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Arlington Rotary installs officers


Christopher Andersson

New president for the Rotary Club of Arlington Jola Barnett speaks at the club's installation banquet on June 22.

The Arlington Rotary Club installed their new president and officers for next year during their Installation Banquet on June 22.

The local service club participates in volunteer projects across the community, provides scholarships to students, donates funds to local organizations like the Arlington Boys & Girls Club, and runs the annual Duck Dash on the Fourth of July, among other projects.

Erik Granroth, last year's president, saw the end of his term at the dinner.

"It's been a wonderful year and this is a terrific vibrant club," he said.

Granroth said that the Rotary Club is a team effort led by many of the local people involved in it.

"There's so many of us who are active in our committees and the business side of our club that it takes to do all the things that we do," he said.

In some ways the club runs itself, he said.

"I remember my dad letting me drive his truck, and what that entailed is holding the steering wheel for half a second while on his lap," said Granroth, adding he wasn't really in control of the truck.

"It was a wonderful feeling and that's what this year has been like," he said.

The 2017-18 president will be Jola Barnett.

"I am so excited. In February I didn't know what to expect, I kind of got here by happenstance," she said. "It's been so much fun and such an honor to serve with all of you."

Barnett said she looks forward to the upcoming year for the Rotary Club.

"I'm a little intimidated and a little nervous as well," she said. "I have so many great ideas and I hope you'll join me with at least a couple of them."

Granroth said he is excited about the upcoming year for the Arlington club as well.

"I know this club is in good hands and I'm excited," he said.

City of Arlington city administrator Paul Ellis will be the president-elect this year. Granroth said that Ellis did a great job organizing the Duck Dash.

"The process has been improving every single year," said Granroth.

Officers were also recognized and appointed for the next year.

Devin Brossard is back as head of the service committee, which organizes a service project each month, such as improving the Fire Mountain Boy Scouts camp.

"I know it's a big undertaking, but its a valuable way for us to give back," said Granroth.

Lyanne Rolf returns to the youth services committee.

"I can't believe what an incredible year, watching the Interact Club [Rotary's club for youth] grow," said Granroth.

The club is considering a second Interact Club for the Lakewood School District as well.

Kathy McCone is head of the foundation committee again.

McCone is invaluable in communicating "the knowledge of the foundation and how it works," said Granroth.

Other internal club positions were also named at the banquet, including Mike Britt for the membership committee, Carla Gastineau for the administration committee and secretary Robin Reinig.

More information about the Rotary Club of Arlington is available at their website at


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