Rotary Club of Mill Creek

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Mark your calendars for May 6, 2017!!!

Each year the members of the Rotary Club of Mill Creek hold one large fundraising event, the auction, to benefit the Mill Creek Rotary Foundation. The proceeds enable the club to fund all of its projects.
Here are some of the many past and ongoing projects and organizations supported by auction proceeds:
  • Mill Creek Food Bank
  • YMCA Easy Access Steps for Pool
  • Medical supplies for Coaniquem Burn Children’s Hospital in Santiago, Chile
  • Jackson High School Challenge Day Program
  • Concussion Detection Machine/Jackson High School
  • Thousands of wheelchairs throughout Latin America, South America, and Eurasia
  • Computers and a van for Mill Creek Senior Center
  • Annual Scholarships to Graduating Seniors from Jackson, Archbishop Murphy, and Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center
  • Soldiers Angels – Holiday Packages
  • Scoreboard at Mill Creek’s Freedom Field
  • Micro-nutrient program for women of child-bearing age in Guatemala
Please join us for the evening.  See for more details and an RSVP form.

Jackson High School's Rotary Student of the Month


Rotary International's theme for the month of January is Vocational Service.  With this in mind, our student of the month is for "Vocational Excellence."  Selected from Jackson High School and joining us at this Wednesday's meeting was Taylor Spring.  Taylor spends half of his school day at Sno-Isle Technical Skills Center where he is in the Electronic Engineering Technology Program and is the current student body president. At Jackson, Taylor is varsity captain of the tennis and swim teams.  Taylor enjoys learning new things and has many personal hobbies. 

Upon graduation, Taylor aspires to be an engineering project manager and eventually to wants to teach engineering at a vocational school.


Archbishop Murphy High School

Our student theme for December is "Fine Arts."  Teresa Keck is our December Rotary Student of the month from Archbishop Murphy High School.  Teresa is an outstanding student, with the following list of awards and activities while a student at Archbishop Murphy High School: Swim Team 4 years, National Honor Society, School Spring Musicals and Fall Plays, Kayak Club, School Ambassador, ARK Club (Acts of Random Kindness).
Teresa plans to attend either Central Washington University, Gonzaga University, or Eastern Washington University, and her intent is to major in performing arts or music education, with a minor in conducting.

Jackson High School


Rebecca Strom is our Jackson High School Rotary Student of the Month.  Rebecca is an outstanding artist at Jackson High School and has demonstrated her talents and skills in a variety of ways. Her contributions to Jackson's theatre program have been significant. She is currently the president of the JHS Theatre Society and has played main roles in several school productions (i.e. "Into the Woods," "Macbeth," "Hot Mikado").  Rebecca is also an accomplished visual artist.  She Is currently taking AP Studio Art with a 2-dimensional emphasis. She has created award-winning artwork including 1st place for a painting and pastel piece in the Everett Public Schools Foundation Art Contest.  She also won a Scholastic Silver Key Art Award for a piece entitled, “Welcome to the New Age.”

Upon graduation this June, Rebecca has aspirations to attend Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.

Our speaker this week was Lester Cooper, president-elect of the Rotary Club of Chelan.  Lester joined us to talk about the Nkoilale Primary School in Kenya and the work that his club has been involved with, including upgrading toilet facilities, water, and solar lighting.  The Chelan club is embarking on a large global grant project for the school next year and has invited us to participate.  Click here to find out more about the future project.

Christmas/Holiday Celebration

Friday, December 2nd, Amanda and Brian Winn graciously opened their house and hosted our annual Christmas/Holiday party.  Shown here are all attending club members and our two Rotary Exchange students flashing the "We Are This Close."  This sign symbolizes that the campaign to end polio is very close to eradicating the disease world-wide and needs continuing commitment to achieve the target. 

Jeanne Willard, Ed.D.

Jeanne Willard, Director of College and Career Readiness and On-time Graduation for the Everett Public School District (and fellow Rotarian) joined us to talk about the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program.  Joining Jeanne, were the principals of both Jackson High School and Heatherwood Middle School, two AVID classroom school teachers, and four AVID students.  Jeanne talked about the what AVID is and its goals.  Each of the students then explained the importance of program to their education and personal lives. Our Rotary Club looks forward to continuing to support the AVID program in our schools!

