Monday, October 08, 2007

Meeting Reminder and Other Thoughts

TOMORROW - OCTOBER 9 7 - 8:30 PM SARASOTA BAPTIST CHURCH Room #100

TOPICS:

CURRENT BEAUTIFICATION PROJECTS

TRAFFIC CALMING UPDATE

FORMING AS A "NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION"

NEXT CITIZEN'S PATROL TRAINING: 10/23 TUESDAY 7 PM @ CHURCH

YARDS OF the MONTH DRAWING

WANTED: MORE OF US

We have positive, hard working people in this group, with a lot of great ideas for improving the beauty, safety and sense of community in Lake Sarasota. There just needs to be more of us. It's certainly more difficult to make changes when "going it alone", yet when we work together, it's more fun, we meet new friends, and we reap the rewards of our efforts. Please consider being part of our community group. We don't want to form as an official "organization" (which will allow us to apply for tax id #, have a checking account to more properly accept donations, and then not have to go through the county for everything) until we have enough people to fill the positions. Right now we have 7-10 active people in this group out of a community of about 1600.

We would like to have an "Activities Director" to chair events like the Community Yard Sale, Picnic and possible ideas such as holiday parades. Please contact me if you are interested.

Neighbor-to-Neighbor Assistance Update:

One of the ambitions of our community group has been to encourage "Neighbor-to-Neighbor" assistance for our residents who are physically and/or financially unable to take care of repairs or yardwork. We know that this is already occuring as I have heard many touching stories of our neighbors assisting residents nearby to them that need this kind of help.

We have a widow who lives at our entrance on Mauna Loa who is disabled along with financial difficulties and doesn't have nearby neighbors who are able or family in this area to help out. She has been gracious enough to assist our community group by doing the scheduling for our Citizen's Patrol and has allowed the placement of one of the entrance signs at the edge of her property. Several community group volunteers have done landscaping in her front yard, helped with garage sale, etc., but she is in need of further assistance. She is trying to sell her home and move up north with her family.

Please let me know if you, a neighbor, or a teenager you know (community service hours?) would like to help her in the following ways:

  • mow yard / nail boards on fence
  • paint and other small projects in the house

Your Neighbor,

Laura Mathis

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