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									        Meet our New Board
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YWUSA Governance Exception
      Annual Meeting Report
       Member Only Insert M-1                                                                         New President Sharon Coss greets guests May 19th

       Volunteers
       Lawn Sale
                                                                                                                                                         Dorothy Denton Mary Robinson
 7      Wish List
        Calendar                                                                                                                                             Leadership Circle Sponsors

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bellingham ywca—Summer Newsletter 2006
 6     Thank You!
                                                                                                                                                           Metcalf Hodges
         Donation Memorials
 5          Predatory Lending
       Hall of Fame Honorees


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               Human Race
       BTWB Donation Update
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  12th Annual Leadership Breakfast
                                                                                                                                                                     Event Sponsors
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Those who packed the Best Western Lakeway Inn ballroom for the
             Soapbox Series
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  annual Leadership Breakfast May 19 were deeply moved by
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              LB Table Captains                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   suspense writer J.A. (Judy) Jance, speaking on The Mystery of
       Words, Theater and Music                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Success.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      With candor and humor, she shared her story of triumph over
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       Hail and Farewell                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          childhood abuse and marriage to a dominating alcoholic to become a
         Julie’s Column                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           best-selling author. She inspired us, just as we inspire our residents to
                                                                                                                                                          Circle of Excellence Sponsors                                                                                           overcome their obstacles to achieve their somewhat more modest goals.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Success of the breakfast is no mystery. It’s the dedication of breakfast
 1     Leadership Breakfast

      In this Issue                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               chair, the indefatigable Diane Hagen, her merry band of board-member
                                                                                           Wasn’t That a Time! Leadership Breakfast Sets Record                                                                                                                                   helpers, and Executive Director Julie Foster with her small, but mighty,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  staff.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Guest Speaker, author JA Jance with her book After the Fire                   Most of all, it’s the friendship and support of generous sponsors and
                                                                                                                                                                              Non-profit Organization                                                                             individuals.
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                                                                                                            360.734.4820 ٠ fax 360.676.4091
                                                                                                                                                                                 Bellingham, WA              Sponsors, together with 42 table captains (see pg. 3) and their guests, donated $50,499 – a new record. Net proceeds
                                                                                                 www.ywcabellingham.org ٠ email ywca@ywcabellingham.org
                                                                                                                                                                                  Permit No. 136        were a greatly needed $41,473, also a record.
     2006-2007 Board of Directors                                                                                                                                                                          Principal sponsors were the Lummi Nation Community Contribution Fund, Smile4u, bp Cherry Point Refinery, Metcalf
                                                   2006—2007 YWCA DIRECTORS, TRUSTEES, STAFF




               Sharon Coss—President
          Megan Lynch—Vice President                                                                                                                                                                    Hodges, Dorothy Denton, Mary Robinson and Windemere Realty.
            Sherry Partlow—Treasurer
              Amory Peck—Secretary                                                                                                                                                                          Additional sponsors were Sue Anderson, Bellingham Cold Storage, Cheney & Walter PS, Community Food Co-Op,
                             Kathryn Brown                                                                                                                                                              Conoco Phillips, C.P. Foster & Associates, Dawson Construction, Horizon Bank, Laurie Cockrell, Orphalee Smith CPA,
                        Jo y ce C he ne y                                                                                                                                                               Pride Foundation, Puget Sound Energy, SPIE, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Unity Group Insurance and Whidbey Island
                              Jo Co ll i n ge
                           Erin Domme s                                                                                                                                                                 Bank.
                           Kri st i G rue tt
                          Di a ne H a ge n                                                                                                                                                                   Donations in kind came from Wind Poppy Farm Nursery, A New Leaf
                 K at h ry n H a no w e ll                                                                                                                                                              (formerly JQ Flowers), Garden Spot and Best Western Lakeway Inn. Village
                             K ay I n g ra m
                             Jay Jo hn so n
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Books donated 20 percent of Jance book sales.
                       Ir is K a ne sh i ge                                                                                                Your Name                                                         Congratulations to the winners of our two door prizes: Kandace Aksnes of
                 R is s a W a b a un s e e                                                                                                   Address                                                    Lynnwood (Yuskin bird wood carving donated by President Sharon Coss) and
                M i c he l l e Z i m be ro f f
                                                                                                                                          City, State ZIP                                               Janet-Lutz Smith of Lummi Island (watercolor by former President Kay Ingram).
       2006-2007 Advisory Board
               Scott Walker—President                                                                                                                                                                        We thank all who planned and worked the event, sponsored it, captained
                       Audrey Borders
                         Frank Chmelik
                                                                                                                                                                                                        tables and attended – and couldn’t attend, but sent contributions anyway.
