One of the joys of being a parent is having moments when you are proud of your kids. Most of the time we don’t have as much visibility in the other generational direction – i.e., knowing enough about what your parents are doing to be proud of them (beyond how they raised you). I’m very fortunate to have parents that are as good as it gets from how they raised us to how they contribute to their community. I could go on and on about that but the one area I will focus on is their role as community leaders/volunteers. Their local community (
Here’s the article on my parents from the Edmonds Beacon…
Vern Chase. Barbara Chase. Or if you will, Vern and Barbara Chase.
Individually or collectively, Vern and Barbara Chase are who you go to if you want something done.
And for their unstinting efforts to make
The 13th annual contest, sponsored by the Sno-King Kiwanis Club of
“Surprised? I’ll say we’re surprised,” says Barbara Chase, 70. “There are a lot of really wonderful people in
Vern Chase, 72, a mainstay of the Rotary Club of Edmonds, is particularly proud of his organization’s achievements on behalf of the YWCA Pathways For Women. Trinity House at the Pathways shelter came about through a working partnership between
“We’re just a small Rotary but we manage big deeds,” Vern says.
So do he and Barbara. The selection committee, composed of members of the sponsoring Kiwanis clubs, faced a formidable task when 34 nominations rolled in.
In the end it came down to Vern Chase, a retired port marketing executive, and Barbara Chase, retired now after 19 years in the demanding role of special education teacher.
Did somebody say retired? A mere figure of speech.
Barbara is deeply involved in local clubs and projects: Floretum Garden Club (she became a Master Gardener in 2003 and helps conduct clinics at the Edmonds Summer Market each summer); Edmonds
“I think it’s important for groups to work together on different projects,” she says.
Vern, meanwhile, serves on the board and executive committee of the YMCA, and supports the YWCA through his work for Pathways For Women. He is past president of
Vern and Barbara also share some missions. They played important roles with the
“Aside from sheer time and effort,” says their nominator for Citizen Of The Year, “Vern and Barbara have marvelous leadership skills.”
And here’s the kicker:
The Chases have lived in
“It’s Vern’s fault,” she says of their total immersion in local causes. “He’s extremely organized. It helps us get a lot done.”
Not that they wouldn’t have things to keep them busy domestically – three kids and six grandkids make for a full plate under any circumstances.
No matter. They already have their next project in mind: more and better walking paths in
Think it’s a longshot?
Then you don’t know Vern and Barbara Chase …