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Living the Good Life

Primrose School of Lake Norman

Building Active Minds, Healthy Bodies and Happy Hearts IREDELL LIVING • JANUARY 2012

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Relay For Life of Mooresville/Lake Norman It’s Kick Off Time! Monday, January 9, 2012 5:30 Dinner/6:00 Meeting

Nascar Technical Institute 220 Byers Creek Road, Talbert Point Business Park Mooresville, NC Be a part of Relay For Life of Mooresville/Lake Norman! Join teams like Lake Norman Radiation Oncology in Celebrating More Birthdays in 2012. For more information or to RSVP for the dinner, please contact Marcia Place at (704) 929-6543 or by email at scorpios5963@mi-connection.com. Please RSVP by January 5, 2012.

The 2011 Relay For Life of Mooresville/Lake Norman Healthcare Provider of the Year Award was presented to Dr. Richard Krumdieck of Lake Norman Radiation Oncology. Pictured are Jill Gibson, ACS Staff Partner and Dr. Krumdieck, recipient of this prestigious award. Visit our website for more information: www.MooresvilleRelay.org

The 2011-2012 Relay For Life of Statesville thanks the Board of Directors of the

2011 Carolina Balloon Festival!

Thank you for recognizing the lifesaving work of the American Cancer Society by naming ACS as one of the beneficiaries of the 2011 festival. Thank you for your hard work and dedication on behalf of our community - and for putting on the biggest and best balloon festival in the nation!

Our sincere appreciation also goes to Marsha and Randy Treacy with Aerosports, Inc., for flying the American Cancer Society Relay For Life balloon, to Mark O’Keefe of MVO Photography and to all of the volunteers who helped make this event the best ever!

The Relay For Life of Statesville Kick Off will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at Iredell Memorial Hospital beginning at 6 p.m. In 2011, Relay For Life of Statesville raised $146,000 in the Fight against Cancer. Please join us as we celebrate our accomplishments and begin another exciting Relay season. Dinner will be provided by Iredell Memorial Hospital. If you would like to attend, please RSVP by 1/5/2012 to Delayne Whitaker at dwhitaker@security-central.com.

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from the publisher

Welcome to the January issue. I hope your 2012 has started off well. I trust you survived the ball drop, champagne, Auld Lang Syne and all other New Year’s Traditions. Perhaps you even had the traditional black-eyed peas, collard greens and hog jowls for lunch on New Year’s Day. While I normally make a few New Year’s resolutions, there is one that I will not need to make this year; to lose weight. Thankfully, I have lost about 25 pounds since the summer. My goal for this year will be to simply keep this weight off. I’m sure that will be easier said than done. There is some great reading inside this issue including our cover story on Primrose School of Lake Norman, as well as articles on Beating the Winter Blues and Getting Organized. Here’s wishing you and your family a safe, healthy, happy and prosperous New Year. May 2012 be your best year ever!

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January 2012 12 • Primrose School Of Lake Norman Building Active Minds, Healthy Bodies And Happy Hearts 16 • The Gift Of The USS Carpenter, DD-825 “Luku MokoLuu” 18 • Iredell Council On Aging 20 • A Word From The Statesville Chamber: The Front Door To Our Community 22 • A Word From The Mooresville - South Iredell Chamber: Repercussions Of Responsibility 24 • Iredell Resources Thank you for viewing our online version of Iredell Living Magazine. We invite you to read this month’s cover story and browse through our advertisers. You can pick up the full version of the magazine at one of our many distribution locations. You will find a list on our website where you can get your free copy today! Thank you for reading Iredell Living Magazine!

