For the last three years I?ve been grateful to have had the opportunity to work with a fantastic group of people, including officers Staci Collier, Chris Pedon and Barb Greiner, at Bexley Celebrations Association. This year was our third year to plan and host Bexley?s Independence Day celebration.

To the editor:

For the last three years I've been grateful to have had the opportunity to work with a fantastic group of people, including officers Staci Collier, Chris Pedon and Barb Greiner, at Bexley Celebrations Association. This year was our third year to plan and host Bexley?s Independence Day celebration.

Without question, this is my favorite community event and I?ve come to love it even more since becoming involved with BCA. But I have to acknowledge that it would never happen without a group of dedicated volunteers, of whom we always need more, and an excellent partnership with the city and recreation, Capital University, our sponsors and the Bexley Area Chamber of Commerce.

The day?s events require time and effort - always given enthusiastically - by BCA volunteer committee heads:

David Powers and Barb Greiner organized one of our best- received 5K runs for nearly 450 runners, Mitch Fries and Lindsey Stearns Meissner masterfully coordinate what looks like absolute chaos to the untrained eye when they pull together our parade, and Tim Madison, Linda Sinoway, Leslie Fulford, Julie Klopfer, and Moe Harvey work with complete commitment to make the evening?s events at Capital nothing short of spectacular.

As it is in every group, there are other volunteers who are critical to the organization?s and day?s success. John Fulton makes it possible for BCA to live in the age of technology and to maintain the Boy Scout?s longstanding participation in the day?s events. Paul Lisska ensures that some of the smallest, but most important details, such as parade signage and transportation, don?t get overlooked. Finally, we have the critical, enduring help of the local Lions Club, Boy Scout troop 166, Girl Scouts and others who step up to make our families? day safe, fun and memorable.

Naming these volunteers and acknowledging the others who have so meaningfully supported BCA is important because it gives our behind-the-scenes volunteers a face and name. It is only with their help, and I hope more who will join us, that we can make the 4th as fabulous as it is.

Thank you, Bexley, for your ongoing support of our work. We continue to need volunteers and financial support. We hope you will visit our website, www.bexleycelebrations.org, to sign up and join our outstanding team. In the meantime, enjoy the rest of your summer. We?ll see you at the Harvest Festival on October 15 in the Jeffrey Mansion meadow.


Anne Lewis
President, Bexley
Celebrations Association