Our family has been part of Guilford since the beginning with the signing of the Covenant in 1639. In addition, we have had this growing business in the same community since 1871. Guilford means a lot to each of us. It is where we grew up, learned, played, worked and has made us into who we are today. This is a strong knit community.
It was instilled in my siblings and me from a young age by our parents and grandparents the importance of helping others, giving back, and being grateful for what we have. We were always involved in some way, whether it was delivering meals with my grandmother for Meals on Wheels or supporting my aunt in the Special Olympics, the list is long.
As soon as I moved back to Guilford in 2014 I knew I wanted to find something in the community to be involved with. After the request from Gene Bishop to be his guest for a Guilford Rotary meeting, I found the group to be something I would be interested in. The basis of Rotary International is service. Rotary holds a few large fundraising events during the year. The funds raised go directly back into community organizations and a couple national/international Rotary Projects.
Guilford Rotary is made up of members in the community that volunteer their time. The members are all people who are part of the community through their occupation and live here. The weekly meetings bring together all these people; Realtors, Bankers, Reverends, Librarians, Teachers, Chiropractors, the list goes on and on. All these different people come together for a common purpose, service to our wonderful community.
I was just inducted as a member of the Guilford Rotary on February 3rd. In becoming a member I am excited to meet more people from Guilford. The people and organizations are part of what make this town wonderful. By connecting with people at the events and meetings it helps us as a business for feedback and knowing what our customers want. As businesses and people in town, we rely a lot on each other for support and to add value. This is just part of how we support our local community.