all subjects interesting."
 
One of the goals of the program is for the student to experience our culture.  Unlike some programs where the student stays with a single family the entire year, Rotary exchange students change host families 2 or 3 times during the year.  Emily will be living next with the Jola and Mark Barnett family.
 
To experience our culture, we also encourage interaction with other Rotarians and our friends in the community.  If you are doing something interesting, entertaining or you would just like to get to know Emily, contact one of her host parents or Lyanne Rolf, our Youth Exchange Officer, and make arrangements. 
Emily Presented Her Sponsoring Club Banner to President Jola
 
Emily was introduced to our club soon after her arrival here.  It is expected that she will soon do a program at one of our meetings so we can get to know her more.  Her host father John reports, however, that she hates to miss school even to come to a noon Rotary meeting.
 
Our exchange student program is something our club does each year.  We are always looking for good candidates to sponsor as outbound students and families to host inbound students.  If interested or you know someone who might be interested, contact our Youth Services Director and Youth Exchange Officer Lyanne Rolf.


 

Framing Staff Cabins at Fire Mountain

Members of the Rotary Club of Arlington on a regular basis do service projects at Camp Fire Mountain east of Big Lake in Skagit County.  The camp is owned by the Mount Baker Council, Boy Scouts of America.  Past projects have included funding and building camp shelters, replacing a deck on the dining hall, building amenities for the camp's swim beach, and multiple smaller projects.

 

On Saturday, October 14, members worked to frame two new staff cabins.  The cabins will be a part of a staff village that will include multiple 4-person cabins, bathroom and shower facilities, and work area.  Eventually 6 of the cabins will be tree houses in the forested area along Lake Challenge.

 Brad Kihm Framing a Staff Cabin

 

The first 4 cabins were framed by the Rotary Club of Marysville.  They are awaiting interior work and the bathroom-shower house before being occupied.  Plans are to have cabins occupied by the next summer.

 Staff Cabins Framed by Rotary Club of Marysville

 

The Fire Mountain Scout Reservation is 440 acres with a 37-acre manmade lake.  Since 2011 major additions and improvements have been made at the camp, including a new boat marina, improved swim beach, zip line, high and low copes courses, expanded dining hall, improved shooting sports area to name a few.  There are 18 campsites with shelters at the camp for year-round camping.

 

Here are a few more photos of the work project on October 14:

 

 
Check out the photos in the album that has been posted to this site.


 

A Century of Boeing

Rich White, the Government Relationship Manager for the Boeing Company, spoke to the club about the future of Boeing in Washington. 

In 1916 the Boeing company was founded by Bill Boeing.  Bill Boeing launched The Boeing Company out of the “Red Barn”.  May 1917 the Navy ordered 50 Model Cs from Boeing. 

                  Rich White Talking on the History of the Boeing Company

In 1917 Boeing’s first charitable contribution creates University of Washington Wind Tunnel.  This helped in the design of aircraft.

In order to save the company and local jobs in the down periods Boeing began building furniture and boats.

Boeing created the B-17 & B-29 that were arguably the most important heavy bombers in World War II.

In 1942 men went to war and women built the planes.

The 707 was Boeing’s first jet airliner built in 1954.  Paine Field was started in 1936.  It was an Air Force base until the 60’s.  Boeing took over the area and began producing the 747 – September 30, 1968.  First flight in February 1969.

Boeing is the largest single exporter in the US.  60% of all Washington exports in 2015. 

Boeing hopes to increase output to 57 737 airplanes per month beginning in 2019. 

Boeing manufactures a variety of twin-aisle airplanes.  1,025 acres and 14 million sq. feet at the Boeing Everett site. 

Airlines will need 41,030 new airplanes valued at $6.1 trillion.  The market for new airplanes to become even more geographically balanced.  Air travel is becoming more diverse geographically.  More people around the world are flying.  More acceptance and expectation to fly.

Child will need 6,810 new airplanes valued at $1 trillion.  China bought 300 new Boeing airplanes and Boeing has agreed to build a finishing center in China (paint, installation of seats, etc.).

The 737 MAX is the new plane from Boeing.  3,800 orders on the books.  Longer range airplane.  Point to point service.

777X and composite wing will be built in Puget Sound.  More efficient.  2035 wingspan.  Currently 212.  A 777X composite wing center has been built in Everett. 

Customer want more for less.  It is a highly competitive market.  Headwinds exist in the market.  Instability, volatility, populism, increased geopolitical uncertainty, terrorism frequency & breadth, jet fuel prices, exchange rates, economic growth variation.

Washington’s aerospace tax incentives were passed.  503 companies in Washington take advantage of this lower tax rate.  Last year the benefit to Boeing was $300 million but Washington has benefited to the tune of $13 Billion.  There are repeated efforts in Olympia to claw back aerospace tax incentives and legislate business decisions. 

