500 Trees and Shrubs Planted

First Ever Area J Joint Project Successful

To meet R.I. President Riseley's challenge to plant one tree for each member of each Rotary Club by Earth Day on April 22, the five clubs in District Area 5050, did more than their part, with a day to spare. Current total membership of the five clubs is 215.
We did have some help from other groups.  Both the Snohomish and County Rotaract Clubs were represented, with 2 from Snohomish County and 3 from Skagit County. 
Libby Baker on Left with Rachel Preston, President of Rotaract Club of Snohomish County
Stanwood and Arlington Interact Club members also helped with 4 and 3 members respectively.  Two Cub Packs had members who helped plant as well. 
Lyanne With AHS Interactors
As the largest club in Area J, Arlington had 18 Rotarians, 4 adult guests, and 7 minors planting trees.  Included in the total is our great barbeque team of Ryan, Carla and Paul.  
Although it rained Friday night and was threatening Saturday morning, it stayed dry for the event, with even some sun breaks.  Jason Anderson was the only tribal representative present.  He opened with planting instructions and gave demonstrations and helped in the field.  Species planted included fir, hemlock, cedar, cottonwood, alder, vine maple, and other native species.
Jason Giving Instructions
With the smell of barbequed hamburgers penetrating the 50 acre site, the crew made quick work of planting the 500 trees and shrubs.  All were planted by about 11:30 AM.  
Our club furnished the meat and buns, and the tribe provided drinks, chips and energy bars. 
In addition to all the 500 trees and shrubs, the tribe also provided shovels and gloves for those who did not bring them.  
The site of the planting is 50 acres east of Arlington on conservation land owned by the Stillaguamish Tribe.  It was once a farm along the South Fork of the Stillaguamish River.  A mobile home had been removed from the site.
Trees had been previously planted and many did not survive.  The trees we planted were to replace those that had died.  Hopefully we will have a better survival rate.
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Riparian Restoration

In anticipation of the Area J tree planting project on Saturday, our speaker on April 19 was Jason Anderson with the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians.
Riparian Biologist Jason Anderson
Jason is with the Natural Resources Department of the Stillaguamish Tribe.  it is the mission of the department to manage, protect and conserve those natural resources that are required to sustain healthy populations of fish, shellfish, and wildlife within the Stillaguamish River watershed.  In particular, the focus is on the area between the river, its tributaries and wetlands, and the upland.  The area is known as the riparian area.
Development, including farms along the river, has caused much of the vegetation to keep stream temperature suitable for fish to be diminished.  Restoration of the riparian area involves enhancing the native plant population over time.  This is done with weed control and the planting of native plants.
Once an area for restoration is delineated, there is a vegetation assessment including weeds to be targeted, and the native plants which are to be established once the weeds are controlled.  Targeted weeds include blackberry, English ivy, thistles, tansy ragwort, reed canary grass, knotweed and Scotch broom.  Native plants include cedar, spruce, fir, hemlock, maple, alder, cottonwood, willow, birch, filbert, ash and hawthorn, along with shrubs, grasses, rushes, flowers and ferns.
The desired outcome is improved habitat for wildlife and fish, while improving ecological conditions such as stabilizing river banks, filtering contaminants, and shading the water to keep it cool and oxygen rich.  The same plants provide habitat for birds, deer, and other animals.  Many also provide healthy, delicious food and medicine for people.
On Saturday, we will find a well delineated area with weeds already controlled.  The tribe will be providing the native plants for volunteers to plant.  Tubes are placed around the trunk of the new plants to protect the same from rodents and animals that can do damage to the young plants.  We will be, in some cases, replacing previously planted vegetation that did not survive earlier plantings.  There will also be a large area that has never been planted.  
The natural resources department has about 25 permanent workers.  They will have the plants placed where they are to be planted.  There will be an instruction on how to properly do the planting.
Jason was quick to point out that if you like doing riparian restoration, the Stillaguamish Tribe is only 1 of several organizations that are always looking for volunteers.  Just click on the organization for its website:
Watch for a story on the tree planting project.

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Childhood Obesity

Ogie Shaw spoke to the club about child obesity. 

Ogie Shaw is part of a national group that gives talk about health and fitness.   30 years ago 57% of children failed the “functional fitness test” just performing basic movements.   America created the Presidential Council to attempt to get our kids healthy.   Children are now even unhealthier.  Our children will have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.  Major cancers are prevalent due to the way we eat.   We are getting more obese every year.  Physical education is the first thing to get cut when budgets are cut.  Children’s behaviors are substantially effected by the parents and adults in their lives. 

Most people are not getting the exercise they need.  Make exercise fun!  You must work every muscle in the body to get real results.  The recommendation is to work out 7 days a week.  You are more likely to stick to the plan if you do it every day.  Work until muscle failure, do as many reps until you can’t anymore.  Injury rate goes down if you work out every day. 

Work against resistance.   Eat for nutrition do not eat for weight loss.  Do not make changes to the way you eat that you won’t make permanently.   We are a confused nation about the proper way to eat. 

One of Mr. Shaw’s colleagues has rated and assigned points to over 3,000 foods.  If you eat over 100 points you will reach the goal and reduce cancer risk.  Cantaloupe is the best breakfast food.  Romaine and spinach is better than iceberg lettuce.

Your body measurements can tell you if you may be at risk for cancers and other diseases.

Fitness majors in college are becoming scarcer.  If exercise can’t be fun it better be fast. 

5 minutes of exercise with controlled resistance is a great way to begin a routine and a great way to get in shape.  Separate fitness from fun.

Stay motivated by accountability and measurement.  Measure your fitness level once a week and exercise seven days a week. 

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Stillaguamish Senior Center

The history of our Rotary Club and history of the Stillaguamish Senior Center are linked.  When our club was chartered in 1970 as the Marysville-North County Rotary Club, we had members from both Arlington and Marysville.  Marysville did not have a separate club.  The new club needed a project that would benefit both Arlington and Marysville.
Two of our charter members were linked to Cascade Valley Hospital:  Al Remington, the hospital administrator, and Bob Williams, a hospital district commissioners.  The hospital district had initiated the drive to have a senior center to keep seniors more active and thus healthier.  
In 1970 the boundaries of the two towns were much different.  The area between the towns was out in the county, including the location of the new senior center in the Smokey Point area.  Neither town had a senior center.  
Board members were recruited for the new center from the Rotary Club.  It purchased an old motel site and set about recruiting volunteers to build the main hall.  Local banks agreed to provide some financing with a joint loan guaranteed by the hospital commissioners and by Al Remington.
Roofing Project
One of our club's first hands on projects including roofing the main hall of the Center.  Our club also held fundraisers for the Center, not only when it was just getting started but for years thereafter.  Fundraising included an annual Oktoberfest at the Center.  Our member, Fred Beals, then the owner of Silvana Meats, provided prime rib which was cooked at Weller's Chalet, with other Bavarian foods, and of course lots of beer! Members sold tickets and we always had a packed house which included an evening of dancing with a live band.
Before the Indian casinos became legal, non profits were allowed to have fundraisers involving gambling.  Our club put on a couple of Reno nights at the center with our members running the games and dealing black jack.  One of our unique fundraisers included a night at the horse races.  We converted the Center to Stilly Downs.  Videos of actual races from a track in California were used and, with the use of play money, para mutual betting took place on the races.  Prizes could be purchased with the play money at the end of the evening.
Stilly Downs Call to Post-Rotarian Pat Sweezey
One of the significant projects we had for Senior Center was the creation of a trust fund that eventually became the Senior Center Endowment Fund.  Our club donated the initial funds and sought contributions from the community.
In 1985, our club sponsored a new Rotary Club in Marysville.  We changed our name shortly thereafter to the North Snohomish County Rotary Club.  Marysville still did not have its own senior center so the Center continued to be supported by both communities. Eventually Smokey Point was divided between both communities, with the area that the Center is located being annexed to the City of Arlington. With the City limits of Marysville being just south along Smokey Point Blvd., and across the freeway, the Center still serves seniors from both communities.
Rotarians from both communities have served on the Center's board of directors.  Almost every Executive Director of the Center has been a member of our club.  Currently Rotarians on the board include Kathy McCone, Breanne Martin, Dave Duskin, Bob Campbell, Lauren Hunter and Erik Granroth. Former Rotarian board members have included Leroy Jacques, Don Richards, Duane Rhodes, Sue Weiss, Al Hansberry, Joe Hopkins, and Dick Post, to name a few.
When the Center was looking for a different fund raiser to replace declining support from United Way of Snohomish County, the idea of a fund raising breakfast honoring someone in our community was proposed.  Rotarians, Dale and Dave Duskin, but their heads together and the Life Time Achievement Award Breakfast was the result.
The Duskin twins turned to the Rotary Club for assistance.  Rotarians were recruited for table hosts and to help with the set up for the breakfast.  This year's breakfast on April 25 is the 13th annual event.  Honorees over the 13 years have been Howard Christianson, Don Meier, Ruth and Harry Yost, Dick Post, George Boulton, Yolanda Larson, Duane Weston, Margaret Larson, Harley Robb, Chuck and Bea Randall, Ray McClure, and last year, Darlene Strotz.
This year Virginia Hatch will be recognized.  Virginia served for 10 years on the City of Arlington's Park, Arts and Recreation Commission.  Organizations that have been blessed with her involvement have been the Kiwanis Club, Dollars for Scholars, Kids Kloset, Arlington's Arts Council  and Hands Together. In 2003 Virginia Co-chaired Arlington's Centennial Celebration.  Twice the Arlington Chamber of Commerce has recognized her as a Citizen of the Year.
Virginia Hatch
The breakfast is on April 25 with check-in at 7:00 AM and breakfast at 7:30 AM.  To attend the breakfast, call the center at (360) 653-4551, or email dklemens@stillycenter.org.  There will be an ask for a contribution to benefit the Center.


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Posted by Jessica Martin on Apr 05, 2018

New Embedded Social Worker Program

Our program today was brought to us by the Arlington Police Department.
Chief Ventura discussed the opioid issue in Arlington. Last year we were over 125% of space in jail and over 400 warrants active.  For the past 20 years we arrest people for petty crimes or quality of life crimes.  By the time they get back on the street to work they would be seeing the same folks committing the same crimes.  So they started to look at how to make it work .  They came up with the idea of treating the root cause of the problem.  Search community is different.  Our homeless numbers are growing. But the biggest problem is males over the age of 30 on opioids. So they started to treat the problem shooting for just 10% first.  Not trying to be soft but practical.  Low level crime rate here still.  Looked at Community Court and one stop shop.  But was concerned about hug a thug problem.  But law enforcement embedded social workers.  So the platform switched and three years later the ideas are coming to fruition.  The chief introduced Ken Thomas and Britany Sutton, to tell us about the new program.
Resource Officer Ken Thomas with Social Worker Brittany Sutton
 Ken has 20 years in law enforcement.  Now going to homeless camps and being proactive.  2015 the office started and building on the ideas. 
Brittany said they go out to camps do dry runs to find new folks who want to change their lives and see if they are engaged to change and let them know it’s their choice and they have the availability to make changes.  They setup detox to inpatient, no contact, once clean they are their 30-60 days and move to housing go shopping to get them housing items and food.  They help them move in and take care of them to get them to stay sober for 3 months and ongoing communication.  People are now starting to come out of the woods and asking for help and turning themselves in.  People are starting to turn after a history of 10-12 years of use.
Ken said he has been working with the Marysville office and other local places.  During the cold weather they approach them and tell them the new option they are willing to get help and they find out they have 6 months’ worth of housing and before in jail they would get sent right back out and in the same pattern and taking the drugs again.  When we see them walking at night on cold nights they take meth so they don’t sleep so they stay warm moving.  The folks are now approaching them and recognizing the folks working on this and asking for help. 99% of folks they are talking to need help and they are filled out until the end of April.  Now they are trying to find more housing for all these folks.
What types of things are being done about jobs to help sustain them?  They help folks and they disappear and they think they are successful somewhere and move once they are doing well.  They are looking forward to results this year on what happens next.  Work source is a place that helps as well.
What is the growth impact on this because of our growth rate here? Does this population grow with our community?  Not seeing new folks, just seeing the same folks and within county.  They aren’t seeing an influx now but over the summer could see people moving here more because it’s easier to get around.  It is starting to level off here.  We have  a big problem in Smokey point and they push them, but then they go to Marysville, and then they send them back over to us.  So the people are just getting pushed back and forth over I-5 and now they are partnering and really have nowhere else to go.  They are all working on the same plan.  Using county social workers versus others due to funding being federal now and can cover the whole county.  No lines now and private practices are accepting these folks because of the federal funding, which is removing the gaps that stopped these plans before.  Not a lot of stats because the program is new and they will have some data after a year.  In other places the success rate has been 40-60% in other areas.  We are looking just for a 10% improvement.  They have a diversion center with the Sheriff’s office now to get plugged into the system right away.
Arlington community resource center has resources as well for housing and assistance.   This has been a great partnership where they meet folks weekly.
What about Elma?  And can we call police to help if we find someone and can’t get them into Elma?  They would like that and do take referrals.  Our schedules are dynamic and we want to help them.
What about the new meth clinic?  We will be working with stilly director where they will get assessment help right away.
How is this funded?  Is this part of the 3 billion funding for opioids?  This is a county effort and a pilot program.  The county picks up half of the social worker and half of the Marysville side and they pay half with the officers too.  All have funded it.  There is a flexible spending account they have where the funds are used to pay for items like housing and supplies for these people.
What can the community do to support to volunteer?  They don’t have something like this yet.  They just are trying to spread the word now and get people to advocate and become aware of it.  But can donate to the flex fund.
Don’t give change, keep it and donate to help and support the cause.  If you keep giving change they won’t get help and they will just keep coming back to take more.
Program sounds good, what will you do with more and more coming in to take this program even from other areas?  Once they get through the 6 months of housing and then having the system become a steady flow.  They don’t plan to be overburdened because they will start to help each other and the community because they have been able to get better and now would want to help others. 
Is there anyone we can approach and refer them to the program?  Yes if you are comfortable and can talk to them go for it and give them the card for help.  If they are able they will engage with them and come over. They do have to follow up with folks to make sure they are staying clean and getting going. 
There is a lack of resources and this will continue.  We do send folks out of state for treatment because we can’t help them.  Homeless folks are drawn to the west coast.
How is the funding going to work out with the current funds needed and what is projected for the future when it’s fully successful?  They will know over the year.  The team are averaging $300 a month on officer for the program.  The folks usually don’t’ have ID or health insurance.  While we wait for an assessment they get them these services and get a DSHS voucher.  They will help them go through the whole process because they aren’t able to do it on their own.  They take them to court or whatever they need to get them.  It’s about 10k for each office is about 1,000 a month.  Once the success rate is proven more folks would be willing to write a check for that.
Funding for salaries is jointly but once results are proven the counsel would support and the flex fund has very specific uses and not is allowed for long term things.  It’s emergency funds.
A New Approach to Homeless Jessica Martin 2018-04-05 07:00:00Z 0

Spotlight: Club Administration

Club administration gave a five minute spotlight presentation on their role in the club.  They are looking for people to join subcommittees.  If you would like to join please contact Carla.  They help put together meetings, firesides, golf tournaments, ensure new members and guests feel welcome, and A LOT more!  The meetings for club admin are held the fourth Wednesday of every month.

Alicia Crank with Snohomish County YWCA

Alicia Crank, Corporate Relationship Officer with the Snohomish County YWCA, spoke to our club about the YWCA.  The YWCA isn’t the same as the YMCA.  They were started around the same time but they are two distinct organizations.  YMCA is focused on health and fitness, social responsibility, and youth development.  YWCA is focused on empowerment of women and girls, and racial justice.  YWCA is one of the largest providers of housing and services for domestic violence survivors and low income and transitional housing.  They offer child and youth programs, financial literacy, basic education and tutoring.  YWCA offers job training tools.
YWCA is about to turn 125 years old.  Their main office is located in downtown Seattle.  There are 20 locations across King and Snohomish County.  They try to make a difference by focusing on economic empowerment, health and safety, and housing and stability.  They partner with other agencies for housing, legal services, eviction prevention.
YWCA is supported by 100% fundraising with 220 YWCAs across the country.  The Seattle location is the second largest serving approximately 17,000 people each year. The YWCA provides emergency shelters and temporary housing, permanent housing, housing support, and landlord engagement programs.  The YWCA works with the landlord to mitigate the potential homelessness issues and sometimes financial support to bridge the gap between jobs if job loss is an issue.
The YWCA provides 12 job training programs.  One that is coming to Snohomish is called BankWorks.  Professionals will provide bank career training and interviews/job fairs.The YWCA also partners with Bartell Drugs to provide toiletries for a basket on each table at YWCAs fundraising luncheons.  The baskets are then donated to woman YWCA clients.  The next luncheon is on April 18th in Everett.  It is free of charge.  Please attend to learn more about what YWCA is doing in Snohomish County. 
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Camp Korey

We learned all about Camp Korey from it's program director, Josh Simons, at our meeting on March 22.
Josh Simons

The mission of Camp Korey is to honor the courage strength and determination of children and their families living with life altering medical conditions by providing them with a transformational experience in a fun, safe camp environment with specialized medical support.

All campers, no matter what limitations, can do any of the activities.  The camp has specialized equipment and counselors to assist.  Doctors and nurses on site.  The kids get to focus on being a kid.  Challenge by choice is a theme.  The child gets to choose the adventure, where they start and where they end.  They challenge the child but the child gets to determine what success means to them. 

Rock climbing, horseback riding, painting, archery, zipline, and more are offered activities. 

The children can relate to the other children at camp and be proud of their scars for the first time in their lives. 

Camp Korey was founded in 2005 by Tim Rose and his family to honor the life of their son Korey who lost his battle to bone cancer age 18.  The camp is part of SeriousFun children network with sister camps with the same mission, founded by Paul Newman.  There are 30 camps throughout the world.  The camp is dependent on private funding.  All children can attend for free.               

Camp Korey provides services for over 4,000 individuals with more than 30 different medical conditions each year.  They are 80% volunteer driven and have trained medical professionals on site 24/7 during programming.

The camp offers residential summer camp, family weekends (families connect with other families), Camp to You (outreach program that brings the camp to the hospitals and healthcare facilities in the Puget Sound), and family day adventures. 

Positive outcomes result from the week at camp.  Some children’s providers attend camp to build relationships and increase comfort with the providers.  Easier to form friendships, increased coping skills and resilience, increase in openness and self-esteem. 

It costs about $2,500 per kid to host a child for the week of camp.  Camp is open to children ages 7-17.  There is a lengthy application process.  Doctors review the children’s medical needs to ensure they can serve them.  The camp has to turn away some children due to capacity.

The property for Camp Korey is located near Lake McMurray, just north of Arlington in Mount Vernon. It's the property that was once know as Camp Brotherhood.  There are 23 existing buildings and there is a plan to add more and renovate.  They want to expand their capacity.  There are many volunteer opportunities year round. 

Josh was a social worker and learned about SeriousFun through college.  He started volunteering at sister camps and got hooked.  Once he found out about the job with Camp Korey he knew it was perfect for him.  

Before purchasing the property, the camp was on leased property in Carnation.

There are many volunteer opportunities and the non-profit is always looking for donations.  For more visit Camp Korey's website: Click on Camp Korey 

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Sponsorship Drive Kicked Off

Sponsorship Drive Chair Jola
In kicking off the sponsorship drive, chair Jola reminded us that the Duck Dash is the only fundraiser our club does.
The Duck Dash proceeds go to support our various project including the Stillaguamish Senior Center, Boys and Girls Club, Cocoon House, and many other non-profits in the community, such as the playground and splash pads at Haller Park, as well as our international water project. 
Funds raised through sponsorships go to pay for all the expenses associated with the Duck Dash so all the proceeds from ticket sales can go to community organizations and projects.
The club set a goal in 2015 that we would attempt to increase sponsorships and ticket sales 10% each year.  Last year we fell short by $9k.
This year Duck Dash Chair Bob Campbell and his committee has set the goal of $100,000 in sponsorships, $20k more than we have ever collected in sponsorships.  We will be working in teams to collect sponsorships.  Each team should collect $7,500 in sponsorships.
Coupon sponsors must offer something of value.  Let Jola know right away if you sell a coupon sponsorship.  She has to keep track of them.  We can only take one platinum sponsor ($10k).
Have the sponsor or member fill out the sponsorship form.  Make sure you get the exact spelling of the business if their name will appear on a plaque, t-shirt, or banner.  Team captains have forms and forms will be posted on Club Runner.
April 12th is the deadline for submitting sponsorships.
The team with the most sponsors, most new sponsors, most upsales will win prizes. 
If you are a business that would like to be a sponsor of the Great Stilly Duck Dash, and you have not been contacted by a Rotarian, contact us by clicking HERE.

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Lauren Hunter of Hunter Funding

Lauren Hunter, who became a member of our club in October, and who was sponsored by Erik Granroth, entertained us with her classification talk on March 8. 
Lauren Hunter
Born Lauren Bishop in 1983 and grew up in Arlington. .  She has a brother and sister.  Her parents have lived in the same house with the same phone number since 1979.  She has seen what true love is by watching her parents. 
She has a lot of aunts and uncles.  Over 80 cousins.  She was not a great student and talkative.  Lauren went to Skagit Valley Community College and received her general education associates degree.  Moved to Houston when she was 18 to live with her aunt and uncle.  She was a nanny for her cousin. 
She received a degree in mortuary science from University of Saint Thomas in Houston.  Licensed to embalm in three states.  She couldn’t handle the emotional toll of the job.  Lauren received her Masters from Rice University in Houston in molecular biology. 
Lauren joined a bowling league to meet friends.  She was put on a team with 3 eighty year old men.  She used her student loan money to buy season tickets to the Houston Astros.  She went to 81 games by herself or with a date for three years.  She started writing grants to fund her education.  She graduated without any debt.  
Lauren was married briefly and her husband died in 2009.  Their house burned down.  She then left Houston and moved to New York.  Lauren worked for Planned Parenthood Federation for seven years as the director for scientific philanthropy.  She reviewed all the grants.  She learned what to look for and what to put in grant requests.  Planned Parenthood lost their funding and her job was cut.
She moved to Chicago and was the director of corporate and foundation giving at the Museum of Science and Industry.  She then applied for a job in the Virgin Islands.  She moved and lived in a hostel under the job started.  Lauren had to walk and take a safari bus from her home to the job.  She met her boyfriend in the Virgin Islands.  The hurricane demolished their house.
Lauren and her boyfriend moved back to Arlington together.  Laurens’ boyfriend is the assistant superintendent at a golf course.  Lauren started Hunter Funding and does grant writing, but she is trying to find out what she wants to do with her life.
Lauren has been a Rotarian in the past.  She got great joy out of seeing kids in the Virgin Island carrying back packs and school supplies supplied by her Rotary Club.  After returning to Arlington she visited our club as a visiting Rotarian before being proposed for membership.  Her community involvement since returning to Arlington, besides Rotary, has included joining the board of the Stillaguamish Senior Center and working on the Citizens Committee for passage of the bond.
Based on Lauren's presentation, it is clear you don't need a fancy power point presentation to make a classification talk entertaining and interesting.  Thanks Lauren for sharing your history with out club!

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Seussical the Musical

It was a pre-function followed by the opening night of the AHS Drama Department's Seusical the Musical  that was our March social event.  Photos of the pre-function hosted by Carla at her home, audience shots, and a special back stage tour following the musical can be seen above in the photo album section.
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Dana Johnson's

Classification Talk

Dana joined our Rotary club on September 28.  She was sponsored by Dave Duskin.  She, and her family, are owners/members in S & S Roofing, LLC.
Dana Johnson
Dana was born in September of 1978.  She has 2 brothers and 2 sisters, each 18 months apart.  One of her earliest memories is on her dad and family building their family home in the Marysville area.  She never knew her maternal grandparents since they died young.  Her paternal grandparents had a family farm and they died when Dana was in high school.
Her father, Steve Johnson, worked for the telephone company when Dana was young. He left the company to become a home builder, as did her uncle.  The whole family are hard workers. and they tried their best to get Dana involved in the business.
Although hard workers, the extended family took 2 or 3 vacations each year.  Crescent Bar on the Columbia and Whistler ski trips were common.  
Through the 6th grade, Dana went to Grace Academy, a private school in Marysville.  Although her high school diploma is from Marysville Pilchuck, Dana attended community college in Running Start.  She reported that she bleeds U of W purple!
Dana was married.  She and her husband had a daughter on the way when Dana was in an auto accident and lost the child.  Soon thereafter her marriage was in the process of being dissolved when she learned she was pregnant again.  She has raised her daughter Ashly as a single mom.  Ashly is 16 and to celebrate her 16th birthday they went to Disneyland.
McDonald's Restaurant is where Dana initially chose to work rather than the family business.  She lived in Seattle.  Her daughter attended a co-op school.  After McDonald's, Dana worked in the real estate business in Seattle. She worked days and mothered at night.
After the real estate market crashed in 2008, the family moved to Arlington to get a fresh start.  Steve Johnson and Shane Dunlap started S & S Roofing.  Still a very close family.  Her parents and sister have houses in the same neighborhood and Dana is building one there as well.  Huge family holiday gatherings and they have Sunday dinner as a family each week.
S & S Roofing, its owners and employees are very community oriented.  It donates to many causes both in time and money.  A big benefactor has been the Arlington Boys and Girls Club.  Dana and family members have sponsored teams and have coached.  Dana coached volleyball for 6 years and recently Ashly took over as a coach. Ashly hopes one day to play volleyball for the WSU Cougars.
Other examples of the generosity is that food was provided for 45 families at Thanksgiving and 65 at Christmas.  Following the earthquake in Mexico $10,000 was sent to a village where the family of one of its employees live. Dana also goes to Seattle twice a week to help homeless women learn computer skills.
S & S Roofing employs about 45 persons working in 9 crews.  Last year 500 homes were roofed and this year it is on pace for 600 homes.  It's philosophy is to make it right, whatever it takes! 
Dana does whatever is needed to be done in the office, from receptionist to marketing and estimating repairs.  Since its office opened 3 years ago on West Avenue in Arlington, Ashly worked there while attending Stanwood High School.  More recently Ashly has shifted to on-line schooling, while working at S & S, until she can get into a Running Start program.  Ashly is involved in Spread the Kindness, a movement that has resulted in about 300 lbs. of food being donated to the Arlington Community Food Bank last month.
ADR Roofing and A-OK Roofing are companies that were owned by family and which are now affiliated companies.
In her spare time, Dana likes to travel, hike, bike and cross fit.  As her daughter is not at home as much, she may be looking for more hobbies.  Her life has pretty much centered around Ashly, her family, and work. 

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Workforce Snohomish County

Ton Nguyen with Workforce Snohomish spoke to the club.  Ton immigrated from Vietnam as a child.  After he graduated from high school he started working at a youth center in West Seattle.  Ton has been with Workforce for over a year now.  He hopes to use his role to create change.  Workforce is a quasi governmental agency with funding from a federal grant and private funding.  Ton works on the federal side.  He contracts service providers and has access to the “youth dollars”.  Ton works to develop programs to better prepare young adults for their careers. 
Workforce serves ages 16-24.  If they are out of school they serve ages 14-24.  The work readiness program assigns case managers to each student.  They can assist in getting students back in high school, getting their GED or finding employment.  They are also able to help them get bus cards, interview clothing, and connected to other services.
Every Tuesday, they bring in companies and professionals that speak to the youth about their careers and pathways.  They also host job fairs and the center for Human Services puts on workshops. 
Youthworks is a website program to search internships, jobs, and mentor programs.  It is a supported by the governor’s discretionary funding.  www. snocoyouthworks.com. Last year 53 students got their GED, 105 students were placed into employment, and 39 participated in 90 hour paid internships.
Workforce is looking for local businesses that will be on an advisory council and also take on interns, mentees, and young employees.  Workforce has funding to pay employers up to 90 hours of an intern’s time. Workforce provides a one week “soft skills” training to teach the students how to dress, stay sober, show up on time, etc.
Workforce is partnering with Weston High School and are in the school weekly.   
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Habitat for Humanity

Store Coming to Smokey Point

Brooke Burdick-Director of Community Outreach

Brooke Burdick from Habitat for Humanity (HFH) spoke to the club about the non-profit organization.

HFH helps low income families with low income housing.  They provide for low income families by providing volunteer labor and financing.   They believe everyone deserves a decent home to live in.   HFH is one of the largest non-profit.   

Many families apply for each project.  A committee selects the recipient.  Those not selected are referred to other agencies for housing assistance. 

HFH builds locally and internationally.  20 people are going to Honduras this August.  This is a more meaningful travel experience for people.  The volunteers build next to local people.  It is very enriching for the volunteers. 

Volunteer groups from large and small businesses help with the builds. 

HFH has stores around Snohomish County.  One is opening in Smokey Point in the former Food Pavilion building in June.  Furniture, appliances, home supplies are sold in the stores.  All products are donated.  Please donate!  Donating materials and appliances keep it out of the landfills.  Donating is a great way to recycle products.  They cannot take all furniture or badly scratched materials.

HFH employs volunteers in the stores.  A lot of high school students complete their volunteer hours in the stores. 

A project in Gold Bar will begin in May.  The property was donated.  A small home will be built to support a family of four.  Projects have been completed throughout Snohomish County.

HFH works with other organizations to educate people on how to get a home.  They educate people how to repair credit and obtain a home loan without a down payment. 

2 out of 3 children of families in Habitat homes will go to college.  Homeowners are required to spend 500 hours building.  They invest sweat equity in the property and learn how to take care of a home while building.  Home Depot and Lowes provide materials and teach classes.

HFH has built in Houston after the hurricane.  They built in Louisiana, Thailand, Honduras.

The new home owner owns the home, not the land.  The owner can sell the house but it has to go through HFH and to a new HFH recipient.  Any equity goes to the selling home owner.

If you are interested in volunteering please contact Brooke.  

HFH is a Little of All of the Above!

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Emily Moller Tells us About Denmark

Our program on February 8 was our inbound exchange student, Emily Moller.
Emily spoke to the club about her experiences in the U.S. and her home country.  Emily is from Denmark.  
The Danish flag is called Dannebrog.  It is said to be one of the oldest flags in the world.
Denmark is small and would fit inside of Washington.  It is flat but with some hills.  The biggest mountain is not more than 600 feet.  There are a lot of islands, 70 are inhabited. 
Denmark is a kingdom and is part of Scandinavia.  Emily lives about three hours from Copenhagen.
507 million people live in Denmark.  1.3 million people live in or around Copenhagen.
The Danish language includes three more letters than English.  Everyone in Denmark learns English and German.  They start in kindergarten.
Denmark is the world’s oldest monarchy with 54 monarchs stretching over 1,000 years.  Denmark has a parliament but the queen signs all the laws.  The constitution was signed in 1849.  The parliament has 179 members located in Copenhagen.
The most practiced religion is Christianity.  Automatically enrolled in the Danish state church when born.   There is less than 5% attendance at church.  They typically only attend church on special occasions.  Danes are very receptive to other religions. 
Danish society values home, happiness, and having a good time with family and friends.  Denmark has been ranked the happiest nation worldwide.  They love to joke and use sarcasm.  Education and work are important.  Being on time and organized is important but being at home and with friends and family when not working is very important. 
5 fun facts about Denmark
  1. Danish people like salty licorice
  2. Their Santa lives on Greenland
  3. The Danish language has no word for “please”
  4. If you are 25 and unmarried, you will get cinnamon thrown all over you on your birthday
  5. 50% of Copenhageners commute to work every on bicycle
Emily has dogs, cats, and chickens.  She has a sister and brother.  Emily lives in the countryside and enjoys nature, school, work, and friends.  She hunts with her father and has a passion for bird hunting. 
Emily works at an animal shelter in Denmark.  When she is not working Emily likes spending time with her friends.   Emily has wanted to be an exchange student for as long as she can remember.  She thinks everybody should try it.
Emily has always thought of America as a big country with a lot of opportunities.  To her, all states are like little countries.  Denmark’s driving age is 18.  She is scared to see 16 year olds driving here! 
There is more processed food in America than Denmark.  They pay a lot more taxes but there is free health care and school and one year of paid vacation when you have a baby.
Emily has gone to Canada, Leavenworth, skiing on Mt. Baker, and other great experiences since she has been here.  She likes that sports are connected to school.  When she returns home she will start high school since primary school goes until 9th grade.  Most students take a gap year after primary school.  That is what she is doing now.  Emily is thankful for the opportunity and everyone being so kind to her.
If you are doing an event please think about including her in your event, vacation, etc.  She is here until mid-July.

