Apr
25
4:30 PM16:30

Creating an "Age-Friendly Community" in Sisters Country

  • Sisters Fire Station Community Hall (map)
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Join us in April as C4C and several valued partners—including local senior advocates—explore what it takes to create an "Age-Friendly Community" in Sisters Country.

This Spring 2018 Community Conversation will begin with a FREE Soup & Civility community dinner from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25 in the Community Room at Sisters Camp Sherman Fire Hall, 301 S. Elm St., in Sisters.

Please use the RSVP form below so we can be sure to have enough food for everyone.

After dinner, hosts will lead a conversation on: What does Sisters Country need to do to create an "age-friendly community"? This discussion session will run 5:45-8 p.m.

Through facilitated small group conversations, participants will consider local age-friendly needs as well as trade-offs and potential barriers.

Possibilities for discussion include: how limited medical care and transportation, affordable housing and struggles with isolation might be impacting our retired and aging community as well as younger residents in Sisters Country. Ideally, age-friendly communities address the needs of individuals of all ages.

All are welcome to this event; and information gathered will help inform the ongoing visioning effort—Sisters Country Horizons.

During the course of the evening, key needs will be identified and categorized and then prioritized into short-, mid- and long-term goals.

Co-hosts for this event include: The Senior Alliance of Sisters, SPRD, Sisters Camp Sherman Fire District, the Council on Aging and Citizens4Community.

This event is being made possible by our sponsor, the Central Oregon Health Council, and through special grant funding from Deschutes County. Also, thank you to Ray's Food Place for supplying the dinner.

Hope to see you April 25.

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The 2018 Sisters Country Community Quilt Needs YOUR Voice! ...
Mar
9
to Mar 17

The 2018 Sisters Country Community Quilt Needs YOUR Voice! ...

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Four Values & Visioning booths are planned. ...

• 2:30 to 6 p.m. Fri., March 9 at Ray’s Food Place
• 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sat., March 10 at Ray’s
• 2 to 5:30 p.m. Fri., March 16 at the Sisters Library
• 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sat., March 17 at Suttle Tea

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“Why would you live in Sisters Country and nowhere else?” ...

“What is your vision for Sisters Country, and what initiatives or actions might further strengthen the community?" ...

You're invited to consider the values and visioning questions above; then, make sure to take part in a unique, upcoming activity—the 2018 Sisters Country Values & Vision Community Quilt project.

Add your unique voice to the project! It's free! All you have to do is ink your thoughtful comments about the questions above onto pre-sewn fabric squares. The squares will be available at four Citizens4Community-sponsored Values & Visioning booth events in March.

C4C has partnered with the East of the Cascades quilters. And this spring, these amazing ladies will stitch your 5"x5" square into a design that also includes some 169 other squares inspired by your fellow community members. Then, make sure to look for our community quilt when it makes its debut at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show!

In addition to forming the heart of this permanent piece of public art, your sentiments also will help inform and guide the Sisters Country Visioning process. Currently underway, the 2018 visioning effort will help shape community development for years.

Four Values & Visioning booths are planned. ...

• 2:30 to 6 p.m. Fri., March 9 at Ray’s Food Place
• 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sat., March 10 at Ray’s
• 2 to 5:30 p.m. Fri., March 16 at the Sisters Library
• 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sat., March 17 at Suttle Tea

...Come, learn more about the Visioning effort and help shape our future! In addition to quilt-square-signing, booth activities also will include surveys and information-sharing by County/City visioning reps, plus giveaways for participants. For instance, at Ray's, you'll get two cans of soup just for offering your two cents on the quilt!

The quilt and Values & Visioning activity booths are a project of Citizens4Community, in collaboration with the East of the Cascades Quilters and other valued partners, including: Kathy Deggendorfer Designs, the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, Stitchin’ Post, Ray’s Food Place, Suttle Tea, Sisters Library, the City of Sisters, and County leaders.

The project also has drawn encouragement and vital support from others, including: Deggendorfer, Jill Miller, Jeanette Pilak, Jean Wells, Jeff McDonald, Zoe Schumacher and Judy Trego. Quilters involved include: Diane Tolzman, Gilda Hunt, Janet Storton, Janet Roshak, Sue Olsen, Cece Montgomery, Nancy Frazeur, June Jaeger, Susan Cobb, Joan Santoro and Jerry Lindstrom.

