I've been posting my president's messages to my neighborhood, Beaumont Wilshire on BlueOregon for a while. This will be my last of these as I'm movin to Laurelhurst...
One year ago, in my first message as president of the BWNA, I wrote about a book and website called Food Not Lawns. In the last year I've become even more convinced that it's time for everyone to rip out their lawns and plant vegetable gardens and fruit trees. I've noticed that there has been movement in that direction in our neighborhood and that's exciting. The sooner we learn to grow and eat our own fruits and vegetables the better off we'll be as we run out of cheap fossil fuel. Last night I saw a lecture on the slow food movement which convinced me further that for my own health and the health of the planet nothing can beat me growing and eating my own organic strawberries.
Over the past year in the neighborhood we've had a Friends of Trees Tree planting, many new businesses have moved into our midst and Fremont Has seen significant traffic changes. My life has been exciting with a New position, a new love, and now a new home.
I've decided to move out of the neighborhood and therefore will no longer be the president of the BWNA. At our next Board meeting we'll pick a new president and you'll be hearing from that person on our e-mail list and in the newsletter.
I'm excited for Beaumont-Wilshire. There are some interesting Projects in the works and some great people on the neighborhood association, newsletter team and business association. I encourage you to get involved in an existing organization or instigate something you'd like to see happen - a book club, farmers market, community dance, movie night, poetry readings, garden club. We have one life to live - by creating community around us we make our lives richer and more exciting.
Keep in touch,