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DIFFICULT TIMES

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IN SITUATIONS

[*This meeting was joined in progress* Community Multicultural Commission on January 9, 2021.]

IS TO FIND SOMETHING I CAN DO TO MAKE THINGS BETTER.

AND IN DOING THAT AS BEST, IF I CAN MAKE THINGS BETTER FOR SOMEONE ELSE, BECAUSE THAT REALLY HELPS ME FEEL BETTER AND IT FEELS GOOD FOR EVERYONE.

UH, THIS HAS BEEN A DIFFICULT WEEK AND I'M SURE THAT WE ARE EACH HAVING OUR OWN EXPERIENCE OF WHAT THAT DIFFICULTY LOOKS LIKE AND IS, BUT IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO NOT ATTEND TO THE THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING IN OUR COUNTRY THAT DIVIDE US AND TO CONSIDER THE OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR COMMISSION AND OUR SMALL WORLD TO UNITE, TO BE.

SO, YOU KNOW, I'M, I'M REALLY GOOD ABOUT OUR PURPOSE TODAY BEING TO COLLECTIVELY BRING FOCUS TO HOW WE CAN MAKE THINGS BETTER TOGETHER FOR OUR COMMUNITY.

UM, I BELIEVE THIS IS THE BEST TIME EVER TO SERVE ON THE MULTICULTURAL COMMISSION BECAUSE THEY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT GARLAND'S RICH DIVERSITY AND USE OUR APPRECIATION FOR IT TO HEAL AND TO GOOD.

THANK YOU.

EACH OF YOU FOR BRINGING ALL OF YOU TO THIS MEETING, I VALUE THAT YOU'RE BRINGING YOU YOUR IDEAS, YOUR THOUGHTS, AS WELL AS THE COMMUNITIES THAT YOU REPRESENT.

AND I THINK WE EACH CAN VALUE AND CELEBRATE EACH OTHER FOR WHAT WE BRING TO THE TABLE.

I HOPE THAT EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU IS PLANNING TO PARTICIPATE IN A MAJOR WAY BECAUSE OUR WORK WILL BE MORE MEANINGFUL AND THE RESULTS WILL BE BETTER IF THAT'S HOW IT'S DONE.

UNFORTUNATELY, SOME MEMBERS COULD NOT JOIN US TODAY.

AND I BELIEVE THAT IF THAT'S THE CASE, THE RIGHT PEOPLE ARE AT THE TABLE.

SO WE WILL MAKE THE, WE WILL DO THE VISIONING.

WE WILL MAKE THE PLAN AND WE WILL FIGURE OUT HOW WE'RE GOING TO GO FORWARD AND WHAT DIFFERENCE WE'RE GOING TO MAKE IN GARLAND THIS YEAR.

WHILE WE PREPARE TO DO THIS, I WANT EACH OF YOU TO JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES FOR A MOMENT AND TAKE A COUPLE OF DEEP BREATHS IN AND IMAGINE WHAT WE, PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN SELECTED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE CAN DO TOGETHER.

OUR CITY THAT WE LOVE IN 2021 AND GET READY BECAUSE WE'RE GOING TO DO A FANTASTIC JOB TODAY.

WELCOME.

I AM SO GRATEFUL THAT YOU ARE HERE.

THANK YOU.

SO I SEVEN MINUTE POEM, AND I JUST REALIZED I DID NOT SEND THAT EMAIL OUT.

LET ME SEE IF I CAN, CAN I SHARE THE SCREEN? YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO LET ME GO GET IT FROM MY, BECAUSE THIS IS SOMETHING I DIDN'T SEND THE EMAIL.

I KNOW WHY, BECAUSE I DIDN'T WANT ANYONE TO HAVE TO PRINT IT OUT.

IT'S LIKE, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT YOU ARE ABLE TO, ANDREW, YOU'RE GOING TO NEED A PIECE OF PAPER OR YOUR SCREEN.

YOU KNOW, YOU CAN TYPE THIS, THAT THE EXERCISE, THE SEVEN MINUTE POEM IS ONE THAT WAS DEVELOPED BY, UM, THE AUTHOR OF THE BOOK WHO WAS ALSO THE CHANCELLOR OF SPELMAN COLLEGE FOR SEVERAL YEARS.

BUT THE BOOK SHE WROTE IS WHY ARE ALL THE BLACK KIDS SITTING TOGETHER ONLINE? WHAT'S IT CALLED? WHY ARE ALL THE BLACK KIDS SITTING TOGETHER IN THE CAFETERIA? AND THE EXERCISE IS ONE TO TAKE A DIFFERENT APPROACH TO INTRODUCING AND CAUSE THINKING ABOUT WHO YOU ARE AND INTRODUCING YOURSELF TO OTHERS.

AND NOW MY COMPUTER'S FREE, YOU KNOW, AND, AND, AND HOW YOU INTRODUCE YOURSELF TO OTHERS.

AND THE SEVEN MINUTE CALM IS, UM, IS A WAY OF DOING THAT.

THAT ALLOWS YOU TO THINK ABOUT WHO YOU ARE IN A WAY THAT YOU MAY NOT HAVE YOURSELF.

I THINK IT'S DELIGHTFUL.

UM, I HOPE YOU DO TOO.

AND AT SOME POINT I'M GOING TO BE ABLE TO OPEN THIS ONE.

I HOPE YOU DO TOO.

UM, IT, IT IS.

THERE WE GO.

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COOL.

OKAY.

SO THE WAY THE SEVEN MINUTE POEM, YEAH.

YOU ARE GOING TO WRITE A POEM AND YOU HAVE SEVEN MINUTES AND YOUR POEM IS ABOUT YOU.

AND EACH STANDS A OF YOUR POEM BEGINS WITH THIS STATEMENT.

I AM FROM, I AM FROM THE FIRST STANZA IS SIGHTS SOUNDS, SMELLS, AND THINGS ABOUT THE NEIGHBORHOOD THAT YOU GREW UP IN.

THE SECOND STANZA ALSO BEGINS.

I AM FROM ENDURE IN EACH STANDARD.

YOU CAN HAVE UP TO FOUR LINES.

THE SECOND STANZA IS ABOUT FOODS.

BEVERAGES TREATS YOU LOVE TO EAT.

MAYBE TREATS THAT YOUR FAMILY LOVED TO EAT.

THE THIRD STANZA IS ABOUT FAMILY SAYINGS, MOTTOES RULES TO LIVE BY.

AND THE FOURTH STANZA IS ABOUT FRIENDS AND GROUPS THAT YOU BELONG TO.

WHAT WAS THIS? WHAT WAS THE FIRST THING? THE FIRST ONE, SOMETHING IN GROUPS, BRANDS.

OKAY.

ORGANIZATIONS AND GROUPS THAT YOU BELONG TO.

AND I'M GETTING READY TO SEND THIS ALSO IN AN EMAIL THAT GUIDELINE TOO.

CAUSE I JUST PDF DIDN'T THEN IT'S NOT THIS POINT.

UM, AND WHAT YOU DO IS YOU WRITE THIS POEM IS IT'S THINK THROUGH AND KIND OF, YOU KNOW, WHEN I WROTE MINE THE FIRST TIME AND I'M GOING TO WRITE ONE TOO.

UM, WHEN I WROTE MINE, THE FIRST TIME I SMILED THE WHOLE TIME I WAS WRITING IT, BECAUSE WHAT HAD HAPPENED IS I THOUGHT ABOUT, YOU KNOW, EACH OF THESE THINGS, I COULDN'T HELP, BUT SMILE BECAUSE THEY WERE WONDERFUL MEMORIES, RIGHT? AND THOSE MEMORIES ARE JUST SUCH A TRADE, BUT YOU KNOW, IT'S LIKE, OKAY, I AM FROWN AND YOU SHOULD HAVE JUST RECEIVED THAT EMAIL.

AND IF YOU DIDN'T YET, IT'S COMING.

I AM FROM STANCE.

AND NUMBER ONE.

HI, IT SOUNDS THE SMELLS OF YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD.

WHEN YOU WERE GROWING UP, STANDS IN NUMBER TWO IS FOODS.

BEVERAGES TREATS YOU LOVE TO EAT STANDS.

AND NUMBER THREE IS FAMILY SAYINGS AND MODELS, RULES TO LIVE BY.

YOU MAY HAVE HEARD THEM FROM YOUR MOM, YOUR DAD, YOUR GRANDMOTHER, SOMEBODY TOLD YOU SOME THINGS AND STANDS.

AND NUMBER FOUR IS FRIENDS AND GROUPS THAT YOU BELONG TO.

DID EVERYONE RECEIVE THE PDF? ALL RIGHT.

WE HAVE SEVEN MINUTES.

HELLO? LVL.

I'M OKAY.

I GOT IT.

KNOW.

OKAY.

SEVEN MINUTES.

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AND I'M GOING TO START THE TIME RIGHT NOW.

BANKS.

DO YOU WANT ME TO DO IT? YOU CAN.

OKAY.

RENEE, YOU I'M FROM TWO I'M THE STAFF MEMBER.

I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE I UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS THE WAY THAT WE ARE GOING TO INTRODUCE OURSELVES.

AND WE ARE ALL PEOPLE, REGARDLESS OF OUR ROLE, WE AREN'T PEOPLE, THE STAFF IS THE PEOPLE RIGHT NOW.

YOU'RE A VERY IMPORTANT PEOPLE.

YES SHE IS.

OKAY.

I'M DOING IT.

SO THERE'S NO HIDING.

THANK YOU.

SEVEN MINUTES.

OKAY.

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WE HAVE ABOUT TWO AND A HALF MINUTES.

ONE MINUTE LEFT.

WOW.

YOU GOT A BUZZER THAT WOKE YOU UP.

IT IS TIME.

IT IS.

HEY.

SO HOW DID THAT FEEL? IT WAS FUN.

IT DOES MAKE YOU SMILE.

YES.

MA'AM.

YEAH.

ONCE I GOT PAST BEING NERVOUS.

YES.

AND THAT I'M GLAD.

CAUSE IT'S LIKE, YOU KNOW, I, WHEN I, EVERY TIME I DO IT AND IT'S DIFFERENT EACH TIME, EVERY TIME I DO IT, I CAN'T HELP.

BUT SMILE BECAUSE IT'S IT'S ABOUT WHO YOU BRING THE MEMORIES.

YES.

IT'S LIKE FEELING IT AND IT'S LIKE, YOU CAN START SMELLING THE FOOD, RIGHT.

OR SOMETHING.