                          Jean Gorton                                                                                                                                                                   Together, we take the mystery out of success for more than 100 women in crisis
                      Peggy Onustack
                            Steve Price
                                                                                                                                                                                                        each year.
                        Mary Robinson
                            Phyllis Self
                                                                                                                                                                                                        For those of you who missed JA Jance, she will be at Village Books July 30th. (360-671-2626 for information)

                                        Staff                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Local author Jo Dereske at the Leadership Breakfast
           Julie Foster - Executive Director
 Ann Suloway -Transitional Services Director
  Candy Caldwell - Finance Administrator
      Joselynn Plank - Project Coordinator
            Arleen Hites - Office Manager
                                       letters from our leaders                                                                                                                                                  Events
                                                                                                                                                  Calendar                                                                     Give Us Your Memories
                    Julie’s Column                                                       Hail and Farewell




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              YWCA Collection; Center for Pacific NW Studies; WWU Bellingham, WA
                                                                                                                                                  July 2006
                 By Julie Foster, Executive Director                                                                                              Saturday, July 29th (10am-2pm) - YWCA Lawn Sale
                                                                        We welcome new officers, elected by the Board of Directors in May:        1026 N. Forest St (360-734-4820)
                           We’ve been applying for our annual
                           government grants again. Thank               President Sharon Coss, professional counselor and manager of              September 2006
                           goodness we have them but each year as       the Lummi Nation’s domestic violence shelter; Vice President              Thursday, 21st; Noon - Soapbox Series Kickoff:
                           we spend hours writing them and more         Megan Lynch, public affairs coordinator for Mt. Baker Planned             Our Invisible Neighbors (YWCA Ballroom)
                           time designing new data collection           Parenthood; Treasurer (and new board member) Sherry Partlow,
                           programs I’m reminded again of how           of the Bellingham Housing Authority staff who received her                October 2006
                           wonderful it is to have members and          accounting degree from Western in June (at age 60!); and                  Thursday, 5th; only at 6:30pm - Soapbox Series:
                           supporters whose donations come              Secretary Amory Peck, management consultant and chair of the              The Impossible Dream (YWCA Ballroom)
                           regularly and without restrictions. We       Whatcom County Library Board of Trustees.                                 Thursday, 19th; Noon - Soapbox Series:                          Bellingham State Normal School YWCA members at turn of the 20th Century.
    always learn from collecting data and filing reports but your                                                                                 Quick Loans or Quicksand? (YWCA Ballroom)
    contributions underwrite our ability to try new ideas that will     Two-term President Kay Ingram and former Secretary Kathryn                                                                                You probably aren’t in this photo. But we’re sure you have memories of the YWCA
    improve our work. All of this is just one more way of saying we     Brown remain on the board to help guide preparations for our 2007         Thursday, 19th; 6:30pm - Soapbox Series:                        in more recent years. Maybe you learned to swim here or helped launch an
    couldn’t do it without you.                                         Centennial.                                                               Forum on Predatory Lending (YWCA Ballroom)                      important community program as a board member or found the YW a welcoming
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  place when you were new in town. As we approach our Centennial in 2007, we’d
                                                                                                                                                  November 2006                                                   appreciate it if you would share those memories by contacting Centennial
    We were all inspired once again by the enthusiasm and gener-
                                                                                                                                                  Thursday, 16th; Noon - Soapbox Series:                          Coordinator Jo Collinge at (360) 676-8648 or joyfuljoey@comcast.net.
    osity at the Leadership Breakfast. Bellingham author Jo Dere-
                                                                                                                                                  A Long Look at Legislation (YWCA Ballroom)
    ske came prepared to step in for our guest J.A. Jance. Judy
    wasn’t sure she could be here due to some serious family                                                                                      For Soapbox Series details, see pg 4.

    health problems. We were all nervous but Judy did come and                                                                                                                                                             GOLF coming up in September
    shared her powerful personal story of struggle and success.                                                                                 Visit the web site for more detailed information on events                             One of our best memories is the YWCA golf
                                                                              Sherry Partlow          Erin Dommes           Rissa Wabaunsee          www.ywcabellingham.org                                                           tournament . It was hard to let it go after 32 years but
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Chmelik Sitkin and Davis made it a lot easier by
    Many of you were motivated to be even more generous – at
    least one person wrote a second check – and many of us were         Joining the YWCA board at its May meeting, in addition to Sherry                                                                                            making the ywca the beneficiary of their own very
    inspired to ask why we don’t do more, not just for others, but      Partlow, were Erin Dommes, operations & marketing coordinator                          YWCA Needs List                                                     successful Golf Tournament. September will mark the second
                                                                        for the Bellingham Festival of Music; Jonita (Jay) Johnson (photo not                                                                              year the event. Last year, they raised over $13,000 for the YWCA of
    also for ourselves. One of our favorite boutique volunteers had                                                                              • Newsletter Sponsor                                                      Bellingham.
