Ongoing Work toward Community Goals
Final Report of Forming Fennimore’s Future Community Goal Setting Meeting
by James Schneider, UW Extension
A diverse group of Fennimore residents turned out on February 7, 2018 to take part in a CommUNITY soup supper and networking with others interested in helping the community prosper. At 6 p.m., James Schneider, UW Extension, reviewed past goals and achievements and then began brainstorming new goals to work on as a community. The complete report is available.
Fennimore is well-known for their goal setting sessions that have taken place for more than four decades. The most recent Forming Fennimore’s Future community goal setting meeting was held in 2009. In 2018 Fennimore leaders decided it was time once again to bring back the popular goal setting session.
Forming Fennimore’s Future was co-sponsored by the Fennimore Area Chamber of Commerce, Fennimore Industrial and Economic Development Corp and the Fennimore City Council. The goal of FFF was to bring together multiple generations to review past achievements and collectively come up with goals to help Fennimore grow and prosper into the next decade.
A CommUNITY Soup supper was prepared by some of Fennimore’s best cooks and the chef at Hickory Grove Golf Course. The delicious meal was served by members of the Fennimore Student Council.
The brainstorming session identified 43 ideas. Everyone present was given three stickers to vote on their top three choices for FFF goals. Of the 342 total votes, 5 priority goals were selected along with 13 secondary goals. Participants were then asked to break into groups to further discuss possible actions necessary to achieve the goals.
The facilitators of each goal committee are calling the first meeting for those who indicated they were interested in helping. Also keep in mind many of the secondary goals are also good ideas; let’s try to connect people in these areas as well. The Promotions Coordinator (PC) is trying to serve as a clearing house to assist the committees. The PC plans to post meeting notices on the website calendar, the Focus on Fennimore column in Fennimore Times and through the Chamber’s Facebook page.
If you are interested in serving on a committee, please contact the PC or the committee chair. If your name was inadvertently missed, we apologize. Please let the PC know and we will be sure to get you included. If you have any questions or ideas we want to hear from you. Please contact Linda Parrish, Promotions Coordinator, by phone 608-822-3599 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.