If you’ve been to Christmas in Carnation, or the Great Carnation Fourth of July celebration, in the last decade or so, you’ve enjoyed the efforts of longtime community volunteer Kim Lisk.
A business owner (Swim with Kim), sitting Carnation City Councilor, and member of the Carnation Chamber of Commerce Board, Lisk has been organizing community events both large and small for as long as people can remember.
“I think it’s no surprise to anyone in here that Kim has been an anchor to the community,” Chamber Board President Eric Torrison told the group attending the March 16 Chamber of Commerce meeting.”The Fourth of July committee, (she) spent years putting that together and running it, the Snoqualmie Valley Community network which (she) jumped into with both feet, Carnation Chamber, Christmas in Carnation, and too many things to count.”
Torrison then presented Lisk with a plaque, saying “Those of us on the chamber board — you were conveniently not there that day — we decided we needed to recognize you for everything you’ve done in the community.”
Jason Walker and Irene Wickstrom of the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network also expressed their thanks to Lisk for her commitment to the organization, dedicated to supporting Valley youth through healthy choices education and substance-abuse and suicide prevention programs, among others.
“Kim is just an incredible powerhouse of creativity and ingenuity and coordination and general genius when it comes to our events and our fundraising,” Walker said, “and I have no doubt that it actually saves lives.”
Lisa Yeager, director of the Sno-Valley Senior Center interjected “The Snoqualmie Valley Network isn’t the only non-profit that Kim has helped.” Lisk has also been a regular volunteer at the senior center’s monthly steak dinners, helps to coordinate its annual fundraising auction, and chairs the “First Picks Party” leading up to the senior center’s annual plant sale in May.
“Kim is just an amazing organizer and event coordinator, and this Valley wouldn’t be the same without her.”
Surprised and honored, Lisk said “I do it because I love this community.”