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.

Work and Play-Rotarians in Action Gary O'Rielly 2021-11-22 08:00:00Z 0
Steve Hobbs Day at the Rotary Club of Lake Stevens 2021-11-22 08:00:00Z 0

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.
Lake Stevens Historical Museum Gary O'Rielly 2021-11-08 08:00:00Z 0

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.
Aquaponics Project Gary O'Rielly 2021-11-02 07:00:00Z 0

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

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.
Corks and Kegs Gary O'Rielly 2021-09-27 07:00:00Z 0

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.
Corks, Kegs and Coin Quest Gary O'Rielly 2021-09-26 07:00:00Z 0

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.

Rotarians in Action Gary O'Rielly 2021-09-08 07:00:00Z 0

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.
Lake Stevens Food Bank Building Campaign Gary O'Rielly 2021-08-31 07:00:00Z 0

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.
In and Around the City Gary O'Rielly 2021-08-25 07:00:00Z 0

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.
Rotarians in Action - Alternative Meetings Gary O'Rielly 2021-08-24 07:00:00Z 0

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.

Special PHF Presentation Gary O'Rielly 2021-08-17 07:00:00Z 0

Bridge Receiving-One Year Ago

Bridge Receiving Center Logo
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.
Heilon Fushion/Enabling Gary O'Rielly 2021-08-11 07:00:00Z 0

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.
Membership Month Gary O'Rielly 2021-08-10 07:00:00Z 0

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.
Light Up Lake Stevens Gary O'Rielly 2021-07-27 07:00:00Z 0

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.
Unleashing the Vikings Gary O'Rielly 2021-07-27 07:00:00Z 0

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.
Another Medium of Misinformation Video Gary O'Rielly 2021-07-20 07:00:00Z 0

 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
Awards for 2020-2021 Gary O'Rielly 2021-06-30 07:00:00Z 0

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!
Annual Installation Banquet Gary O'Rielly 2021-06-29 07:00:00Z 0

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.
Annual Banquet Entertainment Gary O'Rielly 2021-06-29 07:00:00Z 0

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.
A New Adventure Starts July 1st Gary O'Rielly 2021-06-21 07:00:00Z 0

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.
You Never Know "Who" Might be in the Audience 2021-06-21 07:00:00Z 0

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
Retiring Superintendent Dr. Amy Beth Cook Gary O'Rielly 2021-06-21 07:00:00Z 0
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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!
Interact Awards & Road Clean Up Project Gary O'Rielly 2021-06-14 07:00:00Z 0

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.
District 5050-Youth Exchange Program Committee Gary O'Rielly 2021-06-14 07:00:00Z 0

Bridge Receiving

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun 10, 2021
Our guest speaker on Friday, June 6th was Tracy Rubstello, Development Director, Bridge Receiving Center. Tracy has spoke to our Club in the past and was updating our Club on the latest activities at the Center. Tracy's father was a long time Rotarian in the downtown Seattle Club. Bridge Receiving Center is a healing start for children entering foster care. The problem is when a child is picked up for abuse or other unfortunate reasons they need a safe place to transition to foster care. A child's first encounter with foster care is often traumatic and confusing. Bridge Receiving is a new concept established in Lake Stevens that could be installed around the State of Washington and around the United States. Bridge Receiving is the first of its kind in the United States.
Some of the critical information regarding children and foster care are on average 35 children are being removed from their home every month. They are a 30 day receiving center for children ages 4-12 years old (and their siblings, age 13-17) who are entering foster care for the first time and need a safe, healing place to land. Located on the edge of Cedar Springs Camp in Lake Stevens. This trauma informed program has been intentionally designed to meet the therapeutic needs of children in crisis while providing fun, recreational activities that allow them to still be children.
Bridge Receiving Gary O'Rielly 2021-06-10 07:00:00Z 0

Farmer's Market

Sam Samano and Laurie Westover manning the Rotary Booth at the opening of the Lake Stevens Farmer's Market. Water was a popular free hand-out and Laurie reports that their were three membership inquiries. The Club is co-hosting the site alternating every other week with the Lake Stevens Arts and Parks Commission. If you haven't signed up to help, contact Ilene immediately.  We will be back at the Farmer's Market on Wednesday, June 16th from 3 pm-7 pm.  We need two people for set up each time, two to man the booth from 3-5 pm and two for the 5 pm-7 pm + close shift. 

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Scholarships 2020-2021

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun 01, 2021
Each year, our Scholarship Program is administered through the Vocational Services Committee and is the highlight of our Rotary year and this year was just another example of how important it is to provide these incredible seniors from Lake Stevens High School with scholarships.
We presented the scholarships at our hybrid meeting last week. Recipients and their families joined us online while the Vocational Committee was at our meeting location.
The Rotary Club of Lake Stevens is a little Club that gives big! Our Club is rather small in size with 47 members and we were able to provide $22,000 in scholarships funds to nine amazing students headed off to Universities, Colleges and Trade Schools. Applicants were judged based on leadership within their school, providing service to others in our community, an essay addressing the Rotary Four Way Test, academics and successful participation throughout our interview process. We are proud to have the ability to provide these scholarships in this difficult time thanks to the support of the Lake Stevens community. We know these students will be successful in whatever endeavor they pursue and the Rotary Club is happy to participate in their success. We hope that through this experience, the students learned a little more about Rotary and they consider membership in the future.
Congratulations to all of the graduates!
Scholarships 2020-2021 Gary O'Rielly 2021-06-01 07:00:00Z 0

New Members Update

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on May 24, 2021
Three of our newest members were given their Membership Packets and badges by President Ken Collins and Membership Chair Ron Rasmussen at our first in-person meeting in well over a year.  From left, Ron Rasmussen,  Ken Collins, Connor Davis, Kyle Strand and Brian Rewis. It was so good to be back in-person. Those unable to join us used Zoom link to view the whole meeting.
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Lorrie Roe - FunkO

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on May 24, 2021
Our very special guest speaker on Friday, May 21st was Lorrie Roe with the Funko Marketing department. Funko started in a garage in 1998 in Snohomish by Mike and Claudia Becker. Funko is an American company that manufacturers licensed pop culture collectibles, best known for its licensed vinyl figurines and bobbleheads. 
Although Mike Becker sold Funko, he is still involved in the business. The international headquarters for Funko is at California Street and Wetmore Avenue in downtown Everett in the old Bon Marche' department store. The campus is composed of the financial operations and a retail operation encompassing 17,000 sq. ft. Once in the retail store, you can be lost in the giant Bat Mobile. A second retail store has opened in Hollywood, California with 40,000 sq. ft. of space. Statues and movie sets are part of the atmosphere in the Hollywood retail store. FunkO has the most licenses in the world at around 1,100 licenses. 
Lorrie Roe - FunkO Gary O'Rielly 2021-05-24 07:00:00Z 0

We Are Back - Hybrid (Live & Virtual) Rotary meeting

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on May 24, 2021
On May 21st, the Rotary Club of Lake Stevens opted to use a hybrid model Rotary meeting where some members were in-person and others joined virtually via a real-time Zoom conference link. President Ken Collins' term as President has been on Zoom for the past year until this past Friday's meeting. Everyone was eager to see one another. Social distancing and masks were part of the in-person meeting.
We Are Back - Hybrid (Live & Virtual) Rotary meeting Gary O'Rielly 2021-05-24 07:00:00Z 0

Snohomish County Conservation District

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on May 17, 2021
Our featured speaker on Friday, May 14th was Linda Lyshall, PhD, the Executive Director of the Snohomish County Conservation District. Linda is a forward-thinking leader with 15 years experience facilitating the development, assessment and execution of natural resource strategic plans and programs.
Were you aware of the 80 year existence of the Snohomish County Conservation District? The District has been working with farmers, city residents, rural and suburban landowners on a voluntary basis since 1941. Currently their offices are located in Lake Stevens with a staff of 30.  The District is looking for new property to purchase in Lake Stevens for their office.
There are currently 45 conservation districts in Washington State. Conservation Districts are responsible with local implementation of conservation practices, both urban and rural. The District is a political subdivision of state government with no regulatory authority. The District operates with a staff ranging from engineers, resource planners, community conservation staff, restoration specialists,  a field crew, outreach specialists and administrative staff.
Snohomish County Conservation District Gary O'Rielly 2021-05-17 07:00:00Z 0

Providence Hospice Care of Snohomish County

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on May 10, 2021
Our guest speakers last Friday were Dr. Jim Congdon and Mark Johnson, Executive Director of Providence Hospice Care of Snohomish County. Mark is a Past President of the Rotary Club of  Lynnwood.
What is Hospice? Hospice Care is defined as supportive care in the final phase of a terminal illness when a cure is not possible. Holistic care addresses, physical, emotional and spiritual concerns, seeing death as a natural process. The philosophy of hospice is to provide support for the patients emotional, social and spiritual needs as well as medical symptoms to treat the whole person. Ninety-nine percent of hospice care is in the patients home.  
The Hospice Care Center opened in 2016 after a $5 million dollar building campaign. The hospice movement was started by two women: Dr. Cicely Saunders (England) and Florence Wold (US). There are 350 member agencies in over 100 countries. In 2018 there were 4,600 hospice agencies serving 1.5 million patients in the United States. There are only three hospice providers in Snohomish County.
Providence Hospice Care of Snohomish County Gary O'Rielly 2021-05-10 07:00:00Z 0

Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescues Launches Community Survey

Posted on May 09, 2021
Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue has launched a Community Survey and are inviting residents to make their voices heard. They are a growing fire and emergency service district that now serves over 175,000 residents. The fire district is committed to engaging the community in order to serve them better and incorporate their needs into future planning efforts. They are wanting to gain input on the following:
  • satisfaction with fire service from Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue
  • how to pay for fire services
  • what residents think of alternatives to property tax funding
  • the urgency of capital facilities priorities
Residents living within Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue's jurisdiction can complete the survey on-line. The survey should take about 10 minutes and all answers are confidential. Only the 3rd party research provider will see resident's individual responses. The community survey is open from May 4, 2021 to May 16, 2021.  
Residents can access the survey using the following link: Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue Community Survey.
For more information, you can reach Heather Chadwick, Public Information Officer, at or at 425-245-2662
Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescues Launches Community Survey 2021-05-09 07:00:00Z 0

Youth Service Month 

Posted on May 09, 2021
Rotary International May's Theme is Youth Service Month. Our Club sponsors the Interact Club at Lake Stevens High School and support their activities. Four members of the Interact Club leadership are participated in the Youth Adventures in Leadership (YAIL) virtual program--AIM--for the past few weeks. Other activities involving Interact Club members is the street clean up project.
This month our Vocational Services Committee interviewed high school college bound seniors and vocational candidates for scholarships.  Although we are a small Club, we are able to provide $22,000 in scholarships this year and in the past.
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Classification Talk by Brian Rewis

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on May 04, 2021
The program this past week included new member Brian Rewis, Farmers Insurance Agency owner, giving his Classification Talk. Brian is a native Texan and dislikes talking about himself. He moved to the area in 2016 looking for cooler weather. Brian met his wife, Cassie, in a pool hall 24 years ago and hit it off immediately. They have two children. The oldest son is 20 and is just finishing Boot Camp. The second son is 18 years old. Brian has always enjoyed volunteering especially with his church and sports coaching his sons' in baseball and soccer.  Brian and Cassie enjoy getting to know their friends.

Prior to getting into the insurance field, Brian was shucking oysters. When he met Cassie, her father was an adjustor who always talked about his field of work. So, Brian entered the field as an adjustor. It really started when his father-in-law would share so many stories about his various adjusting activities. Started in the agency as an agency producer. Since moving to the area, Brian became an Agency-Owner in August 2020.

When they decided to leave the hot humid climate of Texas, they loaded all three vehicles and headed for Snohomish County. He thought they would start out in Monroe but a friend had a house for sale with owner financing available and they bought the house and found themselves in Lake Stevens. He had previously visited Lake Stevens but only knew where the Target and Safeway stores were. Another draw to Lake Stevens was the Life Point Church. His youngest son is close friends of Seth Low. He joined Rotary because of our involvement with the skate park and all of our community activities.

Classification Talk by Brian Rewis Gary O'Rielly 2021-05-04 07:00:00Z 0

The Everett AquaSox

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on May 03, 2021
The second part of our program Friday, April 30th, was Danny Tetzlaff, General Manager of the Everett AquaSox. Danny moved to the area 5-6 years ago. This year has seen the advent of a brand new MLB structure. This past year, Major League Baseball took over the minor league baseball organization. The change over brought several major organizational changes.
The Everett AquaSox are a member of the High-A West program and continues their affiliation with the Seattle Mariners. The AquaSox play their home games at Funko Field adjacent to Everett Memorial Stadium in central Everett which has a 3,682 seat capacity.  Covid 19 has had a huge impact of the Everett AquaSox organization, MLB and the State of Washington. All of the usual requirements are in place. Limited seating, face mask wearing all the time except when eating, social distancing, no cash sales and expanded longer season going from 76 games a year to 132. Since they travel to games in a bus, MLB requires the addition of one more buses so that the players and staff can do social distancing. The added cost goes from $50,000 per year to over $200,000 in additional travel cost. Time to play ball.

The Everett AquaSox Gary O'Rielly 2021-05-03 07:00:00Z 0

Gary Carrier - Plataforma, A Social Enterprise

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Apr 26, 2021
Our speaker for our regular meeting on Friday, April 23rd is a friend of Kyle Strand. The information below was provided by Kyle. This is an absolutely amazing story regarding a social enterprise endeavor that is paying huge rewards in Brazil. The meeting was recorded and can be seen on our Club YouTube channel.
Gary Carrier is from Marysville, Washington where he grew up on the Tulalip Indian Reservation. He was a wrestler and a football player. After graduation, Gary attended the University of Washington where he majored in Political Science. During his junior year of college he studied abroad and visited 15 countries in one year. After graduating from the University of Washington, Gary bought a one way ticket to Guadalajara, Mexico. This ended up being a three year journey for Gary. He taught English to make ends meet, worked for Habitat for Humanity to continue to give back which ultimately let Gary to attend UC Berkeley to study Social Impact Investing based on his experiences in Latin America. 
Today, Gary Carrier is on a mission to democratize opportunity through technology. Founder of Plataforma, a social enterprise that's closing the digital skills gap with high potential youth from favelas. He has experience in 25+ countries as a student, analyst, professor, manager, founder and speaker. Gary is fascinated by the global, untapped human potential that exists in marginalized communities. He is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu purple belt competitor, girl dad, speaker and advisor.

Gary Carrier - Plataforma, A Social Enterprise Gary O'Rielly 2021-04-26 07:00:00Z 0

Civic Center Proposals

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Apr 19, 2021
The program this week was provided by Program Chairman Don Iverson. The program was a recording of the public hearing on the proposed Civic Center.  The Lake Stevens Civic Center-2 hour meeting was condensed into 25 minutes of the most detailed aspects of the meeting showcasing three design options. The public comment period is April 22nd. You can go to the either of the following two websites to add your comments to the three proposals. They are the City's Civic Center information page or this Online Survey. The latter was provided by Councilwoman Mary Dickinson.
Visual concepts of the vision for the civic center at Chapel Hill will be the addition of significant meeting space available in the proposals. The Civic Center will include the City Hall, Sewer District and a much desired new Library.
Civic Center Proposals Gary O'Rielly 2021-04-19 07:00:00Z 0

Brian Rewis - Our Newest Member

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Apr 12, 2021
Congratulations to our newest member, Brian Rewis. Brian contacted Rotary International recently who sent the information to our Club. Brian has his own Farmer's Insurance Agency right across from the Lake Stevens School District offices. Gary O'Rielly is Brian's sponsor. The Club welcomes Brian. Due to his location, our President is able to keep tabs on Brian's daily activities. Just kidding. Welcome to the Rotary Club of Lake Stevens Brian!  This photo is from our April 9th Club Zoom meeting.
Brian Rewis - Our Newest Member Gary O'Rielly 2021-04-12 07:00:00Z 0

Snohomish County Parks, Recreation and Tourism

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Apr 12, 2021
Our guest speaker on Friday, April 9, 2021 was Tony Trofimczuk, Recreation Supervisor with the Snohomish County Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department. Tony opened his presentation with a photo of the Rotary Skate Park and talked about the county's Adopt a Park program. Tony acknowledged at the start of his presentation  thanking our Club for supporting the park and getting the project off the ground and completed. Some cracks have occurred in the bowls of the Skate Park and repairs will be done from April 19th-30th closing a portion of the park while the contractor makes those repairs.
Snohomish County Parks, Recreation and Tourism Gary O'Rielly 2021-04-12 07:00:00Z 0

The History Behind c89.5

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Apr 06, 2021
Our guest speaker on Friday, April 2, 2021 was June Fox, General Manager of Seattle's Home for Dance, KNHC Radio c89.5 FM radio station. The award winning station has been broadcasting for nearly 50 years. c89.5 is owned by Seattle Public Schools and is operated by a team of professional and student staff at Nathan Hale High School as part of the Electronic Media Course. Students are provided with a career-connecting learning opportunity and gain experience in production, programming, on-air presentation and music selection. Some of the radio shows are hosted by alumni and community volunteers.
Don Iverson, our Program Chair introduced June Fox. In his earlier years Don was a DJ at the station and later in life, Don served on the c89.5 Advisory Board that was formed in 2010. Around that time, the Seattle School District was entertaining a multi-million dollar offer from a private party to purchase the station's radio frequency. The Board helped determine the value of the station was actually many-times higher than the offer. The School District opted not to sell and instead invested in a new studios and teaching areas shown in a video to our Club.
The History Behind c89.5 Gary O'Rielly 2021-04-06 07:00:00Z 0

District YAIL Conference

Posted by Lance Morehouse on Mar 30, 2021
This year four members of our Interact Club are registered for the YAIL conference. Nyomi, Club President; Noah, Vice President; Josie, Treasurer and member Hillary are all registered for virtual conference to be held every Thursday evening starting April 15th through May 13th. Youth Adventures in Leadership (YAIL) is open to participants ages 15-17. YAIL gives participants insight into some of the basics of what it means and takes to be a leader.
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New Lake Stevens School District Superintendent

From the Everett Herald article on Monday, March 29, 2021. When his term as President of the Rotary Club of Lake Stevens ends on June 30, 2021, a new chapter will begin in his long career in education. Congratulations Ken!
Incoming superintendent has decades in Lake Stevens schools
Once drafted by the New England Patriots, Ken Collins has been a coach, teacher and principal.
By Stephanie Davey
Monday, March 29, 2021 6:48amLOCAL NEWSLAKE STEVENS
LAKE STEVENS — Ken Collins thought he’d be a lifelong football coach, much like his father.
It didn’t exactly happen that way.
He started in the Lake Stevens School District about 30 years ago. In that time he has been a coach, teacher, principal and administrator. Now he’s next in line to become superintendent, taking over for Superintendent Amy Beth Cook. She is set to retire at the end of the school year after 38 years in the district, with the past 10 at the helm.
Collins, 61, grew up in Cashmere, east of the Cascade Range. Both of his parents were teachers, and his father Jack Collins was a longtime football coach for Cashmere High School. He’s in the Washington State Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
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Dr. Janice Greene, Snohomish County NAACP

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Mar 30, 2021
The Club was honored to have as our guest speaker this past Friday, March 26th, Dr. Janice Greene, President, Snohomish County NAACP. Dr. Greene was introduced by Lance Morehouse who gave a brief background of her career currently as the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Economic Development & Business Intelligence Strategic Leader and the President of the Snohomish County Chapter of the NAACP. Dr. Greene has been the President of the organization since 2005.
Dr. Greene gave a brief history of the NAACP which started in 1909 talking about the reasons why the civil rights organization evolved when black and white people came together regarding the lynching of some young black men. Unfortunately, there are very good reasons for the continued work of the NAACP when issues arise around the nation, state and county. Dr. Green cited a recent Marysville exchange during an Associated Student Body Junior Leadership breakout period caught on ZOOM which wasn’t addressed properly at the time.
Dr. Janice Greene, Snohomish County NAACP Gary O'Rielly 2021-03-30 07:00:00Z 0

Interact and Ashley Point

Posted by Kristin Odegaard on Mar 25, 2021
Our Interact Club members has been busy this past week. First, it was the roadside clean up project on 113th Av NW from the High School to Hwy 92. And, recently Interact adopted Ashley Pointe residents as Pen Pals. Letters were delivered by Interact Club members to various residents last month. Since that time, Interact decided to follow up with painted rocks and distributing them around the grounds of Ashley Pointe for residents to find when they are out walking. This past Wednesday,  some of the Interact Club members were on hand to distribute the painted rocks. Great enterprise and a way to support the residents of Ashley Pointe.

