It's hard to articulate how humbling it is to come back from a holiday weekend and start sifting through the results of our spring member drive. In the past week alone, our numbers grew by almost ten percent, and we added more than 150 brand new names to our roster of Strong Citizens, in addition to seeing dozens of former members re-commit their support.

But what really blows me away is the list of names below — because if I know anything about our movement, it's that every single name on this list has a story. And I can't wait to hear them. 

I can't wait to hear about what you're doing to make your town stronger, whether that's leading your city council to create change or simply writing a few words to a friend about why this stuff matters.

I can't wait to learn about your communities and what makes the place you love so extraordinary, even if you're struggling right now.

I can't wait for you to tell me about the diverse, creative, unimaginable ways you will apply our approach to transform your place — especially if those transformations are the kind of small, quiet changes that can radically re-shape our communities like nothing else can. 

Some of our members prefer to donate anonymously, so this is only a partial illustration of how huge last week was. If you joined last week and don't see your name on the list, message me to be added. 

But if your name is missing because you haven't joined yet, there's still time. Join us now. We'll do amazing things together. 

Richard Abbot of Walnut Creek, CA, David Alvey of Kansas City, KS, James Anglese of Logan, UT, Mary Alice Armstrong of Atlanta, GA, Rod Arroyo of Detroit, MI, Dennis Ashendorf of Costa Mesa, CA, Susan P. Bachelder of South Egremont, MA, Tony Bagato of Fishers, IN, Daniel Baisden of Fort Wayne, IN, Will Barnes of Columbus, GA, Lynn Basa of Chicago, IL, Bill Bates of Danvers, MA, Jim Beach of Tulsa, OK, Terri Bennett of Frankfort, KY, Aaron Bland of Brevard, NC, Joseph Bogdahn of Winter Haven, FL, Elizabeth Bonney of Glendale, CO, Rachel Booth of Clearwater, FL, Chris Bracher of South Melbourne, Australia, Melanie Bruce of Ithaca, NY, Julie Budd of Burlington, NC, David Burrus of Leawood, KS, Bryant Bussa of Lansing, MI, Matthew Calkins of Lagrangeville, NY, Patrick Charlson of Desert Hot Springs, CA, Bob Clement of Roanoke, VA, Connect Bradenton of Bradenton, FL, Kristin Conrad of Boulder, CO, David Cookson of Takoma Park, MD, Lydia Cooper of Aachen, Germany, William Creasy of Asheville, NC, David Crummey of Mesa, AZ, Micheal  Curtis of Three Rivers, MI, Stephen Davis of Washington, DC, Elizabeth Dolan of North Kingstown, RI, James Draper III of Monroe, GA, Joshua Duggan of Grand Rapids, MI, Keith Effler of Yakima, WA, Grace Einkauf of Austin, TX, Paul Epp of Kansas City, MO, Josh Fairchild of West Roxbury, MA, Jordan Feldman of Georgetown, TX, Greg Francis of Spokane, WA, Andrew French of Albion, MI, Spencer Gardner of La Center, WA, James Gatlin of Austin, TX, Thomas Gerdom of Grand Blanc, MI, Kirsten Goa of Edmonton, Alberta, Douglas Goss of Richmond, IN, Kurt Graustein of Meredith, NH, Larry Grudt of Lansing, MI, Justin Gullotta of Brownsville, VT, Leah Hackleman-Good of Lancaster, OH, Bryan Haltermann of Augusta, GA, Richard Hanlon of Ellicott City, MD, Sarah Hanzel of Rapid City, SD, Leckey Harrison of Langley, WA, Donald Hart of Fountain Valley, CA, Benjamin Hartwell of  Gorham, ME, Louis Haywood of New Orleans, LA, Stephanie