Each of us shoulder some of the responsibility to make our community the very best it can be.

There are many ways that can be accomplished. Some require sharing an area of expertise. Others require only a willingness to become involved and contribute to the dialogue.

That latter opportunity is upon us as the Envision Jefferson County group is preparing to host three community conversations to get input from area residents about a vision and action agenda for this and future generations of Jefferson Countians.

Envision Jefferson County is a privately funded initiative tasked with identifying areas that can be addressed to improve our quality of life.

Everyone is welcome to participate. A steering committee has been working for a few months to lay the groundwork for the public meetings, and on March 31 and April 1 and April 2 those meetings will be held.

The March 31 meeting is at Madison High School. The April 1 meeting is at Southwestern High School, and the April 2 meeting is at the Brown Gym. All meetings begin at 7 p.m.

Participants need to come prepared to share thoughts on how Jefferson County can meet the challenges of the future.

Those ideas will be gathered and used to form a "to do" list and plan of action.

Too few residents have attended the first three public meetings, but we've seen enough of this group and process to believe that the effort won't end with another report sitting on a shelf gathering dust.

We owe it to our children and their children to do the very best we can to make Madison and Jefferson County a great place to call home for generations to come.

Get involved with Envision Jefferson County and let your neighbors know that they should too.