Community Extra: Applause


Red Cross volunteers honored

Volunteers with Snohomish County Chapter of the American Red Cross were honored at a recognition dinner in Everett.

Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson and Snohomish County chapter director Chuck Morrison thanked the Red Cross volunteers for their efforts to help families in need, including military families.

Two special awards were presented to outstanding volunteers.

Don Eager of Everett was given the Director’s Award in recognition of his eight years of service supporting families in times of crisis. Eager has volunteered in the county and around the country in the duties of warehousing, supply procurement, logistics and communications.

The chapter’s Glassberg Award is its highest honor. Named for the significant contributions of the Glassberg family of Everett, it is presented in recognition of outstanding Red Cross service in areas of performance, integrity and commitment. The 2012 Glassberg Award was given to Don and Sally Odenberg of Camano Island.

Together, the Odenbergs have donated 26 years as Red Cross volunteers. Sally Odenberg started with Island County Red Cross, serving on disaster action teams, deploying on 14 national disasters and serving as a disaster services instructor and a health and safety volunteer instructor. For the past two years, she has served as the Snohomish County Chapter’s lead in financial and statistical information.

Don Odenberg began his Red Cross service as a caseworker for the Service to Armed Forces program. He has served as a casework mentor, represented Red Cross at Naval Air Station Whidbey and Naval Station Everett, participated in military retiree seminars and served in administrative support for the region’s Service to Armed Forces program.

In fiscal year 2011, the Snohomish County Chapter of the American Red Cross assisted 155 local families hurt by fires and other local disasters.

In addition, more than 10,000 people attended disaster education and preparedness programs and more than 9,000 people were trained in live-saving skills.

More information is at www.snohomishcounty.

Memorial fund helps buy beds

St. Vincent de Paul, North Sound Council, has received a donation of $2,000 from the Kawabe Memorial Fund for the St. Vincent de Paul Beds for Children program.

The money will be used to buy beds for children who have none.

Everett teen earns Lions Club honor

Lindsey Gipson, a 2012 graduate of Everett High School, was selected the winner of this year’s community service award given by the Everett central Lions Club.

The annual award has been presented in memory of former club president Bob Covert, who was the Everett High School student body president in 1950.

For more information about the award or Lions Clubs International, contact Art Ruben at 425-514-5464.

Lions Club awards four scholarships

The South Everett Lions recently awarded $1,000 scholarships to four students.

Cascade High School recipients were Shay Hayes and Antonia Truong. At Mariner High School, scholarships were awarded to Janissa Doerscher and Ramon Ochoa. All four students were June graduates.

Arlington Rotary raises $65,000

The Arlington Rotary Club’s annual Great Stilly Duck Dash raised more than $65,000 on July 4.

People bought tickets to participate in the rubber ducky race down a stretch of the Stillaguamish River. If their numbered duck placed in the race, they were given a cash prize. Prizes this year totaled $8,700.

“The Duck Dash event has been part of Arlington’s Fourth of July celebration for the past 24 years,” said Rotary President Linda Byrnes. “This year’s success can be contributed to the many local sponsors who supported the Duck Dash and the community who participated. We are so grateful for their generosity.”

This year’s cash prize winners were Chuck Tripp, Sally Jane Pierce, Mitch Rorick, Linda Buchanan, George Bolton, Bill Blake, John Gralinski, Julie Churchill, Cascade Surveying and Tim Cavanaugh.

All funds raised from the sale of Duck Dash tickets are returned to the community in the form of programs that enhance the lives of people in Arlington, Lakewood and Darrington.

Last year, the Rotary Club of Arlington helped to build a new Arlington Food Bank, gave scholarships to local high school graduates, built a new campsite at Fire Mountain for the Boys Scouts and bought more than 800 pairs of new shoes for Kids Kloset. More information is at www.

Run raises money for Swaziland

More than 300 people participated in the Adventure Soccer Club’s Mud and Muck Race on June 30 at the Choice Turf property near Snohomish to raise money for a program that supports children orphaned because of HIV/AIDS.

About 60 volunteers monitored the action at the race, which garnered more than $10,000 for the Carepoint facility in Emkhuzweni, Swaziland, in Africa.

To submit news for the Applause column, contact reporter Gale Fiege: 425-339-3427;

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