Improve and preserve Columbia by getting involved [Letter]

January 24, 2014

On April 26, Columbia will choose its leaders.  Many forget that when Jim Rouse first created Columbia, he wanted a self-governing community of people invested in decisions that affected quality of life, real estate covenants and matters of community advocacy. 

Unfortunately, due to an increasing lack of interest, these opportunities have been overlooked with innumerable board vacancies and unopposed elections serving as a quiet indictment of our apathy.

I served on the Columbia Council (Columbia Association Board of Directors) from 2011 to 2013 and found it to be one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life.  It was difficult and the time commitment was significant, but I never felt more self-actualized and engaged as I did during that time.  I fell in love with the community I had grown up in all over again.

Please serve.  You are the leader we've been waiting for.  You can make a difference.  Columbia's growth is not a spectator sport.

Tom Coale

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