When my family and I moved to Sunnyvale, we really had no idea that we’d become so intimately involved in the city. I always thought of it as a pretty city, coming from San Jose, but never once did I ever imagine myself living here.
I became intimately involved in the community through my participation with the Ray-Nor Park Neighborhood Association (R.P.N.A.). I was invited by then President Eugene Garcia (R.I.P) to come out to a meeting at a local church which I begrudgingly attended. The group left monthly newsletters on our porch and it seemed like an elite club that I had no business being in.
I was greeted by several individuals who had lived in the neighborhood for over 50 years and were passionate about keeping the community and its events alive. I left that meeting, tricked into being elected as the Secretary, and never looked back.
Since then, I have held every role, outside of Treasurer, for the organization. This includes being the unanimously voted President of this 60+ year organization twice.
My experience with the R.P.N.A. helped shape who I have become as an advocate for the community and a leader. Part Two will discuss how I became involved in the City of Sunnyvale as part of the Parks and Recreation Commission.