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Four Students Honored

At our meeting on January 25, Arlington School District Superintendent Chrys Sweeting introduced four students of the quarter for us to honor.


Peyton Brown
Peyton attends Arlington High School and was nominated by Mr. Roys, the Athletic Director.  Mr. Roys has this to say: Peyton is one of many outstanding students at AHS.  In addition to her leadership abilities, she is an excellent student sporting a 3.864 GPA.  She is simply the best role model a school could hope for to have for its current and future athletes. $50 is being donated by our club to the American Cancer Society, Peyton's chosen charity, in recognition of Peyton.
Quintin Yon-Wagner
Quintin attends Haller Middle School and was nominated by Mr. Rice, his Science teacher.  Mr. Rice had this to say: Quintin is a leader in my Science class.  He is always a mentor to those around him, helping them understand the concepts we are learning.  He sets a positive tone and is calming and helpful to those that struggle.  He has been one of my favorite students and I feel honored to teach such a wonderful and talented student who is mature beyond his years.  In addition to being a straight A student he is a leader in our schools ASB.  He is also a star athlete for our school in basketball, and finds time to be on three different club football teams.  With all of these extra-curricular activities, he still stays on top of all his assignments and material in class.  He’s a great kid!  To recognize Quintin, our club is donating $50 to the American Indian College Fund.
Matthew Resnick
Matthew attends Post Middle School and was nominated by Mrs. Gallanger, an educational resource center teacher.  Mrs. Gallanger has this to say:  Matthew displays a positive attitude by graciously accepting feedback and making efforts to improve, which is evident by his academic progress.  He is an excellent role model in class, following procedures, listening and paying attention to others, and trying his best.  He always cooperates well with both peers and adults.  When he notices other students having a hard time, he invariably provides encouragement and support.  Matthew is truly a delightful student to have in class. Matthew’s charity is the Arlington Community Food Bank, to which $50 shall be donated to recognize him.
Nekco Jones
Nekco Jones attends Weston High School and was nominated by Mr. Nelson, the Principal.  Mr. Nelson had this to say:  Nekco is an outstanding student at Weston High School who embodies the qualities of a true leader.  She is kind to everyone she meets.  Nekco works collaboratively in groups on projects and her critical thinking skills are key to class discussions and problem solving.  Because she is such a reliable person, she is often seen working on bulletin boards and helping staff and students throughout the common area at school.  Nekco is a facilitator for Restorative Justice practices in which she works to help her fellow students resolve conflicts.  Upon graduating at the end of semester (a few days from now), Nekco will be participating in Everett Community College’s Machining program at the Weston High School campus.  She has been a shining star at our school and a joy to be around. At her request her $50 recognition is going to HOAH.
All Four Students with Chrys and President Jola

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Tripp Gibson-Major League Baseball Umpire

Tripp Gibson-Major League Baseball Umpire. 


Our program on January 25 was Tripp Gibson of Marysville who is a MLB Umpire.


Tripp graduated from High school when he was 18 and his dad owned an electronics business.  When Tripp graduated he worked for his dad in Mayfield, Kentucky. Tripp grew up playing baseball and was on a traveling team. 


After graduation Tripp was tired of working for his dad and playing baseball.  Tripp’s grandfather gave him $1000 per year to go to Murray State University in Murray , Kentucky.  He had some offers to play baseball, but after deciding to go to Murray State he started umpiring for little league baseball and also joined a fraternity.  He also met a Rotary member that invited him to go to a Rotary meeting where the program was an umpire. 


As a Junior in College he decided to go to umpire school after he graduated from College.  While in College he umpired Jr College games and other College games. Went to umpire school after graduating from College and graduated 2nd in his class. 


It is a very hard selection process to be selected to umpire Major League Games.  Much of the process is like the Baseball Players, umpires start in the Minor Leagues and move into the Major League.  He began in the minor league and the first game was with an umpire named Wasaki from Tokyo.


9 years later, Tripp had worked most of the United States and after 9 seasons he was called to be an Umpire for the Major Leagues.  After 7 seasons he was asked to go to work Spring Training.  After that he was put on call for when other Umpires couldn’t be at their games.  His first real major league game was in Arizona and went on record as the longest major league game umpired by a rookie.


There is a lot of sacrifice for the people that choose Umpiring as a profession.  Tripp has to travel a lot and that leaves his family without him many times.  He lives in Marysville with his wife and children, but they have to deal with him being gone many times during the season.  He does have a lot of support from his family.


2014 he worked 149 games in the Major Leagues.  At the end of the season they called Tripp and told he that they were sending him to the Dominican Republic for the season.  He lived in the capital and had to drive for hours in a minivan with 8 people to get to games.  After being in the Dominican Republic he was invited by Joe Torre to be a full-time umpire with the Major Leagues.  This is his 4th full season.  He was a replay umpire for the World Series. 

Tripp in Action Behind the Plate

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Universal Aerospace Manufacturing


Bob Qualick from Universal Aerospace.


For Vocational Service month it was appropriate for us to have a representative from Universal Aerospace, an Arlington manufacturing firm tell us what it is doing to help our job market.


Universal Aerospace believes in community and building jobs and opportunities for people in our local community.  They are committed to the next generation of professionals and helping people to achieve the American Dream. Universal Aerospace was started 27 years. Founded in 1990 by the Petit family.


It is a super tier 2 company that supplies for tier 1 companies that then supply to Boeing.  It has been located at the Arlington airport for over 20 years. 

Over the course of the last decade there was a low period in sales, but from 2009 on there has been an steady path of increase in revenue.  Aerospace is growing.


As a vertically integrated supplier they have aerospace manufacturing and metal finishing.  Currently they are building a metal finishing warehouse at the old Bayliner plant and will provide over 40 jobs.  Currently operate 4 buildings in the airport area of Arlington.  They will be moving from another facility in Marysville into the only Bayliner complex. 


They have training programs to take young individuals to work hands on and learn craftsman skills.  Not everything that they do is large manufacturing. They so precision machining, turning and sheet metal.  Have worked on cockpit doors, seating and wingtips for aircrafts.  Moving forward there will be higher paid jobs for people that are doing programing that is set up for the manufacturing.  They use many different tools to create products. The monitoring tool is helpful for managers to monitor what is happening on the manufacturing floor. 


Have allocated 2500 sq. feet for in house training.  They have been taking people that have good basic skills and then providing technical training at their facility.  Universal Aerospace has found that they are able to find more employees using this method instead of finding people that already have the technical training.  Trained individuals typically go to the higher tiered companies including Boeing.


Universal Aerospace has many different customers.  That includes Zodiac, Jamco, B/E Aerospace and many other smaller companies.  Diehl Aerospace is a newer customer that they have been working with and have been a part of Universal Aerospace becoming an international company. 


For more on Universal Aerospace, Inc., click on its logo below:


Weekly Program 2018-01-19 08:00:00Z 0

School Bond Information for Feb. 13 Election

Dr. Chrys Sweeting, Superintendant,  and Brian Lewis, Executive Director of Operations, spoke to the club about the bond measure on the ballot for Arlington School District, February 13. 
Chrys Sweeting, Upper, Introduced Brian Lewis, Lower
There are 5,500+ students in the district.  The bond will provide safety and security for our students. The district is asking now because 2000 bonds will be paid off in 2020, interest rates are near historic lows, and building needs exist. 
The bond will replace Post Middle School, add 8 classrooms and technology and arts workshop to Arlington High; improve safety, security, educational opportunity, and/or efficiency at every school building in the district; and make district eligible for $8.9 million in state matching funds.
Secure entry ways would be installed in each building.  This would keep people out of the building that aren’t supposed to be there during the school day.  Surveillance cameras would be installed as well.
Rebuilding Post Middle School would be more cost effective than modernizing the current facility.  There are many upgrades needed and expanding the facility is necessary due to the addition of housing going into Arlington.
Taxes will go up slightly and then down in the years to come.
The District plans to complete Post Middle School by 2021 then begin addition to Arlington H.S. in June 2020.
Because as school district employees Chrys and Brian are prohibited from promoting passage while on the clock at the District, the presentation  was followed by Dave Duskin with Citizens Committee for Arlington Schools talking about passing the measure.  The Committee co-chairs are John and Kimberly Meno, are out of town, so Dave filled in for them.
The committee is meeting every Tuesday between now and the election at Cascade Valley Hospital conference room 4:30 PM.  Dave invited Rotarians to attend the meetings and help with promoting the measure. 
Social media is being used to promote the measure.  Here are some links to check out:
Please like the committee on Face Book, invite your friends to like, share posts on your page, and mark and return your ballot upon receipt.  The auditor will be mailing ballots on January 26.
If you would like to help the committee to solicit yes votes contact Kimberly, John or Dave.  Contact Cindy Huleatt regarding use of your reader board.  There is material that the committee would like on business counters.
Flash Texting:  On Thursday, February 8, at The Point Bar and Grill, 5:00 PM, Rotary Flash Texting event will be held.  An invite will be sent out to members.  This is something new with this campaign and is intended to remind people to turn in their ballots. 

Weekly Program 2018-01-11 08:00:00Z 0

10,000 Mile Trek to End Polio


Lee Harman, Upper, and David Cook, Lower, from Origin Marketing spoke about the Miss Vicky project. 

The goal of the project is to raise a million dollars to finish polio using an 86 year old car traveling from Peking to Paris. 

Lee is working with David Cook for website development and other advertising/fundraising efforts.  Lee wanted to work the car into the campaign.  David incorporated the car into the marketing materials and made it part of the brand.

The car will travel 10,000 in 36 days to show any goal can be achieved.   There are 19 cases of Polio remaining.  But the goal is to get 0 cases for three years. 

There are three steps to success of the project:

1st – Reinforce how difficult the trek will be.  2nd - Reinforce the importance of ending Polio.  3rd – Get a lot of people to donate a little bit of money.

The key elements of the campaign are the website (finishpolio.com), Facebook page (@finishpolio), email marketing, and Rotary International support.  Because there are so many Rotary members nationwide the best way to raise awareness is for all Rotary members to share the Facebook page with all of their friends.  Let them know how important this is.  David hopes to create an email database to send a newsletter with updates.

 You can help by sharing the Facebook page/posts, volunteer to help with social media, photography, press releases, and donate $10 to end Polio.  Every dime, with the exception of possible credit card processing fees, will go to Polio Plus. 

Miss Vicky with Lee, DG Lindagene, President Jola, and AG Dave

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2018 Ushered In With Glamorous Party!

Simona and Russ DeVries hosted a New Year's Eve party for Rotarians and guests at their home in Glen Eagle.  With the theme of "Glamorous Hollywood", guests were, of course, given the red carpet treatment as they arrived.
Carol and Leroy Arrive!
Guests were encouraged to come in Hollywood attire.  A photo staging area was a lot of fun and here are a few of the photos. Check out the album for more photos:
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Jim Ohge and Internet Security

Jim Ohge visited our club to speak on internet security.  There are thousands of attempt to gain access to your personal network and many of those attempts are young kids. Generally their approach is no longer through a virus on your computer, but instead through ransomware. Hackers spend their lives trying to find ways to get into computers.  Because of this it is a good idea to have both malware protection and antivirus software. 
Remember, also, not to respond to scams.  As soon as you click on them they are in. Your best defense is to backup your data and have an antivirus.  Other ways that you can protect your information are to remember not to leave your passwords on or near your computer and don't use your phone or tablet to do anything of importance.  Finally, it is important in your password design to come up with a pattern so that you are able to remember your passwords.  It is important to be aware of your computer and your information. 
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Annual Food Basket Project

Our members donated enough money for a record 106 Christmas food baskets this year, which caused our Project Director Devin to proclaim "!!!! HOLY COW!!!!! ...As always, you are all awesome!"


We have been fortunate the last couple of years to have Grocery Outlet of Arlington as our food purveyor.  We can get much more for our money!  Mel Simpson, who owns the store with her husband Mike, is a member of our club.  Mike is on the board of the Arlington Community Food Bank.

Mike Moves Food for Baskets Out to Load 


The Food Bank provides us names of families who have requested food and have been screened for eligibility.  This year it was able to provide names with addresses and phone numbers for delivery of 48 baskets in Arlington and 15 in Darrington.  The balance of our donated food baskets were delivered to the Food Bank for pickup by families.


Life Church 360 in Smokey Point has been a supporter of our project.  In addition to donating funds for 10 of the baskets and providing volunteers, it provides a trailer to transport the food from Grocery Outlet to the Arlington Boys and Girls Club where the food is sorted into the boxes

for delivery. 



This is the second year we have had help from the AHS Interact Club which our club sponsors.  With all of the help, we were able to sort and fill boxes in just 14 minutes!



This annual project takes the place of our regular noon meeting.  Box lunches were provide to members and the many volunteers.


Interactors also helped deliver boxes.  Here are a couple of deliveries:




Some of the basket recipients were ready with thank  you notes for our club.  Here are a couple:


For more photos check out the album in the right column. There is also a carousal on our home page and on our Face Book page.


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A Busy Month of Service!

It's been a busy month of service already for our club with our biggest project, Christmas food baskets, yet to come.  
Several members helped collect gifts, money, and distribution for "A Christmas Wish".  It is a new name for an effort to provide a great Christmas for kids in families with financial challenges.  in previous years volunteers headed by our former member, Tina Davis, partnered with the American Legion and it was known as Operation Christmas Hope. This year the volunteers partnered with the Arlington Boys and Girls Club.
in addition to gifts donated by members in our community, the project is aided by cash gifts, a grant from the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians, and money raised in partnership with the Arlington Runners Club and its Hot Cocoa Run.

Hot Cocoa Run December 9:

On Friday all of the donated and purchased gifts are arranged by age appropriate in the Boys and Girls Club's gym.  Parents and guardians come to the gym to pick from the thousands of gifts for their kids.

A Christmas Wish!

On Friday, December 15, our club bought lunches and gifts for over 200 senior at the Stillaguamish Senior Center.  Members helped with dishing up plates and waiting table, and. of course, our own Santa had to make an appearance to distribute candy canes and gifts.

Christmas Luncheon at Senior Center

Even though it was a lunch for seniors, Santa had to zero in on a grandchild one of the senior brought to lunch:
 Next Thursday members of our club and our Interact Club, along with family and friends will pick up food our members and our club has purchased from the Rotarian owned Arlington Bargain Market, pack the food in boxes at the Boys and Girls Club, and deliver the boxes to families in our community.  
Yes, It's The Season for Giving and Service Above Self!

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Annual Christmas Party 

Rotarians and their guests had an enjoyable Christmas party at the Glen Eagle Restaurant on December 14.  This annual event takes the place of our noon meeting and it is always a fun and relaxing evening.
Our Director of Club Administration, Carla Gastineau, was the master of ceremonies.  She introduced President Jola to welcome the guests and to give a brief summary of our year to date.
Jola reported that out of the 4 goals necessary to have the club recognized with a presidential citation, we have already achieved 3.  The only requirement left is for the club to pay its semi annual dues to RI by the end of January.
President Jola
November was Rotary Foundation month and our Foundation Director and Associate Director, Kathy McCone and Ryan Berg, shared the results of our campaign.  $9250 was donated by members with donations of $100 or more being matched by the club.  The match was 9095 points.  This equates to 7 new Paul Harris Fellows with 11 members earning a multiple Paul Harris recognition.  We still have members who have not donated at the minimum $25 amount to qualify our club for "Every Rotarian Every Year" recognition.
Kathy and Ryan
Presentations of the new Paul Harris awards will occur at future meetings and Kathy indicated that families would be invited to come see the presentations.  There was not enough time before our party to have all the awards delivered.
Carla recognized members of the Club Administration Committee for helping with the event.  Wine was the reward.
In these 2 photos with Carla, from left to right: Jennifer Holocker, Lauren Hunter, Sue Weiss, Lyanne Rolf and Jessica Ronhaar.  Others recognized, but not present, Andria White, Jenie Jones, and Simona DeVries.
Carla presented a Kurt McVay plate with the Rotary wheel as a surprise to Dave Duskin for all the things he does for the club and help with making sure we had the gifts for our party.
Dave and Carla
As part of our December month of service, members have been bringing children's gift to our meeting and to the party for "A Christmas Wish" project.  Even a child's bike was donated by a member.  All the gifts were combined with those being collected all over the community so that on Friday, families with financial challenges could obtain Christmas gifts for their kids.
Some of the Many Gifts Including New Bike
( Friday at the Boys & Girls Club) 
Our Christmas party started with a great meal and ended with lots of dancing. 
Thank you Club Administration Committee for putting on a fun event!

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Three New Members Inducted!

This week we inducted 2 new members and welcomed back a previous member as a new member.
Andria White, on the left, is a broker with Windermere Real Estate in Arlington.  Andria is a graduate of Darrington High School and Central Washington University.  She lives in Mount Vernon and is married to Cy Valliant.  Her bio has been lost so watch for an update.  Our Membership Director, Mike Britt, who sponsored her, is giving Andria her pin in this photo.  Cindy Huleatt will be her mentor.
Jessica Martin, on the right, is very energetic, driven and passionate about life.  She operates three businesses with the constant support of her amazing husband and three daughters.  Motivated by generosity Jessica spends much of her time in the community supporting nonprofits and those in need.  When not working, she hangs out with her three girls (2 Westies and a Cocker); which you will find with her most of the time.  To the left of Jessica is her sponsor, Breanne Martin (no relation) and her mentor Erik Granroth.
Wally Thomas grew up in Tacoma and attended school at the University of Washington.  He worked the first half of his career in the Food Manufacturing Industry making a variety of products ranging from pasta to beef jerky. In 2005 he moved to the north half of the state after purchasing Artisan Finishing Systems in north Marysville.  Wally is married to his wife Oanh of 27 years; they have two sons, Grant a senior in high school and Bryce a senior in college.   Wally coaches Lacrosse in the springtime and is adventurous and likes to try new things.  Wally was a member of our club previously and his mentor, on the left, this time around is Leroy Jacques.
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Knitted Knockers Support Foundation for Breast Cancer Survivors

Members and our guests were visibly moved by our speaker, Barbara Demorest's, story of her cancer story and how it led her to take on the mission of providing free soft, comfortable, knit prosthetics for breast cancer survivors all over the world.
Knitted Knockers was Seahawks Charity of the Month!
Barb is a breast cancer survivor who had a mastectomy.  The doctors told her she couldn’t put anything on the scar.  The traditional breast prosthetics were expensive, hot, and heavy.  The doctor turned her on to a “knitted knocker”.
Super Knitter Phyllis was in Full Production During Our Meeting

Barb’s friend Phyllis made her a knitted knocker.  She tried it on and it was comfortable.  Barb immediately knew other women needed this.  It was life changing.  Barb felt normal. 
Barb went to the doctor to ask if she could make these for women and have him hand them out. 

Barb and her crew of knitters got started and began giving them to the doctor’s office.  They created a website to order free knitted knockers.

50,000 mastectomies done in the U.S.  One million women living in the U.S. that have had mastectomies and have not been reconstructed. 

Barb and her knitters posted patterns, video tutorials, and approval yarns online so people can create their own.  About 25 women meet every week to make the knockers.  1,000 per month are sent out each month. 

Dear Abby reached out to the Knitted Knockers volunteers and said she wanted to run a column about the Knitted Knockers but wanted to make sure they could handle the demand.  Orders for 250 knitted knockers per hour were placed.  The email was shut down by 9am.  By the end of the day 10,000 orders were placed.  They filled all orders.

Dear Abby ran a follow up this last Sunday to do an update on where Knitted Knockers are today. 

Knitted Knockers were invited to have a booth at the Mariners Stitch and Pitch event. An ESPN reporter covered them as a story.  He asked if they ever applied for the Seahawks charity of the month.  The reporter applied for them and they were chosen in the month of October 2016.  They received 100 public service announcements that ran throughout the Puget Sound.  Being chosen gave them a really big push. 

Barb estimates they have sent out 50,000 knitted knockers.   If you can knit or crochet register at knittedknockers.org to help.  Spread the word on social media.  Please also donate.

There is a bad stigma about breast cancer in Africa.  The group was invited to go to Rwanda.  They trained 30 women on how to create the Knitted Knockers.  The media covered the story nationally.  They were invited to meet with the Minister of Health and now there is a second mammogram machine in the country.  They were invited to meet with the head of the largest hospital.  He agreed the hospital would pay the local women to make the knockers.  The hospital gives them away free. 

Barb wouldn’t have changed getting breast cancer.  She has found passion and purpose in her life and is grateful to help other women.  Both sides benefit from making the knockers. 

Barb Showing Members Examples
Knitted Knockers Support Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) charity that is run entirely by volunteers.  For more of the Knitted Knockers story, click HERE to go to its website.

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The Point Bar & Grill-Adrian Abed

Adrian Abed, co-owner of The Point Bar and Grill

Adrian gave his classification talk at our November 30 meeting.  He was born in 1982 in Monroe.  His father is Iranian.  Parents separated when he was 2 years old.  Mom worked at Denny’s and he spent a lot of time there.  Mom remarried when he was 7 years old.  He had issues with his step-father making it a difficult childhood.

Adrian left home and went into foster care before moving in with his great aunt and uncle in Mountlake Terrace.  Adrian dropped out of high school and started working in restaurants.  When he turned 21 he went to work as a bouncer at pub/bars and was given the nickname "A Train".  Learned the industry from the managers he worked with.  

Adrian is married and has two children (11 and 6).  He owes a debt of gratitude to his previous managers, wife, and great-aunt and uncle.  He and his partner looked around and purchased a bar in Kirkland that they renamed the Dub Pub. It catered a lot to U of W and Seahawk fans.  It had 50 televisions.  Because of lease issues, they sold the Dub Pub and looked for a place further north where growth is occurring.

Adrian and his partner purchased Razzals Sports Bar in Smokey Point six months ago.  They want to turn the pub into something more than a bar.  As part of their plan they changed the brand.  The name has been changed to The Point Bar and Grill.  

Now there are 40 televisions making it a great location to watch college and professional sports.  Plans are to expand the number to 50 televisions and to have a great menu for families during the day with more of a bar atmosphere at night.  To see more, including the menu, click HERE.

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Rotary Foundation and Other Charities Benefit From Giving Tuesday!

It all started with Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, and now there is Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday!  It’s a global movement to encourage philanthropy and celebrate generosity. More than 45,000 corporate and nonprofit organizations in over 71 countries participate in this initiative, and you can too!
Here are links to the charities our club supports to make it easier for you to give. Click on the logos:

Arlington Education Foundation and Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Mount Baker Council-B.S.A.

Designate the Arlington Club

Arlington Community Resource Center

Designate the Arlington Rotary Chet William's Scholarship Fund

These are just a part of the organization we support.  If you agency is not here, do a web search with the word donate.  Most every charity now has on line giving. 

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Apple Cup History

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


The Apple Cup is an American college football rivalry between the University of Washington Huskies and Washington State University Cougars. Both are members of the North Division of the Pac-12 Conference.

First played 117 years ago in 1900, it is traditionally the final game of the regular season for both teams and originally took place on the Saturday preceding Thanksgiving. Since 1946, it has been held in odd years in Seattle at Husky Stadium (except in 2011 at CenturyLink Field), while Washington State has hosted during even years at Rogers Field (1946, 1948, 1954) and Martin Stadium (since 1982) in Pullman, and Joe Albi Stadium in Spokane. The games in eastern Washington from 1935 to 1948, all in Pullman, were held in mid-October. The exception was in 1945, when two games were played; in Seattle in mid-October and in Pullman in late November.[1][2][3]

With the NCAA's extension of the regular season to twelve games in 2006, the game is often played at a later date. Since 2011, it has been held on the Friday after Thanksgiving, excluding 2014 when it was played a day later on Saturday.[4] First awarded in 1962, the Apple Cup trophy is presented to the winner by the state's governor at the conclusion of the game

From 1934 to 1961, the teams played for the "Governor's Trophy".[5] The game was renamed the "Apple Cup" in 1962 because the state of Washington is a major producer of apples.

With the lengthening of the college football regular season schedule to twelve games in 2006, there was a movement to change the date of the game from the Saturday before Thanksgiving to the weekend following, which would have allowed a bye week during the season. In 2006, both teams played 12 straight weeks without a bye, leaving the two teams noticeably fatigued. For the first time, the 2007 game was played the Saturday after Thanksgiving; it returned to the Saturday before Thanksgiving in 2008 in Pullman.

The media joked that the 2008 game in Pullman was the "Crapple Cup" and "full of worms", because WSU (1–10) hosted winless UW (0–11); the Cougars won, albeit in double overtime.[6] The game returned to the Saturday after Thanksgiving in 2009 in Seattle and the 2010 game was played on December 4 in Pullman. The 2011 game in Seattle on Saturday, November 26, was moved to CenturyLink Field to allow an early start on the renovation of Husky Stadium.

From 1950 through 1980 (except for 1954),[7] the WSU home games in the series were played in Spokane at Joe Albi Stadium (Memorial Stadium until 1962). The Cougars won three of these fifteen games (1958, 1968, 1972). In 1910, the Cougar home game in Spokane was played at Recreation Park.

The first game in 1900 resulted in a 5–5 tie; the series has been played continuously since 1945, when there were two games, one in Seattle, and one in Pullman.

... Series: Washington leads 71–32–6

Note: Click HERE to see year by year scores and more.


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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.
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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.

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2017 Dick Post Memorial Golf Tournament

The weather cooperated and over 65 golfers participated in this year's event.  As Dale pointed out in his email to the golfers, "THIS IS NOT REALLY ABOUT GOLF!!"  It's about fun and fellowship.
Jim and Dale organized the tournament and Carla organized the after golf party at the Menos' residence.  There were trophies and prizes for various categories.  Not all the winners were present.

Here are some photos! (there are more in the album)

Clockwise: Dale accepts the overall trophy for the core group which included Dale and Ron; The Axis Roof & Gutter team were low gross; the ladies team of Jola, Samona & Lyanne were the bes dressed; Matt had the longest men's drive; Simona won for something she did (didn't take notes); and Lyanne had the longest drive for the ladies (I think). 
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Caleb Arrives in Iceland!

Our outbound exchange student Caleb Abenroth arrived in his host country Iceland on Monday, August 21, to start his year long venture. He will be using Face Book to document his experience and there is a link to that site on this website.
His host dad, James, met him at the airport.
Host Dad James with Caleb
They then dropped his stuff at the house, picked up his host mother, and went to his new school to get enrolled.
Caleb at His New School
We look forward to hearing from Caleb!  The above photos were taken from his Face Book site.

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Accountable Communities of Health (ACH)

Our program this week was our own member Fire Chief Bruce Stedman telling us about a Community paramedic Primary Care program that is being sought for the northwest Washington Counties as a Medicaid Transformation demonstration project under the federal Accountable Communities of Health grant project.  It is anticipated that the state of Washington will receive $1.12 billion in federal funds rewarding this type of care.
                                                              Bruce Stedman--City of Arlington Fire Chief
At the core of the initiative is dealing with the small portion of Medicaid eligible persons who use a disproportionate amount of emergency medical services (EMS).  Under the current system when called the only option that EMS has is to transport the individual to the closest hospital.  Often times it is for something that that the local hospital is not equipped to handle such as a person with mental issues.
Each region, through its Accountable Community of Health (ACH), is able to pursue projects aimed at transforming the Medicaid delivery system. Transformation projects focus on health systems capacity building, care delivery redesign, prevention and health promotion, and increased use of value-based payment (VBP) models that reward providers for quality of care rather than the volume of services and procedures provided. The effort to do this for the North Sound ACH is being led by Bruce and others in the Arlington Fire Department.
The outcome that Bruce is seeking is to find alternative avenues for those individuals who are overburdening the system.  Examples:  instead of taking an individual with mental issues to the hospital take the person to a mental health facility; provide transportation besides ambulances to take the person to a primary care physician; allow the paramedics to do routine procedures without taking them to the hospital; better integrated health record systems so all health care providers including first responders have a better understanding of the individuals needs.  
Because of the growth in calls for Medicare and Medicaid eligible patients, without a change in the system many more paramedics and equipment, including aid cars and ambulances will be required.  Bruce and others are working to have Everett Community College or one of the other technical or institutions of higher learning start paramedic training courses in the north sound region.  Bruce expressed the hope that the new approach will save Arlington the cost of new equipment including a new ambulance.
Here is what is being sought through the federal grant:
Here are the possible roles of the proposed community paramedic:
Bruce expressed his feeling that in the 30 plus years he has been in the fire service, this is one of the most exciting efforts that he has been involved with, and his enthusiasm and excitement definitely came through during his presentation.  

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Over $162,000 Raised--Rotarians Celebrate

Our Rotary Club celebrated a great fund raising effort at the home of Cindy and Jeff Huleatt on July23.  It was the29th year of the Great Stilly Duck Dash and it was chaired by President Elect Paul Ellis.
A Great Venue for a Fun Event
The celebration brought members and their families and friends together for a great afternoon of fellowship and fun.  Jeff grilled his famous "trash steak" on his open fire grill and Cindy provided her great strawberry shortcake.  Side dishes were provided by members, so no one left hungry.
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Fun Doing Projects

Each month our club often has both a service project and a social event.  Recently members of our club helped clean up flower beds at the Stillaguamish Senior Center.
Devin and Lyanne at Senior Center Project
One of our most frequent project locations is the Fire Mountain Scout Reservation east of Big Lake.  Some of the projects are a start that gets finished by other volunteers. Here are some recent photos of the finished projects:
                                                              The Deck on the Dining Hall
We worked on a three of the components of the new Swim Beach:
 The Swim Platform and Swing
 Completed Change Station
 Finished Shelters on the Beach
 Beach Overview of "The Beach at Fire Mountain"
Thanks, in part, to our club, Scouts are having a great experience at Fire Mountain!  The camp has become one of the premier camps with 60% of the units using the camp this summer being from outside the Mount Baker Council.
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Our 2017 Sponsors Rock!

Please support our sponsors who supported Great Stilly Duck Dash 2017.  $81,500 was raised this year from these generous businesses:

Jola Recognizing Tom Lane


Tom Lane of Dwayne Lane Chevrolet




Gold Sponsor Skagit Regional Health

Jola with Kari Ranten



Rotarian Todd Bergeson of B & B Fabricators
Bryce Duskin, DDS Accepting for Eagle Family Dental
on behalf of him, Jeff Huleat, DDS, and Cindy Huleat, Office Manager.
All 3 are Rotarians
Rotarian Devin Brossard, DC
of Symmetry Chirotractic
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Larry O’Donnell, a historian with the Everett Rotary Club, spoke to our club about  100 years of Rotary in Snohomish County. 

Larry is a graduate of Everett High and Western Washington University.  He worked for Everett School District for 30 years.  Larry is the author of several history books, including histories of several organizations in which he has been active including the Boy Scout Council (Scout Master and Eagle Scout), YMCA, Everett High School Athletics.  He co-authored "Snohomish County, an Illustrated History".

This is Everett Rotary’s centennial year.  it recently met at the site of the first meeting in Everett and Larry narrated a skit with club members taking on the identities of some of the club's founders. The sponsors of the Everett Club, Tacoma and Seattle Clubs, came by steamer 100 years ago to celebrate the new club.

When Everett Rotary was founded Everett was a town full of shingle mills with workers working in unsafe conditions.  In 1916 there was a strike between shingle workers and mill owners.  On November 5, 1916 there was a very violent conflict know as the Everett Massacre.  A month later Everett Rotary was started.

Henry Prince founded the Everett Club.  He was a member of the Tacoma Club and moved to Everett to open a cigar shop.   

