The Hickory Withe Community Association met on Thursday, December 5, 2019. It was centered around a Christmas theme and members and guests enjoyed a lovely meal of ham and all the trimmings of holiday food. Entertainment of great Christmas music from the Bowen sisters of Somerville was enjoyed by all. Business covered included the announcement that Bob Kenney would be our representative at Leadership Fayette due to the Joe Moore memorial scholarship. Also, a fund raising spaghetti dinner and auction on February 29th was announced and discussed. The January meeting will be a chili supper on January 2, 2020.
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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