Music Booster Club Begins


The Everett Music4Life Booster Club had its organizational meeting on Nov. 17th.  Attending (left to right) were Dr. Mark Valentine of Everett Rotary; Jane Webber, parent of an Everett student; Dr. Joyce Stewart, Deputy Superintendent; and Georgia Lindquist of Everett Public Schools.  The goal of the club is to help fundraise to acquire instruments so that more students can participate in band or orchestra at all schools in the Everett School District.  The program’s first three musical instruments were delivered, along with a commitment for at least 40 more within a month from Music4Life


The Rotary Club of Mill Creek was one of many organizations and individuals who contributed to help start this effort.  If you have an instrument at home that you no longer need or want to help out directly, go to Music4Life to find out more.



A World Without Alzheimer's Disease

"A world without Alzheimer's disease" is the vision of the National Alzheimer's Association.  Joining us at this Wednesday's meeting was Hazel Borden, Outreach Coordinator for Snohomish County for the Washington State Chapter of the National Alzheimer's Association.  Hazel talked about Alzheimer's disease and the many programs and research that the  Alzheimer's Association is funding.  And, don't forget...if you have questions or need advice, the Alzheimer's Association has a 24/7 professionally staffed hotline available at 1.800.272.3900 to assist.  

November Student of the Month - Overcoming Adversity

Each month during the school year, the Rotary Club of Mill Creek recognizes students from our local high schools.  These students are chosen by each school based on the theme for that month.  For November, our theme is "Overcoming Adversity."  Read about the following students and I believe you will agree that the schools made wonderful selections! 

Connor Konen – Jackson High School

Connor has a stutter that has affected his speech his entire life. It negatively impacted his self-confidence and his perception of how others viewed him.  But Connor did not let that stop him.  He realized he could sing without stuttering. 
Connor joined choir at Jackson High School during his freshman year, and he is now in his fourth year earning all-state honors and competing at state for solo and ensemble. Connor has inspired many of his peers and teachers through his willingness to persist, his courage, and his no-excuses approach to overcoming adversity.
Connor plans to finish his Associate’s degree at Edmonds Community College soon and transfer to a school where he can major in vocal music. He would like to pursue a singing career in the art of jazz and classical music. Congratulations Connor!

Noelle Phillips - Archbishop Murphy

Noelle is a disciplined and determined young lady, even though learning was made difficult because Noelle has dyslexia.  But, this did not stop her from taking Advanced Placement classes like US History, Government Politics and Spanish IV.
Noelle is a young lady who wants to pursue a degree in Speech and Language Pathology because of her experiences with her sister.  Noelle wrote in her senior profile, that her sister “…was born with cerebral palsy which quickly exposed me to a variety of health care services and an entire community of people who were disabled. I found that speech pathology intrigued me the most. For years I would sit in on her sessions. This allowed me to also learn ASL sign language and better understand different disabilities. My interest grew when I attended a summer camp for kids with disabilities and their siblings called Camp Prov. I found I easily interacted with the disabled children and knew I too wanted to be a volunteer there when old enough. I now volunteer there every summer. I am particularly interested in science, health, working with people and making a difference in their lives. ….”
And did we mention that Noelle has maintained a 3.51 GPA, even given that she volunteered at Providence Hospital’s “Camp Prov”, worked a part-time job and traveled with a school group to Guatemala helping at a school!  Congratulations Noelle!

Zoe Amdal – Glacier Peak

Zoe grew up in an unstable home. Her mom is a drug addict and her step father an alcoholic. When Zoe was 12, her step dad abandoned the family. At 15, Zoe’s mom left one day and didn’t come back. Zoe waited at home for two weeks before running away to her grandparents’ house. The following year her grandmother passed away and she moved in with her uncle. In 3rd grade Zoe was diagnosed with a learning disability.
Through all of these obstacles Zoe has persisted. She has grown into a kind, confident young woman, and clearly demonstrates herself to be a loyal friend and able student. Zoe’s future plans are to attend Michigan State University and study to become a veterinarian. Congratulations Zoe!

I'm Possible

Shinji Maeda joined us on Wednesday to share his life-long love of aviation and his story of overcoming the loss of vision in one eye to becoming a licensed commercial pilot.  Shinji shares the challenges that he has had to overcome to realize his dream of becoming a pilot in many forums, especially to students, with a message of  striving to "achieve the unachievable."