Clayton William, a local attorney, was the very first president of the Everett Club.  Edward B. Wight was the first historian.  The Everett Club 

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Duck Dash Kickoff--Shirts, Mascots and Start of Ticket Sales 

Our club kicked off phase two of our one fundraiser for the year, the Great Stilly Duck Dash!  Phase one was our sponsorship drive that ended a bit short but Ticket Masters Dale and Carla aim to make up the short fall!

Paul modeled the 2017 Duck Dash shirt, or rather, tank top and showed off other apparel items he is sure will catch on. 

He then revealed to real 2017 Duck Dash shirt.

The club needs volunteers for assistance on the 4th of July.  Paul will send out an email with a request.


Sell, sell, sell!  Those are the words of our 2 ticket masters, Carla and Dale, who are looking on as Dave goes over gambling rules.


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Community Benefits from Duck Dash Sales

The Great Stilly Duck Dash started as a new fundraiser for our club back in 1989 in response to our club's pledge of $10,000 towards the construction costs of building a new Boys and Girls Club.  When the call went out for the need to enlarge the club we responded with a pledge of $50,000.  We are able to meet that pledge and commit funds to many other projects because of the growth of the fund raiser.
On Saturday, May 20, we were able to celebrate the opening of the enlarged club with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
A Thank You Plaque for the Rotary Club of Arlington!
Kids Cutting the Ribbon With Dignitaries Behind Them
A New Gym and a Half Has Been Added--Volleyball Game the Day of the Ribbon Cutting
New Teen Center with State of the Art Audio, Video and Graffiti Board
A Room for Kids to Study with New Computers
One of the other recent contributions from Duck Dash proceeds was $4000 to Youth Dynamics to help kids go to camp.  Many 
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Burned Children Recovery Foundation

                Foundation Founder and Board President Michael Mathis
Michael Mathis with The Burned Children Recovery Foundation out of Everett spoke to our club about the Foundation.  The Foundation's mission is to provide counseling and financial aid to the families of burn victims while offering two recovery programs to the children and their family.  Since 1989 the Foundation has helped over 125,000. 

Michael was burned in 1967.  After he first saw himself after the burn he thought he looked like a monster and wondered who would love him.  He went back to school and thought he couldn’t deal with it.  He still suffers with negative reactions.  God gave him a purpose to bring knowledge to children.  99% of the reactions are not meant to be offensive but just the public trying to process.  Educating the public will help them better understand their reactions.

 The Foundation provides funds for food, lodging, hobbies, etc. for the families of the survivors.  The Foundation runs “Camp Phoenix” for children who have experienced burns.  Many of the counselors are also survivors themselves.  The power of camp is to show the kids they are not alone and are accepted unconditionally. 

The Foundation also runs the “Phoenix House” and burn support services.  The Foundation wants the children to have something they are passionate about so they get outside and live a full life. 

Our club has previously helped the Foundation by helping Jim and Kim Minifie host the camp at their home on Big Lake for a day.  

Upper photo, former member Patrick Swesey operated his ski boat for tubers in the middle photo.  Bottom photo, Al Erickson had his fishing boat going non stop for campers to experience catching a fish.  This was always a rewarding hands on project for our club but it only seemed to occur on the wettest and coldest summer day. 

On August 13th at 10am Michael invited us to please come to Camp Phoenix to interact with and support these children.  The camp is located in Bellingham at Camp Lutherwood.  The cost for one child for a week is $1500.

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AHS Interact Club

AHS Interact Students
The Arlington Rotary Interact Club spoke to our club about their club that was started last year at Arlington High School. They spoke to how being a part of the interact club has affected their lives and prepared them for leadership in the school and in their future, as well.  Interact’s main goal is to help their community and the world.  They strive to make positive change in the world and promote international understanding.
The interact club is a leadership club and has international and community focuses.  They assist with community service projects and fundraising.  They also have a lot of fun in Interact and make close relationships with other students in the club. 
This year they helped with the Holiday parade and stuffing and delivering food baskets.  Delivering the baskets motivated them to make a difference. There 26 students in the club.  They meet every Wednesday morning before school.
This year two students went to YALE camp in Canada.  The camp taught the students the motive behind being a leader and giving back to others.  The students made connections with Canadian exchange students and other teens that were very different from themselves. This experience helped to open their eyes to see the difference in other people and they learned about new ways of leadership.
The club also had the opportunity to attend District Conference. They had a great time connecting with students from other clubs as well as Rotarians that they found to be kind and giving.  They made connections and were inspired by the speakers. They sold candles at the conference as a fundraiser for their club.
This year the club helped out at the Point in time count.  Because of their experience and the people they met, they decided to collect money for baby supplies for the Arlington Community Resource Center. They ended up raising $1,100.  They plan to raise funds for the eradication of Polio as their next fundraising effort. 
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"Make It Happen"

Our club was well represented at the District 5050 Conference in Seattle both by our club members and by our very active Interact Club.  It is the first time that District 5050 has ventured outside of the geographic area of our district to host a conference.
The conference kicked off Friday afternoon with a parade of just a portion of the flags from nations where Rotary clubs are located.  Flag bearers included members of our Interact Club.  Our Interact Club is the first to attend a District 5050 conference. 
The morning before the conference officially opened, Rotarians and Interactors took a bus to tour the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  Self directed interactive exhibits. 
District Governor Scott Dudley and President Erik With Our Interactors at the Foundation
Friday Lunch with Interactors at the Red Robin on the Pier.
A surprise at Friday afternoon session was an invite for our Interact Club members to tell Rotarians about Interact and why they joined.
AHS Interactors with MC Pat Grant
The conference featured many great speakers, including the R.I. President's representative, Greg Yank.  Greg will be installed as an R.I. Director with a term starting July 1.  Greg reminded us all that being invited to become a Rotarian is a gift. He and other speakers, Tony Sharma from Slough, England, and Apoorva Mallya, Senior program Officer on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Polio Team, updated us on our fight to end polio.  Only 5 cases thus far in 2017 only in isolated areas of Afganistan and Pakistan, where fighting and political unrest makes vaccinating all the children very difficult and dangerous.
George Lewis, "The Water Man", with the Florence, Oregon Club, showed us his energy for international water projects with ideas on how to raise funds.  He will help any club with a project.  Some of the other topics covered by speakers included organ donation (Donor Anil Sivivatsa from India who has a goal of recruiting 1 million donors), educating women in Africa (Maness Samuel from Malawi, Africa), heart surgeries for children from 3rd world countries (Dr., Nischal Pendey of a small village in India who was able to complete his medical training thanks to a Rotary Scholarship), and personal experiences being deployed for Shelter Box (Dave Nichols of West Seattle Rotary).
Host Cindy with Maness Samuel from Malawi Africa--Cindy Picked Her Up at Sea-Tac and Introduced Her
Motivational speakers included HK Derryberry and Jim Bradford.  HK was born blind and premature as a result of an accident that that killed his mother.  With cerebral palsy and countless other medical problems, he was abandoned by his father at age 5.  His life was totally improved when a Rotarian, Jim Bradford, fortuitously stopped at a restaurant where HK's grandmother, who was raising him, worked and took HK there to spend hours while she worked.  It was learned that HK is among a handful of persons with the gift of a Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory.  He has almost total recall of every minute of his life starting at age 3 1/2.  HK has been featured on the NBC Nightly News and other shows.  In 2016 Jim Bradford released a book "The Awakening of HK Derryberry; My Unlikely Friendship With the Boy That Remembers Everything", a best seller on Amazon with profits funding a trust fund for HK.
The last morning we heard the inspirational story from Richard Peters, a retired Navy Seal, who was working as a contractor in Libya when he was imprisoned for being a suspected spy by Muammar Gaddafi.  He told us of the hardships he faced and how his faith carried him through with miracle after miracle including his escape just 9 days before his scheduled execution.  His story is told in his book "Man-of-War."
Here is a photo of our contingent at the conference including the members of our AHS Interact Club (for other photos see the album and our Face Book Page):
Something different for next year's conference.  It's going to be a 4 day cruise on the Holland America Eurodam.  When District Governor Elect Lindagene Coyle was diagnosed with cancer she vowed to take a cruise each year for the rest of her life.  Even though she is in remission she has kept her promise and next year's conference is proof of that.  It will be May 8-12, departing Seattle with stops in Victoria and Vancouver B.C. before returning to Seattle.
As an Assistant Governor to Lindagene, Dave and Kay have already reserved their cabin! 
Think about booking this trip.  It is all inclusive (alcohol not included) price which makes the cruise very comparable to staying at a hotel for the conference.  To book, call Valerie Tibbetts at (360) 299-9390. 

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New Deck for BSA Camp Fire Mountain

Our club normally does two service projects a year at our local Scout Council's Fire Mountain Camp east of Big Lake in Skagit County.
Plans are in the works for a major addition to the camp's dining hall, but it could be 5 years out.  In the mean time, the deck was deteriorating and becoming a hazard and needed to be replaced with something to last at least 5 years.
On April 29 Rotarians and some family members started the deck replacement project.  Matt Rolf, Lyanne's  Rolf's husband, and Lyanne's father in law did the planning and supervised the job. 
Scouts Moved the Pile of Lumber for Us from the Front to the Back of the Dining Hall
                                                      Preparing for Posts and Joists
                                           Matt and Erik Setting One of the Beams
                                                          On Goes the Decking
                                       Of Course There Was a Lunch Break
Our club is not the only area Rotary Club doing a project at Camp.  The Rotary Club of Maryville has taken on the project of financing 
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Help Support Organizations We Support


Youth Dynamics Dinner and Auction

Our club supports Youth Dynamics of Arlington.  Arlington Y.D, provides care, mentorship and outreach for youth in Arlington and throughout the Stillaguamish Valley.
The event is at Arlington Free Methodist Church, Featuring Weslee W. Jones. Great 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

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Lyanne Rolf Tells Us About Herself

Lyanne Rolf is a mortgage broker at Key Bank.  Most of her classification presentation was about her life.
                                                               Lyanne Rolf
Born and raised in Arlington.  Grandfather Garka owned a lumber mill in Marysville.  Other grandparents are the Kinneys.  Lyanne’s parents, who married in 1976, still live in Arlington.  Lyanne grew up on Gilman.
Her family goes on a vacation together once every three years.  Lyanne was born in 1978 and her brother in 1979.  Lyanne’s father worked for the family lumber mill  a long time.  Mother started working at the post office the first day Lyanne started kindergarten.  Mom just retired after thirty years.  Grandfather’s lumber mill was sold.  Lyanne’s father is now a shipping a receiving supervisor. 
Sports were a big part of growing up.  Mom was voted most athletic in high school.  Dad is more shy and reserved.  Mom coached softball.  Took the team to districts three or four years in a row.  Mom was a campfire leader.  Mom had the state record for shot put.  Lyanne got close to the record but could not beat her. 
Lyanne went to Japan as an exchange student her freshman year in high school.  She raised $3,200 to fund the trip.  Lyanne did not enjoy Japan - culture shock.  Some time later Lyanne was an exchange student to Tokyo.
Lyanne worked at Safeway and the Boys and Girls Club her senior year.  Lyanne thought she wanted to be a Japanese interpreter after high school.  She was accepted to a school in Ohio for an intensive interpreter program.  She took a class and decided she did not want to be an interpreter.
Lyanne signed up to be a nanny in New York City.  Moved to NYC and worked for a family who was fostering a child from the projects.  While the child was in school she sent resumes out.  Went to an interview for an internet company.  She did trade shows and explained internet to people. 
Lyanne loves football.  Went to an Army/Navy game.  Went to every West Point game.  Lyanne stayed in New York for two years.  Came back and worked for Everett Boys and Girls Club for a year and then moved to Bellevue. 
Lyanne banking career started with First Mutual Bank.  She has worked for PNC Bank, Merrill Lynch, Umpqua Bank, Countrywide Financial, and now Key Bank.
Lyanne met her first husband and moved to Portland while working for PNC.  Her grandfather convinced her to go to work for Merrill Lynch at 21.  Lyanne got pregnant at 22 and started learning about mortgages.  Lyanne then went to Countrywide and then to Key Bank.
Lyanne married Matt in 2008.  Matt has his safety degree from Central.  Lyanne met Matt line dancing.
Lyanne hosts exchange students.  Lyanne’s daughter goes to visits the exchange students. 
Lyanne’s nephew Mason was born with half a heart.  Lyanne participates in heart walks and fundraising.  Lyanne planned the Oso Strong 5k with surviving families.  1300 people showed up.  $38,000 donated to the Oso Fire Department.
Lyanne’s daughter is very open minded.  Always up for anything.  She plays 4-5 instruments, travels, into snowboarding, surfing, wake boarding, skateboarding.  She is involved in the Interact Club and helped start the club.
Many members of our club always comment that classification talks are some of our best programs.  Lyanne's presentation was no exception.  Thank you Lyanne!

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Mixed Use Development in Arlington

Marc Hayes-Community Development Director
Marc Hayes with the City of Arlington spoke about “Mixed Use Development in Arlington” at our April 6 meeting.
Marc has called Arlington home for 47 years, he is married with 3 grown children and 2 grandchildren, Marc Hayes has been employed with the City for 34 years, throughout that time he has worked in various positions with several departments Public Works, Airport, Engineering and now as Community and Economic Development Director.
At least 7,000 additional residents are coming.  Where will they all live?  By 2035 population estimates for Arlington are projected to increase from 18,489 to 24,937.  There isn’t enough land area to allow for that growth.  High housing costs south of us are driving people north.  More jobs being created on the north end. 
About 70% of housing in Arlington is single family.  Want to maintain the feel of Arlington.  Want to get away from being auto dependent.  Bring housing to retail (mixed use).  Affordable housing and low income housing are necessary.
Mixed use development makes for three dimensional, pedestrian oriented places that layer compatible land uses, public amenities and utilities together at various scales and intensities.
2,890 deficit in housing units in Arlington.  Of those, 1,040 should be affordable housing units, 384 should service the elderly, and the remaining low income.
The land use approach allows for the effective use of limited real estate through efficient development of vacant land, redevelopment of existing land and optimizing the use of underutilized properties.  This provides for the efficiency of a traditional “town” where residents lived, worked, recreated and supported the essential services available to them, all without the necessity to drive. 
To ensure that there is uniformity of both current and future development, the guiding principle for Mixed Use Development will be Form Based Code- a means of regulating land development to achieve a specific urban form.  Fosters predictable built results and a high-quality public realm.
Horizontal mixed use builds up rather than out.  Allows for services, retail, and housing all in walking distance.  Vertical mixed use is like a typical downtown area.  Walkable neighborhoods allow people to live within a quarter mile of services.
Mixed use is accomplished by overlay zone - superimposed over one or more existing zones and imposes additional restrictions; or Re-zone - changes the underlying zoning.
Benefits - Spurs revitalization; promotes village style mix of retail, services, housing; enhances community’s unique identity and development potential; reduces dependency on cars; promotes sense of community provides more housing opportunities; increases revenues
Challenges - time, public participation, ensuring the proper mix of uses, parking, implementation of form based code.
City Council will review the plan for mixed use developments in June or July. 

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Mayor Barbara Tolbert spoke to our club about Arlington’s participation in the America’s Best Communities’ competition. 
After the Oso Mudslide a task force was formed to apply for an economic grant.  At the same time the America’s Best Communities competition began.  Arlington/Darrington put together an ABC Community revitalization plan and entered into the competition.  386 communities applied, that was narrowed down to 50 quarter-finalists.  As a quarter-finalist we received $35,000 to fully develop the plan.  It was a requirement to raise an additional $15,000.  7 months later Arlington presented a budget and implementation plan to the committee.  We finished the plan in 2015 and were soon notified we were one of 15 semi-finalists in January 2016.
Arlington was then invited to a summit to sell the committee on why Arlington/Darrington should be a finalist.  Each community was given 15 minutes to present a 188 page report.  After the summit Arlington/Darrington was named a finalist and given $100,000 and 11 months to implement the plan. From the finalists three cities will win either $3mil, $2mil, and $1mil. The winners will have to commit to twelve months of telling their story and how they got there.
The economic redevelopment program that Arlington/Darrington has been working on for ABC has six goals.  Infrastructure, industrial and employment, community and workforce development, resiliency and sustainability, placemaking, and rural innovation. 
Here are some of the specifics of these goals:
Infrastructure:  Public wi-fi hotspots to allow access to all - averages 630 users per month in Arlington and 120 per month in Darrington.
Makerspace: A facility that will have high tech equipment and is a place to test entrepreneurial ideas. It will teach young people to be creative and support businesses in Arlington.  It will also serve the needs of rural entrepreneurs. 
Merchandising Consultant:  A Merchandising Consultant was hired that showed businesses how to merchandise.  The Consultant was also made available to downtown businesses to help develop a business plan for the future and assist with any issues.  Because of this there has been a net of 27 new businesses in a five block area downtown.  Sales tax receipts went up 8% over a year long period. There is hope to expand the assistance outside of just the downtown area. 
Tool Library:  Downtown Arlington Business Association suggested a tool library.  Tools are owned by the City that business owners could use to perform upkeep and beatification.  This is able to encourage more property maintenance and curb appeal.
Youth Council:  A Youth Council was Formed in order to engage young people and allow their voices to be heard.  They were given $3,000 and taken through a strategic planning process.  The youth council were technical consultants for the Boys and Girls Club teen center.
Workforce Training: A higher education program at Weston Hgh School was formed through Everett Community College.
Pop-Up and Pocket Parks:  These are creative plans for public locations that allow visitors to be more attracted to our city.  We have one in Arlington and one in Darrington.
Beautification:  Is being worked on primarily in the downtown corridor. 
Rural Tourism Workshops:  Workshops were put together to learn how to increase tourism without changing the character of our location.  From these workshops engagement teams have been formed.
Stilly Valley Outdoor Adventure Recreation Plan:  The recreation areas were mapped and printed.
Social Media Blitz:  To promote all of the wonderful things we have been doing!  
Memorial Bike Ride:  This bike ride was put together to commemorate the coming together of the communities of Arlington and Darrington. 

Mayor Barbara Tolbert and America's Best Communities 2017-03-31 07:00:00Z 0

Steffen started his first business when he was just 8 years old. He would go from door to door in the apartment community and offer to take their garbage out for $0.50 He found that this was profitable and with the encouragement of his mother rolled it into his next business idea, which was to take his profit from the garbage business and buy candy in bulk at Costco and sell it by the piece in the neighborhood. This proved to be even more profitable and Steffen was able to help provide for his family at a young age. 


While attending Kamiak High School and Edmonds Woodway High School Steffen played football, wrestled and ran track. However work always came first and by the time Steffen was 16 he had turned landscaping and handyman work into a 40+ hour a week job.  It was during Steffen's senior year that he was extremely blessed to meet his future wife, Charlene. 

After High School, Steffen went to Arizona to attend an auto tech school. It wasn't too long before he realized that working on cars for a living was not for him. He came back to WA and his future wife Charlene. Steffen started selling cars for Seaview Chevrolet in Lynnwood, WA. It was there at the age of 19 that Steffen learned he had a knack for selling. While working at Seaview Chevorlet, Steffen was recruited by the owner of a mortgage brokerage to work for him and help people refinance there homes. However, the owner of the car lot asked Steffen to stay onboard at least part time so he did all while attending school. 

In 2012 Steffen's desire to help people every day drove him to go to school to become a licensed massage practitioner. After graduating Steffen worked for 1 year at Massage Envy in Everett. Steffen's entrepreneurial itch came back and in 2014 he opened Asgard Massage in Smokey Point with the idea that he should not only provide great services for the patients but also, treat the therapists with dignity, respect and pay them above market wages. Soon after opening Asgard Massage, Steffen and the love of his life were married. A few months later, Steffen and his wife Charlene found out that they were expecting their first daughter Evelyn, who is now 20 months old. Evelyn, is now anticipating the arrival of her first sibling sometime in late October or November. Currently Asgard Massage employs 12 licensed massage therapists and Steffen expects to double the size of the company over the next 18 months.

Meet our Newest Member Steffen Emard 2017-03-25 07:00:00Z 0
Lance Morehouse is the Executive Director of Sherwood Community Services, a non-profit in Lake Stevens that provides services to children and adults with disabilities in Snohomish County. Sherwood Community Services has been around for almost 60 years.
Lance moved to Lake Stevens about 6 years ago following his wife. Lance and his wife both had sons that had disabilities and caring for people with disabilities became a passion for them both.  Both of their sons have passed away, but Lance and his wife have love for their work because of the time that they were able to have with their children. This is the reason they do they work they do.
 The founder of Sherwood Community Services was Hazel Vernables. She had a daughter with a disability and was a public care nurse that worked with other families with developmental and intellectual disabilities.  They were looking for a way for their children to learn because children with disabilities were not required to have education.  8 families started Sherwood so that children could have education. 
The history of people with disabilities is sad. In Nazi Germany, people with disabilities were killed because they were believed to be inferior.  In Washington State, people with disabilities were not allowed in schools until 1972.  Children with disabilities were sent to state institutions as infants to be cared for and to be out of the public eye.  Now people do live in their communities, but people with disabilities are still viewed as second class citizens. 
Sherwood offers 3 programs:
infants and toddlers:
Early intervention goes to the home or where the child is ages birth to 3 in Snohomish County and on Camano Island. They use a parent coaching model including the family in the therapy and integrating therapy into daily family activities. 30% of kids in the program meet their developmental milestones before the age of 3 allowing them not to be in special education when they enter schools. Sherwood provides services to many Spanish speaking families and families in rural areas. They are looking to double the amount of kids that are served in the next 3 years because of working with foster children and the many people that moving into the rural areas because of cost of living.
Vocational Services:
Sherwood provides adults with disabilities the opportunity to have jobs.  They meet with individuals to help develop resumes, walk through interviews and find jobs that fit that person.  They can provide on the job training for as long as people need and work in partnerships with employers to help the employer serve the individual to the best of their ability. When businesses talk to businesses and share the benefits of considering employees with disabilities they know they have committed workers.  Vocational Services are provided in Snohomish, Skagit and Island Counties. The goal is to have an 80% employment rate for people that walk through the doors of Sherwood in the next 5 years.  If this happens they will have the highest employment rate of any of the agencies that provide like services.  Sherwood is also looking to double the amount of employers that they are working with.
Assistive Technology:
Sherwood is currently the only agency that is providing these services in Washington State.  They provide ways for people with disabilities in communication to be able to have assistive technology.  These devices help people to be more independent in their lives. Sherwood's goal is to provide 7000 pieces of assistive technology in the next 5 years.  They started with 89 devices statewide. 
Sherwood has committed and compassionate employees that love and care for their people.  They are committed to having the best and brightest staff in the field. In order to do this, they have to be able to pay the wages needed to support their staff. They are bale to do this through through donations and contracts to provide services.  To recruit the best and brightest, partners are needed that believe in the mission of Sherwood Community Services.

Lance Morehouse with Sherwood Community Services 2017-03-25 07:00:00Z 0

Life and Laughter in the Cemetery

On the eve of Saint Patrick's Day, our program was provided by the President Elect of the Mount Vernon Rotary Club, David Lukov.
David Lukov, Family Service Director Hawthorne & Glbertson Funeral Homes
David Lukov is the Family Services Director at Hawthorne Funeral Home and Memorial Park in Mt. Vernon, and Gilbertson Funeral Home in Stanwood. He has spent the past twelve years working with helping people with pre-arrangements and grief support in funeral homes and cemeteries throughout the State of Washington. David also brings years of experience as a pastor, hospice bereavement coordinator, and college instructor. 
Memories and humor are important in David’s line of work.  A cemetery has valuable resources for a community.  A memorial park is different than a cemetery.  A memorial park has very little upright monuments, a cemetery does.  A plot is a burial right.  You do not actually purchase real estate, just the right to bury a person there.  Most plots have to have a container that contains the urn or casket.  A niche is an above ground location for urns.
David shared some funny headstones and grave markers with the club.
Time Expired!
I'm with Who?
70% of people choose cremation.  David wants to challenge that statistic.  Cremating and scattering the ashes make it difficult to keep the memory alive.  Burial allows us to keep  alive the memories of the people close to us.  A cemetery is a historical encyclopedia.  Cemeteries provide the value of having a place for healthy grief. 

March 16 Program 2017-03-16 07:00:00Z 0

Rave Reviews for Guys and Dolls & Party

Rotarians, family and friends enjoyed a pre-function at Carla Gastineau's home followed by a visit to the Byrnes Performing Arts Theater to see the Arlington High School Drama Department's production of the musical "Guys and Dolls".
Enjoying Appetizers at Carla's
Our Charter Member and Honorary Member Don Richards (center) Catches Up With Bob and Lee
When Jazzmine, the predecessor to Flight, had an annual dinner show our club made it an annual fireside.  Since the dinner shows were discontinued we have not been as a club to any of the high school events.  With raving reviews, perhaps attending the spring musical needs to be an annual fireside.
Janice and Duane Rhodes in the Lobby
Prime Seats Were Reserved for Us!
For more photos from the pre-function and from the theater, check out the photo album section.

A Night at the Theater 2017-03-14 07:00:00Z 0

Work Party at Haller Park for Jackson's Disney Grant

Jackson Martin
It was announced at the meeting on February 9th that Jackson Martin, son or Rotarian Breanne Martin, a five year old from Arlington has been awarded a $500.00 Disney Summer of Service grant through YSA (Youth Service America).  The grant was tp support Jackson in leading a community service project that addresses the issue of child safety and recreation.
Jackson chose to partner with the Rotary Club of Arlington for the service project and donate the grant funds to the Club for the splash park. The service project occurred on March 11, 2017.
This phase of the project included spreading new bark under the playground equipment to make it safer. Some flower beds were also cleaned.
There is an album of photos take during the project, but here are a few:
Jackson Digs In!
Duane and Grandkids Help
Supervisors or Shovel Guards?
What is a Project Without Food & Drink
Most Rotarians Even Worked!
See the photo album section for many more photos.  Thank you Jackson (and mother Breanne) for submitting for the grant!

March Service Project 2017-03-11 08:00:00Z 0

Membership Business Meeting April 27

The 2016 Council on Legislation has given our club much more flexibility on how we operate.  In January we amended our bylaws to add a youth services director and committee. You were told that there would be more proposed changes coming.
Your board, with input from members at the club assembly and from an ad hoc committee, is proposing changes. The first step in implementing these changes was the amendment of our Articles of Incorporation (including the new prescribed club constitution).  The second step is the Amendment of our Bylaws, followed by the adoption of specific policies.
Below is a link to a proposed new set of bylaws.  Here is a list of significant changes:
  • Dues and admission fees are set by the board and as a general rule will include the cost of meals.
  • Allows the board, relating to attendance requirement, to create a member-at-large type of active member.
  • Substitutes an easier to understand attendance requirement and gives the board authority to add to activities that constitute a "make-up".
  • Extends the make-up rule from 14 to 30 days prior to after a missed meeting.
See more fore the text of the proposed bylaws.  Click HERE to see the new proposed bylaws.

Club Bylaws 2017-03-11 08:00:00Z 0

Financing Rotary--A Proposed Change

Every six months Rotarians in our club receive a bill from our treasurer.  Historically we have not been very good at explaining the components of that bill.
The constitution that governs our club provides that Every member shall pay dues as prescribed in the bylaws.  Dues, augmented by new member admission fees, happy bucks and split the pot income, pay for club operating expenses.  Funds raised for community and international projects cannot be used to pay for club operating expenses.
The bylaws provide that a budget is prepared by the board in advance of the next Rotary year. In addition, this year the budget was presented to the membership for approval.  To see the budget CLICK HERE
Our operating expenses include $120 per member in dues paid to RI and to District 5050.  By far the greatest expense is the cost of meals at our noon meetings and events.  The church now charges us to use its meeting space and there is generally a cost when we move our venue for an event. Our website also costs us about $850 each year.
It is our policy for active members to pay for meals regardless of if the member attends or eats a meal.  Exceptions include those excused from attendance under the Rule of 85 or a board approved leave of absence.  The cost of meals has not been included in the bylaws as part of a member's dues, even though we depend on members not eating lunch to help with administrative expenses. 
In calculating the semiannual bill, the treasurer estimates the number of weekly lunch meetings and special events to determine the portion for meals.  Lunches have been calculated at the rate of $12.75 per week even though the actual cost paid to our caterer is $14 per person with a guaranteed minimum number of lunches.  This does not include the cost of the venue.
It is the consensus of the board to move away from estimating the cost of meals by establishing set dues that would include, unless excused, all meals.  Dues for excused members would also be a set amount with those members paying for a meal only when the member attends the meeting or event.
Below you will find a link to the proposed Dues Policy that the board has been considering.  It would take an amendment to our bylaws.  The proposal also adds a member-at-large category to the list of those excused from the meal portion.
Club Finances 2017-03-11 08:00:00Z 0

Changes to Our Club?

Every three years international Rotarians meet at the Council on Legislation to review proposed changes on how Rotary Clubs are governed. In 2016 the Council on Legislation made significant and bold changes allowing clubs flexibility with meetings, membership and attendance. 
With regards to membership, a club may now, in its own discretion, have different types of active members including, but not limited to, business and family memberships.  A type of active member may be based on different attendance and dues requirements.
 Club Assembly to Discuss Possible Membership Changes
In response to these changes our club held an assembly to discuss options.  It was the consensus of those who attended that we did not want to have business or family members.  However, the group decided that it was worthwhile to look at a possible member-at-large to address the issue of what happens when a member's circumstances change so that he or she cannot attend lunch meetings regularly, but he or she wants to continue as a member of our club.  A related issue is how to charge for meals when it comes to such members. Our board was already looking at a new dues policy to include meals. See separate story.
Volunteers were sought at the meeting to serve on an ad hoc committee to look at options.  Some volunteered at the assembly and others volunteered at the next board meeting.  President Erik appointed Dave Duskin to chair the committee. Those serving on the committee with Dave included Gary Hoffman, Carla Gastineau, Fitz Couhig, Sue Weiss, Paul Ellis, Casey Miller, Erik Granroth, Devin Brossard, and Robin Reinig.
Initial discussions with the group was on line using the Group Me app.  The consensus was that the great culture of our club would be jeopardized if new members are not involved in our regular club meetings for at least a year, but that in the attendance area we needed to do something to change the rules rather than ignoring the rules.
The committee met as a group on March 6 to discuss a draft of a new policy that Dave drafted based on input obtained electronically.  The goal was to have something that could be submitted to the board for a look at its meeting on March 8. 
March Snow Birds-Former Members Rob Dickson and Glen Mann Join Current Members
The proposed member-at-large category is designed to make it more equitable for members who can't attend meetings because of work, trips, health issues, or snow birds who don't meet the requirements of the rule of 85.  We have been liberal with make-up rules.  Members in the above photo include honorary member Marcia, and Bucky, Dale, Ron, John, and Wayne.  Sue who is in AZ for Mariner spring training is the only active member needing a make-up to meet attendance rules.
 Members of the committee settled for the draft of a Member-at-Large policy that can be access by clicking below.
Member-at Large Policy Proposed  CLICK HERE
To Review a Proposed Application Form CLICK HERE

Club Administration & Membership Changes 2017-03-10 08:00:00Z 0
 Caleb Abenroth is Going to Iceland!
Caleb Abenroth
Caleb Abenroth, Arlington High School Student and son of Rotarian, Phil Abenroth will be our outbound exchange student heading to Iceland.
Caleb first asked his mom and Phil about going to Germany. He is a Sophomore and in his second year studying German (his family heritage), and his German teacher mentioned an exchange program that he excitedly told his parents about. At that point Phil communicated to Lyanne, our Youth Services Director,  that his son was interested in being a Rotary exchange student.
When Phil informed Caleb about the Rotary program he was instantly interested. Phil felt better about his being with a Rotarian family over a random family and particularly in that it was less expensive than spending close to $10k for him to go through the school’s recommended program.
During the application process he listed Germany as his first choice and Iceland (his mom’s heritage) as his second choice. While he was waiting to get his country assignment he admitted to is dad that he didn’t care at all what country he was given, he would go anywhere and just wanted to see more of the world.
At the orientation a couple of weeks ago he was given his country, Iceland. Phil reports that "he and Caleb's mother were immediately STOKED that Iceland was to be his destination. "
Caleb's great grandma on his mom’s side spoke Icelandic and a group of that family had travelled to and were in Iceland and trying to return home during the 9-11 attack. His great grandma is a first generation Icelandic immigrant of the Gudjonson family. Orv and Chris (Gudjonson) Belter passed away recently but would have tears of joy to know their great grandson is going back to the homeland to study.
Caleb and his parents are all now learning as much about Iceland as they possibly can, although Phil was already an Iceland fan due to what I understand about their political policies. Caleb and Phil both hope to learn a lot of Icelandic language before he leaves near the end of this Summer.
Caleb and Phil Abenroth
Caleb is a natural leader. He has been involved with wrestling, basketball, cross country, Arlington High Sophomore class President (was freshman Pres too), coaching his little brother’s basketball team, track and field, and some new-fangled sport called Extreme Frisbee, all combined with a busy social life as a sophomore with a driver’s license. "The kid barely has time to sleep!!", says Phil.  He maintains a 3.0 GPA and is hoping to find a job soon to save up some money for his trip.

