President’s Message

Dear Leschi Neighbors,

Business first; the LCC Board decided to pause the Flo Ware event and the Leschi Art Walk this calendar year. With the unknown timing, and what it takes for coordination and publicity, this seemed to be the most prudent. We will return with those events stronger than ever in 2021. We also are now entering our summer hiatus for meetings and will resume (hopefully) in September.

As for business within the LCC, we will have a bylaw amendment regarding emergency situations that affect voting of new officers. This will be voted on at our September meeting, or whatever is our next meeting.” Emergency Amendment wording as follows:

In the event of a publicly declared emergency that impacts the Leschi Community and with a majority vote of the Leschi Community Council Executive Board, the holding of regular meetings can be suspended. Any essential action delayed because of a suspended meeting should be given priority for action at the first meeting possible following such emergency.

As I write this, we are moving to the last 11 days of May and we remain under strongly suggested “safety in place” orders. When we reflect what our children’s and grandchildren’s lives will look like in 5, 10 and 20+ years, it is hard for us to imagine. Then again, we have changed so much in the last 10, 20 and 50 years, some of our ancestors would be astonished how our world looked like pre-Covid.

Hats off to all of you who have persevered under our unusual circumstances with the Covid-19 virus. It has been an adventure requiring patience, courage and resilience. I know I have experienced at various times, fear, anticipation, peace, energy, and wanting to move out of the country. Unfortunately, there is nowhere to go. And perhaps you might agree with me when I say, “I cannot believe at this stage in my life, this is happening.”

We just have to sometimes put one foot in front of the other and push on. Remember to breathe. Remember to focus on today and right now. We have no control over what tomorrow will bring. Let’s be certain we express appreciation for what we do have, whether that encompasses our health, our friendships, our families or our businesses. Just pick up the telephone and say hello to someone you haven’t spoken to in a long time. Please reach out. Be brave. One could be a person that does not feel comfortable reaching out but prefers to be contacted. Get out of your comfort zone, if that sounds like you. If you are someone who always reaches out, understand the reason some people don’t. It doesn’t mean they don’t care about you; they may just be afraid.

Additionally, I have observed a broad spectrum of people’s attitudes of our situation. Some people are terrified, and others exercise caution and wear masks and gloves where appropriate. Be sensitive to this and use this opportunity to participate in compassion from your heart.

I look forward to seeing you again at our monthly meetings that will resume (if possible) September 9th at 7:00p. The location is the Central Area Senior Center at 500 30th Ave. S., Seattle WA 98144. We will continue to offer exciting new programs and speakers that are relevant to our community. In the meantime, if any of us can be of service to you, please contact any of us.

Warm regards,

Janice Merrill Brown President, LCC

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