RHS

About RHS

RHS FOUNDERS

The first meeting of the Redmond Historical Society was called to order at 1:00 PM by Naomi Hardy, acting president. Twenty-two people attended the meeting. Naomi Hardy introduced Miguel Llanos who was acting treasurer and Margaret Wiese who was acting secretary. Attendees then introduced themselves and spoke briefly about their interests. An informal discussion followed. Charles Payton talked about forming an historical society. Articles of incorporation must be filed with the state to qualify for status as a non-profit group. Then a mission (general purpose of the group) and a vision for its future should be developed. Naomi Hardy suggested that specifics of this be discussed at the next meeting. And the rest was, as they say, history.

Saturday Speaker Series

10:30 a.m.  Second Saturday • September to April (no program in December or January)

Old Redmond Schoolhouse  Community Center • 16600 NE 80th Street, Redmond WA

$5.00 Suggested Donation for Non-Members

Speakers subject to change

 

program_speaker_WEBJoin us for the Redmond Historical Society Saturday Speaker Series. Programs range from residents speaking about childhood memories of growing up in the area to regional experts on such topics as the history of local logging, the Lake Washington shipyards, or a discussion of slavery, Civil War, and the Northwest.

 

The Society hosts six speakers a year (February-April, September-November). Programs are scheduled on the second Saturday of each listed month, 10:30 am-noon, in the Cotterill Auditorium at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center (ORSCC) at 16600 NE 80th Street, Redmond, WA, the same building that houses the Society Office.

 

Each program includes a presentation on some aspect of Redmond, regional, Eastside, or statewide history. Redmond Historical Society offers our Saturday Speaker Series at no charge to members and a suggested $5 donation to the public.

 

The Societyhopes to increase awareness of the activities of the organization and the important work of historical preservation. Preceding the program, we will say a few words about some aspect of the work of the Society. A few items of Society business may also be conducted, such as acknowledging a special volunteer or a Lifetime member.

 

The Society's annual membership meeting is held in January as a part of the Saturday program.

 

Click button below to read about our  Saturday Speaker Series programs, September through April.

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Board Member Biographies

 

Executive Committee

Board President - Joe Townsend

Joe, has volunteered for the Redmond Historical Society since 2008 when he was appointed as a Director at Large and as Chair of the Governance Committee. The Governance Committee, working closely with the Board of Directors, gained approval of a five-year Long Range Plan that ran through 2013, reached consensus on the revised Society Bylaws that were approved by the Membership in 2009, introducing the Society’s current Committee Structure, and lead the effort to publish the Board-approved Society Operating Procedures. Joe was Elected V.P. Finance in 2010 and reelected in 2012. During that time he significantly revised the Society budgeting financial reporting procedures. As a member of the Executive Committee, Joe was instrumental in bringing forward the 2014-2017 Long Range Plan and Actions Plans.

 Joe is a graduate of San Jose State University, with a BA degree in Economics. He has also completed graduate work in Risk Management through the Insurance Institute of America. Joe served in the U.S. Navy where he attained the rank of Lieutenant, filling various line officer roles, including Chief Engineer. He is the recipient of the Navy Achievement Medal.

Joe was employed by Safeco Commercial Insurance for 32 years, ending his career as an Assistant Director on the Home Office staff of Safeco’s Risk Services Dept. He is a Retired Certified Safety Professional and holds a diploma as an Associate in Risk Management. During his safety career, Joe was active in the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) where he volunteered at the local chapter and National Board of Directors, with one year as V. P. Finance and a member of the Society Board's Executive Committee.

Following his career with Safeco, Joe joined Seattle Goodwill Industries as their Risk and Safety Manager for four years.

Joe has received Awards such as ASSE Region I, Safety Professional of the Year 1998; Charles V, Culberston, Outstanding Volunteer Achievement, 1996; Puget Sound Chapter's Safety Professional of the Year, 1987. Joe was elected ASSE Fellow in 2003.

Following a profitable run as a Risk Management consultant, Joe now operates a small business restoring and retouching photographs.

Joe has lived in Redmond, WA with his wife Doris since the mid 70's, where they raised two daughters. Prior to Redmond, Joe and Doris lived in the Denver area and Southern California.

 

Senior Vice President - Mary Hanson

Mary Hanson, a resident of Redmond since 1984, has served on the Redmond Historical Society Board as Membership Chairman and in 2009 was elected Society Secretary. Mary is from Lind, Washington and graduated from Washington State University. She is retired from Group Health after 33 years and plans to continue to volunteer for the Redmond Historical Society.

 

Vice President of Finance / Treasurer - John Oftebro

John is a Washington native and Redmond resident since 1974.  After graduating with a pharmacy degree from WSU, John practiced in the Seattle area until joining Kelley-Ross Pharmacy in downtown Seattle.  During his ownership over the next 34 years, John grew the business to six locations with a diversity of services including compounding, hospice, and long-term care, and was an early adopter of numerous practice advancements and technology applications.  He also devoted time to mentor interns, externs, establish a community residency program at Kelley-Ross and currently teaches an entrepreneurial class at WSU.

