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Mill Creek Country Club
15500 Country Club Dr
Mill Creek, WA  98012
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Solange = Service

Our speaker this Wednesday was Solange Aguilar.  Solange talked about the many service projects she was involved in while a member of an Interact Club in El Salvador where she grew up.  And, it was while she was in Interact that she met several members of our club in 2012 and assisted us with delivering wheelchairs in in El Salvador as part of a Rotary global grant. Little did we know that our paths would cross again very soon.  Solange moved to Washington to go to Cascadia College; a move that was greatly helped by our club member Geoff Owen and his family who invited Solange to live with them while attending school. Fast forward - Solange has now graduated from both Cascadia College and the University of Washington.  While at both schools, she was very active in Rotaract clubs and in many service projects.  Today she works for the Benefits Hub  at Shoreline Community College providing assistance to help support students be successful, ranging from financial coaching and tax preparation to food and emergency housing.  Solange's goal is to gain a master's degree and to continue helping others - "Solange = Service" is an appropriate title.  Solange, we're very proud of you!  

Community Points of Distribution (CPOD)

The Winter 2018-2019 edition of Mill Creek Living Magazine carried an article on our club's partnering with the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management to support the establishment of CPODs within the county to provide emergency commodities following a disaster.  Members of our club completed training to learn how to operated the distribution points.  To learn more, download the magazine by clicking here and read the article on pages 22 - 23.

Fire District 7 Update

Joining us for the last meeting in November were Chief Gary Meek, Public Information and Education Officer Heather Chadwick, and Assistant Fire Chief Jamie Silva.  Chief Meek provided an update on the district, talked about the upcoming opening of new fire station #33, and talked about programs they have available for the community to help improve safety.  It's great knowing we have such a dedicated fire and emergency team here for us...Thanks Fire District 7! 

Student of the Month

At Wednesday's meeting, we recognized three incredible students.  Read on and I am sure you will agree!

Keke McMillan

The theme for our Student of the Month for November is "Overcoming Adversity."  Our Student of the Month from Henry M. Jackson High School is Kieziha "Keke" McMillan. Keke is a senior whose history builds a strong account of her impressive character. Despite being left at a hotel by her mother and having to navigate the foster care system, Keke has learned how to work through life's challenges and give her best to keep reaching her life goals.  Keke has given time to volunteer through the Mill Creek Youth Advisory Board and to speak on behalf of foster youth to senators and legislators in Olympia.  Keke plans to attend Seattle Pacific University and follow her dream of becoming an OBGYN Nurse Practitioner and to earn her bachelors and masters in Nursing.  Congratulations Keke!

Colin Guy

 From  Archbishop Murphy High School, Colin Guy is our November Student of the Month for "Overcoming Adversity."  When Colin was in sixth grade, he lost his father.  Despite this tragic experience, Colin has has strived to embody all of his father's finest qualities and mold this tragic experience into motivation.  Colin has served his community by providing meals and warm interactions to the homeless, has been a youth group leader at his church, and has traveled to Jamaica on a service trip where he spent most of his time teaching teenage boys to read! Colin is currently applying to colleges and plans to study mechanical engineering like both his mother and father.    Congratulations Colin!

Noah Chaney

From  Sno-Isle Tech SkillsCenter, Noah Chaney, is our November Student of the Month for "Overcoming Adversity."  Noah suffered a traumatic brain injury when he was in 8th grade.  He was unconscious for two weeks and in the hospital for two months.  Noah has worked incredibly hard to gain back memory and physical abilities and has to work very hard to remember things.  Noah is considering several schools for college but is uncertain of whether it might be too much of a stretch due to his learning abilities.  Noah's backup plan is to go to technical school, become a professional welder, and work hard to be successful.  Congratulations Noah...we wish you the best success!

Karen Herold

Our speaker at this Wednesday's meeting was Karen Herold. Karen is a Life Vision Artist & Transition Coach.  
She has developed a unique program using creative exploration and wisdom to help women in transition to envision and manifest the next stage of their lives.  Through her company, WiseTranstion, Karen helps each of her clients affirm that they are the designer and creator of their life.  

Effortless Office

Michelle Heryford, Regional Channel Manager Pacific Northwest, and Brandon Chong, Director of Solutions Engineering, of Effortless Office spoke at today's meeting. Their topic was threats that business face on the internet and how their company combats the threats.  Brandon and Michelle also provided suggested tips on how to avoid becoming a statistic, including never, never, opening emails from someone you.  

Community Outreach

At last Wednesday's meeting, we recognized our Student of the Month for "Community Outreach" for Archbishop Murphy High School (AMHS), Erika Ellison. 
Some of Erika's outreach to community include: volunteering for Swim Across American, a program dedicated to connecting swimmers to raise money for cancer research; spending every Saturday at Sunrise View Retirement Center playing Bingo and offering warm interactions to the residents; participating each October in “Trick or Trek,” a trick-or-treating experience for children who live on Casino Road in Everett; and  participating in “Operation Backpack Deploy,” which is an annual basic supplies drive. In addition, Erika and her family have traveled to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, for each of the last four years to serve those in need. through building showers and collecting and distributed shoes. 
Erika plans to attend Saint Francis University in Pennsylvania. Erika has been recruited by the Saint Francis University Lacrosse Team and plans to study biology with the intent to serve people and animals.  Congratulations Erika!

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.
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