Trustie or Trustee?

There’s not a lot of difference: one is in a band of cronies plotting, the other is allowed out  to work in the fields, knowing he’ll come back. 

We are looking for Trustees to occupy vacating cells – but maybe that’s pushing the simile too far.  In Portobello Central SCIO we have 7 Trustees right now but we have space for 15.  It is tempting to write job or person specifications to ensure we get the right decisions, taken in the right way but that’s not how the present gang was assembled.  It was just that at a meeting in Bellfield in the summer of 2019 some of us got up and, instead of yelling “Protest!  Stop [something]” just said it could be better “if..”  All our “ifs” were different and the dozens of people present went home satisfied that views had been expressed and (of course) “Nothing will be done”.

Then a blurry Zoom-ridden couple of years passed where a gang, by now a little changed, is feeling good.  Something we assembled out of the community’s ideas is on its way to release.  Independent reviewers have commended our business viability.  We were not a “designed” team, so we do have specific and tested skills and certificates in hard sums?  Do we all fill a Zoom screen agreeing vigorously?  Not at all: we all think in different ways and at varying speeds.  Some are dogmatic (for the moment I can’t think who that would be) and some are unnervingly quiet until a killer point has to be made.  The thing is we have a common goal: to put the Town Hall in the hands of the community.  (My computer has just corrected that sentence from “gaol” to “goal” – either would have done).

Today we have 152 members of Portobello Central – any of them (which should include you – have you applied?) can be elected in September to be a Trustee.  You don’t even need not to have criminal record – a “trustie” would be fine.  So reflect on your past and get ready to continue the success of Portobello Central – be a Trustee.

Geoff Pearson

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