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Posted on Jul 19, 2016

Success summit shines spotlight on Quincy

Staff report
The Initiative for Rural Innovation & Stewardship has chosen Quincy as the site of its seventh annual NCW Community Success Summit, to be held in November.
The summit brings people together to share stories and ideas that will inspire action and build community. A local committee working on the summit has chosen the theme “Seeding Success, Growing ONE Community” for the summit, to be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 15 at Quincy Junior High School. An agenda and registration information will be posted on the IRIS website later this summer.
Event planners anticipate that more than 160 people from Quincy and across the region will participate in the summit. IRIS will put on these summits in rural communities throughout North Central Washington through 2020.
“We’re thrilled to work with the city of Quincy and the greater community to host the summit this year,” said Nancy Warner, IRIS summit coordinator, in a press release. “As people who live here know, this community, including George and the Trinidad area, has nurtured many success stories. Our aim is to connect those stories and show how they are growing one strong community.”
Summit organizers are asking community members in the coming months to submit “success stories” highlighting the area. The public is invited to submit success stories from Quincy and from across the Grant, Douglas, Okanogan and Chelan county region. Go to www.irisncw.org to download the success story exchange template or fill it out online.
Some of the questions community members may highlight with success stories include: In what ways are we increasing the health and connectivity of our lands and waters? How are we using cross-generational relationships to foster a sense of belonging, improve our health, and create opportunities for 21st century jobs for our children? And how are people working together to increase resource sharing in North Central Washington?
Warner added that the Quincy community will help IRIS create the first bilingual summit, a model the non-profit plans to follow as it convenes the summit in a different rural community each year.
IRIS also is working with the local school district in Quincy to engage a team of faculty and students in all aspects of the summit, Warner said. Quincy students will help identify successes in their community to share with summit participants and be among the presenters sharing success stories. They will work with resource experts to facilitate roundtable discussions in English and Spanish on issues common to all communities across the region.
For more information about how to get involved in or help sponsor the summit, contact the IRIS office at 888-7374 or irisncw@gmail.com.
“Over time we will showcase and pass on a collection of success stories that can help the next generation thrive,” Warner said.

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