Timberline’s distinctive forests are in generally good health. However, invasive species are creeping in around the edges from neighboring yards. Without removal, our forests will become wastelands of ivy, yellow archangel, blackberry, holly and laurel. Only 5 species, when over 25 natives currently offer a wide diversity of food and shelter for birds and bugs. To protect the diversity of plants in our forests, the HOA board is undertaking a restoration project to remove the invasive plants and add more native species in their place.
The first step in this project is updating the forest management plan created in the 1990’s. The first step in THAT process is to evaluate the current status of the forests. So on Saturday July 2, there will be teams working in the forests to document plants, soil conditions, etc. If you used the trails last Saturday, you may have noticed us measuring and identifying plants. Hopefully, we’ll finish this weekend and then we’ll begin writing the management plan update.
With the new plan in hand, we will apply for grants so we can hire crews to help Timberline volunteers restore the forests.
Watch for news on our progress and how you can get involved.
There is an upcoming Special Election on April 26, 2016. One issue on the ballot this year is the Lake Washington School District Bond Measure, which has an impact on the children in our community as well as those surrounding us. Please take a few moments to visit the following websites to learn more about this bond measure.
Lake Washington School district website: www.lwsd.org
Campaign website: www.vote4lwsdkids.org
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/More.Schools.for.More.Kids/
When your ballot arrives in the mail, please take the time to vote! If you are not already registered to vote, you need to do so by March 28. It only takes five minutes and you can do it online: www.vote.wa.gov
The new Timberline Community Club Board for 2016 is:
President: Kevin Jensen
Vice President: Kelly Lyon-King
Secretary: Kathi Lowe
Architectural Control Committee (ACC) Chair: Rebecca Lavier
Common Areas Management Committee (CAM) Chair: Michael Neale
Contact Information for the board is listed on the Meet Board webpage.
The position of secretary for our HOA in Timberline is a great way to volunteer within your community! The job requires a maximum time commitment of 2 to 2 ½ hours a month. As secretary, your job will be to record the minutes (or take notes) at monthly board meetings which will be posted on the Timberline CC website. On occasion you will be required to sign checks, assist the president and vice president with the creation of meeting agendas, and attend the end-of-year general membership meeting. This position is an easy way to get to know your community a little better. If interested please contact: timberlinecc@@live.com.
The Timberline Community Club Annual Meeting will be held Wednesday, December 16th, 2015 at the Blackwell Elementary School at 7:00 pm in the Library room.
Agenda items will include a review of TCC Board and Committee activities and challenges, financials, the proposed 2016 budget, updates on the Timberline Directory and Newsletter, and the election of the 2016 TCC Board and Committee Chairpersons. We will also discuss the proposed bike lanes on NE 37th Way and the barrier at NE 42ns Street.
Due to the closure today of our venue, Blackwell Elementary School because of the power outage, we have postponed our TCC Annual Meeting. We are aiming to reschedule this meeting for next week and will post the new date shortly.
My daughter’s Girl Scout Troop has decided to take over the Toys for Tots donation collection site at the entrance of Timberline – this is after talking to Dave Rowe and Bob Garrison about everything involved in this undertaking.
We have secured permission to be an official site from the US Marine Corps and plan to run it as has been done in the past – with signage, collection truck, carolers (done by the 4th grade girls of Troop #44170), etc. This will take place on December 5th from 3pm – 7pm.
This is a huge undertaking but my two co-leaders and I as well as our 17 girls are up to the challenge of providing toys for tots and carrying on this wonderful Timberline tradition. My husband and I do the lights and decorations at the front of Timberline for the holiday season and so we were planning to put up the big Toys for Tots sign up in the next week.