Demopolis in Bloom headed in right direction

Published 6:19 pm Friday, July 19, 2013

Recently, my fellow judge Jim Abraham and I were graciously welcomed into the Demopolis community.

We met with your city leaders, business owners, concerned citizens and of course avid gardeners.

We saw many unique sites such as the new marina, Bluff and Lyon Halls, and the Demopolis Public Library, and talked with residents who shared with us inspirational stories about Demopolis’ past and its vision for the future.

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Over the past three years, the Demopolis in Bloom Committee has brought together residents from all vocations and professions with one goal – to improve the quality of life in their community.

We commend the Demopolis in Bloom Committee for pulling together a pool of amazing talented and dedicated volunteers who are passionate about sharing the story of THEIR community.

The citywide landscaping – hanging baskets, planters and pots was amazing.

How fortunate you are to have such dedicated and passionate individuals who strive year round to keep Demopolis in Bloom.

Many years ago as a fledgling preservationist, I had the wonderful fortune to meet Gwyn Turner.

I was inspired by her passion for preservation and her dedication to the Alabama Preservation Alliance and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She was truly an inspiration.

Often I heard the phrase that “time, talent and treasure” – a motto I strive to practice daily.

Over the course of our visit, many times I was told of Gwen’s involvement in projects and initiatives.

Demopolis is truly blessed to have Gwen as a resident and supporter.

The judges would encourage the community to continue the efforts of Gwen and others who work tirelessly and selflessly to make Demopolis better.

While Demopolis has accomplished a great deal, there is still much to be done. Often singular citizens are of the opinion that they cannot accomplish change. Simple things like policing your own properties – keeping lawns neat and clean, picking up trash from the sidewalks and pulling weeds along the curbs and gutters can go a long way to improving the overall impression of a community. So yes, one citizen can make a difference.

Many thanks to all of those in Demopolis who took the time to meet with us, welcomed us into their places of business, their shops, homes and back yards. We sincerely appreciate your hospitality and wish you the best of luck as you continue to work together to keep Demopolis in Bloom.

Ed Hooker, III and Jim Abraham
America in Bloom Judges