Another King William Fair has put many smiles on youngsters’ faces and brought much enjoyment to many of our friends and neighbors. As you know, our Fair is our principle fundraiser. And while most of us experience the Fair for only one day, there are countless volunteers and volunteer hours required to bring it together. I take this opportunity to thank Fair Chair Jeremy Nelson and the rest of the staff and many volunteers who made this event a reality. And, when we talk about the Fair, we need to recognize that without the support of our many sponsors this fun-filled event would not be possible.
I would especially like to thank Bill and Roslyn Cogburn for demonstrating and giving us a warm example of the character and sharing nature that exemplifies our neighborhood and its families. Bill and Roslyn opened their home and hosted many of our wounded warriors on Fair Day. I am certain that these warriors, who are an integral part of America’s fabric as are all veterans, will have fond memories of the KW Fair, but, more importantly, they will remember that there are people that support and care for them. Such is the nature of the people in the King William Association.
I should also not forget members of the KWA Board who, for over the past months, have ramped up their volunteer time to take charge of developing a strategic plan for the Association: Susan Athené, Patrick Conroy, Deb Mueller, Ethel Pedraza and Fidel Santamaria. These dedicated individuals are like most of us: balancing work (or special interests), family and community volunteerism. Somehow they managed to devote a little more time to the Association to participate in some critical thinking exercises to document the strategic plan. This plan will anchor the activities of the Association to the aims and purposes stated in our nonprofit charter. The plan is targeted to be in its final stages by the end of this month. We will keep you posted on its completion and how it will be rolled out. Thanks to all the members and individuals who do so much to advance the Association’s vision and mission.