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Homeless Families to Benefit!

For the month of March the Arlington Interact Club will be raising money (loose change) in baby bottles (team boy or team girl) and collecting baby supplies (diapers, wipes, formula, pacifiers, bottles, etc.) for the Arlington Community Resource Center.

Interactors Working on Fundraiser for Homeless Babies

This is their big community project for the year. They will be collecting money during the school day at Arlington High School and will also be collecting money and supplies at Safeway 2 days this month (dates to be determined) and during intermission at the March 10th Performance of Guys and Dolls at the Byrnes Preforming Arts Center.

Keep an eye out for these baby bottles and if you would like more information or to donate please contact us via instant message.

When our club took on helping with the homeless count in January, the members of our Interact Club also volunteered.  This project arose out of the Interactors' experience with a homeless family with a baby and their desire to help.

Please help the Interact Club surpass its goal! Watch for the baby bottles!

Interact Club's Service Project 2017-03-04 08:00:00Z 0

The Sponsorship Phase Gets Started

Jola Urging Members to Solicit Sponsors for the 29th Annual Great Stilly Duck Dash
The 2017 Duck Dash sponsorship phase is officially kicked off! 
Sponsorships represents more than half of the money raised by the Duck Dash.  Our club's long range plan set a goal to have growth at 10% per year in sales and sponsorships.  We have met that the last two years for sponsorships, not for ticket sales (Is this a challenge to Dale and Carla?). 
Sponsorships help support the administrative expenses associated with the Duck Dash.
This year’s goal for sponsorships is $90,750.  Please contact those businesses you have a contact at and make a request.  The person who brings in the most new business sponsors will get a prize.  Sponsorships are due in five weeks.  Make sure to fill out the sponsorship form completely and return to Jola.  If the sponsor can pay at the time of signing up, take it.
Please give the Rotarian contact from last year the chance to first reach out to the business!
If you get a coupon sponsor, note on the sponsorship form how the coupon should read.  There must be value associated with the coupon, not just an ad.
"We love our sponsors! They elevate the work we do by giving to us to give back to the community! Have fun and let me know what you might need over the next six weeks!" ~Jola
The Following Forms Have Been Added to the Duck Dash 17 File in Club Documents. To help you access the documents here are links--just click on the document.
It's the Start of Duck Season! 2017-03-03 08:00:00Z 0

Scholarship Applications

The Rotary Club of Arlington supports local youth in many ways including awarding scholarships to graduating seniors. This year one graduating senior will be selected from the Arlington School District, Lakewood School District and Darrington School District each student will be awarded $2,500. If you are interested in applying for this scholarship or know someone that is counselors at each of the High Schools have applications on hand or you can visit https://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/…/Rotary-Scholarsh….
All applications are due by April 15, 2017

Scholarship Applications 2017-03-01 08:00:00Z 0

Mark Schrader- Circumnavigating the Americas

Mark Schrader spoke to the club about his participation in “Around the Americas”.  Around the Americas was a 25,000 mile sailing circumnavigation of the American continents with the mission of inspiring, educating, and engaging citizens of the Americas to protect our fragile oceans.
Mark was a member of the First Team in 1982.  He has two single-handed circumnavigations of the world and was the first American to singled-handedly circumnavigate the world via the five Southern Capes in 1982-3. He has lived in Washington State for over 35 years and is an avid marine conservationist and wildlife advocate.
The race was a selfish time, a race with other people from other countries.  After spending that much time in the water they decided they wanted to do something more meaningful. They decided to sail around the Americas and bring attention to issues with the Americas.  They were concerned they wouldn’t make it through the Northwest Passage, but they did.  Ice and weather were issues, but they were successful in the 27,000 mile trip.
Throughout the course of the trip, the crew was collecting data with 13 computers aboard.  The computers stopped working by the end of the trip. The crew also had a photographer, scientists, sailors, and an ice expert.  At each stop the crew would invite the town to come hear what the crew had been doing and what they were finding. They also visited schools along the way to educate children.  The children were allowed to board the boat to see the instrumentation aboard.
The crew is working on a repeat of the expedition.  Want to give a voice to people in other countries by looking into issues they are facing. 
The total cost of the first trip was $2 million dollars. 

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On February 23, Paul Harris awards were given to three of our members.  The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. All three of the members are multiple recipients.
Left to Right: Leroy Jacques PH+5, John Meno PH+3, Erik Granroth PH+2 & Kathy McCone-Director

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James Anderson and Kelly Snyder from UW Bothell

James Anderson and Kelly Snyder from UW Bothell spoke about the services UW Bothell provides. Founded in 1990, UW Bothell became a four year campus in 2006. 5,735 students attend UW Bothell, 90% of the students are in-state students, 1,500 are from Snohomish County and 21 are from from Arlington.  49% of the freshman at UW Bothell have parents who do not have college degrees and 34% of the undergraduate students are eligible for Federal Pell grants. UW Bothell partners with Everett CC, Edmonds CC, University Center of North Puget Sound, WSU, all of the high schools in Snohomish County, and Economic Alliance of Snohomish County.
STEM studies are a large focus for UW Bothell.  Nearly every program that is offered requires a capstone, project, internship, or research. Community engagement connected learning across disciplines is also offered at UW Bothell. Graduates from UW Bothell have the highest post-grad salaries from all public universities in the state of Washington. 
The Campus itself is an 132 acre-campus and one of three UW campuses.  The campus has an activities and recreation center, as well as, a sports field located on campus.  There is on campus student housing and they are currently designing a residence hall to house 600 students. UW Bothell has a Rotaract Club on campus and is continuing to look into the future planning growth in buildings, parking, leadership opportunities and so much more. 
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Posted on Feb 04, 2017

USS Kidd (100)

When Captain Doug Kunzman, Commodore of the Destroyer Squadron based at Naval Station Everett, spoke to us on January 5, he invited us to come to the base to tour a destroyer.  On February 5 Rotarians, family members, and members of the Interact Club we sponsor at Arlington High School toured the USS Kidd.
USS Kidd on the Left with USS Shoup in the Background
We thought we were going to tour the Shoup but we toured the USS Kidd instead.
The USS Kidd is new to homeport Everett, having been repositioned from San Diego.  USS Kidd (DDG-100) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy. She is the third Navy ship named after Rear Admiral Isaac C. Kidd, who was on board Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor, and was the first American flag officer to die in World War II. The ship is part of Destroyer Squadron 9 of Carrier Strike Group 3 which is currently headed by the Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis.
Photos from the tour are posted in the album section.  Here are a few photos taken on the tour:
After the tour the group enjoyed lunch at Skuttlebutts near the Everett Homeport. 
14 Rotarians with family members and members of the Interact Club at Arlington High School did the tour and a portion of them enjoyed fellowship and lunch.

Ship Tour at Navy Station Everett 2017-02-04 08:00:00Z 0

Chief Jonathan Ventura

Jonathan Ventura
One of our newer members, Jonathan Ventura, the Chief of Police gave us his classification talk at our meeting on February 2.
Jonathan  has been with the Arlington Police Department since 2000. He attended the Law Enforcement Academy in Spokane, WA and has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Columbia College with emphasis in Criminal Justice and is currently in graduate school.
He is a military veteran and a former reservist stationed out of Naval Station Everett, where he was assigned to Security Police as a Law Enforcement Training Instructor. He also has worked for the US Department of Justice (DEA) where he was assigned to the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area /Airport Task Force at SeaTac Airport.
During his career in law enforcement he has had many assignments including Patrol Officer, School Resource Officer, Detective, Patrol Sergeant, Seattle Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Snohomish Multiple Agency Response Team (SMART) which investigates officer involved shootings.
Chief Ventura’s primary focus is to build upon and expand the community connections and partnerships such as the Arlington Crime Prevention League and the ‘All-In’ campaign. He has been instrumental in establishing tools for the department’s K9 Program and ProAct team to address squatting and illicit drug use. He has also worked closely with the Department’s volunteer coordinator to expand the volunteer program to include community patrols, pooch patrol and graffiti Wipeout.
Jonathan lives in Arlington with his wife Stacie and their children. He has a vested interest in the Arlington community and has an open door to discuss community policing issues with residents and businesses. He is looking forward to increasing the Department’s community connections beyond the Arlington Crime Prevention League and Neighborhood Watch programs.
Jonathan is drawn to service.  “Thank yous” are most rewarding. The forecast for policing is good but prospective law enforcement candidates need to come into it for the right reasons.  There is no need for a criminal justice degree.  Study computers, science, technology, etc.
Facebook and social media have impacted law enforcement profession.  Ventura learns of community issues on Facebook.
The four way test has helped Ventura in hiring officers.  They have to ensure the people they hire are capable.  high standards. 
Born in North Carolina.  Dad was a Marine, grandpa was a Marine.  Ventura went into the Navy.  Father developed a drug habit in Vietnam.  Parents divorced.  Grew up in poverty in West Virginia.  Mother remarried, step father was not a great guy.  Ventura personally dealt with homelessness.
Ventura’s grandfather was a good role model in his life.  Ventura wanted to be a firefighter like his grandfather.
He played football and music (drums).  Toured the west coast, Nirvana opened for his band.  Met the lead singer of Nirvana, Kurt Cobain.
Jonathan had a child when he was 16. He entered the Navy and hoped to be a firefighter.  Worked on the flight deck, went to firefighting and aviation firefighting school.
While in the service he was contacted by the State that they took his child away from the mother.  Navy allowed him to leave to take care of the child and he decided to take a discharge.   Got custody of his son.  Son has Aspergers syndrome but wants to be a firefighter.   His son was hired by DNR and fought fires this last summer. 

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In 2017-18, we’ll answer the question “What is Rotary?” with RI President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley’s theme, Rotary: Making a Difference. “Whether we’re building a new playground or a new school, improving medical care or sanitation, training conflict mediators or midwives, we know that the work we do will change people’s lives — in ways large and small — for the better.”
To see the video of his announcement click HERE

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Bucky Tart Fills in With Program on SR 530/Oso Event

When our speaker had to cancel for this week's meeting, our member, Bucky Tart, a Geotechnical Engineer, filled in with a bit of a repeat program.
               Bucky Tart
When the event happened there was an enormous splash when the hill came down. There is a bench area above the river and Bucky believes that the area above that slide.
Bucky bases his opinions of what happened on the experiences of 4 people that were present at the slide. There had to be a loose airborne flow that fell on top of them called a splash because people were buried and survived. If it was mud they wouldn’t have been able to survive.
There has never been a landslide that has flown as far as the Oso slide, that is why Bucky believes that is was not a landslide, but a splash.  This can also be seen with the road that wasn’t hurt, just covered by mud.
43 people were injured in a matter of seconds.  There were not any people that were injured after that time, which makes the idea of the splash more believable.  In a Landslide people, would have been hurt at different times.
Since happy bucks shortened the time that Bucky had to do his slide presentation, he has offered to do a showing at another time. 

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LTC(P) Brandon Meno and the U.S. Army War College

Brandon is John Meno's younger brother. Brandon is married to Christie and they have three children. He has been deployed 12 times and is currently attending the US Army War College where an Officers’ education begins immediately.
The US Army War College falls under the National Defense University.  Every branch of the military has their own war college.  Once selected for the war college you can apply for a fellowship to 50 colleges (Harvard, UT-Austin, etc.).   The program is a one year intensive program. 
The US Army War College is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  It is a small post, but it is oldest in the state. The war college was started in 1901, but after World War I it was moved to Washington DC. Eventually the War College was moved back to Carlisle. 
There are 383 students in the class of 2017.  Each war college has students from other branches of the military, but the majority of the students will be from that branch of the military. The War College also selects international fellows and civilians to attend the college. 
The Mission of the War College is to: educate and develop leaders for service at the strategic level while advancing knowledge in the global application of landpower. The curriculum focuses on Three levels of War: Strategic, Operational and Tactical. The purpose of the War College is to educate the students on how to be strategic leaders.  After graduation most of the students will likely go back to tactical work but some will also go to the operational side. 
Thank you Brandon for our service and leadership to our Nation. 

Our Program December 29- LTC(P) Brandon Meno 2016-12-30 08:00:00Z 0
Happy New Year From the Rotary Club of Arlington 2016-12-23 08:00:00Z 0

Christmas Food Baskets

Through the generosity of our members, our club again purchased food, assembled and packed boxes, and delivered food to 87 families.  The families are screened by the Arlington Community Food Bank.  Based on the number of donations from club members, the food was purchased by the club from Arlington Grocery Outlet.
Boxes were assembled this year at the Boys and Girls Club at its invitation so members could see the remodeling that is in progress.  Our club is donating funds to help with the cost of the remodeling. 
We had a record number of volunteers.  In addition to Rotarians and families, our Interact Club had volunteers as well as volunteers from Life Church 360.
The Food Basket Crew
Our projects director, Devin Brossard, planned and organized the annual food basket project.
                                                     Devin Directing the Crew
87 boxes were placed throughout the game room and hall way at the Boys and Girls Club
The names of families that have been screened by the Arlington Community Food Bank are given to the club.  We are also given a list of food to provide in each box.  The food was purchased in large volume and taken to the club.  A team of two were assigned to each food item with the responsibility of seeing that that item gets placed in each of the boxes.
                      87 Hams Ready to Be Distributed with Each Basket
The key to getting the baskets delivered to the right spot is the computer work done by Karri Hansen.  Karri finds each address on Google Maps, prints out the directions, and organizes the distribution routes. 
                            Karri Assigning Routes to Rotarians for Delivery
                           Part of the Interact Volunteers
                                          Organized Chaos!
                The Interior of the New Teen Center Being Added With Our Help
                  New Gym Space Being Added to the Club With Our Help
                            Getting Ready to Hit a Delivery Route
 With the Construction in Progress-We Even Used the Hallway to Pack Boxes
Thank-you to all the volunteers!  We helped make Christmas a bit brighter for some of our many families struggling to make ends meet.
See Many More Photos in the Photo Album Section

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Oak Rankin and the Glacier Peak Institute

Glacier Peak Institute (GPI) empowers and teaches children through action based education to build resilient rural communities and ecosystems encompassing the Glacier Peak region.  Amount of time spent outdoors by children has fallen 50% since 2000.  Video games and less outdoors spaces has led to less time outdoor.
Population in Darrington is decreasing, Arlington is increasing.  Increases in free or reduced meals and special education students.   Special needs programs take a lot of resources.  Rural communities suffer from lack of funding.  Salaries for teachers in Arlington start at $47k and Darrington start at $35k.
With limited resources and funding GPI has turned the forest/outdoor into a classroom.  Main focus is on the middle schools with forest STEM and STREAM (Science, Technology, Recreation, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) programs.
Decrease in salmon growth is affecting communities.  The children are engineering and designing solutions to this problem and others. 
Hoping to obtain a 3D printer for the students.
Students have toured Google.  Attempting to expose the students to more career opportunities.
GPI has partnered with Snohomish County Parks & Recreation and Forest Services.  Recreation and tourism is important.  A recreation program has been created to get youth outdoors.
                                      Kids Rafting in a Local River
                                         Getting Kids to Experience the Out of Doors
GPI is largely ran by volunteers.  GPI offers shelter building classes, chanterelle hunting, mountain biking lessons, fishing.  These are offered after school and solely extracurricular activities.  Leverage grants for funding possibilities.
GPI is looking for long term change.  Partnered with WSU extension.  They help write grants and “incubate the program.”  All volunteers and students are registered through 4H.  Oak is the only paid employee.   America’s Best Communities has contributed to the funding.
GPI works to empower youth.  Encourage them to create their own videos, raft, walk in rapids, float the rivers safely, connect with the outdoors, geology, rowing, snowshoeing, etc.
Partnered with Seattle University.  Received a monitoring station at the slide location.
The future of GPI will work on its outdoor curriculum, urban – rural linkages, University collaboration, replicable for other rural communities. 
GPI can take donations, gear, tools, and volunteers.  More
How to Help:
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Revitalizing History

On Saturday November 12, 2016, Arlington Rotarians partnered with members of Arlington United Church to bring new life to the historical church pews that fill sanctuary of the 103 year old building.  Each week people gather in this church for worship, recitals, meetings and many other community events.  Over the years, the pews have become worn through use.  These well loved pews had reached a time, when they needed to be revitalized.  Rotarians and church members gathered together to refurbish the pews and to bring new life and new beauty to this vibrant and giving church.  The pews are now ready for many more years of love.
Craig Chase and Roy Harris working hard 
Young and old came out to help 
Thank you to everyone that came out to help as the Rotary Club of Arlington continues to serve the community that we love. 

November Service Project Jessica Ronhaar 2016-11-28 08:00:00Z 0
No Meeting This Week 2016-11-22 08:00:00Z 0

The Foundation of Rotary International

Kathy McCone, Lee Harman, and Carla Gastineau spoke about the Rotary Foundation. 
Goal of the Foundation is:  Do good in the world. 
Foundation was first proposed in 1917 and started with $26. It is the 100th Year!
Separate legal entity.  Managed by 15 member board nominated by International President.
Programs funded cannot benefit Rotarians or immediate family.  Donations are invested for 3 years and interest covers administration costs.  $100 donation per year makes you a sustaining member.
Our club can apply to the foundation and district for matching dollars for certain projects.  The District has given us a grant for the Splash Pad, this is through the Foundation.  We were awarded the second highest amount out of all the clubs in the district.
1985 Polio Plus was started.  Goal was to have Polio eradicated in 2005.  Only 3 countries have had Polio incidents this year – 29 cases.  The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has made large donations to Polio Plus.  Total $1.2 billion dollars have been donated.  2.5 billion children have been vaccinated.
Rotary Endowment Fund – “Permanent Fund” – you can put money of any amount into this fund.  The money stays there permanently and the interest it earns will be used to fund Rotary International.  100% of donated dollars will go back to the community. 
You can become a major donor through your retirement account, life insurance, trust, or will.  If you bequeath over $10,000 you can become a member of the bequest society.
Bailey, Duskin & Peiffle will give $150 off the price of the preparation of a will or codicil to a current will if you make a specific bequest of $10,000 to Rotary Foundation/Rotary International.
Go to myrotary.org to give online.  You can set up recurring giving. 
You can choose where you want to give your money (Annual Fund, Polio Plus, Permanent Fund, etc.).  Boeing and Microsoft give 2:1 and 3:1 matches, respectively.  On myrotary.org you can print out forms to get the match through your employer.  
If you give online, give Kathy your receipt to get your matching points for the month of November. 

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Salute to Our Veterans!

As we close the most divisive election season in our nation's history, and look forward to the peaceful transfer of power, we are reminded of our freedoms that our veterans have fought to preserve.  Thank you veterans!

Veterans Day 2016 2016-11-11 08:00:00Z 0

Scott Dudley Addresses Our Club

                                                       Governor Scott Dudley
During his visit to our club on November 3, District 5050 Governor Scott Dudley met with our board to answer questions.
                                     Scott Meeting with Our Board
Following our lunch, Governor Scott spoke to our club after being introduced by Marc Baker AG for our area.
Scott and his wife live on Whidbey Island.  Rotary member since 2001.  Rotary International Service Above Self award recipient.  Scott manages an investment firm in Oak Harbor.
Served as the mayor of Oak Harbor 2012-2015.  Scott and Christine have five children, big Seahawks fan, and enjoys traveling.  Scott is a DJ, grandfather, and a great pitchman for district 5050 and Rotary.  Scott has done 21 marathons.
         Scott Dudley, District 5050 Governor 2016-17, with Wife Christine
In his address, Scott's theme was that there is a difference to being a member of Rotary and being a Rotarian.  It took Scott many years to actually become a "Rotarian".  Scott became a "Rotarian" after getting involved with the Rotary wheelchair project.
On trips to other countries to deliver the wheelchairs he got to see poverty and see the wheelchairs were a luxury item for the recipients.
Scott met a polio survivor who received a wheelchair.
He met a mother who had to carry her disabled five year old everywhere.  He received a wheelchair and it was as if they won the lottery.  When Scott came back he was changed.  He no longer had anything to complain about.  We are already truly blessed.
Scott was set to visit Haiti, however, due to political uprising he was unable.  During that free time he went to visit other clubs.  During one of his visits in Canada he met a woman whose husband needed a kidney.  Scott's grandmother died of polysystic kidney disease.  His aunt and uncle received kidneys because they had the same disease.
Scott volunteered to give a kidney.  It would have been an 8 to 10+ years wait to get a kidney.
There is a ripple effect after helping just one person.  Families are affected.  We are all put here to give back but give back in different ways.
Year to date only 28 cases of polio, down from 350,000 a year.  Polio will be eradicated by end of this year or beginning next year.
Rotary Foundation has been around 100 years.
Can we give more?  More to the Foundation, more to the service projects locally or abroad.  Ask friends and family to become members.
Let people know Rotary exists.
Scott assisted President Erik in recognizing a couple of our members for their work in our club.
Lyanne Rolf was acknowledged for her work with youth and youth services.  Through Lyanne's leadership we are not again participating Rotary Youth Exchange.  She has also been working to start an Interact Club at Arlington High School.
      Governor Scott Presents a Governor's Pin to Lyanne while President Erik Looked on
Carla Rankin Gastineau, who was not present, was also acknowledged for her contributions to club administration and all around support of our projects and firesides.  Erik will be presenting her pin at a later meeting.
Please join Scott and Christine May 4-7th at the District Conference in Seattle at the downtown waterfront Marriott hotel.  Pre-register for a chance to win a GoPro4.

Register Here

In closing, Scott had this to say: "You have a choice on what you choose to do with your time and you choose to spend it on Rotary.  You are part of something special.  You chose to belong to this club and it is a special club.  Thank you for all that you have done and all you will do in the future.  You do create ripple effects."

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Friday night October 28, 2016 the Meno's hosted their annual Halloween Party and Fireside for the Rotary Club of Arlington and their families.  It was a great night of gathering together to share in the fun of Halloween.  Rotarians sampled some wonderful chilis, ate great food and enjoyed Kimberly's cobbler.  The kids had a great time playing and the costumes were creative and fun.  In all, it was a great night for Rotarians and their families to gather together and enjoy the fun of the Holiday.
 2016 Meno Halloween Party Group Picture
The Winners of our annual Halloween Costume Contest were:
Matt Rolf with the most creative costume as Buddy the Elf
John Simiyu with the most Authentic Costume as a Wild West Sheriff and
Mark and Jola Barnett with the best couples costume dressed as Pirates
Thank you to John and Kimberly Meno for hosting such a great night and thank you Carla Gastineau for putting together the prizes. Finally, thank you to everyone that came, dressed up and enjoyed the evening with us. Happy Halloween 2016!

Meno Halloween Party Fireside 2016 2016-10-28 07:00:00Z 0

Hazel Boarden and the Alzheimer Association of Western & Central Washington Chapter

Hazel Boarden the Community Outreach Coordinator with the Alzheimer Association of Western & Central Washington Chapter shared about Alzheimers and their organization at the October 6th meeting.  The vision of the Alzheimers Association is to have a world without Alzheimer's, which is the leading cause of dementia.    
The Alzheimer's association works with the senior center to offer support groups for caregivers. It also provides education programs to caregivers, professionals, and community groups, while advocating to break the stigma that many people have of Alzheimer's. The Alzheimer's Association offers Care Consultations that provided one-on-one guidance to families and individuals to identify challenges, address immediate needs, and plan for the future. The Association offers early state memory loss programs that provides education, support, and social engagement to people in early stages of Alzheimer's and dementia.  Home visits are also offered in King and Snohomish County. 
Alzheimer's disease does not discriminate anyone can end up with it. There is a DNA test to see if you have the gene but it does not mean you will get it. 

Medic Alert + Safe Return is a 24-hour, nationwide emergency response system for individuals with Alzheimer's or dementia who have become separated from their caregiver.  There is also a 24/7 Helpline, 1-800-272-3900, that connects callers to programs, and local resources 365 days a year.  

Research has advanced and researchers are hopeful there will be a cure in our lifetime. Washington State is working on a plan to address Alzheimer's in the state and the Alzheimer's Association is continuing to work toward ending Alzheimer's.  They are all ways looking for volunteers to help in various ways.
Hazel Boarden and the Alzheimer Association of Western & Central Washington Chapter Jessica Ronhaar 2016-10-07 07:00:00Z 0
Paul Ellis, with the City, and Anthony Gromko, Assistant Professor of Community Economic Development at WSU extension, spoke to our club about enhancing community-based entrepreneurship. 
  Anthony and Paul
Paul met Anthony through the America’s Best Community competition. 
Arlington is the second largest industrial base in Snohomish County, second to Boeing.  2.2 jobs per household.  Many jobs start up but fail.  There is an opportunity to help those businesses start up and be successful.  There is a Rotary club in Maine that has adopted a mentor program for businesses.
Anthony came to WSU Extension from Mercy Corp – a non-profit, managing a micro-fund supporting underserved entrepreneurs. 
Anthony Gromko 
Anthony hoping to development excitement about leveraging our knowledge to engage with local entrepreneurs.   The club in Maine connects Rotarians with local entrepreneurs in the context of a focus group.  Rotarians provide recommendations/strategies to the entrepreneurs.
Microbusinesses are businesses with 20 employees or less.  87% of Washington businesses are microbusinesses.  Microbusiness owners are less confident regarding future needs (i.e. managing growth, keeping up with changes in their industry, concerned about saving for retirement).
This mentor program dovetails well with the ABC competition.  The program would strengthen entrepreneurial ecosystem, transfer of knowledge in the community, develop new ideas and strategies, building social capital, contribute to the ABC strategy.
The structure would include a committee/advisory formation, application process, pre-focus group vetting with sub-committees, and the 90 minute focus group with a facilitator.
The mentors would follow up within one year and ask the entrepreneur to return to give a presentation with the outcome.
Paul will follow up with the board to see if there is any interest in our club starting the program. 
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Thirteen Rotarians and friends ventured to Fire Mountain BSA camp to help with construction on The Beach, the camp's swimming area. Joined by carpenters from CIA (Carpenters In Action, a volunteer group), the group ferried out equipment and supplies out to the swim platform to build the second story to the structure. Devin Brossard figured out ways to keep Brad Kihm stable on a raft while using power tools while Duane Rhodes, Craig Chase, Fitz Couhig, Joe (from BSA) and Josh Dowdy (nephew of Linda Byrnes) worked together to install the large beams.
Jim Kelly and his daughter, Jeff Huleatt, Dave Duskin, Victoria Dowdy(Linda Byrnes' niece) and Karri Hansen worked on shore along with the carpenters. Gene Chase came up to view the progress and help with a BBQ lunch. It was a day filled with sunshine, good work, and great conversation with another volunteer organization.
Ferrying out supplies, equipment and bodies to the dive platformView of the platform from the lifeguard/changing room areaCIA - Carpenters In ActionFitz & Josh and one really big beamDevin & Craig making sure Brad's safeDevin making sure Brad doesn't fall inCraig making sure Brad is safe since Devin would obviously not stop Brad from falling in despite his best intentionsDuane & Joe getting back to landLifeguard shack framing by our CIA friendsLunch break
Fire Mountain Service Project - Building structures and friendships Karri Motomatsu Hansen 2016-09-24 07:00:00Z 0
One week after her induction as a new member to our club, Chrys Sweeting, Arlington's new Superintendent of Schools, was our program.
ASD Superintendent Chrys Sweeting
Chrys has been in public education for thirty years.  Went to Central Washington and University of Washington.  Chrys and her husband have been married for 40+ years and have one daughter and five sons.
There has been a lot of changes in the top  of the district's administration.  In the cabinet alone there are three new individuals.  What hasn’t changed is the “why” – educating all students, preparing and inspiring them to achieve their full potential.
“What” – Staying the course – we aren’t going to change the strategic plan that was adopted in 2010 before Chrys came on board.  In November a community and staff committee will take a look at the strategic plan and make sure it is still relevant.
Motto this year is - Shine the light on student learning, what we do, and how we do it.  Every child, every hour, every day.
The district has a guaranteed and viable curriculum – an outline of what each student at each grade level should know and how to assess it.
High Performing Teams and Professional Learning Communities exist in Arlington public schools.  There are also Professional Learning Targets for staff.
“How” – aligning our efforts and maximizing our impact.  School improvement plans, district improvement plans, strategic plans, and individual plans.  Coherence across our system.
District Norms – assume positive intent, be kinder than necessary, be prepared, honor time, be professional in all interactions, be fully present and engaged.
Chrys’s Entry Plan includes six goals:
1.       Build relationships with board
2.       Nurture vibrant collaborative relationships of high performing teams.
3.       Foster/build relationships with community
4.       Use existing data in decision-making
5.       Ensure financial stability of the district
6.       Maintain/enhance student learning opportunities
Providing equity and access – equality and equity. With her years of experience with special education, Chrys has stressed equality to address special needs.  She provided the above illustration of dealing with the challenge of height differences.
Chrys Sweeting on Shining a Light on  all  ASD  Students 2016-09-22 07:00:00Z 0
Charlotte Goller is 15 and coming to us from Bremen, Germany.  Her father is a doctor and her mother is a lawyer. Charlotte has one sister.  She plays violin, tennis, and enjoys skiing.  
She will attend AHS this coming school year as a Sophomore.  She is currently staying with the Beatons.  We would like other Rotarians to involve Charlotte in activities.  
Lyanne Rolf is our exchange student committee chair.  If you have questions or would like to host an exchange student in the future, please contact her.
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  Jola Barnett gave her classification talk this week. 

Jola was born and raised in Sedro Woolley.  

Her grandparents, both of which were from Pittsburg, were married 63 years before her grandfather passed away. When Jola's grandparents met, each one lived on the “wrong side of the tracks,” but they made it work despite the thoughts that others had.  He was in the military and they had three children, one was Jola’s father.  

Jola’s parents will celebrate their 50th anniversary this year.  Jola's mother came from Poland when she was 12 and when her parents met her mother was 17.  Her Father was a smoke jumper.

Jola is the oldest of four girls.  Jola won a $500 savings bond in a baby contest when she was one and she always wanted to be a cowgirl/country singer and move to Nashville.  Her mom and dad were part of a hill climber club and she grew up hunting, fishing, camping, and swimming in the rivers.  

Jola went to Catholic school and participated in singing concerts in high school. She was also a cheerleader and in the show choir.  She even wrote and performed the song for her high school graduation. While in high school Jola went to Europe as an exchange student. This experience sparked an interest in Jola for travel and history.  

Jola graduated from Edmonds Community College in 1988 and was planning a career in the travel industry.  During this time, Jola was looking for a job and decided to go to a panel interview with Blue Cross and was hired. This began her career in the Health Care Industry and moved her away from the travel industry.  

Jola met her husband, Mark, at Dennys and they were engaged in 1988. They will be married 27 years in October. Jola and Mark had their first child, Johnathan.  Jonathan is studying to be a doctor.  In November of 1992 their son Adam was born. And in 2002 their daughter Megan was born on May day.

