Community stories headline Success Summit event

Speakers will address a wide variety of topics

— Stories about community success will be highlighted during the Initiative for Rural Innovation and Stewardship Community Success Summit on Wednesday.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Okanogan Middle School, 244 S. Fifth Ave.

“Okanogan — Small Town, Strong Community” will feature speakers highlighting success stories about lands and waters, cross-generational relation-ships, learning and jobs, and using art, technology and meeting places to bridge cultures and strengthen the community.

“We’re thrilled to work with the city of Okanogan to host the Summit this year,” IRIS Coordinator Nancy Warner said.

The event gets under way at 8:30 a.m. with registration and coffee. Welcome and introductions follow at 9 a.m.

The “Okanogan Success Sampler” starts at 9:30 a.m. with presentations by Okanogan teachers Ron Cate and Doug Woodrow, and Okanogan Middle School students.

Randy Friedlander of the Colville Confederated Tribes will talk about restoration of Salmon Creek and a presentation on Family Health Centers will be given by Michael Hassing, Orlando Gonzalez and Dr. LaVonne Hammelman.

A 10 a.m. break, with coffee and pastry, will be followed by “Beyond Okanogan Success Sampler,” with Melissa Campobasso and Ted Moomaw of Hearts Gathered talking about reinvigorating the Okanogan language, Jason Paulsen of Methow Conservancy talking about agricultural lands and Norma Gallego making a presentation about Team Naturalezea.

A question-and-answer period is set for 10:45 a.m., followed by “Digital Storytelling in the Classroom” with Rick Wray at 11 a.m. A “Regional Success Storyboard” will be at 11:15.

Lunch, by Slow Food Okanogan, is at noon. Sponsor displays will be open.

Music is planned at 1 p.m., followed at 1:15 p.m. by a “Collaborative Challenge” of sharing best practices on key community issues, including recruiting volunteers, developing leaders, engaging youth in the community, and reducing waste and increasing recycling/repurposing.

A 2 p.m. break is planned, with coffee and pie served, followed by group reports and action plans from the Collaborative Challenge.

The summit will adjourn at 3 p.m. Warner said a different community hosts the summit each year. Planners anticipate that more than 150 people from across the region to participate.

The event also is a fundraising event; a fee will be charged to attend. The fee includes lunch.


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