* For more details about the story of the quilt thus far—as well as future plans for the quilt—see the article HERE.

Remember, there is no cost to participate or sign a quilt square. However, the number of squares is limited.

Come visit us at the booths...Make sure to include your voice in the visioning effort and on our community quilt!


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Save the Date for 'The Paradox of Connection' with Moe Carrick
Nov
15
5:15 PM17:15

Save the Date for 'The Paradox of Connection' with Moe Carrick

  • Sisters Fire Station Community Hall (map)
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[NOTE: Moe offered a highly insightful program on Nov. 15. Thank you, Moe. If you missed it or if you would like to hear parts over again, check out our audio album pages. To download excerpts, Click Here. Or, to hear the individual tracks as a continuous album, Click Here.]

Keynote for the next Citizens4Community quarterly session will be Moe Carrick, founder of the Bend-based, B corp consulting firm Moementum, Inc.  A Certified Daring Way™ facilitator, Moe is an outstanding organizational coach and speaker and the recipient of the Bend Chamber's "Woman of the Year" award last year. She has engaged audiences across sectors, including at TEDx events, universities, Microsoft, Starbuck’s and Nike.
 
During this custom-created, dynamic session, "The Paradox of Connection," you’ll gain ideas for fostering meaningful connection in a“highly-connected” world that paradoxically also encourages division and community disengagement.

You’ll learn why “showing up” (even when it’s hard) is key; and you’ll examine what "community" looks like through a new lens of courage, vulnerability and connection.

This event will kick off at 5:15 p.m. with "Soup & Civility"—a free, light community-building and networking meal sponsored by Ray's Food Place. Our sincere thanks to Ray's and also to Sisters Coffee Company for generously supplying coffees and teas, and to High Country Disposal for sponsoring this talk.

And, as always, thank you to the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District for providing a venue for our quarterly sessions and to Pete Rathbun who helps ensure the sound systems work for C4C events.

If possible, please RSVP by Nov. 13 so we can ensure we have enough food for everyone.

FOR MORE DETAILS, CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE ARTICLE ON OUR 'NEWS' PAGE.

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How Can Sisters Create a More "Age-Friendly" Community?
Nov
3
2:00 PM14:00

How Can Sisters Create a More "Age-Friendly" Community?

Join C4C and the Senior Alliance on Nov. 3 to Explore What Becoming More 'Age-Friendly' Could Mean to Sisters

   To see the full-size flyer, simply click on this image.

To see the full-size flyer, simply click on this image.

(NOTE: Unable to attend this event? No worries. CLICK HERE to access the presentation materials.)

According to census figures, about 40 percent of Sisters households have people in them who are age 60 or older. So, it's not surprising that when local octogenarian Joan Power expressed her concern recently about the lack of coordinated services for seniors in Sisters, her words resonated. Power suggested a meeting to identify existing and needed resources for older residents. From that initial work the Senior Alliance of Sisters has emerged.

Citizens4Community has been working in collaboration with the nascent Senior Alliance and will serve as co-host for the upcoming town hall event: Creating Age-Friendly Communities, set for 2-4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, at Sisters Community Church, 1300 W. McKenzie Hwy.

Free to the public, this exciting event will cover a wide range of topics, including aging and demographic trends, the challenges and opportunities created by those trends, key characteristics that define“Age-Friendly Communities,” and specific economic, social and health benefits of consciously developing these types of communities. For instance, age-friendly communities are more likely to benefit from increased tourism—a major driver of the Sisters economy.  

Internationally recognized speaker Dr. Margaret B. Neal will lead this Central Oregon Health Council-sponsored town hall. Dr. Neal is Director of the Institute on Aging and a Professor of Urban Studies at Portland State University. For more details about Dr. Neal, see the flyer below.

The concept of creating more vibrant communities by better serving and engaging seniors is gaining popularity across the United States, Neal says. For good reason: the older adult (65+) population is growing in size and proportion. In 2014, Neal says, individuals aged 65+ made up about 15% of the U.S. population. By 2030 that percentage is expected to rise to 21%.

C4C hopes you will save the date and join us on Nov. 3 to take part in this interesting and informative exploration of how Sisters might begin to move toward becoming a more age-friendly community.

Special thanks go to Sisters Community Church for hosting the event and to the Central Oregon Health Council for helping to cover costs of the gathering.

