Friday, June 6, 2014

June 6th Update

Right now we have some good things and some not so good things.

The Community Review came. They were very kind and gave many great ideas, but, frankly, they are concerned that this project is too big for a council that is still very young and a community that is so divided.

We have been trying to get the estimates done, but are having trouble getting businesses to show up to do the estimate work. If you are someone who is in this field, we need you badly.

We have the beginnings of the 501c3 work started and a lawyer has stepped up to the plate to help us get this work moving more quickly. We are very grateful for the help.

The fundraising teams has 3 or 4 events in the works. Every little big will help.

We will have a community meeting this Sunday, June 9ths at 5:30pm on the grass at the Jr. High. We know it is hard for parents to leave kids to attend a meeting, so we welcome children. Most of us have accomplished a great deal with little ones at our feet, so we will work with it. We want every soul who wants to be a part of this to attend. We don't care how long you have lived here, how much money you make, what church you do or don't attend, or what language you speak primarily. All of you have service to offer and you are all important to this being a success. Please attend and invite others to attend.

Why Save the Jr High?

Well, why not?

This is a historic and well loved building in the center of Rigby, which is the seat of Jefferson County, Idaho. Many natives tells stories of their many adventures in and around the Jr. High. Over the years, the building has been neglected and is no longer being used as a school.

However, some of us have a dream. This building is big and beautiful and the bones are good. Much of the improvements are cosmetic. We want to see it taken and turned into a community arts and recreation center for anyone to enjoy.  A few things we imagine could be held in this building:

  • Plays and Musicals
  • Recitals
  • Concerts
  • Adult Education Classes
  • Indoor athletic events
  • Dance classes
  • Piano and other musical instrument lessons
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Archery
  • Painting
  • Writing clubs
  • Support groups
  • Family reunions
  • Funerals
  • Dances
  • Craft and trade fairs
  • Large town meetings
  • Trainings
  • Emergency lodging for the community
  • Family groups
  • Service groups
  • Private renters
  • Karate
  • Homeschool gatherings
  • Co-ops
  • Test Proctoring
  • Political rallies
  • Animal shelter
  • Drop in after school clubs
I'm sure you can see that the sky is the limit in regards to what we can do with this building.

Something that is of critical importance to this project is that the building will not be owned or run by the city or the county. This will be owned by the community. No taxes will go into operating the building. We are going to have to come together and give what we can to make this dream a reality. We want to be transparent at all times and we need you to pay attention, give us ideas and come out and do the work to make this dream a reality.

Our community needs you.

Be the change.