The West Meade Conservancy is a grassroots group of volunteers dedicated to preserving a key natural area for future generations. West Meade has importance to the city of Nashville as an aquifer, a wildlife habitat, an urban link in the city's unusual ecological corridor, and a place where wooded hillsides can be seen and enjoyed.
The organization is made up of volunteers, but everyone who signs a Registration Form or Support Form and/or donates to the cause is part of the West Meade Conservancy.
Alys Venable (President), Dan Lindstrom (Vice-President), Jane Bibring (Secretary), Sharon Charney (Treasurer), Cindy Smythe (Development Committee Head), Joanna Carnahan (Education Committee Head), Kim Matthews (Publicity Committee Head), Nancy Smith (Recruitment Committee Head).
Stasia Holdren (Webmaster), Anita Bailey, Brenda Batey, Tom Keller, George Schnitzer.
The West Meade Conservancy began in 2006 when Noah Charney called a meeting of neighbors. From 2006-2011, WMC was run by a loose collaboration of several community members, including Alys Venable, Jane Bibring, Anne Williams, Sharon Charney, Dan Lindstrom and many more volunteers. During this time, Adam Charney developed this website structure and Noah Charney built the website content. In 2011, the WMC adopted the more formal structure currently in place.
THOUGHTS ON WMC FOUNDING FROM NOAH CHARNEY
The West Meade Conservancy was founded on a beautiful world outlook. Leading up to Earth Day 2006, many people around me thought that distributing 250 flyers in mailboxes and calling a neighborhood meeting would be a waste of time. I too was deeply skeptical that anyone would show up, or that anything would come of such a meeting. But I felt compelled to try.
That Saturday, 65 neighbors who had previously been mostly strangers stood in a circle and simply expressed gratitude for our surroundings. Full of thankfulness and hopeful energy, we set off on an unthinkable task with some crazy ideas. We were not afraid to walk right up to all the leaders in Nashville, speak our minds and ask many questions. With new love for each other and our land, we began an open dialogue on conservation.
I am continuously inspired by the dedication and hard work that so many volunteers have contributed over the years. Regardless of what the future may bring, the WMC has already been a tremendous force of good in fostering a positive community and focusing attention on conservation issues.
More than anything else, it is the joy that comes from people connecting with nature and with each other that I see as the most precious aspect of the WMC. If this spirit always continues to drive the WMC, then anything is possible.