President’s Message

Rob Schraff


Well, it’s that time of year. Time to look back, and to look forward. Here, with a peek back at 2010, is what your Mount Washington Association will be working on this year.

Helping in the Community

Mount Washington Association food drives annually deliver several pickup truck loads of much appreciated food to local needy and mentally ill. It is always a real pleasure for me to help with these drives, and we’re very grateful to Maria Gray for organizing them. Lynette Kampe has also been helping several families here on Mount Washington with food gathered in our drives. See Bennie Padilla’s story in this newsletter about our 2010 Holiday Food Drive. We have also made contributions to support the arts, Lummis Day, and to provide food gift certificates – in addition to hosting several local artists at our meetings. We will be preparing a budget for 2011 in our next Mount Washington Association Board meeting, please share your suggestions with me or another board member.


This year we made donations to help with gardening projects at Aldama School, in addition to grants to La Casita Verde and Aldama for books and gardening educational materials – even a composter! This year, Lynette Kampe has been working with the new principal at Mount Washington Elementary, and we’re hoping to begin a project there soon. Last year, we also made a grant to Mount Washington Elementary so Lynn Sosa’s sixth-grade class could make a trip to the Museum of Tolerance, and buy several related books for the school library. This year, we are very glad to have Pilar Buelna join our board. Pilar also serves as PTA President, and we are looking forward to working with her on school issues.


One backyard – or front yard! – at a time. That’s been the mantra of our community gardening efforts, led by Anna Carpenter, and it works. Thanks to Anna and Natalie Seaman, we have had several very fun meetings learning about worms, urban beekeeping and other helpful and informative gardening info – even plant and seed giveaways. We’re looking forward to more of the same this year.


We are continuing to work on our website, e-mail list and community outreach. We are required by our bylaws to produce a newsletter, but printing has become the biggest item in our annual budget. Nonetheless, we’d like to make the newsletter and website more self-supporting through sponsorship, as well as expand the valued source of local information your Mount Washington Association has become over more than 50 years.

Last, but most certainly not least, it is time for me to remind you how much your membership is valued as we continue to serve our community and our members. Please renew your membership.

With my very best wishes for the New Year to you and yours.  Rob Schraff.


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