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Decatur-Morgan Chamber honors past, looks forward

Don Logan has long since reached the point in his career that when he gives advice, it should be taken seriously and even acted upon.

The Decatur City Council should examine closely his words to the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce last week. Mr. Logan, chairman of Time Warner's Media and Communications Group, told those gathered for the chamber's annual meeting about the importance of the International Baccalaureate program.

The Decatur school system is considering the IB program, but the council didn't seem to give it much importance at a recent workshop meeting. Instead of considering funding programs, including the IB, council members seemed to be more inclined to strip the school system's funding.

Mr. Logan told chamber members and guests: "The business environment is becoming so global, and better preparing kids for this is so important," when he referenced the IB program.

Certainly, Mr. Logan isn't an expert on everything, but the Hartselle native hasn't reached his position in life by not being credible, something the council should consider.

The banquet had other highs, including awards that went to deserving people such as Rita Baker and Benita Owens.

Mrs. Baker has always been good at stirring up a whirlwind of activity when it comes to community events. Many businesses have seen her presence at grand openings, just one of her duties as a Chamber Commodore and later admiral of the Commodore organization.

The time was right to present her with the Citizen of the Year Award.

Another Commodore, Mrs. Owens was presented the Rosie Hennessey Award for her community contributions. She is the incoming Commodore admiral for 2005-2006.

We would be remiss not to mention the chamber's new board chairman, Kim Pritchard.

Mr. Pritchard has shown that he isn't afraid of volunteering for tasks that others might avoid.

He has worked on the chamber's transportation committee for about eight years, chaired the beautification committee, and is a board member of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, to name a few of his activities.

Outgoing chairman Kent Quinn had every reason to be all smiles. He presided over an event-packed year that has Decatur better today than a year ago when he took office.

A good annual meeting and congratulations to all involved.

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