Building Community

Madrona’s History

For a great introduction to Madrona’s neighborhood history, see the online encyclopedia of Washington State History at HistoryLink.org.

Life-long Madrona resident and local historian Junius Rochster authored a history of the Madrona and Denny Blaine neighborhoods titled, “The Last Electric Trolley“.

The Madrona News also publishes personal histories about Madrona, titled “I Remember When…”. Recent topics include:

Madrona Today: Neighborhood Appreciation Day

Each year, in conjunction with Neighborhood Appreciation Day, sponsored by the city of Seattle, Madrona takes a moment to honor the most special Madrona neighbors and recognize them for the good things they do. Nominations are made by members of the community and winners selected by the Madrona Community Council.

To nominate someone, simply send a couple of paragraphs about your deserving nominee to the Madrona Community Council president.

The Nora Award

Named in honor of Madrona activist Nora Wood, this award is given to a Madrona resident who, over time and in ways both large and small, has left a personal mark on the community.

  • 2013: Maureen Bekemeyer
  • 2012: Soni Dave-Schock, Nikola Davidson, and
  • Kim Herber
  • 2011: Audrey Seale
  • 2010: Rich Appleton
  • 2009: Carla Caldwell,
  • 2008: Sarah Westneat
  • 2007: Bill Hanson
  • 2006: Walter Bodel
  • 2005: Suzanne Sheppard
  • 2004: John Platt & Paul Butler
  • 2003: Bob Bass
  • 2002: Jim Diers
  • 2001: Mary Holm
  • 2000: Jerry Arbes & Anne Knight
  • 1999:  none
  • 1998: Rev. Samuel B. McKinney
  • 1997: Akiiko “Aki” Kurose
  • 1996: Dorothy Grant & Dee Dee Rainbow

The Local Hero Award

Given to a Madrona resident for an act of heroism, singular kindness or generosity.

  • 2013: Mary Gallwey
  • 2012: Harriett Cody, Shoshona Driver,
  • Jerry Arbes & Anne Knight for Bus2Riders
  • 2011: Barbara Schwartz
  • 2010: Amy Bush
  • 2009: Emma Kearney
  • 2008: Laura Yurdin
  • 2007: Judith Starbuck
  • 2006: Floyd Goffney
  • 2005: Junius Rochester
  • 2004: Anthony Matlock
  • 2003: Sayre Coombs
  • 2002: Girl Scout #2201 & Susan Doederlein
  • 2001: Tom Flood
  • 2000: Kuri Teshome
  • 1999: Charles & Joanne Pope
  • 1998: Michael & Kay Gordon
  • 1997:  Monad Elohim
  • 1996: Jocelyn Owens & Ann Lennartz

The Tyrone Love Unsung Hero Award

Given to a Madrona resident for service to others in the larger community.  Named after community and youth activist and mentor Tyrone Love who dedicated much of his life to the youth of the community.

  • 2013: Deirdre McCrary
  • 2012: Charley Bush
  • 2011: Heather Harris, Gwen Love & Dora Oliveira
  • 2010: Burke Shethar
  • 2009: Tyrone Love
  • 2008: Cecil “Mac” McKenzie,
  • 2007: Frederick B. Strom
  • 2006: Kim Herber
  • 2005: Martha Ortiz-Williams
  • 2004: Julia Berry
  • 2003: Jon Hughes
  • 2002: John Platt & Paul Butler
  • 2001: Marie Doyle & Madrona Playfield
  • 2000: none
  • 1999: Rich Appleton; Charles & Jonis Davis
  • 1998: none
  • 1997: none
  • 1996: Wayne Melonson
  • 1995:  Francois Kissel

The Madrona Resident for Life Award

Bestowed upon a long-time, active resident who has left Madrona but remains dearly missed.

  • 2013: none
  • 2012: none
  • 2011: Julie Guerrero and Carlos Kainz
  • 2010: Joan Scott
  • 2009: none
  • 2008: Henry Kuharic
  • 2007: Shelley Huestis
  • 2006: Jon Hughes
  • 2000: Jill Gordon
  • 1997: Shirley Solomon

Madrona Good Neighbor Award:

  • 1999: Madrona Elementary School
  • 1998: East Cherry YWCA & Tom Thampay and the Madrona Deli and Market
  • 1997: Roger’s Market and Jim Diers and the Seattle Dept. of Neighborhoods
  • 1995:  Genesis House
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