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Stepping Back So You Can Step Forward

Here’s a note I sent to my neighborhood discussion group.


After much soul-searching I have decided that I will not be seeking another term on the board of the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization. This is purely for personal reasons: My wife and I are expecting a child in early March (if the Good Lord is willing!) and our renovation is lagging far behind schedule. I feel that in 2008 I have to commit my time and effort even closer to home.

It’s a difficult decision because working with the Mid-City board has been such a rewarding experience. I hope to be back some day soon.

My focus on our Board of Directors has been Communications. I sincerely hope that as I step back, someone else with interests in this arena will step forward.

My primary responsibilities as Communications Director have included: running the website, maintaining the on-line discussion group, and administering a grant from Mercy Corps which has paid for flyers and posters and (hopefully) signs. I’ve also convened monthly meetings of the Communications Committee which has helped provide guidance and volunteer labor for these efforts, including the block captains program (still in its infancy) spearheaded by Deborah Langhoff.

Sure, it takes some time, but I have found it to be very rewarding, and there’s so much left to do. I will work with whoever takes over this position to ensure a smooth transition.

If you’re interested in nominating yourself for the board, see the instructions on our website. And hurry! The election is Monday.

Bart Everson
Communications Director
Mid-City Neighborhood Organization


Over the past couple years I’ve spread myself rather thin. I’ve lost track of how many boards I sit on. Generally my philosophy has been to always say “yes.” And it’s been a great experience. As noted, I do plan to step back from most of these extra-curricular responsibilities.

But not all. I think it’s vital to maintain some involvement in the community.

Anyway, if at anytime I’ve inspired you to think about getting active in any way, now is the time for you to step up.

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  1. Lee Lee

    I think there always comes a point in someone’s life where they realize there is only so much one person can do. If I had a dime for every time I wished there were 30 hours in a day.

  2. This will probably show up twice, but hey…

    As Steven Wright said, “You can’t have everything – where would you put it?”

    Saying “enough” can set you free, too.

  3. TBK TBK

    IMHO… You’ve done what you can for right now. From what very little I have realized about you.. you will never be far from the arena.. and your voice will always be heard and counted upon.

    That said… Go. Take this time to be with Xy.. and the Zygote.Rox ( well he/she’s more than a zygote now).. but be there and enjoy it. Y’all are gettin to the fun time of odd fetal movements, where sometimes you can actually see the outprint of a foot or hand or knee or elbow, roaming across the belly. The hiccups… oh lord the hiccups that these tiny in utero creatures get…. Enjoy them. Help her waddle to the parades.. and help her waddle home.. and fergawdsakes man rub her feet!!

    Once this kid is in school… being an educator yourself… you’ll be busier than ever.

    My prayers and best thoughts are with you, as is my admiration for the work you have done.

    Once we get our place open… I wanna feed both of you.. and eventually all 3 of you. Crayons will be provided.


  4. Everyone should do what they can, but most people don’t. You have done more than enough, th eeternal challenge is finding the next cadre of leaders adn workers.

    You and Xy need to enjoy your time and your child.

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