Local non-profits meet at Merrill Gardens to discuss community

On Thursday September 29th, fifteen local non-profit groups were represented at a "meet and greet" reception held at the Kirkland Merrill Gardens. The goal of the meeting, organized by For Kirkland, was to facilitate conversations between non profits serving Kirkland residents. For Kirkland is a  non-profit organization created by some of Kirkland's civically-minded individuals. The group counts State Representative Larry Springer, Deputy Mayor Penny Sweet and Council member Doreen Marchione among its members. Springer facilitated the conversation with two questions:   What have you done to build community in Kirkland?  And how can your organization play a more active role in unifying our community?

The groups represented included Y.E.S., Friends of Youth, Residence XII, Hopelink, KITH, Sibling House, Lake Washington Technical College, Kirkland Heritage Society, Eastside Timebank, Kirkland Cultural Council, Lake Washington Schools Foundation, ARCH, NAMI and the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce.

This meeting was the first of its kind for Kirkland First organization. Looking ahead, For Kirkland plans more meetings to bring nonprofit, civic, business and neighborhood leaders together to discover common ground on issues challenging the Kirkland community. For Kirkland says it "strives to act as both catalyst and diplomat to insure that soft spoken reasoned voices are heard equally."

For Kirkland Mission Statement:

For Kirkland is dedicated to creating a healthy, sustainable city by promoting service to the community, active citizen engagement in city decision making, and a robust, honest dialogue.

From www.forkirkland.org:

For Kirkland is dedicated to creating a healthy, sustainable city by promoting service to the community, active citizen engagement in city decision making, and a robust, honest dialogue regarding issues facing our community and region.

For Kirkland will promote:

  • Sustainable growth in keeping with community values
  • Vibrant business community
  • Forthright exchange of ideas and positions
  • Kirkland's active participation in regional forums
  • A non-partisan approach to political decision making
  • Dissemination of factual information concerning issues faced by the city of Kirkland
  • Forums by which the community can discuss issues
  • Vibrant and sustainable businesses, neighborhoods and community

Founding Members

Armene Wegner Jay Arnold Michelle Sailor
Bonnie McLeod Joe Castleberry Nona Gantz
Bruce Reid Johanna Palmer Sants Contreras
Dan Krehbiel Kellie Jordan Sue Contreras
G.G. Getz Larry Springer Sharon Clark
Mary Alyce-Burleigh

Board of Directors

Dan Krehbiel, President

Bonnie McLeod, Vice President

Jay Arnold, Secretary

Joe Castleberry, Treasurer