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Rotary announces award and new leaders; Grand opening proceeds will go to charity; Healthy Start Program seeking volunteers

Rotary announces award; new leaders

The Rotary Club of Sammamish recently recognized Dana Young with a “Paul Harris Fellow” certificate at the annual Rotary picnic at Beaver Lake Park. The club also announced new officers and voting board members.

Young works in several aspects of Rotary, including masterminding the club’s largest fundraiser, the Nightmare at Beaver Lake. The Paul Harris Society — named after the founder of Rotary International — recognizes Rotarians and friends of the Rotary Foundation who contribute $1,000 or more to the Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus and PolioPlus Partners, or the Humanitarian Grants Program.

New officers and voting members include: president Lisa Kennedy, immediate past president Clint Scott, secretary CJ Kahler, treasurer Del Goehner, president elect Chuck Klein, sergeant at arms Norm Bottenberg, club service representative Kennon Kennedy, community service representative Connie Walsworth, vocational service representative Mark Buick, international service world representative Jeannie Jackson and membership representatives Jerry Vice and Dave Hayden.

Rotary of Sammamish meets from 7:15 to 8:30 a.m. Thursdays at Bellewood Apartments.

Grand opening proceeds will go to charity

Madison Properties will host a grand opening with a raffle drawing to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound.

The celebration will begin with a ribbon cutting at noon on Thursday, July 10, with a party afterward. The drawing will be at 5 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 427-0800 or at Madison Properties, 1640 N.W. Gilman Blvd.

Raffle prizes were donated by businesses throughout the region, including the Grange, Tiger Mountain Photo, Countryside Floral and Garden, SportClips, Costco, Mainstage Comedy and Music Club of Seattle and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound.

“It’s really great to see the support we generated on behalf of BBBS,” said Scott Mallard, owner and broker of Madison. “It’s an awesome program that really makes a difference.

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Healthy Start Program seeking volunteers

The Healthy Start Parent Mentor Program is looking for volunteers who speak English or are bilingual, speaking Spanish and English. Volunteers are needed to mentor young families that the program serves in the greater Eastside and South Snohomish communities.

“We believe a bilingual parent mentor could efficiently assist a young family through understanding their culture and helping them to assimilate information on child development and community resources,” said program coordinator Karen Wilson.

The program promotes positive parenting, helps young parents get adequate medical care, encourages family independence and refers young parents to other agencies and resources.

The program will offer a four-night training session for new parent mentors. The first two sessions will be from 6 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 6 and 8 at the Family Resource Center at 16315 N.E. 87th St. in Redmond; the time and location of the other two sessions will be announced later.

Registration for the program begins July 7.

After screening and training, parent mentors will be matched one-on-one with a parent younger than 22 who is pregnant or parenting and infant. Mentors spend three to six hours per month for at least one year supporting the needs of the family.

For more information or to register, visit or call 425-869-6490, ext. 319.