Northwest NEWS

August 31, 1998

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VRA board continues to grow

   CARNATION--Two more Valley residents have joined the Valley Recreation Association Board, bringing helpful leadership and increased energy to their goal of building a community swimming pool and recreation center.
  
   Laree Shanda of Duvall brings an extensive background in aquatics, pool design and recreation administration to the Board. Shanda is the Recreation Therapy Program Coordinator at Virginia Mason Medical Center and has a small recreation therapy consulting business.
  
   "Laree brings enthusiasm to our mission of building a pool and recreation center in the Lower Snoqualmie Valley," board member Jeff Spencer says.
  
   Spencer, pastor of Tolt Congregational United Church of Christ, was elected to the Board of Directors in April.
  
   Board President Nona Diediker says that this year the Association will focus on building Board membership, raising funds, formally assessing the need for a facility and starting a feasibility study.
  
   Also joining the VRA board is Penny Zeller. Zeller is a Vice President of marketing and sales for a medical company. She also serves on the Carnation Chamber of Commerce and is a former president of the Low Country Golden Retriever Rescue organization. Zeller has served on the planning committee for the Carnation 4th of July celebrations and is an active volunteer at the Snoqualmie Senior Center.
  
   "I want to see a swimming pool in the Valley in my lifetime," Zeller says.
  
   The VRA started as the Eastman-Rush Memorial Foundation some 20 years ago when John Eastman and Steve Rush drowned in separate accidents in the Snoqualmie River.
  
   Out of these tragedies a dream was born-a community pool and recreation center.
  
   During the last 12 months, the dream has been reclaimed. The VRA continues to build its Board of Directors, increasing community awareness and laying the groundwork to raise funds for the center. Anyone who is interested in helping out can contact the VRA at P.O. Box 522, Carnation, 98014, or call Nona Diediker at 425-333-6252.