  John’s early involvement in pharmacy associations led to co-founding and past presidency of the North King County and Eastside local associations, board member and past president of the Washington State Pharmacy Association.   He is a past president of the American College of Apothecaries (ACA), and held memberships in APhA, NCPA and other pharmacy organizations as well as holding leadership positions in his church and various community organizations.

 Since retiring in 2008, John remains active in volunteer work and has been the president of the Washington State Pharmacy Foundation since 1988.  He also serves as a WSU Foundation Trustee and is a member of the WSU Dean’s Advisory Committee at the College of Pharmacy.

 

Directors At Large

Judith Simpson - Volunteers

Judith joined the Board in 2013. She has lived in Redmond since 1974, raising her three sons on Education Hill close to schools and the Little League fields. While her sons were growing up, she was involved with their activities — Scouts, PTA, etc. and continued to be involved in the community serving on various boards and commissions. Currently Judith is a member of Evergreen Healthcare Community Advisors, Friends of Emerald Heights and a volunteer with the Redmond Police Department. In 1986 she and her husband purchased an acre that was part of the 75 acre Sanders Farm on the Redmond-Woodinville Road and had a home built there where Judith continues to reside.

 

Steve Johnson - Membership

Steve has lived in Redmond since 1989 and has a strong interest in history, believing that if you don’t know where you came from it is hard to gauge progress toward your goals. He has worked all over the world in volunteer positions, beginning with the U.S. Peace Corps from 1983-1986 and continuing with several board positions at local and international woodworking and woodturning groups.


Sharon Brocker - Governance

Redmond Police Foundation:  Executive Board | Founding Board of Directors
Redmond Historical Society: Board of Directors | Governance Chair
City of Redmond's Public Safety Advisory Board: Board of Directors | Executive Committee

Professional Background:
Sharon is a business professional with a background in Program Management and Organizational Continuous Improvement Leadership. She has led LEAN and Six Sigma continuous improvement initiatives for GE Aviation's Corporate Supply Chain. Prior to transitioning into the aviation industry, she was ERA Realty's Relocation Director and a real estate professional business owner for 13 years.  She has a long history of working with non-profits in various capacities. She grew up in Portland, Oregon, but after many years of living in other regions of the United States returned to the Northwest in winter 2013.
 Her travels around the US and overseas, has only reinforced her love of the Pacific Northwest and Redmond.


Indira Krishnaswami - Finance


Hank Myers

Hank Myers arrived in Redmond 40 years ago when it was a true suburban bedroom community. He chose Redmond for the comfortable feel and excellent school district, and, like many of his neighbors, would travel 20 or more miles to work. In 1980, tired of the driving, he formed a transportation consultancy in one of Redmond’s then rare home offices. In 1997 Metro proposed to take all buses off SR-520 because congestion was hurting schedule reliability. Hank was appointed to the Sounding Board considering the change, but argued that the key to reducing congestion was more buses and not fewer. After months of wrangling, the Board approved expanded capacity, including the route that became the Sound Transit 545. When King County created the Metro Transit Advisory Committee, Hank was the first nominee and served for the maximum term, including a stint as the Chair. Hank has been on the Redmond City Council since 2007. He is an appointed member on the local Salmon Recovery Council and the Hazardous Waste Management Program, and is active in Green Redmond. He has somehow managed to stay married to his resilient wife Christine for 50 years, and together raised two kids. Son Todd has a communication consultancy and is an author of environmental articles. He is on the Wall Street Journal’s Board of Experts. Daughter Kim is a special education teacher and administrator. She moonlights as a professional sports photographer and boat builder. Hank also serves on the Boards of the Together Center and Venues for Artists in the Local Area (VALA).


Debra Pelletier - Philanthropy

Debra holds Bachelor of Science in Commercial Recreation and Marketing and a Master’s of Science in Public Administration from San Jose State University. She holds certificates from Clemson University in Leadership and Marketing ecommerce from Bellevue College. Debra has worked in the public sector specializing in Government Services: Parks and Recreation & Tourism for twenty-two years.  As a Manager, she oversaw park developments, community events, initiative campaigns, historical projects, fund development, construction, and programming. In addition, Debra co-owned a construction company and has a background in General Contracting. Debra brings to her work a broad knowledge of project management to include the development and implementation of large complexes projects and events, management essentials, corporate culture, and customer service. She has her PMP (Project Management Professional) certification from the Project Management Institute and holds her project management certification from Bellevue College. She is in the final stages of her change management certification and Lean Six Sigma.Debra has extensive background in professional instruction through National Recreation and Parks Association, Washington Recreation Parks Association, Smartpath llc, and a professor at Bellevue and Edmonds College.  In recent years Debra has focused on contract/consulting projects specializing on business readiness, change management, and strategic planning with cross functional team issues. Past clients have been from a multitude of industries such as T-Mobile, Evergreen Speedway, Snohomish County Fair, Pacific Plumbing, and Wizards of the Coast/Hasbro.When asked to give a quote, Debra stated… “I am so honored to be a part of the Redmond Historical Society – and working with the Redmond community once again!

