Rural Action to Celebrate 25 years ‘People Centered Development’ at Annual Meeting this weekend


June 4th, 2016

Rural Action to Celebrate 25 years ‘People Centered Development’ at Annual Meeting this weekend.

The Plains, OhioThis Saturday, June 11th  from 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 Fur peace Ranch in Pomeroy, is Rural Action’s 25th Annual Meeting, bringing together over 100 Rural Action members, community leaders, partners, and local entrepreneurs who will share ideas, best practices, and discuss ways to continue to engage and improve local communities and the environment in Appalachian Ohio.

“The meeting will begin with an hour of discussion on a number of topics our members care deeply about” said Media and Communications Manager, Susi Acord. “Topics will range from economic opportunities from our farms and forests, new tools for watershed restoration, regional tourism, social enterprise, energy, environmental and outdoor education, and building a zero waste economy.” The group is also very interested in exploring the possibility of bringing an AmeriCorps VISTA program back to the region to further build the capacity of local organizations working to alleviate poverty, said Acord.

“Anyone who wants a seat at the table is welcome to join us, they should bring their energy and ideas about how we can continue to grow communities and opportunities that promote our people and the incredible assets we have in this region” said Michelle Decker, Rural Action’s CEO.

Also taking place at the meeting will be ceremony to honor Rural Action’s 2016 Sustainability Award recipients. Each year Rural Action recognizes an individual, a business, and a partner that: create new models for living with respect to the earth and its systems that others can follow; have a generous spirit and willingly share knowledge, experiences, and personal resources with others; and leave the world a better place because of their personal and professional behavior. This year’s recipients are Ann Moneypenny, who will receive the Sustainable Livelihood award, OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital, for Sustainable Business, and Community Food Initiatives who will receive their Sustainable Partner Award. Nominations for the awards come from the community and are solicited each year from April-May.

Keynoting the event will be Carol Kuhre, a founding member of Rural Action and their first Executive Director, a position she held for 15 years with the organization. Prior to serving with Rural Action, Ms. Kuhre served as co-director of United Campus Ministry at Ohio University—a center for social justice and spiritual growth.  She also served the Lutheran Church in campus ministry positions at Penn State University and Ohio University. During her tenure with both organizations she helped to form seven community-based organizations. Additionally, Ms. Kuhre is a fiber Artist and has taught fiber arts for more than two decades both domestically and internationally. She holds a B.A. from Concordia College and a M.A. from Ohio University, both in sociology. She also attended the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago.

Ms. Kuhre will present on People Centered Development: Social Justice for the Long haul. During her Keynote she will connect how local people are a force for positive community change, the trust and values that hold communities together during these times of change and disruption and why sustainable development is the key to ensuring healthy prosperous communities for the long-term.

“We will accomplish some hard work and thinking during the event, but we will also have a lot of fun. We want families to come out and bring their kids, we have several activities planned for them during the more focused parts of the meeting; we will have an extended outdoor locally sourced lunch, with live music by the Stump Blossoms, and the Psychedelic Gallery will be open to attendees with original works of art by Jerry Garcia from the Grateful Dead on display” said Acord.

The meeting will be held at Fur Peace Ranch Saturday, June 11th, from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. there is no cost to attend but registration is required. To register call 740-677-4047 or register online at

Rural Action is a member-based sustainable community development organization. Their mission is to foster social, economic, and environmental justice in Appalachian Ohio. Learn more about Rural Action at You can also keep up with their work on Facebook, Twitter, Linked in, and Instagram.


The press is invited and encouraged cover the activities taking place during Rural Action’s annual meeting. Interviews are possible and can be arranged with Rural Action Staff or partners leading discussion circles, the Keynote speaker, and 2016 Sustainability Award Winners. Please direct inquires to Susi Acord.


Susi Acord
Media and Communications Manager
740-677-4047 ex. 11

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