Sno Swim Lake Stevens

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Feb. 26, 2024
Our guest speaker on Friday, February 23rd was Danielle, the Founder of Sno Swim Lake Stevens. Danielle is a former special education teacher who believes that swimming is a basic life skill especially when we live in a place with so many water sports opportunities.
Danielle is originally from Colorado where was introduced to the water at only six weeks old. When she turned 5, she joined the local swim club where she swam with until she was 10 years old.  Danielle swims in Lake Stevens year around so keep an eye out for her on the Lake.
Sno Swim Lake Stevens Gary O'Rielly 2024-02-26 08:00:00Z 0

Fireside at Loren's

We serve others and we have fun. Thank you Loren Hole for hosting a fabulous Fireside on Friday evening, February 16th and sharing your love of Gin, copied from our Facebook page courtesy of Reshal Ploeger Petersen.
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Fireside at Loren Hole's Home

Posted on Feb. 19, 2024
On Friday, February 16th, Club members gathered at Loren Hole's home for a fun-filled evening for our annual Fireside get together. Pictured are gin looking cookies honoring Loren's penchant for having a gin and tonic at 5 pm sometimes alone and many times with visitors.
Loren is the elder statesman of the Club and Joyce Bell, a founding member of our Club was in attendance as we had so much fun talking about past accomplishments, looking at the future and sharing stories of family and friends.
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Camp Korey

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Feb. 19, 2024
Our guest speaker on Friday, February 16th was Nicole Ellis, Community Engagement Manager at Camp Korey. We appreciate the fact that she drove from Bellingham to be with us for our 7:30 am meeting.
Camp Korey - Where imagination sparks the spirit, wishes come true &  childhood comes first. The camp provides empowering adaptive year-round programs for children and their families living with life-altering medical conditions-free of charge.
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Boeing Update

Posted on Feb. 12, 2024
Our guest speaker on Friday, February 9th was Rich White Senior Manager Government Relations for the Boeing Company. This is Rich's third visit to our Club with past visits on November 2017 and 2020. Rich started his presentation with an apology for the door plug issue which Boeing has conveyed to Alaska Airlines and passengers while giving the crew a sincere congratulations for their professionalism in handling the return to the airport.
Boeing started in 1916 by Bill Boeing launched the new airline out of the Red Barn in Seattle. Bill Boeing started in the timber business in Hoquiam, WA with assistance from George Weyerhaeuser. Boeing is a 107 year old company and the day of our meeting was the anniversary of the first flight of the Boeing 747 out of Paine Field.
Boeing Update Gary O'Rielly 2024-02-12 08:00:00Z 0

Guide Dogs for the Blind

Posted on Feb. 05, 2024
Our guest speaker on Friday, February 2nd was Rebecca Minelga, with the Snohomish County Chapter of Guide Dogs for the Blind. Rebecca was accompanied by Santana, a nine month old yellow lab-retriever mix. Mission:  the Mission of Guide Dogs for the Blind are to harness the power of partnerships-connecting people, dogs and communities and to transform lives of individuals with visual impairments.
Vision: An inclusive world where people with visual impairments have equal opportunities and live full , independent lives.
Puppy Raising 101 goes through many stages. From the Raisers and puppies going through extensive training and be apart of the program for 12-14 months. To learn more about their training requirements and procedures visit
Training includes Basic Obedience, Socialization, Out and About and so much more to prepare them for their eventual home. Every aspect of their day is considered "working" whether sleeping, walking, socializing or laying quietly chewing a bone.
What a fantastic program.


Guide Dogs for the Blind Gary O'Rielly 2024-02-05 08:00:00Z 0

Black Forest Mushrooms

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jan. 29, 2024
Our guest speaker on Friday, January 26th was Nathanael Engen, Black Forest Mushrooms pictured above with a display of various mushrooms. In the depths of the Pacific Northwest lies old growth forest hidden in the mist. A soft glow finds its way through the canopy to the forest floor. More mysterious than the dark forest, mushrooms take advantage of this perfect symbiotic environment. According to Nathanael, mushroom growing is under a controlled environment farming.
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96 Years Young

Posted on Jan. 29, 2024
On Friday, January 26th, Joyce Bell, a founding member of our Club celebrated her 96 birthday. Our Club would not be in existence without her early involvement and dedication to the Lake Stevens community. We were honored to sing a Happy Birthday wish to Joyce although that may be stretch on her part listening to our singing. Thank you for all that you have done for our community and our Rotary family.
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Luck of the Irish Raffle

Posted on Jan. 29, 2024
One of special guests at our Club Meeting on Friday, January 26th was Morgan Crosby, Rotaract Club of Snohomish County selling Luck O' The Irish tickets to support the SnoCo YES 2024 students and their international humanitarian service project in rural Guatemala.
The drawing is on March 16th at the Luck O' The Irish Game Night Stilly Valley Center in Arlington. Tickets are $10 each.
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Roadside Clean Up

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jan. 29, 2024
On a cold rainy Saturday morning, eight members of our Club and two members of the Rotaract Club of Snohomish County (not pictured) helped clean up North Cove Park, Main Street and 16th St. to N Machias Rd. In spite of the rainy weather conditions all ten of us had a great time cleaning up the streets and the park.
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The Yes Foundation

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jan. 22, 2024
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.
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Classification Talk

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jan. 18, 2024
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.
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Major Donor Recognition

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jan. 08, 2024
President Don Iverson presents a Rotary International Crystal Recognition Award to Randal Southam for his major donor status. Randal gave a huge plug for members to be active in giving and donating to the Rotary Foundation in order for us to make a positive impact on the lives of others throughout the world. Congratulations Randal!
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Project Linus

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jan. 08, 2024
Our speaker on Friday, January 5th was Diane from Project Linus.
Project Linus is headquarters are located in Belton, Missouri. Project Linus has chapters located across the United States and in Snohomish County. Diane from Project Linus, Snohomish County. Project Linus continues to grow and blankets are collected locally and distributed to children in hospitals, shelters, social service agencies, or anywhere that a child might be in need of a big hug.
Since 1995, over 356,325+ blankets have been delivered to children in the United States. Diane is now working with King County as well as Snohomish County. Some of the children receiving blankets are from domestic violence, sexual abuse and more. There are at least two chapters per state but Texas where it all began, has many more. Washington has eight chapters.
Click this link to find out more about Project Linus. If you want to help out locally, please give Diane a call at 425 252 4524.
Project Linus Gary O'Rielly 2024-01-08 08:00:00Z 0

Board Meeting with District Governor

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jan. 04, 2024
District Governor David Lukov was a guest at our Board meeting and dinner followed by a tour of the Lake Stevens Community Food Bank and the Rotary Teaching Kitchen on Tuesday, January 2, 2024. What a great send off and kick off to the new year and the last half of the 2023-2024 Rotary year.
Board Meeting with District Governor Gary O'Rielly 2024-01-04 08:00:00Z 0

A New Year

We say goodbye to another amazing year and embrace the start of a new year with open arms as the holiday lights sparkle and the aroma of freshly baked cookies fill the air.  It's that wonderful time of the year when we look back on the past and look forward to what lies ahead.  We are truly thankful to having a wonderful Lake Stevens Rotary Club, an enduring active community with warm wishes for the new year ahead. We conclude with the message of wishing everyone a year filled with laughter, love, adventure, and endless possibilities for 2024.  Happy New Year!
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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

From the Lake Stevens Rotary and its members to our the Lake Stevens community, our friends, neighbors, and fellow Rotarians, wishing each and everyone a happy holiday season with family and friends.
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Lights of Lake Stevens Sleigh Stop

Posted on Dec. 18, 2023
Our Rotary Club participated in the Lights of Lake Stevens Sleigh Stop on Saturday evening, December 16th from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Mill in downtown Lake Stevens. The other two Sleigh Stops were the Lake Stevens Community Food Bank and Lundeen Park. JoinING in the fun was Fred the Dragon and our giant snowman.
Rotarians active for this event were Club President Don Iverson, Past President Chris Vallo, Club Treasurer Jak Thornton, Club Secretary Gary O'Rielly and Laurie Westover.  Brian Rewis was in charge of set up for the evening event.
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Corks & Kegs "Fund A Cause"

Posted on Dec. 18, 2023
During our Corks & Kegs fundraiser on Saturday, November 11th, our Fund A Cause was Bridge Receiving. Our Fund A Cause effort raised $20,100 for Bridge Receiving. Accepting the check from Club President Don Iverson is Tracy Rubstello, Director of Development-Bridge Receiving. Besides the Fund A Cause, two members through their organizations were able to obtain two 20 ft. shipping containers from the Port of Everett and Rubatino Refuses Removal for storage and exercise gym.
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Backstage Foundation

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Dec. 18, 2023
Our guest speaker on Friday, December 15th was Kari Hovde from the Backstage Foundation. Kari is a realtor in the Puyallup area who started Backstage Foundation in order to be a role model for kids. The goal in establishing Backstage Foundation was to provide dance education experiences to our youth who may not otherwise have the opportunity due to financial hardships. Backstage Foundation was started in 2021 with the goal of raising $25,000 but ended up raising over $140,000. Her work has expanded to working with high school dance coaches working professionally with these groups to help students learn their talent. She has expanded the Foundations reach to Southern California and Las Vegas, NV.
Backstage Foundation Gary O'Rielly 2023-12-18 08:00:00Z 0

Lake Stevens Community Resource Center

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Dec. 11, 2023
Our guest speaker on Friday, December 8th was Tina Mandella, Lake Stevens Community Resource Center providing our Club with her annual update. The LSCRC is a one-stop hub of services for people in need. From help with the basic needs like food, clothing and shelter, to assistance with other kinds of resources and programs, the make sure that our neighbors are supported and cared for in their journeys toward stability.
Lake Stevens Community Resource Center Gary O'Rielly 2023-12-11 08:00:00Z 0

IPA Copan

Our club has been a member of the IPA Rotary Copan group for several years.  Lynda Routh represents our club on the IPA Board and is a consistent contributor to the organization. The following is a report from a recent IPA trip to Copan ending with the story of a tragedy a couple of weeks ago.
Recently, twelve members of the IPA Rotary organization traveled to Copan,  Inspite of some daunting issues with weather there was much to enjoy about this trip. They were plagued by continual rain which made access to 8 villages impossible. Over 15-20 inches of rain was forecasted during their visit. Five of the group were unable to visit their sponsored schools due to bad weather.
Tourism has died out again in the area. Many of the tourism come from Guatemala but that has dried up due to political unrest and protesters blocking roads and highways throughout the country. In the early part, weather was mostly cloudy and cool with temperatures in the 70's.  The town of Copan Ruinas had no water for the groups last two days there.
Again, the group enjoyed the interaction with the locals and social time together. The government is looking into the damage to roads and their is hope of funding a permanent solution for these issues.
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Club Holiday Party

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Dec. 03, 2023
Last Friday evening, our Club enjoyed our Holiday party at Penn Cove Brewery in Lake Stevens. Rotarians work hard and play hard enjoying a fun evening with one another. The White Elephant giveaway was perfect with many surprises.
Included in the evening events was an UGLY SWEATSHIRT contest hence the reason for all of the outrageous costumes. So much fun and entertainment. Food was great, the company outstanding and the comments were various humorous.
Club Holiday Party Gary O'Rielly 2023-12-03 08:00:00Z 0

Classification Talk

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Dec. 03, 2023
Lance Morgan gave his Classification Talk on Friday. He was raised on a cherry farm in The Dallas, Oregon. Attended WSU and was on crew there. Instead of pursuing an interest in the cherry farm, he joined Morgan Stanley for his initial job as a receptionist. After participating in the mortgage lending industry, Lance opened his own Mortgage Lending Company through C2 Financial as a small independent business.
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Rotarian Guest from India

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Dec. 03, 2023
We had a Rotarian visitor from India on Friday. Our guest was Nagar Mittal. Here are his comments below about his Club.
I have received many blessings from God. The Rotary family is definitely one of the best ones. I believe the purpose of our lives is - to be happy and make others happy and I have found an opportunity to do both at Rotary. I currently serve as the President of Rotary Club Sri Ganganagar city in the state of Rajasthan, India.
Our Club was formed in 2000 with 25 men to study water and sanitation at University of Amsterdam, Netherlands. Since last year we have been operating an 24/7 fully equipped ambulance, which has saved at least 200 lives so far. In this year alone (since July), there were 15 new Rotary Clubs formed in our district - which is a new record for Rotary Clubs worldwide. 
And I have been fortunate enough to be able to personally donate $10,000 this year to the Rotary Foundation. Thank you!
Please let me know once the bulletin is published, I would love to share it within my club as well. Thanks again for having me at the meeting. Looking forward to staying in touch.
Nagar Mittal
President, Rotary Club - Sri Ganganagar City
RI District - 3090
Office No. 203, Sky Hi Tower,
36-E Block, Sri Ganganagar - 335001 
Rajasthan, India
+91- 9414273024

Rotarian Guest from India Gary O'Rielly 2023-12-03 08:00:00Z 0

District 5050 Corner

Posted by Jack Rae, District 5050 Foundation Chair on Nov. 26, 2023
Donations to the Foundation are essential to securing and expanding our programs throughout the world. We recognize with gratitude clubs that make extraordinary contributions.
  • 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club: These are clubs in which all dues-paying members are Paul Harris Fellows. The club receives a banner. This is a one-time recognition, but the intent is that the club will maintain its status.
  • 100% Foundation Giving Club: This banner is given to clubs that have an average of US$100 in per capita giving and in which every dues-paying member donates at least $25 during the year to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, the Endowment, or approved global grants. 
  • Every Rotarian, Every Year Club: This banner is awarded to clubs that have a minimum Annual Fund contribution of $100 per capita during the year and in which every dues-paying member personally contributes at least $25 to the Annual Fund in that time period. 
  • Top Three Per Capita in Annual Fund Giving: These banners are presented each year to the three clubs in each district with the highest per capita Annual Fund giving.
  • 100% Paul Harris Society Club: This banner is awarded to clubs in which every dues-paying member contributes at least $1,000 during the year to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved global grant.
  • 100% Rotary’s Promise Club: These are clubs in which every dues-paying member supports the Endowment with an outright gift of $1,000 or more or a commitment of at least that amount in an estate plan. These clubs receive a certificate upon request.
Will you help our club be recognized by the Foundation this year?
District 5050 Corner Jack Rae, District 5050 Foundation Chair 2023-11-26 08:00:00Z 0

District Governor David Lukov Visit

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Nov. 21, 2023
District Governor-Elect Dave Duskin introduces our guest speaker, District Governor Davidk Lukov at Friday, November 17th meeting. Each year, the District Governors visit each Club in District 5050. After his remarks, he took time to welcome a new member Daniel Volkert with his badge and membership packet and Certificates of Appreciation to Loren Hole and Gary O'Rielly for their dedication to Rotary.
District Governor David Lukov Visit Gary O'Rielly 2023-11-21 08:00:00Z 0

Happy Thanksgiving

From our Rotary family to yours, may you have a bountiful time with family and friends:
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Annual Corks & Kegs Fundraiser

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Nov. 14, 2023
Our annual Corks & Kegs fundraiser was held on Saturday, November 11th at Carlton Farms in Lake Stevens. 
President Don Iverson opened up the Live Auction as he introduced Paul Rogers as our Auctioneer for the second year in a row.
Our Fund-A-Cause was for The Bridge Receiving Center. Providing some background on Bridge Receiving was Tracy Rubstello, Director of Development-Bridging Receiving Center and a regular visitor to our Club. The Club through generous donations of our members and guest raised $20,100 for the Center. Wow, what a fantastic tribute to our members, special guest and Bridge Receiving!
We could not have done this without the outside help of five members of the First Financial NW Bank thanks to Club member Steve Carmody from the bank. They staffed the registration desk, rechecking in attendees and closing out the final sales. We couldn't have done this without their very generous donation of time and expertise with the Greater Giving software.
Joining us for the evening was District Governor Elect Dave Duskin, Assistant District Governor and District Governor Nominee Kathleen Olson who were introduced by President Don Iverson. Thanks to everyone who made this such a special event.
Annual Corks & Kegs Fundraiser Gary O'Rielly 2023-11-14 08:00:00Z 0

Allison Jones - Apraxia Awareness

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Nov. 07, 2023
Our guest speaker via Zoom on Friday, November 3rd was Allison Jones who wanted to give us information on an Apraxia Awareness campaign that she is involved in because of her daughter Grace's apraxia. Understanding what everyone tells her, knowing what to say and fully aware of people not understanding her, she is constantly two steps ahead of trying to get whomever she is talking to understand what she is saying.
Allison Jones - Apraxia Awareness Gary O'Rielly 2023-11-07 08:00:00Z 0

Harvest Fest 2023

Early sunny skies, chilly but a delightful evening downtown at the Mill as trick or treaters surrounded the area with kids of all ages vying for candy, dressed in fantastic costumes.  Lake Stevens Rotary shared a tent with the Lake Stevens Arts and Parks Foundation greeted by Fred, the Honory Rotary Dragon, loaned to the club by Mike and Laurie Westover.  Fred was a huge fan favorite the whole evening as families took pictures of their costumed kids and Fred. Fun evening.
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Social Model of Disabilities

Our guest speaker on Friday, October 27th was Lance Morehouse, CEO of Sherwood Community Services and a member of our club talking about a Social Model of Disabilities.
Lance showed a number of slides, the first outlining the mission statement of Sherwood Community Services which is "Sherwood provides innovative, inclusive services for children and adults with disabilities in their communities".
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Rotary International Corner - WHAT IS EVERY ROTARIAN, EVERY YEAR?

