Monday, April 14, 2014

Seahawks honored as AWG's 'Washingtonians of the Year'

Lt. Governor Owen, left, with former Seahawk player Mack Strong, who was
among the representatives from the Seahawks organization on hand to accept it.
To Strong's left, at back, are players Chandler Fenner, Phil Bates, Bryan Walters
and Anthony McCoy. In front are Armando Mejia and Keli Imus from Seahawks
staff and Mike Flood, vice president for community relations and special projects.
At far right is Roger Flygare, commanding general of the Association of Washington
The 2014 Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks were honored as 2013 “Washingtonians of the Year” by the Association of Washington Generals at an April 12, 2014 event at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton. But the award had as much to do with the team’s accomplishments off the field as it does on.


“This team has done a tremendous amount of good for our state, both in raising our collective spirits as they fought their way through a winning season and eventual Super Bowl victory, and also because of all that the players and coaches do on their own time toward the greater good of Washington citizens,” said Lt. Governor Brad Owen, an ex-officio member of the AWG board and affiliated with the service organization by state statute.

Owen served as emcee of the event, while longtime Seattle sports broadcaster Tony Ventrella tag- teamed the lieutenant governor as the program host. In making his first appearance at an AWG event since his election as Commanding General in February, Roger Flygare led the audience of about 70 in several rounds of "Go Seahawks" before presenting the award.

Mike Flood, Seahawks vice president for community relations
and special projects, receives a framed copy of a legislative bill
that authorized a specialty license plate for the Seattle Seahawks
and Seattle Sounders FC. Flood came to Lt. Gov. Owen with the
idea and the lieutenant governor requested the legislation.

“The Seahawks as an organization, as a team, and as individual players have demonstrated leadership, selflessness, generosity and compassion in their service to all Washingtonians,” added Ralph Ibarra, immediate past commander of the AWG and event coordinator. “Bestowing the Washingtonian of the Year Award for 2013 to the Super Bowl XLVIII Champions is especially momentous…Go HAWKS!!”

Washingtonians of the Year trophy

The association’s nomination for the Seahawks listed the following charitable activities by the Seahawks as reasons for giving the organization the award:

Seattle Seahawks Charitable Foundation |
Founded in 1995, the mission of the Seattle Seahawks Charitable Foundation (SSCF) is to promote the healthy social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development of youth by enhancing opportunities for participation in sports and fitness activities. In the fall of 2004, the foundation unveiled the Spirit of 12 Partners Program, a collaboration among Seattle youth service organizations, the Seahawks, and The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. Each partner keeps 100% of the proceeds from the sales of Seahawks programs during the team’s home games, which is matched by The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.

Coach Pete Carroll |
A Better Seattle (ABS) is a Seattle Seahawks community initiative led by Head Coach Pete Carroll. ABS works to reduce Seattle area youth and gang violence by forging partnerships that generate opportunities for at-risk youth to take control of their lives and strive for better futures.
Russell Wilson Passing Academy |
The RWPA exists to promote the mental and physical development of youth, with the goal of encouraging kids to develop high character and moral standards, a sense of competitiveness and fair play, a respect for authority, service to others, and a love of God, family, and country. In that spirit, the RWPA welcomes inner-city and underprivileged youth to the camp through sponsorships, giving them a much-needed and valuable opportunity to learn the game of football and compete.
Richard Sherman | Blanket Coverage
The mission of Blanket Coverage is to level the playing field for children enrolled in grades K-12 who have a strong combination of potential, goals and a desire to make the most of their education.
Derrick Coleman | Seahawks-Fullback
“I want to reach out to the other hard-of-hearing and deaf community, to kids I can relate to, and who can relate to me,” he said. “Everybody has problems. I wear a hearing aid. Some people have glasses. Some people have depression. But as long as you don’t let that get in the way, you can do anything you want.”

Along with featuring the Washingtonian of the Year and highlights of AWG projects, the event inclued tours of the VMAC, Blue Thunder Drum Line, Sea Gals, refreshments and a barbecue hosted by Famous Daves.

The Blue Thunder entertained the Generals and their guests as they arrived at
the Virginia Mason Athletic Center.

Monday, December 9, 2013

December AWG board meeting by telephone

Commanding General Ralph Ibarra has notified members of the AWG board that the board's monthly meeting for Dec. 10 will be by teleconference.

Agenda items include a report on the Sounders FC license plate sale, a request by the National Guard Families associaton for Safeway gift cards; an update on the Wreaths Across America event in Bellevue on Dec. 14; a report on the upcoming Washingtonian of the Year event, tentatively scheduled for Feb. 22 and an update on the St. Nikolai project.

