Marysville Soroptimists member Renae James, right, and husband and Marysville City Council member Mark James spread bark chips over the Strawberry Fields Dog Park on May 11.


Service clubs from around Marysville came together to improve Strawberry Fields Dog Park and encourage families to come out and volunteer on May 11.

Local service clubs like the Marysville Rotary, Kiwanis, Soroptimists and others have begun to meet once a month with the Marysville YMCA with the goal of helping to promote volunteerism.

"Our goal is specifically to get more families in the city of Marysville and Tulalip Tribes to really volunteer in their communities and strengthen their communities," said JJ Frank, executive director of the Marysville YMCA.

On May 11 members of those groups came out to Strawberry Fields Dog Park to spread bark chips to help maintain one of the dog trails that is at the park.

The bark chips were donated by St. Mary Catholic Church in Marysville.

This was the first service project that the group selected.

"We felt this would be a good collaborative project to start out with," said Frank.

The service clubs will continue to meet every month and Frank said that the goal is to have more projects in the future that community members can come out to.

"We're trying to engage, inspire and motivate other families to come out, so we'll be having at least quarterly volunteer projects that people can be involved with," said Frank.

Members of groups at the event said they were happy to participate in the service project and be a part of the program.

"Soroptimists is about their community so we want to do anything we can to help our community. We love the partnership with all the other service clubs and organizations, and so we're excited to be a part of that," said Renae James, a member of the Marysville Soroptimists.

Marysville Mayor and Rotary member Jon Nehring said it was good to see a lot of the service clubs working together on something.

"We want this to be about all the clubs coming together," he said.

"From Rotary's standpoint we don't want it to always be about Rotary projects, we want to support projects that other people are organizing as well," he said.

Frank hopes to encourage more volunteers to come out and improve their community.

"It's a blessing on both sides. It's a blessing to the giver and receiver. When you give back to your communities, that's when you have stronger communities," he said.

"I think you can only get stronger by building those connections," he said.

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