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City of Seattle PO ri Te in Recognition of Karen Sisson WHEREAS, Karen Sisson served as an exemplary and extraordinary Executive Director of the Senior Center of West Seattle from 1988-2014; and WHEREAS, Karen Sisson during her twenty-five years as Director increased the Center’s budget from $115,000 to $670,000 and brought innovative and numerous new programs and services to the Center including creation of a computer lab starting with used computers, to a state-of- the-art facility with ongoing classes for seniors and the establishment of a thrift store called the Stop and Shop ~ the first in Seattle and King County; and WHEREAS, Karen Sisson brought “Meals on Wheels" to the Center and developed the Nutrition Lunch Program of affordable meals to seniors who depend on this meal for nutrition; and WHEREAS, Karen Sisson oversaw a $3 million renovation of the Center including a commercial kitchen and accessible bathrooms and many other improvements on time, under budget, and without interrupting programs for seniors; and WHEREAS, due to the leadership of Karen Sisson the West Seattle Senior Center is a thriving Center which is welcoming to all members of a diverse community exemplified by its wildly popular “Rainbow Bingo” for the LGBT community and friends; WHEREAS, in 1981-82, Karen Sisson received the award of Appreciation for Outstanding, Performance from Senior Services of Washington; and WHEREAS, in 1984, Karen Sisson received the Award for Professionalism and Outstanding Contribution to Senior Centers from the National Council on Aging and Washington State Senior Center Association; WHEREAS, from 1981 to 1988, Karen Sisson served on the Board of the National Council on ‘Aging and National Institute of Senior Centers; and WHEREAS, in 1996-97, Karen Sisson served as president of the Lions Club of West Seattle; and WHEREAS, in 2003, Karen Sisson was Grand Marshall of the West Seattle Grand Parade celebrating Seafair; and WHEREAS, Karen Sisson worked with state legislators and the State Liquor Control Board to allow an annual liquor license to Senior Centers. This created a new classification for Senior | ‘Centers and expanded their capacity for fundraising; and | WHEREAS, Karen Sisson, obtained grants from the city to expand the social worker program to meet and strengthen the Center’s focus on homebound Seniors needing assistance; and oe WHEREAS, Karen Sisson has received numerous awards including the Orville Rummel award for community service from the West Seattle American Legion Post #160 Now, therefore The Mayor of Seattle and The Seattle City Council proclaim June 10, 2015, Karen Sisson Day [Pre tan Councilmember Tom Rasmussen Counctimember Mike O’Brien Za pend a LN Crecente Councilmenfoer Kshama Sawant yaa John Okamoto