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Highlights: Vision:Toledo Arts, Rec & Events met last night, counting down to next week’s Annual Cheese Days, kicking off a full summer season.
Joh Jones reported on two grant opportunities with deadlines this week. Deadline is Thursday for a $2,000 hotel & lodging grant to promote tourism using a trails map brochure and interpretive signs similar to the historical sign at Toledo’s boat launch. Friday marks the final day to submit an application for a large Coal Transition grant from TransAlta, a collaborative effort with Brooke Acosta and several others for a Sage Greenhouse teaching classroom using solar power extensively.
Joh issued a plea for a CPA willing to perform an audit pro bono, adding the whole process involves small numbers and little activity, hence a small task. Contact email@example.com
Mayor Steve Dobosh declared June Clean Up Day a huge success, over two dozen volunteers clearing storm debris from Kemp Olson Park, setting sand & pavers in Steamboat Alley, and scrubbing grime from SR 505 bridge railing well past 8 hours. Another Clean Up Day was proposed for late summer, with yard & trash collection. No date was set.
Neighbor Gary Whiteside said Brooke can be seen most days at The Kids Garden Spot, at Toledo Elementary School. Wednesdays she holds a garden club with kids, and donations of time & materials continue to support the plot. Deer fencing awaiting installation.
Common Ground Toledo thanked everyone who made their Thursday Market Opening Day Plant Sale successful, netting $224 on a very rainy day. Next sale planned for Thursday Market July 6. Gary Whiteside proposed incorporating currant and berry bushes in City Park along the South fence line as an attractive screen feature between the park and the water treatment facility at last week’s Park Board meeting. Raintree Nursery donated over 100 bare root trees & plants to CGT. Timberland Bank awarded a $500 grant toward the Honor Garden at Toledo’s Memorial Wall of Honor.
Jamie Cummings said Steamboat Alley will have planters and fixtures in place for Cheese Days, with some changes later. She thanked the City for installing a bollard to bar vehicle traffic, volunteers for placing sand & pavers, City Clerk Michelle Whitten for getting extended mural area cleared of debris.
Cummings also reported on Toledo Thursday Market’s first two weeks, visitors numbering more than 100 for the new venture, with games & face painting for kids, music, miniature horses, homemade and handmade goods, food & produce, chocolates, and CGT’s plant sale. She thanked local businesses for staying open late to promote the Market. Toledo Thursday Market vendor applications available online.
Mayor Steve Dobosh stated the water tank mural project has drawn compliments from all over. Donated equipment helped get the job done just before the rain returned. Repainting the shop adjacent is planned, plus installing an interpretive sign next to the finished mural.
Jamie Cummings said this year’s Wine & Cheese Event July 8 is on track, with Black Sheep Creamery, Domina Dairy, & Rosecrest providing cheese, local wineries and brewers the libations.
Mike Morgan announced Gallery 505 Opening Night will take place this Thursday 1 - 8 p.m. Theme: Toledo Made.
Toledo Lions Club hosts Cheese Days July 6-9. This year's theme: 125 Years of Connections. Check out our website for the 2017 schedule of events. Download PDF version from main page.
Find more info on vendors, T-shirts, and voting Cheese Days #1 online in The Chronicle* at Cheese Days Toledo on Facebook.
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LC Senior Center Transition Team Agenda for today:
Lewis County Senior Programs
Transition Team Committee Meeting
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 1-3 p.m.
Twin Cities Senior Center 2545 N. National Avenue, Chehalis
- Roll Call & Introductions
- Transition Team Updates
- Approve minutes – 6/7/17
- Board Candidate Social
- Discuss Highlights, Insights, Observations & Recommendations
- Discuss Candidates & Finalize List
- Discuss Transition Team Wrap-Up
- Where to go from here?
- Important Upcoming Dates
- Lewis County Seniors Board Meeting July 14th @10:00 Courthouse Basement
- August – Lease Proposal due to Lewis County
Who...Will Do What...By (Date)
Summary of June 7, 2017 meeting:
*Lewis County Seniors
Transition Team Committee
June 7, 2017
Chairman Bill Marshall opened the meeting and introductions were made, and rules were addressed.
Minutes May 17, 2017. Jan motioned to approve, Mona Rae seconded. Motion carried
Commissioner Notes May 30, 2017. The group did meet with Lewis County Commissioners to go through questions and concerns. Michelle went through a handout of materials regarding leases, WA State Constitution regarding gifting, RCW’s for leasing, King County Code for leasing property and information on property taxes. Commissioner Jackson commented that the county will submit a lease agreement, working with Larry Unzelman. The Commissioners are interested in expediting the process. (Later Bobby made a phone call and corrected himself, stating that “The county has a form to operate from of the legalities of what to do.” The transition team/nonprofit board will need to come up with the terms of the lease. The business plan can be reviewed by a professional attorney.)
Lynn stated that she has a copy of the Monroe contract with the City. Glenda added the Older Americans Act mandates nutrition program must be done – but it does not state who needs to provide it. The poor and infirmed are those who we do serve. The county did go find lands for the senior centers and helped with the buildings for the mandated programs. Glenda has all statistical records for the nutrition program – demographics, income levels, etc. The centers are serving primarily rural and low-income seniors. The lease proposal will be for buildings and possibly the contents.
Lynn recommended that we get our own attorney to help with the legalities. The article in the newspaper may help with that.
Draft Strategic Plan Proposal. Glenda had worked up a Strategic Plan for Lewis County Senior Services with an executive summary, action steps, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, along with goals. The purpose of this group was to find a solution to the problem with funding senior centers while under county government. This document has our intents. Everyone needs to look closely at the document and make changes and additions.
Executive Board Recruitment Plan. We will need a minimum of 15 board members to have a gambling license. Glenda showed various invitation styles for the meet and greet. It was also suggested moving the date from Wednesday to Thursday, all agreed.
Finger foods would be served. Suggested – Pinwheel Sandwiches – finger sandwiches – fruit tray – veggie tray – cheese/salami – chips – brownies/cookies – coffee – iced tea – lemonade. Glenda will check with the various senior boards to see if they will fund the food. There may be flower arrangements, and spouses or significant others will also be invited.
It was also suggested to have a small handout of What is Expected of members, why we are asking, Brief Mission and Vision statement. Glenda will speak about general funding, what is Older Americans Act, Nutrition Program, Enrichment Programs, the five centers and one satellite center.
Another packet will be given to those that would want to be on the board that contains, board member orientation, expectations, by laws, 501 C 3 info, advisory board of each center, funding from the various centers.
Next Meeting. It was decided to move the meeting to June 28th after the meet and greet!!
Chairman Marshall adjourned the meeting
MOTTO: NO CENTER LEFT BEHIND!!
Contact Glenda.Forga@lewiscountywa.gov for more information, and to receive email updates.
Toledo Thursday Market 3 - 7 p.m. across from boat launch. Vendor application forms online.
Gallery 505 Opening Night 1 - 8 p.m. Thursday. Theme: Toledo Made.
From Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission:
If the Washington State Legislature does not pass a 2017-19 state Operating Budget by June 30, state parks will close July 1, as part of a state government shutdown…
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Through July 5: accepting donations for Toledo Senior Center Annual Cheese Days Second Time Around Sale.
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Tix available now: Nehemiah Brown July 8 @ Toledo High School.
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