Rotary Club of Mill Creek!

Mill Creek

"Passion for Service"

Wednesday Noon
Shawn O'Donnell's
122 128th St SE
Everett, WA  98208
United States of America
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Dr. John Tomkowiak

Founding Dean Dr. John Tomkowiak of WSU's new Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine joined us at our October 30th meeting to talk about the college, its programs, and its focus of developing healthier communities across Washington.  Dr. Tomkowiak also engaged us in an inspiring conversation about the future of medicine. 

"We're This Close"

Thursday, October 24, at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation remembrance of World Polio Day. The Rotary Club of Mill Creek donated $2,500 to the continuing effort to eradicate polio from the earth.  Shown above (left to right) are District Governor Bill McElroy, Dave Gunter, Ezra Teshome (past District Governor and current district PolioPlus chair), and Club President Frank Simons presenting the check.

Ashley Christ

Our speaker today was Ashley Christ, Program and Operations Manager for Stolen Youth.  Stolen Youth's mission is to end child sex trafficking in Washington. Ashley talked about the role that Stolen Youth plays in leading a coalition of local organizations that deliver programs and services to prevent child sex trafficking.  Ashley - thanks for sharing your passion with our club today!

Community Outreach

Today, we recognized our first Students of the Month for the 2019-20 school year.  From Jackson High School, Ethan Thong was recognized for excellence in Community Outreach.   Ethan is a senior and has had a deep-rooted belief from a young age that he should give back to his community through service.  During his time in high school, Ethan has served the community by  volunteering 195 hours at Providence Regional Medical Center, 80 hours through Honor Society, 75 hours in the JHS Sports Medicine Training Room, 40 hours assisting with the Mill Creek City Youth Advisory Board, and 70 hours as a member of the Mill Creek Library Teen Advisory Board. As a child, Ethan spent a significant amount of time with his brother in the hospital (his brother was born with a heart defect and needed open-heart surgery).  Through the process, Ethan watched many physicians work together to determine a solution for his brother and so many other patients.  Ethan's dream is to pursue a career in medicine, specifically in cardiology or biomedical research. Congratulations Ethan!

Our Student of the Month for excellence in Community Outreach for Archbishop Murphy High School (AMHS), was Grace Lefcourt. Grace embodies the true meaning of “service.” Over the last 4 years, Grace has volunteered more than 600 hours serving those in her community. Each summer during high school, Grace has volunteered her time at Camp Prov, a summer camp dedicated to children with special needs and their siblings. Grace spent time leading children through various activities, such as arts and crafts, nature walks and swimming. Grace also dedicates two Wednesdays a month to volunteering her time at The Holocaust Center for Humanity in Seattle. While there, Grace collaborates with other youth in discussions rooted in Social Justice. In addition, Grace is an alter server and youth group leader at her local parish. Grace is passionate in her support for the March of Dimes. Over the last 10 years, she and her team have raised over $100,000! Grace is currently applying to colleges and universities. She plans to major in History and Communications and possibly minor in Theatre.  Congratulations Grace!

Corrie West

Corrie West, Investment and Partnership Associate, joined  us to talk about Sherwood Community Services which provides innovative, inclusive services for children and adults with disabilities in our communities.  Corrie joined Sherwood in December 2018 and has a BA in Community Psychology from the University of Washington and an MBA with a minor in HR from Walden University. She also has the personal experience of being a sibling to a brother with disabilities and is passionate about assisting others with similar backgrounds. 

Art Unruh

Our speaker today was Art Unruh, show above with member Victoria Wellman.  Art Unruh, is a World War II veteran who served as a waist and tail gunner for 50 missions on B17' Bombers flying out of Foggia Italy.  Art shared some of his experiences from the war which he kept in a journal and later published as  "Shadow Casters."  Art shared his quips on his philosophy on  life and regaled us with his positive outlook.  Thanks for joining us Art and for your service!  

Pivot Point Project

Tom Hoban, Chairman of the Hoban Family Office & Coast Group of Companies, joined us today and talked about the  "Pivot Point Project" which aims to serve high school students at key pivot points in their lives with their primary focus being to provide assistance during the college application process.

A Full Schedule

We had a packed agenda at today's meeting with presentations by District Governor Bill McElroy, an Everett Public Schools update on the construction at Woodside Elementary School, and a presentation by TINFA on school computer projects in Guatemala.  
Our very own District Governor, Bill McElroy, paid his official visit to our club today and provided an update on the district and its goals.  
Betty Cobbs, principal at Woodside Elementary School, joined us with Darcy Walker, Director Facilities Planning, and Steven Krause, Construction Manager at Everett Public Schools.  They talked about the construction going on at Woodside to modernize the facilities.  
Photo above: 
Dr. Betty Cobbs and her husband Zebedee. Photo courtesy of Everett Public Schools.
Joining us today from Tinfa were Emma Le Du, Executive Director, Mike Madden, Board Member, and Cesar Puac from Guatemala.  They provided an update on computer projects in elementary schools in Guatemala. Our club has provided funding for two Rotary grants in support of these projects.  

ALS Evergreen Chapter Check Presentation

Each year, our club chooses an organization to support at its annual auction and dinner, "Raise the Paddle."   At Saturday's ALS Walk in Seward Park, members of our club presented a check from the auction for $40,925 to the ALS Association Evergreen Chapter.  Thank you so much to our generous members and supporters for making this happen.  To find out more about ALS (also called "Lou Gehrig's disease) visit the ALS home page.   
Richard Konieczka spent the last twenty one years  in the Energy field, involving Power Quality, Fuel Cells, Solar, Wind, Power Factor Correction, LED lighting retrofits, and Automated Controls for Large Air Compressors.  At our Wednesday, September 11 meeting, Richard discussed climate change.  His presentation was focused on what has happened over the past several hundred thousand years and he focused on just presenting facts to allow us to come to our conclusions.  Great topic and great Q&A followed! 
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Dr. Rob McKenna
Nov 20, 2019 12:00 PM
Developing the Next Generation of Leaders
Developing the Next Generation of Leaders


Join us as Dr. Rob McKenna, Founder and CEO of Wild Leaders, talks about developing the next generation of leaders. 

Note: This meeting will be at Shawn O'Donnells at 122 128th St. SE in Everett.

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