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Project Update: Delridge Wetlands

A wetland is a habitat of rich biodiversity. A neighborhood is a habitat of rich cultural diversity. What happens when a neighborhood has the opportunity to restore a wetland and integrate it into the surrounding community? Pomegranate Center has been working to discover that answer all year through our collaboration with the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA) on the Delridge Wetlands.

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Ground Rules Deep Dive: Turn Opposition Into Proposition

By Milenko Matanovic

Together we are capable of extraordinary achievements. Over the years, Pomegranate Center has encouraged people to uphold a code of conduct that leads to creativity and collaboration. These ground rules are important in creating a positive atmosphere that focuses on how things can be improved, away from complaints. In this series of short pieces, I will look at different ground rules, why they are important, and share stories from the field.

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Murdock Trust Awards Funding to Grow Our Training Program

 Pomegranate Center is pleased to announce it has received a grant of $160,000 over three years from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. These funds will support the development of our training and mentorship programs, which will expand our impact by increasing training offerings in both size and scope.

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Conveners, Not Leaders: A Note From Our Executive Director

Here at Pomegranate Center we are careful to distinguish between conveners and leaders. What’s the difference?

A leader is someone in charge, who has the authority to make decisions. Our current president, for example, is a leader.

A convener, on the other hand, is someone who has the ability to bring people together, capitalize on their diverse strengths, and move an issue toward collective action. Our current president, I would argue, is not a convener.

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A Challenge to our Community

At the start of 2017, longtime champions of the Pomegranate Center Ron and Eva Sher pledged a $25,000 challenge grant, and friend of Pomegranate Nancy Nordhoff followed suit with a pledged $37,000 challenge grant to support us in our critical transition period. That means we need to raise money from our supporters in order to match the $62,000 in pledged funding.

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Meet a New Board Member: Kim Beach

Our newest Board Member and Treasurer, Kim Beach, brings decades of financial and operations management experience to the Board, along with an energetic and pragmatic leadership style.

Prior to an active and happy retirement, Kim spent over 30 years as an executive and professional managing and overseeing finance, accounting, and operations for a wide range of companies including: All Star Directories, Seattle Coffee Company, Todo, Capital Realty Corp, Nerco, and Ernst & Young. Kim has spent the past six years enjoying a lovely retirement: living in London, traveling extensively, and pursuing her passions for yoga, walking/hiking, beautiful places, gardens, and food. Presently, she lives with her husband of nearly 37 years in Bellevue where they raised our son and daughter.

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