Interact and Ashley Point Kristin Odegaard 2021-03-25 07:00:00Z 0

Mariah Low-General Manager-Lake Stevens Sewer District

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Mar 23, 2021
The featured speaker at last week's meeting was the General Manager of the Lake Stevens Sewer District, Mariah Low. Mariah started in her new position four months ago after a distinguished career with the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab. Mariah succeeds Tonya Seifert as GM. Mariah served on the Board of Commissioners with the District before taking on her new role. She provided an update on the District and how the rapid development in our community affects what happens to the waste that we create. An avid outdoorswoman, you will often find her exploring the numerous trails in the region.
Meeting the challenges of protecting the environment and providing quality sewer service to the community was the opening comment of her presentation. Marian commented about the March issue of the Rotary magazine illustrating wasteland and how inadequately sanitation systems are failing rural America being appropriate for her presentation today.  
Within the Lake Stevens Sewer District boundaries there are 1,600-1,700 septic systems. The 200 foot rule applies when a septic system fails, the homeowner must hook up to the Lake Stevens Sewer District. A glimpse at the history of the district.  The District is a Special purpose District established in 1957. The first Waste Water Treatment Facility began operations in 1965. In 1971 they expanded a 8.5 acre lagoon.  The 1983 Comprehensive Plan expected the population to triple by 2000. In 2009, they began building the new Wastewater Treatment Plant which went into operation in 2012.
Mariah Low-General Manager-Lake Stevens Sewer District Gary O'Rielly 2021-03-23 07:00:00Z 0

Interact-Road Clean Up

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Mar 23, 2021
The Interact Club applied to the City to Adopt a Street and received approval to maintain a clean street on 113th Avenue NE from the High School to Hwy 92 at least four times a year. Rotary Club members joined Interact Club members on Saturday, March 20th picking up trash as rain continue to plummet the area.
Interact-Road Clean Up Gary O'Rielly 2021-03-23 07:00:00Z 0

Happy St. Patrick's Day

For the IRISH in our club and the wannabe Irish.  Enjoy this day celebrating the Irish tradition that comes around once a year with some of us and longer with the real IRISH in us.,
Happy St. Patrick's Day 2021-03-17 07:00:00Z 0

Support for $2.1 Million Civic Center Phase 3 Request

Posted on Mar 15, 2021
The Rotary Club of Lake Stevens signed a letter of support along with AquaFest, the Lake Stevens Farmers Market, the Lake Stevens Rowing Club and the Lake Stevens Chamber of Commerce endorsing a request of a $2.1 million Civic Center Phase 3 request of the State Legislature for the 2021-2023 Capital Budget, "Local and Community Projects" category.  The content of the letter is listed below.
March 12, 2021
The Honorable Steve Tharinger, House Capital Budget Chair
The Honorable Lisa Callan, House Capital Budget Vice-Chair
The Honorable David Hackney, House Capital Budget Vice-Chair
RE: Strong Support for $2.1 Million Civic Center Phase 3 Request by Reps. Berg and Lovick for 2021-23 Capital Budget, “Local and Community Projects” Category
Dear Chair Tharinger and Vice-Chairs Callan and Hackney:
We are coming together on behalf of Farmers Markets, Chambers, civic clubs, festivals, and area rowing clubs, to let you know of our strong support for the $2.1 million request by Reps. April Berg and John Lovick (D-44th Dist.) that will complete Phase 3 of Lake Stevens’ “Civic Center” project and help the City complete what will be an incredible transformation of the community’s downtown and lakefront area. The Phase 3 work on the Civic Center project features site preparation and construction work that will allow Lake Stevens to develop a “festival street” that will act as a community and pedestrian gathering area, and to finish improvements at the North Cove Park adjacent to the area and fronting the Lake. These projects would allow the City to complete a major revitalization that has turned the Lake Stevens downtown center from a very sleepy area into a thriving, vibrant community core with a “Mill Spur” community center, a bustling Farmers Market, a graded and rebuilt park that allows residents and visitors to rediscover their lakefront, and multimodal connections that bring pedestrians, bicyclists, and tourists to the area. We tremendously appreciate the previous legislative investments in the Civic Center project, allocations that have been matched by more than $2.5 million in City funds. These investments, together with the Phase 3 project to come, will make Lake Stevens an important destination point in Snohomish County for pedestrians and bicyclists, for residents and tourists, and for all those who have seen the City grow from a resort town of 900 to a diverse community of 35,000 that is expected to accommodate more than 50,000 residents within the next decade. We have seen Lake Stevens put previous state funding to work to build improvements in a timely manner and can assure you that will happen again with funding for Civic Center Phase 3. We hope you will provide funding for this transformational project and thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely, Kim Daughtry Kim Daughtry 2020 Aquafest
Sincerely, Gary O’Rielly Lake Stevens Rotary
Sincerely, Gary Artim Lake Stevens Row Club
Sincerely, Matt Tabor, Lake Stevens Chamber of Commerce
Support for $2.1 Million Civic Center Phase 3 Request 2021-03-15 07:00:00Z 0

U 40 Club-Rotary Club of Portland, Oregon

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Mar 15, 2021
Our guest speaker this past Friday, March 12th was Curtis Shirey from the Rotary Club of Portland, Oregon who talked about a new initiative program to recruit and retain members under the age of 40. Currently, the Rotary Club of Portland has a dedicated membership actively serving and looking ahead to ensure the torch will be passed onward and upward. The U40 program has been initiated to induce an annual class of new candidates desiring to emerge as leaders in the community as well as becoming active Rotarians.
Curtis is the current Chair of the U40 Club as well as serving on the Trust Board. The U40 Club is how Curtis was introduced to Rotary. The purpose of the U40 Club is to reach out to young established professionals in order to make the Club more viable now and in the future. Again, the purpose is to recruit and retain membership in the downtown Rotary Club of Portland. Club survival is the goal of the Portland Club - U40 initiative. Leadership training is another aspect of the program. The U40 program has helped Curtis in his professional development.
U 40 Club-Rotary Club of Portland, Oregon Gary O'Rielly 2021-03-15 07:00:00Z 0

IPA Update 2021

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Mar 08, 2021
Our guest again this past Friday, was Marty Peace providing our Club with changes in the International Projects Alliance (IPA) in 2020-21. Marty has been a favorite of our Club as she updates us about the activities of IPA in Copán, Honduras.  Pictured with Marty is the Peter Martin, President of IPA.
The changes that occurred in 2020-21 was the addition of Adopt-a-Village Program, Global grant, Hurricane relief, Adopt-a-Dream, their trip in February which involved Covid-19, the devastation of the hurricane and school supply delivery. They revised the management structure, showed a list of Clubs involved and the new District grant updates.
Adopt-a-Village Program: This came about because of a Club's request for more involvement and connection with the village. Parts of the Adopt-a-Village Program are to Adopt-a-School, a student health fund and a mobile library. Financial commitment is $1,000 a year toward Adopt-a-Dream. Commit to $1,000 a year for construction projects as needed. So far, ten Villages have been adopted.
Global Grants: Rapid Development 3: allows IPA to add six villages to the Rapid Development Program. Cinthia and Mauricio are wonderful people and hard workers in Copán coordinating the activities between IPA and the local villages. Although Cinthia has met with local community leaders, Covid 19 restrictions have prevented community training sessions. However school supplies were delivered. District grants are going toward water projects in three of the villages.
Hurricane Relief: IPA raised $31,000 towards hurricane relief. Restored water supply to 16 villages. The rebuilding of a heavily used foot bridge, the La Vegona Foot Bridge was important and the rebuilding a kindergarten.
IPA Update 2021 Gary O'Rielly 2021-03-08 08:00:00Z 0

Tulalip Tribes History - On Video

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Mar 02, 2021
Our program on Friday, February 26th was three short videos on the history of the Tulalip Tribe. Each covered a different portion of their history. These well produced videos are historical and tell the history, culture and current day activities of the Tulalip Tribes. The Hibulb Cultural Center & Museum and gift shop is something that everyone should visit and learn more about the history and culture of the Tulalip Tribes and their economic strength in Snohomish County. President Ken spoke about the importance of the Hibulb Cultural Center and which  he said is a real treat, especially the room that describes the early Native American education. 

The first video was a narrated by J.D.  Mowrer, Associate producer, Hibulb Cultural Center and National History Preserve.  The video begins with a view of the Cultural Center interior and wonderful exhibits and carvings.  The video talks about the Salish Sea and surrounding lands.  Watching carvers begin their carving and how dedicated these wonderful craftsman were that has been part of their heritage since the beginning and throughout their history.  From the early discovery by Captain George Vancouver with additional input by Lt. Peter Puget outlining what they were seeing as the Native Americans were living in huts on Tulalip Bay. These were likely the first vessels seen by the Native American inhabitants.
The second video regarded the Summer Camp House was narrated by Mytyl Hernandez, Marketing Public Relations at the Hibulb Cultural Center and National History Preserve. The Summer Camp House was used during the summer where they would gather food. They would fish for salmon and crab as well as digging for clams when the tide was low. These were their sources of food. They would follow the salmon runs but only take what was needed. She talked about how the camps were built. 
The third video is about the name of Tulalip Bay. Narrator was Teri Gobin, Chairwoman of the Tulalip Tribes. Time in memorial was best described as how long the Tulalip tribes have inherited their lands. Fish and crabs were a source of income as well as being stored for eating in the winter. Point Elliott treaty was signed in 1855 with Governor Edward Stevenson in what is now Mukilteo. In 1934, the US Congress enacted the Indian Reorganization Act. The Chairwoman talked about the start of their economic development that started by selling cigarettes, then going to bingo and on to the development of the casinos and the Seattle Premium Outlet Mall and so much more. 
All three of these videos were so well done and extremely informative.
Tulalip Tribes History - On Video Gary O'Rielly 2021-03-02 08:00:00Z 0

Highland Elementary Play Ground 

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Mar 02, 2021
Highland Elementary School Playground Project - Pictured above are Past President Laurie Westover of the Rotary Club of Lake Stevens who presented a check for $14,500 for the playground project to Tanya Murray, Playground Committee Chair and Nicole Beck, Treasurer of the Highland Elementary School PTA. A little over a year ago a representative of the school's PTA approached our club requesting help in funding an additional playground at the school. The current playground is over 20 years old. Just a few weeks later the world was in Covid-19 cover.
But, that didn't stop the fundraising at the school or at our club once we decided to financially support the project. The cost of the new playground equipment pictured above was just over $72,000.  Rotary funding was a combination of Fund a Cause from our annual Corks & Kegs fundraising event, our Club Endowment, and a matching grant from Rotary District 5050 and a few Club members who stepped up with personal contributions.
The rendering of the new playground equipment above will be just across from the current playground.  The beauty of this project according to Tanya and Nicole is that the new playground will be inclusive for children with mobility issues, a merry-go-round along with music elements. There are still other elements at work with respect to the new playground that our Club will assist the Highland Elementary School and PTA with once the plan is developed and approved.
Highland Elementary Play Ground Gary O'Rielly 2021-03-02 08:00:00Z 0

YouTube and Our Club

Posted on Feb 24, 2021
Recently, we began  recording our regular Friday morning meetings and upload them to our account on YouTube each week following the meeting. This has opened up a number of opportunities for club members and potential members to view a specific meeting date and time. Likewise, within the past two days, Angie Hein, club member and IT expert uploaded the Skatepark story for everyone's viewing pleasure and the history our club played in its development over the course of 15 years. The entire meeting on Friday, February 19th was recorded and uploaded to YouTube.  
You can go to Once you are on site, type in Lake Stevens Rotary and you can visit any of the meetings that we have posted since our January 29th launch.  
If you missed the meeting, this is a great way to do a make up.  We had two really great programs for your viewing pleasure which are part of our weekly bulletin for February 19th and  on our website.
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Classification Talks

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Feb 22, 2021
Last week we wrote about our two newest members. Both teachers and this week, they were asked to give their Classification Talks to the Club as part of Friday, February 19th program which maybe a new record for such as request. Connor and Kyle were approved for membership  at the Board meeting on February 11th. 
Kyle went first. Family is important to him. He is a triplet. Married with two children. He came into teaching through encouragement from his wife. His sister-in-law is a teacher as well.  Kyle started out in law enforcement but it took him over 7 years  because he lacked the educational requirements. But that didn't stop him. He graduated from WSU with a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice and went on to get his Masters Degree in Emergency Management from ASU.  Injured on the job.  Always wanted to be a School Resource Officer.  Started at Mt. Pilchuck Elementary School as a para educator  working in the Life Skills class. Moved from there to Glenwood Elementary to North Lake Mid-School.  He has does worked with Randy Celori on Emergency Management issues for the District.  Kyle likes to golf and going on driving excursions with his family. Kyle also enjoys volunteering.
Connor followed with his Classification Talk. Grew up in the sunshine city and state of St. Peterburg, Florida. Started getting involved in community service through Interact in high school. Involved with Habitat building 10-15 houses a year. Continued working with Habitat through college.  Got involved in housing policy and onto politics. From there got involved in politics on the legislative side and in 2010 went to work for a member of Congress who served on the Energy and Healthcare Committee. Very challenging and critical time. Returned home and talked to his wife about his future plans because of the time taken away from his family. Connor went back to work for Habitat who at the time was building 30 houses per year. Seconded largest homebuilder in the area. His wife is a teacher. Supportive of his career choices. Returned to his major which is duo-major in Education and Political Science. Worked with foster care kids. Did some substitute teaching.  After two hurricanes, decided it was time to move away from Florida. Since they had a lot of family in the Pacific Northwest. After coming out here decided he needed to get his teaching certification. After 1 1/2 years started at North Lake Middle-School. So much of his interest revolved around his time with Interact in high school. Moved here over 2 1/2 years ago. Enjoyed his Rotary service in Tarpon Springs, Florida. 

Classification Talks Gary O'Rielly 2021-02-22 08:00:00Z 0

Planning, Zoning and Land Use in Lake Stevens

Posted on Feb 15, 2021
David Levitan, City of Lake Stevens, Senior Planner in the Planning and Development Department, gave our Club an overview of Land Use and Zoning in the city. The city is expanding the permitting process along the lake shoreline. The planning framework starts at the State, Regional, County and City level which provides the context for undertaking the planning process/
A comprehensive plan to manage growth was adopted in 1990. Cities must also designate natural resource lands and critical areas such as streams, wetlands and steep slopes. There are a number of growth management acts that cover a variety of topics. Within the Comprehensive Plan there are several elements that require the city to undergo. The City can amend the plan once per year. The annual docket is opened up each January and was just closed. Local plans must be consistent with: the Puget Sound Regional Council Vision (2050 Plan adopted in October 2020); Countywide Planning Policies (update scheduled for adoption in late 2021); Countywide growth targets as well as other state laws.
Planning, Zoning and Land Use in Lake Stevens Gary O'Rielly 2021-02-15 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Harvest-Gardens in Dominican Republic

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Feb 15, 2021
George Bowden of the Rotary Club of Everett visited our Club on Friday, February 12th to thank us for partnering with their Club and others on the greenhouse garden project in the Dominican Republic. Pictured above is a garden gathering: Manuela Rodriguez, the first garden owner in La Vigia, speaks with (left to right) Ed Petersen of Everett Rotary; Ana Carrasco, Dajabon Rotary Project Leader; Dr. Jose Luis Garcia, agriculture specialist at Washington State University; and Anthony Gromko, WSU microloan specialist.
Rotary Harvest-Gardens in Dominican Republic Gary O'Rielly 2021-02-15 08:00:00Z 0

Write Print and Sell

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Feb 08, 2021
Our guest speaker last Friday, February 5th was Matthew Bennett, Founder and President of ( Matt is an author and innovative marketer who has bowled a perfect 300 game. Matt commented that the latter is a rare occurrence.  Matt has sold over 5 million books and been in this business for over 33 years in the publishing and self-publishing business. Getting into the publishing world is extremely difficult. He is disturbingly transparent telling his clients what they need to hear. His goal is to get aspiring authors published and current authors more sales of their books.
There is a strong trend towards non-fiction books. Print is not dead by any means. According to Matt physical books still out sell ebooks by a wide margin. Less than 10% of all books purchased are read cover to cover.  And over 60% of books printed are never sold. Over 70% of people polled indicated they wanted to write a book. A new book is published every 20 seconds. Usually selling just a few copies. Only 3% of writers sell over 500 copies. Matt commented that it is the easiest time in history to knock out a new book. A writer must focus on marketing, distribution and execution to be a successful.
Write Print and Sell Gary O'Rielly 2021-02-08 08:00:00Z 0

Surprise Visitor

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Feb 01, 2021
We had a wonderful surprise visitor for last Friday's meeting. District Governor-Elect Bev Harrington visited our Zoom Club Virtual meeting. She commented about the upcoming RI Convention in Taipei Taiwan that will be a virtual convention from June 12-16, 2021. Other topics included the upcoming District Conference and  highlights of the Conference, the Capstone project and looking for an Assistant District Governor.  Also on the Zoom meetings were our two prospective members, Connor Davis and Kyle Strand both teachers at North Lake Middle School. Both have submitted their membership applications which will be on the February Board meeting agenda. 
Surprise Visitor Gary O'Rielly 2021-02-01 08:00:00Z 0

Interact Corner

Posted by Kristin Odegaard on Jan 29, 2021
Interact Club members had a meeting with Pamela Smith from Ashley Pointe Independent and Assisted Living. Interactors are writing letters to their Pen Pals at Ashley Pointe with plans to have more interaction with them in the future.  Also, Interact has Adopted a Street.  The Club will be responsible for 113th Avenue NE, right in front of the high school.  Very soon a sign designating Interact has the sponsor of maintaining the street will be installed by the City fairly soon.
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Interact Corner Kristin Odegaard 2021-01-29 08:00:00Z 0

News from Around the Club

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jan 29, 2021
Happy Birthday to our members born in January:
Jim Steinruck - January 17th
Hannah Sladek - January 19th
Joyce Bell - January 26th
Larry Ruble - January 28th
Spouse Birthdays
Dawn Steinruck - January 14th.
Rotary Anniversaries
Lance Morehouse - 6 Years - January 01, 2015
Jim Haugen - 32 years - January 15, 1989
Hannah Sladek - 2 years - January 16, 2019
Angie Hein - 4 years - January 17, 2017
Chris Vallo - 4 years - January 24, 2017
News from Around the Club Gary O'Rielly 2021-01-29 08:00:00Z 0

Volunteers of America-Western Washington

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jan 23, 2021
Our guest speaker this past Friday, January 22nd was Steve Corsi, President and CEO at Volunteers of America Western Washington. The organization is divided into nine circles with six divisions. The nine circles are composed of Hunger Prevention; Behavioral Health; Disability Services; Dispute Resolution Centers; Homelessness Prevention; Maud's House Shelter; Arlington Community Resource Center; Sky Valley Community Resource Center and ECEAP Preschools.
Hunger Prevention: the number of Washington residents who struggle to provide three meals a day for their families. The number of families served has doubled from 850,000 individuals before the pandemic to about 1.6 million as of this past May. 103,000 + individuals were provided food at VOA Food Banks, Pantries and Pop-Up Events representing 33,000 households.
Mental Health: Multiple studies show a causal relationship between increasing unemployment and increased incidents of suicide. Because of the isolation and social distancing, many adults and teens do not have regular access to supportive relationships. Steve spoke of the Northsound 211 call volume being at 45,245 which is a 46% increase from 2019.
Dispute Resolution Services:  Addresses conflict resolution needs by providing mediation focusing on disputes related to housing, family, community and workplace. 1,400 families saved from becoming homeless each year and 780 evictions prevented annually or 65 evictions per month.
Child & Youth Services: VOA supports 120 vulnerable, low-income at risk through Early Childhood Education Assistance Program providing them being school ready and better prepared for kindergarten. 
Volunteers of America-Western Washington Gary O'Rielly 2021-01-23 08:00:00Z 0

