Rotary Club of Lake Stevens
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Dean Rocky Franz, 61 of Lake Stevens, Washington passed away on November 14, 2021.  He was born in Rapid City, South Dakota. Dean was a member of our club, joining in June 2005.
Rotarians from our Club, our District Governor and former District Governor, community leaders, family and friends paid their final respect to a member of our Club and our community on Saturday, November 20th at Elim Lutheran Church.  One of the speakers used the word, YACO in his comments about Dean.  He explained that the West African word has a twofold meaning; "I am with you" and "I am here for you".  There are few words to describe the loss of a friend, husband, father, and a son.  We pay our respects to someone who has made a significant difference in each one of our lives.  That boyish grin was his biggest asset and his way of greeting someone whether it was a friend or colleague and likewise for those he did not know but was meeting for the first time.
Dean will be sadly missed and forever remembered for his actions and virtuous deeds. Please keep Debe, Derek, Christina and his parents, sister, and nephew in your hearts and in your minds as they go through this tremendous loss.
From the Rotary Club  of Lake Stevens. Wishing everyone safe travels, and being with family.
One of the highlights of any Rotary Club is an in-person visit by the District Governor. On Friday, November 19th, we were privileged to have District Governor Bev Harrington at our Club for our Regular. Assistant District Governor Duane Rhodes introduced the Governor. Bev Harrington was born in San Mateo, California living in the same house until she left for college. Bev was an exchange student in Austria and attended the University of California, Berkeley until marrying and starting a family. Bev and her husband Dick live in Burlington. She joined Rotary in 2005 and was attracted to the organization because of our motto, Service above Self.  She is a member of the Paul Harris Society and a Major Donor of the Rotary Foundation.                                                                                                                               
On Friday, November 19th during District Governor Bev Harrington's visit to our Club, she welcomed our two newest members and game them both their Membership Packets. What a great time to welcome these two new dynamic members to our Club.
Rotarians work hard and play hard. Work Night: Recently, collecting food for the Lake Stevens Food Bank spearheaded by Amy Lewandowski including a street clean up by Kristin Odeggard and two Interact Club officers. Several baskets of food were raised at Haggen Market. Street cleaning occurred along Market Street. Game Night: President Reshal Ploeger organized a Game Night at Meatheads Smokehouse in Lake Stevens. The Lewandowski family was there and took home the game prizes. Fun times were had by all who were there.

Dean Franz, a strong Rotarian and community spirited friend passed away on Sunday, November 14th after heart surgery the previous Tuesday. Shock can best describe the feelings we all are experiencing over the news of his passing. Dean was deeply involved in the past as the Chair of the Vocational Services Committee. His efforts each year to ensure that our Club Foundation had funds for scholarships for graduating Lake Stevens High School Seniors. Although he decided to let someone else lead the Vocational Services Committee, he helped mentor the new chairperson.
2012 Board Installation by PDG Jane Helten with Dean on the far left
Dean enjoyed being a photographer and was a seasoned financial whiz for our investment club composed mostly of Rotarians. Dean relished time with his family and friends. We will miss his infectious smile which was the center peace and a big part of his demeanor. 
2012 Scholarship Presentations with Club President Debe Franz (l) and Scholarship Program Chair Dean Franz (r)
Dean (r) receiving a PHF pin from PDG Sean Hogan in April 2012
Dean has been a Rotarian since June 2005 and was a Civil Engineer with Parsons. Please keep Debe, Derek and Christina in your prayers as they go through their grieving. Dean was special and should be remembered for all that he meant to all of us in Rotary and Lake Stevens.
May 2015 Clean Up at North Cove Park in downtown Lake Stevens with many Club Members. Dean is second from right.
There will be a Funeral Service on Saturday, November 27, 2021, 10:30 am at Elim Lutheran Church in Lake Stevens. A reception and meal will follow.
Three Veterans of our Club shared their military experiences with our members on Friday, November 12th. From left to right: Loren Hole, Jim Steinruck and Senator Steve Hobbs in honor of the Veterans Day observance. 
Loren Hole, our 96-year-old active Club Member served in the Coast Guard during WWII. One of the few new members in the Coast Guard who knew Morse Code. Loren enjoyed the 12 am to 4 am shift because he got to sleep in in the morning. Served on one ship until the WWII ended in August 1945. Loren served on the USS Amethyst which was built in 1933 as the Samona II yacht by Craig Shipyards in Long Beach, California. The Coast Guard acquired the ship in November 1940. On the table was Loren's military uniform. A photo of the USS Amethyst is below.
Steinruck, was in the ROTC at Eastern Washington State College (now University) graduated and was commissioned a 2nd LT in 1974. Jim served in the military retiring in 1995 after 21 years of service. The funniest story was parachute training in 1974 because he was deadly afraid of heights and the first jump was the worst he had ever seen.  The third jump was good. 
Senator Steve Hobbs will be sworn in on November 22nd as the new Secretary of State. replacing Kim Wyman, who leaves for a position in the Biden Administration. Steve has been the Chair of the powerful Senate Transportation Committee. Steve is currently a Lieutenant Colonel in the Washington Army National Guard. Steve wanted to join the army when he was a mere 17. Mother declined but his father who was in a messy divorce with his mother approved, and he was off to the beginning of his military service. Steve proudly served in Kosovo and Iraq.
Steve received his Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington Evans School in 1994.  
To keep the vote count, correct as the new Secretary of State, our President Reshal presented Steve with an Abacus which is a counting frame and can be used as a calculating tool.
Our guest speaker on Friday, November 5th was Cyndi Fraser representing the Lake Stevens Historical Museum. The Museum is trying to preserve the history of Lake Stevens. Collecting stories about Lake Stevens is important to the Museum. In 1957, stories from old time residents were collected including the book by Jim Mitchell. Sources from residents such as photo albums, newspaper clipping were just as important. Once the local newspaper closed in Lake Stevens, it has been challenging maintaining a continuing story of Lake Stevens.
Photos from 1923 of a family riding a canoe in North Cove Park and the Sailboat races were important pictures provided by Cyndi during her presentation. A Lake Calendar is published each year as a source of revenue and income for the Museum. The original name of Lake Stevens was Stevens Lake in honor of our first Governor in 1893. Early Lake Stevens listed over 13 different resorts.
Our guest speaker on Friday, October 29th was President Nominee Don Iverson talking about his Aquaponics Project which is a circulating water system where inexpensive fish food is all that is needed for growing fish as well as fruits and vegetables. Aquaponics is similar to hydronics but without the need for manufactured plant nutrients and frequent water replacements.  Here are a series of slides that describes his amazing project. above.
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Lake Stevens

We meet In Person
Fridays at 7:25 AM
Lake Stevens School District Educational Service Center
12309 22nd St NE
Lake Stevens, WA 98258
United States of America
The Meeting will also be online ( There will not be a breakfast, however, coffee will be available.
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Laurie Westover
    December 8
  • Reshal Ploeger
    December 19
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Kirsten Haugen
    December 6
  • Gabriel Jarillo
    December 19
  • Chad Pinkelman
    December 22
  • Rachele Horner
    December 24
  • Heather Davis
    December 26
  • Mariah Low
    December 26
  • Laurie Westover
    Mike Westover
    December 2
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    Deborah Franz
    December 16
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