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TOOLS TO CHANGE YOUR COMMUNITY

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April 24, 2012

[FERNDALE] – Want to know what tools are needed to make successful change in your community? Need more volunteers to work on your project – or think you do?  Wish there was someone to step up and lead the effort?

Sullivan Renaissance is holding a “Tools to Change Your Community” seminar on Wednesday, May 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the CVI Center in Ferndale.  The seminar will be presented by Sullivan Renaissance staff, including Community Planner Helen Budrock, Program Officer Denise Frangipane and Director Glenn Pontier.

While many of the particulars can differ, all successful community efforts have at least six critical elements in common.  These are: a vision, purpose or need; volunteers to carry out the tasks; leadership to shape and coordinate the effort; an organizational plan; financial and material resources; and celebrations of success. 

The seminar will explore how different leadership roles are essential to all projects – and where these traits can be found in the community.  Edward H. Friedman described it this way, “Leadership can be thought of as a capacity to define oneself to others that clarifies and expands a vision of the future.”

Bring your enthusiasm and questions!  There will be time to answer specific questions.

Pre-registration is requested.  Refreshments will be provided.  For more information or to register, contact Sullivan Renaissance at www.sullivanrenaissance.org or 845-295-2445.

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  Sponsors include Bold Gold Media Group/Thunder 102, FisherMears Associates, Robert Green Dealerships, Sullivan County Democrat, The River Reporter, Thompson Sanitation and WSUL/WVOS.