Society News Archive

As an active organization, we have our own on-going history. Periodically, we are the subject of a local news story referencing, for example, an exhibit or our annual History Hero Awards. Below you will find a list of articles and other documentation related to the past activities of the Redmond Historical Society and its members:

Other Events

Sponsors

The Redmond Historical Society has been fortunate to have local business partners who share with us the value of preserving Redmond's history. These Business members have demonstrated their willingness to get involved in the expansion of Redmond with historical sensitivity. We want to thank the following Business Members for their continuing generosity:

4Culture
4Culture, the cultural services agency for King County, Washington is committed to making our region stronger by supporting citizens and groups who preserve our shared heritage. In recent years, Redmond Historical Society has received grants from 4Culture in support of collections care, special projects and equipment as well as sustained support.
 501Commons  501 Commons' mission is to boost the capacity of nonprofit organizations to thrive over the long term and effectively serve the community.
RedmondLogo The City of Redmond is the most significant sponsor of the Redmond Historical Society, providing office and program meeting space in the Old Redmond Schoolhouse, as well some printing and mailing services. Over the years, the Society has received Historic Preservation Grants in support of our efforts to catalog our artifact and archive collections with the eventual goal of making them available online.
 BC_PropertyLogo In 2013, owner and developer of The Bellevue Collection, Kemper Freeman, Jr., generously made a five-year commitment to make an annual $1,000 donation to the Society. Freeman's support reflects his close ties to Redmond, having spent fourteen summers working at the farm at Marymoor while growing up.
Happy-Valley-Grange-322  

In 2014, Happy Valley Grange #322 generously made a $1,000 donation and in 2015 the group duplicated that donation and committed to a full five-year annual $1,000 donation to the Society. The Happy Valley Grange was founded in 1909, and the organization is still active today as a community service organization, meeting in the historic Happy Valley Grange building, which was built in 1912. Duane Isackson is master of the Happy Valley Grange. He and his wife Joanne are Members of the Society.

 MSFT_logo_small Microsoft is the world's leading producer of computer software. Microsoft was incorporated in 1981, but the company's roots go back at least as far as 1975, when the first commercially available personal computer appeared on the cover of Popular Electronics.
nintendo In 2013, Nintendo of America generously made a five-year commitment to make an annual $1,000 donation to the Society. Nintendo chose Redmond for its American headquarters in the early 1980s, making it one of Redmond's earliest high tech companies and an influential part of the city's history.

Redmond Business Members

The Redmond Historical Society has been fortunate to have local business partners who share with us the value of preserving Redmond's history. These Business Members have demonstrated their willingness to get involved in the expansion of Redmond with historical sensitivity. We want to thank the following Business Members for their continuing generosity:

 

 ValaLogoBlackSmallHeader2 VALA, Venues for Artists in the Local Area, Eastside is a 501c3, non-profit arts organization based in Redmond, WA, committed to connecting artists to artists, artists to the community, and the community to art. 
 caldwellbanker Coldwell Banker Bain (CB Bain) has been helping people buy and sell their most important investments in the Pacific Northwest since 1972.
 Ben-Franklin

The owners began their Ben Franklin Variety store on May 29, 1975 with 5 employees. The business became an entertainment, activity-driven business dedicated to outstanding customer service and innovation. From 1986 to 1996, the staff grew from less than 30 to more than 80 dedicated, creative people.

nintendo In 2013, Nintendo of America generously made a five-year commitment to make an annual $1,000 donation to the Society. Nintendo chose Redmond for its American headquarters in the early 1980s, making it one of Redmond's earliest high tech companies and an influential part of the city's history.
 BC_PropertyLogo In 2013, owner and developer of The Bellevue Collection, Kemper Freeman, Jr., generously made a five-year commitment to make an annual $1,000 donation to the Society. Freeman's support reflects his close ties to Redmond, having spent fourteen summers working at the farm at Marymoor while growing up.
Happy-Valley-Grange-322

In 2014, Happy Valley Grange #322 generously made a $1,000 donation and in 2015 the group duplicated that donation and committed to a full five-year annual $1,000 donation to the Society. The Happy Valley Grange was founded in 1909, and the organization is still active today as a community service organization, meeting in the historic Happy Valley Grange building, which was built in 1912. Duane Isackson is master of the Happy Valley Grange. He and his wife Joanne are Members of the Society.

MSFT_logo_small Microsoft is the world's leading producer of computer software. Microsoft was incorporated in 1981, but the company's roots go back at least as far as 1975, when the first commercially available personal computer appeared on the cover of Popular Electronics.
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Cedar Lawns Memorial Park and Funeral Home is a member of the national network of Dignity Memorial® funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers. The only cemetery in Redmond, we are proud to serve the needs of our community.

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HyGen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a leading independent wholesaler of prescription and specialty pharmaceuticals located in Redmond, Washington. The company was founded in 1993 with the goal of becoming trusted partner to independent pharmacies, long term care facilities and mail order pharmacies across the nation.


If you are interested in joining Redmond Historical Society as a Business Member, go to this page.

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