Last night’s NCPCA meeting at Davis Hall is one that I’ll remember for many years to come. Neighbors packed the hall for long hours to express their democratic opinions. Many came with small children and patiently waited until 10pm.
True we had a lot of passionate arguments flying around in the room, members did stick together to the end.
I thank our president Larry Bleau and former council member Mark Shroder, who served as the meeting’s parliamentarian. They both did an excellent job in carrying us succesfully to the finish line.
I’d also like to thank our Mayor Andy Fellows for his remarks on “a strong NCPCA” and council member Marcus Afzali for his comment to forget petty differences and rather focus on greater challenges we face.
If my memory is correct, the last time I saw a meeting like this was more than 3 years ago at the same Davis Hall on another neighborhood matter. A large crowd gathered at the meeting to vote on a report that then council member John Krouse prepared and presented to NCPCA for approval. The members approved the Krouse report with overwhelming support. Refelecting on that meeting, he later made a comment that I think is worthy to mention:
I don’t think I have ever seen such an extraordinary meeting as I saw last night at NCPCA. To successfully channel the energy of such a large group (140+?) and so many people who may never before have participated in such parliamentary processes is very remarkable.
The more I reflect upon the evening and its deeper meaning, the more I am impressed by the patience, wisdom and integrity of everyone involved.
As a demonstration of the power of democracy at its most fundamental level, last night’s meeting was really an awesome thing to watch. It makes me very proud of my citizens association and all my friends and neighbors who stayed and worked until the work was done.
John Krouse ( Friday, September 15, 2006)
Though John decided not to join last night’s meeting, I do appreciate the good hard work he has done as our council member and as our association’s vice president in the past. The same goes for our former treasurer Anna Ubeda. I hope they both will rejoin our association one day in future.
Our community is facing a lot of challenges. The city is having quite a substantial budget cut – nearly $2 million from last year’s $13 million. This cut will affect many of our city services in the coming months. At this difficult time, we do really need a lot of hard working citizens to respond to the needs of their fellow citizens. Disassociation from civic activities is not an option, not at this difficult time.
Having disagreements and differences in opinions among family members is quite common. In fact, sometime passionate differences are indications of strong bonds between family members. The same applies to the members of our civic association.
We are a family of one. For the sake of its members, let’s stay as one.