Thank you Mayor Jessup for everything you did to make this event a success. Thank you Monya for far exceeding everyone’s expectations – You did it again – Everything was perfect and the food was outstanding! Elaine, Dan, Patty, Melody, Joseph, French, Geno, Beverly, Kathi, Heidi, Dave, Kristina, Danny, Rick, Sgt. Eisler, Officer Hodge, Sgt. Dottei, and everyone else who’s names I can’t remember! You are the spine of this City and your help was greatly appreciated. According to Mayor Jessup, “We went through 400 pounds of crawfish, 325 hotdogs, 200 pounds of potatoes, and all the corn Walmart had on Friday.
We had a huge Behr truck, banners, the Regional Incident Command Center that Meadows Place built with a grant to use as part of the regional Office of Emergency Management, We also had a fire truck, a trolley, a DJ, and lots of fun and crafts for the kids. We even had several members of the Dulles High School Art Honor Society and National Honor Society to help with the children’s activities. Behr gave away free paint for the exterior of 10 homes and three of those homes got free paint AND labor. We mailed out a copy of our new pre-approved paint standard colors Behr Premium Plus Ultra color card and application to each homeowner. We put all the applications into a five-gallon Behr paint bucket and had a boy and girl from each grade at Meadows Elementary pick out the names.
We had Chad Shreve from Meadows Baseball league pull one, Shelly Brough, President of the Meadows Marlins Swim Team pull one and Kay Ewing, President of the Meadows Place Home and Garden Club pull the last one. We had a huge crowd….everyone had fun and it turned out to be a great community event and a good way to move forward with our new paint selection process.
The highlights for me of the Behr event on Saturday were:
1. When all the Dulles High School Art Honor Society students arrived with their bright red shirts and their big smiles and provided so many children with creative projects. They kindly gave each Meadows Place child one-on-one, hands-on attention and shared their love of paint and art. They were truly an inspiration to me! Thank you Cindy Madsen for coordinating the children’s activity – it was a huge success.
2. When I was tour guide for the trolley ride, we made our first stop at the Waste Water Treatment Plant. I was bragging about our Director, Dan McGraw, and how all his innovative work and forward thinking has made much of what we have possible. I said we should all thank Dan every time we see him. Two kids jumped up and said “That’s my Daddy!” Then I was talking about how all this was made possible by the committee that Mayor Jessup formed and that Kathi Sutton had the idea for the ordinance and Heidi Case had done the research finding that Behr paint was rated the highest by Consumer Reports. I looked over and saw Stewart Case holding Heidi’s grandson on his knee and he had a smile from ear to ear. Big John had my two grandbabies (one on each knee), and we just looked at each other and smiled knowing that we just experienced a moment in time that we wish we could have shared with Dan, Heidi, and all of you. My prayer is that every child can feel that same pride in their parent’s hard work over the years!
3. When I drove by the community center on my way home from work on Friday night and saw the Behr truck, the tents and tables, and everything that Monya and her team had set up all ready for the next day. There truly is no place like Meadows Place!
I just wanted to give a quick shout out to everyone to let you know how much your hard work is appreciated and a how impressed Behr was with our exemplary city! I must also thank my husband, Big John Isbell, for his council and his help each and every day. Meadows Place is now the founding city for Behr Helps Paint the Town and the model for others cities across the USA. Thank you again BEHR!
Shirley Isbell, Alderman 2
City of Meadows Place