In about a week Bexley will again be celebrating the Fourth of July. Like our community has done so many times before, we will come together to enjoy a day of activities ranging from the 5K to the parade to an evening full of fun at Capital University.

In about a week Bexley will again be celebrating the Fourth of July. Like our community has done so many times before, we will come together to enjoy a day of activities ranging from the 5K to the parade to an evening full of fun at Capital University.

This entire day is one we can all enjoy thanks to the many volunteers who help plan and carry out the whole day. Barb Greiner at Bexley recreation spearheads the planning of the race; Mitch Fries and Lindsey Meissner coordinate and follow up with all of our parade entrants; and Tim Madison, Linda Sinoway, Moe Harvey and Leslie Fulford pull together the entire evening. This list of volunteers doesn't even begin to acknowledge all of the other important individuals and groups we rely on to make the Fourth of July so special. The Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Lions Club, families and numerous other individuals help keep us safe, build floats, pass out American flags, distribute parade lineups, staff the lost child tent, assist our food vendors and, finally, clean up when all is said and done on July 5.

Thanks so very much to everyone who continues to make this day possible. Volunteers, who are more and more difficult to come by all the time, are critical to every activity of the Bexley Celebrations Association and all of our community groups. Please, when you are asked to volunteer, think about donating your time. Whether you give an hour or two or a yearlong commitment, you are making an impact that is impossible to measure but valuable beyond words.

On behalf of the Bexley Celebrations Association, the entire Fourth of July planning committee looks forward to seeing you on July 4 and knowing that you are enjoying the day as much as we are.

As president of the Bexley Women's Club, I want to thank all those who supported Bexley's 2009 House & Garden Tour, "Renovate, Restore, Renew," which was held June 13-14. Kim Rogers, chair of the House & Garden Tour, and I are happy to report that the event was a great success with approximately 1,200 people attending and between $25,000 and $30,000 raised.

The proceeds raised by Bexley's House & Garden Tour will go to the Bexley Women's Club scholarship program, which supports college-bound high school seniors residing in Bexley and undergraduate students nationwide.

Special thanks to Dr. Gordon Gee for opening the university residence, Pizutti House, 80 N. Drexel, for the tour on the same weekend that OSU celebrated one of the largest graduation ceremonies in its history.

A very special "thank you" goes to Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and first lady Frances Strickland for opening the Governor's Residence and Heritage Garden once again. I'd also like to thank the former first lady of Ohio, Hope Taft, for sharing her knowledge and creative vision of the Heritage Garden during the tour on June 14.

We want to thank Capital University for opening its new Alumni House to the House & Garden Tour and allowing the Bexley Women's Club to use the Harry C. Moores Center for the Garden Gala.

Because of the generosity first of our sponsors and homeowners, and also of our volunteers and tour participants, the Bexley Women's Club scholarship program will continue to grow so that we can make a difference in the lives of many more students.

We also wish to thank all those Bexley residents who made a special effort to beautify their lawns and gardens for tour-goers who drove, biked and rode the Bexley Beat buses around Bexley on the weekend of the House & Garden Tour.

Bexley is a great place to live.