Rotary Club of Lake Stevens
The incoming board received the oath of office from Dave Duskin, District Governor Nominee Designate followed by the passing of the gavel from outgoing President Reshal Ploeger to incoming President Chris Vallo.
Paul Harris awards were given out by Jim Haugen, Foundation Chair and Dave Duskin to several Club Members.
Another highlight of the Annual Installation Banquet is the Presidential awards announced by President Reshal Ploeger.
The Awards are:
  • Rising Star Award - to Kyle Strand
  • Four Way Test Award - to Brian Rewis
  • Spirit of Service Awards - to Amy Lewandowski and Loren Hole
  • Distinguished Service Awards - to Laurie Westover and Jim Haugen
  • Viking Leadership Award - to Chris Vallo
  • Rotarian of the Year - to Gary O'Rielly
Congratulations to all Members for your support of our Club and the community!
The Annual Rotary Viking Banquet got under way on Sunday, June 26th at the Lake Stevens Senior Center. President Reshal Ploeger decked out in her Rotary Viking attire. 
President Reshal outlined the many successful activities during the 2021-22 Rotary Club of Lake Stevens year. From hosting a bowl painting party in support of the Food Bank and cross pollinated with the Greater Lake Stevens Chamber of Commerce's Lights of Lake Stevens event. We brought in the Lake Stevens Education Foundation to host a Sleigh Stop. The Rotarians In Action Committee spent endless hours at Haggen's collecting food for the Food Bank.
We joined the Rotary Club of Arlington in a tree planting project in celebration of Earth Day. The Vocational Services Committee was layered with various youth committees and renamed the committee, the Youth Services Committee. We added several younger members to the organization during 2021-22. We sent an amazing Interactor to the District's YAIL Conference. Internationally, our funds have been invested in Rotary's IPA project in Honduras.
Our Interact Club rocked it with over 1,300 hours of community service led by a great President. We hosted Game Night and an Ugly Sweater Holiday Contest. At Highland Elementary, we installed an interactive walkway or as Reshal dubbed it, a Wiggle Walk. The highlight of any year is spending time with our fellow Rotarians. Roadsides clean ups, Adopt a Park (Rotary Skate Park) for clean up as well as purchasing three bleachers for families to watch their children at play. We initiated contact with the American Red Cross and our first Blood Drive will be in August.
Finally, we awarded scholarships to seven college and vocational school bound students to the tune of $26,500. And, in an earlier article donated $16,000 to various local non-profits serving our community.
After a warm introduction and welcome by James Monroe, we were honored to present Christine Egelstad with her special 2020-2021 Rotarian Citizen of the Year plaque by President Reshal Ploeger. Christine was selected in September 2021 due to her dedication to her business, the community and always being willing to help. Congratulations Christine on a well-deserved award!
At the end of each Rotary year, the last meeting is dedicated to donating funds from our Lake Stevens Rotary Charitable Foundation to local non-profits. Pictured above are representatives of the Lake Stevens Education Foundation, the Lake Stevens Senior Center, Interfaith Family Shelter, the Everett Family YMCA and the Lake Stevens Health & Wellness Festival. Unable to attend due to scheduling conflicts was Bridge Receiving and the Run for your Life Foundation.
Applications were submitted to the Club and reviewed by several members. Donations can be submitted on a Donation/Support Request Form around April of 2023. The forms can be found on the Club website.
Our beloved and cherished Honory Member Lorna Hole was remembered in the Celebration of the Resurrection and Gratitude of Life on Saturday, June 18th at First Presbyterian Church in Snohomish followed by a reception. She will be missed by all and remembered fondly for her witty jokes and generous spirit.
Our guest speaker on Friday, June 17th was our past President and current Superintendent of the Lake Stevens School District, Ken Collins providing a "State of the School District."  Ken started his presentation by talking about the importance of continuity of education which was interrupted by Covid 19. How do you fill in the gaps for the kids learning so that they meet all the educational standards required by the District and the State? 
