Over the past year, Lions Clubs throughout the area have participated in the Lions Clubs International Reading Action Program. The program originally slated for one year has been expanded to 10 years thanks to overwhelming response.
Locally, the Everett Central Lions Club worked with other local clubs to distribute over 20,000 used children's books. Most of the books went to elementary school libraries. Many of the books went directly to the kids.
At the May 4 Family Fun Fair at Everett's Forest Park more than 1,000 books were selected by preschool-age children and their parents. In addition to Everett Central, clubs that participated in this program included North Everett, South Everett, Marysville, Granite Falls, Sultan, Skykomish, Edmonds and Tulalip.
On June 29, the Lions Giving Library will be on hand to provide free books at Project Homeless Connect. For more information on the Lions Reading Action Program, call Art Ruben at 425-387-9256.
Everett teen earns Camp Fire's highest honor
Camp Fire's highest youth award, the WoHeLo, was awarded to Jaycie Strange, of Everett.
WoHeLo stands for work, health and love -- values that are central to Camp Fire. The prestigious award, for teens in grades 9 through 12, offers opportunities for personal development, leadership and advocacy on important issues.
Jaycie has been involved in Camp Fire for 10 years, often taking leadership roles in the club. For her WoHeLo project, she spent many hours leading, teaching, serving and speaking about her chosen issues: Camp Fire, Gay-Straight Alliance and nutrition.
Jaycie attended Jackson High School through her junior year and completed her studies this year at Edmonds Community College through Running Start. Her future plans involve becoming a teacher.
At a May 19 event honoring Jaycie, bins were set up for donations for her chosen causes. By the end of the evening, there was $205 for Camp Killoqua scholarships, 137 items of food and 113 personal care items donated.
Boy Scout's Eagle project: New digs for dogs
Nick Moore, a member of Boy Scouts of America Troop 114 in Everett, recently built six large wooden dogs houses for the Humane Society in Arlington as his Eagle Scout project. Nick raised more than $1,200 in donated materials and supplies. In addition to building the dog houses, he also donated $450 in cash for veterinary care of animals belonging to low-income families on food stamps.
The old dog houses that the new ones replaced are also available free to low-income families.
Nick expects to complete his full Eagle requirements this month. He is a 16-year-old sophomore at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo, where he enjoys honors in chemistry and math and performing with school music ensembles.
Kamiak High School grad a Seafair princess
Robyn Emery, who graduated this month from Kamiak High School, was selected to represent the Norwegian community as a 2013 Seafair princess. She also serves as the queen of the Sons of Norway Leif Erickson Lodge 2-001 in Ballard. Emery graduated from Kamiak and also graduated with highest honors from the Ocean Research College Academy at Everett Community College.
Kidney Center honors Lynnwood woman
When Paul Netz began treatment at Northwest Kidney Centers Lake City, his wife, Virginia, came with him to every session. Not liking to sit still, she decided to focus her energies to help out the clinic while her husband got dialysis.
Four and a half years later, Virginia Netz has been named Northwest Kidney Centers' 2013 Volunteer of the Year.
Netz, of Lynnwood, has volunteered at the Lake City Kidney Center three times a week, totaling 30 to 40 hours a month. She assists the medical receptionist, stocks supplies, provides office support and helps patients get comfortable.
"It's my way of thanking them for what they do. If it weren't for them, Paul wouldn't be alive," she said in a statement.
Donation will provide kids with beds
St. Vincent de Paul, North Sound Council, recently received a $5,000 donation for its Beds for Children Program from the Human Services Endowment Fund. These funds will purchase beds for children who are otherwise sleeping on the floor in their homes. St. Vincent de Paul puts all of the funds it receives for its programs directly into those programs.
Fire District 7 provides free CPR training
Personnel from Snohomish County Fire District 7 recently trained more than 125 Hidden River Middle School students in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Effective CPR provided immediately after a sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim's chance of survival.
"Having more than 125 new young adults trained in CPR is a valuable asset to our community," said public educator Autumn Waite in a statement. "The students were eager to learn and we appreciate their efforts. We are grateful that Hidden River Middle School asks us back every year to provide this crucial training."
Fire District 7 offers free CPR training for the public the first Monday of every month. Classes fill up quickly and require advanced registration. To register visit www.firedistrict7.com or call 360-668-5357.
The CPR program is fully funded by the Medic 71 Memorial Fund.
Edmonds Arts Festival names winners
The Edmonds Arts Festival recently named its 2013 Juried Gallery Award winners.
First place ($800): "Nothing On?" by Cheryl Waale
Second place ($500): "Shenandoah," Frank Gaffney
Third place ($300): "San de Fuca School House," Randy Emmons
Honorable Mention ($150): "A Pair and a Half," Sue Robertson
First place ($500): "Couple," Michael Hopcroft
Second place ($300): "Mysterious World," Bonnie AuBuchon
Third place ($200): "Deep Sea Blues," Dorothy Mayhew
Honorable Mention ($100): "Kinglets in Red Huckelberries with Bees," Sherry Buckner
First place ($500): "Lounging Woman," Lue Isaac
Second place ($300): "Portrait in Sepia," Irina Milton
Third place ($200): "Cuttings II," Jacqueline Will
Honorable Mention ($100): "Mary," Joy Olney
First place ($300): "Beach Combers," Joan Archer
Second place ($200): "Catchin' Some Rays," Barbara Freeman
Third place ($100): "Sew What?," Beverly Fotheringham
Honorable Mention ($50): "Fourth and Main," Lisa Snow Lady
First place ($800): "Senior Monk," Shawn Olesen
Second place ($500): "A Walk in the Woods," Jim Nilsen
Third place ($300): "Seize the Day," Jan Viney
Honorable Mention ($150): "Charlie with the Red Sash," Shelle Singer
First place ($600): "Cranes Dancing with Sun," Kyoko Niikuni
Second place ($400): "Memory @ Two Removes,[''] Donna Prichard
Third place ($200): "Layers," Lynn McManus
Honorable Mention ($100): "Sources Revealed," Donna Prichard
First place ($800): "Shadows," Pamela Mummy
Second place ($500): "Life Support," Steve Parmelee
Third place ($300): "In the Parade," Jim Roberts
Honorable Mention ($150): "Blue Sphere," Katherine Holzknecht
Best of Edmonds ($500): "Edmonds Evening," David Marty
Anne E. Sambataro Memorial Fine Arts Scholarship: "Aquarius," Megan Cho
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