Community: The Gift of Being Together

Chamber Staff - Meredith Sopko

Meredith Sopko
Director of Marketing and Communications
Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce

This article originally appeared as a “Community Perspectives” column in The Sheridan Press, July 13, 2013.  We think her words do a good job of reflecting the thanks and sense of community that we all feel and share.

The word community is derived from the Latin term communitas, which comes from com which means “with” or “together” and munus which means “gift.” So I guess you could say that a community is the gift of being together.

With this thought in mind, think of our community and all that it has to offer. Over the summer months there is seldom a week that goes by when there is not a concert in the park, Farmers’ Market, or a 3rd Thursday Street Festival. Just this past week alone, we have had a world class rodeo, street dances, art shows, a visit from Gov. Matt Mead, the First Peoples’ Pow Wow, and many other wonderful events right here in our backyard!

What is even more impressive than the events themselves is the amount of work that it takes to make these events happen.

Any one of the events listed has a long list of dedicated people who work tirelessly to see that these events go off without a hitch. And because these people are so good, there may be a hitch but we would never know it.

Just think about the Sheridan WYO Rodeo Board. For most of us, the WYO Rodeo is one week, but for these dedicated volunteers, it is year round. Once this year’s rodeo is over, they immediately begin planning for next year.

Cowboy HatA Tip of the Hat

The point to all of this is that Sheridan is made up of people and organizations that really care about our community and want to continue to see it grow and thrive. Whether you are one of the city workers who clean up after the rodeo parade, a volunteer for the Field of Honor, or part of the countless other events that happen, we would like to take this opportunity to “tip our hats” to all of the dedicated people who truly make Sheridan a “community.”

 

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