Mercer Island Guild members smile after their Directory Mailing Day in 2017. Courtesy photo

Mercer Island Guild members smile after their Directory Mailing Day in 2017. Courtesy photo

75th Mercer Island Directory to be mailed this week

Mailing day volunteers can meet at the Presbyterian Church at 9 a.m. on March 16.

  • Tuesday, March 13, 2018 11:30am
  • Life

Are you familiar with a small square book that says Mercer Island Directory? If you live on the Island and have a telephone number listed in it, you receive a new edition every year.

The MI Directory has been published and distributed for 75 years by the Mercer Island Guild, which supports Seattle Children’s Hospital. It’s a local telephone directory of Mercer Island residents, mailed to all listed households on the Island.

The guild asks for donations from residents after they get the book. All net proceeds from donations and advertising revenues are sent to Seattle Children’s to support uncompensated care. Approximately 6,000 copies are mailed out in March each year. In 2017, the guild sent over $100,000 to Seattle Children’s, and since it has been publishing the directory, the total is over $4 million.

The directory is also available at Island Books and the Chamber of Commerce. A $10 donation at those locations goes straight to Seattle Children’s.

2018 marks 100 years that the guild has been in existence and 75 years since the directory was begun.

“We recognize that the ways of hard copy telephone directories are going away, but we also know that longtime residents on the Island love it,” said the guild’s Martha Weiss. “The MI directory is a local tradition and it’s important to all of us in the guild to keep it going, supporting Seattle Children’s.”

Weiss said that guild members will be at the Presbyterian Church at 9 a.m. on March 16 to mail the new books, and if anyone wants to join, they are more than welcome.

For more, see mercerislanddirectory.info and the guild’s Facebook page.

Submit residential additions or changes to miphonebook@gmail.com.

[flipp]

More in Life

Marlin “Zip” Zuther, a veteran from Mercer Island experiences the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Photo by Greg Asimakoupoulos
‘Mr. Lincoln, I’ve been thinkin’’ | On Faith

A monthly column regarding matters of faith.

Holiday Lights at Mercerdale Park is a Mercer Island tradition. Courtesy photo
A community tradition carries on

Holiday Lights at Mercerdale Park and Firehouse Munch Dec. 6.

Turkeys Nonni, Noelle, November and Nora at Rooster Haus Rescue in Fall City. Natalie DeFord/staff photo
Turkey rescue

The bird’s not on the Thanksgiving menu at this Fall City sanctuary.

Staying fit through the holidays

A monthly column about natural medicine.

Perfection to depression – Measuring ourselves to death

A monthly column about mindfulness and mental wellbeing.

Photos courtesy of Carol Mahoney
                                Club president Carol Mahoney gives a service appreciation award to Mercer Island Kiwanis Club board member Danielle Hawley of the Mercer Island Boys and Girls Club.
Island Kiwanis Club honors community and members

Annual awards dinner held on Oct. 19.

“Poetic Moon 1,” 36x48 Acrylic on canvas by Agnes Lee
Award winning artist at Art Walk November 1-2

Opening night of the November Art Walk on Friday, Nov. 1, will… Continue reading

Watch for trick-or-treaters during Chamber event

Little ghosts and goblins will overtake Island businesses on Halloween Day —… Continue reading

The Island’s third Pumpkin Walk is set for Oct. 27 at Luther Burbank Park. Photo courtesy of Amanda Colburn
Eastside Halloween roundup

Family-friendly seasonal events throughout the Eastside.

Photo by Natalie DeFord/staff photo
                                From left, energy team Rev. Roberta Rominger, Hans Fredrikson, Cheryl Malcham, Jonathan Harrington and Jay Mavoori in front of Congregational Church on Mercer Island, whose new solar panels are on the roof.
Church goes solar

Solar panels, environmental events make for a bright future.

Courtesy photo
                                Volunteers plant trees at the Mercer Island’s 2018 inaugural Arbor Day celebration.
Second Annual Arbor Day Celebration

Volunteers plant and pamper trees.