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Mill Creek, WA  98012
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Student of the Year

At this week's meeting, we recognized two students of the year as our scholarship recipients. 

Anjelica de Leon

Anjelica de Leon is our Student of the year from  Archbishop Murphy High School and Diane Schimpf Memorial Scholarship recipient.  Anjelica is no stranger to our club.  She was our March Student of the Month in recognition of her leadership skills.  Anjelica will be going to school at California State University at East Bay, where she will study business administration with a focus on non-profit organizations.   
Anjelica is shown with Alex Crane, Rotarian and Archbishop Murphy Principal.  Congratulations Anjelica!

Hannah Neal

Our Student of the Year from Henry M. Jackson High School and our Maria and Steve Matthews Scholarship recipient is Hannah Neal. 
Hannah is no stranger to our club either.  She was our December Student of the Month in recognition of her arts skills.  Hannah will be going on to Gonzaga University in Spokane to study biology.  Following that, she plans to go to medical school with an aspiration to work in the pediatrics area.
Hannah is shown with Dave Peters, Rotarian and Jackson High Principal. Congratulations Hannah!


Jeffrey Smith, PhD

Jeffrey Smith, PhD
Business Ethics

Jeffrey Smith, Professor of Management at the Seattle University Albers School of Business & Economics  was our speaker at this Wednesday's meeting.  Smith discussed the mission and vision of the business school and stressed that being "values-driven" is a critical part of the schools teachings.  Smith went on to talk about the importance of ethics overall and the critical role that senior leadership plays in shaping the ethics environment within the corporation.  Jeffrey's presentation was a good reminder of the importance of Rotary's 4-Way test on setting an ethical rules-based system to maintaining a high ethical standard.



Rotary Student of the Year

At our club meeting today, we recognized Bryttanie Allen as our Rotary Student of the Year and scholarship recipient for Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center.  Bryttanie is shown above with one of her teachers from Sno-Isle Tech, Jenny Kuehn, who teaches the Sno-Isle veterinary assisting program.  Bryttanie will be going to Yakima Valley Community College to study in the veterinary tech program and then plans to pursue her dream of working with horses and other large animals.  Congratulations Bryttanie!

Pediatric Podiatry Trip

Club member, Dr. Joe Hall of Mill Creek Foot and Ankle Clinic, was our speaker on June 6.  Joe talked about his trip last Fall to Nicaragua with Child's Passport to Health to provide pediatric podiatry services to all those in need, especially children.  Dr. Hall and his team also provided training to local doctors.  Equipment for the trip was partially funded by our club.  Dr. Hall plans to return to Nicaragua in the coming year to continue the humanitarian efforts.

Nick of Time Foundation


Nick of Time Foundation's Sue Apodaca, Director of Operations, shown with Darla Varrenti, its Executive Director. Both are holding a backpack which contains a first aid kit and automatic external defibrillator (AED) for use in situations where a portable unit is required.

Our speaker at this Wednesday's meeting was Darla Varrenti of the Nick of Time Foundation.  Darla spoke about the leading cause of death in young athletes on the playing field, sudden cardiac arrest, and the two most important things that can be done to help: 1) heart screening using an ECG (Electrocardiogram) and in some cases an Echocardiogram (ultrasound) of the heart; and 2) the availability of AEDs and people trained to use them.  See the Nick of Time Foundation's website for more information on how you can help them spread the word.


Student of the Month

At our May 9th meeting, we recognized two students of the month for outstanding achievement in "Academic Excellence."

Drew Carlton

Drew Carlton is our May Student of the Month from  Archbishop Murphy High School. Drew has earned a perfect 4.00 grade point average so far!  And, he has done so while taking many rigorous advanced courses!  
Drew is very active on campus.  He is a member of the tennis team and the mock trial team, is on the student council, and competes in DECA, Knowledge Bowl and History Bowl. In addition, Drew volunteers to help prepare and serve meals to the homeless and serves physically-disabled persons through Special Olympics. 
Drew will be going to Texas A&M in the Fall and plans to study engineering. Congratulations Drew!

