Fall is upon us, and once again we prepare to join together for National Night Out (NNO) on October 1st at Bayles Elementary. We are extremely grateful to Principal Gloria Kennedy and the Bayles Staff for accommodating this event on school grounds for a third year. We would also like to thank 7 Eleven for providing food & water and Kona Ice for providing a truck for shaved ice purchases. Their participation is a milestone for CANA and our goal to increase collaboration with local businesses.
In the days leading up to National Night Out, I encourage each of us to ask ourselves: “What is a neighborhood association to me? What can CANA do to be THAT for me? Where do I fit in? Where can I fit in?”
For some, a neighborhood association is an organization focused on community safety. For others, it should honor the neighborhood’s history while creating new traditions for future generations. Awareness of public activities and governmental decisions that affect the neighborhood may be more important to one, while simply connecting with neighbors may be more important to another. School support, property value stability, infrastructure improvement, neighborhood advocacy: there are many things we feel a neighborhood association should be. In truth, a neighborhood association can embody these and many other roles for the community it serves. What a neighborhood association ultimately is, however, depends on the neighborhood – the neighbor. Us.
CANA – and any effort we put into it – is only as strong as its membership and the number of people willing to help. So I’m asking each neighbor in Claremont Addition to become a member of the Association. First, join CANA at: https://www.claremontaddition.org/membership/. Your support will only help CANA have a stronger impact in and for the community. Secondly, tell us what CANA is should be to you. We are constantly looking for ideas and ways to be better and bring the community actively together. Thirdly, share your gifts, talents, skills, knowledge, time – whatever it is you have to give – with the neighborhood. CANA is OUR neighborhood association. There is a place to fit in; and where you fit only makes us stronger.
Finally, I’d like to thank all of you that have already made donations to our NNO campaign to support Bayles Elementary and encourage others to join the campaign. Your support directly and positively impacts the lives of the young students at Bayles, and we are extremely grateful.
We are looking forward to the fellowship at National Night Out and the opportunity to share some of the things the CANA Board has been working on for our community.
Jeffrey L. Bennett, CANA Board President