Our Community Spirit is Showing!
By Bobbie McCreary
December 23, 2009
The Ketchikan City Council tackled the very difficult challenge
of balancing their budget in tough economic times, with an uncertain
future of tax revenues ahead. Beyond the wisdom of the council
members, what impressed me was how the community stepped forward
to give what they could to help. To help save jobs, employees
offered to take furlough days without pay. To help protect the
City's revenue, Kevin Gadsey withdrew his request for a donation
of the rental fee at the Ted Ferry Civic Center for a SAIL event
and offered his personal donation to cover this cost instead.
This modeling of the community pulling together was really inspiring.
Instead of requesting a rent
waiver of the Ted Ferry Center for the "Enough is Enough
-- a Community Conversation" event on January 12th, we just
asked that part of the Ketchikan Youth Intiatives United Way
grant dedicated to educating our community about the drop-out
issue be spent to cover this rental cost.
Bit by bit, step by step, isn't
it time for us ALL to join in and show OUR community spirit?
TOGETHER we can make a difference. HAPPY HOLIDAYS.
Received December 18, 2009
- Published December 23, 2009
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