Pauls Valley Democrat
Pulling together resources and the efforts of volunteers for the recent Living Dead Center Festival was proof enough that Main Street Pauls Valley is interested in a future in the community.
However, the work has only begun for the current leadership like MSPV Board President Jesse Alvarado and Vice President Shirl Montgomery, who not only must find a new director, but determine the organization’s path.
Despite losing the leadership of former director Samantha Robb through resignation they feel comfortable they will be able to move forward, even if it means scaling back and revisiting what they are able to do for the short term.
“Right now its unstable ground, we don’t have a full time program director, we don’t know when we’re going to get a program director and in order for us to maintain our Main Street credibility with the state, we have to have a full-time director,” said Alvarado.
“The program will survive… it may kind of lay dormant for a little bit in order to get some fundraising so that we can hire a new individual, but the board’s going to be here and we’re going to be active.”
It was only recently Alvarado and Montgomery found themselves at the helm in the past couple of months as different board members left and they went from volunteer to more involved.
He isn’t overly worried about that as they have both been able to use their desire to make an impact to take charge and utilize everyone that is available.
“We were both pretty much inducted if you will at the same time and now we’re both running the ship,” said Alvarado.
“I bounce ideas off of her, she bounces ideas off of me and we kind of go back and take it to the board and at this point we’re just trying to solidify the organization and get everyone on the same page.”
Alvarado pointed out how he felt this would be the perfect opportunity for someone to just jump in as a volunteer and put their talents to use and to put their name out there with the organization and help them move forward.
He believes they need to support this since it is only through their time and talent that any of it can happen.
“As far as the passion for the committee and doing things for the community it’s there and that will never die out,” said Alvarado. “Where we go from that and how we harness that energy and that fire is kind of what we’re looking at right now.”
The hope is that with the help of their volunteers and the rest of the board members to improve some of the events that have helped make Pauls Valley a tourism destination and do more to involve the businesses that make up the backbone of the local economy.
Alvarado pointed out how they would also like to do more to combine efforts in community causes from the local organizations like the chamber of commerce.
“We’re not only dependent on public funding, but we want to promote the businesses that we’re here to serve as well,” said Montgomery.
“We’re looking forward to some new things coming up and we’ll be having a lot of planning sessions the first of the year, some good things for next year.”
To find out how one can be more involved in Main Street they can be called at 405-238-2555 or through an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
The organization is also available at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Main-Street-Pauls-Valley/177195864752 on Facebook.