Northwest NEWS

August 2, 1999

Local News

Lane Youngblood

Lane Youngblood named Rotary's 'Citizen of the Year'

by Marshall Haley, staff reporter

   WOODINVILLE--Woodinville City Parks Director Lane Youngblood was given the Woodinville Rotary Club's "Citizen of the Year" award at their annual Installation Banquet on June 30.

   The award goes to a non-Rotarian who has contributed something special to the community in the past year, said Rotarian Terry Jarvis.

   "Lane worked above and beyond the call of duty, and put her heart and soul into seeing the Wilmot Park project to completion," said Jarvis. "I think it's important that the community sees how many dedicated people are working hard for them at City Hall. Lane has a bright smile, a can-do attitude, and she makes things happen."

   In his capacity as Mayor of the mythical Town of Grace, Jarvis also presented Youngblood with a special Crutch-Shovel award for her dedication and hard work.

   "It's a crutch with a shovel blade grafted onto the bottom," said Jarvis. "It's the Superintendent model. You don't do anything with it, just lean on it."

   "Lane is intense and serious, but lighthearted," said Woodinville Public Works Director Mick Monken. "She really wants to do the right thing in any project she takes on. Lane is extremely energetic, a positive force. She demonstrated an almost unlimited amount of energy in the development and completion of Wilmot Park. In everything we work on together, she's quick to jump in and roll up her sleeves, even the City Hall project."

   When asked about the award, Youngblood got a mildly pained look on her face and said, "I would rather that you use that space to talk about one of our projects instead."