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    By 2016 Board Chair Dr. Dwight Morris

    Welcome to 2016!  Are you as amazed as I am at how fast the last year raced by?  And I am quite sure most of us will agree that it was also a very interesting year, at least nationally and globally.  For our community we’ve seen a continued influx of people moving into our great county to new businesses and expanding ones and exciting community projects becoming reality.  With the economy seeming to be in a growth pattern we can only imagine the new possibilities ahead of us.

    I admit part of me does not feel worthy to lead this great Chamber Board.  At the same time I’m excited and looking forward to another year of progress, new ideas and growth.  So why step into this role for 2016?  Partly because I am honored to be a part of the group of leaders I have great respect for and who I also call friends.  I also believe that when we face our challenges with a positive outlook and a respect for each other we can build a stronger and more vibrant community.  Local business, our education system (including early childhood, K-12 and the community college), recreation, tourism, faith are all critical components vital to our community.   There is a growing movement within our community that is saying “as good as it is we can be better!”  That is energy I am excited to be a part of. 

    To our newcomers, welcome to value oriented community living and the opportunity to build it better.  To my friends and Chamber family, I say thank you for this opportunity and ask that you join your Chamber in growing and being the best we know how to be.  One can make a noise, a few can “stir the pot”, but an army of us can attain any goal we desire.  I challenge you to not just be a dues paying member, but to step into active involvement of The Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce and let’s see what this economic machine can do.  I recently saw a quote on the “Internet” I think is appropriate.  “What the New Year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the New Year” (Vean McLellan).  So true.  And in like mind, “what the Chamber can do for you will greatly depend on what you bring to the Chamber!”  So, start first by being there and being active, then let’s roll up our sleeves and together make Smithfield-Selma even greater than it is! 

    Dr. Dwight Morris
    Executive Director, Partnership for Children of Johnston County
    2016 Board Chair, Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce


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