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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, October 3, 2008

Workshops show how to make neighborhoods great

As Bellevue neighborhoods evolve, new challenges emerge. The Great Community Workshop Series will cover a variety of topics identified byDr. Elton Gatewood neighborhood leaders as essential to creating and maintaining a vibrant neighborhood.

The workshops, all 7 to 9 p.m., in Room 1E-108 at City Hall, will start with "meet-and-mingle" sessions including free refreshments. There will be six workshops, all on Thursdays: Oct. 23, Nov. 13, 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.

Mobilizing, Organizing, and Sustaining Strong Neighborhoods is the theme for the Oct. 23 workshop. Keynote speaker Dr. Elton Gatewood, coordinator for the Neighborhood Council Office in Tacoma, will discuss how to recruit members, foster involvement and sustain a successful community organization. Participants will explore ways to organize, mobilize and motivate members. Mayor Grant Degginger will be there.

With more than 30 years of experience in the neighborhood arena, Dr. Gatewood is considered a national expert on community involvement. He serves as vice president of Neighborhoods USA, one of the nation’s largest grassroots organizations dealing with community issues. A panel of local neighborhood leaders will join Dr. Gatewood’s discussion and share their neighborhood challenges and triumphs.

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:

  • Oct. 23: Mobilizing, Organizing and Sustaining Strong Neighborhoods
  • 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. 

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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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