Here’s a note I sent to my neighborhood discussion group.
After much soul-searching I have decided that I will not be seeking another term on the board of the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization. This is purely for personal reasons: My wife and I are expecting a child in early March (if the Good Lord is willing!) and our renovation is lagging far behind schedule. I feel that in 2008 I have to commit my time and effort even closer to home.
It’s a difficult decision because working with the Mid-City board has been such a rewarding experience. I hope to be back some day soon.
My focus on our Board of Directors has been Communications. I sincerely hope that as I step back, someone else with interests in this arena will step forward.
My primary responsibilities as Communications Director have included: running the mcno.org website, maintaining the on-line discussion group, and administering a grant from Mercy Corps which has paid for flyers and posters and (hopefully) signs. I’ve also convened monthly meetings of the Communications Committee which has helped provide guidance and volunteer labor for these efforts, including the block captains program (still in its infancy) spearheaded by Deborah Langhoff.
Sure, it takes some time, but I have found it to be very rewarding, and there’s so much left to do. I will work with whoever takes over this position to ensure a smooth transition.
If you’re interested in nominating yourself for the board, see the instructions on our website. And hurry! The election is Monday.
Mid-City Neighborhood Organization
Over the past couple years I’ve spread myself rather thin. I’ve lost track of how many boards I sit on. Generally my philosophy has been to always say “yes.” And it’s been a great experience. As noted, I do plan to step back from most of these extra-curricular responsibilities.
But not all. I think it’s vital to maintain some involvement in the community.
Anyway, if at anytime I’ve inspired you to think about getting active in any way, now is the time for you to step up.