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Apr
20
5:15 PM17:15

Save the Date—April 20—for 'Choosing Civility: A Sisters Country Community Conversation''

  • Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire Station Community Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join Citizens4Community on April 20 as our next, free quarterly event focuses on: "What does Civility mean to you, to Sisters Country, and to the vitality of our community?"

The informative event will begin at 5:15 p.m. at the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire Station Community Hall, 301 S. Elm St., in Sisters.

This Spring Quarter session dovetails with a discussion begun in January during C4C's Winter Quarter event. Many participants said they wanted to hear more strategies for keeping meetings, public events or other gatherings from devolving into unproductive territory when disruptive behavior, disagreements or other challenges arise.

During this next event you'll have a chance to brush up your civility skills and gain ideas on how to navigate tough conversations. The session will be assisted by volunteer leaders from our community—a panel of successful, local government, business and nonprofit leaders who have found ways to move conversations forward when discussions become difficult.

The April 20 event will kick off with the popular community-building and networking dinner: "Soup & Civility." Then, after the meal, we'll begin a community conversation about how we can best treat and speak to each other and share our concerns respectfully without harming one another. Event participants will be offered opportunities to share their specific communication breakdown experiences and solutions in a positive, small group setting.

This promises to be a thought provoking evening. All are invited, and every voice matters; so we hope to see you there.

C4C is asking prospective attendees to please RSVP by April 17 so that ample food can be provided. RSVP at citizens4community@gmail.com or 541-549-1482 or by filling out the form below.
 
* Civility Project events are offered FREE to the community.  We invite you to support our community building projects by making a donation at the event. All—100 percent—of donations are used to cover program costs as we offer tools and opportunities designed to encourage respectful communication and to build trust.  

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Jan
26
9:00 AM09:00

Free 'Next Day' Workshop with Dr. Gregg Walker, OSU


Dealing With Difficult People & Challenging Situations

Sisters Fire Station Community Hall
301 South Elm Street

(Note: This event is a follow-up to Dr. Walker's workshop set for the evening of Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. )

Your meeting, public event or family gathering is getting derailed...again. How can you help defuse challenging situations and create a safe, productive place for sharing ideas?

This session will be led by Gregg Walker, professor of communication at Oregon State University and an internationally recognized expert in negotiation, mediation, conflict management and resolution. For more details about Mr. Walker, read about his Wednesday evening workshop here.

RSVP's are requested by Jan 21, 2017 at citizens4community@gmail.com.

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Jan
25
5:30 PM17:30

Save the Date—Wed., Jan. 25—Our Next Quarterly Session Explores 'Constructive Confrontation' (with bonus session Jan. 26)

  • 301 South Elm Street Sisters, OR, 97759 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

C4C's next quarterly community-wide event—Soaring Toward Common Ground—is set for Wednesday, Jan. 25. The evening will explore the concept of what it means to "Be Agreeable" (even when you disagree)—one of the 9 basic principles of the Sisters Country Civility Project and Speak Your Peace.

The free educational event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a "Soup & Civility" community-building and networking meal at the Sisters Fire Station Community Hall, 301 S. Elm St., in Sisters. Special thanks go to Melvin's Fir Street Market in Sisters for being a lead sponsor for the event. Immediately following the light meal, Professor Gregg Walker will lead an informative workshop; attendees will gain skills in constructive confrontation. In addition, a bonus follow-up skill-building session is planned for Thursday morning.

When someone's actions or attitudes concern or frustrate us, we're not always sure how to respond, notes Walker, a professor of Communication at Oregon State University. His 90-minute workshop will offer constructive confrontation techniques—effective strategies to safely and respectfully communicate and respond to disagreement and even constructively negotiate with others for changes in behavior.

In addition to being a professor of Communication, Gregg Walker is an adjunct professor in the environmental sciences, forestry, geosciences, and public policy programs at OSU. On campus, he teaches courses in conflict management, negotiation, mediation, international negotiation, environmental conflict resolution, science communication, sustainable development and argumentation. 

Off campus, Professor Walker conducts training programs on conflict management, designs collaborative public participation processes, facilitates collaborative learning community workshops about natural resource and environmental policy issues, and researches community-level collaboration efforts.