    always wanted to do more for our residents than run the bou-        available), author and group life counselor for chemically addicted
                                                                        teens; and Rissa Wabaunsee, vice president of instruction at             • Residential Refrigerator for 2nd floor
    tique. She now runs regular classes for them. I haven’t been to                                                                                                                                                        Thanks very much for the very generous support and thanks for helping
                                                                        Northwest Indian College. The four were elected to the board at the          (height 64” x width 30.5” x depth 29”)
    one but they are very well attended and from down the hall I                                                                                                                                                           us make new memories.
    hear music and cheers and a lot of laughter. Students and           April Annual Meeting.                                                    • Toothbrushes, Deodorant, Shampoo (full size)
    Teacher all having a great time. And as a bonus we have a                                                                                    • Alarm clocks, kitchenware (silverware, dishes, pots,
    new energetic boutique coordinator.                                 Kathryn Hanowell, City of Bellingham human resources manager,
                                                                        rejoined the board after a year’s leave of absence while she served          pans) twin bedding                                                             Lawn Sale, July 29th
    Thanks to Jo, Judy, our terrific volunteers and all of you for      on the county’s Charter Review Commission.                               • Professional clothing for women who visit BTWB
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   We don’t have a garage. But we do have a lovely lawn, so we’ll have a sale to
    generating a wave of energy and support big enough to keep                                                                                       (12+ needed) When you drop off your clothing bring in         match, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 29.
    the YW Board and staff floating into our 100th anniversary. We’ll   We bid a fond farewell to retiring board members Meg Bruck
                                                                                                                                                     your old cell phones & printer cartridges. We get a small
    begin our Centennial Celebration at our May 2007 Leadership         (former President), Elsie Heinrick (immediate past Treasurer),                                                                             There will be shop and garden tools, kitchen and dining items, CDs, books,
                                                                                                                                                     rebate we can use for Boutique expenses
    Breakfast. We hope you’ll join us as we remember 100                Jenny MacQuarrie (immediate past Vice President) and Grace                                                                                 home furnishings small enough to cart away, electronics – plus, plus, plus.
    amazing years and plan for 100 more.                                Phelan (former Special Events Chair). We thank them for their
                                                                        combined 23 years of service as board members and know they will
                                                                                                                                                                  YWCA Wish List
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Anyone who can help price items in advance, help set up or sell – you are
                                                                                                                                                 • Digital Camera for YWCA use…. we’ve been borrowing
                                                                        continue their strong support as active YWCA members – in Meg’s                                                                            MOST welcome. If you have any questions, or would like to volunteer, please
                                                                        case, in Cincinnati to which she returned after many years in                                                                              contact Diane Hagen (398-1375 or cdiane61@hotmail.com) or just call 734-4820.
       Thank You, Generous Friends                                      Bellingham.
                                                                                                                                                 • Commercial Kitchen Refrigerator

                                                                                                                                                 • Piano for our Ballroom
                   Through its Community Contribution Fund, the
                                                                        We welcome new Office Manager Arleen Hites, a Blaine native                                                                                                  Thank You to our Volunteers
                   Lummi Nation donated $8,000 to our YW                                                                                         • Vacuum Cleaners
                   during a ceremony in the Wex li em                   who came to the YWCA staff from Washington State University                                                                                Darlene Adams        Sandy Castellano         Vern Hagen              Janet Riley
                   Community Building. A portion of the gift was a      where she was the sociology department’s academic coordinator.           • Dorm-size Refrigerators                                         Becky Barras         Robin Cooper             Kaisa Herschleb         Marilyn Vaux
                   Leadership Breakfast sponsorship; the                Welcome, also, to Robin Cooper, who replaces Ariel O’Neill as                                                                              Barbie Barry         Yvonne Erickson          Ariel O’Neill           Lee Willis
                                                                        volunteer coordinator of the Back-to-Work Boutique. Ariel will stay      • Twin Bed Metal Frame; Bed and Box-Spring                        Kathryn Brown        Elaine Floyd             Lindsay Petersen        Michelle Zimberoff
                   remainder supports general operations.
