To quote the home page of the Welland Coffee Club Website: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” ~Mark Twain
Due to business commitments I missed the inaugural meeting of the Welland Coffee Club in April, but did make it out tonight. I was surprised at how many were in attendance including local Welland councillors, and many committee and organization chairs. Of course I was late, so I missed the opening. When I arrived the group was in full discussion about local gardens along the canal, Safe Drug Sites, youth activities, beautifying Welland and much more. I was intrigued at how many people truly care about this wonderful city we call home -- Welland.
Lucas Spinosa, the founder and group facilitator was quick to point out that while ideas are great, those ideas are not enough. It takes people dedicated to the ideas to make those ideas happen. As the tagline to the group states:
Turning Ideas Into Actions
Yes, we hope the City of Welland will move forward and implement all our wants, hopes and dreams for the activities, services and infrastructure needed for a successful city and thriving community. Funny thing is, the City knows full well what is needed, however often their hands are tied, or there just isn't enough physical hours in the day or finances available to get it all done.
This is where we, the citizens of Welland can help. An hour of your time here and there to make a phone call, talk to your neighbour call that contact you have that no one else does can make a big difference if we all chip in.
At tonight's meeting, April Jeffs told a story about how the Cenotaph in Wainfleet came to be.. What it boiled down to was a group of local citizens gathered their resources, did the homework and the research and presented it to Council as a viable plan. The result -- a Cenotaph in Wainfleet.
Working together accomplishes so much.
Lucas was presenting to Council tonight after the meeting just to make the City aware of the efforts of this group and to let them know to watch for new ideas and plans in the future.
Kudos to Lucas and all that are participating in the Welland Coffee Club (a different name for an action group), but fitting since the meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month from at 4 pm at the Black Sheep Lounge (64 Niagara St, Welland). I will be a regular and help where I can - I know that much.
If you have an idea to share for the City of Welland, its citizens and/or the community visit www.wellandcoffeeclub.com and submit your idea or lend your support!