Letter from the president: Hanging up the cape


So, I’ve got some news … and I’m giddy with anticipation. After five years of serving, I am relieved to say that I will finally be stepping down as your Cooper-Young Community Association President next month at the April elections. I feel confident that my successor will do a great job and lead the CYCA on to bigger and better things. But don’t think you are getting rid of me completely. I will stay on the board and still chair the Communications Committee, which includes running my beloved LampLighter, so that I can continue to meddle in my own quirky way.

Will I miss writing my monthly letters to you? Certainly not. It was always difficult coming up with material for my monthly message to the neighborhood. But not writing them anymore will be bittersweet, I’m afraid. Looking back through my letters, I realize that I have been able to share my life with you, my neighbors, through the good times and the bad — from record breaking race registrations to losing two of my fur babies to cancer; from converting the trestle art to solar power to naked bathtub falls; from my infamous Wonder Woman run in the 4-Miler to my divorce. You also read about Grinchy Christmas carols, driving my LampLighter editor crazy, and the attempted murder of my mother by wasabi. It’s a miracle that someone didn’t stop me years ago. But for those that kept reading, I say thank you, and I hope I didn’t offend too many people.

I would also like to thank my board members — past and present — that have worked with me to help make this neighborhood a better place to live worship, work, and play. You will never get all of the recognition and gratitude that you deserve, but you are all dear to my heart. Thanks for sticking with us!

Peace out, my friends! — 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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