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WCS not an effective decision-making body

An organization that accepts financial support from the public, like Wilsonville Community Sharing, should have its board meetings open to the public and adhere to its bylaws. 

I attended one WCS board meeting. Subsequently, I attempted to attend another meeting but was denied entry. I was informed that board meetings were not open to the public. 

With only two board members and essentially closed meetings, the board does not have access to a range of input necessary to assess and address the needs of the community. As a consequence it is not an effective decision-making body.

Marilyn Overgaard-Watson

Wilsonville

You can help prevent cancer

What if we could personally participate in research that might help determine factors that cause or prevent cancer? What if our involvement, and that research, ultimately leads to the elimination of cancer as a major health problem for this and future generations? What if we could make it so just one family never has to hear the words “you have cancer”?

Residents of our community have an unprecedented opportunity to participate in cancer research this year. Enrollment for the American Cancer Society’s third Cancer Prevention Study will be taking place at several locations in the greater Portland metro area in partnership with Bridgeport Village, the city of Hillsboro, Sherwood YMCA and the Wilsonville Fred Meyer store.

Visit cps3Portland.org to learn more about enrollment locations and times.Individuals between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer and are willing to make a long-term commitment to the study are encouraged to sign up. Those who choose to enroll will simply fill out a comprehensive survey packet about health history, provide a small blood sample (to be collected by trained phlebotomists) and provide a waist measure.

Participants will periodically be sent a follow-up questionnaire for the next 20 to 30 years.If you aren’t eligible to participate, you can still make a difference by telling everyone you know about Cancer Prevention Study 3. 

For more information, visit http://cancer.org/cps3, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888. 

Gretchen Groves

Portland




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