All of this would not have been possible without the spirited support of our membership. All together we've put in more than 330 hours in projects varying from cleanups to gardening to community outreach. We also need to thank the dedication of the volunteers who agreed to serve on our Board of Directors and committees.
With the guidance and effort of our volunteer Board of Directors and Committees we established our bylaws and filed the numerous documents to be incorporated as a not for profit organization. These volunteers committed over dozens of hours for planning, reviewing and filing paperwork, creating fliers and membership brochures, researching insurance requirements, creating outreach materials, getting guest speakers, and much more.
We’ve been trying to leverage our connection to build partnerships with local organizations including the Elizabeth River Project, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and the City of Chesapeake. These efforts include participating in projects like the River Start Home program, Adopt-A-Garden, and Clean the Bay Day.
We’ve been blessed with numerous interesting guest speakers including Helen Kuhns of Lynnhaven River Now, local Kaye Rountrey Herndon discussing our local history, Chris Moore of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Ed Bradley of the Chesapeake Arboretum, and City Councilmember Debbie Ritter.
Looking Forward to the Future
For 2013 we want to build and expand on our early success. Plans are underway to expand our planting and beautification efforts along Indian River Road and we will continue our cleanup efforts. We will push to expand participation in the River Star Homes program, encourage river friendly gardening and landscaping techniques, and nominate river friendly gardens for the City of Chesapeake’s Notable Yard contest. In 2013 we hope to establish a nature trail in Indian River Park in consultation with the local Eastern Virginia Mountain Bike Association chapter. One key effort will be to keep attention focused on getting tenants for the Indian River Shopping Center and also starting a program to recognize businesses in the community who work to beautify and improve our neighborhood. We also plan to continue to bring quality speakers to our monthly meetings.
We also need your continued support in our efforts through continued participation in our meetings and volunteer activities. We also encourage you to become supporting members and to encourage your friends and neighbors to learn about our organization and join our efforts to improve our neighborhood. For more information about our organization, please visit http://www.friendsofindianriver.org/p/about-us.html
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