Sunnyside United plans leadership meeting

Sunnyside City Councilman Dean Broersma discusses with fellow Sunnyside United board member Marissa Howat ideas for next month’s leadership luncheon.

What can Sunnyside United do for you?

That’s the question officials with the local organization hope to answer next month during a luncheon for community leaders.

Called a “key leader” luncheon meeting, the idea is to host local school, business and government leaders to present the benefits of Sunnyside United.

The group is tasked with working to educate youths and the community about the issues of underage drinking and drug use.

Among the invitees will be the offices of local, state and federal elected officials such as Congressman Dan Newhouse, state Sen. Jim Honeyford and state Rep. Bruce Chandler.

Sunnyside United leaders also want to hear from those involved in religious, health care, law enforcement and other segments of Sunnyside.

During the Sunnyside United’s board meeting last week, those at the table broke out into small groups to identify key talking points for the “key leader” luncheon meeting.

One of the constants raised by last week’s group interaction was to make sure the luncheon educates leaders from all walks of life about how they can benefit from efforts to discourage underage drug and alcohol use.

Also, the luncheon meeting will feature presentations on Sunnyside United’s successes and its plans for the future.

Those plans include beginning life skills classes for students at a younger age and continuing work educating local stores about the impacts they can have to help reduce alcohol use among high schoolers.

The “key leader” lunch will be Thursday, June 18, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Sunnyside School District board room, 810 E. Custer.

It will also serve as Sunnyside United’s regular board meeting for the month of June.

The meeting is open to the public and those attending next month’s leadership luncheon, sponsored by Molina Healthcare, are asked to RSVP by June 15 (837-3278).

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