Lake Stevens Resource Center

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Oct 31, 2022
Our distinguished guest on Friday, October 28th was District 5050 Governor Raj Rajagopal. He discussed three Rotary areas of focus: Environment, Peace and Reconciliation and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. On Environmental focus, Rotary International is encouraging the development of Environmental Clubs. In the area of Peace and Reconciliation, did you know that Rotary International is an official delegate to the United Nations where a special seat is reserved for RI.
DEI must be broader than race or color. Do we have members of our Club that might be wheelchair bound, blind or someone with special needs? He encouraged our Club as he has done with every visit to be open to new ideas.
Accompanying District Governor Raj was District Foundation Chair Jack Rae and Assistant District Governor, Area J, Duane Rhodes.
District Governor Raj's Visit Gary O'Rielly 2022-10-31 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Skate Park Clean Up

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

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

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

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

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Oct 17, 2022
Tiffany Jumper, Special Education/Transition team at the Lake Stevens School District was our special guest speaker on Friday, October 14th. Tiffany has been doing this job for the past two years. The Transition Team works with students with Special Needs. Tiffany shared various slides on the work of the Transition Team with these students. Today, they are going to the Pumpkin Patch.
Transitions 2021-22 Gary O'Rielly 2022-10-17 07:00:00Z 0

Lake Stevens Film Festival

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

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

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

Corks, Kegs and Coin Quest-Best Ever

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

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

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

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

Route 66

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

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

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

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


Silent Auction is Live

Hello Lake Stevens Rotary Community Supporters!

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

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

Register for the online Silent Auction only here:

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


The Lake Stevens Rotary Club

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2022 Corks, Kegs and Coin Quest

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

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

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Aug 29, 2022
Our Club fielded two teams at the District 5050 GolFun tournament held at Homestead Farms Golf Course in Lynden on Friday, August 26th. This is the first time that we have had two foursomes competing in the tournament. Chris Vallo, Club President, his son Brad, Ron Rasmussen, President-Nominee and Gary O'Rielly, Club Secretary were one team, and the other team was Chris Jacobson, his nephew Lewis, Connor Davis, and Chad Pinkelman. No prizes for our two teams but a fun time playing golf, enjoying each other's conversations around the golf course and at dinner. Magnificent event for our Club and the District.
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Scouts BSA Troop 88

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

First Responder Mental Health

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Aug 17, 2022
An extraordinary couple shared their experience on First Responders Mental Health. Dr. Brooke Lundquist who is in Private Practice working with Redmond Fire Department and the Seattle Police Department and Ryan Lundquist, MBA, Assistant Chief of Operations for the Snohomish Regional Fire and Rescue. Married for 18 years. They introduced each other and the work that they do and how that has overlapped into their jobs and marriage. First Responders see more trauma in one year of work than most people do in their lifetimes. Around 69% of First Responders do not have time to work through a trauma because they are on to the next trauma. Depression and PTSD - 30% suicidal which is 10% of the general public. Repeated exposure to trauma is more likely to cause mental health impact for first responders than a single incident. 
First Responder Mental Health Gary O'Rielly 2022-08-17 07:00:00Z 0

Lake Stevens Food Bank Building Update & More

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Aug 08, 2022
Our program last Friday was an update on the Lake Stevens Food Bank building progress and so much more. Our guests were Food Bank Board Chair Sophie Nunez and Executive Director Anthony Hawley. The Lake Stevens Community Food Bank's goal is to nourish and empower Lake Stevens today, building a resilient and sustainable community for tomorrow. These challenges are real because one in five children in Washington State live in a home that cannot consistently put food on the table. Couples with the high cost of living in our area create a large gap between those who are eligible for assistance and those who are financially stable.
The Food Bank has outgrown their current space. A new building requires funding. The Food Bank received state funding through the Capital Budget in addition to grant funding and community support. The Food Bank needs additional funding. The new building will not only give us the space to keep up with the growing need, but it will also allow: clients to shop for themselves; give space to expand current programs and implement new ones; allow another helping agency to serve our community and be a hot and cold weather site for our community's most vulnerable.
Lake Stevens Food Bank Building Update & More Gary O'Rielly 2022-08-08 07:00:00Z 0

