By Emily Votruba
ELBERTA LIBRARY—On June 13, 2013, the Parks and Recreation Commission held its last regular meeting before this year’s Elberta Solstice Festival.
At the beginning of the meeting, Connie Manke, P&R’s president and a longtime, beloved member of the commission, announced her resignation. Connie is moving away from the Village and said she could no longer perform volunteer work for the commission or for Solstice. Everyone present was deeply saddened at this news and several members were moved to tears as Connie read a statement thanking each member of the commission individually with a detailed description of the vital role each had played in the group. In particular Connie called P&R secretary Jennifer Wilkins’s dedication to the Village “inspirational,” saying that Jennifer was proof that one person can make a huge difference in their community. Connie also praised new member Grace Banktson Williams for enthusiastically jumping in and trying new things.
Parks and Rec always needs volunteers, and now it also needs a new member to replace Connie, which all members agreed is impossible. The commission has 9 members, according to the bylaws. It was suggested that perhaps the bylaws should be amended to enlarge membership; that however might make it even harder to achieve a quorum. Read the rest of this entry »