That’s what the sign on Capers’ back door said. And first, we must thank them yet again for playing host, with refreshments (including delish brownies) for all in attendance. Now, thanks to the people who dropped in, some of whom you see here –
Attendees included some folks we already knew (including some of our fine WSB sponsors), some we didn’t. (We met “Bob Loblaw”! But sorry, no photo. You had to be there.) And the winners are …
From the award-announcement flyer distributed at the event:
â€œBLOGGERâ€™S CHOICEâ€ AWARD
Cindi is with the Morgan Community Association. From the entry form nominating her:
â€œShe tirelessly worked on keeping the neighborhoods informed on the Monorail project. Never once taking sides or voicing her opinion. She also was instrumental in putting on the preparedness fair/workshop at West Seattle High last year. She continues to donate time and money to her community by sitting on the parks levy board, helping to build a P-patch and working on the Orchard Street park and trail project. With all that she does for the community, she still has time to hold down a more-than-full-time job with the Boeing Company.â€
â€œMAKING OTHERS GREATâ€ AWARD
Larry is with the Alki Community Council, and more, as this excerpt from the nomination shows:
â€œQuite often, the success of an organization depends on the efforts of someone who works doggedly and quietly behind the scenes, seeking neither fame nor glory; someone who loves his community and the people in it; someone who labors simply for the pleasure it gives him and the service he provides. The Alki Community Council, the Southwest Historical Society, the Log House Museum, and the whole of West Seattle have been graced by the presence of Larry Carpenter. â€¦ Larry is the type of person who brings the whole community together. He has a wondrous curiosity about others and believes wholeheartedly in community.â€
â€œMAKING WEST SEATTLE GREATâ€ AWARD
Paul is a Fairmount Springs community leader. From the entry form nominating him:
â€œPaul has been actively engaged in his local neighborhood and the larger West Seattle community by organizing and spearheading the Fairmount Springs Neighborhood group and by assisting other WS organizations, particularly in their web site needs. The Fairmount Springs neighbors are working to improve their area through beautification projects, traffic safety projects, emergency preparedness (Paul just got his HAM radio license) and most importantly, on social activities that help people get to know each other as neighbors. Through the use of their website, they also learn how to get involved in larger West Seattle projects. â€¦ Itâ€™s that kind of thoughtfulness and concern about citizen engagement that will make West Seattle great.â€
All three will be profiled in-depth in the coming days on WSB, and we’ll be creating a poster to honor them, once we have pix of everybody, to put up around WS to make sure the offline community knows about it too. Cindi Barker (photo left) was able to make it to tonight’s event on short notice — next time, we promise earlier notification to the winners — and the nominations have already started coming in. Julie Mireille Anderson from Divina, who hatched the Community Recognition Awards idea as a new way to thank some of West Seattle’s best and brightest, will ringlead this quarterly, with online support from WSB, and judging support from this all-star panel:
Julie Bennett, West Seattle resident & contractor
Lisa Gluckman, Pathfinder School parent
Dave Montoure, West 5
Frances Smersh, Click! Design That Fits
Kim Tingley, Windermere Real Estate
Linda Walsh, Clementine
How can you help, you ask? Nominate somebody! We’ll be posting a new link to the forms this weekend. And mark your calendar for the next gathering — we’re looking to do this on the third Friday of each quarter, so right now that looks like Friday night, April 18 — Capers seems willing to have us back since we didn’t do too much damage — we’ll keep you posted as it gets closer.
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