Linda Dussault named chambers citizen of the year

Kimberly Meno, center,  accepts the Citizen of the Year award for Linda Dussault from Penny Peeters, left,  and Julie Morse, right, at the Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce banquet Saturday, Jan. 27. -
Kimberly Meno, center, accepts the Citizen of the Year award for Linda Dussault from Penny Peeters, left, and Julie Morse, right, at the Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce banquet Saturday, Jan. 27.
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ARLINGTON The citizen of the year has gone to Palm Springs for the month and was not able to collect her award at Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce banquet Saturday night, Jan. 27.
Linda Dussault was selected as citizen of the year for establishing Kids Kloset, which provides good-quality clothing in a respectful shopping environment for low-income youth of Arlington, Lakewood and Darrington.
The award was accepted by Kimberly Meno, co-founder of Kids Kloset with Dussault, and treasurer for the board.
The award was presented by chamber member Penny Peeters, who is also a member of the Kids Kloset Board of Directors, along with Julie Morse, who is past president of the chamber and the banquet coordinator at the same time as managing the Smokey Point Safeway branch of Cascade Bank.
In two very short years, Dussault got this project up and running, Meno said in her acceptance speech for Dussault, who is president of the board.
This award is an honor for all the volunteers at Kids Kloset, Meno said. In her thank you speech, Meno mentioned most every service organization in Arlington, as they all contributed in different ways to get the project up and running.
She especially thanked the Arlington School District for hosting Kids Kloset on the ground floor of the old high school A building.
This award is so well earned, said Morse. In its first year, Kids Kloset served around 500 kids and this past fall, it surpassed those numbers in the first few months.
Dussault will remain in the desert for three more weeks.

Banquet raises $10,900 for chamber general fund
Julie Morse reports that the banquet and auction raised $10,900 for the Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce general fund through its silent and live auctions and a raffle.
Providing entertainment during the champagne reception from 5:30-7 p.m. some of the income came from sales of silent auction items donated by many regional businesses, from a carpet from Bruce and Beckys Floor Coverings in north Marysville, and several different massages and spa treatments from Smokey Point Massage, and a beautiful landscape oil painting by Carey Waterworth, of Country Insurance, to lunch with the mayor and many other fun and interesting items, the silent
auction also inspires lots of social interaction as folks hover around the tables.
With 100 seats sold for a sit-down chicken dinner, service started promptly at 7:15 p.m., and the live auction began at 7:30. Live items included a big barbecue from Lowes Home Improvement, a complete home security system from Olympic Security and Communications, 12 monthly bouquets from Flowers by George, a night at Roche Harbor, a ride to school for four kids on a fire truck, and a birthday party at the Arlington Boys and Girls Club.
Lakewood Superintendent Larry Francois won a night in the historical Mayflower Park hotel in Seattle through a fun head-or-tales event, which started with everyone who wanted to play putting in $10.
Ending out the night, the raffle for a night at the Hawthorn Inn with spa sessions was won by the executive director of the chamber, Sharon Shaw.
It was great fun, Morse said. I got no complaints at all, and usually I get a couple within a few hours of the event, she laughed.

Students reap $5,000
Two students one from Lakewood and one from Arlington will reap the benefits of the Fund a Project for its scholarship fund. The scholarship money will remain in a designated fund until it is presented to two graduating seniors this spring. To inspire folks to be generous, last years recipient, Tiffany Ebbert offered her own personal thanks for the contribution that gave her a chance to get started with college last fall.
I knew I wanted to go to school, but I didnt know how to make it happen, Ebbert told the crowd. The chambers $2,000 gave me the confidence that I could do it.
Lakewood High School students Bin Pham, Ahn Lee, Jim Cheesman and Jennifer Overman provided assistance to the auction and Arlington High School Jazzmine singers provided entertainment.

New board
The banquet also included the installation of the new board and officers for the 2007 year ahead:
President David Boulton
Vice president Jim Lonneker
Secretary Mary Ann Monty
Treasurer Adam Bellinger
Past President Julie Morse

New board members: Guy Kennedy, Deb Borgens, Annie Dempsey, Heather Logan, Hng Lee, Robin Miller
Returning board members: Becky Foster, Larry Francois, Barbara Tolbert, Steve Peiffle, Rick OBrien, Sarah Arney, Bill Binford

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