Progressives raising funds for clubhouse repairs

The Greenbank Progressive Club is seeking help to rebuild its 70-year-old community building that was crushed in the December 2018 windstorm.

The club’s insurance is paying for much of the structural repairs, but it needs another $15,000 for the deductible, tree removal and remodeling of the kitchen, according to Karin Coleman, club vice president.

The tree’s branches crashed through the ceiling into the kitchen, which is why members thought it would be an ideal time to upgrade the area, said member Carolyn Mercer.

Work on the roof and walls started last week, Mercer said. If the money can be raised, she said she’s hoping it is up and running by July. She’s optimistically accepting reservations for use of the space for July to December.

The building, which was built in 1949, is commonly used for club meetings, weddings, reunions and other gatherings. The club, which has been around since 1920, has been meeting at Greenbank Farm since its clubhouse was destroyed.

To raise money for repairs and renovations, the club created a GoFundMe page for the effort in late February.

Mercer said the kitchen’s improvements will include new flooring, ovens and refrigerator and a large stainless steel island. The money raised will also cover the cost of refinishing the cabinets, adding storage space and a new venting system.

When everything is complete, Coleman said the club will host an open house.

“We’ll invite the whole community as a thanks for backing us,” she said.

• To donate, visit or mail a check to Greenbank Progressive Club, PO Box 52, Greenbank, WA 98253

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