Applause - May 1, 2017

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff


girl scoutsJunior Girl Scout Troop #43816 out of Cottage Lake – 11 girls in 5th grade – has run a clothing drive to benefit Threads and Treads and Mary’s Place. This work will earn them a Take Action Journey badge.

Threads & Treads is operated by the Canyon Park Junior High School PTSA and provides Northshore families free, quality donated clothing for school-age youth, teens, young adults and parents. Clothing items include appropriate clothing for the school day and special events, sportswear, shoes and accessories. All Northshore families in need of clothing assistance are welcome to shop each month for up to three outfits.

Mary’s Place is a leading voice for homeless women, children, and families in emergency situations. They  empower families to reclaim their lives by offering community, acceptance, hope and dignity. Their work keeps struggling families together and provides practical tools and resources that help them find housing and employment. They inspire the community to support homeless women, children and families through advocacy, partnerships, volunteerism and philanthropy.

The girls donated 10 percent of the proceeds from their cookie sales to Mary’s Place, and did a tour of its Bothell facility to learn more about the issues of homelessness and what Mary’s Place does to help. In the above photo, girls provide a check to Wendy Clough, Community Engagement director of Mary’s Place, in the amount of $260.

The girls also ran a clothing drive for T&T and Mary’s Place. They reached out to neighbors, advertised at school, church groups, and online to collect more than 75 bags of clothes and housewares for the organizations.

Distinguished Teaching Award for Innovation with Technology 

Jody awardJody Early, UW Bothell School of Nursing & Health Sciences, wins Distinguished Teaching Award for Innovation with Technology. Jody Early, an associate professor in the University of Washington Bothell School of Nursing & Health Sciences, is the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Teaching Award for Innovation with Technology. 
Created in 2013 by the UW Office of the Provost, the award recognizes a faculty member from the Seattle, Tacoma or Bothell campuses who improves student learning by leveraging technology.  

Early uses popular technologies to help students connect with communities outside of the United States to examine population health.  

Last summer, Early co-led a study abroad trip to Sardinia, Italy, where UW students explored migration, health and human rights. Before arriving in Sardinia, students used digital storytelling to form connections with their collaborators across the globe. Technology helped to seed more authentic relationships and dialogue. 

Early’s methods are an outstanding model for other faculty, said Claire Fraczek, director of integrated learning. “Jody Early’s teaching represents the rare nexus of innovation, integration and culture change in service to student learning,” Fraczek said. 

Early will be honored at a June 8 ceremony at Meany Hall on the Seattle campus along with other Distinguished Teaching Award winners, celebrated for their knowledge, innovation, and ability to inspire students and collaborate with other scholars.


Student of the monthPhotography by Carol HookThe Woodinville Chamber was pleased to honor our April Student of the Month, sponsored by Pacific Bag, Inc. This month’s featured student was David Hewett, a senior at Woodinville High School also attending Cascadia College as a Running Start student.  He will graduate at the top of his class with college courses in Japanese, English, Calculus and Physics. David is a National Merit Scholarship finalist and is a member of the National Honor Society plus a valuable contributor in the community via clubs like Key Club, Earth Club and Link Crew. Pictured above: Rosemary Sutton, vice president of Student Learning and Success, Cascadia College; Doug Dixon, Student of the Month parent; David Hewett, April Student of the Month; Kelle Vandenberg, Inc, vice president of Marketing & Communications, Pacific Bag, Inc.; and Dave Witt, executive director, Woodinville Chamber. 

WHS grad receives ‘Student Leader of the Year’ award

payton - applausePayton Schenck received the inaugural Student Organization Leader of the Year award at the annual Student Life Awards earlier this month at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. The award recognizes an outstanding individual who has advanced the mission of their student organization(s) while challenging and encouraging the membership to advance new initiatives, acquire new skills and prepare for future leadership transitions. The award celebrates the time, effort and overall commitment the student has made to the University. 

Payton was acknowledged for her leadership roles as Northeastern University’s Panhellenic President, as a tireless member of Northeastern’s Homecoming committee and as the Finance Lead for the largest university run Relay For Life, an event that has raised over $272,000 in 2017 for the American Cancer Society.

In addition, under Payton’s leadership one such partnership blossomed into her community’s first Sexual Assault Awareness Week. The week focused on educating students about campus resource offerings for those who have experienced sexual assault as well as different initiatives taking place to empower survivors. The two-pronged approach allowed for the community to learn about where they could get help and where they could use their experiences to make an impact on our community.
Payton, a 2013 WHS grad, is in her fourth year at Northeastern. She is in the plus one program and is on track to earn her masters degree in criminal justice with minors in law and public policy and sociology next June.

PicNic Table opens in Warehouse District

PicNic TablePhoto courtesy of The PicNic Table. The Woodinville Chamber was pleased to help welcome a new business to Woodinville, The PicNic Table by Amato Catering. On April 25th, chef Danilo Amato held a ribbon- cutting for his new Woodinville business, located in the Warehouse District at 18672 142nd Ave NE, Woodinville, WA 98072, in an area known as Artisan Hill. Woodinville Mayor Bernie Talmas helped welcome Chef Danilo and The PicNic Table by cutting the ribbon, alongside Chamber Executive Director Dave Witt, as well as friends, Chamber and community members.

The PicNic Table is inspired by the concept of picnics and Mediterranean cafés. The PicNic Table offers a dine-in concept or allows guests to pick up a basket to-go.    


fitnessFIT4MOM Eastside is proud to announce that Erin Houg, FIT4MOM franchise owner, and Erica Spear, fitness instructor, have been named national award winners in fitness.

Announced at the recent FIT4MOM biannual conference held in San Diego, Erin Houg was named “Franchisee of the Year 2017” in honor of her leadership creating the largest franchise in the country and cultivating a supportive community of moms across the Eastside cities of Redmond, Kirkland, Woodinville, Bothell and Kenmore. Erica Spear was named “Instructor of the Year 2017” for her energetic and engaging fitness instruction for moms with their children in a stroller and in women’s only boot camps. This is the first time in FIT4MOM’s history that one franchise has received both awards.

“I truly love what I do, and I love helping moms to balance fitness and motherhood to reach their full potential. Motherhood changes your life, and making time for yourself and building a community are essential to keeping your family happy and healthy,” said Erin. 

“I love sharing my energy and passion for fitness with others,” said Erica Spear. “Watching the kids laugh and play along during class while their moms sweat makes me feel like I’m helping brighten someone’s day.” 

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