The Autumn issue of the Cittaslow Goolwa Newsletter
March is typically one of the busiest months on the Cittaslow calendar and there is usually much to share with members through the Newsletter. This year promised to be no exception: we had enjoyed a recent boost in our membership partly as a result of interest generated by the very strong media coverage in SA Life and InDaily; planning was underway for two ‘At the Wharf’ events, one of them in conjunction with Council’s Fringe in Goolwa; and, a major fundraiser was launched in support of recovery efforts after the tragic bushfires of early summer. By early March, however, there were signs that this year could turn out to be exceptional in almost every way, and uncertainty would become the natural order of things.
It was at about this time I heard one commentator say: “what a year this past week has been”. And here we all are, just a month later, coming to terms with a very circumscribed version of our usual lives. Accordingly, the Autumn issue of Citta-Chat is shorter than normal because of the necessary interruption to most areas of our program and ‘Diary Dates’ will be replaced with an update on the changes to the Cittaslow Goolwa schedule.
I would like to extend a very warm welcome to the 11 newest Cittaslow Goolwa members who have joined us since the beginning of February. It must feel strange to have done so at such an unstable time but our membership team of Lynn Maxwell, Lauri O’Brien and Michael Keen are available to provide you with information and support as needed. Thank you to all of the volunteers who are continuing to maintain the ‘essential’ core aspects of Cittaslow during this lull. And to all members, please feel free to contact us by email (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com) if you have any concerns or queries.
As soon as it is safe to do so, we are committed to returning to a lively and productive program of events, activities, meetings and celebration of this wonderful part of the world that we call home.
Meanwhile stay safe and well,
Christine Putland, President