Letters to the Editor, Feb. 15, 2019

Parks; hugs

Volunteer for park

Whether you are interested in habitat restoration, administrative support, marketing, event management or leadership development, Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park offers opportunities for all ages, interests and abilities.

If you enjoy working outside, come with a team of colleagues or friends and help restore the park by removing invasive species and planting native trees and bushes. Areas that have been previously restored and planted with native plants also need continued maintenance to prevent the re-establishment of invasive blackberry. Habitat restoration is a perfect team building activity.

Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park also hosts a variety of events throughout the year and volunteers are always needed for event planning and support. Event support includes graphic design, planning, set up and take down, marketing and day of support.

Looking for a deeper involvement and ways to hone your leadership skills? FLSSP has several committees that work with the Board of Directors to manage and oversee the nonprofit. FLSSP committees include Finance, Habitat restoration, Events and Fund Development. Professionals with time and talents to share are invited to inquire.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities or to get involved with Friends of lake Sammamish State Park, email director@flssp.org.

Jennifer Adut

Executive director, Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park

Valentine wishes

To those who support us as we go about the business of our daily lives, we should carve out a special Valentine’s Day wish. They are the medical practitioners to whom we turn for healing, or the wellness practitioners who help us to understand our bodies better. And then, of course, there are those who love and care for us, our family and friends.

Our support systems, whoever they may include, sustain us and motivate us to lead our best lives. In fact, they help us realize that we must not only be kind to others, but to ourselves as well.

Loving ourselves is as important as loving others. Taking care of our needs allows us to care for the needs of others. Moms will be the first to agree that going full steam ahead requires a tank full of gas. Otherwise, we’re just operating on fumes which, in the end, becomes a losing battle.

We all need a hug now and then, but on Valentine’s Day we should give and receive lots of hugs. Hugging only takes a few seconds, but the effect can last a lifetime. I know. I’ve made a habit of it all my life.

Millie Vierra