This week I blogged how spring is finally here, and this weekend’s weather should leave no doubt that it is finally upon us. The grass turning green, buds sprouting on trees, the baby calves out in the fields, the sunshine warming our faces and our moods: nature has a way of reminding us about change. It reminds us that it comes regardless of what we do. Like the warm weather after a long cold winter, nature reminds us that change is welcomed. I have often blogged and written about change because as humans we often resist change and for many it is a difficult reality. As soon as you get used to one change, another comes. And often while the ‘ink is still drying’ on your attempts to deal with that change, more may come unexpectedly. It can be frustrating, but as a good friend pointed out to me, it’s important to think about cheese.
Who moved my cheese? is a business fable illustrating attitudes and actions that people can take when confronted with change. A good short read, I highly recommend for anyone who hasn’t read it. The point is, though, that change while hard, should be expected, welcomed, and sometimes chosen.
Here in the Williston market, we should be particularly accustomed to it. With the remarkable population growth and the infrastructure projects needed to accompany that, there have been and continue to be countless changes. Some small, like an updated storefront, some large like the US2 road construction last summer. It was hard to wait patiently through these seasons where roads were being created, widened, adding lights for safety and traffic flow, and more. Some people may not have even known about the water treatment plant until it was completed but you were directly impacted whether you realize or not.
Back to change. This week, I informed my Board of Directors and my staff of my resignation from my position as President of the Chamber as of May 23rd. And I wanted to take this time to tell our members and the community. I wish I could tell you all in person how I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the business community and lead such a great organization. It is bittersweet for me, knowing that I leave while there is still work to be done, but I look ahead toward the opportunity to contribute to the community at another important organization, our hospital – CHI St. Alexius Health’s Foundation.
My time at the Chamber has been full of change. But change is good. And while a change in leadership at the Chamber may be accompanied by changes in other leadership throughout the community after the results of election day on June 12th, I have full confidence that we are headed in the right direction. Last week I also blogged about how well positioned we are for the future. I could write another whole article or two about how that is true despite our area’s growing pains…maybe another time!
The Chamber has a strong focus on its mission to ‘Champion the United Business Community’. It has great staff and a strong board, and I am confident that it will remain steadfast on its path to advocate and work for the business community. Our valuable programs, events, and committees will continue to provide opportunities to connect and grow your business. The Chamber’s strong partnerships with other entities will continue to unify us.
Because I know and see it’s potential, I will persist in promoting and serving this wonderful growing, evolving community, just in a different role.