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Everett, WA  98208
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Student of the Month

At this Wednesday's meeting, we recognized two incredible students.  

Damon Cottle

The theme for our Student of the Month for February is "Excellence in Fine Arts."  Our Student of the Month from Henry M. Jackson High School is Damon Cottle. 
Damon is a senior at Henry M. Jackson High School.  He is passionate about art as a legitimate form of communication and expression.  Of his nine UW & Advanced Placement courses, two have been in AP Art.  His current portfolio is centered on expanding the inclusion of black characters in digital fantasy games.  Damon is well liked by his classmates and offers his expertise freely to others.  He truly embodies the characteristics of the Jackson Way of Pride, Excellence, and Character.
College/Future Plans:  Damon has been accepted to Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle and Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland.  He has aspirations of a career in digital design. Congratulations Damon!

Gracie Emans

From  Archbishop Murphy High School, Gracie Emans is our Student of the Month. Gracie has displayed her talent through her Drawing & Painting class and her involvement in the school's Spring Musical production each year. In addition, Gracie has dedicated her time to the Everett Kidstage through classes, camps and 6 productions. Gracie has a heart to serve those in her community. She volunteers time during her summer at Camp Prov, working with children with disabilities and their siblings. In addition, Gracie serves as an Academic Mentor at Archbishop Murphy, serving students in the Academic Resource Center through a number of responsibilities, ranging from one on one tutoring to note taking to teacher support.

College/Future Plans:
Gracie is currently deciding which school she would like to attend next fall. She is planning to pursue a career in Education and continue her involvement with theatre throughout her post-secondary education. Congratulations Gracie!

Jill Witsoe

Jill Witsoe, Volunteer Coordinator Field Development - Northwest, joined us today to talk about St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.   Jill talked about how she became involved with St. Jude, its founding by Danny Thomas, and the remarkable achievements in survival rates it has helped through its research - summed up best by its logo, "Finding cures. Saving children."  Although its main hospital and research facility is in Memphis, Tennessee, St. Jude's impact is world wide.  Thanks for sharing Jill!
Patrice Hardy
Our speaker this week was Patrice Hardy, Government & Community Relations Manager for Sound Transit.  Patrice talked about the many different transportation options that Sound Transit offers and about the Link Rail and plans for expansion to Everett. And, Patrice noted the fact that because of the significant growth in the Seattle area and especially Snohomish County,  traffic congestion would not improve despite the Link Rail expansion.  Hmmm, just imagine what it would be like without it! 

Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County

Our speaker at Wednesday's meeting was Vicci Hilty, Executive Director of Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County. Vicci talked about the organization which is focused on providing a wide range of services to victims of domestic violence and on facilitating social change.  She discussed the wide range of support groups and classes available to adults and children, the thrift store, and the new site in Lynnwood to serve South Snohomish County.  And, Vicci talked about the need for emergency shelter and the new 52-bed emergency shelter and the time and amazing effort it took to build. 

Vocational Services

At our first meeting of 2020, we recognized three students of the month for outstanding achievement in Vocational Services.

Stephanie Herrera

Stephanie Herrera is our January Student of the Month from  Archbishop Murphy High School.
Stephanie is very interested in studying business in college and has jumped right in her senior year taking Marketing and Management along with being selected as the school's marketing intern where she assists with Archbishop Murphy's social media outlets.  Stephanie is a member of the Young Women of Change club, Leaders of Change, Into the Jungle (school online paper), and DECA. Stephanie strives to improve her community. During her time at Archbishop Murphy, she has volunteered over 90 hours at local organizations such as Sunrise View Retirement Home and various activities at St. Brendan’s. Congratulations Stephanie!

Jared Ter-Veen

Our Student of the Month from Henry M. Jackson High School is Jared Ter-Veen, shown with Jackson's principal and fellow Rotarian, Dave Peters. 
Jared Ter-Veen is a senior at Henry M. Jackson High School, and he is in his second year in the Auto Body/Collision Repair program at the Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center.  After further developing both his leadership and auto body skills, he has advanced in areas of responsibility.  He is currently the lead painter in the program and he is also the manager of a restoration project within the program.  Jared takes pride in excellent work and is a tremendous reflection of the attributes of the Jackson Way.   Upon graduation from high school, Jared plans to go into the United States Marine Corps and then wants to follow in the steps of his father and pursue a career in law enforcement. Congratulations Jared!

