Happy Fall Y’all… It is unbelievable that we find ourselves thinking of cooler temperatures, falling leaves,  corn mazes, apple picking, pumpkin carving, the smells of spice, football, tailgating and so much more.  This is a time of transition, it signifies the end of summer and passage to winter. Fall brings to our community many activities and events, such as Project Dove’s Candlelight Vigil to honor those who have lost their life to domestic violence and to celebrate those who have survived the abuse of domestic violence.  Treasure Valley Community College Foundation is preparing for the Foundation Gala 2017 on November 3rd, social hour and silent auction will begin at 6:00 PM and Dinner and the Live Auction will begin at 7:00 PM at the Four Rivers Cultural Center.  Tickets are $50.00 and can be purchased from any Foundation Board Member, Red Apple Marketplace or Four Rivers Cultural Center.  Dinner will feature Halibut in a Hollandaise Lobster Sauce and Beef Medallions with Balsamic Glaze.  Then it is onto the Festival of Trees benefiting Meals on Wheels and Help Them to Hope.  This event will be held November 17, 18, and 19th at the Clarion Inn.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month – Domestic Violence touches many lives, it touches everyone’s life around the victim from family and friends, from employers to co-workers to a neighbor. Domestic Violence victims lose nearly 8 billion days of paid work per year.  It can be difficult to tell if someone is in an abusive relationship, it can even be difficult for a victim to realize they are in an abusive relationship if they are not being physically abused.  It is most common for a victim to not tell anyone they are being abused.  They are ashamed, scared and humiliated. Domestic Violence takes on many forms and can happen occasionally to continuously and often gets worse over time.  Forms of abuse includes psychological and emotional abuse, social abuse, financial abuse, physical and sexual abuse.  The goal of the abuser is to establish and/or maintain power and control.  One in every four women (though not limited to women) will experience DV in her lifetime – 85% of DV victims are women.

If you fear someone you know is being abused, do not turn your head.  Ask if they are okay, if they are safe.  Let them know you are willing to help them.  Help them seek the safety they need, let them know there is support for them.  Next time you hear someone ask “why does the victim stay” ask “why does the abuser hit”.  We are fortunate to have Project Dove in our community providing safety and shelter.  For more information call Project Dove at 541-889-6316.

It was a pleasant surprise at Chamber Forum on Monday September 18th to walk into the room with a new seating arrangement.  Being in the front of the room, I saw people engaged in conversation differently by being at a table of 8 and the room looked more inviting and cozy.  I hope everyone was pleased with the new look.  Let us know what you think!

Wishing all of you a Happy Fall – Looking forward to seeing you at Chamber Forum and supporting our speakers and presenters!