The Haller Lake Community Service Committee volunteers provide services to benefit our community. People become involved in community service for a wide range of reasons. For some, serving their community is a way to simply give back to their community. The term “community service” refers to projects that members of an organization perform for the betterment of the community. Examples of community service projects include (but are not limited to): Providing transportation to those in need, grocery shopping, pharmacy etc., cleaning a park, providing food or clothing to the homeless, hold a clothing drive for the needy, reading, singing or just visiting people in nursing homes or hospitals, helping a local school by regularly donating supplies for needy students, joining a Block Watch program in your neighborhood.
We welcome your suggestions and assistance so please feel free to contact us.
COMMUNITY SERVICE: OPEN
FOOD BANK LIAISON
PUGET SOUND THEATER ORGAN SOCIETY LIAISON
Doris Harkness 206-362-7273
NORTHGATE SCHOOL LIASON
The Haller Lake Community Club historian maintains the club’s archives, which include various news articles and correspondence relevant to the Haller Lake community since its founding, as well as photographs of various club events donated by individual members. It is also the historian’s responsibility to keep the archives current by compiling information from the media which is relevant to the community, as well as dealing with inquiries concerning the history of the area from outside parties.
As the Club’s Host and Hostess, at each Club meeting we prepare a table in the foyer for Name Tag trays, Guest Book, Door Prize sign-up and any club or community information. We also set-up the Information table just inside the auditorium from the foyer entrance. We help arrange chairs in the auditorium and set-up the speaker system, greet people as they arrive, invite visitors to sign the Club’s Guest Book, encourage both members and visitors to enter the Door Prize drawing, answer questions from visitors and new members about the club, provide Membership Forms for new member enrollment, make name tags for new members and Life members and after each meeting, stack and store chairs and return name tags alphabetically to trays
Alison Grable 206-363-4461
The major duty of the Land Use Chairperson/Committee is to become informed about land use issues affecting citizens of the Haller Lake community and to inform the community through our meetings and newsletters. These land use issues may not be just in our own community, but also in adjoining communities as well, such as Broadview, Northgate, Maple Leaf and Licton Springs or even citywide measures. The Chairperson/Committee obtains information by reading the city’s Land Use Bulletins on the web or mailed copies. Additional information is often gathered from city mailings, the Aurora Merchants newsletter, neighborhood/community newspapers and discussions with Land Use Chairpersons in other community councils. The Land Use Chairperson/Committee writes letters when asked to do so by the HLCC President and Membership. Land use issues may be handled alone or by a small or large committee depending on the significance. Some significant issues have been bus bases, a garbage transfer station and large warehouse type stores.
The Membership Chairperson/Committee is responsible for collecting and recording the yearly membership dues. We track by type – single, family, business, etc. and compile membership information such as: name, address, email, phone, length of continuous membership (Life Members). Periodically we mail new homeowners in the neighborhood an invitation to join the HLCC. We are looking for additional help to brainstorm and implement ideas for recruiting new members.
NORTHWEST HOSPITAL LIAISON
Shawn MacPherson 206-367-2344
The role of the Parks Committee of HLCC is to promote and protect open space and urban wildlife habitat in the Haller Lake Neighborhood. We work with Friends of Northacres Park (C. Crockett, Coordinator) to participate in periodic work parties at Northacres Park, the largest park in our neighborhood. About half of the 20-acre park is native evergreen forest habitat with a variety of vegetation in the understory, including Oregon grape, salal, ferns, red huckleberry, trillium, and bleeding heart. Hummingbirds, raptors, woodpeckers, wrens, finches, and chickadees are among the many bird species using the park. Native mammals include raccoons and mountain beaver. Thanks to Friends of Northacres Park (FNP), established in 1992, our Park has fewer invasive plants than many others. Over the years, we have cut down holly bushes, dug up blackberry bushes, pulled up ivy, and weeded out morning glory and other invasive plants. FNP and HLCC successfully lobbied for a rainbow park sign on the corner of NE 130th and 1st Ave NE so that more people would know of the Park’s existence. We also worked with the City and Citizens for Off-leash Areas (COLA) to reach an agreement for the design and operation of Northacres Off-leash Area (OLA) (northeast corner, accessible from ball field parking lot). To protect native habitat, fenced “islands” were created within the larger fenced OLA. Most of the vegetation within the protected islands is native, owing to work parties by Northacres OLA volunteers. Northacres Park is located south of NE 130th St, between 1st Ave NE and the freeway. Other parks within the boundaries of Haller Lake neighborhood include Jackson Park Golf Course (1100 NE 135th St),
Pinehurst Playfield (12029 14th Ave NE), Victory Creek Park (1059 Northgate Way), and Helene Madison Pool (3401 Meridian N). A new street end park is planned for the west margin of Haller Lake, where N 125th dead-ends at the lake.
