Granite Falls resident Siobhan Sullivan and her 15-year-old son, Rhett Enochs, joined 200 other bike riders from around the country to participate in the Ride to Cure Diabetes in Santa Rosa, Calif., on June 23.
The fundraising bicycle ride benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and its efforts to find a cure for diabetes.
The mother-son duo rode 62 miles through the hilly countryside. At the end of the ride, Sullivan and her son were awarded the Most Inspirational Team medal. They had suffered some health problems prior to the ride, but stuck to their commitment and finished the ride in good shape.
The duo continues to work on raising the $8,000 required to participate in the event. Sullivan said they were able to raise $6,000 before the ride and have until Monday to keep raising funds for the effort.
Tax-deductible donations in the form of checks made out to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation can be mailed to Shiobhan Sullivan and Rhett Enochs, 2901 Mountain Loop Highway, Granite Falls, WA 98252.
For more information about the foundation, go online to www.jdrf.org.
Lynnwood Rotary names new president
Nicola Smith of Lynnwood, a senior associate dean at Edmonds Community College, is the 53rd president of the Rotary Club of Lynnwood.
Smith, a married mother of two, said she joined the Lynnwood club in part because she’s had a Rotary connection all her life. Her British grandparents were involved in Rotary, she was part of the club’s air show while in college and she was a professional recipient of the club’s Group Study Exchange program to Germany.
“The key to my success in Rotary has been to get involved in the club’s community service projects, get to know the wonderful people who come together every Thursday and have fun,” Smith said.
For more information on how to join the Rotary Club of Lynnwood, contact the club’s membership director, Bernie Sigler, at 425-745-1938 or go to www.lynnwoodrotary.org.
Garage sale benefits ‘Shop with a Cop’
An annual community garage sale recently raised $3,600 to benefit the Lynnwood Police Department’s “Shop with A Cop” program.
Lynnwood resident Sue Emme and her friends ran the sale, which was well attended by the community, Emme said.
Shop with a Cop gives police officers an opportunity to foster positive relationships with city residents, said police department spokeswoman Shannon Sessions. The money raised at the garage sale will be used to buy gift cards at the Alderwood Target store, a partner to the Shop with a Cop program, Sessions said.
The cards are then given to the children and their parents. Officers take the children around the store so the kids can pick out gifts for themselves and family members. Parents also receive gift cards and are given time to shop without the youngsters in tow. The shopping event typically includes a visit from Santa, dinner and gift wrapping provided by Target. Families are chosen from a variety of area programs that assist low-income families.
Garage sale items left over from the recent fundraiser were donated to Now and Again Thrift Store and Annie’s Attic, two nonprofit organizations that benefit victims of domestic violence.
Firefighters receive service awards
Snohomish County Fire District 7 firefighters Rick Rauma and Mike Grennan recently received service awards for their years of dedication to the department.
Rauma, deputy chief of emergency medical services, received a service award for 25 years of service with the department. Rauma was hired as one of the department’s first full-time firefighter-paramedics and has helped develop and coordinate an advanced life support program for the fire district.
Lt. Grennan received a service award for 15 years with the department. Fire District 7 commissioners and Fire Chief Richard Eastman also recognized Grennan for his military service. Grennan returned to work in June after completing his second yearlong tour of duty in Iraq.
Volunteer hired on as Red Cross employee
Once a busy Red Cross volunteer, Janene Rae, 44, of Everett has been hired as the new health and safety director for the Snohomish County Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Rae began her Red Cross service as a volunteer in the chapter’s disaster services department during the Hurricane Katrina relief effort. She later qualified as a health and safety instructor, teaching cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid courses. She also served as interim office manager in the health and safety department.
As director, Rae is responsible for training instructors, scheduling courses and coordinating the marketing of Red Cross’ health and safety and disaster-preparedness products.
More than 7,800 Snohomish County residents enrolled in chapter courses during the Red Cross fiscal year that ended June 30. Courses offered include baby-sitting, first aid, CPR, automated external defibrillator, pet first aid and HIV-AIDS risk reduction and transmission control.
Humanitarian service and volunteerism have been a part of Rae’s life for more than 25 years. She has contributed her time to March of Dimes, Goodwill Industries, United Way and Everett’s nonprofit radio station, KSER.
Rae is a 2006 graduate of Everett Community College. She is the niece of Eleanor Fleury of Everett.
Marysville Fire District honors heroes
Citizen heroes were honored recently by the Marysville Fire District.
Marysville Fire District board members, Chief Greg Corn, Capt. Larry Nelson and Mayor Dennis Kendall, showed their appreciation by presenting a certificate and a “Hero” pin to each of those recognized.
Honored were Richard Packard, John Davidson, Kyle Moffitt, Baylon Herman, Ryan Grinde, Emily Dade, Rod Healy and Matthew Meeds.
On April 4, Packard, Davidson, Moffitt, Herman, Grinde and Dade assisted several people who had been waiting for a bus in downtown Marysville. The bus riders were injured after they were hit by a van.
Brianna Haskett, 18, was pinned beneath the van. The heroic bystanders lifted the van to free her and they applied a makeshift tourniquet to her leg. After Marsyville paramedics arrived, Haskett was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center for treatment. Two other injured bystanders were transported to an Everett hospital.
At a vehicle collision fire on June 8 in Marysville, bystanders Healy and Meeds, along with off-duty fire department Capt. Larry Nelson, uprighted a truck that had caught fire. They helped two women to safety.