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In Memoriam
   Don Bakken - Age 98     La Conner
 
Joined as a Charter Member of the Rotary Club of Lynnwood in 1955; was a member there for 46 years having served as President and Chair of the Club's major fundraiser-the Washington State International Air Fair at Paine Field; 64 years total as a Rotarian! Seven Paul Harris. Don was Superintendent of Operations and then Airport Manager at Paine Field from 1972-1992. For the next three years he was Manager of Arlington Airport. He also owned Bakken & Koepp Ornamental Iron during his college years. He is a WWII Veteran. He was also active in many, many organizations in south Snohomish County.
 
Family: predeceased by wife of 55 years, Betty; children: son Rick, daughter Kris and son-in-law Doug VanderSanden, granddaughter Jen VanderSanden. He valued family and friends above all. He was proud to be a Rotarian. He was instrumental in the success of the Air Fair and even authored a book about the Fair-Lomcevak! He is also proud of his iron works featured at Seattle's Sick Stadium, Rocky Reach Dam Fish Ladders, Seattle World's Fair and at Red Square at Western Washington University.
 
 
   David Bowlin- Age 65     Fidalgo Island
 
Family: wife Diane, children Stuart, Jessica and Mackenzie
 
 
 Roy "Bud" Compton - Age 94  Arlington
 
He is a Charter Member of one of the Rotary Clubs on Whidbey Island, joining in 1975, while the Island County Assessor. He joined the Rotary Club of Arlington in 2011 and was a member until his death.  Bud is a WWII Veteran and a POW, he saw action in Korea and Vietnam, received the Purple Heart & Distinguished Flying Cross honors. He retired from the Air Force as a  Lt. Col. at age 40.
 
 
   Glenn Flett - Age 69     Mission Midday
 
Rotarian for eight months; founder and co-facilitator of L.I.N.C. Family: wife Sherry Edmonds-Fleet, sons Jonathan, Clayton and Justin and daughter Victoria and son-in-law Zachery.
 
 
   Walt Johnson - Age 94     Surrey
 
Walt was a charter member of our Club when it was established on February 6, 1971 and retained perfect attendance until his last days. He was a distinguished volunteer by presiding as our Club President from 1978 to 1979 and served as a vital member of the executive team for over 25 years. In recognition of his tremendous service and dedication to our community he was the recipient of multiple Paul Harris Fellow awards – one of the most prestigious honours that can be bestowed to a member.
 
Rotarians will always remember him for the passion and dedication he brought to the many community service projects he participated in. Rotarians could always count on his gentle nature, good will, and eagerness to engage in projects or propose innovative ideas. He could always be counted on and always participated when asked – even when the ask was difficult! Through “Service above Self” he exemplified what it is to be a Rotarian. At every opportunity Walt used his decades of experience as an entrepreneur and professional Electrician to make valuable in-kind contributions to community service projects.
 
 Jack Klinkhamer - Age 77   White Rock
 
His was an accountant until 1985 when he switched careers and became a Real Estate agent. Jack had many interests in his life but he was extremely passionate about Rotary, Fraser Valley Executive Club, golf, skiing, hiking, travel and bridge. He also loved to walk the promenade and pier in White Rock. He played bridge right up until his final few weeks of life.
 
Jack joined Rotary in 1985. He was the past president of one of the Surrey, BC Clubs. He remained a member of the Rotary Club of White Rock until the day he passed away. During his last few weeks, he was still trying to bring new members into the Club.
 
 
   Al Koejte     Oak Harbor
 
 
   Karl Krieg     Oak Harbor
 
 
   Gail Larson - Age 77     Everett
 
Joined Rotary July 2005. Husband: Jack Larson, Children: Hans & Eric; Daughter-in-law, Rose. Grandson, Axel and Granddaughter, Maeve. Professional Life: Retired CEO of Providence General Hospital. Designations: five Paul Harris; Attendance Recognition: 100% for many continuous years; Board Member: 2009-2011
 
Gail and Jack Larson volunteered at the Everett Gospel Mission on Christmas Day for the last ten years; She was always willing to host ten Rotarians at her home for “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.”  Gail served on the Next Generation Committee for the last five years and served as the scheduler for the career speakers at Cascade, Everett, and Sequoia High Schools. If there was a Fellowship event, Gail and Jack were there!
 
 
 
   Bill Lee     Langley
 
William Knowles (Bill) Lee was a member of our Club for 21 years, and an honourary member for 2.5 more years. He held executive positions as Director, Sergeant-at-Arms and President. He always brought humour and a quick wit to our meetings. His profession was auctioneer, and he could sell most anything to anybody, even if you weren't in the market for the item. We will miss this kind, gentle, loving man.
 
