My name is Lenetta Irine and I would like to represent the voters of District 4 on Mason's City Counsel.
In 1945 I was born in Cincinatti, OH and grew up in Kentucky where in 1963 I graduated from High School. In 1963. In the summer of 1967 I studied and worked with inner city issues in Wilmington DE I graduated from Framingham State College, MA in 1974.
My interest in community issues is long standing. In the 1970's I was one of two co-founders of a Youth Advocacy Program similar to Blue Bonnet Casa. I also co-founded a Food Cooperative that grew from 6 families to over 50; buying in bulk produce, canned goods, meat and cheese. During that same time I was the adult advisor for an interdenominational youth group that collected and recycled glass along with steel and aluminum cans. Professionally I worked for a grant-funded "Drug Council" that dealt with all ages and a wide variety of drug and alcohol issues.
In the 1980's my professional life in Springfield, IL included managing a Food Cooperative with over 400 members and a retail store open to the public. My responsibilities included all purchasing; supervising volunteers; finances, and monthly newsletter. All decisions made by the board of directors was done through consensus.
In Kansas City the Metro Bus Company employed me in several positions. My most rewarding accomplishment was being in charge of a million and a half dollar monthly pass program. Counterfeit passes had been a problem in the past. It took over 9 months to develop and gain approval for a nearly fool proof program of using a four color process highlighting Kansas City's fountains. This ended up not only attractive, save the METRO money but also won a national award.
Later I worked as Box Office manager for The Folly Theater, a renovated performing arts theater in Kansas City. At the same time I studied acting in a small class of like-minded adults.
In the summer of 1989 I was hired to work directly with residents at Denton State School; a residential facility for adults with developmental and health issues. After less than a year I was promoted to a Data Tech position and then to "QMRP" (Qualified Mental Retardation Professional); a nationally recognized title. My responsibilities for a case load of 20 women included every aspect of their lives. This meant gathering, organizing, and presenting all information relevant to each person.
On the personal front I have lived in a wide variety of communities; all the way from a "city" of 400 in North Dakota to the large urban sprawl of K.C. I have spent some time in the mountains of Mexico and speak a little Spanish. In December of 2003 I bought my house and moved here to Mason.
My interests include all manner of arts and crafts, reading, animal rescue, recycling, composting, using the Internet, writing and gardening. The ODEON theater has a special place in my heart.
My unique skills are in gathering information, understanding issues from several viewpoints, and communicating which includes both listening and speaking. Cooperation is a major focus of everything I do. Every individual must be seen as equal and respected as such. Should I be elected I will make every effort to engage in two way communication with my district. I want to know what is important to you and to report back what I find. It is my hope that I will be given the opportunity to prove this by representing District 4 on Mason's City Council.