Glenwood & Beyond
As the Pope County Family Collaborative Coordinator over the past 15 years, I have had the opportunity to work with a number of volunteer organizations. Glenwood & Beyond stands out as a stellar example of what community volunteers can do when they put their minds, hearts and elbow grease together. It all began through the enthusiasm of one woman who has since spread her excitement to hundreds of volunteers and projects over the past 6 years. Our community of 3,000 could have been content with its natural beauty, but the vision was to honor our land and lake by intentionally infusing beauty, increased usage and a feeling of pride in our downtown area, parks, and walking and bike paths around the lake. I am proud to nominate Glenwood & Beyond for this recognition.
Glenwood & Beyond was first organized to prepare for the Minnesota Design Team (MDT) visit in June 2006. At the conclusion of the visit, the group transitioned to implementing some of the projects that the MDT recommended as well as other community improvement projects that arise.