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To my fellow community members:

I am writing to encourage you to join me in supporting North County Recreation District (NCRD) with a YES vote in the November 7, 2023 Election. Approving the Tax Levy for General Operations at NCRD will ensure operations of this important community resource for another five years.

When I moved to North Tillamook County several years ago, NCRD was one of the first community resources I discovered, and I became a member right away. I visit the fitness center regularly each week and have taken an assortment of fitness classes over the years.

I have also attended and appreciated a variety of shows at the NCRD Performing Arts Center (PAC), a remarkable venue for a small coastal community like ours. One of the highlights each year is NCRD’s support for, and collaboration with, the Missoula Children’s Theater. This partnership (which also includes NKN School District and other community organizations) offers young people in our community an opportunity to participate in a week-long theater camp that culminates with a delightful performance for the community at the Performing Arts Center.

I am writing this letter as a community member, but as CEO of Nehalem Bay Health Center (formerly Rinehart Clinic) I have additional insights into NCRD as a community partner. For many years, NCRD has helped support the clinic’s wellness programming by coordinating with our wellness staff on a grant-funded Prescriptions for Physical Activity program. The NCRD staff has also worked with Nehalem Bay Health Center to collaborate on wellness classes for patients.

The variety of programming available at NCRD reaches all ages and the facility provides an opportunity for social gatherings that help build community. From art shows and community theater to spin classes and swimming, there’s something for almost everyone at NCRD. Please join me in supporting this important community resource with your YES vote in the November election.

Gail Nelson