Maxine Brown, executive director
The 32nd annual Pinal County town hall will take place on Thursday, Oct. 24 with the theme of “Connecting Communities – Pinal County’s Future.” Approximately 200 delegates are expected to attend the informative sessions at Robson Ranch located at 5750 N. Robson Blvd. in Eloy.
Pinal County town hall’s primary sponsor is the Pinal County board of supervisors. Supervisor Anthony Smith of District 4 represents the board on the Pinal County town hall advisory committee. The committee is honored to have the supervisors in attendance and participating in town hall.
The advisory committee is composed of representatives from throughout Pinal County who meet monthly to work out details for the event. The committee is partnering with the Center for the Future of Arizona and will focus on the Connected Communities Progress Meter. We will hear from the Center for the Future of Arizona, setting the stage for the day’s events, explaining the Arizona We Want Progress Meter and the importance of community volunteering. The committee plans on looking at successful volunteer programs throughout the county. We will hear from businesses, non-profit organizations, government, volunteers of all ages, and how volunteers connect the communities of Pinal County.
The overall goal of the sessions, according to Town Hall Director Maxine Brown, is “to equip citizens with information and knowledge by looking at volunteerism in Pinal County, understanding the value of volunteers, and how to design successful volunteer programs. Delegates will be able to share the information with their community.”
Pinal County Town Hall’s Wayne G. Gerken Youth Scholarship also will be awarded during the event. The town hall offers students the opportunity to attend the event and participate in a round-table discussion to apply for the scholarship. Town Hall Advisory Committee Vice-Chair Donna McBride stated, “Town hall has provided for young people to come together with local leaders. Helping them learn about key topics such as the importance of giving time to their community through volunteering will help create the next generation of leaders.”
Pinal County Town Hall Advisory Committee Chair Sandie Smith explained, “I have attended all 31 previous town hall’s and have witnessed first-hand the importance of bringing together the diversified interests of Pinal County citizens. The networking and friendships formed at the town halls are invaluable and form alliances that will help ensure that Pinal County is a place where we can live, work, and play.”