November 2010 Update

(Seattle, WA.) FirstThursday Seattle’s November Town Hall meeting with Dr. Maria Goodloe-Johnson, Superintendent, Seattle Public Schools was a tremendous success.

Next month, Seattle Police Detective Denise “Cookie” Bouldin, will help FTS wrap up its year with a presentation on how she successfully engages and teaches young inner-city youth the game of Chess. The meeting which is free and open to the general public will be held at Rainier Vista Boys &Girls Club, 4520 ML King Jr. Way S.

u201cI am in awe of how Denise has turned a hobby into a fun and challenging opportunity for our inner-city youthu201d, stated W. Larry Williams, Founder/CEO, FirstThursday Seattle. “Chess is commonly thought to be a game for the upscale youth, but Denise has demonstrated that inner-city kids when properly taught can and do learn and play this game at an exceptional level,” added Williams.

Denise, more commonly referred to as Officer Cookie because of her sincere commitment of time and energy as a volunteer with many of Seattleu2019s Central and Southeast community organizations.

Rev. James P. Broughton, III, Pastor, Damascus Missionary Baptist Church will deliver the Invocation and Benediction at FirstThursday Seattleu2019s at the meeting.

FTS’ Board, members and friends would like to thank the community for its continued support and ask that you all reach out and help with its Annual Spirit of the Holidays Toy Drive. This is your opportunity to help us make Christmas brighter for some kids in our community. All toys, gifts, and cash donations will go to our partner organization, the Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club. If you cannot make it to the meeting and would like to give a gift or donate to the Annual Spirit of the Holidays Toy Drive, we will be accepting them at RVB&GC from 1 – 6 PM Monday through Friday from now until December 3rd.

To RSVP for FTS December 3rd meeting, call W. Larry Williams at 206.852.8145 or email This event is free and open to the public. It will be held at Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club, 4520 ML King Jr. Way South.

Save the Date: For the fifth straight year, FirstThursday Seattle will kick-off its new year with Nate Miles, Director, Government Affairs, Western Region, Eli Lilly, LLC and community activist, will be FTS’ featured speaker on January 7, 2010, 7 PM. Mr. Miles will speak on, Should the Black community focus more on Silver rights or Civil Rights.u2019

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