Committee continues to work out details of November Summit

By Karen Larsen
Empire Press Correspondent

Planning is well under way for the Community Success Summit to be held in Waterville Nov. 12. Community members have already been chosen to write stories for the Success Summit Supplement. Speakers are also being chosen to highlight successes in Waterville and around the region. The tagline of the summit will be “A Great Place to Come Home To.”

Themes for the summit include how we are increasing the health and connectivity of our lands and waters; what we are doing to reduce waste, increase recycling and foster healthy businesses; how we are using cross-generational relationships to strengthen our communities; and how communities are coming together to develop a unified vision and take steps needed to turn that vision into action.

The Summit Advisory Committee, which is working together to plan the summit, held its third meeting at Waterville Town Hall Sept. 9.

Waterville School students will play a key role in the summit, designing a timeline of the history of Waterville, making a presentation on the Leader In Me program and facilitating small group discussions.

A number of local businesses and entities have already come forward to sponsor the event. These include the Town of Waterville, the Port of Douglas County, Community Choice Healthcare Network, Wenatchee Valley College, The Wenatchee World, Central Washington Grain Growers, Bainbridge Manufacturing, the Waterville Community Fund, The Nature Conservancy of Washington, Economic Alliance, the NCW Economic Development District, Auvil Fruit Company, Molina Healthcare of Washington, the Douglas Community Historical Association and Amerigroup. The summit is still in need of more sponsors. Those interested should contact IRIS Coordinator Nancy Warner at 881-1812.

The summit, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., will include lunch provided by Harvest House. Music by local performers will be interspersed through the day’s events. Cost for the event is $25 and registration can be completed through the listening post website at http://gatheringourvoice.org/listening-post/. Choose “Listening Post Network Website” and then click on the blue bar to get a list of sites in the listening post network as well as a form for summit registration.

The next Summit Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled to be held at Waterville Town Hall from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Oct. 21. New members are welcome. For more information, contact Warner at irisncw@gmail.com.