CommunityWalton formed rather serendipitously. President Obama, then candidate Obama, called for a bi-partisan National Day of Service on December 14th encouraging Americans to host a house party where neighbors could come and discuss issues, both national and local. And more importantly, initiate an opportunity to find out the needs of the LOCAL community that weren't being met to see if that group could join forces and meet those needs.
Seventeen people came to the initial house party hosted by Jane Burns. The essence was that most of us in the room were already involved in volunteer efforts in Walton, making a difference, BUT no one knew of any of the programs we were involved in as individuals. Robert McCullar asked if there was a central clearing house of services offered. We subsequently discovered that there was not--so that was our first order of business. Martha Rester then said that she wished that we had more of a sense of "community"--that that sense had been lost in America. So that became our moniker and our ancillary agenda--bring everyone in Walton County together. No more "north walton" and "south walton".
And thus--Community Walton was born. December 14, 2008.