CanDo! Asks “What’s The Big Idea?”

CanDo!’s general meeting each November is devoted to crafting a vision for the community and the organization for the coming year. Attendees this year will be invited to share their thoughts about addressing some of Charlotte’s most pressing problems.

“CanDo! has a long history of fostering new ideas and inspiring individuals and organizations to act on them,” said CanDo! vice chairman Gregg Guetschow. “We want to build on Charlotte’s recent success in areas such as leadership development, philanthropy and downtown revitalization to tackle other challenges.”

CanDo!’s board of directors has adopted a framework called the Seven Elements of a Healthy Community to guide its efforts in community development.  Examples of the seven elements are arts and culture, health and wellness, education, and economic development. During the November meeting, the seven elements will be used as the starting point for discussions about areas that need improvement.

“CanDo! board members are encouraged by the positive energy we are seeing in Charlotte,” Guetschow said, “but we know that there is always more work to be done.  We’re looking for the next big ideas to move the community forward.”

The November CanDo! meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 22 at 7:00 a.m. at the Charlotte Community Library, 226 S. Bostwick Street. Breakfast and coffee will be provided.

Can Do! (Charlotte Area Networking for Development and Opportunity) provides occasions for networking among individuals interested in developing a more vital and prosperous community. General meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month except December and are open to anyone who lives or works in the Charlotte area. Additional information about Can Do! and its activities can be found at charlottecando.org.

Charlotte CanDo! Presents Charlotte Soup

On October 25th, CanDo! will be hosting Charlotte Soup, an event based on a similar idea from Detroit. The concept is simple; citizens come together to share a meal, and then generate ideas to help improve the community! In order to take part, participants can buy a $10 ticket. $5 covers the cost of soup, bread, and iced tea or lemonade, and $5 goes into a collection to fund a community improvement project. After dinner, participants work in groups to generate ideas, and at the end of the night, everyone will vote on the projects that they would like to see get funded. One project will be funded from the money raised by the event, and a second project will be funded with a $300 grant from CanDo!

Charlotte Soup will take place from 5:30-7:30pm on Wednesday, October 25th at the Eaton Area Senior Center at 804 S Cochran Ave, Charlotte, MI. All Charlotte community members are welcome. Tickets can be purchased, in advance, from the County Journal offices, the Eaton Area Senior Center, or from CanDo! board members Bill Barnes, Christy Lambright, Kyle Raney, or Ann Garvey. They can also be purchased at the door. The soup is being provided by the Eaton Place, Fay’s Evelyn Bay, Sidestreet Deli, the Eaton Area Senior Center, and the Dolson. Questions about the event can be directed to 2017 CanDo! chair Bill Barnes at charlottecando@gmail.com.

Charlotte Soup

Charlotte Soup is an event based on a similar idea from Detroit. The concept is simple; citizens come together to share a meal, and then generate ideas to help improve the community!

How does it work?
Participants buy a $10 ticket to the event. $5 covers the cost of soup, bread, and iced tea or lemonade, and $5 goes into a collection to fund a community improvement project. After dinner, participants work in groups to generate ideas, and at the end of the night, everyone will vote on the projects that they would like to see get funded. One project will be funded from the money raised by the event, and a second project will be funded with a $300 grant from CanDo!

Where and when will the event be held?
Charlotte Soup will take place from 5:30-7:30pm on Wednesday, October 25th at the Eaton Area Senior Center, 804 S Cochran Ave, Charlotte, MI 48813.

How do I sign up?
Tickets can be purchased, in advance, from the County Journal offices, the Eaton Area Senior Center, or from CanDo! board members Bill Barnes, Christy Lambright, Kyle Raney, or Ann Garvey. They can also be purchased at the door.

Who is providing the soup?
The soup is being provided by the Eaton Place, Fay’s Evelyn Bay, Sidestreet Deli, the Eaton Area Senior Center, and the Dolson.

Whom should I contact with questions?
You can contact 2017 CanDo! chair Bill Barnes at charlottecando@gmail.com with questions.

September CanDo! Panel Focuses on Education

The monthly Can Do! presentation will include a panel of Charlotte High School seniors who will discuss leadership, programming, arts, sports and community involvement. The program will take place at 7 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 27, at the Charlotte Community Library.

“The students will provide a glimpse of the wonderful opportunities available to the youth of Charlotte, said Bill Barnes, Can Do! president and Charlotte High School principal.

Each month, Can Do! programs focus on one of the “Seven Elements of Healthy Communities” from the standpoint of community vitality and prosperity.  Each time, the four pillars of Can Do! come into play, which are Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Charitable Assets and Youth. As each “element” is discussed, community leaders and interested individuals become more aware of the vision, strategies, resources, and trends in our region.

The Charlotte Community Library is located at 226 S. Bostwick St., in Charlotte, Mich.

CanDo! Looks To Celebrate The Success Of Its Pillars In August

CanDo! is excited to announce that this month’s general membership meeting will be focused on the outstanding work spearheaded by its pillars. CanDo! is organized around a structure which provides opportunities for individual groups, or pillars, to spearhead community engagement activities. Focused on a multitude of projects, these pillars have become an integral part of the positive developments in Charlotte. Each pillar has a leader, and anyone can join.

The first of the four pillars, leadership, is headed up by Adrian Bass. For a number of years, the group has hosted a year-long leadership academy called LEAD, which provides aspiring leaders with skills that they need to be successful in their own organizations. The next pillar, entrepreneurship, is led by Kellie Hanford. It is currently focused on activities surrounding small business Saturday and helping engage and support entrepreneurs in Charlotte. The third pillar, charitable assets, led by Barbara Fulton, has been instrumental in developing a women’s giving circle, which allows local citizens to provide funds to help non-profits advanced their missions. The fourth and final pillar, youth, led by Bill Barnes, has developed a Key Club through Kiwanis to engage students in community leadership, and it developed a youth entrepreneurship pitch competition last year, which will be repeated this winter.

At the August general membership meeting, which takes place on August 23rd at 7:00am at the Charlotte Community Library, each of the pillar chairs will share stories about their success and plans for the future. This event will provide a great opportunity for community members to find ways to get involved in positive projects around Charlotte, and it could also be a way to introduce new and exciting ideas and opportunities. Can Do! believes that, in our community, anything is possible. Its diverse, welcoming membership creates an environment that awakens the imagination and invigorates a spirit of collaboration and generosity among community members, youth, entrepreneurs and leaders to transform the wonder of small town possibilities into realities. Its goal for 2017 to create a space to inspire everyone to engage with the community in an intentional way, to ignite action to create positive community experiences, and to celebrate results. The August general membership meeting will be, without a doubt, the embodiment of those ideals!