Boeing donated $50 million in 2018.  Focused on learning and education.  Hope to produce engineers and other prosperous individuals.  Hired over 10,000 veterans in the last year.   More than $600 million was donated by employees.  Nearly 200 humanitarian delivery flights since 1992.

 



 

Recent Socials and Projects

Our club has the ambitious goal of having a social event and a service project each month.  Of course we try to make both of them FUN!
 
On October 5, it was Rotary Ladies' Night at the Hidden Vine Wine Bar.  It was a chance for our lady members, our men's partners, and potential female members to gather to socialize and bond without the guys!
 
 
Above are photos from the event.  From a guys perspective, it certainly looks like the ladies were having fun without us.  HOW COULD THAT BE?  Despite some discussion amongst the guys that there should a guys' only event, no one took the lead.  What is the saying?  "If you want to get the job done, hire a woman!"
 
On the project front, we had four of our members volunteer to help on September 16 with the "Day of Hope" event at the Arlington Airport.  The Day of Hope is a large community outreach event put together by churches and businesses of North Snohomish County. The event offered goods and services to the under resourced members of our community.
 
To see a video of the event and perhaps see the Rotarians who help--Devin, Mel. Wayne and Marcia, click HERE!
 
Last Saturday, in partnership with the Snohomish County Chapter of the American Red Cross, we removed non functional smoke detectors and installed new detectors with 10 year batteries in the 9 mobile homes in the Riverside Mobile Home Park just east of Haller Park.  In addition to two of our members, we had two of our recent luncheon guests join us in the service project:  Jessica Martin and Chris Nevarro.
 
 
 
In the top photo Dave and Devin with the new operative smoke detector and the non-working detector being replaced.  In the lower photo is the Red Cross representative, Richard Kennard, with Dave, Chris and Devin.  
 
In addition to the smoke detector mini project, we have a project scheduled for the Fire Mountain Scout Camp on Saturday, October 14, to frame staff cabins.  If you are interested in volunteering, contact our service director, Devin, by email: dbrossardjp@gmail.com. 


 
 
 

Bud Returns to Korea!

Bud Compton in South Korea--an Honored Veteran!
 
Bud served in Korea from Sept 1952 thru April 1953 on a Bomber aircraft. Bud was 28 years old when he was serving.  There were 21 united nations in 1952 going to Korea to help the Koreans.  Soldiers that were a part of the war were invited to go to Korea for a tour of Soul. It was an all expenses were paid for the trip and when they left they were given a disk with photographs and another as slide show, but that lasts an hour. 
 
When the veterans arrived, they were greeted and the older veterans were placed in wheelchairs because they said it was too far of a walk.  When they arrived at the hotel the employees were in line to greet the veterans and they were given flowers. When they arrived at their rooms they their baggage was already in their rooms and they were given cards for food in the hotel that served food for all nationalities.  That evening they were told about what was going to happen on their trip and then they participated in a Korean cultural experience where they were taught about the Korean language and the veterans were dressed in authentic Korean clothing.
 
The next morning it was the 67th anniversary of the Korean war and the president of Korea spoke to the Veterans.  That afternoon they went to the Korean war museum.  Everywhere they went they had motorcycles to stop the traffic so that the bus never had to stop.  Next they visited the DMZ, separating North and South Korea.
There are guards there 24 hours per day looking over t the other side.  Inside the DMZ building they saw the table where the ceasefire was signed. 
It has been over 2 years since the North Koreans and South Koreans have met.  They also watched a movie about the war and what happened across the entire peninsula.  After the DMZ they went to a wreath laying ceremony and incense burning at the National Cemetery.  That evening the Veterans were invited to a dinner hosted by Korean dignitaries and were awarded metals.
Bud spoke at this dinner with many other dignitaries. Children preformed various dances and songs for the veterans.  6 to 8 countries were represented by veterans.
 
While in Korea Bud was able to visit the base that he was stationed at in Korea. Soel has changed from the time that Bud was there.  When he was there people were living in shacks in the middle of rice fields and now there are high rise buildings and hydroelectric farms.
 
Note: Bud has played a part in 3 wars.  In WWII his plane crashed over enemy lands and he was  POW.  He served in the Korean War and was a private contract pilot during the Vietnam War.

47 Years of Rotary in North Snohomish County

Dave Duskin, Assistant District Governor and Club Historian spoke about the history of our club as our September 28 meeting.. 

Dave was prompted to do the presentation following the program by Larry O' Donnell on the Everett Club's history and in light of the fact that in 3 years we will be celebrating our golden anniversary.

Our club has been around for 47 years!  Everett was the first club in Snohomish County.  They have been a club for 100 years.  They sponsored a club in Marysville that was chartered in 1929.  In 1934, during the depression,  is was disbanded.  In 1970 the Marysville-North County Rotary Club was sponsored by Everett in hopes of re-establishing a club in the north part of the county.

