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Meet Jack Marden

He's Scotts Valley Rotary's youngest member, with beach cleanups, UCSC graduation and pursuing an environmental career on his agenda.

Jack Marden is a UC Santa Cruz senior who has a passion for hockey and the environment. He is also involved in the community as the youngest member of the Scotts Valley Rotary Club with a dedication to club environmental projects.

Scotts Valley Patch recently caught up with him to ask him a few questions.

Scotts Valley Patch: What is your occupation?

Jack Marden: I work for fellow Rotarians Bob and Rob Slawinski at Slawinski Auction Company, where I’ve been employed for four years.

Patch: Where were you born?

Marden: I was born in Hayward, California, but never lived there.

Patch: Where were you educated?

Marden: K-12 was spent between Fremont and Pleasanton in the East Bay. I spent my first year [in college] at Santa Barbara City College, the next four at Cabrillo, and the last two have been at UCSC where I’ll graduate this year.

Patch: What brought you to the area?

Marden: My family has been in the Monterey Bay area since I was 6. I have a great aunt who we trace back to the '30s, whose house was near the Dream Inn. I didn’t live here full time until after high school.

Patch: What is something you are known for?

Marden: I’m obsessed with hockey and the environment, two very different things.

Patch: What is your latest project?

Marden: I just finished my senior essay this month, but as far as Rotary goes, planning two beach cleanups by July is on my agenda. Also, the club will soon be sold-out of our environmentally friendly Chico Bags, so I'll start looking for sponsors for the next batch.

Patch: Book you last read?

Marden: Sabriel by Garth Nix, a fantasy book about a young girl who must follow in her father’s footsteps as the single force that binds the dead to the afterlife. I’m a total fantasy nerd.

Patch: Newspaper or magazine you read regularly?

Marden: I’m usually drawn to world politics and local stories, so I pick up articles as they catch my attention. 

Patch: Movies you could watch again and again?

Marden: Miracle, Harry Potter, Star Wars.

Patch: Favorite things to do in your spare time?

Marden: Play hockey, spend time with my girlfriend, Kathryn, work on my compost and read.

Patch: What is one of your most gratifying accomplishments?

Marden: I’m very happy to have completed my senior essay and getting the best grades of my life while at UCSC.

Patch: What is your greatest indulgence?

Marden: I love chocolate. Keeping up with political issues and hockey news is a time-consuming hobby of mine as well.

Patch: One of your most memorable vacations?

Marden: One of the best was a surf trip with my dad to Costa Rica when I was 15. We barely saw any of the country aside from the ocean. We were lucky enough to surf a famous break at Witch’s Rock with a couple of world-famous surfers from the Endless Summer II surf film, Robert “Wingnut” Weaver and Robert August.

Patch: What is a goal you are chasing after?

Marden: I want to find a career that meets all of my ideals in an environmental organization where I can actually pay my expenses. I also will be deciding whether or not I should pursue grad school.

Patch: What do you like most about life in Scotts Valley?

Marden: My favorite thing about both Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz is the combination of natural features. We have amazing mountains, redwoods, the beach and caves— everything I love.

Rob Slawinski April 25, 2011 at 03:29 AM
Great job Jack! He is a great leader and the Club is very lucky to have him. Not to many people Jack's age have the character that he has. Scotts Valley Rotary is in good shape with our future!

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