June 2023 Directors Letter

I’m excited to introduce Carol Ladwig as our new FESH Hub coordinator! Carol Ladwig has lived in Duvall for more than 20 years and has worked throughout the community. A former Microsoft technical writer, she’s been a reporter for the Valley View, River Current News and Snoqualmie Valley Record newspapers, and editor for the RCN and SVR. She also helps with publicity for Snoqualmie Valley Transportation and Mt. Si Senior Center and does the occasional freelance article. Her interests in the community center around transportation, senior housing and community events like Duvall’s March of the Vegetables. Her hobbies include yoga, gardening, going to Kraken games and dreaming up ways to keep her cat, Ted, from waking her up at the crack of dawn every day.

I also want to say thank you to Valerie Stewart for all of her hard work with us for the past 3 years. Her ability to create relationships, with various programs, organizations, and senior centers will be missed. We wish her luck as she starts a new position on the peninsula!

We had a wonderful Plant Sale on the first weekend of May, and raised $20,000 (after expenses) for the Sno-Valley Senior Center. Our Plant Sale committee is a wonderful group, that meets and plans for months in advance to put on a great event for our organization. Darcy Dinwiddie is our Plant Sale chair, leading this successful event. Tami Agnew & Sue Bowers did a great job of ordering us a wide variety of plants, making us the largest, most comprehensive plant sale on the Eastside. Lois Goodman, Pat Beagle, and Maria Gerace worked to get donated plants (including the wonderful tomatoes), coordinating delivering, picking them up, and even taking care of them at their own houses until the sale!

John Lambert and Dan Acker oversaw the logistics of set-up and take-down, as well as getting us all the canopies and tables we need. Cecelia McCorkle coordinated close to 100 volunteers throughout the entire week of the sale and Angie Hartung worked with the Cashiers! Denise Crutchfield oversaw the First Picks Party on Thursday, May 4, working hard to get donated items and coupons to include in everyone’s gift bags.

Thank you to everyone on our committee, as well as those who volunteered, and attended!

You’ll see in the newsletter that we are having a Membership Drive this month! What does this mean for you?

If you become a member or renew (you can do this early) your membership in June, you’ll get two months free! Consider    buying a membership for a friend or for someone who can’t afford one. Membership is $60 for one person or $75 for the household, for the year.

There is also a discount on Lifetime Membership, $450 for one person, $750 for a couple, and you never have to pay dues again!

Renew or purchase a membership in June and you’ll also get entered into a drawing for fun prizes!

Why become a member or renew your membership?

¨ It’s a powerful way to show your support and commitment that the programs we offer should continue and you value what we do.

¨ Enjoy a free lunch at our monthly birthday lunch in the month of your birthday.

¨ Get voting privileges on the board slate and bylaws changes.

¨ Our monthly newsletter is mailed to you

¨ 10% off hall rentals for events like birthdays, weddings, parties

¨ 50% off your purchase at Re-in-Carnation Thrift Store on the first Wednesday of the month!

You don’t have to be a member to participate in any of our classes or activities, but members get privileges like those listed above. If you would like to become a member, but can’t afford the fee, we have scholarships available, just let me know.

If you have comments, questions, or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me at kiraa@soundgenerations.org or 425-333-4152.

Kira Avery, Executive Director