Best of Winston is in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Honored to be the Best of Winston “People of Winston” spotlight in this week’s Instagram, Facebook and newsletter post. Glad the Best of Winston captured the essence of Smitty’s Notes. It’s not just a newsletter and website, but a multi prong community endeavor that will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2022. I can’t hardly wait
Jeff Smith (you may know him as Smitty) has played a significant role making Winston-Salem the active and engaged community it is today, ever since he began compiling the goings-on in town almost 25 years ago. “It started out as 10 friends trying to figure out what we were going to do on the weekend. Each of us was trying to come up with a couple of things. One day I compiled all our options and sent them to the group in an email. I found out later that it was being passed around to other people, to the point that I actually got the email myself.” Today, his news and events newsletter, Smitty’s Notes, has over 16,000 email subscribers.
Jeff quickly became a voice for Winston’s young professionals, advocating for more jobs to bring people here and more social and community events to keep them here. Believing volunteerism is at the root of community engagement, Jeff helped to create a volunteer center while a member of the Coalition of Young Leaders. He also knew the value of bringing people together to learn from one another, and he organized dinners held at a restaurant downtown to connect people with community leaders.