Letter: Organizations invited to town-wide meeting

To the Editor:

I am writing today on behalf of the VFW and as a resident of the Town of Bennington to propose a meeting of active members in our community. As is the case for many small towns across this country, our community faces a range of challenges which our organizations and municipal leaders seek to address. By holding a meeting between leaders in our community, we hope to begin a conversation that will allow us to better understand the unique problems which various organizations encounter, to work together to achieve our shared goals, and to further all our organizations' recruiting efforts. Our goal in proposing this meeting is not to benefit any single group, but to further all of our efforts to help this community and strengthen our connections to one another. I hope that you will join us on May 6 at 11:30am at the VFW Local Post 1332 for lunch and a lively discussion about the future of our community. We encourage all organizations to send a delegate or members, and we ask that you reach out to any community groups that may not have received an invitation.

Specifically, I hope to discuss recruiting efforts, general questions about improving support networks in our community, and any other topics relating to strengthening the participation of Bennington residents in community life. And, given the potential that our local National Guard unit may soon face deployment, it is also necessary for our community groups to discuss how we can collectively support military families and surrounding Towns and Villages while important members of our families and public life are absent. It is also our interest to discuss coordinating events between municipalities and local organizations in order to bolster turnout to all our meetings and encourage continued participation in municipal politics and public life.

In today's troubled world, we must come together as a community to improve life for our neighbors, taking inspiration from Founding Father John Dickinson's famous remark that "By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall!" I look forward to discussing our local organizations and the important work you are doing.

Please RSVP with the number of attendees by leaving a message at the VFW at 442-9857.

Norm Leblanc,

North Bennington


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