Recently, I participated in a fundraiser that benefited the Northville Community Foundation. Participating in community fundraising events is not unusual for bankers. However, this particular event involved playing golf; something we bankers seldom have an opportunity to do these days. The event was a four-person scramble, with each group starting on different holes. Our group was assigned a 170 yard par-3as our first hole.
Beginning on a par 3 is usually a bad omen, but not so this particular day. One of our playing partners was a gentleman named Rob David, producer of radio’s “The Handyman Show” with Glenn Haege. Rob had the honor of teeing off first for the event. He hit a miraculous shot that landed directly in front of the pin and rolled into the cup for a hole-in-one. While our group scored respectably that day, we did not win the tournament. It didn’t matter however since we had the entire 18 holes to enjoy Rob’s accomplishment, and celebrate his once in a lifetime achievement.
These days, it is almost painful to watch the evening news or read the newspapers. We are constantly bombarded with a barrage of bad news from seemingly all directions. Whether it concerns military conflict in Afghanistan, political polarization within the U.S. Congress, or projections of a “double dip” recession, it’s difficult to find news that we can celebrate. All of this negativity works on our psyche, affecting not only our attitudes but our actions. We may become embittered about actions taken by our government, and businesses and individuals might postpone needed purchases due to economic uncertainties. We become more cautious within our daily lives, and might even withdraw from doing more common every day activities as a result.
This is where the importance of celebration comes in, and why it was so refreshing to celebrate Rob’s great “ace”.
There are countless opportunities for celebration these days, if we know where to look. This past weekend, Monroe County was active with a number of events. The River Raisin Jazz Festival celebrated its 9th year on August 14th and 15th with record crowds listening to great music by David Sanborn and others. Friendly Ford sponsored their annual “Hot Summer Nights” car show and fundraiser that benefits Monroe County Hospice. Preliminary reports indicate that the event exceeded the $20,000 raised during last year’s event. Plus, the annual DDQ golf outing held on Sunday the 15th had its largest number of participants in years. The DDQ was originated by three local restaurateurs, and has benefited a variety of local charities over the years. Without a doubt the great work by volunteers in each of these events continue to make them successes. Also without a doubt, the generosity of the citizens of Monroe County shines through, even in tough economic times. Regardless, the success of these events is certainly reason to celebrate.
At Monroe Bank & Trust, we recently kicked off a “Mission Possible” campaign, focused on generating new checking account business from consumers and businesses. The initial response from our staff has been tremendous, and they’re having fun along the way. Promoting new business, and having fun doing it…now that’s something to celebrate!
Whether it’s a local event, or successes within your own business; it’s actually not that hard to find positives to focus on these days. And if you see Rob “Ace” David in the near future, tell him congratulations!
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