Major Aaron Tyler

Marine Corps Major Aaron Tyler was our speaker at this week's meeting.  Aaron enlisted in the Marines and later became an officer after obtaining his degree.  Aaron discussed some of his leadership "learnings" and how he applied them with his troops when he was in Afghanistan.  Aaron is now off active duty and with the Marine Corps Reserve, and is presently pursuing a graduate degree at the UW Foster School of Business.  Aaron shared some of his work on a data analysis project, with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, studying gender and ethnic enrollment trends in higher education institutions across the U.S. 

October - Community Service Students of the Month

Jackson High School Principal and Rotarian, Dave Peters, and New Generations Committee Chair, Nicole Otness, flank Jackson High School's Student of the Month, Molly Olson. 
For October, our Student of the Month theme is Community Service.  At this Wednesday's meeting, Molly Olson was recognized for her outstanding community work.  Molly's passion has been volunteering at the animal shelter.  She has been recognized by the United Way organization with a varsity letter for community service hours worked in her freshman, sophomore and junior years of high school; and, she intends to do so again this year.  Molly plans to pursue a degree in communications and a minor in business but has not yet chosen her school.  Molly's aspiration is to launch a career as an event planner.  Congratulations Molly on being name the Jackson High School's Student of the Month for October.
(From left to right) Archbishop Murphy High School Counselor, Tim Blair,  Archbishop Murphy High School's Student of the Month, Alaina Hines, and New Generations Committee Chair, Nicole Otness. 
At this Wednesday's meeting, Alaina Hines was recognized for her outstanding community work.  Alaina has volunteered at an Alzheimer's unit, worked with disabled children at Camp Providence, worked with Backpacks for Homeless, and volunteered at Unified Summit.  Alaina loves working with children and adults!    Alaina  plans to pursue a degree in Psychology. She has applied to multiple schools and is leaning towards the University of Portland.  Congratulations Alaina on being name the Archbishop Murphy High School's Student of the Month for October.

District 5030 Grant Money at Work

A cadre of University of Washington doctoral audiology students spent 10 days this August in Guatemala working with audio techs from Quetazltenango, San Marcos, Huehuetenango, Retalhuleu, Morales and San Benito.  The group provided education workshops and hands on testing to children who would otherwise not be able to afford or have access to these services.  In all 450 children received hearing screening, 150 were identified as needing surgery, 75 children with hearing aids were checked out, and 55 children were fit with new hearing aids.   Thanks to a Rotary District 5030 matching grant, our Rotary Club was able to fund medical equipment that made this trip possible.  
Photos courtesy of Sheridan Frank.

David Bobanick


Joining us at today's club meeting was David Bobanick, Executive Director of Rotary First Harvest.  David talked about how the concept of taking surplus crops from farmers started - rather than letting it go to waste, one Rotarian had the idea of getting those crops and putting it into the food bank system.  Rotary First Harvest is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and a Rotary District 5030 program.   It has many programs reaching out to large and small farmers throughout Washington.  And, shortly, it will reach the 200 million pound mark - 200 million pounds of food that could have gone to waste but instead, was used in our region's food banks.  It all started with one Rotarian with an idea. 

A Farewell Celebration

Group photo with our own Bridget Barrington in the center!  Wednesday's meeting was to celebrate and wish Bridget the best as she and her family move to Spokane.  Our club's loss will be a great gain by a Spokane Rotary Club!  Best wishes on your new endeavor!
Joy Ingram, Executive Director, of Clothes for Kids joined us on Wednesday. 
Clothes For Kids provides school clothing--including socks, underwear and shoes--to students in our community whose families
qualify for free or reduced meals at school.  Clothes for Kids serves Snohomish County and the Northshore School District.

Dr. Marina Furtado

Dr. Marina Furtado, Founder and Medical Director of Travel Smart joined us with a talk on "The Rise of Vector-Borne Diseases."  Dr. Furtado explained what a vector-borne disease is, discussed the magnitude of infections, covered the most common diseases today, factors affecting their spread, and opportunities for the future.

