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home : the villager : the villager October 19, 2014

2/1/2013 1:31:00 PM
New year, new challenges for Village
Ken Rouse
President; Big Park Regional Council

There are things we know, and then there are things we don’t know, but we realize we don’t know them and so we can choose to learn about them.

Then, there are things we don’t even know that we don’t know, and we have to become aware that we don’t know them. Those are the things that are sometimes the most interesting and have the potential of making the most significant difference in our lives.

Since taking on the responsibility of being president of the Big Park Community Council I have heard myself saying over and over again, “I didn’t know that!”

It is obvious that this will be a huge learning process for me, and I would like to invite you to engage in this learning experience with me. We will all grow exponentially if we pursue together a healthy curiosity about “what is happening” in the community where we live.

Together we can also be the “Voice” that our unincorporated community needs to let decision-makers at all levels of government and civic leaders know what is important to us in terms of the quality of life that we desire.

Over the past 15 plus years, the Big Park Council has effectively been the catalyst for many changes --- even legislative changes – that are making the Village of Oak Creek and Sedona a better place to live.

This year, 2013, we will focus on a number of priorities that reflect our stated mission and vision. In each monthly article, I will share those priorities with you.

This month, I would like to lift up a new theme for the 2013 year. It was inspired by a challenge issued to local communities like our own, following the tragic massacre that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut last year. Anne Curry, National TV Anchor Woman, recommended that local communities around the country focus on needs in their own backyard with what she called “Acts of Kindness.”

Plans are under way to launch a year-long program, beginning with an Event on Friday, February 8th at Marketplace Café in the Factory Outlet Mall (VOC.) This Event is designed to raise funds for our own “Big Park Community School,” enabling them to enhance the quality of education for the children of our community. Look for an article in “The Villager” newspaper outlining the details.

The second Event in the “Acts of Kindness” series will take place in May and will focus on the needs of “hungry children” in our community. Are you surprised? This is one of those areas in which “I simply did not know that I did not know.” Hungry children in Big Park and the greater Sedona/Verde Valley area was a phenomenon I did not know existed.

Yet, there it is -- a program sponsored by Verde Food Council touching the lives of over 100 children and their families, including children at Big Park Community School.

Funds from this second “Acts of Kindness” Event will be devoted to the Verde Food Council to expand their services. We will tell you more about this later, as well as plans for the fall and the winter quarters of the year.

There are many ways in which we can all participate in helping make our Big Park Community a place where we share life meaningfully and responsibly.

Hopefully, you will check out our website – www.bigparkcouncil.org – and explore ideas and possibilities for learning more about our community and getting involved in ways that best utilize your talents.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Article comment by: An open mind is a beautiful thing

WOW!!! I read this article and thought- a person leading a group with an open mind! This is fantastic news for the Village. Best of luck.

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