At least five different flyers in five different languages - all with the same message - will soon be distributed throughout Lehigh Acres with one aim in mind and that is to get local residents involved in the community and to encourage them to attend public meetings and become active on the Lehigh Acres Community Council.
The organization is important in Lehigh now since it has merged with other groups and has been recognized by Lee County government as the sole voice of Lehigh. In fact, Lee County Commissioner Frank Mann attends most of the meetings that are held on the third Monday night of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the large conference room at the East District Sheriff's Office on Homestead Road Entrance to the meetings are at the rear of the building. Tami Baker, a local insurance firm executive, is president and chairman of the Community Council.
This new plan to familiarize the community with large and colorful flyers in different languages is a project of the Public Relations Committee of the Community Council. Laurie Sternowski and Andrea Adams, both members of the committee, spoke out about how important the flyers are in bringing all communities in Lehigh together.
Andrea Adams, left, and Laurie Sternowski, members of the Lehigh Acres Community Council, hold the new flyers in different languages, each promoting Lehigh citizens’ involvement from all backgrounds to become involved with the Council.
"We have printed them in several languages, including English, French, Creole, German and Spanish, Adams, who is also first vice president of the Council, said.
"Our plan is to reach people in a different way. We plan to ask local businesses to allow us to put these flyers in their windows and/or on the bulletin boards," Sternowski said.
Andrea Adams reiterated how important it is to reach all the residents of Lehigh so everyone in the community can come together and discuss concerns and future actions of the Community Council.
Carol Cherigo is the chairman of the publicity committee.
"We'll be visiting all the businesses, stores and grocery stores in Lehigh to hand out our flyers. We want to reach everyone," Sternowski said.
It was noted that there is a large Spanish-speaking community in Lehigh and the Council wants to reach out to that community to bring it together with all others in Lehigh.
The Community Council is one of the oldest organizations of concerned citizens in Lehigh. It recently brought members of the Lehigh Acres Community Planning Corp. into the group. Representatives from several organizations such as the Greater Lehigh Chamber of Commerce, the East Zone Sheriff's Office, the Lehigh Regional Medical Center and others are represented on the large board of 40 or more people, who are elected and also appointed.
In the past it has sponsored many local events each community minded such as past election forums.
While it has not taken a stand on incorporation, the Council has helped a group of people to come together to study the pros and cons of incorporation.
Sternowski said the new promotions of the Community Council also reflect the new webpage on the Internet. It is: Lehighacrescommunitycouncil.com and is interactive whereas viewers can send messages or ask questions through the website.
Copies of agendas of meetings are posted along with minutes of past meetings. All members' names are listed on the site, too.
The Lehigh Acres Community Council serves as the "VOICE" for unincorporated Lehigh Acres. Its mission as stated on its website is to partner with the citizens and government agencies within Lee County Florida to make Lehigh Acres a great place to live and work.
"We are looking at different ways to distribute the flyers," Sternowski said.
Adams said this new way of contacting all the people in Lehigh is an exciting way to communicate with others who are not as familiar with the English language as they want to be.