Next Beyond the Yellow Ribbon meeting set for Jan. 9

The communities of Andover, Anoka, Champlin, Coon Rapids and Ramsey want to work together to form a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon network that would support veterans, current service members and their families.

yellow ribbonThere were 18 people at a Dec. 11 meeting at Anoka City Hall and everyone agreed that it would be best to have all five cities form one large steering committee rather than start their own individual city Yellow Ribbon networks.

The thought process was “the more resources the better,” according to Capt. Jeff Pratt, Minnesota National Guard statewide coordinator for Beyond the Yellow Ribbon campaign.

Although everyone will be under the umbrella of one steering committee, Pratt said there will be five subcommittees.

Representatives from each community will have their own subcommittee and within these subcommittees will be leaders from the city, schools, public safety, business, faith based, health, social services and volunteer groups.

The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Anoka City Hall.

The goal of this meeting will be to determine steering committee and subcommittee members for each community and area of expertise and to discuss a name for this Yellow Ribbon network, Pratt said.

Eric Hagen is at [email protected]