Aquafest in Photos

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Aug 02, 2022
On an extremely sweltering summer weekend the atmosphere around Lake Stevens was celebrating Aquafest 2022, something the community has been unable to do for the past two years due to Covid. Rotarians were everywhere selling corn on the cob and water in our well-positioned booth and Coin Quest tickets at the booth and the Fireman's Pancake Breakfast and anywhere there was a crowd. The photos are scenes from the weekend and worth viewing. Several members contributed these photos to this page. Our Scout Troop led the Children's Parade on Friday evening.
Aquafest in Photos Gary O'Rielly 2022-08-02 07:00:00Z 0

The weekend starts with Aqua Fest

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

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

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jul 25, 2022
On Saturday, July 16th and Tuesday, July 19th some of our Rotarians were out working and sprucing up the North Cove Swim Beach fences with a fresh coat of paint. Just another way of giving back to our beloved community.
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Solstice Healing-Individual, Telehealth and Ecotherapy

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jul 25, 2022
Our program on July 15th was Kendra Pinkelman, a member of our Club and a mental health specialist who is restarting her Solstice Healing practice again after a brief absence for the past 4-5 years. She has been practicing with another group since the birth of her second daughter. But now is the time to restart her solo practice.
What is Ecotherapy? Eco-Therapy is the therapeutic application of Eco-Psychology-which is the study between human beings and our natural environment. In Canada, Eco-Therapy is covered by insurance but in the United States we still have a way to go before that happens.
Ecopsychology seeks to develop and understand ways of expanding the emotional connection between individuals and the natural environment, thereby assisting individuals with developing sustainable lifestyles and remedying alienation from nature. We need healthy connections. Kendra explained that we are all part of multiple systems. When we find our healthy balance in this system, a healthy balance is created within ourselves.
It can be in many different forms: animal assisted therapy; horticulture therapy, green exercise, wilderness, and green therapy. Kendra offers green therapy currently. The demographic served is anyone experiencing stress related symptoms; individuals feeling disconnected from themselves, those around them and the world as a whole; going through the motions; mild/moderate depression; anxiety, trauma, and grief.
The type of therapy that Kendra uses is cognitive behavioral therapy which recognizes negative or unhelpful thoughts which can affect your actions. Kendra reviewed what a group looks like and the major tenets explored in her groups which consist of 6-10 participants and the objective of the group. Goals for the future are developed. Sessions are once a week for 1-2 hours per group.
Kendra has been a member since September 2017 and is the Program Chairperson for our Club this year and last year.  
Solstice Healing-Individual, Telehealth and Ecotherapy Gary O'Rielly 2022-07-25 07:00:00Z 0

RI Foundation Grant - Eswatini

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

Rotary-Farmers Market-A Family Affair

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

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

Annual Meeting Member Awards

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun 28, 2022
The incoming board received the oath of office from Dave Duskin, District Governor Nominee Designate followed by the passing of the gavel from outgoing President Reshal Ploeger to incoming President Chris Vallo.
Paul Harris awards were given out by Jim Haugen, Foundation Chair and Dave Duskin to several Club Members.
Another highlight of the Annual Installation Banquet is the Presidential awards announced by President Reshal Ploeger.
The Awards are:
  • Rising Star Award - to Kyle Strand
  • Four Way Test Award - to Brian Rewis
  • Spirit of Service Awards - to Amy Lewandowski and Loren Hole
  • Distinguished Service Awards - to Laurie Westover and Jim Haugen
  • Viking Leadership Award - to Chris Vallo
  • Rotarian of the Year - to Gary O'Rielly
Congratulations to all Members for your support of our Club and the community!
Annual Meeting Member Awards Gary O'Rielly 2022-06-28 07:00:00Z 0

