At the December meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council, Ben Cober was selected as the new President.
Ann Forrest, the outgoing President, finished a term that began in September 2016, leading our community (especially in the area of emergency preparedness) for 4 years and 3 months, and was ready to move on (she’ll be helping the city reach out to non-English speakers).
Ben, you might recall, spearheaded the recent successful effort to get a grant from the city to have artists decorate utility boxes around the neighborhood. He has lived in three different parts of Seattle and says Victory Heights, “is the Goldilocks neighborhood.” In addition he said, “This is the kind of opportunity I’ve been waiting years to find. I come from a long line of community-engaged Cobers, and I believe very strongly in giving time, energy, and brain-power (and often sweat and blood) to bettering a neighborhood, region, or city. It’s one of the main reasons I’ve pursued business development in attractions like zoos, museums, aquariums, and the like – the belief in the power of placemaking and bettering a community. Additionally, I think you could count on me to pour my heart into the role, and be very collaborative and diplomatic.”
Welcome, Ben, we look forward to your contributions. Read more about him on LinkedIn.
And we’d really like to thank Ann Forrest for all her hard work over the past 4+ years. She helped us get a grant and set up the emergency preparedness hub in the park, and then made videos showing how it works, started our annual gingerbread house fundraiser, organized efforts to help the mosque and Teen Feed, and so much more! She is a machine and we were very lucky to have her as President for as long as we did.
In other Victory Heights news, sadly because of Covid, we won’t be doing any caroling this year. And our date for cooking for the Teen Feed this month will be on December 23rd. Write to VictoryHeights.Seattle@gmail.com to volunteer.