Community Update – Running for Public Office, Tree Lighting Ceremony, and Vital Signs Announcement

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Learn About Running for Public Office

Making a difference in society can take many different forms. For me, there was no better place to get as involved as with the City I grew up in. To others, it can be anything from volunteering, serving on boards/commissions, or running for public office.  This Wednesday, November 19 at 6:30PM,  anyone thinking about running for public office, or interested in learning more about the process and importance of public service is encouraged to attend the “Why and How to Run for Local Elected Office” event hosted by the League of Women Voters of the Wisconsin Rapids Area.  The event will inform attendees on the process of running for public office, from filing the necessary papers and campaign finances, to getting the word out to voters.

I believe that no matter what our age or background or walk of life, each of us has something to contribute to the life of this community.  For anyone who feels a calling toward public service, I sincerely hope you consider your options to get involved, whether it is as an elected official or otherwise, in serving your community.  If you are interested in the event but cannot attend, RCCA Media will be recording the event and a video will be available to view Saturday on their YouTube channel.

Shoe Sensation – Grand Opening

This Thursday, November 20th, Wisconsin Rapids will celebrate the grand opening of a new shoe Shoe Sensationstore, Shoe Sensation. In a previous Community Update, I drew attention to Shoe Sensation, a regional chain that focuses on growing in smaller communities, announcing their selection of our City for their 2nd Wisconsin store.

Shoe Sensation is located at the Crossroads Center, 1000E. Riverview Expressway between Copps and Shopko.  To learn more about activities and promotions planned for their grand opening event, visit this link.  Shoe Sensation aims to provide shoes to the whole family, with typical stores carrying over 10,000 pairs of shoes across a wide range of styles.  For those of us who struggle to find shoes close to home, the addition of Shoe Sensation to our community is welcomed.

Love Lights Tree Lighting Ceremony

love lightsThis Friday, November 21 at 6:30PM, Riverview Hospital Auxiliary will be holding the “Love Lights” Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Riverview Medical Center, 410 Dewey St..  The ceremony will mark the lighting of trees covered with “Love Lights” purchased to remember or honor those who had an impact on the community or lives of others.  Lights purchased help fund the UW Cancer Center – Riverview’s equipment and programs.

Friday’s event will include refreshments, music and the reading of contest submission essays by area fourth grade students.  To learn more about the “Love Lights” event, please visit this link.  For anyone who cannot attend the event, RCCA Media will be capturing the tree lighting, with the video available next week Monday on their YouTube channel.

Vital Signs Announcement

Vital SignsThis Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 4:30PM-7:00PM at the Centralia Center, the fourth issue of Vital Signs will be released.  The Vital Signs report summarizes the most recent and best available data to help focus discussions on economic opportunity in the south Wood County area.  This year’s event will have an interactive format, designed to connect the dots between what is working well, what may need more work, and what lies ahead for our region.  Participants will learn and discuss how information contained in Vital Signs can be helpful in realizing a community that works well for all our people. Attendees will also receive the 2014 Vital Signs report.

If you care deeply about our region, join Laura Dresser, Associate Director of Center on Wisconsin Strategy, and Kelly Ryan, CEO of Incourage for this special presentation. For more information about Thursday’s event, and to RSVP, visit this link.

Thank you for reading,

Mayor Zach Vruwink

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