The Board of Directors of Friends of White Flint met last night to discuss the future of the organization; several other members of the community also attended the meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss proposals that FoWF join with or evolve into some other organization or entity; some of the proposed organizations included Business Improvement Districts, Urban Districts, the B-CC Chamber of Commerce, or one of the various County advisory groups. The group also discussed proposals to revise and improve FoWF’s web portals, including the FLOG.
The consensus of the group (indeed, unanimity) was that FoWF should not join with a County or other entity. The group wants FoWF to stay an independent voice joining the three major segments of the White Flint community: residents, businesses and property owners.
At the same time, the group recognized that FoWF cannot continue the level of activity it had during the development and enactment of the White Flint Sector Plan without adding staff, which, of course, requires adding more funds. The same is true of the web portals, which require more attention than our volunteer staff can give.
It was a very active discussion, lasting two hours. This discussion was, however, too significant and large to be completed last night.
The Board decided to hold another meeting to continue these discussions. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 16, 2011, beginning at 6PM, at the offices of Federal Realty, 1626 E. Jefferson St., Rockville.
The meeting, like all FoWF meetings, will be open to the public. You do not need to be on the Board to actively participate in the meeting. I encourage everyone to attend and participate.