This initiative encourages every Rotary member to: 
  • Participate every year in a Rotary Foundation program that makes a difference in the world
  • Contribute every year to the Foundation’s Annual Fund at a sustainable amount 
The Foundation recognizes a club as an Every Rotarian, Every Year Club if its giving reaches US$100 per capita or more and all dues-paying members give $25 in a year. 
Today, about one-third of Rotarians participate in this initiative. Thanks in part to the generosity of these donors, the Foundation awarded more than 1199 global grants in 2021-22  for large-scale, sustainable projects. Think about how much more Rotary could accomplish if every member gave at least $25 to the Annual Fund.
Thank you for supporting the Every Rotarian, Every Year initiative.
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Update on City Activities

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Oct. 24, 2023
Mayor Brett Gailey spoke to the Club on Friday, October 20th updating members on the latest city activities. The Mayor announced that the City Council made the decision to have a permanent City Hall. The City would buy both buildings by the current Lake Stevens Police Department. Cost of the City Hall project would have been $18 million dollars if they located on Chapel Hill. The new location is expected to cost around $10 million dollars and be funded through a bond issue which would include finishing the Lake Stevens Museum.
Update on City Activities Gary O'Rielly 2023-10-24 07:00:00Z 0

Assistant District Governor visit

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Oct. 24, 2023
A great start to our meeting on Friday, October 20th was a visit by Kathleen Olson, Assistant District Governor, Area J as Don Iverson, Club President looks on.
ADG Kathleen commented that besides attending our Corks and Kegs Fundraiser on November 11th, that she was willing to help with the Greater Giving program.
She also spoke to our Club about the violence in Gaza, reading a statement from Rotary International as well as discussing Rotary's Core goals and values around shared beliefs.
Assistant District Governor visit Gary O'Rielly 2023-10-24 07:00:00Z 0

Beyond High School

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Oct. 17, 2023
Lake Stevens Rotary was present at the "Beyond High School" event on Tuesday evening October 17th at Lake Stevens High School. Lance and Kristin represented our Club and responded to questions regarding our high school scholarship program. Beyond High School is a traditional college/career fair open house with breakout sessions so that anyone can stop in at anytime.
Beyond High School Gary O'Rielly 2023-10-17 07:00:00Z 0

Girls on the Run

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Oct. 17, 2023
Our guest speaker on Friday, October 13th was Megan Wolfe highlighting "Girls On the Run" Unlocking Power and Potential. Girls on the Run has fun, is an evidence-based programs that inspire all girls to build their confidence, kindness and decision-making skills. Dynamic lessons instill valuable life skills including the important connection between physical and emotional health.
Girls on the Run Gary O'Rielly 2023-10-17 07:00:00Z 0

Fire Levy Lid Lift - November 7th Ballot

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Oct. 11, 2023
Our special guest speaker on Friday, October 6th was our former club President, Rotary member and the Fire Chief of Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue Kevin O'Brien who was here to talk about the Fire Levy Lid Lift on the November 7th General Election ballot. SRFR is asking voters to consider a single-year Fire Levy Lid Lift. 
An important note about the Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue is that the District is the first fire agency in Snohomish County to achieve international accreditation from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International.  The District went through a rigorous process to ensure continuous improvements to better serve the residents and businesses in the District. This is the highest level of achievement possible for a fire agency.
How does the fire district fund Fire and EMS? They fund daily operations through fire and EMS levies. The fire levy is capped at $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value and the EMS levy is capped at $0.60 per $1,000 of assessed property value.
Fire Levy Lid Lift - November 7th Ballot Gary O'Rielly 2023-10-11 07:00:00Z 0

Bao Tran - The Paper Tigers and film making

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Oct. 03, 2023
Our guest speaker on Friday, September 29th was Bao Tran who wrote and directed "The Paper Tiger" in 2020. The film is an American martial arts action comedy. Accompanying Bao was Vicky Bergund-Davenport of Washington Filmworks and Laura Bettelheim, Lake Stevens Film Festival. Washington Filmworks is a non-profit organization that supports filmmakers and film production in Washington state.
Bao Tran - The Paper Tigers and film making Gary O'Rielly 2023-10-03 07:00:00Z 0
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Alzheimer's Association of NW Washington

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Sep. 25, 2023
Our guest speaker on Friday, September 22nd was Jerri Wood, NW Washington Community Outreach Manager for the Alzheimer's Association. This was a conversation about Alzheimer's, the ten warning signs of Alzheimer's as well as understanding Alzheimer's and dementia. The average cost of a memory care facility is $12,000-$15,000 per month.
Alzheimer's Association of NW Washington Gary O'Rielly 2023-09-25 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary International's "Areas of Focus"

Posted by Jack Rae, District Foundation Chair on Sep. 25, 2023
We co CUS? (1 OF 2) concentrate our efforts in order to maximize our local and global impact. Our most successful and sustainable projects and activities tend to address these causes, and all humanitarian projects, scholars, and vocational training teams funded by The Rotary Foundation’s global grants work toward specific goals in these areas of focus:
  • Peacebuilding and conflict prevention: Rotary encourages conversations to foster understanding within and across cultures. We train adults and young leaders to prevent and mediate conflict and help refugees who have fled dangerous areas.
  • Disease prevention and treatment equip communities to stop the spread of life-threatening diseases like polio, HIV/AIDS, and malaria. We improve and expand access to low-cost and free health care in developing areas.
  • Water, sanitation, and hygiene: We support local solutions to bring clean water, sanitation, and hygiene to more people. We share our expertise and work alongside community leaders and educators to make sure our projects succeed in the long term.
Learn about the other areas of focus next week!
Rotary International's "Areas of Focus" Jack Rae, District Foundation Chair 2023-09-25 07:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris + 8

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Sep. 11, 2023
Randal Southam receives the Paul Harris + 8 pin from President Don Iverson at Friday's meeting. The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have made contributions in their name of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation. The Paul Harris pin represents a $1,000 contribution to the Foundation. Each additional $1,000 contribution to the Rotary Foundation is recognized on the lapel pin. 

Rotary established the recognition in 1957 to encourage and show appreciation for substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program.

Paul Harris + 8 Gary O'Rielly 2023-09-11 07:00:00Z 0

Congressional Update

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Sep. 11, 2023
Our special guest speaker on Friday was Congresswoman Susan DelBene who represents the 1st Congressional District which includes parts of King and Snohomish Counties. She serves on the House Ways and Means Committee and on the Select Revenue Measures and Trade Subcommittees.
Congresswoman DelBene was elected to her first term in 2012. After our meeting, she will be touring Lake Stevens with Mayor Brett Gailey and making a presentation of a check for the 20th Street and Main Street projects.
Congressional Update Gary O'Rielly 2023-09-11 07:00:00Z 0
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The Last Lake Stevens Farmers Market 2023

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Aug. 30, 2023
The Rotary booth was up and running on a mild day in August as the last day of the Lake Stevens Farmers Market 2023 ends. We gave away a lot of bottled water and had many visitors voting on their favorite local non-profit. Don and Ilene are deep in conversation near the end of the first shift. The best part of the summer Lake Stevens Farmers Market is asking the community to determine their favorite local non-profit. Thanks, Rand for the suggestion.  Wonderful way to promote our Club and Rotary through conversations about local non-profits, Lake Stevens Rotary and the community.
The Last Lake Stevens Farmers Market 2023 Gary O'Rielly 2023-08-30 07:00:00Z 0

Service Above Self

The Object of Rotary
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprises and in particular, encourage and foster:
First:  The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
Second: High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
Third: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business and community life;
Fourth: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
Create your Rotary Moment article that appears in the September 2023 magazine as well as the Service Above Self criteria in the article.
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Summer Martini Party

Sit on the patio of Bob and Ann Howe's property or the deck overlooking Lake Stevens, listen to Live music pictured above, enjoy the entertainment, talk to new friends from the two Rotary Clubs that are beneficiaries of the proceeds of this wonderful summer event. A fun time was enjoyed by all the attendees with new friends being made during this beautiful summer evening. There was another identical red 2003 Ford Thunderbird, but Gary O'Rielly didn't bring his TBird to the event. 
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Rotary Awards

Former President Chris Vallo gives current President-Elect Ron Rasmussen his 2022-2023 awards for Service Above Self and a Paul Harris award.  Ron was unavailable for the awards at the 32nd Annual Installation Banquet and Awards. Congratulations Ron. Pictured with the former president and Ron is current club president Don Iverson.
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Snohomish County Sports Commission

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Aug. 21, 2023
Our meeting on Friday, August 11th was at The Creator Zone studios and our special guest speaker was Tammy Dunn, Past President of Everett Rotary and Executive Director of the Snohomish County Sports Commission.
Snohomish County Sports Commission Gary O'Rielly 2023-08-21 07:00:00Z 0

Our Rotary Exchange Student

Posted on Aug. 17, 2023
Our Rotary Exchange Student Josefina Jarillo Odegaard (Josie) attending her first Rotary meeting on Tuesday in Norway. 
A quick start to her year long journey in Norway. 
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Another Week of Community Service

Posted on Aug. 16, 2023
Another week of community service starting with the American Red Cross Blood Drive co-op with the Lake Stevens School District.  Setting up and getting ready on Friday, August 11th. Update: Rotary and community members donated 25 units of blood.
Lake Stevens Farmers Market on Wednesday, August 16th. Six bowls are set up and Rotary members ask market attendees to help us vote on where to donate our funds in 2023-2024. Plus, a suggestion bucket where they can select other organizations that are not listed on bowls.
Asking the community to select a non-profit listed on the bowls to help us decide where to donate our funds.
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CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocate

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Aug. 15, 2023
Our guest speaker on Friday, August 11th was Loreilee Gomez, Marketing Specialist with Snohomish County CASA. The initials stand for Court Appointed Special Advocate. Their mission is to recruit, train and support quality volunteer advocates for the best interest of abused, neglected, and abandoned children. A court appointed special advocate (CASA) is a volunteer who is appointed by a judge in Family Court to provide unbiased, independent information and recommendations for the best interest of a child or teen who has experienced abuse or neglect, often in foster care.
CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocate Gary O'Rielly 2023-08-15 07:00:00Z 0

Set Free Movement

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Aug. 08, 2023
Our guest speaker on Friday, August 4th was Kevin Austin, Founder and Director of the Set Free Movement based in Marysville, an organization dedicated to a vision to see that the vulnerable are protected from human trafficking by setting them free.
In 2004, there were twenty-seven million victims of human trafficking and now that number has climbed to around fifty million and a $150 billion business.
Set Free Movement Gary O'Rielly 2023-08-08 07:00:00Z 0

Lake Stevens Rotary at Work in the Community

Posted on Aug. 08, 2023
Lake Stevens Rotary booth at the Lake Stevens Farmers Market where our members are asking the community for help in deciding where our local funds are spent.
Lake Stevens Rotary was a sponsor of the 2nd Annual Lake Stevens Film Festival and helped during the two-day event at Creator Zone.
Lake Stevens Rotary serves popcorn in the park during Movies in the Park sponsored by the Lake Stevens Arts and Parks Foundation.
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Aquafest & Rotary 2023

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Aug. 02, 2023
Opening day of Aquafest 2023 selling corn and water
Hawaiian dress and Ron trying to sweet talk one of the parade judges
Our Viking members getting ready for the parade
Aquafest & Rotary 2023 Gary O'Rielly 2023-08-02 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Youth Exchange

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jul. 25, 2023
Each year, District 5050 encourages their Clubs in the District to participate in the Rotary International Youth Exchange program. This year, our Club is sponsoring Josie Mai Jarillo Odegaard. The program on Friday, July 21st featured Josie making a presentation in English and Norwegian as she prepares to leave for Norway on August 7th for a year as our Rotary International Youth Exchange representative.
Rotary Youth Exchange Gary O'Rielly 2023-07-25 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Citizen of the Year Announced

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jul. 25, 2023
Each year for the past several years, the Rotary Club of Lake Stevens has selected a community member to be the Rotary Citizen of the Year. For the year 2022-2023 the Board of Directors and the Membership have selected Sophina Nunez.
Sophina has been heavily involved with the Lake Stevens Food Bank as President and ever vigilant at raising the funds to complete the new Lake Stevens Community Food Bank. Her tireless efforts in leading the organization helped fully fund the new building. Congratulations Sophina!! Presenting a Rotary Citizen of the Year certificate to Sophina is Club President 2023-2024 Don Iverson and Chris Vallo, Club President 2022-2023.  
Rotary Citizen of the Year Announced Gary O'Rielly 2023-07-25 07:00:00Z 0

Pinnacle of Service Award-Brian Rewis

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jul. 18, 2023
Accepting the Pinnacle of Service Award from Club President 2022-23 was Brian Rewis who was out of state during the Annual Installation and Awards Banquet.
Pinnacle of Service Award-Brian Rewis Gary O'Rielly 2023-07-18 07:00:00Z 0

Lake Stevens Farmers Market

During the summer Lake Stevens Farmers Market, the Rotary Club of Lake Stevens alternates every other Wednesday with the Lake Stevens Arts and Parks Foundation.  Past President Chris Vallo visiting with Club member Bob Howe and his wife Ann on July 12th as they begin the second shift as Jak Thornton, Club Treasurer is getting ready to depart after working the 1st shift. Free water is extremely popular during the sweltering summer days and our Club enjoys giving them out to market attendees.
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District Governor's Installation Banquet

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jul. 18, 2023
Attending the District Installation Banquet is Kristin Odegaard with Felicity Dye District 5050 Director of Youth Services along with other attendees on Sunday, July 16th at Tulip Town, Mount Vernon.
Addressing the District Installation banquet is District Governor David Lukov, MT. Vernon.  
District Governor's Installation Banquet Gary O'Rielly 2023-07-18 07:00:00Z 0

ShelterBox USA-Bill Tobin

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jul. 10, 2023
Our guest speaker on Friday, July 7th via Zoom was Bill Tobin, who is ShelterBox USA volunteer ambassador. ShelterBox was founded 20 years ago by the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard in England. ShelterBox USA became a Rotary International project in 2012, a role that it retains today.
ShelterBox USA-Bill Tobin Gary O'Rielly 2023-07-10 07:00:00Z 0

A New Leader for the New Rotary Year

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jul. 10, 2023
A new year and a new beginning as Don Iverson is our Club's President for 2023-2024. A new Board Retreat is scheduled for Tuesday, July 11th at Don's house. We have a lot on our plate for the coming year and are excited to begin another incredible Rotary year as our Club prepares for AquaFest and our major fundraiser, Corks and Kegs on September 30th as well as numerous community events and projects.
A New Leader for the New Rotary Year Gary O'Rielly 2023-07-10 07:00:00Z 0

Lake Stevens Arts & Parks Foundation Appeal

Posted on Jul. 10, 2023
Our esteemed Past President Reshal Ploeger and member of the Lake Stevens Arts & Parks spoke about creating a Legacy Fish at North Cove Park which will add personalized fish made of metal along the water feature wall in North Cove Park and is asking residents to donate to the project. The brochure above lists way to donate.
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Lopez Ride

Posted by Don Iverson on Jul. 07, 2023
Save the date(s) for fun in the San Juans
Saturday, September 9th, 2023 (with the 10th as a backup date) has been selected for the Lake Stevens Rotary “Island Getaway” event.  Don Iverson had suggested we get a group together go to Lopez Island where we have the option to travel on-island by bicycle or by vehicle. Lopez is special due to its fine roads, very limited traffic, and incredible sights. 
We will have at least one vehicle (sag wagon) on the island with tools and the ability to transport bikes or bikers with issues.  This vehicle will also transport food, water and equipment for our lunch.
Don suggests the following schedule (need to confirm ferry times in September)
  • 8:40am:  Be at the ferry dock at Anacortes, which is about 1.5 hours from Lake Stevens.  Ferry departs at 9:40 and vehicle reservations require arriving an hour early.  Those not taking a vehicle should still be early to make sure you get parked, unloaded and ticketed on time.
  • 10:30am:  Arrive at Lopez Ferry Landing at the north end of the island.
  • First stop:  Lopez Village.  Drivers will have more time to explore this lovely island community than bikers.
  • Second stop:  Shark Reef Park, about a 1-mile easy walk round-trip from parking area.  Fascinating place to watch seals (if the sharks did not get them all), tidal rapids and boat traffic.
  • Third stop: Agate Beach County Park at south end of the island.  Here we will have a BBQ lunch around 1:30 provided by the Club.  After lunch you can remain at the park (lovely beach) or go on a beautiful 2-mile easy walk around Iceberg Point. Incredible views!
  • Fourth stop:  Watmough Bay.  This is where the first European explorers landed in the San Juans.  An amazing place to just sit on the beach and contemplate.  Otters, seals, boats at anchor, an amazing cliff, Mt. Baker in the distance, and sometimes eerie silence.  This stop may not make sense for bikers unless you ride fast and can handle a few extra miles.
  • Last stop:  Be back at the Lopez ferry dock by 6:00pm to catch the 6:20 ferry.  A little earlier is not a bad idea if you want to make sure you catch that ferry.  There is another ferry at 7:35pm as a backup.  The ferry system has been having some issues lately with mechanical and staffing problems causing delays and canceled sailings.
For bikers, it is best to park at the Anacortes terminal and walk your bike on the ferry (no reservations required.)  The round-trip bike ride on the island will be approximately 30 miles with very limited hills.
For drivers, you should get an online ferry reservation to get to the island (not needed for return.)  Get the reservation on July 9th as they become available two months before the travel date and can book up quickly. Another batch of reservations will become available two weeks before the travel date. Go to the following site:
Lopez Ride Don Iverson 2023-07-07 07:00:00Z 0
32nd Annual Installation Banquet Gary O'Rielly & James Monroe 2023-07-04 07:00:00Z 0

32nd Annual Installation Banquet Awards

Posted by Gary O'Rielly & James Monroe on Jul. 04, 2023
President Chris Vallo presents the Spirit of Service to Amelia Mimura and Amy Lewandowski.
Pinnacle of Service Awards were presented to Brian Rewis and Kendra Pinkelman who were unavailable for the awards ceremony.
Receiving the Diamond Jewel Award for service to our Interact Club was Kristin Odegaard and receiving the Rising Star Award was Kyle Strand, chair of the Membership Committee.
Receiving the Four Way Test Award was Jak Thornton and the Service Above Self was awarded to Ron Rasmussen who was unavailable but on Zoom.
Receiving the Viking Leadership Award was Don Iverson who ascended to the Club Presidency the following day.
Outgoing President Chris presents Gary O'Rielly with the 2022-2023 Rotary of the Year Award.
32nd Annual Installation Banquet Awards Gary O'Rielly & James Monroe 2023-07-04 07:00:00Z 0

Warm Welcome to Our Two Newest Members

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jul. 04, 2023
Receiving their membership badge and kit presented by President Chris Vallo and Membership Chairperson Kyle Strand were Christine Egelstad and Steve Carmody at ceremonies during the 32nd Annual Installation Banquet.
Warm Welcome to Our Two Newest Members Gary O'Rielly 2023-07-04 07:00:00Z 0

New Board 2023-2024

Don Iverson is sworn in as the President of the Rotary Club of Lake Stevens for 2023-2024 by Dave Duskin, District Governor-Elect. The passing of the gavel between outgoing president Chris Vallo and the incoming president Don Iverson.
Dave Duskin, District Governor-Elect swears in the new Board for 2023-2024.
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Happy 4th of July - Be Safe

Happy 4th of July to the community of Lake Stevens and beyond.  Enjoy a safe, comfortable celebration with family and friends.
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Happy Charter Day

Posted by Chris Vallo on Jun. 28, 2023
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32 Years Young

Dear President Chris Vallo, 

This is Suren Poruri, Regional Chairman - Grants, RI District 3150, from India.