Amazing Annual Installation Banquet

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun 28, 2022
The Annual Rotary Viking Banquet got under way on Sunday, June 26th at the Lake Stevens Senior Center. President Reshal Ploeger decked out in her Rotary Viking attire. 
President Reshal outlined the many successful activities during the 2021-22 Rotary Club of Lake Stevens year. From hosting a bowl painting party in support of the Food Bank and cross pollinated with the Greater Lake Stevens Chamber of Commerce's Lights of Lake Stevens event. We brought in the Lake Stevens Education Foundation to host a Sleigh Stop. The Rotarians In Action Committee spent endless hours at Haggen's collecting food for the Food Bank.
We joined the Rotary Club of Arlington in a tree planting project in celebration of Earth Day. The Vocational Services Committee was layered with various youth committees and renamed the committee, the Youth Services Committee. We added several younger members to the organization during 2021-22. We sent an amazing Interactor to the District's YAIL Conference. Internationally, our funds have been invested in Rotary's IPA project in Honduras.
Our Interact Club rocked it with over 1,300 hours of community service led by a great President. We hosted Game Night and an Ugly Sweater Holiday Contest. At Highland Elementary, we installed an interactive walkway or as Reshal dubbed it, a Wiggle Walk. The highlight of any year is spending time with our fellow Rotarians. Roadsides clean ups, Adopt a Park (Rotary Skate Park) for clean up as well as purchasing three bleachers for families to watch their children at play. We initiated contact with the American Red Cross and our first Blood Drive will be in August.
Finally, we awarded scholarships to seven college and vocational school bound students to the tune of $26,500. And, in an earlier article donated $16,000 to various local non-profits serving our community.
Amazing Annual Installation Banquet Gary O'Rielly 2022-06-28 07:00:00Z 0

Award to Rotarian Citizen of the Year

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun 28, 2022
After a warm introduction and welcome by James Monroe, we were honored to present Christine Egelstad with her special 2020-2021 Rotarian Citizen of the Year plaque by President Reshal Ploeger. Christine was selected in September 2021 due to her dedication to her business, the community and always being willing to help. Congratulations Christine on a well-deserved award!
Award to Rotarian Citizen of the Year Gary O'Rielly 2022-06-28 07:00:00Z 0

Supporting the Community

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun 28, 2022
At the end of each Rotary year, the last meeting is dedicated to donating funds from our Lake Stevens Rotary Charitable Foundation to local non-profits. Pictured above are representatives of the Lake Stevens Education Foundation, the Lake Stevens Senior Center, Interfaith Family Shelter, the Everett Family YMCA and the Lake Stevens Health & Wellness Festival. Unable to attend due to scheduling conflicts was Bridge Receiving and the Run for your Life Foundation.
Applications were submitted to the Club and reviewed by several members. Donations can be submitted on a Donation/Support Request Form around April of 2023. The forms can be found on the Club website.
Supporting the Community Gary O'Rielly 2022-06-28 07:00:00Z 0

International Project Alliance (IPA) Marty Pease

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun 20, 2022
Our special guest speaker on Friday, June 10th was back for another update on the International Project Alliance. IPA was founded in 2014 by Peter Martin. IPA is a humanitarian projects with Mayan villages surrounding Copan, Ruinas, Honduras. Focus most on education and economic development with Adopt a School and Adopt a Dream, Adopt a Village and Rapid Development which is the economic development program which is a major part of the IPA program. Our Club is a member of IPA and supports Rio Amarillo school.
International Project Alliance (IPA) Marty Pease Gary O'Rielly 2022-06-20 07:00:00Z 0

State of the School District

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun 20, 2022
Our guest speaker on Friday, June 17th was our past President and current Superintendent of the Lake Stevens School District, Ken Collins providing a "State of the School District."  Ken started his presentation by talking about the importance of continuity of education which was interrupted by Covid 19. How do you fill in the gaps for the kids learning so that they meet all the educational standards required by the District and the State? 
In the 2021-22 period, enrollment is 9.221 and the district employs 1,229 people and there are 8,300 chrome books available students in pre-school to 12th grade. The school district is the fourth largest in Snohomish County. The school district has one high school--Lake Stevens High School, Cavalero Mid High School serving grades 8 and 9, two middle schools, seven elementary schools and an early learning center plus Homelink. There's also a Transitions program supporting special needs students post high school graduation until they turn 21. Lake Stevens is running out of buildable land. The Mid High School alleviates congestion in the high school and middle schools. Only one other school district has a similar set up and it is Puyallup. Lake Stevens is big enough to have two high schools. 
State of the School District Gary O'Rielly 2022-06-20 07:00:00Z 0

