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Notes from SOS Public Meeting – January 7, 2014

We had another great meeting Tuesday!

Our next meeting will be January 14, 2014, at the Newman United Methodist Church in Grants Pass located at 132 NE “B” Street from 5:15 PM-6:15 PM.


  1. Website Intro Paragraph—We now have a website Intro paragraph. It gives a glimpse to newcomers to the website, what SOS is—Thank you David Smith! Please go to our website and let us know what you think about the paragraph and the site! For example: Gordon, I think we should have the font color different for said paragraph? (I really do!) WHAT SAY YOU?

  • The group approved the creation of two more signs, which will be used at events and basically give a snapshot about what SOS is! Thank you Erin Mateja for taking on that task! And as always, thank you Cliff Thomason for getting the signs made for us!
  • Committee Website Webpages need to be current! We have several Webpage updates that are worth reviewing. Don’t forget, this is OUR website. Please feel free to comment on what we can do better!
  • The group unanimously agreed to a paid Stipend for our Website Master,Gordon Edstrom. Gordon donates many hours weekly, as do many of our members, however, his duties are intense and require his regular participation. Our website is a critical component to our Mission: “A citizen-voiced plan to provide for a secure, stable and sustainable Josephine County.”; Gordon reported he averages 10 hours per month on our website; a request to the BOARD has been made to provide the hourly stipend
  • Webpage Poll—There is a Poll on our website, which asks what YOU believe the single most important issue in Josephine County is at the current time; please take a moment and VOTE!
  • We shall be featuring a Weekly Statistic Article by Frank Morin on our website; the group agreed that FACTS from credible SOURCES are important to be publicized and that these statistics are not to be inflated or used (abused) out of context

Josephine County Board of Commissioners—“Building Trust” Keith Heck gave a well articulated and sincere talk about leadership and how we should not trust somebody simply because of their position. Keith spoke about how important it was for us to have trust in each other. Keith said that we might not always agree, but just because we don’t agree, we should not bash the other person for their different views or lie in wait to criticize and/or attack everything a person tries to do. Keith said he believed it was good and important to stand up for what you believe in. Keith said what he loves about this group (SOS), is that you never hear anyone ask if they are a Republican or Democrat or and Independent, that our political persuasions are irrelevant, that our group sees the problem and wants to accomplish our Mission and get things done! It was also stated how important it was to do what you say you are going to do! After Keith’s talk, Dave Daniel indicated he was aware of a website called which epitomized what Keith spoke of. We all agreed that trust was broken in our local Governments and that we all needed to work together to rebuild it.


Jail/Juvenile Justice Levy Committee   Pat Fahey


GOAL is 2,100

  • 4 Signs which read: “SIGN HERE for the Josephine County Jail/Juvenile Justice Levy” procured (Cliff Thomason)
  • BCC Letter by Pat; Pat composed a letter to the BCC which asked them to publicly announce that Public Safety was their #1 concern and that every extra dollar the county received would be cast towards public safety in Josephine County, until our ship is “righted” so to speak; Pat is going to provide us with an e-mail address to urge the Commissioners to come out with such a statement; more to follow
  • Connie Roach is now responsible for maintaining the FAQ section of this committee’s website webpage
  • Pat’s committee will next meet at his Southern Oregon Sanitation (SOS) Office on Redwood Avenue on Sunday, January 12, 2014 @ 1:00 PM
  • Pat passed around Sign-UP Schedule sign-ups which I shall post as soon as he forwards them to me
  • Pat/Archie suggested walking door-to-door in your neighborhoods to make people aware and to collect signatures for the petition
  • If enough signatures are not collected by February 19, 2014, this petition effort dies
  • Join this committee, e-mail Pat:


Lottery Committee Cliff Thomason

  • Cliff reported that we are still in a “holding” pattern and awaiting a decision to our appeal for proper and fair language for the ballot measure; Cliff said thatKevin Mannix seemed to think that “No News” was actually “Good News”… We shall see!


