My Turn: Community needed to save the veterans hall
June 20, 2013
We need your help. As the result of a strong community outcry, the Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District Board voted to keep the building and grounds in the hands of the community.
Since, a committee has been meeting regularly, with the goal of creating the "best use" scenario to keep the building as a vibrant and historical presence in our community.
Many ideas have been floated. The vision we have is of this facility as a focal point for local history, art and other venues such as "Saturday Night Dances," old and historical movies and displays of the artifacts of our past, including the original inhabitants of this land, early logging, railroad, and the Chinese era. A place where community will gather for learning, fun and recreation. The more we brainstorm, the more exciting it gets.
However, we desperately need your help. Programs require promotion, logistics, scheduling, advertising etc. Therefore, whether it be through an existing nonprofit group or a consortium of groups/individuals, or some other format, we need hands-on involvement from the community.
Imagine having a facility of this size and stature as a center (as it presides over our historic little town) of regular and special events on an ongoing basis.
Imagine, a marquee of sorts (banners in our town) letting us know of the latest interesting event at the Vets Hall. Imagine the use of social media to spread the word.
Imagine interested people/groups coming together creating ongoing recreational, cultural and historical events. All age groups, ethnic communities and special interests need to be accommodated.
What with our recent youth tragedies sorrowfully on our minds, here is an opportunity to put together programs/activities/events for healing and prevention and substance-free fun.
We need to utilize this magnificent space. Without increased use, who knows what the fate of this icon might be?
We need members/representatives of our large and diverse Hispanic community to get involved. We need revitalization from the Veterans community, for which the hall is named, and who have a lot of history there.
We need the actors, singers, dancers, visual artists and all of that diverse community to come up and get excited. We need representatives from the "First People."
We need to create a sustainable, community-driven program. That means stepping up to the plate and do what it takes to drive these ideas to fruition.
Come one, come all, June 25, 6 p.m., to the Truckee Veterans Hall. Come to invest blood, sweat and tears to fill the hall with offerings in which we all want to participate. This will be a structured and working meeting. A recommendation regarding the uses and operation of the Vets Hall will be presented at an upcoming TDRPD meeting.
Rolf Godon is a Truckee resident and member of the Friends of the Veterans Hall.