In Tribute-Lorna Hole

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun 20, 2022
Our beloved and cherished Honory Member Lorna Hole was remembered in the Celebration of the Resurrection and Gratitude of Life on Saturday, June 18th at First Presbyterian Church in Snohomish followed by a reception. She will be missed by all and remembered fondly for her witty jokes and generous spirit.
In Tribute-Lorna Hole Gary O'Rielly 2022-06-20 07:00:00Z 0

Adopt a Park-Skate Board

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun 14, 2022
Our Club has Adopted the Skate Park and this past Saturday, members along with their children were actively picking up debris, scraping graffiti from railings which some were deep dive cleaning the drains and another was out enjoying the skatepark. Great fun. Thanks Brian, Jim, John, Lynda, Jak, Gary, Amy and son, Kendra and daughter.
Adopt a Park-Skate Board Gary O'Rielly 2022-06-14 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Booth - Farmers Market

Farmers Market and opening day for our Rotary booth inside the Mill. We alternate weeks with the Lake Stevens Arts and Parks Foundation. Beautiful day, vibrant activity, and our initial crew for the 1st shift is left to right, Jim Haugen, Reshal Ploeger, Brian Rewis and sitting is Laurie Westover. Picture by Gary O'Rielly. Second shift was Don Iverson and Angie Hein. Set up and tear down Jim Haugen and Brian Rewis. 
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Highland Elementary Reply

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun 07, 2022
Our Club received this THANK YOU note from the Highland Elementary School staff and others.  We passed the note around to the Club at last Friday's meeting.
Highland Elementary Reply Gary O'Rielly 2022-06-07 07:00:00Z 0

Getting Ready for New Leadership

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun 07, 2022
At this time of the year, President-Elect's are preparing for their term of office which starts on July 1st. This year is no different with the exception, more in-person discussion about the upcoming year. President-Elect Chris Vallo spoke to the Club on Friday about some of his priorities for 2022-2023 term that starts on July 1st. Chris has scheduled a retreat for current and new Board members on Saturday, June 11th. 
We have had a successful year under the leadership of our President, Reshal Ploeger. The goal of our new leadership will be to keep that momentum climbing to new heights for our Club and engaging each of our members in our various community efforts and projects. 
Getting Ready for New Leadership Gary O'Rielly 2022-06-07 07:00:00Z 0

Farmers Market 2022

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jun 02, 2022
Farmers Market 2022 opened on Wednesday to throngs of spectators viewing all the booths on the new Festival Street in and around the Mill. Our Club will again share a booth on alternate weeks with the Lake Stevens Parks Foundation. The Market is open from 3-7 pm. Music is scheduled each week from 6-9 pm along with a Beer Garden hosted by Meatheads. Come join the festivities each Wednesday during the summer along with the live music fair each night during the Market.
Farmers Market 2022 Gary O'Rielly 2022-06-02 07:00:00Z 0

Lake Stevens High School Scholars Awards

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

Roadside Clean Up 

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

District 5050 Recognition

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

Bridge Receiving Update

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

Naval Station Everett Update

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

The Power of Rotary

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on May 09, 2022
Our program on Friday, May 6th was a video of Rotary International-President Elect Jennifer Jones talking about the power of relationships and Rotary as she and her husband moved to RI headquarters for the next two years.   
Shortly after moving into her office at RI headquarters, she received a message from a Rotarian in Hamburg, Germany who mentioned that they had met during a previous visit. He was asking for help in getting a scholar in Kabul, Afghanistan on an evacuation list as soon as possible. Working through several Rotary contacts, the scholar was added to the evacuation list and headed to a European country in a very brief period. The power of Rotary in action.
The President-Elect talked about her experience as a journalist, grabbing history was the Berlin Wall was being torn down and 25 years later, November 09, 2014, meeting a reporter who was reporting on the anniversary of the Wall being torn down and sharing the experience of world peace.  Removing barriers, highlighting inclusion, and referencing Paul Harris, comments at the 24th RI convention in 1933:
Although the picture quality lacks, the message is important as referenced by President-Elect Jennifer Jones referencing the comments in 1933 at the 24th Annual Rotary International Convention. The message she delivered was clear: Engage all our members in our daily activities and projects carrying the message of Rotary into our communities around the world. The importance of Rotary is diversity, equity, and inclusion which she referenced often during her video.
Here is the link to President-Elect Jennifer Jones video:
Here is the link to our YouTube meeting recording:
The Power of Rotary Gary O'Rielly 2022-05-09 07:00:00Z 0

