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News Community Rickman Store invites Franklin Community to Strategic Planning Meeting

Friends of the Rickman Store (FORS) would like to invite their friends in the Cowee Community and the greater Franklin area to participate in a strategic planning work session to be held on Friday, March 16 at 1:00 pm. FORS is beginning the year by reviewing Rickman Store's strengths and potential, and how it can expand its service to our community. Input from community members and business owners is essential to this process.

The meeting will cover a brief agenda including the following topics:

- What specific programs and services would you like to see at the Rickman Store?

- How can you, your business or your organization get involved and benefit from partnering with FORS?

- How can we strengthen FORS financially and organizationally to continue their work with the Cowee and surrounding communities?

Whether you have enjoyed programs at the Rickman Store in the past - theater productions such as "Nancy Dude, the gardening series, open mic night for local musicians, poets and storytellers, or arts programs - or are new to the area, you are invited to attend and contribute your ideas for the upcoming year.

Refreshments will be provided along with an opportunity to mingle and exchange ideas in the warm ambiance of the historic Rickman Store. T. M. Rickman Store was purchased in 2007 by the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee (LTLT) to preserve the cultural heritage of the Cowee-West’s Mill Historic District. It is located at 259 Cowee Creek Road, just past Cowee Baptist Church, seven miles north of Franklin on NC Highway 28 next to the Cowee Elementary School.

For more information about this meeting and Rickman Store programs, call 828-369-5595. If you are unable to attend, FORS would still appreciate your input by calling the above number.





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