Dear Save the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Save the SE-L Mansion Library Supporters,
Please excuse the recent lack of active posting from the Committee. As some of you may or may not be aware, this cause is very labor-intensive and all consuming for a number of amazing and dedicated volunteers who have given every second of their free time and more to this cause and our Community.
2 years ago, many of us, would have never thought nor could have ever imagined what this effort would actually require in: energy, time, money, research, organization, management, accounting, writing, legal, web, press releases, videography, public relations, awareness raising, networking, politics, meetings, negotiations, conservation, preservation, picketing and activism.
We would like to start the discussion by sharing the following quote with you which we feel accurately reflects the situation where most of the community is trying to support saving the mansion versus the powers that be:
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm,
the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause,
who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt
The above is not to claim that those who want to Save the Mansion Library (and believe us when we say there are many and are not just active members of this Committee) are big heroes but rather to illustrate the David and Goliath like position between the taxpayers who object to this major move and the powers that be who really do not have any checks and balances on their decisions once they are appointed, no real requirement that they truly take into consideration citizen input. As with any human endeavor mistakes have been made, but our cause is still alive.
In upcoming days, we would like to share some of the more personal aspects of this journey with you and address a situation that transpired on September 24, 2013 at the CCPL board meeting in Parma. Supporters came in from as far away as the West Coast of the US. to voice their objections and dismay to the Telling Mansion being sold and no longer utilized as the public library for our community.This entry was posted in Uncategorized by admin