Marysville woman named volunteer of the month
Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring awarded Rita Henry the community Volunteer of the Month award for January for managing the Marysville Community Food Bank Toy Store. The award was made at the Feb. 13 meeting of the Marysville City Council.
The Toy Star arm of the food bank put toys and gift cards into the hands of 1,100 children from low-income families during the past Christmas season.
Henry saw firsthand the difficulty that some community members have making ends meet when she began volunteering six years ago. Today, Henry is the chairwoman of the ad hoc committee that works through all phases of the Toy Store and represents the committee at Food Bank board meetings. Under her leadership, requests for Red Barrel toy collection stations grew from 40 to 60.
In addition to the 1,100 donated toys, the community donated 43 tons of food through general giving, the All City Food Drive and the Arts and Tech High School food drive. In all, 1,226 families received holiday food baskets for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
Lake Stevens teacher wins history award
The Marcus Whitman Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution selected James Talley of Lake Stevens High School as the winner of its 2012 Outstanding American History Teacher award.
Talley was honored at Marcus Whitman Chapter’s February meeting with a presentation of a framed DAR award certificate and medal, a book and a gift certificate for a local restaurant. As a chapter-level winner, Talley is being considered for recognition by the state society and possibly the national society for an award this spring.
Chapter officials said Talley was selected because of his “long-standing devotion to bringing the rigor of collegiate level course work to his students through the expansion of the advanced placement history program at Lake Stevens High School, the many non-compensated hours he devotes to his students’ success, his ability to teach American history in a manner that makes it relevant and interesting to his students and his passion for teaching and history.”
The Marcus Whitman Chapter of the DAR was organized in Everett in 1911. The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to preserving American history. Learn more about at www.dar.org.
VFW honors Cub Scout
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1040 presented the 2012 Scouting Spirit award to Pack 331 Cub Scout Andrew Hay at the annual Pack 331 Blue and Gold Banquet on Feb. 25 at Meadowdale High School.
The award is given to a Pack 331 cub scout who has provided strong leadership skills and demonstrated outstanding personal character.
Five Mill Creek scouts obtain Eagle status
Mill Creek Boy Scout Troop 267 celebrated on Feb. 29 the award of Eagle Scout rank to five of its members.
All are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and their scoutmaster is Thayn Moore of Bothell.
Nathan Berghout, 14, is a freshman at Jackson High School where he has participated on the cross country and swim teams. A good student, he also is a drummer for the Jackson band. He joined the scouting program at age 8 and now serves as senior patrol leader for Troop 267. So far he has earned 60 merit badges. He completed his Eagle Project at Lively Environmental Center by replacing sketches with new photographs and details about the wildlife seen along the trails. He also measured the trails for new mileage posts that are going up.
Michael Larsen, 18, cleared blackberry bushes around a retention pond in his neighborhood for his Eagle Project. He has held leadership positions and is an example to his family and friends of the Scout ideals.
Tanner Litchfield, 15, loves the outdoors and he likes an adventure. He enjoys basketball and football. His Eagle Project was painting a map of the United States on the playground at Cedar Wood Elementary School. He plans to continue his education at a university.
Blair Moffett, 15, is a sophomore at Bothell High School. He began his scouting experience in 2004. Blair is a member of the award-winning West Coast Aquatics Team in Mill Creek. He has earned a black belt in tae kwon do and is currently an assistant instructor at Master Lee’s Tae Kwon Do. His Eagle Project was restoring a washed-out trail and salmon-release area for students at the Everett School District’s Lively Environmental Learning Center. He has completed many natural science and environmental elective merit badges and has served as assistant senior patrol leader. In addition, he works as a lifeguard and has completed 25 merit badges beyond the rank of Eagle Scout. He wants to become a paleontologist.
Steven Ragsdale, 18, of Mill Creek, held a children’s safety fair for his Eagle Project. He enjoys camping and playing guitar. Achieving the Eagle rank is his greatest moment so far, he said.
Tulalip Tribes give to the Chief Seattle Club
Many winter coats and other warm clothing were donated recently by the Tulalip Tribes to benefit the clients and members of Chief Seattle Club in downtown Seattle.
The drive continues through the end of March. Especially needed are blankets, tarps and sleeping bags for the homeless who count on the Chief Seattle Club as a day shelter.
People can donate at the employee entrance at the Tulalip hotel and in the main entrance to the Tulalip Tribal Center.
For more information, call Frieda Williams, community relations, 360-716-4220.
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