“The best prize life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing”
Bill Clark was born and raised in beautiful Chelan, WA. While attending CHS, Bill was a model student-athlete. Along with being the Honor Society President and carrying a 3.47 GPA, he was active in three sports. He also worked on his family farm.
In football, Bill was a three-year letterman, co-captain, and “second team all-league” selection his senior year. Bill was also a two year letterman in basketball and track, where he received the “most inspirational” award his senior year.
Upon graduating from CHS in 1976, Bill enrolled at Washington State University. As a WSU cougar, Bill took many classes in the areas of engineering, math, and surveying. He graduated from Washington State University with a B.S. in Architectural Studies in 1981. That same year, he married Angell Sterner on June 27.
Immediately after graduating from WSU, Bill began working in the field of ranch management & operation. He was the director and secretary of the family owned corporation, Triangle C Farms until 1986. For the next three years, Bill was vocationally involved in construction. During this period, Bill also did design and drafting work for several local people, as well as Hibbard & Rowe, an architect firm in Manson. Bill used these skills to design and build his own home, which he completed in 1996.
In 1987, Bill got into the orchard business. He first leased a small apple orchard just outside of town. Since 1989, he has farmed 6 acres of organic cherries, 17 acres of organic apples, and 21 acres of conventional apples.
Bill has been very active and influential in the Lake Chelan School District. He served on the District Facility Committee from 1987-89, the School Board from 1987-2000 (chairman in 1990 and 1991), and the District Levy Committee in 2000 and 2002. Currently, Bill is still happily married to Angell, and has two children that attend Chelan schools; Shyla Rose (17), and Natalie Mae (13). In his free time, Bill enjoys woodworking, automotive mechanical and body work, freehand drawing, hunting, fishing, and gardening.
“It is always fulfilling to be able to successfully address some of the local community needs in Olympia.”
-Linda Evans Parlette
Linda (O’Neal) Evan’s Parlette, a third generation Chelan Goat, grew up on her family’s local apple orchard. While attending CHS, Linda established habits of ambitious involvement, leadership, and hard work. There were very few facets of high school that Linda did not experience. She was a member of the Pep Club, Spanish Club, and National Honor Society. Linda was the GAA President, Senior Class President, Class Secretary, and Class Treasurer. She was also a Cheerleader and Tennis captain. Despite all her extra-curricular commitments, Linda graduated as valedictorian of the Class of 1963.
After graduating, Linda enrolled at Washington State University. She continued her record of excellence and involvement. Her activities included Top Ten Freshman, present of Spurs, president of Kappa Alpha Theta, member of Mortar Board, and many campus activities and sports. She graduated with honors from WSU in 1968 with a B.S. Pharmacy degree.
Linda Evans Parlette has worked for over 30 years as a pharmacist throughout Chelan County. She and her husband, Bob Parlette, also own and operate a cherry orchard in the Wenatchee area. She has been an asset to North Central Washington throughout her life. Some of her past community service includes: First President of Lake Chelan Hospital Guild X, Chelan School Board Chair, Washington Rotary Club, Lunch Buddy Program Founder, and member of many organizations.
Linda’s political career started on the Lake Chelan School Board. In 1992, she was asked to chair Senator George Sellar’s campaign for reelection to the Washington State Senate. When a seat in the House of Representatives opened, she was encouraged to run.
In her first term in the House of Representatives (1997-98), Parlette served as vice-chair for the Agriculture and Ecology Committee and was a member of the Appropriations Committee. In 2000, Linda was elected as a Washington State Senator for the 12th Legislative District.
As a Senator, she serves on many standing and special committees and is a Deputy Floor Leader. Linda has received many awards for her politics and leadership, such as the Wenatchee Business Journal’s “Most Trusted Elected Official in the Valley,” Washington State Hospital Association’s “Rural Legislator of the Year,” and many more.
“Keeping the ‘big picture’ in sight while traveling through our daily lives will help give us direction.” -Ray Fuller
Ray Fuller is a successful product of Chelan schools. He succeeded in many ways, achieving recognition both in the classroom and on the athletic field. Ray set an example in the classroom and was a regular on the school honor roll and a member of the National Honor Society. When he wasn’t studying or doing homework, Ray was a member of the track team and a standout wrestler. On the mats, he was an extremely hard worker who was respected by his coaches, league, and teammates. He was a team captain and district champion in 1976. He was also the recipient of four letter awards, the take-down award, the most-pins award, and the inspirational award.
Upon graduating in 1976, Ray enrolled at Washington State University. While there, he studied General Agriculture and received a B.S. in 1980.
As well as being an orchardist in the Chelan Valley, Ray has been very active in the school and community. He was a member of the Lake Chelan Jaycees from 1982-87, serving as club president for one year. Ray was on the Chelan School District Facility Advisory Committee from 1984-85, and the Lake Chelan School Board from 1986-2001. While serving on the school board, he was the board chair for eight years. Ray was on the Washington State School Directors Association Resolutions Committee, and Members Assisting Peers Program through the years 1991-97.
Ray’s agricultural expertise has been beneficial to the area. He has been on the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission Apple Horticulture Committee from 1994-present. He also serves on the WSU College of Agriculture and Home Economics Advisory Committee and the WSU Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center Advisory Committee. Ray is happily married with three kids.
“You may be on the right track,
but you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” -Tom Pickett
While attending Chelan High School, Tom was very active. He was a member of the tennis and intramural basketball teams. He was a talented musician, participating in the Pep Band, Concert Band, and Trumpet Trio. Tom was also involved in the Annual and Drama Clubs.
