24 Apr Who Do You Think You Are?
The Community Foundation had the first board meeting of our new fiscal year last week. Since we had some new board members joining us, we decided to do a new icebreaker activity to get to know each other a little bit better.
The question was, “If you could have dinner with anyone living or dead, who would that be and why?” Sound familiar? If it does, it’s because the Chronicle-Tribune has highlighted this question annually when we celebrate our Academic Excellence Award winners.
Some of the answers were funny. Some were noteworthy. Others were along the lines of, “Hey, why didn’t I think if that one?” All were intriguing.
Several board members talked about visionary leaders within the business and political genres. And, many, many more talked about their relatives…parents, grandparents and the like.
WDYTYA is an American genealogy documentary show that airs each Friday evening in the NBC primetime lineup. Every episode highlights a celebrity who goes on a journey to trace his or her family tree.
All of this has gotten me thinking about the recent deaths we’ve had in our own community in the past three weeks. Great leaders and philanthropists right here in Grant County. Men that will be missed by their families and also missed by their community. But, their imprints on our community are indelible. They forged paths where there were no paths before. They were role models for the younger generation. And, now their legacies lives on. Let’s do our best not to forget all that they’ve taught us, all that our history has taught us. We can apply what we’ve learned right here, right now.
And, if that’s not your answer today, it’s never too late. We are a work in progress.