April 16, 2015 – Jodi Alley invited Josh Nespoli to speak with us. Josh is the grandson of former Rotarian, Joe Nespoi, Sr., and has many wonderful memories of attending Rotary meetings. He remembers coming to parent/child evening, enjoying the entertainment and being impressed by all the members and seeing the leaders of the community all in one room. To Josh, it was a big deal. And to his Pop Pop, Rotary was a big deal.
Josh is now an adult and wants Berwick to be a big deal. He has undertaken the task of interviewing Berwickians, a series of questions with the purpose of finding out their feelings on ‘Designing the Community You Want to Hang Your Hat In’. Josh has a goal of 2,000 interviews and to date, he has completed 117, ranging in ages from 14 – 68. He would like to reach his goal by the end of the summer and is asking for assistance. He’d like to have the Berwick Rotary Club be a part of it. If anyone would like to help, you can contact Josh for an interview guide by emailing: DreamBerwick@gmail.com
The purpose of the questionnaire is to help rebuild Berwick into a strong community. The last 15 years or more, our area has had a slow recession and Josh feels that it is possible for any town, anywhere to be rebuilt. However, it will take more than 1 or 2 people. It must be a community effort. So he’s trying to find out what’s positive now and build upon it. He wants future generations to have many fond memories, as well.
Some of the things Josh would like to know is, ‘What are we good at? What do you want us to look like? What are your wishes? And, what role can you play?
Once the interviews are completed, Josh hopes to form a committee and build a strategic plan, so there can be a common vision. He would like the plan to build momentum and perhaps work with the Blueprint Community, the Columbia County Housing Authority and coordinate with local agencies, groups and businesses. This process has a proven track record. Longmont, Colorado, had success using this method and moved itself to one of the top 100 best places, in the country, to live. Josh is confident that Berwick can do the same thing. He’d like to use everyone’s avenues toward the same end; a better and stronger Berwick. Can you help?
Many thanks to Jodi for arranging a very interesting program and also for inviting Josh’s brother, Marc to join us. Marc is the owner of Fuel Fitness in Berwick and also has many fond memories of his grandfather and Rotary.