Regenerative Skills - Mayan Permaculture Village

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jan 18, 2021
The program this week was a video produced by Oliver Goshey, the Founder and Director of Abundant Edge. This is the culmination of years of passionate research, travel and experimentation and regenerative design and natural building techniques. Goshey is passionate about promoting healthy lifestyles that repair and advance healthy ecosystems through holistic design and development strategies that consider the needs of all forms of life.
This is the incredible story of a small, hidden Mayan village in the Guatemalan highlands that transformed a monoculture plantation into a diversified agricultural system that supports the original families that worked the plantation and their descendants. This unique example of regenerative community works with nature to create abundance with the river and natural resources that flow through the land.
Quixaya,  the Heart of Water which transforms the use of passive irrigation and the use of three micro-climates. The community structure that provides and incentives cooperation. So for a long time their grandparents and their parents lived in this community. The main cash crop watercress which is a very low maintenance crop.  They cultivate, cut them and distribute them to the markets themselves to generate their own economy. The second are the human zones growing a variety of crops. The greens, vegetables and fruits are now a stable in the family food chain. The last of the three zones is the dry zone. These dry zones are not under active irrigation from the river system that the way other areas are. These dry zones are underneath forest cultivation with an under story of coffee, avocados and the production of lumber. So much more to share but view it for yourself.
The video was a unique perspective on growing cash crops to sustain the small village and how the village was formed. The 15 minute video was both inspiring and unique. If you are interested in viewing the video on YouTube type in the words Abundant Edge and search for the Quixaya Heart of Water. Very impressive.
Regenerative Skills - Mayan Permaculture Village Gary O'Rielly 2021-01-18 08:00:00Z 0

Classification Talk and Vocational Interview

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jan 12, 2021
A duo-program was the highlight of opening of our new 2021 meeting on January 8th. Cynthia Casey's gave a Classification Talk and Lance Morehouse provided a demonstration of a typical Scholarship Program interview were our guest speakers. 
Cynthia roots are in the Midwest, having been born in Kansas. Cynthia commented that when they moved to Omaha, Nebraska her dad would have lunch with Warren Buffet occasionally. Her grandfather was a Rotarian in Smith Center, Kansas who never missed a meeting. Her husband is a Rotarian and Edward Jones Financial Services runs in the family. Cynthia in Lake Stevens, her husband in Oak Harbor and her daughter in Stanwood. Another daughter is a pre-med student at UW-Tacoma. 
Interesting story on how they chose the west coast. Her husband wanted to live and retire near water. So through a lot of research,  they chose the Anacortes/Oak Harbor area. When they moved, the drive to the west coast was through wind, snow and hail which damaged their car. They have fallen in love with the west coast. The family enjoys trips to Port Townsend and traveling in general.
At some point in time, they would like to buy a boat. Her husband did a lot of sailing on the east coast. Cynthia enjoys riding horses and was actively doing so until Covid-19 stopped all of that.  Looking forward to getting back to horseback riding. Cynthia's specialty is senior financial planning. Safety and security is part of her background for her clients. She will be re-locating her office in the near future and still in Lake Stevens.
Lance interviewed our esteem President Ken as if he were interviewing for a Rotary Club scholarship. Lance did not share the interview questions with Ken in advance of today's meeting.  Lance asked Ken about his Service Related Activities. Ken has been in education for 37 years as a teacher, coach, school principle and now with the School District. The questions were all geared at giving Club Members interested in serving on the Vocational Committee who want to be involved in 2020-2021 High School Senior Scholarship application and interview process.
Other questions involved such topics as "Which of your accomplishments are you most proud of?" and "What was your worst experience?" Lastly, how will you use your education? Lance closed by showing the scoring process.  
Classification Talk and Vocational Interview Gary O'Rielly 2021-01-12 08:00:00Z 0

Recycling Christmas Trees

Here's a great opportunity to help support our Scouts BSA Troop 88. If you need to recycle a Christmas tree, a great way to support our Troop 88.
Scouts of our Troop collecting trees for recycling into wood chips.
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Happy New Year

From our Club, to our faithful members, to the Lake Stevens Community and to our families, Happy New Year.  Be safe. Hoping for a better 2021 free of the Covid-19 virus. 
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Merry Christmas

May the Christmas season bring joy, peace, happiness and family as we close out 2020 to you and your family from the Rotary Club of Lake Stevens.
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Lake Stevens Food Bank Operations and New Building Update

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Dec 21, 2020
Stephanie Sherry, Director and Chris Jacobson, Board Member gave an update on the Food Bank operations and the New Building status. The Food Bank has more than doubled their service from 16,000 to 28,000 people this year. They are serving the needs of the community from four locations and all are Drive Through operations.
  • Tuesday from 5:30pm-6:30pm drive through is at the Assemblies of God Church
  • Wednesday from 3:00pm-5:00pm at the Calvary Chapel Church
  • Thursday from 1:30pm-6:00pm at Ebenezer Lutheran Church 
  • Saturday from 10am to 2pm at the Lake Church
A brief video showing Anne Anderson, former Director of the Food Bank, was part of the program. Business is booming at these sites. Flow of traffic is important. Sherwood Community Services assist with deliveries to over 60 families on Wednesday.
All of the local schools and school district facilities have conducted Food Drives for the Lake Stevens Food Bank. Jim Scott, designed a menu system to customize a box for each family. The biggest challenge is needing the new building. Chris Jacobson, our own Club member, commented on the amazing work being done by Stephanie and Georgia as well as all of the volunteers. The community has really pulled together. They are reaching people of all financial spheres.
Lake Stevens Food Bank Operations and New Building Update Gary O'Rielly 2020-12-21 08:00:00Z 0

Lake Stevens Rotary Foundation Update

Posted by Jim Haugen on Dec 21, 2020
Below is a recap of the Club's Foundation report at our meeting on December 18th via Zoom.
The Rotary Foundation (RI)
Club dues invoices will be emailed for the last six months of this Rotary year. Included with this invoice is a request to add an additional $50 to your payment to the Rotary Foundation. Please consider making this payment to add to your Foundation giving and reach our Club Foundation giving goals.
Lake Stevens Rotary Charitable Foundation (Club)
The LSRCF Board recently approved payments from the Loren Hole Endowment. As outlined in the rules of the Loren Hole Endowment, the interest raised by the Endowment from the previous calendar year is available to be spent on Community projects the following year. 2019 was a good year in the market with available funds to be used of $13,575.98. The Board has approved payments to the following organizations:
Highland Elementary School playground $4,000
This added to the $3,600 raised at our Corks & Kegs event with an additional District Grant of $7,250 will provide a total of $14,850.
Lake Stevens Education Foundation $2,500 to help support the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.
Lake Stevens Senior Center $4,000
Hungry Hearts $2,000
Scouts $1,000 This amount will be matched by the Nysether Foundation for a total contribution of $2,000.
Total Lake Stevens Charitable Foundation payments of $13,500. Thank you for your contributions and the many goods things our Club does to support this community.
Lake Stevens Rotary Foundation Update Jim Haugen 2020-12-21 08:00:00Z 0

New Police Headquarters Update

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Dec 14, 2020
Our magnificent Chief of Police and Rotary Club member John Dyer updated our Club on Friday, December 11th on the new Police Department Headquarters as they begin the move from the old location. The old building was built in 2004 with 4,000 square feet of space and a City population of 6,000.
The process for a new building started in 2016 when John assumed command of the Lake Stevens Police Department. The original idea was to build a new headquarters on Chapel Hill. The Department started with a facilitated process to determine department needs. The process considered industry standards, employee and community input. This resulted in a building of 18,000 square feet that consolidated all operations in one location and would meet department needs for the foreseeable future. 
The next step was going out to bid. At the time, the bid climate was not favorable with a booming industry. The low bid came in at $21 million dollars. The department attempted to value engineer the plan and they we able to reduce the cost of a new building to $18 million. The city plan was to finance the building with counsel issued bonds and the payments on the amount was not within a realistic range.
New Police Headquarters Update Gary O'Rielly 2020-12-14 08:00:00Z 0

Scouts - Strictly Business

Posted by Gary O'Rielly
From one uniform with the Fire Service to a Boy Scout uniform as a volunteer, Mike Messer spoke to our Club on Friday, December 4th about the campaign "Strictly Business" launched by the Mount Baker Council, Boy Scouts of America.  This is a Matched Gift campaign to support Scouting in the Mount Baker Council. The Nysether Family Foundation and Mark & Brad Nysether are generously providing a $50,000 challenge grant. To earn the Challenge Grant Funds,  the Mount Baker Council needs to raise $50,000 in new donations by December 31, 2020. The Council currently has a deficit of $100,000 hence the reason for the Strictly Business campaign.
To give today in this Matching Gift Campaign you can go to: or text: strictly to 41444 or send a check along with their form to 1715 100th Place SE, #Bm Everett, WA 98208.
Mike Messer is the volunteer Finance Chair with the Pilchuck (Scout) District that serves all of northern and eastern Snohomish County as well as Camano Island and Skykomish. When he's not spending time with his family or Scouts, Mike works for Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue as Deputy Chief for Fire & Life Safety.
Brad & Kathy Nysether are long time residents of Lake Stevens and strong supporters of the Scouting movement. Brad & Mark own and operate Sea Dog Line, a quality marine, industrial and rigging supply company for the maritime industry. The Nysether Foundation has supported many great causes in Lake Stevens as well as Scouting.
Our Club sponsors two of the nine Scouting programs in Lake Stevens: Cub Scout Pack 88 and Scouts BSA Troop 88. We have sponsored the Pack since its inception in 1994. We started the Troop last year when girls were allowed to be part of the Boy Scouts of America middle school and high school age level program that used to be known as Boy Scouts. This program is now called Scouts BSA. Girls were allowed to join Cub Scouts in 2018. However, girls have been part of Venture Scouting for almost 20 years. Venturing is for older teens and young adults ages 14 through 20. At one time, our Club sponsored Venture Crew 88. Perhaps in the not too distant future will will be in a position to start up the Crew again.
Scouts - Strictly Business Gary O'Rielly 2020-12-08 08:00:00Z 0

World Polio Day Global Update Video

Posted by Gary O'Rielly
One part of our Rotary program last Friday was watching the video listed here about World Polio Day Global Update narrated by Ade Adepitan, a paralympic bronze medalist for Great Britian. Adepitan is a TV presenter, journalist and polio survivor. The twenty five minute video program via Zoom started by acknowledging that Nigeria hasn't had a polio case in three years which has helped keep Africa polio free. Another commentator was Bill Nye,, a science expert talking about the importance of all citizens getting the polio vaccine because it really works well. 
A spokesperson for the World Health Organization (WHO) talked about Rotary launching PolioPlus eradicating polio type 3 while there is still work to be done on immunizing type 1 which is still active in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has a 2-1 match for every dollar to end polio world wide. Take some time and watch the video for more information on the Global Polio Plus update.

This year marks 30 years since Rotary launched PolioPlus, its campaign to rid the world of polio. Beginning on Rotary's anniversary, 23 February, Rotary members worldwide will be holding events to celebrate three decades of polio eradication progress.

Since 1985 Rotary and its partners have helped reduce the number of cases from 350,000 annually to fewer than 400 in 2014, and they remain committed until the disease is eradicated. Rotary has contributed more than $1.3 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect more than 2 billion children worldwide. In addition, Rotary's advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by donor governments to contribute over $10 billion to the effort.

Before the global scope of PolioPlus, individual Clubs with Rotary funding were attacking the disease closer to home.

World Polio Day Global Update Video Gary O'Rielly 2020-12-08 08:00:00Z 0

WinterFest 2020

Posted by Gary O'Rielly
A bright, chilly day in Lake Stevens brought out crowds enjoying the sights, sounds, food, crafts, reindeer at the WinterFest Holiday Market, Saturday, December 5th. Rotary shared a booth with the Lake Stevens Food Bank and the Lake Stevens Arts & Parks Foundation. Thanks to John Spencer, James Monroe, Chris Vallo, Angie Hein, Gary O'Rielly, Kevin and Nancy O'Brien for manning the booth during the 11 am to 3 pm public event.
WinterFest 2020 Gary O'Rielly 2020-12-08 08:00:00Z 0

News from Around Our Club

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Dec 02, 2020
Photos taken by Tracy regarding lots of new and gently used coats, hats, gloves and new socks and from Kristin for the Interact Club's Sock Drive that will be delivered to Tracy for inclusion in our Clothing Drive. You can still donate to our drive and drop them off at DeLorm Family Dental on Dec 2nd until 5pm or on Friday, December 4th between the hours of 8-4 pm. Great job everyone!
Interact has submitted three drawings done by their members for the "Stand Up Against Bullying" campaign which is part of the Promise campaign. The photos were submitted to 2020 Interact Awards campaign. Voting on the submission by our Interact Club starts on Saturday, December 5th and runs through December 13th. And the submissions receiving the most votes will be awarded the "Fan Favorite." Click here for access to the submission gallery. The Fan Favorite Awards will be announced on December 15th. On December 19th, eight finalists in the running for "Best Video" and "Runner Up" will be announced. 
From our Interact Club -This is a way to help promote Bullying Prevention.
We will share this with the Lake Stevens Elementary Schools. This is a photo but I was unable to include the video at this time. 
Winterfest Holiday Market on December 5th from 11 am-3 pm.  We will be sharing our tent with the Lake Stevens Food Bank and the Arts and Parks Foundation. We will be handing out water and sharing our Rotary Story with the community while practicing social distancing and the wearing of a face mask. 
Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.
News from Around Our Club Gary O'Rielly 2020-12-02 08:00:00Z 0

Boeing Company Update

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Nov 23, 2020
Our guest speaker on Friday, November 20th was Richard White, Senior Manager, State and Local Government Operations with The Boeing Company. The photo was taken three years ago when Rich visited our Club and gave an update on the history of the company. This past Friday, Rich gave an overview of the current market and the health crisis around the world which has shown a drop in air traffic worldwide by more than 73% compared to 2019. The domestic markets are leading the recovery with domestic travel at 12%. Rich provided details on the number of airlines worldwide flying with the results of each being at half full.
The 737 Max return to the skies will be huge in determining the economic recovery and Boeing is taking action to position it for the future. Navigating through the dynamic economic recovery and constantly requires assessing the business impact.
Boeing Company Update Gary O'Rielly 2020-11-23 08:00:00Z 0

Happy Thanksgiving

Each day we are thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. Most importantly though, we are thankful for you today and everyday. Anonymous. 
From the Rotary Club of Lake Stevens, stay safe. This Thanksgiving, we have had to assess what it is for which we are grateful. We hope that , in this time of uncertainty, you have found the same.
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The Rotary Foundations - Update

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Nov 16, 2020
Our esteemed Director of the Rotary Foundation of Lake Stevens, Jim Haugen, updated our Club talked about One Rotary Club - Two Foundations. They are the Rotary Foundation of Lake Stevens and the Rotary International Foundation. Until Jim joined our Club, our RCLS Foundation wasn't meeting the expectations of the District and Rotary International. Once Jim took over the responsibilities of the Foundations, we have gradually grown to meet and exceed District and RI goals.
The RCLS Foundation was established on December 31, 1998. The Rotary International Foundation was first seeded in 1917 when Arch Klumph's idea for a endowment fund was mentioned. In 1928, the Rotary Foundation was formally named. In 1929, the Foundation made its first gift of $500 to the International Society for Crippled Children. The organization, created by Rotarian Edgar F. "Daddy" Allen, later grew into Easter Seals.
The Lake Stevens Rotary Charitable Foundation Board of Directors consists of Ken Collins, President; Reshal Ploeger, Vice President; Laurie Westover, Past President; Chris Vallo, Treasurer; Gary O'Rielly, Secretary; Ilene Levering, Avenue of Community Service and Lance Morehouse, Avenue of Vocational Service.
The RCLS Foundation assets are $134,248. The Loren Hole Endowment Fund is $68,166. This Endowment was started in 2007. The RCLS Foundation has $13,596 to spend this year with the possibility of another $6,000 to spend.
The Mission of the Rotary International Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvements of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.  The Charity Navigator has given the Rotary Foundation a Four Star rating and we have been told that Linkedin has rated the Foundation as the #2 in the world. In the Rotary Foundation, 92% of funds are spent on program awards and operations.
The Rotary Foundations - Update Gary O'Rielly 2020-11-16 08:00:00Z 0

Interact Service Project

Posted by Kristen Odegaard on Nov 11, 2020
Our Lake Stevens High School Interact Club performing a  Service Project picking up litter around the school grounds on Saturday, November 7th. Thank you so much for your effort.
Interact Service Project Kristen Odegaard 2020-11-11 08:00:00Z 0

Lake Stevens Education Foundation

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Nov 09, 2020
Leslie Elsemore, Co-Founder of the Lake Stevens Education Foundation, along with the late and very beloved Terri Spencer updated our Club on the Foundation and its activities. Leslie shared the latest news from the LSEF talking about a fundraiser for teachers to come up with innovative ways to teaching. Leslie's mentioned that her father was a Rotarian and a Paul Harris Fellow. LSEF was organized in 1993 by parents, community members and the school district administrators for the purpose of providing an alternative source of support for district programs and scholarships. LSEF is a separate entity from the Lake Stevens School District.
Leslie talked about the importance of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library which is a unique early-years book gifting program that partners with local community sponsors to mail a new, age-appropriate book each month to children from birth through age 5, creating a library of up to 60 books and instilling a love of books, reading and learning. Dolly Parton started the program in 1995 in her home county. The program went nationwide in 2000. LSEF is the Lake Stevens Community affiliate. The program is open to children living within the Lake Stevens School District. The goal is simple. Every child to have books, to be read to 20 minutes every day and to be ready to be successful in school. Since 2008, over 2,500 children in Lake Stevens have received books. Leslie acknowledged that our Club has sustained the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program. The cost of the Dolly Parton program is $25 per child per month. Each month, LSEF mails books to 750 school age children in Lake Stevens. The Post Office has an agreement with Leslie that if a book is undeliverable they will return the books to Leslie.
Lake Stevens Education Foundation Gary O'Rielly 2020-11-09 08:00:00Z 0

Tom Clendening-KSER Radio

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Nov 02, 2020
Tom Clendening, General Manager, KSER, joined the station in 2012 with 30 years of professional broadcast experience in management, programming, sales and marketing. James Monroe introduced Tom and told the story of the beginning of communication with Alexander Graham Bell's famous "Mr. Watson, Come here I need you" in 1876. Wireless communications was developed around the turn of the 19th to 20th Centuries by among others, Gugliemo Marconi. In 1916 an electrical engineer employed by Westinghouse began broadcasting from his garage. The station was later moved to a Westinghouse factory and relaunched in November 1920 becoming the first commercial licensed station in America. Since that beginning, radio stations are found just about everywhere. 
Nearly 20 years ago, a group of local citizens succeeded in bringing non-commercial, public radio to Snohomish County. There were no public radio stations in the North Puget Sound area. Routed in the community, most of the voices on air were all volunteers. KSER has a wide variety of programs such as the Hawaii public radio program and is unique serving Everett and other communities in Snohomish County and north Puget Sound. The station has 13,000 weekly listeners and 1,000 financial providers. KSER has a transmitter in Lake Stevens on Soper Hill.
Tom Clendening-KSER Radio Gary O'Rielly 2020-11-02 08:00:00Z 0

Rapid Develeopment Program - IPA Cinthia Damaris Santos

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Oct 27, 2020
Another amazing and fantastic presentation for our members and guests. This time by Cinthia Damaris Santos, Manager of the Rapid Development (RD) Program for IPA in Copan Honduras. Pictured above is Cinthia followed by numerous screen shots from her presentation. 
A bit about Cinthia. She had recently graduated college when a member of the Club in Copan Ruinas told her father that they were looking for a person to work for IPA managing some projects and they would prefer a bilingual person graduated from Mayatan so her father immediately though of Cinthia. And what a gem that IPA has in Copan managing the RD program.
Rapid Develeopment Program - IPA Cinthia Damaris Santos Gary O'Rielly 2020-10-27 07:00:00Z 0

