Community Service

Diane Dobson's community service has been life long - from serving on structured boards and with associations to merely picking up the trash she encounters when walking down the street.  Giving of herself for the benefit of others and the community she lives in is a natural part of life for her.



Committees, Associations and Groups Diane Dobson is or has been a part of:

  • Renton Lions Club (20 year member Renton Lions Club (serving as President twice, Zone Chairman once) part of Lions Club International - the world's largest service organization
  • Mayor's Appointed City Center Community Plan Advisory Board for the City of Renton
  • Renton Downtown Partnership 
  • North Renton Neighborhood Association (former Vice-President)
  • International Delegate Renton-Nishiwaki Sister City Association (her father co-founded this association nearly 50 years ago)
  • Renton-Cualtla Sister City Association
  • Lions In Sight (including philanthropic trips to 3rd world countries in efforts for vision screening and providing eye glasses & care)
  • Habitat for Humanity (including securing funding and build efforts toward a home for a North Renton resident)
  • Communities in Schools of Renton (mentor)
  • Renton School District (classroom volunteer, PTSA)
  • Renton Clothes Bank
  • Campfire Girls (her family donated the 47 acres of land on Padilla Bay for "Camp Kirby" on Samish Island, Washington - named after her family - her great grandfather, Wyman Kirby, having served as an early Mayor in neighboring Sedro Woolley, Washington)
  • Birthday Dreams
  • Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Association
  • Renton River Days - Entertainment Committee
  • Renton River Days - Lions Mobile Health Screening Unit
  • Renton River Days - Pancake Breakfast
  • Special Olympics of Washington - Athlete Development
  • Special Olympics of Washington - Medical Screening
  • Northwest Research Foundation
  • Girl Scouts of America
  • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  • Renton Pioneer Night
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
  • Lance Armstrong Foundation
  • Children's Hospital
  • CancerCare
  • Leaderdogs for the Blind
  • Guide Dogs for the Blind
  • Greater Northwest Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Blood Works Northwest (f/k/a Puget Sound Blood Center)
  • Woodland Park Zoo
  • Seattle Humane (f/k/a Humane Society of Seattle)
  • American Cancer Society
  • C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation
  • The Moyer Foundation
  • Renton Youth Advocacy Center
  • Lighthouse for the Blind

Diane is the only candidate this season who has received the distinguished honor of being recognized as the City of Renton's Citizen of the Year* [2003]  - still standing as the youngest person ever to receive such honor in the City of Renton   

*"The mission of the program is to formally recognize the contributions made by individuals who help to nurture the soul and sense of community in Renton through their selfless acts of generosity and volunteerism..... Persons who exemplify the traits of an Outstanding Citizen have served Renton beyond the call of duty; demonstrated character, commitment, and community service."
[City of Renton, Washington government website re Citizen of the Year and Outstanding Citizen Program:]