Rebuilding Cassville Community 2000

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Last Thursday, around a dozen members of Cassville Community 2000 met at the Cassville City Hall to discuss the future of the organization and upcoming drug prevention and awareness events. Although only a few members were present, all agreed that the organization should continue to strive to make an impact on the Cassville community. Currently, the group is falling short on funding, which will make it difficult to offer large drug awareness media campaigns and events, but as Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, "enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success," and members of Cassville Community 2000 remain enthusiastic about the organization's purpose and mission.

Most of that enthusiasm comes from some of the youngest members of Cassville Community 2000, the Youth Advisory Board and members of Cassville High School's Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Chapter. The group of students, who are led by Elaine Boles, Cassville High School nurse, have a variety of drug-free events planned over the next few months. In April, the group will take part in Global Youth Service Day and the Cassville YMCA's Healthy Kids Day. Students also plan to hold a softball tournament and activity day and take part in the South Barry County Relay For Life this summer. Next year, members would like to offer a donkey basketball game and a town hall meeting.

Although their calendars are already filled with many activities to help promote awareness in our community, during the meeting, the enthusiastic students made plans to take part in the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce's Friday Squared events in June and July. They also expressed interest in participating in the Barry County Small Business Expo, which will be held at the Barry County Museum in June. It was impressive to listen to these young citizens discuss plans to share their message with local residents during as many community events as possible.

If there was ever any question about Cassville Community 2000 making a difference in our local community, I think that question has been answered by these students. Armed with the goal of encouraging other young people to say no to drugs, alcohol and tobacco and change the norms regarding drug abuse, these students are working to ensure children, teens and adults in our community are living healthier lives. Of course, they need support.

It is time for Cassville Community 2000 to regroup and rebuild. These young members provide motivation and renewed enthusiasm, but the organization will need new members and community support through fundraising activities over the next few years. Individuals interested in being a part of the group are encouraged to send me an email at editor@cassville-democrat.com. We would love to add you to our list of members and send you updates regarding future events and meetings. Cassville Community 2000 is about improving our community. Together we can make a difference, raise awareness and inspire younger generations to make positive choices.

Lindsay Reed