Sammamish Forum Feb. 19

February 19, 2014

By Administrator

Y donate

Over the next few weeks, dozens of volunteers from the Sammamish Family Y will be out canvasing the community seeking contributions to support their Annual Campaign. The goal this year is to raise $66,000 to support financial assistance and scholarships, and to subsidize youth, teen, family and senior programs for those in our community who need extra help or access to specific Y programs.

As a 10-year board member of the Sammamish Family Y and a parent who has raised children in our community, I believe in the work of the Y and feel it is a cause worth investing in. The Y strengthens our community by focusing on three priorities: youth development, social responsibility and healthy living, and it intentionally weaves them into every aspect of its operation.

As a Y member who works out regularly at the Y and as a board member, I have learned about the Y’s incredible programs and how they improve the health and general well-being of my friends and neighbors.

Knowing that the Sammamish Family Y has improved the lives of hundreds in our community has prompted me to continue to advocate for the Y. Thanks to the Y, teens have access to leadership programs, older adults create lasting relationships in a supportive environment, and families who can’t afford to send their children to summer day camp or take swim lessons have that opportunity at Y facilities.

As a result of the 2014 Annual Campaign, the Y will be expanding its presence in our community through current and future programs that meet local needs. It’s good to know that the Y works every day throughout our local community, supporting individuals and families with wellness programs, teen empowerment, and children’s programming. Through this work and so much more, Sammamish Family YMCA staff, volunteers, and financial supporters demonstrate daily that the Y is more than a place — it’s a cause.

To learn more about the mission of the YMCA, Sammamish YMCA membership, programs, and volunteer opportunities, and the Annual Campaign go to www.SeattleYMCA.org/locations/sammamish.

Lesley Austin

Sammamish Family YMCA

 

Council should be ashamed

I cannot describe the disappointment I felt when I opened the Review last night and found not a single letter of disgust in regards to the recent incomprehensible behavior of our very own City Council. What they tried to do in the back room of our city had the same stench as the back room dealings in Washington DC. Is this the kind of city Sammamish has become?

The fact that Sen. Andy Hill decided to “drop” the bill and not go forward with the City Council’s plan to hurt Issaquah if the annexation went forward does not by any means make him a hero. Hill is nothing more than a dirty-handed politician that for some reason changed his mind. Maybe he decided he wouldn’t gain anything personally for doing such a dirty deed. Issaquah is our neighbor for pity’s sake and not our enemy.

Any council member that was involved in this so-called attempt to help the state with their budget should be removed from office immediately. I have never been more embarrassed to be a resident of this city, and I would like to personally apologize to the people of Issaquah for the disgusting behavior of our small town City Council. There is nothing they can say that can defend this kind of blatant abuse of the power they think they have. What’s next?

Do you really want these same people taking over the water company? I don’t think so.

Claudia Haunreiter

Sammamish

 

Let’s build community

Kudos to the Review editor who wrote the wonderful editorial “A Dozen Ways to thank the Seahawks.” I loved how you cleverly tied in the 12 theme to community outreach offering excellent ways to help those in need.

If we could capture even a small amount of the energy that was felt during the Super Bowl and direct it towards lending a helping hand to others, the joy that was experienced at the game would just keep going. As witnessed with the Seahawks, let’s commit to creating a collective consciousness through simple acts of kindness.

Mary Trask

Sammamish

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