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New Chamber chairman strikes right tone for year

For years, THE DAILY ran a quote from Judson Branch at the beginning of the Letters to the Editor column.

It said, "There is no limit to the amount of good a man can do if he doesn't care who gets the credit."

That quote could have been the theme of this year's Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce annual meeting Thursday night.

It was a time for building on a rich Decatur heritage of selfless community service.

New Chairman Terry Roche had the ideal supporting cast as he urged chamber members to get past some of the roadblocks that cropped up in recent years and to move ahead through compromise.

He said the area isn't getting better more quickly because of a lack of unity. "It's because we are failing to reach compromise. We all want to 'have it our

way,' " he said.

Mixed with this timely message, chamber members honored Decatur General Hospital Foundation President Trudy Grisham, who's an expert at compromise and letting others get the credit.

She received the citizen of the year award renamed this year for the late Athelyne C. Banks, who also moved mountains with her tireless civic work.

Ms. Grisham invoked the memory of the late civic leader John Caddell in accepting the honor. He was her inspiration, she said. He let others take the credit, too.

THE DAILY alternated quoting Frederick G. Bonfils with Mr. Branch's great insight at the beginning of the letter's column. He said:

"There is no hope for the satisfied man."

Both quotes are worth remembering as our community moves forward into the second half of this first decade in a new century.

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