Letter: Thanks to the chamber

Jul. 20, 2013 @ 10:05 PM

To the editor:

What an educational experience it was to be a part of this year’s Leadership Vance program.

The 15 participants of Leadership Vance were given opportunities to learn all about the community and what it has to offer. We were exposed to the city and county government and what makes it tick. We were deeply inspired by the endless care and dedication given by those who provide services to all walks of life.

Our community is filled with rich history that helps us all understand where we have been and the hope of where we can go together. Leadership Vance taught all 15 of us that we must all be active participants in our community by using our gifts and talents to share and enrich where we play, live and work.

As parents and educators we must expose our children to the numerous opportunities right in our backyard. Vance County has farms that use innovative technology to provide the best for our citizens and learning opportunities for our children. We have factories that create products from school supplies to wall coverings to state-of-the-art solar power panels.

We are also the home of major distribution centers that ship all over the world.

There are many opportunities for all of us to reach out into our community and provide hope and service through ACTS, United Way, Lifeline Ministries, Rebuilding Hope and Meals on Wheels.

I do thank Vance County Schools for allowing me to participate in this amazing program. It has changed my perspective and encouraged me to become an active citizen of the community of which I live. If your employer is a chamber member you are able to apply to become a member of the next Leadership Vance program.

Thank you so much to the chamber of commerce for being a strong educator of our city and county.

Marylaura Christopher McKoon