Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Good News

Rural Action’s Annual Meeting: The Business of Sustainability

Rural Action's Annual Meeting, June 14 at the Federal Valley Resource Center in Stewart, was an evening of sweet treats. In addition to eating mounds of desserts, attendees honored this year's Sustainability Award winners and enjoyed a special treat: an engaging and challenging speech by Ted Bernard, a professor of geography at Ohio University.

Winners of the 2006 Annual Sustainability Awards, from left to right: Mary Reddan, Forest Supervisor, representing the Wayne National Forest; Gifford Doxsee of Athens; Christine Hughes, representing the Village Bakery. They won the Sustainable Partnership, Sustainable Individual, and Sustainable Business awards, respectively.

On winning the award, Gifford Doxsee wrote:
I was deeply touched by receiving the individual sustainability award last evening at the Rural Action annual meeting. Please thank all who were involved in this choice. [My wife] Mary and I came to Athens County in the 1950s and were warmly welcomed and made to feel at home here. So I have tried over the years to repay this kindness through support of local initiatives designed to help make Athens County and Appalachian Ohio a better place in which to live. It is coincidental that a number of these commitments have related to issues of sustainability. Now, at this late stage of my life I realized more and more each day how vitally important to the very survival of this planet are the issues related to sustainability.
Also at the Annual Meeting, members of Rural Action held elections for the Rural Action Board of Directors. Please welcome Mary Finney, Don Curry, Susan Mingus, Jackie LaBerth and Travis West, who were elected to the Board!

Ted Bernard, a professor of geography and a Rural Action member, speaks at the Annual Meeting on the "Third Wave" of conservation. He challenged the audience to "be bold" in the actions that move us toward a sustainable future.

Thanks to all who attended the Rural Action Annual Meeting!

Eagles Donate $1400 to Rural Action

The Fraternal Order of the Eagles of Glouster contributed $1407.08 to Rural Action. In this picture, "Big" Jim Balcom presents the check to Jane Forrest Redfern, Executive Director of Rural Action. Thank you!

A Space to Breathe: RARE Center Hosts Yoga Retreat

The scenic grounds of the Rural Action Research and Education Center are the perfect setting for retreats and workshops throughout the year. Inhale Yoga Studio, based in Marietta, Ohio, this year again used the Center's space to host a weekend-long yoga retreat.

The theme of this year’s yoga retreat was “Rising from the Muck,” and indeed, participants began to rise to a higher form of their truest selves as a result. The weekend consisted of creative arts projects, yoga classes, breathing exercises, meditation workshops, great food by Chef Amanda Tyo and enjoyment of the grounds in Rutland. One retreat participant remarked about the retreat, "I learned so much and came away from it feeling more complete, inside and out, with my eyes and heart wide open.”

If you are interested in taking part in healing workshops and retreats sponsored by Inhale Yoga Studio, visit the studio’s Web site at, or give Michelle a call at 740-350-5654. Most classes and workshops are made to be accessible by beginners to advanced practitioners.

Look in your mailbox soon for the Rural Action Annual Report!