Your Rotary Club of Lake Stevens was chartered on 28/6/1991, which is today. Your Club completed 32 years service today in RI District 5050 in serving communities across the world. 

I would like to extend my warm wishes to you and to all your Club members on this joyous moment.

Rotary is the only organization which has global footprint and is working towards happy communities across the world with it's noble initiatives.

Thanks to our Rotary Club founder Rtn Paul Harris, we are able to make a difference in the communities where we live.

Thanks, and regards

Suren Poruri

Regional Chairman - Grants

District Best Club President for year 2017-18

RI District 3150

Happy Charter Day Chris Vallo 2023-06-28 07:00:00Z 0

Supporting Local Non-Profits

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun. 26, 2023
As the current Rotary year comes to an end on June 30th, the Club distributed funds to local area non-profits and a couple of international projects on Friday, June 23rd at our weekly meeting. Receiving funding this year were the following: Bridge Receiving, Sherwood Community Services and Lake Stevens Senior Center each awarded $2,000. Lake Stevens Farmers Market, the Lake Stevens Education Foundation, the Lake Stevens Film Festival, the Everett Y, the Marysville Y and Creator Zone each receiving $1,000 and Ngendala Water Global grant partnership with the Rotary Club of Arlington receiving $1,000 and ShelterBox USA receiving $500.
Supporting Local Non-Profits Gary O'Rielly 2023-06-26 07:00:00Z 0

Lake Stevens Food Bank-Final Payments

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun. 20, 2023
Today, at the Lake Stevens Food Bank in front of the Rotary Teaching Kitchen, Gary O'Rielly presented two checks to Anthony Hawley, Director of the LS Food Bank with our final commitments.
A bit of history.
During Scott Smith's term as President, he convinced the Club Board and Membership to save $5,000 over a three-year period ($15,000) as a commitment to the Lake Stevens Food Bank Building fund. Since that time, we have been involved in raising well beyond the sum listed above.
Earlier, we presented the LSFB with a check for:
$16,104.12 - Matching funds from Rotary District 5050.
$13,940.00 - Today, I presented a check from our Corks and Kegs - fund a cause.
$18,815.88 - Today, from our Club's original commitment and a bit more.
$48,860.00   The Rotary Club of Lake Stevens fully funded commitment.
The Food Bank was busy with lots of activities and seniors picking up food today that the effort by so many individuals, local citizens, the City, County and the State, made this all worthwhile and so worthy for our community.
Lake Stevens Food Bank-Final Payments Gary O'Rielly 2023-06-20 07:00:00Z 0

Welcome Bob Howe

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun. 19, 2023
Welcome to our newest member, Bob Howe. Bob has been a Rotarian for approximately 18 years. Bob is also a member of the Rotary Club of Seattle Northeast, so for now he is a duo-club member. Bob is in real estate and lives on the lake.  Please give Bob a big welcome when you see him at Rotary Club events. 
Welcome Bob Howe Gary O'Rielly 2023-06-19 07:00:00Z 0

Dave Duskin-Duck Dash tickets

Posted on Jun. 19, 2023
District Governor Nominee Dave Duskin, a member of the Rotary Club of Arlington was here with DJ Lockwood selling Duck Dash tickets. The Duck Dash event at the Rotary Club of Arlington is their only fundraiser and a tremendous success for the club and the community.  Dave will join us at our Installation Banquet on June 30th.
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Happy Father’s Day

To all of the father’s in our Club and our supporters in Lake Stevens and Snohomish, wishing each of you a Happy Father’s Day wish.
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Wes Allen, Director of Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun. 13, 2023
Our guest speaker on Friday, June 9th was Wes Allen, Director of Sno-Isle TECH Skills Center in Everett. The program is a continuation of our annual "State of the School District" series. This year, we expanded our speaker outreach by having the Director of Sno-Isle TECH Skill Center as our program.
Wes Allen, Director of Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center Gary O'Rielly 2023-06-13 07:00:00Z 0

Lake Stevens Food Bank-Volunteers and More

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun. 13, 2023
As the Lake Stevens Food Bank nears completion and the start of operations, four members and a spouse helped prepare the Rotary Club Teach Kitchen pictured above for operation.  Volunteering from left to right are Anthony Hawley, Jak Thornton, Laurie Westover with assist from her husband Mike and Gary O'Rielly last Thursday, June 8th.
Lake Stevens Food Bank-Volunteers and More Gary O'Rielly 2023-06-13 07:00:00Z 0

Interact 2023

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun. 13, 2023
The scene above is the Interact Club's last meeting of the 2022-2023 school year. In celebration, our Rotary Club provided pizzas to go along with the many treats provided by Interact Club Advisor Kristin Odegaard. Another amazing year of service to the community logging a massive number of hours due in large part of the leadership of the Club and its Advisor. Our Club wants to thank the Lake Stevens High School Interact Club for their service and a big shout out to Kristin for her role in creating a successful year.
Interact 2023 Gary O'Rielly 2023-06-13 07:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Member-Lance Morgan

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun. 05, 2023
Welcoming our newest member is President Chris Vallo who presented Lance Morgan with his badge, Rotary lapel pin and new member kit. Lance is a self-employed branch manager and loan officer involved in wholesale lending. Lance is passionate about helping others. He grew up in The Dalles, Oregon where his family owned a 120-acre cherry orchard and a honeybee apiary. Lance was a big part of helping with the Skyline Elementary project recently. Welcome to the Rotary Club of Lake Stevens Lance.
Welcome New Member-Lance Morgan Gary O'Rielly 2023-06-05 07:00:00Z 0

Lake Stevens Pride Festival

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun. 05, 2023
Our guest speaker on Friday, June 2nd was Angela Riebli, Executive Director, Lake Stevens Pride, and retired counselor at Lake Stevens High School. After receiving support in March for the Lake Stevens Pride Festival, the organization filed for non-profit status. As a counselor, Angela saw many issues involving students questioning their gender or sexuality. 
Lake Stevens Pride Festival Gary O'Rielly 2023-06-05 07:00:00Z 0

Lake Stevens High School Scholarship Awards

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on May 31, 2023
The Rotary Club of Lake Stevens is proud to announce that we are awarding $25,000 in scholarships to twelve deserving students in 2023! We love giving back to our community and supporting the future of our young students who will accomplish so much.
The awarding of scholarships was emceed by Lance Morehouse, Chair of the Scholarship Committee and WA State Representative & Snohomish County Council and Club Member Sam Low. Because of their generosity to our scholarship program, funds were given to the club in the name of Loren and Lorna Hole and by Debe Franz in honor of her husband, Dean Franz, who successfully chaired the Scholarship Committee for many years. Also participating in the funding was Lance and Carrie Morehouse and Sam and Mariah Low.
Lake Stevens High School Scholarship Awards Gary O'Rielly 2023-05-31 07:00:00Z 0

Lake Stevens Food Bank - Rotary Teaching Kitchen

Club President Chris Vallo presents a District Grant check to Anthony Hawley, Director of the Lake Stevens Food Bank in the amount of $16,104.12. The District Grant is for the Rotary Teaching Kitchen which will be a major part of the new Lake Stevens Food Bank building set to open in mid-June. The grant funds were used to purchase equipment and essentials for the Rotary Teaching Kitchen. This is the first installment with another larger check to come prior to the opening of the Lake Stevens Food Bank in mid-June.
Lake Stevens Food Bank - Rotary Teaching Kitchen 2023-05-22 07:00:00Z 0

Skyline Elementary School-Torch Down Project

Just some photographs of Rotarians applying Skyline Elementary selected artwork decals by torch down to the asphalt behind the building where young students walk between their portable classrooms and the main building. Ten members of our Club helped with the project on Saturday, May 20th. There's more photographs at our Facebook site.
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IPA in Copan Update - Marty Pease

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on May 22, 2023
Marty Pease returned for her annual update on the IPA in Copan, Honduras. IPA-Copan is a partnership between the Rotary Club of Copan Ruinas, Honduras and the International Project Alliance (IPA), IPA is a collaborative group of Rotary Clubs in Skagit and nearby counties in Washington State. Peter Martin, Fidalgo Island is the founder and president of IPA.
IPA in Copan Update - Marty Pease Gary O'Rielly 2023-05-22 07:00:00Z 0

Lake Stevens Farmers Market

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on May 15, 2023
Our program last week was all about the Lake Stevens Farmers Market which will open again this summer starting in June and ending in August. The Lake Stevens Farmers Market is located at North Cove Park.
Lake Stevens Farmers Market Gary O'Rielly 2023-05-15 07:00:00Z 0
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Lake Stevens Film Festival-2023

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on May 09, 2023
Last year was the introduction of the Lake Stevens Film Festival. Our special guest speakers on Friday, May 5th were Laura and Julian Bettelheim, Festival Organizers. In 2022, the City put out a request for a proposal and Laura submitted a proposal for the first Lake Stevens Film Festival which was held last October. The 2nd Annual Lake Stevens Film Festival will be on August 4th & 5th at Lake Stevens High School.
Lake Stevens Film Festival-2023 Gary O'Rielly 2023-05-09 07:00:00Z 0

New Member-Yohana Tobey

Welcome to our newest member, Yohana Kawehilani Tobey. Club President Chris Vallo and President-Nominee Ron Rasmussen presented Yohana with the Rotary Membership Packet, badge and Certificate of Membership on Friday, May 5th. Congratulations Yohana.  Her sponsor is Amelia (Auntie) Mimura.
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Legislative Update

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on May 03, 2023
Our guest speaker on Friday, April 28th was Representative Sam Low, a member of our Club and a Past President. Sam is the State Representative for District 39 serving his first term in Olympia and a County Council member as well, serving southeast Snohomish County.
Legislative Update Gary O'Rielly 2023-05-03 07:00:00Z 0

Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on May 03, 2023
Our guest speaker on Friday, April 21st was Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney. The Sheriff addressed issues surrounding public safety. Public safety is important, and the Sheriff has been a resident for the past 27 years. Currently building a house on property in Granite Falls after selling his house in 2022.
Grew up in Briar. Fortney commented that he is a grandfather and doesn't consider himself a politician. Decisions are based on how it impacts families such as his own family. When he ran for office, his goal was to be tough on crime. Change in state laws was a big issue even though changes were made the following year after some spikes in crime.
Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney Gary O'Rielly 2023-05-03 07:00:00Z 0

State of the City Update

Posted on Apr. 17, 2023
Mayor Brett Gailey presented his detailed “State of the City” address during the April 14 meeting. Lake Stevens has now exceeded 40,000 residents yet remains one of the safest towns in Washington from a crime standpoint. The city is working hard to keep up with this growth while maintaining the environment we all enjoy. Available single-family residential lots are fully developed so more carefully planned multifamily projects are coming including one downtown. 
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Club Elections

Posted by Don Iverson on Apr. 17, 2023
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Club elections for the Board and the Foundation were emailed this past week with a deadline of Thursday, April 13th with candidates listed to all club members asking for their vote on the two ballots. The results are in.
Voting for year 23/24 Club and Foundation Board members took place during the April 14, 2023, regular meeting, with attendees exceeding the minimum required for quorum. All candidates nominated by the Board were unanimously voted in. Most candidates are continuing present service so our board will “hit the ground running” this summer!
Club Elections Don Iverson 2023-04-17 07:00:00Z 0

Preview Lake Stevens Food Bank

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Apr. 11, 2023
Rotary Club members were treated to a preview of the Teaching Kitchen which is being sponsored by our Club and a tour of the rest of the building still under construction but getting closer to being finished. From left to right, Scott Smith, Anthony Hawley, Lance Morehouse, Don Iverson, Chris Vallo, Gary O'Rielly, Chris Jacobson and Sophina Nunez.
Preview Lake Stevens Food Bank Gary O'Rielly 2023-04-11 07:00:00Z 0

Self-Publishing:  But Where Would They Live?

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Apr. 11, 2023
Our special guest last week was Amanda Zamara, who self-published her first book, But Where Would They Live?  Her book has been selling on Amazon for the past two weeks. Expensive proposition but worth the effort. She is working on her sequel and according to Kendra Pinkleman who has read the current book and is looking forward to the next book. Books are selling for $8.99 on Amazon. Several members purchased a copy of the book after her presentation.
Self-Publishing: But Where Would They Live? Gary O'Rielly 2023-04-11 07:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Member JoElle Munger

Posted by Kyle Strand on Apr. 03, 2023
President-Nominee Ron Rasmussen and President Chris Vallo welcome new member JoElle Munger to our Club as the newest member this past Friday, March 31st. Welcome JoElle to the Rotary Club of Lake Stevens!
Welcome New Member JoElle Munger Kyle Strand 2023-04-03 07:00:00Z 0

Bridge Receiving

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Apr. 03, 2023
Our featured speaker this week was Tracy Rubstello, Development Director of the Bridge Receiving Center. Tracy has visited us numerous times updating our Club members on the latest information regarding Bridge Receiving Center. Her last visit was in June 2021. Bridge Receiving is a "Healing start for children entering foster care."  In Washington State, children aged 4-17 are the most vulnerable children and they face incredible obstacles.
Bridge Receiving Gary O'Rielly 2023-04-03 07:00:00Z 0

District Assembly 2023

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Mar. 27, 2023
The first view when we arrived at the District Assembly was Lee Harman standing by 82-year-old Miss Vicky. He plans on driving Miss Vicky from Alaska to Mexico is to raise funds for the fight to end polio. Lee is asking Rotarians to donate $67 USD (or more) toward the campaign to end polio. His last road trip was driving Miss Vicky--a 1931 Ford Model A Victoria--from Beijing to Paris. You can find more information and donate at
District Assembly 2023 Gary O'Rielly 2023-03-27 07:00:00Z 0

Classification Talk

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Mar. 27, 2023
Our program this past week was a Classification Talk by new transfer member Randal Southam. We learned that Rand likes donuts and beer so he will fit in well. Born in Denver, and moved a year later to Richland, Washington where he grew up, he worked for the Forest Service following high school and then met his wife, Lin, at the Northgate Red Robin in Seattle. They married in 1986, a son arrived in 1988, and they adopted their second son, James, several years later.
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Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Mar. 21, 2023
Our guest speakers on March 17th, St. Patrick's Day were Rotaractors Alec Linse and Morgan Crosby. They were here representing their Club, Snohomish County Rotaract which was founded on March 17, 2017.    
  • Chartered in 2017
  • 13 active members   
  • Registered 501(c)(3) non-profit
  • Participates in local and international service projects
  • Active with district youth events YAIL and RYLA, with most members having attended or facilitated (or facilitating this year's) at both leadership weekends.
  • Club business meetings are held primarily online
  • In-person meetings/gatherings are held frequently
  • We partner with many Rotary clubs in the county, supporting each other's projects.
Their projects are responsible for creating, enacting, and sustaining projects to make the world a better place. 
Rotaract Gary O'Rielly 2023-03-21 07:00:00Z 0

Roadside Clean Up

Posted on Mar. 21, 2023
On Saturday, March 18th our Rotary Club crew was out picking up trash and debris on 16th St NE from the Boys & Girls Club to N Machias Rd and west towards 8th St NE as well as along Main St and 18th St both east and west of Main St. Thank You Rotarians! Pictured are, l to r, James Monroe, Laurie Westover, Eve Stern, Community Services Chair Brian Rewis, Maureen Gano-Smith, PE Don Iverson and Kyle Strand.
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Welcome to Our Two Newest Members

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Mar. 20, 2023
Welcome Maureen Gano-Smith (L) and Rand Southam who transferred from the Rotary Club of Alderwood Terrace. Give them a warm welcome to our Club.
Welcome to Our Two Newest Members Gary O'Rielly 2023-03-20 07:00:00Z 0

A Journey for the Y

Posted on Mar. 20, 2023
During the St. Patrick's Day celebration Amy Lewandowski received encouraging comments from Club members. shown her with our Past President Kevin for her efforts to raise $205,000 for the YMCA.  On Tuesday, March 21st Amy will, beginning at 6 am, commence a 12-hour cycle ride to raise the funds for the YMCA.  Amazing journey. May the Luck of the Irish be with you as you begin and end your cycling adventure for a really great cause.
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Happy St. Patrick's Day

The kick-off to our Club's St. Patrick's Day activities included a number of Irish outfits, a wonderful story by Kevin O'Brien about his grandparents coming to the United States in 1915 through Ellis Island and eventfully settling in the Seattle area.  Kevin asked everyone to stand and do the Irish Jig with him.  Video on our Facebook page. Incredible time. Thanks to my Irish Brother.
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Ndengelwa Water Global Grant Request

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Mar. 13, 2023
Joan Tilton, Rotary Club of Arlington, was our guest speaker on Friday, March 10th requesting our Club's financial commitment for the Ndengelwa Water project in Kenya. The International Humanitarian Project is all about Clubs, Districts and the Rotary Foundation coming together to promote the common good and applying for a Global Grant. Funding for large projects can range from USD $15K to $200K. 
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District 5050 Grant Seminar

Posted on Mar. 13, 2023
The District 5050 Grant Seminar was held on Saturday, March 11th in Bellingham. President Chris Vallo represented our Club, with President-Elect Don Iverson, Treasurer Jak Thornton and Secretary Gary O'Rielly attending as well. The seminar was conducted by District Foundation Chair Jack Rae and Sub-Committee Chair Val Tibbetts with assistance from former chair Malcolm Kennedy.
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Interact -St. Patrick's Celebration

Posted by Kristin Odegaard on Mar. 09, 2023
A fun day at Interact a week ago Wednesday, celebrating St. Patrick's Day, hearing from Jennifer Smith, Creator Zone about the upcoming Open House and from Ken Collins, Superintendent and Past President of our Rotary Club. Over 40 Interactors were on hand for this meeting and celebration. Pizza was the main course brought to the Club by Gary O/Rielly, Club Secretary and lots of treats provided by Interact Advisor Kristin Odegaard.  
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Strength in Community-YMCA Annual Campaign

