It’s all about community –

Earlier this month my wife Judy and I hosted over 50 neighbors at our first ever Neighborhood Night Out. We were able to connect and strengthen our little community in rural Marion County. A special thanks to Marion County Deputy Shawn Bush who joined us as well.

Strengthening the skills in our community –

You are invited to join me at the annual Community Celebration Luncheon hosted by United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley, at noon, Thursday, August 25th. As a United Way board member, I share United Way’s vision of a community where every child has equal opportunity to succeed in school and in life. Their work to advance the education, financial stability and health of our families and neighborhoods means more children will have those opportunities regardless of their current circumstances.

By attending, this free, no obligation luncheon you will gain insight in how UWMWV’s support of projects that create literacy-focused environments change the odds for our children by helping to raise third grade reading levels. United Way is building collaborative programs to deal with critical issues that have an impact on the health and wellbeing of our community today, and long into the future.

I hope you will join me August 25. Please RSVP to LaDonna Smith at 503.363.1651 or

Special invite for a cleaner community –

In early 2015 I took the Master Recycler Class. It was a great experience and I want to encourage you to take the class as well. It begins on September 22nd. Classes take place on Thursdays from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, at the Marion County Public Works office. There will also be two Saturday field trips as well. Upon completion, Master Recycler volunteers complete 30 hours of volunteer payback. The class costs $25 and the deadline for signing up is September 11. Space is limited so Register today!

Thank you for taking time to read. Please remember my door is always open and I welcome your thoughts, comments and concerns.