Message from the chairman

Chairman Heather Taylor, T&T Construction

When I gave my inauguration speech at the Chamber Banquet, my message was centered on an excerpt from the speech “Citizenship in a Republic” Theodore Roosevelt gave at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, on April 23, 1910. The excerpt is known as “The Man in the Arena."

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly …

My hope is that we all start each day emulating the man in the arena, and not the one sitting in the stands, shouting how he would have done it better but never makes the effort to make a difference. 

I want to thank Tim Culp and the entire staff including Grace, Naomi, Wanda and all the ambassadors and volunteers who do the hard work every day. I would also like to thank the members of the Chamber for their continued support.

Let’s all get into the arena and live our best lives, not afraid to fail.