The Chamber’s July luncheon meeting was a lively affair. After introducing visitors and guests and providing time for special announcements, Chamber President Warren Schick kicked off the meeting by introducing Deer Park Mayor Tim Verzal and presenting him with a $5,000 donation to assist the city in completing the installation of new playground equipment at Swinyard Park.

Chamber President Warren Schick presents the Chamber’s donation to complete playground improvements at Swinyard Park. Shown here are Deer Park Mayor Tim Verzal (L) Warren Schick and City Council Member Joe Polowski (R)

The funds for the donation were raised at the Chamber’s 2017 Dinner and Auction Fundraiser. Currently the Chamber is looking at additional park related projects including partnering with the city and the Tri-County Little League to make needed improvements to the ball fields at the Sports Complex. Warren reminded attendees that the Chamber’s 2018 Dinner and Auction Fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, October 13th at the Eagles Lodge.  More about the 2018 fundraiser later.

Spokane Library District Managing Librarian Amber Williams and Chamber President Warren Schick meet prior to the luncheon.

This month’s chamber luncheon program featured the Spokane County Library District’s Managing Librarian Amber Williams who led an information gathering session with attendees that will assist the District in updating/revising its Community Engagement Plan.

The District’s planning effort focuses on identifying priorities by talking with stakeholders. In particular, the will plan examine three primary sources of information:

  1. Aspirations and key issues identified by the public in community conversations facilitated by the District as part of the Libraries Transforming Communities initiative.
  2. Direct experiential knowledge gained by the District in the course of executing the 2016-2018 Community Impact Plan.
  3. Expert knowledge of community partners and other trusted resources.

By way of background, the Spokane County Library District currently operates 10 libraries serving the unincorporated areas of Spokane County and eleven of its cities and towns. The District continues to be responsive to the evolving needs of the community. Libraries are well-positioned to identify community assets, connect with partners, and put into action programs and services that benefit our region.

Managing Librarian Amber Williams hears from attendees at July’s Chamber luncheon.

Catering for this month’s Chamber luncheon was provided by the Mont Lamm Events Center. The Mont Lamm Events Center is a wonderful venue for meetings and other events.  Thanks to the owners and staff for a great lunch!

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