Thank you

Posted: Wednesday, October 06, 2004

... for help with Meet The Candidates forum

The Native Vote 2004 Campaign "Registration is not enough" is proud to have the support and commitment of Juneau T&H Community Council, Sealaska Corporation, Kootznoowoo Corporation, Alaska Native Brotherhood, Alaska Native Sisterhood, Goldbelt Incorporated, Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, League of Women Voters, Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority, Douglas Indian Association, Southeast Alaska Native Veterans, ANB Grand Camp, Huna Totem Corporation, and Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.

It took time and effort from individuals representing their organizations to host the successful "Meet the Candidates" forum that was held at the Juneau T&H Community Council September 14. Close to 300 people were in attendance! Our elders, young adults, youth and families made the difference. Thank you to Juneau T&H for the use of their community building.

The program included the Southeast Alaska Native Veterans opening with the prestigious Color Guard, a great performance by the Children of All Nations, a wonderful solo by Shelby Jefferies, a heartfelt prayer by 10-year old Charlotte Brown of the Alaska Glitter Girls and an official welcome by Lt. Gov. Loren Leman. Edward K. Thomas and Ethel Lund shared the responsibility of the master of ceremonies and moderator for the evening. You are appreciated.

The forum included 13 candidates: Beth Kerttula, Andrew Engstrom, Bruce Weyhrauch, Bob Doll, Tim June, Thomas Higgins, Jeannie Johnson, Jeff Bush, Randy Wanamaker, James Reid, Bill Peters, LaVonne Garvey and Mary Becker. They were questioned by a panel of 11 youth: Christopher Ruiz, Alyssa Rosado, Miciana Hutcherson - JDHS sophomores; Amanda "Mandy" Erfert, Leslie Baker, Katrina Cook and Amanda Brooks - Yaa Koos Alternative High School students; William Andrews and Amelia Rivera - PITAS Program, University of Alaska Southeast; Andrew Fawcett and Melanie Rodriguez - high school graduate. We appreciate these youth who did a tremendous job! A special thank you to our timekeepers Marie Olsen and Marc Wheeler.

The Native Vote 2004 Committee appreciates all the organizations who donated towards this cause: Sealaska Corporation, Juneau T&H Community Council, T&H Regional Housing Authority, Kootznoowoo Incorporated, Goldbelt Incorporated, Douglas Indian Association, and Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. A special thank you to KTOO Radio, Domino's Pizza, Pepsi Cola Bottling Company and Coca Cola Bottling Company for their donations. It is always wonderful to have the support from local businesses. Thank you to ANS Camp 70 for the excellent job of catering this event! Please call me at 463-7105 if I left any person or organization out of this recognition for the forum.

We also appreciate KATH-TV for televising this community event and look forward to watching this Juneau Spotlight feature. We thank the City & Borough of Juneau city clerk for allowing us to use two of their voting booths for the mock-election activity. Everything came together and this was due to everyone's help and participation. We look forward to a successful turnout at the upcoming elections. Remember, registration is not enough; your vote counts! Rides will be available to anyone on election day; call 586-1432 or 463-7105.

... to the community

On July 29, my husband and I were airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Wash. At that time we were unsure of what to expect of how to deal with the situation that we faced.

We would like to take this time to thank our family, friends, co-workers, and the community for the outpouring of love and concern that you showed our family. We would like to thank everyone for your prayers, cards, phone calls and donations to our family.

Words cannot describe the impact that it has made on our family. We feel truly blessed to have such a strong support system and, although the road to recovery is a long one, we are grateful to be home among our friends and family. You have all made such a difference in our lives.

Thank you so much.

A very grateful

Ernie and Emily Ackermann.


... for your support of the Davis paintings restoration

The Davis Paintings Restoration Committee appreciates all the support it received for the slideshow, dessert and silent auction held Sept. 18 at McPhetres Hall. To open the event Joyce Parry Moore, accompanied on the piano by John Robertson, sang several Stephen Foster songs beautifully. Connie Davis showed slides of many of Frances Davis' paintings, including historical scenes of Juneau. Those in attendance were able to look at the paintings to be restored, which are currently in Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, as well as eat lots of cake and bid on the silent auction items. Connie Munro has produced limited edition prints of four of Frances Davis' paintings, and anyone interest in seeing or ordering one or more of the prints should contact her at 586-3694. We especially want to thank Commercial Signs and Printing and Aaron Elmore for the fliers; Landscape Alaska and David Lendrum for the donation of a live tree for auction; Adele Hamey, Jim Heumann, Mary Moore and Johanna and Roy Smith for donations of art for auction; Charles and Ellen Campbell, Wilna Moen, Jim Wakefield, Johanna Smith, Jeanne Elliott, The Mustard Seed and anonymous donors for the donation of other items; Mary Alice McKeen and Connie Munro for publicity; Chapin Heumann for running the projector and Bill Andrews for loaning it; cake bakers Johanna Smith, Jeanne Morris, Rebecca Smith, Terry Hoskinson, Connie Davis, Connie Munro, and Elizabeth and Margaret Schoenfeld, whose cakes were so beautiful they were auctioned. We also want to thank those working at the event - Marcia Nye, Mary Moore, May Alice McKeen, Pam Finley and Johanna Smith -- as well as those who attended. Anyone interested in the restoration of the paintings may call Pam Finley at 586-4253 for more information.

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