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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.

Voting-Board of Directors

 

Officer Elections 2014

Candidate Biographies

 

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 Calif.

 


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 will soon be retiring from Group Health after 33 years and plans to continue to volunteer for the Redmond Historical Society.

 

Secretary, Lori Perrigo

 

Lori has past experience as the Secretary and President of another non-profit association. She formerly worked at the Marymoor Eastside History Museum and as a member of the extended Perrigo family has a strong interest in Redmond History. Lori is employed as a Designer at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames in Redmond and she also runs a small business in Redmond and assists with her husband’s construction and development business. She lives in Redmond with her husband and young daughter.

 

Vice President Finance, Edward D. O'Brien

 

Ed is a Certified Public Accountant formerly licensed to practice public accountancy in the states of Washington, Pennsylvania, Texas and California. He worked as an auditor for Arthur Andersen & Co. for nine years in their Seattle, Philadelphia and Dallas offices.

 

From 1971 to 1991, Ed was, successively, Vice President and Treasurer, Senior Vice President-­ Finance & Administration, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and a Managing General Partner of Lincoln Property Company (Dallas, TX) and/or its then Western Regional affiliate, Lincoln Property Company N.C., Inc. (Foster City, CA), now separately known as Legacy Partners.

From 1993 to 1999, Ed was employed by Vail Resorts Development Co. as its Sr. Vice Pres. & Chief Financial Officer, and from 1999 to 2001, he served as Exec. Vice President—Real Estate Development for Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Inc.

In the 43 years since leaving the practice of public accountancy, Ed concentrated his professional activities in the area of real estate development with particular emphasis, since being employed by Vail Resorts, Inc. in mountain village marketing and design, development and construction, sales and leasing, and finance.

Separate from real estate development activities, Ed has served the following organizations:

  • 1982 to 1998, Trustee of Washington State University Foundation, Pullman, WA—Secretary, 1987 to 1989.
  • 1991 to 1997, Director of Delta Dental Plan of California—a $2 billion dental insurance company based in San Francisco, CA.
  • 1993 to 1998, Director of Colorado Ski Museum and Ski Hall of Fame, Vail, CO
  • 1997 to 2002, Director of the Heuga Center for M.S., Edwards, CO—an organization dedicated to assisting persons with Multiple Sclerosis live better and more productive lives through research, education, diet and exercise.
  • 1998 to 2009, Director of Vail Valley Medical Center, Vail, CO; Chairman of the Board of Directors, August 2002 to December 2006; Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, October 2004 to June 2005 and Chairman of Vail Valley Medical Center Foundation, WMC's fund raising affiliate, January 2007 to March 2009.
  • 2002 to 2006, Director of Cordillera Valley Club Metropolitan District, Edwards, CO
  • 2003 to 2012, Director (Chairman from May 2008 to May 2012) of Eagle River Fire Protection District, Avon, CO

 

Ed’s education and military experience is:

  • 1962 graduate of Washington State University, Pullman, WA with a BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting.
  • 1963 to 1966, U.S. Navy Supply Corps Officer with the final rank of Lieutenant.   Most of such service was with the U.S. Sixth Fleet assigned to NATO.

 

Saturday Speaker Series

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

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 eight speakers a year, (January-May, 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 Society also hopes to increase awareness of the activities 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.

 

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

 

Click button below to read about our  Saturday Speaker Series programs, September 2014 through May 2015.

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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 - Ed O'Brien

Ed is a Certified Public Accountant formerly licensed to practice public accountancy in the states of Washington, Pennsylvania, Texas and California. He worked as an auditor for Arthur Andersen & Co. for nine years in their Seattle, Philadelphia and Dallas offices.


From 1971 to 1991, Ed was, successively, Vice President and Treasurer, Senior Vice President-­ Finance & Administration, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and a Managing General Partner of Lincoln Property Company (Dallas, TX) and/or its then Western Regional affiliate, Lincoln Property Company N.C., Inc. (Foster City, CA), now separately known as Legacy Partners.

 

From 1993 to 1999, Ed was employed by Vail Resorts Development Co. as its Sr. Vice Pres. & Chief Financial Officer, and from 1999 to 2001, he served as Exec. Vice President—Real Estate Development for Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Inc.

 

In the 43 years since leaving the practice of public accountancy, Ed concentrated his professional activities in the area of real estate development with particular emphasis, since being employed by Vail Resorts, Inc. in mountain village marketing and design, development and construction, sales and leasing, and finance.

 

Separate from real estate development activities, Ed has served the following organizations:

  • 1982 to 1998, Trustee of Washington State University Foundation, Pullman, WA—Secretary, 1987 to 1989.
  • 1991 to 1997, Director of Delta Dental Plan of California—a $2 billion dental insurance company based in San Francisco, CA.
  • 1993 to 1998, Director of Colorado Ski Museum and Ski Hall of Fame, Vail, CO
  • 1997 to 2002, Director of the Heuga Center for M.S., Edwards, CO—an organization dedicated to assisting persons with Multiple Sclerosis live better and more productive lives through research, education, diet and exercise.
  • 1998 to 2009, Director of Vail Valley Medical Center, Vail, CO; Chairman of the Board of Directors, August 2002 to December 2006; Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, October 2004 to June 2005 and Chairman of Vail Valley Medical Center Foundation, WMC's fund raising affiliate, January 2007 to March 2009.
  • 2002 to 2006, Director of Cordillera Valley Club Metropolitan District, Edwards, CO
  • 2003 to 2012, Director (Chairman from May 2008 to May 2012) of Eagle River Fire Protection District, Avon, CO

 

Ed’s education and military experience is:

  • 1962 graduate of Washington State University, Pullman, WA with a BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting.
  • 1963 to 1966, U.S. Navy Supply Corps Officer with the final rank of Lieutenant. Most of such service was with the U.S. Sixth Fleet assigned to NATO.

 

Vice President of Collections Management - Crystal Rojas Mora

Crystal, a native of Washington State, joined the Redmond Historical Society Board as Vice President of Collections Management in September 2015. She holds a Master of Science degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Cornish College of the Arts. In 2009, she completed John Cabot University's San Gemini Preservation Studies program in Umbria, Italy, and the University of Pennsylvania's European Conservation Course in Plymouth, England. For 3 years, Crystal worked as a Special Projects Coordinator at the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, a nonprofit statewide preservation organization. She currently operates her own business conducting archival research and consulting on preservation projects. Her research has been published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society. In 2015, she received a Seton Shields Genealogical Grant which will facilitate research for a book she is in the process of writing.

 

Secretary - Deborah Harvard

 

 

Directors At Large

 

Judith Simpson

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

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

 

Indira Krishnaswami

 


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:

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.
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.
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.

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