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This Week's Meeting
The featured speaker at this week's meeting is Nathanael Engen, founder of Black Forest Mushrooms, a company whose mission is to cultivate gourmet mushrooms and healthy communities in the legendary Pacific Northwest. The company opened to the public last month and has a 10,000 square foot facility at the corner of Hewitt Avenue and Broadway in downtown Everett. It's "Where Adventure Spawns."
 
Make sure you have paid your dues for the next half year. Contact Jak if you have any questions or need to make arrangements.
 
This Saturday is the next roadside cleanup. We still people to register their participation at the Club's website. Community Services Chair Brian Rewis will provide details about meeting location, etc.
 
The link to our YouTube Channel is now available on our website and our weekly bulletins. You can view recent online meetings. If you watch any of them, you can count it as a makeup. Just let our Secretary, Gary O'Rielly know.
The Yes Foundation
Our guest speaker on Friday, January 19th was Dee Godere, Founder and Chair of the Yes Together Foundation. The Foundation is a place free of judgement. Dancing to the beat of your own drum, coloring outside the lines, and getting a little dirty are all welcomed and can lead to the path of self-discovery and human connection according to Dee Godere.
The Foundation provides many avenues of opportunity for mentorship experiences for youth to access their innate wisdom, gifts and purpose so they can build a foundation of connection and value within their own lives.  Program includes Art, Movement and Nature. The Foundations goal is to provide kids through art, movement and nature the opportunity to enhance their education.
Classification Talk
On Friday, January 12th, Christine Egelstad, a quiet icon and leader in the community, a Club member, and a recent Citizen of the Year, gave her classification talk.
 
Christine was raised in Marysville. College was to begin in Texas but after two weeks returned to the area, enrolled at Everett Community College achieving a AA in Criminal Justice, transferring to Central Washington University in accounting.  In 1993 took a part time job at a Coast to Coast Hardware store where she met Greg.  They were married in 1996.   Gillian was born in 1999 and Grace in 2000.
 
In 2009, Greg and Christine bought the Lake Stevens Ace Hardware store. Christine's involvement in the community started when she was asked to Chair the AquaFest Grand Parade and not too long afterward joined the Executive Board.  Christine followed that by joining the Greater Lake Stevens Chamber of Commerce Board representing the AquaFest Board and later the Lake Stevens Education Foundation which she list as one of her favorites.
 
In 2018 and 2019 they bought the Ace Hardware store in Everett followed by the store in Stanwood. Covid hit and the popularity of hardware stores didn't stop with residents continuing to shop at the store. Greg passed in December 2021. Greg did all of the buying for the stores.  After Greg's passing, she got immediate help from Andy, the owner of the Ace store in Anacortes and he showed Christine the ordering process at Ace Hardware. Afterwards she sold the Everett and Stanwood stores.
 
Both of her daughters work at the store with Christine. Grace is engaged and will be married in September. Christine is a firm believer in investing time and resources in the community of Lake Stevens.  As I indicated earlier,  Christine is an quiet icon in the community who everyone enjoys working with on various community projects and shopping at her Ace Hardware store in Lake Stevens.
 
Christine is a Group Leader for Ace and is actively involved in working with other Ace Store owners. 
Membership Dues
Members- invoices were sent to you for the semi-annual dues and voluntary contribution to The Rotary Fund (EREY). Cash, check, Venmo are all acceptable ways to make that payment. If you have yet to make your dues payment please contact the Treasurer to let him know when you will take care of this. Check your email for the invoice and be part of the Paid group. Thank you for supporting your Club.
Mark Your Calendars!
Road Clean Up
27 January 2024

 
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The School Year has started up and so have our Club Meetings! Contact Mrs. Odegaard for more information!
Find out the latest at our Facebook site.
 
Our regular Rotary Club Meetings are at the Lake Stevens School District Educational Service Center lower level Community Room located at 12309 22nd St NE. We start at 7:30 am. Click here for the online link. There will not be any breakfast served. However, coffee will be available. Visitors are always welcome.
Speakers
Feb 02, 2024
Guide Dogs of Snohomish County
Feb 09, 2024
Boeing
Feb 16, 2024
HOME- Helping Our Miniature Equines
Feb 23, 2024
SnoSwim School
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Board Meeting
Feb 06, 2024
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
 
Fireside at Loren's Home
Loren Hole's
Feb 16, 2024
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
 
YAIL Conference
Neighborhood House
Mar 01, 2024 5:00 PM –
Mar 03, 2024 2:00 PM
 
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