Community Extra: Applause

USS Rodney M. Davis sailors help paint gym

Earlier this month, 20 sailors from the Everett-based frigate USS Rodney M. Davis helped paint the gymnasium at Everett Christian School.

The volunteer effort was put together by the skipper of the ship as a way to for his sailors to work in the community, said school principal Matt Kamps.

The school’s students have “adopted” the sailors and plan to honor them with cards and thank-you notes on Veterans Day, Kamps said.

Agents collect tips to aid children during holidays

On Oct. 23, employees of Windermere Everett South teamed up with employees of the Majestic Cafe in Everett to raise money for programs that benefit children during the holiday season.

The Majestic Cafe provided the meals and the facility, Windermere agents brought their clients as customers and the Windermere staff served as waiters. More than 160 meals were served and all the gratuities support charities.

Index students receive gifts

On Oct. 22, Sno-Isle Libraries and the Assistance League of Everett’s Kitty Young Auxiliary donated 400 books to the Index School District.

Margaret Bright, Pam Herzog and Brenda Carter delivered the books to be used by the 25 students, preschool through eighth grade, and their four teachers at the Index School.

“As the truck was backed up for easy access to the boxes of books, several students came out to help carry them into the school,” Bright said. “One girl said, ‘I have never been this excited about books,’ and another said, ‘I love books.’ The staff let the children browse through the books for about 40 minutes. It was such fun to see and feel the excitement.”

Kiwanians help food bank in Marysville

The Marysville Kiwanis Club on Oct. 19 presented a $500 donation to the Marysville Community Food Bank for the Food For Thought Backpack Program.

The program started in May this year to help children with a high risk of hunger. The goal is to provide weekend meals to students during the school year. Marysville School District statistics for 2011 found that 75 percent of elementary students need free or reduced-priced meals. Food For Thought Backpacks consist of meals that fill the weekend gap. The food bank served 6,163 people in 2011.

The Kiwanis Club is a partner organization that assists with food bank activities at the holidays and year-round. For more information about Food For Thought, call Amy Howell at 360-658-1054.

4-H presentation winners announced

The Snohomish County 4-H “top trophy” public presentation winners were announced Sept. 1 at the Evergreen State Fair.

Sixteen finalists competed for the “Top Trophy” in the annual public speaking contest. The three overall “top trophy” grand champion winners coincidentally belong to the same 4-H club, Esprit De Corps, said the club’s reporter Hannah Fagerness.

The senior champion, Hailey Fagerness, 15, talked about Grand Coulee Dam. The intermediate champion, Adam Phillips, 13, offered a presentation about the Transcontinental Railroad. The junior champion, Katie Grant, 11, had a presentation titled, “The Weaving of Scandinavian Traditions.”

Esprit De Corps 4-H Club is led by Sharon Olsen. The Esprit De Corps 4-H Club currently offers cavy, dog, gardening, leadership, photography, poultry and model train projects in Snohomish and Monroe.

Marilyn Boe named top volunteer in Marysville

Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring and the City Council has honored Marilyn Boe as volunteer of the month for September. Boe was recognized for her service on numerous boards and committees and contributions to parks and the business community.

During Boe’s 13 years as branch manager at HomeStreet Bank, she has represented the essence of what it means to be a volunteer, Nehring said.

Boe’s involvement started a more than a decade ago when she met with city parks and recreation director Jim Ballew to see how the bank could help with park needs. The result was a donation toward construction of Marysville’s skate park, which opened in 2002.

Boe serves on the city’s diversity advisory committee representing business and the banking community. She helps host the annual document Shred-a-Thon, in partnership with the city and the North County Outlook newspaper, to help protect residents from identity theft.

She serves on the board of Senior Services of Snohomish, the board of the Greater Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Marysville Sunrise Rotary Club.

Thanks to Boe’s leadership, HomeStreet Bank donated the original player pavilion picnic shelter at Strawberry Fields Athletic Park and the multi-tiered water fountain for people and pets at the Strawberry Fields for Rover Off-Leash Dog Park. Boe and the bank help sponsor Poochapalooza, the summer concert series, the new Marysville Community Parks Foundation, the Tour of Lights and the Strawberry Festival Fashion Show.

Snohomish County 4-H leaders in Hall of Fame

Four people from Snohomish County have been inducted into the Washington State 4-H Hall of Fame for their leadership and commitment to 4-H clubs and their communities.

Bob Brusewitz of Lake Stevens has been a 4-H leader for 17 years and was instrumental in bringing technology, robotics, rabbit and veterinary science projects to local youth. Brusewitz mentored 4-H members in writing computer programs and building computers and was pivotal in the success of the FIRST robotics competition in which young people built and programmed a basketball-playing robot.

Linda Conway of Monroe is a 30-year 4-H volunteer and has held numerous leadership positions including club leader, 4-H Council member and 10 years as the Evergreen State Fair equine superintendent. As a Horse Bowl coach she led many teams to state and national Horse Bowl competitions and also served as the state Horse Bowl senior moderator and oral reasons judge. Conway currently is the assistant horse program leader in Snohomish County.

Stan and Nancy Depner, also of Monroe, have been involved with 4-H for nearly 30 years with the Turkey Trotters 4-H Club and the Sky Valley 4-H Club. Together they have helped run the 4-H Poultry Barn and host the county’s annual Duck Day featuring 4-H waterfowl. The Depners have been active on the 4-H Council and served on the 4-H forum and grant committees. In addition, they have served as Special Olympics coaches for more than 25 years.

About 175 people have been inducted into the State 4-H Hall of Fame since its inception in 2001.

Arlington club donates to city parks

The Arlington Garden Club has donated $600 to the city of Arlington to be used for trees and flower baskets.

The city parks department plans to buy several replacement trees for Centennial Park with the gift. The club is a continuous supporter of the city’s green spaces.

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