Teleconference call-in information has been sent by email. Questions may be directed to


SoundersFC license plate auction concludes

The AWG's online license plate auction for seven of the low-numbered Seattle Sounders FC plates has now concluded, with each of the plates selling for $250.

The association wishes to thank all of those who participated! The auction grossed $1,750 for the organization.


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Sounders FC fans can now bid on special, low-numbered team logo plates

Seattle Sounders FC fans have a final chance to buy a low-number Washington state license plate commemorating the team during a special online auction that runs through Dec. 6.

The Association of Washington Generals (AWG) is auctioning specialty license plates FC00006 - FC00012.  The nonprofit AWG is a service organization that acts as official state ambassadors of trade, tourism and goodwill.  A portion of the proceeds from Sounders FC team logo license plate sales will be used to assist National Guard families, youth and children in a number of ways.

The AWG is one of two organizations designated by legislation passed earlier this year to benefit from sales of the Sounders FC logo plate, which officially goes on sale in January.  The state Department of Licensing’s specialty plate program assigns the first 25 plates to the beneficiary organizations for their own use. Washington State Mentors, which is the primary beneficiary of Sounders FC plate sales, sold plate FC00001 for more than $1,700 at an auction in September.

 “We were fortunate to be assigned number nine, the jersey typically reserved for the team’s striker, and 10, which often goes to the playmaker,” said Ralph Ibarra, president of the AWG. “We are very grateful to the Seattle Sounders FC organization for providing us with this opportunity for us to help fulfill our mission through this new source of funds.”

Sounders FC fans and anyone else may view and bid on these exceptional license plates by going to the AWG web site at, or directly to the auction site at   Successful bidders will be announced on Dec. 9 and get  their plates in January.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

General Alfie Alvarado-Ramos to head Department of Veterans Affairs

Lourdes Alfie Alvarado-Ramos, a board member of the Association of Washington Generals, is Governor-Elect Jay Inslee's choice to head the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Alfie Alvarado-Ramos receives her commission as a
Washington General from then-commander Bill Sperry in 2011.
The announcement was made Jan. 10 at the Legislative Preview session for members of the press. General Alvarado-Ramos was one of five appointments announced by the governor elect during the session.

"I’m very pleased by the caliber of talent and expertise these men and women will be bringing to my team,” said Inslee in making the apointments. “They understand my vision of bringing change to Olympia and bring an exciting blend of public and private sector experience that will serve the people of Washington State well.”

Alvarado-Ramos currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs. Born in Puerto Rico, Alvarado served 22 years on active duty retiring in August 1993 as the Command Sergeant Major of Madigan Army Medical Center in Fort Lewis, Washington. During her military career, she was the recipient of numerous awards and decorations to include the Legion of Merit, Order of Military Medical Merit, Expert Field Medical Badge, and Meritorious Service Medals.

She is a graduate of the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government Executive Program, the University of Washington Executive Management Program, and holds a Nursing Home Administrator’s license, having previously managed two state veterans’ homes in Washington State.


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

General Flood receives recognition for service to Vets

Deputy Commanding General Mike Flood is among the recipients of the state of Washington's Outstanding Service to Veterans Awards.

Each year, the Governor's Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee (VAAC) and the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs recognize individuals who devote time and energy to improving the lives of Washington's veterans.

Flood was honored in the "Outstanding Employee" category during a Nov. 10 luncheon ceremony in Auburn. More information about the awards - including the piece below - can be found on the WDVA news blog.

General Mike Flood, center, with DVA Director John Lee to
his right and Auburn Mayor Pete Lewis.

Michael Flood, a resident of King County, is the Vice President for Community Relations for the Seattle Seahawks/FC. As a board member of Camp Patriot, Mike has ensured there are enough sponsors to cover expenses for disabled veterans to participate in the yearly events of climbing Mt. Rainier, riding the Pony Express and hunting. Mike was also instrumental in getting Washington’s first Veterans Raffle advertised during Seahawks games and coordinating the 2011 Raffle kick-off events with NFL Hall of Fame Player Steve Largent.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Registration now open for AWG Washingtonian of Year event

You can now register online for the AWG's annual Washingtonian of the Year Banquet on Oct. 6 at Seahawks headquarters in Renton.

This year's recipient is Mike Flynn, retired publisher of the Puget Sound Business Journal who has a long history of community involvement. And, new this year: the association will bestow its first Community Service Award to Norma Gallegos of Wenatchee. More information is on our invitational flier.