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Eaton-Welsh: Why Get Involved in Your Community?

Councilwoman Cris Eaton-Welsh makes a case for why residents should get involved in local government.

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Many people believe politics is a bad word. You can change that by getting involved in Kennesaw. When the person talking is your neighbor, things can change.

I have taken this campaign to the streets. I am walking the neighborhoods in Kennesaw. I want to hear from you. 

We have become very disconnected from our community as a society. Some of us will wave at our neighbors but won’t talk about the things that shape our community. These challenges affect each one of us personally, and to make a change will require an investment in Kennesaw from each of us. That investment is your time, your energy and your talent. That is why getting involved in your community is so important.

Find something that speaks to you and get involved. For me it has been: the Character Education program at , mentoring at , volunteering with the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce through their Leadership Cobb Program, serving on the Education Committee and the Membership Committee with the Kennesaw Business Association, chairing the Philosophy Committee and being a Congressional District Leader for the Georgia Council of Chiropractic. I believe deeply in giving back to our community, because our community has been very good to me.

It is important to create this dialogue in Kennesaw—we need to have a serious conversation about what matters most to you and your neighbors, and to share that with the leaders of our community in Kennesaw, Cobb County and the state. When everyone is working together, amazing things can happen.

Kristi Vinson November 02, 2011 at 01:06 PM
Cris, thanks for sharing your philosoply and encouraging our citizens to connect and get involved.
Rebekah Wright November 03, 2011 at 01:03 AM
Thank you focusing on YOUR positive qualities!
Vanessa November 03, 2011 at 01:23 PM
Thank you Cris
JACQUE November 03, 2011 at 03:07 PM
We can only have government by the people if the people get involved!

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