By Annie Thornhill
As many of you know, I have the honor of organizing some of our main social events for the Burch Avenue Neighborhood Association and working on our newsletter. This year has been a fantastic year for coming together as neighbors both formally (at these social events and BANA meetings) and informally (chats at the Co-Op, sitting on porches, walks together, watching our dogs wrestle). I truly love how we come together to share stories, help each other, and work together to keep Burch Avenue Neighborhood a funky and close-knit community.
THANK YOU to the neighbors who have helped make these events happen this year, by leading out in front (Larissa, Lynne, JJ, Caroline, Hilary, Charles) and making so much happen behind the scenes (Barry, Alex, Rachael, Mark, Girija, Kristie, Richard, Andrew). Thank you to those who keep delivering newsletters month after month (Betsy, Caroline, Larissa, Barry, Rachael, Jenny, Rebecca). And a special thank you to Lucas Rowe, my newsletter co-editor!
The things we do are small things– organize a Halloween game, spend an hour formatting a document, dropping newsletter on neighbors’ porches, adding $10 to the budget for more toys– but without you, these events and these postings would be hollow.
Next year I will roll off the BANA Board and I will likely play a smaller role in organizing these events. I am looking forward to seeing these events evolve and improve with new leadership and energy. I hope these good volunteers will keep pitching in and many more of you will join their ranks.
Maybe it’s true that good fences make good neighbors (and we WILL be replacing our fence in 2016!) but I think it’s generosity that actually makes good neighbors.
Thank you neighbors, for your generosity! You make it so easy to be your good neighbor.