Health kits to haiti

March 2, 2010

Bea Richards (from right), Margy Davidson, Betty Cottler and Betty Smith, and other residents of Spiritwood at Pine Lake, wrap 50 health kits Feb. 27 to send to residents of Haiti, by way of Our Savior Lutheran Church through Lutheran World Relief, after the recent devastating earthquake. By Greg Farrar

Governor lauds community service efforts at Issaquah stop

September 15, 2009

Gov. Chris Gregoire addresses the Sept. 8 annual joint luncheon meeting of the Issaquah Rotary Club and the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah. By Greg Farrar

Gov. Chris Gregoire addresses the Sept. 8 annual joint luncheon meeting of the Issaquah Rotary Club and the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah. By Greg Farrar

In Issaquah last week, Gov. Chris Gregoire said service groups and volunteers would be crucial as Washington state and the nation recover from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.

During a lunchtime address Sept. 8 to a pair of Issaquah community groups, the governor praised service efforts by the local Kiwanis and Rotary clubs to provide food for the hungry and school supplies to needy children. Gregoire lauded the groups when she touched on a central theme of her speech: partnerships between community groups, nonprofits and government.

“We can stand alone and do one thing, but when we partner, we multiply not by two, but by much more than that,” she said.

The governor pointed to groups working to connect farmers with food banks to ensure surplus crops are used.

“Whatever it may be, it’s that kind of partnership that makes this state the state it is and allows us to be able to recover,” Gregoire continued. Read more

Governor praises service, predicts recovery at Issaquah stop

September 8, 2009

NEW — 2:58 p.m. Sept. 8, 2009

Gov. Chris Gregoire praised Issaquah community service groups today, and said volunteers are essential as the state recovers from a deep recession.

During a lunchtime address to about 120 members of the local Kiwanis and Rotary clubs, the second-term Democrat recalled her visit to Rotary First Harvest, a Seattle program to feed the hungry. She recounted meeting a man who said he never imagined lining up at a food bank for a meal.

“Far too of the many people across the state have found themselves in the same position as this man and his children found themselves that day,” Gregoire said.

Kiwanis president Judy Rogers, Mayor Ava Frisinger, Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire and Rotary president Carl Peterson (from left) stand together at the lectern during the Sept. 8 annual joint luncheon meeting of the two service clubs. Both clubs raised money for school supplies, and Kiwanis donated a $1,100 check to the city for preschool programs at the Issaquah Community Center. – Photo by Greg Farrar

Kiwanis president Judy Rogers, Mayor Ava Frisinger, Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire and Rotary president Carl Peterson (from left) stand together at the lectern during the Sept. 8 annual joint luncheon meeting of the two service clubs. Both clubs raised money for school supplies, and Kiwanis donated a $1,100 check to the city for preschool programs at the Issaquah Community Center. – Photo by Greg Farrar

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Governor will address Kiwanis, Rotary members Sept. 8

August 29, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 29, 2009

Gov. Chris Gregoire will address members of the Kiwanis and Rotary clubs of Issaquah at a Sept. 8 luncheon.

Gregoire, a second-term Democrat, will focus her talk on service, Kiwanis Club President Judy Rogers said.

The luncheon begins at noon at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 745 Front St. S.

Lunch is $11, but there is no cost to see Gregoire’s speech.

R.S.V.P. to Rogers via e-mail at judylhr@nwlink.com or by phone at 271-8678. Checks can also be sent to P.O. Box 1111, Issaquah, WA 98027.

Make checks payable to the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah.

Preschool popularity grows as precursor to kindergarten

August 25, 2009

In kindergartens today, expectations are far beyond what they were 20 years ago, and the bar seems to be set higher at every grade level. Preschool, once thought of as something to give moms a break and a chance to meet other moms, has become an almost required preparation for kindergarten. Read more

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