Communtiy Extra: Applause


Lynnwood nurse earns service award

Valerie Clayton of Lynnwood was honored with a nursing excellence award in a ceremony at Evergreen Hospital Medical Center on May 10.

Clayton received the award for Excellence in Community Service.

Several other peop

le won awards in other categories. They were selected from nominations submitted by co-workers.

The awards are presented annually as part of Evergreen’s National Nurses Week celebration.

The winners include Katayoon “Kathy” Ansari and Jeri Lee for clinical care; Heather Yang for innova

tion and creativity; Mary Grobman for patient advocacy; Linda Surace for leadership; Cheryl Patterson for education; Joyce Avery for research and advancing the profession; Valerie Clayton for community service and Suzanne Knaus for mentoring. Joanna Minetti was named the ‘Rising Star’ and Marta Grap

ensteter received the Chief Nurse award.

Bob Malte, Evergreen’s chief executive officer, and Cheryl Nail, vice president and chief nursing officer, presented the awards.

Students excel in sports medicine

Sports Medicine students at Monroe High School took first place in the WESCO Competition held at Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish.

Team members Tom Meeus, Brittny Hanson, Tait Hansen, Alexa Haberlack and Danika Marzluff scored point after point in the quiz bowl style competition to earn Monroe’s first win.

Monroe’s team also had also made a nice showing at the state Sports Medicine Competition April 29-30 in Spokane. Senior Tom Meeus placed first in anatomy and physiology, Danika Marzluff finished 10th in medical terminology. The school team finished 12th overall.

The competition for Meeus involved both a written test and an oral practicum. “The practicum was hardest because of the amount of detail involved,” Meeus said, who has been involved in the sports medicine program during his four years of high school. “They asked me to identify a certain vertebra and locate it. They pointed to a part of a bone and asked what structures are attached.”

“I was surprised to do so well,” said Marzluff, a sophomore. “It was one of the hardest tests I’ve ever taken.”

This fall Meeus will pursue studies in biology at Boston University, and Marzluff will take advanced placement biology.

Woman inducted into Hall of Fame

Janice Buckley, who started the Washington Chapter of Operation Homefront after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to support the military, has been inducted into the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Hall of Fame.

Buckley’s chapter supported 29,000 military families with financial or other assistance by 2008. All the amount was raised through donations. The chapter raised more than $500,000 annually.

She changed her chapter’s name to Heartbeat–Serving Wounded Warriors in 2009. She now provides emergency assistance, morale-building activities and therapeutic services and raises more than $600,000 annually.

Bellevue College honors instructor

Brier resident Naomi Jones has received a Margin of Excellence award from the Bellevue College Foundation in recognition of her work in support of the college and its students.

Jones, an instructor of anatomy and physiology in the college’s life sciences department, is one of six Bellevue College faculty and staff members to receive the honor this year. Nominated by Bellevue College students, faculty and staff, each received a $1,000 award from the foundation.


Free oil changes for military personnel

Volunteers from Smokey Point Community Church helped provide free oil changes to active military personnel last month to recognize their services for the country.

Volunteers changed oil and filters on the cars of 33 military families. They also checked and filled tire pressure, washed exteriors, cleaned interior windows and vacuumed upholstery and floors.

The church had partnered with several businesses in the area for the event. They included Lubemobile of Mukilteo, Harbor Point Express Lube, NAPA Auto Parts of Arlington, Marysville Fred Meyers, Dwayne Lane’s Arlington Chevrolet and Kiwanis and Brien Ford.

Volleyball team supports sailors

Fusion Volleyball Team from the Snohomish Valley Volleyball Club prepared and sent care packages for sailors aboard the USS Carl Vinson.

“These girls worked for hours gathering, collecting and packing boxes for the troops,” said Cindy Kostenick from the Snohomish Valley Volleyball Club. “They also made cards and letters for (the sailors) to let them know how much they are appreciated.”

Students’ organize drives for food bank

Sky Valley Food Bank received 5,289 pounds of food and an amount of $1,614 from food drives that the 2011 Monroe Rotary Students of the Month had organized.

In five weeks, 12 high-school students, selected from a pool of more than 50 applicants, organized food drives at other schools. As a grand finale, they held a weekend food drive at local grocery stores on May 14 and 15.

The Sky Food Bank has thanked the students and Monroe Rotary Club for their help and support.

Drive collects 800 pounds of pet food

Everett Animal Shelter received more than 800 pounds of pet food in addition to several pet beds, treats and laundry detergent for its dogs and cats in a donations drive at TOP Food & Drug store in Snohomish last month.

The shelter cares for and houses unwanted pets from most of Snohomish County. It currently has approximately 40 dogs and 25 cats.

The shelter received 18 pet beds, nearly 10 gallons of laundry detergent and an amount of $290, which will go to the shelter’s Fund for the Animals. TOP Foods raised an additional $462 through a donation table and drawing. These funds were used to buy more pet food for the shelter.

“On behalf of the Everett Animal Shelter and staff, I wholeheartedly want to thank Snohomish Top Foods for considering the Everett Animal Shelter for their 2011 food/pet supply drive and fundraising event on May 21,” said Shannon Delgado, assistant manager for the Everett Animal Shelter.

“We were able to bring 836 pounds of food back to our furry friends along with treats, pet beds and laundry detergent to help keep their beds fresh and clean every day,” Delgado said.

Luncheon raises $42,000 for children

The Little Red School House held its first annual fundraising luncheon — A Journey of Hope — at the Edward Hanson Conference Center on May 26.

Several community sponsors donated more than $42,000 to the organization that serves young children, from newborns to 3 years old, who are disabled, developmentally delayed or are at risk of falling behind their peers.

The event attracted 300 participants.

Sponsors included AMT, The Boeing Company, The Tulalip Tribes, Union Bank, Jim Russell CPA, BECU and Comcast Business Class. Fourteen individuals joined as founding members of the Little Red Circle, providing gifts of over $1,000, and 13 families became founding members of the Little Red School House Alumni Society.

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