Supporters of the Fort Ward Community Hall project have incorporated as a nonprofit organization: Friends of Fort Ward.
Our mission statement:
Friends of Fort Ward is a nonprofit organization committed to historical preservation in the Fort Ward neighborhood on Bainbridge Island, Wash.; educational outreach and sharing with local schools, community organizations, and individuals interested in island history; promoting neighborhood social activities and service projects; and restoration of the fort’s historic bakery building for use as an island community hall and, along with the Parade Grounds park, a hub of Fort Ward neighborhood life.
Incorporation with the State of Washington as a nonprofit organization allows us to formalize our partnerships with the Bainbridge Island Metro Park and Recreation District and other entities, as we promote restoration of Fort Ward’s historic bakery building as a community hall.
The Fort Ward Youth Advisory Committee, which has carried the project with enthusiasm and verve so far, will continue their outreach under the Friends of Fort Ward aegis.
But as our mission statement notes, our goals extend beyond the Fort Ward Community Hall effort. We have a slate of neighborhood social activities in the works, including an end-of-summer barbecue and other events. Watch for an announcement soon!
Special thanks go to the amazing Alex Sanso (facebook.com/artopiacreative) for designing our cool art deco Friends of Fort Ward logo — one of several designs you’ll start seeing on posters and promotional items to brand and benefit the Fort Ward Community Hall project.
Adoption of bylaws and election of officers will take place soon. Friends of Fort Ward founding directors are Stephanie Appleberry, Candy Merifield and Douglas Crist.