Rotarians rally to make a new Valley emergency warming shelter

Rotary President Pete Bullard and Director Paula Edwards. - Courtesy photo
Rotary President Pete Bullard and Director Paula Edwards.
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When or if there is another prolonged electrical power outage in Snoqualmie Valley, residents can now seek shelter at either the Mount Si Senior Center or the Snoqualmie Valley YMCA.

Mount Si Senior Center recently secured a backup generator powered by natural gas, along with three natural gas water heaters. Like the generator at the YMCA, this new generator has a switch that automatically turns it on in the event that electrical power is lost. The Center also now has an external storage shed for emergency supplies.  Snoqualmie Valley Rotary president Peter Bullard sought and obtained several grants for this project. Grants included $5,000 from Snoqualmie Valley Rotary with a matching $5,000 grant from Rotary District 5030. Another $20,000 was provided by the Puget Sound Energy Foundation, $3,000 from the city of North Bend, and $2,500 from Cascade Covenant Church.  Rotary secretary Nancy Whitaker helped write and edit the grants. Rotary Service Committee Chairman Rick Woodruff oversaw construction and installation at the shelter.

On December 19, the senior center held a celebrator breakfast for Snoqualmie Valley Rotary, and the donors and supporters of the shelter. Among the attendees were North Bend Mayor Ken Hearing and Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson, Snoqualmie City Administrator Bob Larson, Snoqualmie Fire Chief Bob Rowe, Mount Si Senior Center Director Paula Edwards, Rotary District Governor Ezra Teshome, PSE Foundation Director Sandra Carson and King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert. The gathered group was entertained by the Mount Si High School Brass Quintet and the Mount Si High School Carolers.

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