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By Carmen Ensinger
The North Greene area has a new organization founded this spring that has many goals, but at the end of the day, their main goal is to bring back pride to the North Greene community – something that has been lacking in the last few years.
“We are a community organization founded on the principle of bringing back community pride in the North Greene area,” member Trisha Ford said. “Our goal is to support current organizations, our school district and, most importantly, our businesses that make our community a great place to live.”
The Blue Crew is not your typical organization as they have no board, no president, no vice president.
“We decided we didn’t need any of that, though we do have a secretary and treasurer,” Ford said. “We do have four board members, who are the head of the four committees.”
Those committees and heads of those committees are: Sports committee – Lisa Buchanan; Fund-raising – Trisha Ford; Academics – Jaime Roberts and Community – Kelsey Arnold. Secretary is Emily Forrester and Ford also acts as Treasurer.
The Blue Crew came into existence because of a single post made on social media back in January by Buchanan.
“Lisa simply asked the question of how we could get our community pride back and get the community more involved, especially where the school was involved,” Ford said. “She ended up getting more than 100 responses to that post and it ended up in a meeting at Greene Elite and before we knew it, this group was formed.”
But they needed a name. Many of the participants had worked together before and had gone under the moniker of Spartan Pride but since this group would be focused on more than just school-related matters, they wanted something that was non school specific.
“We thought the best thing to do was to put up a poll and let people vote on it,” Ford said. “So, we came up with three different names and let people vote on it on Facebook. The other two names, other than North Greene Blue Crew, were North Greene Pride and North Greene Nation. North Greene Blue Crew won out.”
Over the course of their meetings, they have discussed many ideas of what they would like to do as a group, but for now, the first item on their agenda is a fundraiser for the football team.
“We found out that the football team needs some of their equipment updated,” Ford said. “So, since we have a new coach and are starting a new era, we decided our first task would be to hold a fundraiser to help purchase some of this equipment.”
This fund-raiser will be held on July 2 at Paradise Club in White Hall beginning at noon.
“We wanted to do something a little bit different so we are going to be having mouse races,” Ford said.
If you are not familiar with mouse races, it is simply, you “purchase” a mouse for $20. You name your mouse – anything, but Mickey as that is the first name that is always taken – and the mice compete in seven races. The winner of race seven is named the Grand Champion and the winning mouse’s owner receives $100.
There were a total of 36 mice running in the race up for grabs and they were all purchased by June 12, proving the popularity of rodent races and debunking the theory that it’s a “cheesy” way to raise money.
To avoid the rat race of onlookers, get there early – the races start at 5 p.m.
For those who enjoy the more traditional form of entertainment, there will also be a bags tournament. Registration starts when the doors open at noon and the bags start flying at 1 p.m.
Just so competitors have enough energy to compete, food will be available from “Just Porkin’ Around”. After enjoying a nice meal, take a stroll around the room and make a bid or two on the wide variety of items up for grabs in the silent auction. If you don’t find anything there to bid on, drop a few bucks on the 50/50 drawing.
The real party starts at 8 p.m. when all of the North Greene graduates have been invited to the North Greene Alumni Party. This celebration will run from 8 p.m. to midnight with live music by Backwoods Burden Acoustic.
Ford said that so far they have had between 15 to 20 members at each of their monthly meetings, which are held the first Monday of the month at Greene Elite in White Hall, but they could always use more.
“We are always looking for more community engagement,” Ford said. “We welcome anyone and everyone from parents, grandparents, teachers, business leaders or anyone who wants to see pride come back to this community.”