1. Based on the survey results and people's comments at the retreat, our
members strongly support Progressive Cheverly's primary areas of work
(education, access to elected officials, issue advocacy, electing
progressive candidates), believe our work makes a difference in the broader
community, and are glad to be a part of that work.
2. We have been an incubator – for ideas (e.g.
Community Garden, storm drain decals) that may ultimately be accomplished
under the auspices of a different organization, and people, who sometimes
move on to new opportunities. These are both successes for the organization
but as to the people, it is also problematic as we lose talented and
3. As a group we are not sufficiently representative
of the demography of our community. In particular, our African-American,
African and Hispanic membership is well below their relative numbers in
Cheverly. The same is true for younger members (whether with or without
children). This may affect our perceptions/assumptions about issues and
priorities most relevant to our community.
4. We need to market ourselves better.
5. To be more effective in our work, especially in
the County, we need to help create new coalitions and/or expand our work
with existing organizations.
6. It is time to review our policy and project goals
7. There is recognition that finding people willing
and able to serve in key leadership positions for the organization remains a
8. There are different views in the organization
about the relative importance of representing a political perspective while
also pursuing social aims and services. Some participants seemed most
comfortable with Progressive Cheverly pursuing many of our activities
without promoting political positions.