                                                                        on as a boutique volunteer.                                                                                                                Amy Carr             Diane Hagen              Grace Phelan
                                                                                                                                                 • VHS movies (used okay)

                                       Visit us on the web at www.ywcabellingham.org                                                                                                          Visit us on the web at www.ywcabellingham.org
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                                                                        Thank You!                                                                                                                                                                               news

                                                                        (Current Members as of June 30, 2006)                                                                                             Spring Blossomed with Words, Theater and Music
                                                                                                                                                                                           This spring was an exceptional time for collaborations in the arts, bringing words and music to the ballroom with the Writing Women II
    Larrabee ($1000+)    Marie Miller            Jayne Freudenberger    Susan Bennerstrom     Betsy Freeman        Marian Main          Rita Schlotterback     Dean Rogers                 series and the Madrona Quartet, and an extraordinary evening of theater, benefiting the YWCA and Lummi Victims of Crime, to the
    Charlotte Abbott     Joyce Morse             Jean Gorton            Gail Bernard          Mindy Frost          Violet Malone        Elizabeth Schoenfeld   Randall Senf
    CarolynBlocher       Nancy Neal              Theresa Green          Dorothy Berry         Kathy Gablehouse     April Markiewicz     Helen Scholtz          John Stewart                Pickford Dream Space.
    Kathryn Brown        Susan Neaton            Gail Grossman          Patricia Bieber       Nancy Gale           Kay Mason            Mary Serka             Scott Walker
    Meg Bruck            Diane Norman            Sue Guenter-           Holmes                Deborra Garrett      Deborah Mastin       Madeline Sheplor       Paul Wright                                                                                                                    was written and
    Jo Ann Collinge      Sarah Papageorge        Schlesinger            Ronna Biggs           Cindy Geri           Marilyn Mastor       Elizabeth Sherry
    Dorothy Denton       Theresa Parakh          Diane Hagen            Judith Blount         Marilyn Gill         Aundrea McBride      Debra Siguaw           Honorary                                                                          performed by 11 WWU and community women May 20 in the
    Ruth Flucke          Sherry Partlow          Barbara Hancock        Kathleen Bocchi       Gina Gobo            Susan McCallum       Dee Stahl              JA Jance                                                                          Dream Space. It was staged as a “fashion show” that exposes
    Elsie Heinrick       Ingeborg Paulus         Sally Hansberry        Audrey Borders        Gaye Godfrey         Barbara McCollom     Adrienne Stevens-      Sherrie Lutsch
    Kay Ingram           Kathleen Pennington     Susan Harrison         Katharine Bothel      Elaine Granger       Virginia McEvoy      Meyer                  Mary Metzger                                                                      stereotypes about race, sex, ethnicity, class, physical appearance and
    Noriko Lao           Sheila Rhodes           Gayle Helgoe           Bobbie Bouverat       Natasha Green        Phyllis McKee        Mary Anne Stuckart     Luci Northcote Shaw                                                               gender.
    Mary Robinson        Alice Richards          Beatrice Hellis        Marian Boylan         Marjorie Gregg       Darlene McLeod       Dawn Sturwold          Lesley Rigg
    Phyllis Self         Nina Richardson         Eva Hunter             Linnea Broker         Sue Hagan            Joan McLeod          Susan Thomas           Jo Ann Roe                                                                          Designed to raise consciousness and conscience, the performance
                         Pat Rose                Kirsti James           Anne Brown            Marc Hagen           Nancy Merry          Adele Toennessen       Sara Stamey                                                                       also raised $223 for the YWCA.
    Philanthropy         Jacqueline Ryan         Dee Johnson            Kim Brown             Marie Hammer         Gloria Miller        Karen Tolliver         Lisa Stone
    ($500+)
                         Orphalee Smith          Phyllis Jones          Mary Louise Brown     Dimity Hammon        Margaret Miller      Susan Trimingham       Robin Wallbridge                                                        WWU alumna Stephany K. Hazelrigg created, directed, facilitated
                                                                                                                                                                                            Some of the cast members of Undressing the ‘Other’
    Sue Anderson         Aline Soundy            Jay Kaemingk           Teresa Burt           Linda Harduar        Helene Minari        Eugenie Tung
    Judith Andress                                                                                                                                                                         and hosted the performance in which women told their own stories of facing and overcoming stereotypes. A
                         Marty Spratt            Debbie Kiene           Ann Buswell           Sheila Hardy         Claire Mitchell      Jane Van Voorst        In Honor of…
    Joyce Cheney         Chris Thompson          Christine Koplowitz    Marilew Calapp        Jeri Harris          Jane Morgan          Angela Vandenhaak                                  powerful and thought-provoking evening of theater, the project was supported by Western’s Social Issues                         Art by Rosalie Rojo
    Margaret Curtis                                                                                                                                                 Kathryn Brown
    Kathryn Hanowell
                         Mary Pat Thuma          Barbara Kotsogean      Catherine Campbell    Sonia Hayes          Gabrielle Morganti   Suzanne Vawter         Given by: Sue Anderson      Resource Center and the performers.
