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The Valley Breeze & Observer 05-23-2019

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In regard to The Valley Breeze's 5/16/2019 article "From Petition to Fruition," I would like to discuss some other parts of the Scituate Home Rule Charter's journey. While a Charter is in the best interest of our town, it must be done right, with full transparency. It is disappointing that some members of the Home Rule Charter Commission have had lackluster attendance records, and that some members of the Commission hold other elected positions in the town. While Ethics Commission opinions were requested by some of these members, the Ethics Commission only deals with financial concerns. Members of the Home Rule Charter Commission are making decisions on how elections, dis- ciplinary actions, and other parts of our local government will take place while they themselves may seek another term in office. While the Legislative Charter was drafted to have non-partisan elections at the urging of a current Home Rule Charter Commission member, there was no advocacy for non-partisan elections for the Home Rule Charter. Several elected officials and residents spoke up in support, yet SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | MAY 23-29, 2019 LETTERS 13 Bryant's 'Project Playhouse' initiative showcases the value of community I am proud to be both an employ- ee of Navigant Credit Union and an alumnus of Bryant University for a long list of reasons. After recently enjoying a just-about-perfect event celebrating the culmination of an annual initiative called Project Playhouse, I'm thrilled to add yet another item to that growing list. Launched in 2015, Project Playhouse is a collaborative effort between Bryant University, Rosemary's Wish Kids and a handful of local businesses. The initiative's mission is to provide local children in need with brand-new, state-of-the-art playhouses that are custom-built to make each recipient child's biggest dreams come alive. The end results of the annual project – beautiful play- houses modeled after anything from outer space to Harry Potter – are nothing short of extraordinary. But the way the project is orga- nized, and the overarching lessons the program manages to teach, are nearly as impressive as the playhous- es themselves. Each year, the project is led by a team of Bryant University students enrolled in the school's manage- ment program. These students run point on every step of the semester- long project. They coordinate with Rosemary's Wish Kids to select recipient families, and customize each playhouse's theme based on the children's interests. They secure the funding needed to cover the costs of materials, work with local school- based career and technical center designers and artists to put each playhouse's theme down on paper, and find student craftsmen to bring the ideas to life. Yes, they have safety nets in the form of faculty advisors, but the students are given the inde- pendence to spearhead the project from start to finish. The skills displayed throughout the duration of this project are invaluable in just about any business setting. By participating in this project, students are being asked to make a promise, and then deliver it on time and on budget – a set of actions that nearly perfectly embodies the very defini- tion of "doing business." What really sets the Project Playhouse initiative apart, though, is its inherent empha- sis on successful business practices that go beyond timelines, budgets and bottom lines. The project shines a spotlight on the importance of giv- ing back. It teaches students that, as future business leaders, they must become active, thoughtful, generous members of the community. They must seek out opportunities to use their skills and expertise to make concrete, positive differences in people's lives. That spotlight – that encourage- ment to always look for ways to give back – is why Navigant Credit Union immediately and proudly agreed to contribute $15,000 to help provide Project Playhouse with the financial cushion it needs to continue to grow for years to come. As an organization founded 100-plus years ago on the motto "People Helping People," we consider this donation an investment in the very values that make Navigant Credit Union what it is today. On behalf of Navigant Credit Union, I want to congratulate everyone involved with this year's project. In one fell swoop, you found a way to showcase a diverse suite of transferrable business skills while brightening the lives of a handful of amazing kids. And you've made this Bryant University alumnus very proud of his alma mater. TIM DRAPER Draper is the Vice President of Marketing at Navigant Credit Union and an alum- nus of Bryant University. He lives in Cumberland. See CHARTER, Page 14 Charter must be done with complete transparency Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor are welcome from readers. Please: • Limit to 500 words. Longer letters may appear online only. • Letters on local or state topics and issues will take precedence over those on national issues. • No more than one letter per person every 8 weeks, please. • All letters must be signed and include a hometown. Send by e-mail to: news@valleybreeze.com, or mail to The Valley Breeze, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite 204, Lincoln, RI 02865. 9 Powder Hill Road (Off Rt. 123) Lincoln, RI 401-728-5903 www.RhodyRug.com Open Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m. VISIT OUR FACTORY OUTLET STORE! 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