And We're Off- The First ROPP Meeting is a Wrap!

Every member of the newly established ROPP team attended the first  planning meeting of the year!

This is the sort of dedication and unity that will ensure the success of the program.

Here are a few pictures from the first meeting. You may CLICK on the image to enlarge it, if desired.

                           Sis. Constance and Sis. Cynthia visit after the meeting.
                            The ROPP Team celebrates a successful first meeting.

                        Yes we to a wonderful, unified beginning!

                           Metropolitan's 1st Rites of Passage Team 2011:
(L-R): Eric McDaniel, Olden Jordan, Cynthia Harry, Anthony Johnson, Joyce Jordan, Constance Kennedy, Ken Ballage, Lisa Grant Davis, Milton Howard, LeBerta Ballage, Yolanda Gary Fisher
Not Pictured: Pastor Mkwanazi and Deborah Franklin (photographer!)

Community Gardening- It's a ROPP Thang!

One of the principle objectives of the ROPP program is an appreciation for the process of growing our own food and developing a healthy relationship with nature.

Sis. Lisa took a snapshot of this water tank at a recent visit to the Blackshear Neighborhood Garden!

To that end, ROPP participants will be contributing to the community gardening efforts in East Austin.
The ROPP Leadership Team is in the process of partnering with the Blackshear Community Garden, located at 2011 E. 9th Street. A plan is being established that will enable ROPP participants to contribute to all phases of planting a garden, from deciding what should be planted, sowing the seeds, maintaining the garden and associated property and harvesting the produce. ROPP participants will work as a group as well as being assigned individual times to tend to the garden as part of meeting ROPP requirements.

Here is the link to the Blackshear Garden site:

Here's to a green thumb!

Sis. Lisa