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Mar. 06, 2023
Our guest speaker on Friday, March 3rd was Elizabeth Michaud speaking to the Club about the 2023 YMCA of Snohomish County Fundraiser-Strength in Community. Elizabeth shared her background growing up in the YMCA-Everett childcare program. When she turned 18, she was to "cool" for the Y but when she got married and had three young boys, she rejoined the Y.  Elizabeth noted that the Y has been around for over 100 years. She grew up in the Y, got financial assistance, joined an exercise group and connected with staff, lost weight, joined the Help Desk. Although she had no tech skills, she is started as an ACT coach and youth development, social development and more. She has worked herself up the organization and is now the Membership Director of the Y in Marysville.
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PETS 2023 by Don Iverson

Posted on Mar. 02, 2023
Don Iverson presented photos and discussed his attendance at the Rotary 2023 President Elect Training sessions (PETS) February 17th through the 19th.  The event took place at the Hilton Doubletree at SeaTac and is the largest Rotary training session in the world. Ten districts with Clubs in five states and British Columbia participated with almost 700 people attending.
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Rotarians in Action-Market Street Clean Up

Posted on Feb. 20, 2023
On a cold, rainy day, two brave souls chose to clean up the streets along Market Street. Brian Rewis, Chair of the Club's Community Service and Kyle Strand, Chair of the Membership Committee were on hand to tackle this project.
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New Creator Zone Community Connections

Posted on Feb. 20, 2023
Creator Zone, a new non-profit getting ready to make a difference in the Lake Stevens area will host a fundraiser event on Friday, March 10th from 6 - 8 pm at their new refurbished facility at 9015 Vernon Rd., in Lake Stevens.
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Whispr Innovations - Environmental Services Company

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Feb. 20, 2023
Our guest speakers on Friday, February 17th were Derek Kaye, Founder and Ethan Hansen of Whispr Innovations. The company's goal is to provide clean, quiet, green lawn care solutions. Whispr is a professional residential and commercial battery-electric lawn service company with electric vehicles.
Derek was raised and schooled in Lake Stevens. Derek spent some time in Singapore and was a member of a local Rotary Club while he lived there. Taking care of our green spaces is an integral part of this community. So, they were here today to talk about their innovative approach to lawn care and so much more.
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KLA HA YA DAYS festival

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Feb. 13, 2023
Our guest speaker on Friday, February 10th was Bill Webster, President of Kla Ha Ya Days festival who shared information about the non-profit organization which has served the community for 120 years. Currently working on re-branding the organization. Sent out questions with responses nearing 30,000. Re-branding will cover the organization's core values and partnerships with local non-profits such as our Club. Currently developing guides and handbooks for clearly defined expectations and case use.
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YAIL 2023

Posted by PDG Brad Whittaker on Feb. 08, 2023
Help your local youth learn to become great members of your community by supporting them to participate in District 5050's Youth Adventures in Leadership (YAIL).
YAIL is a three-day event that helps students develop leadership and team building skills and contributes to positive personal growth. These students are future Rotarians and will become leaders in their communities, schools, and Rotary Interact and Rotaract.
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Hot Yoga-Lake Stevens

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Feb. 06, 2023
Our guest speaker last Friday was Anya Joy, owner of the Hot Yoga studio in Lake Stevens. Anya and her husband, Carl, bought a house and moved to Lake Stevens over a year ago. During the same period, they opened their Hot Yoga studio. Although the current studio is located on 91st Avenue NE, they are looking for a larger space. Requirements are from 1,200 to 2,500 square feet
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Skyline Elementary - "WE Need a New Playground for Our Explorers"

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jan. 31, 2023

We Need a New Playground for Our Explorers was the message given by Kristina Schweizer, Skyline PTA President on Friday, January 28th at our weekly Club meeting.

This link will provide you with all of the details of the great need at Skyline Elementary as the current playground is badly in need of being replaced. Kristina emphasized the need "to provide the students with a safe, engaging, and accessible space to play" for all students. 
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Sherwood Community Services-Business of the Year

Posted on Jan. 31, 2023
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Congratulations to Sherwood Community Services, Lance Morehouse, CEO and their fantastic staff. The Greater Lake Stevens Chamber of Commerce named Sherwood the Business of the Year on Saturday, January 28th at the Membership Appreciation event at the Marysville Opera House.
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95 Years Young

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jan. 31, 2023
Joyce Bell, founding member of our Club celebrated an early morning birthday cake the day following her 95th birthday. Congratulations Joyce and many more to come. So young at heart.
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Rotary Exchange Student - Norway

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jan. 25, 2023
In honor of Josie, our Rotary Exchange Student who is going to Norway, our two past presidents sang the Norwegian Fight song out of respect for her destination. Your guess is as good as mine whether the fight song was Mitt lille land, listed as the new national anthem in 2011 or was it another song that they developed unexpectedly out of the blue?  Will we ever know the "rest of the story?"
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Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jan. 17, 2023
In my time in Lake Stevens, we had the duck, now the Vikings and the newest is Fred the Dragon. Fred was extremely popular on Halloween night at the Mill in downtown Lake Stevens when the community celebrated.
The most popular character at the Halloween celebration with families taking pictures of their children in the arms around Fred the Dragon. Gary O'Rielly, Club Secretary and Chris Vallo, Club President presented a certificate and badge to Fred the Dragon's co-owner, Laurie Westover.
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Down to Earth Community Gardens

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jan. 16, 2023
Our guest speaker for Friday, January 13th was Terry Bockovich who spoke about the Down to Earh program she is involved with at this time. According to Terry there are 1,094 community gardens in the state since the beginning of the Eagle Ridge Community Garden. Working on a transition program at Mt. Pilchuck with new growing space and with the Lake Stevens Community Resource Center. Partnering with Steve Allen, who will be adding murals to each of the projects. Currently trying to raise money for his projects.
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Our Sergeant at Arms

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jan. 09, 2023
The role of our Sergeant of Arms? From jumpstarting the meeting with a brief exercise to fleecing our members, all in the name of goodwill, better friendships, and just all-around fun. He even fleeced his mom who was his guest all going to our Foundation and a good cause for the community.
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Our Newest Member

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jan. 09, 2023
President Chris and Kyle Strand, Chair of the Membership Committee, welcome Joel Engstrom of the Banner Financial Group and owner of Nationwide Alternative Lender. Joel was sponsored by Brian Rewis.
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Happy New Year

Happy New Year from the Rotary Club of Lake Stevens

A bit of history of New Year's Eve is outlined below. Enjoy the coming new year.

With a tough year coming to an end, we can’t help but hope for a better and brighter future. Of course, the transition to another year wouldn’t be complete without celebrating New Year’s Eve! We deserve to eat good food, reunite with family and relatives, party with friends, and have the best New Year countdown. After all, NYE is one of the most widely celebrated holidays in the world.

However, this occasion didn’t become popular overnight. Several historical moments paved the way to making New Year’s Eve the holiday that we know and love today. Read on to know the history of New Year’s Eve and appreciate the holiday more!

How New Year Celebrations Began

The first known record of New Year’s celebrations began about 2000 B.C. in Mesopotamia. This occurred at the time of the vernal equinox, which is toward the end of March. Babylonians would have a religious festival named Akitu taken from the Sumerian term for barley. They’d perform various rituals, which would last for eleven days.

Besides celebrating the New Year, Atiku also marked the time that Marduk, Babylonian’s sky god, defeated Tiamat, the evil sea goddess. Meanwhile, the New Year for Persians, Egyptians, and Phoenicians would start in the fall equinox. Greeks used to celebrate the New Year during the winter solstice.

March 1 as the New Year

In the early Roman calendar, there were ten months or 304 days only. Then, it was March 1 that marked the New Year. So, the ninth through twelfth months or September through December that we often hear was first called seventh through tenth months.

January 1 as the New Year 

The origin of January 1 marking the New Year dates back to 46 B.C., when Julius Caesar developed the solar-based Julian calendar. This was after the old lunar-based Roman calendar became ineffective.

Another reason behind making January 1 the start of the New Year was to honor Janus — the Roman god of beginnings who had two faces. This means that he could go back to the past and move forward to the future.

To celebrate the occasion, ancient people would offer sacrifices to the god of beginnings, add laurel branches to their homes as decorations, and exchange gifts.

However, the New Year celebrations were paganistic. So, January 1 was removed as the start of the year. December 25, the day Jesus was born, was then considered the beginning of the New Year. March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation, was also used as a replacement for January 1.

Gregorian Calendar

NYE in the Gregorian calendar occurs on December 31. In late 1582, Pope Gregory XIII implemented this calendar in Rome. Minimal changes were applied to the Julian calendar introduced by Julius Caesar.

As the lunar cycle calendar became a solar year calendar, some days had to be removed as well. So, days after October 4, 1582, were changed to October 15. You can only imagine what people born on October 5 to 14 felt!

While the Catholic church first followed the Gregorian calendar, other European countries, like Germany, Denmark, Russia, and Scotland, slowly adopted it. Today, the Gregorian calendar is also the one used in different countries.

New Year’s Eve: Different Celebrations and Traditions

You can’t say goodbye to 2022 and welcome another year without celebrating New Year’s Eve. Various countries have their own traditions and celebrations, but there are also common ways to celebrate this special occasion.

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Lights of Lake Stevens - Rotary Booth

Posted on Dec. 19, 2022
On a cold winter night, our Rotary Club participated in the Lights of Lake Stevens as one of the Sleigh Stops All Around the Lake. Our Sleigh Stop was at the entrance to The Mill. The Saturday evening event was from 5-7 pm.
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Duke - When a Nonverbal Autistic Teen's Family is Falling Apart, He Must Find His Voice to Keep Them Together

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Dec. 19, 2022
Our special program was a preview of the short film by Thiao Dadalt and Dru Miller (Lake Stevens) about a autistic teenager Duke Peters. Dru was unable to join us for the viewing and asked Lance Morehouse to introduce the program. Duke lives a life of silence. He has no voice to speak from and can only communicate through groans, shouts, and violent outbursts. As his family begins to fall apart under the pressure of caring for him, Duke must find his voice to keep them together.  In the end, they discover that Duke can communicate through his iPad with beautifully written sentences as he finds his path forward with his family intact. A beautifully written short film that will enlighten the audience.  
Duke - When a Nonverbal Autistic Teen's Family is Falling Apart, He Must Find His Voice to Keep Them Together Gary O'Rielly 2022-12-19 08:00:00Z 0

Sherwood Community Services-SAVE THE DATE

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Dec. 10, 2022
An old friend and former member paid a visit to our Club last Friday. Ilene Levering was our speaker for Sherwood Community Service where she was recently promoted to Major Gifts and Donor Partnership Manager. Ilene spoke about the upcoming April 1st Gala at Tulalip.
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Congratulations, Viking Football Team-State Champions

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Dec. 10, 2022
Gathering at Lundeen Park for the Viking Football Team parade celebrating their State Championship. The parade kicked-off at 10 am with the Lake Stevens Police and the Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue leading off.
More photos of the parade as it left Lundeen Park with many gathering to cheer the team on.
Congratulations to the players, coaches, families and the School District! This is the first 4A Football State Championship in the modern era.
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Lake Stevens Resource Center

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Dec. 05, 2022
Our guest speaker this past week was Tina Mandella, Site Director for the Lake Stevens Resource Center operated by the Volunteers of America, Western Washington.
Here are some of the images from the Back-to-School Drive and the 2022 Back to School event. The Lake Stevens Resource Community Resource Center opened January 2021 and is located inside the Holy Cross Church on 20th St SE off of Hwy 9. The Center is open Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 4 pm. The Center offers a safe place to seek help and resources during times of need.
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Rotary Foundation Moment for the Week of December 4th

Posted on Dec. 04, 2022
You can honor a loved one in a meaningful way with a contribution to the Rotary Foundation that helps sustain our efforts around the world.
The easiest way is to start at and select the option to make a donation in honor or in memory of someone. You can contribute to the Annual Fund-SHARE, the World Fund, the Endowment, PolioPlus, Disaster Response Fund, a specific area of focus, or a global grant.  
As a donor, you will receive gift credit and a tax receipt (where applicable). The person you are honoring or their family can be notified of your gift by email, or you can choose to print a notification and deliver it yourself.   
Consider making a gift to the Foundation today to Honor someone you love.
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Tulalip Tribe

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Nov. 22, 2022
Our special guest on Friday, November 18th, was Verna Hill discussing the history and background of the Tulalip Tribe. Verna asked our Club members present if any of us had lived in the same zip code all our lives. No one raised their hand. Verna has lived in the same zip code all her life. Verna is from Sauk/Suiattle Tribe. Verna was introduced by Jim Steinruck, an old friend who worked with her when he was the Director of Community Public Health for the Tulalip Tribe.
Verna said that over 97-98% of the tribal members have lived in the same zip code all their lives. The only time that Verna left the Tulalip Tribe was for six months. Otherwise, she has been there her entire life. She commented that her grandfather was from near Darrington and her other grandparents Elsie Price and William Price were best known as the world-famous strawberry person. Verna is one of eleven children from a blended family. She has four children of her own and four foster-children.  The baby of those children is hers. One is the President of Leadership Snohomish County.  
The Tulalip Tribe are known as the salmon people. Tulalip is composed of 22,000 acres with the hub from I-5 to seven miles, Fire Trail-Marine Drive to I-5.  Verna inquired as to how many had been to their museum. Obviously, the number of hands went up was most of us. The museum has a great history dating back to 1792 which shows the timelines up to the Judge Bolt decisions.
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Holiday Toy Drive

President Chris Vallo and Community Services Chair Brian Rewis helping at the recent Holiday Toy Drive along with many other organizations.
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American Red Cross Blood Drive UPDATE

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Nov. 14, 2022
The American Red Cross Blood Drive co-hosted by our Rotary Club and the Lake Stevens School District made an enormous difference. Our blood drive registered 21 donors and collected 21 pints of blood. As a result, our Blood Drive will potentially save 63 lives over the coming week according to the American Red Cross. A big "Thank You" to Amy Lewandowski who is the Club organizer of the drive and to Tracy DeLorm for assisting during the day. Plus, a big shout out to the club members who participated in donating blood.
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Friends of the Library

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Nov. 14, 2022
Our program last week was City Councilwoman Mark Dickinson appearing for the "Friends of the Library." Sno-Isle Library will start clearing the property on Chapel Hill within the next several days. The large boulder (a glacial erratic) will be kept in place and incorporated into the property design. The architect firm Building Work has been hired to design the new library. You can stay updated by visiting Sno-Isle/FutureLakeStevensLibrary. 
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Veteran's Day History

Posted on Nov. 11, 2022
Veteran's Day
In the early morning hours of November 11, 1918, representatives of France, Britian and Germany met in a railroad car near Compiegne, France, to sign an armistice ending World War 1, or the Great War as it was known at the time. The cease-fire took effect at 11:00 am that day-the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Up and down the trenches, after four long years of the most horrific fighting the world had yet known, the guns fell silent. "The roar stopped like a motor car hitting a wall" one U.S. soldier wrote to his family. Soldiers on both sides slowly climbed out of the earthworks. Some danced; some cheered; some cried for joy, some stood numbed. The Great War had left some 9 million soldiers dead and another 21 million wounded. No one knows how many millions of civilians died. Much of Europe lay in ruins. But finally, with the armistice, it was "all quiet on the Western Front"
For many years, November 11 was known as Armistice Day to honor those who fought in World War 1. In 1954 Congress changed the name to Veterans Day to recognize all American veterans.
Every November 11 at 11:00 am, the nation pays tribute to its war dead with the laying of a presidential wreath at the Tomb of the Unknow Soldier in Arlington National Cemetary outside of Washington D.C.
But Veterans Day honors more than the dead. Memorial Day, observed in May, is for remembering soldiers who lost their lives in the service to their country. Veterans Day is set aside to honor and thank all who have served in the U. S. armed forces-particularly our 23 million living veterans.
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Classification Talk & Launch of New Non-Profit

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Nov. 08, 2022
Chris Smith has been a member of our Club since August 2022. This is a two-part presentation from a Classification Talk to the launching of a new non-profit that he has named the Creator-Zone. Fascinating background both personally and professionally and the exciting news about developing a non-profit that will provide the skills that will lead to meaningful vocations.
Chris and his wife Zea are creating a Washington State Nonprofit where innovation happens. The non-profit is Creator Zone where we are encouraged to enter their dynamic open space that is surrounded by fully equipped and hi-tech creative studios. Entrepreneurs, beginners, and skilled creators can work alongside or with each other, discovering and building their craft. There is an arena for sharing knowledge and experience, for inventing on insights, for active fabrication and doing of the work, for collectively empowering a positive and engaged society.
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Special Honors for Retiring Rotarian

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Nov. 01, 2022
On Friday evening, October 28th, our Club honored Jim Haugen who will be retiring from Rotary on December 31, 2022. Friends came from our Club and a local couple from the Everett Club plus a member of the City Council watching, heaping praise and appreciation for all that Jim has done for our Club and the community. Jim and Kirsten are a special couple.
Jim has been in Rotary for 33 years and 9 months. Kirsten was presented with 34 long stem roses for the number of years that she has shared Jim with Rotary. The Club awarded Jim with an Honorary Rotary Membership effective January 1, 2023. Jim was given a framed copy of the Honorary Member certificate.
The Board honored Jim further with the Rotary Citizen of the Year award for 2022-23. So many reasons for the honor are because of the vast amount of civic work he does each year.
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Posted on Nov. 01, 2022
One of the most popular attractions at Harvest Fest-Halloween in downtown Lake Stevens was the giant dragon. So many kids and families were photography standing in front of the giant dragon. Laurie and Mike provided the giant Dragon for Halloween Night at the Mill Spur.
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District Governor Raj's Visit

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Oct. 31, 2022
Our distinguished guest on Friday, October 28th was District 5050 Governor Raj Rajagopal. He discussed three Rotary areas of focus: Environment, Peace and Reconciliation and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. On Environmental focus, Rotary International is encouraging the development of Environmental Clubs. In the area of Peace and Reconciliation, did you know that Rotary International is an official delegate to the United Nations where a special seat is reserved for RI.
DEI must be broader than race or color. Do we have members of our Club that might be wheelchair bound, blind or someone with special needs? He encouraged our Club as he has done with every visit to be open to new ideas.
Accompanying District Governor Raj was District Foundation Chair Jack Rae and Assistant District Governor, Area J, Duane Rhodes.
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Rotary Skate Park Clean Up

Posted on Oct. 31, 2022
The Rotary Club and Interact Club spent a recent Thursday evening picking up trash and removing graffiti from the Rotary Skate Park.
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Interact - Adopt A Street Clean Up

Posted on Oct. 26, 2022
On a cold rainy day, members of the Lake Stevens High School Interact Club picked up litter around the Lake Stevens High School and on 113th Avenue. Thanks so much for your community service.
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Transportation Benefit District-General Election

