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Letter from the RCA President

May 2020

Dear Neighbors,

Several weeks into our quarantine from COVID-19, I find myself revising my original RCA President’s letter for the spring edition of Currents. My original letter began with the sentiments of how incredibly special Rowayton is and how lucky we all are to call this amazing town home. I find this especially true today as we come together during this difficult time. I am missing my friends, my neighbors, my favorite restaurants and interacting with our amazing community.  And still, as I take the kids for a bike ride or walk my dog, I see friendly smiles across the road and hear reassuring remarks that remind me of our town’s strength.

Now more than ever, it is important to remind ourselves of the core mission of the Rowayton Civic Association. The RCA is a not-for-profit organization committed to improving the quality of life for Rowayton residents and neighbors by providing cultural programs, educational events and supporting local community initiatives. The RCA invites all residents to become involved in the RCA through volunteerism and helping to identify the needs of our community. The RCA is non-political, non-sectarian and non-discriminatory in all its relationships, and is here to support the betterment of our town. Although we may not be able to host all of our coveted events at this time, we are extremely focused on supporting our community in many other ways.

My hope is that as you read this letter, COVID-19 is in our rear-view mirror and we are looking forward to another amazing Rowayton Summer with fun-filled RCA events. However as I sit here today, times are uncertain and the RCA is ready to roll up our sleeves and support our town in any and every way possible. Thank you for all of those who have helped support the Rowayton for Rowayton campaign the RCA launched this Spring. The initiative’s core mission has been to help minimize the burden of the COVID-19 pandemic on our broader community. Our decision to pivot from event planning to advocacy was an easy one. Over the past few months, the RCA has also donated over $10,000 to several local nonprofit organizations that we believe are doing an exemplary job helping those in need during this crisis. Some of those organizations include: The Norwalk Hospital Meal Train for Doctors and Nurses, Person 2 Person, Open Door Shelter, The Domestic Violence Crisis Center, Filling In The Blanks, and Meals on Wheels. As a board, we will continue to find ways to support local organizations as well as highlight local businesses and those individuals doing meaningful goodwill within the community during this time.

As I enter my fifth year on the RCA board and my second as President, I am truly grateful for the strong partnerships we have with other great organizations in town. I believe through collaboration and open-mindedness we as an organization will be able to support the town in a multitude of ways especially as we navigate these uncertain times. With that said, I am always available to hear how we can continue to make Rowayton the special community that it is. I look forward to the time when we can all be together again as a community. I know I will appreciate more than ever being able to attend RCA events and see my fellow Rowyatonites. Follow us on social media (@rowaytoncivicassociation) to stay updated on our whereabouts. In the meantime, please continue to stay safe & healthy Rowayton.

Sincerely,

 

 

Heather Drstvensek
RCA Board Presiden
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