Hello Sebastopol Community,
As I start my tenure as the Director of the Sebastopol Community Cultural Center, I have decided to start a blog! I will be sharing my thoughts, thinking out loud and asking for your input. It'll also be a great way for me to keep everyone updated on the happenings of our Community Center.
As some of you may know, this has been a very special full circle experience for me. Over 20 years ago, my first job was at the Community Center as an Office Assistant. I answered phones and took registration, even before email was invented (nearly). Now that I’m back, I'm delighted to see many of the same beloved classes and instructors, the same loyal supporters and volunteers and many events that have become tradition. As a sentimentalist, I want to take good care of our legacy that has been built by the past Directors, Diana Rich and Kim Camp, as well as the Staff, Instructors, Promoters and Board of Directors that have come before me.
The current Board of Directors is headed up by Jill McLewis and includes our Sebtown figures and long time members: Leah Tayor, Leonela Santiago, Chris Anderegg, Rick Williams, Kaye Love, Derek Forman, and David Turchin. They are all getting me up to speed and giving me some room to work through my learning curve.
I’ve also had the pleasure of meeting other Sebastopol figures like the City Council and City staff as well as the library staff, school principles and the true believers of Cittaslow. If I haven’t met you yet, I’ll be knocking on your door soon! I want to get to know all of the do-ers in our community and put faces to names. Anyone is welcome to give me a call or come by the Community Center!
I'm very interested in learning more about the various groups of people in our community. I want to learn about the residents, families, new parents, parents of young kids, teens, empty nesters, retirees, and seniors. Not to mention, our dancers, music lovers, cyclists, gardeners, recreational sports players, and weekend warriors. I want to better understand everyone in our community and have a good dialog with everyone! What are you missing in our dear town? Are there ways the Community Center can support you? Entertain you? Educate you? Enrich your spirit? In that regard, we are having a series of meetings with people who identify with these different groups. During these meetings, we will start a dialog about how the Community Center could better fit the needs of our community. If you would like to be involved in these meetings, let us know. And if you have ideas, thoughts, concerns or hopes, send them our way at firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject your email: #SebastopolCommunity.
In my next post, I'll be writing about your feedback... so stay tuned!
Thank you all for taking such good care of me in my first month here, I am having a lot of fun already!