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Fannie Flagg, who wrote Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café, once said "don't quit before the miracle happens." That statement is especially apropos these days. We are very close to rounding the corner and starting anew after our first few rounds with this pandemic. Let's not get sloppy too soon. Jenny and I got our second dose of the vaccine this week and of course we didn't feel so great the next day. Now we are on the mend but we are still being cautious and considerate of those around us.
Let us continue to make Indian Hills THE great place to live. Ask yourself what you can do to improve our community. Help your friends and neighbors be part of this spirit and please invite them to be part of making Indian Hills a great place to live.
If you have a neighbor who is not a member, please share with them why you are a member. A community is about fellowship and participation so encourage everyone to come onboard and be part of our community.
Be safe. Be considerate. Be happy.
Harold Itkin, IHCA President
Indian Hills is a great place to live. That is not just a slogan; it is a fact. So let's look at what makes it a true statement. My opinion is that a critical element is unity. After all, "unity" makes up more than half of the word "community"
Unity doesn't mean that we agree on everything all the time. Nor does unity require us to set aside our individual concerns and conform to the majority opinion or to a vocal minority. Unity is best served when we refrain from emotional responses. Two important steps in achieving unity are a full hearing of all points of view and a respect for the right of others to hold varying points of view from our own.
My next door neighbor and I agree on very little on the political spectrum. I would guess that the only time we vote the same is on issues that come up at our IHCA Board of Director meetings. That does not stop us from being friends. It does not stop us from being there for each other when there is a need...and sometimes even when there isn't a need. We are united in the concept of being good neighbors, being "there" for each other and being contributing members of our community.
So, ask yourself how your unity is with regard to your community.
Help your friends and neighbors be part of this spirit and please invite them to be part of making Indian Hills a great place to live. If you have a neighbor who is not a member, please share with them why you are a member. A community is about fellowship and participation, so please encourage everyone to come aboard and be part of our community.
The holiday season is behind us and I hope the spirit of the season remains with us throughout the year. As we begin the new year, we still have some significant challenges leftover from 2020 and we know 2021 will bring its own set of unique and challenging circumstances. Let us continue to meet the challenges of 2021 with hope, caution, consideration and common sense.
In the late 1970s, Ken Carlson moved his family into Indian Hills and shortly thereafter established a tradition of elaborate decorations for the holidays. Over the years, more and more have jumped on board in the neighborhood and have made an Indian Hills drive thru a “must see”, with all the blowups, lights, etc... It was a family activity that turned into a community event.
Ken passed away this past year from pancreatic cancer. Despite the challenges the year presented, the Carlson family continued the tradition. They were out there getting the house loaded with lights in honor of Ken. This tradition promotes community spirit and allows us a break from “doom and gloom”. It gives us a festive interlude of inspiration and comradery. In the spirit that Ken proliferated there will be an award created for the Festival of Lights in his honor.
Thank you for helping make Indian Hills a great place to live. Help your friends and neighbors be a part of this spirit and please invite them to be a part of making Indian Hills a great place to live. If you have a neighbor who is not a member, please share with them why you are a member. A community is about fellowship and participation so encourage everyone to come onboard and be part of our community.
Summer is drawing to a close and Fall will be upon us very soon. At the time of this writing the big questions are: Will the DAWGS be allowed to go? Will the TIDE be allowed to roll? Will WRECKS ramble? And will the WAR EAGLE fly? You may have heard we have been conducting our IHCA Board meetings via Zoom. To be mindful of the pandemic and to err on the side of caution, this year’s Annual Membership Meeting will be held virtually on Monday, October 12, at 7 PM, via Zoom. Please mark your calendars! On October 1st, we will send out more details on how to access the meeting. You do not need an account or the Zoom app to access the meeting. You can gain access via iPad, iPhone, tablet, PC, laptop or smart phone for video. Or, you will have the option to just dial in via phone for audio only. It has been a pretty good year in Indian Hills despite the pandemic. As we navigate the storm of the coronavirus, let's continue to be mindful of the wellbeing of everyone around us and ourselves. Remember, we are all in this together. Be safe, be careful and stay healthy. Thanks for the opportunity to serve.
We often refer to Indian Hills as “a great place to live.” Some folks may think it is just a “tired” and overused tag line. This week I got a note from a resident defining one of the things that makes our community a great place to live. Bonny Carr wrote to me about the “little bench that Ron did”. Historically, this bench has always been used by kids waiting for their school bus at the corner of Clubland Drive and Summit Club Drive. It was donated by a neighbor several years ago; in January a tree fell and took out the bench. Bonny collected the pieces and began trying to figure out how to put it back together. Ron Andrews noticed the bench was gone and asked Bonny what happened to it. He offered to try and put it back together. Bonny’s son loaded it up in his truck and took it over to the Andrews’ house. Ron and his trusty assistant, Tricia, went to work on it and now you can see their handiwork back in its rightful place at the end of Summit Club Drive. As you know, Ron is our Landscaping Director for the IHCA, and Bonny also mentioned how much Ron has done to help improve the appearance of the neighborhood. It's a wonderful example of why Indian Hills is a “Great Place to Live” and why it's important to be members of the IHCA. As we navigate the storm of the corona pandemic, let’s continue to be mindful of the wellbeing of everyone around us. Be safe, be careful and stay healthy. Thanks for the opportunity to serve
My hope is that everyone remains well as we enter in the next phase of our journey through the world of Covid-19 or Corona (virus, not beer). We have had some glorious weather during this "shut in" period and it appears as if folks are trying to make the best of it. A lot more people seem to be out walking in our community these days. However, as this pedestrian traffic is increasing, so is the vehicle traffic. Let's all be careful and considerate whether we are on foot or behind the wheel.
It is a good time to be reminded about some best practices for pedestrians (any person standing, walking, jogging, running, or otherwise on foot) as suggested by the Georgia State Code (40-6-96). Where a sidewalk is provided pedestrians should use it and avoid running, jogging or walking in the street. If there is no sidewalk but only a shoulder, we should use the shoulder not the street. Where neither a sidewalk nor a shoulder is available, we should walk or run as near as practicable to an outside edge of the roadway, and, if on a two-lane roadway, on the left side of the roadway. Pedestrians should remember that drivers always have the right of way except where there is a crosswalk. Drivers and pedestrians should remember it is the law but more importantly let's do whatever possible to keep us safe. Let's avoid any incident that would instigate a discussion about who was right and who was wrong.
Jenny and I have found during our brief, by some standards, 27-year residency that the residents of this community tend to do what is right, sensible and considerate. That is why I use the term “suggested”. As a community we don't mandate anything, but folks in general arrive at doing things the right way. Most of our residents put a high priority on the common welfare of our community. That is terrific and it another element in making Indian Hills a great place to live. Let's keep living that way.
Be safe, be careful and stay healthy. Thanks for the opportunity to serve.
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