Recognizing progress in local communities is vital

Recognizing progress in local communities is vital

THE ISSUE: Recognition of one’s efforts fosters improved success

OUR VIEW: Organizations, municipalities, and individuals can all play an important role in recognizing behavior.

CARLINVILLE (Nov. 2, 2017) – Last week in Carlinville the Carlinville Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards dinner. This event serves multiple purposes as it is an opportunity for local businesses to devote time to network with their fellow businesses, elected officials, and learn of future plans and activities by the Chamber and organizations within Carlinville such as Blackburn College, the Macoupin County CEO program, and Project Third Day. Coal Country Chamber of Commerce has a similar event each year. Such events are an opportune time to reconnect with acquaintances and to hopefully learn something new, but perhaps more importantly, how one person’s efforts can help further a project along — specifically, what is needed to be done and what role a person can play in making the project a reality. While many people seem to think of these events as a report card of the year’s happenings, that function is important, but we hope that business leaders take time to not only reflect on what has been done, but what role they could and should play in helping to further an existing project or begin a new one. We’ve all seen the devastating effects years without a state budget have caused. We know there are opportunities within our municipalities, schools, and social service organizations to make a difference by helping with an unfunded need. The power one person, one business, one concerned group of citizens can play can be the turning point between simply talking about the need to actually making plans to meet the need. In Carlinville, Boente Shell was recognized for their efforts in revitalizing their West Main Street location. What a great example of a business improving not only their business but the look of the surrounding area. How timely such improvements are considering the new Amtrak station and what an important and attractive first glimpse of the community this area provides. Similarly, McDonald’s has also completed work on their business that has likewise improved their appearance on the opposite side of the railroad tracks. Businesses of all sizes within our county make investments in their communities on a regular basis. It is important that we take time to recognize and learn from their achievements. Similarly, individuals also need this recognition which not only provides reinforcement of their efforts to themselves but to others who may be inspired to also be a positive agent for change. Each week much of this newspaper’s space is devoted to recognizing both individual and organizational achievements, whether it is the Rotary Club for the awesome annual Halloween parade they orchestrate each year or the Lions Club for their carnival fun that is a community favorite, or the students achieving honor roll status or athleticism on the sports field. Our communities are blessed by an active scouting program which just this year has provided a record number of Eagle Scouts. Whatever the specific recognition, we believe such recognition is vital in fostering strong communities and individuals and provides an ongoing investment that will continue to reap rewards for generations to come in Macoupin County.