Friends helping to revive village


By Sarah Hawley - shawley@aimmediamidwest.com



The Friends of Rutland have been working in the village of Rutland with the goal to “create; restore; develop; and Improve” the village. The group planted flowers along the sign at Jim Vennari Park, with flowers donated by Bob’s Market and Greenhouse. The village completed the brick work for the project.


Courtesy of Donna Jenkins

RUTLAND —The Friends of Rutland Committee is working to “Create, Restore, Develop and Improve” the village of Rutland.

“It is the mission of Friends of Rutland Committee on Community Involvement to initiate and fulfill social-recreational, developmental, environmental and other general involvement projects and programs throughout the village of Rutland for the purpose of enhancing the municipality, socially, environmentally, functionally, and aesthetically while simultaneously restoring and enriching community and government connections, partnerships and participation,” reads the mission statement of the committee.

Currently, the committee, which was established in April 2017, is seeking board members to be part of operating the organization as it works to achieve its goals. Officers for the group are Tyler Eblin, president; Donna Jenkins, interim vice president; and Kimberly Wilford, interim secretary-treasurer.

“At Friends of Rutland, we strive to:

  • Create and facilitate opportunities that allow for members of the committee to assemble and work toward its betterment through programs, projects, social events and other areas identified necessary by the Board of Committee Management and pressed upon by local residents;

  • Restore the community character, pride, government and community partnerships, participation, involvement and connections;

  • Develop and design programs and opportunities of growth and enhancement within the village in areas identified by its local residents;

  • Improve the community in a holistic and impartial manner.”

Eblin explained that the committee is looking for individuals, whether they reside in Rutland or not, to be board members and take an active role in assisting with the general operations, programs and projects of the committee.

“Board members are integral components to the overall success of the Committee. Members serve on the Board of Committee Management; attend committee meetings; assist with events, projects and programs; write and approved committee bylaws, policies and guidelines for its operations and programs; vote on committee issues, proposals and measures; initiate, plan and coordinate improvement projects; coordinate funding programs and methods; control and supervise committee funds and spending; work regularly with Rutland Village Council to render both community and government connections in every effort to facilitate growth and improvement within the village; obtain eligibility to serve as a committee officer; and must display strict and committed attendance at meetings, events and project work days,” the position criteria reads.

Those interested in being committee members are asked to attend the meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 24. The board member positions are open to anyone regardless of where they live. There is no monetary compensation for serving on the committee.

Not sure about being a board member? The organization is also in need of volunteers to assist with projects. Volunteers are not required to attend meetings, but will be contacted when events and projects are being launched where their assistance may be needed.

To date, projects completed have included the planting of flowers in the village and the placement of flags throughout town.

The group typically meets the second Monday of each month, but will hold a meeting on July 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rutland Church of the Nazarene.

For more information contact Eblin at 740-444-3328 or Jenkins at 740-742-2957.

The Friends of Rutland have been working in the village of Rutland with the goal to “create; restore; develop; and Improve” the village. The group planted flowers along the sign at Jim Vennari Park, with flowers donated by Bob’s Market and Greenhouse. The village completed the brick work for the project.
http://mydailysentinel.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2017/07/web1_7.14-Rutland.jpgThe Friends of Rutland have been working in the village of Rutland with the goal to “create; restore; develop; and Improve” the village. The group planted flowers along the sign at Jim Vennari Park, with flowers donated by Bob’s Market and Greenhouse. The village completed the brick work for the project. Courtesy of Donna Jenkins

By Sarah Hawley

shawley@aimmediamidwest.com