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Notes from SOS Public Meeting – March 4, 2014

We had another great meeting Tuesday night! We had over 50 in attendance and lots of new faces. Thank YOU!


“Run for the Law”

Bill West/Holly Lidey

We are only 10 days away!


I have been sweet talking you to get at least 1,000 participants at our Run/Walk. I have been told that I am not being realistic. As a personal favor, I am asking you to help me achieve 1,000 participants.

We are at 200 registered/1000=


WE ARE DOING IT! I am asking that if you are free that day and want to be a part of something HISTORIC in Josephine County, please register by going to and then plan to come! Thank you so much for your response.

Club Northwest will be putting on a promotional event called “14 Days to your first 5K!”  This will begin March 1 and go until March 14th.  They will teach you how to get prepared for your first 5K in 2 weeks.  Please sign up for that at Club Northwest if you are a member and are interested!

Our response to the SWAG bags has been good but we are still looking for items to put into our swag bags for the runners.  If you know of a business that may be able to donate an item: inspirational plastic bracelets, pencils, water bottles, key chains, etc.! It’s a great way to promote your business!!!

We are also encouraging businesses to help our event by offering to pay the registration fee for their employees. Challenge other businesses with this offer!

Thus far, businesses who have agreed to pay for their employees to participate are:

  • Evergreen Federal
  • Southern Oregon Sanitation
  • Roux 26

T-SHIRTS We will have some T-shirts at the RACE

Cost of the shirts: Adults $13.50 Kids $12.00

FACEBOOK! Please share this event!

The Kid’s Dash” will start at 8:30 AMand it will be completed before the other races which begin at 8:40 AM, so that if parents want to run, Kidzone will be letting member’s kids in free during the 10K/5K on race day and will only charge $3.50 for non-member kids!

This is YOUR AWARENESS RUN! If you have an idea, please let Bill or Holly know!!! Come up with an idea and RUN with it! 

WE HAVE a PHOTOGRAPHER! Maria Simons is an amateur photographer and shall be taking photos all over the race course! Thank you Maria!


  1. Yesterday, Cory Johnston and Grant Medley confirmed an army of volunteers along the route
  2. Bill Ertel has created a Press Release about our run
  3. 10 Sheriff Jail Deputies have volunteered to help with the race course
  4. We have to make room for a volunteer’s booth and we need canopies—may we borrow yours? Please get it to Frank Morin or Jennifer Essick by Friday March 14TH!
  5. On March 15, all route volunteers will assemble at Club North West (CNW) at 7:45 AM for a safety briefing and route assignment

Our Run for the Law sign is now up on 6TH Street by Photo Den! Be sure to drive by and check it out.

Join this committee, e-mail Bill:

Next Meeting is Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 5:15 PM at Club Northwest

St. Patrick’s Day

Run for the Law

10k Run or 5k Walk/Run & Kid’s Dash

March 15, 2014

Go to to register


Lottery Committee

Cliff Thomason/Jay Meredith

Check out the news they posted at !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In the last two weeks this initiative effort has taken off with two great pieces of news.  First, we won our appeal for the ballot title language with the Oregon Supreme Court.  The Ballot title now properly explains the result of this constitutional measure.  We will be able to start collecting signatures in the next week.  And having the final language in hand, during the last week of February we had an official statewide poll performed to see what Oregonians really think of this proposed measure and the terms of the measure.  This statistically significant poll of Oregon voters showed the following results:

* Voters would say YES to this measure by a three-to-one ratio!  In other words, voters favor local County Control of lottery revenues by a three-to-one ratio.

* Voters liked the idea of lottery proceeds being distributed to Counties based on lottery sales from each County (instead of by the State Legislature) by a margin of about 2.5 to 1!

* Voters trust their local County Commissioners to distribute net profits from the Oregon Lottery system (rather than the State Legislature) by a margin of 2.2 to 1!

* The highest priority public funding needs across the state are Public Education, Public Safety, and Economic Development!

* Every major region of Oregon was in favor of this measure!


New Stat Article by Frank Morin

Traffic Crash Fatalities in Josephine County is on its’ way!


MAT-C Committee Meeting

Michelle O’Brien/Toni Webb

NEXT MEETING: Women’s Health Center Wednesday, March 12, 2014 @ 5:00 PM! See you there!


Little Things Mean A Lot Committee:

Jody Nighe/Rycke Brown

Rycke unveiled her new smock and commented on how she began cleaning up Redwood Avenue by the Fairgrounds, purely self- motivated, and how her efforts seemed to kick off others to do the same! Apparently KAJO is sponsoring her to do some cleaning on Rogue River Avenue!


