This week we are featuring a random weekly roundup from our very own CEO and President Mark Rogers. This week’s article discusses the various goings-on in Owen County this summer and within your OCCF. Also featured is a tribute to the wonderful children in our school systems who are preparing for another academic year.
A feller just never knows when an opportunity for fun may present itself, so imagine my surprise when I called my endodontist to schedule a root canal and they offered an immediate appointment due to a cancellation. I was . . . overjoyed. A root canal – the classic example of one of those things you don’t want to do that but once in a while you just have to endure.
As is the case many times when I begin work on this weekly message, my immediate situation overrides the ideas that I should be considering for a good discussion about your Owen County Community Foundation and Owen County. I’m sure there’s a vital issue of philanthropy or community development that I should be covering but instead all I can think about is getting ready for another hike on the Appalachian Trail.
This week our community gathered for Owen County’s annual citizen’s convention, also known as the Owen County Fair. We come together to celebrate the work of our young neighbors through their 4-H animals and projects. We take a week to relish both our agricultural past and the bright futures these young people represent.
By the time you read this, our official national day of celebration will be behind us, but our community will continue our celebrations of our special American freedoms throughout the weekend. This experiment in our government of the people, by the people, and for the people and the Declaration of Independence that established it is worthy of a great celebration.
Like millions of other humans, we find comfort in the cool, rich soil. We find beauty in the intricate blooms and joy in the bright colors.From the stately irises at the top of the garden to the tiny moss plants that cover my carefully curated garden rocks at its floor, our gardens offer treats for every sense.
Happy Poetry Month! – one of my favorite calendar events of the year. Last year, I must have been feeling poetic because I talked about poetry throughout April. This year, I’ll just hit the topic this once. And I’m bringing in an expert – The Internet – to tell us the most popular American poems based, as best I can tell, on the opinion of the click-bait writer who put the list together.
We have a lot of good people working on a lot of great projects around our county. Whether on projects to help our children and keep them safe like our local Infant Safety Team or work to add fun amenities to our community like the MYPath Trail System or the Gosport Riverfront, many of our neighbors are pitching in to improve our community. But for all of the work and donations being made here locally, we also look outside our community for help and support with grants to augment our work here in Sweet Owen.