We had our first board meeting of the year at Community Partners of Dallas today. We had a room of about 30 board and staff members there and believe me, they are a powerful group. Board members come to us through a variety of ways: the Junior League of Dallas (LOVE the JLD!), the business world, volunteer service, through friends, and many other ways.
Since this was our first meeting of the year and we had a few new board members in the room, we took the opportunity to go around the room and have each board member tell what his or her favorite thing is about Dallas, as well as their favorite thing about our agency. I just LOVED the answers we got, especially when they talked about the agency and remarked on the beauty of the staff members (Yes, some of them actually said that – Gold Stars for them!).
But I really enjoyed discussing the best things about Dallas. Several people loved how Dallas really has become a great city for the arts. Some mentioned loving all of the great choices for restaurants in Big D – S&D Oyster Company and Bob’s Chop House were especially noted. Several said that they loved how easy it was to get around in Dallas and we were all happy to have a Target Store nearby our homes. One person said that she loved her nice neighbors; another that we live in a city where we feel pretty safe. Others noted the generosity of our city and how we enjoy such a variety of activity options for all ages. Many said that they loved our weather (except the ice).
However, one board member’s comment really hit home with me. She said that her favorite thing about Dallas was her friends.
Isn’t that what makes life on earth bearable? A friend to help you when you need help. A friend who brings you a valentine. A friend who calls you when you’re low. A friend who makes you laugh.
A friend who reminds you that you live in a great city and work for a great agency. Thanks, Leslie.