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Sunday, February 27th

Michael Soltman Is Inducted Into The San Juan Islands Rotary Club



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Michael Soltman, Jack McKenna and Diane Giesy

By Mary Kalbert

Superintendent of the San Juan Island School District, Michael Soltman, is inducted into the San Juan Islands Rotary Club on Wednesday, February 23. His induction coincided with the 100th anniversary of Rotary International. Soltman is sponsored by Rotarians Diane Giesy and Jack McKenna.

His 22 years experience in public education in Washington State include training and experience in curriculum and instruction, special education, personnel, technology and educational leadership.

Soltman is a true believer that each student should be known. Recognition of an individual's identity and achievement is an important step in the challenges every student will encounter on their educational path.

High standards for performance by the faculty and staff are standard expectations, and he believes that this level of performance should be balanced with support for their professional development.

Additionally, Soltman leads the way in supporting the needs of every learner. Achievement by staff and students fosters a community spirit of collaboration that brings success to all children and their families.

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Thursday, February 24th

Pelindaba Lavender Receives San Juan Islands Rotary Club First Award for Business Excellence



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By Mary Kalbert

Friday Harbor, Wash..February 23, 2005..The San Juan Islands Rotary Cub today announced its selection of Pelindaba Lavender to receive its "Four Way Test Award", designed to recognize the finest businesses in the community that follow ethical ways of doing business. It is the first such award it has ever given.

The "Four Way Test" originated during the Depression with a Rotarian drafting a code of ethical business conduct that has since become a marker of true business excellence. To qualify for the Award, a business had to pass all four tests in everything it thought, said or did: "Is it the TRUTH? Is it FAIR to all concerned?" Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?"

Over the years, this marker of outstanding business practice has been adopted throughout the world. In the US, it became so ingrained in the American consciousness that a Four Way Test pin was one of the select few items NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin planted on the moon's surface. Today the code appears in public parks, courtrooms, on highway billboards, in schoolrooms, in labor contracts and on the walls of businesses.

Chris Spaulding, president of the club, said that "Pelindaba Lavender has amply delivered on its goals of preserving farmland as open space, providing a beautiful environment for the enjoyment of residents and visitors alike, and creating employment opportunities for fellow islanders. Its success in undertaking this vision throughout its farming, production, marketing and retail activities while exercising the highest environmental and aesthetic standards has met the Four Way Test in full."

Stephen Robins, co-owner of Pelindaba Lavender said, "We are honored to receive this award. It not only recognizes the importance of our vision statement as a guide to everything we do in all aspects of our venture, but also affirms the value and deep satisfaction of serving a community while realizing one's own goals."

Rotary International is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, and as part of the celebration San Juan Islands members decided to make their first Four Way Test award. The main objective of Rotary International is service to community. Rotary volunteers build goodwill and peace, provide humanitarian service, and encourage high ethical standards in all vocations. There are approximately 1.2 million members working in some 30,000 Rotary clubs in 162 countries. Through its foundation, it is the world's largest privately funded source of international scholarships.




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Friday, February 18th

CONDUIT MAN



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By Mary Kalbert

Eric Tubbs, a student at Skagit Valley Community College is a man with a mission. He looks around his apartment and points out the ten computers that he will repair and refit for students in the Adult Basic Education (ABE) program at the college.

A bootstrap success himself, Tubbs sees the opportunity to assist those in this program by recycling computers to give others a chance at economic success through education.

Tubbs smiles as he relates a story. One recipient received her GED and is now in a two year degree program with plans to continue her education to the four year level. Her donated computer has leveled the playing field. It has provided her with the tools to compete as an equal in the classroom as well as computer skills that will assist with employment opportunities.

Five years ago Tubbs was a drug and alcohol statistic. The ABE program, along with competent counseling and self motivation has turned his life around. His need to give back to the community led him to volunteer to be the "Conduit Man" for the computer recycling program initiated by San Juan Island Rotary Club.

A 2004 graduate of Skagit Valley College, Tubbs received a President's Award for Outstanding Scholar with a 3.99 GPA. He continues to work on his transfer degree in computer science with his eye on a possible tour in the Peace Corps after graduation.

Volunteerism is a way of life for Tubbs. The students in the ABE, the faculty of the college as well as the business men and women who have donated computers are happy to have the "Conduit Man" in their midst.