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Primrose School of Lake Norman Building Active Minds, Healthy Bodies and Happy Hearts By Kristie Darling

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“Our daughter, Emmalee, has been in early pre-school for over a year, and she loves going to Primrose! She loves her friends, and she loves reading. We’ve been thrilled with Primrose, especially when friends tell us how respectful and happy Emmalee is. Learning respect and developing character is built into the curriculum; in fact, some parents we know have moved their children into Primrose based on the positive experience we are having there. We couldn’t be more satisfied.” —Heather Cross

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ur children are our greatest blessings. As the saying goes, our children are loaned to us, and our parental task is to prepare them for successful lives as they grow into adults and become leaders in our world. Parents know this instinctively, but many–make that most– need help in this huge undertaking. Franchise owner and early childhood education advocate Stacey Hinman, along with her staff at Primrose School of Lake Norman have created an academic-based school for little ones whose mission is to “provide the right foundation to build active minds, healthy bodies, and happy hearts.” On my visit to Primrose, I discovered how they do that, and I was extremely impressed. “We have the most amazing staff, and they accomplish remarkable results with our children everyday,” Stacey said. “These women are talented and devoted; they are truly passionate about the value of quality early childhood education and its positive impact in the lives of young children.” Primrose School is unique in its approach to preschool education and after school programming. The research-based curriculum is developed by early childhood education specialists wherein the daily program at each age level is based on a philosophy of balanced learning. Primrose School can enroll infants at six weeks and preschoolers up to five years in the classroom setting and from five to 12 years in the Explorers’ Club after school program. Whether children are reading, dancing, listening, gardening, singing or playing, they are encouraged to explore and connect their sense of wonder to the learning experience. “Our teacher/child ratios allow us to nurture each child’s mind, body and heart. We’re all committed to understanding what each individual child’s needs are and to focus on helping children enjoy school and learn at the same time,”

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On the cover–Stacey Hinman, Owner of Primrose School of Lake Norman Opposite Page–Stacey Hinman surrounded by Primrose puppets which are used in each classroom as part of their character development program. Each puppet represents a different character trait that is taught to the students. Above, top–Mrs. Hinman making Caprese Salad with Pre-K students using ingredients from their Primrose Garden Patch. The school’s garden won 1st place in the Kids’ division for the Town of Mooresville’s Garden Contest this year. (Photo provided by Primrose School) Bottom–Mrs. Sherrill and Mrs. Whiting working on Preschool Art.

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A LITTLE HISTORY Stacey and her husband, Jeremy, opened Primrose School of Lake Norman in May 2006. From Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, Stacey is a former certified K-8 teacher with experience in preschool and elementary grades, including gifted classrooms. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. “I have always worked with very strong women at previous schools, and I’ve learned that a positive attitude is required for teachers to be successful. Our standard at Primrose is to approach each day with joy,” she said with a smile. “It’s critical for each of us to be flexible, and our teachers all go the extra mile to do whatever it takes.” Indeed, Stacey is not a sit-in-the-office kind of administrator. During my visit she was taking holiday photos of the children as gifts for their parents and baking brownies. “I help our chef in the kitchen. I love being with the children when they plant and harvest our vegetable garden, and I sit in to read to them whenever I can,” Stacey shared. “I want to make each child’s day the best it can be.” A former building materials business owner, Jeremy Hinman is a hands-on partner at Primrose, managing the business and maintenance aspects of the school’s operations. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Finance. One detail of their business model is that tuition covers all expenses so that parents know exactly what their investment is each year. The Hinmans have two children, 12 year old Alexander, a blackbelt in tae kwon do who enjoys bowling, Legos, drawing and is beginning to play the trumpet, while ten year old Emily is a piano player, singer, writer and photographer. They attend Pine Lake Preparatory School. A SCHOOL WITH SO MUCH TO OFFER Primrose School of Lake Norman’s beautiful 1.71 acre campus is located in Lakeside Business Park. The playgrounds surrounding the school building were designed especially for Primrose’s students by Little Tykes and sport new artificial turf that eliminates allergic reactions and provides a base for safe, stable play. Walk through the front doors and you are welcomed into an exciting, creative setting. Each classroom looks, smells and feels top notch, with state-of-the-art learning stations, colorful, clean furnishings and warm, safe surroundings. “Our parents appreciate the diversity of our learning activities and programs,” Stacey explained. “For three to five year-olds, we have uniformed classrooms, and we teach math, reading, science, Spanish, ecology and technology. Our learning themes are integrated into all activities. For example, children keep Mud Pie Journals where they can draw or make notes about how the 14