Lake Stevens Health & Wellness Festival

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

Domestic Violence of Snohomish County

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

Earth Day 2022

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Apr 25, 2022
The Rotary Clubs of Arlington and Lake Stevens celebrated Earth Day 2022 by planting trees as part of a Native Growth Protection Area (NGPA) restoration project at Stormwater Wetland Park. Everyone enjoyed the tree planting, camaraderie between the two Rotary Clubs, followed by lunch. Cub Pack 29 participated in the tree planting ceremony as well. Both Clubs had a good turnout of members and guests.
Earth Day 2022 Gary O'Rielly 2022-04-25 07:00:00Z 0

Volunteers of America-Western Washington

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

Our Scout Troop

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Apr 13, 2022

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

Highland Elementary School Acknowledgement

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

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

Lake Stevens App

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

Dan Tedor, Director of Career and Technical Education

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

Interact Update

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

Rotary Skatepark Landscaping

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Mar 20, 2022
On a rain-soaked day, Rotarians gathered to do some landscaping around each tree in the park. A few pictures of our working party at the Rotary Skatepark on Saturday, March 19th. Missing is Gary O'Rielly who took the photos. Brian Rewis, Kyle Strand, James Monroe, Lance Morehouse, Chris Vallo, Lynda Routh and her grandson cleaned up around the tree basins. Joyce and Tracy brought coffee and donuts for everyone to enjoy while working.
Rotary Skatepark Landscaping Gary O'Rielly 2022-03-20 07:00:00Z 0

Lake Stevens Rowing Club

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Mar 13, 2022
Our program guests this past week were President Gary Artim and Michelle Lobitz, External Vice President from the Lake Stevens Rowing Club. LSRC, formerly known as the NW Legends Rowing Club, was established in 1996 by seven individuals led by Bob and Barb Cummins. The original club was established in 1996 and was incorporated in 1997 as a non-profit organization. Initially the club was centered around occasional outings on the lake by residents.
In 1999, a formal partnership was formed with the City of Lake Stevens and the club's name was formally changed to the Lake Stevens Rowing Club. In the early beginning, all shells and equipment were second and third hand, either gifted or on loan from private individuals. In the Fall of 2002, a high school program was initiated by volunteers Scott Holmgren and Brian Wagner and has grown to over 40 team members.  
Lake Stevens Rowing Club Gary O'Rielly 2022-03-13 08:00:00Z 0

Village Community Services

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Mar 07, 2022
Our guest speakers on Friday, March 4th were Sydney Caplinger as the Volunteer Coordinator and Ronda Traut from Village Community Services. Their mission is committed to making a difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities.  We have been providing quality residential support and vocational services to adults with disabilities. Their service area encompasses Snohomish, Island and Skagit Counties. 
Their support services and advocacy help individuals with disabilities to achieve integration and full participation in their communities. They offer individualize supports that enable our program participants to achieve their right ot belong, to be valued, to participate, to make informed choices and to make meaningful contributions.
Village Community Services Gary O'Rielly 2022-03-07 08:00:00Z 0

Comparing Shirts

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

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

Rock Paper Science Contest

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

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

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Feb 14, 2022
Rachel Horner, Board Member of the Imagine Children's Museum and Boeing Senior Manager spoke to our Club on Friday, February 11th about the expansion project going on at the Imagine Children's Museum and the Capital Campaign.  The Mission of the Museum is to utilize playful learning to enrich children's lives. Currently serving over 260,000 patrons and guests a year is the reason behind the expansion. 
Imagine Children's Museum Gary O'Rielly 2022-02-14 08:00:00Z 0

