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122 128th St SE
Everett, WA  98208
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Student of the Month - Gianna Rule

Archbishop Murphy High School selected Gianna Rule as its Rotary Student of the Month in Leadership Excellence. Gianna has had many leadership roles at Archbishop Murphy, she is currently a part of ASB (Associated Student Body), Cheer captain, National Honor Society Student, and a founding member of the Leaders of Change club. Gianna has a personality that is welcoming, consistently steps up when anything needs to get done, and out of her way to reach out to others in need.
Following her senior year, Gianna will be going to Grand Canyon University (GCU) in Arizona to major in Behavioral Health Science with a focus on adolescent and child disorders. Congratulations Gianna!

Student of the Month

At this Wednesday's meeting, we recognized two incredible students of the month for leadership excellence.  
Kyla Burch (left) with Jackson High School principal Dave Peters and Justin Huttinger (right).
The theme for our Student of the Month for March is "Excellence in Leadership."  Both of our students this month were from Henry M. Jackson High School! 
Kyla Burch is a junior who attends Jackson High School half day and Sno-Isle Tech Skill Center the other half of the day studying in the medical assisting program.  Kyla was nominated by Sno-Isle Tech.  Kyla 
has been very involved in learning what it takes to be a great health care provider, but also takes the time to learn how to articulate for others to understand content, be approachable to her peers, and excel in the coursework.  She is the Winter Student of the Quarter for the Medical Assisting Program because of her ability to lead by example, be present, and go above and beyond what is asked of her in class. One of the “industry standards for professional level of expectation” for Sno-Isle TECH students is “I do more than is asked. The minimum is not enough.” Kyla has taken this to heart and is an exemplary leader for the school. She has a bright future.  Congratulations Kyla!
Nominated by Jackson High School, is Justin Huttinger.  Justin is a senior at Jackson High School.  He is current ASB president (with no previous experience in ASB) and has been significantly influential in the increase of our positive school climate.  He has led efforts to increase inclusivity at Jackson by consulting with students from a variety of demographic backgrounds and by keeping costs low for ASB events.  As a first-year goal-keeper on the JHS varsity boys soccer team, he was named captain and led the team to a school-record best 3rd in State season last year.  His welcoming, upbeat attitude is infectious, and our school is better for having him as a key leader. Justin is considering several soccer scholarships for college. Congratulations Justin! 

It Starts With A Little

Pamela Shields, Executive Director Big Brothers Big Sisters of Snohomish County and Board Vice Chair, Clint Diehm joined us today to talk about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Snohomish County. This chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters is affiliated with the YMCA and is located in the Y's new facility in Everett. Pam talked about the three programs to link up adults with children and the need, especially for male, "biggies" as big brothers, big sisters are called.  Clint talked about his experience as a big brother that led him to want to participate in a bigger way, leading him to join the board of the organization.  Thank you Pam and Clint for helping the youth in our community!

It's All About Our Children!

Joining us this week, was Dr. Ian Saltzman, Superintendent of the Everett Public School District (shown above with club president Frank Simons).  Less than a year in the position, Dr. Saltzman first talked a little about himself and his passion for students.  The remainder of his presentation was focused on the need for support for the upcoming bond election in April.  For more information on the bond, go to and get out and vote YES! 

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!
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Brian Harrington
Apr 08, 2020 12:00 PM
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Camp Korey


Join us as Brian Harrington, Development Director, talks to us about Camp Korey, which offers programs that empower children and families living with serious medical conditions through year-round, life-changing experiences, always free of charge.

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

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