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REC makes plans for its farewell meeting

GRANDVIEW - The colorful 10-year history of the Lower Yakima Valley Rural Enterprise Community (REC) will be on display when the organization's board of directors adjourn their final meeting next month.

REC is an organization that has been involved in the communities of Grandview and Sunnyside for the past 10 years, helping fund projects ranging from the extension of water and sewer lines to the construction of sidewalks in Sunnyside. After 10 years REC has managed to allocate all of the funding it had available and, due to federal regulations, will be dissolving after Dec. 31.

To celebrate the success the group has seen over the past decade, the current board of directors is planning a sunset meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 16. During the meeting tenured members of the board will be given a chance to speak, a PowerPoint presentation showcasing the many projects REC has helped fund will be broadcast and past officers and directors will be recognized.

"It's not too elaborate," said Steve Hill with Yakima County.

During the course of the evening each of the current board members are expected to play a role. Mike Henry will provide introductions and a welcome to those in attendance. The youngest member of the board, Gerardo Ruelas, will serve as the master of ceremonies during the evening. According to the agenda for the sunset meeting, tenured board members Joan Souders, Helen Darr and George Carrick will each provide some insight into some of the group's accomplishments over the years. Bill Flory is expected to provide the closing remarks for the evening.

However, the board will not be the only people taking the stage during the sunset meeting celebration. Souders left room in the agenda to have other REC partners and participants share some of their thoughts and experiences. Souders and the rest of the board are hoping to have a representative from the USDA at the meeting to discuss their participation in REC, as well a representative from the City of Grandview, City of Sunnyside, Sunnyside Inc. and Yakima County.

Souders said she felt it was important that all of the original partners have a chance to share their thoughts on REC.

The board also took time during their meeting last night to look over some of the pictures for the PowerPoint presentation. The pictures included snapshots of the new playground at Grandview's Dykstra Park, Bienstar in Sunnyside and the Grandview wastewater treatment plant.

Hill noted that he is planning on sending out 100 invitations for the sunset meeting. He added that members of the public will also be invited to attend.

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