Rotary Club of Lake Stevens
An extraordinary couple shared their experience on First Responders Mental Health. Dr. Brooke Lundquist who is in Private Practice working with Redmond Fire Department and the Seattle Police Department and Ryan Lundquist, MBA, Assistant Chief of Operations for the Snohomish Regional Fire and Rescue. Married for 18 years. They introduced each other and the work that they do and how that has overlapped into their jobs and marriage. First Responders see more trauma in one year of work than most people do in their lifetimes. Around 69% of First Responders do not have time to work through a trauma because they are on to the next trauma. Depression and PTSD - 30% suicidal which is 10% of the general public. Repeated exposure to trauma is more likely to cause mental health impact for first responders than a single incident. 
Our program last Friday was an update on the Lake Stevens Food Bank building progress and so much more. Our guests were Food Bank Board Chair Sophie Nunez and Executive Director Anthony Hawley. The Lake Stevens Community Food Bank's goal is to nourish and empower Lake Stevens today, building a resilient and sustainable community for tomorrow. These challenges are real because one in five children in Washington State live in a home that cannot consistently put food on the table. Couples with the high cost of living in our area create a large gap between those who are eligible for assistance and those who are financially stable.
The Food Bank has outgrown their current space. A new building requires funding. The Food Bank received state funding through the Capital Budget in addition to grant funding and community support. The Food Bank needs additional funding. The new building will not only give us the space to keep up with the growing need, but it will also allow: clients to shop for themselves; give space to expand current programs and implement new ones; allow another helping agency to serve our community and be a hot and cold weather site for our community's most vulnerable.
On an extremely sweltering summer weekend the atmosphere around Lake Stevens was celebrating Aquafest 2022, something the community has been unable to do for the past two years due to Covid. Rotarians were everywhere selling corn on the cob and water in our well-positioned booth and Coin Quest tickets at the booth and the Fireman's Pancake Breakfast and anywhere there was a crowd. The photos are scenes from the weekend and worth viewing. Several members contributed these photos to this page. Our Scout Troop led the Children's Parade on Friday evening.
Sky Bridges was the featured speaker at our June 22nd meeting. He was sharing about the upcoming Run For Your Life Suicide Awareness event coming up in Lake Stevens on August 13th. There is a multi-faceted run/walk, a craft fair, food trucks, a cornhole tournament, mental health information and possibly music all to support those that are struggling or know someone who is struggling. Visit for complete information.
On Saturday, July 16th and Tuesday, July 19th some of our Rotarians were out working and sprucing up the North Cove Swim Beach fences with a fresh coat of paint. Just another way of giving back to our beloved community.
Our program on July 15th was Kendra Pinkelman, a member of our Club and a mental health specialist who is restarting her Solstice Healing practice again after a brief absence for the past 4-5 years. She has been practicing with another group since the birth of her second daughter. But now is the time to restart her solo practice.
What is Ecotherapy? Eco-Therapy is the therapeutic application of Eco-Psychology-which is the study between human beings and our natural environment. In Canada, Eco-Therapy is covered by insurance but in the United States we still have a way to go before that happens.
Ecopsychology seeks to develop and understand ways of expanding the emotional connection between individuals and the natural environment, thereby assisting individuals with developing sustainable lifestyles and remedying alienation from nature. We need healthy connections. Kendra explained that we are all part of multiple systems. When we find our healthy balance in this system, a healthy balance is created within ourselves.
It can be in many different forms: animal assisted therapy; horticulture therapy, green exercise, wilderness, and green therapy. Kendra offers green therapy currently. The demographic served is anyone experiencing stress related symptoms; individuals feeling disconnected from themselves, those around them and the world as a whole; going through the motions; mild/moderate depression; anxiety, trauma, and grief.
The type of therapy that Kendra uses is cognitive behavioral therapy which recognizes negative or unhelpful thoughts which can affect your actions. Kendra reviewed what a group looks like and the major tenets explored in her groups which consist of 6-10 participants and the objective of the group. Goals for the future are developed. Sessions are once a week for 1-2 hours per group.
Kendra has been a member since September 2017 and is the Program Chairperson for our Club this year and last year.  
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Lake Stevens

We meet In Person
Fridays at 7:25 AM
The Buzz Inn
1801 Main St
Lake Stevens, WA 98258
United States of America
July 29th Only we are meeting at The Buzz Inn, 1801 Main St. Not online. The Meeting will also be online ( There will not be a breakfast, however, coffee will be available.
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Upcoming Events
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Marcus Tageant
    August 8
  • Kendra Pinkelman
    August 13
  • James Monroe
    August 28
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Peggy Ruble
    August 4
  • Linda Mae Saint
    August 15
  • Missy Collins
    August 20
  • Kyle Strand
    Lianne Strand
    August 2
  • Kendra Pinkelman
    Chad Pinkelman
    August 3
  • James Monroe
    Angie Monroe
    August 10
  • Reshal Ploeger
    Ken Ploeger
    August 15
  • Loren Hole
    August 20
  • Brian Rewis
    Cassie REWIS
    August 25
Join Date:
  • Jackie Sheheen
    August 15, 2017
    5 years
  • Laurie Westover
    August 30, 2015
    7 years

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