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Unique Opportunity
By Cathy LeCompte


April 12, 2008

It struck me recently that our municipalities and elected officials of Ketchikan are presented with a unique opportunity to collaborate with two organizations who are working tirelessly in their endeavors to make Ketchikan a better place. I have had the chance to observe both groups and I have never seen, in my fifteen years of working with non profit organizations, two grassroots efforts that are so focused and well thought out.

I am referring to the Ketchikan Beaches Association in their efforts to save a beautiful beach that we can all enjoy and the Ketchikan Youth Initiative who want to create a center where our youth can have a safe place to participate in healthy activities. Both projects are supported by many dedicated citizens and are now asking our local governments for their participation.

I understand there are bureaucratic, legal and financial hurdles, but to my knowledge there are none that cannot be overcome through a spirit of collaboration and determination to succeed. I encourage you help these two groups achieve their goals.

I will close with the words of Margaret Mead: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." I urge you to make the right choice and partner with these hard working citizens in their efforts to change our world.

Cathy LeCompte
Ketchikan, AK

About: " Nine year resident of Ketchikan, fifteen year non-profit cheerleader and life long volunteer."

Received April 11, 2008 - Published April 12, 2008


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