Clubhouse Information and News
Are you interested in getting involved in the Community Club?
If it takes a village to raise a child it takes a community to run a Club! We are always looking for people from the neighborhood to join in and help to run the activities at the Club. You can help in a number of ways - volunteer at an event like Kindie, Taste, Candidates Forum and help with any aspect of running an event.
Or perhaps you want to help shape the activities of the Club by joining a committee and help with marketing, fundraising or events? We are also looking for new Board members - your commitment includes monthly Board meetings as well as an activity stream that you are interested in such as Development, Governance, Parks and Recreation.
However you think you would like to help - we would love to hear from you. Drop in to the next community meeting (first Monday of the month 6.30pm) or EMAIL. Always happy to have a chat without any obligation if you would like to find out more.
Mount Baker Home Tour – Saturday 2 December 2017
The historic Mount Baker Home Tour will this year feature 6 stunning homes built between 1910-2009 as well as a 1925 Italian Romanesque-style church. The Tour begins and ends at the Mount Baker Community Club designed by Charles Dose in the rustic Craftsman style typical of the 1910s.
The 2017 Home Tour takes place on Saturday 2nd December and tickets are now on sale HERE priced at $35 if bought before the day of the event ($40 on the day).
The price of entry not only allows you access to these historic buildings but also a shuttle service between each location and the expert guidance through each home by volunteer “docents”. Free refreshments will also be available in the Community Club throughout the day as well as a free Craft Fair.
The Mount Baker Home Tour began in 1971. Once magnificent houses stood empty and were in need of repair. Banks redlined the troubled area. Under leadership of local historian Junius Rochester neighbors gathered at the Mount Baker Community Club to plot a course of action. The centerpiece of their neighborhood revitalization campaign was the Mount Baker Home Tour.
Candidate Forum - Join the Conversation - 2nd October
We are now at full capacity for this event. Please check back for details of how to join via live streaming. Now confirmed that we will be broadcasting from the Mount Baker Community Club Facebook page.
It's time to get involved. Elections are coming in November so why not get informed and put some of the candidates to the test? Join us at Mount Baker Community club for our Candidates Forum on Monday 2 October. Doors open at 6pm.
Headlining will be the candidates for Mayor, Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon. Who do you want to elect and what do you want to hear from them? Also joining will be candied for Council Seats 8 and 9 and the Southeast School District.
There has never been a better time to get involved!!
Friends of Mt Baker Park Safe Access - Sept 30th
We are happy to announce that we will host our 2nd public meeting of the Friends of Mt. Baker Park Safe Access on Saturday, September 30th from 2-4 on site in the park. Barker Landscape Architects took your comments and suggestions from the survey and from our first meeting on June 15 at MBCC and have come up with a couple of exciting design alternatives.
We want you to see them and let us know your thoughts. It's a Saturday, so bring the whole family. We hope to see you all.
August 2017 - MBCC is looking for new Board Members and Committee Members
2017 has been a good year for us bringing on new Board Members and volunteers for the many programs and events that we hold every year. We still have some open positions that we would love to fill with enthusiastic local people willing to donate a few hours of their time each month.
Joining in is a great way to make friends and help to create a sense of community in our wonderful part of Seattle. You can contact us at email@example.com to find our more or arrange to meet a Board member for a coffee to discuss how you can help. We are currently looking for a Development Chair and additional help on the Programs and Communications Committees - as well as volunteers at each of the events that we run.
Board Members attend the Monthly Community meetings so why not come along, have a glass of wine and see how you can help.
April 2017 Update on the Decision About Clubhouse Management
Last year the Club’s board became concerned about the viability of our clubhouse management model. As we’d been operating, the clubhouse did not seem to bring in enough income to support its operation. In addition, the board was spending most of its time focused on the clubhouse rather than on the club itself.
In September 2016 we asked the community whether the clubhouse was of value to it. We received a resounding “Yes!” During the past year, with the support and encouragement of the community, the Club’s board has researched various models for sustainably managing the clubhouse. We have reached the decision to contract with a caterer to market and manage the large-scale rentals, and hire a part-time rentals coordinator to handle the rest of the various rentals and uses of the clubhouse. We believe this approach will allow us to continue to make the clubhouse available for community uses, as well as bring in enough rental income to cover clubhouse operations.
