Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Don't make them beg.

I have to take a second to make one thing clear. I work hand in hand with our Community Council and right now, they need our help. The Rose Park Community Council was once one of the strongest, most well attended councils in the city with nearly 100 attendees per meeting. Lately, we seem lucky to have 30 or 40 people show up and many of the opinions and voices that I hear every day are not being shared. Most of the people who are not attending are the young folks, the first time home buyers, but there are others too. I have heard many people say "I used to attend" or "I went once but it didn't seem very productive." I would respond by saying something my mom always told me, "you get out of it what you put into it." Right now we are putting very little into it and it shows. Our goals at Rose Park Revival will never get accomplished without the Rose Park Community Council. First of all, soliciting donations and corporate sponsorships is substantially more difficult without a 501(c)3 Non-Profit status which RPR cannot acquire because of our involvement as an advocacy group. Being an advocacy organization by regulation precludes us from obtaining our own 501(c)3. This isn't all bad. Each designation allows each organization certain abilities that when working together, can be very effective.

I say all this because tomorrow is Wednesday, March 2nd, not just any Wednesday but the first Wednesday of the month. That's the day the Community Council meets at the Day Riverside Library. the meeting begins at 6:30pm and usually lasts about an hour to an hour and a half.

It is all of our responsibilities to attend, to get involved, and to make and keep our neighborhood the way we want it to be for generations to come.

Please, don't make them beg. They shouldn't have to.

5 comments:

  1. you got me--we've made arrangements and I'll be there, if nothing else to voice my disinterest in a parole violators facility...

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  2. This was my first community council meeting and I feel more informed in 2 hours than I have in the almost 4 years I've lived in Rose Park. I plan to make this a monthly habit. Can we keep on task, though? Jen went on a long tangent. Can we ask her to keep on topic.

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  3. Thanks to both of you. I feel like our attendance was better than I have seen in a while. Christina, I hope some of your questions were answered on the parole violators facility, a few of mine were too. And Marianne, I think we need a few more women on the council who know how to keep everybody on task...interested?

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  4. We're guilty of not attending due to other obligations that happen to fall on the 1st Wed. but my husband and I have decided to split up and conquer...you'll see at least one of us there from now on. We'll encourage our neighbors too. Thanks!

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  5. I would like to attend more often, but have scouts that same night. We have brought the scouts to the community council twice which I thought was very productive. As availability opens up, I'll be in attendance. I do however read the notes distributed from Brad and the agenda prior to the meeting.

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