June 22, 1998
Jane McClure/Valley View
(From left) Valley volunteers Eileen Baxter, Thelma Sato and Hilda Reichman accept awards from Jeanne Hansen, Snoqualmie Valley Community Network Board member and former mayor of Snoqualmie. Network Coordinator Ellen Kropp is standing in the background between Baxter and Sato.
by Jane McClure
CARNATION--Nearly 100 persons gathered at the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network's second annual Rise and Shine Breakfast to hear former Governor Mike Lowry recognize local volunteers for their efforts to help children, youth and families residing throughout the Snoqualmie Valley. Lowry stressed that the increasing tendency of people to live in large population centers should not be used an an excuse for not caring or not becoming involved with children. "The Snoqualmie Valley Community Network is something we can be very proud of for showing us that communities know best how to address their own needs," Lowry said.
Lowry also said that communities must strive to eliminate all gaps between people, understanding that strength comes from diversity and that the increasing gap between rich and poor is a cause for concern. "Make sure every child knows they are important," he said. "There's no greater investment we can make."
Eleven individuals were recognized for their volunteer efforts, including Ron Chapman for the Duvall Church's Safe Alternatives youth program. Honorable Mentions went to Eileen Baxter, Thelma Sato and Hilda Reichman for their work at the Sno-Valley Senior Center; Tolt Congregational Church for the Lunch Bunch's Multi Service Center Food Bank meal program and other community projects; Elanah Whitenight, for her work in developing the Snoqualmie Valley Women's Connection and Beth Frey, for her efforts in the Riverview School District's Safe & Drug Free Schools initiative.
Certificates were presented by State Representatives Brian Thomas and Bill Backlund, King County Councilman Brian Derdowski, Riverview School District Superintendent Dr. Jack Ernst and Snoqualmie School District Superintendent Dr. Richard McCullough.