Harshu Musunuri

Our Student of the Month from Henry M. Jackson High School is

Harshu Musunuri. Harshu has has taken 14 AP classes and has an overall 4.0 grade point average!  In 2016, Harshu was named a Davidson Fellow laureate in Science.  She is vice-president of the Math Honor Society, vice-president of the Technology Student Association, and president of the Science Research and Engineering Club. She is also the curriculum director of Girls Rock in Science and Math (GRISM), a non-profit whose goal is to spark interest in girls to pursue the STEM field.  

Recognizing that sepsis infections are the leading killer of people following surgical procedures, Harshu is working on a simple, cost-effective method, to sample the blood and provide a rapid indicator to doctors to take action!  

Harshu has been accepted into Stanford University.   We'll be hearing more from her in the future!  Congratulations Harshu!


Promoting Service Clubs

Our first Community Engagement Event was held April 18th at Arena Sports.  This event was open to all and was an opportunity for the community to come and socialize and then hear from each of the clubs in attendance: Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions, Mill Creek Business Association, and the City of Mill Creek.  Thanks to Erica Erdozain for her hard work in organizing this event and to Jeff Pratt who spoke on behalf of our club.

Student of the Month

At today's meeting, we recognized two students of the month for outstanding achievement as "Scholar Athletes."

Matt Keck

Matt Keck is our April Student of the Month from  Archbishop Murphy High School. Matt has been an integral part of Archbishop Murphy's football and wrestling teams.  Matt was an outstanding football player on both the defensive and offensive lines. Matt is also an outstanding wrestler and led the team this year as its captain.  
In addition to being a stellar athlete, Matt is an extremely hardworking student.  His course load has included six advanced placement (AP) classes and five honors classes.  Even with  these challenging classes, he maintains a 3.99 overall grade point average!   
Matt will be going to Carroll College.  He plans to focus on studying  and major in either biochemistry or biology, with plans to go on to medical school. Congratulations Matt!

Jon Cook

Our Student of the Month from Henry M. Jackson High School is

Jon Cook. Jon has taken 13 AP classes - including a full load of six in his senior year - while maintaining a overall grade point average of 3.98!  On the athletic side, Jon is a varsity swimmer who holds six state titles!  He was named the "swimmer of the meet" for the past three years at the state championship event. Additionally, Jon holds the school record in every swimming event, taking down some long-standing records. Outside of swimming and school, Jon enjoys hiking and reading the news.

Jon has been accepted into Stanford University as a scholar athlete.  He plans to study chemistry or mechanical engineering focused on renewable energy fields.  He will continues his endeavors in swimming, with aspirations of competing in the Olympics. Congratulations Jon!



Saleem Juma

Saleem Juma wearing his Mr. Washington State scarf, shown with member and future District 5030 governor, Bill McElroy.


Our April 4th speaker was the 2017 Mr. Washington State, Saleem Juma.  Saleem spoke about his journey. Saleem is a 23-year-old model and college student from Seattle, Washington. He was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at 16 and had a full prolectomy at 19; he was also diagnosed with anxiety disorder and depression that same year. However, Saleem never lost his vision of helping people and being an inspiration to everyone that was suffering from the same things he was. Despite another recent life threatening surgery where he lost 9 centimeters of his small intestine, he has continued to model and is focused on fitness modeling now, as well as running his website/blog


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Changing of the Guard
Jun 27, 2018 12:00 PM
A New Rotary Year!
A New Rotary Year!


Join us for the annual  "Changing of the Guard" meeting where the baton is handed off from the 2017-18 directors and officers to the incoming 2018-19.  At this meeting, we will say good bye and thank you to President Kyla Smith and give a warm welcome to our incoming President, Danielle Pratt. 

Also, Gretchen Druliner will be joining us.  Gretchen is one of our district's three global grant scholarship awardees and will be going for a year to the University of Otago in New Zealand to pursue her Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies.


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