First it was quite the shock hearing bits and pieces of my life being mentioned without the knowledge of it being me. Then the biggest shock came when I turned around to see some of the most special people in my life walking up behind me.
At last Thursday evening’s annual chamber meeting, I was not only humbled but honored to be named the 2011 Sleepy Eye Chamber’s Shining Star.
I’ve sat in the audience each year and stood to applaud each recipient who has been so deserving, never once thinking one day it would be me.
Saying thank you seems inadequate to express the gratitude I feel at being bestowed such an honor.
When I heard Scott Surprenant start talking about the person he was presenting the award to, he got to the part about someone playing Sr. Hubert and Frhuma Sara. They were two roles I played during summer theatre in Springfield. My heart began to beat a little faster and harder and all of a sudden it was like drums being played in my ears. I could not hear what he was saying anymore.
After all it’s not like the award shows you have been nominated and if by chance you are chosen for the award, you had time to prepare your thoughts.
I think Joanne Schmidt, the Chamber’s 2011 Extraordinary Volunteer of the Year, said it best when she said, “When you are doing something you love, it isn’t work.”
Being part of Sleepy Eye’s Chamber of Commerce is not only a privilege, but a lot of fun at the same time. And, all of it would not happen if we didn’t have someone at the helm who was truly passionate about the community.
That person being our chamber director, Julie Schmitt. Julie puts in hundreds of hours each year devoting her time to a community she loves and cares for, each business and those who not only own them, but those who work there as well. While she is the director, she also has a chamber board that stands behind her, supporting the mission and goals of the Sleepy Eye Area Chamber of Commerce.
Sleepy Eye is a community with many assets we sometimes take for granted. But we can’t take anything for granted. We need to strive to make the community we call home better today than it was when we came to it. We need to continue to progress forward while not forgetting the statement on every single newsletter Julie puts together. “Sleepy Eye, Rich in History, Tradition and Pride.”
I humbly thank Julie and the Chamber Board of Directors, for everything you do for the community of Sleepy Eye and the honor of being named the Sleepy Eye Chamber’s Shining Star for 2011.
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