In the 2021-22 period, enrollment is 9.221 and the district employs 1,229 people and there are 8,300 chrome books available students in pre-school to 12th grade. The school district is the fourth largest in Snohomish County. The school district has one high school--Lake Stevens High School, Cavalero Mid High School serving grades 8 and 9, two middle schools, seven elementary schools and an early learning center plus Homelink. There's also a Transitions program supporting special needs students post high school graduation until they turn 21. Lake Stevens is running out of buildable land. The Mid High School alleviates congestion in the high school and middle schools. Only one other school district has a similar set up and it is Puyallup. Lake Stevens is big enough to have two high schools. 
Our special guest speaker on Friday, June 10th was back for another update on the International Project Alliance. IPA was founded in 2014 by Peter Martin. IPA is a humanitarian projects with Mayan villages surrounding Copan, Ruinas, Honduras. Focus most on education and economic development with Adopt a School and Adopt a Dream, Adopt a Village and Rapid Development which is the economic development program which is a major part of the IPA program. Our Club is a member of IPA and supports Rio Amarillo school.
Our Club has Adopted the Skate Park and this past Saturday, members along with their children were actively picking up debris, scraping graffiti from railings which some were deep dive cleaning the drains and another was out enjoying the skatepark. Great fun. Thanks Brian, Jim, John, Lynda, Jak, Gary, Amy and son, Kendra and daughter.
Farmers Market and opening day for our Rotary booth inside the Mill. We alternate weeks with the Lake Stevens Arts and Parks Foundation. Beautiful day, vibrant activity, and our initial crew for the 1st shift is left to right, Jim Haugen, Reshal Ploeger, Brian Rewis and sitting is Laurie Westover. Picture by Gary O'Rielly. Second shift was Don Iverson and Angie Hein. Set up and tear down Jim Haugen and Brian Rewis. 
At this time of the year, President-Elect's are preparing for their term of office which starts on July 1st. This year is no different with the exception, more in-person discussion about the upcoming year. President-Elect Chris Vallo spoke to the Club on Friday about some of his priorities for 2022-2023 term that starts on July 1st. Chris has scheduled a retreat for current and new Board members on Saturday, June 11th. 
We have had a successful year under the leadership of our President, Reshal Ploeger. The goal of our new leadership will be to keep that momentum climbing to new heights for our Club and engaging each of our members in our various community efforts and projects. 
Our Club received this THANK YOU note from the Highland Elementary School staff and others.  We passed the note around to the Club at last Friday's meeting.
Farmers Market 2022 opened on Wednesday to throngs of spectators viewing all the booths on the new Festival Street in and around the Mill. Our Club will again share a booth on alternate weeks with the Lake Stevens Parks Foundation. The Market is open from 3-7 pm. Music is scheduled each week from 6-9 pm along with a Beer Garden hosted by Meatheads. Come join the festivities each Wednesday during the summer along with the live music fair each night during the Market.
Important news

​Interact is a service club for youth ages 14-18. The name is a combination of the words international​ and action​. We join Clubs in over 120 countries around the world. The global youth network is dedicated to community and international service. Every Interact Club project, great or small, has a lasting impact on society worldwide.
Club​ Meetings
The Interact Club does not meet during the summer. ​Find out the latest at our Facebook site.
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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Meeting at The Buzz Inn
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Upcoming Events
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Jim Haugen
    July 3
  • Lorna Hole
    July 8
  • Amy Lewandowski
    July 17
  • Ken Collins
    July 27
  • Lance Morehouse
    July 27
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Tyler Grantham
    July 24
  • Chris Jacobson
    Rachele Horner
    July 7
  • Vicky Peters
    Tyler Grantham
    July 15
  • Jackie Sheheen
    Al Sheheen
    July 23
  • Kevin O'Brien
    Nancy O'Brien
    July 24
Join Date:
  • Larry Ruble
    July 9, 2020
    2 years
  • Chris Jacobson
    July 13, 2019
    3 years
  • Puniwai Mimura
    July 13, 2019
    3 years
  • Kevin O'Brien
    July 17, 2015
    7 years

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