Tayler Hatch

Our Student of the Month from Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center is Tayler Hatch. 
Tayler Hatch is in his senior year at Marysville-Pilchuck High School and is in his second year in automotive program at Sno-Isle Tech. Tayler is a self-motivated student with lots of initiative and enthusiasm. Tayler has worked on many challenging vehicles and exhibits great work skills.  Tayler plans to enroll in a post-secondary automotive program and aspires to be a full-fledged technician in the near future. Longer term, Tayler would like to run his own automotive shop on the Tulalip Reservation.  Congratulations Tayler!

Dr. Ron Rice

At our last club meeting of 2019 on December 18, Dr. Ron Rice, a former Presbyterian preacher joined us to talk about Wheelchairs for Nigeria.  Wheelchairs for Nigeria has built over 20,000 wheelchairs for disabled children and adults, mostly polio survivors.  The wheelchairs are built for a cost of $150 each in a Wheelchairs for Nigeria factory.  Nigeria has had more polio than anywhere in the world and the need to provide mobility for survivors who now crawl on their hands and knees is huge.  Thank you Dr. Rice for all you do in Nigeria.  Shown above with our club member Dr. Ron Ohlson, also a a former Presbyterian  preacher and a former seminary classmate of Dr. Rice's!

Evergreen Washelli - Veterans Memorial Cemetery

On Saturday, December 14, members of our club and many others joined in to lay wreaths at grave sites at Evergreen Washelli to recognize veterans.  Over 5,000 veterans lay at rest at Evergreen Washelli.  Our very own Vicki Wellman led the effort for our Rotary District to raise funds for the wreaths through Wreaths Across America. This year, almost fourteen hundred wreaths were placed to honor these veterans. 

Student of the Month

At our December 11th meeting, we recognized two incredible students.  

Aiden Rufer

The theme for our Student of the Month for December is "Musical Excellence."  Our Student of the Month from Henry M. Jackson High School is Aiden Rufer.  Aidan is a senior at H.M. Jackson High School.  His is a tremendously well-rounded student with a 3.7 GPA that includes five Advanced Placement courses. He has also been actively involved in many aspects in our performing arts department, most notably in Honors Wind Ensemble, jazz bands, percussion ensemble, drum line, and most recently the school musical (The Addams Family). He is a fabulous role model for his peers and remains humble and compassionate in spite of his talent and success. Aidan truly embodies the characteristics of the Jackson Way: Pride, Excellence,
Aidan aspires to attend Cornish right here in Seattle to further his studies in music.  We look forward to hearing him perform in the future.  Congratulations Aiden!

Rachel Williams

Rachel Williams is a senior who has participated in a multitude of musical platforms both at AMHS and beyond. She has participated in zero period Chamber Choir all four years, String-Orchestra for three years, Honor Choir (Choral-Aires) three years, Concert Band as a senior, played key roles in the spring musical, served as a singer and musician at school masses, plays violin in the Cascade Youth Symphony, and will be performing a soprano solo piece this summer on their European Concert Tour.
Rachel aspires to attend Gonzaga or Portland University and study to become a nurse.  We look forward to hearing her perform in the future.  Congratulations Rachel!


Two Jackson High School seniors joined us at our meeting yesterday.  Sai Raksha Rayala talked about DECA and the impact it has had on her life.  Sai is the current President and Vice-president for Finance for Washington State's DECA organization.  DECA's mission is to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, and management. Ethan Thong talked about HOSA, an organization for students interested in health care occupations.  Ethan is a member of Jackson's HOSA and is also on HOSA Student Leadership Executive Council.  And, if Ethan looks familiar, he is! Ethan was our October Rotary Student of the Month!  We thank Sai and Ethan for joining us and sharing their remarkable stories about DECA and HOSA!
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Dr. Ian Saltzman
Feb 19, 2020 12:00 PM
Everett Public Schools District
Everett Public Schools District


Join us and hear Dr. Ian Saltman provide an update on our Everett Public Schools District.  

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

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