FOCUS convenes a free public forum each month on issues of immediate and long-range concern in Central New York and beyond. Forums often are held in the morning on the third Friday of the month in the atrium of City Hall Commons, 201 E. Washington St., Syracuse.
SPECIAL FORUM JANUARY 31, 2019
National Grid will provide the setting for a special Forum Jan. 31 with Onondaga County Executive J. Ryan McMahon and Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh. Registration has maxed out for this event. Government issued photo ID also is required for entry to this building. This is a joint FOCUS and Leadership Greater Syracuse event with support from National Grid. Thanks for your interest.
Congratulations FOCUS Citizens Academy Class of 2018. Sessions wrapped up Oct. 31 and were capped with a round-robin discussion and brunch at the Barnes Hiscock home on Saturday Nov. 17.
Each year FOCUS with Syracuse University offers an eight-week academy for people who live or work in Onondaga County and want to learn more about local government. The class meets each week with public officials to learn how decisions are made from those who have to make them. The dialogue over dinner is informative for both the citizens and officials participating. More than 400 people have graduated from this national award-winning program. LEARN MORE HERE.
WE HAD TWO SPECIAL EVENTS IN JUNE 2018
The CNY-CAN collaboration established by FOCUS, SUNY Upstate Medical University’s Department of Geriatrics, Southwest Community Center, and HealtheConnections was host to Dr. Joe Selby, Executive Director of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute Thursday June 14, 2018, at SUNY Upstate Medical University and for a FOCUS Forum on the importance of patients in the research process Friday, June 15, 2018, at Loretto. To learn more about these events CLICK HERE.
WISDOM KEEPER GARDEN 2018
WISDOM KEEPER PLAQUE UNVEILING May 25
Wisdom Keeper Sean Kirst joined FOCUS and previous Wisdom Keepers for the unveiling of the Wisdom Keeper plaque at the Wisdom Keeper Garden near City Hall and City Hall Commons.
Sean made the Wisdom Keeper celebration April 4, 2018, a very special event by honoring the people of Central New York who made his storytelling career possible. The Finger Lakes Ballroom of the Marriott Downtown Syracuse was the setting for this event in the historic Hotel Syracuse.
The Wisdom Keeper celebration has traditionally been the sole fundraiser of the year for FOCUS to support continuing programs such as the FOCUS Forums and Citizens Academy. SEE SPONSORS HERE.
Each year FOCUS celebrates and honors community leaders whose continual caring and understanding of the vision for tomorrow has been an inspiration. LEARN MORE ABOUT WISDOM KEEPERS AT THIS LINK.
The 2018 Wisdom Keeper is story teller Sean Kirst – More about Sean
He joins our other Wisdom Keepers:
Charlotte “Chuckie” Holstein
Rev. James Mathews
Dr. Sharon Brangman
Bethaida “Bea” Gonzalez