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4/3/2014
Let's be No. 5
Gov. Sean and first lady Sandy Parnell host Governor's Family Picnics in five communities throughout the state. Undoubtedly because of their populations, Anchorage, Juneau, Fairbanks and the Mat-Su are on the annual picnic calendar automatically.
For the fifth slot, the Parnells accept proposals from all other communities.
Now, Ketchikan loves a picnic — especially if it sunshines, which it might, but the chances are it won't. But we don't shy away from a picnic any time; we've got shelter and we've got raingear. If it's warm enough, we can do without either and just get wet. A little rain never hurts. Given the appropriate picnic attitude, it can be a better picnic.
Most importantly, the governor's picnics are non-partisan. That means that whatever party you are affiliated with, you are more than welcome at the governor's picnic/party.
Hosting a governor's picnic would require a community picnic committee. (Chairing or being a member of that would look nice on the resume.) The committee would coordinate with the governor's office, but its members would be responsible for picking a location, choreographing a program, fundraising and all other event details.
The funds for the picnic would be collected from businesses and individuals in the community; no government funds permitted. All food, beverages and attendance would be free to the public.
If Ketchikan wishes to host a governor's picnic, it must fill out and submit a proposal by May 2. The form is available online at http://gov.alaska.gov/parnell/multimedia/governors-picnic/traveling-picnic.html.