Letter from the President: Welcome back Kristan. You were missed.

As I sit to write my monthly letter, I can’t help but hear an old ’80s power ballad in my head, “Don’t know what you’ve got…..’til it’s goooone.”

I’d like to think that I appreciate our community director, Kristan, every day, but it’s almost impossible to truly appreciate what she does on a daily basis until she leaves for a well-deserved vacation. Case in point, checking the office voice mail Monday, Day 1 of her vacation, started with finding out “Your mailbox is full.” Of course, it is.

I was pleasantly surprised to learn that most of the messages were legitimate requests from residents looking for help or guidance from the CYCA. I feverishly scribbled down messages about lost dogs, code issues with building a storage shed, found dogs, requests for new resident welcome packets, tire disposal, another found dog, missing LampLighters, bike lanes, classified ads, and festival booth info (not us!).

The unread emails were more of the same, but also were full of correspondence about the upcoming 4 Miler & BeerFest.

Next time you see Kristan riding by, feel free to thank her for everything she does for Cooper-Young, because I guarantee you that it doesn’t all get done during her 25-hour work week..

Not every neighborhood has a “Kristan,” and I am thankful every day that she is willing to handle everything from the mundane to the occasional weird request. I called last week to ask her if there was anything in the office that I could use to tie her to a chair, and she just answered, “Sure … maybe my laptop power cable and a couple of extension cords.”

Thank you, Kristan. Your community director is IN!

June Hurt

Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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