                         Christina Tucker        Amy Leonhardt          Bess Christman        Laurie Heck          Carole Morris        Denise Vega
    Mauri Ingram         Leslie Veitch           Julie Lockhart         Ann Clark             Sue Ellen Heflin     Colleen Morse        Rissa Wabaunsee             Kay Ingram
    Julie Johansen       Denise Weeks            Cheryl Lord            Barbara Clark         Catherine Herbold    Karen Morse          Mandy Walker           Given by: Chris Foss                                                                                                                          For more
                                                                                                                                                                                           Special thanks are due YWCA staff member Joselynn Plank for initiating and coordinating this to replace musical evenings,
    Linda Lambert        Carol Whelchel          Elaine Lynch           Jean Clark            Patricia Hite        Marty Mulholland     Ann Ware
    Peggy Onustack                                                                                                                                                 Bessie Lambert
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    Amory Peck
                         Gretchen White          Cindy Madigan          Patricia Clarke       Carol Hitz           Ruth Mulvihill       Susan Webber           Given by: Linda Lambert     performance as well as that of the Madrona String Quartet.                                   you have our beyond-repa e need
                         Robin Williams          Julianne McGuire       Amy Cloud             Sue Hoidal           Meredith Murray      Bekki Weston                                                                                                                                             a                 ir p spare ba             iano. If
    Grace Phelan                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           outs                 b
                                                                                                                                                                                           All Western music majors, the quartet performed a benefit concert for the YWCA in the ballroom – o tanding playing c y grand in
                                                 Jean Melious           Tamara Cooper-        Judith Hoover        Rachel Myers         Pennie Whitish              Amory Peck
    Pam Sankey           Supporting ($85+)                                                                                                                     Given by: Noriko Lao
                                                 Kellie Nelson          Woodrich              Rosemary Hostetler   Sandra Myers         Kathryn Whitmer                                                                                                                                         rk                  on
    Tracey Smith         Joan Airoldi            Patricia O’Brien       Susan Corkery         Cathy Huhndorf       Trish Navarre        E Ann Whitmyer                                     May 27. An enthralled audience heard works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Ralph Vaughan would now of someone dition to donate
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                                                                                                                                                                                           Williams plus a three-part work written for the quartet by Hau-Wei Chang, who is completing his Please e happy to give it o does – we
    Susan Wood           Carol Ann Andrews       Pamela Pearsall        Dominique Coulet      Victoria Janney      Adrienne Nelson      Margaret Wild          Given by:
                         Edna Arthurs            Karen Profit           du Gard               Carolyn Jenkins      Amy Nicol            Althea Wiley                                                                                                                                               call or e-m         a good h
                                                                                                                                                               Tom & Janet Boyhan          bachelor’s degree at WWU. The concert was free, but donations from an audience of 70 totaled Julie Fos              a                ome
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ter (734-4 il Executive Dire .
    Sustaining ($135+)   Annette Bagley          Susan Rice             Linda Crawford        Christine Jenkins    Lucille Nollette     Carrie Wiley
    Candice Ambrosio                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      julie@yw                               ctor
                         Cynthia Bauleke         Cindy Sidow-McCrory    Elizabeth Cross       Rebecca Johnson      Ruth Norman          Erica Wiley                                        $333.                                                                                                    ca
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    Beth Anderson        Vonnie Baumgartner      Louise Starr           Barbara Davidson      Joanna Johnston      Ann Nugent           Patricia Woehrlin                                                                                                                                                          bellingha            04 or
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                         Janet Berg              Ann Suloway            Gail deHoog           Laine Johnston       Nicole Oliver        Cheryl Wolf            Special thanks for          Quartet members were Sharon Wherland and Catherine Remsen (violins), Casey Mullin (viola)
    Cheryll Blair        Louise Bjornson                                                                                                                       generous donations...
    Stephanie Bowers
                                                 Karen Summers          Jo Dereske            Clara Jones          Doris Olmstead       Jeanne Yanco                                       and Christopher Gillgren (cello). Guest baritone was Blake Adams. It was a farewell for the quartet,
                         Wendy Bohlke            Nancy Swan             Jeanne Dinehart       Clare Jones          Ariel O’Neill        Sandra Yeater Smith      Bellingham Unitarian
    Jenny Burkart        Sharon Bowen            Mary Swenson           Erin Dommes           Iris Jones           Mary Osbourn         Susanna Yunker                                     which was formed in 2005. Wherland, who is also a painter, and Mullin graduated from WWU in June; Adams is moving
    Gelhar                                                                                                                                                             Fellowship
    Laurie Cockrell
                         Barbara Brown           Bonnie Trenouth        Susan Donnelly        Sheryl Jurges        Judy Osmundson       Penny Zehnder                                      to Chicago.
