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Mill Creek

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Mill Creek Country Club
15500 Country Club Dr
Mill Creek, WA  98012
United States
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Community Outreach

Today, we recognized our first Students of the Month for the 2018-19 school year.  From Jackson High School, Ashley Lambert was recognized for Community Service.   Ashley is a founding member and current president of the school's Social Activism club.  She helped coordinate a partnership with the League of Women voters to register seniors at Jackson High School and over one hundred students are now eligible to vote.  Ashley is a member of the Junior Caching Hockey Association, Honor Society and has served as a camp counselor for elementary students.  She is applying to for early admission to Columbia University in New York where she plans to major in biomedical engineering with a focus on animal preservation and environmental conservation. Congratulations Ashley!


 From Sno-Isle TECH Skills Center, Ezra Nichol was recognized for Community Service.   Ezra is a senior at Arlington High School and attends Sno-Isle in the mornings where he participates in their construction trades program.  Ezra has used his construction skills to help build "tiny houses" for the homeless and to construct and run a small lending library on a major bike/walking trail in Arlington.  Following high school graduation, Ezra will be entering the U.S. Navy, where he will continue to use his construction skills as a Seabee, and hopes to be able to work on relief projects. Congratulations Ezra!


Also, at this Wednesday's meeting, we were joined by Officer Chris White and Sgt. S. White of the Mill Creek Police Department, and Sally Dagna, a volunteer with the Mill Creek Police Department and founder of the Mill Creek Police Foundation. With the help of a $1,000 contribution from our community service committee, the Mill Creek Police Department was able to participate in the Chief for a Day program - a statewide program the celebrates the lives of children diagnosed with a chronic medical condition.  Selected to be chief, is Julia McCauley, a second grader at Mill Creek Elementary School, who has cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Both police officers shared their experiences with McCauley, Sally Dagna talked about the police foundation, and all three thanked our club for its contribution.    
Photo of Jessica McCauley in Chief for a Day parade.

LAF Tech

Our speakers today were Marcelle Allen and Brian Trendler from LAF Tech.  LAF Tech's focus is to help people become better presenters and speakers by learning tools to help them become more memorable, funny, and effective.  Marcelle and Brian welcomed several of our members to the stage for a rapid-fire demonstration of one technique to help learn to think fast and respond quickly.  Thanks Marcelle and Brian for joining us today.

CPOD Training

Club members participated in a Community Points of Distribution (CPOD) training held by Snohomish County Emergency Management.  CPODs are locations established throughout the county to provide life-sustaining commodities in the aftermath of a disaster.  CPODs would be activated following a severe disaster where grocery stores might not have their shelves replenished.  Each CPOD would provide emergency commodities such as non-perishable food, water, blankets, and other emergency supplies. In the event a CPOD were activated, many club members are now trained to manage and operate the CPOD.

Denise Allen

Our speaker yesterday was Denise Allen, founder of Simplify Experts and author of "Declutter and Thrive."  Denise talked about her company and the process of helping people become more organized through a four step process of assessment, strategizing, implementing and delivering.  

Alan Merry

Our speaker this was week was our District 5030 Governor (DG), Alan Merry, shown above with our club president Danielle Pratt.  DG Alan hails from the Rotary Club of Lake Forest Park.  Alan is a health care data analyst at Kaiser Permanente, at least for a few more months until he officially retires!  He is a UW graduate and an avid Mariners fan and, naturally, Husky fan too!  Alan talked about the 2019 District Conference in Spokane and thanked our club for all we do in the community.  Thanks for joining us Alan and thanks for all you do for Rotary too!  To find out more or sign up for the 2019 Rotary District Conference, go to

New Member Induction

Joining our club today is Jeff Beyer.  Jeff is with ZDI Gaming and has an extensive background in mobile devices.  Please join us in welcoming Jeff!
Also joining our club today is Ronda Lone. Ronda is the owner of AR Workshop in Mill Creek and is a paraeducator at Mill Creek Elementary School.  Please join us in welcoming Ronda!

Addis Abba Global Grant Projects

Lake Union Rotarians Ruth Ann Halford and Larry Logue (current club president) joined us yesterday to talk about water and sanitation projects in schools in Addis Abba, Ethiopia. Working with Seattle's Spash organization, the Rotary Club of Lake Union has completed a number of global grant projects providing safe water to schools and thousands of students. Our club helped sponsor the last global grant and has committed to support the next project which is still in the development stage.  

Snohomish County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney

Our speaker today was Adam Cornell, the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Snohomish County.  On his linkedin page, Adam has the following after his title, "Advocate for Children, Youth, and Families."  That message came across clear in Adam's talk as he described his upbringing as a foster child and his great appreciation for the people who helped him along the way.  His talk was really focused on sharing information, in a balanced way, with our members on two topics: 1) the trends in how courts and legislatures are treating youthful offenders when it comes to sentencing; and 2) the upcoming gun initiative (1639).  At the conclusion of his presentation, several members stated they would like to hear more from him...expect to see him back next year as a speaker!

Accelerated Results 365

Our speaker at yesterday's meeting was Catherine White.   Catherine is founder of Accelerated Results 365, is a multi-business owner, author, speaker and innovator, and the creator of P.O.W.E.R.R.™.   Catherine talked about her business experience in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors and the work she does creating innovative tools to help these businesses and non-profits break through barriers to create growth opportunities.
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