Registration deadline approaching for IRIS Success Summit in Waterville

WATERVILLE — The Initiative for Rural Innovation & Stewardship (IRIS) will host its sixth annual NCW Community Success Summit Nov. 12 in Waterville.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the NCW Fairgrounds. The deadline to register is Nov. 5 and the fee is $25.

This year’s summit, with the theme “A Great Place to Come Home To,” will explore how actions are fostering sustainable rural communities in North Central Washington and several community success stories will be shared.

Waterville successes to be highlighted will range from the Waterville School’s “Leader in Me” program to the Waterville Grocery, an anchor business in the historic downtown. Regional stories will include the Nespelem Community Center’s wellness program, operated by the Colville Confederated Tribes; and the Erratics, a group that has worked for years to bring the story of the Ice Age Floods to the region and country.

A presentation of IRIS’s digital storytelling program, the Listening Post Network, will take place followed by student-facilitated roundtable discussions where participants will be invited to share their best practices on key needs in rural communities.

Lunch will be catered by the Harvest House.

For more information, to register or to submit a success story, visit, contact Nancy Warner at 888-7374 or email