WOULD ANYONE LIKE TO READ THIS FIRST? I'LL GO FIRST.

JUST BECAUSE I WANT TO UM, I'LL START OUT.

UH, I AM FROM BOTH THE BEAUTIFUL DESERT OF ARIZONA AND THE GREEN, GREEN BY YOU OF LOUISIANA.

I LIKE TO, I LIKE TO LOVE ME.

LIKE I LIKE TO LOVE YOU.

WE HEAR THE WIND AND SEE THE STARS.

THAT'S WHO WE ARE.

I AM FROM THE LAND OF GUMBO AND THE LAND OF BEAUTIFUL ROCKS.

WE LIKE GREAT COLLARD GREENS AND TORTILLAS THAT ARE TOPS.

THE DRINK MAY BE TOO TEQUILA OR A SWAMP THING EITHER WAY.

IT'S A FUN THING.

I AM FROM TREAT PEOPLE THE WAY YOU WANT TO BE TREATED AND LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.

THE BEST LIFE.

THIS WAY WILL DEVELOP.

I AM FROM THE CHURCH GOD'S FAMILY AND THE TRIBE OF SOLOMON BOYD.

MY GREAT, GREAT, GREAT GRANDFATHER.

I'M NOT IN THE GROUP I HAVE NOW IN THE GROUP OF GARLAND, MIXING IT UP WITH JOY.

THAT'S IT? OH, I LOVE THAT.

THANK YOU, RENEE.

WHO'S NEXT? I'M NOT APPOINT MINDED.

MINE DOES NOT RUN.

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YOU ARE A POET.

I CANNOT WAIT TO HEAR YOUR POETRY.

I JUST WROTE STUFF.

I DID.

THAT'S GOOD.

BRIAN.

YOU WANT TO GO NEXT? OKAY.

WELL, LIKE I SAID, I'M NOT APPOINT, I'M PERMITTED IN A FAMILY OF FOUR SISTERS AND THREE, SIX BROTHERS.

WE'VE BEEN SURROUNDED BY COUSINS AND FRIENDS WHO ALL CAME BECAUSE MY MOTHER WOULD NOT LET US GO OUT TO THEIR HOME BECAUSE WE WERE TOO MANY TO KEEP TRACK OF.

BUT WE HAD TO LAUNCH WITH A LOT OF TIME FOR PLAYING ANY KIND OF GAME.

WE WENT OUR FAVORITE THING TO DO.

WHEN WE HAD MONEY, WE WOULD GET A BIG POT AND GO TO THE SNOW CONE PLACE AND BUY A POT FULL OF SNOWCONES.

AND THEN MY MOTHER WOULD SHARE IT BETWEEN ALL OF US.

OUR OTHER FAVORITE THING WAS POPSICLES POPSICLE STICKS.

THERE WERE TWO.

MY MOTHER WOULD CAUGHT HIM.

SO WE WOULD EACH AT LEAST HAVE ONE.

ALSO THE SMELL OF TAMALES AROUND CHRISTMAS TIME, WHEN ALL THE FAMILY WOULD GET TOGETHER AT MY AUNT'S HOME AND MEN AND WOMEN WOULD MAKE THE TAMALES KILL THE PIG WHILE THE KIDS ARE PLAYED AROUND.

MY MOTHER WAS A STRONG BELIEVER IN EDUCATION AND CHURCH.

WE ALWAYS HAD TO READ EVER SINCE WE WERE LITTLE, SHE TAUGHT US TO READ.

AND WHEN WE WAS SUNDAY, WE WOULD GET A QUARTER.

BUT PART OF IT HAD TO GO TO CHURCH.

SO WE ALWAYS HAD, AT LEAST A NICOLE WOULD GO TO CHURCH.

SO WE WOULD HAVE MONEY FOR THE MOVIES AND A TREAT.

I AM INVOLVED WITH SEVERAL.

UM, AND WE'RE GOING TO STATIONS THAT I HAVE CUT BACK ON, BUT I AM VICE CHAIR FOR THE REGION, 10 EDUCATION SERVICE.

I'M A Q1 AS PRESIDENT.

I'M A MEMBER OF GOLFER.

I BELONG TO POLICE ACADEMY TO THE FIRE CLUB, INTO THE JOLLY GOOD SAM RB CLUB, WHERE WE HAVE A LOT OF FUN WHEN WE ALL GET TOGETHER WITH OUR RVS.

IT IS.

I JUST, I JUST WROTE AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO DO WITH THIS.

VERY BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL.

OKAY.

WHO WANTS TO GO NEXT THIS YEAR? THIS YEAR YOU'RE MUTED.

WE CAN'T HEAR YOU THIS YEAR.

WE CAN'T HEAR YOU DO CAN'T THIS YEAR.

THE MEAL.

YEAH.

AH, OKAY.

I AM FROM NIGERIA 42 YEARS AGO, LAVE AND GALL.

AND FOR THE PAST 32 YEARS, I'M FROM A FAMILY WHERE EDUCATION, OUR RELIGION IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE FAMILY AND THAT'S WHY I CAME UP HERE.

OUR MOTTO FOR THE FAMILY IS HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY I LIKE TO EAT.

THE FOOD I LIKE TO EAT FROM MY COUNTRY IS, UH, RICE FOR FOOD, MEAT PIE.

I'M MOTHER I'M FRIES.

I BELONG TO GARDEN POLICE ACADEMY IN A NIGERIAN MUSLIM AND AND MUSLIM COMMUNITY.

AND THE UNITED STATES.

I AM A POLITICIAN BY, I WOULD SAY POLITICIAN BY NATURE, BUT I'M NOT A PRACTICING ONE.

UM, UH, UH, W I FEEL LOW, THE COUNTRY THAT BELONG TO THE COUNTRY, UH, ADAPTED AS MY HOME COUNTRY.

WHAT IS AMERICA THAT BEAUTIFUL.

THANK YOU.

I LOVE THAT.

OKAY, WHO'S NEXT.

I'LL GO NEXT.

ALL RIGHT.

I'M FROM 11 ACRES ON THE LAKE SUGAR HOLLOW HILL, PINEY WOODS, AND ROCKS IN THE GARDEN.

UH, ONE HIGH SCHOOL TOWN.

I'M FROM AN ADVENTUROUS TABLE, FOREIGN FOODS.

GUMBO.

I HEARD THAT FROM YOU AND BARBECUE.

UM, MOM

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BURNED COOKIES, AND WE DINED DOWN.

UM, BUT EVERYONE ELSE LOVED TO COOK.

I'M FROM LEAVE WHILE YOU'RE STILL HAVING FUN.

USUALLY EARLY, GET THINGS DONE, UM, BUCK UP, BUT ENJOY THE PROCESS.

I'M FROM ALL THE PLACES WE'VE BEEN MUSIC, FRIENDS, KIDS, FRIENDS, LITERACY, WORK, AND CHURCH, FAMILY FAR AND WIDE.

I LOVE THAT.

THAT WAS AWESOME.

WE'RE GETTING THERE.

WHO WANTS TO SMILE WITH US YET? NEXT? I'LL CALL ON YOU.

IF YOU DON'T VOLUNTEER YOUR CHILD'S.

YES.

YOU'RE MAD AT DHS.

I JUST WANT TO MAKE THE SHEAR FEEL GOOD.

OH YEAH.

IT'S A GUY THING.

WE JUST, WE STARTED, WE JUST START TALKING.

OKAY.

UH, I AM FROM A WONDERFUL PLACE CALLED LAKE TURNOUT, DRY, UH, PLACE OF FAMILY, FRIENDS, FUN IN OF MY YOUTH AND PLACE TO LEARN, EXPLORE, GROW, AND TO PLAY A PLACE OF MEMORIES THAT SUSTAIN.

I AM FROM A FAMILY THAT ENJOYS FOOD.

HOME-STYLE FOOD THAT YOU CAN GROW YOURSELF.

FOOD.

YOU CAN HARVEST IN FOOD THAT BINDS IN BILLS.

I AM FROM A FAMILY OF SAYINGS, THAT GUIDE SAYINGS, THAT BUILD LANES FOR YOU TO TRAVEL SAYINGS THAT HELP YOU TO BE THE PERSON YOU SHOULD BE.

I AM FROM A LIFE OF FRIENDS THAT HAVE HELPED ME BE BRANDS THAT SUPPORT AND TEACH FRIENDS THAT LAUGH AND HELP YOU DO YOUR JOB FRIENDS FOR LIFE.

HMM.

I LOVE THAT.

OOH, WE ARE.

WE'RE WONDERFUL.

WONDERFUL POETS.

YOU GUYS.

I LOVE THAT.

ALL RIGHT.

LET'S SEE WHO WE GOT LEFT.

MINDY, STEPHANIE AND LISA.

WHO'S UP.

I'LL GO.

I WILL TELL YOU THIS.

DIDN'T BRING A SMILE BECAUSE WITH POETRY IS NOT MY STRONG SUIT, BUT I DO LOVE A CHALLENGE.

SO, AND YOU ARE GOING TO PROVE THAT IT IS YOUR STRONG SUIT POETRY THERE WITH ELVIA WHERE IT'S, UH, IT'S GONNA SOUND LIKE A BOOK, BUT, UH, IT'S ALL GOOD DETECTIVE.

RIGHT? SO, OKAY.

SO, UH, LET'S LET, LET ME SEE HOW I STARTED THIS.

SO I AM FROM CHICAGO, ILLINOIS.

I LOVE THAT LOVES TO HEAR THE SOUND OF CHILDREN PLAYING IN THE STREETS WITH KICKBALL, JUMP ROPE, DODGE BALL, AND HEARING THE ICE CREAM TRUCK, ESPECIALLY THE SUMMER DAYS WITH LAUGHTER FRONT STOOP, WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS, THOSE PRICES MOMENTS.

I AM FROM LOVING COMFORT FOOD, LIKE FRENCH FRIES, BUT ALSO FOODS THAT ARE REMINISCENT OF THE HOLIDAYS WITH FAMILY TIME WITH, UM, BUT GREENS AND CORNBREAD, BAKED MAC AND CHEESE, SWEET POTATO PILE, A SUTENT, A PIE.

AND, UM, MY MOUTH IS WATERY.

SO I'M GOING TO MOVE ON.

I AM FROM THE HOUSE, UH, WHERE WE SAY WE SERVE THE LORD.

WE TREAT OTHERS.

LIKE WE WANT TO BE TREATED.

AND WE'RE IN ALL FEEL WELCOMED WHEN THEY COME.

