I have been a member of CCHPS for 3 years and a member of the Board for a nearly that long. I'm currently the Vice President of the Board, so I'm not entirely objective, of course, but I do want to share why I have chosen to give my time and energy to CCHPS when there are so many options out there. CCHPS has a county-wide perspective, important because many of the people who once made their homes here lived somewhere other than in the towns that survive today. Much of what happened here happened in the townships, or in communities like Undine, which existed for a few short years while Charlevoix County's lumber was rebuilding Chicago following its fire. We're an all-volunteer organization, but manage to accomplish a great deal through the passion and enthusiasm of our members. We recently worked with a group of people from Boyne City (one of the towns in our county) to save an historic building that was slated for demolition. Last week we broke ground on the Boyne City Water Works ("1910") Building. This tiny architectural treasure, which played a crucial role in the growth of Boyne City, will be restored and returned to service as a water booster station, using $340,000 in federal preservation grants we helped the city win, along with local funding. We have documented some of the fascinating stories from "pioneer days" (not so long ago) on the Park Avenue Prowl website -- www.charlevoixparkavenue.com. Read them and see why we are so determined to "preserve the past for the future." Finally, I want to note that like many young organizations, this one several years ago suffered from "start-up dysfunction." Decisions weren't being made properly, paperwork wasn't being filed, finances were in disarray. The Board took an honest, hard look at its situation and re-organized. The Bylaws were re-written, Board members stepped up to take responsibility, a financial audit was performed and all issues resolved, and tight financial controls put in place. Today the organization is efficient and effective -- and it's still fun. Not only that, but membership has doubled in the last year and a half. It is an organization I can be proud to be part of.