We would love to have you join us!
The shared heritage of the Roslyn, Ronald, Cle Elum area provides a common thread for a very diverse group of people. Whether you are a descendent of founding community members, a newcomer interested in learning more about your new home, or somewhere in between, the companionship and community service projects of the Heritage Club offers something for everyone.
We meet monthly, host entertaining and enlightening community events rooted in the region’s rich cultural past, and are involved in a variety of projects that serve our vision and goals of preserving the heritage for current and future generations.
Now accepting dues online
We’re adding this ability to sign up and pay dues each year online for your convenience. Of course the time honored methods of mailing a check or bringing it to a meeting still work just fine! To use our online feature, fill out the form below and then click the PayPal button to set up your dues to autorenew each year.
Take It a Step Further …
Dues are kept affordable so everyone can participate in club activities. Of course if you are able and so inclined, additional contributions towards the Club’s work and expenses are always graciously appreciated.
MORE ABOUT US …
To preserve, memorialize and communicate our community’s rich ethnic and cultural history
Roslyn, Ronald and Cle Elum are located in the northwestern part of Kittitas County (locally known as “the upper county), in Central Washington State. It is a beautiful area on the east slopes of the Cascades where settlers in the late 1800’s created towns that thrived on numerous coal mines, timber, the railroad and other pursuits. Although the mines closed long ago, our club is a Washington non-profit corporation that, consistent with our Mission, Vision, and Values Statements, seeks to keep that rich and diverse heritage alive.
What Drives Us
To preserve and maintain the Coal Miners’ Memorial and give voice to the proper and rightful protection and preservation of our historic cemeteries. To preserve, memorialize and communicate our community’s rich ethnic and cultural history to citizens and visitors. To employ cultural activities that honor and celebrate our community’s heritage.
To create an environment that grows membership by encouraging participation of members of the community and descendants of early immigrants. To create cultural celebrations designed to honor the heritage of the various ethnic groups who came to this area in search of a better life for their families.
The values we hold dear were instilled in us by our hard working ancestors. Most left the security of their homeland and accepted the risks of crossing a vast ocean and continent to arrive at an uncertain future in their new community. They took great pride in their new country and worked hard to learn its language and build a new life. They endured hardships and sacrificed to insure our lives would be better than the one they left in the old country. Most labored in the coal mines under the most primitive and dangerous of conditions. They knew all too well that death was never far away in the cold harsh environment in which they lived and worked. They found comfort, pride and companionship in their fraternal lodges where their heritage and culture were celebrated. They revered their lodges for the security they provided and the community it cared for. The sick were visited, the widows and orphans “looked in on” and their cemeteries were maintained. The love and traditions our ancestors enjoyed have been passed along to us in the home, in the books they wrote and the music they loved.
Our Board & Officers
Board Member (Chair)
Cemetery Committee Vice Chair
Beverly Prkacin Read