                             Our Original Charter

To attract members from multiple communities, the organizational meetings which started on April 6, 1970, was held at the Turkey House Restaurant off the 1-5 exit at Island Crossing. There were 14 members from Marysville, 4 from Arlington, 1 from Stanwood, and 1 from Darrington. who were members when the charter was granted on June 20, 1970. 

Don Richards is the only surviving charter member.  Two other charter members of our club who attended the 40 anniversary celebration, John Mitchell and Bob Bibb, are now deceased.

John Mitchell (deceased) on Left and Don Richards on the Right

Gordon Shea was the first president.  He was a State Trooper from Lake Stevens who had been previously in Rotary.

                                    Lt. Gordon Shea is on the left, center unknown, Chet Williams charter member from Darrington on far right 

Although the club first started meeting at the Turkey House (now where Denny's is located), it moved soon thereafter across the street to what was then known as Bob and Ann's Woodcarver Cafe.  Charter member, Bob Williams, owned the restaurant, but at the time of the move Joe Weller was managing the restaurant to see if he was interested in buying the business.  He soon thereafter did buy the business and renamed it Weller's Chalet Restaurant.  The club met there until it closed in 2005.

      Early Ad Showing Joe Weller and Weller's Chalet

Robert “Bob” Bibb was a charter member.  He was a local attorney that was appointed to the Snohomish County Superior Court.

The first club bulletin noted the first speaker was Jeanette Pour.  Membership goal was to have 60 members.  Needed 35 new members to meet that goal.  The first board meeting approved that presidents of high schools would be honorary members of the club that would come to the meetings every week.  Don’t think that lasted long.  The first club project was for senior citizens of North County to serve both Arlington and Marysville.   This project eventually served what is now the Stillaguamish Senior Center. Rotarians helped put on the roof of the new facility in Smokey Point. 

We provided money and manpower to the Board of the Senior Center.  Dave Duskin has served on the Senior Center Board for 43 years.

The club raised money through fundraisers – Oktoberfest, horseracing betting, Christmas Lunch and Life Time Achievement Breakfasts were held to support the Center.

December 15, 1978 the club approved changing the name to North Snohomish County.

In 1984 our club sponsored the Rotary Club of Marysville.  The North Snohomish County club split and some Marysville members moved to the Marysville Club.  When we started the Marysville club they were presented with the bell the original club was presented with it first started. 

The Great Stilly Duck Dash Era began 27 years ago.  The first year there were troubles with the boom.  The ducks tried to escape!  The reason for starting the Duck Dash was to raise money to build a new Boys and Girls Club.  Members went to Canada to learn how to put on a Duck Dash.

Admitted women to the club in 1990.  Many members have held district leadership positions.

In 1992 we sponsored the Stanwood-Camano club.  Stanwood’s fundraiser is an Oktoberfest.  After Stanwood was formed we changed our name to the Rotary Club of Arlington (April 26, 2001). 

We have been involved with the annual Christmas baskets, painting Kids’ Kloset, 530 Slide relief, Camp Phoenix Burn Camp, Cocoon House in Arlington, Hands Together supply trailer for homeless, kids voting, library readying, planting trees, cub scouts, Twin Rivers disc golf course, scholarships to graduating seniors in the area, Chet Williams Endowed Scholarship Fund, recognizing student leaders and achievement, literacy projects – Romanian Library and Dolly Parton Imagination Library, Byrne’s Performing Arts project, playground at Haller Park, Fire Mount Boy Scout project, water project in Bungoma, Romanian orphanage and health care facility, commitment to Polio Plus, administration of Polio drops in India, exchange students, group study exchange, and many more!!
 
There is a history site page and subpages to our website that we will continue to update as we get closer to our 50th anniversary.  Many of the photos that were shown by Dave will be added in an album since the Power Point presentation exceeded the size requirement for attaching as a club archive.
 
Here is a list of important dates in our club's history:
 
 
 
Speakers
Thanksgiving Day
Nov 23, 2017
No meeting
Adrian Abed
Nov 30, 2017
Classification Talk
Barbara
Dec 07, 2017
Knitted Knockers
Christmas Party
Dec 14, 2017
Christmas Party
Food baskets
Dec 21, 2017
Food baskets
Jim Ohge
Dec 28, 2017
Internet security
Dr. Lee Harmon
Jan 04, 2018
Miss Vicky
Dr. Chrys Sweeting
Jan 11, 2018
School's bond proposal
Bob Qualick
Jan 18, 2018
Universal
Tripp Gibson
Jan 25, 2018
Emily Moller
Feb 08, 2018
Exchaneg student
Brooke Burdick
Feb 15, 2018
Habitat for Humanity
Ogie Shaw
Apr 12, 2018
What To Do About American & Childhood Obesity
 
 
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