From the Hill
About five years ago, I started a group called Leaders Day Out, and it is simply put, leaders of the neighborhood groups in Kansas City, Kan., all getting together to be friends, hash neighborhood problems solved and unsolved, and learn from each other. Many of us have been in this community work for many years, some not so long. And it is a very rewarding evening out for all of us. A time out if you were.
This month’s meeting was guest night. We want to thank Unified Government Commissioners Ann Murguia and Jane Philbrook for attending and answering a bucketful of questions. And listening to some vent. This one on one is so healthy for the UG and for the people in their districts. It gives them a clear idea of needs and how to solve them. Plus, and this is important, that they meet their constituents and have a knowledge of who they are and what they do. So all in all it is a win-win situation.
Commissioners Murguia and Philbrook were very forthcoming and answered the questions without hesitation. Please note, no requests for information concerning UG matters was discussed, as we are a nonpolitical group and if we want answers about that, we go before the full commission and Mayor.
We had around 26 people there and we enjoyed the company, the friendship, the food, and just getting to know each other. And that is what life is all about, isn’t it? Know your neighbors, help each other, and make your community a better place to call home. At least that is how I was raised, and it has always worked for me. I love meeting new people, and picking their brains for good ideas. And we get a lot of ideas at these meetings.
We will meet again in August, and again have guests as we want to know the commissioners, COPPS, Patrol Police Officers, and business leaders in the communities first hand and hear their concerns as well. It is a fun evening to share, and yet we seem to get a little work done even then. You know, volunteers are some of the salt of the earth. They expect nothing but a little respect for what they do, and a little help along the way.
If you have a neighborhood group in your area, go to one of the meetings and get acquainted. You won’t be sorry, and you may feel inclined to be one of them and volunteer to be a member and do you part in your community. It couldn’t hurt.
Wash boards? Curtain stretchers?
Boiling starch? Heating the iron on the stove?
Clotheslines? Clothespins? And blueing for the white clothes? Yep. Washday was fun day.
Carole Diehl is the president of the Strawberry Hill Neighborhood Association.