It has been a very busy summer for your Leschi Community Council Board. We have been in the process of revamping our website to allow quicker updates and we now have a contract with a local designer; we are hoping to have the website up to date by October 1.
Four years ago, there was a clerical error on our 990 reports with the IRS. This recently resulted in the suspension of our nonprofit status. Amy Fink, our treasurer, has been working very hard with the IRS to regain our non-profit status. Amy spent countless hours on the phone with the IRS, more hours filling out forms and digging through LCC records. The IRS has told us that once all our paperwork is approved, our status will be reinstated and will be retroactive from the date of suspension. The IRS has explained to us that we cannot take any donations at this time until our status is reinstated. If you are looking to make any donations for the Leschi Natural Area, please make your check out to EarthCorps (nonprofit organization) & send to Bunny Wood, 412 36th Ave, Seattle, 98122.
In July, the Seattle Police Foundation held their East Precinct picnic at Powell Barnett Park. It was a very successful event; the police were gratified to see many families in attendance. I would like to give a very special thanks to the Seattle Police Foundation for their funding of the Powell Barnett Park wading pool, which has been closed for many years now due to lack of Seattle Parks funding.
Plan to attend our 5th annual Art walk on September 10 from 11am to 4pm in the Leschi Business District and Leschi Park. There will be many activities for children and live music in addition to the artist booths. Your local businesses have generously contributed to a raffle, which will benefit next year’s ArtWalk. I hope everyone can attend. Please spread the word around.
We are looking for volunteers to help with the Art Walk (no heavy lifting). If you, or someone you know would like to help, or know of any middle school or high school students looking for community service hours, please have them contact Diane Snell at (206) 726-0923 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have set some new goals for the upcoming year. The five main goals are:
Revamping our website to allow for quicker updates
Keeping stairway project, but including the String of Pearls along lakeshore
Increase membership in LCC; I have appointed Yuki Igarashi
as Marketing Chair
Bring more visibility to Leschi Business District
Setup Mail Chimp service to inform the community quickly by e-mail and social media