In 1995 the family moved to Arlington after Mark’s job was transferred to Cascade Valley Hospital.  Jola would visit Mark at work and was eventually offered a job as the switchboard operator at the hospital.  Over time she moved into the operations of the hospital. After 13 promotions in 21 years she is now the VP of Operations. She oversees corporate compliance,is the privacy officer, manages charity, manages departments and many other things.    

Jola loves to fish and boat. This love has spilled over to her daughter, Megan. A few years ago Jola took a dream halibut fishing trip in Alaska. She was also, elected commodore of Dagmars Yacht Club and the Hat Island Yacht Club.  

Jola started a Medical Explorer Post at the hospital for the Scouts after her long involvement in Scouts with her son Adam, who is an Eagle Scout. Because of Jola's involvement and her work with the Medical Explorer Post she received the District Award of Merit from the Mount Baker Council.    

Jola took a glider ride on her 40th birthday crossing a dream off of her bucket list. She enjoys hiking, singing, football, and of course the WSU Cougars. She was also blessed with her first grandbaby this year.

Jola went back to school in 2005. She finished her associates degree and then transferred to WSU. She traveled with the school’s senate club and graduated with a 4.0.  Jola is now an adjunct professor for WSU.  

Her parents raised her to be thoughtful, engaged and respectful.  Jola strives to be that person today and Rotary has helped shape her life.

A Little about Jola Barnett 2016-08-25 07:00:00Z 0
This week was one of information, fun and service.
Information:  Larry Jubie
Our speaker, Larry Jubie, Past District Governor of District 5050 and a member of the Marysville Club, shared his knowledge of the Rotary Foundation at our regular meeting on Thursday.
3 ways you can give to the Foundation are:
  • Polio Plus fund
  • Annual Fund
  • Ongoing
3 ways to be recognized for donations:
  • Paul Harris Fellowship ($1,000)
  • Major donor levels 1-3
  • Arch Klumpf Society (Lee Harman)
Donations to Rotary Foundation help support District grants.
District grants 2016-17:
Deadline is September
Chair is Valerie Tibbitts (sp)
Max $10,000 (local or international)
Global grants:
Larger – minimum is $35,000 to $200,000 maximum
Chair is Malcolm Kennedy
Can apply for all year long (first come, first served)
Supported by earnings from endowments and donations.
Applying for grants can leverage club donations:
$10,000 club investment - $10,000 District designated funds - $15,000 World Fund
Minimum $35,000 with only $10,000 investment
Let District know if thinking of grants so can guide and talk first to make sure qualifying before going through all the paperwork.
Grants must cover the Rotary six areas of focus:
  1. Peace and conflict resolution
  2. Disease prevention/treatment
  3. Water sanitation
  4. Maternal/child care
  5. Basic education
  6. Economic community development
Package grants by Rotary Foundation are pre-approved, no paperwork. Not sure if they are continuing though.
New chair for district Rotary Foundation is Jane Helton.
Rotary also funds scholarships in two ways:
  1. Global Grant – Max $50,000
  2. Peace Scholars – District 5050 has several
    1. Study within six areas of focus
    2. Peace and conflict resolution
Thanked our club for its donations to the Rotary Foundation!
Erik – reminder that November is Foundation month.
On Friday, 42 Rotarians and guests had a fireside on the road, taking in the Mariner's game.  Linda Byrnes made all the arrangements that included a ride to the game on a chartered bus, great seats along the first base line near right field to watch the Mariners beat the Brewers, topped off with a Star Wars themed fireworks display.
15 plus Rotarians and friends pitched in for a service project on Saturday.  The group helped build a play ground at Reclamation Church west of Lakewood.  Photos will be coming next week.
A Week of Information, Fun and Service 2016-08-21 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Anniversaries

8/1/1980 – Dale Duskin
8/7/2002 – Dr. Ron Huitger

Guests/Visiting Rotarians

Peggy Ray with Everett-Port Gardner Club
Patti Ford - Village Community Services   - Guest of Kathy
Ranna Courshome – Arlington Resource Center - Guest of Peggy Ray
Kylah Feliciano – outbound exchange student heading to Denmark.  She leaves Saturday and will be keeping a blog of her journeys.   Inbound student from Germany also arrives on Saturday. 
                                Kylah Feliciano
Pam Fernanda – Jennifer’s sister
Geri Schuh  – Dr. Ron’s guest, also very involved in the Bungoma project
Shane Collin with Safe To Go - Guet of Phil


August is Rotary membership month.  Invite prospective members to lunch.  Hand out the Rotary cards to friends/family.
Board meeting at the Chase residence Wednesday, Aug. 10, non board members let President Erik know if you are coming for food planning
Conversation with Cops was held at Granroth Insurance.  The next will be held on August 17th at 6:30pm, at a Path to Avolan, 437 N Olympic Ave Suite D .  Come chat with law enforcement to get to know them and ask questions.
The first meeting of every month one committee director will give a report and tell us what the committee does.  The meeting will start five minutes early.
Carla gave a report on club administration.  It ensures everything in the club runs smoothly.  In charge of social gatherings.  Members are interactive.  Coordinate weekly meetings – set up, food, technology, etc.  special luncheons, installation banquet.  Develop agenda, programs, club assembly, board retreat, and surveys, club communication, anniversaries, birthdays, welcome new members, invite new members, encourage members to invite guests, review and make recommendations regarding funding requests, firesides.
August 16th-  Next Meeting of Club Administration Committee-5:30 PM-The Hidden Vine Smokey Pt.
August 19th – Mariner’s game/bus event.
Dick Post Golf Tournament at noon on September 8th and after party at the Chase residence.  No regular meeting that day. Sign-up for the golf and the after party separately on Club Runner.
Interact Club is getting started by Lyanne’s daughter.  Any high schoolers interested should contact Lyanne.
Looking for next outbound exchange student. 
Carla is officially CANCER FREE!!!!
Arlington Resource Center is hosting a school supply drive.  Information will be posted on our Face Book Site and a list of needed items will be sent out by email.
Fitz Couhig will be next week’s speaker and he will give his classification talk.
August 4 Meeting 2016-08-04 07:00:00Z 0
Weston High School Principal--Will Nelson
Will Nelson, principal of Weston High School, spoke about the Healthy Youth Survey.  Will is a member of the Arlington Drug Awareness coalition. 
The mission is to bring awareness about drug use in our community and educate people about it.  Every two years the school district does a healthy youth survey. 
The coalition will reach 3200 kids with presentations this year.  On September 27th a presentation will be held at BPAC for parents and adults to talk about the events that will be held for the kids.  Health District will also present on the 27th
Student presentations/events will be held after September 27th
The survey from 2015 shows the kids in our community have slightly lower drug/alcohol use than students statewide but significant substance abuse was noted but declining. 
The surveys show the majority of children feel safe at school and have an adult in the community they can talk to about something important but some report carrying weapons/involvement with gangs/depression/contemplation of suicide.
Paul Harris Award Presented to Jennifer Owen
On January 14 we had a most inspiring presentation by Jennifer Owen of Enabling the Future.  She and her husband have built a world wide network of volunteers to use 3D printers to make prosthetic devices for children who for whatever reason has lost a hand. 
When Lee Harman proposed a bet over the Sun Bowl game between his alma mater Miami and Washington State University with the losers to donate funds to the Rotary Foundation for a Paul Harris Fellowship, the Cougars (and a few other Cougar friendlies) took on the bet.  When the Cougars became the Sun Bowl Champions, Lee graciously made the contribution.
Those who won the bet chose to honor Jennifer Owen with the Paul Harris Fellowship  Our Foundation Director, Kathy McCone, with the aid of Cougar representative, Bryce Duskin, presented the award to Jennifer.
To learn more about this inspirational project, click on Enable the Future.
Youth Survey Arlington School DistrictPresented by Weston High Principal Will Nelson--Also a New Paul Harris Awarded 2016-07-28 07:00:00Z 0
P-40 Tomahawk, One of the Restored Military Aircraft at the Flying Heritage Museum
The P-40 Tomahawk debuted at the start of WWII and was a modification of the older P-36 Hawk. Because of this heritage, the plane was relatively easy to produce and could be hurried into service. Its low cost kept the aircraft in production as a ground attack fighter long after other airplanes had technologically surpassed it. The P-40 is particularly notable for being the shark-mouthed choice of the famed Flying Tiger squadron. The P-40 did not have the glamorous reputation of other US fighters, like the P-51 Mustang; but the plane had its proponents, who cited its high-speed agility at lower altitudes and its ability to make tight turns. Overall, the P-40s excellence lay in its great dependability and lack of complexity.
                           Corey Graff the Curator of the Flying Heritage Collection
At our annual meeting at the Arlington Fly-in, Corey Graff, the Flying Heritage Collection (FHC) curator, spoke about Paul Allen’s private collection of war birds and some history of certain planes in the collection. 
FHC finds historic military aircraft, restores to vintage/flyable condition, and shares with the public.  Light restoration and maintenance done onsite.  They send out heavy maintenance/restoration jobs.
The original facility at Paine Field was built in 1950 by Alaska Airlines to maintain DC-6s.  The facility taken over by the US Air Force to maintain interceptor jets.
The collection has some very rare pieces with some original parts.   They fly some of the planes to air shows including the Arlington Fly-In.  One plane was restored in Arlington.
There is a crew of mechanics to work on the collection.  The collection hold fly days and flies the planes for the public.  Public gets to sit right on the runway. 
For more information about the museum and its collection, go to its web site by clicking here.
Flying Heritage Museum and Collection 2016-07-11 07:00:00Z 0
Our Ducks Lee Harman and Joan Tilton Announce the Winners
The Rotary Club of Arlington announced the winners of the 28th Annual Great Stilly Duck Dash, held on July 4, 2016:
1st Prize--$5,000—Terri  Kyle—from Indiana—Sold by Bryce Duskin
2nd through 6th Prize-$1,000 each:
  • Jean Doherty—Sold by Fitz Couhig
  • Larry Bean--Sold by Jim Kelly
  • Tracy Hambarger—Sold by Bob Campbell
  • Alyson Kleinman—Sold by Jessica Ronhaar
  • Sharon Brodie—Sold by Dale Duskin
3rd through 16th Prize--$100 each:
  • Rotary Splash Park (donation back)—Sold by Tom Smith
  • Austin Suit—Sold by Jody Nelson
  • Bill McDonald—Sold by Tom Smith
  • Brandi Bergley—Sold by Dale Duskin
  • Ed Kerschner—Sold by Dave Duskin
  • Bruce Lisser—Sold by Jola Barnett
  • Heidi Timmerman—Sold by Mike Zachman
  • Jerry Hook—Sold by Bob Campbell
  • Carolyn Erickson—Sold by Linda Byrnes
  • Alan Hjort—Sold by Jim Minifie
The winner is the mother of a hygienist at Eagle Family Dental and was sold by one of the dentists there, Dr. Bryce Duskin.
Unofficially, there were 16,669 tickets sold for $69,065 in ticket sales.  Individual tickets were sold for $5 each and discount tickets for $4 each.
This year's event was chaired by Jola Barnett, our President Elect.
Great Stilly Duck Dash 2016 Winners 2016-07-05 07:00:00Z 0
The Rotary year begins on July1.  With the new year comes a new Rotary International President, new District 5050 Governor and, of course, a new President for the Rotary Club of Arlington.
Here is information on our new Rotary International President from the R.I. website:

Meet our Rotary International President

John F. Germ
Rotary International President John F. Germ

Half a century after landing his last C-124 as a U.S. Air Force captain ferrying troops and equipment to Vietnam, John F. Germ sees himself as Rotary’s navigator, plotting a course toward a bright future. He aims to run Rotary like a business, drawing on his acumen as chair and CEO of an engineering firm and emphasizing service as Rotary’s most powerful draw for a new generation of civic-minded members. “We need to do a better job of promoting our cause. That’s the challenge ahead, but I don’t see it as a problem. I don’t believe in problems – I believe in opportunities.” Germ, a member of the Rotary Club of Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA, is Rotary president in 2016-17.

Here is our new President's theme:


New District Governor Scott Dudley
Scott and Christine Dudley
Scott is a Edward Jones Financial Advisor in Oak Harbor.  He grew up in Olympia and served in both the Marines and Navy before becoming an investment advisor.  He is the former mayor of Oak Harbor.  Scott and Christine have 5 children. He joined Rotary in 2000 but he says he became a Rotarian when later he went on a wheel chair distribution trip to Mexico.
He served as his club president twice, and is a past District Membership Chair and past Assistant Governor.  Scott has been on the faculty of the District's Rotary Leadership Institute.  As with previous District Governors, he will be visiting our club.
Our New President
Erik Granroth
Erik is the President of Granroth Insurance Agency and has been a Farmers Insurance Agent since 2001.  He grew up in Oak Harbor and attended Skagit Valley Community College.  He has been a member of our club since October 2008 and has worked his way up the leadership ladder.  At out installation banquet Erik told us about when he had that "Rotary Moment" when he was no longer a "RINO" (Rotarian in name only).  Erik challenged us all not to be RINOS.
Erik is single and has a daughter who attends The Washington State University.
Scott joined Rotary in 2000 but later became a "Rotarian" on a wheelchair distribution trip to Mexico. He has since been on humanitarian trips to Haiti as well as Honduras.

Scott has served as his club’s President twice and has also served the District as Membership Chair, Rotary Leadership Institute Faculty and Assistant Governor. - See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50004/SitePage/district-governor-and-incoming-governors/scott-dudley-district-governor-2016-17#sthash.homYG6E3.dpuf
Scott joined Rotary in 2000 but later became a "Rotarian" on a wheelchair distribution trip to Mexico. He has since been on humanitarian trips to Haiti as well as Honduras.

Scott has served as his club’s President twice and has also served the District as Membership Chair, Rotary Leadership Institute Faculty and Assistant Governor. - See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50004/SitePage/district-governor-and-incoming-governors/scott-dudley-district-governor-2016-17#sthash.homYG6E3.dpuf
Happy New Rotary Year 2016-17 2016-07-01 07:00:00Z 0
Lou Loos, Account manager with PUD, spoke about how local businesses can save money and energy. 
PUD has over 750k customers and serve over 2,200 sq miles.  Mostly residential customers but some commercial and industrial customers. 
Energy efficiency – the goal is to use less energy to provide the same level of performance. 
No better energy efficiency than conservation.  Turn off the lights.
Businesses should invest in energy efficiency to reduce operating and maintenance expenses, add money directly to bottom line, reduces environmental impact.
Every year $40 Billion is spent on energy that provides us no benefit (leaving the lights or AC on).
Social pressure, “your neighbors are doing better”, has been shown to be helpful in reducing energy use.
Behavioral science studies have been performed on pilots to “nudge” pilots to reduce fuel consumption.
Ways to save money and energy:
Lighting to Go Program – instant rebates at the point of purchase at 10 participating distributors.
New lighting products.
Seal cracks, turn off AC, turn on fans.
Some programs PUD offers require pre-approval.
Lou Loos with P.U.D.'s Advice on Saving Energy 2016-06-30 07:00:00Z 0
Our meeting on Thursday was held at Haller Bridge Park to recognize our Duck Dash sponsors and Friends of the Park.  After a picnic lunch and recognitions, all posed for a photo on the playground.
Linda Byrnes Addressed the Club and Guests
Linda Byrnes and Bryce Duskin, the two leaders of the effort to build the playground, spoke to the group.  Linda recognized the contributors of funds and Bryce in kind donations.
The Club raised an extra $50,000 then added $65,000 more from Friends of the Park.  Larger contributors included the Stillaguamish Tribe at $20,000 and the Brent and Connie McKinley family at $25,000.  With the in kind contributions that Bryce talked about, our club was encouraged to take on the splash pad addition.
Linda and Bryce
When the playground was ready to be built, the Oso slide had just occurred.  This resulted in the manufacturer of the equipment, Play-Creation, Inc., to donate a piece and provide a crew to assemble the equipment at no extra expense.  The original plan called for Rotarians to assemble the equipment.
The area needed to be raised and Reece Trucking donated trucking to put in fill material.  Other donations came from Landscape Structures, Artisan Industries, Penway Media, Springbrook Nursery and Trucking, Inc., Backstrom Curb and Sidewalk, Country Green Turf Farm, and Smokey Point Concrete.  Velo Sports is donating a bike rack to go with the yet to be built new bathrooms.  The Arlington Kiwanis and Lions also made donations.
The momentum from the playground project has brought much energy to the splash pad project.  What started out as a $375,000 project, with a $50,000 commitment from our club using Duck Dash revenue from this year's event, has grown to a $1.2 million project.  Leading in gifts to the project again is the Stillaguamish Tribe which has pledged $550,000.  It is the cornerstone for seeking a state grant.
Donors can get naming rights to various features of the new splash park.  Watch for the details. 
To see many photos from the picnic, go to the photo albums.  Here are a few:
The Catered Picnic Lunch was Great!
Our Ducks Made an Appearance
Carla Welcoming Some Guests
The Chow Line
Paul Ellis Goes High for a Friends of the Park Photo
A Small Portion of the Friends of the Park
The public can continue to support the park and the Splash Pads by buying Duck Dash tickets from their favorite Rotarian.  Come down to the park on July 4 and take in the many events ending with the 28th running of the Great Stilly Duck Dash.
Friends of the Park Sponsorship PicnicSee Photo Album 2016-06-20 07:00:00Z 0
Our newest member, Sue Weiss, was inducted at our annual installation banquet.
Sue's Mentor, Robin Reinig, Pins on Sue's Pin as Membership Director Duane Rhodes Looks on
Sue was born and raised in Seattle and has lived in Washington all of her life.  She has a degree in respiratory therapy, but worked in accounting and office management before she retired in 2008.
Before moving to Arlington 19 years ago, she and her husband, Jim, lived in Bonney Lake.  They have two grown daughters who live in the community as well as three grandsons.
Since retiring, Sue has focused on community involvement.  She was recently elected to the Arlington City Council. Other involvement includes service on the boards of the Stillaguamish Senior Center and the Arlington Community Resource Center, and on the Arlington Relay for Life Committee. She is a volunteer in her twin grandson's kindergarten class.
Jim works for Boeing and serves on the Arlington School Board.  Jim and Sue have been hosting Aqua Sox baseball players, this being their sixth year.  They enjoy going to games and watching the young players advance up through the farm system to being major league ball players.  Sue also enjoys other sports, traveling and most outdoor activities.
New Member Sue Weiss 2016-06-10 07:00:00Z 0
The Wild Rose Bistro was the location for our 2016 installation banquet. Installed as our 49th president for the term beginning July 1, 2016, was Erik Granroth.
The evening started with pledge of allegiance and, in addition to the recital of the Four Way Test, Paul Ellis gave us the history of this moral code for personal business.  Duane Rhodes offered the invocation.
Following a great dinner, President Jeff called us to order and gave some remarks and recognitions. 
Some of the highlights of his year as president included our recognition by District 5050 as having the best membership gain of all clubs in the District.  Jeff also said we need to be proud of providing potable water to the people of Bungoma, Kenya as well as our local service projects including having a great start on raising funds for the splash pad at Haller Park.  Other positive activities were pointed out by President Jeff as he recognized the individual officers and directors who served this past year.
Our very active membership committee was chaired by Director Duane Rhodes.  He will be leaving the board at the end of the year. He is also the president of the Arlington Rotary Foundation.
Jeff Recognizes Duane--also Nancy Holiman (not present) as Associate Director
The other director who is semi retiring is A.J. Chase who is now spending much of her time in England.  She will continue on the Public Relations Committee as Associate Director.  This year's Associate Director, Jessica Ronhaar, pictured below, will be the new Public Relations Director. The P.R. Committee got out numerous press releases and we finally have a sign up at the entrance of town, to name a couple of things that they did this past year.
Jessica Ronhaar is Recognized by President Jeff
The Rotary Foundation Committee was chaired by Director Kathy McCone, right, with Robin Reinig, left as Associate Director. Joan Tilton headed up the Bungoma water project with Bucky Tart and she will be next year's Associate Director. Kathy is also the treasurer of the Arlington Rotary Foundation. Robin has been elected as our new secretary.
Robin, Jeff and Kathy
Club Administration this year was chaired by Director Carla Rankin Gastineau, right, and assistance of Associate Director Tina Davis, left.  We had a number of social events (firesides) over the year that were mentioned by President Jeff.  Carla put together the details of the installation banquet.  Both ladies will continue in the same capacities next year.
Tina, Jeff and Carla
Our Service Director this year, and next year, is Devin Brossard.  Associate Director, Penny Clark, took a leave during the year.  Next year's Associate Director will be Brad Kihm.  Project highlighted by President Jeff included painting the Mud Hut, the Boy Scout Camp work project, the food drive and several others. 
Jeff Recognizes Devin
Others recognized by President:
Left to right: Paul Ellis who is retiring as Secretary to become Vice President; Bryce Duskin for great programs and work to buy our new audio and visual equipment and the splash pad project; Jody Nelson, chair of the grants and scholarship committees; Past President Cindy; and Sergeant at Arms Simona Devries.
Our incoming and outgoing presidents recognized each other.  Erik Granroth as our President Elect chaired the 2015 Duck Dash and was active on this year's board.  Erik presented Jeff with the Past President's pin, a Paul Harris Fellowship Award and an aged bottle of whiskey from a relatively new distillery.
Jeff thanking Erik
The Past President's Pin
Being President Creates a Big Thirst!
Past District Governor, Lyle Ryan, a former member of our club, did the honors of installing our new president followed by the installation of the 2016-17 Officers and Directors.
Erik Granroth is Sworn-in as our 49th President
Other officers installed included: Jola Barnett-President Elect; Paul Ellis-Vice President; Robin Reinig-Secretary; Pam Beaton-Treasurer.
Directors elected by the members include the following:  Kathy McCone-Foundation; Mike Britt-Membership; Public Relations-Jessica Ronhaar; Service Projects-Devin Brossard; and Club Administration-Carla Rankin Gastineau.
Officers and Director Sworn-in by P.D.G. Lyle
Our board of directors will be electing Associate Directors as specified in our by-laws.  Associate Directors have the right to vote at board meetings when the director is not present.  Those proposed by our new president are as follows:  Membership-Lyanne Rolf; Public Relations-A.J. Chase; Club Administration-Tina Davis; Foundation-Joan Tilton; and Service Projects-Brad Kihm.
President Erik has also appointed Jessica Ronhaar as assistant secretary, Narda Tudder as assistant treasurer, Dave Duskin as webmaster and Lyanne Rolf will be chair of Youth Services.  Other appointments to be announced later. 
After the installation, a new member was inducted into our club and our new President told us about when he had that "Rotary Moment" when he was no longer a "RINO" (Rotarian in name only).  Erik challenged us all not to be RINOS.
The 49th President of the Rotary Club of Arlington--Erik Granroth
Installation Banquet 2016 2016-06-08 07:00:00Z 0
The Speaker for June 2- Guy Mansfield- Everett Mountain Rescue
Hiking Safety: Secrets of Search and Rescue
Been with SAR for over 8 years
Search and Rescue
  • All volunteer based
  • Based in Snohomish County
  • Respond 24 hour per day 365 days per year
  • Train to respond in high mountain and steep terrain
Secrets of Search and Rescue
  • Immobilization, with the Northwest weather can lead to hypothermia
  • Hypothermia sneaks up on you
  • Early Symptoms:
    • Impaired decision making
    • Feeling tired
    • Feeling confused
Being Prepared
  • it is important to carry enough gear to stay warm for at least 24 hours
  • Carry a map and compass
  • Leave a hike plan so that people can know where to find you
  • If you leave the trail check your compass and know what direction you need to get back
  • Match your capabilities to the hike
  • Re-fuel and hydrate
  • Plan each downhill step
  • Use hiking poles
Hiking alone
  • Going out with companions allows a safety backup
  • Hiking alone even on a maintained trail leaves a question of response if something happens
  • If you do go alone carry a cell phone, leave a plan and consider a beacon i.e. Spot device
  • If you separate announce where you are going and for how long
  • insulation
  • extra clothes
  • food
  • water
  • headlamp
  • wear shoes with ankle support
  • carry a cell phone
  • Leave your phone off until you need it
Hug-a- Tree Training for children
Stay in one place if you are lost
Guy Mansfield- Everett Mountain Rescue 2016-06-03 07:00:00Z 0
Kris McDuffy, Arlington School District Superintendent, and the chair of our Student of the Month program, introduced us to our May Students of the Month on June 2.  President Jeff, one of the Directors of the Arlington School District, acknowledged that this is probably the last time Kris will do the presentation as she will be starting as the Edmonds School District Superintendent on July 1.  She is pictured below with each of the students.
Matt Taylor – Arlington (Arlington HS)    Paying it Forward to The Trevor Project   
Matt is a Senior at AHS.  He will be attending Willamette University majoring in Political Science and International Relations.
At Scholarship Awards Night he received:  Superintendent’s Scholar - Leadership with Heart Award, Vine Street Group Scholarship, and Tim Hart Memorial Scholarship, Booster Club Scholarship.
During his high school career he has been involved in Jazz Band, Concert Band, Link Crew, and National Honor Society.  He has also been an outstanding student-athlete.  He has been a two time state qualifier in Cross Country, leading his team to a 3rd and 4th Place finish over the past two years.  He was also named to the 1st Team All League Team.  In Track he was a District finalist in the 800, 1600, and 3200 Meter events over the past two years.
He has taken many AP and College in the High School courses and volunteered at many events through National Honor Society.  All of this while maintaining a 3.85 GPA.
Emma VanderWeyst – Arlington (Arlington HS)    Paying it Forward to Purrfect Pals
Emma is a Senior at AHS.  She will be attending Gonzaga majoring in Political Science and/or Public Relations.
At the recent Scholarship Awards Night she received:  Scholarship Trustees Scholarship, Superintendent’s Scholar -Leadership with Heart Award, Rotary Scholarship, and the Cascade Hospital Service Award.
She has been recognized for her talent in Drama with two-time nominations for Outstanding Individual Performance over the past three years, and this year is part of the case of Pippin which has been nominated for Outstanding Performance and will perform on stage at McCaw Hall at the 5th Avenue Awards on Monday.
She volunteers with National Honor Society throughout the year as well as at Purrfect Pals, Pioneer Elementary, and the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen. Last summer she volunteered as Director of a student-led production of Medley to raise money for the Arts. Emma is the Queen of the Sons of Norway in Everett and volunteers time there as well.
With all of her many accomplishments and rigorous courses including many AP courses, she has maintained a 3.95 GPA. 
Jo-Ann Tapia – Arlington (Weston HS)    Paying it Forward to Arlington Relay for Life
Jo-Ann Tapia is the quintessential high-performing Weston High School student and the daughter of Lucero Galeana.
She started at Weston in the fall of last year and was a little behind in credit.  She has demonstrated leadership, motivation, and drive to graduate. Jo-Ann consistently works hard and perseveres in everything she does. She has proven herself in upper level classes such as Robotics, Forensics, and Bridges to English.
She has also helped promote a positive learning environment in Leadership. Jo-Ann applies herself completely to everything she does and her hard work has paid off as she will be graduating with one of the highest GPA's at Weston. She will be  leading the Turning of the Tassel at our commencement ceremony. 
Jo-Ann has applied and plans to go to EvCC in the fall where she would like to study Anthropology and Criminal Justice with the goal of becoming a Forensic Anthropologist in the future.
Jo-Ann is always has a smile on her face, gets along well with all students and staff, and is a positive influence on our culture at Weston High School.
May Students of the Month 2016-06-02 07:00:00Z 0
Susan Marie Conrad spoke at our May 19 meeting about her 2010 sea kayak journey launching from Puget Sound that took her to Juneau ,  Alaska. 
Susan Marie Cnrad
Susan has been involved in paddle sports for 25 years.  She wrote a memoir called “Inside – One Woman’s Journey to the Inside Passage.”   Released just last week. 
Susan’s life partner, Ben Wells, is a local attorney.  They live in Oso.  Susan procrastinated on writing the book.  It took many years to write the book.  Hope to inspire and enrich the readers. 
Five year old cousin drowned in a nearby river and her parents forbade her from going anywhere near the water.  Her first boating experience hooked her.  New found perspective she found intoxicating. 
A person doesn’t take a trip, a trip takes a person.  She paddled from Anacortes to Juneau, Alaska.   Many others had gone before her.  She simply embarked on a journey of the sea and the soul.  1,148 miles took her 66 days.  Six resupply points/seven legs. 
It was not always an enjoyable experience.  Some misery and mayhem. 
The journey took her through three different ecosystems.  Hitched a ride on a boat for a short ride.  At one point, Susan rented a room in a hostel for three days to resupply, eat, and sleep.   Camped at the base on a glacier. 
Susan had to keep tabs on her fears to prevent her from being paralyzed and failing.  One of those fears was bears.
“I miss most just being on the water and pairing life down to the basics.”
Kayaking the Inside Passage to Alaskaby: Susan Marie Conrad 2016-05-20 07:00:00Z 0
Shari Storm
Shari Storm from Category 6 Consulting was our program on May 12.  She has presented to 75+ Rotary clubs. 
She found having her three children made her better at her job so Shari wrote a book, "Motherhood is the new MBA." 
Using family to talk about business is more female centered way than using sports or military metaphors.  The book received a lot of press and Shari had many high profile interviews about the book.
What's fun gets done, not necessarily what's measured gets done.  People aren't going to do what they don't like doing.  People will do what they enjoy, what they like doing.
Articulate, orchestrate, celebrate.
Find out what people like doing - ask them and then observe them because they may not know what they really enjoy or what they are good at.
Orchestrate an environment in which they can do more of what they enjoy doing and less of what they don't.  Move people toward the environment they like to work in. 
Celebrate - things you do ritualistically make or break the moral of the company.  You can't just reward on results.  Reward on effort as well. 
Shari Storm from Category 6 Consulting 2016-05-13 07:00:00Z 0
On May 5, our program was our member Ron Love, giving an update on his classification  He has been a member for 30 years and his initial classification was stockbroker.
In 1995 Ron had a heart attack followed by a stroke that took away cognitive reasoning.  Ron could no longer be a stockbroker.
Took 5 years to recover and had to decide what to do with his life and could no longer be a stockbroker.
Became a writer for a few years and then became an escort for authors that were on tour.
Ron has 3 children and is married to Terry. Pictured below are Ron and Terry with their two children-Jon and Molly, in the candy kitchen.
Took over a licorice company and had to learn a new formula because the licorice melted. Changed the packaging and took the melted licorice and sold it as licorice bricks. Ron continued using the licorice brand of the developer of the licorice, Howard Lanz, a former member of our club.  Below is one of Ron's first displays of Chateau D'Lanz Licorice at Arlington Pharmacy.
Began making candy in other flavors now. Initially made licorice and packaged it by hand.  Bought a machine made specifically for packaging their candy and ovens to make the candy.
Began by doing all the work on their own, or with help of friends, but finally were able to hire staff. Here is a photo taken of family and friends packaging candy.
Molly Loves Candy Brand - Lemon, Root Beer, Cinnamon or Green Apple Flavors.
Found a new Machine called a Fuji that has a printer to print dates on candy. Used the machine to make After Sex Mints.
Moved out of their building at the Country Charm Dairy, where they started producing candy, into a new facility.
Last August were able to do a job for Starbucks
Still makes candy by hand, but packages on machines.
2012 Washington changed Marijuana laws and were asked to start making candy for Marijuana distributers and began packaging product in a separate location. Began to make Marijuana Maltballs.
Ron Love and Molly Loves Candy 2016-05-09 07:00:00Z 0


Terri Love- Ron’s wife
Sue Weiss- Arlington City council-Guest of Bruce Stedman
Bruce Thomsen- Visiting from Lynnwood Rotary


Duck Dash

Last chance sign up for t-shirts
Duck Dash sponsorships- as of this morning we hit our goal $82500
Ticket sale kickoff is May 26th
Order of the Ducks will meet next week at 11:45am before the meeting

Other Announcements

Stillaguamish Tribe has transferred their money to our account and has paid its pledge from last year.
Youth Dynamics Down Home Derby: May 20th at the Free Methodist Church Youth Center, 6pm.  Free Childcare, BBQ Dinner, auction and concert by the Folsoms.  Tickets are $20 and $150 per table. Also looking for event sponsors and auction items
District Conference: Arlington Rotary received the award for the greatest number of net member gain.  Pictured below is Leroy, who accepted the award for our club, presenting it to President Jeff while the membership director, Duane, and associate director Nancy being recognized.
May 5 Meeting 2016-05-09 07:00:00Z 0
It always seem to rain when we schedule a work party at Camp Fire Mountain and this year was no exception.  The project involved building a pavilion at the new swim beach on Lake Challenge.  Scott Suchan, the past president of the Mount Baker Council and the regional president for the Boys Scouts of America, in viewing the work, said that it is great to have our club do building projects at the camp "because you seem to have workers who know what they are doing."
The persons who seemed to know what they were doing an organized the work project included our Director of Projects, Devin Brossard, our vice president elect, Paul Ellis, and Matt Rolf, spouse of Lyanne.
Devin Brossard
Paul Ellis
Matt Rolf
Bill and Robin Kmet cooked lunch for us at the War Eagle camp site which was built by our club during an earlier work project in 2012.
Bill Kmet-left
Following the construction project, and after the rain subsided, workers were treated to experience Fire Mountain's 1080 foot long zip line from the top of the tower to Bjorn's Island out in Lake Challenge.
Bill and Robin Hiking to Top of Tower
Building Pavilion at New Swim Beach Camp Fire Mountain 2016-04-24 07:00:00Z 0
Our program on April 21 was a presentation by Derick Baisa, the CEO, on one of our local aerospace manufacturers, Absolute Manufacturing, a division of Senior Aerospace.
Senior Aerospace Absolute Manufacturing founded in 1996 specializes in complex machining solutions in a production and non-production environment utilizing the latest in machine tool technologies and lean practices.  It was purchased in part from one of our previous members--John Middleton.
Senior buys companies and as long as it produces it keeps its autonomy. Its location at the Jensen Business park on 204th (west of the closed Hagens), is next to AMT, another Senior Aerospace business.  AMT deals more directly with the airplane manufacturers, e.g. Boeing, while Absolute sells to suppliers of materials for the industry, tiers 2 or 3.
Absolute Manufacturing is a high quality production and proto-type precision manufacturer with offerings that include electrical/mechanical assembly, kitting, VMI, Kan-ban replenishment, point of use delivery, and design for manufacture engineering. It does complex lathing up to 8 axis.
The company operates in three buildings totaling 35,000 sq. ft. with a work force of about 100.  40% of the group's work is aerospace related, including lasers and defense work.
Seeing the need for suitable employees, the company has used it resources to advise the AMTEC and Mechtronics programs at EvCC.  Its human resources manager is on the advisor committee.  It has also advised AJAC and the Arlington School District with manufacturing training programs.  The Boys and Girls Clubs have also started a STEM program and Absolute has helped including career fairs.
Derick estimated that 40% of high school graduates will not look for a advance degree and the machining industry is an area where there are good paying jobs for such individuals. If individuals have math skills and good work ethic, e.g. showing up on time, employers will do the training.
Absolute is proud of its community involvement.  Its United Way campaign has grown from 44% participation to 84%.  Derek is on the board of United Way which has dedicated itself to ending the cycle of poverty.  It will be providing participants in Friday's poverty workshop simulation at a location in Smokey Pt.  For United Way's Day of Caring, employees of Absolute had a work party at the Darrington Community Center.
All About Absolute Manufacturing--Derick Baisa 2016-04-21 07:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Arlington is excited to announce that the  Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians are donating $500,000 to help complete the planned splash pad at Haller Park in Arlington.


