Robert Putnam partly attributes the decline of community in America to the lack of memorable events experienced by today’s civic generation (not too old, nor too young).
The lack of depressions to conquer, major wars to fight and meaningful movements has given little to rally people together. Today’s generation hasn’t had that taste of civic unity and the feeling it provokes.
Your community should have big, epic, events. Aim for an annual meet-up with guest speakers and great sponsors. Aim to change things in your members’ favour. Fight against unjust laws and companies. Support people in your community being victimized.
It doesn’t matter whether you succeed or failed. It’s the community spirit of trying that will make a difference.
Plan your annual gathering now. Recruit volunteers to help you get sponsors and promote the event. It’s fun and the act of trying that people will never forget.