WORTH NOTING: Professor Walker also has offered to lead a bonus follow-up skill-building session and discussion for attendees of Wednesday evening's event. That extra 90-minute session will take place Thursday morning, Jan. 26, and will take an even closer look at how to address particularly challenging interactions or situations. Attendees will learn a variety of facilitation techniques to add to the skills they learned during Wednesday's session. Thursday morning's bonus session is slated to begin at 9 a.m.

Professor Walker has served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in the fields of Peace and Conflict Resolution. He is an advisor to the National Collaboration Cadre of the USDA-Forest Service and on the roster of the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution. He also is co-director of the Climate Change Project for Mediators Beyond Borders International and Chair of the Climate Change Negotiations Working Group for the International Environmental Communication Association. In these roles he attends most of the United Nations climate change negotiation meetings and conducts related research on those negotiations.

Walker holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Communication Studies from the University of Kansas and B.A. and B.S. degrees in Speech Communication, Sociology, and History from the University of Minnesota.

This Sisters Country Civility Project event is being offered FREE. ALL ARE INVITED. RSVP’s are encouraged (you can use the form below) by no later than Jan. 21 at citizens4community@gmail.com. When RSVP'ing, please indicate if you also are interested in attending Thursday morning's bonus skill-building event.

These free, quarterly community events are made possible with generous, ongoing support from valued community partners, including Sisters Coffee Company, and a grant from the Deschutes County Commissioners.

And, as always, thank you to the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District for providing a venue for our quarterly sessions and to Pete Rathbun who helps ensure the sound systems work for C4C events.

  Jan. 25 Workshop leader: Professor Gregg Walker

Jan. 25 Workshop leader: Professor Gregg Walker

   To see the full-size flyer, simply click on this image.

To see the full-size flyer, simply click on this image.

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Nov
2
6:00 PM18:00

C4C to Host Sisters City Council Candidate Forum

  • 301 South Elm Street Sisters, OR, 97759 United States (map)
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Citizens4Community is set to host the 2016 candidates forum for the City of Sisters on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the Sisters-Camp Sherman Community Hall. All are invited. The free event runs 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Residents who live within the boundaries of the City of Sisters are encouraged to take this opportunity to ask questions before they complete their ballots and cast their votes for the three open City Council seats.

Snacks and drinks will be provided; and Winter Lewis will moderate the evening's question-and-answer program. The event dovetails with C4C's mission to provide resources, tools and opportunities that help further civility, trust-building and civic engagement in Sisters Country.

Generous local sponsors--including Sno Cap Mini Storage, Sisters Meat & Smokehouse and Sisters Coffee Company--helped make the forum possible. Special thanks also go to the City of Sisters.

For additional details about the upcoming event, see the article that appeared in the Nugget News here.

The Nugget also has published articles profiling each of the candidates running for City Council: Andrea Blum, Richard Esterman, Kathryn Lindbloom and Chuck Ryan. Click on their names below to read about each candidate.

Andrea Blum
Richard Esterman
Kathryn Lindbloom
Chuck Ryan

 

 

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Oct
26
5:00 PM17:00

Soaring Toward...Greater Respect: A Foundation for Relationships & Communication

  • Sisters Fire Station Community Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
   To see the full-size flyer, simply click on this image.

To see the full-size flyer, simply click on this image.

C4C's next quarterly community-wide event will focus on the topic "Show Respect"—one of the 9 basic tenets of the Sisters Country Civility Project and Speak Your Peace.

During this free event, attendees will gain new ideas about how to foster discussions that lead to better understanding of diverse points of view, and new tools to keep discussions from devolving into blaming, judging and word wars. The event runs 5-8 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Sisters Fire Station Community Hall, 301 S. Elm St., in Sisters.

The evening begins with an introduction to C4C, the Sisters Country Civility Project & the 9 basic tenets of Speak Your Peace—a tool that has been used throughout the country to foster collaboration among individuals, groups and communities.

There will be networking with others in the community from 6-6:30 p.m.; and the skill-building session with this quarter's guest keynote speaker, Bryn Hazell, will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Hazell is an expert in the Nonviolent Communication model and co-founder and a volunteer facilitator/trainer with the Center for Compassionate Living, a 501(c)3 nonprofit in Bend. Using the tools of Nonviolent Communication, she will introduce skills to help us speak honestly and clearly for our values and listen to others in the same way. Attendees will discover new ways to encourage working together—as individuals and a community—to bridge differences and solve problems effectively.

