Off The Press — Influence the Choice videos amaze, inspire

April 21, 2015

There were 11 winners, but if you ask me, everyone who entered the 2015 Influence The Choice Student Video Contest were winners.

Kathleen Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen Merrill
Press managing editor

In this year’s contest, from Jan. 1 through Feb. 28, 260 students participated in producing 100 videos. Those entries represented 959 creating hours!

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Rotary’s Grape Escape returns bigger than ever

March 17, 2015

For the Rotary Club of Issaquah’s ninth annual Grape Escape, organizers didn’t see any need to fix what wasn’t broken.

“We’ve taken a proven formula and just reapplied it,” co-chairman Scott McKorkle said.

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Becky Gordon joins board of Life Enrichment Options

March 17, 2015

Becky Gordon, a longtime community volunteer, joined the Life Enrichment Options board in January, following two years of leading the Issaquah Outreach committee, an all-volunteer group that helps promote LEO in the greater Issaquah area.

Gordon has been active within the school system, serving as Issaquah Middle School PTSA president, the special needs chairwoman of the Issaquah Council PTSA and an art docent for the Issaquah School District Academy for Community Transition Program.

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Rotary Club honors students of the month

February 10, 2015

These seniors are Rotary Club of Issaquah Students of the Month.

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Rotary club honors students of the month

November 11, 2014

The following seniors were named Rotary Club of Issaquah Students of the Month for October 2014:

Christine Chappelle LHS, science

Christine Chappelle
LHS, science

Devon Cormier TMCHS, science

Devon Cormier
TMCHS, science

Nick Peters TMCHS, math

Nick Peters
TMCHS, math

Grant Rayfield LHS, math

Grant Rayfield
LHS, math

Jordan Raymond LHS, science

Jordan Raymond
LHS, science

Anne Robertson IHS, science

Anne Robertson
IHS, science

Andrew Violette IHS, math

Andrew Violette
IHS, math

Annual Challenge Race returns on July 12

July 8, 2014

The annual Issaquah Rotary Challenge Series Races, where participants with disabilities get to experience the thrill of soapbox derby action, begins 9 a.m. July 12.

In each race, two racers climb into the seat of a gravity-powered car as the vehicle maneuvers along Second Avenue with able-bodied volunteers, who sit behind the wheel, and participants with disabilities, who sit in the passenger seat.

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Issaquah’s 35th Annual Community Awards

May 27, 2014

Life Enrichment Options names Fred Nystrom as its executive director

March 25, 2014

NEW — 11:45 a.m. March 25, 2014

Fred Nystrom has been named executive director of Life Enrichment Options, a community-based nonprofit that advocates for and assists individuals with developmental disabilities.

Fred Nystrom

Fred Nystrom

Nystrom has an extensive background in media and fundraising with both nonprofit organizations and businesses.

He is very involved in the Issaquah community, serving previously as a board member for the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce and the Issaquah Schools Foundation.

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Rotary Club honors top seniors

March 4, 2014

The Rotary Club of Issaquah recently honored the following seniors as its February 2014 Students of the Month:

Katy Orr

  • Liberty High School
  • Recognition in music
  • Plays Irish drum, sings, arranges music and directs a Celtic ensemble, learning bass drum
  • Theater, screen writing, acting, active volunteer in church
  • Maintains a 3.6 grade point average, taking Advanced Placement psychology, Honors physics, and College calculus
  • Accepted at Northwest, Montana State and Eastern, pursuing degree in business and music or theater

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Host family sought for exchange student

October 15, 2013

Host families to host a high-schooler from Ecuador are being sought in the Issaquah area by The Rotary Club of Issaquah. The young man is a student ambassador for Rotary’s Youth Exchange program, an international program of the service club.

The student will be placed in several families throughout the course of the year to experience American culture from different family perspectives. Additional families are needed to help share this experience by opening their home for a few months to this student.

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