Mayor Announces “One Montgomery” CommitteePosted on May 24, 2018
At the May 17th Township Committee meeting, Mayor Mark Conforti announced the formation of “One Montgomery,” a new mayoral ad hoc committee. Its goal is to build and promote a community that is proud, united and which looks out for its neighbors. The committee will include prominent civic, cultural and religious leaders of the Montgomery community, as well as the Mayor, Township Administrator and Police Captain, who will act as discussion facilitators. The new group will help raise awareness of cultural events, appreciation of diversity, and encourage civic engagement and volunteerism among the over 23,000 residents of Montgomery.
Mayor Conforti stated, “We have talked about establishing such a committee for several years and now seems like the ideal time to do so. The strength of Montgomery is rooted in our unity and spirit of community service and involvement. Neighbors helping each other out is a simple, yet power way to keep our town the special place it is.”
Current participants represent many communities in Montgomery and include: The Superintendent of the Montgomery Public School District, a representative of Huaxia Chinese School at Montgomery, a representative of the Montgomery Hindi School, the Monsignor of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, the Rabbi of Congregation Kehilat Shalom, the Imam of the Somerville Masjid, and the Pastors of the Blawenburg Reformed Church, the Harlingen Reformed Church, Montgomery Evangelical Free Church, and Montgomery United Methodist Church.
The resolution establishing “One Montgomery” states the following:
Montgomery Township is an abundantly diverse community with a long history of civic volunteerism. As the community grows, it is important to build and strengthen connections between long-term and new residents. The celebration of the Township’s rich diversity and community service spirit –
- fosters understanding and appreciation of all cultures,
- enhances community spirit, good will, and neighborliness,
- promotes civic engagement and the development of new community volunteers, and
- is in the best interests of all residents.
Among the responsibilities of the Montgomery Township Ad Hoc “One Montgomery” Committee are to:
- obtain and promulgate information about the diverse variety of events, celebrations, organizations, lectures and educational opportunities in the Township
- encourage residents’ participation in these innumerable activities,
- seek ways and opportunities to increase the Township’s strong volunteer corps, promote service to the community, and foster neighborhood connections, and
- facilitate community conversations promoting and celebrating unity, i.e., “One Montgomery.”
When introducing the concept at the May 17th Township Committee meeting, Mayor Conforti stressed positivity and reflected on the ongoing need in Montgomery and in every town for mechanisms which will bring people of all ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, creeds, races and gender together to foster community.
The Mayor stated, “Ultimately, if I think people are generally good, which I do, then I have to believe that the greater the knowledge, the greater the understanding and hopefully the greater the respect. We need something in place that provides true knowledge and awareness to reach real understanding, so everyone can find strength, enrichment and unity in our diversity.”
This committee will meet quarterly but it will be available to convene at any time to address community issues.