NARLA-West: Napa Valley Members Plan Booth at Napa Fair
By Jodi Shavlik
It would be an understatement to say the Cedar Falls North American Religious Liberty Association (NARLA) Retreat in November 2004 caused an Inspiration. Besides being my husbands childhood summer camp, Cedar Falls Camp is the definition of charm. From its pet bear, to the falls I called rapids, to the perfect weather we enjoyed, that weekend was unforgettable. But all good things must end.
When church issues are threatening to become the states issues we see the need to clarify information and help the public make good choices. We want NARLA to become a household word in Napa Valley.
Dan Shavlik demonstrates the NARLA-West Napa Valley booth's new banner.
Back home, homework awaited us. We had packs and stacks of great information and a mind-full of ideas to launch. About a half dozen Northern Californians had headed south for Cedar falls weekend. An election had just passed and many issues on the forefront needed discussing. The first task had been discussed in the weekends final lecture - using the Internet for religious liberty work.
We still had a computer group that had worked together in the past on liberty projects. Details, they needed details. We began to sort out our information. The obvious place to start with was the Napa Valley Town and Country Fair. We reserved a booth and ordered pamphlets. Our town fair had veggie burger booths in the past, and had informational booths sponsered by the area churches, but now the NARLA booth was on its way.
Emails have been keeping the Liberty partners in the Napa Valley busy. Having seven churches very close, and having them work together on a Narla Booth for the fair is new territory. All heartily agree that it's important. When church issues are threatening to become the states issues we see the need to clarify information and help the public make good choices.
We have exciting ideas such as keeping the booth patriotic in color, keeping the booth informational rather than being a store. We want to include Freedom's Ring Radio Information, and give some stickers to younger visitors for fun. We are inviting visitors to become NARLA members and sign the petitions, to get involved. We want NARLA to become a household word in Napa Valley, and have ordered a large banner that we are very pleased with.
NARLA information can be advertised in the Newspapers as well, but having our booth and banner ready for the public to browse at the fair will be a positive step to help people answer the question, what's NARLA? See you at the fair. We'll be there from Noon to 10 p.m. from August 10-14.
For more information about the fair, visit http://www.napavalleyexpo.com/