Thank You from SOS for a Great 2013!

SOS would like to thank everyone and all the businesses and organizations that helped us throughout 2013.  Collectively we have been successful in our research and education activities during 2013 in furthering the mission: “A citizen-voiced plan to provide for a secure, stable and sustainable Josephine County.”  SOS has collected the Citizens’ voices during 2012 and throughout 2013 through a major survey, through its website, and through nearly weekly public meetings and regular public or group presentations.  These efforts have served to help educate the public and have allowed us to collect input and develop a series of solutions that will achieve our mission.  Today we continue to work on implementing solutions but we should celebrate a successful 2013.

While successful in many aspects, we have much more work to do.  Even as we speak, there are children and adults out there in our County, our World, our Home, who are being offended.  Children who are being forced to do unspeakable things without any end in sight…elderly who no longer have the mental capacities to realize the abuse upon them.  They seek the light of Justice for protection, yet ours burns faint.  Thank you for making that light burn brighter—to reach out further—dissolving more and more shadows.  Thank you for giving them hope. Every act, every cent you have given, every moment of your time you have sacrificed away from your family this past year, has not been in vain. It falls into a collective pool of HOPE which grows stronger each and every day.

We ARE making a difference!

2013 SOS Highlights include:

Numerous outreach efforts, media interviews, and public presentations:  SOS and its members appeared on KAJO, Jefferson Public Radio, The Bill Post Radio Show, and others.  We participated in many TV news interviews for local television stations.  SOS activities appeared numerous times in local and regional news articles.

Partnered with the Oregon Anti-Crime Alliance Foundation to research, develop, and defend a potential statewide constitutional measure that would bring more decision making on Lottery income to local control where local leaders know best how to allocate those funds among schools, economic development, public safety, and natural resources / parks.  Please see the effort that began by the research of SOS here http://www.lotterylocalcontrol.com/  and here https://www.facebook.com/LotteryLocalControl.  SOS helped raise $30,000 in close to 6 weeks to get this balloon up in the air!  Many local organizations provided direct donations and helped fund this important project!

Events and outreach to educate the public and fund the initial needs of this lottery project included:

  • Applebee’s Pancake Breakfast
  • Major Garage Sale in the Daily Courier Lot
  • A Dinner/Poker Tournament Event
  • And who can forget the Pink Flocks?

flocks

http://securingoursafety.org/sos-achieves-fundraising-goal-and-makes-news-statewide/#more-2289

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Other outreach events during the year:

April 2013 – the Vehicle Pull up 7th Street!  OUR COMMUNITY PULLS TOGETHER!  http://web.thedailycourier.com/video/vidpage.html?v=042113Pull

April 2013 – “The Ball” event at Schmidt Family Vineyards

April 2013 – Walking For Justice!

Walking for Justice!

May 2013 – The Boatnik Parade!

March to May 2013:  Documented facts about the proposed three year Criminal Justice levy and made them available on the web:  Yes vs No margin on this vote increased by nearly 13% from last year!

June 2013 – The Criminal Justice Guardian Dinner & Appreciation Event

May 2013 – The Victims’ Forum – A MUST WATCH!  http://vp.telvue.com/player?height=300&id=T01550&noplaylistskin=1&video=154006&width=400

April to June 2013:  A Refunding Committee collected bottles & cans for recycling and to help spread the word about our safety challenges…money raised went right to the Sheriff’s office!

Refunding

September 2013 – The GREAT Debate at North Valley High

September through December 2013 – Outreach & Fundraising efforts for the CJ Skate Park, and to raise awareness of the impacts of crime and the lack of safety services in the Illinois Valley areas

October 2013 – Walk For Public Safety!

December 2013 – Dinner & Poker Event, All in For Safety!

Throughout 2013 – We were at the Growers Market with a booth/tent almost every week!

Throughout 2013 – Our fundraising efforts raised well over $40,000 in total and 100% of that either has gone or will go right to education, awareness, and public safety solutions because we are entirely a volunteer organization!

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Revised and launched a newer website, have you seen it?  http://securingoursafety.org/

Have you seen some of the crime stories we documented and their effects?  http://securingoursafety.org/victim-crime-stats/

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And last but certainly not least, the balloons are up in the air and starting to fly!

This is a “multi-pronged approach.”

Multi-Pronged Approach

The combined strategic plan is starting to come together, so stay tuned!

SOS Strategic Plan

Visit the individual committee pages on our site for regular project updates!

www.securingoursafety.org/ 

We ARE making a difference and thank you for your support in 2013! 

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WHAT SAY YOU?

www.securingoursafety.org

MISSION: “A citizen-voiced plan to provide for a secure, stable and sustainable Josephine County.”

Notes from SOS Public Meeting on December 17, 2013

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

These are the meeting notes from December 17, 2013.

Our next meeting will be January 7, 2014 at the Wild River Brew Pub located at 533 NE F Street, in Grants Pass, from 5:15 PM-6:15 PM.

“Well done is better than well said.”

Benjamin Franklin

MEETING NOTES:

  1. We spoke about how important it was for us to solicit a simple public statement by the Josephine County Board of County Commissioners (BCC), which simply reflects how, “Public Safety is the #1 priority for county government in Josephine County.” We agreed that something so base should be a given, but the rumblings of mistrust Pat Fahey brought to our attention at a recent meeting he attended in Wolf Creek, could be tempered with something that simple. Many people indicate that they still don’t trust the Commissioners, which is difficult to digest given the fact that Cherryl Walker and Keith Heck just got there. We got to work on the trust aspect of leadership. Trust is earned through acts. We need to be tolerant of each other, forgiving and realize that we are going to all have to work together to get this place up on its feet again. SOS agreed to write a letter asking for such a commitment and public notice to be made by the BCC.  Keith Heck stated at our meeting that public safety in Josephine County was his priority. I believe him.

  2. Jail/Juvenile Justice Levy Committee 

Pat Fahey gave us an UPDATE Continue reading Notes from SOS Public Meeting on December 17, 2013

Agenda for last SOS Public meeting of 2013! Please join us, YOU are needed!

Good Evening SOS!

The last meeting of this year shall be tomorrow, Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at the Wild River Brew Pub located at 533 NE F Street, in Grants Pass, from 5:15 PM-6:15 PM.

It will be a very important meeting and our last of the year. Everyone has a lot going on and we are in the midst of the Holidays. But please take a moment for us to end the year on a good note, by attending and by getting up to date with where we are and where we are going. We’ve accomplished a lot this year and 2014 appears promising.

Please plan on attending. YOU are needed.

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

Michael Jordan

AGENDA:

  • Jail/Juvenile Justice Levy Committee 

Pat Fahey UPDATE

PETITION COUNT: ____(    %)

GOAL is 2,100

Notes From SOS Public Meeting on December 10, 2013

Our next meeting will be next Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at the Wild River Brew Pub located at 533 NE F Street, in Grants Pass from 5:15 PM-6:15 PM.

It will be a very important meeting and our last of the year. Everyone has a lot going on and we are in the midst of the Holidays. But please take a moment for us to end the year on a good note, by attending and by getting up to date with where we are and where we are going. We’ve accomplished much this year and 2014 appears promising.

Please plan on attending. YOU are needed.

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

Michael Jordan

Here are the notes from our Tuesday meeting, December 10, 2013:

AGENDA:

  • Jail/Juvenile Justice Levy Committee   Pat Fahey

PETITION COUNT: 400 (19%)

GOAL is 2,100