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Opposite page, top to bottom– Hannah Ryan, director, with Stacey Hinman and Ashley Howcroft, assistant director, on Remembrance Day (Nov. 11, 2011). Mrs. Hinman is from Canada where they wear poppies to commemorate this holiday. (Photo provided by Primrose School.) Mrs. Hinman visiting Mrs. Sherrill’s Preschool class for a song. Ms. Bush doing music with her Preschool class along with Billy the Duck. Miss McNelly’s Pre-K class enjoying lunch prepared by their chef. Right–Preschool playground Bottom, right–Mrs. Hinman with a student (Brady) on Football Friday. Primrose Garden Patch is doing or what they will harvest next to include in tomorrow’s lunch. They learn about ecology, nutrition, science and cooking all by making a garden!” Several Helping Hands Projects, part of the character development program at Primrose, are conducted throughout the year. Most recently, donated canned goods went to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. Other projects include Primrose Schools’ National Family Dance Off in support of Children’s Miracle Network; the annual Spring Fling Festival, with proceeds going to Reach Out and Read; The Music Class, a proprietary program that teaches rhythm and notes as well as a love of music; and Thumbs Up, an age appropriate physical education program. The Explorers’ Club after school program and the Explorers’ Club summer camp are offered for five to 12 year olds. These programs help families maintain a nurturing

consistency of care and learning in our all too busy lives. Learning, fun, and excitement are integrated with the same high standard as the school program, and include field trips to area children’s venues. During the week there are ancillary activities led by area businesses. Parents can sign their kids up for Suzuki violin and creative movement through Masterworks School of the Arts, yoga class with Launch Your Kid and tae kwon do with the R.T. Berry School. Rob Lowery, a.k.a. Mr. Music, also comes once a month for a concert with no additional cost to the parents.

preschool. Stacey believes that communication with informed parents is key, and she is available to give you a tour and answer your questions. Be prepared, she is a dynamic and enthusiastic tour guide. You will be impressed, like I was, with the positive, beautiful learning environment at Primrose School of Lake Norman! Primrose School of Lake Norman 173 Raceway Drive Mooresville, NC 28117 704-658-0460

EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT FOR YOUR CHILD Needless to say, Primrose Schools are award winning, fully accredited schools. They are the only pre-school that offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee–if you are not satisfied after the first month, a full refund is offered. “We are confident in our program,” Stacey said. “We are proud to say we have never had to refund a parent.” Please visit the website, www.primroselakenorman.com to see and learn all there is to know about this exceptional IREDELL LIVING • JANUARY 2012

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The Gift of the USS Carpenter, DD-825 “Luku MokoLuu” By James D. Williams

In December, my father was invited to attend a ship’s reunion for the USS Carpenter in Norfolk, VA. Norfolk is about seven hours from Iredell County, and having recently suffered a massive heart attack, my father did not think he would be able to attend. When I asked what he would like for Christmas and learned of his desire, I was able to negotiate a few days off from work and arrange the trip. The drive was long, but time seemed to pass easy as we talked while heading up the interstate. It was as though the seasoned sailor with an invigorated glimmer in his eye was telling a young recruit what to expect in the next port. In retrospect, we did not listen to the radio once. We just enjoyed each other’s company. Now a ship’s reunion is a time for former crew members, regardless of rank, to come together and reminisce about their time aboard ship. Sea stories abounded. “Do you remember the time in Yokosuka?“ “Whatever happened to Jungle Jim and Mary Soo?” “I wonder 16

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if Tiger Balm Gardens still has the statues?” As I listened, I learned the story of the ship, and the men who took her down to the sea. The Carpenter was part of the 7th Fleet. Many times her role included joining a carrier task force in a secret rendezvous sweeping ahead to protect the mighty carrier from submarines lurking in the depths. Other times her role included shelling enemy shorelines to neutralize gun emplacements, railroads, factories, and retrieving downed pilots. The Carpenter was named for LCDR Donald Marshall Carpenter and was launched in September 1945. She was designated as a hunter-killer destroyer, specifically designed to hunt down submarines. After her shakedown Atlantic cruise and further crew training in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the Carpenter headed for Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Her Hawaiian name designation was Luku