Bryn has been sharing the skills of Nonviolent Communication (NVC), as developed by Marshall Rosenberg, for the past 16 years. She has taught NVC to thousands of people from all walks of life. She also volunteers at Deer Ridge Correctional Institution, a minimum security prison for men in Madras, where she serves on the ProSocial Communication Workgroup and teaches Nonviolent Communication classes.

This Sisters Country Civility Project event is being offered FREE. ALL ARE INVITED. RSVP’s are encouraged at citizens4community@gmail.com or 541-549-1482.

These ongoing free community events are made possible with generous support from the community and a grant from the Deschutes County Commissioners.

 

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Civility Project 'Soaring' Toward Sessions on '9+1 Tools' & Listening
Apr
27
5:15 PM17:15

Civility Project 'Soaring' Toward Sessions on '9+1 Tools' & Listening

   To see the full-size flyer, simply click on this image.

To see the full-size flyer, simply click on this image.


Citizens4Community and the Sisters Country Civility Project will present the Spring Quarter 2016 Information and Skill-Building Sessions—“Up, Up & Away...Soaring Toward Better Communication”—from 5:15-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District Hall, 301 S. Elm St, in Sisters. All area residents are invited.

Plans call for the evening to include two sessions—to offer value for organizations and individuals who already have adopted the Civility Project’s “9+1 Tools” as well as those who are new to the Civility Project and desire more basic information. Come ready for a positive, lively get-together focused on skill- and community-building.

For more details, see the EVENT FLYER & SUMMARY on our Sisters Country Civility Project pages.

If you have adopted the Civility Project’s “9+1 Tools” and have specific ideas about what you’d like to see during an upcoming Quarterly Session, WE WELCOME YOUR INPUT.

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Jan
15
8:00 AM08:00

C4C's 'Next Steps' Meeting for the Civility Project

  • Sisters Fire Station, Community Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Completed. If you were able to attend this Citizens4Community meeting, thank you! We enjoyed a wonderful turnout of about 40 individuals. The discussion inspired laughter, heartfelt observations and a lot of idea-sharing. If you weren't able to attend, here is a brief summary: The meeting reflected back on the engaging and exciting discussions organized by C4C Jan. 13-14 to help the community learn more about the Speak Your Peace Civility Project. In total, those events—featuring national SYP spokesperson Rob Karwath—drew more than 300 Sisters Country residents. "Next Steps" meeting attendees also heard the results of surveys completed by participants of those prior events. (For those survey findings, see the post on our Projects Page). Together, we also discussed possible ways to move forward—to engage people and organizations in a grassroots effort to foster more civic engagement and more respectful communication. The meeting served as a powerful beginning to our efforts to help strengthen Sisters Country. Again, thank to you all who attended; and stay tuned for more news and events. 

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C4C's All-Community Presentation on Speak Your Peace
Jan
14
5:00 PM17:00

C4C's All-Community Presentation on Speak Your Peace

Completed. Local residents joined the Citizens4Community steering committee as Rob Karwath, national spokesperson for the Speak Your Peace initiative, shared how the SYP Civility Project has been adopted by dozens of communities throughout the nation. In 2003, the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation launched Speak Your Peace as a community-building initiative. It seeks to improve the level of civic discourse to strengthen communities and help them respond to challenges and opportunities. Rob shared stories of how other communities have adapted the SYP project to encourage respectful dialogue. 

Approximately 110 residents from throughout Sisters Country attended to learn about the Speak Your Peace 9 guidelines for civil discourse.   

There was no cost for this event.

Coffee was donated by Sisters Coffee Company and cookies were donated by Hop N Brew.

 

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Jan
14
12:00 PM12:00

Speak Your Peace: Nonprofit Organization Presentation

  • Sisters Fire Station, Community Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Completed. Residents joined the Citizens4Community steering committee as we brought national Speak Your Peace (SYP) spokesperson, Rob Karwath, to Sisters to share how the SYP Civility Project has helped dozens of U.S. communities to encourage civil dialogue. 

Approximately 80 board members and staff for nonprofit organizations, churches and governmental entities attended.   

A complimentary sandwich lunch was provided by Melvin's and coffee was donated by Sisters Coffee Company.  

 

 

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