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Letter from 2020 President Elect - Dave Bishop

I’m very proud to be elected as the 2020 president of the Mago Vista Area Civic Association. As many of you know, I’ve lived here almost all of my life, having grown up in one of the houses my grandfather built on Jones Station Rd and moving my family to Mago Vista Rd in 2015.

This is my home, and I know there are many great people here who feel the same way. We have nearly 2000 homes in our community, approximately 20 developments and together we make up approximately 20% of the Broadneck peninsula population.

Some of my lofty ambitions for 2020 include:

  • Being present and speaking at county council meetings,

  • Increase participation and attendance (by going door to door and creating many new committees)

  • Set event dates in advance and keeping a public annual calendar

  • Set separate county service meetings

  • Build a MV business directory

  • Addressing the Belvedere Beach ownership, access and maintenance status.

  • Join Broadneck Council of Communities for an even stronger voice together

The committees I want to create include:

  • New Neighbor welcoming

  • Communications (under direction from Chelsey Cuthbert)

  • Elder and Special Needs awareness

  • Parks and Aesthetics

  • Events

  • DPW Liaison

  • Safety and Security

  • Commerce

  • Advocacy and Outreach (to Belvedere ES and BCC)

  • Historical (with Arnold Preservation Soc.)

  • Development response

Please let me know if you are interested in serving in one of these capacities or suggesting another committee that could benefit our community. You don’t need to be a board member to serve on an operating committee.

The major standing committees are as follows in the bylaws:

  • Athletics

  • Auditing Committee

  • Nominating

The new committees might develop organically or many of them may need a dedicated person or group to get them some traction, and some yet might not take off at all, which is fine, but it will be up to all of us to see if they can sink or swim. If they don’t flourish, that is ok as well. It’s all about meeting the needs of our community to the best of our ability.

Being neighborly is about knowing and responding to each other in a positive way. That’s what I want to bring to our community. My personal philosophy as a political libertarian is that the better communities voluntarily care and look out for their members, the less we depend on big government to do it for us. We can be that kind of community, with a goal to make a positive impact on each other.

We won’t all agree on everything. We have a ton of differences. We are old, young, rich, poor, black, white, Hispanic and Asian. Some have been here decades and some just moved in. But despite all the differences, we all call Mago Vista home.

My term officially begins January 1 and I’m excited to get started. Thank you for trusting me in this position. I hope I can be highly responsive, and a benefit to you as a member of our community. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me via social media or email, or come up and say hi at the park. I look forward to serving to the best of my ability.

Dave Bishop

President Elect, MVACA

dbishop@Constitutionalsociety.org

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