Interact - Roadside Clean-Up

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jan 18, 2022
On Friday, January 17th, our Club listened to the YMCA of Snohomish County honoring and celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by hosting the 1st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Inspirational Weekend from January 14-17, 2022. Originally the event was to be a breakfast at the Angel of the Winds Arena but the current situation with Covid turned it into a virtue presentation on YouTube.
The hour-long program offered the following: the program started with opening remarks by Matt Reinhard, Chair of the Snohomish County YMCA with an opening comment. We humbly acknowledge, with due respect, the land in which today's event is taking place is the territory of the People of the Salish Sea and concluded the statement by introducing Mr. Mel Sheldon, Member, Tulalip Tribes Board of Directors commenting that Dr. King who led by example for voting and civil rights along with honoring the Tribal Elders who embraced that role.
YMCA of Snohomish County, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Inspirational Weekend Gary O'Rielly 2022-01-18 08:00:00Z 0

Kyle Strand appointed Chairman of the Rotarians In Action Committee

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jan 16, 2022
President Reshal Ploeger announced the appointment of Kyle Strand as the Chairman of the Rotarians In Action Committee. The committee will be a sub-committee of the Community Services Committee chaired by Brian Rewis. The Rotarians In Action Committee meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm usually at the Brian Rewis' Farmers Insurance Office. Congratulations Kyle!
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Paul Harris Awards

Posted on Jan 10, 2022
Jim Haugen, Chair of the Rotary Foundation presented Paul Harris + 4 pin to Tracy DeLorm and Paul Harris +1 pin to Laurie Westover at our Club meeting on Friday, January 7th.
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MLK Event Change

Posted on Jan 05, 2022
Due to the on-going battle to control the latest Covid outbreak, the event has changed.  Instead of in-person, our Club will view the event from our regular Club meeting site at the Lake Stevens School District Educational Service Center.  Everyone should plan on being at the meeting by 7am and stay until 9am if at all possible.
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Why I Joined Rotary

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jan 05, 2022
Since we haven't met for a couple of weeks due to the holidays, I thought we should ask some of our members "WHY THEY JOINED ROTARY.'' For my part and I don't want to overstate an old cliche, but for me it was to be a big part of the community with a strong effort of making a difference for everyone in the community. We have but one community to serve regardless of our age and to make it a better place to live is important to me.
Reshal - I joined Rotary because our Club has a reputation for doing amazing local projects in addition to being very generous to the LSHS seniors for college and trade school bound scholarships.
Don - I joined Rotary because I like to give my time as well as money locally. I also enjoy spending time with like-minded people in the community. Rotary is the ticket.
Loren - I have always considered Rotary to be my guide for community service. To become a Rotarian was an early goal that I had. I admired those I knew who already had the honor and looked forward to someday being asked to join Rotary. For me, that happened in March,1967 and I never looked back. Today, my service is not as physical, but I have the ability to support Rotary projects with funds. Wow, Loren will celebrate 55 years in Rotary in March and still maintains a Perfect Record of Attendance for all of those 54+ years.
Jim H. - I joined Rotary because my brother had joined the Everett Club a few years earlier. He talked about serving and all, but said he really enjoyed the programs, learning about what was happening locally, and that appealed to me a lot. That’s still an important part of Rotary for me but I also enjoyed getting to know all of the members and developing lifelong relationships. Service projects were fun and then I went to my first District Conference and learned the real purpose of Rotary and its vast reach in helping all areas of the world. That’s when I became a true Rotarian.
Ken - In the 70's I was my school's representative to my hometown (Cashmere) Rotary Club. I really enjoyed that experience so when I was the Principal at LSHS, Randy Celori, who was then Chief of Police came and recruited me for the Club, I was excited to join, and it was past time. Plus, Randy had a gun and a badge, and you never say "no" to a person with a gun and a badge.  
Jim S. - I joined Rotary in 1982 and my first Club was the Sparks Rotary Club that met at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Hotel/Casino in Sparks/Reno. Reno was my first civilian job out of active military duty and I was a director at St Mary’s Medical Center. The CEO at that time actually had a requirement that every member of his executive team be a member of a local service organization. So I went “shopping” and found Rotary to be an excellent fit with my personal values and goals. I have been a continuous member of RI ever since and Lake Stevens Rotary has been my favorite club (out of 4). I have been a member of Lake Stevens Rotary since 1992 and was president in 2000.
Kyle - Why I joined Rotary Club is because I have always enjoyed helping others when they need it most. Rotary Club is the vehicle for which I can continue giving back and helping others. Rotary provided numerous volunteering opportunities to give back to the community I work. Building relationships among current membership and networking is a great way to learn from others. Learning from other members about their careers, interests, and experiences is invaluable that can last a lifetime. Lastly, a quote I read on Rotary's International website stated, "Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves" - Paul Harris was inspiring. 
Lance - I joined Rotary because I was invited at a time that I was looking for an opportunity to become more involved with my community. As I learned more about Rotary, I realized what a good fit it was with my own personal values. 
These are just some of the reasons that each of us has chosen to join Rotary. I joined Rotary in Longview, Washington and again when I moved to Baton Rouge, LA. When I returned to the West Coast after retiring, I found the Rotary Club of Lake Stevens to be as much a family organization as a Club with outstanding service. Both are important.  e may be a small club, but we do mighty things in the Lake Stevens community, which makes me proud of our service to the community.
Why I Joined Rotary Gary O'Rielly 2022-01-05 08:00:00Z 0

