ECS Monthly Breakfast, September 4, 2016, By Elsabet Legesse


Despite this being a holiday weekend, our monthly breakfast was well attended.  The delicious meal was provided by our community center and we would like to thank Woizero Felegewoin Gebru for preparing it.

We were joined by a few newcomers:

Hailu Tadesse, a recent arrival from Ethiopia; Ari Grad, who was here with his grandfather and visiting from out of town; and The Turner family from Carnation, who brought with them their two five-year old twins (Samara and Caleb) that they adopted from Ethiopia. We are honored that they all decided to spend part of this holiday weekend at our community event.


  1. We are sad to report that one of our longstanding members, Ato Hailegiorgis Bushen Jarjero passed away on September 3, 2016. Ato Hailegiorgis was an active member of our senior group and ECS could always count on him to open our traditional events with his graceful words.  We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family.  We would also like to thank everyone who took part in raising funds to help the family.
  2. ECS will be celebrating Ethiopian New Year (2009) on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at our community center from 2:00 to 8:00pm. This will be a fun-filled day for the entire family with food and entertainment.  All are invited!
  3. Our annual fundraising gala is on October  8, 2016 at Emerald Downs starting at 5:00pm. Tickets are on sale now and can be found at the community center.  Please join this amazing event which includes guest speakers, cultural music, dinner, live and silent auctions as well as poetry and spoken word presentations.   Even if you are not able to join us in person, your contribution is much appreciated.  You can contact us at (206) 325-0304.
  4. Woizero Fetlework Begashaw (Tita) announced that the annual Heart & Stroke Walk will be taking place on October 15, 2016 at Seattle Center starting at 9:00am. She encouraged people of all ages to participate in this event which promotes healthy, active living.
  5. On August 13, 2015, ECS participated at the annual Rainier Valley Heritage Festival and Parade event. Our organization is now an integral part of the Southeast Seattle neighborhood and continues to represent our national heritage at important community events.  We would like to thank all those who participated.

Volunteer of the Month

In the last couple of months ECS has been experiencing a significant shortage of workforce.  During this crucial time of need Woizero Zewdinesh Alemu (Zewdie) stepped in to work in the office several hours a week.  She made dozens of phone calls to our members giving them a gentle reminder about keeping their membership current.  She was cleaning the kitchen to make sure it was in excellent condition for our use or for those renting the space.  She helped sort out and tabulate survey responses that were sent out a few weeks ago.  In short, Zewdie came to our organization’s aid when it needed help the most.  We chose her as the Volunteer of the Month.  We are grateful to her immensely!


  1. Ato Issayas Kebede Soya, a member of the Meklit Group, read a poem entitled እረኛችን ማነው? We are privileged to have artists among us who continue to enrich our minds while keeping alive Ethiopia’s long tradition of poetry and spoken word.
  2. Ato Alula Wassie spoke about the forgotten history of so many Ethiopian leaders from centuries past. In telling their story, Ato Alula reminded us that when we talk about leaders in Ethiopian history, we should not forget those that came before Atse Tewodros because their struggles and contributions are also important.
Ethiopian Community In Seattle cordially invites you to attend the Fourth Annual Fundraising Gala which will be held on October 8th, 2016 at Emerald Downs Ballroom. Come and enjoy a night of delicious Ethiopian cuisine, music, silent and live auction, dancing as well as appearances by renowned guests.