Snohomish Scout completes Gold Award

Girl Scout Charlotte Robinson of Snohomish Troop 40392 recently completed her Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouts. The Gold Award challenges girls to identify and address a need in their community.

Charlotte created a gardening and healthy foods program at the Snohomish Boys &Girls Club. She worked with the Snohomish Garden Club to build raised beds and teach youth about planting, tending and harvesting fruits and vegetables. She also worked with the kids on creating tasty and healthy snacks.

Charlotte will be honored for her accomplishments at a special Gold Award Gala at the Tacoma Art Museum on June 22.

YMCA honors volunteers

The YMCA of Snohomish County honored its outstanding policy, program, youth and campaign volunteers at a special recognition breakfast June 4 at the Everett Golf and Country Club.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Snohomish County: Kathy O’Brien, PYI Inc. (program volunteer); Molly Ringo, Everett Public Schools (policy volunteer); Michiko Smith, student, Lake Stevens High School (youth volunteer); and Scott Comey, RE/MAX Elite (campaign volunteer).

Everett Family YMCA: Brian Gillespie, Department of Veteran’s Affairs (program volunteer); Chris Adams, Adams &Duncan Law Firm (policy volunteer); Dakota Pitzer, student, Lake Stevens High School (youth volunteer); and Heather Barnhart (campaign volunteer).

Marysville/North County Family YMCA: Cody Slagg, Community Transit (program volunteer); Marlin Fryberg Jr., Tulalip Tribes (policy volunteer); Caroline Vogl, student, Arlington High School (youth volunteer); and Benji Travis, GenerosTee (campaign volunteer).

Mill Creek Family YMCA: Doug Braid, The Boeing Company (program volunteer); Linda Patten, retired, and Jim Meinick, retired (policy volunteers); Luke Mahler, student, Glacier Peak High School (youth volunteer); Chris Cunio, owner, Cunio’s Inc. (campaign volunteer).

Monroe/Sky Valley Family YMCA: Nancy Cordova (program volunteer); Dwight Nelson, Northwest Sheet Metal Trust (policy volunteer); Kristin Wilsey Basco, student, Park Place Middle School (youth volunteer); and Marnie Schaffer (campaign volunteer).

Mukilteo Family YMCA: Mickey McGill, Northwest Aerospace Technologies (program volunteer); Tom Gaskin (policy volunteer); Marissa Avalos, student, Mariner High School (youth volunteer); and Greg Abbey (campaign volunteer).

Stanwood-Camano YMCA Initiative: Carol Mason (program volunteer); Don Leak (policy volunteer); Matthew Larson, student, Port Susan Middle School (youth volunteer); and Carolyn Klein and Jerry Will (campaign volunteers).

YMCA of Snohomish County Board of Trustees: Gary Cohn, Everett Public Schools (policy/trustee volunteer); and Scott Forslund, Premera Blue Cross (campaign volunteer).

Veterans install VFW officers

Veterans of Foreign Wars District 1 and its Ladies Auxiliary installed new officers May 17. District 1 covers eight VFW posts and covers all of Snohomish County. Don Wischmann of Everett was installed as District 1 commander.

Also installed were Senior Vice Cmdr. Danny Houghton (Snohomish), Junior Vice Cmdr. Bill Morris (Arlington), Quartermaster Ron Haley (Lynnwood), Surgeon Doug White (Gold Bar), Chaplain Jim Raymond (Lynnwood), Judge Advocate Ken Kosters (Monroe), first year trustee Frank Martinez (Lynnwood), second year trustee Dennis Peterson (Edmonds), third year trustee Richard Richter (Lynnwood) and Chief of Staff Jim Traner (Edmonds).

For the Ladies Auxiliary, E. Charline Larson of Edmonds was installed as president. Also installed: Sr. Vice President Eleanor Shipley (Lynnwood), Jr. Vice President Arden King (Gold Bar), secretary Marcella Raymond (Arlington), treasurer Tami Wagonner (Lynnwood), Chaplain Tammy Bunch (Gold Bar), Conductress Lea Provence (Everett), Guard Verna Mines (Arlington), Patriotic Instructor Patricia Fawcett (Snohomish), Historian Lynda Griffin (Stanwood) and Chief of Staff Constance Daily (Edmonds).

Popkes named parade marshals

The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce recently announced Mike and Wendy Popke as the 2014 grand marshals of the “An Edmonds Kind of Fourth” Parade. The Popkes have lived in Edmonds since 1995 and are very involved in the community. Wendy Popke is co-owner of Lynnwood Honda, where Mike Popke is general sales manager. The dealership has supported multiple Edmonds community events. The Popkes also were involved in the initial fundraising for the Edmonds Center for the Arts, and Wendy Popke is on the board of the Edmonds Community College Foundation.

Rotary helps out at food bank

Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Everett recently gathered at the Volunteers of America Food Bank to sort and pack food for families in need.

DAC honors those who fly flags

The Pilchuck Chapter of the Daughters of American Colonists recently held a work party where they packaged flag-wrapped candy and thank you cards. The gifts are being handed out in local neighborhoods to people who fly the U.S. flag. Patriotism is one of the major values of the group.

Meanwhile, the group on May 10 added two new members. The new members are Mary Erickson and Candy Thoreson, who can each trace their family heritage in North America prior to the American Revolution.

The DAC is open to anyone with ancestors from the era of Colonial America. The group’s objectives are patriotic, historical and educational. For more information, email

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