BUT ALSO WE, UH, WE INCLUDE FELLOWSHIP, FITNESS AND FUN, ALWAYS.

AND, UM, ALWAYS TOGETHER.

I AM FROM ENJOYING BEING INVOLVED WITH ORGANIZATIONS AND GROUPS THAT SERVE, HELP, ENCOURAGE AND INSPIRE EXAMPLES WITH THE ZETA PHI BETA SORORITY, MOUNT HEBREW MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH, THE NAACP, THE ATHLETICS AND FITNESS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA GROUP EXERCISE INSTRUCTOR.

UM, THAT'S THE FAMILY FITNESS AND FUN, UM, PROJECT MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONALS AND THOR, A NITTY, AND JUST ENJOYING BEING INVOLVED AND HELPING OTHERS.

SO THAT'S, IT'S NOT MY BOOK, BUT OH, IT DOES.

IT IS WONDERFUL.

SO EVERYONE, WILL YOU LOOK, CAN WE LET STEPHANIE KNOW THAT DOES NOT SOUND LIKE A BOOK TO US? NO, IT SOUNDS LIKE A LIFE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, STEPHANIE.

ORIGINAL MINE IS ROCK.

NO, IT'S NOT THAT I WANT EVERYONE TO STOP JUDGING THEM BECAUSE EVERYONE LISTENING IS SMILING.

SO YOU'RE WINNING.

JUST REMEMBER YOU'RE NOT GETTING PAID, SO I'M GOING TO PUBLISH THIS POETRY.

OKAY.

UM, I AM FROM CARS, SPEEDING BY KIDS, LAUGHING AND PLAYING AND ANNOUNCEMENTS BY INTERCOM LOUD LAWNMOWERS.

I AM FROM BOBA, NO MILK, TEA, FRUIT TEAS, SLUSHIES, NO

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SUGAR, LESS ICE, KUNG FU VV AND TEA.

UM, AND THEN I NEVER REALLY LIKE FINISHED THE REST.

SO I GUESS I CAN JUST TALK ABOUT THE THIRD AND FOURTH STANZA.

UM, I WAS TRYING TO FIND LIKE THE UNT AND SME MOTTOES, BECAUSE THOSE WERE THE SCHOOLS THAT I WENT TO.

SO AS THE NEWS WAS, THE TRUTH WILL SET.

YOU FREE.

AND THEN YOU AND TIM COULDN'T FIND, AND THEN, UM, ORGANIZATIONS THAT I'M INVOLVED WITH JUNIOR LEAGUE OF RICHARDSON, STATE FAIR OF TEXAS.

UM, WHAT ELSE CAN'T THINK OF ANY RIGHT NOW? THAT'S ALL GOOD.

THANK YOU, MINDY.

LISA.

OKAY.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? OKAY.

SO IT SAYS, I AM FROM A LARGE FAMILY.

I HAD ANIMALS LIKE CATS AND DOGS.

IT WAS A QUIET NEIGHBORHOOD.

MY FAMILY LOVES TO EAT SEAFOOD AND PIZZA.

WE DRINK MOSTLY WATER, BUT EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE HAVE A SODA, WE LIKE TO ADD POWDERS TO OUR DRINKS FOR VITAMINS AND OUR FAMILY SAYINGS, WHICH IS POSTED ON OUR FRONT DOOR IS KNOW THIS, MY BELOVED BROTHERS, LET EVERY PERSON BE QUICK TO HEAR, SLOW TO SPEAK, SLOW TO ANGER FOR THE ANGER OF MAN DOES NOT PRODUCE THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD.

JAMES ONE 19 AND 20 AMEN FRIENDS.

UM, I HAVE A FEW CLOSE BRANDS AND I'M INVOLVED WITH CHURCH AND, AND FRIENDS WITH WHOM MY CHILDREN PLAY SPORTS.

IT'S A WONDERFUL WORLD.

I LOVE THAT.

THANK YOU, DEBRA.

DID YOU DO IT? I DID NOT.

I DID NOT DO IT.

ALL RIGHT.

WELL THEN I WILL DO MINE AND THEN I WILL INTRODUCE A WONDERFUL FACILITATOR.

SO DID EVERYONE ELSE GET TO DO THOSE? ALL RIGHT, HOLD ON.

I HAVE TO SCROLL UP TO READ MINE.

LET'S SEE.

I AM FROM THE CITY AND THE COUNTRY, KIDS WHO PLAY IN THE STREET, SNOW IN THE WINTER AND COMING IN.

WHEN THE STREET LIGHTS COME ON IN THE SUMMER, THE MOM AND EVERY HOUSE COULD FEED YOU, SPANK YOU OR KISSING BANDAGE, A SCRAPE OR SCRATCH.

WE CHILDREN KNEW WE MATTERED.

I AM FROM CHICKEN AND DUMPLINGS, ALL THE VEGETABLES YOU COULD EVER WANT TO EAT.

LEMON, MERENGUE PIE, FRESH APPLES, PLUMS, PEACHES, AND BERRIES.

THANK YOU GOD.

FOR MY GRANDPARENTS FARM I'M ALSO FROM ICE.

COLD IS A ROOM TEMPERATURE, RED WINE.

I AM FROM GOD.

SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, LEAVE EVERYTHING LOOKING BETTER THAN IT DID WHEN YOU CAME HERE.

WHEN YOU LEARN, TEACH FAILURE IS NECESSARY, DOING YOUR BEST IS TO, AND TO WHOM MUCH IS GIVEN MUCH IS EXPECTED.

I AM FROM ANCESTORS ON THE JAMES MADISON, PLANTATION, ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, THE BANKS AND GILL FAMILIES, CHURCH COMMUNITIES, FOUNDATION OF TEXAS DIVERSITY CREW, THE GRANTS, PRESBYTERIAN, SOCIAL JUSTICE TASK FORCE, AND THE CITY OF GUERLAIN MULTICULTURAL COMMISSION.

THANK YOU EVERYONE.

I THINK THAT WE NOW KNOW A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT EACH OTHER AND OURSELVES.

AND IF THAT DID NOT MAKE YOU SMILE, STEPHANIE, IT SHOULDN'T HAVE, BECAUSE I WAS LIKE, OOH, THE STREET PLAYING IN THE STREET AND THE ICE CREAM.

THEN I KNOW THAT THAT'S, THAT'S A VERY UP THERE THING.

I HAVE THE PLEASURE NOW.

AND I WISH I HAD THOUGHT TO GET YOUR BIO DEBORAH, BUT I HOPE YOU WILL INTRODUCE YOURSELF WITH ALL OF YOUR CREDENTIALS BECAUSE THEY'RE IMPRESSIVE.

I HAVE THE PLEASURE OF INTRODUCING OUR FACILITATOR FOR TODAY.

DEBRA AUSTIN IS, UM, AND I'M NOT GOING TO EVEN TRY TO MAKE IT UP.

DEBRA AUSTIN IS JOINING US.

AND, YOU KNOW, WE WERE VERY, VERY BLESSED IN THAT.

OUR WONDERFUL STAFF LIAISON HELPED US FIND SOMEONE WHO CAN HELP US MAKE THE BEST OF OUR DAY.

DEBRA.

I WILL LET YOU INTRODUCE YOURSELF.

AND I APOLOGIZE FOR NOT HAVING GOTTEN DEBORAH'S BIO SO THAT I COULD DO IT, DO IT JUSTICE.

BUT I KNOW THAT SHE WILL.

ARE YOU LISTENING TO YOUR FARMS AND EVEN LISTENING TO YOUR MISSION? I AM SO EXCITED TO BE WITH YOU GUYS TODAY AND TO SEE WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO CREATE.

I AM, UM, MY CAREER, A BUSINESS COACH CONSULTANT, AND ALSO A FACILITATOR AND A SPEAKER.

AND I HELP A LOT OF GROUPS DO WHAT YOU GUYS ARE DOING IN THE DAY, WHICH IS CREATE THEIR WAY FORWARD WHEN I'VE LISTENED TO YOUR ICEBREAKER.

KIMBERLIN I WILL TELL YOU, I SAID STOLEN.

I LOVE THAT.

I LOVE THE IDEAL OF BEING ABLE TO SHARE WHO AND WHAT YOU ARE AND WHAT MAKES YOU, AND WHAT'S EXCITING TO ME ABOUT THAT IS THAT WHAT THAT'S, WHAT YOU GUYS ARE TALKING ABOUT TODAY, THAT MOSAIC

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AND THE MOSAIC OF YOUR EXPERIENCES THAT BRING YOU HERE.

SO I'M HAPPY TO SHARE WHATEVER YOU GUYS WANT TO KNOW ABOUT ME LATER, BUT I REALLY THINK IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU.

AND I WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOU GUYS MOVING TO TALKING ABOUT WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO CREATE TODAY.

IS THAT OKAY? YES.

THAT'S, THAT'S FINE.

THANK YOU.

OUR VERY FIRST STEP IS OUR MISSION AND THE MISSION.

AND I'M GOING TO READ THIS OF THE MULTICULTURAL COMMISSION, SHELBY TO MAXIMIZE THE INCLUSION AND QUALITY OF LIFE FOR ALL CITIZENS IN THE CITY OF GRIND.

BY INCREASING THE NUMBER OF CITIZENS, WE REACH, TEACH, EDUCATE, AND INVOLVE IN WHAT THE CITY OF BERLIN HAS TO OFFER TO ENSURE THAT EVERY CITIZEN, REGARDLESS OF ETHNIC RACIAL, RELIGIOUS, OR CULTURAL BACKGROUNDS FEELS WELCOMED IN THE COMMUNITY NEIGHBORHOOD, BUSINESS, OR PLACES OF WORSHIP, THAT'S A, A LOFTY AND WONDERFUL MISSION.

AND THE WAY WE'RE GOING TO GET STARTED IS BY SAYING IN FIVE WORDS OR LESS, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO YOU WHEN YOU HEAR IT? AND I CAN START, YOU CAN START.

DOES ANYONE WANT TO START? IF NOT, I'LL GO IN THE ORDER THAT YOU APPEAR ON MY SCREEN.

OKAY.

WITH RE TEACH, EDUCATE, INVOLVE.

AND WHAT WAS THE OTHER REACH, TEACH, EDUCATE, AND INVOLVE IN WHAT THE CITY OF GARLAND HAS TO OFFER FOR YOU.

YEAH.

TAKE YOUR MERLIN WITH YOUR PERMISSION.

