Rita Shourds from Align Southern Indiana spoke about their efforts in Scott County at the Kiwanis weekly dinner meeting at the Roadhouse USA. Pictured are from left to right Kiwanis member LL Lowry, Rita Shourds and Kiwanis President Al Riggle. Rita is the Regional Director for Align Southern Indiana which covers Scott, Harrison, Washington, Clark and Floyd Counties. They are aligned with Alignment USA which started in Nashville, TN. Scott County is the seventeenth county in the US with an alignment. Align is a process designed to help communities identify problems they want to tackle and then helps provide solutions through collaboration and aligning resources. The whole focus is to look for systemic change in the community. The idea is to collaborate with civic and service organizations to work on common areas by aligning resources, people and money. Align identifies Foundational Areas of Focus (FAF) to work on and then identify Long Term Outcomes (LTOs). There is a Governing Board for the five county area. Jaime Toppe, Kiwanis Corporate Member from the Scott County Community Foundation and Kelly Dulaney, Kiwanis Corporate Member from the Greater Scott County Chamber of Commerce are on the Governing Board. They help develop Tactical Plans with an Operating Board. There are currently two groups meeting in Scott County, working on Child Care and Quality Education. They are also interested in working on Day Care standards and training. The Scottsburg Kiwanis Club expressed interest in identifying where they fit into this process. They already partner with several of the local civic and service organizations and these areas currently being worked on fit nicely into the Kiwanis Priority One Youth Programs. The Align Southern Indiana region lines up perfectly with the Indiana District of Kiwanis Scenic Hills Division. The Scenic Hills Division consists of the Scottsburg, Henryville, Clarksville, Jeffersonville, Charlestown, New Albany and Historic Harrison County Clubs. The Kiwanis look forward to working with the Align Southern Indiana effort and thanked Rita Shourds for her presentation.