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Oct. 26, 2022
Our guest speaker October 21st was Aaron Halverson, Director, Public Works for the City of Lake Stevens. Aaron provided information Proposition 1 on the November 8th General Election ballot measure, the Transportation Benefit District.
As shown above, the Transportation Benefit District is designated to raise revenue, acquire, construct, improve, provide, and fund transportation improvements in the City of Lake Stevens. Projects that are funded include traffic congestion relief, sidewalk connections and repairs, street and road maintenance, and multi-use pathways or trails. Revenue from the TBD can be used as matching funds.
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Rotarians In Action-Lundeen Park

On a cool crisp Tuesday evening, members of the Rotary Club of Lake Stevens (Rotarians in Action Committee) worked on sprucing up a portion of Lundeen Park. Their efforts will continue since they made a huge dent in cleaning up the landscape, but they have a long way to go.
The six Club members and the photographers were mowing, pulling, digging up roots and removing sticky blackberry bushes along with weeds, and growing grass that needed to be cut down and trimmed up a lot.
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Transitions 2021-22

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Oct. 17, 2022
Tiffany Jumper, Special Education/Transition team at the Lake Stevens School District was our special guest speaker on Friday, October 14th. Tiffany has been doing this job for the past two years. The Transition Team works with students with Special Needs. Tiffany shared various slides on the work of the Transition Team with these students. Today, they are going to the Pumpkin Patch.
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Lake Stevens Film Festival

Posted on Oct. 12, 2022
The LAKE STEVENS FILM FESTIVAL brings films and filmmakers from the Pacific Northwest together for a one-day screening and networking event. LSFF was established to cultivate an appreciation for the arts within Lake Stevens and showcase diverse viewpoints from both established and emerging creators. You cannot have a Film Festival without popcorn. Serving free Rotary popcorn throughout the film festival was Jim Haugen, Gracie Lewandowski, and Gary O'Rielly.  
Jim Haugen fixed the popcorn machine and had the supplies available for the Film Festival activities including the sound system playing movie theme songs in the outer lobby. Magnificent event for Lake Stevens and the Miller Family who were involved in the production of Duke.
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Corks, Kegs & Coins-It Takes a Village

Posted on Oct. 06, 2022
To quote an old cliche, "It Takes A Village" to have a successful fundraising event. Just a few of the members, spouses and guest who helped with the clean-up at The Mill.  A round-robin dance followed, way too funny. Thanks for everyone's help in making our Corks, Kegs and Coins such a huge, huge success.
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Mari's Place for the Arts

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Oct. 05, 2022
Welcome back Mary Toews, a former member of our Club and the Executive Director/Founder of Mari's Place for the Arts was last week's program along with Joe Marine, Board President, and Mayor of Mukilteo as well as a Rotarian.
Mari's Place for the Arts provides local youth with the opportunity to explore their creative side through art and cultural enrichment classes. Each class is designed to draw out the young artists' natural curiosity and encourage them to explore, share collaborate with others.
The courses last 12 weeks and are limited to twenty students from ages 3-17 with all efforts directed at involving them in the arts. The student impact is listed above. Compass Health is a major partner. The goal of Mari's Place is to partner with private schools as well. Currently, the Lake Stevens Senior Center is a partner with classes just beginning two weeks ago. Mary has 44 children on the wait list. Only recently, through aggressive funding and partnerships, has Mary been able to be paid for her work.  Mari's Place was founded in 2010-2011. A scholarship program has been established as well as the cost per student. 
Mary has developed a program worthy of any organization's support.  
Mari's Place for the Arts Gary O'Rielly 2022-10-05 07:00:00Z 0

Corks, Kegs and Coin Quest-Best Ever

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Oct. 03, 2022
Thank you, Lake Stevens, for generously supporting our Corks, Kegs & Coin Quest at our first in-person event in two years. As it turns out, it was the biggest fundraiser ever for this annual event. Our Silent and Live Auction raised a lot of money for our Club's activities that will go back into the community such as high school scholarships, park and road clean up and so many more projects. We were absolutely blown away by the generosity to our Lake Stevens Food Bank "Fund a Cause" raising over $15,350.
The Silent Auction and our Auctioneer in action, Paul Rogers.
Auctioneer and Emcee working the crowd at the Auction on Saturday, October 1st.
Corks, Kegs and Coin Quest-Best Ever Gary O'Rielly 2022-10-03 07:00:00Z 0

Lynda Routh - Classification Talk

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Sep. 26, 2022
Lynda Routh joined our Club in February and has been an active member since joining. When Lynda graduated from high school in 1978 she started working for the railroad after her father who was a locomotive engineer said, get down to the railroad and get yourself a job for the summer. First offer was to be a Train Operator but turned it down and two weeks later was called up for a clerical job.
When she first began working for the railroad everything was very archaic before computers. She was on the extra board for 13 years, work every job that was considered clerical from janitor, revenue, and billing, operating a forklift and received her weighmaster certificate. She had lots of jobs throughout her career. 
In 2007 she was transferred from Ft. Worth, Texas to the Everett area. She eventually became the Superintendent of Operations and for ten years was responsible for 300 employees and the safe on-time operation of the trains on the territory which was Seattle to New Westminster, BC and over to Wenatchee. Her operating budget was in the multi-millions.
Lynda Routh - Classification Talk Gary O'Rielly 2022-09-26 07:00:00Z 0

Membership Packets

Posted on Sep. 19, 2022
New membership packets were presented to Steve Alexander by the Chair of the Membership Committee Kyle Strand and to Chris Smith by President Chris Vallo. The Membership Packets are important tools to learn more about Rotary International and our Club.
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Canine Foundation - Joshua Holmes

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Sep. 19, 2022
Snohomish County Sheriff's Deputy Josh Holmes was our guest speaker on Friday, September 16th. Deputy Holmes brought his partner, Doc, with him as part of the program. Josh was here to speak about the Snohomish County K9 Foundation. The Foundation raises funds for local law enforcement agencies to help supply equipment and help fund the purchase a K9 officer.  The cost of a K9 dog is about $10,000 excluding travel for the officer, and classes with the K9.  The cost to train a K9 requires 400 hours of training for the basic handler's school and the permit to meet the state canine handler certificate. K9 dogs are acquired from Indiana which is the preferred provider where the handlers choose from among 10-15 dogs, then trains with the K9 of their choice. There are two master trainers at the Sheriff's Department.
FUNDRAISERS: Proceeds of every bag of Fur Missile coffee from Vinaccio Coffee in Monroe go to support the Snohomish County K9 Foundation.  The Tickets on Sale Now photo above "Support the Paws that Enforce the Laws" fundraiser on Saturday, November 5th at 6 pm at Hidden Meadows in Snohomish.
Canine Foundation - Joshua Holmes Gary O'Rielly 2022-09-19 07:00:00Z 0

Route 66

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Sep. 12, 2022
In 2006, two members of our Club decided to drive Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica, California. Driving the TR 4 was John Morrison with Loren Hole as his passenger, they left Lake Stevens enroute to Chicago. On the route, stops in Missoula, Montana to fix an oil leak were required. From there to Deadwood, South Dakota and when they arrived in Chicago, the first stop was at Lew Mitchell's Famous diner which was the starting point of their Route 66 excursion. 
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Seahawk Season is here

This past weekend, the NFL and football season was upon us.  One member is ready for the Seahawk season to start on Monday Night Football against Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos. Where's your Seahawk MASK?
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Posted on Sep. 12, 2022
Receiving their Membership Packets from Ron Rasmussen and Kyle Strand were Rickelle Pegrum, Lynda Routh and Sam Lavis as President Chris Vallo looks on. Welcome to the Club!
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Classification Talk

Our newest member, Steve Alexander, gave his Classification Talk during last Friday meeting. Steve works for a company called Smart Cremation and his classification is Funeral Director. Nine years ago, his mother-in-law passed away. His mother-in-law had 4 daughters and had no plans in place when she died. There weren't any discussions about what to do when his mother-in-law died. Misunderstanding about the cost involved and cremation followed. 
Steve was originally from Washington DC. Steve was a member of Rotary about 30 years ago. Moved to this area in 2004. Rented a house for four months before buying a home. Steve enjoys remodeling houses. He remodeled a house in Granite Falls that was over 6,300 sq. ft. and was a complete shell. As he recounts his story, he bought the view and got the house for free. He remodeled the house and enjoyed every minute of it.
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Corks, Kegs & Coins

Don Iverson, President-Elect ran the meeting on a couple Friday's ago and updated the members on the Corks, Kegs & Coins Fundraiser. Don started the discussion by showing the layout of the Mill and a diagram of the event with an outside foyer available for adult guests to sit and enjoy wine or beer. We have retained the services of an Auctioneer Paul Rogers. Challenges with the sound system were debated and questions arose about the State's requirements, but it is under control according to Don.
Club members are reminded to push Coin Quest ticket sales, bring a Silent Auction or two items, two bottles of wine and 2 large bottles of beer. Deadline for submitting Silent Auction items is two weeks before Oct. 1st event. Silent Auction will be available at Greater Giving one week prior to the event.
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Corks, Kegs & Coins Registration


Silent Auction is Live

Hello Lake Stevens Rotary Community Supporters!

We're so excited to announce that our Corks, Kegs & Coins Beer, and Wine Tasting Event will be in-person this year on Saturday, October 1st, at the Mill Pavilion on North Cove Park. Like years past, we will offer an online Silent Auction during the week prior to our in-person event that will end during the in-person event. All bidding for the Silent Auction items will be online so those at home can bid with those attending the in-person event. Bidding on our Live Auction items will only be available to those attending the in-person event due to Washington's Liquor Control Board rules. 

You have two ways to join in the fun and support our community: 

Register for the online Silent Auction only here:

Register for the online Silent Auction above and buy your tickets to the in-person Corks, Kegs & Coins Wine and Beer Tasting with Live Auction here:


The Lake Stevens Rotary Club

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2022 Corks, Kegs and Coin Quest

Join us on Saturday, October 1st at our Annual Corks, Kegs and Coin Fundraiser at the Mill in downtown Lake Stevens. This is our major fundraiser to raise funds for scholarships and other local projects. A Fund-A-Cause will be part of the evening festivities to support the Lake Stevens Food Bank Building campaign. Coin Quest tickets are on sale by our Rotary Club members. Fun time with a great venue, an auctioneer, fantastic buffet and so much more.
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Farmers Market

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Aug. 29, 2022
The Farmers Market in downtown Lake Stevens involved our Club having a booth. Working the second shift was Scott Smith, Brian Rewis and Angie Hein. The first shift was manned by Gary O'Rielly and Lynda Routh. Free water on a sweltering day is extremely popular. Several individuals stopped by asking about membership in our Club during the first shift. This was the last time this year for our Club since Farmers Market ends this coming Wednesday, August 31st.  Fun time. Wonderful conversations and great watching Lake Stevens community members enjoying the market and North Cove Park. A big shout out to Jim Haugen for bringing the tent, cooler and Rotary supplies to us for set up.  Always on hand ready to help. 
Farmers Market Gary O'Rielly 2022-08-29 07:00:00Z 0

GolFun 2022

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Aug. 29, 2022
Our Club fielded two teams at the District 5050 GolFun tournament held at Homestead Farms Golf Course in Lynden on Friday, August 26th. This is the first time that we have had two foursomes competing in the tournament. Chris Vallo, Club President, his son Brad, Ron Rasmussen, President-Nominee and Gary O'Rielly, Club Secretary were one team, and the other team was Chris Jacobson, his nephew Lewis, Connor Davis, and Chad Pinkelman. No prizes for our two teams but a fun time playing golf, enjoying each other's conversations around the golf course and at dinner. Magnificent event for our Club and the District.
GolFun 2022 Gary O'Rielly 2022-08-29 07:00:00Z 0

Scouts BSA Troop 88

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Aug. 22, 2022
Our Scouts BSA Troop 88 has really great leaders. Kristin Wells, Troop Committe Chair and Brie Blaschka-Mueller, Scoutmaster, were our special guest speakers last Friday. Their Troop numbers are climbing with 26 members and their activities are busy on projects, summer camps, and regular meetings. They meet at the School District Admin building where we hold our meetings every other Wednesday evening. Activities in the past several months included, a flag retirement, paint night, rock climbing, a beach clean-up, activities at Fire Mountain Scout Camp were the Troop split into two groups competing against each other, Aviation Day at Sea-Tac Airport with Alaska Airlines, a mulch fundraiser and a textile fundraiser.
Scouts BSA Troop 88 Gary O'Rielly 2022-08-22 07:00:00Z 0

First Responder Mental Health

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Aug. 17, 2022
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. 
First Responder Mental Health Gary O'Rielly 2022-08-17 07:00:00Z 0

Lake Stevens Food Bank Building Update & More

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Aug. 08, 2022
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.
Lake Stevens Food Bank Building Update & More Gary O'Rielly 2022-08-08 07:00:00Z 0

Aquafest in Photos

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Aug. 02, 2022
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.
Aquafest in Photos Gary O'Rielly 2022-08-02 07:00:00Z 0

The weekend starts with Aqua Fest

The Rotary Corn Booth occupied one of the best locations at Aqua Fest.  Stop by, buy some really fantastic Corn on the Cob, bottled water and Coin Quest tickets.  Best corn again this year.
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Aqua Fest 2022

Aqua Fest 2022 begins on Friday.  Stop by the Rotary booth, buy our corn on the cob and tickets for our Coin Quest drawing on October 1st during the Corks and Kegs Annual fundraiser.
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Rotarians In Action-Swim Beach 

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jul. 25, 2022
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.
Rotarians In Action-Swim Beach Gary O'Rielly 2022-07-25 07:00:00Z 0

Solstice Healing-Individual, Telehealth and Ecotherapy

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jul. 25, 2022
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.  
Solstice Healing-Individual, Telehealth and Ecotherapy Gary O'Rielly 2022-07-25 07:00:00Z 0

RI Foundation Grant - Eswatini

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jul. 12, 2022
Carol Hendricks was our guest speaker on Friday, July 8th updating our Club on the RI Foundation grant to Days for Girls which started in 2008 by Founder and CEO Celeste Mergens. Carol was with us in 2019.  She has made 14 trips to Eswatini for Days for Girls. The republic of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) is a landlocked country in southern Africa bordering South Africa and Mozambique. It has a population of 1.2 million people.
RI Foundation Grant - Eswatini Gary O'Rielly 2022-07-12 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary-Farmers Market-A Family Affair

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jul. 12, 2022
Rotary is a family and sometimes it becomes a Family Affair. At the Farmers Market on Wednesday, July 6th, Kristin Odegaard, her daughter Josie and son Diego manned the Rotary booth during the first shift. Kristin is the Advisor to our Lake Stevens High School Interact Club. 
During their shift, she signed up six students for next year's Interact Club and spoke to one young woman who showed interest in joining Rotary. Our Club gives out FREE water and on a balmy day, it is a very welcome relief for many of the Farmers Market attendees.
Rotary-Farmers Market-A Family Affair Gary O'Rielly 2022-07-12 07:00:00Z 0
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The YAIL Experience

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jul. 03, 2022
Friday's featured speaker was Josie J.O. She shared about her time as a participant at the recent District 5050 YAIL Conference.
The Rotary Club of Lake Stevens is proud to support the youth of our community in helping them develop their character. Josie is a member of our Interact Club, highly active in school athletics and is a Drum Major in the school band. No doubt you have met a mover and shaker who will have a profound impact on her community.
Josie's comments are listed below about the YAIL experience: 26 students from around the District attended this year's YAIL conference
  • First Day
    • Speaker: Krysandra Wilson
    • Culture walk: shared experiences. Lots of scenarios tearing down the walls
    • Facilitator groups: each attendee had a facilitator assigned to each attendee
    • Austin Taylor – facilitator and mentor for Josie. Group name: Thrashers
  • Day 2-What we Did
    • Speaker: Phoenix and Adam: Personality Types Overview. Myer Biggs-animals.
    • Speaker: Dr. Bowtie Jenkins.  Great speaker with lots to discuss about leadership.
    • Yailantics: group activities.  Speaker: Deb Wiggs-discussed self-leadership
    • Affirmation Representation – pipe cleaners.  Affirmation Representation
  • Day 3
    • Speaker: Celeste Mergens-helped group build a bridge: Days for Girls
The YAIL Conference is sponsored by District 5050 each year. Last year, due to Covid restrictions was held on Zoom. YAIL stands for Youth Adventures in Leadership, is open to participants ages 15-17 and is held annually at Alexandra Neighborhood House in Surrey, BC, Canada.
The YAIL Experience Gary O'Rielly 2022-07-03 07:00:00Z 0

Annual Meeting Member Awards

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun. 28, 2022
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!
Annual Meeting Member Awards Gary O'Rielly 2022-06-28 07:00:00Z 0

Amazing Annual Installation Banquet

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun. 28, 2022
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.
Amazing Annual Installation Banquet Gary O'Rielly 2022-06-28 07:00:00Z 0

Award to Rotarian Citizen of the Year

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun. 28, 2022
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!
Award to Rotarian Citizen of the Year Gary O'Rielly 2022-06-28 07:00:00Z 0

Supporting the Community

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun. 28, 2022
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.
Supporting the Community Gary O'Rielly 2022-06-28 07:00:00Z 0

International Project Alliance (IPA) Marty Pease

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun. 20, 2022
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.
International Project Alliance (IPA) Marty Pease Gary O'Rielly 2022-06-20 07:00:00Z 0

State of the School District

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun. 20, 2022
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. 
State of the School District Gary O'Rielly 2022-06-20 07:00:00Z 0

In Tribute-Lorna Hole

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun. 20, 2022
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.
In Tribute-Lorna Hole Gary O'Rielly 2022-06-20 07:00:00Z 0

Adopt a Park-Skate Board

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun. 14, 2022
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.
Adopt a Park-Skate Board Gary O'Rielly 2022-06-14 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Booth - Farmers Market

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. 
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Highland Elementary Reply

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun. 07, 2022
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.
Highland Elementary Reply Gary O'Rielly 2022-06-07 07:00:00Z 0

Getting Ready for New Leadership

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun. 07, 2022
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. 
Getting Ready for New Leadership Gary O'Rielly 2022-06-07 07:00:00Z 0

Farmers Market 2022

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun. 02, 2022
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.
Farmers Market 2022 Gary O'Rielly 2022-06-02 07:00:00Z 0

