Our numbers grew and our organizational operations became more formalized over the years. We moved from meeting in each other’s living rooms to meeting in public venues which could accommodate our growing membership and make ourselves available to the larger Pagan community. We organized and hosted public and semipublic ritual events for the eight seasonal holidays. The second Sunday of the month served for years as the day of our business and Community Meetings. We also organized and facilitated a training and ordination program for those who were interested in offering their services to our community and others as Pagan Clergy. In the later years we began to organize and host Spiritual Retreats consisting of a day away for Pagans in the countryside to commune with nature, each other, and the spirit within. Early on we published a newsletter, Crescent Shadows, which was free to members and sold locally to promote our activities and provide a forum for education. With the coming of “cyber space” and the development of the online world we tapped our Membership’s talent and created our own Yahoo! Group, Blog, and Face Book Presence. These eventually took the place of our print newsletter. For many years there were additional social and educational events such as the very popular “HVPN Witches’ Ball”, a costumed ball at Samhain attended by hundreds. Some even travelled from out of state for a night of dancing, feasting, prizes and fun. Also popular was our annual daylong seminar of classes, “HVPN University”. This event was not only an opportunity to attend a variety of workshops taught by local talent but boasted wonderful vendors and internationally known and respected Pagan guest speakers such as Isaac Bonewits and Selena Fox. We eventually established and achieved the goal to incorporate as a formally recognized not-for-profit 501(c) 3 organization so that we could make better use of the funds we were raising. Charity had long been one of our focuses and with the not-for-profit status this was formalized. Countless hours have been donated by our Members at fund raisers (such as our Psychic Fairs) which not only allowed us to finance the wonderful events mentioned earlier over the years but also allowed us to provide charitable support to those in need. In the early days we raised money for a variety of outside charities in support of such worthy causes as increasing literacy etc. In later years we began our own Adopt a Family Program which started out helping adopted families just at Yule time but then expanded to a full year of assistance! Over the years our Members have been so generous with their time and their dollars. We have made a real difference in the lives of so many people and have accomplished much to be proud of!
(acting HVPN Executive Officer)