MokoLuu—killer of undersea boats. In future cruises, she spent time at Midway, Wonson Harbor, Formosan Straits, Okinawa, Hong Kong, and the Yellow Sea. Invariably, as I listened to these weathered men in their waning years return to their glory days aboard their ship, I learned of past escapades. Speaking of the good times seemed to return youth to their faces. Raspy voices were clear and concise. While in Pearl Harbor, it was some of the crew of the Carpenter who were late from liberty. At the time, it seemed like a good idea to “borrow” a fire truck so they would not have to stop for red lights. The rationale was, it was only a volunteer fire truck. What harm could come from this? Everything was going fine until several other fire trucks joined in the dash. Just as the crew was fast, so was the Carpenter. She was much faster than the other destroyers of her squadron. It


was not uncommon for her to exceed 30 knots. It was at Pearl Harbor that she earned the nickname of the Galloping Ghost of the Pineapple Coast. It was the Carpenter that always seemed to be the first ship back into Pearl. On one patrol, the Carpenter was running at high speed to recover a downed pilot in the Formosan Straits. With the pilot in sight in dangerously shallow waters, the Carpenter reversed engines. But the ship continued ahead. Commander Bustard ordered full reverse, but the Carpenter did not answer and continued toward the beach. Just like Desi says to Lucy, there was a “lot of explaining” to do on the bridge and engine room that night. It was not until some months later when the Carpenter went into dry dock after hitting a submerged object that her speed became understood. Unbeknownst to the crew, she had been fitted with highspeed

propellers, not the standard high torque type. It seems there were a few country boys in the Carpenter crew who knew how to shine. Not shoes or brass as you would imagine, but that of the moon. Some of the crew would secretly save their favorite fruit juices while on patrol. They combined the juices and let them ferment on top of the boilers. A delightful concoction called jungle juice was the result. It was the Carpenter’s crew that secretly brought a monkey aboard ship. They fed and trained the monkey for weeks without the officers knowing. One crewmate made the monkey sea clothing. Others made a small sailboat. For weeks they tried to train the monkey to sail. Then someone had the bright idea of letting the monkey drink jungle juice. They all agreed there is nothing

worse than cleaning up after a sea sick monkey. One night at anchor in Subic Bay, they launched the monkey in his little sailboat off the fantail. As they toasted him, he was headed toward Driftwood Beach. And it was the Carpenter and others who participated in the Eniwetok Atoll atomic bomb tests. I guess that is why Mom always said Dad had a glowing personality. On our return trip, my father thanked me for this Christmas present. He told me how much he had enjoyed seeing his old shipmates and recalling his invincible times. He knew that he would have been unable to make the trip without me. I knew that we had now come full circle. When a parent helps a child, they both smile. When a child helps a parent, they both cry. And isn’t this the greatest gift of all?

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Iredell Council On Aging By Lydia Sullivan

It’s a brand new year! Most of us will

was organized in April 1973. The

locations and Meals on Wheels for the

have another birthday sometime this

agency is a non-profit umbrella

home-bound within the city or town

year. Luckily for me, I was born in

organization devoted to improving

limits of Statesville, Mooresville and

December so I get to wait all year for

quality of life and helping to maintain

Harmony. Volunteers deliver the meals

mine! I admit aging is not the most fun

independent living for individuals

Monday through Friday. There are also

thing in the world. I am reminded of

who are at least age 60 and older.

exercise programs and free health care

that every year when the first cold snap

ICOA operates through the Iredell

screenings (blood pressure, cholesterol)

hits. If you are old enough, I do not

Senior Center, located in Statesville,

and flu shots available.

have to explain that sentence. But since

and the South Iredell Senior Center,

most of us are aging we might as well

in Mooresville. At these centers,

Respite care can be provided to a

find something good about it. To make

ICOA offers a wide range of health,

primary caregiver responsible for the

that a little easier to do, the Iredell

education, recreation, and social

24-hour care of a spouse or other

Council on Aging is the smart place to

activities for older adults.

family member who cannot be left

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alone due to a physical or mental Health services include nutrition

condition. Chore service is available

programs through several group

for older adults who live alone, and


because of physical limitations are unable to complete

parties or entertainment, so the seniors offer donated items

necessary housekeeping chores. Qualified in-home aides

for sale Monday – Friday to raise funds for some fun stuff.

provide assistance with light cleaning and errands.

Jewelry is one of their favorite donations.

