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DG Raj Visits Our Club

District Governor Raj Rajagopal
Our Program on January 19
Raj was born in the south of India.  He has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree and Masters in Hydraulic Engineering (India) and a Masters in Mechanics and Hydraulics (USA).  He came to Canada in 1973 and now lives in White Rock where he has retired but still provides worldwide assistance in subjects of his expertise.

He was introduced by Assistant Governor Duane.  To see a more detailed bio on  DG Raj, click HERE.

Cutting the TV Cable

Our speaker this week, Fixit Wizard and Club Sgt. At Arms Rick Olson, presented the history of television and provided updates on “Cutting the Cable” with a comparison of streaming services for program content. He also explained how AM and FM radio frequencies and internet bandwidth is utilized to provide home media.
Rick Olson

Christmas Food Baskets

Although providing food for financially challenged families has been an annual tradition of our club, the process has changed dramatically since the Arlington Community Foodbank has gone to a market model.  Here are some photos from years past:

Years Past

Santa Run & Lunch for Seniors

The "Season of Service" continued with the Santa Run on December 9, and Lunch for Seniors on December 16.  In addition to the photos below, see individual photo albums.  Thanks to all the Rotarians for volunteering for these projects!

Santa Run


Lunch for Seniors


Rotary Youth Exchange

Wojtek Grous

We heard from our inbound exchange student, Wojeich (Wojtek) Grouse, at our meeting on December 15.  As his first host father, John Meno introduced Wojtek.
With a Map of Wojtek's Home County of Poland Behind
Him, John Introduced Wojtek

Youth Dynamics Director and Club Member Jessica Ronhaar thanked the club for their support of this program serving youth 11 to 18 and young adults 19-24 in Arlington since 1994.  The organization combined with Stanwood Youth for Christ in 2017 and now serves youth in Arlington, Camano Island, Darrington, Lakewood, Oso and Stanwood.

Halloween 2022

It is a tradition in Oso for JoAnna and Rotarian Paul Abramowicz to have their barn decorated for Halloween for all their neighbors to enjoy.  This year they invited the Rotary club to their barn for its annual Halloween party.  With the Nightmare Before Christmas movie playing in the barn, many appropriate decorations, and, of course, Rotarians and guests in costume, it was a fun evening enjoying a potluck, and many laughs!  Thank you JoAnna and Paul! 

New Member:

Welcome Kym Gallo!
Our Membership Director Duane inducted our newest member, Kym Gallo, the Program Director at the Arlington Boys & Girls Club.  She was proposed by DJ and Carla will be her mentor.  Welcome Kym!

Apple Cup Pie! 

It was a tradition in the Tacoma club when Rick and Kathleen were members, that apple pie would be served by those members whose team lost the Apple Cup at the first meeting following the game.  They introduced that tradition to our club.  Members were asked to wear clothing to indicate the college they attended.  

New Members:
Welcome Gina and Chad Hilker!
At our Holiday party, President Elect Mel (a previous owner of Grocery Outlet) inducted 2 new members.  Gina and Chad Hilker are the new owners of the Grocery Outlet.  They come from Texas via Portland.  In the picture are their sponsor Cindy and their mentors Kathleen and Rick Olson.

'Tis the Season for Service!

The Turkey Trot, benefiting the Arlington Community Food Bank, was the start of our Rotary "Season of Service".  Don't forget "Giving Tuesday", a great time to give to your favorite charity including the Rotary Foundation.  Here are photos from last year's Season of Service:

Season of Service 2021

Santa Run
A Christmas Wish Toy Drive
Christmas Food Baskets
Lunch for Seniors
There are links under events to sign-up to participate.  Watch for the Giving Tuesday bulletin!

What Goes Into the Blue Bin?

Recycling 101

What goes into the blue recycling can before you roll it out to the curb?
Shannon Brennan Speaking with Marcy Maribusan
This question was answered by Shannon Brennan, a member of the Waste Management Public Education & Outreach Team, who was the meeting speaker, introduced by Jim Kelly along with Marcy Maribusan, who works with the City of Arlington in its garbage and recycling services.

Bob Campbell, Club Rotary International Foundation Director, was the featured speaker for Rotary Foundation Month.  He shared some statistics and the scope of projects funded by the RI Foundation and highlighted our club’s Foundation work.

Any donation made by a club member to the RI Foundation in November will be matched by club points, up to $500. Contact Bob Campbell or Cindy Huleatt for assistance.

Update by Carla Rankin

Executive Director

$25,000 for Meals 'til Monday
We were joined by our own, Carla Rankin, as well as Mason Shepherd from the Arlington Community Food Bank. The Food Bank’s mission is “is to help end hunger in our community at its root cause.” From October 2021 through October 2022, the Food Bank served more than 25,000 individuals and over 8,000 households. That works out to 959,416 total pounds of food shared in the past year!
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