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Community Council Invites Public to Attend Forums in Walla Walla, Dayton, and Milton-Freewater September 22, 23

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Contact: Mary Campbell

Three sessions will be held September 22 and 23 to acquaint the public with the Community Council and its 2008 study project. Local citizens are invited to attend any of the gatherings in Walla Walla, Dayton and Milton-Freewater.

A public forum will be held Monday evening, September 22 at the Walla Walla Community College Conference Center, 500 Tausick Way, Walla Walla. A 7 p.m. reception will provide an opportunity to greet Julie Reese, recently named Executive Director of the Community Council, and Ben Warner, Deputy Director of the Jacksonville (Florida) Community Council. At 7:30 p.m. Warner will discuss the study process.

Noon-hour gatherings will take place both days. Monday’s session will be in the Albee Room of the Milton-Freewater Public Library between noon and 1:30 p.m. The Delaney Building will be the site of the Dayton area lunch on Tuesday. The public is invited to attend. While there is no charge, an RSVP tojulie@wallawallavitalsigns.org would be appreciated in order to ensure adequate food.

Organized to conduct in-depth studies of quality-of-life issues in the area reaching from Milton-Freewater to Starbuck and from Burbank to Dayton, the Community Council has used the Jacksonville council as a model. Warner has facilitated several community-wide discussions and mentored the development of the local organization.

The Community Council will soon begin addressing its first topic, the educational, mental health and housing stability needs of the region’s children. The subject was selected from among ideas presented by area residents.

The Community Council is an inclusive, non-partisan, non-governmental organization that provides a forum in which all citizens can study issues of regional concern, educate themselves and each other about the issues, develop recommendations for change, and promote the adoption of those solutions.

All interested are invited and encouraged to join the study committee. Sign up at any of the sessions or register online atstudy@wallawallavitalsigns.org or send name and contact information to Community Council, P.O. Box 2936, Walla Walla, WA 99362.

Additional information can be found at www.wallawallavitalsigns.org.

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