Mark­ing those mile­stones

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - BUSINESS - JoAnn Ryan

This week I will be cel­e­brat­ing a mile­stone…39th birth­day (again), sur­rounded by won­der­ful fam­ily, friends and col­leagues, all sig­nif­i­cant people in my life. The cards are quite funny de­spite in­cor­rectly list­ing the age!

One in par­tic­u­lar that I have saved — Hall­mark — ex­presses some thoughts that seem ap­pro­pri­ate as I re­flect on the Cham­ber’s 116-year his­tory and my 39 years that seem in­ter­linked and re­ally life in gen­eral.

“Our first decade, we con­quer the basics, like walk­ing and talk­ing and get­ting along…”

Ac­tu­ally, it’s more like run­ning here at the Cham­ber as we con­front the basics of tak­ing care of busi­ness. In this econ­omy, we are not walk­ing…we’re run­ning at a fast pace to get ahead and help you do like­wise. We are most cog­nizant of the pres­sures placed on your busi­nesses and com­pa­nies. While we may not reach full agree­ment on any topic, we must work to­gether to find a so­lu­tion.

“The sec­ond is a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence- our knowl­edge in­creases, our val­ues grow strong.”

We are quickly de­vel­op­ing and dis­cov­er­ing more re­sources through­out the re­gion that re­quire only your valu­able time and en­ergy. Our col­lab­o­ra­tion with the NW Re­gional Work­force In­vest­ment Board, the NW CT Economic Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion, the North­west Hills Coun­cil of Gov­ern­ments, the Gov­er­nor’s Com­mis­sion on Em­ploy­ment and Train­ing, North­west­ern Con­necti­cut Com­mu­nity Col­lege En­tre­pre­neur­ial Cen­ter and SCORE al­low you to take ad­van­tage of op­por­tu­ni­ties to en­hance your busi­ness suc­cess.

“Then through the third decade, we man­age to jug­gle our work and re­la­tion­ships, do­ing our best…”

We are able to ini­tia­tive those pro­grams that ben­e­fit you be­cause of the people who sur­round like our Board of Direc­tors, Cor­po­rate Part­ners, com­mit­tee mem­bers and

Cham­ber friends. I marvel at their skill in work­ing at their jobs while mak­ing the ef­fort to sup­port the Cham­ber ini­tia­tives and the re­gion. I wouldn’t trade th­ese im­por­tant re­la­tion­ships de­vel­oped over the years for any­thing. In fact, I count

my lucky stars of­ten!

“The fourth brings re­wards and achieve­ments to sa­vor.”

It is heart­warm­ing to meet people who have ben­e­fited from our guid­ance and sup­port. We stay in touch with some of the stu­dents who par­tic­i­pated in Jr. Lead­er­ship, our in­terns and the re­cip­i­ents of schol­ar­ships to the WOW Fo­rum.

“We take a deep breath

– but it’s no time to rest!” Who wants time to rest? There’s so much more to do!

“Then it’s on to our 50th year – and a decade for mak­ing the most of our whole life so far.”

Are we truly mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the lives of oth­ers? What pos­i­tive im­pact do we have on our em­ploy­ees, our neigh­bors, our col­leagues, our fam­i­lies and our friends? Let’s

be sure to re­spond to United Way serv­ing over 58,000 res­i­dents in north­west Con­necti­cut through its 26 agen­cies.

“And when we turn sixty, we re­ally take off, with our dreams for the fu­ture still hitched to a star!”

Have we reached this decade yet? Surely not me, in mind and spirit that is! Oh what fun when we take off at a pace, think­ing out of the box,

dream­ing of the goals we can achieve be­cause there’s so much more to do in this chal­leng­ing, global mar­ket­place.

“And then there’s seventy, oh boy not me!”

We’ve all ex­pe­ri­enced the laugh­ter and tears, hap­pi­ness and sad­ness, wins and losses. Through it all, wit­ness­ing th­ese mile­stones, the firm con­vic­tion re­mains that there are pos­si­bil­i­ties await-

ing us and there are few things in life that can­not be tack­led suc­cess­fully. To­gether, let’s cel­e­brate! Thank you for be­ing a part of it!

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