Lake Stevens High School Scholars Awards

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on May 31, 2022
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Pictured above are scholarship recipients with Lance Morehouse, Vocational Committee Chair, Sam Low and Ken Collins, Lake Stevens School District Superintendent, and current Past President of our Club. The Rotary Club of Lake Stevens distributed $26,500 in scholarships to seven awesome high school seniors headed to college and vocational trade school this summer/fall. In memory of Dean Franz, live plants in cedar planters were distributed to each recipient to give to a person who nurtured them during their life.
Special contributors to our scholarship fund were Debe and Derek Franz on behalf of Dean Franz, Dr. Jae Hong, Sam and Mariah Low, Lance and Carrie Morehouse and Loren and Lorna Hole provided major donor contributions to the scholarship fund.
After awarding four scholarships, Lance turned the final three scholarship awards over to Sam Low.
The Rotary Club of Lake Stevens is proud to award these seven candidates with scholarships to the college or vocational scholarship to some awesome high school seniors at Lake Stevens High School.
Lake Stevens High School Scholars Awards Gary O'Rielly 2022-05-31 07:00:00Z 0

Roadside Clean Up 

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on May 30, 2022
Another roadside cleanup project on Saturday, May 28 was led by Brian Rewis, Chair of the Community Services Committee. This was the second Saturday in a row that Club members were out cleaning up roadsides in Lake Stevens. Last Saturday, Market Street to Davies Beach and this week 16th Street NE and E. Lakeshore Drive downtown area. Pictured, left to right, Chris Vallo, President-Elect, Jim Haugen, Brian Rewis, Gary O'Rielly and Jak Thornton.
Roadside Clean Up Gary O'Rielly 2022-05-30 07:00:00Z 0

District 5050 Recognition

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on May 26, 2022
At the recent District 5050 Conference our Club was recognized for our Club and membership giving to the End Polio Now Campaign and achieving the Club goal for the GolFun Polio Plus commitment.
District 5050 Recognition Gary O'Rielly 2022-05-26 07:00:00Z 0

Bridge Receiving Update

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on May 23, 2022
Tracy Rubestello visited us again to update us on the current activities going on at Bridge Receiving. Tracy has visited our Club in the past around 2018-19. The last time Tracy visited us, Bridge Receiving was a vision, idea, and a concept but now it is a reality. Her father was a Rotarian in the downtown Seattle Club. Bridge Receiving opened in August 2020. Bridge Receiving is a healing start for children entering Foster Care. Children coming into Foster Care for the first time.  Bridge Receiving avoids these new Foster Care children going into a hotel or other facilities before going to Foster Care. This is the only facility in the United States with hopes for more being built in the future.
Bridge Receiving Update Gary O'Rielly 2022-05-23 07:00:00Z 0

Naval Station Everett Update

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on May 19, 2022
Last week's guest speaker was Captain Joshua Menzel, Commander of Naval Station Everett. Captain Menzel arrival at the Station July 2021. This is his first time to Rotary. The Captain said that Naval Station Everett assignment is a sailor's choice. The base is a beautiful location and the newest base in the country which opened in 1996. In Lake Stevens, Constitution Park is naval housing where he lives. Captain Menzel was first deployed here in 2001 aboard the Abraham Lincoln. The Captain appreciates the community. He is also a ship guy so this assignment is confined to the base rather than on a ship.
Naval Station Everett Update Gary O'Rielly 2022-05-19 07:00:00Z 0

The Power of Rotary

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on May 09, 2022
Our program on Friday, May 6th was a video of Rotary International-President Elect Jennifer Jones talking about the power of relationships and Rotary as she and her husband moved to RI headquarters for the next two years.   
Shortly after moving into her office at RI headquarters, she received a message from a Rotarian in Hamburg, Germany who mentioned that they had met during a previous visit. He was asking for help in getting a scholar in Kabul, Afghanistan on an evacuation list as soon as possible. Working through several Rotary contacts, the scholar was added to the evacuation list and headed to a European country in a very brief period. The power of Rotary in action.
The President-Elect talked about her experience as a journalist, grabbing history was the Berlin Wall was being torn down and 25 years later, November 09, 2014, meeting a reporter who was reporting on the anniversary of the Wall being torn down and sharing the experience of world peace.  Removing barriers, highlighting inclusion, and referencing Paul Harris, comments at the 24th RI convention in 1933:
Although the picture quality lacks, the message is important as referenced by President-Elect Jennifer Jones referencing the comments in 1933 at the 24th Annual Rotary International Convention. The message she delivered was clear: Engage all our members in our daily activities and projects carrying the message of Rotary into our communities around the world. The importance of Rotary is diversity, equity, and inclusion which she referenced often during her video.
Here is the link to President-Elect Jennifer Jones video:
Here is the link to our YouTube meeting recording:
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Lake Stevens Health & Wellness Festival

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on May 02, 2022
Gloria Martin takes our Club through deep breathing exercise prior to speaking to our Club on Friday, April 29th about the Lake Stevens Health and Wellness Festival. The festival will be on Sunday, June 26th from 9 am to 4 pm at North Cove Park. Events include a Fun Run/Walk; Push Up Contest and Plank Challenge. Health and wellness vendors such as local fitness trainers and healthcare practitioners will be available. Local dance and martial arts schools will perform on the Main Stage. For the kids, there will be face painting available and plenty of guest speakers. 
Here is our meeting, YouTube link:
Lake Stevens Health & Wellness Festival Gary O'Rielly 2022-05-02 07:00:00Z 0

Domestic Violence of Snohomish County

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Apr. 25, 2022
Our guest speakers on Friday, April 22nd were Joy Ingram and Annie Landis. Joy has spoken to our Club in the past and is a member of the Rotary Club of Arlington. Annie is involved in the Prevention Department. Annie describes her position as the easiest job she has ever had. She enjoys playing and working with teenagers every day affected by domestic violence. The biggest part of prevention is understanding domestic violence. A key message is to create a safety plan for the mom and her children. The Domestic Violence Prevention Act allows victims to get legal protection without an attorney.
Domestic Violence of Snohomish County Gary O'Rielly 2022-04-25 07:00:00Z 0

Earth Day 2022

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Apr. 25, 2022
The Rotary Clubs of Arlington and Lake Stevens celebrated Earth Day 2022 by planting trees as part of a Native Growth Protection Area (NGPA) restoration project at Stormwater Wetland Park. Everyone enjoyed the tree planting, camaraderie between the two Rotary Clubs, followed by lunch. Cub Pack 29 participated in the tree planting ceremony as well. Both Clubs had a good turnout of members and guests.
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Volunteers of America-Western Washington

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Apr. 19, 2022
Former State Senator Kirk Pearson who is currently the Vice President of External Affairs for the Volunteers of America - Western Washington, was our guest speaker on Friday, April 15th. Senator Pearson was substituting for Brian Smith, Chief Operating Officer and a resident of Lake Stevens. Now there's a potential member of our Club. VOA will celebrate its 125th Anniversary next year. VOA has several resources starting with Food, Shelter, Behavior Health, Community Resource Centers, Disability Services, Dispute Resolution, Preschool and Senior Centers.
Volunteers of America-Western Washington Gary O'Rielly 2022-04-19 07:00:00Z 0

Our Scout Troop

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Apr. 13, 2022

imageThe program on April 5th was a presentation by our Scout Troop Senior Patrol Leader Grace W.. We have sponsored the Troop now for three years. In that time, we've had a 600% growth in members! 
The recent textile drive was successful with 1,000 bags being distributed by the Troop. There are 26 girls on the roster with three recently joining the Troop from the our Cub Scout Pack. Future activities include Mt. Pilchuck hike at the end of May, and more monthly camp out. The Troop will be going to Camp Easton in Idaho on the east side of beautiful Lake Coeur d'Alene for summer camp.
In October, the Troop will participate in Scouting for Food, going door-to-door to collect food and delivering it to the Lake Stevens Food Bank. One of the presenters from the Troop is within six merit badges of being eligible for the coveted Eagle Scout award. She still has to complete a service project and a leadership role for the Troop. Currently their meetings are at LifePoint Church on Wednesday evenings. However, soon they will be meeting in the very room where we hold our Club Meetings. In response to a question, you must be 11 years of age or in the 5th Grade and be a Cub Scout earning the Arrow of Light Award.  Great work by our Scout Troop 88!
Our Scout Troop Gary O'Rielly 2022-04-13 07:00:00Z 0

Highland Elementary School Acknowledgement

Posted on Apr. 11, 2022
An email we received from Principal Ryan today. He also sent one that said, “It looks so good! :)”
The Rotary provided sensory walk installed at Highland is featured in school's morning announcements, beginning at 1:55. 
View the video announcements and a tour of the pathway at Highland Elementary School.
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Highland Elementary School Interactive Pathway 

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Apr. 06, 2022
It started with the new playground being built at Highland Elementary School about 18 months ago and finished on Wednesday, April 6th with the interactive pathway to the all-inclusive playground equipment completed. Our Club, along with matching funds from District 5050, obtained the Diamond level status helping fund this new all-inclusive playground.
Some of the images of the all-interactive pathway from the school to the old and new playground equipment. The process began on Saturday, morning April 2nd with seven Club members and resumed on Wednesday, April 6th with five Club members.  
Highland Elementary School Interactive Pathway Gary O'Rielly 2022-04-06 07:00:00Z 0

Lake Stevens App

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Apr. 04, 2022
Most of us live in an App world. So, why not create an App for Lake Stevens? Done. Mike Beazer, a Boeing engineer created the Lake Stevens App while working from home in his spare time. Here is some relevant information if you haven't downloaded the new Lake Stevens App.
Lake Stevens App Gary O'Rielly 2022-04-04 07:00:00Z 0

Dan Tedor, Director of Career and Technical Education

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Mar. 30, 2022
Our guest speaker on March 25th was Dan Tedor, Director of Career and Technical Education for the Lake Stevens School District to discuss the CTE Graduation Pathways that involves a set of two or more High School CTE courses that earn a student at least a two high school credits within the same program area, or an OSPI approved pathway, and align with the student's high school and beyond plan.
Dan Tedor, Director of Career and Technical Education Gary O'Rielly 2022-03-30 07:00:00Z 0

Interact Update

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Mar. 20, 2022
Our special program this past week was our Lake Stevens High School "Interact Club" with a presentation by Noah Fontenot, the Interact Club President who was joined by Lauren Ruble, Secretary, Piper Finley and their Advisor Kristin Odegaard. Over 800 total Service Hours as a Club this year!!!  Last year, they received the PACER Together Against Bullying Award 2021, Most Participation in School's Club Fair Booth, local recognition, and Club attendance is rising. Club attendance is an average of 30-40 students each week.
Visiting Ashley Point is one of their monthly projects. Painting rocks and Street Cleaning are some of the other project the Club does as well as helping clean up the gardens around the school. Interact adopted the road in front of the High School- 113th Av NE from 28th St NE to Hwy 92.  Broad experience for each of our members.  The residents at Ashley Pointe are happy to see the Interact Club members visiting them.
March Madness was a Club affair with 175 high students visiting the booth to ask about the Interact Club. Lauren made cupcakes to be given away at March Madness. Piper talked about the Green Bag Food Project in partnership with Snohomish County Rotaract. Donations go to the Lake Stevens Food Bank.  So far in two weeks, the Interact Club has five plus full bags of food.
Things that they want to do in the future include an April Run, Walk, and Roll with Pacer and the plans are already in motion. Another is school beautification such as painting rocks and placing them around the school for anyone to pick up, continuing to go to Ashley Pointe, Club T-shirts, and a park bench.
Wow, what an amazing group of young men and women dedicated to serving the community through their high school experience.  This is "what" Interact is all about. Service to the Community. And I was told Noah, Lauren and Piper's presentation was heard throughout high school. Way COOL!
Interact Update Gary O'Rielly 2022-03-20 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Skatepark Landscaping

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Mar. 20, 2022
On a rain-soaked day, Rotarians gathered to do some landscaping around each tree in the park. A few pictures of our working party at the Rotary Skatepark on Saturday, March 19th. Missing is Gary O'Rielly who took the photos. Brian Rewis, Kyle Strand, James Monroe, Lance Morehouse, Chris Vallo, Lynda Routh and her grandson cleaned up around the tree basins. Joyce and Tracy brought coffee and donuts for everyone to enjoy while working.
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Lake Stevens Rowing Club

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Mar. 13, 2022
Our program guests this past week were President Gary Artim and Michelle Lobitz, External Vice President from the Lake Stevens Rowing Club. LSRC, formerly known as the NW Legends Rowing Club, was established in 1996 by seven individuals led by Bob and Barb Cummins. The original club was established in 1996 and was incorporated in 1997 as a non-profit organization. Initially the club was centered around occasional outings on the lake by residents.
In 1999, a formal partnership was formed with the City of Lake Stevens and the club's name was formally changed to the Lake Stevens Rowing Club. In the early beginning, all shells and equipment were second and third hand, either gifted or on loan from private individuals. In the Fall of 2002, a high school program was initiated by volunteers Scott Holmgren and Brian Wagner and has grown to over 40 team members.  
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Village Community Services

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Mar. 07, 2022
Our guest speakers on Friday, March 4th were Sydney Caplinger as the Volunteer Coordinator and Ronda Traut from Village Community Services. Their mission is committed to making a difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities.  We have been providing quality residential support and vocational services to adults with disabilities. Their service area encompasses Snohomish, Island and Skagit Counties. 
Their support services and advocacy help individuals with disabilities to achieve integration and full participation in their communities. They offer individualize supports that enable our program participants to achieve their right ot belong, to be valued, to participate, to make informed choices and to make meaningful contributions.
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Comparing Shirts

Posted on Mar. 07, 2022
Comparing shirt designs. Although Gary was wearing a Mardi Gras T-shirt, underneath was a shirt similar in design to Don's. Upon further examination, they were from different designers and we did pay the fine by the fine-master.
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D J Lockwood - Boys and Girls Club

Posted by Gary O'Rielly
DJ Lockwood, Athletic Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Lake Stevens, was our guest speaker on Friday, February 25th. DJ moved to Arlington when he was 6 years old. The family enrolled him in the Boys & Girls Club. After Covid affected his 8-year-old business, he started a new career as the Athletic Director of the Boys & Girls Club. Props included a football and basketball for a drill that was interrupted by Kevin O'Brien Rock Pocket Science game. Showed new basketball uniforms.
Lake Stevens residence for the past five years.  Married with three children. After working at UPS in Redmond, followed by long drives, and started looking for something else to do. A month later, the position at the Boys & Girls Club was available and he started his career as the Athletic Director.
DJ tells his coaches that the kids do not remember wins and losses, but they do remember their great coaches. The current building was donated to the Club in 2004. There are 62 coaches and over 600 kids involved. Biggest sports program in Snohomish County. There are 196 background check volunteers and 22 minor background checked volunteers with lots of community involvement. Kendra is one of his coaches. Reliant on the School District to partner with the use of gym space with practices from 5-8 pm from Monday to Friday. Feedback from parents has been incredibly positive.
Largest volleyball and flag football once again in Snohomish County. Working on new uniforms for each team. The Boys & Girls Club is a partnership with the community. No program is successful without the involvement of coaches, parents, and kids. Running the program out of three gyms. 
D J Lockwood - Boys and Girls Club Gary O'Rielly 2022-03-01 08:00:00Z 0

Rock Paper Science Contest

Who says we cannot have fun at our weekly meetings? Jackie Sheheen was the Club winner of the Rock Paper Science game at our February 25th meeting.  Even those online were able to participate. Fun time for all of us.
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A Hawaiian Story-Amelia Mimura

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Feb. 22, 2022
A favorite program that started with interviews of Club Veterans Sharing their military Experience on Veterans Day evolved into a special series that was rekindled on Friday, February 18th. Laurie Westover interviewed our own Hawaiian legend, Amelia (Aunty) Mimura who was raised on the Kalaupapa Island of Molokai. In Hawaii, Aunty and Unko (Uncle in Standard English) are used as a sign of respect towards elders. Either reference is to show respect for your Ohana (family). 
Aunty is incredibly special to this writer. She is a dear friend and is like family to me and my wife. Aunty is one of 21 children and the 7th born to her parents.Six brothers above her and she was the first girl and her mother had two sets of triplets back-to-back, all girls, after Amelia was born.
Amelia was on Oahu during the attack on Pearl Harbor when she was eight years old. Her family was visiting one of her grand uncles on Oahu. Fortunately, her uncle had a bomb shelter on site. It was incredibly sad to have something like this happen, she says. Very scary for an eight-year-old girl. But her mom and dad made sure she and her siblings were safe. 
She met a member of the 442, a Japanese battalion who ended up becoming her husband. His sergeant was Daniel Inouye who later became a United States Senator for Hawaii. Her husband was with the M Company for six years and never shared his war experience with the family.  
That changed when a doctor friend's son was doing a project on the 442 and asked to interview her husband. The interview included filming of the interview and it was the first time she ever heard her husband's experience in the war including his M Company involvement with Italian Dictator Mussolini.
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Imagine Children's Museum

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Feb. 14, 2022
Rachel Horner, Board Member of the Imagine Children's Museum and Boeing Senior Manager spoke to our Club on Friday, February 11th about the expansion project going on at the Imagine Children's Museum and the Capital Campaign.  The Mission of the Museum is to utilize playful learning to enrich children's lives. Currently serving over 260,000 patrons and guests a year is the reason behind the expansion. 
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Interact - Roadside Clean-Up

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Feb. 14, 2022
On a beautiful Saturday morning, 17 Interact Club members conducted a road clean up project along 113th Av NE from the Lake Stevens High School to the Roundabout at Hwy. 92. Plus, Club members picked up around the school parking lot and grounds. Excellent job. The Interact Advisor is Kristin Odegaard, Spanish Teacher and Rotary Club of Lake Stevens member.
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Honoring Terri Spencer

Posted on Feb. 14, 2022
A plaque at North Cove Park honoring the memory and accomplishments of Terri Spencer is so deserving. Terri was a founding member of the Rotary Club of Lake Stevens and was President in 1996-97. There is so much more to the impact Terri had on Lake Stevens and other communities around us.
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The "Y" Youth & Teen Programs

