Hope was in the air at annual meeting

To the editor:

On behalf of the Main Street Wellington board, I want to thank everyone who attended our annual meeting. We’re grateful for the Wellington Eagles for hosting and providing delicious food as we gathered to celebrate the organization’s steps toward improving the village of Wellington. Our members passed several bylaw changes and accepted the following new board members: Jason Keith with Colonial Barbershop, Rich Saccardi with Trent Insurance Group/Nationwide, Kevin Saunders with Preferred Care at Home, and Pastor Mark Sowersby from the New Life Assembly of God.

We appreciate the time and support of our outgoing board members: Mike Sunderman with Edward Jones Investments and Daniel Gossman with Allstate Insurance. Congratulations to Pat Bolt, who received the Patricia J. Lindley Volunteer of the Year Award.

You could feel positive energy and excitement after the presentation on “The Benefits of Revitalization” by Heritage Ohio, Inc. They explained the four points of the National Main Street model: design, promotions, organization, and business enhancement, which work together to improve the community. They also invited the audience to use LEGOs, Play-doh, paper, markers, and other random items to create their vision of an ideal community.

Our organization has a great deal of work ahead to strengthen the businesses and attract more entrepreneurs into vacant spaces. We are fortunate to have support from the village, the Community Foundation of Lorain County, and our members.

However, we need more help. Please consider joining a committee or becoming a member. Together we can revitalize Wellington!

Jenny Arntz