Hello Washington Jaycees,
As I write this, our State has suffered one of the largest natural disasters in its history. I'm referring to the Oso mudslide that occurred last Saturday morning. My heart goes out to all the families and people involved, along with the first responders and volunteers working tirelessly to locate and recover the survivors and victims. This event hit close to home last weekend, as I have family living in Oso. I am happy to say they are safe and accounted for, however they and their horses were evacuated. They are currently living with another family member until the flash flood warnings drop. Their house was not effected in the slide, however if a flash flood occurs, their house and horse field will be flooded.
There is a ton of relief efforts taking place and I am working on narrowing down options that we as Jaycees can help. There will be immediate needs and long term needs after this mudslide. Look for more information in the coming week for how you and your chapters can help.
Right now, the Snohomish County Red Cross is working to help the people impacted by the mudslide. Red Cross workers are providing food and shelter to residents of Oso and surrounding communities, their families and first responders.
If you would like to make a monetary donation to help the Snohomish County Red Cross:
Visit redcross.com (select 'Snohomish County' from the drop down menu)
Call 1-800-redcross (direct your donation to 'Snohomish County')
Mail check to: Red Cross Snohomish County, 2530 Lombard Avenue, Everett, WA 98021
At this time, the Snohomish Country Red Cross does not have the capacity to handle donated goods, such as clothing, furniture, etc.
Another way you can help is through the Oso, Arlington & Darrington Equine Relief Effort. The Northwest Equine Stewardship Center (NWESC) and Cedarbrook Veterinary Care are joining together to get much needed supplies to those that are caring for horses who have lost their homes and owners in the mudslide. As rescue efforts continue, horses are being found and taken to those who have offered to house and care for them until their owners can claim them. It takes a lot of time, effort and money to care for horses that are not your own.
The NWESC will have a horse trailer at 9812 215th Ave SE Snohomish, WA where they will be accepting donations daily from 10am to 4pm now through April 4th. This trailer will be hauled out to locations in need around the mudslide area on Saturday April 5th. What is most needed at this time is hay and grain items. If you would like to make a monetary donation, go to NWESC.org (note "Equine Relief Effort" through their paypal link). Monetary donations will be used to purchase medical supplies and other needed items as the rescue and recovery efforts continue.
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Along with the devastating mudslide, Seattle saw a horrific helicopter crash by the Space Needle. Two long standing KOMO news employees, Bill Strothman and Gary Pfitzner lost their lives. Please keep their families and the KOMO News family in your thoughts as the NTSB investigates the crash. Please also keep Richard Newman in your thoughts as he recovers from the second and third-degree burns on his body after being trapped in his car after the helicopter crashed.
On a lighter note, I am happy to say I am impressed with the turnout the Washington Jaycees showed at the Great American Institute Meeting in Las Vegas this month! 17 participated!!! Those include of age Jaycees, Senators and advisors! Those who participated interacted with other members from the Great American Institute (Washington, Oregon, Montana, Wyoming, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii). They also participated in JCI training from our National President Fay Poissant (JCI Achieve) and Civic Leadership Certification Program Manager Heather Vardell (JCI Impact). They also participated in a fun hula training put on by National Vice President Eve Epitome. The National Vice President assigned to Washington, Carla Kramer, as spoke during our State Executive Meeting and we also heard from National Membership Director Jen J. Ray. Thank you again to all who participated and made Las Vegas memorable. Those people are as follows:
Danny Clyde , Megan Farmer, Tara Winkler, Jacob Winkler, Karen Letourneau, Madalyn Lutsch, Jill Camp, Tracy Kessler, Siomara Ruiz, Lance Ahlgren, Carolyn Ahlgren, Ketra Stumpf, Jay Stumpf, Brad Bowers, Will Lafferty, and Alyssa Tolison.
I would also like to thank the Washington Jaycees for continuing to grow our organization!! January we were +2 for the month and February we were plus +8!!! As I type this, the state is -1 for the month of January but I know we can pull it out and continue our growth!!
In the coming week, information on upcoming projects, trainings and Parade will be coming out!! Stay tuned and let's build stronger communities in 2014!!
Kendra B. Demuth