The City of Arlington is partnering with us to maximize the donations we have received by applying for a Washington State Recreation grant that would match funds raised dollar-for-dollar up to $500,000.  We are committed to raising additional funds this year through Duck Dash ticket sales, sponsorships and Friends of the Park campaign to do so.


Rotary loves Haller Park - it has been our home for Duck Dash for almost 30 years. We want to provide a fun and safe experience for kids and community members to stay cool safely on hot summer days. The City of Arlington will receive a response on the Washington State Recreation Grant in October 2016.  The goal is to break ground in July 2017, after the Fourth of July.


We are beyond grateful to the Stillaguamish Tribe for their generous donation that will make the splash pad a reality sooner than we hoped and even more amazing than we’d planed.  Thank you @stillaguamish.tribe! (https://www.facebook.com/stillaguamish.tribe/


Stillaguamish Tribe Supports the Splash Pads at Haller Park 2016-04-15 07:00:00Z 0
We have welcomed two new members in the last three weeks.  On April 14 Jennifer Holocker, pictured below having her new Rotary pin presented by her mentor, Simona was inducted.
Jennifer was born and raised in Kirkland.  Married with two children.  Loves riding Yamaha motorcycles and volunteering. 
Jennifer has only been with the Arlington-Smokey Pt. Chamber of Commerce for 6 weeks in her new position as Executive Director. Jennifer was on the Board of Directors for 1 year before taking this position.
Prior to the Chamber she worked as the Community Relations Director of  American Cancer Society. She organized 6 different Relay for Life in the local area.  From Orcas Island, Arlington, Lake Stevens, Mill Creek and Mukilteo.  She also helped with already established Relay for Life in multiple communities.
2010 she helped Arlington Relay for Life raise the most money across the nation. Together Arlington Relay for Life was recognized as “Rookie Relay for Life.”
When asked why she took this new  position with the Chamber – she responded “ I love working in my town, with the people I know & love.
I love the new challenge – Recognizing the potential in our Amazing Community.
Welcome Jennifer to membership in the Rotary Club of Arlington!
Two weeks ago we welcomed back Bob Campbell to our club. 
Jennifer Holocker Joins Us NEWEST MEMBER INDUCTED 2016-04-15 07:00:00Z 0
The speaker on April 14 was Diane Kamionka (pictured below) with the NW Innovation Resource Center ("NWIRC"), a non-profit organization that works with entrepreneurs and inventors to help them move forward with their ideas.
NWIRC is working with Paul and Mayor Barb to identify entrepreneurs in Arlington.
It is committed to creating economic opportunity and jobs in NW WA by supporting entrepreneurial innovation.  Works with individuals in any industry and start their business anywhere. 
Ideas positively impact the local community.  The community befits from invigorated environment of the creation process.
Two programs:  Buildit Program and Enterprise Pgm programs.  The first – I’ve got an idea for a product but don’t know what to do with it.  The second – I am an entrepreneur who has an unusual business model. 
NWIRC provides strategy, tools, and access to community resources e.g. building and industry expertise.  It offers a market program for investors.
Last year, over 4,500 volunteer hours.
Marketing company will be created to help the entrepreneurs turn their product over to for marketing /selling/ licensing.
NWIRC researches to make sure it is a novel idea and there is a market for the product.
Funding through the “pay it forward” system.  NWIRC does not charge the inventors up front but they agree when they start making money to pay it forward to the next inventor.
May 11th, noon to 2pm, NWIRC will be at the city council chambers for inventors/entrepreneurs to learn more about NWIRC. A local entrepreneur and inventor, Lara Merriam-Smith, will share her journey in taking a product to market and how NWIRC helped in the effort.  Its free but if you want lunch (its free) register at www.nwirc.com/events.
EvCC is also sponsoring the event and it will give an update on its Advanced Manufacturing Training and Education Center.
Diane Kamionka-NW Innovation Resource Center 2016-04-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dale Duskin on Apr 07, 2016
**This presentation was originally planned to be done by Lee Harman.  Due to a medical concern regarding his father, Lee left for Florida and Bucky Tart made the presentation.
--The slide presentation was breath taking.
AirCam Flies Slow and Low

Now you can fly places that no other Airplane will let you go!  The AirCam is a twin-engine experimental home built aircraft that can fly 10 feet above the tree tops, then climb up and away on one engine if needed.
Such slow and low exploration can't be done in any other twin-engine GA plane, or any other Aircraft, with the same level of assurance.
  • Twin Engine Safety
  • Great Handling
  • Stunning slow-speed abilities
  • Take off under 100 feet
  • Land under 500 feet
In a typical Lee fashion, (Bucky’s words) Lee saw a National Geographic program featuring incredible pictures and flying experiences in an aircraft named AirCam and manufactured in Florida.   Lee had to explore the possibility of flying and possibly owning this aircraft.  Lee traveled to Florida and got trained to fly this aircraft. It requires a multi engine & seaplane rating. Lee spent a week or so and got certified to not only fly this aircraft, but to purchase one.
This airplane is extremely safe and has redundancy galore……2 engines, 2 separate fuel tanks, 2 separate fuel pumps, 2 separate electrical systems and more.  It can take off from ground the width of a runway on one engine and can even do so from water.  It is extremely predictable and safe, particularly in remote areas.
Bucky’s presentation was full of pictures and videos of Lee’s cross country trip bringing the aircraft from Florida to Washington.  The spectacular views included Florida, Arkansas, Mississippi River, Oklahoma, Colorado, Utah, Lake Tahoe, Seattle and all points in between. One of Lee’s highlights was landing on one of the highest airstrips in the United States, Leadville, Colorado, at 9927 feet.
Lee started the trip home by flying over the home that he grew up in at Coco Beach, Florida and ending at his home on Lake Cavanaugh.
At 3.5 gallons per hour at 55 mph, the promotion video expressed…..”It’s not about getting anywhere.  It’s about enjoying the experience.”
Lee's Adventure Aircam Dale Duskin 2016-04-07 07:00:00Z 0
Our program on March 17 was presented by a group of volunteers with the K-9 rescue team in Snohomish County.
Almost 2 years ago today was the Oso landslide. It changed a lot about how the K-9 team worked.
Growing and trying to increase capabilities when called. Called for lost hikers, hunters, mushroom pickers, greens gathers, and other missing persons,
including children and disabled persons or elderly in suburban and rural locations.
The team helps search for evidence in major crimes,victims in avalanches and other disasters.
Search as far north as Skagit County and as far south as Mt. Rainer.
Airscent K-9's are trained to find any human scent and take handler to that scent.
Can find as far as ¼ to ½ mile away depending on the wind.
Used in wilderness searchs, can also respond in rural and urban areas
Trailing K-9s are trained to find a specific human scent
Given a scent article and they will lead their handler to that scent
Often used in urban and rural settings
Human Remains Detection K-9 are trained to alert their handlers to the presence of human remains
Done both on land and in water.
Avalanche K-9:
Trained to find any human buried in snow, and to dig down to reach the human
Disaster K-9:
Specifically trained to search rough environments.Team trains every weekend
Take 2 years to train and certify a K-9 team. Puppy to search dog includes:
Socialization/obedience; Foundational behaviors; Search small areas
Search large search areas and finally certification.
Why do handlers to this: Not a hobby or a “club”; Not for monetary benefit;Not to be heroes.  It is a
service to the community.
It’s fun
How are they funded? Pay for own personal gear and supplies;Handlers pay for all of their k-9 expenses
 Donations are accepted on their website http://scvsark9.org/Donations go to help pay for specialized training and specialized GPS collars.
K-9’s are family members who help save lives!
Search and Rescue Safety Priorities:
Snohomish County Search and Rescue K-9 Team 2016-03-17 07:00:00Z 0
Narda Tudder gave her classification talk as our program on March 10.
Life’s motto – Be a duck, be calm and smooth on the surface, let everything roll off your back and paddle like hell underneath.
Narda has two brothers and one sister.  Narda is the youngest.  Narda was born in Hunstville, Alabama on March 22, 1966.  Dad worked for Boeing.  Dad was transferred to Huntsville for work.  Dad worked on the first stage of the Saturn V rocket.  Dad was then transferred back to Pac NW.  Lived in Bothell.  Dad coached the children’s sports.
Narda graduated high school in 1984.  Went to Bellevue Community College.  Graduated in 1986.  Went to university and got teaching certificate.  First in family to graduate from college.  Took a job teaching special ed.
Got her first bank teller job in Everett.
Married in 1990.  First son, Matthew, born in 1992.  Moved to Burlington.  Matt was diagnosed as deficient by the school district and eligible for services (high spectrum autistic).  He is now 24 years old, drives car, plays guitar, has a full time job.  Very proud of him.  High school diploma.
Daniel, second son, born in 1996.  Had to learn how to parent all over again with Daniel.
Started working full time in 1997 – moved up to branch manager.
2003 divorced amicably.  In October 2003 met her now husband on a blind date.  Married on 7/7/2007.
Narda’s parents are analytical.  Mother, overly analytical and father is a doer.  Narda and her father replaced head gasket on her car.  Very proud of that accomplishment.
Narda’s sister passed away at 18 months old due to medical issues.  Gave Narda a new found respect for her parents.
Narda is with Columbia Bank – 5 years in May.  Went through mergers and acquisitions.  She has been involved in conversions and has enjoyed them.  In 2015 Columbia Bank was ranked #1 in the State of Washington and 17th in the country by Forbes. 
Another motto Narda lives by is, “A sale is not something you pursue; it is something that happens to you while you are immersed in serving your customer.”
Narda Tudder's Classification Talk 2016-03-10 08:00:00Z 0
Joseph Hauth, Director of Apprenticeship & Program Development, and Kristi Grassman, Director of Pre-apprenticeship, with AJAC, were our speakers on March 3.
Joe and Kristi
Aerospace Joint Apprentice Committee is a non-profit organization that provides pre-employment training by employers for employers and beginner to Master Tradesperson OJT and classroom training with a mobile training unit.
What is the AJAC apprenticeship?  93% of training is time on the job (OJT).  7% in time in class.  Comprehensive AJAC support services.  Results:  Journey-level certificate, transferable college credit, associate/technical degrees and beyond.   Everett Community College is the partner college – only cost half typical college credits.
Apprentice programs:  Precision machining, tool and die maker, Industrial maintenance mechanic, precision metal fabrication, aircraft maintenance technician.
On the job training is supervised and structured.  Company commits to provide a mentor with practical work experience for the apprentice.
Apprenticeship Return on Investment:  Increased production, increased innovation, increased employee retention, reduced waste, reduced recruiting costs.
190+ Washington participating employers.
Manufacturing Academy – Pre-apprenticeship program.  Program designed by local employers to prepare workers for manufacturing and aerospace career.  Employers hire directly from the talent pool for positions in manufacturing production, machining, and assembly.  9-11 week full time program with collect credit.  Approved by local manufacturers, classes taught by industry professionals.
Mobile training unit brings awareness to the program and increases children/teens’ interest in manufacturing. 
A.J.A.C. (Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee) 2016-03-03 08:00:00Z 0


Bob Campbell – Former member and former Cascade Valley Hospital Administrator
Jennifer Holocker – Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce
Derrick Masa - Manufacturing
Bruce Timm - Visiting Rotarian from Rotary Club of Everett
Kennedy Dale – Wayne and Marcia’s granddaughter (Marcia is an honorary member)
Paul Abramowicz  – Oso PC and Network Services


See AJ for a Rotary tumbler if you have not got one yet.
Carla G. has recently gone through surgery for thyroid cancer.  Post pictures of yourself flexing and #Flexyoursupport and #Stillaguamishathleticclub to show your support for Carla.  Carla is doing well and home recovering.
Coastal Community Bank shred event April 23rd from 10am to 2pm. Your donation will benefit the Arlington Education Foundation.
Getting some interested groups in response to publicity regarding the fire fighters discontinuing breakfast on the 4th.
Put April 23 on your calendar for "Rotary at Work" project at Fire Mountain Boy Scout Camp
March 3 Meeting 2016-03-03 08:00:00Z 0


Kimberly Meno- spouse and guest of John Meno
Laura Meno- daughter and guest of John Meno
  • Selling Girl Scout cookies goal is $500
Jen Owen-guest of Bryce
Jennifer Holocker- New Arlington Smokey Point Chamber Executive Director
Sharon Smith-spouse and weekly guest of Tom


  • Audio visual equipment installation complete thanks to Bryce and his brother Brady.  Mounting of a projector on ceiling was the last step
  • Phil with Cascade Surveying announced that they are trying to begin surveying the Splash Park
          Devin had everyone get out their cell phones and go to Facebook, look up “Bungoma Water Project” and like it.
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President/CEO Maddy Metzger-Utt spoke about the Community Foundation of Snohomish County at the February 18 meeting. 
                                                                Maddy Metzger-Utt
The Community Foundation of Snohomish County is a new name for the Greater Everett Community Foundation. It was felt that the new name better reflects the area served by the foundation which began as a community foundation in 2001.  Started as the Everett Parks Foundation and became a community foundation in 2001.
Raises, manages, and gives funds to charities for donors in Snohomish County and Camano Island.  $800,000+ given in 2015 to non-profits.  109 different charitable funds.  $9 million in grants awarded since 2001.
Donor advised funds can be set up by a donor and the donor decides which charities to support.  A designated fund can be set up for a specific organization.  It also manages agency endowments. 
The Arlington Rotary scholarship fund was the first scholarship fund set up.  $89,000 has been contributed, plus investment income. At the end of 2015 it had a balance of $64,266, with $12,487 being available to distribute. Historically the club has added funds each year and the fund has grown. See editor's note below for more about the fund.
A donor can set up a legacy trust for after you pass. 
Funds are invested, earnings are used for grant making, pooled together to get a better rate of return.  7.32% over the last 13 years. 
Since 2002 $116,100 in grants have been given to Arlington area nonprofits.
The foundation hosts networking sessions four times per year.  "Board on Fire" pilot program to teach boards to work together more effectively and efficiently.
More than 500 participants have attended community foundation workshops in the past two years. 
"Leader Link" helps busy people who want to serve find local nonprofit boards that meet their interests and passion. 
This year there will be four fundraising events with one in Arlington in June (details not firmed up).  All money goes to support non-profit work.  All administrative costs are covered with other funds. Everett area families stepped up early to endow an operating fund.
Editor's Note:  Here is some information from the Project and Grant's Page of our website with some background regarding the scholarship fund that our club has at the Community Foundation:
Ruth Williams passed away in a Marysville nursing home Monday. October 2, 2000.   She was 84, and until recently lived in her home near Darrington.

Chet Williams was the manager of the Seafirst Bank branch in Darrington   prior to his death.   He was a member of our Rotary club.   At his death we established the Chet Williams scholarship at Darrington High School.

Chet and Ruth had no children.   Ruth has provided that her estate is to go our Rotary Club to be used for scholarships.   She was very proud of the fact that we had thought enough of Chet to establish the scholarship.

The Snohomish County Community Foundation (SCCF) [note: merged with Community Foundation] will be asked to establish an endowment with the proceeds of Ruth Williams Estate, and contributions from Windermere, Patti Buchholz, and Bailey Duskin and Peiffle.   The fund will begin with $5,584.

All of the funds going to scholarships this year, totaling $13,000, will be channeled through SCCF to make them elgible for matching funds through the Dollars for Scholars program.

With regards to the endowment fund, it is the intention of the Board to establish a fund which will grow through investments and additional contributions.   It is expected that 5% of the fund will be made available each year to help with the cost of the scholarships.   Any return on the investment in excess of 5% will be left in the fund to grow.
[Think about making a tax deductible gift in your will or during your lifetime to the fund to help it grow!]
The Community Foundation of Snohomish County 2016-02-19 08:00:00Z 0
Lee Harman was our program on February 11.  Lee has been a member of our club since 1985.  He served as president of our club for the 2004-05 year and was active at the district level serving as an Assistant District Governor starting in 2010.  He has attended Rotary International Conventions and is a member of the Arch C. Klumph Society for his generous gift to the Rotary Foundation.
Lee has traced his roots back to England. The Harmans came to America in 1635, and he would be eligible for membership in the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution.  He was born in 1947 and the Harmans lived in Chillicothe, Ohio.  Lee showed a photo of the Harman home there that was built in 1837.  Lee's grandfather was one of the first physicians specializing in internal medicine.
Lee's father, as a Naval Aviator, became involved in the Apollo program with NASA and in 1963 he moved his family to Cape Canaveral (now Cape Kennedy), Florida.  Lee has a letter of appreciation to his father signed by all the original astronauts. 
While in Florida, Lee was active in the Boy Scouts and obtained the rank of Eagle Scout. In 1965 he became University of Florida Gator and became active in the Navy Reserve.  With a four year commitment to the Navy, the Navy sent him to medical school at the University of Miami starting in 1969, graduating in 1973.  Somewhere in there he fell in love with a Morgan automobile and when a nurse named Judy admired his Morgan, he admired her the two were married.
The Vietnam War was still in progress when Lee graduated and as a flight surgeon he was assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Okinawa where he was in charge of 5 physicians and a hospital with 200 beds.  He became a private pilot in 1978 and his love for aviation has continued to this day.
Lee decided that ophthalmology rather than Internal Medicine looked like a better course and he entered into a residency in 1979 at the Balboa Military Hospital.  Son Ben and daughter Meredith were born during his residency.  Two years after his residency he was given the task of starting an ophthalmology department at the Memphis Naval Hospital from scratch. For this Lee was presented with a Navy Commendation Medal.
When his commitment with the navy was complete, Lee searched for a practice location on the west coast.  His search brought him to Cascade Valley Hospital in Arlington, and its administrator, Joe Hopkins, and Chief of Staff Don Burks, both Rotarians. He was able to strike an arrangement with the hospital where, in exchange for a five year commitment, it loaned him the necessary funds to buy the equipment he needed to start his practice and do surgeries at the hospital. At the end of the five years the practice equipment became Lee’s and the surgical equipment became property of the hospital.
Since it was Lee’s goal to have the best ophthalmology practice north of Seattle, he became certified by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.  To further his goal he became a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons which involved the outcome of several years’ of his surgeries being scrutinized by top surgeons.  With excellent outcomes determined by the review, he had to go before the College Board of Surgeons for examination.  The board found him worthy of the title, FACS, bestowed on only about 10% of ophthalmologists.
In 1991 Lee brought in a new partner, Dennis Breanne, MD.  He also built a new office building east of the hospital which he dedicated to Joe Hopkins who died of cancer.  Satellite offices were also established in neighboring communities.  Following a big reduction in what Medicare paid for cataract surgeries, the other offices were closed and doctors Harman and Breanne ended their partnership in 1995.
Lee was able to work hard and rebuilt his practice to a point where he again took in a new partner in 1999.  With the Rotary Four Way Test as a guide, and experiencing the “perils of blue sky” and the litigation following the demise of earlier partnership, he became partners with Bruce Ballon, MD, under an arrangement where profits from the surgery center were used for the buy in.  Bruce Wietharn, MD was added as a partner under the same terms.
Following neck surgery in 2005, Lee was unable to continue doing eye surgeries but remained President/CEO until his retirement in 2012.  The arrangement that was fashioned allowed for a buyout of Lee’s interest.
Lee also touched on a real estate development that he and an Oak Harbor Rotarian, Karl Krieg, did on Camano Island. The subdivision is known as Brentwood and consists of 85 lots on the highest point on the north end of Camano.  Lee and Judy provided the property and Karl did the dirt work.  It worked out well with all the lots being sold prior to the recession that plummeted real estate prices for a few years.  Lee's comment: "Better to be lucky than good".
There was only time enough for Lee to mention a couple of his world wide ventures.  He likes speed!
Lee has had a passion for the Rotary Foundation and the Polio Plus effort which started the year he joined Rotary.  Besides his generous contributions to the Foundation, he taken a leadership role at the district level doing programs at several clubs.  He also joined a team that went to India to vaccinate children there.  He announced that there has not been a single reported case in 2016--"we are so so close to eradicating polio from the world!"  It would be the only disease other than smallpox to be totally eradicated.
Lee Harman's Classification Talk 2016-02-11 08:00:00Z 0

Tara Carey from Smooth Transitions Northwest LLC spoke about helping seniors and their families with downsizing, moving, and estate dispersal.  Tara was born and raised in Arlington, now living in Seattle. 
Dale and Tara-(Tara while in high school worked for Dale at the Pharmacy
Tara helped her families with moves and realized some families don’t have people to help them move.  The families hire Tara and help them downsize and move.
Start now downsizing and get rid items you don’t need (cool whip containers, butter tubs, frozen dinner trays, aluminum pie tins, old toothbrushes, laundry detergent cups, RX bottles, books).  Make donations, sell, or give away to friends.
Color code items (Post-its work well) you will give to friends/family and remember to write down the code.  Document what has special value so family members will know.

Start small.  One cabinet, one drawer at a time.  Keep it moving!
Tara created a bit of a stir when she suggested that you should par down tools including screwdrivers!!
The primary theme of Tara's program was to do it when you can and when you are in charge rather than leaving it to family when you can no longer participate.
For more, click here.
Smooth Transitionsor How Many Screwdrivers Does a Person Need to Have? 2016-02-06 08:00:00Z 0
In partnership with the Arlington Education Foundation, we kicked off our new literacy project on Thursday, February 4, at Eagle Creek Elementary School.  Around 100 families have already registered so that their preschoolers will receive a free book each month to encourage reading to kids so that each can start of love of reading.
Mayor Barbara Tolbert kicked off the event, sharing her life long love of reading.
The children's librarian from the Arlington Public Library shared a book with the many children who attended the event.
Six computers were made available for families to register while at the event.  Paper registration forms were available as was information to log onto the website to register.  To register click on the below photo:
Dolly Parton Imagination Library Kickoff 2016-02-06 08:00:00Z 0
Julio Cortez, community relations director from Cocoon House gave us an update on a program our club has supported for many years. 
Cocoon House started in 1991 with one simple shelter.  Founded by a school counselor dealing with homeless students.  North Everett Lions club purchased a home and sold it to Cocoon house for $1. 
Over 2,500 homeless students in Snohomish County.  Many more that are not in school.  Avg. age students become homeless is 14 1/2.
Difficult to identify homeless teens.  Staff go out into the community to identify these children. 
12-24 year olds are served by Cocoon House.
Drop in center in Everett for 13-21 year olds.  Showers, warm meals, clothes, drug and alcohol support, mentors, work source, etc.
Two emergency shelters, one in Everett and one in Monroe for children 13-17.  Can stay for 14 days or up to 21 in special circumstances.  Must have parent approval unless intervention by CPS.  Safe Places have been established including the Arlington Library.
Transitional living programs for youth 13-17, 30% of child’s income charged as rent.  It is a savings account that the resident gets when finished with the program
Independent living/life skills programs offered at the housing sites.  One in Everett and one in Arlington (teen mothers only).  Typically 80-85% full.
Prevention programs – Any parent of any teen can engage in phone consultation, support groups, parenting classes, Way Out seminars (communications).
24 hour crisis line – navigators will pick up child, take them to a shelter, and return them home when safe.  Mandatory CPS reporters.
February – Mannequins will be placed around the city to bring awareness to homelessness.
Like the Cocoon House Facebook page.   Take a look click on Savesnocokids.org.
60% of income comes from community, 40% are state and federal grants.  Our club worked on the Arlington shelter and raised funds to help fund the same.  We also help sponsor the Silk Dinner Auction each fall at the Tulalip Resort with a large number of Arlington residents helping organize the auction.  Marcia Smothers and Kay Duskin have both served on the board and Past District Governor Lyle Ryan has taken a major leadership role in the organization.
Julio Cortez--Cocoon House Update! 2016-01-28 08:00:00Z 0
It all works!  A solar powered pump is now pumping water to fill the storage tank in Bungona.  Totally amazing to see this project at this stage of completion. In addition to our club, thanks go to Rotary Clubs of Bungoma and Everett Mukilteo! John Simiyu, you have done outstanding work! Brad and Chris, we could not have done this without you! Way To Go, Rotarians!
Here are some photos (there are more in the album and on the Facebook site for (just click on it) Bungoma Water Project:
The above photos show the solar panels in place and the submersible pump being lowered into the well.  Brad and Chris will be going to the site in March to make sure everything is working corrrectly. 
The sun for power, a pump and tank equals water for Bungoma! 2016-01-22 08:00:00Z 0
Superintendent of Schools, Kristine McDuffy, introduced our January Students of the Month at our meeting on January 14.
Left to Right Maggie Delaney, Madison Davis & Melanie Ryan Benson
Maggie DeLaney – student at Haller Middle School.  Her pay it forward will go to N.O.A.H.
Madison Davis – 6th grader at Darrington Middle School.  Her pay it forward will go to Darrington Junior Athletic Association.
Melanie Ryan Benson – Senior at Darrington High.  Her pay it forward will go to Prevention of Animal Cruelty
January Students of the Month 2016-01-15 08:00:00Z 0
Kathy McCone, our Rotary Foundation Director, presented Paul Harris awards to those members who were not at our Christmas party.  November was Rotary Foundation month and our club matched gifts resulting in many members reaching the $1000 level.
Paul Harris award given to Casey Miller (1st)
Robin Reinig (+1)
Bill Kinney (1st)
Jim Minifie (+4)
Linda Byrnes (+7)
Bruce Stedman (+2)
Pam Beaton (+1).
More Paul Harris Fellows 2016-01-07 08:00:00Z 0
Book your child a ticket to the Imagination Library!
Enroll your child in Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, and we'll send them a FREE book each month until their fifth birthday. 
If your child lives in the Arlington School District, register for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library at www.imaginationlibrary.com beginning Feb. 4th.
Join us for our kick-off event with Little Apple Preschool: Thursday February 4th 6:30-7:30 at Eagle Creek Elementary for Bingo, stories, and treats!
This program is sponsored locally by the Arlington Education Foundation and our club.
Dolly Parton Imagination Library Kickoff 2016-01-07 08:00:00Z 0
Because it was Christmas Eve, we had no regular Rotary meeting.  Those who wished were invited to have lunch at Hubb's.  Jola Barnett joined us for lunch and brought with her a early Christmas present she has received.
Jola's son, Jon, has been away from home for over a year in Poland where he is going to medical school.  Jola has family there besides Jon. She was caught by surprise last Saturday at er Grandma Dot's 89th birthday party...Jon was sitting under the Christmas tree! Unbelievable gift from Jola's parents! What a gift!
Those at lunch enjoyed hearing of Jon's experiences in Poland.  Bringing him to lunch was a gift to those of us who were there!
Thank you Jola and Merry Christmas to you and to all Rotarians and their families.
A Christmas Gift to Remember! 2015-12-24 08:00:00Z 0
Lots of our club members demonstrated the Rotary slogan of "Service Above Self" this holiday season.  Last week we reported on the giving to the Rotary Foundation, Operation Christmas Hope and Socks on Saturday drive. 
This week we again helped the Arlington Community Food Bank by providing the food and delivery of 78 food baskets.  Food was purchased from the Arlington Safeway and hauled in bulk to the gymnasium at the Free Methodist Church.  Our members and friends then loaded the specific list of food into each box.  36 boxes were delivered to the food bank to pick up for persons who would not be home for our delivery to the door
Our service project Director, Devin, had things well organized.  Thanks to the PR committee for the Christmas cards that accompanied each box.  Karri did the Google Map research and had routes all spelled out for delivery.  Here are a few photos and more are posted in a photo album:
Devin Organized the Project This Year--Great Job Devin!
Many Hands Made Small Work Loading Boxes
More of the Many Hands
CVH Provided Boxed Lunches for Rotarians
The food basket project took place in lieu of our normal Thursday meeting.  Many Rotarians geared up the following day--Friday--to serve our annual Christmas to seniors at the Stillaguamish Senior Center.  Here are a few photos of the event with more posted in the album:
Wait Staff Courtesy of Our Club--Duane Even Waited With a Cast on Arm
                Service with a Husky Smile!
Even Seniors Like Santa--Thanks to Paul!
Christmas--A Time for GivingRotarians generous with their time and money! 2015-12-18 08:00:00Z 0
Our water project in Bungoma Kenya, with the Rotary Club of Bungoma, continues to progress. 

Water Tower Nearing Completion

Here is the message that our chair of the project received: 

"It is yet another great opportunity for me to say hi and hope all is well. We are all doing good and give great thanks to the Almighty for keeping us safe till this time.


I have just come from the site and am glad to report that work is progressing on well.Its expected that work will be completed on Saturday. Attached,please find the structure of the tank in progress.



