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Local quilters help with kid’s dreams

Mukilteo Lighthouse Quilters recently donated 17 quilts to KidsDream of Snohomish County.

Ten of the quilts are designated for graduating high school seniors as part of a “hope chest” put together by ­KidsDream volunteers. The hope chests include household items such as new pots and pans, towels, dishes and quilts, prepared by quilters in Mukilteo and given to foster children.

“Approximately 1,800 children are currently in fosterage in Snohomish County. It is a tough time for the kids, and the dropout rate is horrendous.” says Cindy Walker, executive director of KidsDream of Snohomish County.

“Only 30 percent of children in foster care graduate from high school or earn GED degrees,” Walker said. “For those who do graduate, it is a tough time of transition. When high school ends, so does state funding for foster care, and the child may have nothing more than these items in the hope chest to start life on their own.”


Volunteers bolster chamber and school

Mimi Stockmann, Gordon MacDonald, Terry Metzger and Brett MacDonald have managed the annual fundraising dinner for the Sky Valley Chamber of Commerce during the past three years.

The dinner auction event is the primary source of fundraising, essential to keeping the visitor information center open.

The group has created menus to match the theme for each event, organized the kitchen volunteers, purchased the ingredients, cooked and cleaned up. This event serves between 180 and 200 people.

In addition to their hard work for chamber dinner auctions, the team also works to manage the Sultan Harvest Dinner, a Thanksgiving meal for underprivileged people in the Sky Valley area.

All four volunteers team up to support the Sultan High School music program by providing food for the annual Jazz Dinner Club fundraiser. They teach students how to work in a professional kitchen and how to provide good service to guests.

Everett grad gets Internet scholarship

Georgina Nkrumah of Everett has been named as one of 30 high school seniors to receive $1,000 from the U.S. Bank 2008-09 Internet scholarship.

Nkrumah was selected from students throughout the country who applied for the 13th annual scholarship program sponsored by the U.S. Bank Student Banking Division.

Deputy graduates from academy

Patrol Deputy David Harris graduated from Basic Law Enforcement Academy Session 643 in June.

Deputy Harris was vice president of his class and received the Patrol Partner Award from his peers. Harris retired from the Coast Guard earlier this year after more than 20 years of service. He was named Coast Guardsman of the Year in 2004.

He has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from Columbia Southern University.

New leaders at Everett Rotary

Thom Martin, along with his board of directors, took an oath as the next governing body of the Everett Port Gardner Rotary Club. The assistant area governor for Area J, Amy Black, administered the oath during the annual installation dinner held in June.

Martin was a member of the Rogue Gateway Club in Grants Pass, Ore., prior to moving to the Everett area with his wife Nonie. He joined the Everett Port Gardner club in 2004 and has served on the board of directors as well as car raffle committee chairperson.

Martin’s classification is designer and construction consultant. He attended the University of California-Berkley, where he received his architecture degree in 1967.


Zonta Club of Everett turns 80

The Zonta Club of Everett hosted the club’s 80th birthday party in May at the Everett Golf and Country Club.

Members celebrated 80 years of service to the Snohomish County community. Fourteen past club presidents, including Mary-Ellen Egge, who was president from 1957-58, attended the event.

Zonta International is a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy.

The Zonta Club of Everett is a visible service organization recognized for its advocacy and leadership in actively improving the status of women locally and globally.

Club members raised more than $70,000 at their 2008 annual auction. All proceeds funded local and international projects.

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