District Governor's Visit

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Oct 20, 2020
A very enthusiastic and energetic District Governor Carol Tinkelman visited our Club via Zoom on Friday, October 16th along with Assistant District Governor Dwayne Rhodes. Carol grew up in Vancouver, BC and spent eight years as Branch Manager with Canada Trust in Price George. She joined the Port George Rotary Club in 1992. In 1995, the she moved to Chilliwack to be closer to family and friends. She opened her own Financial Planning practice and joined the Rotary Club of Chilliwack. She is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, a Major Donor and Benefactor of the Rotary Foundation and a recipient of the Avenues of Service Citation from Rotary International in recognition of her very lengthy list of service to Rotary, her church and her community.
The Governor talked about Rotary going dark in March. There was never any training for a pandemic. Every Rotary Club in the world was going through this storm together. Within two weeks of the shutdown the District offered Covid-19 funds through Area grants. She envisions Rotary coming out of this more connected and together. Rotary is not just a Club you joined, its a yearning to engage in your community. Since March, RI President Holger Knaack had asked that each Club have at least one meeting per month. With Zoom taking center stage with Rotary International most Clubs returned to virtual meetings.
District Governor's Visit Gary O'Rielly 2020-10-20 07:00:00Z 0

Roadside Clean Up Project

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Oct 19, 2020
Team 1  - Chris, Cherie, Jak & Jim; Team 2 - Josie, Kristin, Nyomi, Tracy, Joyce, John, Diego kneeling and Gary taking the picture. The Club members were joined by three members of our Interact Club of Lake Stevens High School along with Kristin Odeggard, Interact Advisor and Rotary Club member.
The Roadside Clean Up project involved two areas in Lake Stevens. Team 1 was responsible for Chapel Hill Rd and Team 2's area was 16th Street NE to N Machias Rd, 127th Av NE to 18th St NE and 18th St to Main Street. Along this route, a few neighbors out walking or in their yards, thanked our team for the taking care of their street.
Roadside Clean Up Project Gary O'Rielly 2020-10-19 07:00:00Z 0

Around the Community

Snohomish County Rotaract - We are holding a fundraiser on October 21st from 5pm-9pm at the Chipotle in North Marysville.  Join us at Chipotle "Do Good with Burritos"  at 17103 28th Dr. NE,  in Marysville on Wednesday, October 21st from 5pm-9pm to support the Snohomish County Rotaract with 33% of the proceeds going to the  club.
Lake Stevens Community Food Bank - Cabernets for Charity. Elevation Cellars will be partnering with our local Granite Falls and Lake Stevens Food Banks between now and October 31st.  When you stop in to Elevation Cellars to enjoy our special Vertical Wine Tasting you'll be helping us restock the food bank shelves in preparation for the holiday season.  In support of your generosity Elevation Cellars will be matching all donations received between now and October 31st.
Special Vertical Tasting Available
2013, 2014, & 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
We look forward to welcoming you into the Tasting Room soon!  Visit Elevation Cellars - Fridays - 3pm-7pm / Saturdays - 12pm-5pm / Sundays - 12pm-5pm at 19495 144th Avenue NE, Suite #A-130, Woodinville 98072.
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Classification Talks

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Oct 13, 2020
This past week, we enjoyed two classification talks. Brett Gailey and Ryan Mathisen our two newest members  who shared their background with our club on Zoom on Friday, October 9th.  
Brett was originally scheduled to give his classification talk on Friday, September 25th with former Mayor John Spencer, but Weston Pete decided he needed to be the center of attention as the newest Gailey. Brett grew up in southwestern Wyoming. The family moved to Pendleton, Oregon when he was starting his junior year in high school. The lure of the wheat fields where you could hunt on your way to school was amazing. Started out at BYU-Idaho but ended up joining the Army with his specialty being in the field of explosives.
Afterwards, went on a mission for his church to the Dominican Republic enjoying the great people of that country. Brett has both Hispanic and Basque heritage in his family background. He went to Boise State University enrolling in the ROTC program. Was a Military Police Officer, eventually joining the Boise Police Department. He and his first wife moved to the area to be closer to family. He was deployed to Iraq in 2004 and helped rebuild a police department in one of the city's in Iraq. Upon his return he went to work for the Everett Police Department. Returned to Iraq with the rank of Major and as guide for high powered dignitaries visiting the country: USO shows with Robin Williams and Lance Armstrong to name a few. Still in the military, US Army Reserves, assigned to Japan. Switched to a unit in Hawaii and in November will take command of a joint intelligence command in Texas with 45 members responsible for areas from India to the Pacific. Brett is married to Micah and between the two of them have six children. Brett enjoys music, running, hiking with his HAM radio and the Jeep crawl. His newest child, Weston Pete is named after his great grandfather. His politics started with serving on the Planning Commission to the City Council and now as full time Mayor of Lake Stevens.
Classification Talks Gary O'Rielly 2020-10-13 07:00:00Z 0

Mayor Cassie Franklin

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Oct 05, 2020
Our guest speaker this past Friday on Zoom was Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin. She is a member of the South Everett/Mukilteo Rotary Club.
The Mayor commented that this was the most challenging time in her lifetime. First there was the impact and dealing with Covid-19. It was an open, off the cuff presentation because on Thursday, her day was interrupted by the Boeing announcement that they were moving the entire Dreamliner production to South Carolina. Due to that announcement, the day was spent responding to the onslaught of calls from the media for comments and her reaction. Unlike most elected officials, the Mayor is taking the high road and isn't going to get into the Boeing bashing like so many others. Boeing still has a substantial investment in Everett and Snohomish County. The decision by Boeing was a business decision. Why?  Because the fuselage is made in South Carolina  and cannot be made here at the Everett plant. The cost to move the fuselage production to the Everett plant is over $1 billion dollars.
Mayor Cassie Franklin Gary O'Rielly 2020-10-05 07:00:00Z 0

John Spencer - Classification Talk

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Sep 28, 2020
Our program this past Friday, September 25th was a Classification Talk by John Spencer one of our newest members, well known and respected in the community and in our Club. His wife Terri was a Founding Member of our Club. John's early years were spent growing up in the Eastern Washington community of Cheney before his family moved to Olympia where he started high school. John credits his work ethic on his upbringing on a farm, milking cows, planting crops and other daily chores. John went to the University of Washington studying and earning a degree in Urban Planning. John met Terri Haugen there and got married. He earned a Master's Degree in Regional Planning from the University of British Columbia.
John Spencer - Classification Talk Gary O'Rielly 2020-09-28 07:00:00Z 0

Successful Corks and Kegs Fundraiser

Posted by Reshal Ploeger on Sep 27, 2020
If you were able to watch our Live Stream of our Corks and Kegs fundraiser, you saw an amazing display of fun, frolic and utter pleasure by our two auctioneers, Ken Collins, our esteemed Club President and our Past President Kevin O'Brien. 
We all had a lot of fun figuring out how to make this happen this year and are thankful to many people for their support.
  • Thank you to our Lake Stevens community for generously supporting us to the tune of over $31,000! 👏🏻
  • Thank you to the local businesses and individuals for their generous event sponsorships! 👏🏻
  • Thank you to Ken Collins and Kevin O'Brien for your QVC quality Laurel and Hardy performance showcasing the auction items! 👏🏻
  • Thank you to our amazing Corks+Kegs committee for your ability to successfully pivot to an online event and knocking it outta the park! 👏🏻
  • Thank you Lake Stevens Rotarians for your generous donations and for being just plain awesome! 👏🏻
Successful Corks and Kegs Fundraiser Reshal Ploeger 2020-09-27 07:00:00Z 0


Posted on Sep 25, 2020
Congratulations to the Gailey Family for the new addition. Weston Pete was born on 25 September to Brett and Micah. A healthy 9 lbs, 7 oz. His siblings are doting over him as well. Mom, Dad and Weston are all doing well.
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Fire District 7 Update

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Sep 22, 2020
Our program last Friday (18th) was all about Fire District 7 and an update on the new District. Chief Kevin O'Brien (l), Deputy Chief of EMS Ron Rasmussen (c) and Public Information & Education Officer Heather Chadwick (r). Chief O'Brien, our esteemed Club Past President, reminded our Club that on January 1, 2020 the Lake Stevens Fire Service merged with Snohomish County Fire District 7. The new organization continues to operate under a balanced budget with over 36 years of audits and no findings by the State of Washington. All meetings are open to the public and are accessible. Currently all meetings are being held online. Access to the meetings and information can be found on their website.
The new Fire District provides fire and life safety service to over 162,000 people covering more than 140 square miles. The District responded to 17,000+ emergency calls in 2019. Stations are strategically located throughout the district for increased service. Their services include fire suppression and prevention; Emergency Medical Service (EMS), Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Life Support (ALS); ambulance transport; motor vehicle collision response; technical rescue; water rescue; hazardous materials response; disaster management and preparedness and public education.
Fire District 7 Update Gary O'Rielly 2020-09-22 07:00:00Z 0

International Project Alliance (IPA)

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Sep 14, 2020
Marty Pease, is a member of the Rotary Club of La Conner and Secretary of the International Project Alliance. Marty joined Rotary in 2016 and the IPA group at the same time. She has had several trips to Honduras during her time. A trip to Honduras is planned for November because the Country is opened but still uncertain as to whether the trip will have to be rescheduled. Our Club has been really engaged since joining IPA. Adopt a School, Adopt a Dream, Mobile Library, Student Health and Construction are all part of the Foundation of IPA.
International Project Alliance (IPA) Gary O'Rielly 2020-09-14 07:00:00Z 0

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR)

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Sep 08, 2020
Our guest speaker on Friday, September 4th, via ZOOM was John Van Dalen, Ombudsman for the National Guard Employer Support Services or Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).  Before John began talking about the importance of the ESGR program, Mayor Brett Gailey spoke well of the organization because they assisted him when he was on deployment to Iraq. John was a Senior Master Sergeant before he retired.  
ESGR is a U. S. Department of Defense program which was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between the Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from a employee's military commitment.
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Gary O'Rielly 2020-09-08 07:00:00Z 0

Hungry Hearts Update and More

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Sep 01, 2020
Mirza Avdic, the Executive Director of the Hungry Hearts Foundation, was our guest speaker via Zoom on Friday, August 28th. Mirza has given other communities tips on how Hungry Hearts Foundation operates and is open to any community asking for similar information.
The organization started in 2010 as a program under the Lake Stevens Family Center with the name of Li'l Hungry Hearts. In 2011 the organization expanded to three elementary schools and in 2012 added another six more schools. By 2013, all ten Lake Stevens schools joined the program. In March 2015,  the program separated from the Family Center and became a 501(c)(3) public charity as Hungry Hearts Foundation.
Hungry Hearts Update and More Gary O'Rielly 2020-09-01 07:00:00Z 0

North Sound 211

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Aug 24, 2020
Our guest speaker for Friday, August 21st via ZOOM was Lisa Hull, Program Manager for North Sound 211. What is North Sound 211? It is important to note that 2-1-1 is a free confidential community service and your one stop connection to the local services you need: from utility assistance, food, housing, health care, child care, after school programs, elder care, crisis intervention and much, much more. North Sound 211 covers Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom counties. Throughout Washington, there are seven unique regions within 2-1-1 statewide information and referral systems. Each region supports local human service programs for residents in their area.  
North Sound 211 Gary O'Rielly 2020-08-24 07:00:00Z 0

Corks and Kegs Fundraiser

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Aug 18, 2020
Game on!!!! Corks and Kegs is approaching very quickly.  Each of us has a part in the success of our largest fundraiser.
  1. Have you donated two large bottles of beer and two bottles of wine?
  2. Have you donated two silent auction baskets?
  3. Have you asked a local business in Lake Stevens, Granite Falls and Snohomish to be a sponsor of Corks & Kegs?
We need all HANDS ON DECK. Join the effort and make this one of the most successful Silent and On-Line Auctions for our Club so that we can continue our work in the Lake Stevens community as well as our international projects.

Corks and Kegs Fundraiser Gary O'Rielly 2020-08-18 07:00:00Z 0

Greetings from your Rotary International president

Posted by Holger Knaack
Greetings, fellow Rotarians and Rotaractors!
I am so honored to serve as your president this year. We have important work ahead of us at Rotary, and we are going to have a lot of fun as we do it.
Last year, we launched our five-year Action Plan to build a stronger future for Rotary. We are working to increase our impact, expand our reach, enhance participant engagement, and increase our ability to adapt. The last several months have shown that we — as Rotarians and Rotaractors — can realize these goals as we forge a new path for the future.
Without question, COVID-19 has posed new and previously unimaginable challenges for Rotary. But within every challenge is perhaps an even greater opportunity. And while I could not have known what lay ahead when I selected my theme for the year, Rotary Opens Opportunities has even greater relevance as we begin our new Rotary year.
I am incredibly inspired by how our members have adapted and responded to COVID-19. This global pandemic has made it difficult for many of our clubs to operate as usual, but we persevered, and over the past few months, I’ve enjoyed connecting with my fellow Rotarians and Rotaractors in a new way: by visiting hundreds of clubs from my home. It’s been fun to attend so many meetings virtually. If you haven’t already, I encourage your club to try an online meeting or add an online component, like hosting a guest speaker from a Rotary or Rotaract club located in a different part of the world.
As we build a stronger future for our organization, it’s good that we are reaching out to new people and introducing them to Rotary. It’s important that our clubs reflect the communities we serve. More diverse voices in our clubs and in our leadership will help Rotary stay in touch with a changing world.
So let’s find every opportunity to show we value each and every member. Let’s seize this moment to build on what we’ve learned, to embrace our new reality, to welcome new faces, and to find additional ways to shine. This is how we will have a continuing impact on the world. And if you need assistance along the way, Rotary offers many resources that can help you reach your goals.
Rotary means different things in different parts of the world, but we are all united by our core values and by The Four-Way Test. Rotary may change, but our values remain constant.
I look forward to hearing about how you’re finding new opportunities to engage and make an impact in your club and community. Rotary Opens Opportunities, both for the people we serve and for ourselves.
Thank you.
Holger Knaack
RI President, 2020-21


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The Enemy is Here!  Coronavirus

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Aug 10, 2020
Traci Hanegan, is a mechanical engineering principal with Coffman Engineers. She is an American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) fellow and a frequent lecturer about the impact of indoor air hydration on occupant health and the spread of infectious diseases. Her program covered information about reducing the airborne transmission of infectious diseases. Traci is located in the firm's Spokane office.

Traci started her presentation by referencing a book by David Quammen titled Spill Over.  Since there are over 19 million cases of COVID-19, lots of it is about people and their individual behavior. What we are learning is that the size of the droplets are 0.12 um and can be transmitted through air and that toilets can be a risk of generating droplets. Recommendation: before flushing, close the lid.
The Enemy is Here! Coronavirus Gary O'Rielly 2020-08-10 07:00:00Z 0
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Community Foundation of Snohomish County

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Aug 03, 2020
Angelique Leone, Vice President of the Community Foundation of Snohomish County was our guest speaker via ZOOM on Friday, July 31st. She spoke about their Covid-19 Relief Fund. 
Before that here is a bit of history of the organization. The Community Foundation of Snohomish County started in 1993 as the Everett Parks Foundation. In 2001 the organization changed its name to the Greater Everett Community Foundation and again in 2015 finally to the Community Foundation of Snohomish County. 
Since 2009, the Foundation's average rate of return of their investments since 2009 is $32 million in assets with a pay out of about 14%. Most Foundation's are at 5%. Since their inception, the Foundation has awarded $20 million in grants. The Foundation direction changed a bit under Covid-19. The Foundation convened a partnership and opened the Coronavirus Rapid Response program in March. Funding was used for short-term, safety net needs for the vulnerable while government and other funding sources emerged.
Community Foundation of Snohomish County Gary O'Rielly 2020-08-03 07:00:00Z 0

Skin Sun...Friend or Foe

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jul 27, 2020
Our guest speaker on Friday, July 24th was Eve Stern, BSN, MS, LME Practice Administrator with Dr. Windle/Bellevue Plastic Surgery Group. Eve is no stranger to our Club. She is the wife of Don Iverson and has spoken to our group in the past. Her topic this past week was Skin & Sun: Friend or Foe. A very timely topic as I write this column with the heat index rising into the 90's today.
Eve started her presentation with the comment that her hope was that we take away three new sources on sun and screening. Solutions to being in the sun for long periods must consider preventions from harming the skin.
The sun has the following Positive Effects:
Enhances your mood; treats seasonal affective disorders; relieves stress; improves sleep and has Vitamin D. 
On the other hand, UVA rays penetrate deep within the skin and contribute heavily to sun damage and melanoma. UVA rays primarily affect skin surface and contribute to basal cell & squamous cell carcinoma. UVA rays are the main source of sunburns. Likewise, we should avoid the use of Indoor Tanning lamps which emit UVA and UVB radiation at levels that can be as much as 10-15 times stronger than the sun at its peak.
Skin Sun...Friend or Foe Gary O'Rielly 2020-07-27 07:00:00Z 0

HASCO-Housing Authority of Snohomish County

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jul 21, 2020
   Duane Leonard, Executive Director-HASCO

Our guest speaker via Zoom last week spoke about the Housing Authority of Snohomish County. Another great program with lots of information on the organization and their contributions to  Snohomish County. Duane, thanks so much for being with us last week on ZOOM. 

Duane has extensive experience in public sector finance including working at the Washington State Auditor’s Office and the City of Tacoma. Duane served on the Washington State Treasurer’s Local Government Investment Pool Advisory Committee from 1997 to 2003. During his twenty years at the Housing Authority, Duane has overseen the finances of the agency as it grew from approximately 1,600 vouchers and 830 housing units to over 3,400 vouchers and 2,100 units of housing.

History of the Housing Authorities in the United States

The U.S. Housing Authority Act of 1937 created the United States Housing Authority to provide Federal subsidies to Local Housing Agencies. Washington Stated passed "enabling legislation" allowing for the creation of the Local Housing Agencies in 1939. They are hybrids. Independent Local Government Agencies established to receive Federal resources; with broad powers to carry out their purpose, but no ability to assess local taxes.

HASCO-Housing Authority of Snohomish County  Gary O'Rielly 2020-07-21 07:00:00Z 0

Welcome to the Family

Posted on Jul 17, 2020
Welcome to the Rotary family, Leah Rose Sladek. Congratulations to the proud parents Hannah and Adam. What a wonderful bundle of joy and a big smile for the camera. 
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Rotary Youth Exchange by Sawyer Mauk

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jul 14, 2020
Sawyer Mauk-Rotary Youth Exchange Program was our guest speaker at our Zoom meeting on Friday, July 10th. His information below is from the District 5050 website. Also attending our meeting was Felicity Dye, Chair of the District Youth Exchange Program and Andrea Stiller, who is the Youth Exchange Committee Secretary.

Sawyer is a ROTEX student from 2018-19, He just graduated from Whidbey Island High School and will be attending Lewis & Clark University in the fall. During his Junior year of school, he went to Bolivia and was hosted by the Rotary Club of Tarija. He has remained actively involved with his sponsor Club (South Whidbey Island) and with our Rotex (Returned Exchange Students) Group.

The Rotary Youth Exchange program (RYE) is a fabulous experience where the future of Rotary starts with youth. Sawyer talked about traveling to Trajia, Bolivia where he was able to learn and grow. He mentioned that the impact of one student reaches 255 people. In 2018-19 the 10,000 exchange students around the world touch over 2.5 million people each year and every year. Involvement includes the student's family, extended family, sponsoring Rotary Clubs, host families, host school and host Rotary District and Club.


