By Naomi Hatch
In late 1996 or 1997, Flake Willis organized the Community Values Committee (CVC), a group of leaders from the community including town managers, mayors, the school superintendent, police chief, justice of the peace and a representative from each church in the community. After a hiatus of about a decade, the committee has been reorganized.
“It was a committee that met to discuss values they want to keep and support in our towns, whether crime related, bad language or work ethics,” said Snowflake-Taylor Police Chief Jerry VanWinkle, who served on the first committee and is serving on the newly organized committee. “It was values we want to sustain in our communities.”
Snowflake Councilman Kerry Ballard also served on the first CVC, and remembers the breakfast and excellent program they had on Veterans Day, along with high school forums during which students offered their thoughts on different subjects.
Each month a member of the CVC would write comments on a value and it was published in the Silver Creek Herald.
Valley View Baptist Church Pastor Bob Seymour and Leon Ballard were chairmen for a while, as were several others during the years the CVC was active.
Ray and Judy Caldwell, and Ballard set up the first meeting of the new group, inviting Ken Martin of Taylor and Naomi Hatch to participate.
A group that included church leaders from the community, the school, police and local judge held their first meeting at the Snowflake Fire Station. Everyone present was excited and eager to get the committee going again.
The Caldwells, Ballard, Martin and Hatch were present, as well as Chief VanWinkle, Snowflake Unified School District Superintendent Hollis Merrell, Taylor Mayor Fay Hatch, Taylor Town Manager Gus Lundberg, Snowflake Town Manager Paul Watson, Snowflake Councilwoman Bev Kay, Jerry Dunaway of Valley View Baptist Church, Pastor Randy Myers of the Living Faith Christian Center, Snowflake Stake President Ron Smith and Taylor Stake President’s Councilor Alma Saline.
The goals will be to cooperate and build a more secure community, said Ray Caldwell, who conducted the meeting.
The CVC agreed to meet every other month. Ideas were shared and it was decided that at the next meeting they would discuss preparedness of each of the entities involved in the committee. At that time officers will be selected and values will be discussed.
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By Naomi Hatch