Happy New Year

The members of the Rotary Club of Lake Stevens want to wish you and your family a very Happy New Year! May you start off the new year with the wish for a wonderful 2022.  
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Rotary Club of Lake Stevens Inaugural Holiday Boat Parade

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Dec 29, 2021
Inspired by Don Iverson, President Nominee, the Rotary Club of Lake Stevens launched its inaugural Holiday Boat Parade on Lake Stevens on December 23rd. Don says that a dozen decorated boats braved the rain, at first but dry and cold the rest of the way and turned out for the event that started at North Cove Park. Both rowing clubs participated as well as some private parties. The boat above was Don and Eve's highly decorated Christmas boat. Next year is in the planning stages for after Thanksgiving according to early reports. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. Stay tuned. Your Rotary Club in action. 
Rotary Club of Lake Stevens Inaugural Holiday Boat Parade Gary O'Rielly 2021-12-29 08:00:00Z 0
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Lake Stevens School District Replacement Levies

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Dec 21, 2021
Dr. Ken Collins, Superintendent of the Lake Stevens School District and Past President of our Club, shared key facts with the Club on Friday, December 17th about the Lake Stevens School District Replacement Levies. Ken commented that we have a great school district. Both of his parents and many of his cousins are in education. If your community is strong so is your school district. Schools cannot survive without a strong school system.  We have been fortunate to pass all our past levies. If people don’t vote, things don’t get done. 
The Lake Stevens School District will ask voters to consider renewing two replacement levies-an Educational Program and Operations Levy and a Capital Technology Levy. The current levies, which voters approved in 2018, expire in 2022.  
Lake Stevens School District Replacement Levies Gary O'Rielly 2021-12-21 08:00:00Z 0

Merry Christmas

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

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

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

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

Rotary Club of Lake Stevens Charitable Foundation Update

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

Rotary Foundation

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

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Nov 29, 2021
Dean Rocky Franz, 61 of Lake Stevens, Washington passed away on November 14, 2021. He was born in Rapid City, South Dakota. Dean was a member of our club, joining in June 2005.
Rotarians from our Club, our District Governor and former District Governor, community leaders, family and friends paid their final respects to a member of our Club and our community on Saturday, November 28th at Elim Lutheran Church. One of the speakers used the word, "Yaco" in his comments about Dean. He explained that the West African word has a twofold meaning: "I am with you" and "I am here for you."  There are few words to describe the loss of a friend, husband, father, and a son. We pay our respects to someone who has made a significant difference in each one of our lives. That boyish grin was his biggest asset and his way of greeting someone whether it was a friend or colleague and likewise for those he did not know but was meeting for the first time.
Dean will be sadly missed and forever remembered for his actions and virtuous deeds. Please keep Debe, Derek, Christina and his parents, sister, and nephew in your hearts and in your minds as they go through this tremendous loss.
YACO, YACO, YACO: I am here for you Gary O'Rielly 2021-11-29 08:00:00Z 0

Work and Play-Rotarians in Action

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Nov 22, 2021
Rotarians work hard and play hard. Work Night: Recently, collecting food for the Lake Stevens Food Bank spearheaded by Amy Lewandowski including a street clean up by Kristin Odeggard and two Interact Club officers. Several baskets of food were raised at Haggen Market. Street cleaning occurred along Market Street. Game Night: President Reshal Ploeger organized a Game Night at Meatheads Smokehouse in Lake Stevens. The Lewandowski family was there and took home the game prizes. Fun times were had by all who were there.

