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Mill Creek

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122 128th St SE
Everett, WA  98208
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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!

Dr. Ron Rice

At our last club meeting of 2019 on December 18, Dr. Ron Rice, a former Presbyterian preacher joined us to talk about Wheelchairs for Nigeria.  Wheelchairs for Nigeria has built over 20,000 wheelchairs for disabled children and adults, mostly polio survivors.  The wheelchairs are built for a cost of $150 each in a Wheelchairs for Nigeria factory.  Nigeria has had more polio than anywhere in the world and the need to provide mobility for survivors who now crawl on their hands and knees is huge.  Thank you Dr. Rice for all you do in Nigeria.  Shown above with our club member Dr. Ron Ohlson, also a a former Presbyterian  preacher and a former seminary classmate of Dr. Rice's!

Evergreen Washelli - Veterans Memorial Cemetery

On Satuday, Decemer 14, members of our club and many others joined in to lay wreaths at grave sites at Evergreen Washelli to recognize veterans.  Over 5,000 veterans lay at rest at Evergreen Washelli.  Our very own Vicki Wellman led the effort for our Rotary District to raise funds for the wreaths through Wreaths Across America. This year, almost fourteen hundred wreaths were placed to honor these veterans. 

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!


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. 
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Patrice Hardy, Government & Community Relations Manager for Sound Transit will be joining to provide the latest updates.  

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


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