I'M GOING TO CHEYENNE, JUST CUT THAT PIECE OUT AND PUT IT UP ON THE SCREEN SO PEOPLE CAN LOOK AT IT.

PERFECT.

OKAY.

SO BE PATIENT WITH ME FOR A MOMENT GUYS.

GOT IT.

THANK YOU.

WE'LL GRAB IT THAT WAY.

IT'S A LITTLE BIT EASIER TO FIND.

YEAH.

YOU GUYS CAN BE THINKING ABOUT YOUR FIVE WORDS AS, AS YOU'RE WAITING FOR ME HERE.

THIS IS NOT BEING NICE.

THERE WE GO.

SO LET'S JUST GO WITH THAT.

OKAY.

SO MY FOUR WORDS ARE TO CREATE WELCOMING COMMUNITY ELVIA.

WELL, I DON'T KNOW HOW TO PUT IT IN WORDS, BUT I KNOW SOME OF THE STUFF THAT I WROTE WAS I WOULD LIKE TO SEE WHEN WE'RE AT A, DOING A PRESENTATION OR SOMETHING TO ACTUALLY HAVE A POSTER OR SOMETHING THAT SHOWS SOME OF THE STUFF THAT IS AVAILABLE.

UM, A LOT OF TIMES WE HAVE A TABLE AND WE'RE JUST GIVING OUT STUFF.

UH, THEY DON'T REALLY HEAR WHO WE ARE OR WHAT WE ARE OR WHY WE'RE EVEN THERE.

I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THAT I WOULD, YOU KNOW, TO REACH THEM, TO EDUCATE THEM AND TO GET THEM INVOLVED.

OKAY.

HOW ABOUT TO REACH, EDUCATE, AND GET INVOLVED.

SO, YOU KNOW, AND THAT STARTED THINKING, YOU KNOW, GO TO PLACES WHERE THERE'S GOING TO BE PEOPLE AND NOT ONLY GIVE THEM STUFF, BUT ACTUALLY TALK TO THEM, UM, AND, AND EDUCATE THEM.

AND THAT'S WHY I THINK THE POSTER COMES IN AND HE SAID, YOU KNOW, THIS IS A KIND OF THINGS WE DO WHEN YOU CAN GET INVOLVED FOR HOW CAN WE HELP YOU, YOU KNOW, WITH WHATEVER ORGANIZATION YOU'RE WITH, YOU KNOW, GET INVOLVED WITH THEM.

AND THEN THEY GET INVOLVED WITH YOU.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

ALVIA MINDY FIVE WORDS OR LESS.

I WROTE EQUITY FOR ALL.

OOH.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

MINDY WAS ROLLED OUT THIS YEAR.

KNOWLEDGE.

YEAH.

CHARLES, THANK YOU.

THIS YEAR, CHARLES.

YOU'RE MUTED.

MEGAN BASHIR LOOK GOOD AGAIN.

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THAT'S IT.

I'M GOING TO QUIT READING AND YOU'RE GOING TO HEAR ALL MY NOISE.

UM, EDUCATE, ENGAGE, EMPOWER ALL THE CITIZENS.

OKAY.

THANK YOU, CHARLES.

LIZ INCLUDE ALL FOR GREAT.

OOH.

OH, THAT'S THAT'S REAL.

YEAH.

THAT'S REAL POWERFUL.

THAT'S THAT? THAT'S THIS.

THEY ALL DO.

SO WE'RE GOING TO FIGURE IT OUT BY THE TIME WE'RE DONE.

WE'RE ALL GOING TO BE LIKE, OOH, WE ARE JUST SO GOOD AT THIS.

STEPHANIE FOR ME, I, I JUST HAD A, WHAT, FOUR WORDS TO INSPIRE, ENCOURAGE SUPPORT, AND SERVE, INSPIRE, ENCOURAGE, SUPPORT, AND SERVE AND SERVE.

THAT'S BEAUTIFUL.

I DON'T THINK THAT I COULD POSSIBLY DISAGREE WITH ANY OF THOSE WORDS, YOU KNOW, AND I'M NOT, I'M NOT ABLE TO DISAGREE WITH ANY OF THE WORDS THAT WE'VE JUST HEARD.

YOU KNOW, I THINK IF, IF WE, BASED ON WHAT, OOH, THANK YOU, DEBORAH.

YOU KNOW, IF WE THINK ABOUT WHAT EACH OF US SAID, WE'RE ALREADY ON THE SAME PAGE AND, AND WE HAVE IDEALS WITH IT AL THAT ARE THE RIGHT ONES TO LIVE UP, TO, TO SERVE IN THE ROLES THAT WE ARE IN, YOU KNOW, INCLUSION, EMPOWERMENT, ENGAGEMENT, REACHING OUT, REACHING, YOU KNOW, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT REACHING, WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT DOING SOMETHING INSULAR, RIGHT.

WE'RE TALKING ABOUT HOW DO WE WORK WITH YOU? HOW DO WE GET INVOLVED IN WHAT YOU'RE DOING? NOT JUST, HOW DO YOU GET INVOLVED IN WHAT WE'RE DOING? LISA, DID I GET YOU? UH, NO, BUT MINE IS TWO WORDS.

I WOULD SAY OPEN DOORS.

I LIKE IT.

I LIKE IT.

WHAT DO THOSE THINGS HAVE IN COMMON? SOMEONE, ANYONE? I THINK THEY ALL SAY THE SAME THING, BUT I THINK THE MAIN THING IS WE'VE GOT TO REACH OUT TO THEM FIRST AND THEN, YOU KNOW, WHETHER MINORITIES OR WHATEVER, BUT WE REALLY NEED TO REACH OUT TO ALL OF GARLAND AND THEN WE CAN GO WITH THE EDUCATION AND INCLUDING THEM.

AND HOW CAN WE HELP YOU THAT NOT, WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO GET TO THEM FIRST.

WE'VE GOT TO MAKE THEM KNOW THAT THEY'RE WANTED.

YEAH.

I DON'T KNOW IF MAYBE GOING WELL RIGHT NOW WITH WAS WITH ZOOM IS NOT THE EASIEST THING, BUT I WAS SAYING, YOU KNOW, ONCE HOPEFULLY WE CAN GET INTO CLUBS, GO TO THE DIFFERENT ORGANIZATION, SAY WHO WE ARE AND HOW WE CAN HELP YOU, OR THEY CAN HELP US OR THAT KIND OF STUFF AND HOW THEY CAN HELP GARLIC.

YEAH.

IT'S NOT JUST THAT WE'RE GOING TO HELP THEM, BUT THAT THEY HAVE SOMETHING THAT WE WANT.

YEAH.

I THINK THEY'RE INVOLVED.

THERE'LL BE ALL FOR IT.

YOU'RE RIGHT.

ANYONE ELSE? SO, YOU KNOW, WHEN I LOOK AT IT AND, AND THINK ABOUT IT, YOU KNOW, I, I AM THE, NOT THE NEWEST MEMBER OF THE COMMISSION, BUT JUST THIS YEAR, I KNOW.

WELL, JUST LAST YEAR, SINCE WE ARE NOW IN 2021, MYSELF WHO CAME AFTER ME, MINDY, YOU, I THINK YOU CAME AFTER ME.

STEPHANIE CAME AFTER ME.

LIZ CAME AFTER ME AND LISA IS VERY ELISA HAS JUST BEEN APPOINTED.

SO I SHOULD HAVE WELCOMED.

LISA.

LISA WAS JUST APPOINTED IN THE LAST WEEK.

THANK YOU.

SO, SO MANY OF US ARE VERY NEW AND ARE NOT MARRIED IN ANY WAY TO WHAT HAS BEEN DONE BEFORE.

AND THOSE WHO HAVE HAD THE HISTORICAL EXPERIENCE CAN ADVISE US AND, AND, YOU KNOW, LET US KNOW WHAT HAS WORKED, BUT WE ARE ALL ABOUT WHAT'S NEW.

AND HOW DO WE DO IT TO, TO INCLUDE PEOPLE IN THIS COMMUNITY? ONE THING I WILL SAY IS, FROM MY PERSPECTIVE, ONE OF THE REASONS I MOVED TO GARLAND

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IS BECAUSE IT LOOKED LIKE THE UNITED NATIONS TO ME, THE DIVERSITY OF THIS COMMUNITY.

I DON'T THINK OF ANYONE AS BEING, UM, ONE THING OR ANOTHER.

I DON'T THINK THE WORD MINORITY DOESN'T WORK FOR ME.

AND THAT'S JUST A PERSONAL PREFERENCE.

YEAH.

BECAUSE YOU KNOW, I LOOK AT PEOPLE AND EACH PERSON IS AN INDIVIDUAL, BUT I LIKED THAT IF THOSE PEOPLE TO BE ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE, I LIKE TO SEE EVERY FAITH FOCUS.

I LIKE TO SEE THAT PEOPLE HAVE OF ALL FACE, NO FACE OF ALL RACES OR WHO SAY RACE IS A CONSTRUCT, YOU KNOW, OF ALL ETHNICITIES WORKING TOGETHER AND GATLIN HAS THAT.

WE HAVE GOT EVERYBODY IT'S.

IT REALLY IS.

IT'S LIKE BEING IN THE UN, YOU KNOW, IF YOU LOOK AT OUR NEIGHBORHOODS AND WHO WE ARE, SO I WOULD LOVE FOR ME TO SEE HOW WE BRING ALL OF US TOGETHER AND I'M GOING TO GET OUT OF DEBORAH'S WAY AND, AND, AND, AND LET HER DO HER JOB SO WELL, AS I, AS I LISTENED TO YOU GUYS, AND ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT TO BRING TO THE TABLE AND WANT TO MA JUST MAKE YOU MINDFUL AS WE GO THROUGH THE REST OF YOUR TIME, THIS MORNING OF, YOU KNOW, TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN.

CAUSE YOU TALKED ABOUT WAYS TO MAKE IT HAPPEN, BUT HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN YOU'RE THERE? HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN YOU ACHIEVE THE MISSION? YOU KNOW, HE TALKED ABOUT EDUCATING AND TALKING ABOUT MAKING PEOPLE FEEL WELCOMING, UH, EQUITY FOR ALL, BUT HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN YOU'RE THERE? BECAUSE IF WE'RE NOT CLEAR ON WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE, IT'S A LOT HARDER TO GET THERE.

DOES THAT MAKE SENSE? IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHERE YOU'RE GOING, ANY ROAD WILL DO.

RIGHT.

UM, AND IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT, GUERLAIN HAS SO MANY ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE DOING, DOING SO MANY THINGS.

