As we approach the third anniversary of the Kroc Center, and my final days as the Kroc Administrator, I have begun to reflect on what a privilege I have had these past eight years being involved with the Kroc Center and the Coeur d’Alene community. I can still vividly recall how our community competed against cities like Seattle, Tacoma, Everett, Denver and Oakland, just to name a few, and how our city won. I recently spoke in Vancouver, B.C., to leaders from 100 municipal-run community centers across British Columbia and I was asked, like I have been asked so many times before, how did Coeur d’Alene beat out all of those other cities? The answer is simple. We have a visionary mayor and City Council members who saw a once in a lifetime opportunity and took it. They were willing to put their political careers on the line because they care more about this community and making it better than their jobs/Salvation Army Major John Chamness of the Kroc Center. More from Coeur d'Alene Press letter to the editor here. (2007 SR photo of John Chamness being interviewing by DFO)
DFO: Major Chamness's statement re: the role played by Mayor Sandi Bloem & the 3 council members targetted for recall reflects the statement made by founding Kroc member Jack Riggs. Riggs has encouraged all Kroc Center fans and users to refuse to sign recall petitions.