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President’s Message

Happy spring! As we all come out of our own versions of Seattle hibernation, the Council has lots of upcoming events to share with you.

Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing Bob Shimabukuro, author of Born in Seattle: The Campaign for Japanese American Redress, share some history about the Japanese Americans in Seattle in this 75th anniversary year of Executive Order 9066, which sent Japanese Americans all along the west coast into internment camps. He’ll be joining us at our community meeting on April 5 at 7pm. My husband’s grandparents were sent to camp, including his grandmother born in Yakima and living in Seattle at the time of the order, so this piece of American history is dear to my heart.

In June, we’ll hold Leschi Community Council elections. Please consider if you’d like to run for President or Vice President of the Leschi Community Council! Reach out if you might be interested in running; I or other board members are happy to answer any questions you have.

Another opportunity to get involved is to volunteer on the sixth annual Leschi ArtWalk planning team. This is a major event for our community each September, run solely by community volunteers. Planning meetings take place on the first Thursday of each month at 3pm. at BluWater Bistro.

If you are a newcomer to the neighborhood - welcome! We want to give you a “welcome bag” full of giveaways from local Leschi businesses. Check out Diane’s article on page ? about how to connect with Dianne Ramsey Gayton, a volunteer in our community who has graciously spearheaded this project. And if you are a neighbor to a Leschi newcomer - please reach out to your neighbors and let them know!

Last but not least, check out and bookmark the updated Leschi Community Council website at


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