Upon Graduating from high school in 1959, Tom enrolled at Central Washington University. He graduated in 1964 with a B.A. in education, a major in business and a minor in economics. He worked as a business education teacher in the Highline School District and Highline Community College for the next three years, until 1967. Tom then enrolled in graduate school at CWU while continuing to work. He was a business education teacher and assistant tennis coach at Eastmont High School and instructor at the Wenatchee Valley College Night School Program from 1967-68. From 1968-73, Tom was the Vocational Director and Athletic Director for the Eastmont School District. Meanwhile, he received his Masters Degree in education in 1970.
Even after acquiring his Masters, Tom sought more education. He studied for his K-12 principal credentials from 1971-74 at CWU. From 1981-85, he pursued graduate work, a superintendent internship, and superintendent credentials at the University of Washington. In 1989, Tom completed his Continuing Superintendent Certificate.
During all this education, Tom continued to work in North Central Washington schools. After his years at the Eastmont School District, he held many administrative jobs. He was a principal in the Leavenworth and Cashmere districts. After receiving his superintendent credentials, Tom was Superintendent of the Quincy School District for 11 years and the Chelan School District for 3 years. Since 1996, Tom has been a Risk Manager for Canfield and Associates.
Tom has been active in many community and education organizations. He was a WIAA representative, as well as the regional District 6 President. Later, he was a WIAA Executive Board Member, Vice President, and President. Tom was the NCW “AA” league president, and was on the executive board of the Washington Secondary Schools Athletic Administrators Association. Tom has been an influential part of the Rotary Club, Lions Club, and Chamber of Commerce in various communities.
“I am humble that my life has followed the course that it has. I am thankful that I have been blessed with a good family, wife, good health, and respect in my community of Chelan.”
Bill Veroske was born in Chelan, WA. While living twelve miles up the Entiat Valley, he attended a one room school with one teacher. He started working at a sawmill at age fourteen before moving with siblings into a rented house in Chelan to attend Chelan schools.
While attending CHS, he was a standout student-athlete. Bill was Class President and ASB President. He was a member of the football, baseball, and track team. He was the holder of the district shot put record for 52 years. This record was later broken by another CHS student, Michael Young, in 1994.
Upon graduating, Bill enrolled at the University of Washington. In 1943, after one semester, he joined the U.S. Air Force. Bill married his high school sweetheart, Wilma Cox, in 1944. On December 21, 1945, he concluded his military service. Beginning in 1948, he spent two years in Veteran’s Hospital and one year at home recovering from injuries incurred during military service.
Bill has been an integral part of the Chelan community throughout his life. In 1950, he purchased his first 10 acre orchard. Bill continued in the orchard business for nearly 40 years.
Throughout his life, Bill has been an excellent local humanitarian. He served as Cub Master and founder of Cub Scout Pack 59. He was a Chelan City Council member and Chelan Mayor from 1958-61. Bill served as president of the Echo Valley Ski Area, as well as the Lake Chelan Men’s Golf Association.
Aside from his leadership positions, Bill has served as a member of many community organizations. Some of these include: Lake Chelan Community Hospital Foundation, Chelan-Douglas County Farmer’s Home Administration Loan Committee, Wenoka Credit Corporation Loan Committee, Trout Inc. Board of Directors, Mission Ridge Volunteer Ski Patrol, Lake Chelan Recreation Association, and the Maintenance and Operations School Levy Committee.
“The trick, as any entertainer can tell you, is to know the timing” - Thomas Draggoo
Early LifeThomas Draggoo was a very important part of Chelan High School. He was an active member of Honor Society, a member of All-state choir, and an excellent all around student.
He was a driven student with many accomplishments. Tom was chosen by his peers to be his graduation class speaker. He also won the Bausch and Lomb science award. All his hard work and dedication earned him an appointment to Air Force Academy.
Following graduation from CHS in 1965, Thomas traveled on to WSU to pursue an education in mathematics. He immediately became an involved college student. He joined a men’s leadership honorary society known as the Crimson Circle Chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa. He graduated with a BA in mathematics in 1969.
His interests then turned to the sky. He became a distinguished graduate and received a Boeing Award for outstanding AFROTC graduate. He was the commander of AFROTC fraternity Arnold Air Society. In 1970, he graduated 5th in his class of USAF pilot training. He then went on to complete USAF pilot instructor training in 1974.
AdulthoodThomas Draggoo continued to play a big role in society throughout his adulthood. In 1974-1979, Thomas and his two brothers Roy and Jim formed a band and performed as The Eli Victor Show.
Thomas received many honors throughout his adulthood. He was recognized as Outstanding Young Man of America in 1981. In 1997, he was named Springfield Oregon’s Business Person of the Year. Community service has continued to be a big part of his life.
Tom is active in many activities and organizations. From 1998 through 1999, Thomas was the president of Springfield Oregon Chamber of Commerce and honored as Greeter of the Year. He is actively involved in the Rotary Club and has had perfect attendance since 1979.
In Borger, Texas he was Rotary President and Benefactor. Thomas served as the board president of Hospital Facilities Authority of Springfield and was a board chairman of Springfield’s Renaissance Development Corporation. He was also part of a couple financing committees including The McKenzie-Willamette Hospital Foundation, Giving Campaign of United Way, Oregon Children’s Choir Association, and Thurston Healing Fund Board.
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