April Awareness EVENTS

  • CJ Victim’s Forum—It was decided that we have a Victim’s Forum at the Wild River Brewery in CJ in April—possibly on April 10, 2014; We still need an event coordinator for this!
  • JJC Vigil—we are going to have a vigil outside of the Juvenile Justice Center in GP, tentatively on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 6:30 PMTerry Soeteber and Jim Goodwin shall be helping to coordinate this event—We want to let the kids know, they are not forgotten!

The Hardrock Mining Committee—What’s the Next Step?

Michael Cope/Jay Meredith

The Summit has a name:

Southern Oregon Mineral Summit

When:            May 10, 2014 – 1pm to 4pm

Where:           Grants Pass City Council Chambers


Jail/Juvenile Justice Levy Committee UPDATE  Pat Fahey


CSOS (Citizens for Securing Our Safety) is a separate political action committee and we adjourned to let CSOS have a separate meeting.  They took signups for:

Communications Committee

  1. (Prepares Press Releases, plans Media Events, uses earned Media, campaign website, social media to promote campaign activities)
  2. Fundraising Committee

    (Solicits contributions from individuals/businesses/groups, plans and carries out fundraising events)

  3. Phone Banking Committee

    (Organizes phone banking activities, prepares call lists/scripts, arranges times/locations)

  4. Sign Committee

    (Distributes and erects lawn signs/window signs to supporters who have requested them)

  5. IT Committee

    Maintains website and campaign volunteer database, creates and maintains spreadsheets for direct mail and other activities, prepares/provides information for other committees as needed)

  6. Campaign Literature

    (Designs and composes print materials for direct mail/handout campaign, coordinates w/printer and mail house)

  7. Precinct Walking Committee

    (Plans and organizes walk efforts, develops precinct packets, recruits walkers as needed)

  8. Letter Writing Committee

    (Organizes, assists with and coordinates writing/submission of letters to the editor focusing on major campaign talking points)

ALL of the ABOVE shall be listed on this Committee’s Website for you to peruse and join!

Doing something for our community never got any easier! E-mail Pat: and let him know what committee you want to join; you can also go to the website webpage and see who is on what committee!

Connie Roach is maintaining the FAQ Section on the WEBSITE for this committee

IF you have questions that you have encountered regarding the upcoming levy, please forward them to Pat Fahey ASAP. Please, don’t be shy!



Join this committee, e-mail Pat:

Why is this effort different?

  • Crime has been increasingly more dominant in Josephine County, maybe than ever before
  • This is a citizen sponsored petition, not a Commissioner or Government sponsored petition
  • When asked about where funding shall go, if the JAIL and the Juvenile Justice Center are no longer going to be a concern of the general fund—the Commissioners, who signed a letter announcing that Public Safety was there #1 priority, all agree and are publicly stating in substance, “To other parts of the Criminal Justice System, which include Sheriff Patrols and the DA’s Office!”
  • This is $1.19 per assessed $1,000 of property and is more affordable than past levies
  • This comes with efforts, already in the works to eliminate this levy in the 5-YEAR span, as well as the Grants Pass City Levy, which include several prongs of funding: Lottery, Justice of the Peace Court, Mining and Timber increased efficiencies

Julian Silva stepped up—AGAIN—and went to Salem,  AFSCME, told them our plight and after hearing how our citizens were fighting for a safe community, they wrote out a check for CSOS for $2,500! Way to step up and lead Julian! Again!

WE will have the Saturday Market Stand Sign-Up Sheet available for sign-ups next week!

WE, as a group, discussed how every venture, WESOS, want to be involved in, is a “win-win” situation for all parties.

For example, when we talk about mining, it isn’t the traditional understanding of mining, where the land is pillaged and contaminated for future use. It is an effort where we respectfully mine without pillaging and without contamination and where respect for nature is paramount, while allowing a means to earn other citizens a wage where they can support their families.

When WE, engage with other partners, we want to remain respectful and make their efforts worthwhile and profitable for them as they help us towards our goal of a safe community.

WE are constantly working on our WEBSITE’s ( Sponsor Page, where we feature local businesses who have supported us and our Mission: A citizen-voiced plan to provide for a secure, stable and sustainable Josephine County.

A proposal was made to the group, for SOS to purchase an iPad for an official SOS Secretary, to take notes at the weekly SOS meetings. The proposal required that the Secretary simply commit to the scribing of weekly notes and in return, get to keep the iPad for their efforts. The group seemed very accepting of this idea, however, I have already been approached by a member who is willing to donate an electronic tablet for said purpose—Amazing! Next week, we shall discuss how we shall select a Secretary. If you are interested, please e-mail me your desire: Thank you!


Lastly, a proposal was made to solicit a local radio station for a 1-hour weekly SOS radio show, where each Committee Captain and Committee can organize a weekly program for AWARENESS and also to solicit input from our community.
Thanks everyone for your tireless devotion to our community!


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

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