Letter to the editor: Thanks to supporters of the Edmonds Police Foundation


It sometimes seems like appreciation  and gratitude for most everything is in short supply.

And yet gratitude has preceded many a successful outcome. It is an emotionally positive platform that improves community, organizations, and relationships. It ameliorates awareness, improves focus, trust, contentment, and forgiveness. It builds a lasting connection, and a reliable bond.

Since I have remarried and have taken on a new direction in my life, I am leaving the Edmonds Police Foundation at the end of June.

It seems so appropriate to publicly acknowledge the loyal support of those who have stood by me these past 13 years. To the Edmonds Police Department and the  business and civic community leaders that welcomed David and me to this warm and beautiful community; to the Edmonds Police Foundation that provided the mechanism to fund the police departments ancillary needs; and to those who year after year through their generosity supported the purpose of the Foundation.

These are just a few: former Police Chief Al Compaan and Ross Sutton of the EPOA, Ron and Michelle Clayborne, Valelrie Claypool, Nancy and Chris Fleck, Pat and Annette McKee, David and Ruth Arista, all current and former business owners, Sgt. Bill Nelson of the Edmonds PD who is gone but not forgotten, the two Rotary Clubs of Edmonds, and the men and women who played golf and ran in the SK. I am sincerely grateful for their participation, and I really enjoyed my time with them.

Words are never warm and tender enough to express one’s appreciation of their great kindness. (Hellen Keller)

I’ll always treasurer the fond memories.

Darlene Stern-Rapp

  1. Darlene,
    I relish this opportunity to be the first to respond here. I loved your message. Your first paragraph was so spot on. Thank you for reminding me of the critical role that appreciation and thankfulness has in all of our lives. It is a blessing to both the initiator and the receiver of such a thoughtful and warm message. It is not enough to just feel thankful. It is in the act of expressing our appreciation that both sides are rewarded. We all need a reminder of that periodically, so thank you! Let’s all “pay it forward” in return!
    I have had a chance to work with you on a number of issues since I began work with the City 11 years ago. You have always been kind, thoughtful, and respectful of others in each of your many roles and assignments as a volunteer to the City of Edmonds. I of course was not involved with your work on the Edmonds Police Foundation but I am sure they are just as thankful for your service to the City as I have been over the years.
    I wish you the very best on your “new direction” in life. You have every reason to be proud of the many contributions you have made to a thankful City. Having volunteers like you makes all of our jobs easier and more enjoyable.

  2. Darlene,
    I want to express my appreciation for your friendly, gracious greetings. Whether on your way past my desk to a meeting, or a serendipitous encounter around town, you always make the day brighter.
    Thank you!

  3. Darlene

    You have been an awesome asset and an extremely productive, generous and caring citizen for many years! We are most fortunate to have successfully worked together over the years on numerous meaningful projects for the beneffit of the community. You will be missed but we do have your number!

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