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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.
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Club Veteran's Share Their Military Experiences

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Nov 15, 2021
Three Veterans of our Club shared their military experiences with our members on Friday, November 12th. From left to right: Loren Hole, Jim Steinruck and Senator Steve Hobbs in honor of the Veterans Day observance. 
Loren Hole, our 96-year-old active Club Member served in the Coast Guard during WWII. One of the few new members in the Coast Guard who knew Morse Code. Loren enjoyed the 12 am to 4 am shift because he got to sleep in in the morning. Served on one ship until the WWII ended in August 1945. Loren served on the USS Amethyst which was built in 1933 as the Samona II yacht by Craig Shipyards in Long Beach, California. The Coast Guard acquired the ship in November 1940. On the table was Loren's military uniform. A photo of the USS Amethyst is below.
Steinruck, was in the ROTC at Eastern Washington State College (now University) graduated and was commissioned a 2nd LT in 1974. Jim served in the military retiring in 1995 after 21 years of service. The funniest story was parachute training in 1974 because he was deadly afraid of heights and the first jump was the worst he had ever seen.  The third jump was good. 
Senator Steve Hobbs will be sworn in on November 22nd as the new Secretary of State. replacing Kim Wyman, who leaves for a position in the Biden Administration. Steve has been the Chair of the powerful Senate Transportation Committee. Steve is currently a Lieutenant Colonel in the Washington Army National Guard. Steve wanted to join the army when he was a mere 17. Mother declined but his father who was in a messy divorce with his mother approved, and he was off to the beginning of his military service. Steve proudly served in Kosovo and Iraq.
Steve received his Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington Evans School in 1994.  
To keep the vote count, correct as the new Secretary of State, our President Reshal presented Steve with an Abacus which is a counting frame and can be used as a calculating tool.
Club Veteran's Share Their Military Experiences Gary O'Rielly 2021-11-15 08:00:00Z 0

Lake Stevens Historical Museum

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Nov 08, 2021
Our guest speaker on Friday, November 5th was Cyndi Fraser representing the Lake Stevens Historical Museum. The Museum is trying to preserve the history of Lake Stevens. Collecting stories about Lake Stevens is important to the Museum. In 1957, stories from old time residents were collected including the book by Jim Mitchell. Sources from residents such as photo albums, newspaper clipping were just as important. Once the local newspaper closed in Lake Stevens, it has been challenging maintaining a continuing story of Lake Stevens.
Photos from 1923 of a family riding a canoe in North Cove Park and the Sailboat races were important pictures provided by Cyndi during her presentation. A Lake Calendar is published each year as a source of revenue and income for the Museum. The original name of Lake Stevens was Stevens Lake in honor of our first Governor in 1893. Early Lake Stevens listed over 13 different resorts.
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Aquaponics Project

Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Nov 02, 2021
Our guest speaker on Friday, October 29th was President Nominee Don Iverson talking about his Aquaponics Project which is a circulating water system where inexpensive fish food is all that is needed for growing fish as well as fruits and vegetables. Aquaponics is similar to hydronics but without the need for manufactured plant nutrients and frequent water replacements.  Here are a series of slides that describes his amazing project. above.
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Burkhead Art Center 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mt. Pilchuck Elementary School

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

Honoring Loren

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

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

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

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

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

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Lake Stevens Food Bank Building Campaign

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

Retirement Party Gary O'Rielly 2021-08-24 07:00:00Z 0

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.
North Cascades Institute Gary O'Rielly 2021-08-02 07:00:00Z 0

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. 
License to Parent Gary O'Rielly 2021-07-27 07:00:00Z 0

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.
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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
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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!
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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. 
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.,
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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
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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
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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. 
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Successful Corks and Kegs Fundraiser

Posted by Reshal Ploeger on Sep 27, 2020
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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! 👏🏻
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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.  
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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.
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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
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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.


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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?
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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

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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.