Panel to discuss issues facing Stevens County

Do you want to learn more about some of the issues facing Stevens County and the people and organizations working to alleviate them? Colville Toastmasters is sponsoring a free public event to raise awareness about community issues by presenting local activists who are working to find solutions.

The speakers are Dr. Barry Bacon, addressing homelessness issues; Adam Cares, coordinator for the Volunteer Stewardship Program, addressing farming's interactions with critical waterways; Kraig Kalish, who will speak on reducing recidivism in the Stevens County jail population and Vonnie McCoy, director of N.E.W. Crisis Pregnancy Center.

Each speaker will give a brief overview of their project. There will be an opportunity to ask questions of the panelists and to enjoy refreshments and conversation.

Guests will also get a peek at a Toastmasters' meeting. Toastmasters International is the world's largest non-profit organization focusing on helping members improve communication and leadership skills.

The panel discussion will take place on Tuesday, June 6, at 5:30 p.m. inside the Education Center, across from Mount Carmel Hospital, at 1169 E. Columbia, Colville. For more information please call Eleanor Mattice at 684-3704.