Assistance League of Everett recently celebrated its national parent organization's honor in being named a 2013 National Make A Difference Day Award Honoree. The award honored the nonprofit's collection of 113,101 books nationwide for its National Children's Book Drive.
Locally, the Assistance League of Everett branch joined with the Sno-Isle Library Foundation in collecting 600 books for donation to the Index School District. More than 300 volunteers contributed time and books.
Elks bring cheer to hospitalized vets
On the second Tuesday of every month, volunteers join veteran's committee chairman Carl Frisk from Everett Elks Lodge 479 and head to the VA Hospital in Seattle to bring cheer to 15 to 30 veterans.
Volunteers provide homemade sandwiches and sometimes full holiday dinners prepared by members Jenny Sherrill and Nicole Hagen. Occasionally, someone orders pizza for everyone. Desserts are donated by Karl's Bakery in Everett.
Gifts for veterans are donated by Elks members, as well as the Angel of the Winds and Silver Reef casinos. The lodge also supplies script for bingo players.
Some of the volunteers are as young as elementary school age. "Our wonderful kids thoroughly enjoy visiting and our vets love having them," Frisk said.
Communities honor Loyalty Day
Mayors in Edmonds and Mill Creek recently read proclamations declaring May 1 as Loyalty Day in their respective cities, thanks to an effort by local Veterans of Foreign Wars posts in the communities.
In Gold Bar, several members of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW Martin-Osterholtz Post 9417 distributed certificates of appreciation to local businesses who consistently fly the U.S. flag.
Loyalty Day is a national observance that focuses on allegiance to the country and reflects on the sacrifices of those who fought to protect American freedoms.
Monroe High senior named Prom Style Star
Monroe High School senior Chloe Erikson was named a Prom Style Star in a nationwide video contest by David's Bridal.
As a Top 10 finalist, she received a prom dress and accessories from the retailer, a tuxedo rental for her date and a $250 gift card to use toward hair, nails and makeup.
The tennis captain came off the court to give some tips for the dance floor. Her final tip: "Have fun. Prom only happens once. So you shouldn't stress the little things ... Just spend a bunch of time with your friends, dance the night away and take tons of pictures that you can look back on and say, 'Prom was really awesome, right?'"
See her full story and tips at http://tinyurl.com/ChloeProm.
Lake Stevens teen vying for Miss Washington
Tamara Sevao, 15, of Lake Stevens, is among 25 young women who will compete in the Miss Washington's Outstanding Teen (MWOTeen) competition, May 25 and 26 at the Highline Performing Arts Center, 401 S. 152nd St., Burien.
Tamara, a ninth-grader at Cavelero Mid High School, is focusing on childhood hunger as a platform issue. She plans to perform an acrobatic/Bollywood dance for the talent portion of competition.
The preliminary competition is at 7 p.m. May 25 with the final ceremony at 7 p.m. May 26. Tickets are at www.brownpapertickets.com/profile/223199.
Everett volunteer recognized by governor
Dick Fale of Everett was recently recognized by Gov. Jay Inslee and the Washington Commission for National and Community Service for his outstanding volunteer efforts on behalf of the community.
Paulette Jacobson of Catholic Community Services nominated Fale, saying, "Dick is a volunteer I can count on. He exemplifies what volunteering is all about."
Fale has been an active volunteer for more than 10 years with the Volunteer Transportation Program and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at Catholic Community Services. He has performed more than 3,000 hours to date driving clients to doctor appointments and other essential errands.
Sponsors dash to Arlington Duck Dash
The Rotary Club of Arlington's Duck Dash celebrates 25 years this year and is already making a big splash -- even before the rubber duckies are sent down the river.
At a luncheon in April, the club honored its sponsors. Individuals and businesses have already donated $113,200, more than $33,000 above the club's goal. That includes the annual fundraiser's first-ever $10,000 platinum sponsor, Dwayne Lane's Arlington Chevrolet.
To participate in the Great Stilly Duck Dash, set for July 4, people buy a numbered ticket. If a corresponding rubber ducky is among the first to float the Stillaguamish River from Lincoln Bridge to Haller Park, the donor gets an even bigger return. The event this year will offer 25 $1,000 prizes.
A portion of the net proceeds from the event will build a playground at Haller Park.
More information and tickets are at www.greatstillyduckdash.com.
Camano firefighter serves off-duty, too
The Camano Island Professional Firefighters Association recently highlighted the volunteer efforts of one of its own.
Firefighter and paramedic Jim Reinhardt, of Camano Island Fire and Rescue, is an active volunteer with the Stanwood-Camano Food Bank. Along with raising money for the food bank, he's also known to help collect and distribute food, among other tasks.
An artist, Reinhardt also has lent his talents to the local Rotary and Camano Center. For example, he designed and painted graphics for the Rotary Adventure Playground's Viking ship, including carving and painting its dragon-head prow.
"This is a fantastic community with volunteerism like I've never seen," he said. "It's our home and I'm thankful that I can lend a hand."
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