WHAT MAKES YOU GUYS STAND OUT AND BRING THE FORCE OF THAT TOGETHER SO THAT YOU ACHIEVE YOUR MISSION, THAT YOU'RE SERVING THAT MISSION IS THAT FAIR.

AND THEN THOSE WORDS THAT YOU USE TO DESCRIBE WHAT YOU THINK THAT MISSION MEANS.

KEEP THOSE IN MIND.

IF I NEED TO SHOW THEM TO YOU AGAIN, WE'LL COME BACK TO IT.

BUT WHAT I WANT TO DO NOW IS JUST KIND OF BRAINSTORM WHERE YOU WANT TO GO IN 2020, YOU GUYS HAD A HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT TO THINK ABOUT THE ORGANIZATIONS THAT YOU ARE PERSONALLY CONNECTED TO.

AND THEN THE LIST GROUPS THAT YOU THINK THAT YOU GUYS SHOULD BE CONNECTED TO.

AND I, I BELIEVE, AND, AND, AND KIMBERLYN CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG.

I BELIEVE THE GOAL IS NOT TO REPLICATE WHAT SOMEBODY ELSE IS DOING, BUT TO MAXIMIZE WHAT YOU DO.

SO WHETHER IT'S IN PARTNERSHIP OR NOT.

SO YOU MOVE CLOSER TO YOUR MISSION.

DOES, DOES THAT RESONATE? WHAT YOU GUYS WERE, WHAT YOU WERE DOING.

I MEAN, IF THIS ORGANIZATION IS ALREADY PUTTING ON A FAIR, THEN EVEN IF YOU PARTICIPATE, WHAT'S THE FLAVOR YOU BRING TO MAKE IT.

SO YOU'RE MOVING TOWARDS YOUR GOAL.

NOT THAT YOU'RE GOING TO REPLICATE WHAT THEY'RE DOING.

SO WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THE ORGANIZATIONS THAT YOU GUYS SHOULD PARTNER WITH, YOU KNOW, THINK ABOUT WHAT THEY ARE.

I'M GOING TO TURN THE CAMERA BACK OFF AND WE'RE PLAYING, MAKE-BELIEVE FLIP CHART OVER HERE IN CASE YOU DIDN'T FIGURE THAT OUT.

SO IF YOU GET, IF YOU CAN'T READ IT, JUST LET ME KNOW, AND I WILL, I WILL FIX THAT.

UM, UH, I WANT YOU TO THINK ABOUT, YOU KNOW, THREE GROUPS THAT YOU THINK SHOULD BE CONNECTED WITH, THAT YOU PERSONALLY CONNECTED WITH, UM, WHERE YOU THINK YOU GUYS SHOULD BE CONNECTED WITH.

AND IT CAN BE, FAITH-BASED AN AFFINITY GROUP, A MEMBERSHIP ORGANIZATION, GOVERNMENT SPORTS, WHATEVER IT IS, BUT THREE GROUPS THAT YOU THINK THIS COMMISSION SHOULD BE CONNECTED TO.

AND THEN WE'LL KIND OF GO BACK AND LOOK AT WHAT THE GROUP LOOKS LIKE ALL TOGETHER.

OKAY.

SO KIMBERLY, IF YOU WILL LEAD THE MARCH AND WE'LL FLIP YOU BACK OVER TO MY, TO MY, UM, MY FLIP CHART OVER HERE.

OKAY.

W WITH, WITH ABSOLUTE PLEASURE.

SO I THINK WE SHOULD BE CONNECTED WITH THE, UM, GARLAND YOUTH COUNCIL, THE OFFICE OF NEIGHBORHOOD VITALITY AND PARKS AND RECREATION.

KIMBERLY, TELL US JUST BRIEFLY WHY YOU THINK THOSE ARE ONES THAT ARE KEY.

OKAY.

OKAY.

THE YOUTH COUNCIL, BECAUSE ONE OF MY GREATEST GOALS ALWAYS IS TO GET YOUNG PEOPLE INVOLVED AND TO BE LISTENING TO THEM BECAUSE IT'S THEIR WORLD.

SO WE HAVE A REALLY STRONG YOUTH COUNCIL PROGRAM IN JSD.

I MEAN, IN THE CITY OF GARLAND IS NOT A GASB THING.

I ALSO THINK THAT WE COULD INVOLVE THE NAACP YOUTH GROUP, YOU KNOW, JUST YOUNG PEOPLE,

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UH, TEENAGERS WHO ARE ALREADY DREAMING AND VISIONING THINGS TO DO THAT WE CAN SUPPORT AND, UM, PROMOTE AND PARTNER WITH THEM.

YOU KNOW, IF PARTNERSHIP IS NEEDED, BUT THAT'S WHY THE YOUTH COUNCIL OFFERS HIS NEIGHBORHOOD RIGHT NOW.

HE DOES INCREDIBLE WORK IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS OF GARLAND.

AND IT'S A BIG COMMUNITY BUILDER, I THINK, BY WORKING WITH THEM AND SUPPORTING THEIR EVENTS AND THE THINGS THAT THEY ARE DOING, WE REACH MORE PEOPLE THROUGH OUR OUTREACH.

THEY WORK WITH NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS, UM, AND WITH ORGANIZATIONS THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY, BUILDING BETTER RELATIONSHIPS IN NEIGHBORHOODS AND THEN PARKS AND RECREATION BECAUSE THEY ARE THE GREAT CONVENER.

AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT BOTH MIKE COUNCILMAN WHO'S, ROBERT, JOHN SMITH, AND THE MAYOR HAVE SHARED WITH ME AND THEIR FEEDBACK IS THAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE RETURN OF THE MOSAIC FESTIVAL.

THAT WILL BE A PARTNERSHIP ACROSS MANY, MANY, MANY ORGANIZATIONS, BUT PARKS AND REC IS DOING ALL THE THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING DOWN ON THE SQUARE.

AND RIGHT NOW A WHOLE LOT OF VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING MEANS THAT'S WHAT COVID HAS BROUGHT US TO.

BUT I THINK THAT THAT'S ANOTHER WAY THAT WE WILL TOUCH MORE PEOPLE IN THE CITY.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

LVN.

I'M GONNA MOVE TO THE BACK OF THE ROOM.

I DON'T KNOW WHO PUT ME UP IN THE FRONT IN THINKING OF THE MOSAIC THERE.

I THINK THERE'S A GIRL IN THE YOUTH COUNCIL, OR SHE MIGHT'VE GRADUATED ALREADY.

I DON'T KNOW, BUT I W I W WITH MY GIRLS WITH GOLDS, I WENT TO A SESSION ONE TIME WITH A COUNCIL.

AND THAT WAS WHAT YOU WANTED TO HAVE A PLACE AT THE PARK WITH THE DIFFERENT ORGANISM, NOT ORGANIZATION, BUT ETHNICITIES DISPLAYING WHAT IT IS THAT THEY'RE HEARING GARLAND, YOU KNOW, CAUSE A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T KNOW WE'VE GOT A LOT OF INDIAN, A LOT OF PAKISTAN, A LOT OF, OF COURSE, YOU KNOW, HISPANIC, THAT KIND OF STUFF, BUT THAT BROUGHT IT INTO MINE, GETTING INVOLVED WITH THE YOUTH COUNCIL.

UM, I'M INVOLVED WITH THE KIWANIS CLUB OF GARLAND.

AND, UH, WE, WE ALSO HAVE THE, THE KEY CLUBS IN THE HIGH SCHOOLS, WHICH ARE LEADERSHIP GROUPS.

AND IT'S A WAY OF, OF GETTING THEM ALSO INVOLVED IN, IN, UH, IN WHAT'S GOING ON IN GARLAND AND HOW WE CAN INVOLVE THEM.

ALSO CUBANOS IS A COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION.

SO, YOU KNOW, WE CAN HELP EACH OTHER IN WHAT WE DO.

AND I KNOW YOU ALL PARTICIPATE OR WE ALL IN THE COUNCIL IN THE, IN THE MULTICULTURE, IN OUR LI UH, VOLUNTEER FAIR.

UM, BUT PLACES LIKE THAT, AND ALSO, UH, DON'T FORGET G ISD.

I THINK THE GIS D HAS DIFFERENT GROUPS THAT WE COULD, YOU KNOW, VISIT AND GET THEM INVOLVED IN WHAT WE DO OR WHAT THEY DO.

THANK YOU, LIZ, DID YOU WANT TO BE IN THE BACK OF THEM? YEAH, I DON'T MIND.

I CAN SIT ON THE FRONT ROW IF I HAVE TO.

UM, UM, I, I HAD SHARED THAT I THOUGHT, UM, WORKING WITH THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS, UM, I, I WAS STRUCK, UM, WHEN I WAS AT THE LEAKS, UM, ANNUAL MEETING LAST SPRING, UM, ABOUT HOW MANY OF THE CONCERNS THAT ARE CONTINUALLY RAISED, THERE ARE THE SAME THINGS THAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO.

AND I THINK WE ARE A GOVERNMENT RELATED ENTITY AND THEREFORE THE POLITICAL OR ADVOCACY SPEECH, UM, ARE PART OF THE WORK THAT WE DO IS REALLY IMPORTANT.

AND THAT, YOU KNOW, THEY HAVE THE WHOLE EDUCATION ARM, UM, IN LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS AND IT'S ALL BI-PARTISAN.

AND I THINK THAT WOULD BE A GREAT CONNECTION FOR US TO, TO USE.

UM, AND THEN, UH, I ALSO THOUGHT THAT WE SHOULD, YOU KNOW, I MEAN, WE WERE SUPPOSED TO THINK OF THINGS REGARDLESS OF COVID, BUT I COVERED WITH US, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER WE CAN GO BACK TO IN-PERSON STUFF COVID IS GOING TO HAVE A TREMENDOUS IMPACT ON OUR COMMUNITY.

AND SO I THINK THAT WE REALLY NEED TO, UH, WORK WITH AND SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH, UM, PHYSICAL HEALTH, UM, GETTING GOOD INFORMATION OUT ABOUT VACCINES, ALL THAT KIND OF THING AND WHATEVER THE ENTITIES ARE THAT CAN HELP US DO THAT.

LIZ, DO YOU KNOW OF ANY PERSONALLY THAT YOU CAN THINK OF OFF HAND? WELL, THE ONE THING THAT I HAD SUGGESTED, WELL, I'M THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF FAITH IN GRIEF.

