Rotary Club of Mill Creek!

Mill Creek

"Passion for Service"

Wednesday Noon
Shawn O'Donnell's
122 128th St SE
Everett, WA  98208
United States of America
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Pivot Point Project

Tom Hoban, Chairman of the Hoban Family Office & Coast Group of Companies, joined us today and talked about the  "Pivot Point Project" which aims to serve high school students at key pivot points in their lives with their primary focus being to provide assistance during the college application process.

A Full Schedule

We had a packed agenda at today's meeting with presentations by District Governor Bill McElroy, an Everett Public Schools update on the construction at Woodside Elementary School, and a presentation by TINFA on school computer projects in Guatemala.  
Our very own District Governor, Bill McElroy, paid his official visit to our club today and provided an update on the district and its goals.  
Betty Cobbs, principal at Woodside Elementary School, joined us with Darcy Walker, Director Facilities Planning, and Steven Krause, Construction Manager at Everett Public Schools.  They talked about the construction going on at Woodside to modernize the facilities.  
Photo above: 
Dr. Betty Cobbs and her husband Zebedee. Photo courtesy of Everett Public Schools.
Joining us today from Tinfa were Emma Le Du, Executive Director, Mike Madden, Board Member, and Cesar Puac from Guatemala.  They provided an update on computer projects in elementary schools in Guatemala. Our club has provided funding for two Rotary grants in support of these projects.  

ALS Evergreen Chapter Check Presentation

Each year, our club chooses an organization to support at its annual auction and dinner, "Raise the Paddle."   At Saturday's ALS Walk in Seward Park, members of our club presented a check from the auction for $40,925 to the ALS Association Evergreen Chapter.  Thank you so much to our generous members and supporters for making this happen.  To find out more about ALS (also called "Lou Gehrig's disease) visit the ALS home page.   
Richard Konieczka spent the last twenty one years  in the Energy field, involving Power Quality, Fuel Cells, Solar, Wind, Power Factor Correction, LED lighting retrofits, and Automated Controls for Large Air Compressors.  At our Wednesday, September 11 meeting, Richard discussed climate change.  His presentation was focused on what has happened over the past several hundred thousand years and he focused on just presenting facts to allow us to come to our conclusions.  Great topic and great Q&A followed! 

Imagine This

Raniere, Director of Creative Arts & Community Engagement at Everett's Imagine Children's Museum joined us at our Wednesday meeting.  Raniere talked about the many children's programs available at the museum and its current, exciting expansion plans.  


Jay Priebe

Joining us this Wednesday were Todd McNeal and Jay Priebe, Hand in Hand's new Chief Executive Officer (shown above).  Jay provided us with an overview of Hand in Hand, whose objective is to provide a safe haven for the hundreds of children in our community who are faced with the trauma of being forcibly removed from their homes and have nowhere else to turn. Jay then talked about the future of Hand in Hand and its continuing role in providing direct support to children in Snohomish County and the advocacy it its providing at the State level.

Spearheaded by Mike Mallahan, the Peoria Home district grant project began over a year ago. Peoria Home is a non-profit organization providing sanctuary and support for women survivors of sex trafficking and prostitution. The goal of the project was to renovate a garage at Peoria Home's new house in Everett to provide it with a space for meetings or just relaxing.  Rotarians, family members and guests rolled up their sleeves and worked over several months on this project.  This project would not have been possible without the leadership and support of Tenhulzen Painting and Construction and contributions from Dunn Lumber and the community.  Recognition for some of the contributors was given at this weeks meeting.


Peoria Home recognition picture. 
Front: Terry Inglis and Laura Ballard with Peoria Home.  Back (left to right): Michele Tenhulzen, Jim Coshow, Jr., Dan Luxmore, Rodney Sheirk, Ken Dubell, Scott Tenhulzen, Mike Mallahan, and Frank Simons
Jim Coshaw, VP of Sales, and Dan Luxmore, Lynnwood store manager, receive a Paul Harris recognition for Dunn Lumber from club president, Frank Simons. 
Mike Mallahan presents gift certificates to Rodney Sheirk and Ken Dubell of Tenhulzen Painting and Construction for their volunteer contributions of time and services to the project. 



Snohomish County Council Chair

Photo Source: Mill Creek City Connection/Fall 2019
Our August 7 speaker was Terry Ryan, Snohomish County Councilmember District 4.  Terry talked about how the approval was secured to bring commercial flights into Paine Field and gave an update on its current status. Terry joins us annually to provide updates on topics of interest to our club and this was certainly of interest and well-received!

Bridge to Success

Joining us today from the Rotary Club of Edmonds, were Maggie Peterson, Lamin Manneh, and Randy Hutchins (all shown above) to talk about the "Bridge to Success," a project focused on building a 3 bedroom classroom science lag in the Village of Wassu, in the Niani District on the North Bank of the Gambia River.  This project started with the help of a District 5030 district grant to meet and get the support of key government officials in Gambia and finalize the location selection for a new science lab that will allows students in a highly impoverished area  to specialize in science and then have the opportunity to go to college.  These three presenters exemplify Rotary's commitment to service!  For more on the project, click here

Creativity is a Habit and Skill 

Our speakers at this Wednesday's meeting were  Adam Utley (on left) and Aaron Schmookler (on right) of The Yes Works.  Aaron and Adam presented a high level overview of what makes for an innovation culture and spoke about one important key -- recognizing opportunities.  Aaron and Adam are co-founders of The Yes Works which works with organizations through trainings that build better workplace cultures where all employees  
 collaborate and communicate more effectively.
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