                         Leslie Brown            Teresa Van Haalen      Joanne Douglas        Joy Keenan           Lois Oswalt          Michelle Zimberoff         Bohemian Bliss &
    Sharon Coss          Leslie Bryson                                                                                                                                                     Despite some competition from a Hip-Hop event across the street, both performers and audience members commented on the good
                                                 Mary Jane Vetter       Caryl Dunavan         Clara Kelly          Lorretta Palagi      Peggy Zoro                    Kay Mott
    Barbara Craig        Mary Margret Caldwell
    Dorothy Dale
                                                 Nicole Walker          Mary Jo Durborow      Linda Kelly          Sandy Paris                                                             acoustics in the ballroom.
                         Susan Cedergreen        Nona Wegers            Brenda Dyrland        Kay Kennedy          Hilary Parker        Associate                  Calling All Angels
    Toni Denton          Laura Chandler                                                                                                 Pete Atha
                                                 Carla Williams         Mary Eastham          Laurine Keyes        Mary Passmore
    Bonnie Donaghy
    Lynda Edwards
                         Kirsti Charlton         Judith Wiseman         Marie Eaton           Rose Kirkbride       Joan Penney          Hartwell Bressler         Freedom Church           Writing Women II – the second collaboration of the YWCA, Whatcom Literacy Council and Village books – concluded in May.
                         Mary Cole               Evelyn Wright          Helen Edwards         Judy Kleinberg       Joselynn Plank       Steve Brinn               Unitarian of Blaine
    Anne Marie Faiola    Emma Conlee                                                                                                    Keith R. Carpenter                                 Beginning in January, the series highlighted the experiences and works of local women authors Sara Stamey, Jo Ann Roe, Mary
                                                 Marcia Yeakel          Judi Edwards          Harriet Knight       Lisa Plenkovich
    Rosemary Flora       Karen Copetas                                                                                                  Tim Douglas
    Nan Geer
                                                 Susan Zoller           Janet Eerkes          Joanne Knittel       Donna Pollman                               Soroptomist International   Janell Metzger and Luci Northcote Shaw. Robin Wallbridge, Sherrie Lutsch and Lesley Rigg of the Mockingbird trio sang and, for the
                         Linda Cowan                                    Sheri Emerson         Joanne Kotjan        Sue Prather          Lee Eberhardt               of Bellingham
    Debra Gleeson        Nina Cox                Basic ($35+)           Phyllis Entrikin      Rita Kraft           Sandy Pratt          George Edwards                                     first time, talked about what inspires their lyrics.
    Kristi Gruett        Barbara Craigie         Nancy Abbott                                                                           Leonard Fitzgerald
                                                                        Tonya Erickson        Patricia Lagerwey    Carol Radke
    Sylvia Haggen        Cheryl Crazy Bull       Kandace Aksnes         Yvonne Erickson       Reo Lanham           Sheila Randall       Bill Freudenberger
                                                                                                                                                                  Village Books for        In appreciation for their presentations, all were given honorary memberships and lapel pins.
    Gail Haines                                                                                                                                                 donating books for our
                         Deborah DeWees          Lynn Allison           Carol Ericsson        Maren Larson         Mary Rankin          Vern Hagen
    Maia Haykin          Jean Dodd               Joan Arnold                                                                            Anthony Harduar
                                                                                                                                                                  residents monthly        Each presentation attracted a different audience, some who had never visited the YWCA before. We thank the Bellingham Herald,
                                                                        Mary Fehrnan          Maxine Lauer         Sherry Red Owl
    Anne Hildebrand      Jennifer Dorr           Amber Asbjornson       Jo Anne Feringer      Janice Lee           Catherine Reis-El    Edward Hayes, Jr         A continued thanks to
                                                                                                                                                                                           NW Entertainment News, Village Books’ Chuckanut Reader, the Lynden Tribune and KGMI for spreading the word about the series.
    Marly Hogan          Becky Elmendorf         Suzanne Baker                                                                          Michael Henniger
                                                                        Doris Ferm            Deymian Lesar        Bara                                        La Vie En Rose Bakery
    Iris Kaneshige       Patti Ennen             Pam Bakke              Julia Findley         Martha Leviel        Kay Rich             Steve Hoekstra                                     And we are grateful to our co-sponsors, especially the Literacy Council’s Rachel Myers and Village Books’ Dee Robinson, for
    Pamela Kiesner                                                                                                                                                        and
    Kathleen Kitto
                         Kim Erickson            Noemi Ban              Varya Fish            Mary Lewis           Renee Roberts        Bill Hogan                Sehome Starbucks         collaborating on this series in 2005 and, again, this year.
