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Nov 2012
Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.
Actually the complete quote is, “If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters.  Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.”  (General Colin Powell) 
That prevailing attitude is reflected in the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce.  The Chamber’s achievements and accomplishments are not based on one specific component, but on many.  The strength of our community lies in its leaders and business owners and the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce plays a major role in educating, advocating, and supporting local businesses and economic development.  As the outgoing chair, I extend a sincere thanks to our Chamber members, the board of directors, our ex-officios, committee chairs, and the Chamber staff for this past year’s encouragement and their selfless dedication to the Chamber’s mission.  True leaders are those who are engaged and it has been an honor and privilege to serve the Chamber community which help make Medina a great place to live and businesses to thrive.  
Let us remember, for the success of our future, one cannot forget our past. This year marked a huge milestone in the history of our great organization and its success is reflected in those truly dedicated individuals who worked in the office.  Our two Chamber administrative assistants, Karen Whitaker and Susan Murawski celebrated 30 years (Karen) and 15 years (Susan) of dedicated devotion to our members.  Both are passionate about their positions held and their quality of service shows in their longevity. 
And speaking of endurance, one who knows the long standing history and past knowledge on the operation of the Chamber, our president, Debra Lynn-Schmitz, needs to be recognized.  Twenty-five (25) years of passion for the job is commendable.  Debra understands the importance of her role and the Chamber’s role in the community, conducts herself as a business person who has a vested interest in the organization she operates, and her drive to educate herself benefits the Chamber membership and establishes a well-informed Chamber board.  Next time you see these individuals, please consider thanking them personally.
While the present becomes the past in a matter of seconds, history was made this year with the hiring of a new addition to the Chamber office staff.  Jaclyn Ringstmeier started in April 2012 filling the VP position and she is the dynamic, visionary leader the Chamber was seeking.  Jaclyn is someone to watch in the future because she is making history now; growing our membership numbers, adding new inventive events, and developing retention tools beneficial to all involved.  Great things will continue to happen in 2013! 
In less than a month, Chad Wilson of Rapid Marketplace, will be taking over the chairman’s role for 2013.  As a successful business owner, Chad believes in the importance of supporting locally owned businesses and employs local people.  This great characteristic makes him a positive role model who is committed to the Medina business community.  With his guidance, the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce is in a good place.  I look forward to working with him and support his efforts in the continued success of our organization.
As shared in previous communications, the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce encourages all members in our business community to stay involved and be informed.  Not in a self serving way but through your support of those local businesses and our member investors.  As a board member and chair, it has been honor to learn and serve along side so many wise, informed individuals.  Remember these educated people live and/or work locally and your loyalty to other Chamber members will drive their loyalty in return.  Things look good going forward and with a prevailing attitude, it will generate success.
Thank you to everyone who made 2012 a year for me to remember.  I look forward to my continued role as past chair in 2013 and extend my wishes to all for a safe, healthy and prosperous New Year.
Respectfully submitted,
Valerie L. Rapp
Chairperson of the Board of Directors, 2012 
Posted by Susan Murawski on November 19, 2012 at 3:31 PM
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