President’s Report for Spring 2019

By GG President Doug Whalley (’63)

Our New Grapevine Editor

This is the first Grapevine edited by Janet SAGE Whalley, ’64 (my wife). Janet replaces Lorraine HITT Carter, ’56, who retired after a very successful tenure. Janet was a childbirth educator for 35 years and the Executive Director of the Childbirth Education Association for 25 years. She is a co-author of the book, Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn, now in its 5th edition, which has sold over 1.5 million copies. Janet was the one to help the publisher to edit and format each edition. A great background for her new job, although without the royalties.

Changes Around the Roosevelt Neighborhood

If you have not visited Roosevelt High in a few years, you would be amazed at the changes in the area. The Light Rail Station off NE 65th is nearing completion, and apartment buildings are rising on the lots south of the school, replacing dilapidated homes (and unfortunately ruining the view of downtown Seattle from the school). The underground light rail system will connect the Roosevelt District with southbound trains to the University District, Husky Stadium, Capitol Hill, downtown Seattle, SeaTac Airport, and further south. Northbound trains will soon travel to Northgate, Shoreline, and eventually Everett. Teachers and students will make use of the trains, hopefully helping the severe parking problem around the school.

Golden Grad Superstars

In addition to thanking Lorraine Hitt Carter ’56 for her years of work on the Grapevine, Lisbeth Pisk ’49 retiring Chair of the Teacher’ Wish List committee deserves our thanks for her lengthy and successful term. I also appreciate Marilyn Meyer Sizer ’63 agreeing to take over as leader of that committee. Finally, a big thanks to Myrna Ferch Hillyer ’61 and her husband Pete, ’61 for their major donation described in the GG Board of Director’s report.

Help Golden Grads by Volunteering

We are blessed with many members who contribute time to Golden Grads, but we could use a few more.

• Our Board position of Financial Committee Chair is open, and we need a CPA (or the equivalent experience) to step up and volunteer. The position is not time-intensive. It simply entails reviewing our budget estimates, investments, and expenditures, and attending at most four Board meetings a year, in person or by phone. (In other words, you could live in Palm Springs.) Treasurer Mike Bush is doing a great job, but good financial management requires a second person reviewing our finances.

• Several classes need a Class Representative. We changed the name from “Class Secretary” to make it clear that you would not be doing any paperwork. The job involves simply maintaining email contact with Golden Grad members from your class, then collecting and forwarding their news reports. If your class lacks a representative, please contact Anne Chichester Temple, ’63.