Rotary Youth Exchange by Sawyer Mauk Gary O'Rielly 2020-07-14 07:00:00Z 0
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Annual Installation Banquet 2019-2020

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun 30, 2020
Rotary year's are always challenging for our Club Presidents. But this year was exceptional with the virtual shutdown of all activities including our Club Meetings, going to on-line/ZOOM and the prolonged issue of Covid-19. Our President, Laurie Westover, rose to the occasion and stirred us into uncharted waters and kept us all afloat still enduring the Rotary motto of Service Above Self.  Congratulations are a highly successful and very unusual year.
Awards for 2019-2020
Loren Hole - Rotarian of the Year    
Lance Morehouse - Viking Leadership Award
Rising Star Awards - Chris Jacobson and Amelia Mimura
Four Way Test Award - Tracy DeLorm 
And our newest Paul Harris recipient is Ilene Levering. Congrtulations!
Welcome to the New Board of Directors for 2020-2021
Ken Collins - President
Past President - Laurie Westover
Reshal Ploeger - President-Elect
Chris Vallo - Treasurer and President-Nominee
Gary O'Rielly-Secretary
Keith Partington - Club Services
Ilene Levering - Community Services
Tracy DeLorm - International Services
Lance Morehouse - Vocational Services
Ron Rasmussen - Membership
Jim Haugen - Foundation
The new Officers and Directors were given the oath of office AG Dave Duskin.  Dave's three year service as Area J Assistant District Governor ends on June 30th. Thanks for being so helpful and a wonderful friend to our Club and its members.
This was likely the most unusual Annual Installation Banquet but came off without a hitch, a lot of fun, colorful wear, hats galore and so much more. Congratulations to Laurie for such a fantastic year and a big welcome to Ken Collins as he assumes the Presidency of the Rotary Club of Lake Stevens on July 1st.
Annual Installation Banquet 2019-2020 Gary O'Rielly 2020-06-30 07:00:00Z 0

Pilchuck Dam Removal Restoration Project

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun 30, 2020
Brett Shattuck, Restoration Ecologist, The Tulalip Tribes viewing and surveying the Pilchuck Dam. The Pilchuck Dam Removal Restoration Project is a partnership between the Tulalip Tribes, NOAA, City of Snohomish, Salmon Recovery Funding Board, PSAR, Puget Sound Partnership, United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Paul G. Allen Foundation. As this article is being published, our current President Laurie Westover and her husband Mike will become our past President. Laurie and Mike live along the Pilchuck River adjacent to the dam and are fully supportive of the removal project.
What does this dam removal project involve: This is an outline of the project given by Brett at our Zoom meeting on Friday, June 26th. The outline consist of the Tulalip Tribes, watershed protection and restoration, the Pilchuck Dam Existing Conditions, Removal goals and objectives, the dam removal planning and outreach program.
Pilchuck Dam Removal Restoration Project Gary O'Rielly 2020-06-30 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarians of the Months-May & June

Posted by Gary O'Rielly
The Rotarian of the Month award was created by Past President Kevin O'Brien during his term and carried forward under President Laurie Westover. The last two Rotarians of the Months for 2019-2020 have been announced by President Laurie. Kristin Odeggard is the Rotarian of the Month for May and Shawn Frederick is the Rotarian of the month for June. Both members have been respected members of the community, active and passionate about their roles.
Kristin has been the Interact Advisor since the very beginning. The growing number of Interact members is a credit to her role as Advisor and leader in the Lake Stevens High School Community. The goal of the Rotarian of the Month is to recognize those members of our Club who have shown outstanding leadership during the year. The number of Interact Club members has risen to the high 20's this past year. Interactors have over 346 hours of service to the community.
Shawn's community involvement spans the boundaries from the County to the City of Lake Stevens. His expanded leadership role at the Snohomish Health District especially during COVID-19 and in his new role as a member of the City Council of Lake Stevens. Shawn's example of being involved certainly meet the criteria of "Service Above Self."
Congratulations to Kristin and Shawn. Now, they just have to decide who gets the parking place of honor that comes with the award.
Rotarians of the Months-May & June Gary O'Rielly 2020-06-24 07:00:00Z 0

Lake Stevens Senior Center

Amelia Mimura, President of the Lake Stevens Senior Center and a club member and Jerry Stumbaugh, Vice President of the Lake Stevens Senior Center accept a Lake Stevens Rotary Club Foundation contribution in the amount of $2,100 from Gary O'Rielly.  The scene is Amelia's home since the Center is closed during Covid-19. The check presentation was made at Amelia's home on Saturday, June 20th. 
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Mental Health Support for Students

Posted by James Monroe on Jun 21, 2020
Our speaker June 19th was Jenn Hudson, Student Mental Health Support Specialist with the Lake Stevens School District. In that role she helps students for any reason when they have to deal with pressures of school, home and life. She is part of a team the District has to ensure that students are successful in school. There are specialists at both middle schools--Lake Stevens and Northlake--as well as at Cavelero Mid-High and the High School, where Jenn is based. The Team also includes an Intervention Specialist who splits his time between Cavelero and the High School.
While the Specialists are based at the secondary schools they are certainly available for all seven elementary schools and the Early Learning Center. Another vital member of the Team is Bruce, a golden Labrador retriever who is trained as a service dog to help students for whatever reason.
Jenn shared that students that utilize the Support Services can meet individually with the Specialists and/or as part of a group of peers. The group meetings can happen as often as weekly and vary at the time of the school day so as not to impact the learning opportunities for students. When a student comes to seek help, the student is told that the specialist has three "bosses." 1) the student, 2) the student's parents, guardians or caregiver and, 3) the school district. There is some confidentiality about what a student shares, but, if the student expresses self-harm intentions or intentions to hurt others, then the caregivers and school district have to be advised.
During the current worldwide pandemic and schools being closed, it's been harder on the Team to support the students. They have found ways including using online meeting platforms to support the students.
The Support Team also put together a video primarily aimed at School District Staff--but, certainly applicable to all of us--on ways to take care of our own mental health during the pandemic. Are you taking care of yourself?
Mental Health Support for Students James Monroe 2020-06-21 07:00:00Z 0

Public Safety and Recent Events

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun 16, 2020
Our guest speakers last Friday, June 12th, were  two of our own members. Chief of Police John Dyer and Chief of Snohomish County Fire District #7 Kevin O'Brien spoke to our Club about recent events, public safety and COVID-19.  Lake Stevens is the beneficiary of two exception leaders for our Police and Fire Services. Two absolutely awesome individuals who believe in the motto, "Service Above Self". 
The program started with Chief O'Brien discussing COVID-19 as well as some of the protest going on. In the Chief's thirty years in public service he spoke about the number of policeman that he has observed and worked with who go in and out of danger in troubling times and almost always under unusual circumstances. They are by far, some of the best examples of people that Chief O'Brien has ever worked with allowing the Fire Service to do their jobs. Chief Dyer echo the sentiments about the Fire Service men and women as well.
Public Safety and Recent Events Gary O'Rielly 2020-06-16 07:00:00Z 0

District 5050 Upcoming Events

Here is a list of upcoming events hosted by District 5050:
Jun 16th  Coffee Corner - John Hewko, General Secretary & CEO, Rotary International
For those that register, the Zoom link will be emailed to the registrants on the afternoon of the event.
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The YAIL Experience 2020

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun 08, 2020
Youth Adventure in Leadership (YAIL) is a program offered by District 5050 of Rotary International, the world's oldest service organization. The YAIL mission is to give participants opportunities to utilize their new (undiscovered) leadership skills, create interpersonal bonds, embrace challenges and learn the value of teamwork.
This year, our Club sent three Interact members to the YAIL 2020 event on February 7-9 at the Alexander House in Surrey, BC. Registration is open to 65 applicants from District 5050. Candidates are sponsored by a local Rotary Club with a mix of young men and young women, Canadians and Americans. Below is an example of three incredible lades that we sponsored and their experiences at YAIL. Anna, Karley and Mary were our guest speakers this past Friday, June 5th at our ZOOM meeting.
The YAIL Experience 2020 Gary O'Rielly 2020-06-08 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Skate Park

Posted on Jun 07, 2020
Now Open-
Rotary Skate Park
More than 15 years ago, the Rotary Club of Lake Stevens raised money and promoted the building of a SKATEBOARD PARK in Lake Stevens. A few years ago, three of us from the Club met with then County Councilman Dave Somers and Tom Teigen, Director of Snohomish Parks and Recreation about building a skate park in Lake Stevens.  The meeting ended up over time creating a joint memo of understanding to develop the park at Cavelero Community Park which the County had a acquired a few years prior.  The Rotary Skate Park is now open for fun and enjoyment. The skaterboarder above in the photo lives in the Northgate area and told me that he would be coming up here every week to skate.  He is involved with the skateboard industry and is an event coordinator.
The Rotary Club of Lake Stevens is proud to support our community in this way. Get on your boards!
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Rotarian of the Month - March

Posted on Jun 02, 2020
Our esteemed Presient acknowledged that during the Covid-19 pandemic that she did not acknowledge a Rotarian of the Month since April since the first couple of weeks our Club didn't meet until Zoom became part of our weekly routine. The March Rotarian of the Month is Ilene Levering.  Congratulations!!!
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Welcome the New Officers, Directors and Club Chairs for 2020-2021

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on May 26, 2020
Congratulations to our new Officers, Directors and Club Chairs for 2020-2021. Ken Collins will be our distinguished leader as President for the new year starting on July 1, 2020.  Joining Ken are:
Past President -         Laurie Westover
President-Elect-        Reshal Ploeger
President Nominee-  Chris Vallo
Treasurer-                 Chris Vallo
Secretary-                 Gary O'Rielly
Club Service-            Keith Partington
Community Service-Ilene Levering
Intl. Service-             Tracy DeLorm
Vocational Service-  Lance Morehouse
Membership-            Ron Rasmussen
Foundation-              Jim Haugen
Club Chairs:
Public Relations-      Reshal Ploeger
Programs-                 Don Iverson
Interact-                    Kristin Odeggard
Website-                   James Monroe
Welcome the New Officers, Directors and Club Chairs for 2020-2021 Gary O'Rielly 2020-05-26 07:00:00Z 0

Hanford Site Cleanup: Progress & Challenges

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on May 26, 2020
Our guest speaker on Friday, May 22nd was Ginger Wireman, a Community Outreach & Environmental Education Specialist with the Washington State Department of Ecology. After the presentation Ginger asked if the club members  could fill out a evaluation form: Here is the link: 
Ginger's presentation was about the Hanford Site Cleanup: Progress & Challenges. Like so many of the workforce in Washington and the nation, Ginger has been working from home since March 13th.  Ginger started the presentation with some background regarding the Hanford site. Area pre-1942 was a small agricultural community comprising Hanford and White Bluffs. Native Americans had been in the area for years. A photo in the presentation shows the Wanapum village looking downstream towards Hanford. Construction at Hanford began in the 1940's. Production was from 1945-1988. Hanford was part of the Manhattan project. The project needed a rural area and required established rail lines. The project took all of the farms and buildings to construct Hanford. No one had a clue that the site/project was part of the building and deployment of the hydrogen bomb dubbed the Manhattan Project.
Hanford Site Cleanup: Progress & Challenges Gary O'Rielly 2020-05-26 07:00:00Z 0

Paine Field

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on May 19, 2020
Our guest speaker on Friday, May 15th via Zoom was Pete McGuire, Deputy Director for Operations at Paine Field. The photo is the new Paine Field Airport which opened a little over a year ago with over 1 million passengers during the period. However, Paine Field is much bigger than the new passenger terminal. Paine Field is named after Lt. Topliff Paine who grew up in Everett, and flew for the U. S. Army Air during World War 1. Paine also helped pioneer air mail service in the western United States. Construction began in 1936 which was a Great Depression-era project.
Paine Field Gary O'Rielly 2020-05-19 07:00:00Z 0

Dawson Place

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on May 12, 2020
Our Zoom program last Friday, May 8th was Anne Ewalt, Community Engagement Prevention Education at Dawson Place. Today's topics included How Dawson Place helps child abuse victims using the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) model. Conversations continued about the Covid-19 impact and what we can do to prevent Child Sexual Abuse and help those who are being abused. Important to note that our world deserves and needs the brilliance and talents of all of our children. All people especially children have a right to fully develop, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. All children have a right to grow up in a nurturing environment as well as a carefree and safe childhood. When this doesn't happen and kids experience sexual abuse, physical abuse and other traumas, than there is Dawson's Place.
Dawson Place Gary O'Rielly 2020-05-12 07:00:00Z 0

Sno-Isle Libraries-Lake Stevens

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on May 04, 2020
Lindsay Hanson, Library Manager at Sno-Isle Library, Lake Stevens, was our guest speaker via Zoom on Friday, May 1st.  Lindsay provided an overview of what's happening with the Library under the Covid-19 pandemic. All Sno-Isle Libraries are closed until further notice. All staff have been working from home since March 14th. The Library has started several new programs as a result of Covid-19. Staff are making calls to seniors over 60 who have used their services in the past few months to see how they are doing. Library cards used to be limited to in-person applications. That has certainly changed under Covid-19. There is a library card link now available. Lindsay encouraged us to view the library resources tabs for all services.
Sno-Isle Libraries-Lake Stevens Gary O'Rielly 2020-05-04 07:00:00Z 0

Snohomish County Planning Framework

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Apr 28, 2020
Last Friday, our club had a truly unique individual with 43 years experience in Snohomish County Government. Barbara Mock, Director, Snohomish County Planning and Development Services (PDS) spoke to our Club ZOOM meeting. Barbara is an amazing person and the presentation was utterly outstanding. The speaking engagement on the county's Planning Framework started with the presentation agenda which included overview of the Growth Management Act, Regional Planning/Multi-County Planning policies, Countywide Planning policies, Snohomish County Comprehensive Plan, Developmemt Regulations/other Implementing Actions and Thinking About the Future.
Snohomish County Planning Framework Gary O'Rielly 2020-04-28 07:00:00Z 0

Skate Park History

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Apr 23, 2020

Skateboard Park Early Supporters
Although the Rotary Skate Park isn't officially open right now, the purpose of this article is to outline the community and Rotary's support for a skate park dating back to 2005-2006. An article in the Everett Herald, Sunday, December 9, 2007 references the building of a skate park in Lake Stevens involved three unlikely candidates. Further, it commented that none of these individuals were hardly typical skateboarders. Only one of them had kids. The threesome are very involved in the community: Tonya Christoffersen, manager of the Lake Stevens Sewer District, Tracy DeLorm, a dentist and Julie Ubert a supervisor for the Lake Stevens Police Department. The article confirms that the women were among several others who started working on the campaign to bring the skate park to Lake Stevens more than a year ago (at the time this would have been in 2006). The three women did their research, traveling to skate parks in nearby cities to see how parks have been built and talking to skateboarders. The three women made a presentation to the City Council, the Lake Stevens School Board, the Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Merchants Association to round up support.
Skate Park History Gary O'Rielly 2020-04-23 07:00:00Z 0

Discussion Topics From Our Meeting

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Apr 21, 2020
Oh, not the image you were looking for. Well it does serve the purpose.
The hardest part of our Rotary experience is our inability to have face to face contact with our members who have become part of our family. Zoom has replaced our weekly Friday morning meetings and allowed our Club members to see one another although from a distance and through the eye of our computers/cellphones with some spectacular backgrounds if only as an image of where we might want to be or just enjoying it as a background picture. 
Discussion centered around one member buying ten pizzas for Ace Hardware employees so busy during this pandemic that have been so helpful to our member, to an Easter boat parade around the lake involving over 40 boats organized by Chris J. What about the progress of the 7 new chicks? Some of our male members growing beards, or getting that much needed haircut and much more. Kristin reported that the Interactors are so overwhelmed with the current status of the "stay at home" requirements and on-line schooling that has become part of our fabric during this pandemic.
Scholarships are now coming in after the Vocational Committee extended the deadline. Now we have over 17 applications by my count from Lance's email. Now, the judging begins with our next meeting set for April 27th. Request for anyone interested in being a judge sent out by Lance this past few days.
Corks and Kegs was originally set for this past Saturday, April 18th but instead has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 26th. So, on Saturday did you have a glass of wine or beer and think about "what might have been" or just enjoy the time at home?
Support for local businesses and restaurants that are open for take out or adhering is extremely helpful in these times of high unemployment caused by the pandemic/virus. Good to see everyone that was on the Zoom meeting. 
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City Priorities

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Apr 14, 2020
Mayor Brett Gailey was our virtual guest on Friday, April 10th. Club Meetings are now virtual meetings until further notice using Zoom. A shout out to Don Iverson for working with the Mayor to reschedule his City Priorities presentation.
The Mayor has lived in Lake Stevens since 2004. He and his wife have five children with another one on the way. The Mayor, has been a policeman in Everett for the past 21 years and currently works patrol in the city. He is a Lt. Colonel in the Army Reserve and had two tours in Iraq. His Reserve time is spent in Pearl Harbor where he participates in the Pacific intelligence area while on Army Reserve time in Hawaii.
City Priorities Gary O'Rielly 2020-04-14 07:00:00Z 0

Just What the Doctor Ordered!

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Apr 03, 2020

Our meeting this morning was just what the doctor ordered! So great to SEE👀 everyone, do a little Club business and start to plan how we can best support the Lake Stevens community in the coming months.Thanks Reshal.

Nice to see so many connect into Zoom or on the phone to our virtual Rotary Club Meeting this morning. Either by internet or by phone, hearing what's going on with each of us was a great way to connect and as Reshal pointed out, "JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED."  Dave Duskin, Assistant Governor, Area J, and Bob Knight, formerly of Snohomish and now living in Florida, joined in.

Several projects underway by crafts persons like Nanci Johnson and President Laurie making surgical mask for friends and those in need or dropping them off at the local Food Bank. I know Tracy was doing lots of quilting for family and friends, Dave Duskin announced  that are Area in District 5050 can use a USD$5,000 matching grant for COVID-19 pandemic relief projects. Many ideas such as purchasing large quantities of surgical mask and protective wear for First Responders, Police, and the medical profession plus hospitals was at the top of the conversation. 

Rotary Skate Park: The County and City will be developing plaques to install at the Rotary Skate Park and has asked our Club to develop one as well since we were the catalyst for getting the Skateboard Park project going some 15+ years ago and never, ever giving up on the idea.

Corks and Kegs sponsors have all agreed to be supporters of the new date in September.  We have almost met our goal of $10,000 even exceeding last years sponsorship contributions.

It was so good to hear what's going on in everyone's daily lives along with their stay-at-home projects. Seven new chickens being raised and watched over by Maia Pinkelman caught DJ and Laurie's attention. A new puppy in the life of the O'Brien family certainly added to the excitement.

There was a big shout out to Kevin, Ron and John for the work being done by our First Responders, Police as well as the teachers who are learning new ways of teaching from their homes as well as School District staff and so many more. A sad note for Chris V and his family who lost his son this past week at such an early stage in his adult life. This was not related to the pandemic. All of us are keeping his family in our thoughts and prayers.

An Irish Blessing to our Rotary family:  May your purse always hold a coin or two; may the sun always shine on your window pane; May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain; May the hand of a friend always be near you and May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you on.

Just What the Doctor Ordered! Gary O'Rielly 2020-04-03 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary eLearning Center

Good day fellow Rotarians, 

Attached you will find a suggested list of online courses from the Rotary eLearning Center. Each of these will help broaden your understanding of Rotary and enhance your club experience. While there are recommended courses for specific groups please feel free to log on and experience any of those listed.

This is one way Rotary Connects the World through technology during this time of social distancing.


