All are welcome and we would be so thrilled to have you at the next SPNA meeting!
Twice a year we do a “no Business” potluck meeting.The potlucks are every January and June, all SPNA meetings are every second Tuesday. The regular meetings are informative, interactive, interesting and a great way to get to know your community. You are always welcome, these meetings are for you., we talk about important and cool happenings and projects at the regular meetings. But this one is all about just hanging out and have fun and the unsung hero awards.
This Tuesday we start early for the potluck, 6 pm. Please come whether or not you have time to get a dish together. It’s going to be fun, here is some of what we have planned:
Unsung Hero Awards!
Music by Local DJ! (Randy on Rose)
Games and prizes!
~ Prizes include:
South Park T-shirts!
South Park bumper stickers!
South Park beer koozies!
~ Prizes designed by South Park Arts!
This Year’s Unsung Hero Awards are being presented to:
► Luis Amado…Always professional and community minded, Luis is a leader who finds ways to involve community in the arts in culturally inclusive ways. Luis Leads the Organization “Amigos de Seattle” and has been successful in promoting great partnerships that benefit South Parks community.
► Raina Anderson is the current President of South Park Arts, an organization dedicated to supporting, representing, and promoting art and artists in South Park! SPArts brings us “South Park Putts Out” every August as well as the “Art Under $100” event every December. They contribute every year to events like the Duwamish River Festival, bridge closings and openings and so much more. Raina is well known as a very good communicator and a great organizer. This volunteer position is no easy task and Raina makes it look easy.
► Officer TJ Berg, TJ has been on the South Park beat watching over us through the night for 24years now! He attends every SPNA meeting to keep us updated on what is happening crime wise! TJ is a dependable, reliable, and approachable through thick and thin. He is a walking illustration of the best of community policing. He is a beloved part of the South Park family.
► Candy Berg, Candy is TJ’s wife. Some of you may remember the Christmas decorations that magically appeared on Cloverdale and 14th every holiday season for 12 years…those were created by Candy and hung every year by Candy, TJ and the Berg family. Around 1995 South Park was experiencing a lot of violent crime; Candy took notice that South Park was very void of holiday decorations, not even private homes. Her first decorations for South Park were big red bows on the poles and large ornaments at the entrance points reading Feliz Navidad, Merry Christmas and Ho Ho Ho – these were stolen in two days. The following year she created large wreaths that couldn’t so easily be stolen – they were hung every year by the Berg family until the decorations finally wore out about 12 years later. Candy’s Christmas decorations were pioneer, likely the first public art in South Park.
► Dagmar Cronn, What can we say…tireless champion for South Park in so many ways! President of the Neighborhood Association from 2008 – June 2014, she expanded the board, won numerous grants to support the neighborhood center and its activities, represented South Park at all levels of local government, and co-chaired the coalition that finally succeeded in funding the new South Park Bridge. She continues to focus her talents on building the South Park Senior programs, as well as finding time to be a homework helper at our library every week.
► BJ Cummings…was the founding director of the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition. She has been beyond amazing and an extremely effective advocate for a healthier Duwamish River. She helped the communities with ties to the river advocate for the kind of cleanup actions that we can be very proud of. BJ has become part of the South Park family.
► Paul Landin A volunteer at Marra Farm who graciously and tirelessly works to keep the farm loved and in good shape. He cheerfully and enthusiastically puts in many hours of labor into clearing overgrown areas and fallen branches, picking up trash, cleaning the ‘facilities’ and growing and sharing food in the community. We are blessed to have such a supportive community member helping us keep connected with the farm land of South Park.
► Denise Sebastian, Denise lives in South Park and has been a great neighbor! She serves as the Building Manager here at the Neighborhood Center and has done a great job of keeping the place together and clean. Friendly, approachable and always willing to help, Denise has been a real blessing to the building’s users in her capacity here.
► Wendy Woldenberg. Though she now lives in West Seattle, Wendy lived in South Park for 14 years and continues to work for her favorite neighborhood. Wendy facilitated a letter writing campaign that lead our public library being built after 100 years of waiting and was instrumental in having the new transfer station named the South Transfer Station not the South Park Transfer Station. Wendy was one of the founders of South Park Arts, a group that helped put South Park on the map in a positive way. She has headed its Annual Art Under $100 event for a full decade and each year the event has grown more successful. Wendy is also a high school teacher and a jewelry artist who has made many wedding rings over the years for South Park Lovers and many others.