Rotary Club of Lake Stevens
On Friday, January 17th, our Club listened to the YMCA of Snohomish County honoring and celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by hosting the 1st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Inspirational Weekend from January 14-17, 2022.  Originally the event was to be a breakfast at the Angel of the Winds Arena but the current situation with Covid turned it into a virtue presentation on YouTube.
The hour-long program offered the following. The program started with opening remarks by Matt Reinhard, Chair of the Snohomish County YMCA with an opening comment.  We humbly acknowledge, with due respect, the land in which today's event is taking place is the territory of the People of the Salish Sea and concluded the statement by introducing Mr. Mel Sheldon, Member, Tulalip Tribes Board of Directors commenting that Dr. King who led by example for voting and civil rights along with honoring the Tribal Elders who embraced that role.
President Reshal Ploeger announced the appointment of Kyle Strand as the Chairman of the Rotarians In Action Committee. The committee will be a sub-committee of the Community Services Committee chaired by Brian Rewis. The Rotarians In Action Committee meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm usually at the Brian Rewis' Farmers Insurance Office. Congratulations Kyle!
Jim Haugen, Chair of the Rotary Foundation presented Paul Harris + 4 pin to Tracy DeLorm and Paul Harris +1 pin to Laurie Westover at our Club meeting on Friday, January 7th.
Our guest speaker for Friday, January 7th was Hannah McNutt, the Community Engagement Liaison with Bloodworks NW.  Hannah has worked for Bloodworks NW for the past 7 1/2 years with the first two years as a phlebotomist. She works closely with the Communities of Whatcom, Skagit, Island and Snohomish Counties. Hannah's role is to raise awareness around the need for blood donations. If she isn't at work, you can find her outside exploring all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
In 1944, transfusions were difficult to come by because there was no centralized blood center in Washington. In 1946 doors opened to the Central Seattle location. The first building ever designed and dedicated for use as a blood bank. The goal is Saving lives through partnerships with our communities.

Since we haven't met for a couple of weeks due to the holidays, I thought we should ask some of our members "WHY THEY JOINED ROTARY.'' For my part and I don't want to overstate an old cliche, but for me it was to be a big part of the community with a strong effort of making a difference for everyone in the community. We have but one community to serve regardless of our age and to make it a better place to live is important to me.
Reshal - I joined Rotary because our Club has a reputation for doing amazing local projects in addition to being very generous to the LSHS seniors for college and trade school bound scholarships.
Don - I joined Rotary because I like to give my time as well as money locally. I also enjoy spending time with like-minded people in the community. Rotary is the ticket.
Loren - I have always considered Rotary to be my guide for community service. To become a Rotarian was an early goal that I had. I admired those I knew who already had the honor and looked forward to someday being asked to join Rotary. For me, that happened in March,1967 and I never looked back. Today, my service is not as physical, but I have the ability to support Rotary projects with funds. Wow, Loren will celebrate 55 years in Rotary in March and still maintains a Perfect Record of Attendance for all of those 54+ years.
Jim H. - I joined Rotary because my brother had joined the Everett Club a few years earlier. He talked about serving and all, but said he really enjoyed the programs, learning about what was happening locally, and that appealed to me a lot. That’s still an important part of Rotary for me but I also enjoyed getting to know all of the members and developing lifelong relationships. Service projects were fun and then I went to my first District Conference and learned the real purpose of Rotary and its vast reach in helping all areas of the world. That’s when I became a true Rotarian.
Ken - In the 70's I was my school's representative to my hometown (Cashmere) Rotary Club. I really enjoyed that experience so when I was the Principal at LSHS, Randy Celori, who was then Chief of Police came and recruited me for the Club, I was excited to join, and it was past time. Plus, Randy had a gun and a badge, and you never say "no" to a person with a gun and a badge.  
Jim S. - I joined Rotary in 1982 and my first Club was the Sparks Rotary Club that met at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Hotel/Casino in Sparks/Reno. Reno was my first civilian job out of active military duty and I was a director at St Mary’s Medical Center. The CEO at that time actually had a requirement that every member of his executive team be a member of a local service organization. So I went “shopping” and found Rotary to be an excellent fit with my personal values and goals. I have been a continuous member of RI ever since and Lake Stevens Rotary has been my favorite club (out of 4). I have been a member of Lake Stevens Rotary since 1992 and was president in 2000.
Kyle - Why I joined Rotary Club is because I have always enjoyed helping others when they need it most. Rotary Club is the vehicle for which I can continue giving back and helping others. Rotary provided numerous volunteering opportunities to give back to the community I work. Building relationships among current membership and networking is a great way to learn from others. Learning from other members about their careers, interests, and experiences is invaluable that can last a lifetime. Lastly, a quote I read on Rotary's International website stated, "Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves" - Paul Harris was inspiring. 
Lance - I joined Rotary because I was invited at a time that I was looking for an opportunity to become more involved with my community. As I learned more about Rotary, I realized what a good fit it was with my own personal values. 
These are just some of the reasons that each of us has chosen to join Rotary. I joined Rotary in Longview, Washington and again when I moved to Baton Rouge, LA. When I returned to the West Coast after retiring, I found the Rotary Club of Lake Stevens to be as much a family organization as a Club with outstanding service. Both are important.  e may be a small club, but we do mighty things in the Lake Stevens community, which makes me proud of our service to the community.
Due to the on-going battle to control the latest Covid outbreak, the event has changed.  Instead of in-person, our Club will view the event from our regular Club meeting site at the Lake Stevens School District Educational Service Center.  Everyone should plan on being at the meeting by 7am and stay until 9am if at all possible.
The members of the Rotary Club of Lake Stevens want to wish you and your family a very Happy New Year! May you start off the new year with the wish for a wonderful 2022.  
Inspired by Don Iverson, President Nominee, the Rotary Club of Lake Stevens launched its inaugural Holiday Boat Parade on Lake Stevens on December 23rd. Don says that a dozen decorated boats braved the rain, at first but dry and cold the rest of the way and turned out for the event that started at North Cove Park. Both rowing clubs participated as well as some private parties. The boat above was Don and Eve's highly decorated Christmas boat. Next year is in the planning stages for after Thanksgiving according to early reports. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. Stay tuned. Your Rotary Club in action. 
Dr. Ken Collins, Superintendent of the Lake Stevens School District and Past President of our Club, shared key facts with the Club on Friday, December 17th about the Lake Stevens School District Replacement Levies. Ken commented that we have a great school district. Both of his parents and many of his cousins are in education. If your community is strong so is your school district. Schools cannot survive without a strong school system.  We have been fortunate to pass all our past levies. If people don’t vote, things don’t get done. 
The Lake Stevens School District will ask voters to consider renewing two replacement levies-an Educational Program and Operations Levy and a Capital Technology Levy. The current levies, which voters approved in 2018, expire in 2022.  
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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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Jan 21, 2022
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Jan 28, 2022
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Feb 04, 2022
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Rachelle Horner
Feb 11, 2022
Children's Museum and Our Community
Gael Gebow and Amy Lewandowski
Feb 25, 2022
YMCA and The Health, Well-Being and Togetherness of All Age Groups in Our Community
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Brian Rewis
    January 2
  • Jim Steinruck
    January 17
  • Joyce Bell
    January 26
  • Larry Ruble
    January 28
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Dawn Steinruck
    January 14
  • Mike Westover
    January 24
Join Date:
  • Lance Morehouse
    January 1, 2015
    7 years
  • Jim Haugen
    January 15, 1989
    33 years
  • Angie Hein
    January 17, 2017
    5 years
  • Chris Vallo
    January 24, 2017
    5 years

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