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Board

OFFICERS

Board President............................................Andrea Xaver

Vice President............................... Jim Farmer

Treasurer/Historian...........................Melba Hoffman Hall

Secretary ......................................................Gretchen Austin

BOARD MEMBERS:

Trudi Yarcho Davis

Norma Hoffman Everett

Dyrk Meyers

James Weppler

Ginger Hoffman Govern (Emeritus Board Member)

Madlyn Yarcho (Emeritus BoardMember)

 

Meet charter member--madlyn yarcho

Some folks call Madlyn Yarcho a newcomer to Big Lake.  After all she’s only been living here since May of 1951, when she and her husband Al bought a working chicken farm that was referred to as “the old Wirta place”, located on the hill at the northwest end of the lake. They arrived with two little girls, Trudi and Sheldonna; Bill was getting ready to make his first appearance in July, followed by Roland born in 1953.

As her children entered Big Lake School, Madlyn became very involved in the community, especially in Big Lake PTA activities and fundraisers. The family grew, as she and Albert chose to adopt four children from South Korea; Nancy, Darlys, Angela Joy and John.  Her passion for children led her to become active in the early formation of the adoption agency, WACAP (World Association of Children and Parents).

Madlyn became a very vocal advocate of neighborhood schools, when in 1973 the Sedro-Woolley school district closed the Big Lake school and began busing the children out of Big Lake valley. During this time, Madlyn, Onalee Woiwod, Marie Tingley, and Irene Lozier worked with Josephine Hoffman and others to put on a display about the school's importance in local history. The photos were hung from borrowed fishing nets suspended in the gym. This may have been the first Big Lake historical exhibit. The school was re-opened in 1975, the same year that Madlyn was elected to the Sedro-Woolley School Board, where she served for one term.

After her husband, Al , passed away in December 1978, Madlyn remained active with the school district and expanded her interest in local history. Alongside her friend, Melba Hall, she would spend days talking to “the old timers”, going through newspaper archives and gathering photographs from the early days of the valley. These collections, along with collections from other families, became the primary source for the bi-annual Big Lake Historical Exhibit.

The Big Lake Historical Society became an official non-profit organization in 2005. Madlyn has been on the board continuously since then, serving at various times as President and Vice President.  Her interest and enthusiasm for the Big Lake Valley continues to thrive.