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november 2006

Salem business Journal

Meyer Memorial Trust Challenge Grant Awarded to Shangri-la

Let Elected Officials Know Marion County Commissioner: Patti Milne

Page 11

Shangri-La Corporation is pleased to announce a $200,000 challenge grant from the Portland based Meyer Memoria l Trust. When fully realized, the 2:1 challenge grant will ultimately lead to $600,000 for Shangri-La’s Investment Campaign.

“Strong non-profit organizations must strategically balance increasing service demands and dwindling funding with effective commercial practices and successful partnerships to survive in today’s business climate,” noted Jan Kral, CEO. “We are honored by the Meyer Memorial Trust’s investment in Shangri-La, which will allow for additional revenues to be directed toward providing critical services that directly impact our community and those we serve.”

Since 1982 the Meyer Memorial Trust has invested in people, ideas and efforts that deliver significant social benefit to Oregon

and Southwest Washington.

Shangri-La

provides

housing,

employment and support services to over 1800 individuals with disabilities or other economic disadvantages in over 80 locations spanning seven Oregon counties. For further informatio n, please call 503- 581-1732 or visit www.shangrilacorp.org.

By the time you read this, the November 7 election will be behind us and open positions at all levels of government will be decided, either returning an incumbent or electing someone new. Numerous ballot measures, local bonds and local levies will also be decided; at least for the time being. And, as with the passing of other Election Days, there will probably be a collective sigh of relief having this one behind us, too!

For several months, campaigns have dominated almost every aspect of life in our communities. We’ve endured mudslinging,

attacks

on

incumbents’

records,

and

attacks on candidates’ intent and integrity. Proponents and opponents of the various ballot measures did almost anything to grab voters’ attention and support, including distorting facts and figures.

Elections have an interesting affect on society. Campaigns can be a diversion from normal routines, an intrusion, or even a distraction. Many fear that recent elections have become more and more negative and vitriolic. Historians argue otherwise. But, nonetheless, during the campaign season, we see the best and worst in people. Volunteers seem to appear from nowhere

putting in hours and hours for candidates and measures. They hold coffees, walk their

neighborhoods,

distribute

information

at fairs and man phone banks. Yet others thrive on negative campaign tactics and political gamesmanship in an effort to

destroy a candidate.

Voters

have

mixed

feelings

about

campaigns and elections. For some, the campaign season is akin to athletics. The “season” invigorates them and they love political sparing. Others are uncomfortable having to share their political views and would just as soon stay away from debate. Differing positions on candidates, ballot measures or bond issues can strain relationships.

But, once the votes are counted and the winners declared, we seem to forget quickly the mudslinging, the accusations and distortions of a candidate’s record and the sky-will-fall fears if a particular ballot measure passes. Most are anxious to put the campaigns behind them and get back to normal life.

But, for the winning candidates, there’s work ahead! The legislature won’t waste any time in calling caucus meetings to elect

leadership and begin mapping out priorities and agendas in preparation for the 2007 legislative session which begins in January.

Newly elected officials at the county and city levels will also waste no time getting acquainted with staff, boning up on budgets, policies and procedures so they are ready to hit the ground running come their January swearing in. Re-elected county and city officials will get back to work also planning ahead for the new year and new priorities.

This does not leave the electorate off the hook, however. While elected officials are responsible to work on behalf of the citizens, citizens are responsible to hold elected officials accountable! Let elected officials know when they’ve done something you are not happy about. But, please, support elected officials when they are out there working hard to keep those campaign promises.

Patti Milne can be reached at 503.589.3268.

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