Over 900 seniors receive services through ICOA. Most

Many seniors volunteer at the centers to keep themselves

services are free to Iredell County residents but seniors from

active. Others show up daily to play cards, Mexican train,

Rowan, Cabarrus and North Mecklenburg can also enjoy

crochet together, or just to chat and socialize. As with

the Mooresville Center for just $10 a year. There are also

many organizations, volunteers are always needed. There

income-based scholarships available for seniors who need

is a comprehensive listing of the types of volunteers on the

assistance for some of the programs that require payments

website, www.iredellcoa.com.

for specialized instructors such as water aerobics. The Mooresville Center is located at 202 N. Church Street, I had the joy of attending the annual Christmas party at the

28115 and can be reached at (704) 662-3337. The Statesville

Mooresville Center, located within the Charles Mack Citizen

Center, 344 East Front St., 28677, (704) 873-8568.

Center in December. Octogenarian Charles Domiter donated his entertainment talents with Big Band sounds, Christmas carols and delightful tap steps. About 50 seniors enjoyed

Photo: Opposite page–COA 3 Tina Czarnecki (center),

the show–punch and cookies were provided by the Odds

Manager of the South Iredell Senior Center, enjoys the

and Ends fundraising efforts of the seniors. The center is

Christmas party with Agnes and Kathy who volunteer at

not allowed to use state, federal or United Way funding for

the center.

What a great place to make a buck.

Ambassador Spotlight Emily Sigmon

is the new community

What a great place to spend it.

relations director for Binder Chiropractic. She is an active part of the Statesville Theater, a member of the Carolina BalloonFest and Amazing Race committees, and a mentor at Statesville Middle. As a new Ambassador, she is kept

What a great place to make a buck.

up-to-date with community events and is actively communicating with other Chamber members regarding how well the Chamber is benefiting them and how they can best utilize the Chamber. In her spare time, Emily loves to read, write, and spend time with her newlywed, Keith.

What a great

Dr. Steven Binder founded Binder Chiropractic in 1981 and Emily

Lake Lake Norman Norman Chamber Chamber of of Commerce Commerce place to spend it. 704 704 892.1922 892.1922 www.lakenormanchamber.org www.lakenormanchamber.org

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Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce 704.664.3898 704.664.3898 704.664.3898 www.mooresvillenc.org

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C A WORD FROM

haracter shines through ad-

in one of our five leads groups, select

versity, or at least that’s what

gatherings of professionals who meet

we’re apt to hear during

regularly to work hard to make sure

tough times. Assuming that is true,

they steer business to each other and

many of us have built a mountain

other Chamber members. Nearly 100

of character during the last year or

people are involved in one of those

so. The economy continues to show

five groups. Our other networking

many good signs as we move into

events of 2011 included Business

2012. We hold hope that the slow

After (and Before) Hours–open to

but steady recovery continues and

everyone to simply talk with each

that this year will be a needed respite

other and grow your business/friend-

from the character-building period

ship base. The job of the Chamber is

we’ve just gone through.

not so much to directly expand your business, but rather to provide the

Through the course of 2011, the

vehicle by/through which YOU grow

Greater Statesville Chamber has seen

your business.

some great successes and learned

The Front Door To Our Community

some valuable lessons. Similar to

We had the opportunity to serve in

most other organizations in our field,

the co-coordinative role in the area’s

we have realized a net loss of 12% in

first Business Plan Competition in

membership over the last three years.

2011. Development of a business

In 2011 though, we have begun the

plan, difficult and tedious as it is, is

climb back with 93 new members

an absolute MUST for those that are

of the Chamber. We are seeking to

thinking about starting a business.

restructure some of our programs to

Through the Small Business Center at

ensure that those 93, along with all

Mitchell Community College, nearly

of our other members, are assured of

40 people explored topical issues of

the value.

writing a business plan. Ten entries were received in the competition

What impact does the Chamber have

that was won by David Terifay with

on a business? Realizing that we are

Galaxie Consulting. The competition

the “front door” to the community

kicks off again this year in January.

for many, it is important to recognize

For more information, please go to

that 122 times each day, the business

our website at www.statesvillecham-

directory on our website is tapped by

ber.org

people looking to spend money. We

David Bradley President and CEO Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce

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can track how many direct hits your

