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.
About: " Nine year resident
of Ketchikan, fifteen year non-profit cheerleader and life long
Received April 11, 2008 - Published
April 12, 2008
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