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”
Thank you to the Lake City Communications Hub, SNAP, Neighborhood Block Watch and American Red Cross for presenting at the Community Conversation on Wednesday, November 15th. About 125 neighbors came out to get vital information and ask questions.
Thank you to Villa Verdi for providing the delicious food and to all the volunteers who helped make this important evening a success.
For those of you who were not able to make it or did not pick up the handouts, below you will find three very useful documents from the presentation:
Don’t Miss the Next Community Conversation on Emergency Preparedness
Are you prepared for an emergency? Do you know how to access water safe to drink or how to manage sanitation? How is your emergency kit looking? Lake City Future First, in partnership with the Lake City Emergency Communication Hub will help you get prepared on Wednesday, November 15th at a free Community Conversation held at the Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave NE, Seattle.
Doors open at 6:30 pm with free food from Villa Verdi (12360 Lake City Way Ne Seattle, WA 98125). At 7:00 pm attendees will learn about the Lake City Emergency Communication Hub from Lake City Hub Captain Sandy Motzer. The Lake City Hub is located at Fred Meyer in the SE corner of the lower parking lot. During a disaster emergency when most forms of communication fail, community members would gather at the Hub to exchange information, needs, and resources in order to help ourselves, knowing it could be days or weeks before City services are available.
Following the Hub presentation attendees will visit three ‘How to’ demonstrations:
- Purify Water – Lake City Emergency Communication Hub
- Manage Sanitation – Ann Forrest, Victory Heights Hub Cap
- Manage Utilities – Matt Auflick, Office of Emergency Management
The Hub will also have an Amateur (Ham) radio display table with information about the importance of Amateur radio in a disaster and how you can obtain a license – Susanna Cunningham, WB7CON, Hub Cap, and Member, Auxiliary Communication Services
Information from the following organizations will also be available to assist with emergency preparedness:SNAP (Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare)/Block Watch
American Red Cross, emergency kit preparation
Things to Do Tonight & Tidbits Around LC for August 30th
Join LCFF for “Parks” Community Conversation 6:30-8pm – LC Community Center
info here: https://enjoylakecity.org/august-30th-community-conversation/
Cheers to the Lake City Farmers Market at the Watershed Pub 6-9pm
North Helpline Open House – 5pm – https://www.facebook.com/north.helpline/