The Hardrock Mining Committee  Michael Cope/Jay Meredith

  • What’s the Next Step?
  • Jay said that this group would report next week and commented on how large of a potential mining was for our local economy
  • Jay also stated that this committee was working on a SUMMIT in the very near future and positively commented on the leadership and knowledge of Michael Cope regarding mining
  • Join this committee, e-mail Michael:


Animal Shelter Levy There has been some talk as to the counterproductive effect having more than one levy on a ballot creates, that one levy effort actually acts against the other; Josephine County Health Director Dianne Hoover has graciously agreed to address the facts about the Animal Shelter at next week’s meeting; If you knew just how busy Dianne was… We look forward to her visit!

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Medically-Assisted-Treatment (MAT) Committee Toni Webb shall update us at our next meeting; Topics shall include:

  • SOS/OPTIONS/Rebecca Peterson donations
  • The next meeting at Women’s Health Center shall be on Wednesday, January 15 @ 5:30 PM
  • Flyer Distribution
  • Heartbreak Story of recent death which David Smith shall be writing about
  • Next Step
  • Join this committee, e-mail Toni:


Little Things Mean-A-Lot  Committee

  • Jody Nigh
  • Skateboard Raffle: Cheri Adkins will address next week


Justice of Peace Committee Dave Corsi

  • Where are we at?
  • Dave gave a very stirring speech about the necessity to create a strategy for this long-term venture; Dave and Wally Hicks will be meeting soon to proceed further
  • Join this committee, e-mail Dave:


SOS “Run for the Law” Committee Bill West  Holly Lidey

  • Where are we at? This Committee’s work is so impressive! They have:
  • REGISTRATION for the Run for the Law on our website; PLEASE REGISTER NOW!!!
  • The next BIG meeting for this Committee was this evening: January 9, 2014 at Club Northwest @ 5:15 PM
  • Join this committee, e-mail Bill:

St. Patrick’s Day Run For The Law

10k Run or 5k Walk/Run & Kid’s Dash

March 15, 2014

 ▲Run our 10k or walk/run our 5k course starting and ending at Club Northwest with chip timing! Starts at 8:30am March 15th. Kid’s dash for youth 12 and under will start promptly at 8:40am.

▲Race awards include: $150 for 1st place overall; $75 for 2nd place overall; a metal/keychain for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place male and female overall and in each age category for runs.

▲Everyone participating in the kid’s dash will receive a ribbon.  All participants will receive race packet filled with coupons or items donated by sponsors.

▲Registration for run includes a free ticket in the raffle for an iPad! Additional tickets can be purchased on race day for $5.00 each.  Drawing will be held after the race, need NOT be present to win.

▲Check out our vendors near the start/finish line for food, merchandise, and other fun items.

▲Long sleeve dry wick Adult shirts and short sleeve dry wick kids shirts available for order until March 1st. Order in advance to guarantee getting one, limited supply available race day!!  Adults $13.50, Kids $12.00

▲Early registration fees are $25 for 10k; $20 for 5k; 18 years or younger $15 for any race. Kid’s dash is FREE!  THERE IS A LATE FEE OF $5.00 IF REGISTERING THE DAY OF THE RACE!

▲Donations and sponsors are much appreciated! FREE t-shirt given to anyone donating $250 or more!

Leprechaun sponsors ($500 or more) will be promoted on back of the shirts and on the SOS website.

Shamrock sponsors (less than $500) will be promoted on the SOS website.

Donations, as well as proceeds from run & raffle will go to the nonprofit organization called Securing Our Safety, a group dedicated to finding alternatives for funding law enforcement in Josephine County.

