President’s Corner – February 2024 – #lovewhereyoulive
Whenever I am faced with writing the February President’s Corner, since it is the month of LOVE, I just can’t help myself from using the #lovewhereyoulive theme, mostly because it has so many meanings. Of course, I mean that literally in that “leaning in” to the place you live and really love it makes for a happier and more meaningful experience in the community in which you live. From participating in the local events, volunteering, recreating, exploring, and just embracing the lifestyle that your community offers to getting involved in committees, social groups, helping others, and creating opportunities for others to lean in.
It also means loving your actual home. Being able to create your personal space that fits your family’s needs and lifestyle (within Viera’s architectural standards, of course! 🙂 ). Designing, decorating, and using both the indoor and outdoor space where you and your family spend the bulk of your time. Do you prefer modern or classic designs? Do you live mostly to the outside of your home and spend most of your time by the pool, lounging, grilling out, and entertaining? Our homes are our sanctuaries, so it is important to make it our own, fitting our specific wants and needs.
Last year, I was able to announce a couple of exciting lifestyle additions to Viera which was our Campout event and the installation of Ana’s Garden, our painted rock garden at North Solerno Park. Well, we will be continuing with our Campout event this year on February 24th! Here is the link to webpage with event information (https://www.cvcaviera.com/event/community-campout). There will be movies, activities, food, and a great opportunity to use that camping equipment in your garage and hang out with your fellow Vieraians!
Also, to remind you about some previous announcements, we are also in the midst of Viera’s Big Year, working on our CVCA Sustainable Communities certification, and the new inclusive/ADA equipment at the parks. Fairway Management is currently spending a lot of time on the parks and equipment getting it spruced up, painted, and cleaned for spring. More information will be forthcoming on all of these projects so stay tuned.
I have mentioned this before, but, I had the honor of meeting the author who writes about creating community and special places, Peter Kageyama. One book of his in particular, Love Where You Live: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places is a primer for creating those special places and spaces that make you really embrace and love your community. He says, “love of place matters”, and it really does. It is a book I would recommend if you are really interested learning more about creating special communities and places.
So, until next time, please remember … ““You cannot add to the peace and good will of the world if you fail to create an atmosphere of harmony and love right where you live and work.” ― Thomas Dreier
Eva M. Rey, President
Central Viera Community Association, Inc.