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November Decision

Posted November 07, 2012 in Community Featured, Beaverdale, Des Moines West

For a long time now, all of us have been contemplating what we should do come November.

As a community, we are keenly aware of the short-term and long-term impact of our decision. We recognize that others are watching our behavior and simply by where many of us live we are seen as opinion leaders. To some degree, all of us can’t help but feel influenced by comments from others and multiple advertisements telling us how we should respond. And, as if all of that were not enough, there are media personalities who talk endlessly on this subject, reminding us of our individual responsibility to support those who we value most.

On a personal note, I am not letting November come and go without one final statement.  For a number of months I, too, have been part of the influencer group. I have made it my personal agenda to get involved, make a difference and advocate for what I believe. This leadership role, now culminating in November, has been empowering and inspiring.

November is the opportunity to move beyond the rhetoric and shift into action. Exercise your individual choice. Make a powerful statement for what you believe.  Lead by example.

Yes, it is November and all of us could not be more pleased it is finally here — the holiday shopping season!

As you think of ways to celebrate the holiday season with family and friends, give special consideration to the area businesses on the west side. Your purchasing power makes a powerful and meaningful difference to the business owners in our neighborhoods. Shopping on the west side also provides you the opportunity to feel connected to the community, interact with business owners and experience the joy of knowing that you are investing in a remarkable and dynamic community.

To our area businesses, I thank those that have made an investment in the West Side Chamber.  Your support is deeply valued and you provide an important example.  To those who have not yet joined, please give consideration as we enter our membership drive. Your leadership decision to join the Chamber will make the west side considerable stronger. Finally, to all west side businesses, residents and shoppers, the Chamber Board wishes you a joyful and successful holiday season. We look forward to seeing you throughout our neighborhoods in the coming weeks.

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