The word “foundation” has many, different but related meanings. From the cosmetic we put on under other makeup to highlight our pretty, to the masonry base or underlying support to a building, we know foundations are the necessary groundwork or first layer of anything strong.
The Club is in a precarious situation. We face low energy, low attendance, dwindling numbers of members, discontent and disagreement among those who do participate, criticism from the outer community, and significant blows to future income. We likely won’t survive if we focus on what we have done in the past.
This Club has a powerful and illustrious history. I’m new enough to be intimidated by this history, the women who have made it what it is ‒ while I am also eager to carry that legacy forward. We can all agree that change is inevitable, and when we resist change, it finds us anyhow. Change is here for our club: we can either “make walls or windmills,” as the ancient saying goes. The question is, how will we face it?
In light of this, President Pam pulled together an ad hoc committee to focus on our Club’s foundation. We call this group the Foundations Advisory Committee, and it includes ten members to represent those with more years in the club to us newer members:
- Julie Gudaitis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Jennifer Lukins <email@example.com>
- Natasha Schue <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Hanna Bernard <email@example.com>
- Pam Barrett <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Cheryl Chambers <email@example.com>
- Abby Ouimet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Jan Gurnee <email@example.com>
- Elizabeth Palmer <Elizabeth.Palmer@ampf.com>
- Annie Davidson, firstname.lastname@example.org
To start looking at our foundation, 25 members participated at a lunch meeting by answering our first foundational question: “What do you love the most about our South Shore community?” VERY clear themes emerged worth celebrating:
- Beautiful environment with lots of healthy, outdoor activities/lifestyle options. Quote: “I love the amazing natural environment that exists here and the love for this environment that is evidence in our population. Also, the availability of quality outdoor activities to participate in year ‘round.”
- Safe, friendly, “small town” community. Quote: “Small town feeling”
- How we support each other (individually, non-profits, schools, clubs). Quote: “When needs arise, one or more community organizations rise to meet those community needs.”
All of the actual responses follow this piece. But before you read them, get your SURVEY ON! Please participate in our first survey of the Club membership. This survey is intended to touch on a number of issues that surfaced during our summer discussions led by Natasha. We will be reviewing the results and planning additional information-gathering and action steps.
PLEASE PARTICIPATE. The survey is designed to take 5-10 minutes and be easy to submit. It is anonymous. Be candid.
In addition, please send your ideas to anyone on the committee (emails above). We want to compile ideas, big and small, to form a running log of possibilities to explore.
Enjoy the celebration of our South Shore community below!
- The blend of the natural environment within the community
- Seeing familiar faces wherever I go
- The “small town” – good aspects – support, warmth, also the relaxed atmosphere of a mountain town
- The access to recreational activities, the diversity of our population, that we are a bi-state community, the fact that we are a “small town” community
- Small town feel, outdoor activities right out our door, lots of community groups and activities, our LT Wildlife Care, community members are very supportive when there is a need, our lovely lake and the environmental focus to preserve our pristine area
- I love the amazing natural environment that exists here and the love for this environment that is evidence in our population. Also, the availability of quality outdoor activities to participate in year round.
- I love the sense of community in South Shore.
- The beauty of the lake, my friends here
- The beautiful area and all the activities available, the wonderful people and how everyone looks out for each other
- I love the people. It is very easy to meet people and the folks seem to really come together when needed. I love the recreational activities available to us in our beautiful environment.
- Small community, the beauty of our surroundings
- Small town, lots of service organizations that support our community, beauty of our location, recreational opportunities
- Small town feeling, supporting those in need, the beauty of our area
- The natural beauty and the people
- (1) The beauty of the lake and mountains, (2) The community overall does/can pull together to support our nonprofits and service agencies (like LVF and FRC), (3) The schools, especially that each elementary has a special focus, (4) Friendships/support of SISLT/SITS
- Sense of family – and how “giving” this community is!
- Art and music events, friendly people, beauty
- Friendly people – willing to share information and assistance
- The physical environment: mts., lake, trees
- When needs arise, one or more community organizations rise to meet those community needs.
- Nature and beauty! Surprised how many different groups there are. (Cliquish?) Opportunities for health and wellness. Good lifestyle. 9-5 isn’t the norm. Different is accepted.
- Small town feeling, the people, great place to raise children
- I have met friends for life through Tahoe.
- (1) Clean air and water, (2) mostly healthy attitude of residents
- Beautiful lake and mountains, small, friendly, and community-oriented