                         Cathy Fairbanks         Carol Barbo            Caroline Flickinger   Bobbie Lively        Sharon Roof          Dennis Joines           for donating goodies to
    Linda Krebs          Janis Fensch            Robin Barker                                                                           Jim Kane
                                                                        Kelly Follis          Ronna Loerch         Anna Ross                                         our residents
    Mary LeDonne
    Megan Lynch
                         Harriet Fine            Wendy Barrett          Shirley Forslof       Lois Longwood        Barbara Ryan         Don Keenan                                         Thanks to our Leadership Breakfast Table Captains
                         Julie Fleetwood         Judy Barton            Julie Foster          Jennifer Lovchik     Rita Ryder           C.X. Larrabee               ...and thanks to
    Fran Maas            Christine Foss          Virginia Beck Foster   Arla Fowler           Janet Lutz-Smith     Stephanie            Brian Lynch                                        Charlotte Abbott ● Candice Ambrosio ● Carol Ann Andrews ● Pat Bieber ● Wendy Bohlke ● Stephanie Bowers ● Anne Brown ● Barbara Brown
    Jenny MacQuarrie                                                                                                                                               FedEx Kinko’s for
                         Sheila Fox              Darci Bellingar        Kathryn Franks        Marilyn Mahan        Salzman              Arlan Norman            discounting the printing
                                                                                                                                                                                           ● Kathryn Brown ● Leslie Bryson ● Joyce Cheney ● Bess Christman ● Barbara Clark ● Laurie Cockrell ● Jo Collinge ● Yvonne Erickson ●
    Jan Marchbanks
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    Help Place a Foot on the Road to Success                                                        Fall Speaker Series
    No matter what the job is – office, shop or factory – an applicant                                                                                                          Hall of Fame Honors                                        Confronting Predatory Lending
                                                                                                        Goodbye Box Lunch
    must make a good first impression. So, in addition to clothing and
                                                                                                        Hello Soapbox Series                                                    Six Exceptional Women                                   At its April meeting, the board of directors voted unanimously to support
    accessories from head-to-toe, our Back-to-Work Boutique volunteers
    also provide fashion consults. Professional haircuts, too.                                                                                                                                                                          passage of legislation regulating “predatory practices” of payday-lending
                                                                                         We are launching what we hope will become a new fall tradition:     Six women, who have made exceptional contributions to this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        companies “to provide fair and reasonable consumer protections” for
    Regular donors know and provide just what our clients need. Our                      The Soapbox Series. This replaces the fall luncheon series –        community, were inducted into the Northwest Women’s Hall of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Washington residents.
    clients appreciate your contributions. Our volunteers appreciate                     although it retains many of its aspects.                            Fame during its 8th annual dinner in March:
    some pre-sorting, if humanly possible.                                                                                                                                                                                              The board supports reforms such as capping annual interest rates,
    When you suggest – or are asked about, possible donations – let                      As it has in the past, the series will have engaging speakers who                 Noémi Ban, a survivor who teaches lessons of the             lengthening reimbursement periods, banning internet loans to prevent
    your friends know clothing should be work-appropriate, clean,                        provoke thought and, we hope, action on issues of importance to                   Holocaust, for “creating tomorrow’s hope from                out-of-state lenders from circumventing Washington law and prohibiting
    stain-free, smoke-free, in good repair and, if possible, suited to the               the YWCA mission: eliminating racism and empowering women. It                     yesterday’s pain.”                                           mandatory arbitration in disputes about payday-lending contracts.
    season. If clothing is otherwise in good condition, we can arrange for               will, again, be from noon to 1:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of
    dry cleaning.                                                                        each month – September 21, October 19 and November 16.                                                                                         According to the State Attorney General’s Web site (http://
                                                                                                                                                             Jody Guenser and Pam Sinnett,                                              www.atg.wa.gov/teenconsumer/pages/finances/paydayloans.htm), “if
    All sizes are welcome, but there is special need for sizes 12-14 and                 What The Soapbox Series won’t have is lunch, at least not one       co-founders of the Samish School, “for                                     you calculate the loan cost by annual percentage rate,” $15 interest on a
    above as well as larger-sized items for women of shorter stature.                    that the YWCA provides at a cost to participants. We’ll set up      nurturing love of learning in pre-schoolers                                one-month $100 payday loan “explodes to 360 percent.” If borrowers
                                                                                         tables and welcome people to bring brown bags or those lovely       for two decades.”                                                          can’t pay within a limited time period, other penalties accrue, making
    If you, or someone you know, has the ability to get the most out
                                                                                         carry-out containers. We’ll provide coffee, tea, water, light                                                                                  what seems like a temporary respite an increasing financial strain.
    of a minimal wardrobe while adapting to other people’s tastes
                                                                                         dessert – and lots of food for thought.
    and styles – please volunteer yourself (or her) as a consultant.                                                                                                       Karen Morse, Western Washington University
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The YWCA stands for eliminating racism and empowering women.
    Hours are flexible. Rewards are priceless.                                                                                                                             President, “for opening doors to thousands of future
                                                                                         By eliminating what, for some, is a prohibitive cost, we hope to                                                                               Predatory practices by payday lenders target low-income people,
    If you have questions, or would like to volunteer for a satisfying role                                                                                                leaders.”
