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Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Dusty GilpinComment

I keep the work I do outside of T & L to myself and rarely take the time to write about it.  It's known but not publicized often that I am an actiive member of my Neighborhood Association, Meadowbrook Acres, serving as the Secretary/Treasurer.  My job is two fold, I produce our bi-monthly newsletter and keep track of our Neighborhood Associations funds.  As a volunteer, I probably spend 3 to 5 hours a week taking care of my responsibilities, sometimes more if we have an issue arise which the association is trying to work through.  Below is a photo of a recent project Meadowbrook Acres completed, our new entrance markers.  I am providing a photo of the entrance marker at night because I love how they look at this time.

 

Outside of my Neigborhood Association I also serve on the board of directors for a much larger organization called Neighborhood Alliance of Central Oklahoma which provides support, training, education, and countless resources to help Oklahoma City residents develop and strengthen their neighborhoods.  You can learn more about this awesome organization by visiting their website here.  If you live in a neighborhood, I encourage you to get involved with your association and meet your neighbors.  Neighbors working together can provide a strong support system to building healthy and safe communities.

As well as my role as a board member for Neighborhood Alliance, I am also serving my second year as chairman of an event called the Good Neighbor Awards Banquet.  This banquet takes place once a year and serves as a time to honor volunteers and neigborhood associations across central Oklahoma.  Each year five awards are given in the following categories; Neighborhood of the Year, Community Neighbor, Neighborhood Project, Best Newsletter, and the Good Neighbor of the Year.  The event not only highlights wonderful neighbors and associations, but truly serves to motivate all those in attendance to become better neighbors within their own Neighborhoods.

I'm sure you have noticed a theme emerging among my volunteer work, Neighborhoods.  I could write another paragraph or two about the importance of organized neighborhoods, but instead I'm simply going to encourage you to take the time this week to meet your neighbor.  I know it can be tough and scary to meet new people but the bond you can make just by waving or talking about the weather with some who lives close to you can make a BIG difference.

I'll leave you with this...Won't You Be My Neighbor?

- John