Bo & Patti Darling

District Governor (DG) Bo Darling and his wife Patti joined us this past Wednesday.  DG Bo is a member of the Rotary Club of Mercer Island.  Our district, known as District 5030, runs from our club in the North, to Vashon Island in the West, to Auburn/Federal Way in the South, and out to Snoqualmie Valley in the East.  A complete list of clubs, meeting times and locations can be found here.  DG Bo and his wife Patti covered many topics, with a special focus on the importance of teamwork, and ended by inviting everyone to Portland next year for the District Conference.  Thanks for joining us Bo and Patti!

Madison Elementary School

Madison Elementary School Principal Kimberly Gilmore and student, Ava Moton, joined us yesterday to talk about the fifth grade class trip to YMCA Camp Orkila this past Spring.

Principal Gilmore talked about the positive impact that students receive from going to camp.  Ava, who is going into the sixth grade in just a few weeks, enthusiastically talked about all of the positive memories and experiences from camp.  The range of activities the students were involved with included rope and wall climbing, seawater touch tanks, capturing plankton from the dock and examining them under microscope, beach combing, team-building and campfire activities.

Dr. Ken Lyon

Dr. Ken Lyon and his side-kick, Byron Stander, joined us today to share the serious message of anti-bullying.  Dr. Lyon speaks in many venues against bullying and uses his "dummy" Byron Stander as an effective tool to reach young students. 

The Hathaway's


Cameron Hathaway (shown on the right in this photo), Procurement Analyst, with Boeing Commercial Airplanes Program joined us at our August 3rd meeting to talk about  the military's KC-46 tanker (a modified 767 freighter).  Joining us at the meeting were (from left to right) his father, Mike, grandfather and Mill Creek Rotarian, Bill, and mother, Patti Hathaway.   

Traci Mitchell

Our club's newest member, Traci Mitchell, was inducted on Wednesday, August 3. 

Traci works for Novartis Pharmaceuticals Company.  Traci is the proud mother of a Jackson High School freshman, and she serves as a director of the Everett Public Schools Foundation and is on the Everett Public Schools Board of Directors.  Traci holds a BA degree in Psychology from Pacific Lutheran University and a Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Health Administration from UW.  Welcome aboard!

Community Service Committee

Step It Up Camp executive director, Maurice Leary, receiving a club check for two thousand dollars from Kyla Smith of our community service committee. Step It Up Camp is focused on providing fun and interactive activity programs to underserved children that help improve their overall physical fitness and health!
Our two Rotary exchange students talked to our club today about their upcoming year study abroad. 
Annalise Kirk is a junior at Glacier Peak High School and will be going to Gueret, France for a year of studies.
Kaylee Wolfington is a junior at Snohomish High School and is off to Talca, Chile for a year of studies.
We wish them well and look forward to hearing from them in the future!

Raise the Paddle!

At our meeting today, Club president Mike Mallahan presents a check of $25,005.00 to Cassie Franklin, CEO of Cocoon House. The funds, raised at our auction this year, will help Cocoon House address at-risk and homeless youth throughout Snohomish County. Congrats!

2016 Scholarship Award Recipients

Nicole Manuel is this year's Rotary Club of Mill Creek Student of the Year from Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy High School and recipient of the Diane Schimpf Memorial Scholarship.

Nicole graduated with the highest honors and is a member of the National Honor Society.  Nicole played and lettered in three varsity sports, participated in several different club activities, and volunteered with the Boy's and Girl's Club, Seattle Children's Radiothon, Special Olympics and more.  Nicole will be attending Western Oregon University and plans to major in Education and  minor in Special Education.  And, did we mention that she was recruited by Western Oregon's Softball team too!  Congrats Nicole! 


Casey Valentine Wilson is this year's Rotary Club of Mill Creek Student of the Year from Henry M. Jackson High School and recipient of the Maria and Steve Matthews Scholarship.
Casey graduated with a perfect 4.0 academic score!  Casey played varsity volleyball and track and field. She was a member of the high school's Congress, Link Crew, Research and Engineering Club, and held leadership roles in the school's National Honor Society.  Casey volunteered at Providence Children's Center and the Seattle Children's Research Institute.  She will be attending Gonzaga University.  Congrats Casey!