Heffer of Hot Springs Village, AR, Carol Hemrich of Gabriola, B.C., Fox Reynolds Henderson of Santa Rosa Beach, FL, Paul Herrick of Pensacola, FL, Andy Higginbotham of Columbus, IN, Susan Hilgart of Brainerd, MN, Ross Hilleary of Fishers, IN, Ryan Hinds of Huntington Beach, CA, Ian Hlavacek of Houston, TX, Gwendolyn Holbrow of Framingham, MA, Meegan Holland of East Lansing, MI, Helen Humphrys of  Akron, OH, Michael Huston  of Miami, FL, Joe Huyett of Beaumont, TX, Larry James of Des Moines, IA, Catherine Jurczyk of Ashland, MA, Lauren Kennedy of Chico, CA, Reiley Knight of Ranson, WV, Jeff Knowles, of Oakland, CA, Anni Lampert of Sturgeon Bay, WI, Ed Lane of Watkinsville, GA, Brett Larter of Cornelius, NC, John Lary of Huntsville, AL, Rebecca Laskody of    Chapel Hill, NC, Daniel Long of Albuquerque, NM, Jason Lord of Minneapolis, MN, Neil Lovitt of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Jay Luker of Lexington, MA, Leslie MacKenzie of Minneapolis, MN, Jack Magiera of Chicago, IL, Ezra Malernee of Canton, OH, Damon Mascoto of McAlester, OK, Tim McCollow of   Milwaukee, WI, Haile McCollum of Thomasville, GA, Josh McIntyre of Bangor, ME, Chris McNew of Harrison, AR, John Mellor of South Bend, IN, Amanda Merck of San Antonio, TX, James Merriman of Fort Wayne, IN, Robert Mills of Norwich, CT, William Mountjoy-Venning of Seattle, WA, Robert Mundinger of Dallas, TX, Lesley Nalley of Hot Springs Village, AR, Hoffman Nancy of Harris, MN, Robert Nichols of Durham, NC, Kevin O'Halloran of Jacksonville, FL, Ryan O'Hara of New Haven, CT, Nick Palumbo of Savannah, GA, Robert Parolek of Martinez, CA, Billy Parrish of Dunwoody, GA, Jonathan Paul of Gainesville, FL, Neal Peirce of Washington, D.C., Trish Pfeiffer of Bartow, FL, John Podczerwinsky, AICP CTP of Fort Myers, FL, Sunni Purviance of Roanoke, VA, Albert Pyle of Cincinnati, OH, Patrick Quinn of Sharonville, OH, Didacus  Ramos of Hayward, CA, Dave Roberts of Santa Rosa, CA, Nick Rogers of Alexandria, VA, Russell Romney of Moscow, ID, Bob Roscoe of Minneapolis, MN, Monica Russo of Houston, TX, Stefan Sain of Los Angeles, CA, Adam Schildge of Alexandria, VA, Polli Schildge of Asbury Park, NJ, Samuel Schlageck of Kansas City, KS, David   Schlegel of Redding, CA, Cathy Scott of Mount Horeb, WI, Lea Ann Seiler of Hanston, KS, Austin Shelton of Atlanta, GA, Jeff Sibert of St. Louis Park, MN, Max Siegel of Mountain View, CA, Curt Skinner of East Palo Alto, CA, Sebastian Smoot of Silver Spring, MD, Terry Snyder of Palmer, AK, Peter Stamats of San Francisco, CA, Frank Starkey of New Port Richey, FL, Greg Stephens of Salina, KS, Andrew Stow of Peoria, IL, Howard Strassner of San Francisco, CA, Blaine Strickland of Orlando, FL, Aaron Sweeney  of Madison, WI, Damian Tatum of Lexington, KY, Richard Taylor of Franklin, TN, Josh Thede of Mission, KS, Bob Theis of Richmond, CA, Greg Thomas of Cleveland, TN, Joseph   Traywick of Spartanburg, SC, Scott Tunnicliff of Davenport, IA, Paige Van Wirt of Bethlehem, PA, Jamie Vann Struth of Vancouver, BC, Manito Velasco of Burlingame, CA, John Verni of Mamaroneck, NY, Scott Walker of Port Townsend, WA, Gary Warner of Kuranda, Queensland, Sarah Watson of Redwood City, CA, Daniel Weidner of Rock Hill, SC, Otis Wheeler of Greenfield, MA, Andrew Wilkes of Lake Saint Louis, MO, Grant Wingo of Chicago, IL, Ryan Wozniak of Mesa, AZ, David Yaden of Lake Oswego, OR, John Yung of Cincinnati, OH, and Stanko Zovko of Phoenix, AZ.