Several Florida Presbyterian residents attended the annual P.E.A.C.E. Nehemiah Action Assembly at Lakeland Center on March 7th. P.E.A.C.E. is an acronym for Polk Ecumenical Action Council for Empowerment. Over 2000 Polk County residents representing 19 congregations attended the assembly. The purpose of the organization is to identify root causes of community problems and build a strong coalition capable of negotiating with public officials to resolve these problems.
PEACE sets the agenda, reviews it with each invited official and establishes a strict timeline for the 80 minute meeting. Usually 3 governmental units are invited to attend and each is asked to provide funding and/or implement new procedures, If the answer is “yes” to the proposal, a resounding cheer is provided the official; if “no” total silence is the response. With 2000 people in attendance, the silence is deafening. It’s a very effective way to ask for changes to local government procedures and funding priorities. We are encouraged to be part of the audience at next year’s Nehemiah Action Assembly.
On March 16, the Marketing Department’s “Browse and Brunch” event was attended by approximately 70 visitors. Close to the same number of staff and residents welcomed the visitors. Five of our independent housing units and two apartments were open for the visitors to see. We owe a big thanks to those who opened their residence. Also our 6-plex activity areas were open to the visitors as well as a musical combo performing in the Library. A Continental Breakfast was provided to the visitors upon arrival and lunch served in the new Bistro located in the McArthur Center.
Our Activity Fund drive is now underway and approximately $5,500 of the $7,000 needed to fund all our activities has been collected. As was mentioned before, our Financial committee recommended a $35. ($70/couple) donation. If you have not given, please make your check out to the Residents Association and give to Ann in the ALF reception area.
– Roger Cripe, President