The Ankeny Chamber has all sorts of reasons to celebrate in 2013, for which we are grateful and do not take for granted. These celebrations would not be possible without the volunteer efforts, of our almost 800 members and the visionary efforts of our board. So I want to be sure to thank you all for a great start to 2013.
Sometimes in our busy lives, though, we forget to thank those who are important and crucial to helping us to reach our goals. One section of individuals that tend be overlooked is the employees or staff that accomplish the everyday tasks that no one person can handle. We all know “it takes a village to raise a child” as well as, “it takes a team, to make a business successful.” When was the last time you made the time to thank your staff? I for one want to thank the Ankeny Chamber staff for the great work that they do every day. Without them, these celebrations would not run as smoothly as they do. So thank you, Chamber staff, for everything you do.
We all have people in our lives who deserve celebration and congratulations. A few years ago here at the Ankeny Chamber, we realized that a very important group that helps with an everyday, monumental task are the teachers in our schools. They teach our children, they care for our children and they, of course, protect our children. So who better to be celebrated and thanked for all they do, than the teachers? None better. Therefore, the Ankeny Chamber utilizes a day in the month of May, which is National Teacher Appreciation week, to do just that. Thank them all and the support staff for their tireless efforts day in and day out. On May 15, we brought together the teachers and staff only to celebrate their successes and tell them just how much they mean to us and our children.
While this may be a private event for the teachers and staff, I encourage you to take the time — make the time — to use two simple but very powerful words with your staff, thank you. If we make the time to thank those important to our successes around us, then it will pay back without question. This simple gesture, much like a smile when a stranger walks by, can light up that person’s day. Don’t think of how it will pay us back, think of how it will pay forward.
And looking forward, here are some of our upcoming events in May:
• 10 ribbon cuttings.
• May 17: AYP tailgating event.
• May 22: Membership lunch, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, speaker.