 
   Joe Loucks - Age 82     Mission Midday
 
Rotarian for three years, worked on the Membership Committee. Joe worked with vulnerable people in Vancouver's downtown. Family: wife Nancy, sons Torrey (Sue), Collin (Laura), Craig, daughters Pauline (David) and Mylene (Dennis).
   Rod MacLeod - Age 90     White Rock
 
Joined Rotary in 1981. As a retired forester, Rod continued to promote 'Forestry' within Rotary and every year would search the local High Schools to find students interested in forestry and recruit them into the Annual Forestry Exchange Program that gave them a one week opportunity to travel to Prince George where the local Rotary Club would provide visits to saw mills, tree-planting projects, and many other forest related educational projects.
 
Ritva and Rod were dedicated supporters of Rotary's Annual Book Sale and for many years Ritva spent countless hours sorting and pricing books at the Rotary Field House.
 
Rod was also involved in at least two other Rotary projects, The Ambassadorial Scholarship Program and The Annual Group Study Exchange Program and in fact arranged for the Incoming Team from Holland in 1994; this included home hosting and visits to both local businesses and Rotary Clubs. He was Group Study Exchange Team Leader in 1995 of a Team of four local business leaders to South Africa.
 
Rod was a dedicated Rotarian with over 30 years of 'Perfect Attendance.' No small achievement and was always ready to volunteer at the Annual White Rock Memorial Day or just stand outside the Rotary Field House when a meeting was cancelled and provide 'Makeup Cards' to a visiting Rotarian. Rod and Ritva belonged to the White Rock Scottish Dance Club for many years. They also played bridge.
 
Rod certainly lived by the Rotary Four Way Test and will be sadly missed by his family, friends, fellow Rotarians and many others who's lives he touched.
 
   Milford "Mac" McCulley - Age 81    North Delta
 
Mac is survived by his wife, Norma, and son, Brady, Daughter In Law, Tracey, and 2 Grandchildren, Chelsea and Sean.
 
A Paul Harris Fellow, Mac, was an active member of the North Delta Rotary Club for 34 years. He enthusiastically participated in almost every community event, fundraiser and Club social on the Rotary calendar. Leadership skills developed during his time in the Navy and as owner of Dynacore Coatings served him well during his tenure as President of the Club in 1991. 
 
A year earlier, both Mac and David Cole let their names stand for President. In what is believed to be the only time in the history of NDRC that the threat of an election loomed. David praised Mac, saying “He would make a great President, next year.” Mac agreed and his penance was delayed by a year.
 
Rotary’s commitment to the eradication of Polio was personal for Mac. He contracted Polio as a child and survived. Nor did he let the diagnoses of epilepsy at the age of 26 slow him down. He loved curling, ocean fishing near Parksville on Vancouver Island and played Golf as often as he could; at one point boasting a 15 handicap. For over 30 years Mac and Norma spent one winter month in Waikiki.
His pleasant demeanor and quiet mentorship of everyone who shared his table at a Rotary lunch meeting will be sorely missed.
 
   Stan Nickel - Age 68    Chilliwack
 
Joined 2007, Classification: Surveying/Land; perfect attendance since joining; served as Chair of BookSale fundraiser, Chair of Public Relations, Chair of Club Roster.
 
 
   Wilson Seig - Age 76     Mission Midday
 
Charter Member of Mission Midday and Rotarian for 32 years. Was a Political Campaign Manager for many municipal, provincial and national campaigns. Family: wife Brenda.
 
 
   Terri Spencer - Age 72     Lake Stevens
 
She packed so much in those years. She was born in Port Angeles but raised in Everett. She was in the very first graduating class of Cascade High School in 1965. She graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Business Administration. She also met an engineering student by the name of John Spencer. They married in 1968 and lived in Olympia for a number of years. There began her lifelong passion to better the lives of children. She formed the Glenna Overton Children's Orthopedic Guild and worked with the school district to ease the burden of double shifting children. The Spencer's moved to Lake Stevens in the mid 80's. Terri continued her passion for the community, schools and childhood education.
 
Terri is a Charter Member of the Rotary Club of Lake Stevens and served as it's first woman president in 1996-1997. She led the formation of the Clean Lake Association to protect the Lake. She was elected to the School Board in 1991 and served through 2002. She was one of the founders of the Lake Stevens Education Foundation and remained its President until 2015. She was an active member of the Snohomish Arts Council and was vital to the development of the Schack Art Center in Everett, WA.
 
