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It's now spring and the start of a beautiful new season -- a time of joy as we enjoy the warmer weather and the colors of spring. Renewal and action -- that applies to us, too. It's not enough to live here, pay your taxes, and maybe keep your sidewalk and gutter free of trash. We often complain about what doesn't go well (me included) and often say we don't have time or "you can't change City Hall." But for a community to thrive and be the best it can be takes the involvement of ALL its members. So, as we celebrate the wonders of spring, how about joining a community organization: FPCO or FPRA -- it's your choice - check out both and pick whichever one best fits who you are.
I want to share some things I've done since becoming FPCO's President:
I've established the annual December Evening of Gratitude because far too often community members and public officials are not thanked for their hard work to make our community an even better place to live, and instead usually hear only complaints. We all know how that feels. I believe that gratitude can be transformative and have found that most people are willing to continue giving of their time and energy if they know that their efforts are appreciated. And so, each year, we select one or more people to recognize for their contributions to Fell's Point. It is my favorite event of the year. Try letting someone know that you appreciate something that they did and notice how they react.
I have also shifted our focus from the old territorial, competitive way of doing things to the new "working together" philosophy. I think that we are best served by having a variety of community organizations that "play well together" and support each other on issues that are important to the individual groups, and can have some impact on all of us. This has made us a more powerful and effective community. Demonstrating to City officials that we can agree on major issues, that we talk to each other and work together, prevents them from being able to splinter us in a "divide and conquer" mode, as was done in the past.
We are a diverse group of people, both in our organization and in the greater Fell's Point area. We don't always agree, but I work to maintain an atmosphere of respect as we voice our opinions. I also encourage activism. None of us can create change by ourselves. We get tough stuff done when we don't go it alone.
If you think that we might be your kind of group, stop in for our next general meeting. We'll be glad to see you.
Oh, and by the way, we have started meeting about establishing a Master Plan for the Broadway corridor, with the goal of making the area "Vibrant, Prosperous, and Safe." We would welcome your involvement. If you want to be added to our email list, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and our secretary (Nancy Caudill) at email@example.com.
That's it for now. Hope to see you soon. Joanne