Wednesday February 27, 2013

JAMAICA -- Small booklets are being handed out with hopes of inspiring more participation in Rescue Inc.

"The chairman is asking us to go to boards to find representatives," said Winn Clark. "It's got to the point, where the whole health care thing has changed and it's going to get worse in years."

On Feb. 25, Clark came to the Jamaica Selectboard to ask the board for assistance with getting the word out that Rescue Inc. needs representatives. At the organization's annual meeting, two more "at-large positions" were announced.

Clark said that Rescue Inc. could use some people who have banking or economic development backgrounds. Fundraising is something the organization needs a hand with.

Because the organization is non-profit, "fundraising plays an enormously important role in helping to offset the costs of providing service," according to the Rescue Inc. website. It also says, "We actively seek grants to help fund operations, capital improvements, education and our health awareness initiatives in the community."

Rescue Inc. services 15 communities within Vermont and New Hampshire.

Clark mentioned that a man in town is currently taking a field course for EMS training.

"He may be a person you can approach," Clark said.

Financing was another thing that Clark thought Rescue Inc. could benefit from some help.

Clark said two representative spots had recently been filled.


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One spot was filled by a man from Brookline and the other was filled by a man from Townshend.

When Selectboard member Paul Fraser asked about what kind of backgrounds representatives usually had, Clark said there is a variety of different backgrounds.

"I'm a firefighter," he said. "One person is a town clerk. We have two teachers. We did have one doctor. We have a jeweler and a retired couple. There is no background needed. We're looking for fresh faces and fresh ideas. The next couple of years are going to be challenging."

Clark cited Grace Cottage "as a prime example," of having issues with health care.

He said the regular Rescue Inc. board meetings are scheduled on the third Tuesday of each month and there are seven committees that meet at least once a month, all at different times.

"Town Meeting is a week from tomorrow," said Jamaica Selectboard Chairwoman Alexa Clark. "We will have our moderator (bring it up.)"

Chris Mays can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or cmays@reformer.com. Follow Chris on Twitter @CMaysReformer.