Sometimes getting motivated is difficult. It’s very easy to just sit back and watch the world happen.
We get stuck in routines that sometime provide efficiency but also thwart the desire to continually improve. Successful people, businesses and organizations somehow find the wherewithall to drive for something better, not once in awhile but usually. These are the people, businesses and organizations that get things done.
For Grimes Chamber and Economic Development, June is an interesting month. It includes involvement in Grimes’ biggest annual summer festival, Governors Days. During and after this event, the staff and leadership of GCED try to take time to reflect on the generosity of so many, which makes great events such as this possible. We cherish the opportunity to work with the many volunteers, committee members and tremendous sponsors of the event, who make the festival a reality for everyone in the community, as well as those who visit from near and far. Because a few people, businsses, and organizations get motivated the community greatly benefits.
The volunteers are too numerous to mention, but they are everywhere: working in the Entertainment Garden, helping to place signage, directing traffic, picking up litter, organizing parades, managing events, placing calls and making stressfull decisions. In short, there is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes by people who most people don’t know, just for the love of community. They get great things done.
The volunteers, no matter how much heart they have (and they have a lot) need the other side of the equation to be successful as well. The other side is none other than the many financial sponsors of this event including:
Ryko Solutions (Presenting Sponsor), FOX Engineering (Signature Sponsor), Bankers Trust (Platinum Level Sponsor), City of Grimes (Fireworks Sponsor), Grove & Platt Dental Associates (Grand Parade Sponsor), Triple R Builders (Entertainment Garden Sponsor), Golden Rule Plumbing, Heating & Cooling (Lieutenant Governor Sponsor), Governors District Alliance (Stage Sponsor), FinishLine Body & Paint (Motorcycle Parking Sponsor), Sipp’n Sweet Corn Whiskey (Wristband Sponsor), Rainbow Play Systems (Kiddie Parade Sponsor) and Vision Bank (Ticket Sponsor).
There were 10 Capitol Steps Sponsors including: BDI Signs, Inc., Casey’s General Store, Charter Bank, Civil Design Advantage, Exterior Sheet Metal, Görtz Haus Gallery, Kennybrook Village, Raccoon Valley Bank, ServPro of N.W. Des Moines and Ames, and the BEST Salon. Finally, there were five Aspiring Politician Sponsors including: Grimes Living Magazine, Grimes Tire & Auto, Hy-Vee Drug Store, Medicap Pharmacy, and Shear Expressions.
A few final notes of recognition go out to those from the City of Grimes, who worked tirelessly. The members of the Event Planning Committee include Co-Chairs Brent Smith and Vickie Lilly, Carolyn Ware (bean bags), Rich and Janel DeJoode (fireworks), Jenni Welder (car show), John Koester (Entertainment Garden), Marie Hutcheson (parades), Mike and Renee Schneider (vendors), Mitzi Chizek (5k/Fun Run) and Ryan Burger (General Entertainment Counsel).
Now you know the people who Get It Done in Grimes. Thank you to everyone involved, mentioned and unmentioned. You are appreciated more than you know.