I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to make it to the Community Visit Day with the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) in Marlboro. I wasn’t sure that I understood what it was about–and I wasn’t sure I’d have anything to offer. Childcare also loomed as a hurdle.
But then I stumbled upon this quote, and it shifted my attention:
“There is no power greater than a community
discovering what it cares about.”
I was further moved by the effort my fellow townspeople were making–on behalf of all of us–for this gathering. I wanted to water their seeds of effort and support its bloom.
While I didn’t attend the earliest of the meetings, I made sure that I was there for the Town Identity gathering and the Community/Town Center gathering.
What impressed me most was the–process (though the potluck was a close second.) The Vermont Council on Rural Development has facilitated this visioning work with 35 towns throughout the state:
“VCRD is a neutral, non-profit organization that brings Vermonters together across political lines and organizational boundaries to advance rural community and economic development throughout the state.”
Of Special Note~ I neglected to tweet about the most memorable aspect of the gathering for me: The Potluck Supper! Jean Boardman’s cake from The Whetstone Inn had an extra dose of Creme de Cacao and there were actually flowers on the table–flowers!–in March. No doubt a passionate team of volunteers deserves credit for highlighting the day’s work with such hospitality!