Community Extra: Applause


Monroe police note employees’ efforts

The Monroe Police Department held its annual department banquet Dec. 4.

At the dinner, Police Chief Tim Quenzer presented the following awards to several employees of the Monroe Police Department:

Officer James Tolbert received the Distinguished Service Award for his accomplishments and exemplary investigative skills in serving the South Snohomish County Drug Task Force and the citizens of Monroe and Snohomish County.

Detective Paul Ryan also earned the Distinguished Service Award for his contributions in serving the Snohomish County Auto Theft Task Force and the citizens of Monroe and Snohomish County.

Commander Steve Clopp was awarded the Chief’s Award for his inspirational example in leadership, integrity, and dedication.

Director Debbie Willis was given the Chief’s Award for her exemplary organizational skills while taking on additional job duties, producing excellent results.

A Letter of Commendation was presented to executive assistant Mindy Orcutt for providing outstanding support services while taking on additional responsibilities.

Zonta Club honors Amelia Earhart

The Zonta Club of Everett honored the memory of Amelia Earhart, a former member of Zonta International on Jan. 21, at its meeting, which was a tribute to women in the air at the Everett Golf and Country Club.

Lt. Cmdr. Stephanie (Hartin) McKinnie, a combat veteran with the Navy Reserve, spoke about her journey toward receiving her wings and detailed her combat missions during two deployments aboard.

Zonta Clubs worldwide honor the achievements of Zontian aviator and women’s rights advocate Amelia Earhart during January. In 1938, Zonta International established the Amelia Earhart Fellowship. These fellowships are awarded annually by Zonta International to women pursuing a doctoral degree in aerospace-related sciences and aerospace-related engineering.

The Zonta Club of Everett is a service organization dedicated to advancing the status of women locally and globally through health, education and advocacy programs.

New Mountlake Terrace police officers take oaths

Mountlake Terrace Police Chief Greg Wilson introduced several police department employees, including one new hire and three who have been promoted to new positions at the Jan. 19 City Council meeting.

The introductions included new police cadet Daniel Pillay, new reserve police officer Josh Cunningham and recently promoted police commanders Craig McCaul and Doug Hansen.

A 2009 graduate of Shorewood High School, Pillay previously served in the Mountlake Terrace Police Explorer Post, a volunteer community service group for youth ages 14 to 20. He is currently studying criminal justice at Shoreline Community College and volunteers at the Union Gospel Mission.

Cunningham graduated in December from the Reserve Police Academy and received the academy’s top award for emergency vehicle operations. He served as a police cadet from 2007 to 2009.

In his first promotions as police chief, Wilson recognized new police commanders McCaul and Hansen.

McCaul has 28 years of law enforcement experience with the Mountlake Terrace Police Department. He received the Medal of Valor and Medal of Merit from Snohomish County Chamber of Commerce and served on the Snohomish County Drug and Alcohol Advisory Board.

Hansen also has 28 years of law enforcement experience, including 19 years of supervisory experience and nine years of off-duty experience as the town of Woodway’s police chief. He served as academy commander for the Washington State Criminal Justice Commission in the early 1990s and instructed courses at Edmonds and Everett community colleges.

Chief Wilson administered the oath of office to the four employees.

Edmonds Lions flag program turns 20

The Edmonds Lions Club recently celebrated two decades of their flag program in Edmonds.

The program started in January 1990 when approximately 50 businesses signed up to display the American flag. The first flag was displayed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The Edmonds crew now have 180 flag customers and put out 300 flags.

Every January, $30 is collected from each flag customer. The funds are put toward various community projects and the club’s annual scholarship program.

VFW honors essay winners, teachers

Students and teachers were recognized at an awards ceremony hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Jan. 9, at the Lynnwood Boys &Girls Club.

Edmonds-Woodway High School sophomore Katarina Nguyen was the 2009-10 Voice of Democracy Essay Contest winner. She and other students who were winners in their grade levels from fifth to 12th grade read their essays that answered the question, “Does America still have heroes?”

Teachers Teresa Catford of Meadowdale Elementary School in Lynnwood, Jon Mike Blue of Arlington High School and Peter Folta of Scriber Lake High School in Edmonds received Teacher of the Year awards during the ceremony.

Candy Thoreson, DAR Vice Regent of the Marcus Whitman Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution was also honored for serving as a judge of the essay contest. Ruth Herren, also a member of the DAR and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary was the chairman of the event.


Veterans receive handmade quilts

Pilchuck Chapter of the Daughters of the American Colonists recently completed 12 handmade lap quilts, which they then donated to the Seattle Veterans Hospital. In December, the annual project directed its gift specifically to the hospital’s spinal cord injury unit.

Pilchuck Chapter treasurer Ruth Shaff designed and assembled the patchwork quilts that were then tied by members present at the November meeting.

Shaff is an Everett resident and chairperson of the Veterans Services Committee.

Bank employees give to United Way

Cascade Bank employees recently donated more than $75,000 to benefit United Way of Snohomish County during the bank’s annual eight-week joint fundraising campaign.

The majority of Cascade’s donations came from employee payroll deductions, but additional funds were also collected during internal fundraising efforts including bake sales, an employee garage sale and raffles.

Cascade employees also donated their time during the United Way’s Day of Caring.

Employees volunteered at three different nonprofit organizations in Skagit, Snohomish and King Counties. They sorted and organized goods at Food Lifeline in Shoreline and painted and helped with landscaping efforts at The Landing in Sedro-Woolley and at Sherwood Community Services in Lake Stevens.

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