For decades, many local agencies

business has had, how many have

have been shouting from the rooftops

been directed to further explore on

about the joy of living, working, and

your website—but only if you are a

playing in this fine place, but we

member of the Chamber.

have been sending different messages with our colors, logos and taglines. In

In 2011, we held approximately 275

2011, an unprecedented partnership

networking meetings for our mem-

of organizations–the Chamber, the

bers and guests. Most of these were

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Development, Downtown Statesville Development Corporation and the Statesville Convention and Visitors Bureau– approved a singular logo and tagline that speaks to who we are: Statesville–Where it All Comes Together. The logo will become much more visible as we move into 2012. Other prominent Chamber accomplishments in 2011 –

• Established a brainstorming program, Talk Business Take Action, designed to give members an opportunity to get

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• Youth Leadership Iredell and Leadership Statesville programs wherein over 60 local leaders (current and future) go through an intense nine-month program to gain a better understanding of the issues/opportunities this community faces. • Partnered with the Troutman Independence Festival sponsored by Iredell Health System. Troutman has been

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known for its extensive parade, and our Troutman Area Council added a festival to the site this year with great success. • Davis Regional Amazing Race–What do you get when you have 30 teams venturing into interesting, sometimes remote, parts of the county undertaking pertinent challenges and obstacles? A lot of fun! Our first year of this event was extraordinary, and plans are underway for 2012. • “I’ve Gotta Feeling” What in the world were 250 people doing at the intersection of Broad and Center Streets on a chilly January morning in 2011? Making a video! Our lipdub to “I’ve Gotta Feeling” was seen all over the world

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bringing smiles and memories to most all who saw it. The video is available at our website, www.statesvillechamber.org

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• Record breaking participation at Piedmont HealthCare Friday After Five, Carolina BalloonFest and Statesville PumpkinFest GOODSENSES.COM

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A A WORD FROM

ll too often our focus is on

take risks by voting for solutions that

spotlighting the effects of

require more from us than nothing

negative behavior, and we

from us. Accountability and respon-

have not focused on the rewards as-

sibility go hand in hand. Each carries

sociated with responsible behavior.

with it a risk to those we see as leaders

This truth is shown daily on news

deemed to possess those qualities.

and reality TV shows where the low-

Police officers daily run risks to their

est common denominator appears to

own safety in order to hold others ac-

reap rewards for actions that ordinar-

countable for actions that pose a threat

ily would not be tolerated. The kind

to our safety. The willingness to lead

of selfish and irresponsible behavior

makes the leader an easy target for the

shown appears to have no risk and all

unaccountable and the irresponsible.

reward. The bad guys win. The risks

Repercussions of Responsibility

are never shown—only the short-term

We are the beneficiaries of the effects

gain and fame. Like children allowed

of responsible behavior. The willing-

to consume sweets until their bellies

ness of others to act responsibly has

are full, initially they feel they have

contributed to the growth and popu-

won, until the stomach aches come.

larity of our area. The transformation

The true reality is that there are conse-

of our region into growing, sought-

quences to our behavior. Consequenc-

after communities with a diverse eco-

es transfer the need to be responsible

nomic base has come about because of

to the person who makes the choices.

the shared vision of individuals willing

The perception that reality TV is a

to look for new opportunities.

mirror to our world is a fallacy, and we should all fight to preserve the values

We need to continue our focus on

that have been, and continue to be,

reality consequences, but with an

the rock upon which we stand.

emphasis on recognizing the positives more than the negatives. It is better to

Improving decision-making skills

reward good behavior and minimize

requires an understanding of the

the notoriety that all too often is given

relationship between responsibility,

to bad behavior.

positive behavior, and the rewards that

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go along with them. There are certain

The repercussions of responsibil-

risks to responsible behavior, but they

ity bring deeper and more lasting

are often outweighed by long-term

rewards. They build a foundation of

gain. The risk is going against the

growth and opportunity for all. The

easy answer when more thoughtful

spotlight should once again shine on

solutions require hard work and have

our brightest and best, and not on

uncertain results. Doing nothing to

our worst. When we celebrate our

solve a problem is easier than leading

accomplishments,we encourage more

a call to action. Political leaders often

choices like them.


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