Aleia Coleman is this year's Rotary Club of Mill Creek Student of the Year from Sno-Isle Technical Skills Center and recipient of our club's annual scholarship.
Aleia graduated from the school's Veterinary Assistance program.   Aleia has been a volunteer at the Everett Animal Shelter for over five years and, for the past year, has been a Mukilteo School District employee working in the Night Ward Care.  Aleia will continue as a vocational volunteer at Sno-Isle this summer and will attend Everett Community College to complete her prerequisites for becoming a licensed Veterinary Technician.  Congrats Aleia! 

Solange Aguilar

At our first meeting of the new Rotary year, Solange Aguilar (shown with Geoff Owen and Terry Klett) was presented with a Paul Harris Fellow recognition by our club.   
Solange Aguilar was awarded this recogniton for her work in El Salvador with our club, for her efforts to help start a Rotaract Club at Cascadia College, and for her continued demonstration of "Service above Self." Congratulations Solange!!!
What a way to start off our 2016-17 Rotary year!

2016-17 Rotary Year Begins!

At yesterday's meeting, incoming president Mike Mallahan presents a recognition plaque to Becky Porter for her outstanding service as club president for 2015-16!
Mike's presidency officially begins on July 1!  Welcome Mike and thank you Becky! 

Rebecca Schumer

Our speaker today was Rebecca Schumer, a teacher with
 "Listen and Talk" - a nonprofit educational program that has been delivering life-changing results for children who are deaf or hard of hearing, and their families for 20 years. Listen and Talk's mission is to teach children with hearing loss to communicate and learn through listening and spoken language.

Fire Chiefs Silva and Meek

Fire Chief Jamie Silva and Fire Chief Gary Meek joined us today.   Fire Chief Silva heads the Fire District 3 which currently provides fire and emergency medical services around the Monroe area.  Fire Chief Meek heads Fire District 7 which provides service in South Snohomish County and to the City of Mill Creek.  The fire chiefs discussed the level of fire and emergency responses performed each year and talked about the merger of the two districts. And, prior to leaving, both reminded everyone...change the batteries on your home fire detectors!

Louise Penberthy

Louise Penberthy of Human Interop met with us today and talked about "Removing Personal Barriers to Resolution," for non-profits and small businesses.  Louise focused her presentation on the three most common personal barriers to problem resolution and what happens if you don't remove the barriers.  

Dawson Place Advocacy Center

Matt McLaughlin was our Wednesday speaker.  Matt talked about Dawson Place Child Advocacy Center.  Dawson Place is a National Children's Alliance (NCA) accredited Child Advocacy Center of Washington State serving Snohomish County. The Dawson Place Child Advocacy Center is dedicated to helping child victims of sexual and physical assault.  

Academic Excellence

Colton Lee flanked by Rotarian and Principal Dave Peters (left) and our Youth Services Chair, Danielle Pratt (right).
Colton Lee is our May Student of the Month for Academic Excellence.  Colton is a senior at Jackson High School and is involved in multiple activities including the Model United Nations and Mill Creek Youth Advisory Board.  Colton maintains a perfect 4.0 grade point average, even while attending five Advanced Placement classes! Colton will be attending the University of California (UCLA) with plans to major in psychobiology, with an eventual goal of becoming a surgeon.


Madeline Maher is our May Student of the Month for Academic Excellence for Archbishop Murphy High School.  Madeline maintains a perfect 4.0 grade point average.  She has played varsity basketball for four years, volunteers at Blessed Sacrament Church feeding homeless, and is member of the National Honor Society, Teen Feed, and a Link Leader.   Madeline will be attending the University of Washington and majoring in business.

Congratulations to both incredible students!


Cold Weather Shelter

Yesterday, members of the Leadership Snohomish County Program presented an overview of the cold weather shelter program in Edmonds Washington.
Group photo at yesterday's club meeting - (from left to right) Sabrina Popa with Everett Transit, Jill Hamilton with Providence Medical Group, Corbitt Loch with the City of Lynnwood, Mark and Sue Waldin with We All Belong and founders of the cold weather shelter in Edmonds, and our club's own Bridget Barrington with First Financial Northwest Bank.


Frank Simons

Frank Simons was inducted yesterday as our club's newest member. Frank and his wife Juli are the owners of Senior Care Consultants.   Frank is a former Navy submariner, has held lay and pastoral roles in churches, and was a corporate trainer for almost 20 years.  Frank is no stranger to "service" and will be a great edition to our club. 
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