Carolyn Crockett 363-9527
The North Precinct Police Department provides a full range of emergency-response and public safety services to prevent crime and enforce the law in a manner that makes residents and visitors feel safe and be safe in their homes, schools, businesses, and neighborhoods. Precinct personnel also respond to situations they view while patrolling the streets of Seattle, as well as work on solutions to long-standing neighborhood concerns and needs through the Community Policing and Anti-Crime Teams.
See the North Precinct Public Safety Numbers.
The North Precinct serves a population of 250,000 and covers 32 square miles. The boundaries are Puget Sound on the west, Lake Washington on the east, the Ship Canal on the south, and the city limits at 145th Street on the north.
Once a month I attend the North Precinct Crime Prevention meeting and report that information back to the community through meetings and the newsletter.
Melinda Jacobson 361-6809
During our regular community meetings, refreshments are provided during the gathering time from 7:00 – 7:15pm. A sign-up sheet is sent around for members to pick the month they would like to contribute desserts. We like to encourage homemade treats as the Haller Lake membership is known for their good cooks. The Chairperson needs to keep an inventory of supplies, cups, coffee, and so forth. It usually takes a couple of people to set up the long table in the north end of the auditorium. Everything is brought out on a wheeled cart from the kitchen. The coffee is plugged in near the table. Sometimes, the Refreshment Committee is asked to help at the Christmas Party and Spring Ice-Cream Social.
SEATTLE COMMUNITY COUNCIL FEDERATION
The Federation is the umbrella organization for community and neighborhood groups and organizations in the Seattle area. It is staffed and operated by volunteer citizens, and receives no funding or support from any governmental organization, thereby assuring its independent operation, and ability to serve the groups that it represents. The Haller Lake Community Club is one of about 30 dues-paying Community Councils and other neighborhood clubs and groups, although the membership fluctuates according to the ever-changing needs of communities to respond to emerging and ongoing activity by special interests and governmental bureaucracies..
The Federation grew out of the need to assist Japanese-Americans who had been interred during WW2, as they struggled to return to the homes and businesses that had been taken from them when they were interred. While those days are now but a distant memory, current events continue to pose dilemmas that resist satisfactory solutions without a bit of assistance such as that provided by the Federation
This committee is responsible for gathering articles and publishing the monthly newsletter.
Our Sunshine Chairperson is known as the “Card Lady”. She is most happy to send cards to our members for a Special Anniversary or Birthday, along with those that may be ill. Please don’t hesitate to call her with information about someone or a family in our membership that you feel we should acknowledge with a card and/or maybe flowers.
Cora Lea Doty 206-363-7181
Our Telephone Chairperson reminds members of meetings and special activities when deemed necessary by phone or email.
This committee works to get more people involved with the club by connecting with neighbors as we are out in the community and telling them about club activities and making sure they know they are welcome to attend. We also talk with them and find out what kinds of events they would like to see happen at the clubhouse. Then an effort is made to schedule such events.
We welcome moms with young children to a gathering on the 4th Thursday of every month. There will be a topic discussed, but the main purpose is to form community with other moms and share concerns and plans.
We host regular games nights at the club. This committee helps arrange them.