From the Chamber: A message of thanks for company leaders and citizens

With Thanksgiving occur and long gone, and the final of the turkey sandwiches staying eaten, it may well appear like we are previous the window of mentioning gratitude. Even so, I really do not come to feel providing thanks need to have a time.

With that, I did want to share with all of you a concept of thanks we sent to lots of of our enterprise leaders final 7 days. This ran in our Chamber’s weekly e-e-newsletter last 7 days and it received these a pleasant response that I wished to share it right here for anyone that skipped it. Several business leaders stated every person can relate to this concept and I was inspired to share it below with all of you. I have also expanded a small bit on it t to mention some other items in our area I’m thankful for.

Here is the information of thanks and a couple other mentions of thanks I never want to overlook out on:

“We have so significantly to be grateful for- we seriously do.

Sure, it has been an incredibly hard year, but we want to be grateful for all that we did carry out this 12 months. Change is by no means simple and adapting is actually tricky. Yet, collectively we have altered much more than we most likely ever felt we could. Consider about the globe very last Thanksgiving and, for a second, consider how considerably has adjusted due to the fact then.

Seem at your personal companies and the physical changes you essential to make. Appear at the new guidelines you required to carry out. Appear at the new way we do our do the job.

Some of the modifications that we may possibly by no means have thought of in advance of COVID have turn out to be commonplace, like versatile scheduling, distant perform classes, Zoom conferences, telehealth and streamlined agendas for meetings. In-individual conferences, even when masked, appear to be like vacations and have greater in value. And we have recognized the price of hug and a handshake when we can no for a longer time do those people.

But we have made it. Not with out scars and adjustments, and heartache for some, but we have confronted 1 of our toughest decades, and quite a few of us have uncovered a way to conquer. Through the disappointments of 2020, make confident to get a second to acknowledge that and the power it took to carry out that.

Be grateful for the ones who assisted you get by way of it. I know with my statewide perform I have uncovered which colleagues excel in occasions of strain and which types battle less than that, and that is great information to have when potential jobs come up. I discovered out who excels with new artistic remedies and who are the types that are flexible in their changes. It’s possible you had been surprised way too at which colleagues or employees were speedy to join you for the battle against your road blocks, and which ones assisted you conquer them.

I hope you also realize who assisted you by means of your tough periods, from outdoors of your group. Who dropped you a be aware of encouragement, who offered to find that remedy you desired, who overspent in your small business, or explained to some others to arrive shop with you. Who reported, by way of actions or text, ‘you are also essential to drop in this community, and I want to help’.

We experienced many of individuals people today who stepped up for our Chamber and for me individually. I do not know how to repay them for these acts of kindness, and they wouldn’t like it if I outlined them

by title listed here. But know, at my table on Thursday, with my spouse, even though I’m Zooming with close friends and loved ones, we will be thankful for you and the kindness you confirmed us.”

Further than that, right here are other issues I’m grateful for:

– I’m thankful for Brunswick Downtown Association’s Lights of Hope marketing campaign which acquired downtown Brunswick lit up for the vacations. I’m grateful to the U.S. Army Recruiting Station in Topsham for helping cling the wreaths on Maine Street and the many individuals who strung the lights to make it look so jolly.

– I’m thankful for Most important Road Bath who introduced Santa and Mrs. Claus to town this past weekend in a socially distanced and secure way (their Fb posts are brilliant and will get you in the getaway spirit). Also, Santa Sightings will transpire each and every Saturday concerning Thanksgiving and Christmas in Bath so preserve your eyes peeled for him.

– I’m grateful for the businesses who supported the Group Matters web pages in May and June that ran in The Periods Report. This five-7 days promoting distribute was sponsored by Precedence Serious Estate Group, Invoice Dodge Auto Group, Rusty Lantern Markets, The Instances Record and our chamber and highlighted area non-income and other local corporations. The plan aided increase money for the organizations, and the organizations received to join the promoting distribute with a one $100 donation.

– I’m grateful for each group member who donated to those in have to have this calendar year.

– I’m grateful for the enterprises and people today who are donating things for the Midcoast Tree Auction that commences on Friday, Dec. 4. I’m thankful to the board associates and staff of area non-gains who have donated wreaths to the auction. There is even now time to donate if you would like, just connect with the chamber place of work at 725-8797 or e-mail [email protected]

– I’m thankful for how several people in our location make masking and social distancing a precedence. A latest research by researchers at Washington University’s Olin Organization College demonstrates that purchaser paying out enhanced by 5{594642d1729eefacbe01523246fdff87baa9cdc76481f6fb5d6b6e738fedd066} on regular in communities the place masks have been mandated.

– I’m thankful for the $40M in added grants for Hospitality, Tourism and Retail organizations in Maine that can be used for setting up on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 9:30 a.m. on the Maine DECD web site, and the $30 million in CARES Act money for Maine healthcare amenities that opened yesterday. Log on to for far more information on people.

There is so substantially to be thankful for, and in this complicated yr, it is good to recognize the very good about us.

Cory King is the government director of the Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber.