Volunteerism is Strong in the Village

     The Association recognized many members of the community at its Annual Volunteer Appreciation event held in November. This year, the number in attendance exceeded that in prior years and is indicative of the greatest level of resident involvement in the history of the Association. What a terrific way to celebrate the Village of River Hill’s first 25 years!
     We are very thankful for having more volunteers than ever before giving of their time and talents. In addition to the Board of Directors and River Hill’s Columbia Council Representative, the following Association Committees are currently active: Architectural, Resident Architectural, Development Advisory, Student Member, Teen Advisory, and Watershed. Even more
volunteers contribute to creating and growing the village’s traditions. For example, the Health Fair, Independence Day Parade, and Haunted Hallow’s Eve event would not be possible without volunteers. Volunteers contribute to making our community stronger and improving the quality of life in the village. We appreciate all that they give.
     Every year the Association recognizes one individual, or group of individuals, who has made an outstanding contribution to the Association. This year, Karen Smith, a member of the Architectural Committee, received this award. Karen was recognized for over 15 years of volunteerism with the Association and particularly for her service over the last year as the Architectural Committee Sign-off Representative. During the 9-month period when there was no active Resident Architectural Committee to do the “legwork,” Karen kept the architectural review process moving forward in a positive manner. She conducted site visits where necessary and reviewed and made decisions on over 300 applications. Her efforts required a tremendous amount of time and effort and demonstrate her level of commitment to our community.
     As Dr. Theodore Seuss said in The Lorax, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” Thank you to all our volunteers! Our community is better because of you!
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