Wed 6 May 2009
Hi Friends and Neighbors–
I’m writing to share news. My husband, Terry, and I are moving to Texas in August. Briefly, as a result of a few life changing events, we’ve learned to live life as an adventure. This news is bittersweet (understated) – I LOVE Columbus and this neighborhood. I will miss you and the vibrant, progressive spirit of those who work tirelessly to better our neighborhood and city.
Transitioning Adena Brook Community tasks to the many who care so much about our neighborhood woodland and brook is a top priority and easy to do! We are a community working together and though I will miss you so much, the conservation work now has a life of its own. The vision for a thriving, biodiverse ravine and brook ecosystem gains breadth each year because it is the result of many working together. Because I have asked and you allowed me to assume leadership of this work, it is important to think through the tasks to assure continuance. In the spirit of community, I’m sure you are not surprised that neighbors step forth to accept responsibility for the tasks we have worked steadfastly toward these last eight years.
Here’s how the structure looks:
Derek Hansford agrees to lead which means he will be the voice for the group when needed. Derek agreed only when reassured that he would work in collaboration with the people below who agree to an ongoing commitment to the work they have either done for many years or will begin in the next few months.
Kenn Cahill – advise about and oversee the invasive plant removal work
Mark and Carina Carter – maintain the Cooke Road exit corner
Greg Cunningham – maintain the 62 nesting boxes
Ann Florentine – oversee the Financials s for Adena Brook Community (with Clintonville Beechwold Community Resources Center)
Ellen Hoover, Steve and Georgia Blum-Herminghausen – oversee the Adena Brook Community website; make sure all professional mentors are registered to post
Nan Platt – check PO BOX for donations or invoices, write thank you notes for donations, deliver checks and invoices to Clintonville Beechwold Community Resources Center. Share information with Ann Florentine.
Greg Schneider – oversee maintenance of the Adena Brook Rain Garden
Judy and Bob Robinson – oversee monthly clean-ups; put out signs and supplies for clean ups every month. Contact Robert Seed about bags to pick up. Send an email to Jim Roberts to haul invasives.
Susan Michael Barrett – emeritus; available by email for any help needed
The Adena Brook street reps will continue to inform neighbors who live on their street and pass news to them.
Tina Mohn, Property Manager for the City of Columbus, Recreation and Parks, remains our group’s main contact. She is the person who gives us a permit to work on parkland. Derek will be in contact with Tina. Derek will send you occasional emails, however he and others will post news on the website. Be sure to bookmark it (http://www.adenabrook.org)
Over the last 8 years, we have been guided by informed and devoted mentors. A few mentors are new. Thank you to: Lisa Bowers, Greg Cunningham, Lisa Fosco, Elayna Grody, Tina Mohn, Greg Schneider, Robert Seed, Stephanie Suter, George Zonders. I know they will continue to provide guidance to our volunteerism. All are either registered or will register on our website so that they can post information directly to us related to our mission to conserve Adena Brook and its surrounding woodland.
One of the reasons for the success of our work is that we created principles to guide us. They are listed on our website. As a reminder of who we are and how we work, I’m listing them here.
Principles of Action for Adena Brook Community
We care about Adena Brook and its woodland.
We show our care through action.
We base our actions on accurate information and guidance from professionals.
We are an agent of change through service guided by kindness, cooperation, and persistence.
We rely on creativity, generosity, and commitment.
We treat people with the same care and respect we treat the environment.
We listen to each other.
We follow the energy of “yes.”
We stay together.
We believe in others.
We focus on what is possible.
We keep track of what we do.
We organize as a web of relationships.
We use a trust-based model of relating to one another.
We avoid power struggles and power-over dynamics in relating to others.
We work cooperatively rather than confrontationally with others.
We are patient and persistent with people and processes.
We lead in a way that welcomes others in.
We believe our capacity grows as we widen the circle of inclusion.
We work with our children and grandchildren in mind.
I will take the experience of Adena Brook Community and transform it into something helpful in my new community. Thank you so much.