                                                                                         expand the audience for issues of importance to our community.                                                                                 students, military families and people of color.
    in empowering women, please call 734-4820.                                           In the same spirit, we’re adding two evening events at 6:30 p.m.
                                                                                         Thursday, October 5 and October 19, to widen the reach of our                                                                                  These largely unregulated companies help drive those most in need
                                                                                         advocacy programs to those who can’t attend noontime                                                                                           deeply into debt. The board believes that the YWCA must speak out
                                                                                         presentations.                                                      Catherine Tally, the late Lummi Nation Elder,                              against such a burden on families in our community and throughout our
                                                                                                                                                             for “setting an example of leadership – with                               state.
                                                                                         Pending confirmation of speakers – this is the tentative Soapbox    hands and heart.”
                                                                                         Series agenda:                                                                                                                                 Community forums to bring the issue of predatory lending more sharply
                                                                                              September 21 at noon, Our Invisible Neighbors, a                                                                                          into public awareness are on our fall agenda with the first slated for 6:30
                                                                                         discussion of immigrants in our community – both legal and                        The Legacy Award, for those who set an example               p.m., Thursday, October 19 in collaboration with the statewide Poverty
                                                                                         undocumented.                                                                     for today’s women, went to internationally                   Action Network.

                                                                                              October 5, only at 6:30 p.m., The Impossible Dream? a                        recognized artist Helen Loggie (1895-1976).
                                                                                         panel on economic barriers to home ownership and ways to
                                                                                         surmount them.                                                                                                                                                                       Many Thanks to Clarence
                                                                                               October 19 at noon and again, at 6:30 p.m., Quick Loans       Since its founding in 1999, the Hall has honored 30                                                              “Sharkey” Leavitt of the
                                                                                         or Quicksand? A collaboration with the statewide Poverty Action     contemporary Whatcom County women and five Legacy                                                                Nooksack Tribe for fixing our
                                                                                         Network, these events will outline the need to curb predatory       awardees. Nominations can be made throughout the year.                                                           vacuum cleaners over the years.
     Getting Ready for the Human Race at Maritime Heritage Park - photo by Sally Kolar   practices of the booming “payday loan” industry. For the YWCA       Forms are available on www.ywcabellingham.org (see                                                               His countless hours have saved us
                                                                                         position on this issue, see page 5.                                 programs).                                                                                                       much money and helped keep our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              building clean!
                            Human Race 2006                                                    November 16 at noon, A Long Look at Legislation,
    Thanks to our team “Y not YW” for raising approximately $375 and $281.25             previews what like-minded groups hope to accomplish on issues
    of that comes to the YWCA and $93.75 goes to support the                             affecting women and families during the 2007 “long” legislative
    Whatcom Volunteer Center. Our team participants were Candy Caldwell,                 session.                                                                                                                 Donation Memorials
    Renee C., Nicole Chatfield, Krystol Daughtery, B Evans, Arleen Hites,                                                                                    In Memory of Peggy Bishop     In Memory of Ann C. Durborow   In Memory of Dorothy Giesieke In Memory of Teri Smith      In Memory of Matilda June Servold
    Dan Johns, Ginny Van Wingerden, Jesse Johns, Kim Martin, Joselynn                                                                                        Janet Lutz-Smith              Mary Jo Durborow              Mary LeDonne                   Leslie Bryson                Dee Stahl
                                                                                         As always, we welcome your comments about – and                                                                                                                Julie Fleetwood
    Plank, Dolly Witt, Paul Wright. Congratulations to the Early Bird Winners:
                                                                                         suggestions for – YWCA programs. Please contact the program         In Memory of Dorothy Cloud    In Memory of Mary Amelia Egan In Memory of Ellen J. Morse    Sally Hansberry              In Memory of Sara Steensland
    Arleen Hites, Jesse Johns & Ginny Van Wingerden. Congratulations to                                                                                      Amy Cloud                     Jackie Ryan                   Colleen Morse                  Phyllis Self                 Laurie Cockrell
    the Whatcom Volunteer Center for a successful event. 500 participants
                                                                                         committee through ywca@ywcabellingham.org or by calling
                                                                                         Project Coordinator Joselynn Plank at 734-4820 EXT 103.                                                                                                        Aline Soundy
    raised over $58,000 for 60 non-profits. Many thanks to those of you who                                                                                  In Memory of Mabel Crittenden In Memory of Jean High Franks In Memory of Barbara Partlow   St Paul’s Episcopal Church   In Memory of Catherine Tally
    made pledges for our racers. It was so much fun this year...lets do it again                                                                             Susan Zoller                  Katie Franks                  Sherry Partlow                                              Kay Sardo & Dennis Lane
    next year! -Joselynn Plank


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