Save the Date: Blood Drive in Madison Park on July 8th

Summer at Bloodworks starts now. With schools on summer break, the 4th of July holiday, and summer vacations, we will see a sharp downturn in blood donations: 15% fewer peopleIt is incredibly difficult to generate enough donations during the summer, yet the need for blood never takes a vacation. Will you help us prepare for this tough season by donating at our upcoming blood drive?

Saturday, July 8th, 2017
4112 E Madison St. Seattle, WA 98112
Bloodmobile in Bank of America parking lot, across from Bert's Red Apple
10am – 4pm (closed 12pm – 1pm)
For questions about eligibility, please call Bloodworks NW at 800-398-7888

For over 70 years Bloodworks NW (formerly Puget Sound Blood Center) has been serving our community and supplying the blood used in the 70+ regional hospitals we serve. We are a non-profit, independent, volunteer-supported and community-based blood center, employing over 900 people in western Washington. We are the chosen provider of blood components for local hospitals including:

  • UW Medical Center
  • Harborview Medical Center
  • Swedish Medical Center
  • Evergreen Medical Center
  • Overlake Hospital

Special thanks to:

  • Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
  • Virginia Mason Medical Center
  • Group Health Medical Center (now Kaiser Permanente)
  • VA Puget Sound Healthcare
Dana Hanna
Welcome, new MVCC board members!

We grew our strength as a community on June 20th by electing several new faces to the Madison Valley Community Council Board of Directors. Here is your 2017 MVCC board:

  • Penelope Karovsky - President
  • Dana Hanna - Vice President
  • Cherie Sato - Treasurer
  • Diane Zahn - Secretary
  • Kevin Murphy - Board Member
  • Jennifer Goodwin - Board Member
  • Sarah Trethewey - Board Member
  • Ron Flynn - Board Member
  • Paddy McDonald - Board Member

That means we've filled nine of our ten board positions - and that's great news! We look forward to being able to take on more work to improve our community with the newly elected board. If you're interested in running for the tenth position, let us know - we can have interim elections for vacant positions at any of our meetings.

Dana Hanna
Candidates for the 2017 MVCC Board Elections

We'll be having our annual board elections at the MVCC meeting on June 20th. Please take a moment to review the candidates who've declared their interest. If you'd like to throw your hat into the ring, just shoot us an email at with your name, the position in which you're interested, and a short bio to share here.

We may add a few more candidates in the coming days. Check back!

Penelope Karovsky - President

Penelope is originally from Johannesburg, South Africa. She arrived in the US in 1964 with a new baby, a B.A. in English and Music, and much optimism. She settled in Seattle in 1977 and got a Ph.D. in Education. Now she's the proud grandmother of seven boys and a girl. She's been a Madison Valley resident since 2008. 

Penelope is our current president and is returning to run for a second term. 

Dana Hanna - Vice President

After spending years wandering the world as a video game producer, Dana arrived in the Pacific Northwest in 2002 and found her true home. She's been a resident of Madison Valley since 2008. She was elected as MVCC's vice president in 2016. In that time, she's helped drive the adoption of new bylaws and developed MVCC's new website.

Cherie Sato - Treasurer

Originally from Japan, Cherie has been a resident of Madison Valley for 13 years.  She is a financial and research analyst, and she has expertise in financial planning and economic forecasting for both the public and private sectors, including state and city governments.  She enjoys walking the neighborhood with her dog and kids and meeting the neighbors, so please don't hesitate to say hello.

Cherie serves as our current treasurer and is also returning to run for a second term.

Diane Zahn - Secretary

Diane Zahn has lived in the Madison Valley neighborhood for the past 12 years. She lives on East Republican Street with her husband, Mark McDermott, who has lived here since 1991.

Diane retired three years ago after a long career as an elected officer of a large private sector labor union. She served as the Union’s Secretary-Treasurer from 1995 to 2014. She currently serves as a private citizen on the Washington State Health Exchange Board which manages the ACA for the State of Washington.

Diane has been glad to meet more concerned neighbors through our effort to Save Madison Valley. She supports 'right sized' development, protecting our tree canopy, and a buffer between our neighborhood and the commercial development around us. You might see her tending the former parking strip which is now a garden in front of 3016 East Republican. Her mom, Stella, and grandson, Walter, help sometimes.

Sarah Tretheway - Board Member

Sarah moved to Madison Valley in 1995.  She got involved with MVCC in 2000 for a few years and during that time helped to get the P-patch built at 30th and Mercer. She also held the office of treasurer for a year.  She cares about the neighbors and the neighborhood and would like to see the council become an important asset in our community.

Sarah was elected to our newly expanded board at our May meeting.

Jennifer Goodwin - Board Member

Raised in the Central District, Jennifer attended Nova Alternative School, Seattle Central College, and Seattle University.  In 1987, she bought her first home in Madison Valley where she created a block watch and worked closely with the East Precinct Crime Prevention staff on behalf of neighbors on a block experiencing an upsurge in shootings and other violent crime. With a growing family, she moved just down the road, behind Promenade, and again worked as a block watch advocate while raising two fantastic sons.  Fifteen years later, she again made Madison Valley her home where she remains, passionate about preserving peace and keeping our fast growing city green and livable. 

Ron Flynn - Board Member

Ron is a 45-year resident of the Central area and a 40-year resident of Madison Valley. He is retired after 30 years as a commercial realtor. Ron is also the current president of The FAME Housing Board and Facilities Manager for the Martin Luther King Community Center.

Dana Hanna
Your Voice Your Choice Project Update

Excerpted from Your Voice Your Choice (YVYC):

In February, we were able to gather nearly 900 project ideas for improving parks and streets from all over the city. This far surpassed our expectations and illuminated the power and benefits of inviting community participation in the City budgeting process. Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit their ideas and to all our community partners who helped in getting the word out!
In March, we began the project development phase of the program. Teams of volunteers in each council district evaluated feasible project ideas based on impact and need and eventually narrowed the field to 10 great projects ideas per district. Thank you to the 267 community members who volunteered their time and energy to make this happen.

Check out the updated project map to see all the projects being considered.

Penelope Karovsky
Concerned About Our Trees? Take SDOT's Survey!

The Seattle Department of Transportation wants to get your thoughts on where and how they should focus street tree work through 2024. A representative says, "Moving into the second year of the program, we would like to engage with communities and do our part in creating and maintaining, clean, healthy, resilient, and safe environments." 

Give them feedback through this survey.  

Want more info and a description of the full plan? Check out their website here for more information.

Penelope Karovsky