by guest contributor Mimsy Lindner
Filling the Lisa Palmers shoes will not be an easy task. She was an amazing commissioner and a true advocate for 2E05. But if I have the chance, I will try!
When I moved to Washington DC in 1984 to pursue a career in meeting planning, I never expected my heart to land in Georgetown. This is where I met my husband, Rusty, and where we raised our 4 children. I lived in upper Georgetown (R Street), on Potomac Street (across from Booeymonger), at 33rd Street (near Volta Park), and now on the Georgetown waterfront. Each neighborhood in Georgetown offers something special and each has a different personality.
Over time, I’ve learned that even a few blocks can make a big difference in the wants and needs of neighbors and businesses. Together, they make up the rich fabric of Georgetown and explain why people love living here.
My family has always been my priority and as such I have always dedicated time to what was important to the 6 of us. Schools and the community remain a priority for me. I was president of Intown Playgroup, served on the board of trustees of Little Folks School, and then I was president of the parents’ association at the Washington International School. I have worked with the Georgetown Ministry Center on their journey to help the homeless and have been cooking meals for the Georgetown Senior Center for years. Additionally, I served as a junior janitor at the church, which gave me the opportunity to work with the Salvation Army soup truck as well as other internal and external church projects. and mission. For 10 years I was President of the Friends of Volta Park (FOVP) where (following in the footsteps of John Richardson) I worked closely with the DC Department of Parks and Recreation and other DC officials . We raised funds from neighbors for the landscaping and maintenance of Volta Park. FOVP is still strong today. More recently, I had the honor of being nominated by Mayor Bowser to serve on the Board of Directors for Events DC, which gave me a bigger picture of what was happening all over DC. All of these experiences have allowed me to enrich the lives of many people and make our community stronger, while making me a better person and a Georgetowner.
Of course, safety is a constant concern and must be a priority. Whether on the Georgetown Waterfront, Wisconsin Avenue and M Streets or in neighborhoods, we want everyone in our community to be safe and comfortable walking around. We must also recognize the unique challenges Georgetown faces as a residential neighborhood with a thriving business community. Residents and business owners must work hard to coexist peacefully and support each other.
I’m excited to listen to other Georgetown residents, learn how they think we can improve our neighborhood, and celebrate together all that makes Georgetown such a special place to live and do business.
We all need to remember why we choose to live in Georgetown. I know we can grow and improve together while keeping the integrity of our historic village intact.