The Coeur Group in the News
Thanks to the Coeur Group's school locker program, there's a special storage spot at Canfield Middle School.
Canfield received several floor-to-ceiling cabinets and shelving that will hold items of necessity for underprivileged students.
Coeur Group members, who are businessmen younger than 40, have been creating similar "lockers" for local schools for several years, pulling together community resources, raising funds and donating their own time and sweat to build the storage areas.
The Canfield project marks the group's 10th "locker."
"Students are encouraged to visit the locker discreetly, between classes and take what they need," said Coeur Group President J.R. Norvell, in a press release.
The group has plans for more lockers this year.
The Canfield project is being completed with help from Sara Colbert of Tom Addis Lake City Ford. Colbert helped select Canfield for this locker.
Coeur Group member Matt Anderson of Tapley Cabinets led the building of the cabinets, which Coeur Group members completed March 15 at Anderson's shop. Another group of members then installed the cabinets Sunday.
"It's amazing to think of all of the generosity involved in putting one of these together," said Coeur Group member Ben Miller.
The Coeur Group donated $2,000 to the Canfield PTA to buy supplies for the locker. Tom Addis Lake City Ford added another $250.
More information can be found about The Coeur Group at www.thecoeurgroup.com.
All 11 of the candidates for Coeur d'Alene City Council and mayor have confirmed that they will participate in a candidate forum Wednesday night.
The forum, sponsored by the Coeur Group, starts at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Coeur d'Alene Public Library.
Peter Smith, with Lukins and Annis, said the Coeur Group has solicited about 30 questions from the general public and they are working through those to develop a solid list of questions to present the candidates.
He said attendees may find it difficult to accessthe library with the McEuen Park construction, but those planning to attend can take Ninth Street south to Mullan and then west to the parking lot south of City Hall. That parking lot does provide access to the library.
People with cable television can watch the forum live on Coeur d'Alene Channel 19. The event will run several more times on that station until the elections in November.
There are a number of other public forums slated between now and then, as well.
The North Idaho College Young Republicans are holding another forum with the Coeur d'Alene mayor candidates on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Lake Room in the Student Union Building on the NIC campus.
Post Falls and Spirit Lake residents will have opportunities to meet their city candidates for the upcoming election. In Post Falls, the city will host a candidate forum on Thursday, Oct. 10, at City Hall from 7-9 p.m.
Each of the candidates will be asked questions submitted by individuals to be selected from the community. A forum on each race will be held separately so candidates of other races can't hear the questions in advance.
There will be no questions from the audience as the forum will be broadcast live on City Cable Channel 13. The forum will be rebroadcast on Nov. 4.
The video will also be available as Video On Demand at www.postfallsidaho.org.
The Post Falls Chamber of Commerce's Local Issues Committee will host a meet and greet with the candidates on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 4:30-6 p.m. at the chamber building.
Chamber CEO Pam Houser said it's an informal opportunity for the public to meet its candidates and ask them questions.
In Spirit Lake, the chamber of commerce will host a "Meet the Candidates" event on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 1-4 p.m. at the senior center, 32564 N. Fourth Ave. The public is invited.
Jeanne Bruner, chamber president, said the candidates will speak about themselves and issues facing the community.
Attendees will have an opportunity to ask the candidates questions individually after the candidates speak.
The first candidate forum for this fall's Coeur d'Alene City Council election has been set and all 12 candidates have been invited.
The two-hour forum is hosted by the Coeur Group, a 9-year-old volunteer group of civic-minded young professionals, which will host the forum on Oct. 2, starting at 5:30 p.m. in the community room of the Coeur d'Alene Public Library.
The forum will also be broadcast on Coeur d'Alene's Cable Channel 19.
According to President Ben Miller, who works for D.A. Davidson & Co., the forum is part of the group's effort to help inform the voting public on the issues and the candidates who are running for local elections.
"We want to emphasize to some of the groups out there that we are completely apolitical," he said. "We don't have a dog in this fight. Our sole intent is to make sure the voters are informed."
Unlike a Political Action Committee, the Coeur Group does not endorse, raise money or campaign for any of the candidates.
Miller said just this week the group mailed out invitations to all 12 candidates in the Coeur d'Alene City Council and Mayor races that will be voted on Nov. 5. Candidates have until Sept. 25 to confirm their attendance at the event.
A subcommittee of the Coeur Group is currently soliciting questions from the public at large to present to the candidates during the forum. Questions should focus on issues that are important to Coeur d'Alene voters.
"What are the issues?" he asked. "I don't know. We believe the issues are different for everyone."
Once they gather the questions, the group will go through them to ensure they are fair to all candidates. Only four people in the Coeur Group will be privy to the questions before the forum.
"That is really the fun part of this," Miller said. "During the school board elections we sat down with about 100 questions before us and went through checking them off until we narrowed them down to about 25."
He said the questions that make the cut will be broad based and apply to all of the candidates.
"We don't want questions that single out one particular candidate," he said. "This is not a debate, it is a forum."
There are three council seats up for grabs and three candidates for each of the council seats. There are also three candidates for the mayor's seat.
The candidates will face 30 minutes of questioning for each of the four seats. Candidates will be given one minute for opening statements and 30 seconds to answer each question. They will also be allowed 30 seconds for a closing statement.
Questions can be submitted by email at: email@example.com.
Miller said three members of the group will ask the questions and moderate the forum. Two panelists are James Noel, a financial representative for Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, and Craig Zanetti, an attorney at Amendola Doty & Brumley.
The moderator will be Peter Smith, an attorney for Lukins & Annis. He will allow some cross talk from candidates and follow-up questioning may be allowed as well.
The public is encouraged to attend the free forum, or tune in to Coeur d'Alene Cable Channel 19.
Ben Miller carries an armload of food into Community Action Partnership Friday as members of the Coeur Group deliver more than 250 pounds of canned tuna fish to the food bank. The group divided a donation totaling $650 between the Post Falls and Coeur d'Alene food banks in response Thursday's Press news story.
On the heels of sweat and labor comes a pretty penny - and all for the kids.
After spending spring break building new lockers inside Borah Elementary School, the Coeur Group decided to fill 'em up, too.
Coats, hats, gloves, socks, you name it - it's all going inside the wooden lockers that just went up.
Actually, it's up to the school to buy the items, but the volunteer group of young professionals, teamed up with the Excel Foundation that raised $2,000 for the elementary school to begin stacking the shelves.
"It will go a long way," said Rebecca Murphy, school counselor, who accepted the donation this week. "I'm already thinking in my mind, making a list."
The Locker Program is the flagship project for The Coeur Group, a crew of young professionals which donates time and resources into the community.
When the lockers are filled with clothes and supplies, kids can take what they need. It's the fifth school the group has helped, and first elementary school. Eighty percent of Borah students are on free or reduced lunch.
"We see it," Murphy said of kids' needs for some things other kids or parents may take for granted. "The kids with their feet poking out of their shoes, kids with clothes that don't fit ..."
Now if clothes don't fit or are ruined, they can go to a locker for replacements. Murphy said the school was pleased to be the first elementary school chosen.
Coeur Group member Jimmy McAndrews said the team's goal is to fill one or two locker programs a year. It raises money for the program by fundraising, and when it comes time to build the lockers, the guys donate their own hands, backs and sweat - with the help of a professional, of course, Matt Anderson of Tapley Cabinets. The $2,000 donation this week to Borah was its most successful one yet.
"Thank you so much," she said, showing off the new lockers Thursday. "It's really going to help out with our students."