A Message from our President Eva Cohen
My first year as president of Bradley Hills Village ends soon - what do we count as accomplishments?
Neighbors have gotten to know each other through activities like the book discussion group and through social and educational events which have been detailed in earlier newsletters. Board members have planned for
the day when the Village will begin to provide one of its core missions - neighbors assisting neighbors with errands, household tasks, transportation and other services.
A key focus for me throughout the year has been to solicit volunteer support for the development of the organization, not an easy task in a community of active involved residents and world travelers with limited time. We are fortunate to have two new Board members join in November -- Gail Douglas who is
heading up the Service Volunteer Committee and Karen Spar, who performs research in support of specific issues. We are delighted to have them as we also hope to welcome additional committed volunteers to our group soon. As the year ends, we thank Melissa Crown who leaves the Board after serving as the first chair of the BHV Social Activities Committee. Under her leadership, many activities got started that we intend to continue and expand, as evidenced by the Events column.
What then is in store for 2016? In February we will offer the first training for Volunteers in preparation for launching service delivery March 1, 2016. We expect to launch a member campaign quite soon. BHV decided early to adopt a membership Village model where a combination of member dues, donations, and grants cover Village costs. Our activities up to now have been largely financed by individual Board members, the many volunteers who have provided hospitality for social activities in their homes, and a few donors. We are grateful to all for this support. In the long run however, even with an all volunteer staff, there are expenses that we cannot expect a few individuals to fund. BHV member fees will modest - think less for a year's worth of membership than you often pay for one theater ticket, a few movies, or an evening of eating out.
Why do we think you will join? We think you will join because you believe in the Village idea and because you want to surround yourself with others who share the goal of living in a supportive neighborhood. You want to interact with others, you want new experiences, and you want to be a part of this movement.