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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, November 06, 2008

Workshop to preach communication for neighborhoods

With former Seattle Times columnist Sherry Grindeland delivering the keynote address, the theme of Bellevue's next Great Community workshop will be communication. The meeting, 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13, at City Hall, is the second of six workshops offering tips on creating and maintaining vibrant neighborhoods.

Sherry GrindelandGrindeland, media relations coordinator with Evergreen Healthcare Systems and a longtime community leader, will focus on the communication tools that work. Regular, clear communication keeps neighbors involved.

Grindeland will facilitate a panel discussion on effective modes of communication, including newsletters, online forums and websites. Neighborhood leaders Gina Milano of Wilburton, Eric Dawes of Horizon Crest and Joe Rosmann of Surrey Downs will participate.

Like all of the Great Community workshops, this one will be 7 to 9 p.m., in Room 1E-108, and start with a "meet-and-mingle" session featuring free refreshments. The other four workshops will all be on Thursdays: Dec. 11, Jan.8, Feb. 5 and March 12.

Sponsored by Bellevue's Neighborhood Outreach team, each workshop will provide an opportunity for newcomers as well as long-time community leaders and residents to meet one another, sharpen their leadership skills, learn new things and exchange ideas.

Each workshop will focus on a different topic and feature a keynote speaker as well as neighborhood leaders and city staff. Attendees may choose to attend single workshops or the entire series:

  • Nov. 13:  The Importance of Communication in Your Neighborhood
  • Dec. 11: The How-To of Neighborhood Projects
  • Jan. 8: Got Conflict? Make it Work for You
  • Feb. 5: Making Your Voice Count: Presenting Views to Boards and Commissions
  • March 12: Maintaining the Value and Appearance of Your Neighborhood

An RSVP is preferred, but last-minute attendees are welcome. To RSVP or for more information, contact Julie Ellenhorn in Neighborhood Outreach, 425-452-5372 or jellenhorn@bellevuewa.gov. The Great Community Workshops offers full workshop descriptions and a brochure. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A Roadmap for Creating & Maintaining Vibrant Neighborhoods
9 p.m., City Hall Room 1E-108
A series of six monthly community workshops sponsored by the City of Bellevue’s Neighborhood Outreach team, kicks off October 23 at City Hall. Each two-hour workshop begins at 7 p.m. and features a “meet and mingle” session followed by presentations from and discussions with guest speakers, neighborhood leaders and City staff.

As Bellevue neighborhoods evolve, new challenges emerge.  The Great Community Workshop Series will cover a variety of topics, specifically identified by neighborhood leaders as essential to creating and maintaining a vibrant neighborhood. Each workshop provides an opportunity for newcomers as well as long-time community leaders and residents to meet one another, sharpen their leadership skills, learn new things and exchange ideas. 

Each workshop will focus on a different topic and feature a keynote speaker as well as neighborhood leaders and City staff.  Attendees may choose to attend single workshops or the entire series. Keynote speakers include Dr. Elton Gatewood, nationally recognized expert on community involvement, Sherry Grindeland, former Seattle Times reporter and columnist and other knowledgeable professionals in their fields.

Workshop Schedule:
• Thursday, October 23  Mobilizing, Organizing, and Sustaining Strong Neighborhoods
• Thursday, November 13  The Importance of Communication in Your Neighborhood
• Thursday, December 11  The “How-To of Neighborhood Projects”
• Thursday, January 8  Got Conflict? Make it Work for You
• Thursday, February 5   Making Your Voice Count:
Presenting Your Views to Boards & Commissions
• Thursday, March 12   Maintaining the Value & Appearance of Your Neighborhood

An RSVP is preferred, but last minute attendees are welcome. To RSVP or for more information, contact Julie Ellenhorn in Neighborhood Outreach, 425-452-5372 or jellenhorn@bellevuewa.gov. All workshops are free of charge and open to the public.  For full workshop descriptions or to print a brochure, visit http://www.bellevuewa.gov/great-community-workshops.htm.


 

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Contact Information

Neighborhood Outreach
450 110th Ave NE
PO Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009
Contact: Julie Ellenhorn
Phone: 425-452-5372
E-mail: jellenhorn@bellevuewa.gov


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