From the President
As I thought about why we meet each month, what our association is for, and
what I have learned about the history of Hickory Withe, my thoughts went to some
familiar words written over 200 years ago:
We, the people of the United States, in order to
Form a more perfect union,
Ensure domestic tranquility,
Provide for the common defense,
Promote the general welfare, and
Secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and to our posterity,
Do ordain and establish this Constitution of the United States of America.
We are not organized into a town with a governing body consisting of a mayor
and council and staff to oversee the application of these principles, so who will
“ensure the domestic tranquility” of Hickory Withe Community if not this
association? Who will “promote the general welfare”? Who will care about the
defense and justice? (I applaud those who are actively working to establish our
Neighborhood Watch program, and a big shout-out to our First Responders.)
Most of our neighbors are busy with the cares of their own homes and can’t see
the need for a greater interest in the governance of our community, mostly
because we have been raised to think that government equals politics, and it’s so
complicated that we should just leave all that up to the experts. But who is more
of an expert on our community than someone who lives here, drives our streets,
talks to our neighbors. Who is more of an expert than someone who loves our
community and has its best interest at heart, both now and for the future? All of
y’all are the experts on our community, and we can use these 6 principles to
guide us in being the strong, local, self-governing association that our country was
founded upon, but I’m going to mention just 3.
1. Form a more perfect union: we come together once a month not just to
conduct business, but to get to know one another, so that we have a bond
of friendship, and can care for each other, and care about the concerns of
our smaller neighborhoods. We become friends so that we can be
influenced by what matters to others, and in turn influence them about what
matters to us.
2. Promote the general welfare: this is one of the things our association does
best. We care about those less fortunate. We try to know what important
things are happening so we can be prepared or influence them. We try to
give generously, both in financial ways and in time and energy.
3. Ensure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity: we need this
association so that we can influence the future of Hickory Withe community.
When y’all care about what you’re leaving for the next generation, and the
one after that, then you do what you can to make it strong. We go ahead
and plant that acorn, knowing we will not be the ones who enjoy the shade.
This is the only organization that I know of that’s specifically formed to safeguard
the integrity of our community, both its borders and its people. We need all of you
to be here, and to let us know what we can do as a board to make each monthly
meeting worthwhile. We need more of our neighbors who are willing to join us. It’s
important that we keep this association vibrant, and actively pursue our goals.
Becky Sue Evans, President HWCA
The Hickory Withe Community Association met on July 11, 2019 at the H W Baptist Church.
The meeting opened with prayer and the pledge to the flag.
The meeting was dedicated to honoring our local first responders, with many members of both Hickory Withe fire stations and the county sheriffs’ department present. There were approximately 125 people in attendance.
After a great meal of burgers, hot dogs and all the trimmings, the fire department had a competition to determine who could put on their “turn-out” clothing and gear most quickly. The winner received a gift card.
Several people and officials spoke to the group concerning how blessed we are to have the responders we have in our area, both paid and volunteer. The fire departments spoke of how hard it was to lose one of their chiefs, Jason Byrd, who died several months ago. Jason Byrd’s widow and children were at the meeting and were given the donations from a fireman’s boot that was passed around. The community association began the collection with a $500.00 donation.
There was a drawing for door prizes and each first responder received at least one door prize.
Association business included voting on the next group of Hickory Withe Community Association officers. The slate of nominees was unanimously approved.
Bob Kenney presented the new officers to the membership. The new officers are President Becky Sue Evans, Vice President Debbie Norton, Secretary Liz Klepko, and Treasurer Steve Hetterscheidt.
The past officers were Bob Kenney, President, Eddie Brewer, Vice President, Sandra Brewer, Secretary, and Merrel Miller, Treasurer.
The meeting was adjourned.
Minutes submitted by Sandra Brewer, Secretary
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