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They’re part of the solution

More than 170 people attended the Transportation Summit at the San Juan County Fairgrounds on Sept. 17. By all reports, the summit achieved its objective of starting the collaborations needed to further transportation initiatives in San Juan County.

Volunteers were the heart of that success. Anji Ringzin, volunteer coordinator, helped organize more than 30 table hosts, who started and facilitated the conversations. Other residents presented at sessions, kept session summaries, videotaped, handled registration, provided graphic recording, and helped with set-up and clean-up.

Volunteers from Orcas Island included Kathi Ciskowski, Margot Shaw, Morgan Meadows, Phil Heikkinen, Mindy Kayl, Jill Blankenship, Joyce Rupp, Barbara Evans, Cathy Faulkner, Gretchen Krampf, Owen Cheevers, Gary Bense, Jessica Bense, Ed and Amy Masters, Gary Turner, Kevin Dickey, and Robert Austin.

San Juan Island volunteers included Scott Webster, Libbey Oswald, Charlie Meyer, Tom Ashcraft, Brent Snow, Tom Munsey, Lynne Hobbs, Floyd Bourne, Lee Sturdivant, Carrie Brooks, Edie DeChadenedes, Lisa Mollica, Darren Obrien, Dan Ward, Alison Longley, Andrew Seltzer, Don Jarrell, Susan Dehlendorf, Leslie Veirs, Rachel Dietzman, Helen Venada, Diana Mancel, Pat McKay, Kyle Loring, Anita Barreca, Amy Windrope, Debbie Pigman, Lori Stokes, Janna Gingras, Jana Meredith-Sodimu, Floyd Bourne, John L. Weins, Cynthia Stark-Wickman, and Louise Dustrude.

Lopez and Shaw Island volunteers included Becky Hellman, Jay Brandt, John Whetten, and Stephanie Buffum-Field.

Many thanks to all of these people who contributed so much time and were willing to be part of the solution.

Transportation Summit Planning Committee: Liz Illg, Bill Watson, Jim Hooper, Anne Sheridan, Shannon Wilber, Curt VanHyning, Deborah Hopkins, Laura Tretter

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