2019 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

City recognizes community service

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
Lynnwood Times photo of volunteers playing a game of Yatzee. Left to Right: Officer Nic, Elaine Solvang, Leah Jensen, and councilmember Christine Frizzell.

In recognition of 19,000 hours of volunteer hours in 2018, the city of Lynnwood hosted a “Roaring 20’s” themed volunteer appreciation dinner at the Lynnwood Convention Center on April 24. The event respresented volunteers from the Arts Commission, Civil Service Commission, History & Heritage Board, Human Services Commission, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Commission, Parks & Recreation Board, Planning Commission, Tourism Advisory Commissiom, Fire Corps, Volunteers in Public Safety (VIPS), Citizens Patrol, Police Explorers, Aquatics Volunteers, Park Improvement Volunteers, Senior Center, and Friends of the Library.

Misty Burke, Events and Outreach Coordinator for the city of Lynnwood said, “What makes this event special is the amount of enthusiasm, passion and dedication from members of the community. The volunteers worked an incredible 19,000 hours, which is equivalent to nine full-time employees.”

Commander Wes Deppa of the Lynnwood Police Department was the emcee for the event. Both Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith and councilmember Christine Frizzell addressed volunteers and thanked them on behalf of the city. The six piece electro swing band, Good Co, kicked off the evening event with classic 1920s themed performances and volunteers enjoyed 20’s themed games of Yatzee and blackjack.

To volunteer for the city of Lynnwood, visit online at http://www.lynnwoodwa.gov/City-Services/Community-Outreach/Volunteer.htm.

Mario Lotmore

Mario Lotmore is originally from The Bahamas and for the last seven years has called Mukilteo, WA his home. Having lived in every region of the United States has exposed him to various cultures, people, and approaches to life. Lotmore created the Lynnwood Times to represent the character of a diverse and growing Lynnwood. The launching of the city’s community newspaper will only help bring neighborhoods together. Lotmore was an industrial engineer by trade and proven success implementing and managing lean accountable processes and policies within his eighteen years of operations excellence, strategic development, and project management in the aerospace, manufacturing, and banking industries. Over his career he has saved and created hundreds of union and non-union jobs. Lotmore is the President of a Homeowner Association, an active Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics volunteer in his community, and former Boeing 747 Diversity Council leader. Mario’s talent is finding “that recipe” of shared destiny to effectively improve the quality of life for others.

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