Last Saturday, we celebrated Green Culture Singapore’s 5th anniversary. The actual birthday date this year was supposed to be on 15 September 2009. Due to a number of events which happened around the weekends then, the celebration was postponed. A million thanks to Green Baron who has helped us to book the function room at his condominium so we got a venue to hold the birthday party. I should also not forget Ah Kee’s effort for helping to coordinate various administrative matters such as the registration of members and for coming up with a very environmentally friendly name tag for everyone who came. Her husband has also helped to take numerous photographs for us put up on this blog post too!
As per previous celebrations, we organised yet another pot-luck party (what I term it as ‘by members, for members’) where we invited all members of Green Culture Singapore to come and chip in with food and drinks. There were also others who came with small pots of plants and cuttings for sharing with others. Generous members like Sean donated a couple of orchids which were put up for a lucky draw. This gathering we saw close to 70 members and my sincere thanks to them for making time to attend the celebration.
We have also progressed. Besides the usual family photograph that we must take during each gathering, one of our younger members, kiddyduck, did a video that documented what occurred during the entire session. The polished version has been uploaded to YouTube and linked to his blog.
In my short speech to all members who came for the gathering, I shared with them that we have come a long way to being half a decade old. I told them to not call me their ‘boss’ since I am a gardening enthusiast like each one of them. If they must give credit to me, I told them I would accept it on the fact that I was the one who started the website and forum and nothing more. Getting the forum up and running and making it what it is today is something that is not entirely my effort. Their participation and support were instrumental in making what Green Culture Singapore is today. I reminded all that mutual respect and peace are two very important factors that are essential in ensuring the success of a discussion forum and a cohesive online community.