SOS Meeting Notes – September 23, 2014

Again, another great informative and productive meeting! Thank you!

Our next meeting:

Tuesday, September 30, 2014,  5:15pm to 6:15pm

Location:  Wild River Brew Pub, 533 NE F Street, Grants Pass


Here are the Meeting Notes:

SOS Sponsor Report Jennifer Essick

  • SOS Emblems were presented and well received (Cliff Thomason)
  • We are going to add: at the bottom, otherwise, we shall move forward with the laminated emblems ($1.50 each) which we shall provide for all of our business partners
  • If YOU have a business or know of a business who would like to join our unified effort in making our home safe, please contact Jennifer @

Chris Blydenburgh Story

Chris told his story of recent victimization.

It is as follows in substance:

I live in rural Josephine County, not far outside of the Grants Pass city limits in my dream house. It is my home. Recently, my son was outside when a man on a 4-wheeler came onto our property. My son challenged him, not realizing that the man on the 4-wheeler had a gun on his right side. The man was totally disrespectful and pulled the gun on my son. He basically said for him to back off and that he would ride wherever he wanted to.

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SOS Meeting Notes – September 16, 2014

Great meeting Tuesday Night!

Here are the NOTES for September 16, 2014:

SOS Sponsor Report Jennifer Essick

  • Weekly success report
  • If YOU have a business or know of a business who would like to join our unified effort in making our home safe, please contact Jennifer @



Per the Invitation of SOS Timber Committee Captain Jim Frick, Link Phillippi, co-owner of Perpetua Forest Products (his wife is Jennifer Phillipi) spoke about their mill and the importance of Federal timber for survival of timber economy in State of Oregon.

The following is a summary of Link’s presentation, in substance:

  • We have been focused over the past year on re-opening our mill. It involved updating our sawmill. We realize that jobs are important. When you create jobs in a community, you create taxpayers.

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SOS Meeting Notes – September 9, 2014

Good Evening SOS!

Great meeting Tuesday!

NOTES (September 9, 2014):

SOS Sponsor Report Jennifer Essick

  • Weekly success report

NUMBER of current SOS Business SPONSORS:


  • Jennifer reported on our total number of business sponsors to date

  • Jennifer will continue to knit together our business community, which shall include OUTREACH to the business community throughout our county

  • Jennifer spoke about a recent newcomer sponsor: Rogue Valley Humane Society, who is requesting assistance with their fundraising efforts (more to follow next week!)

  • If you are a business, who wants to stand united beside us and effect a change in our county, please e-mail Jennifer

  • We encourage everyone to visit our sponsor page on our website: and to SHOP LOCAL!


Casino Night Felita Short

  • Details about October, 2014 Will be reported next week by Felita!

  •  Want to help Felita? Join her at

Scott Draper Presentation

  • Scott Draper gave a moving presentation to the group, after and introduction by Jay Meredith

  • Jay mentioned how proud he was of all of SOS’ successes and that if we shut down our engines tomorrow, would be proud of everything we have accomplished!

  • In substance, Scott spoke about the following: There is a gap in Josephine County with respect to business owners getting involved in our current crisis, relative to the decimation of our Criminal Justice System. We have an incredible opportunity to build “trust” in our community. The “other group” formed after I assembled some “movers and shakers” of our business community to get involved. We had difficulty coming up with a name for our group. Truth be told, we didn’t even want a name. While we want us to come together to solve our crisis, just like SOS, we don’t want to remain in this activity forever. We want our professionals to be able to focus on their professions, and not pull double duty working on our crisis as the “other job”. I just want to run my business but I can’t stand by and do nothing while watching my community in decline. This group which I am moderating meets every Thursday at 3 PM at Club Northwest. We welcome you with open arms as I know SOS welcomes everyone the same. We all our existence to the efforts of you at SOS. We are not competition but rather a complement. You—we— pulled a car up 6TH Street in an effort to raise awareness of our dilemma. We went to step alongside of you and grabbed part of the rope, a door handle, whatever, and help push the same way. We want to help push the car to our shared destination. I was born and raised in Grants Pass. My parents were also born and raised in Grants Pass. May 20, 2015 is our Deadline! If we don’t have something together by then, our situation that we presently suffer through, will only grow worse. We must take a stand together. SOS must continue to build trust in our community. We have a “Great Community”! Our business leaders are beginning to step up and make a stand. They are beginning to join and make an effort to save our community. We all want the same thing, a safe community. We want to “own our own outcomes”!

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SOS Meeting Notes – September 2, 2014

Good afternoon SOS!

Our next meeting shall be:


September 9, 2014 from 5:15pm to 6:15pm

Location:  Newman United Methodist Church,  132 NE “B” St. ˜ Grants Pass

(right across the street from the Josephine County Courthouse)


NOTES from last Tuesday’s Meeting:

The meeting started out with a story about a Grants Pass, Josephine County, 29-year-old man who got out of state prison on Friday and less than a week later, overdosed on heroin and died on Thursday. Unnecessary death is always tragic especially when our youth are involved.


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


Going “upstream” and addressing the opiate/heroin addiction is one of the ways we are attempting to accomplish our mission.


Heroin Cases = the number of cases involving Heroin Charges = the number of charges involving Heroin:


 2010 – 4 cases, 6 charges


 2011 – 22 cases, 33 charges


 2012 – 37 cases, 54 charges


 2013 – 123 cases, 172 charges


 2014 YTD – 104 cases, 142 charges, 

People battling opiate/heroin addiction, without extreme self-control or medical intervention, need to “get” the drug everyday to avoid “getting sick” (the withdrawal symptoms). They are opportunists and will do whatever it is they must to “get” the drug; for example, Grants Pass vehicle break-ins have been increasing exponentially…


Recently, Matt Corey, of the Josephine County DA’s Office commented on the above stats:


The numbers you have were done on July 31, 2014 so new numbers would not even add a month.  It is safe to say that the numbers have gone up in the 3 weeks since those numbers came out, and it is safe to say that we will shatter the numbers from 2013 when this year is over, continuing our 5 year trend of skyrocketing heroin related cases.  When you convert those hard numbers into percentages, the results are mind boggling.


Many of the people battling opiate/heroin addiction reside in rural Josephine County and not only make the situation difficult for those who reside around them, but often times go to the city of Grants Pass and commit additional crimes to secure their drug.

Our solution includes our MAT-C Committee, steered by Nancy Yonally/Marilane Jorgenson/Dr. Felica Cohen and others. They meet on a bi-weekly basis at the Women’s Health Center in Grants Pass from 5:30-6:30 PM. They met this past Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at the Women’s Health Center @ 5:30 PM

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