Posted by Gary O'Rielly
Our guest speakers this past Friday, Feb. 4th were Sam Toft, Youth & Teen Program Director and Alyne Van Winkle, Big Brothers Big Sisters at the Y (YMCA) Everett who shared the programs being offered at the Y. One of the important aspects of the Y is supporting healthy family growth along the way. There is the Drop-In Center for ages 10-18. A good place to chill with your friends or get help with your homework. Youth Membership can involve playing basketball, swimming, access to the gym to work out.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is a program that gives high school students a chance to make a difference according to Alyne. The purpose is for high school students to share their experiences with an elementary or middle school student. The goal is to spend one hour a week being a mentor, playing games, going outside, working on teacher assignments, or just hanging out. The goal of joining Big Brothers Big Sisters of Snohomish County is to help defend every child's chance to reach their potential, to do big, incredible things in their lives.
Many great programs at the Y for youth and families to participate in several ways or as Sam and Alyne stated, just hang out and chill.
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President-Elect Jones Introduces 2022-2023 Theme

Posted by Jennifer Jones on Feb. 06, 2022
"Imagine a world that deserves our best, where we get up each day knowing that we can make a difference."
President-elect Jennifer Jones revealed the 2022-23 presidential theme, Imagine Rotary, today. She's urging #Rotary members to dream big. Imagine…what dreams will you help realize?
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State of the Chamber

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jan. 31, 2022
Matt Tabor, CEO of the Greater Lake Stevens Chamber of Commerce was our guest speaker at Friday, January 28th meeting. Matt updated the Club starting with an overview of the State of the Chamber beginning with their major sponsors and the resources that have been available to the Chamber during the pandemic. There are 96 active members in the Chamber. 
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Lake Stevens Youth Council-Cedar Road

The Lake Stevens Youth Council is asking the City to build a sidewalk on Cedar Road from 20th St. NE to 29th St. NE.  The Youth Council requested support from our Club.  The Board and Members present at the presentation endorsed the project with the attached letter being signed by Reshal Ploeger, our Club President.
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Lake Stevens Youth Council

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jan. 24, 2022
It was such a pleasure to hear from members of the Lake Stevens Youth Council on Friday, January 21st at our Regular scheduled club meeting. Pictured but in no order are Owen Johnson, Jack Johnson, Anisa Yaser, Emma Miner and Lily Scrivens. The Council members were asking for support from our Club to endorse their proposal to Lake Stevens City Council to add a sidewalk to Cedar Street, a street commonly used by students and the track team.
Club members and the Board members agreed to support their request to Lake Stevens City Council and was signed by Club President Reshal Ploeger. The proposal ask the City Council to build a sidewalk on Cedar Road from 20th St. NE to 29th St. NE.  Citing the road as being well-used thoroughfare for youth traveling to the High School and is devoid of sidewalks.
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YMCA of Snohomish County, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Inspirational Weekend

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jan. 18, 2022
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.
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Kyle Strand appointed Chairman of the Rotarians In Action Committee

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jan. 16, 2022
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!
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Paul Harris Awards

Posted on Jan. 10, 2022
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.
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MLK Event Change

Posted on Jan. 05, 2022
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.
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Why I Joined Rotary

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jan. 05, 2022
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.
Why I Joined Rotary Gary O'Rielly 2022-01-05 08:00:00Z 0

Happy New Year

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.  
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Rotary Club of Lake Stevens Inaugural Holiday Boat Parade

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Dec. 29, 2021
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. 
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Lake Stevens School District Replacement Levies

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Dec. 21, 2021
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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Merry Christmas

From the Rotary Club of Lake Stevens, wishing everyone a safe Holiday Season with family and friends.
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Rotary Sponsors Holiday Boat Parade on Lake Stevens

Posted by Don Iverson on Dec. 15, 2021
It's a GO!
The first annual ROTARY CLUB HOLIDAY BOAT PARADE will be THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23rd from 5:00PM to 6:30PM starting from North Cove.
We have 15 boat owners joining us and hope to have many more!
As of now, winds are forecast to be very light with a minimal chance of rain. About the best we can hope for this time of the year.
Here are our plans for those who can join us:
  • Decorate your boat with lights and holiday decorations if you can
  • Gather before 5 pm in North Cove floating near the park and getting “warmed up”
  • Sound boat horns, form a line and depart at 5pm heading west
  • Travel counterclockwise, heading along the north shoreline
  • Let’s try to cruise at 5 MPH when heading into wind, up to 8 MPH with wind from behind (slow down where there are many viewers)
  • Tune stereo to 105.7 FM if you want synchronized Christmas music (Rotary boat has transmitter.) If enough boats do this, it might be an easy way to be noticed from shore.
  • Loop the entire lake and end at North Cove at approximately 6:30
Rotary Sponsors Holiday Boat Parade on Lake Stevens Don Iverson 2021-12-15 08:00:00Z 0

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Inspirational Breakfast

On January 17th, in lieu of our regular meeting, the Club has decided to forgo the meeting and many of us will be attending the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Inspirational Breakfast. If you are interested in attending, please let President Reshal Ploeger know as soon as possible. Tickets to the breakfast are $30.
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Taking Control of Your Life

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Dec. 13, 2021
Our guest speaker on Friday, December 10th was Nick Salmon. His topic was Taking Control of Your Life. The goal he offers is to simplify your life. Nick's three areas of focus were on Success, Focus, Serve and Sustain. Achieving goals beyond our wildest dreams was a message he talked about in his presentation. Prior to joining us, Nick studied Rotary's Four Way Test. Talked about the size and scope of Rotary International.
Nick is from the UK and was working for Boeing. A Boeing manager referred to the slow season between Thanksgiving and Christmas. He started his presentation with his first theme:
Success: What's a good definition of success? No universal rule because it depends on everyone's individual personality. Earl Nightingale offered the progressive realization of a worthy goal which was offered by Nick. It's the realization of a worthy goal. Stop comparing yourself to everyone else. An example of success mentioned by Nick was Michael Phelps and his enormous training sessions that brought him 28 Olympic medals.
Focus: Reshal responded by talking about her White Board establishing her daily, weekly, and annual goals. Nick suggested that we get up every morning and establish our goals. What should you be focusing on during the holiday season? 
Serve: Covid put a damper on businesses, especially restaurants, so goals may have been compromised only to be changed under different rules. Some focused on serving as the best alternative while being open during this critical period. 
Sustain: Whatever you offer as a level of service you will get back what you reap you sow. If you do not provide the service, you will not sustain your business relationship with your customers. You must sustain what you are doing.  
Free workbook: Books offered for sale were Unscramble Your Life - Success Journal and Unscramble Your Life.
Amy Lewandowski recommended Nick as a potential speaker.  He was delightful and full of energy with strong points for each of us to focus on daily. 
Taking Control of Your Life Gary O'Rielly 2021-12-13 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Lake Stevens Charitable Foundation Update

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Dec. 08, 2021
Jim Haugen, our esteemed Board member, and Chair of the Rotary Club of Lake Stevens Charitable Foundation gave his annual update on the Club's Foundation and Rotary International Foundation on Friday, December 3rd. Ever since Jim transferred to our Club in 2011, his emphasis has been to grow the RCLS Charitable Foundation, and he has done an amazing job accomplishing that task.
The growth of the Foundation is evidenced in the Loren Hole Endowment fund established n 2007 and it has grown beyond our wildest dreams, allowing our Club Foundation to accomplish our goals of service to the community.
Rotary Club of Lake Stevens Charitable Foundation Update Gary O'Rielly 2021-12-08 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation

Celebrate Rotary Foundation Month on Giving Tuesday today when Rotary members around the world give small gifts to make a big impact.  A $20 gift can help protect 6 children from the paralyzing threat of polio in Pakistan or Afghanistan.  A $50 gift could provide chicks to nourish a family or start a small business in Africa.  Share this Giving Tuesday.
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YACO, YACO, YACO:  I am here for you

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Nov. 29, 2021
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 respects to a member of our Club and our community on Saturday, November 28th 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.
YACO, YACO, YACO: I am here for you Gary O'Rielly 2021-11-29 08:00:00Z 0

Work and Play-Rotarians in Action

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Nov. 22, 2021
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.

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New Members Formally Installed

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Nov. 22, 2021
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.
New Members Formally Installed Gary O'Rielly 2021-11-22 08:00:00Z 0

Happy Thanksgiving

From the Rotary Club  of Lake Stevens. Wishing everyone safe travels, and being with family.
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District Governor Bev Harrington's Visit

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Nov. 22, 2021
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.                                                                                                                               
District Governor Bev Harrington's Visit Gary O'Rielly 2021-11-22 08:00:00Z 0

Dean Franz

Posted by Gary O'Reilly & James Monroe on Nov. 16, 2021
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.
Dean Franz Gary O'Reilly & James Monroe 2021-11-16 08:00:00Z 0

Club Veteran's Share Their Military Experiences

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Nov. 15, 2021
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.
Club Veteran's Share Their Military Experiences Gary O'Rielly 2021-11-15 08:00:00Z 0

Lake Stevens Historical Museum

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Nov. 08, 2021
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.
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Aquaponics Project

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Nov. 02, 2021
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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Burkhead Art Center 

Posted on Oct. 26, 2021
Melinda Burkhead of the Burkhead Art Center was our guest speaker on Friday, October 22nd. Melinda grew up in the area graduating from high school in Marysville and going to the University of Washington. Drawing on her passion for the arts, Melinda completed her MFA in Sculpture at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 2009. She has worked in a variety of mediums including drawing, clay, wire, mixed media, metal and bronze.
In 2019, Melinda moved back to the Pacific Northwest to follow a life-long goal of opening an art center and sculpture garden. She found the perfect serene property in Snohomish and the Burkhead Art Center was born. Recently members of our Club were there creating beautiful bowls for the Lake Stevens Food Bank "Empty Bowls" in early November. More in the next story.
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1st & 3rd Rotarians in Action update

Posted by Kyle Strand on Oct. 26, 2021
Kyle Strand reports that the 1st & 3rd Rotarians in Action group had a successful first community service event at North Lakeshore Swim Beach Park this past Tuesday, October 19th. The weather was perfect with some clear blue skies. We worked hard from 5:30 pm-6:30 pm with very little daylight remaining. However, we did get to see a little bit of a "Moonrise" as Amy called it. We focused our attention on pulling a lot of weeds throughout the area, to include raking the area of debris. We were not able to get to the one of our action items, laying down and adding sand. This will happen in the spring.
1st & 3rd Rotarians in Action update Kyle Strand 2021-10-26 07:00:00Z 0

Fall Harvest

Another Saturday, sharing a booth at the Harvest Market between our Rotary Club and the Lake Stevens Arts and Parks Foundation. Recognition, hard work, enjoying the wonderful fall day with one another talking about our Rotary projects while handing out Halloween candy to young kids accompanied by their parents.
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Empty Bowls Creations

Posted on Oct. 26, 2021
Recently, 13 Lake Stevens Rotarians and friends gathered at Burkhead Art Center to create these beautiful bowls for the Lake Stevens Food Bank "Empty Bowls" event on November 6th from 4-8pm at the Mill in downtown Lake Stevens
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1st & 3rd Rotarians in Action

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Rotarians in Action met this past Tuesday and put forth a Community Project idea plan that includes the following:
  1. Swim Beach -- Bench for Anna Marie Lopez-pulling garden weeds/clean up and paint.
  2. Hungry Hearts -- Christmas support.
  3. Beautification of Lake Stevens -- need ideas
  4. Shane McDaniels project of delivering firewood
  5. Help Out at Community Food Bank
  6. Sherwood Community Center
Kyle reported that Amy gave a classification talk this past Friday morning and Chris Martin is scheduled for October 15th.
Club business discussed at the meeting included: utilizing ClubRunner to send out meeting invites to our Tuesday evening meetings; Create social media events inviting people to join.
The next meeting is on Tuesday, October 19th at 5:30 pm at possibly North Shore Swimming Beach-pulling garden weeds and spreading sand. Kyle says to be sure to dress for the weather conditions and bring gloves.
The Tuesday evening meeting adjourned at 6:30 pm.
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Rotary "Citizen of the Year"

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Sep. 27, 2021
Congratulations to Christine for being named the Rotary Citizen of the Year. Christine has been so deeply involved in the community, as a volunteer, a leader and a go-to-person when you need help or some really good advice.
Rotary "Citizen of the Year" Gary O'Rielly 2021-09-27 07:00:00Z 0

Corks and Kegs 

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Sep. 27, 2021
The Irish Brothers testing the Viking waters as the Silent and Live Auction occurred on Friday evening, September 24th from 6 - 9 pm.  The auction was light-hearted, fun, full of surprises and building our funds for community projects. Too early to provide the financial details, but we all had a great time showcasing Rotary and silent and live auction baskets. The Coin Quest drawing was mid-evening and Violet, Queen of AquaFest pictured in another story, did a fantastic job. There are so many people to thank, starting with our sponsors, our Club members and our guest participants. Everyone who made a purchase, please enjoy your basket.
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Corks, Kegs and Coin Quest

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Sep. 26, 2021
Violet, Queen of AquaFest 2021 pulled coins from the gigantic treasure chest selecting the winners of the $1,000 Grand Prize and the winners of $500. $250 and three $100 winners under the watchful eye of Vikings Chris and Don. The drawing was part of the Corks, Kegs and Coin multi-fundraiser on Friday, September 24th from 6 - 9 pm at the Lake Stevens Senior Center. Winning tickets holders will be announced soon.
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Snohomish Regional Fire and Rescue update

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Sep. 26, 2021
Our guest speaker on Friday, September 24th was Kevin O'Brien, Club Member and Chief of the Snohomish Regional Fire and Rescue to update our members on his organization. In 2019, voters approved a merger between the Lake Stevens Fire and Snohomish County Fire District 7. Today, SRFR serves 175,000 residents in the cities of Lake Stevens, Mill Creek and Monroe as well as in unincorporated southeast Snohomish County (Clearview, Maltby, Echo Lake).  SRFR provides emergency services to the City of Mill Creek through a temporary contract. SRFR responds to over 17,000 calls per year with highly trained personnel and state of the art rescue programs.
To maintain this level of service, the Snohomish Regional Fire and Rescue is asking voters to a approve a one-year fire levy lid lift of $0.23 per $1,000 assessed property value. The November 2nd General Election Ballot Measure, Prop 1 will return the fire levy from $1.27 to $1.50 per $1,000. This levy lid lift is required by state law and is the way that fire districts revenues are raised in the state.
The last time voters approved a fire levy lid left was in 2017. Call volumes have increased by 10.2% compared to the same time last year. Inflation is another factor affecting the operation which is 6.3% making cost higher to respond to emergency calls and maintain operations. Levy revenue is not keeping up with the demand for and the cost to provide emergency services.
Snohomish Regional Fire and Rescue update Gary O'Rielly 2021-09-26 07:00:00Z 0

Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Sep. 20, 2021
Our guest speaker for Friday, September 17th was Joy Ingram, the Major Donor Collector for Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County. Joy has worked in the non-profit field for the past twenty-five years. Many of those years have been with the DVS organization. She commented that in a conversation with a Chief of Police, that domestic violence in his city was up over 3,000%. Nationally, Covid-19 confinement has caused a terrific rise in domestic violence. Joy is working with the communities to highlight their programs and services as a means of combating and bringing awareness to domestic violence. Four families currently are in residence at the Shelter. They did have to close for a period during the pandemic.
Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County Gary O'Rielly 2021-09-20 07:00:00Z 0

Coin Quest Sales

Coin Quest ticket sales at Jay's with Chris and Chris and at Haggen's with Amelia (Auntie), Jak and Chris. Ace, Haggen's and Jay's allowed us to sell tickets in front of their establishments this week as a way of bolstering and increasing our visibility selling tickets and talking about our Rotary Club participating in the community.
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WSDOT Update

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Sep. 13, 2021
Our guest speakers at our September 10th meeting were from Washington State Department of Transportation giving an update on the SR 9 and SR 204 Interchange Project.  Steve Herkowitz, Project Design Communications and Emma Dorazio, PDR with Tes Abraha, Assistant Project Engineer and Kenny Ezeokeke, Project Manager spoke to our Club about the upcoming improvements to SR 9 and SR 204 intersection. Tes Abraha started with a Project recap. The process started in 2016. The Project needs statement included that the intersection of SR 9 and SR 204 is the economic center of Lake Stevens. The improvements will shorten travel times for peak hour commuters and commercial drivers headed north of Lake Stevens using eastbound SR 204 to northbound SR 9. Another feature is to improve access and maintain visibility to local businesses. And decrease the serious crash rates at the intersection.
WSDOT Update Gary O'Rielly 2021-09-13 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarians in Action

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Sep. 08, 2021
Rotarians in Action, the Tuesday evening gathering, launched their inaugural meeting on Tuesday, September 7th with two potential members attending the Taco Tuesday meeting. The meetings will be on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday each month. Their first project will be on October 9th with more information to follow.  The next meeting is on Tuesday, September 21st at 5:30 pm.

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Mt. Pilchuck Elementary School

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Sep. 06, 2021
Our guest this past Friday was Malissa Weatherbie, Principal at Mt. Pilchuck Elementary School in Lake Stevens. Malissa was our guest talking about the playgrounds needs of Mt. Pilchuck Elementary School and the Special Needs program at the school and in the District.. The current playground is 12 years old. Accessibility is important especially for children with disabilities. Currently the school is lacking a successful surface for children with disabilities and a need for a playground that is accessible for all children. She acknowledged the new surface at North Cove park can be used by children with special needs including children in wheelchairs.  
Mt. Pilchuck Elementary School Gary O'Rielly 2021-09-06 07:00:00Z 0

Honoring Loren

Posted on Sep. 06, 2021
Loren Hole has been in Rotary for 54 years. During that time, Loren has had perfect attendance. On Friday, September 3rd, the day prior to his 96th birthday, Loren did what he does every year on his birthday. He contributes funds each birthday to the Rotary Club of Lake Stevens Charitable Foundation. Loren was given a Rotary pin with the #54 on it for his perfect attendance.
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Rotarians In Action - 

We are starting a Lake Stevens Rotary group focused on service and making Lake Stevens a better place to be. If you have great service project ideas or just want to make a difference by getting involved, this group is for you!

Our first meeting:
September 7th
Brian Rewis’ Farmer's Insurance Office
2012 Grade Road, Suite 203

RSVP is helpful so we have enough tacos🇲🇽 but not required
Text 📲425.308.7297

All are welcome • Serve alongside your kids during service projects • Meet your neighbors • Make new friends! 