Rod Thomson

District Trainer


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Message from the Mayor

Posted on Mar 31, 2020
This is an important message from the Mayor to the Chamber that I thought was worth repeating for our own members regarding the current coronavirus and the affect on the City of Lake Stevens
Updates from the 
Greater Lake Stevens
Chamber of Commerce

A message from Mayor Brett Gailey

The Lake Stevens Chamber of Commerce received the following email from Lake Stevens Mayor Bret Gailey on Tuesday morning. He asked that we pass it along to the business community: I asked Matt for permission to repeat the message on our website as well. The message from the Mayor is listed below.
I wanted to thank the businesses of Lake Stevens for their work in these difficult days.  It is wonderful to see many of our great restaurants still working and providing a service to our citizens.  The grocery stores are maintaining orderly distribution of food to concerned patrons.  Gas stations providing fuel for those essential workers keeping our community safe and healthy.
I want you to know I am working as diligently as possible within the Governors guidelines to keep business open and providing services.  As we continue on what is truly a different operating environment for all of us my wishes are for joint effort in making sure the economy of our city stabilizes and is able to quickly rebound.  Please feel free to reach out to me with ideas on what we can do better within city government to assist in your business efforts. 
Brett Gailey
City of Lake Stevens
1812 Main Street | PO Box 257
Lake Stevens, WA 98258-0257
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President's Message

President's Message
Laurie Westover
member photoService Above Self.  That is the Rotary motto. What does it mean today as we face this pandemic?
Many of our lives have been put on hold during March and we are looking at more weeks to come. Others have been on overdrive, thank you front line people. So, we may feel that Rotary is on a back burner. We all miss our social time Friday mornings and our committee meetings (with wine). It is easy to list the things we can’t do. Let’s take some time to think of what we can do to support each other and our community.
  • Number one – social distancing and washing your hands!  Let’s kick this virus!
  • Call or e-mail family, friends, neighbors… Isolation can be very hard on people. Having someone to talk to can really help. Plus, you may learn they need groceries, pharmacy pick-up, or something else where you can help.
  • If your health allows, see if you can volunteer at the food bank. Contact number (425) 334-3430
  • Do you have a special talent you could share via YouTube or in real time on Zoom?  Singing, playing an instrument, instruction on tying knots, how to bake bread…You get the idea. Share your talent.
  • Make cards or write letters of encouragement to our front line workers. Let them know how much we appreciate them.
  • Going for a walk? Take a garbage bag and do a little road clean-up.
  • Help with our scholarship program. Let Lance know if you can assist here.
I’m sure there are lots of other ideas. Send those ideas to the Club or me and then I will pass them on.
Stop waiting for this to be over. It’s time to get to work. 
One more thing – financially supporting those organizations that are helping our community. Many organizations like ours had to either cancel or postpone their fundraisers. A couple I am aware of -
Sherwood was one of those organizations that wasn’t able to hold their major fundraiser.  Consider checking them out and making a donation.
 I spoke to Mike at the Lake Stevens Boys and Girls Club. They have a fundraiser to support the work they are doing. Here is the information he provided. 
Thank you so much for the call today to check on us. I have included the link below to our Campaign For Kids fundraiser that we are currently running till the end of May. Our club is currently offering childcare for kids of First Responders at no charge to them until this virus takes a hike. Any help we can get from the Rotary Club to help us recoup some of these costs would be greatly appreciated. 
Thanks Again,
Mike Wetmore
Take care everyone. I miss you and hope we will be together again soon.
Posted by James Monroe on Mar 30, 2020
This week's meeting will be online. The meeting will start at 7:30. You will be able to join the meeting starting at 7:15. Here are the links and instructions-
Click this link to access the Teams Downloads page. Scroll down if you want to download the app to your Mac computer and/or smart phone.
You were sent an email last Friday with the Conference ID. You will need that to log in to the virtual meeting.
Continue to live by and exemplify the Rotary Four Way Test-
Is it the Truth?
Is it Fair to All Concerned?
Will it Build Goodwill and Better Friendships?
Will it Be Beneficial to all Concerned?
PHOTO CONTEST: You are encouraged to participate in this. The aspect has been changed so look carefully. Be the first person to correctly identify from where the photo at the top of this bulletin and at the top of our website was taken from by 7:30 am Friday, April 3rd. Send your guess to the Editor.



​Interact is a service club for youth ages 14-18. The name is a combination of the words international​ and action​. We join Clubs in over 120 countries around the world. The global youth network is dedicated to community and international service. Every Interact Club project, great or small, has a lasting impact on society worldwide.
Club​ Meetings
The High School is Closed through at least 24 April 2020. ​The Club meets on Wednesdays in Ms. Odegaard's room. Find out the latest at our Facebook site.
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Happy St. Patrick's Day

Beannachtai Na Feile Padraig or Happy St. Patrick's day to our IRISH members and wannabe irish members. An Irish Blessing for all of our fantastic members:  May there always be work for your hands to do:  May your purse always hold a coin or two; May the sun always shine on your window pane; May the rainbow be certain to follow each rain; May the hand of a friend always be near you and May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you on.
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Challenging Times

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Mar 15, 2020
These are certainly challenging times with the COVID-19 pandemic occurring around the world and in our own community. The recent decision to cancel K-12 schools in the state through April 24th along with many civic institutions has certainly distorted our daily social fabric unlike anything in our lifetimes. With that in mind and the ever widening disruption in our daily routines, the Rotary Club of Lake Stevens has decided out of an abundance of caution to cancel our weekly Friday morning meetings through April 24th.  The shutdown of our meetings could be longer if there isn't a significant change in the COVID-19 pandemic here in Washington State.
And, just as importantly, our Corks and Kegs Annual fundraiser scheduled for Saturday, April 18th has been postponed until Saturday, September 26th. Those who have already purchased tickets can hold on to them since we are simply postponing our event. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact someone from our Club for more clarification etc.
Maintaining our distance from one another and doing the simple thinks to protect one another is essential at this time. No hugs, no handshakes and people maintaining a comfortable distance from one another is the safest practice at this time. In the meantime, Club members can be in contact with one another through our new Facebook social page, calling one another to see how they are doing or a simple text will send the same certainly an example to one other that you and I care about each and everyone of our members. Stay tuned. More to come as we continue to monitor the progress of defeating this virus. 
Challenging Times Gary O'Rielly 2020-03-15 07:00:00Z 0

2020 Scholarship Applications

Our 2020 Academic and Vocational Scholarship Applications are now available for graduating high seniors who plan to pursue further education at a college, university or vocational school. The application can be completed on your computer. Print it out, sign it, then send it along with the required documents to the email at the bottom of the application page (
There are specific requirements for each and the deadline for both is April 10, 2020. The Committee is looking into alternative ways to accept applications. Please stay tuned for updated information.
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Port of Everett update

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Mar 02, 2020
Our program for Friday, February 28th was Laura Gurley, Planner  at the Port of Everett. Laura's presentation was an update on the Port of Everett. The Port of Everett and boundaries were formed in 1918 serving nearly 100,000 people. The Port is governed by three elected commissioners. The Port supports 35,000 jobs in the region and contributes $373 million dollars in taxes. The Port operates three lines of businesses: Seaport, Marina and real estate. Homeport to the United States Navy Naval Station Everett and is the largest public marina on the west coast. The Port ranks as the third largest container port in the state and the Everett customs district ranks second in the state at $21 billion in exports including airplanes.
Port of Everett update Gary O'Rielly 2020-03-02 08:00:00Z 0

Classification Talk - Gary O'Rielly

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Feb 17, 2020
The author (Gary O'Rielly) is all desked out with Mardi Gras beads as the season is upon us. After 16 years in Louisiana, the annual Mardi Gras has become a major celebration of the O'Rielly family. Shortly, as in the past ten years, King Cakes will arrive from two Louisiana friends.
Although my talk centered on my background, varied career and the number of moves around the United States as each of my careers expanded from one to another. Louisiana was special. So a bit about the history of Mardi Gras and the King Cake Tradition below.
Classification Talk - Gary O'Rielly Gary O'Rielly 2020-02-17 08:00:00Z 0

Classification Talk - Kristin Odeggard

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Feb 17, 2020
Kristin Odeggard talked about her background, family, education and teaching Spanish at Lake Stevens High School. Besides discussing her background, Kristin gave an overview of the current Interact Club in her role as Advisor to the Club. The Interact team meets each Wednesday in Room 104 at the High School. So far this year, the Interact Club has logged over 428 volunteer hours encompassing helping teachers clean whiteboards, sorting, arranging flowers, filing and packing and unpacking as teachers move into new classrooms as the remodeling of the high school continues. The Interact Club has approximately 22-29 members.
Classification Talk - Kristin Odeggard Gary O'Rielly 2020-02-17 08:00:00Z 0

Highland Elementary School Request

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Feb 17, 2020
One of the guest's at last Friday's meeting was Shanna Myers, Highland Elementary School PTA Treasurer, who shared information about the PTA raising funds to expand the playground at the school to be more inclusive for children of all abilities. Current equipment is very inadequate and many of the students cannot use the equipment because of the large number of students at the school. The estimate to upgrade the all inclusive equipment is $57,155.97. Shanna has approached the Lake Stevens Chamber of Commerce and is looking for other sources of funding for the project. Recently, Highland Elementary School became the home base for northern Snohomish County's Structured Learning Center for Early Childhood Special Education at the start of the 2018-19 school year. This is the reason for the fundraiser by the PTA.
Highland Elementary School Request Gary O'Rielly 2020-02-17 08:00:00Z 0

Road to Recovery

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Feb 12, 2020
Our program this week was the Road to Recovery given by Jerri Wood, the American Cancer Society. Currently the American Cancer Society program operates with 20+ volunteer drivers who provide assistance to people who need transportation. Several of the transportation providers are retirees who transport cancer patients to treatments.  Interested providers can to the website or call 1-600-227-2345 for more information.
Road to Recovery Gary O'Rielly 2020-02-12 08:00:00Z 0

February Rotarian of the Month

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Feb 12, 2020
In her brief time as a member of our club, Amelia ("Auntie") has made an impact on our members and her "Service Above Self."  As a result, President Laurie applied the Rotarian of the Month pin on Auntie this past Friday as the newest member of the Rotarian of the Month club and this one for February.
February Rotarian of the Month Gary O'Rielly 2020-02-12 08:00:00Z 0

Hand in Hand

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Feb 05, 2020
Our program for Friday, January 31st was Amber Lindamood, Manager for Hand in Hand. Amber was accompanied by Katelyn Hall, Communications Coordinator. In 2010, Hand and Hand was created from a group of foster parents, social workers and child advocates seeking to make positive, systemic changes to how children enter and are cared for in the foster system.
Hand in Hand Gary O'Rielly 2020-02-05 08:00:00Z 0

The Big Question: Have you had that Conversation?

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jan 28, 2020
Eve Stern, BSN, MS, LME suggest each of us "Start the Conversation" about End of Life Planning which was a real thought provoking presentation at last Friday's meeting. The presentation starts with the End of Life Facts Today.  During the last two months of life, $56 billion is being spent. And 87% care plans are not available at the scene of an emergency. Plus, 25% of Medicare recipients spend more than the total value of their assets on out of pocket health care expenses in the last 5 years of life.  A 2000 study found that costs were 35,7% lower for patients who had formal end-of-life discussions involving medical caregivers and family compared with those who had not.
The Big Question: Have you had that Conversation? Gary O'Rielly 2020-01-28 08:00:00Z 0

Fundraiser Extraordinaire

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jan 20, 2020
We have two every successful fundraisers each year. But, each week, another fundraiser takes places as our dutiful Sergeant of Arms fleeces each member of their precious dollars. Looks like the cat has his tongue on this one. And, DJ (David Johnson) wants to be fired but you cannot argue with success. He does come up with the most creative forms of fining our members. You just have to be there to enjoy his tirades and fleecing.
Fundraiser Extraordinaire Gary O'Rielly 2020-01-20 08:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris + 3

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jan 20, 2020
Tracy DeLorm receives her Paul Harris + 3 pin from Foundation Chairman, Jim Haugen, at Friday's meeting. Tracy is the current Chair person of the International Services Committee. Congratulations Tracy and thank you for your service to our club and our community.
Paul Harris + 3 Gary O'Rielly 2020-01-20 08:00:00Z 0

Terri Spencer

Posted by James Monroe on Jan 13, 2020
On 11 January, a memorial service and celebration of life was held for Terri Loraine Haugen Spencer, one of the Charter Members of the Rotary Club of Lake Stevens. She passed away in later November just shy of her 73rd birthday. But, she packed so much in those years. She was born in Port Angeles but raised in Everett. She was in the very first graduating class of Cascade High School in 1965. She graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Business Administration. She also met an engineering student by the name of John Spencer.
 Pastor Benson giving a Prayer of Commendation for Terri.
They married in 1968 and lived in Olympia for a number of years. There hse began he lifelong passion to better the lives of children. She formed the Glenna Overton Children's Orthopedic Guild and worked with the school district to ease the burden of double shifting children. The Spencer's moved to Lake Stevens in the mid 80's. Terri continued her passion for the community, schools and childhood education.
She led the formation of the Clean Lake Association to protect the Lake. She was elected to the School Board in 1991 and served through 2002. She was one of the founders of the Lake Stevens Education Foundation and remained its President until 2015. She was an active member of the Snohomish Arts Council and was vital to the development of the Schack Art Center.
Along with many others in our community, she helped form the Lake Stevens Family Center, built the Avanti House-a home for unwed teenage mothers, brought the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program to Lake Stevens and, as noted, was a charter member of our Rotary Club. She served as President of the Club 1996-1997. She was a fund developer for Deaconess Children's Center. After that, in her "free time," she helped in daughter Lorraine's land use consulting business sighting cellular towers.
She loved a wide variety of activities across a spectrum of subjects. Outdoor recreation, arts and crafts, travel around the world, but, most of all she was proud of her family. Husband John, who recently completed a term as Mayor of Lake Stevens (after four years on the City Council), children Lorraine, Peter and Jeff, their spouses, seven grandchildren, brothers John and Jim, their wives and, sister Pam Hallanger.
Many people from Lake Stevens and far beyond attended the service. This included many of her high school class at Cascade, friends from Olympia and people from organizations that she was a beloved member of including the Rotary Club, the School Board and the Lake Stevens Education Foundation (LSEF). Past School District Superintendents Joe Ghaffari and Dave Burgess joined current Superintendent Amy Beth Cook along with School Board Member Mari Taylor as well as past senior leaders of the school district. Leslie Elsemore led the group of dedicated LSEF advocates. Mayor Brent Gailey and City Council Members Kim Daughtry and Marcus Tangent were in attendance along with Rotarians Tracy & Dave DeLorm, Chris Jacobson, James & Angie Monroe, Gary O'Rielly, Reschal Ploeger Jim & Dawn Steinruck, and Chris Vallo. State Representative John Lovick and former Director of the Department of Social and Health Services Kevin Quigley also paid their respects.
Several spoke about Terri including our own Jim Steinruck. He said the "reason the Rotary Club of Lake Stevens is the Club it is is because of Terri Spencer." Sister-in-Law Kristin Haugen said "The best and brightest light of Terri will shine forever in us." Her daughter said it best when referring to the poem The Weaver "The weaving from above must be brilliant."
 Terri's daughter Lorraine
The impact that Terri has on the children of the the past 50 years and for many decades to come is immeasurable. And, most of the children will never know.
Terri Spencer James Monroe 2020-01-13 08:00:00Z 0

Lt. Harry Parker-Leadership

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jan 11, 2020
Our guest speaker 10 January was Lt. Harry Parker, Snohomish County Sheriff's Office. Lt. Parker grew up in Mississippi and  has been a resident of our area for the last 40 years. His topic was leadership. He began his conversation with the question about one word in the English language that has so much power and the answer is choice. Attitude is always a choice. Recognize people. Think before you speak.
Lt. Harry Parker-Leadership Gary O'Rielly 2020-01-11 08:00:00Z 0

Legislative Advocacy 101

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jan 03, 2020
Lance Morehouse, CEO of Sherwood Community Services, Rotarian of the Month for January and Chair of the Club's Vocational Services Committee talks to the Club about Legislative Advocacy which he has been doing for the special needs community for over 21 years. Lance has been the Legislative Chair for Community Employment Alliance, on the Steering Committee for Weecare and Chair of EFA PAC. "Making Government Work for You" was  the topic for this week's program. A quote set the tone of the program. "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that every has." by Margaret Mead. Posted in the writer's office is the following: " No man's life, liberty or property are safe while the Legislature is in session" which I was given by a noted State Senator in 1971 legislative session. Circa NY 1866.
Legislative Advocacy 101 Gary O'Rielly 2020-01-03 08:00:00Z 0

January - Rotarian of the Month

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jan 03, 2020
President Laurie presents Lance Morehouse with the Rotarian of the Month pin for January 2020. Congratulations Lance for your service to the community and to our Club.
January - Rotarian of the Month Gary O'Rielly 2020-01-03 08:00:00Z 0

Presentation-Long Overdue

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jan 03, 2020
Past President Kevin presents prior Chair of Vocational Services Dean Franz with his plaque and gift for his valuable service to the Club during the 2018-19 Rotary Year. Dean was unable to attend the annual installation banquet in June. Boy, time flies when you are having fun.
Presentation-Long Overdue Gary O'Rielly 2020-01-03 08:00:00Z 0

Member Shenanigans

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jan 03, 2020
As President Laurie looks on, our two Chiefs exchange the key to the new Police Department Headquarters once occupied by the Lake Stevens Fire.  In the photo, Lake Stevens Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien bows to Lake Stevens Police Chief John Dyer as the key to the headquarters is officially passed along.
Member Shenanigans Gary O'Rielly 2020-01-03 08:00:00Z 0
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Physical Therapy

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Dec 22, 2019
Our topic this week was Physical Therapy. Joining us this week was Shannon O'Kelley (pictured), President of IRG and Alex Zitnik. Integrated Rehabilitation Group has 36 locations and 400 employees throughout the Puget Soound Region. The closest facility to Lake Stevens is in Granite Falls. IRG is a full spectrum, evidence-based outpatient Physical and Hand Therapy Organization. Their niche services include women's/men's health, vestibular rehbilitation, lymphederma management, holistic health, myofascial decompression, custom splinting, aquatic therapy and TPI golf enhancement.
Physical Therapy Gary O'Rielly 2019-12-22 08:00:00Z 0
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Frontier Heights Park donation

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Dec 18, 2019
President Laurie (l) addressing the Lake Stevens City Council on Tuesday, December 17th presenting a check in the amount of $10,000 from the Club's Foundation to  the City for  the re-development of Frontier Heights Park. Pictured (r) are members of the Rotary Club of Lake Stevens there for the check presentation. Congratulations to our Club member, Shawn Frederick who was sworn in as one of the new City Council members. 
Frontier Heights Park donation Gary O'Rielly 2019-12-18 08:00:00Z 0

Terri Spencer Honored and Remembered

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Dec 18, 2019
On Wednesday morning, December 18th, County Councilman Sam Low sponsored a Proclamation honoring the life and community leadership of Terri Spencer for her efforts in Lake Stevens, Everett and Snohomish County on projects involving children and the Rotary Club of Lake Stevens. Pictured above is John Spencer with the Haugen family. The siblings included brother Jim and John Spencer & sister Pam. The family was pictured with all of the Snohomish County Council members after passage of the Proclamation. A very nice tribute. Thanks Sam for sponsoring this Proclamation.
Terri Spencer Honored and Remembered Gary O'Rielly 2019-12-18 08:00:00Z 0

Mayor Spencer Presents State of the City

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Dec 13, 2019
Mayor John Spencer speaks to our Club about the State of the City. The Mayor's term ends at the end of the year. Thank you John for your many years of service to the City. The Mayor started his speech talking about the beginning of his term as the Mayor of Lake Stevens. The City changed its city staffing including a new Chief of Police, City Administrator and Public Works professional which is starting to show the progress the city has undertaken from policing to permit processing.
During his first day as Mayor his first visitors were Council members Marcus Tageant and Sam Low wanting to know what his priorities were for the city. The Mayor responded with the following a need for a new temporary City Hall, than acquiring the property on Chapel Hill for a future permanent  City Hall, partnering with Sno-Isle Library. 
Mayor Spencer Presents State of the City Gary O'Rielly 2019-12-13 08:00:00Z 0

Classification Talks

Posted on Dec 07, 2019
Classification talks by Jak Thornton and Chief John Dyer were just some of the highlights of the meeting on Friday, December 06, 2019.  Jak born on the East Coast, hiked throughout Europe in his early life, enrolled in the University of Washington on a 7 year plan and owns his own tax consulting business. Looking for an organization that he could give back to the community and was asked by President Laurie to join our Club.
Chief John, grew up in Boston and in a life changing direction, joined the Marines. Started his police career with the Oak Harbor Police Department, started a DARE program there, served on the School Board for ten years, helped start the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County chapter where he met his wife Peggy.  Eventually becoming the Chief of Police in Rifle, Colorado and becoming a member of their Rotary Club before moving to Lake Stevens (to be closer to family) to assume the role of Chief of the Lake Stevens Police Department and joining our Club.
Classification Talks Gary O'Rielly 2019-12-07 08:00:00Z 0

Fireside at Dave and Tracy's

Posted on Dec 07, 2019
Fireside at Tracy and Dave's home. Enjoying the food, conversation and Christmas atmosphere. Plus a birthday celebration for Kirsten. Thanking you Tracy and Dave for sharing your home with fellow Rotarians, neighbors and former members.
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December-Rotarian of the Month

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Dec 07, 2019
President Laurie announced that  Keith Partington was the Rotarian of the Month for December 2019 for his behind the scenes work as the front desk host on  Friday mornings.  Congratulations Keith. 
December-Rotarian of the Month Gary O'Rielly 2019-12-07 08:00:00Z 0

ADG Visit

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Dec 07, 2019
Stopping by on one of his regular visits was Assistant District Governor Dave Duskin. Dave's term as the ADG ends in June so he  brought Duane Rhodes who will assume the Assistant District Governor role for Area J beginning in July. Dave has been a big supporter of our Club as well as the other Clubs in Area J and has been a good mentor to President Laurie. Duane will be there starting in July to help Ken as he becomes our Club President for 2020-2021.
ADG Visit Gary O'Rielly 2019-12-07 08:00:00Z 0

