In 2008, inspired by a documentary film about St. Andrews produced by Seabright Productions, community members gathered in the community center to reflect on their accomplishments to date, and to discuss possible new initiatives. Community members voted on which ideas they wanted to work on, and formed study groups to move these ideas forward. Newcomers and seasoned residents alike have been drawn to these new and diverse project ideas:
St. Andrews Community Partnership
St. Andrews community organizations agreed to become partners in a new formal organization (under the Registry of Joint Stock Companies) called the St. Andrews Community Partnership. Acting as an apex level “association of associations” it currently has 14 organizations as members. This has enabled better communication and increased cooperation and collaboration among member organizations. Collectively, they are hiring two summer students to be shared among the organizations over the summer. Also, the Partnership has initiated a community website, which is proving to be an excellent communication tool. Partnership members include: Catholic Women’s League, Highlander Curling Club, Knights of Columbus, Oak & Owl Seniors Club, St. Andrews District Community Center, St. Andrews District Fire Dept. & Auxiliary, St. Andrews Home & School Assoc., St. Andrews Senior’s Housing Assoc., St. Andrews Softball Assoc., Wishing Wells Society, St. Andrews 4-H Club, St. Andrews Parish Council, St. Andrews Veterans Association and Tri-Heart Society
A St. Andrews community website has been created under the direction of the St. Andrews Community Partnership to enable coordinated information exchange, easier coordination of community events and to provide a way for people to stay in touch, especially non-residents. The Calendar of Events is well utilized, all organizations have an information page and their contact information is readily available through the website.
A trail network was desired in St Andrews community to benefit the health and fitness of residents and visitors. This project will take place in several phases. The first phase (completed) was to construct a loop trail behind the community center in St. Andrews on parish land. It has been used many times by people walking, skiing and snowshoeing. The K of C, 4-H members and general volunteers planned, constructed and will see to the maintenance of this trail. In the future, with permission granted from land owners it is hoped to build a stacking loop of trails in the vicinity of and leading to, the banks of the South River. These trails will be intended for walking and cross-country skiing/or snowshoeing when conditions allow. Recently the Great Outdoors Project of the St. Andrews 4-H Club planted trees in the open areas along the existing trail.