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Lake Stevens Food Bank Building Campaign

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Aug. 31, 2021
Our Guest speaker on Friday, August 27th, was Doug Warren, President of the Lake Stevens Food Bank talking about the organization's Building Campaign. Many of us in the audience have been involved in the Building Committee and the Food Bank. Doug got involved in the Building Committee around 12-15 years ago. At the time, the Food Bank had just acquired property on the south side of the parking lot at Ebenezer Lutheran Church. A couple of issues surfaced including the lack of parking space and the cost to build on that site. The Food Bank could only serve once a week. After a long time, Doug set down with Mayor John Spencer and Patrick McCourt about four years ago. A theme was developed around collaboration with the community. Family Services had just pulled out of Lake Stevens. The Lake Stevens Food Bank serves the same community. What if we could build a building that would be in collaboration with organizations providing similar services to the Family Services Center? They started looking at parcels of land in Lake Stevens three to four years ago. The land that they looked at was overvalued. Some of those properties are still available for sale. The Food Bank eventually acquired land through generous land donation east of Trestle Station on 20th Street SE.
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Corks, Kegs & Coins Fundraiser

Tickets are now available from any Rotary Club of Lake Stevens member.  This is our largest fundraiser of the year with funds going to local high school senior scholarships, local parks, street and road clean up and so much more.  Join us and buy a ticket now.
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In and Around the City

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Aug. 25, 2021
Our guest speaker last Friday was Lake Stevens City Councilman Kim Daughtry talking about what's happening in the City and share his views of where we're headed. Kim started off talking about the Youth Advisory Council which is reported below.
The downtown core area is undergoing a massive change, Hwy. 9 south of Market Place lane improvements are underway, which is Phase 2 and Soper Hill and Hwy 9 project is underway with many unknowns. Senator Steve Hobbs took a break from his Military Training School to provide input on the Hwy 9 and 204 project. Steve has been a long time member of our Club.
The Soper Hill project will include a 55+ age complex but AM/PM is denying they are going to build a Convenience Store and car wash on the south side of Soper Hill. No idea what is going on the southside of the property. Update may come at the Council retreat.
Parks are really important to the City and they are looking for more parks, BMX biking and Pump Track, Power Line Trail, Frontier Heights renovation is underway.
Youth Advisory Council has been established in Lake Stevens. For the past ten years, Kim has been working on getting a Youth Advisory Council.  Councilman Steve Ewing brought the program to the city. The young group is awesome. The Youth Advisory Council wanted to be a council and is off and running. They will be coming to the City Council with some recommendations in the near future. Projects included weeding on 91st Street and helping at the Food Bank. The group isn't shy about asking how individual members voted on topics during the past year. Councilman Shawn Fredericks, a Club member shared his views on the group. The Youth Advisory Council  sends a couple of members to each City Council meeting.
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Retirement Party 

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Aug. 24, 2021
Chief John Dyer and his wife Peggy were honored at an Open House Reception on Wednesday, August 18 at the Lake Stevens Police Training Center.  After 37 years of faithful and dedicated service with the past four in Lake Stevens, our good friend and fellow Rotarian is retiring to their new home north of Mt. Vernon. There were numerous guests from our Club to the Snohomish Regional Fire and Rescue to fellow area Chief's honoring a wonderful chief with special tribute to his wife Peggy. Chief, you and Peggy will be missed in our community. Congratulations and Happy Retirement!

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Rotarians in Action - Alternative Meetings

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Aug. 24, 2021
Rotarians in Action is the motto of Club members who will meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at Brian Rewis's Farmers Insurance Office at 2012 Grade Road, Suite 203, Lake Stevens. The meetings will start promptly at 5:30 pm. Taco Tuesday is the theme of the first meeting on Tuesday, September 7th and again on September 21st.
We have numerous members in education and other professions that are having a difficult time attending our regular Friday morning meetings. We started looking at forming a Satellite Club but our team decided to add two evening meetings instead. The one hour evening meetings will be social in nature, project orientated and a fun meeting, hearing what our Club is doing and most important is being involved in Rotary and the community.
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Snohomish PUD-Community Solar & Arlington Microgrid

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Aug. 17, 2021
Our guests on Friday, August 13th were Suzy Oversvee and Laura Zorack from Snohomish PUD discussing the Community Solar and Arlington Microgrid programs. A few facts about the Snohomish County PUD: The public utility provides power to over 350,000 customers in Snohomish County and Camano Island. The utility is the second largest publicly owned utility in the Pacific Northwest and the 12th largest in the United States. It is a national leader in carbon free energy.
The Arlington Microgrid is a small generating grid. Its basically a big generator for the community along with energy storage. They have the ability to island the grid in case of any disasters. They can get an operation up and running without going to the BPA for help.
Snohomish PUD-Community Solar & Arlington Microgrid Gary O'Rielly 2021-08-17 07:00:00Z 0

Summer Martini Party

Please Join us for a
Summer Martini Party
Sit on our patio or on the dock overlooking Lake Stevens, listen to live
music, enjoy the entertainment, talk to new friends or simply soak up
the warm sun as you sip an exotic martini and feast on delicious food
$50 (all proceeds go to the Rotary Club of Seattle Northeast)
     Saturday August 28
          6:00 to 10:00 pm
11509 N Lakeshore Drive
Lake Stevens, WA 98258
Rsvp to Bob or Ann Howe at
Bob-425-614-8309 Ann-425-614-8552

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Special PHF Presentation

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Aug. 17, 2021
Past President Ken Collins presenting Kristin Odeggard with a Paul Harris Award and Distinguished Service Award for the 2020-2021 period. Kristin was unable to be at our June 26th Installation Banquet. Kristin is a member of our club and does an awesome job as Advisor to our Lake Stevens High School Interact Club. Congratulations Kristin. Well deserved.

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Bridge Receiving-One Year Ago

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One Year Ago Today... 
One year ago today, we opened our doors to the first children to ever come to Bridge Receiving Center... two sisters who needed a safe place to stay.  Since then we have opened our door to a total of 59 children in all...with many more still to come. It has been an amazingly beautiful and challenging year as we have cared for children coping with some of the worst that life can offer them. Children whose worlds have been torn apart and need to have a safe place to land, who need a team around them that understands how volatile and upset they can feel, how much they are hurting. 
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Heilon Fushion/Enabling

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Aug. 11, 2021
Our guest speaker this past week was Jessie Barton, Communications Lead for Redmond-based Helion Fusion/Enabling. A truly timely discussion since the company just broke ground on a new facility in Everett on 75th Street which is classed as the holy grail of energy. Clean-zero carbon with no long-lived waste to deal with and is a reliable-24/7 power generation. The fuel comes from the deuterium found in water. Helion has been doing fusion since 2020.
The company was founded in 2013. Raised more than $75 million in funding. Privately funded by 58 employees. Now double in size employment wise.  Helion Fusion/Enabling is expanding from their Redmond base to Everett in the foreseeable future.
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Membership Month

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Aug. 10, 2021
It's never too late to invite a prospective member to our Rotary Club meetings. There is a lot of exciting activities in Membership according to Ron Rasmussen, Chair of our Membership Committee. A committee is working on forming a Satellite Club that will meet the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays in the evenings. Our booth at the Farmers Market has produced interest in our Club. We have four candidates that have expressed interesting in our Club besides the prospects from the Farmers Market- Think Big.  Bring a friend and share the benefits of belong to our Rotary Club.  Rotarians of Action.
So, we carry the August theme as we go forward looking to our future members and leaders.
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North Cascades Institute

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Aug. 02, 2021
Our guest speaker Friday, July 30th was Catherine Endicott, Donor Relations Manager at the North Cascade Institute. The Institute's mission is to inspire environmental stewardship through transformative learning experiences in nature. Catherine has lived all over the United States and Cameroon and decided in 2003 to make Seattle her permanent home. 
To help us get started with today's program, Catherine asked a trivia questions: true or false, the North Cascades National Parks has more glaciers than Glacier National Park? TRUE. The North Cascades has 519 glaciers covering over 90 square miles between Snoqualmie Pass and the Canadian border.  The North Cascades contains the most glaciers in the lower 48 states. The North Cascades Environmental Center is located on the shores of Diablo Lake.
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License to Parent

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jul. 27, 2021
A very interesting and intriguing program this past Friday as Christina and Ryan Hillsberg talk about their book, License to Parent drawing on their careers in the CIA. How their careers as former CIA intelligence officers, now in the private sector took their CIA training to raise their five children.
Both spoke of their careers in the CIA and how they met on a field tour, married and used their CIA training to help raise their children in a way that would make them aware of their surroundings when out in public or even at home. Operations Officers/Intelligence Officer best describes Ryan's job in the CIA. Ryan speaks French, Danish and Portuguese and spent most of his time in Europe. Christina was assigned to Africa based on her studies in Linguistics, Swahili and African Studies. Her initial interview was with the Peace Corps and the CIA. She started as a Intelligence Analysis and when on to the Operations side of the CIA where she met Ryan. They talked about numerous scenarios involving their early careers with the CIA. One example was the term "Get off the X" is something that they teach at the CIA Farm. X = danger. Very interesting book. If you want more information use the link below: or go to our YouTube page to view the meeting and the speakers. 
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Light Up Lake Stevens

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jul. 27, 2021
Just a few scenes from our Viking crew during the Boat Parade on Saturday, July 24th as a way of highlighting Lake Stevens. This event is likely to become an annual event perhaps at AquaFest which was canceled this year due to Covid19.
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Unleashing the Vikings

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jul. 27, 2021
President Reshal unveils the Viking attire as we release the sale of tickets for our Coins Quest fundraiser which is part of the Corks, Kegs and Coins fundraiser on Friday, September 24th at the Mill in downtown Lake Stevens.
Our Viking Rotary Raiders will be at North Cove Park Farmer's Market selling tickets. The tickets go for $5 for 1 ticket or $20 for 5. There are 7 different cash prizes including the $1,000 Grand Prize.
This year the drawing will be held at our Corks, Kegs, and Coins event in September. You don’t need to be present to win, but it’s always a great time. You do have to be 18 or older to participate in the raffle.
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Another Medium of Misinformation Video

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jul. 20, 2021
This weeks program was a video of Jevin West, Director, Center for an Informed Public at the University of Washington as well as an Associated Professor talking about the medium of misinformation. The video has been edited to conform to our meeting timeframe.  The video emphasizes how the media in general distorts the news while still being accurate it is misleading.

On June 23, Center for an Informed Public director Jevin West, an associate professor in the University of Washington Information School, participated in the 2021 American Library Association annual meeting for a virtual Meet the Author event where he discussed the work of the CIP and Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World, the August 2020 book he co-authored with UW Department of Biology professor and CIP faculty member Carl Bergstrom.

He talked about Hanlon's razor:  Never ascribe to malice what can be adequately explained by incompetence.  Never ascribe to incompetence what could be an understandable mistake.  Data can be manipulated and misinformation can travel through data and be represented.  Another example was the Art of Skepticism in a Data-Drive World. What is BS. West describes BS which involves language, statistical figures, data graphics, and other forms of presentation intended to impress, overwhelm or persuade-presented with blatant disregard for truth, logical coherence or what information is actually being conveyed.
There was so much information to absorb that you can go to the following meeting link to view the video: or go to our club's YouTube page.
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 LGBTQIA+Community, Etiquette and Respectful Language

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jul. 14, 2021
This past week's presentation was Hannah Meier who gave us an introduction to LGBTQ+ inclusive language. Hannah is a speech language pathologist with Sherwood Community Service. Hannah is a Commissioner on the City of Mountlake Terrace Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commission and brings ten years of experience.
Hannah is going to discuss terminology regarding the LBGTQIA+ Community which involves 4 main categories. The 4 Main Categories are Sex assignment at birth (AFAB/AMAB); gender identity; gender expression and sexual orientation. All of these are different categories. One of the examples she discussed was Genderbread Person. Sexual assignment is generally based on your physical characteristics or chromosomes.
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Awards for 2020-2021

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun. 30, 2021
President Ken Collins announced that this year's Rotarian of the Year is Ilene Levering. As chairperson of the Community Services Committee, her inspirational messages before each meeting and for her outstanding work on projects and other activities for the Rotary Club of Lake Stevens for 2020-2021. Congratulations Ilene!
Other awards winners for 2020-2021 announced by President Ken are:  
  • Rising Star of the Year" Don Iverson
  • Four Way Test Award: Chris Vallo
  • Spirit of Service Awards: Sam Samano and Amelia Mimura
  • Distinguished Service Awards: Lance Morehouse and Kristin Odeggar
  • Viking of the Year Award for Leadership: Jim Haugen
  • And, Kristin Odegaard received a Paul Harris Award
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Annual Installation Banquet

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun. 29, 2021
First there was the story to recapping the year 2020-2021. Well attended Zoom meetings, a highly successful Corks and Kegs fundraiser, rising membership, great programming, exciting community activities such as funds for the Highland Elementary new all-inclusive playground and so much more. The Club awarded $22,000 in scholarships to nine high school seniors and finally our first in-person meeting on May 21st.  Ken put this all in context as he extolled the huge benefits for 2020-2021. Then, came the exchange of the gavel and new leadership as Reshal Ploeger becomes the new Club President on July 1st!
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Annual Banquet Entertainment

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun. 29, 2021
The three amigos sing the theme to Gillian's Island as part of the hysterical rendition by Kevin O'Brien, Dave Johnson and Ken Collins. Ken's term of office ends on June 30th. It's been a really different Rotary year as most of the meetings were on Zoom until May 21st when we went hybrid. As far as the entertainment goes they needed lots of audience participation. The Annual meeting was both entertaining and welcome as an in-person annual meeting with members and many with their spouses.
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A New Adventure Starts July 1st

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun. 21, 2021
A new year is about to begin.  On Saturday, June 26th, we will install new Board Officers and Directors during the Annual Installation Banquet at the Lake Stevens Senior Center. The program starts at 5:30 pm and will end approximately at 8:00 pm. RSVP attendance and food selection by Tuesday, June 22nd.
Old Board                                                New Board
President Ken Collins                              Reshal Ploeger
Past President Laurie Westover               Ken Collins
President-Elect Reshal Ploeger               Chris Vallo
President-Nominee                                  Don Iverson
Treasurer   Chris Vallo                            Laurie Westover
Secretary Gary O'Rielly                          Gary O'Rielly
Club Service Keith Partington                      Keith Partington
Community Service Ilene Levering              Brian Rewis
International Service Tracy DeLorm            Tracy DeLorm
Vocational Service Lance Morehouse          Lance Morehouse
        Ron Rasmussen                                Ron Rasmussen
        Vice Chairperson                               Ilene Levering
There will be no Club meeting on Friday, June 25th or Friday, July 2nd because of the 4th of July Holiday.  Anyone wanting to show up at the Buzz Inn on July 2nd for our informal get together is welcome.
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Sherwood Community Services-Donation

Posted on Jun. 21, 2021
During his last official regular Club meeting, President Ken Collins gives Ilene Levering and Lance Morehouse, Sherwood CEO a $2,000 check to Sherwood Community Services for the awesome work they do with children and adults with special needs.
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Interact Receives Unity Award

PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center recently recognized Lake Stevens High School Interact Club for their contributions to addressing and preventing bullying at the 7th Annual Unity Awards. LSHS Interact Club received the Together Against Bullying Award for the work they have done to prevent bullying in their community. During National Bullying Prevention Month (October), they made orange ribbons for all students and shared weekly newsletters with bullying facts, resources, and challenges. They continued their efforts throughout the school year and participated in PACER’s virtual Run, Walk, Roll in April, completing over 500 miles.
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You Never Know "Who" Might be in the Audience

Posted on Jun. 21, 2021
Dave Duskin, past Assistant District Governor and Member of the Rotary Club of Arlington joined us on Friday, June 18th hawking tickets for the Arlington Club's annual Duck Dash fundraiser. The Duck Dash will occur on Sunday, July 4th at Haller Park in Arlington.
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Retiring Superintendent Dr. Amy Beth Cook

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun. 21, 2021
Our very Special Guest on Friday, June 18th was Dr. Amy Beth Cook, who will retire at the end of the month after a 39 year career in education including 10 years as Superintendent. All of that time was with the Lake Stevens School District. Dr. Cook updated our members on the fabulous changes occurring during the past ten years.  It can be said without reservation that Dr. Cook led with her heart and put our children first in all things. Leadership has been her strength and the relationships she has built over all of these years are memorable.
Dr. Cook began her presentation acknowledging that it was all about the team, not her. Dr. Cook started as the Superintendent in 2011. When she became Superintendent the enrollment was 7,923 with 843 employees and 600 desktop computers in labs for student access. There was Lake Stevens High School, Cavelero Mid High School, two Middle Schools, six Elementary Schools, the Early Learning Center, the Transitions Program and the Homelink Program. 
In 2021 enrollment is 9,185, employing 1,228 and 8,299 Chromebooks checked out to individual students, K-12. In addition to all of the schools already listed there is now another Elementary School and a brand new Early Learning Center replacing the very outdated one at the Hillcrest Elementary campus. This allowed Hillcrest to expand since there are hundreds of new children moving into the southwest area of Lake Stevens
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Interact Awards & Road Clean Up Project

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun. 14, 2021
Interact Club members and Rotarians joining together for a Road Clean up in the downtown area. The group gathered at the Boys and Girls Club parking lot. Prior to venturing out to clean up the roads, Jim Haugen and Gary O'Rielly gave Kristin Odegaard, Club Member and Interact Advisor $25 gift cards to be given to the Interact Club members who were so awesome this year under extreme circumstances. Plus, the Interact Club members wore their Unity Awards from Pacer. Great time with these young leaders and congratulations on a highly successful year. Thanks Kristin for providing support and being an outstanding advisor to these young Lake Stevens High School students. You are awesome!
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District 5050-Youth Exchange Program Committee

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun. 14, 2021
Our guest speaker on Friday, June 11th was Felicity Dye, District 5050 Youth Exchange Program Committee Chair. For the past 18 months the program has been on hold. It is about to be re-launched! Felicity joined us by Zoom to give us an update and overview of the program. Felicity is a member of the Rotary Club of Bellingham and has been involved in the Youth Exchange Program since 2014.
She commented that Greg Startup from the Monroe Club was in the audience and was the former chair of the program. Youth Exchange is a program that engages students from ages 15-19. There are two levels of exchange. The first one is the long-term exchange which is a one year commitment where you send out one student and receive a foreign student. The second is a short term program of 4-6 weeks over the summer which is a family to family exchange matching students from a Club to someone in a foreign country.
The program comes under the umbrella of International and Youth Services. Really want to instill understanding and goodwill internationally.  Students return to their countries with a better understanding of our country. Amazing to see the development of these students when they return home. Hosting a student from our area. They should be embraced because when they return, they are energized and potential future Rotarians.  
Youth Exchange options are a little difficult to read, but it gives you an idea of the program.