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on Apr 19, 2013
When I first moved to Palo Alto, I received one of the "neighborhood association" flyers. I duly sent of my $10.00 fee to join and never heard anything from them again. I didn't make that mistake twice.
If you're still meeting people at parties and they say "we have a neighborhood association?". Don't you think that it's the association has the problem? As with my $10.00, it's not that I didn't want to get involved but that there was no information on anything to get involved with.
OPEN YOUR EYES Greenmeadow and stop hiding behind the 'we are just so wonderful' banner.
Date: April 21, 2013 2:22:22 PM PDT
Subject: [gmca-discuss] Palo Alto Weekly Article
Hello Greenmeadow friends and neighbors. If you haven't yet seen it, there's an article in this week's Palo Alto Weekly that takes a look at neighborhood associations. I want everyone to know how disappointed I was to see that after talking to the reporter for an hour about how wonderful and truly special Greenmeadow is, the only comments she seems to have included are those involving the issues we are currently addressing. The first being a drop in membership in the last couple years and the second being our desire to reach out to members of our community that may not currently be participating in community events. It even reads as though we have some sort of divided community, which I do not believe in the slightest. I was so hopeful that we would get some well deserved, positive press for a change. I just wanted to communicate to all of you that the message I gave to the Weekly was so much richer and positive that what was written.
The mass exit that took place last year had NOTHING to do with the economy, nor did it have anything to do with your aging pool, nor the new JCC and new Elks lodge. JUST ASK the 64 families that walked out last year.
Greenmeadow you need to go over to Eichler's Swim and Tennis Club and ask to see the names on their extensive wait list that has grown to about 2 years now. You will see more Greenmeadow associate members leaving soon. Don't take my word for it, go see for yourself. And while you are at it, talk to them about their one tier, everyone is equal structure.
You need to address the real issue and that starts by JUST ASKING THOSE THAT LEFT: "WHY?".
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