There are so many people in the Community who are not aware of the incredible and positive impact that the Lake City Lions Club have had on the Lake City community. With the upcoming 12th Annual Olympic Hills Pancake Breakfast to benefit the school hosted by the Lions we thought we would share a little bit of the fantastic work the organization has done and continues to do in the neighborhood.
They built the Lake City Community Center through donations and volunteer efforts
Purchased a Medic Car for the Seattle Fire Department
Donated funds to the City of Seattle to build Albert Davis Park
Traded land to the City to build the Lake City Library
Built Virgil Flaim Park
Their work continues today supporting North Helpline, Sacajawea Elementary, Olympic Hills Elementary and Nathan Hale High School. This past year they recycled 1500 pairs of eyeglasses and 50 hearing aids and continue to provide eyeglasses and hearing aids for those in need. The Lions provide a health screening unit to three elementary schools for vision and hearing screening. They provided over 200 dictionaries to third graders at four local schools. They are the ones that hang the flags along Lake City Way and work to keep the planters stocked and maintained along the business corridor. They regularly hold the Lake City Flea Market and are the group behind the Annual Fright Night event. They award scholarships and host the Annual “Back to School Barbecue at Virgil Flaim in support of families served through the North Seattle Family Resource Center. From painting out graffiti to awarding a handful of scholarships each year the work they do is invaluable.
As you can see, we are very lucky to have the Lake City Lions in our Community. Next time you see a Lion please be sure to thank them for all they do and have done for Lake City. The Club is always looking for new members. If you are interested you can contact Gordy Smith at (206)639-8813
Lake City Lions – Pancake Breakfast to Support Olympic Hills Elementary – December 2nd from 9am-11am at the Lake City Community Center with live entertainment. $6 Adults/$4 Kids/$20 for families (2 adults and 2+ kids)
The Lake City Branch is one of the most heavily used libraries in the city with more than 220,000 patron visits last year. That’s enough people to fill Safeco Field five times! In 2018, The Seattle Public Library plans a major renovation of the Lake City Branch, expanding the amount of public space to meet the needs of the neighborhood.
The Seattle Public Library Foundation would like to invite you to a special briefing to learn about the project and how you can be part of the community campaign to renovate the library. Please join us for an informal meeting complete with small bites and beverages.
Monday, December 11 6:30 pm – 8 pm Lake City Branch Library 12501 28th Ave. N.E. Please rsvp to Sharon Griggins at email@example.com or 206-386-4130 by December 8, 2017
On November 21st, the City Council voted to approve the 2018 City budget. Below are a list of investments both in D5 and City wide that Council member Juarez shared in a recent email. In addition, our advocacy to bring the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program to the North Precinct took a huge leap forward. While the funding goal was not quite achieved for LEAD, there is still $750K identified to bring this extremely important program to North Seattle. Thank you to all who helped write letters in support of the Community Center and LEAD expansion.
District 5 – New Investments = $6,274,910
Lake City Community Center Rebuild
Hubbard Homestead Park neighborhood planning
Sound Generation: Expansion of the Lake City and Northgate “Senior Center Without Wall”
Aurora Commons: Expansion of outreach and drop-in services
Sweetened Beverage Tax – Increase funding for food banks*
Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Expansion to SPD North Precinct
*Some of this funding will also be used to support food banks in other Council Districts
Q&A with Diane Haugen, former director of the Lake City Community Center and the Chamber of Commerce
Moving on to New Things
Enjoy Lake City (ELC) recently visited Diane Haugen at a local restaurant to talk about a changing Lake City, the meaning of community, and the joy of Alpacas. The former Executive Director of the Lake City/North Seattle Chamber of Commerce and manager of the Lake City Community Center has moved on to new work in a different neighborhood, but says she feels she will always be part of the Lake City community.
ELC: How long did you work at the Chamber and the Community Center?
Ten years for the Chamber and five at the Community Center.
Do you miss Lake City?
I do miss the community. I drive through it every day though, and I’m not too far away, just in Meadowbrook. I go to restaurants in Lake City all the time so I really feel like I haven’t left.
ELC: What did you like best about the work?
I’ve met a lot of people and I have a lot of connections. I open windows for people. I like to put people together if they can help each other. At Chamber after hours, I’d find out what people needed — a caregiver, a salesman, etc.- and make introductions face to face. That is the part of the work that feeds me. Continue reading “Q & A with Diane Haugen, Community Connector”→