Update from the Pine Valley Snow Team today Thursday, Jan. 26th.
Al Iverson is concerned about the Tunnels up near him near Dry Creek. The Tunnels do not have a landline. Their place looks quite snowbound. We are looking for a volunteer to stop by and check on them, perhaps clear some snow so they have egress or let us know if they need any assistance. If you can help with this please call Liz between 1-5pm – (541)742-5940. If you have already checked on them – please let us know this too!
Kip Miller and Mike Morrissey of Keating are checking on Mr. Edwards in Richland. We are waiting to hear back from Julie at Pine Eagle Charter to hear how they are doing with the snow situation at the school.
Pine Valley Snow Team
The Lions ice rink will be open 2-4 pm and 6:30 to 8:00 pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Jan 27,28 and 29. We have skates for most people, little kids to adults.
Park at the High School lot and walk to the tennis courts. Skate safely. Go slow with the flow.
We also need volunteer skating supervisors. So if you are willing and able please call Steve White ASAP at 541-742-5816
For an area with a very small population base, the Panhandle boasts a huge number of volunteer activities and organizations. On one hand, this is great. It indicates the energy, dedication and creativity of the residents. On the other hand, this is NUTS. It means a relatively small number of folks are doing an incredible amount of work.
The six people in attendance were asked to write down all the volunteer efforts in which they participate. Between those six, 16 organizations and activities were represented. It was noted that this was just a small example of how many hats we wear as volunteers.
Problems and Repercussions we are seeing in our various groups:
Meyer Memorial Trust, “Community Building Grant”MMT grant emphasis is on bringing differing voices and opinions together to work on a unifying community project.
This grant would bring a Dual Benefit:
1. Through the process of learning to work effectively together, skills will be developed to address the “problems and repercussions” being experienced in our community organizations. (Providing a lasting benefit)
2. The selected project could break into the linked “big issues” of Money, Jobs, Affordable housing, Infrastructure/ammenities. (Project could provide a lasting benefit [community center] – OR – serve as a building block [a recurring, money-generating event])
Applications open in SPRING 2017.
Projects can be funded up to three years.
Project should be something that would bring benefit throughout the community.
Meeting in October/November bringing in more representation.
Invitees will include those present plus representation from: Arts Council, Lions, Snowmobile Club, Chamber, Pine Fest.
Important point: many of the farming/ag/ranching families focus their volunteer involvement through the Fair and Rodeo. By bringing information about the MMT project to the Fair board and seeking their input and buy-in, we could tap into that key part of the community. Casey will do this presentation.
Looking for a working group of about 10 to 15 people to rough out ideas.
Next meeting after October/November would be in January after grant info is published for the new season.
Discussion concluded and guests thanked.