The end of one year and beginning of another often is a time when we reassess life’s priorities and enjoy the excitement of taking up new opportunities while letting go of some of the old. Resolutions may be personal, but even the personal can be community-minded. I hope you have enjoyed some of the contributions that our TETNA board and volunteers have made to the neighborhood in recent years, and I ask that you give some thought to making your own contribution in 2019, not with your money but your time.
The nice thing is that volunteering with TETNA doesn’t require a lot of time, but a little time goes a long way in enhancing our neighborhood’s quality of life, from popular family events like our Spring Egg Hunt and adult events like Taste of East Tosa to special campaigns, like our drive to add Tosa East Towne signs on lampposts in the neighborhood. (Those beautiful signs have arrived, and we’re working with the city to install them.)
So here’s the hard sell: Much of this good news won’t keep happening without neighbors like you stepping up to make it happen, and right now we need more neighbors to get involved. Start by committing to just a year of support for your neighborhood association. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your interests or questions, or join us at one of our upcoming meetings, which are held at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Center Street Park pavilion. (The next is Jan. 14.)
One of the easiest ways is by joining our board, which meets to discuss upcoming events and ongoing issues in the neighborhood. It’s a great, no-hassle way to add your voice. No strings attached.
We also are looking for a new coordinator for our TETNA Nighttime Trick-or-Treat. If you’ve enjoyed that festive Saturday in October every year, then take on this fulfilling role for 2019 and help us keep it going for the future. We don’t want to lose such a popular event, so your time can make a big difference.
If you have a background in writing or publications, we could use your help producing our 12-page TETNA newsletter, which is distributed three times a year to homes around the neighborhood. This often is the first way new residents hear about the neighborhood association and provides timely reminders about upcoming events and other news.
Finally, Run Tosa Run is scheduled for May 18, and we now are forming this year’s race committee. If you are an avid runner or just a supporter of the event with an interest in contributing, we can use your help in one of a variety of planning roles. Some may require just a bit of your time in the week or two before the race, or join us in the earlier planning stages as we take a big-picture look at the future of the race, which has raised thousands of dollars for Ronald McDonald House Charities.
And the best part about volunteering is you don’t have to do it alone. Take on a new role with a friend or your family. Along the way, you will have the support of fellow neighbors who love East Tosa like you and want it to continue to thrive. Join us today.
Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association