Thank you to South Everett Mukilteo Rotary for their 10% participation in our project.  They are currently participating through their financial support of $3,700 made out to Rotary Foundation  of Arlington and the Bungoma Water Project.  Bucky will present a certificate of acknowledgement and  appreciation for their participation on Friday, 12/11 at their meeting at Emory's Restaurant.  
Bungoma Water Project Progress 2015-12-11 08:00:00Z 0
Rhidian Grant with Aerospace Manufacturing Technologies was our speaker on Thursday. 
AMT is a U.K. company but the Arlington division is the largest in terms of employees and revenue.  There are over 7,000 employees worldwide.
AMT uses “5 axis manufacturing” to make parts cheaper and more efficiently and utilizes “Just in Time” manufacturing techniques.
Rhidian Grant
85% of the parts produced goes to Boeing.  Boeing no longer manufacturers parts they just put the planes together.
AMT substantially reduces the weight of the parts and adds value by not just machining the parts but also assembling them.  They offer kits to end consumer so the product is more user-friendly. 
FOr more on AMT, check out its website here.
It's Thanksgiving and we have no normal Thursday noon meeting.  As a club we are thankful for such a giving and caring community.
Our club has helped those that are less fortunate by our fall food drive, providing a well to a community in Kenya, donating and delivering boxes of food for Christmas, and supporting the new Arlington Community Resource Center, among other projects that help indirectly such as our support of Cocoon House, the Boy Scouts, the senior center, the Mud Hut teen center, the Rotary and Arlington Rotary Foundations, and other organizations benefiting youth and seniors.  Next month we kick off our new literacy project--the Dolly Parton Imagination Library--in a partnership with the Arlington Education Foundation.  The project will provide a free book each month for any child in the Arlington School District between birth and age 6, regardless of family income.
All of the above is possible because of the support we receive from our members, our Duck Dash sponsors, and the community that buys our raffle tickets.  THANK YOU!
We are Thankful! 2015-11-26 08:00:00Z 0

Our speaker on November 19 was Bernice Nava with Value Village.

Bernice Nava with Value Village (VV)
Bernice spoke about donation programs for non profits.  The program has raised thousands of dollars for communities during her time with VV.

Donation drives - VV partners with non profits, churches, Rotary clubs.  The non-profit organizes a donation drive and VV gives the non-profit cash for every pound donated.  VV gives the non-profit a toolkit to get the drive up and going.  VV provides flyers for the non-profit to fill in to promote the drive and it promotes the drive in the company newsletter.

Get to give program - VV gives items that are donated to VV to schools and other organizations to help communities (i.e blankets, coats, etc.)


VV recycles many goods that cannot be re-sold.  VV sends clothing to other countries so it doesn't end up in the landfill.


Value Village/Unique/Savers have 330 stores across the U.S. and Canada.  VV's corporate headquarters are located in Bellevue and is a for profit Washington corporation

Bernice Nava--Value Village Fundraiser 2015-11-19 08:00:00Z 0

Our club will be double matching your contributions to the Rotary Foundation during the month of November up to 1000 points.  If you donate $500, we will match that with 1000 points. The maximun the club will match for all contributors is 20,000 points.


You may donate to the Bungoma Project instead and the club will still double match your donation.  So if you contribute $500 to the Bungoma Project we will match that with 1000 points so you would still receive a Paul Harris.


If you are going to donate to the Rotary Foundation, you may do that online and send me the confirmation or give me a check made out to The Rotary Foundation and I will send it in for you and request the match.


If you are going to donate to the Bungoma Project, make your check out to Arlington Rotary Foundation and give it to Kathy McCone. Kathy will then transfer the funds to our club's charitable account to be used for local projects including the Splash Pad, with a portion to go to RI Foundation to qualify for EYER.  Kathy will then request your match from the Rotary Foundation.


To check your status, you may e-mail Kathy or go to https://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/rotary-foundation.  You will need to log in to your account and then go to Foundation Reports and Donor History Reports.  Your personal contributions and levels will be shown there.


Feel free to e-mail Kathy, call her or catch her at Rotary if you are confused or have questions.


Thank you in advance for supporting the Rotary Foundation!


Kathy's Work:  360-653-6744  Cell:  425-879-0936 Email: kathymccone@lmbcpas.com

Club Matching Contributions to Either RI Foundation or Arlington Rotary Foundation 2015-11-13 08:00:00Z 0
Dolly Parton Library Project 2015-11-13 08:00:00Z 0

November is Foundation Month!

District Foundation Chair and a Past District Governor Larry Juibie spoke about the Rotary Foundation.  November is Foundation month.
Larry Jubie
Rotary has an Annual Programs Fund (APF) as well as the Polio Plus Fund.  The APF is used for Rotary programs.  The money is invested for three years. The interest is used for overhead expenses.  The rest goes directly to Rotary programs.  
One half of the APF is district designated funds for grants up to a $10,000 match.
Last year $107,000 was handed out in matching grants that were used for international and local projects.  August 31 of each year is the deadline to submit grant applications.
Global grants are available for $10,000 to $200,000.  The money donated by the club is matched 2.5 times and the project has to be international and used for one of six areas of focus Rotary has identified.
Scholarships are funded through global grants.  There are two different types of scholarships.  1.  Peach Scholarships - up to 150 given each year and 2. Global Scholarships - only one given each year.
Donations to the Foundation result in points being earned that the donor can apply towards giving a Paul Harris.  Club contributions, such as our contribution to the Bungoma water project results in points the club can give.  Next week our club Foundation Director, Kathy McCone is going to tell us how your contributions may be matched. 
During the meeting, Kathy presented a Paul Harris plus 2 to John Dykstra.
Kathy Presents PHF to John Dykstra
District Foundation Chair Larry Jubie 2015-11-06 08:00:00Z 0
Grand total from our fall food drive:$585 cash and 1,258 lbs of food.  This from Jerrie Inman, one of the Food Bank directors:
"Please thank everyone involved…with your help we will be able to feed over 50 families with a great Thanksgiving dinner."
Fall Food Drive 2015-11-06 08:00:00Z 0
Assistant District Governor Marc with President Jeff and Aleph Fackenthall
Aleph Fackenthall gave us his annual report on his work with The Healing Fund and its Panama water project. Our club has provided funding in the past and one of our former members, Wally Thomas went with the team a few years ago.
The fund sends individuals to Panama to install water catchment systems and drill wells.  They also provide medical and dental care to the communities.  Stanwood Rotary has also partnered with The Healing Fund in years past.  The past president of the Stanwood club has gone to assist drilling and installation. 
This year they rechecked wells dug in previous years and went to a new location to help other communities. 
The next trip will be March 30th to do more latrine work and have a youth focus.  Approximately twelve youngsters will be going on the trip.  Contact Aleph if you would like to go on this or a future trip.
Here is a photo of Aleph provided at one of his earlier annual reports:
The Healing Fund has both a web site and a Face Book site for more information click here.
The Healing Fund--Panama Water Project 2015-11-02 08:00:00Z 0
Dr. Lee Harman, on the eve of World Polio Day, was our speaker. He walked us through the history of Rotary International's Polio Plus project.
Lee Harman in the Middle on a Vacination Trip to India
Rotary has been fighting to eradicate Polio for the last 31 years.  In 1984 Rotary committed $100 million to eradicate Polio.  From 1900-1956 there were 500k cases/year.  The wild Polio virus can live in the dirt for 10-14 days.  The virus produces in the GI tract and can go into the nerves and cause paralysis.  The virus dies if it is unable to find an unvaccinated person.
In 2015 there are three endemic nations. Polio incidence has dropped more than 99 percent since the launch of global polio eradication efforts in 1988. According to global polio surveillance data from October 21, 2015, 51 cases of wild poliovirus have been reported in 2015: 38 from Pakistan and 13 from Afghanistan.
National Immunization Days were started in India.  160 million kids were vaccinated in 1 week.
There were outbreaks in 2008 and 2014
The Gates Foundation donated $355 million and Rotary donated $200 million over three years.
It is preferable to give the injectable over the oral vaccine to eliminate the risk of Polio from the vaccine.
The Gates Foundation will match up to $35 million in donations for Polio Plus each year. 
Polio Plus 2015-10-22 07:00:00Z 0
This fall has been full of fund raisers for organizations our club has historically supported.  We sponsored the dessert dash at the Cocoon House Dinner and Auction and we had a table as did many individual Rotarians.
The Murder Mystery Dinner at the senior center was organized and driven in large part by our club members.  Paul Ellis and a crew from the city did all the great food.  It was a 50's theme and members enjoyed dressing up for the event.
Paul in the Kitchen
Many members also supported the first annual Kids Kloset breakfast.
Community Fund Raisers 2015-10-16 07:00:00Z 0


Marc Baker – Assistant District Governor - Rotary Club of Everett
Maggie Buckholz, former member and "Order of the Duck" now with Burlington Rotary
Ilsa Chigbrau from Life Church 360-Erik's Guest (where is Erik?)
Doug Clawson--guest of Devin



Members will deliver stuffed ducks to members who have missed some meetings.  The missing member will have to bring the ducks back to a meeting. WE NEED A NAME FOR OUR DUCKS!
10/30 Halloween fireside at Meno’s.  Kid friendly. RSVP Club Runner Email
11/7 Rotary work party.  Indoor paint project at Youth Dynamic's Mud Hut.  Need paint supplies/ladders. 9:00 AM to noon with pizza to follow.
Nov. 19--Social Event at Hidden Vine Wine Outlet at Smoky Point
12/10 Rotary Christmas party in the evening in lieu of regular meeting. Watch for details and email to RSVP
Dave reported that Tom Orthmeyer, a former member and former manager at JH Baxter Pole Yard died of a heart attack last week--reported by Matt Maynard after talking with Tom's son.
Lyanne is currently working on recruiting a potential exchange student.  If you know anyone interested please complete application.  There is a link in the story on the website and this bulletin.
Working on getting a new sound system for the church/Rotary meetings.
Rotary District 5050 is looking for applications for a future district governor.  Apply online.
10/23 is World Polio Day.  We are close to being Polio free. Our program next week will feature our own Dr. Lee Harman regarding Polio Plus.  Happy dollars may go to Polio Plus.
Board meeting was held last night.  Approved funding for our Cub Scout Pack and partnership with AEF for Dolly Parton Imagination Library program.
November is Rotary Foundation Month and the club will be matching up to $500 with points towards Paul Harris Fellowships. 
October 15 Meeting 2015-10-16 07:00:00Z 0

More on Community Development

Dr. Michael Mack, superintendent of Lakewood School District, and a member of the Marysville Noon Rotary Club was our program on October 8.  He talked both about the district in general and about the new high school.
Dr. Michael Mack Lakewood School District 
This is Mike's 35th year in public education.  Eight years with Lakewood School District which includes areas of Arlington, Marysville and Stanwood. 
“Dive into Learning” is the theme for the 2015-2016 school year. 
Lakewood has 134 certificated staff and 137 classified staff.  2264 students, 1100 meals served each day, and 1294 miles drive each day by the buses.
76% graduation rate in 2009 now up to 85% in 2014.  $25 million operating budget.  Focused on teaching and learning.  Just celebrated the district’s 100th year. 
A new high school will be built and hope to be completed by December 2017.  The new high school will be 178,000 square feet.
Left is an artists' rendering of the new school.
The original plan was to modernize the existing high    school but value engineering studies supported a new school.  Voters approved a $66.8 million bond issue in 2014.  It was just 3 votes over the required 60%.
It will be built on the existing campus between the current building and the stadium.  It should go to bid in January with completion in 2017.
Lakewood School District & New High School 2015-10-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 01, 2015

October is Economic & Community Development Month

It was appropriate given the monthly theme of Rotary International, that we start the month off with a meeting and program at the new Dwayne Lane's Arlington Chevrolet.  Tom Lane, the CEO of Dwayne Lane's family of auto dealerships and an Everett Rotarian, told us all about the effort to relocate the dealership from SR 9 to Island Crossing.
Dwayne Lane’s has always been a top sponsor of Rotary initiatives.  “No better dollar spent in a community than a Rotary dollar.” – Tom Lane.
October 7th at 5 pm grand opening will be held at the dealership.  Please attend. 
Tom discussed the long process to get approval to build the dealership.  At times there were 30+ different contractors on site ensuring they met their deadlines. 
In 1954 Dwayne Lane started washing cars at a South Everett dealership.  In 1966 he bought into the car business and in 1994 purchased the Arlington dealership.
In 1990 the Growth Management Act designated every parcel in the state.  It wanted to classify the area the dealership is now as non-sprawl, non-growth.  It was designated agricultural land.
In 2009, City Attorney, Steve Peiffle, argued at the Supreme Court for appropriate designation of the area and won.
Then came the discussions with the Stilly Flood Control District.  Settlement was reached.
So far $450,000 has been spent on dirt to ensure the dealership is above the flood zone, with corresponding water retention area so as to not increase down stream flooding.
The rest of Island Crossing will be developed and hopefully bring more jobs and sales tax to the area. 
The City of Arlington was extremely helpful in the process. 
The building is 35,000 square feet and has to comply with dealer franchise agreement regarding design and color scheme.  It has the more capacity than the previous location to service larger vehicles and hold events. Our meeting was in the new community room:
38.5 full time employees and expect to have mid-50s by this time next year.
Here is a photo of the new showroom from the office area and balcony where the community room is located:
October 1 Meeting at New Arlington Chevrolet 2015-10-01 07:00:00Z 0
Our club does a service project at Camp Fire Mountain, a Boy Scout camp just east of Big Lake, each year.  In the past we have generally built or repaired things.  On September 13 we tore down structures on the swim beach to make room for new. Here are a few of the photos that are in the photo album section of the website and bulletin:
Service at BSA Camp Fire Mountain 2015-09-18 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Bungoma signed a contract for the Drilling of the well last week, and have now gotten all the clearances they need to proceed!  Progress is being made!
John Simiyu and the Rotary Club of Bungoma heartfully thank all who have helped to make this possible. 
They will keep us posted as the drilling continues, and then as the testing is completed to verify that what they find is potable water. 
Here is a photo of getting ready to drill:
The following are notes from a few of John's emails to Joan:
"I have just received the CD for the rotary information and thank you so much for the useful information contained in it. .....
The drilling was to start on Sunday but I have not been cleared by NEMA since the officer responsible is away on a workshop in Nairobi. I hope to clear with his office next week. I will update you on the progress as we move on."
As of Wednesday, John reports:
"As hinted to you earlier, we signed the drilling of borehole agreement on Friday and attached are some photos we took during the occasion (see album)"
"Thank you so much for the duck shirts. Wow, they are fantastic.  Always in our hearts. God bless you so much and reward you abundantly."
Bungoma Update 2015-09-13 07:00:00Z 0
Since we built the Rotary Playground at Haller Bridge Park, we have had a family picnic in lieu of our normal lunch meeting.  Here is the new sign that was designed by John at Penway and fabricated by Wally at Artisan Finishing Systems:
Here are some random photos of those who prepared the food and the families enjoying the park and picnic:
Family Picnic at Rotary Playground at Haller Park 2015-08-28 07:00:00Z 0
Gregg Winter, bike trail builder at Gravity Logic, Inc. was our program August 20.
Gregg grew up in NY, moved to Florida after high school.  Drawn to Colorado mountains.  Worked at Steven’s Pass for three years.  
Hooked up with Gravity Logic, Inc.the premier trail building company.  Gregg loves what he does.  Passionate about riding bikes and giving back to the community.
Met with the City of Arlington and presented information on need for more outdoor activities, bike park, and trails in the community. 
Bike parks and destination mountain biking could/should be much bigger than it is today.  There is a large market of untapped revenue out there.  If we build it they will come.  The demographic is huge, everyone has a bike.  Significant economic catalyst.  Bikers have money and will spend it.  It’s not just a bike park that will generate the revenue but the bikers will visit local businesses.
Closest outdoor bike parks are at Whistler and Steven’s Pass.  Closest indoor bike park is in Burlington.  The kids who use the Whistler bike park volunteer to maintain it. 
Action sports is a growing business segment (i.e. moto, BMX, skiing/snowboarding).  A bike park would be a different avenue for children to enjoy outdoor sports.  Bike park maintenance costs are lower than a golf course. 
Much of the infrastructure is in place.  Need fantastic riding experiences.  It is critical to have instruction (camps, sales and marketing to support and drive the park experience).  Need food, beverage, accommodation and other summer activities to entice visitors.
The road to the airport (67th) has a great spot for a bike park (near trails) or the old mill near Nutty’s.  We could build an indoor/outdoor bike park near Absolute Air Park.  The other option is to build an outdoor bike park privately and incorporate it into the city.
Partnering with Boys and Girls Club and local schools to hold camps at the bike park would be a good connection for the community.
To see more about the company and its bike park and trail designing, click here.
Gregg Winter and Biking Opportunities 2015-08-21 07:00:00Z 0
Ryan Walker, a 2014 grad from  Arlington High School, and a standout pitcher for the Washington State University varsity baseball team in 2015, was our program on August 13.
Ryan completed his freshman year at WSU and was named the Pac 12 conference pitcher of the week.  In two starts he pitched 11 2/3rds innings and his opponents hit only .105 against him with only two base hits.  Current ERA 1.69.
He traveled with the team to the Dominican Republic.  Played against professional prep teams including Mariners prep team.
Ryan started as an average pitcher but he was at the right place at the right time.  Pitched at Baseball NW where the WSU coach saw him and told him what he needed to work on.  Worked to correct his pitching issues and the following year he pitched at Baseball NW again and he was offered a 50% scholarship to WSU.
Social aspects, community, and athletics connect at WSU.  He signed early at WSU because he knew he wanted to go to WSU.
3.6 GPA first semester at WSU, went down a little because he was traveling for baseball. The workouts are tough.  Offseason workouts are harder, two workouts per week.  He was required to do a 30 minute plank, mentally tough.
When he got scouted he was nervous to talk to the scouts.  They really wanted to know who you are more than your talent.  Nervous to say the wrong thing.
He wants to be drafted by the major league, but can’t until after his junior year.  Studying criminal justice at WSU.  He won't leave WSU early unless he can make the money that he desires.
In high school he topped out with an 89 mph fastball, clocked at 92-94 mph recently.
To clear his mind on the mound he focuses on the catcher’s knees as two focal points--moving his eyes from knee to knee. 
Ryan seemed excited about the new coaching staff at WSU. Marty Lees became the 15th head coach in program history in 2015 after spending the last three seasons as the assistant coach/recruiting coordinator at Oklahoma State and the previous 11 at Oregon State. In those 14 years he has coached 10 teams that have reached the NCAA Tournament, including two national champions with Oregon State.
Ryan Walker--Arlington Grad--WSU Pitcher 2015-08-14 07:00:00Z 0

It is Membership and Extension Month


Jenni Tingley Callaghan-Lyanne's guest, a real estate broker
Lori Morgan-guest of visiting Rotarian Peggy Ray (both with Arlington Community Resource Center)
Visiting Rotarians included Dennis and Connie Millikan from LaConner and Peggy Ray who is seeking a transfer from the Everett Port Gardner Club.


The Millikans invited our members to LaConner's fund raiser on August 22, Moonlight & Martinis.  Click here for more information.
President Jeff thanked Bucky for taking care of our audio and video each week.
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Sept. 26 in Mount Vernon. All of us should have had an email from the District.  Great opportunity through 3 levels of courses to learn about Rotary.
Like Basketball?  Cory announced that the annual 3 on 3 tournament is taking place at the Arlington Airport on Saturday and Sunday.
August 27 is our annual meeting at the Rotary Playground at Haller Park.  Bring kids and grandkids.  It's a good place to showcase one of our projects to prospective members.  Bill still looking for a barbeque grill.
The Annual Post Memorial Golf Tournament (formerly the pre-memorial) is Sept. 10.  Child care provided and there will be a bouncy house etc. at the Chase residence. No regular meeting that day.
Coastal Community Bank has donated $1,000 towards the new splash pads.
We just did a wire transfer of the first funds to Bugoma so the well drilling can begin.
August 6 Meeting 2015-08-07 07:00:00Z 0


Lee Harman’s father Grabe and brother Tom
Phil Abenroth from Cascade Surveying
Peggy Ray from Everett/Port Gardner Club and the Arlington Community Resource Center
Seanna Herring-Jensen, the Program Manager for the new Arlington Community Resource Center
Mark Lovejoy from Garden Treasures
Bruce Timm from the Everett Club
Alison – Carla’s guest/Paul’s granddaughter
Silas--Jesicca's son
Tina’s granddaughter


Marcia and Wayne Smothers have a new grandson, Hazard Jones. 
Marcia extended a thank you to everyone who helped after Craig Hedlund’s service with food and other help at the residence. "It's great to have the support of her 'Rotary Family' ".
August 27th the club meeting will be held at Haller Park.  BBQ and family event.
September 12th at 9am, work project at the Boy Scout Camp at Fire Mountain.
The new Arlington Community Resource Center is looking for volunteers.
July 30 Meeting 2015-08-02 07:00:00Z 0
Pam and Monte Beaton hosted the Duck Dash celebration at their home in Arlington Heights on Sunday, July 19.  Duck Dash chair, Erik Granroth, fried halibut for the party goers.

Jola was recognized for chairing a very very successful sponsorship recruitment with a crown.
See the photo album for more photos from the Beatons' party.
There were other events and family conflicts so some of the honorees could not be present at Beatons' so they were honored at our Meeting on July 23.  Below Carla is recognized by Erik for upsetting Dale. As our number 1 sales person she was the "Fire Ball" of this year's ticket selling.
The defending champion sales person, Duck Dash Dale, presented Carla with the #1 sales medalean necklace.
Dale didn't look too depressed with all his previous rings.  After all he has mentored many a salesperson and he likes a student beating the teacher!
Celebrating Duck Dash Success 2015-07-24 07:00:00Z 0

Alexander Lark, right, Philanthropy Director for Housing Hope, and Spencer Knapp, left, from Everett High School, the Bank of America Student Leaders intern with Housing Hope.

Years ago we helped buy playground equipment for the Housing hope triplex in Arlington.  Alex Lark updated us on Housing Hope's projects in Arlington and the county at our meeting on July 23.
Mothers and children make up the vast majority of homeless and the people Housing Hope services.
$27.21 hourly wage is needed to rent a two bedroom home in Snohomish County.
Housing Hope was founded in 1987 in Everett.  Provides housing and tailored services to families.  347 units over 19 sites.  Provides adult life skills.

The housing units house individuals and families at different levels of becoming self-sufficient. 

Team Building program – Built 38 homes with sweat equity – families that built the homes together.  No one moves in until all units are built. 

Housing Hope has homeless, temporary low income, and permanent low income units.

Most recent development was built in Stanwood. 

Monroe Family Village is expected to be completed in September with 47 total units.
Child Hope is Snohomish County’s only licensed childcare facility that is designed to meet the unique needs of children who are experiencing poverty and homelessness.  It employs child and family specialists and offers teen parenting classes and family life courses.

College of Hope – high quality research based adult like skills education.  97 courses, 425 students per year.  Classes relating to finances, housing, and health and wellness.

Every family has a case manager that ensures they stay on target.  Collaborative partnership.

Breaking ground on Twin Lakes Landing in May 2016, 50 unit structure, near Costco.

Need $50k in seed money to start.  Shows a community interest/investment.  Other funds are private grants, public funds, tax credits, and bank financing for a total of $12 million.

Hope Works are business enterprises who take College of Hope individuals and give them internships and teaches skills.
Housing Hope Gives Homeless Families Hope 2015-07-24 07:00:00Z 0
Mike Zachman is the founder and director of the Arlington Recycle Warehouse, a non-profit mattress recycling business located in Smokey Point (16910 59th Avenue NE, Suite 95, Arlington, WA). 
President Jeff Presents an Arlington Rotary Cup to Mike
Only two mattress and box spring recyclers in Washington.  The other is located in Tacoma.  February 2014 the business started.
Thousands of pounds of steel, metal, and foam are saved from the landfill each week.  They have a 7500 square foot warehouse and employ special needs individuals.

600 pieces are received each week.  Some pieces weigh over 200 pounds.
The business gets money for the foam – 30 cents per pound.  3,000-6,000 pounds of steel are shipped each week.  We get $60 per ton of steel.  All of the wood in the box spring is also recycled.  6,000-12,000 pounds of wood is recycled each week.  The cotton is sold for insulation.

95%-98% of what is in a mattress and box spring can be recycled, even the plastic a new mattress comes wrapped in.

Mike volunteers his time and enjoys doing it.  Started the business with $16,000.  Largest supplier is Sears.
If you have a piece you want to bring by it is $10 per piece.  If you want pick it up it is $25 per piece.  They take metal bed frames for free.
Many states have outlawed dumping your mattress in the landfill.  King County is looking at potentially going this direction.

Applying to be a 501(3)(c).

They are in need of a fork lift and box truck.
Arlington Recycle Warehouse 2015-07-18 07:00:00Z 0
It has become a yearly event--a meeting at the Arlington Fly-In, Arlington Airport.  Barbara Tolbert, the Executive Director of the event again made arrangements for us to meet in a tent as our venue. 
Before the program we inducted two new members:
Tom Smith – transferring from the Bellevue Sunrise club, law classification, with his mentor Bruce Stedman. Tom practices out of his home on Lake Ki.
Kim Gustafson - manufacturing classification, with stand-in mentor, Bucky Tart. Kim manufactures 3D printers.
The speaker, arranged by Barbara, was Mike Biehn:
Mike is with the Commemorative Air Force, which  restores war airplanes and civil planes connected to war. 
There is a Tuskegee exhibit (“Rise Above”) at the Fly In this year that has a fully restored plane and movie about the history of the Tuskegee airmen.  Commemorative Air Force wants to highlight the Tuskegee airmen overcoming adversity.  The RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit highlights the courage and determination of the Tuskegee Airmen, who overcame obstacles to train and fight as U.S. Army Air Corps pilots, and what it means to us 60 years later.
A lot of the airmen were pilots but some were not.  No black pilots in the military at the time.  They had to overcame prejudice.  "Be ready to go" was one of their mottos. 
They expected to win because of their mindset.  95% of Tuskegee airmen were college graduates.  Tuskegee airmen lost 66 airmen and 20+ bombers. 
The exhibit highlights overcoming adversity and rising above what is holding you down.
Mike Biehn
Arlington Fly-In and New Members 2015-07-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by AJ Chase on Jul 06, 2015
[Photo:  Rotarian Duck Casey Miller teases the crowd with the list of Duck Dash winners before they are announced]
Duck Dash Raises over $212,000 on the Fourth of July
Rotary Club of Arlington Sets a New Record of 17,372 tickets sold
[Arlington, Wash.]  The Rotary Club of Arlington sold the most Duck Dash tickets ever in its 27 year history at the Annual Great Stilly Duck Dash on the Fourth of July.  With ticket sales totaling $71,625, combined with $90,650 in donations from sponsors, and a $50,000 match from Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians - the Rotary Club of Arlington raised $212,275 at its annual fundraiser.
“I’m thrilled with our record-breaking results, but not surprised as our community is such a giving place,” said Duck Dash Chairperson Erik Granroth.  “The funds we raised this year will benefit many organizations in our communities. And, the splash pad - once Rotary completes fundraising for it - will be enjoyed by for years to come by families and kids at Haller Park.”
The top ten winners - at $1,000 each - of the annual rubber duck race down the Stilly River were Lyle Ryan, Mabel Nowocin, Annie Grieb, Judy Claxton, Karlyn Ames, Chuck Patten, Randy Demoss, George Reid, and Mark Shapiro (twice). There were ten winners of $100 each, as well:
Elizabeth Biggs, Julie Dickhud, Muriel Place, Pioneer Nuggets, Ryan McDuffy, Nancy Truitt Pearce, Kurt Boxleitner, Mary TImmerman, Tiffany Barton, and Rocky Ogden.
At least $50,000 of ticket sales will go to help build a splash pad at Haller Park, as well as the $50,000 match from the Stillaguamish Tribe. The Rotary Club of Arlington has committed to build a splash pad at Haller Park over two multi-year phases. Rotary will continue to fundraise for the splash page through sponsorships, donations from Friends of the Park, and through partnership with the City of Arlington to obtain grants.
The success of this year’s Duck Dash would not have been possible without the support of the many local businesses.  Dwayne Lane’s Chevrolet of Arlington was the platinum sponsor at $10,000 for the third year in row. Sound Tractor donated a tractor to pull the Rotary Train in parades and at Rotary events. Symmetry Chiropractic donated at the gold level ($5,000), as well as partners Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics & Skagit Regional Health. A complete list of sponsors can be found at www.rotaryclubofarlington.com.
Silver sponsors ($2,000) were AMT, Angel of the Winds, B&B Fabricators, Cascade Kropz, LLC, Cuz Concrete, Family Pet Medical & Surgery, K-Fox, Penway Media, and the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians. Bronze sponsors ($1,000) were Acute Autoworks, A-Plus Water Service, Arlington Electric, Arlington Hardware, Bailey, Duskin & Peiffle, PS, Bistro San Martin, Blue Bird Café, Coastal Community Bank, Devin Dickinson, DDS, Eagle Family Dental, Edward Jones-John Meno,
Farmers Insurance, Gerber Collision, Global Machine Works, Kulits Orthodontics, Moss Adams, LLP, Nelson Petroleum, Pamela Beaton, CPA, Penny Lee Trucking, Rocket Alley, Skagit Bank, Smokey Point Animal Hospital, State Farm Insurance, Stillaguamish Athletic Club, Unique Interiors, Vitalire, and Williams & Nulle.
All funds raised from the sale of Duck Dash tickets are invested in the community to enhance the lives of kids, seniors and community members in Arlington, Lakewood and Darrington, as well as around the globe.
Duck Dash Raises over $212,000 on the Fourth of July AJ Chase 2015-07-06 07:00:00Z 0
Dwayne Lane
Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics & Skagit Regional Health
Sound Tractor
Symmetry Chiropractic
Angel of the Winds
B&B Fabricators
Cascade Kropz, LLC
Cuz Concrete
Family Pet Medical & Surgery
Penway Media
Stillaguamish Tribe
Acute Autoworks
A-Plus Water Service
Arlington Electric
Arlington Hardware
Bailey, Duskin & Peiffle, PS
Bistro San Martin
Blue Bird Café
Coastal Community Bank
Devin Dickinson, DDS
Eagle Family Dental
Edward Jones-John Meno
Farmers Insurance
Gerber Collision
Global Machine Works
Kulits Orthodontics
Moss Adams, LLP
Nelson Petroleum
Pamela Beaton, CPA
Penny Lee Trucking
Rocket Alley
Skagit Bank
Smokey Point Animal Hospital
State Farm Insurance
Stillaguamish Athlethic Club
Unique Interiors
Williams & Nulle
All Creatures Veterinary
Arlington Family Chiropractic
Arlington Sons of the American Legion
Audit & Adjustment
Ben Wells and Associates, PS
Bulldog Self Storage
Cascade Surveying and Engineering
Columbia Bank
Corporate Office Supply
Cozy Heating
Heritage Bank
Hubb's Pizza and Pasta
Langabeer, McKernan, Burnett & Co
Les Schwab
Metron and Associates, Inc
Paraiso Mexican Restaurant
Smokey Point Concrete
Smokey Point Productions
Turn-Key Repairs & Maintenance
Witsoe, Haug and Associates
Automotive Diagnostic Center
Cascade Companion Care
Country Financial
Dave Edmonds, New York Life
Flowers By George
Pioneer Nuggets
Power of Touch Massage
Travel Time
Tuco Industrial Products
Thank you to ALL our Duck Dash 2015 sponsors! 2015-07-06 07:00:00Z 0

Duck Dash Winners:


1. Lyle Ryan sold by Robin Reinig
2. Mabel Nowocin sold by Penny Clark
3. Annie Grieb sold by Lee Harman
4. Judy Claxton sold by Dale Duskin
5. Karlyn Ames sold by Mike Zachman
6. Chuck Patten sold by Linda Byrnes
7. Randy Demoss sold by Karri Hansen
8. George Reid sold by Bruce Stedman
9. & 10 Mark Shapiro sold by Jim Minifie


