I have written about attending a meeting at Bayside and how impressed I was in the manner in which things just seemed to come together without a "leader" orchestrating things. No one was saying, "Hey, look at me." Everyone knew what to do themselves and listened to the jobs others had to do. The police, fire department, owner, sailors, Chamber of Commerce all knew their own skills and disciplines. They also know how to "dove tail" those skills and disciplines into a cohesive team. It was refreshing to watch.
Last night I attended a meeting regarding the clean up and redesigning of a green area that was destroyed by the tornado. Once again, there were no "leaders." There was a member from the Keep Rowlett Beautiful organization. The Assistant City Manager's office sent a representative. The Rowlett engineering department sent a representative, and there were three citizens. No one was elected to office. No one was running for office. No one announced that they were boss. Everyone just brought their thoughts to the table. Out of those thoughts, a preliminary plan began to evolve. In fact, before adjourning, a Phase One of several phases, was determined.
Folks, significant in both of the meetings I attended, very workable plans were given birth without a leader. It was very refreshing to see residents and officials of Rowlett address a problem and resolve it without anyone getting in front of a parade and leading it in.
The Rowlett community is capable of functioning under it's own steam. The sense of community is alive and well. Do you know how many communities can make that claim? In my opinion, probably not many. We are fortunate to be able to live here. Does that mean everything is done right. Nope. We have some warts. However, given time, Rowlett can resolve most issues........with the strength of its citizens. We need Rowlett's "officialdom" to take care of health, welfare, and safety. Our community will fix everything else.
Community spirit. That's part of what Rowlett is made of.