What is the future of Friends of Accotink Creek?
Martin Luther King Day
January 20, 2020 (tentative) - Join Team Accotink for:
- Strategizing Session on the Future of Friends of Accotink Creek
Bring your ideas on how we can become bigger, better, and more effective.
We plan to meet about 6:00 pm and brainstorm over food and beverage until they throw us out, then shiver in the cold a whie longer, tossing ideas back and forth.
Meeting place (tentative):
Dos Amigos Springfield
7375 Boston Blvd, Springfield, Virginia 22314 (overlooking the Accotink Gorge)
August 12, 2019:
Some thoughts (and laments) regarding FACC prompted by a discussion of capacity-building for non-profits.
Capacity – What is needed:
Capacity – What we lack:
- More active membership
- More public awareness of us and our issues
- More funds
Capacity - Some things we wish to do but seem to lack the wherewithal to accomplish:
- Entrepreneurial instincts
- Sufficient expertise to make our positions meaningful to others
- The charisma and camaraderie that would draw in new members
- The ability to see what needs to be done and where and how
- Organizational skills (including financial) to make reality the ideas in our heads
- The individual drive and force of personality that would send us out knocking on doors in search of opportunities to spread our message.
- We need an expanded Follow the Water.
- We need a Follow the Water for adults.
- Our regular stream cleanups are not accomplishing their goal. That goal is public awareness and recruitment. “Find just one other person who cares” is our motto, but without realization.
- We should get something done on the Americana North meadow project (area you saw on 495 tour), replicating what was done nearby at the County’s initiative, in 2015 and 2016.
- We aspire to get traction in clearing the Accotink Gorge of Chinese Wisteria, something we have considered turning into a summer work/study program.
- So often we see 1000 people at baseball games vs. a handful at our events. We wonder how can we achieve higher numbers. We wonder how we can find some of the energy and commitment people so willingly apply to sports.
- We are modeled after the Friends of Sligo Creek, a group in Maryland conserving a creek very similar to Accotink. Yet they are doing so much better than we are, as evidenced by a glance at the activity and funding described in their budget
- My days are numbered. When my wife retires in another year or two, I have been informed that we will spend our time travelling. I don’t see much hope of anyone taking over the sundry tedious tasks I now do for FACC.
Some thoughtful responses to the above: