Pay It Forward- It's the Squeaky Wheel that's About to Be Heard!

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Pay It Forward- It's the Squeaky Wheel that's About to Be Heard!

Yesterday I wrote about Green Cay Wetlands and the possibility that the Nature Center may be closed due to budget cuts.  Yesterday and today I decided to kick it up a notch by taking the effort to the people who enjoy Green Cay as much as I do... my fellow walkers. 

Green Cay

Shades of the 70's!  I handed out flyers I'd made up asking people I knew from the boardwalk to consider calling, emailing or writing the County Commissioners to keep the Nature Center opened.  To make it easy for everyone I included all of the contact information for them.

Everyone I approached knew about the possibility of the closing and were happy to do what they could.   I didn't want to make a nuisance out of myself (my husband asked that I not get thrown in jail or have someone want to throw me over the railing!) but I actually made a few new friends along the way. 

But that's not all... yesterday, one of the ladies on the boardwalk was from the Palm Beach Post and she is writing an article on Green Cay!  

Who knows what will happen but if you don't get out there and try you'll never know... and I don't want to share part of the blame for shutting this great community asset. 

Green Cay

I'm not one to talk about what I do, as I'd rather talk about what someone else does but as has been pointed out, these Pay It Forward posts are meant to encourage and perhaps inspire others to take action where they see it needed.  

If you see a need whether it be in your community or with a friend, take the step forward.  It may not get the result you want but at least you would have left your footprint!


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Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Kathy -- good for you!   Good old-fashioned activism at its finest.  Hope your efforts make a flyer at a time.   

Sep 03, 2011 04:12 AM #7
Cathy Criado
Criado Realty - San Antonio, TX
Making Real Estate Profitable

Kathy that's a great idea!  I can see your point, BTW, about not posting pay it forward for points.  We're inspired by points but not necessarily should all things be pointed.  I like the group and have posted much but for personal reasons decided to not continue. I love what you posted!

Sep 03, 2011 04:16 AM #8
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

Good for you Kathy getting out there and trying to help your community!  I haven't joined the pay it forward group yet, because number one, not sure if I do enough good things to help people out and then when I do, I feel kind of weird tooting my horn about it :).  But...I really have been giving some thought to doing it, because it can encourage me to reach out on a continual basis.


Sep 03, 2011 04:40 AM #9
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good luck with your efforts to keep this open Kathy, it would be a shame if it closed.

Sep 03, 2011 04:45 AM #10
Mimi Foster
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

I love that you got out there and did that.  It is so much a part of you and what you do and your lifestyle, I can't imagine having that taken away.  Best of luck, my friend.

Sep 03, 2011 04:46 AM #11
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Real Estate Cafe LLC - Bend, OR
Curator of Happy Endings

Kathy ~ Passion is often what moves us beyond our comfort zone to do the unthinkable!  You did just that by canvassing the boardwalk for support.  It was a bold and powerful statement to who you are and what drives you.  I think it was a lovely way to display your footprint in your nature-like surroundings.  I hope your efforts, regarding saving Green Cay Wetlands, are noticed by the 'powers that be.'  Right on girlfriend!

Sep 03, 2011 04:46 AM #12
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

It's always admirable when you have a passion for something and then you go out and fulfill it. I hope the Green Cay remains open and they recognize you for your efforts.

Sep 03, 2011 04:53 AM #13
Michael Thornton
RadnorLake Video - Nashville, TN
Nashville Area - Photography & Videography

Good morning, Kathy. I have to agree with what Craig said. Follow your passion. Hopefully, they will find the money to keep it open. Maybe then too, the private sector will be able to kick in a few $$'s as well...

Sep 03, 2011 05:10 AM #14
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thanks, Kathy, for sharing your story.  All of us need to take an active part in our communities.  I hope your efforts are successful.

Have a wonderful holiday weekend and be sure to have your camera in hand to capture those special moments.

 Life is good!