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Monday, February 14th

Valentine's Day was Volunteer Appreciation Day at Mullis Community Senior Center




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Wendy Stephens, Lead Senior Services Coordinator for San Juan County
shows off the 144 Chocolate Roses

Amid a garden of 144 chocolate roses, the seniors and volunteers sat down to a lunch meal of sweet and sour meatballs. As the cook, Amy Raven said: love is either sour or sweet. On this Valentines day, it was definitely sweet, as each volunteer was awarded a chocolate rose wrapped in red foil. The volunteers included, MCSC Advisory Committee members, Senior Services office helpers, Volunteer Drivers, Senior Lunch volunteers (from set-up to clean-up), Friends & Neighbors volunteers, Crafters, Special Events, Computers, Handyman, Landscaping/Plants Maintenance, Group Facilitator, MCSC Pancake Breakfast, Friends of MCSC, and others.

Wendy Stephens, speaking for the Mullis Community Senior Center, thanked all of the volunteers, saying that the Senior Center could not manage without volunteer support. She said, "Our volunteers truly are the heart-beat of our Senior Center. We are glad for this opportunity to give them our very heart-felt, thank you with a Valentine rose!"

Here is the list of the volunteers:
ALLEN,CARLYS* BACIU,GEORGIA* BAEHR,WARREN* BAISCH,RON* BAKER,KEN&DOROTHY* BALL,PAT* BENTLEY,DAVID* BLAKEWAY,CAROLYN*BOWMAN,MARION* BULLOCK,TOM* BUTERBAUGH,JIM* CALLEGARI,BOB* CAPRON,BARBARA*CAVENAUGH,NANCYJO&WILLIE* CLARY,BARB*COLLYER,JOAN* CONRAD,BETTY* CORE,BOYCE* CUOMO,EUGENE* CURRIE,EBIE* DAYTON,JOAN* DECHADENEDES,EDIE* DRATH,DAN*EDGBERT,CAROL* ESTABROOKS,DORIS* FAGAN,BARBARA&FRANK*FAIRFAX,WINIFRED* FERGUSON,BETSEY* FISHER,DON* FORSYTH,TERRY&KATHY*FREDERICKSEN,PHYLLIS* FROELICH,ALAN* FRY,BARBARA*GALT,DON* GEORGE,JEANNE* GIFFORD,ELAINE* GILMAN,BETTY* HANSEN,FRANCIS*HANSON,VIKKI* HARBERS,HOLLY* HARRELL,BYRON&JOYCE* HARRELL,WILOMA* HASTINGS,FRANK* HAWS,ARNELL* HEITING,URSULA*HERBERT,MAXINE* HERRON,DOROTHY* HINKE,CHARLOTTE* HOLLENBACH,DEE* HUARD,RUTH* HUDSON,DEE* HULL,COLE* KAILL,DENNIS*LANDERVILLE,COLETTE* LEHN,TRUDY* LEVINSON,BOB&LAUREN* LEWIN,JOYCE* LINDENBERG,NANCY* LOVELL,JOANNE* LUMA,CHRIS*LUSH,HELEN(BUBBLES)* MARSHALL,CAROLYN* MARX,JOHN* MAYO,JOANN* MCELFRESH,MARYFRANCIS* MEINERD,DORIS* MERLINO,DOT*MILLER,JEAN* MULLIS,CINDI&JERRY* MULLIS,GIOVANA&WALLY* MULLIS,INA* MUNSEY,WILMA&TOM* NORRIS,RICHARD&FIONA*O'NEIL,MOLLY* OSBORN,JAN* PATERSON,BILL* PEAKES,BONNIE* PHILLIP,PAT* PHILLIPS,BETH* PIPAL,ELDON* POPHAM,FRED*RAMIREZ,RUTHIE* RAPP,AUDIE&HAL* RATHBURN,JEFF*RATHBURN,JESS* REEDY,DEBBIE* RISBELL,LOLA* ROBINSON,DOROTHY*ROSEBURG,BOB* SAWYER,HELEN* SAYLOR,DICK* SCHAFER,IONE* SCHNEIDER,SID&ATHLENE* SCHONBERGER,HOWARD* SCHWINGE,NORM*SEAR,JUDY*SLIGER,BONNIE&KEN* SLOCOMBE,ANN* SLOCOMBE,TERRY* SMITH,MARY* ST.LOUISE,LOU* STACK,MITZI* STEGALL,JIM*STEPHENS,DYLAN&WENDY* SWAN,GRACE* TIEDERMAN,BILL* TOPPING,GENEVA* TRUMP,LORNA*URATA,MASUYE* VANDEWETERING,CHUCK*VANALLEN,DORIS* WAGNER,CAROLE* WATT,SALLY* WESCH,JUDY* WHITE,POLLY* WHITMILL,DALE* WIGHT,NANCY* WILKINSON,GENE*WILLIAMS,BERT* WILLIAMSON,MARIE* WILLOWS,SHERRIE* WILSON,PEG* YOUNG,CAROLEE

While this event was proceeding, a bulldozer was working on a huge pile of dirt to create another entrance to the Senior Center. Last week a new well was drilled to provide water for the master garden.

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