Corks & Kegs Organizational Meeting

Corks and Kegs Organizational meeting tonight (Tuesday, December 3rd) at Haggen's Café. Ken Collins, President-Elect chaired the meeting that include President Laurie who wasn't pictured nor Gary O'Rielly who took the photo.  Ideas were exchanged with a fantastic theme decided and various roles defined. More information to follow.
Corks & Kegs Organizational Meeting 2019-12-03 08:00:00Z 0

Passing of Terri Spencer

Posted on Nov 26, 2019
It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of the passing of Terri Spencer on Monday after a courageous struggle with Alzheimer's. She was the epitome of community service. As a founding member of our Rotary Club, a twelve year member and multiple years as President of the Lake Stevens School District, founder with Joyce Bell of the Lake Stevens Family Center, founding member and multiple year President of the Lake Stevens Education Foundation, a founding member of the Lake Stevens Clean Lake Association and long time member of the Snohomish County Arts Commission are some of her contributions. She was a wonderful sister and neighbor, friend to many and an extraordinary mother. She will be missed and remembered by all and her legacy will continue to impact our community for years to come.  
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Sergeant of Arms for a Day

Posted on Nov 25, 2019
Nothing like having Club member and the Chief of Police John Dyer, serve as the Sergeant of Arms for the day. Pictured are reps of the Guns and Hoses.
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The Rotary Foundations

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Nov 25, 2019
Jim Haugen, our Rotary Foundation guru and chair of Club Services was our featured speaker at our meeting on Friday, November 22nd. The topic of the program was the Rotary Foundation. There are two Rotary Foundations. They are the Rotary International Foundation and our Club's Foundation. Both Foundations are 501 (c)(3) entities. Pictured above are the two banners our Club received at the recent District 5050 Foundation dinner on November 15th in Abbotsford, BC. 
The Rotary Foundations Gary O'Rielly 2019-11-25 08:00:00Z 0


Posted on Nov 17, 2019
Jeff Donal, a former Rotarian, representing the US Census Bureau, asking our members to consider joining the 2020 Census team by "Be A Census Taker."  The very first census was in 1790 and is a constitutional requirement that a census be performed every 10 years.  
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UW Computational Finance & Risk Management

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Nov 17, 2019
Karen Beaudry, Career Service Manager, University of Washington, Computational Finance and Risk Management, was our guest speaker at our meeting on Friday, November 15th.  Karen is a Harvard graduate and was captain of the Harvard Track Team. Now Karen is an avid tennis player.
UW Computational Finance & Risk Management Gary O'Rielly 2019-11-17 08:00:00Z 0

District 5050 Foundation Dinner 2019

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Nov 17, 2019
District 5050 Foundation dinner on Friday, November 15th in Abbotsford, BC at the Quality Hotel & Conference Center.  Gary, Laurie, Chris, Reshal and Jim were there representing our Club. Jim accepting two awards for 100% Member Participation in the Foundation and Every Rotarian Every Year banners at the dinner for our Club. 
District 5050 Foundation Dinner 2019 Gary O'Rielly 2019-11-17 08:00:00Z 0

Hands - Only CPR

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Nov 11, 2019
Ron Rasmussen, Lake Stevens Fire Captain/Medical Service Officer and Chair of the Club's Membership Committee provided on-site Hands-Only CPR techniques with Club members practicing on the twelve manikins.  Also, use of the AED (Automated External Defibrillator) was taught during the presentation. If you witness a sudden collapse, how many people would know what to do or how to administer CPR. Quick response while waiting for First Responders to arrive could be a major difference in a person's survival.
Hands - Only CPR Gary O'Rielly 2019-11-11 08:00:00Z 0

Lake Stevens Arts and Parks Foundation

Posted on Nov 11, 2019
Reshal displayed the poster from the Lake Stevens Arts and Parks Foundation that is being sold with the proceeds going to the Arts Commission with the idea of improving arts and parks in our community.
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Exchange of Banners

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Nov 11, 2019
CA visit from former member and Past President, Bill Demeroutis, prompted an exchange of Club banners at our meeting on Friday, November 8th. Bill is now a member of the Rotary Club of Saddlebrook, AZ in District 5500 which is close to Tucson. Bill, you are welcome any time!
Exchange of Banners Gary O'Rielly 2019-11-11 08:00:00Z 0

Rotarian of the Month - November

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Nov 11, 2019
A comical moment as Chief John Dyer receives the November-Rotarian of the Month award from President Laurie.  Congratulations John on being named this month's recipient of our monthly award.
Rotarian of the Month - November Gary O'Rielly 2019-11-11 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Skate Park update

Posted on Nov 06, 2019
A world class skate park is taking shape and form and will be a fantastic park for the Lake Stevens and surrounding communities. Pictures were taken on Sunday, November 3rd.
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Collection Bucket

The Rotary collection bucket originally put into service by former member John Morrison was restored by Ilene and returned to service this past Friday, November 1st. Awesome work Ilene. Thanks.
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Club Orientation

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Nov 06, 2019
Ron Rasmussen, Chair of the Membership Committee and Jim Steinruck along with Gary O'Rielly (not pictured) lead the discussion and presentation of a Club Orientation session at our weekly Friday morning meeting November 1st.
Club Orientation Gary O'Rielly 2019-11-06 08:00:00Z 0

State of the Transportation Budget

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Oct 27, 2019
Senator Steve Hobbs, Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee and a member of our Club outlines the State of the Transportation budget at our regular Friday morning meeting on October 25th. The State Transportation budget is at $9.3 billion in appropriation authority and is separate from the Operation budget. Constitution amendment #18 requires that all gas money received by the State goes to transportation separated into two accounts. One is the motor vehicle account and the other is the multimodal transportation account.
State of the Transportation Budget Gary O'Rielly 2019-10-27 07:00:00Z 0

Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk

Posted on Oct 27, 2019
Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk. Top left. Hannah the organizer:  Ilene the event photographer, President Laurie and Angie. The walkers were Angie, Jim and Laurie and along the route joined by Kendra. And our Club members  nearing the finish line. Photos by Gary O'Rielly
Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk 2019-10-27 07:00:00Z 0

District Governor Brad Whittaker Visit

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Oct 21, 2019
Brad Whittaker, District Governor visited our Club this past Friday, October 18th. What a treat, to have the District Governor visit our Club. A really great opportunity to get acquainted with one another, share our stories, projects and learn from our District leader. The Governor was introduced by Dave Duskin, Area J Assistant District Governor. Brad is the fourth Rotarian from the Chilliwack Club to be the District Governor.
District Governor Brad Whittaker Visit Gary O'Rielly 2019-10-21 07:00:00Z 0

Welcome Our New Member

Posted on Oct 20, 2019
Welcome our newest member, John "Jak" Thornton who was formerly  inducted into our Club by District Governor Brad Whittaker. Joining in the ceremony was President Laurie, who is Jak's sponsor, and Ron Rasmussen, our Membership Committee Chair. Please welcome Jak to our Club when you meet him at our next meeting or project. This brings our total membership to 43 Active members and 2 Honorary members!
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Lake Stevens Fire - Open House

- Open House on Tuesday, October 29th from 6-7 pm at the downtown Fire Station 81 at 12409 21st St. NE.  The Open House will recognize their members and our Lake Stevens Community. Ceremony begins at 6:15 pm.
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GolFun 2020

Posted on Oct 16, 2019
GOLFUN 2020 
District Governor Nominee Bev Harrington has asked Bill Murray to chair her GolFun 2020 event to be held at the Homestead Farm Golf Course in Lynden, Washington on Friday, 21 August 2020.  Bill is organizing a committee to plan and execute this event. If you are interested in serving on the GolFun 2020 Organizing Committee, contact our Club Secretary, Gary O'Rielly for details.
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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Oct 15, 2019
Hannah Sladek, Senior Community Development Manager for the American Cancer Society and a member of our Club, spoke at our meeting on October 11th, about the upcoming "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk" on October 26th. Our Club is hosting a team for the walk. Theme is "What Unites Us Ignites Us".
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk Gary O'Rielly 2019-10-15 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Skate Park Update

Views of the Rotary Skate Park taken on Sunday, October 13th as the new park is taking form and shape. This is going to be one awesome skateboard park for Lake Stevens.
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Cocoon House Yard Clean Up

Posted on Oct 13, 2019
On Saturday, October 13th, six Rotarians, two additional family members and a gentleman from Molina Health Care joined together to clean up the front yard of the Cocoon House residential facility in Monroe. They quickly trimmed back overgrown vegetation, removed leaves & weeds galore and added bark as a ground cover throughout most of the area. Thanks to all of those that helped!
Section of the front yard with new bark.
Cocoon House Yard Clean Up James Monroe 2019-10-13 07:00:00Z 0

October - Rotarian of the Month

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Oct 07, 2019
President Laurie announced that Dean Franz is the October Rotarian of the Month. Congratulations, Dean. 
October - Rotarian of the Month Gary O'Rielly 2019-10-07 07:00:00Z 0

Microsoft - Senior Military Engagement Program

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Oct 07, 2019
Our program for Friday, October 4th was Joe Wallis,  Senior Military Engagement Manager  for Military Affairs at Microsoft.  Joe manages Microsoft's on-base Military engagement for Microsoft Software and Systems Academy, as well as Microsoft's other military programs. Joe has supported military recruiting and engagement at Microsoft for more than four years. A second-generation service member, Joe is a retired Lieutenant Colonel with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and has 28 years of combined active and reserve service. 
Microsoft - Senior Military Engagement Program Gary O'Rielly 2019-10-07 07:00:00Z 0

Business Expo

Our Arsenal Baseball team helpers at Business Expo at our Club's popcorn booth this past Saturday.
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Guardians of the Children- Cascade Chapter

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Sep 29, 2019
Guardians of the Children-Cascade Chapter were our guest speakers on Friday, September 27th. Pictured above are Huckleberry, Boogeyman and Smooth, discussing the purpose of their organization and the work that they do on a daily basis.
Guardians of the Children- Cascade Chapter Gary O'Rielly 2019-09-29 07:00:00Z 0

Lake Stevens Fire announcement

Posted on Sep 29, 2019
Kevin O'Brien, Chief of Lake Stevens Fire and Commissioner Jim Steinruck announced that Gary O'Rielly had been selected at a Honorary Member of Lake Stevens Fire. With the merger on the horizon, Gary will be the last named Honorary Member. Gary was blown away by this announcement and so humble in being given this honor. Now, what a match of color combinations between the Chief and the honoree?  What happened to the Commissioner and his conservative attire????  
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Guns and Hoses - Fun time or ?

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Sep 29, 2019
Club member, John Dyer, Chief of Police presents Kevin O'Brien, Past President and Chief of the Fire Service with a pie. Instead of pie in the sky, it was a pie in the face. Check out the suit that Kevin is wearing?  Oh, and now, he's eating the pie for breakfast. Another exciting chapter in the local Guns and Hoses competition. So, who enjoyed this fun fare the most?
Guns and Hoses - Fun time or ? Gary O'Rielly 2019-09-29 07:00:00Z 0

Exchange of the Gavel

Posted on Sep 29, 2019
There was a question as to whether the gavel had been properly passed from the outgoing President Kevin to incoming President Laurie. So, what to do but stage a re-enactment of the event for prosperity sake. So, now you have the rest of the story.
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Sherwood - Believing in Abilities

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Sep 24, 2019
Speaking to our Club on Friday, September 20th was Corrie West, Investment and Partnership Associate with Sherwood Community Services.   Corrie talked  about Sherwood the past, present and the future. Sherwood started in 1957 by eight families of children with disabilities who were excluded from a public education.
Sherwood - Believing in Abilities Gary O'Rielly 2019-09-24 07:00:00Z 0

Celebrate Everett-Port Gardner Rotary 20th Raffle

Thom Martin, of the Rotary Club of Everett-Port Gardner visited our Club selling tickets for their 20th Annual car raffle. This year the prize is a 1969 Camaro Z/28. The drawing is in early October.
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Shakedown Artist at Work

Rotary's best Sergeant of Arms and the world's best "Shakedown Artist" at work during last Friday's meeting.  DJ, you are awesome!
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Rotarians at Work

Posted on Sep 15, 2019
On a cold and rainy Saturday morning, Rotarians at Work cleaning the streets along 16th Avenue NE. Great turn-out with members and family members doing awesome work.
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Restart Africa

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Sep 14, 2019
Restart Africa is an amazing story of helping those children and individuals in need at a time of crisis as outlined by Mary Coulson and Marvine Gaye. In 2007, a British teacher and a local resident, Mary Coulson was moved by the growing number of homeless children she saw on the streets of Gilgil, Kenya prompting her to develop a small shelter providing refuge for these desperately in need children. Abandoned, orphaned or driven out of their homes, these children were at acute risk of falling victim to hunger, violence, sexual abuse and drugs. When it first opened in a modest rented property the Restart Center gave shelter and refuge to six boys.
Restart Africa Gary O'Rielly 2019-09-14 07:00:00Z 0

New Member Jimmy Van Alstine

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Sep 14, 2019
New member Jimmy Van Alstine comments after receiving his Membership Kit and Packet from President Laurie and Membership Chair Ron. Welcome to the Rotary Club of Lake Stevens, Jimmy who was sponsored by Loren Hole.
New Member Jimmy Van Alstine Gary O'Rielly 2019-09-14 07:00:00Z 0

The Snohomish Judicial System

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Sep 06, 2019
Our guest speaker last week was Judge Edirin Okoloko, who was appointed by the Governor to fill a vacant seat on our Snohomish County Superior Court bench in 2018, was here to discuss his interest in the law. Judge Okoloko was born in Benin City, Nigeria, the fourth of six children. Five boys and one girl. His mother raised him and his siblings about love and empathy while his father was a professor of molecular biology. His father encouraged him to travel for work and seek new adventures and opportunities. Judge Okoloko has been a resident of Snohomish County for the past 20 years and is married with two children. He worked in the Snohomish County Prosecutors Office for 13 years.
The Snohomish Judicial System Gary O'Rielly 2019-09-06 07:00:00Z 0

September - Rotarian of the Month

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Sep 06, 2019
President Laurie presented the September "Rotarian of the Month" to Sam Low, former President of our Club and current Snohomish County Councilman. Sam's contribution regarding the naming of the skate park as the Rotary Skate Park  and his work on behalf of our Club and the community were cited as the reasons for this monthly honor.
September - Rotarian of the Month Gary O'Rielly 2019-09-06 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Skate Park

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Aug 30, 2019
Snohomish County Councilman Sam Low and a member of our Club along with Tom Teigen, Snohomish County Parks Department Director announced that the Snohomish County Council approved Resolution No. 19-242 naming the New Skateboard Park at Cavalero County Park as the "Rotary Skate Park."  Both acknowledged that our Rotary Club has been pursuing the building and construction of a skateboard park for the past couple of decades. Thanks Councilman Sam and Director Tom for this distinguished honor.
Rotary Skate Park Gary O'Rielly 2019-08-30 07:00:00Z 0

Classification Talks

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Aug 30, 2019
Today's program included Classification Talks by Angie Hein and Chris Jacobson.  Angie joined Rotary on January 17, 2017 and Chris is a more recent member joining on July 13, 2019.
Classification Talks Gary O'Rielly 2019-08-30 07:00:00Z 0

New Member Receives Membership Packet

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Aug 30, 2019
New member Chris Jacobson receives his Membership Packet from President Laurie and Membership Chair Ron at today's meeting.  
New Member Receives Membership Packet Gary O'Rielly 2019-08-30 07:00:00Z 0

State of the Lake

Our guest speaker on Friday, August 23rd was Leah Everett, Stormwater Coordinator for the City of Lake Stevens talking about the State of the Lake. Leah reviewed the background leading up to the current status of the lake. First there was the passage of the Clean Water Act of 1972, followed by the United States EPA delegating the power to the states to regulate waters within their borders.  Than, Washington State delegated the responsibilities to the Department of Ecology. The DOE issues permits to cities and counties called a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Phase 1 (or II) Permit otherwise known as the NPDES permit.
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News about our New Troop 88 2019-08-26 07:00:00Z 0

Around the Community

Around the Community
Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame Banquet
2019 Inductees
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Edward D. Hansen Conference Center at the Angel of the Winds Arena
Dinner $65 per person
purchase tickets on-line
RSVP by September 11, 2019
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Classification Talks - Shawn & Amelia Gary O'Rielly 2019-08-19 07:00:00Z 0

Movie in the Park

Posted on Aug 19, 2019
Rotarians Shawn Frederick, Jim Haugen and Gary O'Rielly serving popcorn at last Friday's Movie in the Park sponsored by the Lake Stevens Arts Commission. Fun time was had by all.
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Welcoming Two New Members

Posted on Aug 12, 2019
Membership packets including membership certificates, pins and badges were given to two of our newest members on Friday, August 9th by President Laurie. Receiving these packets were Brian Lewandowski with  his sponsor Jim Haugen  and Amelia "Puniwai" Mimura with her sponsor Gary O'Rielly. The Rotary Club of Lake Stevens welcomes Brian and Puniwai to our Club.
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Be Grateful for What You Have - An Inspiring Story

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Aug 12, 2019
Speaking to our Club on Friday, August 9th was Todd Duitsman on the value of "Being Grateful for What you Have."  Todd was born and raised in the Lynnwood/Edmonds area to two strong minded parents. Todd grew up with his two brothers and attended Lynnwood High School where he met his beautiful wife Tammi. He started his career in the construction business at an early age working with his father's construction company. That is where his  is lifelong love affair began with: land, homes, construction, design and anything related.
Be Grateful for What You Have - An Inspiring Story Gary O'Rielly 2019-08-12 07:00:00Z 0

Coin Quest Winners

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Aug 12, 2019
Picking up their Coin Quest winnings were the Fiske family and Michelle James pictured with her husband. Michelle and her husband relocated to Lake Stevens after the devastating fire destroyed the Paradise, California community even though their home was spared from the destructive fire. Nothing was left of the town after the fire.
Coin Quest Winners Gary O'Rielly 2019-08-12 07:00:00Z 0


Posted on Aug 12, 2019
Bob Knight                   Edward Chea               Russell Joe
Bob was visiting us from Florida after a long career in the Rotary Club of Snohomish and Monroe and District 5050. Edward is from the Marysville Sunrise Club and was selling tickets to the Louisiana Shrimp Boil and Russell is from the Issaquah Club and represents Republic Services which is a waste hauler for part of Lake Stevens. 
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Additional Coin Quest Sponsors

Many thanks to the Dyer and Hole Families for their support of this year's Viking Coin Quest.
Without their's and all of our sponsors we wouldn't be able to support our community the way we do.
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Movie in the Park

Friday Night, Movies in the Park at Lundeen with Reshal and Angie getting the free popcorn and water ready for all of the families attending this evening event. The team was composed of Jim Haugen, Don Iverson and Gary O'Rielly.  A really fun evening was had by all.  Nothing like the smell of popcorn at the movies.
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Interact 2018-19

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Aug 06, 2019
Club member and Interact Advisor Kristin Odegaard updated our members last Friday on the activities of our Interact Club during 2018-19.  During the year, 438 volunteers hours were logged helping teachers clean beakers, cutting out DNA structures, washing the ceilings, filing and packing.
Interact 2018-19 Gary O'Rielly 2019-08-06 07:00:00Z 0

2019 Coin Quest Winners

The winners of this year's Coin Quest are: 
$1,000   Susann Fiske
$   500   Kelsi Fiske
$   250   Michelle James
$   100   Stephanie Favorite
$   100   Luke Zigler
$   100   Larry Lian
Thanks to everyone that purchased Coin Quest tickets. The proceeds from Coin Quest at AquaFest and the Corn Booth just like our Corks and Kegs event go back into the community for many, many projects.  Our next Corks and Kegs fundraiser will be on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at Everett Community College. See you there. 
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Sam Samano - Classification Talk

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Aug 06, 2019
One of the programs last week was a Classification Talk by Sam Samano, Employment Security Department-Workforce. Her position allows Sam to work with clients on building resumes so that they can find jobs and build a future. Working on grants and helping employers recruit individuals is another aspect of the program. The Trade Act involves employees affected by job loss due to employers moving their businesses off-shore. For fun she sings and oh, what a fantastic voice she has as well as act in local plays. Welcome to the Club Sam!
Sam Samano - Classification Talk Gary O'Rielly 2019-08-06 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarian on Big Bike

