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We were honored to have our 5030 District Governor Cathy Gibson as our speaker this week. This amazing lady told us of her many accomplishments in her mountain climbing (she has climbed all 7 of the worlds major mountains), and how that climbing is like Rotary.
In mountain climbing as in Rotary you need:
  1. To have a plan
  2. Have a team
  3. Work as a team
  4. Take 1 step at a time
  5. Take Rotary with you- Cathy took her Seattle #4 banner to the summit of Mount Everest.
It was a wonderful presentation, and the members had plenty of interesting questions.

   Due to the Covid Crisis the Mill Creek Rotary Foundation has been forced to postpone our auction this year. The impact from the loss of these funds could severely restrict our contributions of many of our ongoing projects in the Mill Creek community and throughout the Rotary World.

   We have come together, as a club, with a new and innovative fundraising strategy. We have just launched our online giving campaign. You can make a real difference by visiting us at and help the Mill Creek Rotary help so many others.Please share with your friends and family to support of the Rotary Club of Mill Creek Foundation so that we may continue to engage in the impactful work we do around the community.  Every dollar helps!Please feel free to pass this request on to your friends or family, and add your social media accounts

            Thank You for your consideration of this important need!

Aviv Attia was born in Tel Aviv to a family of Tunisian and Iraqi descent. He represents StandWithUs Northwest, an educational non-profit organization, to talk about Israel from the perspective of a native Israeli. This should be a fascinating program, so please join us Wednesday 8/12 a noon, for our zoom meeting.

The Evolving Role of Women in Afghanistan

Airokhsh Faiz Qaisary joined us today and talked about her journey from Afghanistan to the United States and the role that Rotary has played in helping her along the way.  Airokhsh talked passionately about the history of Afghanistan and the role of  women and how it has changed, especially in the past twenty years. Airokhsh has committed her life to education of other girls in Afghanistan and as an advocate for women’s rights and women’s education, and peace around the world. Note: In 2018, supported by a Rotary Global Grant scholarship, Airokhsh graduated with a master’s degree in Gender Analysis in International Studies and Conflict Resolution from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Mike Purdy

Our speaker at this Wednesday's meeting was Mike Purdy, a presidential historian and author of 101 Presidential Insults: What They Really Thought About Each Other – and What It Means to Us. Mike is an expert in presidential history and runs as a public resource. Mike shared with us many interesting public and private examples of presidential insulting comments to each other throughout our history. 

UK-US Relations

Robin Twyman, Consul (Business and Government Affairs) in Seattle for the United Kingdom joined us and provided an update on UK - US relations. Robin discussed the strong ties between the countries from an economic, education and military support perspective.  He also shared the importance of the State of Washington's businesses to the UK which led the UK to have a permanent presence here to support economic growth by bringing  Robin to Seattle in 2013. Robin shared many key statistics on the importance of each country to the other including the fact the US is the largest investor in the UK and the UK is the largest investor in US business.  

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!

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!
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