Sep 03, 2011 05:39 AM #15
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives


This is exactly the type of leadership people expect when they agreed that they wanted change. Kathy, you embody the right stuff that makes a leader. I'm sure that was not your intention when you started out on this mission, but your passion paved the way to having the courage to put yourself out there and as a result, others followed.

I am proud to call you a friend. It's because of ActiveRain that I go to know you. I have suggested this post because you are a beacon of light for all to follow.

Sep 03, 2011 05:50 AM #16
Amy Robinson
London Pierce Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Realtor, Scottsdale Arizona Homes For Sale

HIi Kathy,  I hope that everyone is able to pull together to save Green Cay.  Good luck and keep us updated!

Sep 03, 2011 06:44 AM #17
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Kathy, so glad you stayed out of jail. (Husbands offer good advice - generally) You are a leader in your community and a giver - two very important qualities. They are what make you a successful human being and business woman. Proud of ya.

Sep 03, 2011 06:58 AM #18
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Kathy, sounds like you are a community activist and that is great-I have walked Green Cay when I've visited my dad in Delray and it is really beautiful-I hope  you efforts make a difference and thank you!

Sep 03, 2011 10:07 AM #19
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Kristine- thank you so much.  The COWBRA group (I'm not a member) is a pretty strong force (lots of voters) so I hope they'll have some pull.

Michael- yes, and you know, that's how this country was built.  

Cathy- I don't like to speak about what I do... just not who I am but I do hope others will be inspired to find their passion and go for it. 

Brenda- This was my first post of this kind.  I'm much more comfortable talking about others.  It's a good group, though, because it encourages to do those random acts of kindness that we all need.

Gabe- thank you... next time you're down here give me a buzz... I'll give you a tour. 

Mimi- Many thanks.  We didn't like it when they closed the boardwalk for a week for repairs!  Can't imagine what we'd do if it were closed for good.

Mel- thank you my friend.  I'm hoping everyone that walks and enjoys Green Cay will write and show them we need for it to stay open.

Craig- There are so many people who are working on this.  If it stays open... I'll be a happy camper.

Michael- As of now the Nature Center has 1 FT and 1 PT employee.  The rest is staffed with volunteers.  There have been suggestions on our part to pay for parking (meters).  I would hate to see an admission charged because there ar so few places that a family can go today that are free.

Roy- have camera... will travel. 

Patricia- I'm not really... as my husband says.. I'm like a gnat that you can't get rid of!!! LOL  I'm glad to call you my friend as well.

Amy- thanks, and I will!

Debb- thank you very much.  I am more of a behind the scenes person.. you the Wizard of Oz! LOL  My husband was happy to see that I did not annoy nor aggravate any of the walkers!!

Joanna- Oh my!!!! Please call me if you're down this way!!! Coffee or Adult libation are on me!


Sep 03, 2011 12:49 PM #20
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

It's never easy to put yourself out there like that, especially when they aren't strangers!

Sep 03, 2011 01:40 PM #21
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sharon- you have a point.  I guess I'd rather fall flat on my face in front of strangers!  Have a good Labor Day weekend.

Sep 03, 2011 02:59 PM #22
Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
Professional Help with Rapid Responses...

Kathy ~ We really hope your efforts are able to keep Green Cay and the Nature Center open ~ Good Luck!!

Sep 03, 2011 03:08 PM #23
Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Hi Kathy--all I have to say is "You Go, Girl".  No, I have more to say.  Nothing happens until someone makes a move.  You may change the whole outcome of Green Cay Wetlands.  Writing about what you did inspires us.  Keep us posted on this--I'm cheering for you all the way! 

Sep 03, 2011 05:06 PM #24
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Hiya Kathy-you are so awesome and squeaky! I love to see people really get involved in THEIR communities! Good luck to you on this latest project.

Sep 04, 2011 12:24 AM #25
Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
... a small office, delivering big service!

Timing is everything. Good example of community involvement. Good luck!

Sep 04, 2011 12:31 AM #26
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