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,

Establish justice,

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


July 2019

 

 

 

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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Hello fellow Fayette County Citizens and Friends!
Spring has finally sprung and I hope you all are enjoying the sunshine and beautiful weather as much as I am.  Our County is continuing to grow and thrive and I believe it is a place we can all be proud to call home.  The last few months have been very active and we will see increased activity over the next few months as we begin deliberating over the budgets for the County.  I would encourage each of you to get involved and attend a County Commission meeting so that you can hear first hand how your dollars are being disbursed.  
Most recently we have received numerous letters, calls, and complaints about the trash on the roads, especially in the more rural areas, and we are taking action.  Last week during Development Committee we recommended reallocating funds from the litter department to the Sheriff’s Office.  The individual who was overseeing the litter pick-up is retiring and this will give us a more active response with the Deputies and inmates running the trash clean-up efforts.  I believe you will quickly begin to notice a cleaner County and at little to no increased cost!
Our County Schools are also continuing their great work and more than just a few have taken notice.  Within the last few weeks our Governor, Bill Lee, took a tour of Fayette-Ware’s College, Career, and Technical Education programs and stated he was highly impressed with the things he saw happening.  Most recently the new TN Commissioner of Education, Dr. Penny Schwinn toured Oakland Elementary’s classrooms and had in-depth discussion with the teachers and staff there.  Having the leaders of Tennessee come to our schools just further shows that we are on the move in the right direction.  Let Dr. King know how much you appreciate his and the members of the school board’s efforts to make education in Fayette County a priority!  Great job team!
Last, but not least, Easter is tomorrow!  I know this day will be filled with egg hunts and family meals, but I hope you will all take time out of your day to celebrate the Risen Savior!
“ For God so loved the world, that he gave His only son...”. Happy Easter Fayette County!
Our next Commission meeting is Tuesday at 7:00 in the Justice Complex in Somerville.  Please reach out if I can serve you in any way. 
Robbie Sills