Elizabeth Biggs (MIke Z)
Julie Dickhut (Paul E)
Muriel Place (Todd B.)
Pioneer Products & Processing (Brad K)
Ryan McDuffy (Kris M)
Nancy Truitt Pearce (Pam B.)
Kurt Boxleitner (Tony L)
Mary Timmerman (Mike Z)
Tiffany Barton (Devin B)
Rocky Ogden (Duane R)
And the winners are... 2015-07-05 07:00:00Z 0
Have a Safe Independence Day and Enjoy Our Hometown Activities! 2015-07-02 07:00:00Z 0
As they say, "Many hands make for less work."  Instead of our regular meeting on July 2, which would have been the first meeting of the new Rotary year with our new President, Jeff Huleatt, we had a work party instead. 
For a number of years the Angel of the Winds Casino has picked up the expense of the duck calls we hand out at the parade.  The duck calls come with lanyards that need to be removed and replaced with ones advertising the casino.  Hubb's Pizza and Pasta's back room was a good place for getting the calls ready.
Dale took the floor to urge our members to use their cell phone and Face Book contacts to make sales as we near the 4th.
Dale has sold so many tickets he had to get an armored car to pick up his money:
Below are more photos of those who helped get the duck calls ready to hand out at the parade:
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Posted on Jun 24, 2015
On July 25 we honored our 2015 Duck Dash sponsors with a special luncheon meeting.  Our sponsorship chair, Jola Barnett, announced the results of the sponsorship drive. 
We have surpassed our sponsorship goal.  The last three years we have raised over $65k per year.  $90,650 this year in sponsorships.  70 total sponsors this year.  19 new sponsors and 5 sponsors increased their donations this year over the previous year.
Estimated cost of the splash park is $360,000 plus, phased over a few years.  Ticket sales and sponsor donations support what Rotary does and the donations we can give to the community.  27th year of the Duck Dash.
Rotarians and the community are urged to support the following 2015 sponsors with your business:
Coupon Sponsors ($350):  Automotive Diagnostic Center, Travel Time, Cascade Companion Care, Country Insurance & Financial Services, Flowers by George, Power of Touch Massage. & the Blue Bird Café.
T-Shirt Sponsors ($500):  All Creatures Veterinary, Arlington Family Chiropractic, Arlington Sons of the American Legion, Audit & Adjustment, Bell Wells-Attorney, Bulldog Self Storage, Cascade Surveying & Engineering, Columbia Bank, Corporate Office Supply, Cozy Heating, Heritage Bank, Hubb’s Pizza & Pasta, Langabeer McKernan Burnett & Co-CPA’s, Les Schwab Tires, Metron & Associates-surveying, Paraiso Mexican Restaurant, Smokey Pt. Concrete, Smokey Pt. Productions, Turn-Key Repairs & Maintenance, Windermere Real Estate, and Witsoe Haug & Associates-CPA.
Bronze ($1,000):  Acute Autoworks, A-Plus Water Service, Arlington Electric, Arlington Hardware, Bailey Duskin Peiffle-attorneys, Bistro San Martin’, Coastal Community Bank, Blue Bird Café, Devin Dickinson DDS-dentist, Eagle Family Dental, Edward Jones, Farmers Insurance, Gerber Collision, Global Machine Works, Kultis Orthodontics, Moss Adams LLP-CPA’s, Nelson Petroleum, Pamela Beaton CPA, Penny Lee Trucking, Rocket Alley, Skagit Bank, Smokey Pt. Animal Hospital, State Farm Insurance, Stillaguamish Athletic Club, Unique Interiors, Vitalire Clothing, and Williams & Nulle-CPA’s.
Silver ($2,000):   AMT Senior Aerospace, Angel of the Winds Casino, B & B Fabricators, Cascade Kropz LLC, Cuz Concrete Products, Family Pet Medical & Surgery, K-Fox, Penway Media, and Stillaguamish Tribe.
Gold ($5,000):   Sound Tractor (engine for train), Symmetry Chiropractic, and a partnership of Cascade Valley Hospital and Skagit Regional Health.
Platinum ($10,000):  Dwayne Lane’s Arlington Chevrolet.
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The Rotary Club of Arlington donated $10,000 in college scholarships to three graduating seniors from Arlington, Darrington, and Lakewood high schools. Students selected demonstrate excellence in academics, as well as community service. 
Tayler Hoftell is a senior graduating valedictorian from Darrington High School. She'll be studying Biochemistry at the University of Washington. One teacher, Linne Clarke Haywood, wrote about Tayler, "[She] works harder than any student I have ever taught, hands down...when Tayler accepts an obligation, she completes it with distinction." The scholarship selection committee was so impressed with Tayler, her achievements and her commitment to community that they elected to give her a $5,000 scholarship and consideration for ongoing support over the next four years she is at university.
Jared Huff will graduate from Arlington High School. He’s been a very active volunteer advocating to alleviate hunger and homelessness while working with the Arlington Food Bank and Sound Out Seattle. Huff plans to attend Seattle Pacific University in the fall and study business. He received a $2,500 scholarship from the Rotary Club of Arlington.
Summer Ahrns, a full-time Running Start student is graduating from Lakewood High School. She plans to attend Western Washington University and study early childhood education. Ahrns has participated in the 3-day Susan G. Komen walk for breast cancer, twice, and raised over $4,600.  The Rotary Club of Arlington presented her with a $2,500 scholarship for her higher . 
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Mark Everett from Arlington Velo Sports was the June 4 program. 
He, his wife and three children moved here from Stanwood.  Summer of 1996 the first bike shop opened in Stanwood.  Mark went in to check it out and met the owners.  They took him under their wings and hired him.
Mark graduated from Stanwood High School and Walla Walla University,,College Place, WA.,  in business.  Went into financial consulting, too much pressure, and different environment than helping people with cycling.  Went back to Stanwood Velo Sport, they offered to sell the business to him.  He turned down the opportunity.
New owner created excitement in the community about cycling.  One winter business was very slow and Mark was laid off.  The shop stayed open for three more years. 
Mark purchased his first shop in 2007 and then opened an Arlington shop.  Mark aims to solve problems of cyclists with an assortment of products & bicycles. 
He also does rentals and nutritional education at the shop.  Nine employees.  Women cyclists are a growing market.    Average cyclist earns $75,000/year, and is educated. 
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Bruce Stedman, Public Safety Director, introduced officer Seth Kinney and K-9 Oso, who came to visit the club.
The previous K-9 would hit on marijuana and now that is not necessary.  Many drug crimes necessitated the new K9.  Came to Rotary and the community to ask for the funds for the dog and program.  Rotary donated $2,500 and Brad from Cascade Kropz also donated to acquire Oso.
Seth has been with the department for 8 years, grew up here, was a school resource officer.
City sent Seth to check out the dog and went through training.  In April they went through 200 hours of local training to get them both certified.  First hit was for 877 grams of meth and $18,000 cash.  To date Seth and Oso have recovered 1,100 grams of meth, 767 grams of heroin, firearms, and over $20,000 cash.
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Our Rotary Club has traditionally given a scholarship to a graduating senior at Arlington, Lakewood and Darrington High Schools of $2,500.  This year there was a particularly worthy student in Darrington and $5,000 was awarded to Taylor Hoftell, with an opportunity to apply in future years.
A $2,500 scholarship was given to Jared Huff at the annual senior awards night on May 27 by our president elect Jeff:
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John Meno arranged for his cousin and God daughter Julia Gats to tell us about her experience touring with the Riverside 20 dance troop. She has performed in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany and Japan, and she is waiting to hear if she will be in the North American tour.  Below John is pictured with Julia.
Here are some highlights of her presentation:
  • Went to Blanchet High School where she was the President of her class.
  • Was accepted to Gonzaga
  • Participated in dance performance workshop in Ireland in 2014 and was accepted and placed into Riverdance, is now on a leave from Gonzaga to be on the Asian tour of Riverdance 20 Years.
  • Riverdance began as a 7min interval act in 1994
  • Traces Irelands history and immigration to the new world
  • Started first tour in the UK and went to 9 cities while there
  • Did a tour in Germany 17 cities in one month
  • From Germany went to Japan
  • Japanese fans are some of the biggest fans in the world
  • Left Japan on May 3 and hope until June 9 and will go back to Ireland for the final show
  • Riverdance will be in Seattle starting October 31 at the Paramount.
Click Here to visit Riverdance website.
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Remembered and Not Forgotten 2015-05-23 07:00:00Z 0

Krishna Nadella--Click on Photo for Arlington Times Article

Our speaker at our May 14 meeting was Krishna Nadella who founded Aiooa, LLC located in Stillaguamish Square.  Serves as the company’s CEO. 
Founded his first company, MicroGreen, in 2002. In 2000 received his graduate degree in education and in 2009 he received his PhD from UW.  He is a published inventor and  entrepreneur. 
Grew up in India.
MicroGREEN Polymers, Inc. manufactured the InCycle cup.  It was founded in 2002 at UW.  Located in Arlington since 2006.  Easy access to freeways, affordable, reverse commute.  High tech talent located in Arlington.   Grew to 175 employees at its peak.  $80 million investment.  Foreclosed by lender in April 2015.
Founded his second company Aiooa, LLC in April 2015 after MicroGREEN’s closure.  Key technical team members from MicroGREEN were hired on.  Aiooa engineers, procures, and constructs manufacturing systems. 
Not trying to raise too much investment, bootstrap approach.  Aiooa located in Arlington.  Many well-wishers in Arlington community.  People in the community have taken an interest in the success of us.
Arlington has many advantages to the business.  Police, fire, Arlington High School (robotics program), economic development, banking (Coastal Community Bank).
Arlington’s Challenges:  Exit 206 and the growth along 172nd and the additional commute/traffic, parking.  Is Exit 208 next?  Rent and number of housing units.  Continuing investment in manufacturing and new business.  Build relationships with Universities commercialization offices.
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Many of our members attended all or part of the District 5050 Conference held at the Tulalip Resort May 1-3.  Pictured above are those who attended District Governor Lyle Ryan's dinner and dance Saturday night.  Lyle and his wife P.J. are both former members of our club and P.J. is Margaret Hedlund's sister.  Several of our members hosted visiting Rotarians in their homes for dinner on Friday night. 
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Club Anniversaries

Jim Minifie – 5/1/96
Marcia Smothers – 5/1/93
Tina Davis 4/26/12


Gloria Chase-guest of A.J. (to hear Dale)
Samantha – Our former outbound exchange student to France
Bruce Timm –Regular visitor from the  Everett Club
Doug Claussen – Lake Stevens Club
Kim Gustafson--Lee's guest from Frontier Air Park (3D Printing)
Dan Malsch – Rainy Day Basement Systems--guest of visitor Ed Kreiger from Grand Rapids
Ed Kreiger – Visiting Rotarian from Grand Rapids, Michigan
John Turmack – New fire chief for North County Regional Fire Authority (Bruce's only friend?)
Jennifer Hollocker-Relay for Life
Damian King
Daniel Tucker – Narda’s son a 2014 Marysville Getchel Grad to see what Rotary is all about


7/3 at 6pm – Duck Dash Pub Crawl starts at Rocket Alley
Stillaguamish Tribe will match up to $50,000 in our Duck Dash ticket sales
If you need a Rotary at Work t-shirt see A.J.
5/16 – Rotary at Work Day
5/21 – Duck Dash kickoff meeting
5/8 from 6-pm – Down Home Derby at Arlington Free Methodist Church.  Childcare provided.  $20 per ticket or $150 for a table for 8.
6/11 – Installation banquet at Lee’s hanger
Acknowledged Dave's retirement from law practice after almost 41 years (almost that many in our Rotary Club)
Dave filled the law classification after the founder of the firm and a charter member of our club, Bob Bibb, was appointed by the governor as a Superior Court Judge in 1974.  There is a great article in the Herald this week regarding Bob Bibb's second retirement.  Here is a link:  http://heraldnet.com/article/20150501/NEWS01/150509989/Former-judge-retiring-again-at-92-from-program-he-formed
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Club Anniversaries

Jim Minifie – 5/1/96
Marcia Smothers – 5/1/93
Tina Davis 4/26/12


Gloria Chase-guest of A.J. (to hear Dale)
Samantha – Our former outbound exchange student to France
Bruce Timm –Regular visitor from the  Everett Club
Doug Claussen – Lake Stevens Club
Kim Gustafson--Lee's guest from Frontier Air Park (3D Printing)
Dan Malsch – Rainy Day Basement Systems--guest of visitor Ed Kreiger from Grand Rapids
Ed Kreiger – Visiting Rotarian from Grand Rapids, Michigan
John Turmack – New fire chief for North County Regional Fire Authority (Bruce's only friend?)
Jennifer Hollocker-Relay for Life
Damian King
Daniel Tucker – Narda’s son a 2014 Marysville Getchel Grad to see what Rotary is all about


7/3 at 6pm – Duck Dash Pub Crawl starts at Rocket Alley
Stillaguamish Tribe will match up to $50,000 in our Duck Dash ticket sales
If you need a Rotary at Work t-shirt see A.J.
5/16 – Rotary at Work Day
5/21 – Duck Dash kickoff meeting
5/8 from 6-pm – Down Home Derby at Arlington Free Methodist Church.  Childcare provided.  $20 per ticket or $150 for a table for 8.
6/11 – Installation banquet at Lee’s hanger
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Jerry Tucker from Everett Rotary Club, a guest of guest Penny Gutschmidt, Carla's guest, with Penny Lee Trucking and East Valley Sand and Gravel
Bruce Timm – Everett Rotary


Kim Gustafson – Frontier Park, 3D Printing

Rotary Anniversaries

A.J. Chase, 5 years--sponsored by Cindy
Judy Cartwright, 10 years--sponsored by John Meno
Mike Zachman, 11 years--sponsored by Rob Patterman


Please complete membership survey above--we are currently at 52% response rate
Rotary District 5050 Conference starts on Friday, May 1, 10 AM--probably still can register for dinner Saturday night
Youth Dynamics Fund Raiser, "Down Home Derby" May 8 at Free Methodist Church--Jesse Taylor--$20 6-9PM, Jessica has tickets; donations sought for auction
"Out of the Shadows", April 28, B-PAC, 6 PM with 7 PM presentation--Drug Awareness and Education
Al reported on his decision to resign as VP and his wife's chemo therapy.
Lee provided a letter from the Rotary Club of Resita, Romania, celebrating its 10 year anniversary.  We partnered with Resita to provide assistance to an orphanage there.  Lee has visited the club and the orphanage.  Details about Resita's club and activities can be viewed at http://www.rotaryresita.ro/ or its Face Book site, www.facebook.com/rotary.resita
Duck Dash – May 21 BIG KICKOFF!
Bucky – Friendship Booth at Conference to get partners for Bungoma $40,000

Club Assembly

Cindy recognized Bryce for the great job he has done with out programs this year.
2015 Visioning - first was 2010, mini visioning in 2012
Calendar of Events on Tables
Treasurers Report for April 1-- Thanks Pam Beaton
Visioning:    Duane handed out the recommendations from our committees for our 5 year plan.  Members were given an opportunity to comment both orally and by writing down feedback.  He and Linda will take those and compile to present to the board for approval.  We will publish the proposals for member comments again.
Membership: (Duane)
  • Focused mentoring program for 1st year – Leroy Jacques mentoring chair
  • Added 10 new members
  • Looking younger than other clubs in District
Service Project:  (Todd)  Working to identify projects to work on during Rotary Day of Service.--May 16--Senior Center and Mud Hut painting. 
Putting up Rotary signs at town entrances not Rotary service but it is something that some are working on.
Train by July 4?  Todd and Karri working on design/engineering
Foundation:  (Kathy)
  • A lot of new members, education needed for what Foundation about
  • More videos on the way
  • It’s your pleasure (obligation) to support Rotary Foundation – it’s how projects get done
Public Relations: (A.J.)
Developing PR plan for Duck Dash including tweeting where ducks are located; 
Still has some Rotary Declarations if you want one; 
At Work shirts ordered, will be handing out at next meeting; 
Signs update by Devin; Our Rotary wheel with a sign telling those coming into town where and when we meet is in progress--signs ordered and shipped. Idea to take over maintenance, upgrade etc of the Home of Champions sign so our Rotary sign can be on that sign; 
Administration: Director not present;  Installation banquet will be at Lee's hanger June 11.
Duck Dash:  (Erik) Over $75,000 in sponsors and still working on friends of the park; Kick off on May 21--crowning ducks and handing out tickets.  Sponsorship luncheon on June 25;  Bar Crawl will be July 3--Minifies are not having a fireworks fireside this year!  
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Lyanne Rolf, a senior loan officer with KeyBank, and a former member of the Camas-Washougal Rotary Club was inducted into our club by membership director Duane Rhodes.
Lyanne's sponsor is Casey Miller and her mentor is Carla Gastineau.  Even before becoming official, she joined other club members to attend the District 5050 Assembly.  Lyanne wants to get our exchange student program going again.
President Cindy pins our newest member!  Welcome Lyanne!
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Club Anniversary

Jo Olson  Joined April 6, 2000


Bruce Timm--Visting Rotarian Everett--Insurance
Lyanne Rolf--prospective member with Key Bank
Kai Chandler – Sergeant with Arlington PD
Matt Davis – Tina’s son
Myra Davis--Bud’s Daughter, and her guest Diane Scott
Alan Barkley – Tyee District Executive (our area) Boy Scouts
Alexander Park  – Housing Hope
Pastor Chuck Shocki--Arlington Free Methodist Church


Rotary District Conference April 30th through May 3--Registration open until April 6
Duck Dash - $72,500 in sponsorships so far.  Get sponsorships in ASAP.  Cascade Valley and Skagit Valley Hospitals  have partnered to be a gold sponsor
Received a $12,000 tractor from Sound Tractor to pull the Rotary train.
We have $7k in potential sponsorships out there still
Three coupon sponsorships available
Please complete the District 5050 survey by clicking on the above
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Taylor Hendricks – Rotary Youth Exchange Student 2013-2014
Our outbound exchange student, Taylor Hendricks, lived in Belgium for her junior year. She did an outstanding job of telling us about her experience at our April 2 meeting.  Here is a summary:
She has a sister, three dogs, mom, dad, and step dad.
She met an exchange student on the plane.
Went to Scotland, London, Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany
Stayed with three host families, most had another exchange student at the same time.
Traveled around the country and participated in different festivals and programs
Went to a chocolate factory to see how chocolate was made.
Misses traveling. “Once an exchange student, always an exchange student.  Thank you Rotary.”
In addition to hearing from our youth exchange student, we celebrated our most senior member's 90th birthday.

Bud Compton Celebrated His 90th Birthday--Happy Birthday Bud!

We also tried a new room arrangement with a very full house.


Taylor Hendriks Reports on Experience as Our Outbound Rotary Exchange Student 2013-14 2015-04-03 00:00:00Z 0

Club Anniversaries

Karri Hanson – 17 years
Bryce Duskin – 6 years
Paul Ellis – 6 years
Ron Love – 29 years


Bob Campbell-Former Member of Our Club--moved back--visitor from Colville Rotary Club
Jim Huleatt--Jeff's Brother
Lyanne Rolf--Key Bank--Guest of Casey
Dan & Murna Moody – Leavenworth Club – selling raffle tickets for a dream vacation raffle or $5,000 – 2,500 tickets being sold.  Goes to fund scholarships and exchange students for the Leavenworth club.
Pastor Chuck Shocki--Arlington Free Methodist Church
Penny Gutschmidt-- Penny Lee trucking & East Valley Sand and Gravel--guest of Carla


April 30th through May 3rd – District Conference at Tulalip.  Board will pay the registration fee for anyone who wants to attend the conference.  You must attend the whole conference.  Erik Granroth has offered to be a designated Driver for the Saturday events.  Looking for home hosts for dinner hosting.
Rotary is doing a District 5050 survey again this year.  Please complete above.  Aiming for 100% completion. 
Let Jessica know what t-shirt you would like for Duck Dash
District training assembly  - April 11th in Surrey, BC.  A van is going, please notify Jeff H. if you would like to go.  Club will pay for attendance.
April 11th 10am-2pm – shredding event at Coastal Community Bank.  Donations go to Arlington Education Foundation.
Duck Dash Sponsorship luncheon – June 25th.  $55,950 total sponsorships so far.  Goal is $75,000.
August 2nd Oso 5k Run – registration has just opened.
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Posted by Breanne Martin
Our March 26 program was Chief Travis Hots – Fire Chief for Districts 21 (Rural Arlington) and 22 (Getchel).  Served in fire service for 22 years.  Also a Snohomish County rescue helicopter pilot.
“We are people helpers.  We help people solve problems.”
Oso disaster was so big we had to tap relationships with other fire districts and law enforcement.
On March 22nd notified of what he thought was a ditch backing up and debris on road.  Rushed to Oso and notified of the landslide.  No one was passing him going the other way.  Knew it was going to be a large event.  Chief Harper asked law enforcement to turn off the sirens so he could hear people’s screams and locate them. 
Mud was so thick they needed a hoist system to get patients out.  Helicopter was immediately involved to hoist and remove patients.  The helicopter immediately handed off patients to ambulances to transport.
Stillaguamish swift water rescue training exercise was planned for that day but the river didn’t look good so it was canceled.  The individual in charge of planning the training lost his house, wife, and infant grandchild. 
15 people rescued from the slide.
Helicopter performed recon to ensure there wouldn’t be another slide and put the rescuers in danger. 
River was backing up so command center moved to the top of the hill.  River going dry on the down river side of the slide.  Concerned the “dam” would break and put everyone in danger.   Arlington's Chief Stedman helped put together an evacuation team to evacuate neighborhoods below the slide area.  Used EAS message system and reverse 911 to notify people to evacuate.
Information was provided to Travis by multiple agencies.  “Inbox was full.  More information coming in than I could process out.”
Set up command at Arlington City Council Chambers in early evening.  All rescues had been completed by midday.  Got notice in early evening there was a report of signs of life on the Darrington side.  No one was found.  A dog was found the next morning.
Media started showing up.  They wanted to see the local fire chief, sheriff, etc.  Camera crews from all over the world by mid-week.  Reports calling from all over the world to speak with Travis.  Handed speaking points while walking to the podium to give reports.  Had to explain how you cannot understand how big this is.
“By mid-week I was fatigued just like all the other first responders.  I was leaving the command post at 9:30-10pm.  Then dispatched to house fire.  I felt guilty about going home.”
Had to take a step back for a few days.  State team took over.  Received many cards from community members – President of UW, fire chiefs and sheriffs from other counties, etc.  Daughter sold her Kindle and donated $100 to Cascade Valley Foundation.
The most difficult year of my career and private life.  His advice: Spend time with people that matter to you.
Chief Travis Hots Talks of the 530 Slide Breanne Martin 2015-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
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Duck Dash 2015--The Year of the Splash Park !! 2015-03-21 07:00:00Z 0
Last week we learned about growing and processing Cannabis, and this week our own member, Brad Kihm, spoke about the retail end of the new business in Washington State.

Brad Kihm

Brad Kihm is a co-owner of Cascade Kropz, graduated Snohomish High 2002, own Cascade Kropz with his mother.
Initially he was going to grow and applied for a grow license but many others were applying for the grow licenses so they also applied for a retail license.  Arlington was attractive for the business as there were moratoriums in other cities. 
They were the only retail applicant that followed the appropriate processes for the retail location.
Fourth store in the state to open.  First in Snohomish County.
Eighth most successful store in the state.
Seed to Sale program:  Plants are bar coded when cloned and that barcode stays with it until it is sold.  The plants are tracked all the way though sale (height, etc.).
Over 100 strains of marijuana are available at Cascade Kropz. 
400+ people visit the store on a busy Friday.
High security at the store.  Secure hallway where ID is checked prior to entering the store.
Legal to sell to Canadian and other states’ residents.  21+
Can have up to three stores on one 502 license but there has to be a spot open.  No other spots open in Arlington.
Average client age is 45ish.  More 21 year olds coming in.
At every level the product is taxed at 25%.  Arlington gets 10% of the tax.  Since July the state has received $21 million in excise tax on marijuana.  Sales tax is on top of that.
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New Member Induction
David Ryan – Paul Ellis proposed David for membership.  His classification is Airport Management.  He is the manager of the Arlington Airport.  He will serve on the service and membership committees. 
Make-up Meetings
Members are encouraged to make-up meetings when they travel.  It is a great way to meet locals and to see what other clubs around the work are doing.  This week Dave Duskin made up at the Rotary Club of Kapaa on the Island of Kauai, Hawaii. It is part of District 5000, which is all the Hawaiian Islands.  Pictured here is assistant District Governor Dick Olsen.  The club has about 25 members.
When you make-up send Dave a photo to post telling something about the club. Kapaa does a Taste of Kauai fund raising event. 
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Club Anniversaries 

Breanne Martin joined 2/19/2013, Dave Duskin was sponsor
Leroy Jacques joined 2/12/1979 (transferred to our club later than that)


Narda Tudder, Branch Manager at Columbia Bank, Dale's guest
Pastor Chuck, pastor at Free Methodist Church, our host
Bruce Timm, visiting Rotarian--Everett
Marcia Smothers, Honorary Member
Kirk Boxleitner, Arlington Times Reporter
George McCone--Kathy's guest
Phil Bartlow--former member


Stilly Valley Little League sponsorship opportunities are available.
Rotary Club of Arlington wallet cards available.  States date/time/location of Rotary meetings, describes what Rotary is and contains an invite to Rotary lunch.
Rotary board meeting 2/11/15.  Rotary train will hopefully be done before Duck Dash.  Joan went to the global grant seminar.   We will apply by March 1st for the wells in Bungoma.
April 11th shred event at Coastal Community Bank, all donations go to Arlington Education Foundation.cation Foundation.
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Pioneer Nuggets is located at the Arlington Airport and on February 5 we heard from it's CEO, Fitz Couhig.


Guest Speaker Fritz Couhig with Pioneer Nuggets

From Baton Rouge Louisiana and attended LSU.  Did various things including software business and tour guide.  Most recently worked with venture capitalists to restore wetlands in Louisiana.  Very experienced with heavily regulated industry.
Got interested in the I-502 opportunities while attending a concert at the Gorge.  Sold a successful company and moved here to start a 90 day residency requirement and to look for the right spot for a producer processing manufacturing plant. 
Arlington is a friendly location without a moratorium and the old Bayliner plant was being converted to house multiple enterprises.
Hooked up with a grower—Sean.  Worked on getting all the permitting done at the State level and with City of Arlington. Over 80 page application with state needing plans for every aspect and complete facility design.  Confirmation came in about 2 months on August 12, 2015.
State doesn’t allow producer processors to sell retail.  Pioneer Nuggets grows, harvests, packages and labels. 
They produce “craft” cannabis—no oils.  Started with 3 persons, now 15, hopes to double.  Mostly aged 25-35.  Learning as they go.
6,000 square space of growing area broken into 8 canopies so that there can be weekly harvesting instead of growing a crop at a time.  Set up as manufacturing plant.  Everything must be tracked from seed to harvested buds—even if destroyed.  There is a quarantine period to assure quality.  System allows workers to know their job well rather than working the product from seed to packaging.
Can’t grow medical marijuana in this facility.  Some medical providers are trying recreational.  High tax on recreational so there is speculation medical is being misused.
Electrical bill runs $6700 per month. Totally different product than outside grown. Last month costs $81,000 and income $45,000.  Product grown in special mix—not dirt. Size of operation can’t exceed 15,000 square feet with maximum of 10,000 in growing.
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Club Anniversaries

Bucky – Jan 30, 1996 Bucky joined the Anchorage club
Kathy McCone – January 31, 2002 – John Meno was Kathy’s sponsor
Jody Nelson – January 31, 2002 – Jim Minifie was Jody’s sponsor
Bruce Stedman – February 3, 2011 – Paul Ellis was Bruce’s sponsor


David Ryan – Arlington Airport Manager--Program
Ed Stensin – Coastal Community Bank--Robin's Guest
Narda Tudder – Columbia Bank--Dale's Guest
Mark Viboch – Penny’s Guest (husband)

Visiting Rotarians

Bruce Timm and Mark Baker both from the Everett Noon Club


1/29/15 – State of the District Address by Kris McDuffy at Pioneer Elementary at 6pm
Please update your profile on the club website
May 16th is Rotary’s countywide service day.  Please think of a project our club could do.
April 11th shred event at Coastal Community Bank, bring your documents to shred, all donations benefit Arlington Education Foundation
Coaches vs. Cancer on January 30 at Arlington basketball game starts at 7pm
Bucky and Joan will attend the grant process for district grants
District training seminar will be held on April 11th in Surrey, BC
Can register for district conference online (link under our events).  Club will pay registration fee. Need volunteers to host Rotarians for dinner.
We are down one member for the year.  Bring new members in.  Invite them to lunch to check out the club.
Come visit Rotary club of Everett, Tuesday at noon at Legion Golf Club.
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Brossards Win Cruise


It was  Penny Brossard's name that was called when our headliner performer Marcia Kester, pictured above, pulled the lucky ticket from the drum!  Happily accepting for her were her parents Devin and Chelsea.  Penny, pictured here in her dad's arms, has never been on a cruise.  Neither has her mother!  Also pictured is Todd who has agreed to take on the project of building our club a parade train with the $10,000 raised by the raffle.  Dale Mr. Yellow Alert Duskin sold all 100 tickets!  Dale was not available when this photo was taken.

President Cindy presided over our annual Christrmas party held at the Harman's Man Cave. Jola's and Jody's administration committee organized the event. We tried something a bit different--live music provided Marcia Kester:


Guests were asked to bring toys for the Marine Corp's Toys for Tots program.  Lee's Morgan Car Club also contributed toys.

Toys for Tots


Here are some random photos taken at this year's Christmas party:



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Here are some highlights from the December 10 board meeting:

The Arlington Rotary Foundation has been recognized as a 501 (c)(3) organization by the I.R.S.  Contributions may be routed through the foundation. e.g. food basket donations.

Funding requests were approved:  Eagle Wings Ministries  for $500 and Healing Fund for $2,000 (for their Panama trip in March).  Both of these projects we have funded in the past.  

The water projects in Kenya are going forward with additional funds approved for recent travel and grant requests in pocess.

Criteria for funding SR 530 slide victims will be reviewed by the board of our foundation.

Paul has put in a request for a grant from the City's hotel tax to help defray 2/3rds of the cost of the fireworks display we are sponsoring for 4th of July.

The club will pay the tuition for members who want to attend the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) in Mount Vernon Jan. 24 at Cottonwood Tree Inn.

We are still waiting for any funds from the Rotary Wine Club--forms completed.

Bryce working on benches for Rotary playground at Haller Park, in memory of Don Hansen, Dick Post, Bob Weller, Keith Wilson.  Not as elaborate as the Cabelas' benches.

Prime Rib for Board Meeting  Smothers are Great Hosts!


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Annual Meeting--Elections:  President Elect Jeff assumes the role of president, having been elected last year.  Those elected to other positions:  Erik as president-elect, Al  as V.P., Pam as Treasurer, Paul as Secretary.  Robin was recruited as an assistant secretary.  Directors will be elected at the meeting on Jan. 29.

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New Hotel Opening at Angel of the Winds--Ribbon Cutting December 27


Having had a recent program from the Tulalip Casino, one from the Angel of the Winds, in light of its new hotel opening, was particularly appropriate.  Our speaker on December 4 was John Cronin who heads up the Casino's community relations department.  Here are the high-lights:

A new 125 room hotel is opening at the Angel of the Winds in a couple of weeks and reservations can be made now.  It supports itself with no gambling revenue needed.  It helps the casino by making it a destination place for those who will gamble.  John explained how the slot machines are really mechanical pull tabs with a built in win ratio that guarantees the casino 5 cents out of every dollar spent.  The other 95 cents are the payouts with more than one machine tied together.  John provided the two rules applicable to casino gambling:  The house always wins and you can’t beat the house.  The Angels of the Winds bills itself as the World’s  Friendliest casino and it works hard teaching its staff ways to live up to that claim.  He acknowledged that our 4-way test is similar to what the staff is taught.  He said that staff are taught to look you right in the eyes and call you by your first name and  to look for things to make you their friend.

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