We are cancelling our HWCA General Meeting and Pot Luck Supper for April. It would have been held on April 2. Remember to check our "Facebook" page for information!
Also, please keep us informed as to your personal health situation. We really stand by our desire to serve our community during this crisis! Let us know if you need any help.
Just as a reminder, you can download the Walmart app and shop/pay online for any groceries/needs and just pick up your items rather than spending time in the store. Amazon will deliver to your home!
Please stay vigilant in taking precautions... 1. wash your hands frequently, 2. use hand sanitizer, 3. Stay away from crowds, 4. clean and disinfect door knobs and surfaces around your home. 5. Call me or a friend if you need help. You do not want to be home sick without letting someone know you need help. Please let someone know you are "under the weather" so we can check on you!
We all need to keep each other in our prayers for strength and comfort during this crucial time.
Liz Klepko, Secretary HWCA
March 5, 2020
The meeting was called to order by Becky Sue Evans and a prayer and the pledge followed. There were 25 attending the meeting.
A report on the recent spaghetti dinner and auction was given. This event netted over $1000 in profit for the association. Bob Kenney was thanked for all the work he did on the details of this endeavor, as well as many others who worked very hard to put it together. The board asked for feedback input from members concerning the auction and dinner.
The night’s program was given by two representatives from the UT Extension office, Martha Shaeffer and Lindsey Turner. They shared with our group about how the extension office goes to local schools and organizations promoting 4-H programs and also about its Master Gardener classes. Another effort called Lunch and Learn has events coming up this spring along with a free seedlings day.
Announcements included fund raising breakfasts at the HW Presbyterian Church on Saturday, March 14, and the Zack Pack Breakfast at the HW Baptist Church on Saturday, March 21. Another fundraiser for the Imaginary Library will be held at the UT Somerville campus on April 2.
The meeting was adjourned.
Note from the President
As we plan the Spaghetti Dinner and Auction, scheduled for February 29, 2020, the question arises of why we need to do a fund-raiser when there is money in the bank. Let me tell you two reasons, as I see it.
First, Hickory Withe Community Association is like a beautiful house that has been the work of many years. If we imagine this house as something we care for and are proud of, then the CD that we continue to keep in the bank is like the roof that keeps us safe from the coming storms. We don’t want to start burning the furniture, and definitely don’t want to start tearing off shingles and burning them, just because we are feeling too old or too tired to go out and chop wood, or because we already done chopped wood. If we want to see the next generation continue to enjoy the wonderful community of Hickory Withe, then we really just have to keep chopping wood.
Second, when my fellow board members and I volunteered to serve, we made an unspoken agreement with this association that we would protect and guard its assets. I have done some research about this and here are a couple of things I’d like to point out (from BoardSource.org):
1. Board members provide the critical intellectual capital and strategic resources to power nonprofit success and strengthen communities.
2. One of the primary responsibilities of the board is to ensure that the organization has adequate financial resources to carry out its mission. Nonprofits — like businesses, families, and individuals — need to save for a rainy day.
We are planning our fundraisers for 2020 in the hope that we can continue to save for a rainy day, while maintaining our support of the community and donations to local groups such as the Carl Perkins Center for Abused Children and our local First Responders. We have recently expanded our community programs to include the Joe Moore Scholarship to Fayette Leadership Academy. We can’t expand, or even maintain, our programs on a long-term basis without fundraisers.
I’m about to ask y’all to fill the various needs that we have for the Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction and to request that each of you provide something really nice for the auction. I’m going to lead out in this effort by donating a quilt I just finished, and I hope that y’all will find a meaningful way to participate in this fundraiser.
Finally, let me remind y’all that raising funds shows our enthusiasm about this organization and its programs. However, most people do not give unless someone asks them to give. We ask the community to support us because our programs are worthwhile, and our association itself is a great benefit and strength to the community.
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