SWS January 22 Meeting: New Board Members; Review of SWS 2012 Good Deeds; Preview of Major New SWS Innovation Incubator Program

SWS LogoCome join Sustainable West Seattle’s  Annual Membership meeting 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Tuesday, January 22nd, at the West Seattle Senior Center, 4217 SW Oregon St., around the corner from California Ave. SW.

At our membership meeting you’ll hear about SWS programs for 2013 and ways that you can get involved as a volunteer.  We will be encouraging attendees to join SWS as a member and describing the benefits that SWS has brought our community over the last year.  We’ll be spending time listening to all attendees about what ideas you have for SWS and West Seattle for 2013.  What type of projects and efforts should our organization be involved in?

At this meeting you’ll also meet the new Board for the 2013 year.  We have 3 board members leaving; Christina Hahs, Patrick Dunn, and Amanda Goodwin.  We are excited to have at least 5 new (and returning) board members joining us; Bryan Fiedorczyk, Kimberly Leeper, Stu Hennessy, Denis Martynowych, and Kate Kaemerle!  These new and returning members will join Chas Redmond, Bill Reiswig, and Melissa Metcalf who will remain on the board.

You will also learn about an exciting new project of SWS for 2013.  Our February meeting will kick-off this new project, and we will be describing it at this January Meeting.  We call it the 2013 SWS Green Project Incubator, a $1000 grant, generously donated from the CoHo Team of Windermere Agents, that SWS will offer to a West Seattle resident who applies with an idea to foster sustainability in our neighborhood.

Finally, this meeting will retire early, at the completion of the above-mentioned agenda, to Elliot Bay Brewery for beer, tea, or your favorite beverage, and a short and uplifting celebration of the work of our departing Board Members Patrick Dunn, Amanda Goodwin, and our President Christina Hahs.

Sustainable West Seattle educates and advocates for urban sustainability in our local community. SWS envisions a West Seattle community of empowered citizens who actively lead toward greater self-reliance, local democracy, social justice, and existence in harmony with life on earth. SWS meets the 3rd Monday each month at 7 PM. See the SWS website for meeting location.

SWS projects:

And, for the curious, below is a listing of Sustainable West Seattle’s 2012 projects with a short description.

West Seattle Tool Library is a community-led project to provide pay-what-you-can community access to a wide range of tools, training, and relevant advice. By providing this service, the West Seattle Tool Library aims to inspire its community to participate in community projects, such as park restorations, and pursue sustainability through fun projects like backyard gardens, home energy improvements, and water harvesting.

Tox-Ick is an outreach and education effort born out of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Sustainable West Seattle.  The objective of the program is to help educate a critical mass of Puget Sound residents about the problem of polluted runoff and the simple actions individuals can engage in to stop it.  Online resources are available in the fight against the Tox-Ick Monster.

Community Orchard of West Seattle (COWS) provides a home-scale model that demonstrates how much food can be grown on a city-sized lot. Our produce goes to our volunteers, neighbors and local food security programs while we provide a venue for public agricultural education and community gathering.

West Seattle Spokespeople facilitates a transition from car to bike and is allied with Spokespeople U.S. Our goal is to make West Seattle a more bike-able community through education, group rides and assisting riders in developing their skills.

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