Along with many others in our community, she helped form the Lake Stevens Family Center, built the Avanti House-a home for unwed teenage mothers and brought the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program to Lake Stevens. She was a fund developer for Deaconess Children's Center.
 
She loved a wide variety of activities across a spectrum of subjects. Outdoor recreation, arts and crafts, travel around the world, but, most of all she was proud of her family. Husband John, who recently completed a term as Mayor of Lake Stevens (after four years on the City Council), children Lorraine, Peter and Jeff, their spouses, seven grandchildren, brothers John and Jim, their wives and, sister Pam Hallanger.
 
Several spoke about Terri at her Memorial Service including our own Jim Steinruck. He said the "reason the Rotary Club of Lake Stevens is the Club it is is because of Terri Spencer." Sister-in-Law Kristin Haugen said "The best and brightest light of Terri will shine forever in us." Her daughter Lorraine said it best when referring to the poem The Weaver "The weaving from above must be brilliant."
 
 
 Paul Turvill  North Whidbey Island Sunrise
 
 
 Wigger "Rook" Van Holm  Mount Baker
 
 
   Ian Waters- Age 83     Mission Midday
 
Ten year Rotarian, served as Club President. Family includes wife Marie, son Mark, daughter-in-law Cindy and daughter Karen, son-in-law Tim.

A message from District Governor Brad Whitaker
THANK YOU
 
are the two words I have used most this past year as District Governor. And for good reason.
 
Because of you. 
 
I can hardly express my deep gratitude for having the wonderful honour and privilege of serving you as District Governor this past year. I am even more humbled by your commitment, dedication and spirit as you provided Service Above Self to those in need. You have given your time and resources to help others.
 
In visiting every Rotary Club and almost every Rotaract Club, I have had the great pleasure of meeting over 2,000 Rotarians and Rotaractors. You have welcomed me into your Club with warm hospitality and fellowship – thank you.
 
I learned about the amazing Club fundraisers and projects each Club was involved in: raising funds through auctions, gala dinners, duck races, and much more. Your community and international projects helped people in need at home and abroad.
 
You have donated to The Rotary Foundation, our Foundation, to address poverty, health, education, and to eradicate polio. 
 
This year I strived to help Rotarians get the most out of Rotary, to have an impact on peoples’ lives, and to have a great Rotary year.  Well, it did not turn out that way for the whole year as we now live in an unprecedented time.  COVID-19 has impacted our physical and mental health causing great family hardships and the death of loved ones.  It has also had a devastating economic impact that has left families and businesses struggling to survive. Added to this is the global demand for action against racism in all its forms.    
 
But Rotary was there because you responded by providing much needed medical supplies to front line workers and food for families who have lost their jobs. You continue to be there as you and your Club insist on helping those in need. 
 
So let’s not waste this crisis but use it as an opportunity to learn, adapt and change to evolve into a stronger Rotary as Rotary is needed more today than ever. 
 
And let’s remember that the basis of Rotary is friendship. As Paul Harris said: “The foundation upon which Rotary is built is friendship; on no less firm foundation could it have stood.”  We need to continue to be connected by reaching out to our fellow members in whatever way works best as we open new opportunities in the new Rotary year.  
 
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I have many people to thank.
 
Thank you to each Club President for the wonderful job you did in leading your Club this year, and pivoting so quickly in this COVID time. You have guided your Club and your members brilliantly and succeeded in your goals and accomplishments.  Clubs are the engines of Rotary where the work of Rotary gets done.
 
Thank you to the Assistant Governors for helping your area Clubs succeed throughout the year and most recently, for leading the COVID projects so well and so quickly. I would also like to thank you for helping me and the District. 
 
Thank you to the District Board of Directors who met many time this year and worked hard to help clubs and the District. Thank you to the Chairs and members of District Committees for your great work in helping support Clubs.
 
Thank you to the District Governor team who met frequently in the last six months and took on District tasks. The team approach is essential for the creation of ideas and continuity of programs. And thank you to Pat Bond who, as the Governor’s Aide, helped me in many different ways.
 
Thank you to Kevin Wood, District Conference Chair and members of the District Conference Committee who worked for two years planning a great District Conference, only to have it cancelled.  It was the best District Conference that never happened. 
 
And thanks to my wife, Kim, whom many of you did not meet because of her job at Head of the Library at the University of the Fraser Valley. What you did not see was her complete support of me and my Rotary work as she would review many of my Rotary documents, provide advice and look after our home during my time away.
 
You have heard me say that a person gets more out of Rotary than they ever put in and that Rotary enriches lives. You have given me a gift as you have enriched my life beyond measure and I have had the experience of a lifetime, all because of you.  So, again, thank you.