TALKING THREADS QUILT GUILD OF BEAVER ISLAND

Presents:

"QUILT OF BEAVER ISLAND" RAFFLE

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  • Raffle to be drawn on May 25, 2003 at 8:30 p.m. at Holy Cross Hall

  • Price of tickets

  • $5.00 each or

  • 5 for $20.00

  • Profits to:

  • Beaver Island Rural Health Center

  • Beaver Island EMS

  • Beaver Island Fire Department

QUILT ON DISPLAY AT MCDONOUGH'S MARKET

TICKETS MAY BE PURCHASED AT:

MCDONOUGH'S MARKET or

BEAVER ISLAND RURAL HEALTH CENTER

License #X54406

If you are not going to be on the island, you can still purchase tickets by sending your check or money order, payable to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center, to the Guild in care of Connie Wojan; 26765 Donegal Bay Road; Beaver Island, Michigan 49782 or Judi Meister; 1128 Protar Lane; Beaver Island, Michigan 49782 along with (and this is extremely important):

  • Name

  • Address

  • City, State, Zip

  • Telephone Number


BEAVER ISLAND LEADERSHIP RETREAT 2003

 

LOBBYING AND ADVOCACY FOR CURRENT AND FUTURE NEEDS

Saturday, May 10, 2003

Peaine Township Hall

Purpose: 

Beaver Island leaders gather to:  1) Share accomplishments since April 2002; 2) Agree on priority issues that affect most organizations for 2003-04; and, 3) Build skills to effectively advocate at the local and state level so key officials hear our voices before they make decisions that affect this community.   

Desired Outcomes:

  • Identify 3 – 5 priority issues that transcend all organizations.
  • Agree on which 2 – 3 will be the focal issues for 2003-04.
  • Individual participants learn tools and techniques for advocacy and lobbying that will increase their effectiveness for the specific causes they espouse.
  • The leadership group as a whole agrees to work jointly to advocate locally and at the state level for the top 2 – 3 goals.
  • Draft an advocacy game plan to use before and during the Beaver Island Lansing reception in May.
  • Identify next steps and assignments.

Sponsors:  BI Chamber of Commerce, BI Historical Society, BI Partnership Project

Refreshments: Continental breakfast (Coffee, tea, fruit, pastries) beginning at 8:30 a.m.  

Agenda  

8:30 a.m.          Continental Breakfast

·        Registration

·        Resource Table available for displaying informational materials

·        Meet and greet

  9:00 a.m.          Welcome

·        Review agenda and ground rules for the retreat

·        Introductions

  9:15 a.m.          Organizational Accomplishments for 2002/03; Priority issues for 2003/04

·        One representative from each organization has 3 minutes to present their report

·        Record priority issues

10:00 a.m.        Small groups break out and identify 2 – 3 issues that affect all organizations

10:30 a.m.        Break

·        During break, consolidate issues

10:45 a.m.        Vote to prioritize issues for Advocacy and Lobbying in 2003 – 04

11:00 a.m.        Skill building:  Advocacy and Lobbying at the local and state level

·        Basic concepts, tools and techniques

·        Why advocacy is considered a “core competency” for communities of every size, as well as for grassroots leaders at every level

·        Learn the names and interests of key department officials and legislators in the new Granholm administration 

·        How can Beaver Island maximize existing resources to cultivate and inform those who and/or influence local and state decisions?

·        What can we do on our own?  When do we need professional help?

12:00 noon       Draft a game plan for the Beaver Island Lansing Reception in May

·        Agree on what we want to accomplish to help address priority issues

·        Identify volunteers to make it happen

1:00 p.m.          Adjourn


AMVETS POST 46

AND

THE AUXILIARY

INVITE YOU TO

THE 2ND ANNUAL

Easter Egg Hunt

SATURDAY, APRIL 19

11:00 A.M.

AT THE

BEAVER ISLAND COMMUNITY SCHOOL

Bring your baskets or bags

For sixth grade and under


Citizen of the Year

April 12th marked the 2nd Annual Beaver Island Citizen of the Year Banquet at the Shamrock Bar/Restaurant sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.  Just as the cocktail hour was to start the pagers went off which depleted the crowd somewhat as firemen and EMS folks headed out for a brush fire on the Old Fox Lake Road.  Luckily it was handled in a timely manner and all returned just in time to order their dinner of choice: prime rib or stuffed breast of chicken.  Following the dinner, Steve West made the introductions and paved the way for Vice-President, Bill Thomas who announced this years' winner(s).

The award honors the individual, couple, organization or business that has made a significant contribution to making Beaver Island a better place to live, work or visit.  The winners of the 2002 Citizen of the Year was EMS of Beaver Island.  Congratulations, EMS!  You all certainly deserve this award for all that you do.  The hours spent with continuing education, being on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and for the kindness and professionalism that you show.

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Left to right: Bill McDonough, Tim McDonough, Christie VanLooy, Joe Timsak, Michelle LaFreniere, Roye Meis, Ken Bruland, Gerald LaFreniere, Bill Thomas, and Joe Moore

Following the presentation of the award, Donna Stampfler of the West Michigan Tourist Association gave the audience a slide show of the Great Lakes Lighthouses.


Swimming Anyone?

On the afternoon of April 14th, the Beaver Island ambulance could be seen parked at Dan Higdon's dock in town where part of the basic EMT class was practicing their water rescue training.  Keep in mind that the ice isn't out of the harbor yet so it was a wee bit chilly.

 This was part of the basic EMT study of environmental emergencies which include hypothermia, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and near drowning.  Instructor Joe Moore prefers to use the hands-on approach and show them what are water rescue techniques --- throw, tow, row, and only then go ---- using the Boy Scout "Be Prepared" slogan--- instead of just talking about it.  This makes the class a lot more fun for the students and the teacher when you can do a practice session with students "doing" instead of "listening", and Mr. Moore thinks they retain the information better.

Students include Joannie Adams, Danielle Cary, Cindy Cushman, Forrest Powers, Kristen Russell*, Ken Bruland, and Karen Whitecraft*.  Helpers with this event were Christie VanLooy, Mike Russell and Tim McDonough.

Here's a few scenes from the water rescue class today:

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While the islanders truly appreciate all these lessons we certainly hope that none of them will ever have to be implemented but if necessary these students will know what to do and more importantly, the correct way to do it.

* Neither Kristen nor Karen were able to attend this special class.


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