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Bel Air South Community Foundation – action on October 2 and 17

1 October 2012

This just in from Bel Air South Community Foundation, regarding upcoming meetings and actions for the cause of preventing Walmart from moving to Bel Air. While the Bel Air South Community Foundation takes issue primarily with the location of the store and not necessarily with the company itself, working with them represents the best hope of preventing Walmart from leaving behind yet another abandoned store in Abingdon (to add to the 25 million square feet of abandoned Walmart stores already in the US) and opening a new store in Bel Air, with all the social and economic impacts that would have on the community and on area businesses, and of course, the traffic.

Be There:
Photo Shoot – Tuesday, October 2nd at 6:30 PM. Constant Friendship Wal-Mart. That’s Tomorrow.
County Council Meeting – Tuesday, October 2nd at 7:30 PM. 212 S. Bond St, Bel Air.
DAC Meeting – Wednesday, October 17th at 9:00 AM. 212 S. Bond St. Make preparations to attend.

Full message follows. Opinions expressed in the message below are those of the Bel Air South Community Foundation and do not necessarily reflect the views of Idlewild Street or the editor.

SIXTEEN DAYS!  Only sixteen days until the Development Advisory Committee Meeting (DAC).  This is where Wal-Mart’s proposal for the Plumtree site will be reviewed by a number of state and county agencies.  We have much do to before then.
Our County Government and lawyers are working issues from their end.  We need to uphold ours.
  This e-mail goes out to 650 addressees.  We need 100+ participants to meet at the Constant Friendship Wal-Mart at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, October 2nd for a photo opportunity.  Drive into the main entrance, turn left and drive back toward the road.  This is where we will gather.  Once we have a quorum, we will distribute 100 NO BEL AIR WALMART signs for those in attendance to hold.  The Aegis has been notified and will be covering the event.  This should only take 15 minutes.  Please do not depend on some one else to carry the load.    A good showing will send a strong message.  Anything less will be a missed opportunity that will hinder our chance for success.  We must all be involved if we are to prevent Wal-Mart’s relocation.
Weather – If it should rain – As long as it isn’t a down pour we will still shoot.  Bring an umbrella.  It will show our resolve.
  After the picture is taken, all are encouraged to attend the County Council meeting at 212 S. Bond St, Bel Air at 7:30 PM.  If you would like to voice you opinion at the meeting, arrive by 7:00 PM to sign up.
Contact Wal-Mart.  Below are a few easy to follow steps that will enable us to communicate our opposition to the Wal-Mart brochure that most of us recently received.
The following steps will only take one minute of your time but will flood Wal-Mart with 650 responses.
1)  Look at the 10 attached file names and find the one with the initial of your last name.
2)  Click on it to open the file.  Highlight the letter and click Copy.
3)  Open a new e-mail and Paste the letter into it.
4)  No need to add your name.
5)  In the subject line put OPPOSED TO BEL AIR WALMART!
5)  Send your e-mail to
6)  You’re done.
For next week we will be sending canned letters to Wal-Mart executives.
If you have already written a letter or plan on writing one, we would like to use your letter as a template for others to use.
If you don’t mind sharing a copy of your letter (not necessary to put your name on it) then please send it to
Funding:  Several Home Owners Associations have stepped up and contributed or are in the process of contributing.  So far we have received a total of $1100 via HOA treasury disbursement to support the No Bel Air Walmart effort.  Some of this money has already been spent on purchasing lawn signs that will be placed in high visibility areas.  This is a quick way of raising funds to be used in purchasing bumper stickers, signs, technical expertise, etc.  Let us know via this e-mail address if your HOAs are interested in contributing.  If it prevents Wal-Mart from breaking ground, it may very well be one of the best investments your HOA could make in preserving your property value.
Photo Shoot – Tuesday, October 2nd at 6:30 PM.  Constant Friendship Wal-Mart.  That’s Tomorrow.
County Council Meeting – Tuesday, October 2nd at 7:30 PM.  212 S. Bond St, Bel Air.
DAC Meeting – Wednesday, October 17th at 9:00 AM.  212 S. Bond St.  Make preparations to attend.
The train is getting ready to leave the station.  Climb aboard!
Bel Air South Community Foundation
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