Chuck Dickey Was the Definition of Civic Dedication
Our Friend and Neighbor, Chuck Dickey, passed away peacefully at home this last week shortly after his 86th birthday. He was the model of dedication and service to Community. While we will be posting more information about his life in the days to come, I wanted to share just a bit about him and encourage others to do the same.
Chuck will never be replaced in our Community and everyone that knew him will miss his love of Lake City, his commitment to the neighborhood and his infectious laugh. Whether Chuck was stocking planters, organize clean up crews, hanging flags along LCW, venturing out to the pumpkin patch to pick up pumpkins for local families or working with the Lion’s Club on their many efforts in the Community, Chuck stayed busy.
I site Chuck as one of the primary reasons I got involved in the Community about seven years ago. Chuck was going door to door in the neighborhood to let people know there was a public meeting happening in Lake City. That was when I first really talked to Chuck about his work in the neighborhood and he helped me to realize that Lake City needed to be better connected. I had the honor to work alongside Chuck on graffiti removal (Chuck stored gallons upon gallons of paint for this purpose), planting flowers in LCW planters with local youth and several clean ups. Whenever I ran into him he had ideas on how to address challenges and work to make things better. I had the good fortune to spend time with Chuck talking about Lake City and his life on several occasions and I will miss him greatly as will the Lake City Community.
If you would like to share a picture or story about Chuck Dickey please send it along to Director@lakecityfuturefirst.org as we will be creating a page on the enjoylakecity.org in his honor.
Lake City Lion’s Serving the Community Since 1940
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)