Watch out for this Rotarian on his serious new two wheeler. Don't get behind Jim in traffic because pokey might be the best description of his speed. 
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Welcome Cynthia Casey

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Aug 05, 2019
One of our Club's newest members Cynthia Casey, receives her Membership Certificate, membership kit, name tag and Rotary pin from President Laurie Westover and Membership Chair Ron Rasmussen during the ceremony at our meeting Friday, August 2nd.  Welcome to the Rotary Club of Lake Stevens, Cynthia!
Welcome Cynthia Casey Gary O'Rielly 2019-08-05 07:00:00Z 0

Storming the Beach and more

Posted on Jul 30, 2019
Drawing the winners from the Viking Treasure Chest with the able assistance of the kidnapped AquaFest princess'.
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Rotarians at Work

Posted on Jul 30, 2019
The many faces of Rotarians at Work during AquaFest 2019.
Selling Coin Quest tickets and fantastic corn on the cob for three days leading up to the Storming of the Beach and the Coin Quest Treasure.
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Rotary Citizen and Rotarian of the Year

Posted on Jul 30, 2019
Rotary Citizen of the Year, Mayor John Spencer and Rotarian of the Year, Jim Haugen riding in the 2003 Ford Thunderbird at the AquaFest Parade on Saturday.
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AquaFest Parade

Posted on Jul 30, 2019
2nd Place in this year's AquaFest Parade. Fun time for everyone.
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International Project Alliance Program

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jul 23, 2019
Marty Pease, a member of the Rotary Club of La Conner, speaking to our Club on Friday, July 19th, about the International Projects Alliance. The IPA is a consortium of several Clubs in District 5050 that work together on projects outside of the United States and Canada.
International Project Alliance Program Gary O'Rielly 2019-07-23 07:00:00Z 0

Viking Prince

Viking Prince Marcus waiting for Queen Laurie and her hordes of Viking pirates prepping  the Viking ship for its Sunday voyage manned by those scary VIKING pirates with a treasurer trove of coins. The Viking ship took first place honors in last year's parade but wait for more surprises this coming Saturday at the AquaFest Grand Parade.
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Cub Scouts Enjoy Resident Camp

Posted by James Monroe on Jul 21, 2019
A weekend in mid-July saw 24 of our Cub Scouts and 17 Leaders & Parents enjoy Cub Scout Resident Camp at Camp Edward on the Cascade Scout Reservation. The theme was Excalibur and as evidenced in the accompanying photographs, everyone had a great time. Scouts did activities at the Craft Lodge, Climbing Tower, Waterfront, BB Range, Archery Range and more! There was even a camp-wide Campfire as well as one for the Pack.
See more photos!
Cub Scouts Enjoy Resident Camp James Monroe 2019-07-21 07:00:00Z 0

Attorney General Bob Ferguson

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jul 15, 2019
Attorney General Bob Ferguson was our guest speaker at our meeting on Friday, July 12th. Ferguson is the 18th Attorney General of Washington Staate.  As the state's chief legal officer, he is committed to protecting the people of Washington. Ferguson is a fourth-generation Washingtonian, a graduate of the University of Washington and New York University law school. He and his wife Colleen are the parents of 11 year old twins.
Attorney General Bob Ferguson Gary O'Rielly 2019-07-15 07:00:00Z 0

Welcome Three New Members

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jul 15, 2019
On Saturday, the Board approved the membership applications of three local citizens.  The new members are: Amelia Mimura, Retired, Musician and President of the Lake Senior Center, sponsored by Gary O'Rielly;  Brian Lewandowski, President of Lake Stevens Roofing, sponsored by Jim Haugen and Chris Jacobson, Account Executive, Convergent Technologies, sponsored by Jim Haugen.
Welcome our newest members!  We continue to grow our membership. 
Welcome Three New Members Gary O'Rielly 2019-07-15 07:00:00Z 0

Unfinished Board Business

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jul 01, 2019
As one of Kevin's last meeting actions was to give Tracy her Board Service gift given to the other Board members during the Annual Meeting and installation banquet.
Unfinished Board Business Gary O'Rielly 2019-07-01 07:00:00Z 0

Dr. Coyte Cooper

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jul 01, 2019
Dr. Coyte Cooper is a bestselling author, international speaker and high performance coach who is one of the premier experts in the area of leadership and maximizing human potential. A former NCAA Division 1 All-American, college professor and the current founder/CEO of Ollin Leadership.
Dr. Coyte Cooper Gary O'Rielly 2019-07-01 07:00:00Z 0

Worthy Contributions

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jul 01, 2019
Saving the best for the last meeting of President Kevin O'Brien is giving financial contributions to our local non-profits pictured here beginning  with Hungary Hearts;  Sherwood Community Services;  the Lake Stevens Senior Center and the Lake Stevens Education Foundation. They all do such awesome work in our community and our two major fundraisers are the reason our Club can give back to these community organizations.
Worthy Contributions Gary O'Rielly 2019-07-01 07:00:00Z 0

What's Going on Here?

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jul 01, 2019
What's going on with El Presidente Kevin and Sergeant at Arms DJ? Trying to avoid fines when he is Past President? Your guess is as good as mine! 
What's Going on Here? Gary O'Rielly 2019-07-01 07:00:00Z 0
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Changing of the Guard

Exchange of the Gavel-President Kevin presents the gavel to incoming President Laurie, who officially takes office on 1 July. The Oath of Office by Laurie's Dad Loren, a Past President and receiving the Club President's pin from her mother Lorna cap a wonderful ceremony for our Club. 
The 2019-2020 Officer, Directors and Staff: pictured left to right Don Iverson, Programs; Lance Morehouse, Vocational Services Committee Chair; Ron Rasmussen, Membership Committee Chair; Jim Haugen, Club Services Chair; Ilene Lavering, Community Services Committee Chair; Reshal Ploger, Public Relations Committee Chair; Gary O'Rielly, Secretary; Chris Vallo, Treasurer; Kevin O'Brien, Past president; Ken Collins, President-Elect; Laurie Westover, President. Not pictured Tracy DeLorm, International Services Committee Chair.
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Rotarian of the Year Award to Jim Haugen                                                  Viking Leadership Award to Gary O'Rielly
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Annual Meeting Awards

Ilene Levering-Rising Star Award                                                                       Ron Rasmussen-4 Way Test Award
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The Singing O'Brien's

Wow, Colin and Kevin O'Brien starting the evening festivities with a song "I Like Lake Stevens Rotary" from a John Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Enchanting and very entertaining evening.
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Cavalero Skatepark Groundbreaking

Plenty of activity at yesterday's Cavalero Skateboard Park Groundbreaking Ceremony. So many people to "thank" for bringing this project to the next biggest step. From Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers, Snohomish County Councilman Sam Low, Senator Steve Hobbs, Mayor John Spencer, the County and City Councils, the staff, Tom Teigen the Snohomish County Parks Director and so many more.  This has been a 15 plus odyssey and journey of our club. Congratulations to all of the participants.
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Skateboard Park

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun 17, 2019
Groundbreaking ceremony, Monday, June 17, 2019 at 2pm. 
Skateboard Park Gary O'Rielly 2019-06-17 07:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Viking Raiders are marching toward AquaFest

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun 17, 2019
No, Snohomish County Councilman Sam Low is not being held hostage by the Viking Raider. Just a friendly reminder that AquaFest is approaching and the Rotary Club of Lake Stevens is getting ready for our big fundraiser.
The Rotary Viking Raiders are marching toward AquaFest Gary O'Rielly 2019-06-17 07:00:00Z 0

State of the School District-Early Learning Center

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun 17, 2019

Matt Wyatt, Principal, Lake Stevens School District Early Learning Center, home of the Dragonflies spoke to our Club on Friday, June 14th. His presentation  followed our previous  series over the past few years on the State of the School District.  Matt's presentation was full of energy and enthusiasm. Matt has been in the Lake Stevens School District since 2002. 
State of the School District-Early Learning Center Gary O'Rielly 2019-06-17 07:00:00Z 0

Jimi and Isaac by Phil Rink

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun 11, 2019
Phil Rink addresses our Club on Friday, June 7th, as a  writer and publisher of Jimi and Isaac books for kids. What do you do when there are virtually no books being written for kids today? Well, you step away from your normal career and produce a book especially targeted at kids in a storytelling fashion and he talked about the challenges of the publishing industry prompting Phil and Nancy to become self-publishers. It all started with his daughter's interest in books and the inability to have good books for kids. It took them eight years to develop books about Jimi and Isaac. The books are aimed at middle school students. Adult stories written in 3-4th grade levels. For more information go to 
Jimi and Isaac by Phil Rink Gary O'Rielly 2019-06-11 07:00:00Z 0

Skateboard Park-Sam Low

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun 11, 2019
Snohomish County Councilman Sam Low and Club Past President informs the Club on Friday, June 7th of the upcoming Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new Skateboard Park at Cavalero Park on Monday, June 17th at 2 pm. This has been a 15 + year endeavor of our Club and we want to thank the Snohomish County Executive and Council and the City of Lake Stevens for bringing this project to reality.  Join us on Monday, June 17th at 2 pm!
Skateboard Park-Sam Low Gary O'Rielly 2019-06-11 07:00:00Z 0

Lundeen Park-Benches & Picnic Tables

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun 11, 2019
Assembling and installing five parks benches and two picnic tables at Lundeen Park as part of the District 5050 grant on Thursday, June 6th under the direction of our Foundation Chair Jim Haugen. A great crew, a wonderful meal finishing just as the skies opened up and rain poured down on the City.
Lundeen Park-Benches & Picnic Tables Gary O'Rielly 2019-06-11 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarians of the Month-June

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun 11, 2019
The Rotary Viking Raider president announces the Rotarians of the Month for June. Our Viking Leader, President Kevin O'Brien announced that Jim Haugen and Chris Vallo are the Co-Rotarians of the Month for June.
Rotarians of the Month-June Gary O'Rielly 2019-06-11 07:00:00Z 0

Newest Members

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun 04, 2019
One of our newest members, Shawn Frederick, Snohomish Health District, receives his membership packet including name badge and Rotary pin from President-Elect Laurie Westover and Secretary Gary O'Rielly on Friday, May 31st.  Shawn's membership application was approved at our Special Rotary Board meeting on Friday, May 10th. Also, the application of Lorriane "Sam" Samano was approved at our Rotary Board meeting on Wednesday, May 29th. Welcome to our Club Shawn and Sam!!
Newest Members Gary O'Rielly 2019-06-04 07:00:00Z 0

Scholarships Awarded-This is "What" it is all about

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun 04, 2019
Dean Franz, Chair of our Vocational Services Committee is pictured with our 2019 College and Trade School scholarship recipients. The scholarships were awarded at the Lake Stevens High School Scholarship Awards ceremonies  May 29th and again at our Rotary Club meeting on Friday, May 31st.  These rising stars are our future and our Club's biggest highlight of the year, awarding scholarships to these amazing College and Trade School bound students.
Congratulations to each of them and their families!
Scholarships Awarded-This is "What" it is all about Gary O'Rielly 2019-06-04 07:00:00Z 0

ShelterBox-Providing Shelter and Supporting Recovery

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on May 24, 2019
Tricia Sharp and her husband Mike Hendon are members of the Fidalgo Island Rotary Club of Anacortes. They were are guest speakers on Friday, May 24th talking about the ShelterBox disaster relief charity and their work with Rotary International as our District 5050 representatives. Pictured above are some of the supplies given to disaster victims.
ShelterBox-Providing Shelter and Supporting Recovery Gary O'Rielly 2019-05-24 07:00:00Z 0

Skateboard Park Update

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on May 24, 2019
Snohomish County Councilman Sam Low and a member of our Club announced that on Wednesday, May 22nd the County Council approved $2.9 million low bid from McCann Construction of Renton to build out Cavalero Hill Park In Lake Stevens. Park additions include a skate park, shade structures, parking lot, pathways, basketball court, roads and other infrastructure. Construction is expected to start in June and finish in early 2020. Congratulations Sam. Our Club has been working toward this goal for over 15 years and now it is about to become a reality. Thank you for your leadership on the skate park.
Skateboard Park Update Gary O'Rielly 2019-05-24 07:00:00Z 0

New Member-Mark Stone

Our newest member Mark Stone is given his Membership Kit by President Kevin O'Brien and Ron Rasmussen, Chair of the Membership Committee.  Mark's application was approved at a special Board meeting on May 10th.  After a career at Nordstrom's, Mark changed career  directions and is currently a locomotive engineer for BNSF Railroad. Congratulations Mark on becoming a Rotarian. 
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AquaFest and the Rotary Raiders

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on May 21, 2019
Are you ready to rumble!  The Duck Dash is being replaced by the Rotary Viking Raiders. More to come. In the works is a new theme logo but the fundraiser will offer the same cash prizes and be much more exciting and crowd friendly. Sponsors are needed which helps meet the Club's financial goals for the former Duck Dash.  The next meeting is May 29th following the Rotary Board meeting.
AquaFest and the Rotary Raiders Gary O'Rielly 2019-05-21 07:00:00Z 0

Returning Scholarship Recipient

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on May 21, 2019
Amber Dalgleish, a scholarship recipient in 2015 spoke to our Club on Friday, May 17th thank us for the scholarship and update the Club on her college experience. Accompanying Amber was her father,  Lorne Dalgleish.  She will start her senior year at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff when the fall semester  starts in late August.
Returning Scholarship Recipient Gary O'Rielly 2019-05-21 07:00:00Z 0

Rotaract and the World Race

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on May 21, 2019
Rachel Preston, Snohomish County Rotaract founding President 2017 and 11 Country Christian humanitarian backpacking trip partiipant addressed our Club on Friday, May 17th. 
Rotaract engages young adults 18-30 years old. Rotaract focus is on service through networking and professional development while enjoying fun and fellowship. There are ten Rotaract Clubs in District 5050 with four in Washington and six in British Columbia. The Rotaract Digest includes the Hands for Peacemaking Foundation. Growing Rotaract includes encouraging dual Membership, promoting youth programs, recognizing youth in our community and being Club aware.
Rachel's presentation also included information on the World Race that she is participating in from June 2019 to April 2020.  11 countries in 11 months. An awesome goal.
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Duck Dash - Names Change Coming

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on May 10, 2019
Ken Collins, President Nominee and Chair of our AquaFest/Fundraising event talks to the members on Friday, May 10th about changing the theme of the event to fit more around the Viking theme. We will eliminate the Duck Dash in favor of a fundraiser more aligned with the Vikings. Perhaps, it will be called the Viking Treasures or something similar. Watch for upcoming announcement. Same fundraiser, just dropping the Duck Dash theme.
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Merger Lake Stevens Fire with Snohomish County Fire District 7

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on May 10, 2019
Lake Stevens Fire Department Chief Kevin O'Brien and Snohomish County Fire Protection District #7 Chief Gary Meek spoke  to Club members on Friday, May 10th about the merger of Lake Stevens Fire and Fire District 7. The proposed merger is on the August 6th Primary Election ballot for Lake Stevens. Every where you look in Lake Stevens the landscape is changing from Frontier Village to downtown, new home developments, new businesses and the population in Snohomish County grows. The demand for emergency services increases. The two districts already share fire investigation services, training programs and a community resources paramedic.  They are stronger working together both operationally and financially. 
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I Love the Lake Program

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on May 07, 2019
Kate Riley with the Snohomish County Conservation District spoke to our Club on Friday, May 3rd, about the "I Love the Lake" program. The I Love the Lake campaign promotes the positive actions homeowners can take to prevent algal blooms. Unfortunately, Lake Stevens has high levels of phosphorus, a natural nutrient that all plants need to grow. However, in excess, it causes problematic algal blooms.
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Rotarian of the Month - April

The April Rotarian of the Month is the awesome Tracy DeLorm.  If you want something done, Tracy is always available and involved in completing whatever is current.  The monthly award was announced by Kevin O'Brien, Club President.  Congratulations Tracy.
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The Serenity Maven

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Apr 30, 2019
Highly regarded intuitive, Honey-Marie Love serves as a certified Master Life Coach and Reiki Master Teacher.  She is also a Meditation Practitioner who is an expert in Crystal Healing and several other alternative healing practices was our guest speaker on Friday, April 26th.
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Our District 5050 Work Day-April 27th

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Apr 29, 2019
Pictured above are Club members planting trees and plants for the buffer zone for the New Lake Stevens Food Bank just east of the Trestle Station property.  The event was coordinated by Jim Haugen and the City's Public Works Department led by Leah Everett with our members and volunteers from the North Lake Middle School Builders Club member and her parents.
Our District 5050 Work Day-April 27th Gary O'Rielly 2019-04-29 07:00:00Z 0

Tulip Sales-La Conner Rotary Club

Visit from two La Conner Rotary members selling tulips as part of their Club's fundraiser at our meeting on Friday, April 26th. Pictured from (l) to (r) are Pam Narron and Danielle Mullen from the Rotary Club of La Conner.  Our Club always enjoys visitors from La Conner during the tulip festival.
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Distinguished Service Award

Accepting the Distinguished Service Award from Dr. Amy Beth Cook, Superintendent, Lake Stevens School District are Lake Stevens Rotarians Gina Anderson, Rick Miller, Chief John Dyer and Ken Collins.
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Days for Girls

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Apr 23, 2019
Carol Hendricks,  Director of the Snoqualmie Chapter of  Days for Girls and Jennifer Barthels address the Club this past Friday, April 19th. Last month, the Club heard from another Days for Girls member. Each share a different perspective on the Global work of Days for Girls. Recently, their trip to Eswatini a local woman named Lindiwe found the organization and has since taken over the local organization to create a more stable and sustainable chapter. Local leadership is always the goal of Days for Girls and the best way to obtain success locally.   
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Rotary District 5050  Work Day-Saturday, April 27th

Join us on Saturday, April 27th for a buffering planting for the new Lake Stevens Food Bank as part of our participation in the Rotary District 5050 Workday. The planting begins at 8am and will end before noon.  The location is 8021 20th Street SE just east of Trestle Station.  Y'all come down now!!!
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Easter Egg Hunt-Lundeen Park

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Apr 23, 2019
Reshal Ploeger and her son Hayden pictured during the clean up phase of the Easter Egg hunt at Lundeen Park on Saturday, April 20th. Over 6,000 eggs were scooped up in under five minutes by the large throng of kids that came to this hunt. Next year, the goal of the sponsors is to raise the number of eggs from 6,000 to 16,000. I guess we will have to wait until next year to see how that works out. Great city-wide event with Rotarians Jim Haugen, Scott Smith, Gary O'Rielly, Reshal, Hayden and Rylie Ploeger helping out. Great fun was had by all including the fish tank exhibit.
Easter Egg Hunt-Lundeen Park Gary O'Rielly 2019-04-23 07:00:00Z 0

Lake Stevens School District "Distinguished Service Award"

Lake Stevens School District Superintendent Amy Beth Cook, Ed.D. announces at our meeting on Friday, April 12th, that our Club has been recognized and honored as the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award for the Lake Stevens School District at a ceremony on Wednesday, April 24th at 5 pm at a special reception prior to the School Board meeting. The letter from the District and Superintendent Cook was presented to Kevin O'Brien, Club President.
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Lake Stevens War Memorial and Museum

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Apr 16, 2019
Speaking at our meeting on Friday, April 12th are Lorrie Larsen (War Memorial) and Cyndi Wentzel Frazer (Museum) about the current status of both community attractions.  Also at the meeting was Tom Thorleifson, American Legion.  The War Memorial has been temporarily moved while the downtown undergoes major revisions and updating.  The next step in the process will be the permanent placing of the War Memorial when the downtown and North Cove at the Lake renovations are completed.  
The Lake Stevens War Memorial has the following inscriptions:  "This memorial is dedicated to the memory of our brave young patriots of the Lake Stevens area who served with honor and gave their lives while in the armed forces of this great nation. May we never forget the sacrifice they made."  In 2000, Jack Sahlbom, a decorated U.S. Marine Corpsman rallied our community to participate in a fundraiser and the donation of materials and labor with the War Memorial being dedicated on Memorial Day, 2001 with the support of the Lions, Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs, the Chamber of Commerce and downtown businesses and merchants.
The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization.  The organization will celebrate 100 years of service this year.
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Classification Talks

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Apr 09, 2019
Keith Partington and Don Iverson share their Classification Talk with our Club last Friday.
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