Welcome to 2017, Hutto! I’m excited about what the new year will bring for all of us. As we look forward to all of the possibilities and opportunities, I would like to share some thoughts for everyone to consider. To me, the new year represents an occasion to reflect on past accomplishments and opportunities, then set new goals and direction for the future.
As you look forward, I would like to challenge each one of you to become an engaged CITIZEN of Hutto. As Hutto continues to evolve and grow we need CITIZENS who are willing to make a difference, join forces and offer fresh ideas. Together we can build a prosperous community that we will continue to be proud of.
Citizenship carries responsibilities. So, what does a Hutto CITIZEN Look like?
Engaged citizens communicate with their elected officials and city staff. They ask questions and get clarification when they have a concern. They provide information and solutions so that elected officials can make informed decisions. When they have a problem or concern, they go directly to the city staff or elected official to voice their concern and help reach a solution.
Engaged citizens are active members of the community, looking for opportunities to build up Hutto. They will serve on a board or commission, volunteer at one of the city events, or attend meetings.
Engaged citizens show gratitude to those who serve the community – Police, Fire, Public Works, and city staff who work hard to keep the community safe and operational. They thank those that volunteer their time to make Hutto a better place; a home we can all be proud of.
Engaged citizens inspire others to get involved and make a difference in the community. A simple word of encouragement to a volunteer or neighbor can inspire them to continue serving.
Engaged citizens are zealous about what they do and become fully involved in the betterment of their community. Find your passion, whatever it may be, and we can help you put that passion to work serving the community.
Engaged citizens are a positive example to their neighbors. By getting involved, communicating face-to-face, and becoming part of the solution, others will soon follow your lead.
Engaged citizens are good neighbors. In hard times, Hutto neighbors always come together to support and uplift each other. There are some members of this community that may need a word of encouragement or a little help. Small gestures can mean a lot to someone having a hard day. Look for ways to help those around you.
THE POWER OF ONE
Poet Edward Everett Hale once wrote:
I am only one,
But still I am one.
I cannot do everything
But still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
What is the SOMETHING you can do THIS YEAR or THIS WEEK that will make a positive impact? DO IT TODAY!
As we go into a new year of opportunities and possibilities, I hope that I have inspired you to get involved and make a difference. Find a way to make a difference in this community or someone’s life in 2017. Together we can continue to keep Hutto a great community that supports one another. If you are looking for a way to get involved, please contact a city councilmember, city staff or myself. We will find the right fit for you to serve!
Happy New Year, Hutto! May 2017 be a prosperous year for you and all or our citizens.