“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.” -W.T. Purkiser
I love Thanksgiving. What’s not to love? It’s a day set aside from the busy-ness of everyday life to step back and reflect on all that we have to be thankful for.
There are no presents to be purchased or wrapped, no other obligations to fulfill. It’s not as commercialized as many holidays have become.
The Thanksgiving quote above by W.T. Purkiser made me think of our cover story this month, where we asked our Advisory Board to help us choose local people who are “Movers & Shakers” in Stark County.
It seems there’s a lot of moving and shaking going on in our community. Dozens of names were mentioned during the initial brainstorm meeting alone. There definitely isn’t a shortage of people worthy of the recognition. The hard part comes in having to pare that initial list down to only 10. Even more difficult is figuring out how to showcase everything each person does on just one magazine page.
Certainly the résumés of our “Movers & Shakers” are impressive, but it’s their passion for our community and willingness to help that make them stand out. Each of them has recognized his or her ability to give back to the community and has done so. None sought the spotlight, and a few needed coaxing to even be featured. They get involved to help make a difference. We hope their influence will inspire future “Movers & Shakers” for years to come.
I’d say that’s a true measure of thanksgiving. About magazine’s second class of “Movers & Shakers” are: Barbara Abbott, Monsignor Lewis Gaetano, Mike Gallina, Lisa Warburton Gregory, Nadine McIlwain, John O’Donnell, Tom Schervish Sr., Ted Swaldo, Margy Vogt and Candy Wallace.
The 2009 class included Steve Coon, Janet Weir Creighton, Richard Jusseaume, Geoff Karcher, Judith Lancaster, Stephen Perry, Allen Schulman, Jane Timken, Tim Timken and Dr. Teresa Wurst.
Stay tuned next year for “Movers & Shakers: Power Couples” edition.
Darla A. Brown