We’re featuring a series from our team members each sharing why they spend their time and resources serving with Discover Deer Park.
As a retired Federal employee with over 37 years of service under my belt my family and I moved about every 7 years. While moving can be an adventure it can also be stressful, especially on a family. It is tough getting settled into a new school, buying a home, making new friends, learning where to shop, finding out about places to go and places to stay away from. I am sure you get the picture.
Aside from my new job in each community, I had the benefit of being a 40+ year member of a community service organization. In my case it was Kiwanis International but it could have easily been a Rotary Club, an Eagles or Elks Lodge, or a VFW or American Legion post. My membership in Kiwanis provided me with instant friends and allowed me to quickly get plugged into my new community.
I want to help take some of the stress out of moving to a new community.Bob Schneider
It was because of my involvement in Kiwanis that in 2016 I was asked to join the Board of Directors of the Deer Park Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber wanted to focus attention on helping local non-profit organizations communicate with each other and hopefully work together to achieve common community goals. Over the course of the next couple of years the Chamber hosted a series of Community Connection luncheons and meetings where community service organizations were given the opportunity to discuss what they saw were the most pressing community need(s) and to talk about their goals and plans for the future. One of the priority needs identified at the April 2018 meeting was a way to reach out and welcome new residents to Deer Park. It was out of this meeting that the concept of Discover Deer Park emerged.
My involvement with Discover Deer Park, like my experience in Kiwanis and the Chamber, is personal. I want to help take some of the stress out of moving to a new community. I want to help newcomers learn about Deer Park, find out where they can go for information, and plug in however they feel comfortable.
Hope to meet you soon,