September 12, 2016
The options discussed at the meeting ranged from minimal change from current operations to leasing or selling an interest in the building to a developer. These options all need to be analyzed for feasibility and value to the Club and the community. The options include:
1. Hire a full-time operations and maintenance manager
2. Enter into a preferred arrangement with catering company
3. Enter into an operations and management agreement
4. Long-term lease to a building partner
The pie charts (below) of the Club's 3-year average revenue and expenses presented at the meeting.
More than twenty years have passed since the last major renovation of our clubhouse, and it now needs more than just routine maintenance. We contracted with a construction management firm to assess the building's needs and develop an estimated budget. The total comes to $1 million. We plan to make the repairs and renovations over five years, as we raise the money to pay for them.
2016 Bicycle Sundays winding down...
Lake Washington Boulevard closes to motorized traffic from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. during Sundays in the summer months.
Last one September 25th!
Bicycle or walk along Lake Washington Boulevard south of Mount Baker Beach to Seward Park's entrance.
27 Apr 2015
Mount Baker Neighborhood Walk and Bike Map
Our friends at SEED (Southeast Seattle Effective Development) have put together this wonderful walking map of Mount Baker.
It includes great historical information about our neighborhood and leads you on a walking tour of our beautiful neighborhood. Learn about the Olmstead legacy, Dugdale Park & Sick's Stadium, and some of Franklin High Schools most legendary alumni. All while following this map and visiting some of Mount Baker's historic sites and wonderful parks.
Stop by the Clubhouse to grab a hardcopy of the map. Or click here to download a copy.
30 Mar 2015
Summer Camps at The Clubhouse
The Mount Baker Community Club is partnering with two excellent organizations, Stone Soup Theatre and Sponge School, to offer you a series of wonderful Summer Camps this summer. Please click here for full details of all the Summer Camp sessions we have available.
2 Feb 2015
MBCC Program Director Erin Bruce is a "South Seattle Gem"
Our very own Erin Bruce was featured in the South Seattle Emerald "South Seattle Gems" column. Read about her ideas for a music festival in Seward Park, what event she feels best represents our community, and tips for planning a perfect party. Read the whole article here.
12 Sept 2014
Saving Mount Baker's Day in the Park - by Marcus Green, South Seattle Emerald
While squeezing out the last droplets of Summer prior to the dawning of the Fall Equinox is the primary predilection of pretty much anyone saddened by the impending retreat of warm weather and blue skies, there might not be an area that savors the final remnants of the sweltering season quite like the Mount Baker community.
Since 1909 neighbors in the community have congregated in Mount Baker Park towards the end of summer to break bread, imbibe in drink, and otherwise engage in merriment with each other. The event was seen as essential to reinforcing communal bonds while forging new ones and was officially christened the Day In The Park in 1971 with the Mount Baker Community Club taking responsibility for its organization.
21 Aug 2014
MBCC Wins Most Colorful Award in Rainier Valley Heritage Parade
We had a blast at our first Rainier Valley Heritage Parade and ... WE WON! In anticipation of this year's Day in the Park Festival, our float had a "Summer of Love" theme and featured a classic 1967 VW Van. We had many enthusiastic neighbors, dressed as hippies, join in the fun. It was a wonderful day in the Rainier Valley! View all the photos below.
Sent out three times a year, The View is the Mount Baker Community Newsletter. If you don't receive The View in your mailbox stop by the Clubhouse to get one, or read past issues online here.
Looking for a neighborhood preschool? Or, where to go for dinner? We've got it all for you, right here.
9 June 2014
Leschi Sewer Replacement
At our June Community Meeting we had representatives from Seattle Public Utilities present to speak about the Leschi Sewer Replacement project commencing in Leschi and Mount Baker. Read all about the project here.
3 June 2014
Mount Baker Neighborhood Bike Routes
Mount Baker resident, and avid bicyclist, Rebecca Laszlo has mapped out a dozen or so bike routes in and around the neighborhood. Some routes zigzag along Mount Baker's many ridges, while some stick to the flats to avoid sweaty exertions. Unless, of course, you want a hard push.
Read all about here bike routes & download her map here.