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The draft minutes of the December 17, 2009 Grand Mound Rochester Horizons (GMRH) Steering Committee meeting are posted below.  They are subject to correction and approval at the next GMRH Steering Committee meeting on January 21, 2010.

Please remember that every GMRH Steering committee meeting is open to all residents of the area.  You are encouraged to attend and participate in the discussions as this is a community-wide effort to reduce poverty in the Rochester/Grand Mound area.  Also, these are only several from a larger list that will be addressed as people accept the challenge to take on the responsibility of any of the other projects on the list.  The larger project list can be found here  Copies of steering committee meeting minutes will be posted on this website and also on the GMRH blogspot at: so check both websites often to stay current with what is happening.


Bill Liddle
Steering Committee Secretary
Grand Mound Rochester Horizons

Grand Mound Rochester Horizons

December 17, 2009 Steering Committee Meeting Agenda


The meeting was called to order by Bill Liddle at 6:30 PM.

Introductions of those present:  Joe Baisch, Donna Smith, Bill Liddle, and Suzanne Brown

 Because so few members were present there was no discussions about previous meeting minutes, Treasurer’s or committee reports.

 New Business: 

bulletJoe Baisch told us there is a trip scheduled to Tillamook, Oregon for Thursday January 28th, Friday the 29th and Saturday Morning the 30th.   Ed Armstrong will be our host and introduce us to how Tillamook …the community…the school…and Tillamook’s business community have created a vision for it self that works for the long term interest of everyone who live there.  4 to 6 people from Rochester should go on this tour.  Transportation and lodging will be furnished by Horizons.  It was suggested that Jim Anderson or Kim Fry from the Rochester School District and Lowell Deguise should be among those who go.  We need to think about room-mates so a mix of guy and gals can be accommodated.
bulletJoe also said there is a state-wide Horizons conference in Moses Lake on March 18, 19, & 20 and that we should be thinking about who will attend.
bulletNext meeting is Thursday, January 21, 2010 in the Rochester Community Center Conference Room

 A couple of ideas for the Grand Mound Rochester Horizons were tossed around for consideration.

bulletA Fire Chiefs Ball – with a “Street of Paris” theme done by school students by another Horizons group as a fund-raiser, which generated about $10,000.
bulletAt another Horizons group the local high school students spent one week in the spring where the high school classes competes against each other for a fund raising project.

Joe presented the group with a professionally done curriculum called “Money Smart” for teaching fiscal strategies to help individuals and families become better managers of their money.  Donna Smith and Bill Liddle will contact the three local banks to see if they will partner with us to present this to the community.

It was suggested the Rochester Methodist Church Clothing Bank become a Horizons Committee.  The form for them to fill out was given to Donna Smith to take to the Clothing Bank.

Contacts will be made to set up the group from here to go to Tillamook in January.

Meeting was adjourned at 9:00 PM

Respectfully submitted

Bill Liddle
Grand Mound Rochester Horizons


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