Director’s Notes: Taking Up the Challenge

Director’s Notes: Taking Up the Challenge

Jill Ryan

Our new U.S. President put forward a challenge to get involved in our communities in order to create individual and collective efforts that improve our communities and our country. Most of you reading this have been working tirelessly to protect your community’s rivers, lakes and wetlands and I so appreciate those efforts that truly are improving your communities as well as our Great Lakes community.

In my opinion, that is exactly what keeps our democracy working, regardless of which political party is currently in power. People care passionately about their communities and have a deep understanding of community needs, making them the best spokespeople for protecting the vital resources found there.

As spring approaches and we look to the energy of the new summer, I hope we will all redouble our efforts to protect and improve our communities in our own way. If we take up the challenge offered by President Obama, and engage or increase our engagement in our own communities, we will be joining millions of others all acting to make our collective community a better place.

I would also like to extend that challenge to our neighbors to the north and ask that we join together in this endeavor to ensure the health of our communities across the Great Lakes, recognizing that geopolitical boundaries don’t limit the power of individuals to come together for a better world.

“Most people rust out due to lack of challenge. Few people rust out due to overuse.”

– Unknown Author

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