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Mill Creek

"Passion for Service"

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Shawn O'Donnell's
122 128th St SE
Everett, WA  98208
United States of America
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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!

Dr. Rob McKenna

Dr. Rob McKenna joined us to talk about Wild Leaders, a nonprofit focused on preparing a courageous and sacrificial leaders who bring conviction, hope and deeply rooted care to the organizations it serves.  Dr. McKenna is the founder of Wild Leaders.  He has written numerous articles and books on leadership character, calling, effectiveness, and leadership under pressure. 

Overcoming Adversity

Each month during the school year, the Rotary Club of Mill Creek recognizes high school students.  The month of November is Rotary Foundation Month and is fitting that our club chooses the theme "Overcoming Adversity" for our student recognition.  On Wednesday, November 13, these students joined us at our club meeting and talked about the challenges each faced, how they overcame them, and where they are going.  Congratulations to each student!  
Our Jackson High School Rotary Student of the Month is Ahmed Ghaddah.  Ahmed has 4.0 GPA and has been in nine advanced placement classes.  Ahmed plans to go on to form a business to develop fashion brands to connect with non-profits.  Congratulations Ahmed!



Our  Archbishop Murphy High School Rotary Student of the Month is Madison "Madi" Prappas-Mbye.  Madi's enthusiasm is infectious.  Madi plans to go into the  US Air Force and would one day like to fly. Congratulations Madi!


Our Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center Rotary Student of the Month is Stephen Brewer.  Stephen is a member of the video game design course at Sno-Isle and, in his senior year, has stepped up to be a leader and mentor in the program. Congratulations Stephen!
Past District Governor Alan Merry joined us at our club meeting to present our Past President, Danielle Pratt, with 5 club recognitions for the 2018-19 Rotary year!
Our 2018-19 club recognitions were for: 1) our club's support of End Polio Now; 2) the Rotary Citation with Silver Distinction; 3) Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) recognition for 100% member contributions to The Rotary Foundation; 4) 100% Foundation Giving; and 5) Distinction for being the third highest in District 5030 in Annual Fund giving.  Congratulations and thanks to all Rotary Club of Mill Creek members and supporters!

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!  
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Dr. Ronald Rice
Dec 18, 2019 12:00 PM
Wheelchairs for Nigeria
Wheelchairs for Nigeria


Our last Rotary Meeting of 2019!  Joining us is Dr. Ronald Rice of Wheelchairs for Nigeria.  Dr. Rice, a retired Presbyterian pastor, will be talking about the organization which has built and donated over 18,500 wheelchairs in Nigeria!

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

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Dec 25, 2019 12:00 PM
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