For more information contact: Holly Lidey (541) 660-8186 or go to

Register on line at

Register by mail – Click this link:   Mail In Registration Form


Fund-Raising Art Show February 6, 2014 Joanne Alvarez, Cheri AdkinsKay Smith, Camille Benedict and Nadine Patel; Kay gave the update

  • Website webpage is up!
  • Review Flyers completed by Cami Benedict, copies made by Dave Corsi andMac Graphically Yours
  • Don Monetti from KCMD shall be “MC” for the event
  • Where? Roux 26 in Grants Pass
  • When? February 6, 2014 from 6PM-9PM
  • How Mucho? $25
  • What does the $25 ticket include? 4 tickets for 4 wine tastes and for Whores Devoured
  • Wineries participating thus far are TroonSchmidt and Fiasco
  • 25 Artists have donated for this event thus far!!!
  • Next Meeting is at JoAnne’s house on January 13, 2014 @ 6:00 PM
  • Number of Tickets SOLD:_30
  • Go on-line to purchase tickets or e-mail Nadine Patel at
  • Join this committee, e-mail JoAnne:


Sobering Center Bill Landis

  • Where are we at?
  • Update next week! I was at this committee’s meeting this morning and it was impressive!
  • Join this committee, e-mail Bill at


VICTIM’s Forum

  • Steven Marshak suggested we do our Victim’s Forum in Cave Junction in April. The group concurred; We shall work with CJ City Councilor John Gardiner to establish a date and physical venue Establish Date


And lastly, a thing about leadership:

Here are 10 things that authentic leaders do on a regular basis:

1.    They speak their truth. In business today, we frequently ‘swallow our truth’. We say things to please others and to look good in front of The Crowd. Authentic leaders are different. They consistently talk truth. They would never betray themselves by using words that are not aligned with who they are. This does not give anyone a license to say things that are hurtful to people. Speaking truth is simply about being clear, being honest and being authentic.

2.    They lead from the heart. Business is about people. Leadership is about people. The best leaders wear their hearts on their sleeves and are not afraid to show their vulnerability. They genuinely care about other people and spend their days developing the people around them. They are like the sun: the sun gives away all it has to the plants and the trees. But in return, the plants and the trees always grow toward the sun.

3.    They have rich moral fiber. Who you are speaks far more loudly than anything you could ever say. Strength of character is true power – and people can feel it a mile away. Authentic leaders work on their character. They walk their talk and are aligned with their core values. They are noble and good. And in doing so, people trust, respect and listen to them.

4.    They are courageous. It takes a lot of courage to go against the crowd. It takes a lot of courage to be a visionary. It takes a lot of inner strength to do what you think is right even though it may not be easy. We live in a world where so many people walk the path of least resistance. Authentic leadership is all about taking the road less traveled and doing, not what is easy, but what is right.

5.    They build teams and create communities. One of the primary things that people are looking for in their work experience is a sense of community. In the old days, we got our community from where we lived. We would have block parties and street picnics. In the new age of work, employees seek their sense of community and connection from the workplace. Authentic leaders create workplaces that foster human linkages and lasting friendships.

6.    They deepen themselves. The job of the leader is to go deep. Authentic leaders know themselves intimately. They nurture a strong self-relationship. They know their weaknesses and play to their strengths. And they always spend a lot of time transcending their fears.

7.    They are dreamers. Einstein said that, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” It is from our imaginations that great things are born. Authentic leaders dare to dream impossible dreams. They see what everyone else sees and then dream up new possibilities. They spend a lot of time with their eyes closed creating blueprints and fantasies that lead to better products, better services, better workplaces and deeper value. How often do you close your eyes and dream?

8.    They care for themselves. Taking care of your physical dimension is a sign of self-respect. You can’t do great things at work if you don’t feel good. Authentic leaders eat well, exercise and care for the temples that are their bodies. They spend time in nature, drink plenty of water and get regular massages so that, physically, they are operating at planet-class levels of performance.

9.    They commit to excellence rather than perfection. No human being is perfect. Every single one of us is a work in progress. Authentic leaders commit themselves to excellence in everything that they do. They are constantly pushing the envelope and raising their standards. They do not seek perfection and have the wisdom to know the difference. What would your life look like if you raised your standards well beyond what anyone could ever imagine of you?

10. They leave a legacy. To live in the hearts of the people around you is to never die. Success is wonderful but significance is even better. You were made to contribute and to leave a mark on the people around you. In failing to live from this frame of reference, you betray yourself. Authentic leaders are constantly building their legacies by adding deep value to everyone that they deal with and leaving the world a better place in the process.

Robin Sharma, author of ‘The Saint, The Surfer and The CEO’.



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

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