SO IN ORDER TO DEAL WITH THE GRIEF OF COVID, UM, WE ARE HAPPY TO WORK WITH, UH, WITH GARLAND

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TO, YOU KNOW, BRING BRIEF SUPPORT SERVICES.

SEE, THAT'S SOMETHING THAT I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW.

AND I WENT TO THREE MONTHS OF MISERY WITH HEADACHES AND THAT I GOT A WHOLE BUNCH OF MRIS BECAUSE I HAD THIS HORRIBLE HEADACHES THAT I COULDN'T EVEN STAND BECAUSE OF THE HEADACHES.

AND I HAD, UH, NEUROSURGEONS, I HAD CAT SCANS, I HAD MRIS, I HAD BLOOD WORK.

I HAD, NOBODY COULD FIND ANYTHING THAT WAS WRONG WITH ME.

UM, IT GOT TO THE POINT TO QUIT.

THEY WERE GOING TO DO A NERVE BLOCK OR SOMETHING, AND, BUT THEY WOULDN'T PUT ME TO SLEEP OR, OR ANYTHING BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY HIT THE RIGHT SPOT.

AND SO I SAID, WELL, LET ME THINK ABOUT IT.

AND THE MORE I THOUGHT ABOUT IT, THE MORE I THOUGHT THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH ME SO FAR.

SO IT'S GOT TO BE COVID, IT'S GOTTA BE THE FACT THAT I'M ALWAYS OUT THERE.

I BELONG TO DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS IN FRIENDS AND STUFF LIKE THAT.

AND ALL OF A SUDDEN I'M NOT SEEING ANYTHING.

I WASN'T EVEN DOING ZOOM CAUSE I DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO DO IT.

UM, I COULDN'T VISIT MY FAMILY.

AND SO I DECIDED, OKAY, I'M GOING TO STOP TAKING ALL MY MEDICATION.

AND I DIDN'T KNOW WHO TO CALL.

I'M GOING TO STOP ALL MY MEDICATION.

AND I SEND A NOTE TO MY DOCTOR SAYING, I'M GOING TO STOP ALL THE MEDICATION.

I'M GOING TO TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT.

I JOINED THE GYM, MAKE SURE THAT, THAT, YOU KNOW, THAT I WAS TAKEN CARE OF AND STUFF LIKE THAT.

AND IT WAS A BIG CHANGE WITHIN TWO WEEKS, EVERYTHING WENT AWAY.

I CONTINUED TO BE EXERCISING.

I CONTINUE.

UM, AND THE HARDEST HARDSHIP WAS, I COULDN'T TALK TO MY FAMILY.

I HAD A BROTHER AND A SISTER THAT WERE REALLY SICK AND I HAD A BROTHER-IN-LAW THAT DIED.

AND I COULDN'T KNOW.

AND SO A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK, WELL, YOU KNOW, THEY DIDN'T COLLAPSE OR WHATEVER, BUT THEY'RE STILL HAVING PROBLEMS AND WE NEED, WE NEED TO PLAY, YOU KNOW, THAT WE NEED TO LET THEM KNOW THERE ARE PLACES.

SO ONE OF THE THINGS I HEAR FROM ALL OF YOU AS, AS YOU'RE SPEAKING SO FAR, AND I'VE HEARD SINCE YOU STARTED THIS MORNING, IS THAT YOU GUYS WANT TO BE LIKE A CENTRAL HUB JUST FOR KNOWING WHAT THE AVAILABLE IN THE COMMUNITY.

IS THAT TRUE? YES.

YEAH.

THAT WOULD BE GREAT.

SEVERAL TIMES HERE.

AND LIKE YOU SAID, JUST THE PLACE TO GO, TO START TO SAY, IS THERE SOMETHING AVAILABLE? YES.

OKAY.

THANK YOU, LIZ, DID YOU HAVE ANOTHER GROUP YOU WANTED TO ADD OR IS THAT, ARE WE GOOD? OKAY.

AND LISA, SORRY.

NO, I REALLY CAN'T THINK OF ANY, SORRY.

OKAY.

BASHIR.

UM, I'M THINKING I WOULD GOT ON, UH, INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT.

SORRY.

I'M THINKING OF THAT ON INDEPENDENT TO THIS DAY.

I MEAN MYSELF, I CAN HEAR YOU.

OKAY.

AND, UH, WHY MTA? BECAUSE, UH, THEY DEAL WITH A LOT OF YOUTH AND THEIR PARENTS BECAUSE MOST OF THE TIME THEIR PARENTS ARE INVOLVED TOO.

AND, UH, THAT ON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BECAUSE, UH, MANY TIMES OR NOON AMY GRANT OR THE RESIDENTS AND THOSE WHO JUST MOVED TO THE CITY, THEY HAVE TO BE TOLD OF, UH, THE ECONOMICAL, UM, OPPORTUNITY THAT THEY HAVE.

AND WE GOT THIS INFORMATION PROVIDED TO BED FROM THE, UH, CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.

IF WE HAVE, IF WE ARE BLESSED AS WITH THEM, WE WILL BE ABLE TO HAVE CURRENT INFORMATION CORRELATE THE OPPORTUNITY THAT IS AVAILABLE IN THE CITY OF GARLAND, WHICH WE CAN AS TO THE NOON, UH, RESIDENT, UM, BLACK OR WHITE OR ANYBODY THAT JUST MOVED TO THE GARDEN BECAUSE THEY, THEY NEED THAT.

AND THAT WE HAVE THEM TO STABILIZE THEIR BUILDINGS IN THE CITY.

SO WOULD THAT BE SOMETHING WHERE YOU WOULD WANT TO SAY, IF SOMEONE WERE TO CONTACT YOU ABOUT THIS, THAT THIS IS YOUR RESOURCE, THIS IS WHERE YOU, THIS IS WHO YOU NEED TO TALK TO.

IS THAT, UM, YES.

YEAH, CURRENTLY I'M INVOLVED WITH, BECAUSE, UM, I, I WOULD, THERE I'M A RETIRED TEACHER, SO I STILL GOT INVOLVED WITH, UH, GIS D SO I KNOW THE KIND OF LIKE LAST YEAR, THE PROGRAM, WE WITH THEM, WHICH WAS A LITERACY FOR LIFE.

I KNOW

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I'LL INPUT ON THAT PROGRAM IS TO THE, TO THE STUDENT BECAUSE A LOT OF STUDENTS LIKE IT AND THEY TALK ABOUT IT WHEN I WAS IN SCHOOL, HE HAD IN THAT, UH, THOSE ARE PROGRAMS THAT THEY STILL WANTS TO CONTINUE.

SO, SO, BUT WE KEEP IN MIND.

WHAT WE TALKED ABOUT EARLIER IS THAT YOU DON'T WANT TO REPLICATE SOMETHING THAT'S ALREADY THERE.

SO THINK ABOUT THE, THE COUNCIL'S ROLE IN CONNECTING PEOPLE, RIGHT? I MEAN, IF THAT PROGRAM ALREADY EXISTS AND IS RUNNING, THEN WE DON'T NEED TO DO THAT OVER, BUT YOU NEED TO BE ABLE TO SAY IT'S AVAILABLE.

YES.

UM, I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S, I DON'T KNOW IF THE PROGRAM IS STILL THERE RUNNING.

I THINK WE JUST DID IT ONE TIME.

I DUNNO IF YOU'RE GOING TO DO IT THIS YEAR, BUT IF WE CAN CONTINUE ON DOING THAT PROGRAM, A PATTERN WITH THE WOW GIZ, THAT WOULD BE A GOOD THING FOR US CHALLENGE THERE, THAT THE DISTRICT, YOU KNOW, WE, YES, WE ABSOLUTELY NEED TO CONNECT WITH, BUT THE DISTRICT, THE SCHOOL BOARD AND ALL OF THEIR DIFFERENT, DIFFERENT VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATIONS ARE UNDER A DIFFERENT UMBRELLA.

SO ANYTIME WE'RE COORDINATING SOMETHING WITH GIS, D THERE'S PROBABLY MORE BUREAUCRACY INVOLVED.

IT'S NOT IMPOSSIBLE, BUT I DON'T KNOW THAT THAT'S THE BEST WAY FOR US TO DEPLOY VOLUNTEERS.

IT'S, IT'S A, IT'S NOT THAT IT'S NOT VALUABLE.

IT'S THAT THE DISTRICT HAS TONS OF RESOURCES SOMETIMES MORE THAN THEY CERTAINLY HAVE A MUCH LARGER STAFF THAN THE CITY.

AND WE'RE AFFILIATED WITH THE CITY.

I DON'T KNOW, RENEE, I CUT YOU OFF.

I'M SORRY.

NO, NO.

I WAS JUST GOING TO ASK MR. UH SHIMI.

IF HE'S AWARE OF THAT ARM IN THE DISTRICT THAT HAS A, UM, I GUESS A OR COMMISSION REGARDING MATTERS OF DIVERSITY, I'M JUST KNOW ONE PERSON WHO'S BEEN ON IT.

I CAN'T THINK OF THE NAME OF IT RIGHT NOW, BUT I THINK IT TO BE SIMILAR TO CMC, BUT NOT THE SAME.

YEAH.

UM, AND IT'S IN, SO THERE'S A COUPLE, I KNOW THE PART, THE PARENT PART PARENT ENGAGEMENT IS, UM, HAS THE LIAISONS FOR CULTURE ARE ALL UNDER THE SAME VICE THEY'RE NOT CALLED VICE CHAIRS.

WHAT ARE THEY CALLED? VICE, UM, SUPERINTENDENT ASSISTANT DIRECTOR.

YEAH.

NOT, NOT TO GET TOO FAR INTO THE DETAILS AT THIS POINT.

CAUSE I GUESS YOU GUYS WANT TO LEAVE WITH LIKE, HERE'S THE MASTER UMBRELLA.

WE'RE GOING TO WORK FOR HIM FOR THE YEAR.

BUT AGAIN, BEING MINDFUL OF THAT IS THAT, YOU KNOW, WHAT IS YOUR ROLE IN, IN THAT MAYBE YOU'RE BRINGING COMMUNITIES AND CONNECTING THEM INTO THE PROGRAM, NOT DOING THE PROGRAM BECAUSE IF IT'S ALREADY EXISTS OR IF IT DOES EXIST, HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THAT? RIGHT? MAYBE THAT'S SOMETHING THAT YOU WANT TO SUPPORT, BUT NOT TO REPLICATE OR, OR WORSE THAN THAT BECOME THE COMPETITION.

