In Your Community: Charlotte’s Can-do Attitude Helps Group Thrive for 13 Years

Often we run across organizations that are making a difference in their community. We asked Bryan Myrkle, former President of Can Do!, to share a bit about this successful group in Charlotte, Michigan.

Charlotte’s Can Do! is a community-based and community-supported non-profit organization that assists economic and community development through the discussion and dissemination of new ideas and initiatives. Its meetings and activities are open to the public and attract participants from local business, local government and important local institutions. Can Do! stands for Charlotte Area Networking for Development & Opportunity, and was originally formed in 1998.

Can Do! allows residents and other interested parties to get and stay informed, and to speak and be heard on a wide range of important community issues. The discussion format for meetings is open, respectful and non-judgmental, and feature interesting speakers, as well as opportunities to present information on any local topic. The group is led by a Chairperson and Executive Committee elected annually by the membership. A monthly General Membership meeting takes place at 7 a.m. and is usually attended by 30-40 participants.

Can Do! also provides individuals a chance to participate in more depth through a number of permanent topic areas — one or more of which is sure to interest almost anyone. These include a community marketing committee, which is responsible for the well-known Celebrate Charlotte  television marketing campaign; the Charlotte Step-by-Step community health and walkability committee; the Can Do! E-Pillar, which is focused on energizing and supporting local entrepreneurship and small business; Experience Art, which addresses issues of interest to local artists; as well as other official sub-committees working on local issues related to youth, charitable giving, and community leadership development.

No matter what the age, experience or role a person plays in the community, Can Do! is the quickest way to get involved and make a positive difference in Charlotte. For nearly 15 years, the community has continued to support this unique organization and its distinctive approach to addressing community issues and initiatives. For more information contact the City of Charlotte Community Development Director at (517) 543-8853.