Village Viewpoint  

 I recently attended a retreat that left me with so many great pieces of advice. I want to share one of my favorites that I now have on several sticky notes in my office at home and work.  

It simply says, “What’s the best that could happen?” I’ve been using it to look at things differently.  

I said it to myself the day before our recent Community Health Expo because I was worried about attendance. When the Expo was over, we had 33 local businesses participate, 4 panel discussions, close to 200 attendees, and Val Warner came out! I was thrilled because, the BEST did happen. 

This advice can be used when asking for help.  I have to do a lot of that for BAPA and it’s hard. I ask for people to open their home for our Home Tour, I need to ask our local businesses to support us through sponsorships, ask for volunteers for our events, and for you, our neighbors to support us through memberships. It feels like I am always asking and it’s daunting.  This year, I am going to think, “what’s the best that could happen? They could say yes!” If that is the case, then we will have another fantastic Home Tour, our sponsors and neighbors who support us, will help BAPA to offer the community events and programs that connect us, and we will love where we live. If that’s the best that could happen, I’m asking!  

I would like to say a special thank you to Michele Pettiford who has been serving as the BAPA Board President for the last three years and a board member for two years before that. We are so fortunate to have had the benefit of her leadership and passion for our community and for BAPA. She has been a tremendous source of help to me personally and I am so grateful for her kindness and dedication. 

Thank you also to Kellianne McDonough for her time and dedication to the BAPA Board. She was instrumental in helping us get the Ridge Run back to pre-pandemic attendance and she is an absolute delight! 

We are currently seeking new board members.  If you have any interest in serving and getting involved, please reach out to me to find out more.  

Wishing all of you the best this Parade Day!  I’ll see you on Western!   



Mary Jo  


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