WELL, WE DID SPEAK TO EDUCATION AND I THINK LITERACY AND EDUCATION, UM, YOU KNOW, GONNA INVOLVE THE SCHOOLS, ALSO THE LIBRARY THAT'S TRUE.

WELL, THE LIBRARY HAS A LITERACY PROGRAM, BUT I'M NOT SURE EXACTLY HOW THAT FUNCTIONS, BUT I USED TO BE A GIRL.

I USED TO BE ON ADULT LITERACY VOLUNTEER LONG, LONG AGO.

AND I KNOW YOU DID THAT TO LIZ AND IT, AND IT'S LIKE, YES, I WOULD LOVE TO DO SOMETHING WITH THE LIBRARY.

CAUSE I KNOW THEY DON'T HAVE A LOT OF VOLUNTEER RESOURCES EITHER.

AND EVEN, EVEN WITHIN THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY, MR. BASHIR, THEY HAVE A LOT OF BUSINESS RESOURCES.

SO THAT MAY BE ONE.

AND I ADDED IT TO YOUR LIST.

YOU GUYS WANT TO THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH THEM AND MAYBE YOU DON'T WORK WITH EVERYBODY THIS YEAR.

WHAT'S YOUR PLAN IS WHAT YOU WANT TO WORK WITH DOWN THE LINE.

YOU KNOW, THIS YEAR I FOCUS MIGHT BE THESE ORGANIZATIONS, THESE, THIS YEAR, NEXT YEAR, THESE WILL BE ORGANIZATIONS WE FOCUS ON, BUT YOU'LL, YOU'LL FIGURE IT OUT.

YOU FIGURE OUT HOW TO DO IT.

LET'S TRY TO CAPTURE THE INFORMATION AND NOT LEAVE ANYTHING OUT THAT JUST POINT.

IS THAT OKAY? YES.

YES.

THANK YOU.

CINDY LEE.

UM, SO I HAVE ALL HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATIONS, SO HOPE CLINIC OF GARLAND, GARLAND PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT, AND THEN THE NEW GARLAND VA TO ACTUALLY GIVE NAMES TO WHAT LIVES WITH ME.

SO YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO GO AND SAY THAT AGAIN.

CAUSE YOU KNOW, MY ARMS, OH, SORRY.

THE HOPE CLINIC OF GARLAND GARLAND PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND THEN THE NEW GARLAND VA.

THANK YOU THEN CHARLES,

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I'M THINKING ABOUT IT A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT, NOT AS MICRO AS YOU GUYS ARE.

I'M A LITTLE BORED BECAUSE THE MACRO VIEW, AND THIS IS JUST MY, THAT WE HAVE TWO GROUPS, WE HAVE A TARGET GROUP THAT WE'RE TRYING TO TARGET.

AND THOSE PEOPLE ARE THE ONES WE'RE TRYING TO OPEN DOORS AND GET THEM TO REALIZE THAT THEY HAVE A VOICE AND THEY HAVE A PLACE IN GARLAND AND HELP THEM FIND THEIR PLACE.

AND THAT'S THE TARGET GROUP.

AND THEN WE HAVE THE RESOURCE GROUP.

AND WHAT I'M SEEING ON YOUR LIST IS A LOT OF RESOURCES.

AND THEN WHAT WE DO IS WE HAVE THE TARGET GROUP CONNECT WITH THE RESOURCE ASPECTS.

AND TO ME, THAT'S SORT OF WHAT I ENVISION, UH, US DOING.

NOW.

THE RESOURCE GROUP, EVERYBODY YOU'VE GOT DOWN IS GREAT.

UH, ALSO, UH, WHEN I WAS IN RICHARDSON, UH, WE HAD, UH, HER RICHARDSON REALTORS ASSOCIATION AND WE WORKED VERY CLOSELY WITH THE CHAMBER AND THEY WERE GREAT GROUPS THAT WE COULD REFER PEOPLE TO AND USE, UH, TO HELP IDENTIFY PEOPLE THAT NEEDED SUPPORT.

UH, THOSE WOULD BE GOOD TO ADD.

THERE ARE, OF COURSE ALL THE CIVIC ORDINANCE ORGANIZATIONS, THE QUANTIS, THE ROTARY, UH, THEY'RE ALL GOOD TO THE BUSINESS GROUPS WE HAVE IN GARLAND.

WE HAVE A LOT OF STRONG GROUPS.

THE SCHOOL DISTRICT GIVES A STRONG WORD, BUT TO ME WHO ARE OUR TARGETS, WHO ARE, WHO ARE WE TRYING TO, UH, ENGAGE? WHO'S NOT BEING ENGAGED IN GARLAND.

WHO'S BEING LOST, WHO, UH, WHO FEELS LIKE THEY DON'T HAVE A VOICE OR THEY'RE NOT SURE THAT REALLY GARLAND IS INCLUSIVE.

UH, SO I WOULD LOVE, AND I DON'T KNOW, I DON'T HAVE WHO THEY ARE.

SO, SO CHARLES LAMB, LET ME SAY THANK YOU FOR BRINGING IT TO THAT LEVEL.

AND THAT'S KIND OF WHAT WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT NEXT.

AND I SORT OF SEATED THIS QUESTION, SO THAT'S WHY EVERYBODY'S OFF ON THE ORGANIZATION.

SO THAT'S KIND OF MY FAULT.

AND IT WAS LIKE, WHO ARE YOU CONNECTED TO NOW? WHO DO YOU THINK WE SHOULD BE CONNECTED TO? BECAUSE THE NEXT QUESTION IS ABOUT WHAT DO YOU WANT TO ACCOMPLISH? AND I THINK YOUR, YOUR MACRO LEVEL OF HERE ARE THE PEOPLE WE WANT TO KNOW.

AND WE WANT TO CONNECT WITH, HERE ARE THE RESOURCES, THAT'S WHERE WE'RE GOING IN THE NEXT STEP.

SO THANK YOU FOR STEPPING BACK AND SAYING THAT, BUT I ALSO WANT TO MAKE SURE I WROTE DOWN CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS AND BUSINESS GROUPS.

WERE THERE OTHER ORGANIZATIONS THAT YOU WOULD PUT ON THAT LIST AS RESOURCES? I WOULD LOVE TO SEE A GARLAND REALTORS GROUP THAT WOULD BE THERE TO HELP PEOPLE AND ALSO BE A VOICE OF ALL THE WONDERFUL THINGS THAT'S GOING ON IN GARLAND, AS THEY'RE SHOWING HOMES, THEY'RE PROMOTING IT AND REALLY SAYING, THIS IS WHAT'S GREAT ABOUT GARLAND AND THIS IS WHY YOU NEED TO MOVE HERE.

AND WE DID THAT IN RICHARDSON.

THEY WOULD EVEN MEET AT MY HIGH SCHOOL TWICE A YEAR AND WE'D GIVE THEM BRAG SHEETS FROM DISTRICT OF, OF ALL THE GREAT STUFF GOING ON AT THE DIFFERENT SCHOOLS.

AND SO, AND THEY WOULD USE THEM IN THE DIFFERENT ZIP CODES.

AND, UH, IT, IT'S JUST A GREAT WAY TO BUILD THAT SPIRIT OF CITY AND, AND SPIRIT OF ACCOMPLISHMENT.

AND IT REALLY HIGHLIGHTS THE KIDS.

BASHIR ACTUALLY MENTIONED SOMETHING IN THAT VEIN.

WHEN YOU TALKED ABOUT SOMETHING FOR NEW RESIDENTS, IT'S LIKE BACK IN THE OLDEN DAYS, DOES ANYONE REMEMBER WELCOME WAGON? YOU KNOW, WHERE IT'S LIKE YOU WOULD GET ALL THE INFORMATION.

I THINK WE NEED TO GO BEYOND NEW RESIDENTS.

SO I THINK WE NEEDED TO GO TO EXISTING RESIDENTS BECAUSE PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT'S AVAILABLE.

SO IT'S REALLY LIKE, THAT'S A GREAT TACTIC FOR THE NEW ONES AND WE NEED TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET IT TO THE EXISTING ONES, TOO TERABYTES.

IF I MIGHT, UM, THE CITY DOES HAVE A EXISTING RELATIONSHIP AND I KNOW SOMETHING THEY'VE BEEN DOING ANNUALLY WITH THE AREA, I THINK METROPLEX REALTORS.

SO YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TO REINVENT THE CONTENT FOR THAT BECAUSE, UM, THERE'S SOMEONE IN OUR ORGANIZATION WHO'S ALREADY DOING AN ANNUAL EVENT WITH REALTORS.

UH, I THINK THEY MAY HAVE EVEN DONE IT BEFORE.

COVID GOT LIKE IT IS NOW, BUT THERE IS SOMETHING THAT EXISTS ALL READY THAT, UH, I THINK THERE HAS BEEN MENTIONING, YOU KNOW, MAYBE A PARTNERSHIP AND NOT REINVENT.

SO THAT'S ONE, YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TO REINVENT IT.

I LOVE THAT.

SO CHARLES, THANK YOU FOR THAT, RENEE.

I WANT TO GET YOUR TAKE TOO.

YOU KNOW, IF YOU THINK ABOUT ORGANIZATIONS THAT YOU GUYS WANT TO LOOK AT PARTNERING WITH, WHAT WOULD BE YOUR TOP THREE? WELL, WHEN CHARLES WAS TALKING ABOUT THE

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MACRO LEVEL AND IT'S BEEN ON MY MIND EVER SINCE YOU GUYS STARTED NAMING GROUPS AND WHAT HAVE YOU, CAUSE I HAVE A HEART FOR SENIORS.

I JUST WANT US TO REMEMBER OUR SENIORS AND WAYS TO CONNECT WITH THE SENIOR CITIZENS.

UM, BECAUSE EVEN IN THIS ENVIRONMENT, THEY'VE BEEN THE GROUP THAT'S BEEN MOST IMPACTED BY THIS VIRUS AND THEY'RE ALWAYS THE GROUP THAT'S MOST IN NEED OF HELP WITH TEXTED.

HOW DO I DO THIS? HOW DO I DO THAT? AND SO I THINK THAT WHEN THERE IS A, WHAT DOES IT COSTING YOUR SOURCE AND SOME OTHER THINGS THAT ALREADY EXIST.

UM, BUT THESE PEOPLE NEED PEOPLE WHO ARE CLOSER TO THEM THAT THEY CAN REALLY TOUCH AND CALL NOT THE LARGE ORGANIZATIONS THAT, YOU KNOW, YOU GOT TO PUSH FIVE BUTTONS TO GET TO WHO YOU NEED.

