Once you get to know Amie Beisel, it is difficult to picture her in your mind without also visualizing the colors red, white and blue. Amie walks the talk when it comes to patriotism, as is evidenced in much of her volunteer work.
Amie’s intrinsic sense of patriotism stems back to her childhood, she said. As a five year old, growing up in Hermosa Beach, California, she watched her parents transform their living room into a polling place each year to accommodate local voters. Election Day was marked with excitement and fanfare, including sweet treats in the morning and take-out food for dinner. Her father, a World War II veteran, would set up the big canvas voting booths while her mom helped oversee logistics as the “inspector.”
It was a big day in her family.
“It absolutely had an effect on my patriotism and my being as involved as I am in the political things,” Amie said.
Amie and her husband Dave moved to Redmond in 1983, landing in Sultan in the spring of 1993. The couple’s two sons, Andrew and Aaron, were six and eight when the family settled on Sultan Basin road.
One of her earliest and fondest memories of Sultan was arriving at the home of Gus and Mary Schalo to cast her vote in the November 1993 election. Gus and Mary, much like her own parents, had transformed their home into a polling place, serving up democracy with a side of coffee, tea and cookies.
“It was just so country and so quaint,” Amie said.
Shortly after moving to Sultan, she was invited to join the Winter’s Lake Ladies Club by neighbor Lydia Brokofsky, who may or may not have offered cookies before compelling Amie to join. Today Amie serves as the president of the club, which performs occasional community service including keeping Sultan Basin Road clean and litter-free through Sultan’s Adopt-a-Street program.
During Sultan’s recent Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, it was Amie and her fellow Winter’s Lake Ladies Club members who decorated the tables.
It was her patriotic heart that inspired one of her more noticeable volunteer efforts, which was to initiate a Veterans Day Celebration in Sultan. Held every year on November 11 at Sultan’s All Veterans Memorial Wall, Sultan’s Veterans Day Ceremony is a memorable and widely-attended event.
These days, Amie chairs the reception committee, which takes place at Sultan City Hall after the ceremony concludes.
Another volunteer effort led by Amie is Sultan’s National Day of Prayer event, which takes place every year on the first Thursday in May. Established in 1952 by the United States Congress, the National Day of Prayer is a unified effort in which individuals across the country gather together in their communities to pray. Amie’s coordination efforts include ordering prayer guides, distributing brochures and mobilizing community members. At noon, she and others gather in front of Sultan City Hall for approximately an hour, where they sing patriotic songs and pray for families, the military, government, churches, businesses, education and the media.
This year’s event took place on Thursday, May 4, and was attended by Sen. Kirk Pearson, Pastor Aaron Day, Pastor Steve Boek and about 10 other citizens.
Amie is actively involved in the Evergreen Republican Women’s Club (Everett), serves on the Executive Board of the Washington Federation of Republican Women, the Snohomish County Republican Party and has volunteered for many different political campaigns over the years.
Amie plans to continue her volunteerism in the future. She is currently poised to tackle a new project with the help of the Winter’s Lake Ladies Club; launching an effort to help the Sky Valley Historical Society obtain a new chair lift to improve patron access to the museum. The group plans to start fundraising and may even participate in this year’s Sultan Shindig Parade.