The very talented, energetic board of the Richfield Joint Recreation District has embraced preservation of Crowell Hilaka. They have been working pretty much non-stop to get Crowell Hilaka on the ballot in November. The conservancy, township, village, and FOCH have all been working along with them. It’s an impressive group of people, and it has been an honor to be on the team with them.
The RJRD board members are:
Bob Lucas firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Taylor email@example.com
Donna Skoda firstname.lastname@example.org
Floyd Ostrowski email@example.com
Kelly Clark firstname.lastname@example.org
Pat Norris email@example.com
Ralph McNerny firstname.lastname@example.org
The board’s work so far: http://www.richfieldvillageohio.org/VillageHall/RichfieldJointRecreationDistrict.aspx
RJRD meetings for August will be Mondays, 7:30 at Village Hall. They are open to the public.
As awesome as this is, the future of Crowell Hilaka won’t be secure unless the people vote for it. By law, the RJRD board can’t use public money to campaign for passage of the levy. What we need is a campaign committee. The job of the campaign committee is to let people know about the levy and encourage them to vote for it. It is an absolutely crucial role. If you are interested, contact Bobbie Beshara (Mayor@richfieldvillageohio.org) for more information. It’s not yet clear how much FoCH as a nonprofit corporation can be involved in the political campaign. We’re looking into that. Meanwhile, we ARE allowed to educate people about Crowell Hilaka: Ohio’s Hidden Treasure.
Other opportunities to help:
Friday, August 8. March with FoCH in the RIchfield Parade 6:00 pm
Parade forms at the old Richfield Elementary School (across from the Village Town Hall, 4410 West Streetsboro Road, Richfield, OH 44286). Please wear a shirt promoting Crowell Hilaka (a FoCH shirt, an old Crowell Hilaka camp shirt, a homemade shirt promoting Crowell Hilaka, etc.) If you would like to order a new FoCH shirt, please contact Lucy: email@example.com
Sunday, August 10. Community Days. RHS booth 10am – 5pm
A perfect opportunity to talk with people! In addition to our display, we will have a kid-friendly activity. Plus, if we have enough people volunteering to demonstrate and teach lemmi sticks, we can keep that going throughout the day. If you can be in the parade or take a shift at community days, contact Corey firstname.lastname@example.org
TBA Trail clearing & housecleaning; work party at CH
TBA Open house docents
October 11 Music for the Millwheel 7 pm at Farm Flanagan A fund and friend-raising event. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 kids 12 & under.
- Cleveland Jumping Fleas ukulele band
- Gary Pruett’s Bluegrass Band
- Tina Bergmann & Bryan Thomas, hammered dulcimer and upright bass
Follow the link above for more details and ticket info.
- The next Friends of Crowell Hilaka meeting is Tuesday August 12, 7pm at Richfield Historical Society Museum. We should have dates and details on the work party & open house by then. Things are moving so fast, it’s hard to say exactly what else we might be talking about. We hope to have a member of the RJRD board talk to us about their work and what else we could do to help. Visitors and new members welcome!