THEY NEED SOMEBODY THEY CAN REALLY TALK TO WHO CAN HELP THEM NAVIGATE AND HAVE OUR VOLUNTEERS WHO CAN HELP THEM NAVIGATE THOSE OTHER ENTITIES.

AND SO I JUST, MY ONE THING I SAID, ALL THAT TO SAY, REMEMBER THE SENIOR CITIZENS, THAT'S A TARGET GROUP TO ME.

ABSOLUTELY.

AND THAT'S PROBABLY THE ONLY ONE I'M THINKING ABOUT RIGHT NOW, SENIOR CITIZENS.

FAIR ENOUGH.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

SO WE'VE, WE'VE GONE THROUGH, AND WE'VE LOOKED AT A LIST OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT WE KNOW ABOUT THAT MIGHT BE ABLE TO PARTNER WITH.

AND IN CASE YOU GUYS DIDN'T REALIZE THAT THERE'S QUITE A FEW THAT YOU CAME UP WITH AND I HEARD A LITTLE BIT OF HEART AND ALL OF THE ONES THAT YOU NAMED, UH, BASED ON WHO YOU ARE AND WHERE YOU'RE FROM THAT MOSAIC AGAIN.

RIGHT.

SO LET'S TAKE A QUICK BREAK.

LET'S TAKE ABOUT 10 MINUTES AND COME BACK AND THEN I WANT TO REGROUP AND TALK ABOUT THIS WHOLE IDEAL OF WHERE YOU WANT TO GO.

AND THEN WHAT MIGHT BE THE RESOURCES AND TARGET GROUPS YOU WANT TO PUT TOGETHER AND WHAT'S GOING TO BRING THEM TOGETHER.

IS THAT OKAY? I'M DEBRA.

THIS IS STEPHANIE.

IF YOU DON'T MIND, CAN I ADD MY, UM, I HAD SOME OF WHAT EVERYONE ELSE HAS SAID, BUT JUST ONE OTHER WAS SHAKING HIS HEAD.

I'M SORRY.

NO, NO, NO WORRIES.

MOST OF IT WAS MENTIONED.

SO I WAS OKAY WITH ESPECIALLY ELDER CARE.

SO I'M GLAD GRENADES BROUGHT THAT IN.

I THINK THE ONLY OTHER THING WAS COMMUNITY RELATIONS AND THE COMMUNITY OUTREACH, LIKE WHAT OTHER, WHAT OTHER COMMUNITIES THAT ARE NOT BEING TOUCHED AND WHAT OTHER DESIRES.

AND I THINK IN SUMMARY TO WRAP MINDS UP, I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IS THE COMMUNITY BEEN ASKING FOR? WHAT DO THEY NEED, WHAT ARE THEY LOOKING FOR? AND EVEN WITHIN MY CIRCLE OF FOLKS THAT I ENGAGE WITH, ESPECIALLY IN THE DIFFERENT, UM, ENVIRONMENTS THAT I DO ENGAGE WITH, WHETHER IT'S IN THE FITNESS ENVIRONMENT OR IN THE SERBIAN ENVIRONMENT.

WHEN I ASK THOSE QUESTIONS, I ALSO FIND OUT THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT'S AVAILABLE OR HOW TO ACCESS THIS OR HOW TO GET TO IT.

SO I JUST WANTED TO PUT THOSE THREE NUGGETS ON THE PAPER TOO, AS WELL, DEBORAH, AS WE, UH, AS WE WRAP UP.

SO THANKS.

NOT A WRAP.

WE'RE JUST TAKING A PAUSE.

ALL RIGHT.

SO LET'S, LET'S TAKE 10 MINUTES.

GET THEM, GET UP, MOVE AROUND A LITTLE BIT AND WE'LL COME BACK TOGETHER.

FAIR ENOUGH.

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ELVIA.

I'D LOVE TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE YOU WERE SAYING.

UM, WE ARE AT FAITH IN GRIEF OR STARTING A PROJECT ABOUT GRIEF IN THE BODY.

UM, WE, UH, WORKING WITH STEPHANIE TOVAR, WHO'S A YOGA THERAPIST.

UM, AND, UH, SO I'D BE REALLY INTERESTED IN TALK TO YOU MORE ABOUT THAT, ABOUT WHAT YOU FOUND.

WE'VE BEEN TALKING A LOT ABOUT SEMANTICS AT RETREAT HAS TO, YEAH.

WE WORK WITH RETREAT HOUSE.

ONE OF OUR WORKSHOPS IS OUT OF THERE.

WHAT DOES IT, REGINA? REGINA IS WORKING WITH US.

SHE'S OURS.

ONE OF OUR FACILITATORS WORLDS CONNECT.

YEAH, DEFINITELY.

THEY'RE HIDING FROM US.

OH, THERE SHE IS.

SHE'S BACK.

OKAY.

STEPH, STEPHANIE WILL ALWAYS BE THE ONE WHO ARRIVES FIRST.

I DON'T WANT TO LEAVE ANYBODY BEHIND.

OKAY.

SO WE TALKED ABOUT WHAT YOU THINK THE COMMISSION SHOULD BE ABOUT.

AND I WANT TO PUT THIS BACK UP OR BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, YOU TALKED ABOUT WELCOMING COMMUNITIES, SHOWING RESOURCES, REACHING, EDUCATING, INVOLVING EQUITY FOR ALL.

NOW I WANT TO TALK, TALK, UH, TAKE A STEPHEN COVEY POINT OF VIEW.

AND HE, TO ME GETS RIGHT TO THE POINT.

AND THAT IS START WITH THE END IN MIND.

SO IF YOU GUYS ARE LOOKING BACK JANUARY 20, 22, AND YOU DID THINGS THAT HELPED TO REACH, EDUCATE INVOLVED, AND YOU DID THINGS TO INSPIRE IN THE COMMUNITY AND TO OPEN DOORS, WHAT KIND OF THINGS WOULD THOSE EVENT? IT CAN'T BE JUST A WORD ANYMORE.

THIS IS LIKE SOMETHING ACTION THAT YOU'RE ACTUALLY GOING TO TAKE AND BE ABLE TO MEASURE TO SAY, THIS IS HOW WE MOVE CLOSER TO THIS MISSION.

SO LET'S JUST TOSS OUT SOME IDEALS OF WHAT THAT MIGHT LOOK LIKE.

AND THEN WE'RE GOING TO COME BACK AND TALK ABOUT WHO IT WOULD TOUCH, HOW YOU WOULD MAKE IT HAPPEN, NOT IN DETAIL, BUT THE RESOURCES YOU MIGHT NEED.

SO IS EVERYBODY WITH ME, IT'S NOW JANUARY, 2022, AND YOU GET TO HAVE MAGIC PEN BECAUSE YOU KNOW, WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE WORLD.

WHAT THE TRUTH IS, WHAT COULD YOU DO THAT WAS SUPPORT THAT MISSION STATEMENT AND WHAT YOU GUYS HAVE SAID.

AND I WILL TELL YOU THE ONE WORD I'VE HEARD MULTIPLE TIMES IS EDUCATE, EDUCATE, AND EDUCATE.

AND I HEARD LETTING PEOPLE KNOW WHERE RESOURCES ARE.

SO I'LL BE QUIET.

GIVE ME SOME IDEAS.

WHAT DOES THAT LOOK LIKE?

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DEVELOP A RESOURCE.

I DON'T KNOW.

SO I'M GOING TO CALL THE LIBRARY, BUT THAT'S NOT REALLY WHAT I MEAN, I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT CREATING, UH, UH, ANYTHING MORE THAN SOMETHING THAT CONNECTS PEOPLE TO WHAT'S ALREADY AVAILABLE.

SO MAYBE THE CMC FACEBOOK PAGE INCLUDES A BUNCH OF INFORMATION OF ADD LINKS, MORE THAN ANYTHING LINKS ABOUT WHO TO CALL FOR WHAT? AND THE CITY HAS DONE SEVERAL DIFFERENT THINGS LIKE THAT, BUT IT'S NOT JUST THE CITY.

IT'S ALSO, YOU KNOW, JISD, IT'S ALSO THE DIFFERENT CHURCHES.

IT'S ALSO ALL THOSE THINGS THAT SOMEBODY MIGHT WANT TO SEE IN ONE PLACE THAT DON'T CURRENTLY EXIST IN ONE PLACE.

AND THAT'S SOMETHING THAT'S NOT, COVID DEPENDENT.

IT'S LIKE, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE CAN FOLLOW LINKS FROM ANYWHERE.

CAN I CALL IT A RESOURCE CENTER AND BETTER DIGITAL OR WHATEVER THAT MIGHT BE? YEAH.

YEAH.

WHAT ELSE, WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU WANT TO SAY? JANUARY 20, 22? THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE'VE DONE THAT MOVES US CLOSER TOWARDS OUR MISSION.

JUST THE LAST PART OF THAT PIECE IS WE CREATED IT AND THEN WE LET PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT IT BECAUSE THERE'S A LOT OF WELCOME SECRETS.

I LIKE THAT CREATE AND FOLLOW US AS, YES.

OKAY.

SO THIS MIGHT GET MOST EXCITED WHEN I'M STARTED REALLY THINKING.

EXACTLY.

ALL RIGHT.

SO ONE OF THE THINGS, UM, I THINK ABOUT WHAT I DO WITH, WITHIN BUSINESSES IN GENERAL, WHEN WE THINK ABOUT WHAT DOES SUCCESS SUCCESS LOOK LIKE? SO TO YOUR POINT AT THE END OF THE DAY, UM, WHEN WE'RE THINKING ABOUT THE STARTING WITH THE END IN MIND AND HOW DO WE WORK BACKWARDS AND WHAT DOES SUCCESS LOOK LIKE? AND BASED ON WHAT ALL OF THAT I'VE HEARD AROUND, OF COURSE OUR REACH TEACH, EDUCATE AND INVOLVE.

I ENVISION SUCCESS WITH WHAT LOOK LIKE THERE MAY BE MULTIPLE VENUES OF HOW IT'S EXECUTED AS FAR AS THE VEHICLE THAT IT'S DONE VIRTUALLY BIT THAT WILL ENGAGE THE COMMUNITY, COMMUNICATING WHAT IS AVAILABLE, HOW THEY CAN INTERACT, AND THEN ALSO TAKING IN INFORMATION THAT THEY NEED AND WHAT THEY WANT.

IT CAN ALSO BE BECAUSE