Beaverton Sprawlmart - Ringo Meeting update
Meeting happened on Thurs, next steps in effort to defeat Sprawlmart (the biggest corporation in the world, by the way)
Dear Save Cedar Mill Team:
I'm still processing last night's Town Hall Meeting. The word "wow" keeps running through my head! I can only say that it was an amazing experience. Here are a few quick highlights of the extraordinary evening:
- I would estimate attendance at 350-400--a fantastic turnout.
- We had 50 signs and some cool buttons made up as our first fundraiser. We sold every single item and raised a whopping $1,272.00! With commitments from several businesses, we have now raised nearly $6,500.00.
- We made up a stand for the SaveCedarMill.com banner and had a table right in front of the main entrance to the auditorium. Thanks to some wonderful volunteers from the Community Relations committee, we looked very professional as people arrived.
- We received excellent press coverage last night. We were the lead story or very near the top on the 6:00 and 11:00 news on all the major local networks. Hats off to the Media Relations committee and to Sen. Ringo's office for a job well done!
- Sen. Ringo reviewed his proposed legislation and had some excellent comments on how to frame the Wal-Mart discussion. Many people asked questions after his presentation, many of which focused on the Wal-Mart issue. Sen. Ringo showed us, in word and deed, that he is backing our efforts and attempting to give us a stronger say in our community's land use planning process. We are very lucky to have such a strong advocate in Salem.
We had an excellent "meeting after the meeting," with people coming up and asking thoughtful questions, sharing ideas, and generating great possibilities for defeating Wal-Mart's intentions to build a store in Cedar Mill. I was very impressed with what I heard.
The chief question of the night was "What's next?" With an email list now topping 950, I think it's time that we assembled as a group and had a meeting. I'd like to introduce you to the committee chairs, discuss our strategy, review our "talking points", take questions, and meet as many of you as I can. I want the press there in force to cover it so Wal-Mart can see 1,000 people in an auditorium, committed, united, and highly organized. I want to give you an opportunity to bring your ideas forward. Most important, I want each of you to come away from the meeting feeling empowered, excited, and clear about our strategy and direction.
At the meeting, I want to have hundreds of lawn signs, bumper stickers, buttons, and t-shirts that you can buy, which will help us raise the money we need to hire our expert consultants. If we can raise nearly $1,300 with fifty signs, imagine what we can do with 300 of them!
We are actively looking for a space that will accommodate a large number of people (including parking) and not cost much (hopefully nothing!) If you have any suggestions for a meeting place, please let me know. As soon as we solidify a location, I'll send you an email announcing the date and time. My goal is to have the meeting within the next two weeks. I hope to see every one of you there!
We had a great protest at the site this afternoon. Under beautiful sunny skies, about thirty enthusiastic volunteers held signs and chanted slogans. As with our first protest, the horn honking signalling support for our cause was nearly non-stop. The press was also there. Check out Channel 2 at 11:00 PM tonight.
I would like to thank our fabulous volunteers who did an outstanding job on last night's meeting. I'd like to extend a very special thanks to Sara Sjol of Sjoltog Studios (www.sjoltog.com) who designed our signs and to Brian Stout of Sign & Shirt Works (www.signandshirtworks.com) for turning around the signs so fast and at such a great price!
Mostly, I'd like to thank each of you who took the time from your busy lives to attend. It made a big difference for Senator Ringo and showed him how much we support what he's doing for our cause. As I remarked to my father who also attended yesterday evening, Save Cedar Mill is truly an incredible group of people!
Steve Kaufman, Chair
Save Cedar Mill
P.O. Box 545
Beaverton, OR 97075
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