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Arlington Rotary serves up holiday cheer


January 3, 2018 | View PDF

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Courtesy Photo Jessica Martin, second from right and Breanne Martin, right, help prepare the Arlington Rotary's annual Senior Center Christmas lunch.

The Rotary Club of Arlington participated in their annual Senior Center Christmas lunch on Dec. 15. The Rotary Club of Arlington provided lunches and gifts for over 200 seniors at the Stillaguamish Senior Center. Members helped with dishing up plates and waiting tables. They ate lunch with members and helped to bring the Christmas cheer. Santa even made an appearance to distribute candy canes and gifts. 

The Rotary Club has a long history of supporting the Senior Center which was in its initial building phase in 1970 when the Rotary Club was chartered as the Marysville North County Rotary. The club was looking for a project that benefited seniors from both Arlington and Marysville since it had members from both towns. This was before the Rotary Club, that met at Island Crossing, helped charter the Marysville Rotary Club, and long before Marysville had its own senior center.

Although the Senior Center shares the name of the river with the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians, it is not affiliated with the Tribe which received its federal recognition a decade after the Stillaguamish Senior Center got its start. The Senior Center is an independent nonprofit corporation, and many members of the Rotary Club have served on its board of directors.

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Dale Duskin, of the Arlington Rotary Club, serves up some desserts during the club's annual Senior Center Christmas lunch.

Since United Way of Snohomish County has changed its funding model, none of the county's senior centers receive any United Way support. Besides help from Rotary, the Senior Center seeks grants from other organizations, including the tribes. It also operates a thrift store and has weekly bingo games to raise funds.

Since losing $30,000 in United Way funding, the Center has struggled to replace the funds. The Rotary Club of Arlington has supported the Center's fundraising events, including the Center's Life Time Achievement Award breakfast held each spring.

More can be learned about the Stillaguamish Senior Center on its website, and more about the Arlington Rotary Club on its website,


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