On a hot day in August, I passed a gentleman holding a sign and I had to stop and see what it was all about. As it turns out, his name was Charles Hanson and is relatively a new resident of Oro Valley but comes with big ideas and hopes for all of us. His purpose: to start an Oro Valley Citizens Economic Club.
Originally from Colorado, he owned a building for non-profit organizations and groups on an intersection that would forever change his life. It happened to be an intersection where protesters started to congregate in the fall of 2011 during Occupy Wall Street, a public reaction to the financial crash. He invited them to use his building as their base and place to discuss ideas. Charles, without having prior interest in what was transpiring, quickly became ignited with a passion for change and knowledge.
The purpose of the economic club, as explained by Charles, is "to give a little more political clout to local citizens. To get a group of people together who are willing to do a little work to see if by November we can accomplish something bigger." Some topics to possibly be discussed could be: Do you want to know how money is created? What is the difference between the Federal Reserve and the U.S. Treasury? Are you confident that the banking system and monetary policies operate in ways to ensure your welfare within the global economic structure of the 21st century?
Charles would also like the group to be politically neutral. "Let's not let our political differences get in the way of our political and economic system." As he points out these are "American problems" and he welcomes ideas and discussion from any who would like to attend future meetings.
If this sounds of interest to you, you can contact Charles at firstname.lastname@example.org; or if you're lucky enough to talk with him along the roadside, look forward to a wonderfully insightful conversation about the economic expansions and contractions of our past.
The Oro Valley Citizens Economic Club is still in its infancy and is looking for interested, passionate members. Who of us isn't passionate about their economic well-being?
Heather Nenadovich has lived in Oro Valley a total of five years. She has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Arizona. Her husband is Canadian so she is a hockey fan by default and so are her two very clever children. When not being a mommy, she enjoys hiking in Catalina State Park, hand building pottery, and gardening. Her favorite things about living in Oro Valley are the towns recognition of art and culture, their commitment to preserving nature and the Christmas parade. (Also anything from GMG Chinese Bistro.)