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PV Monthly Meeting Notes – June 10th, 2021

Meeting held on June 10th, 2021, from noon – 1:30pm

69 attendees participated

To download a document of the notes, click here.

  • Welcome by PV Chair – Mark Stockton

    • Welcoming of first-time attendees
  • Commander Greg Sheldon remarks

    • Vision Center Update
      • No PV Monthly Meeting for July
        • Committee work will continue as usual throughout July
      • August PV Monthly Meeting (Aug 12th) will be at the Calvary Bible Church
        • Online Zoom participation will be available for the August meeting
        • the long-term continuation of the hybrid model remains an open question
          • if too many people consistently opt to join via Zoom and not in-person, then the hybrid meetings may be replaced by only in-person
    • Join a Committee
      • All the impactful work that PV does comes out of committee work and initiatives
        • Join a committee that interests you to be a part of that
      • Over 500 people on the PV listserv, but most PV initiatives comes out of the ideas and work of around 30 people
        • Everyone is encouraged to contribute their ideas
    • Updated Vision
      • Mark Stockton and Greg Sheldon are developing an updated vision and roadmap for the future of Project VISION after CoVid
        • Will be released for the August PV meeting
  • Announcements:

    • Alis Headlam – Update on Vision history book
      • We Believe in Rutland history book is currently being printed and will be available June 17th
      • On June 17th, Alis Headlam will do a book signing in front of Taso on Center restaurant, 22 Center St, from 10am to 2pm
      • Starting June 17th, copies of the book will be available at Phoenix Books, 2 Center St
        • Books are $20 and proceeds will go towards youth projects in the Rutland region
      • Book orders can be made by emailing Alis Headlam at webelieveinrutland@gmail.com
      • An online version of the book is available on the PV website
    • Officer Emilio Rosario – National Night Out update
      • National Night Out is August 3rd, 4pm – 7pm, at Meadow St Park
        • Many fun activities, games, vendors, community group tables
          • Field games, face painting, bounce house, ect.
        • Free food and drinks available
        • Availability for 32 vendors to register
          • Contact Brittany (brittanyc@rutlandrec.com) of Rutland Parks and Rec to register as a vendor or information table as early as possible to secure a spot
      • National Night Out is a nationwide event on the first Tuesday of August
        • A block party and community building campaign
        • Currently 16,000 communities across the country plan a National Night Out
        • Learn more at https://natw.org/
      • PV will have the booth with the PD Community Response Team
        • Committee members who wish to contribute their committee’s perspective at the booth should contact Greg Sheldon (Gregory.Sheldon@vermont.gov)
        • Neighborhood Engagement subcommittee is planning to do a community walk at the event
  • Presentations

    • Rutland Pharmacy Collaborations
      • Stafford Tech PSA Presentations
        • Stafford Tech video development students created 30-second prescription drug PSAs through a collaboration with a Rutland Pharmacy community outreach grant
          • Various community organizations, include the PV Health Committee, helped score the 10 student videos along multiple criteria
          • Top 3 scored videos are available to watch on PegTV and also air every Monday in the month of June during each of WCAX’s three daily news broadcastings
        • Videos will be available to watch and share online via the Rutland Pharmacy in mid-June
      • Castleton University Prescription Posters
    • Jeanette Langston – Pride Month
      • As part of a LGBTQ visibility initiative, the heart in the ‘I heart Rutland’ slogan is designed with the colors of the pride flag and added with an “All are Welcome Here” tagline
        • Shoutout on NECN
        • 20 banners printed and put up the pride banners around downtown and RRMC
      • Social Tinkering has a fundraising campaign to fund LGBTQ awareness and visibility campaigns
        • Over $5,000 raised so far
        • Stickers, banners, and yard signs
        • Social Tinkering is not yet a 501c, so donations are not tax deductible
      • Website established for Queer Connect, the new Rutland-based LGBTQIA+ community and solidarity organization
        • Many events throughout the summer posted on this site 
        • Queer Connect also maintains a FB group
      • Social Tinkering and Crystal Queer QA are collaborating to develop a 4-part video series explaining central themes and discussions around LGBTQIA+ pride and communities
      • Anyone willing to step up and contribute to organizing work is welcomed to join any of the groups mentioned above
  • Sub-Committee Updates

    • Health Committee

      • Upcoming Meeting, June 15th 11am – noon, will have a presentation on recovery friendly workplaces
      • Mentoring / Youth Engagement – Chris Hultquist (chris@mentorconnector.com)
        • Representations of 65 organizations involved in a Youth Council and address the key question of how to make Rutland County as good as possible for youth
          • Youth Council is compiling all resources for youth (youth centers, parks/ trails, ect.) into an asset map for Rutland County
          • There is funding for youth initiatives
        • Out of the Box cartons will be distributed across Rutland
          • Different themes of boxes all center around the core message of ‘you belong here’
          • 10,000 boxes will be distributed this summer
        • Vermont Youth Project has a new website
    • Community Building and Neighborhood Engagement Committee
      • Neighborhood Engagement – Alis Headlam (headlam@aol.com)
        • 13 people attended previous community walk at the Kinglsey/ Church St neighborhood
        • Next neighborhood walk will be June 26th at 10am, and location still to be determined
        • Talk about doing a walk around the Rutland Farmers Market, National Night Out, and downtown concert events
        • Next subcommittee meeting is June 22nd, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
          • Will examine the subcommittee’s role in the PV strategic plan and the declaration of inclusion
      • Community Policing – Pat Hunter (pshunter@att.net)
        • Meetings held 2nd Monday of each month at 10am
        • Overarching focus is to build community relations and rapport­­ with the police department
        • Some areas of focus include:
          • perform outreach and strategize steps of how to integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion awareness in PV and the PD
          • suggest PD trainings and receive the trainings along with the officers
            • de-escalation training, implicit bias training, crime reduction through environmental design training
          • organizing community member ride along with police officers

 

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